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Re: Burbine=Babin in some cases
Posted by: Richard Joseph Burbine (ID *****4804) Date: March 25, 2002 at 13:00:15
In Reply to: Burbine=Babin in some cases by Joseph Burbine of 471

Hello Joe!
You are correct. Burbine does equal Babin.
My Dad, Richard Burbine's father was Joseph Babin. He was from Eel Brook NS. He was the yougest of 22-24 children of Sylvain and Agnes Babin. One of Joseph's brothers was Eli Babin.
Three of the brothers,Eli, Raymond and Pierre Babin were lost at sea around 1937 or 38. They were on board the schooner "Eleanor Nickerson" when she was rammed and sank during a storm.
One of the other brothers, Arthur Babin, used the names Burbine or Babin on various documents right up til his death in the early 1970's. I've been told that the name Babin somehow was changed into Burbine during WW1, when some of the brothers enlisted in the US Army.
Who knows? I have seen the name Burbine listed in Baltimore as early as 1838.

By chance do you know the name of your Great-Grandfather? If it's Eli, and if he died in 1937 or 38, He might be my great grand uncle.

My Dad and his brothers Leonard and Warren Burbine also came back to the US from NS around 1939. They were born in Massachusetts to Joseph Burbine (Babin) and Jeannetta Marie Burbine (Maguire). After my grandfather Joseph died in 1928, they were sent to live with their Grandfather Sylvain in Eel Brook, NS.
I hope this has been of some help to you. So long for now.
Richard J. Burbine --Joe Burbine
Tracy, Ca.

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