Sketches of the Family of 
Champion Carter Meriwether Marable
From the Journal of G. H. Babbitt (1904)


Cousins George Henry Babbitt  (rear)  and Champion "Champ" Marable (left), grandsons of Champion Carter Meriwether Marable, with Othie Caven who married George's sister, Therese Rebecca Babbitt.  

James Hartwell Marable (1849-1940), son  of Champion Carter Meriwether Marable and father of Champion"Champ" Marable. 

Markie Elizabeth Burgess (1862-1893), wife of James Hartwell Marable and mother of Champion "Champ" Marable. 

[From Chickasaw Couny History, Vol. 2, article F911, p. 573, written by Clyde Marable McCarty.] 

James Hartwell Marable and Markie Elizabeth Burgess

James Hartwell Marable, brother of Annie [Marable] Babbitt married Markie Elizabeth Burgess in 1879.  They had five children -- Annie Louise (1882), Champion (1884), Joseph (1887), Elizabeth (1889) and James Rose(1892).  Annie Louise and Champion were born in Houlka, Mississippi, and the rest  were born in Wise County, Texas.  Elizabeth died as a result of a miscarriage suffered because she had been fighting a prairie fire. 

James Hartwell seent the children back home to Mississippi on  the train. By this time Annie  Louise was bout  10 years old; and she remembered being dressed to look older   so that she could manage the children. Can't you see that little girl, with a brother about 9, another about six, a little sister about  four, and a baby brother about two, riding the train back to Mississippi?  They were farmed out to relatives.  James Rose, the baby, always had beautiful table manners which he attributed to his Aunt Helen [Marable] Ivy. 

Rebecca Ann ("Annie") [Marable] Babbitt, daughter of Champion Carter Meriwether Marable and  mother of George Henry Babbitt. 

Okolona Messenger 
January 1912 


The most shocking murder ever committed in this City [Okolona, Chickasaw County, Mississippi]  occurred at the Oil Mill last Thursday Night [January 18, 1912] when R. W. Marable; the night watchman met death at the hands of an assassin. The mill had closed down for the night when the day shift went off duty because of a scarcely of Coal thus leaving the watchman alone for the night. Mr. Marable went on duty at the usual hour as he had done for many years and began his regular rounds as was his custom. Only one round of the keys were made and he never reached the office for as he was leaving the gin house where his last key is located a fiend in human form dealt him a blow on the head with a heavy piece of iron piping which drove into his skull and felled him on the ground. After securing whatever effects the victim has on his person, the murderer made good his escape, as so effectively was this done that no clue has yet been found to fix this crime. 

Mr. Marable it seems from a view of the grounds lay unconscious where he fell for some time; but later being somewhat revived; he attempted to reach aid by crawling towards the nearest house during intervals between paroxysms until he had gone some fifty feet to near the middle of a muddy street where his body was found nearly covered with mud next morning some twelve hours after the blow. It is thought that he lived several hours after the blow as the body was not cold and stiff when round. 

 The authorities here immediately wired Sheriff Harrington who reached here shortly after noon on a hand car with J.E. Johnson and his dogs. . . . Several suspects were taken into custody but none was charged. The following moneys were put up as reward - City of Okolona - $200.00; Okolona Oil Mill - $100.00; State of Mississippi -$100.00; Statutory reward - $ 100.00; Total reward $500.00. 

 R.W. Marable was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery after appropriate service by the Pastor of the Presbyterian Church and by his Confederate comrades, with their solemn sympathetic services over his grave. No one knew him but to love him. His tender, loving, gentle, kind disposition and temperament could not be excelled and closely endeared him to all who he was aquatinted. He was without a known enemy. 

 (The murder was never solved.) 

Threse Rebecca [Babbitt]  Caven, granddaughter  of Champion Carter Meriwether Marable and sister of George Henry Babbitt. 

Descendant chart  of the family of Champion Carter Meriwether Marable: 

George MARABLE (b. ca 1631, England)  
+ Agnes MARJORUM  
   Major George MARABLE  (b. ca 1665, James City Co., VA)  
   + Mary  HARTWELL  
      William MARABLE (b. ca 1700, James City Co., VA)  
      + Elizabeth CHERMESON  
         Mathew MARABLE (b. ca 1726, James City Co., VA)  
         + Mary MERIWETHER  
            George MARABLE (d. 1796, Mecklenburg Co., VA)  
            + Rebecca WILLIAMS  
               Champion CarterMeriwether MARABLE (1795-1879)  
               + Rebecca Therese GATES  
                  George MARABLE (b. 1833, AL)  
                  Joseph G. MARABLE (b. 1838, AL)  
                  William H. MARABLE (1841-1863)  
                  John S. MARABLE (b. 1843, MS)  
                  + Mary CARTER  
                  Richard W. MARABLE (1845-1912)  
                  + Mariah Louisa GATES  
                  Mary Elizabeth ("Bettie") MARABLE  (1847-1873)  
                  + Amzi BABBITT  
                  James Hartwell MARABLE (1849-1940)  
                  + Markie Elizabeth BURGESS  
                     Annie Louise MARABLE (b. 1882, MS)  
                     + Sam HERNDON  
                     Champion ("Champ") MARABLE (b. 1884, MS)  
                     Joseph MARABLE (b. 1887, TX)  
                     + Mary HAYS  
                     Elizabeth MARABLE (b. 1889, TX)  
                     + Elmer JOHNSON  
                     James Rose MARABLE (b. 1892, TX)  
                     + Mary GLENN  
                  Rebecca Ann ("Annie") MARABLE  (1850-1941)  
                  + Amzi BABBITT  
                     George Henry BABBITT (1877-1967)  
                     + Sarah TOWNSEND  
                Rebecca ThereseBABBITT (1878-1962) 
                + Otha Allen CAVEN (1898-1905) 
                    Phoebe BABBITT (1880-1885) 
                    Mary Elizabeth ("Bessie") BABBITT (1882-1940)  

 Helen Marable Ivy Aunt Hettie (Wife of Curt Ivy)

My Mother's only sister, has all the characteristics of the Marable and Gates families - proud, affectionate, high prejudice, good temper, weak will power and the outward marks of good breeding. She is of that class of woman who take their position in life from their environment and in her case these environments did not happen to be of the highest order. Her husband was raised an only son, and accustomed to always take life as he found it, which was generally easy and made so by the hand of his fond parent. In coming to man's estate this easy go lucky existence was allowed to go on, one desire before his mind being to secure only enough for the maintenance of his family and to live as easily as possible compatible with respectability. As a consequence his wife has adapted herself to live this life and today she is still pleased to get along for the pleasure of her family. 

Aunt Hettie has no prominent characteristics. She is a plain and pliant woman given too much probably to the practice of living on hopes for the future. 

Of course I can understand that those who have failed to take their proper sphere in life and have been unable also to properly advance the good fortune of those who are near to them, these people are naturally hope feeders, building castles in the air that they would form of more substantial material if it were in their power, yet always successful, more or less of stimulating the pride of the flock to make something of themselves. 

This estimable lady, like her husband, has been a second parent to me, since I was born. I can recollect her as far back in the distance as I can any one that I know of and of these memories, I am aware of none but what reflects on her the highest credit for kindness and motherly tenderness. 

Aunt Hettie has now passed the prime of life, not so much from age, as from worry and physical hardship. She is much broken in health and looks to be older that Mamma, though several years younger. Of tall slender stature, with black hair and brown eyes, and with graceful figure and carriage, she is said to have been very fair looking in he younger days.

[These sketches were taken from the Journal of George Henry Babbitt, grandson of Champion Carter Meriwether Marable, Volume  II, pages 255-266, December, 1904:

I thought I would try and write a description of the people that mostly are mentioned in this book, meaning the nearest of kin. While it is better to have a photographs of these we would like to remember as they appeared at some past time, still, these not being at hand. the next best way according to my idea would be to have a written description of just how they appeared me at this time, their personal appearance, their peculiarities, their looks and manner, and their aims in life so far as I know them. I shall endeavor to write only what I know on good authority and to be as accurate as I can. 

I shall start this "photograph" gallery off with the portly and highly intelligent gentleman, 

Jno. S. Marable
(Brother of Annie Marable Babbitt)

Uncle John

who is the oldest in point of years, of any of the immediate kin on my mother's side.  He is now a resident of Bernice, La., and lives there with his wife and daughter the latter whom is married to E. B. Robinson of that place. He was been at this place some ten years, having moved there with his wife from this place, where he had spent the greater part of his life. 

I saw him last in the spring of 1901. He stopped off here for several days on his way home from the Confederate Reunion at Memphis. and spent the night with us on the lower place, where we were then living. He had not changed much. He is now about 60 years of age, and beginning to turn gray. I should say about half white. In stature he is about 5 ft. 9 inches and weighs about 190 pounds, a square built, small hands and feet, short neck and what is known as a Dimlin head. He wears a short beard and mustache and has a pleasing countenance and the width of his frame and its roundness gives him the appearance of being low in height. 

He has one of the best dispositions among all the relatives, yet not free from certain vanity and love of bragging and which hurts no one as bad as himself. He is courteous, friendly and generous to a fault, even working discomforts on himself to help others and the best fellow in the world to have as a companion. 

He is true to his friend, and has the power to make one out of almost every chance acquaintance. He is always in a good humor and such an artist in knowing how to talk well and entertainingly that no one in a bad humor comes away without having his humor improved. 

He was an old Confederate Soldier and as such made a record for himself that is known and respected by all of his old comrades. His business talent is sadly wanting owing wholly to his easy ways and generous nature, and lack of firm resolve, though he has always succeeded in life owing to this characteristic, which made it possible for him to always command a good position through his influence in drawing trade. 

He is a great hunter and fisherman and nothing pleases him better than a days sport at fishing, he being now too old to hunt much. This gift of relating tales and incidents of his army life and his loud and happy laugh is remembered by us all. 

He expects to die in La. and no doubt doesn't look on the resting place of his mortal bones with much favor, as he still has many lasting recollections of the many friends and comrades and kinsmen he has left behind him here. 

He is a great lover of the flowing bowl and while he lived in Okolona, took regular times which to fill up, these sprees sometimes lasting as long as two weeks. Some years would pass entirely without his touching a drop of whiskey, when maybe the next year, he would get on a half dozen sprees. He claimed to have contracted the habit in the army. 

Now, the next man in the line for his picture, is a very refined and elegant gentleman, a gentleman, who does not think as well of himself as he ought to, being what might be termed hen-pecked. and the old saying is amply verified In his case, being, that a man is looked upon by others as he looks upon himself. This gentleman is - 

  Richard William Marable
(Brother of Annie Marable Babbitt)
Uncle Dick

June 3, 1845 - January 18, 1912

said to have been quiet handsome in his youthful days. He stands about 5 ft. 9 or 10 inches and has round shoulders, and weighs probably 135 pounds. His head and neck are well shaped and features clear cut. Prominent eyes, small nose and mouth, over which he wears a black mustache, and prominent ears. His face Is inclined to be keen but not sharp. He has very black hair and blue eyes, with small feet and hand, a characteristic of the Marable family and has the look of gentility and good breeding about him. In deportment he is very quiet and reserved, hardly ever having any humor in what he says and then of a very droll sort. 

He is a man of good sound judgment, sensitive feelings, and very affectionate nature. He is slow to both action and speech and lacks confidence in himself and is probably too easy and forgiving, which means he lacks firm convictions. His most prominent characteristic is his methodical ways. About all of his home affairs, his garden and chickens etc. he has a certain way to manage each and everything and always a reason to hand you out just why he does it that way, which reason is always good and would do others good if delivered with more force and conviction, but therein lies one of the things nature has denied him. He lives now in this town and is the night watchman at the old mill, though he has lived in Jackson, and Laurel, Mississippi within the last few years. 

In this man, my father had the highest confidence both in his integrity and his judgment on all practical questions and since my earliest remembrance, he has been the best friend to us all, always advised us on the management of our affairs, and whose advice was always followed by us against that of guardian and courts. I shall always remember him a quiet, patient little man, always ready to listen to the statement of any question and give you advice on that question if such advice is requested. He is always the listener and never makes a sorry one, as he has been schooled under a very strict lady to pay close attention and heed what she said to him. He is a good manager of small affairs, good gardener, poultry man etc. He is now about 55 years old and well preserved for his age. 

He made a good soldier in the Civil War and was severely wounded, being shot through the body at Brice's Cross Roads. 

(R.W. Marable was murdered Thursday Night - January 18, 1912 at the Old Mill in Okolona Mississippi.)  

Mariah Louisa Gates Marable
(Wife of R.W. Marable.)
Aunt Lou
June 9, 1855 - April 7,1939

And my wish in the premises is that she may never rest her eyes on this page, for if she did, what would be doing, would be enough. To begin with she is an exponent of that great and forceful, awe inspiring kind of the geniler sex, - The strong minded woman and she is largely. in the majority. Not what is termed a new woman, what wants to hold political office and vote with men at elections, but one of those red-headed creatures that forces their opinions, especially on their husbands, by word of mouth and if necessary by force of arms, so to speak. 

A good woman at heart however a good, though rather firm mother, and inclined to be overbearing, and a good help-meet, in so far as housework and above enumeration's are considered. She is the wife of R. W. Marable and I guess she reminds him of it often enough. Where two natures, in marriage or any other walk of life, come together to live or work or do business in any sort of way, the strong one always shapes the course for both and as in this case, where the strong will happens to belong to a woman, and the weak-willed to her husband, then the world at large gives the man the tiile of being hen-pecked. 

Aunt Lou is now pretty close to 50 years of age and well preserved for her age. She is about medium height and weighs and 140 pounds. In stature or better in form, she is all that could be wished, having a well developed and shapely figure not showing age any more that would a woman of ten years younger. She has light hair, small pin-back ears, blue eyes and regular features. Her head and neck are shapely and well proportioned and set evenly on his shoulders. Very small hands and feet and the marks of good breeding evident in her entire make-up. In disposition, she is kind and thoughtful for the good of others but of a high, and when fully aroused, an unquaveriable temper. 

She is high strung, impetuous, self-willed and accustomed to having her own way. Extravagant but industrious and good manager. She reminds me of a person who to take care of herself under all circumstances and she has stamped her personality indelibly on her family, from her husband down. 

She is well thought of by all the family, who admire her open and straight forward character, and her way of always fighting a battle in the open, saying her piece in the presence of him who has offended her, and never taking unfair advantage. Aunt Lou, when taken as a unit is better than the average latter day woman. 

  Curt Ivy
(Husband of Hettie Marable)
Uncle Curt

     Another of the very popular members of the family, though by marriage, and a gentleman in more than one sense of the word. I have known this kinsman from my earliest recollections, and know nothing of him what calls up the most pleasant of recollections. 

     In my young and tender youth, I looked upon him with an eye of reverence, often wondering if my own father had been as great and grand and If so what a man he must have been. At his fireside, I was always welcome, and in the knick knacks and small presents be brought home to his children, I always had a share. 

     Uncle Curt is close to 60 years old and well preserved. He is near 6 feet high and straight up, large frame, and well rounded out, weight about 175 pounds. 
His hair which circles above his ears, he being partially bald, is unchanged by the hand of time and his beard and mustache are still dark brown, inclined to be curly and very thick and heavy. Of massive features, regular and prominent, a square jaw and brown eyes he is still a fine looking man and has an erect and almost military carriage. 

     As to business qualifications he is endowed above the average, though lacking in the most important attributes to succeed in life, self confidence, and energy, but in a social way, his equal would be hard to find and as a consequence he has many friends. 

     He is now in Dumas, Arkansas working as a clerk in a general furnishing house in that town and getting a good salary. He, too, is fond of the little brown jug, but is temperate in it's use.  

[The materials on this page were provided by Bonnie [Caven] Tsurudome of El Segundo, California.]