Babb, Joshua Troy Daily News July 24, 1916 Company C 71st OVI

Captain Joshua L. Babb died at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Dayton Soldier’s Home hospital where he was removed some days ago for treatment. Shilling Brothers brought the body to Troy Sunday morning. Mr. Babb was an honored member of the Grand Army of the Republic, having won distinction in the Civil War.

Captain Babb was born July 22, 1933 at Babb’s mill, six miles southeast of Troy. There was a family of eight children. Mr. Babb was the only son and the last to survive. His death occurred as he had just completed his eighty-third year.

Daniel Babb, father of Captain Babb, was born in Pennsylvania a shot time after his parents arrive in American from Germany. The family soon moved to Virginia where Daniel was married. After their second child was born they made the journey from Virginia, now West Virginia, to Ohio. In pioneer style and before he settled permanently he spent a year in Piqua. Then, in Bethel Township, Daniel Babb bought a mill which had been erected in 1818 and which he remodeled and operated until his death in 1881. The mill, known as Babb’s Mill, gave the name to the little settlement which grew up around it.

Captain Babb grew to manhood on his father’s farm. In 1861 he enlisted in Company C, 71st OVI and for four years he bore the hardships and faced the dangers of a soldier’s life. he took part in many of the most famous battles and he valor was recognized by fruit promotions.

From a private he was advanced until in 1863, he was commissioned captain of his company. He took part in the battles of Shiloh and Stone River and was in the whole campaign of the Army of the Cumberland from Nashville to the fall of Atlanta, when he was sent to San Antonio. He was finally mustered out in the fall of 1865.

A short time after his return from the army Captain Babb entered the employ of Warder, Bushnell and Glessner, of Springfield, and acted as their manager of the eastern territory. He continued with the firm for thirty-five years. After resigning his position he resided some six years in New Jersey but returned twelve years ago to Troy where he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Stratton.

The funeral services were held at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tobey on East Franklin Street. Rev. R.H. Dunaway of the First Presbyterian church was in charge. Burial was made in the Ten Eyck cemetery by the side of his litte son who died about 45 years ago. The last resting place is in sight of Captain Babb’s boyhood home.

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