Thanks for your reply! Of course we must be related and I am dying to find out exactly how! I am descended thru Salome and Franz's daughter, Mary/Marie Babst (1856-1888), who was my great-grandmother, b. & d. in Illinois. Please contact me off the message board directly at the folowing e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to hearing from you soon and sharing information! There were several Babst descendants in California in the early 20th Century (originally from Illinois) but, unfortunately, I have lost track of most of them. I do have some old photos, though.
Regards, "Cousin" Frank Johnson