I am working on the genealogy of William Matthew “Cherokee Bill” Babb (1835-1911) aka “Big Bill” and need info about some of his ancestors.This is a very interesting and very, very confusing family.
One of his grandmothers was Mary “Polly” Oxford (supposed to be full-blood Cherokee) who married George Bradley.“Cherokee Bill” says that her folks were Boudinott’s (kin or political allies??)I have found her name in association with the Oxford family of Oxford Bend in Washington County, Arkansas and Atoka County, Oklahoma.However, I have not been able to find much more than that.
I was born in Goshen, Arkansas, next door to Oxford Bend and my Babb grandparents are buried in Goshen Cemetery along with a number of Oxford’s and their kin.
Elizabeth Walker Bradley (1810 -- ) married William H. Babb (1811-1881) in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.His father was William M. Babb (1790-1842) who married Temperance Shipman (1792-1850/1860).The son of Elizabeth and William H. was the “Cherokee Bill” above.Several of Temperance’s half-brothers and half-sisters settled in the Denver area of Carroll County, Arkansas, not far from where I now live.One of her half-sisters married a Sisco from near Osage and one married a Gage from the Kingston area in what used to be Carroll County, but is now Madison County.The descendants of one of Temperance’s half-brothers moved from Arkansas to Texas where Sarah Elizabeth “Sallie” Shipman (1838-1902) met and married “Cherokee Bill” in Red River County in 1855.
Also, I am interested in any Babb’s from Mexico.One of “Cherokee Bill’s” grandsons lived in Mexico for ten years and another married a Mexican National in Texas who may have returned home (possibly Durango??) before their child was born.The 1920 Census shows a male 12 year old Mexican National, Dave Babb, living with William Isaac “Bill Ike” Babb, the son of “Cherokee Bill.”
I would like to correspond with anyone researching the above families.