HC & Annie

Henry Clinton "HC" Babb was born March 18, 1889, in Henry County, Georgia to Perry L. and Finton King (Belcher) Babb1. He died January 8, 1968, in Atlanta2 probably as a result of an embolus after a hip fracture. He is buried in RestHaven Memorial Gardens in Decatur, Georgia.3.

HC married Nannie Chambers in Spalding County, Georgia, September 11, 19094. She was born around 18925. HC and Nannie had one child together, Elsie Gaynelle. My understanding is that Nannie died after the 1920 Census, but I can't document that yet.

HC married Annie Cornelia Morris in Spalding County, Georgia, August 26, 19226. She was born October 24, 1895, in Spalding County to William Jasper and Emily (Willeby) Morris7. Annie had previously been married to Charlie V. Tanksley in Spalding County, Georgia, August 10, 19128. Annie and Tanksley had one child together, Florence. Tanksley is said to have left the marriage for Chattanooga after the 1920 Census. Annie died May 26, 1985, in Atlanta3 probably from a stroke. She is buried in RestHaven Memorial Gardens in Decatur, Georgia.

Children of HC and Annie were:

  1. Elsie Gaynelle Babb9 born 1/25/1914;  died 3/26/1932, Spalding County10
  2. Florence Tanksley11 born 4/22/19142;  mar. Merrill Mays after 1930;  died 9/22/19872
  3. Mitchell Alfred Babb12 born 9/24/19233;  mar. - ;  mar. Catherine Adelaide Morgan, 7/7/1943, Brownwood, TX; div. 5/4/1950, Rock Island, IL;  mar. Bernice Louise Johnson, 9/5/1951;  died 7/28/1993, Clay County, MS2
  4. Henrietta Babb born 1/21/1926;  mar. Robert Lenorah Milford, 10/31/1944;  died 4/9/20122

I was told by Henrietta that Florence and Gaynelle used to get strep throats together. At about 12 years, Florence had her tonsils removed, but Gaynelle's maternal family raised objections to the surgery and Gaynelle subsequently developed rheumatic heart disease. At some level one knows that penicillin wasn't used until World War II, but something like this brings it home.



  1. SS-5 for Henry Clinton Babb
  2. Social Security Death Index
  3. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Obituary
  4. Spalding County, Georgia, Marriage Record, Book F, Page 88
  5. 1910 United States Federal Census, Georgia, Spalding, Orrs, E.D. 121, Sheet 29B
  6. Spalding County, Georgia, Marriage Record, Book G, Page 38
  7. SS-5 for Annie Morris Babb
  8. Spalding County, Georgia, Marriage Record, Book F, Page 221
  9. 1920 United States Federal Census, Ward 1, Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia, E.D. 168, Sheet 29B
  10. Death Certificate, 3855, Spalding County, Georgia
  11. 1920 United States Federal Census, Africa Dist., Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia, E.D. 176, Sheet 7A
  12. 1930 United States Federal Census, Ward 2, Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia, E.D. 9A