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** One generation passeth away, and another cometh," 


i^F IViscoN.siN. I 

61.^ 1'^ 


By Akiel Ballou and Latimisr W. Ballou. 

pRi^ OF E. L. Freeman & Son, State Puintei«, 
Providence, R. I, 


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In Jannaiy, 1882, at the earnest solicitation of our beloved brother Dr. 
Ariel Ballon, since deceased, and our highly esteemed cousin, Hon. Latimer 
W. Ballon, I reluctantly engaged to compile and edit this work. It had 
been commenced long before by Ira B. Peck, Esq., and much preliminary 
labor and expense bestowed on it. The new proprietors negotiated for his 
interest therein and documentary data, obligating themselves on his require- 
ment to include, so far as practicable, the female branches of descent along 
with the male lineages. I was instructed to govern myself accordingly, and 
pursuant to contract Mr. Peck handed over to me all his letters, papers, 
memoranda and beginnings. I soon found I had undertaken a laborious, 
complicated and tedious task. But through divine favor I have been spared 
to accomplish it, with the aid of numerous helpers, including my devoted 
wife, all of whom are entitled to my appreciative gratitude. So here at last 
is this huge production, a book much larger than any of us anticipated, con- 
taining more than 1200 octavo pages, over 9000 names, and numerous artistic 
iUustrations, printed and bound in most creditable style. We trust the me- 
chanics will receive their dues of honor as well as of cash. For myself I 
shall be contented with whatever awards may come. Plenty of errors and 
short comings will be discovered to plead for charitable allowance. But I 
have done my best to give satisfaction to all parties interested, and leave my 
performance to their judgment. Notwithstanding its huge size hundreds of 
Ballous remain unregistered in it, unknown or never reported to me. None 
of them have been intentionally ignored or slighted on my part. My chief 
regret is that my dear brother, the senior publisher, was called hence before 
the completion of his darling undertaking. But so it was ordered from 
above, and I reverently acquiesce. He departed this life July 15, 1887, in his 
82d year, and received due funeral honors. Since then our venerable cousin, 
Elizabeth (Ballon) Garfield has been summoned to the immortal home, Jan. 
21, 1888, in her 87th year, and several others of our kindred who hoped to 
behold this long promised volume. An octogenarian remnant of our great 
cousinhood linger a little longer on the shore of mortality to fulfill their 
earthly mission. Of these I am one; and now, on the verge of my 85th year, 
send my best benedictions along with this Family Memorial to all who may 
welcome it, hoping that it will impart good cheer to many and harm to none. 

HoPEDAiiB, Mass., April — , 1888. 

OUkl-t^ C/cyCC^UriJ^.^^ 

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The Work, hereby introduced, is a History and Genealogy of the BallouB 
in America. The vast majority of these descended from Maturin Ballon, a 
co-proprietor with Roger Williams, the Colonial founder of Rhode Island, 
in his Providence Plantations. Maturin' appears first on record among 
those co-proprietors in 1646. He subscribed his name Mathurin Bellow, 
His descendants resolved it into Maturin Ballon. The ignorance or caprice 
of scribes sometimes wrote both the given and surname in various uncouth 
ways. His progeny have generally felt more or less curiosity to learn his 
nativity and i)edigree, but have not yet reached complete gratification. 
Some approximation has been made, but the clouds have not been entirely 
dispersed. It has been a universal tradition through several generations, 
that we are of French descent. Of this there seems to be no doubt. Another 
tradition has always been cherished along with this, and held very sacred, 
that our ancestors were Huguenots. We are in danger of having this favorite 
legend exploded. Critical investigation finds no proof of its truth. The 
evidence is against it. We shall have to abandon it, however reluctantly. 
The very strong probability, if not absolute certainty, is, that we are the 
remote descendants of a Norman Chieftain, who, in 1066, came over from 
France into England with William the Conqueror. In the year 1884 the 
proprietors of this History and Genealogy commissioned Frederick M. Bal- 
lon, Esq., to visit Europe, and if possible ascertain the ancestry of Maturin 
Ballou, and whatever else of importance marked his embarkment for this 
country. The execution of that commission was reported toward the close 
of the year substantially as follows.— 

1. That he had made an exhaustive examination of the principal matters 
committed to his charge, and especially the origin of Maturin Ballou— in 
which he had been assisted by the best genealogical talent that could be pro- 
cured; that he had availed himself of exceptionally favorable opportunities 
and privileges; that he had corresponded with intelligent Protestant clergy- 
men in the southern districts of France; that he had carefully acquainted 
himself with all the relevant documents in the Reading Room of the British 


Museum, in the National Library of Paris, and in English Parish archives; 
and that he had been prevented only by limitation of time and means from 
reaching demonstratively the pedigree of our Rhode Island progenitor. We 
can but deplore those limitations. % 

2. That he had satisfied himself, beyond reasonable doubt, that Maturin 
Ballou was not one of the Huguenots, nor in any way intimately connected 
with them, but was of Norman French descent in one of the junior lineages 
of the Anglo Norman stock. 

3. That in tracing the history of the Anglo Norman Ballous, he had found 
that their French ancestor, Guinebond Balou, was i)robably a Marshal in the 
army of William the Conqueror, and fought in the decisive battle of Hast- 
ings, 1066; that some of his descendants dwelt in the English County of 
Sussex till late in the 14th century, where they were extensive landholders, 
and held important Governmental offices, both in State and Church; that in 
later successive periods many of them settled in other counties of England 
and in Ireland, and held large Baronial estates there; that in England and 
Ireland the aristocratic Bellowes have preserved an unbroken descent of do- 
mains and titles for at least 600 years; that in the English County of Devon- 
shire, they have long enjoyed distinguished heritages and honors; that the 
ancient Norman Coat of Arms, with slight variation, is universal with Bel- 
lews of all localities in England; and that their surname there, as here, has 
been orthographically various, to the extent of over a dozen spellings— -Cc^ow 
Ballowe, Belloite, &c., &c., but at present is most prevalently written Bcllew, 

4. That a striking resemblance of physical structure and complexion is 
plainly observable in the Devonshire Bellews to the stalwartness and floridity 
of the old type Rhode Island Ballous, strongly indicative of hereditary kin- 

5. That our immigrant ancestor, Maturin Ballou', was almost certainly 
"the younger son of a younger son of a good family in Devonshire," Eng- 
land, bom probably between 1610 and *20, who like all the unendowed off- 
shoots of feudal nobility, had to seek his fortune for himself, and chose emi- 
gration to America. 

At length our anxious cousin felt obliged to discontinue his researches and 
return home, leaving undemonstrated the pedigree he had so nearly ascer- 
tainecl, as also the very desirable particulars of Maturin Bailouts embark- 
ment for this continent. He concludes his rejKut with the following words. — 
"I can only express the hope that some younger and more ambitious mem- 
ber of the family will continue the investigation, and give to the world the 
full pedigree of the Bellews, tracing them from their landing in England, in 
1066, down through the several Counties in England and Ireland to the emi- 
gration of Mathurin Bellew from Devonshire to New England." 



1. Oar researcher stored himself with historical corroborations, amplifica- 
tions, illustrations, and genealogical tabulations, not necessary or expedient 
to present in this Introduction, but which will all be preserved for future 
reference and use. 

2. On many imx)ortant points his statements and conclusions coincide en- 
tirely with information long since obtained by Ira B. Peck, Esq., our pioneer 
in this work, through correspondence with eminent English genealogists. 

8. F. M. Ballon, Esq., obtained no reliable clews or hints concerning the 
embarkation of Maturin^ for America— the date, the port of departure, the 
ship in which he sailed, or any of the conditions under which he took pas- 
sage. We know that stringent restrictions on emigration existed in those 
days — that many were obliged to enter themselves as servants to influential 
masters, though really acting on thoir own account— and that large numbers 
had to ship nominally for the West Indies who secretly intended to settle in 
the northern Continental Colonies. These facts complicate and embarrass 
inquiry into cases not otherwise clear. But whatever the difficulties in Ma- 
turin BaUou's case, all the particulars yet remain to be ascertained. And the 
same clouds obscure the time and place of his arrival in New England. 

4. In respect to his religious faith, antecedents and associations in Eng- 
land, we may confidently assume that he was a radical Non-Conformist of 
some kind — most likely an Independent; otherwise he would never have 
joined Roger Williams in the Providence Plantations. Doubtless the Aristo- 
cratic Bellews have always belonged to the Boman Catholic or to the Protes- 
ant Episcopal Church. But hosts of their junior relatives became Dissenters 
in the various denominations. 

5. How the old and wide-spread tradition originated among our American 
Ballous North and South, that their immigrant ancestors were French Hu- 
guenots, we know not, and can only conjecture. Possibly it may have started 
with some early statement of those ancestors, that they held essentially the 
cardinal principles of the Huguenots and sympathized with them. But the 
notion that they fled from persecution in France, on the revocation of the 
Edict of Nantes, which has been sometimes affirmed, is refuted by simple 
dates. For that Edict was revoked Oct. 22, 1685, nearly 40 years after the 
earliest Ballous had emigrated to America. 

6. It seems proper to state that our American records furnish authentic 
information of only three Ballous who were contemporary immigrants to 
this country, viz. : Maturin, Robert and William. Of Maturin we need not 
here further speak. Robert was a settler and landholder in Portsmouth on 
tti^ Island of Rhode Island, in 1643, but died in Boston, Mass., during the 
year 1668. In his Will, which was duly probated, he mentions his wife Su- 


sannah, two daughters, a son, a son-in-law, George Ckirdner, and grand clin., 
yet gives neither of his children's names, but speaks of two cousins to "be 
cared for " — William and Henry. These have thus far proved untraceable. 
The other contemporary, William, was a property owner in Boston, Mass., 
and also in Dover, N. H., during the years 1644, '45, and is presumed to be 
the same person later called Maj. William and Col. William Ballou, once an 
oflScer in the British Army. He had a long controversial struggle with his 
Government to obtain arrearage payment for military services, and at last 
had to accept a minor portion of his claims. He came over and invested his 
savings in Virginia lands, during the years 1651, *52. Here records cease to 
testify, and no more has been ascertained concerning this William Ballou. 
It is probable though not yet demonstrably certain, that Mat\irin, Robert 
and William Ballou were near relatives. For a time we fondly hoped to find 
traces of Robert's and Col. William's descent, but entirely failed. Future 
research may discover it. So we leave the matter to abler explorers. 

Without further prologue, this expansive History and Genealogy of the 
American Ballous is respectfully commended to the perusal of all interested 
in its contents. 

The Authob. 


Dr. Ariel Ballou Facing Title Page. 

RcT. Adin Ballou Facing Introduction 

Coat of Arms After Introduction. 

Bosrer WiUiams' Beceipt (fac simile) To face page 4 

Rer. Hoeea Ballou Page 131 

Rey. Moses Ballou 

Bey. Massena B. Ballon.. 

Eliza Ballou Garfield 

Leonard Ballou 

IraB. Peck 

Dexter Ballou 

Geo. C. Ballou 

Bey. Hosea Ballou, 2d.... 

Bey Levi BaUou 

BnssellA. Ballou 

John D. Coplin 

Dr. Nahum E. Ballou 

Latimer W. Ballou , 

Daniel R. Ballou 

Fred. M. Ballou 


Btjiij>ings-~Wood Cuts. 

Maturin Ballou House, Stump Hill Page 

Ballou Meeting House, Cumberland 

Nathaniel Ballou House 

James Ballou, 3d, House 

James Ballou, 2d, House, near Albion , 

Dea. Ariel Ballou House, Cumberland 







This miscellaiieoiia Index treats only ojT persons, topics and matters, prom- 
inently interesting to readers, and which they may desire to find more read- 
ily than by the Index to Names, or casual search. It refers only to pages. 


One by the early settlers of Providence, R. I., twenty -eight or 

more, including Matnrin Ballon 2 

One between the widow and children of Maturing as heirs to his 

estate and that of Robert Pike 5-8 

One between Hannah Ballon, Sen., Hannah, Jr., and James", con- 
cerning certain house-lots 8-9 

One between William and Matnrin Ballon*, sons of Maturing for 
the amicable division of their patrimony, impracticably pre- 
scribed by their father in his Will 61-62 


Conceming the order of specification in elaborating this work, 

with respect to lineages and successive generations 17, 81 


Professed and practiced by James Ballou^; how he told fortunes, 
found lost valuables, raised the Devil, correctly predicted his 
own death, &c 183-186 

Also practiced by his niece. Miss Nancy Whipple* 417 

BaIiIxhjs of distinction, 

Matnrin S his now presumed ancestry, pedigree, and probable birth- 
place. Introduction. 

Hia remote ancestor believed to be Guinbbond BaIjOU, a French 
Norman Marshal in the army of William the Conqueror, 1066. 

The three earliest contemporary Ballous, who immigrated to this 
country not far from 1640, viz.— Matnrin, Robert and William. 

The anmame spelled in manifold ways both in Europe and America, 

and bow now generally written. Introduction and 8 

Ballons of unascertained definite lineage, viz., Jared of Richmond, 
N. H., probably a descendant of JamesS and also John Henry, 
Esq., of Jacksonville, Fla 1218, 1219 



Legislatively changed to Ballon abont 1840 1230 

BuRiAii Places op note, 

Providence, R. I., where Matnrin and his drowned son Samuel • 

were interred 16 

Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. L, on the original homestead of James^, 

where his mother, sister Hannah, wife Susannah, himself, and 

several descendants were buried 17, Ac. 

The Mann Family Cemetery in Lincoln, R. L, old Louisquisset 

neighborhood, where Peter Ballon* buried Peter Jr., drowned, 27 
In Cumberland, R. I., near the ancient Meeting house where the 

dust of many Ballous reposes 41, 47 

Tn Richmond, N. H., where the remains of Rev. Maturin Ballou^ 

and his two wives humbly rest 69 

The Cass Grave Yard in Richmond, where James BallouS family, 

and descendants are commemorated 81 


The Six Principle Baptist in Cumberland, R. I.— when and by 

whom formed 40, 41, 76 


Unpleasant one between John Ballon^, Plaintiff, vs. his uncle 
James^, Defendant, about property inherited from Hannah 

Bailout widow of Maturin 11-12, &c. 


Associated intimately with BaUous religiously and matrimonially— 

Elders Josiah and Nathaniel Cook, &c 41, 7^77 

Intermarriages run plentifully throughout the volume. 


Its original components, how it became a Town and whence its 

name 23 

Death-dates, memorable, 

Maturin BaDou* d. 1661-2 4 

Hannah Ballon, widow of Maturin', d. 1714-15 12, 15, 17 

John Ballou'S eldest son of Maturin', d. 1714 31 

James Ballou*, second son of Maturin', d 1741 25 

Peter Ballon*, son of Maturin', d. 1781 80 

James A. Gkirfield, a Ballon on the maternal side, and President of 

the United States, d. Sept. 19, 1881; unaccountably omitted 

from his family record 952 

Ariel Ballon, M. D., Senior Publishing Proprietor of this Work, d. 

July 15, 1887. Preface 371 

Elizabeth, alias Eliza (Ballon) Garfield, mother of the lamented 

martyred President, d. in Mentor, O., Jan. 21, 1888, a. 86 years 

and 4 months. Preface. 

Used in Judicial proceedings — old documents. By Deputy Gov. 

Joseph Jenks, used in the trial John Ballou' vs. James Ballon*, 13-14 
By William Harris and Richard Brow^ne— same case 15-16 



Division op Towns, 

Providence, R I.; setting off its "Out Lands," SmithjSeld, Gloces- 

ter and Scituate, 1730 9 

Glocester, K I.; setting off Bnrrillville, 1806 9 

Smithfield, B. I. ; setting off North Smitlifield, Woonsocket and 

Lincoln, 1871 9 


John BaUou' from his Ist wife, Hannah Larkin, (her name not 

known in season) May 2, 1676 18 

Edict op Nantes, 

Bevoked Oct. 22, 1685, nearly 40 years after our first three immi- 
grant Ballons came to New England. Introduction. 

A title used by early Baptists in preference to Rev 41, 76, 90, &c. 


Of Ballous from B. L to Bichmond, N. H 67, 80, 100, 244 

Fag sooiiBS, 

Ballon Goat of Arms — Norman. Frontispiece. 

The Boger Williams Beoeipt to Widow Belleau. Opposite 4 

Signature of Uriah Jillson, Esq 71 

of Ariel Ballon* 74 

Elders Josiah and Nathaniel Cook 77 

James Bailout Bichmond, N. H 81 

Elder Abner Ballou 94 

Levi Ballou, Esq 218 

Gensbations, between what pages to be found.— 

The First and Second 3-17 

Second and Third 18-31 

Third and Fourth 31-56 

Fourth and Fifth 56-114 

Fifth and Sixth 114-269 

Sixth and Seventh 269-681 

Seventh, Eighth and later 681-1217 

Virginia Line, First to Sixth 1220-1231 


The • * Attleborough Gore, " now part of Cumberland, B.I 23 

TLiLLR prominently noticed, 

Iron Bock Hill, Cumberland, B. 1 23, 41, 45 

Beacon Pole Hill 43, 45, 210 

Cumberland Hill 75, 228, 165, 569, &c. 

Diamond Hill .^ 164, 166, 1028, &c. 

Stump Hill, Smithfield, now Lincoln, B. 1 32, 68 

Bailouts Hill, Bichmond, N. H 80 

HiBTOBY AND GeneaiiOoy of the Ballous, 

Commenced by Ira Ballou Peck, in 1846 496 

Completed by Bev. Adin Ballou in March, 1888. Preface. 

HisTOBT OP Bichmond, N. H. 

Bassett's credited and commended 937 



Homesteads and dwelling places of the older Ballons, 

Of Robert Ballon, in Portsmouth, R. I. Introduction. 

Of Maturin', near Robert Pike, Providence, R. 1 3 

Of John* and James*, in Louisquisset, now Lincoln, R. 1 20-22 

Of Peter*, first in Louisquisset, last in Scituate, R. 1 26, 28 

Of James", Nathaniel'' and Obadiah^ in then Wrentham, Mass., 

now Cumberland, R. I 40-46 

Of SamueP on the premises of his father James* 49 

Of Nehemiah* in then Glocester, now Burrillville, R. 1 58 

• Of Rev. Maturin**, James^ and sons, Richmond, N. H 67, 80 


No proof that the immigrant progenitors of our American Ballons 

were Huguenots. Introduction. 
How that tradition may possibly have originated. lb. 

ImjUstrations, Photographic, 

Of the Maturin Ballon House, Stump Hill, Lincoln, R. 1 68 

Of the Ballon Meeting House, Cumberland, R. 1 79 

Of the Nathaniel Ballon House, Cumberland, R. 1 85 

Of the James Ballon House, Cumberland, R. 1 91 

Of the James Ballon House, near Albion Village, R. I 1 05 

Of the Dea. Ariel Ballou House, Cumberland, R. 1 157 


Coroner's Juiy on the drowning of Samuel, youngest son of Matu- 
rin', 1671 4 

Jabed Ballou's 

Unascertained pedigree 1218 

John Hbnbt Ballou's ditto 1219 

Kino Philip's 

Warriors devastate a part of Providence, R. 1 1 

Land, laid out, surveyed, acquired, deeded, &c.— 

Laid out to Maturin Ballou and Robert Pike 8, 4, 6-8 

Deeded from Hannah Ballou, Sen., and Hannah Ballou, Jr., to 

James Ballou* 10-11 

Surveyed for John Ballou* in "Loquasquisick Woods," by Thomas 

Olney, Arthur Fenner, William Hopkins, &c 20-21 

Large acquisitions by James Ballou* in Wrentham, Mass., &c 23-24 

Gift-deeds from James* to his sons 24 

Peter Ballou* deeded his homestead to Daniel Mann 27 

Peter* purchased a new homestead of Joseph Dalie 28 

Gift-deed from James Ballon^ of Meeting House site 41 

Gift-deeds from James^ to sons Ariel^ Elisha** and James* 42 

Deed of Obadiah* of Ballou Cemetery 46, 47 

Other various disposals of land too numerous to mention. 

From Mrs. Justina (Pike) Patten, of Dorchester, Mass., a sister of 

Robert Pike, to her niece, the widow of Maturin Ballou', and 

to her children, 1675, £20 3 




Old and peculiar. Two from Nathaniel Ballon* 6 

Two from John Ballon* to his brother James* 19 

A iiathetie one from Maj. Sullivan Ballon to his wife, just before 

he was killed at the battle of Bull Eun 1068-9 


Modernized into Lonisciuisset, the locality where John, James and 

Peter Ballon first settled, in now Lincoln, E. 1 9, 20, 22 

Mestino House 

Of the Six Princii)le Baptists, now known as the Ballon Meeting 

House, in Cumberland, R. I.; its history, &c 40, 41, 76 


Of the widow Dorcas Cook, births, marriages, deaths, &c., kept 

mostly in Almanacs, still extant and valuable 165 


Of Adin Augustus Ballon commended 876 


A little Mill stream in Providence, B. I., near which Eobert Pike 
and Maturin BaUon* built their dwellings, and in which young 
Samuel Ballon^ was drowned .*. 3, 4 


Of Ballous somewhat noted, viz. : Louisquisset in now Lincoln, R. 
I., Cumberland, R. L, in the vicinity of Ballon Meeting House, 
and in Richmond, N. H 22, 40, 80 


Of Providence, R. L, so called 9 


Songs, hymns, &c., of Silas Ballon" 172-180 

Pbovidsnce, R L, 

Founded by Roger Williams and five associates, 1686 1 

Partly burnt by the Indians Mar. 80, 1676 1 

Damage done to its Records on that occasion 1 

Its early Records now extant, their condition, titles, and places of 

safe keeping 2 


The one given by Roger Williams and John Fenner to the widow 

of Maturin Ballon* 4 

Copy of one which James Ballon* required of his several children 

on final endowment and settlement of his estate 25 

Rbsbabches, Genealogical, &c., for this work. 

By Ira B. Peck, Esq., our pioneer 496 

By Fred. M. Ballou, Esq. Introduction 1162 


For pulpit and pastoral services conscientiously eschewed by early 

Baptist ministers, especially of the Six Principle Order 68, 77, 91 



As a part of divine worship, as also lay exhortation in social relig- 
ious meetings, forbidden and denounced by the Six Principle 

Baptists; occasioning a schism in Cumberland, B. 1 80 

Six PBiNciPiiEs, 

What they were. (See Epistle to the Hebrews, VI. 1^2.) 41-42 

SFmrruAL Wotert, 

Urged on James Bailout but disdained and denounced 80 

Sbyen Milb Line, 

A famous land boundary, established in the Providence Planta- 
tions, 1660 6 


D. D. on Bev. Hosea Ballon, 2d, by Harvard University in 1845.... 757 

D. D. on Bev. Eli Ballon, by a college in Ky., 1860 997 

liL. D. on Hon. Latimer W. Ballou, ex-member of Congress, by 

Tufts College, 1887 1128 

D. D. on Bev. John O. Fiske, by Bowdoin College, 1868 1160 

UnivbrsaiiISM, as held and taught by Bev. Hosea Ballou 140 

VmaiNiA Line op BaiiLous 1220-1231 

WiiiiiS OF SBVBRAii of the older Ballous, 

Of Peter Ballou* and wife Barbary 28-30 

Of Maturin Ballou", Smithfield, now Lincoln, B. 1 83-35 

Of Peter", grandfather of Bev. Hosea Ballou 86-88 

Of James*, Cumberland, B. 1 42 

Of Obadiah*, Cumberland, B. 1 48 

Of SamueP, Smithfield, B. 1 49-50 

Of Nehemiah', Glocester, B. 1 53-54 

Of Maturin^ Stump Hill, now Lincoln, B. 1 64 

Of Arie^, Cumberland, B. 1 73 

Of Bev. Abner*, Cumberland, B. 1 92-94 


Having presented, in the foregoing Introduction, all the infor- 
mation authentic, traditional and conjectural at our command, 
concerning Maturin Ballou, previous to 1646, we next find him a 
co-pro])rietor of the Pro^ddence Plantations in the Colony of 
Rhode Island. Thenceforth our dependence had to be on the 
Records of that Colony and its constituent subdivisions for most 
of the data whence to deduce the history of our patriarch, his 
family, and early descendants. Possibly these records would 
have aflForded us some very desirable facts now much needed, 
had not a considerable portion of them been lost by the sad 
casualties of king Pliilip's war. His Indian forces attacked the 
settlement at Providence, Mar. 30, 1676, and burnt about thirty 
houses. One of these belonged to John Smith, the then Town 
Clerk, and stood adjacent to the mill pond. The Town Records 
were snatched from the flames and thrown into the pond to save 
them. They were rescued from the water, and carried for safety 
to New[)ort. They were brought back in 1677, examined by a 
Kj>ecial committee, and reported to have lost sixty-five leaves from 
Book I., and twenty from Book II., besides other conelative 
docimients. It is highly probable that those destroyed eighty- 
five leaves and papers contained important memoranda conceal- 
ing the first settlers, their antecedents, family connections, &c. 
How this may have been we know not, and must be thankfully 
content with what was left. 

We are certified that the great apostle of civil and religious 
lilierty, Roger Williams, with five congenial associates, founded 
the since flourishing city of Providence, in 1636. They were 
soon joined by considerable numbers of kindred adventurers, and 
^rradoally opened the Providence Plantations, after honorable 
acquisition of territory from the Indians. With Williams at 
their head, they presently established a strictly democratic civil 
compact, which left every individual perfectly free in matters of 
relijrioD, and made the majority of voting citizens supreme in civil 
affairs, excepting of course the sovereignty of England. Williams 
went to the mother country in 1643 and obtained a royal charter 


for his Colony, according to which it was governed until super- 
seded in after years by one of more comprehensive scope. 

The earliest recorded document of the Colony which mentions 
Maturin Ballou is an Agreement, bearing the names of twenty- 
eight persons as subscribers. This Agreement is dated " The 19 
of 11 mo, 1645," wliich, as the months were then numbered, must, 
we sui)pose, be understood as January, 19, 1646, Old Style. The 
following is a copy : — 

" We whose names are hereunto subscribed, having obtained a 
fi-ee grant of Twenty-five acres of land apiece, with the right of 
commoning according to the said projiortion of land, from the few 
inhabitants of this town of Providence, do thankfully accept of 
the same, and do hereby promise to yield active and passive 
obedience to the authority of the King and Parliament [The 
State ©f England], as established in this Colony according to 
our Charter, and to all such wholesome laws and orders that 
are or shall be made by the major consent of the Town of Prov- 
idence, as also not to claim any right to the i3urchase of the said 
plantations, nor any privilege of vote in town affaii's until we shall 
be received as freemen of the said town of Providence." From 
a small old Kecord Book with brass clasps on loose leaves in the 
City Clerk's Office, Providence, K. I. See also in said office a 
Book entitled " Deeds Transcribed," p. 87*. 

Among the twenty-eight signatures stands the name of Ma- 
thurin Bellou, and immediately preceding it that of Eobert Pyke. 
The origintil document and signatures are not extant, but the 
orthography of the names may be i^rcsumed to have been fol- 
lowed by the recorder. Maturin Ballou and Robert Pike appear 
to have joined the Colony at the same time, and afterwards were 
intimately connected till death. It will be seen, from the terms of 
the Agreement, that they could not enter into j^ossession of their 
lands, and privileges of citizenship, till received as freemen of the 
Town. It is understood that they were very soon received as 
such. Be this as it may have been, the Colonial Records, Vol. 
I., p. 387, say: "At a Meeting at Warwick, May 18th, 1658, 
Robert Pyke and Maturin Ballue were admitted freemen." We 
may infer that they had, before this, been made in some sort free- 

*It seems proper at ibis outset of our references to ancient Records, to say, for the Information 
of researchers, that the Town Records of Providence, now extant, are all to be found in the Oity 
Clerk's Office ; and that tlic Proprietors' Records are now in the care of the sons of the Hon. Jadg^ 
Staples, Providence. Their father, the Judge, was long Proprietors* Clerk. 


men of Providence, and tliat this act of the Colonial Assembly 
enlarged their franchise, or at least confirmed it as Colonial citi- 

Their special intimacy became cemented by maniage, as will 
l)e seen below, and their lands were probably laid out in close 
adjacency, especially their home-lots. These appear to have been 
locateil on or near the little Moshassuck river, not far from the 
mill of John Smith, which was burned, as above mentioned, by 
PhQip's Indians in 1676. It is supposed to have stood near the 
site of the present dam. This w^as in the northerly section of the 
town as originally settled. In that neighborhood Robeii; Pike 
and Matnnn Ballou had their homesteads. Various parcels of 
ont-lands are recorded to have been subsequently assigned to 
them in the near or more distant vicinity, as will hereinafter 
appear. Nothing has come dowTi to us historically respecting 
their character and standing. They attained to no official dig- 
nity in the Colony, but may be confidently presumed to have 
been worthy persons in all their civil, social and domestic rela- 
tions. We learn from the records that Pike had a w4fe Catherine, 
a daughter Hannah, a brother Conant and a sister Justina. No 
others are mentioned. What became of Conant Pike is not indi- 
cated. The sister, Justina, w^as married to Nathaniel Patten of 
Dorchester, Mass., w^here both lived and died. She survived, and 
died his widow in 1675, leaving a legacy of goods and money to 
her Providence relatives of some £20. Her brother Robei't had 
deceased, but Mrs. Catherine, her daughter Hannah, and several 
of her childi-en, the Ballous, inherited the bequest. We may now 
proceed to tabulate the family record of Maturin Ballou. In 
doing so we can give only proximate dates, but have carefully 
fixed these in view of all the cu'cumstantial known facts. 

First and Second Generations. 

1. Maturin Ballou^ m. Hannah Pike, dr. of Kobei-t and Cath- 
erine Pike, i)rob. in Providence, K. I., between 1646 and 1649. 
LsKue, — 

2 — 1. John, b. prob. Providence, 1650; m. Hannah Garrett. 

3—2. James, b. prob. Providence, 1652; m. Susanna Whitman, 1683. 

4 — 3. Peter, b. prob. Providence, 1654; m. Barbary . 

5— t Hannah, b. prob. Providence, 1656; d. u. m. in advanced maiden- 

6— i5. Xstluiniel, b. prob. Providence, 1658; d. in early manhood. 

7--6L Samnel, b. prob. Providence, 1660; drowned June 10, 1669. 


That the above birth-dates, though somewhat conjectural, can- 
not be far from the actual ones, is certain ; because we have 
authentic data to warrant our conclusion. 1. Maturin Ballou with 
Eobert Pike and family located in Providence as early at least as 
January, 1646. 2. Maturin died somewhere between Feb. 24, 
1661, and Jan. 31, 1663, and of course all his children were bom 
previous to the latter date. 3. John, his eldest son, was admitted 
a freeman at Newport May 1, 1671, prob. soon after he was twenty- 
one years of age. 4. Samuel Ballou, Maturin's youngest son, was 
drowned while yet a lad, June 10, 1669 — as is i)roven by the fol- 
lowing verdict of Inquest by a jury : — " We find, according to the 
evidence given in, that the lad, the widow Belloo her son, named 
Samuel Belloo, going into the river w-hich runneth to the mill in 
Providence to wash himself, was by a providence of God drowned." 
See pai-ticulars in a book entitled "Deeds Transcribed" p. 455, 
City Clerk's oflSce, Providence. The critical reader can calculate 
for himself and understand the probable proximate correctness of 
our given birth-dates ; which it was deemed proper to place two 
years apart. The smaU river in which the lad Samuel was drowned 
bore the name Moshassuck. John Ballou's admission as a free- 
man may be found in Colonial Records B. II. under date of May 
1, 1671. The death of Maturin Ballou is proximately determined 
by the following data. 1. He had land laid out to him as late as 
Feb. 24, 1661 ; 2, a Receipt from Roger Williams, <fec., to his 
widow, viz. — "Providence 31, 11, '63, (so called) [i. e. Jan. 31, 

Red. of y'' Widow Belleau for her payment toward Mishoasak 
& y" rest of y" inland inlargments fiftie shillings at six P \}v, peny. 
We say reed at y^ appointmt of y" town by us. 

Roger Williams, 
John Fenner." 

We find no particulars concerning the death of Maturin*, but 
presume it must have taken place while yet he was in the prime 
of middle age, to the great affliction of his wife, children, rela- 
tives and friends. Next the family mourned the loss of Samuel, 
in 1669, by drowning, and next, in youthful manhood, that of 
Nathaniel, probably not far fr-om 1677 or 78. No record of the 
precise date has been found, and the only mementoes he left of 
his existence are two dateless letters — one to a brother, and one 
to his mother. These are thought too precious to omit. They 
are as follows : — 






" Dear and loving brother, — 

My love to thee, and all the rest, and to all that ask after 
me. Let this give thee to understand that I have received thy 
lines, and am glad to Pmow) that thou dost harken to my council, 
to think of thy latter end. Indeed, that will do the only good 
that thou canst seek after : and it is my heart's desire that thou 
mayest so do, and not put that day of salvation far from thee. 
I shall write no more at present, but rest thy loving brother. 

Nathaniel Ballon." 
" Dear and loving mother, — 

My duty is remembered to you, with my love and respects 
to my grandmother. Remember my love to my brother John, and 
to my brother James, and to my brother Peter, and to my sister — 
wishing all their welfare in this life, and if it may be in that which 
is to come also. Mother, being very weak, I have wrote a few 
lines to you, desiring you to consider this one thing, that there 
is no fleeing from the grave. For it is that which I do look for, 
to put off this earthly tabernacle. And when you shaU hear this 
news, I pray thee, let not this trouble you : for I know this, that 
I shall have my part in the first resurrection, and shall live forever. 
So I bid you all farewell, and rest your dutiful son. 

Nathaniel Ballon. 
Brother James, I pray thee not to forget me." 

Where Nathaniel was when he wrote these letters, what were 
his pursuits, and why he was away from the parental home, no 
hint is left on record, and conjectiu*e is useless. It would seem, 
from his mentioning his grandmother and not his grandfather, 
that the latter, Robert Pike, had gone the way of all the earth, 
probably sometime between 1673 and 1678. His two lettei*s show 
that he was a deeply religious young man, as well as very affec- 
tionate towards his family relatives; and the last one indicates 
that his death was at hand. Happily he was ready to depart, 
and his soul anticipated with undoubting confidence a joyful 
entrance into immortal blessedness. We regi'et that no more can 
be told of him. 

After the foiu* surviving children came of age, the estates of 
their father and grandfather were legally divided between them 
and their mother. The following is the recorded document spec- 
ifying that division : — 

" Whereas it hath pleased God by death to remove Matureene 
Belloo & Robert Pike, formerly of y* town of Providence in y' col- 


lony of Khode Island & Providence Plantations in New England, 
and each of them leaving some estate behind them in housing, 
lands, goods and chattel ; and whereas y' said Matureene Belloo 
& y* said Kobert Pike died making no legal instrument or instru- 
ments of disposition of their said estates, by reason whereof, if 
not timely prevented, controverseys may arise amongst their suc- 
cessors concerning the said estates; therefore, for y* preventing 
of all inconveniency or differences & discord which might at any 
time arise between y* successors and sur\ivor8 of y* said Matureene 
Belloo, Robert Pike & their posterity, it is covenanted, concluded, 
determined & fuDy & jointly agreed by Hannah Belloo, widdow 
& Relique of y* aforesaid deceased Matureene Belloo & daughter 
of y* said deceased Robert Pike, & by John Belloo, eldest son of 
y* said Matureene Belloo, and by James Belloo, son of y* said 
Matureene Belloo, and by Peter Belloo, son of y* said Matureene 
Belloo, and by Hannah Belloo, daughter of y* said Matureene 
Belloo, all of y* said town of Providence and collony of Rhode 
Island and Providence Plantations in New England: that the 
house lot, which is in y* aforesaid Providence, the one which 
belonged to y* said Robert Pike, & also y* house lot which 
belonged unto y* aforesaid Matureen Belloo with all y* housing 
on it, <fe y'' share of medow which belonged to y* said Matureene 
Belloo which lieth at y® great medow, and half y* right of common 
land yet divisible upon it, reckoning so far west as y* seven mile 
line*, which belonged to y* said Robert Pike, and one quarter 
part y* right which belonged to y* said Matiu-eene Belloo on 
y* west side of y" seven mile line, with all and every their ap- 
pertances, three cows & five swine & all y* household goods, 
shall belong unto y* said Hannah Belloo, widdow, and y* said 
Hannah Belloo, daughter, of y* said Matureene Belloo, unto 
them and their heirs and assigns forever. And if any of said 
estate shall at any time be disposed of, it shall be with both their 
consents and approbation; and that y" said estate of housing, 
lands, goods and cattle what shall be & remainders possessed 
of by y* said two persons shall revert and be unto y* longest 
lived of said two persons, (namely) y* said Hannah Belloo, vdA.- 
dow, & Hannah Belloo, daughter, of y* said Matureene Belloo, 
to their heirs and assigns for ever. 

* Tbii line wiu established in 1660. It runs north and south from a point supposed to be seven 
miles west of Fox Hill, though it actually measures more. It is now the dividing line between 
Smithfleld, Johnston and Cranston on the east, and Scituhte, Gloucester and Burrillville on the 
west. It was the western boundary of the early division of Providence town lands. They suboe* 
quently divided the land on the west side of the line. 


Secondly — ^Uiat the sixty acres of upland in y" 2d division & 
y* share of medow in y* same division in y* right of y* said Ma- 
tureene Belloo & one half y* right of common, reckoning so far 
vest from y* town of Providence as y' seven mile line, & a quarter 
part of y* right beyond y" seven mile Kne, & one acre of swamp 
land adjoining to y* aforesaid share of medow, & half a six acre 
lot lying in y* neck between y* land of John Brown & y" land of 
Shadrach Manton, it being the west end or west half of said six 
acres of land, together with all and every of their appertances, 
to be unto y* said John Belloo, to him & his heirs & assigns for 

Thirdly — that the sixty acres of land in y* 2d division in y* right 
of y* said Eobert Pike, & y* ten acres of land in y* said division 
in y* right of y* said Kobert Pike in lieu of a share of medow, 
and a piece of swampy land which was laid out in exchange from 
y* new field in y* right of y* aforesaid Matureene Belloo, & half 
of y* right of common reaching from y* town of Providence so 
far west as y* seven mile line in y*' right of y" aforesaid Robert 
Pike, with what lands are divisible upon it, & one quarter part 
in y* right of y* aforesaid Matureene Belloo in y* land beyond 
y* seven mile line, & one quarter i)art of a six acre lot lying in 
y* neck betwixt y* land of John Brown and y*" land of Shadrach 
Manton, the which said quarter part of y* said six acre lot is to 
be at the east end thereof, all the said lands & Common & all and 
every of their appertances to be unto y* said James Belloo afore 
named, to his heirs and assigns forever. 

Fourthly — that the ten acres of land which was bought of Sam- 
uel Whipple lying westward of y* brook ciilled Bobbins brook & 
Southward from Waiting's furnace, & eleven acres of swampy land 
lying in y* great swamp in y* neck, the which is both in y" right 
of Robert Pike aforesaid, & also of y* aforesaid Matureene Belloo, 
and half a right of Common reaching fi'om y' town of Providence 
so far west as y^ seven mile line with y" lands yet divisible upon 
it in y* right of y* said Matiureene Belloo, & a quarter i^art of 
y* right of y* said Matureene in y* land beyond on y" west side of 
y* seven mile line, and one quarter i)art of a six acre lot in y* neck 
which lyeth between y" land of John Brown & y* land of Shadrach 
Manton, the which said quarter part is to be between the afore- 
said John Belloo his share of y* six acres & y* said James Belloo 
his share of y' said six acres, to be, all and every part of the 
!^d lands & common & all <^ every of their appertances, unto 
f said Peter Belloo to him, his heirs & assigns for ever. 


Fifthly — ^that in case it shall so fall that y"* aforesaid Hannah 
Belloo, widdow, shall stand in need of assistance with maintain- 
ance for her relief, then shall the said John Belloo & James Bel- 
loo & Peter Belloo each of them and their executors, heirs & 
administrators, be at equal charges for her maintainance to the 
end of her natural life. 

Sixthly — ^that four written instruments be made the which shall 
all correspond & agree each with the other, and that each one 
of y* aforesaid concerned persons shall sign and set his seal to 
every one of y* said four written instruments, that any one of 
y* said four written instruments shall be good to all intents and 
puri)08es for each of said persons their heirs, executors, admin- 
istrators and assigns to hold and maintain their lands and estates 
by the which are therein contained and mentioned for each one 
their part, and that this instrument is one of y* said four written 

This being covenant conclusion, determination and full & joint 
agreement made by y* aforesaid Hannah Belloo, widdow, John 
Belloo, James Belloo, Peter Belloo & Hannah Belloo, daughter 
of y* said deceased Matureene Belloo; in witness thereof they 
do all hereunto set their hands & seals this first day of March, 
in y* year one thousand six hundred eighty and five, six." See 
Providence Records B. II. p. 112, &c. 

This is certainly a very important instrument, remarkable for 
its clearness and strength of specification, considering its date, 
and invaluable for its historic details. It puts us in possession 
of authentic facts respecting the early circumstances and affairs 
of Maturin Ballou s family almost indispensable to a fair start 
of their genealogy. It would seem from its silence concerning 
Mrs. Catherine Pike, widow of Robert, that she had followed him 
to the world of spirits — probably sometime between 1680 and 
1685. Whether we can infer from the orthography of the name, 
" Matureene Belloo," anything conclusive as to the early pronun- 
ciation of it, is doubtful ; though it is probable that the draftsman 
of the instrument, an evidently legal gentleman, gave nearly its 
usual ])honetic i)ronunciation. But the scribes and clerks of sub- 
sequent date made such incongruous work of writing it and the 
sur-name generally, that we are only amazed at their multiform 
whimsicality. We know, however, by the original letters of Na- 
thaniel and John, sons of Maturin, that they spelled their sur- 
name as we now do — Ballou. 

What next occurred in the exp*erience of the family? It is 


probable, if not certain, that the widow Hannah Ballon and her 
daughter Hannah resided for several years on the original home- 
stead in the northerly section of Providence. Meantime the three 
brothers, John, James and Peter, settled within a short distance 
of each other on their respective divisions of inherited common 
land in a locality then called Loquasquissuck, but now Louis- 
quiset. This tract was then in its wilderness state, but had sev- 
eral attractive open meadows, created by the ancient beavers, 
yielding annually large crops of nutritious grasses, much needed 
in those days for the sustenance of cattle. It was situated only 
a few miles northwest of the parental homestead, in what is now 
the westerly part of Lincoln, between the villages of Manville on 
the north and Lime Bock on the south. This locality was origi- 
nally in the town of Providence and included in the tract of 
common territory called the O^vtlaruU of Providence, In 1730 
those Outlands were divided into three towns, viz.: Smithfield, 
Gloucester and Scituate. Thenceforth the BaUou locality of the 
second generation was in Smithfield. In 1871 Smithfield was 
subdivided so as to constitute wholly or in part four towns, viz. : 
Smithfield, North Smithfield, Woonsocket and Lincoln. BurriU- 
ville was set oflf from Gloucester in 1806. The ancient James 
Ballon homestead lies about half a mile westward from the village 
of Albion. A portion of it continues in possession of their de- 
scendants to this day. 

At length the mother and daughter began to stand in need of 
special care from one or more of the sons. They preferred that 
of James, and entered into the following Agreement with him, 
Oct. 22, 1707 : 

"Whereas there are two house lots or home shares of land, 
each lot containing about four acres of land be it more or less, the 
which are situate lying and being in the town of Providence, in 
the Colony of Bhode Island and Providence Plantations, in the 
Naragansett Bay in New England — lieing and being in the row of 
house lots whereon the town is seated, and towards the northern 
part of the town — ^the which said lots of land, one of them for- 
merly belonged unto Bobert Pike formerly of said Providence 
but now deceased, the other of them formerly belonged to Ma- 
tureene BeUoo formerly of said Providence but now deceased — 
The which said two house lots or home shares of land do now 
belong to us, Hannah Belloo, formerly wife of the sd Matureene 
Belloo but now bis widow, and Hannah Belloo, daughter of the 


aforesaid Matureene Belloo, both of y* aforesaid town of Prov- 
idence, and are our proper estates, both the said lots: And 
whereas we, the sd Hannah Belloo, widdow of the aforesaid Ma- 
tureene Belloo, and Hannah Belloo, daughter of the aforesaid 
Matureen Belloo, are noW fallen into the care and providing for 
of James Belloo, of the aforesaid town of Providence, son of the 
aforesaid deceased Matureene Belloo and of the said Hannah 
Belloo, widow of the aforesaid deceased Matureene Belloo : And 
whereas it is requisite that the said James Belloo should be con- 
sidered as with respect to his care and charges as to our provid- 
ing for and maintainance so far as we are capable, and if it shall 
so fall out at any time with us or with either of us, that we or 
either of us may not be in a capasity to answer the said James 
Belloo as to his care, charges and disbursements concerning us 
or either of us, the sd two lots of land shall be under such cir- 
cumstances as to make restitution unto the said James Belloo or 
his heirs for what he hath or may yet exi^end upon us or on the 
longest lived of us. And if at any time that any of us two per- 
sons to whom the said two lots of land do belong shaU see cause 
to make sale of the same, the said James Belloo or his heirs shall 
have the first offer and refusal, he or they allowing as much for 
the same as any other person will give. 

In witness of the premises we, the said Hannah Belloo widdow 
and Hannah Belloo daughter, do hereunto set our hands and seals 
the twenty and second day of October, in the year one thousand 
seven hundred and seven. 

The mark of y Hannah Belloo, 
widow ; / 

Hannah BeUoo, daughter. 

Signed, sealed and delivered in 
the presence of 

Tho. Olney, sen. 
John Inman, Junr, 

Recorded Feb. 10th, 1717-18. 

Per me Bichard Waterman, Clerk. 

It furthermore appears that the mother and daughter made a 
deed bearing this same date of October 22, 1707, whereby they 
conveyed to James Belloo all their right, title and interest to lands 
on the west side of the seven mile line, as specified in the divi- 
sional agreement hereinbefore copied. This deed, which is still 
extant in its original form, purports to have been recorded in 
"Providence Records," Book II. pp. 195 and 196, June 13, 1711, 
by Thomas Olney, Clerk. 

Under date of Jan. 28, 1711-12, Hannah Ballou, the widowed 


mother, executed a deed whereby she conveyed to her son James 
" my two six acre lots situate and being within y* Town of Provi- 
dence & lying between land of James Brown on y* south & the 
land of John Arnold on the North, and butting on y" Town street 
on the west — one of which sd lots did formerly belong unto my 
well beloved husband, Matureene Belou deceased, the other did 
formerly belong to my much honored father, Robert Pike de- 
ceased — as also one half Right of common on y* east side of 
y* seven mile line. And also fourteen acres of land laid out unto 
me adjoining to the lands of my said son, James Beleu, together 
with aU my household stuf and other moveable Estate of what 
kind and nature soever." Providence Records, Book III. p. 90. 

At this same date James bound himself in the penal sum of 
£40 to his mother " to find for and allow unto her meat, drink, 
washing, lodging, appariel and tendance, with all things else 
needful and necessary respecting both her age and times of sick- 
ness," during her whole life. Providence Records, B. III. p. 90. 

Thus we find James Ballon in legal possession of all the prop- 
erty that had belonged to his mother and to his sister Hannah — 
he giving bonds as aforesaid. As his sister is not mentioned in 
either of these two instruments bearing date Jan. 28, 1711-12, she 
had imdoubtedly deceased. This determines her death to have 
taken place some time between Oct. 22, 1707, and Jan. 28, 1711-12, 
which is the nearest approximation we are able to make to the 
date of that event.* 

The foregoing arrangement appears to have been quite unsatis- 
factory to John Ballon, the eldest son of Maturin and Hannah 
(Pike) Ballon. It seemed to him that his brother James had 
inveigled himself into an undue share of his mother's estate, and 
he complained of it. He died some little time before his mother, 
and left his grievance to be cherished by his eldest son, John 
Ballon, Jr. When his grandmother had passed away, this son 
insisted that his uncle James should hand over to him a share of 
the estate, pleading that the three sons and their heirs had all 
Wen bound for the old lady's maintenance, and ought to share 
her property. His uncle James contended that he had borne all 
the care and expense of her maintenance, and that the entire estate 
made over to him would hardly make him whole. But John, Jr., 

*Aiif. ao, 1886. Oar friend John O. Austin, an expert Rhode Island genealogist, has recently 
ditoovered and coniroanicated in part a record of the testimony given on trial of the case between 
JohD Ballon* and his nnele, James Ballon', In 1718, which reports Peter Ballon^ as declaring that 
Ut sister Hannah *< died fore part of January 1712.'* This seems to setUe the date almost to a day. 


brought suit against his uncle, which was tried before the " Gen- 
eral Court of Trials" at Newport in Sept., 1718. It seems that 
the plaintiflF lost his case. There are some peculiar and quaint 
papers extant relating to this case, which we cannot afford to have 
buried out of sight. They will repay preservation, and, as curi- 
osities, if nothing more, demand a place in these pages. The first 
of these documents is a Release or discharge made by James, the 
uncle, to John, his nephew. 

" Whereas my brother John Ballon did oblige himself and heirs 
to be at equal part of the expense of maintaining my mother and 
sister, now deceased, with me and my brother Peter, I do now 
therefore discharge John Ballon, son and heir of the said John 
Ballon now deceased, from all costs and charges which have oc- 
curred for the support of my mother & sister. 

James Ballon. 

Feb. 7, 1717-18." 

This is only an extract from the instrument, containing the pith 
of its substance, but is sufficient for our purpose. It looks as if 
uncle James executed it to foreclose any plea on the part of 
nephew John, that he and others might be held liable to pay 
charges for the maintenance of his grandmother and aunt. But 
it is chiefly interesting as showing that the uncle intended to 
insist on no unjust claims, and more especially to us of tliis gen- 
eration, as indicating proximately the death-dates of his mother 
and brother John. Another recorded document, discovered by 
Frederick M. Ballon, Esq., after the foregoing was written, shows 
that John had deceased previously to " March 4, 1714-15." Hence 
it is somewhat probable that the mother and her eldest son died 
not far apart — ^he during the year 1714, she early in 1716. These 
instruments are our only dependence for fixing their death dates. 
We have, however, two much more curious documents relating to 
this family controversy. Here is a 

DEPOsmoN BY Deputy Gov. Joseph Jenks. 

" I Joseph Jenks, being of Lawful age. Do testify & Say, that 
Som years ago I was Desired by James Beleu to write a Deed of 
Some percils of Land, which he told me his mother was minded 
he should have in Satisfaction for y* Charge which he had already 
been at for her maintainance. As also for her further maintainance 
During her life, he also desired me, that when I had writ Sd 
Deed I would bring it up to his house & Se it Executed, & ac- 


cording^ly when I had writ the Deed I carried it to his house, & 
when I came there he Sent for his brother Peter Beleu to come to 
his house to See the Executing of Sd Deed, he also Sent for Some 
persons for witnesses ; & whilst the messengers were gon (which 
I suppose was about an hour) I fell into Discourse ^vith the An- 
cient woman, James Beleu's mother, & asked her Several ques- 
tions — & to my thinking She answered very Bationally to them 
all, & as Bationally as She could have done at any time, for many 
years past : & amongest other discourse, I asked her if She could 
Remember her age. She Beplied She could not, but told me that 
Thomas Olney had kept her age Ever Since She came to Live at 
Pro^ddence : for, said she, when I first came into this Town, we 
had discourse about our ages, k found that we were both bom in 
one year: & he has kept my age Ever Since. So after Some 
Time the Messengers Eetumed ; & Thomas Hopkins & Valentine 
Inman Came for to be witnesses to Sd Deed ; but Peter Beleu 
Came not — he having business which Detained him, as was said ; 
but John Beleu came & Seemed very angery. Saying that he 
thought he ought to have part of the Land. James Beleu Be- 
plied, I do not Covet the Land, do you pay me what Charge I 
have been at, in keeping my mother, & Hannah, & take my mother 
& Look after her as Long as She lives, provided She be willing to 
goe with you, & Do you take the Land. John Beleu RepUed he 
would take her; but She made Answer, I won't go with you, 
John, what T^ill you do with me ? you can't Look after me, or to 
that Effect. So She proceeded to Sign the. deed, being Dim 
Sighted She asked where She must Sign, & I guided her hand to 
the place & She Signed the Deed, but John Beleu forbid the wit- 
nesses Signing, but they proceeded & Signed as witnesses : & I 
heard not one word, neither from him nor them, of the old woman's 
being Childish, or Incopassitated for such a business. So I took 
her acknowledgement of the Deed, <fe drew a bond wherein James 
Beleu became bound to his mother for her maintainance During 
her Life, & So Returned hom : & never heard any more Stir about 
it untiU about Six or Eight months ago : & then I heard that John 
Beleu was Intended to Sue for the Land Contained In the fore Sd 
Deed, & had procured witnesses to prove that his grandmother 
was Childish & not Capeable of making a conveyance at the time 
when she sined the afore Sd Deed, & that those men which were 
witnesses to the Deed had given Such a Testimony : the which I 
much admired at ; but I Remembering what discourse I had with 
the woman about her age, thought I would ask Mr. Olney about 


it, & accordingly I did, & he told me- that when She came first to 
providence, her father, and mother, her husband and Shee kept 
Some Time at his father's house, in which time they had Discourse 
about their age, & found they were both bom in one year, & he 
was then Eighteen years of age : So that Mr. Olney confirming 
the Truth of what the woman had told me at the time of her 
Signing the Deed, was a good Confirmation to me that I was not 
mistaken in Judging her to be of sound memory at that Time : 
& this I declare to be truth, as witness my hand this 2d of Octo- 
ber: 1718. 

Joseph Jencks. 
Taken upon Engagent this 27th day of March 1719 : before me 

Bichard Browne, Justice of peace." 

The foregoing has been copied literally from a time-yellowed 
but well preserved original paper, handed down among other val- 
uable documents to the descendants of James Ballou inheriting 
the ancient homestead. It appears to be in the hand writing of 
Bichard Browne, Esq., who swore the deponent, excepting only 
the signature, Joseph Jencks, which is probably his own, as it is 
spelled with a c in it before the k, unlike " Jenks " at the begin- 
ning, and shows a lighter use of the pen. Joseph Jenks was a 
distinguished man and official functionary among the early Bhode 
Islanders. The deed and bond to which he refers, as having 
assisted to execute, bear date January 28, 1711-12; which has 
been shown on a preceding page. The deponent is understood 
to refer first to "John Beleu," the elder brother of James, and last 
to " John Beleu," the nephew. He makes neither of these Johns 
appear to very good advantage in comparison with James, who 
seems to have been a high minded, fair and just person. Han- 
nah Ballou, the aged widow of Maturin, is shown to have been a 
discriminating, shrewd woman, with downright common sense and 
a positive will. She was not to be trifled with. This deposition 
gives us our best indications concerning Hannah (Pike) Ballou's 
age, yet is not desirably definite. Mr. Olney and she were bom 
the same year. They were eighteen years of age when she first 
came to Providence. But when was that ? Her parents, she and 
her husband dwelt for a time with Mr. Olney 's father. Was she 
then already married to Maturin Ballou at the age of eighteen ? 
Or is it only meant that he who became her husband lived in 
Pike's family ? There is constructive room for conjecture ; and it 
is a reasonable conjecture, that the Pike family, with Maturin 


Ballou, may have come to Providence as early as 1644, though 
their land grant is dated in Jan., 1646. We have no means of 
settling these points. We shall assumiB, however, that they were 
living at Mr. Olney's in 1644, that Hannah Pike had not then been 
married, was at that time eighteen years old, and was probably 
married two or three years later. If so,.she was eighty-five years 
of age or thereabouts in 1712, when she executed the deed to her 
son James, which Joseph Jencks wrote and took her acknowledg- 
ment of. And if so, she must have been eighty-seven or over at 
her death, which probably took place not far from 1714. If we 
have not mistaken facts in assuming that the deponent spoke first 
of John Ballou, Sen., and afterwards of John Ballou, Jr., then it 
would seem that John Ballou, Sen., must have died perhaj^s before 
his mother : i. e. during 1714, and she early in 1715, as already 
conjectured. This point must be left in some obscurity and uncer- 
tainty, for want of requisite explicit data. 

Another Kindred Document 

now demands consideration. It explains itself, and is literally as 
follows: — "Whereas there hath been: and yet is a Contention 
betwixt John Ballou, and his imcle James Ballou, both of Provi- 
dence in the Colony of Bhode Island &c: Concerning certain 
Lands lying within the Township of Providence aforesaid, the 
which said Lands the said James Ballou purchased of his mother, 
Hannah Ballou, as by two deeds of Sale imder her hand & seal 
may appear, nevertheless the said John Ballou, sence the decease 
of his Grandmother the sd Hannah Ballou, layeth Claim unto said 
land as being heir irnto it : and their strife about the same is risen 
to such a heighth that they have had one tryal at the last General 
Court of tryals held at Newport in September last past, and design 
to have another at the next General Court of tryals there ; and 
inasmuch as neither of the said deeds of sale do so exactly and 
plainly declare how much money the sd James Ballou gave for 
the said Lands, as they might have done, therefore some persons 
have taken the groimdless advantage as to say the sd James 
Ballou obtained the aforesaid Lands of his said mother for a very 
small sum, if any thing, or at least nothing near the true worth 
thereof: Therefore the said James Ballou Earnestly desired us 
whose names are here tmder written, to give our Judgment as to 
the true worth of the said Lands : and also to Examine the books 
of the accounts of the dealing between his said mother and him- 


self ; that so it may be known for the future whether there was 
any wrong done in that aflfair or not. Now as to the aforesaid 
Lands our Judgment is, that at the times when said deeds were 
signed, all the Lands that said James Ballou holds by virtue of 
said two deeds, was not worth more than one hundred pounds of 
money: and having Examined the said books of accounts and 
according to the accoimt that the said James BaUou brought and 
showed to us, it appeared that the said Hannah Ballou was in- 
debted to the said James Ballou, not long before her death, one 
hundred & ten pounds two shillings & three pence, and if the said 
accounts which he showed us be really true, which we know noth- 
ing at present to the Contrary, then we reckon that the said James 
Ballon gave ten pounds two shillings and three pence more than 
said Lands were worth at that time, for he told us he gave all the 
debt. Signed at Providence this 26th of March 1719 by us 

William Harris 
Eichard Browne. 
Providence, March 26th 1719; Then taken npon Engagement 
before me Joseph Jencks, Dep'. Gov'." 

Whether this unique document was ever used at any trial of the 
controversy to which it relates, we do not know. Its procurement 
by James Ballou seems to have been mainly designed to satisfy 
candid inquirers into the case, that he had done no wrong in the 
obtainment of his mother s lands, nor given any just cause of 
complaint to his contentious nephew in the matter. This was 
creditable to his self respect, as well as to his sense of justice. 
He was evidently an upright, prudent and honorable man. If his 
nephew was wanting in any of these qualities, for any reason, he 
was no exception to multitudes of kindred minds in our world. 
And if the Ballous of this generation take no j)ride in this feud of 
their progenitors, they may draw useful lessons from it in avoiding 
what is censurable on one side, and imitating what was commend- 
able on the other. They can see that human nature was active in 
their ancestors, as in themselves, and treasure vlJ} the admonitions 
of wisdom. 

Here we may close all that need be said of Maturin Ballou, his 
widow, Hannah (Pike) Ballou, and the three of their children who 
died unmarried. Maturin Ballou', our patriarch, died not far from 
1661, and was buried probably in the oldest Providence Grave 
Yard. No lettered stone marks the spot. Samuel, his youngest 
son, was drowned June 10, 1669, a mere lad, and buried near his 


father. Nathaniel, next older than Samuel, died and was buried 
away from the family home ; but where no record yet found in- 
forms us, perhaps about the year 1678. Hannah, the only daugh- 
ter, was never married, and sp^nt her last years with her venerable 
mother at the residence of her brother James Ballon, on his home- 
stead about half a mile west of the village called Albion, in then 
Proridenee, aftei-wards Smithfield, and now Lincoln. She died 
between 1707 and 1712, the precise date unascertained. Her re- 
mains were undoubtedly buried in that brother's family cemetery. 
Hanniih, the widow of Maturin', styled by Deputy Gov. Jencks 
"the ancient woman," died, as we have assumed, on the same 
premises, aged not far from eighty-eight years, and her ashes 
repose in the same humble cemetery. It was located only a shoi-t 
distance from the original home-site. There rests the dust of 
James Ballou', of his wife, mother, sister, and a portion of his 
posterity. No sculptured marble distinguishes the oldest graves 
from each other. It ought to be a hallowed depository to the 
descendants of James'', and may hereafter be fitly honored with 
some deserved monument of commemoration. 

Arrangement of this Genealogy. 

The proper construction and arrangement of this work Jias been 
a subject of considerable solicitude with the author. At fii*st he 
was disi^osed to present its details in three General Paris, quite 
distinct from each other, so as to treat separately of John Ballou* 
and his descendants, ot James Ballou'* and his descendants, and 
of Peter Ballou" and his descendants. But on finding that the 
descendants pf Peter'' were so few as to be very dispropoiiionate 
in number to those of his two elder brothers, he concluded to carry 
the whole along together in the order of their generations. On 
the advice of an experienced genealogist, he thought, for awhile, 
of i>lacing the female branches of descent, wherever they forked 
off from the male lineage, with full family records in a comjiact 
series together from case to case. But after mature reflection, he 
decided to avoid such broad blocks of eccentric specification, out 
of the regular chronological line as this must occasion, and to let 
both male and female branches of descent flow along in their 
natural order. He has proceeded accordingly, and the reader \rill 
please seek both for male or female descendants in the regular 
range of successive generations ; care being taken on his pai-t to 
guard against obscurity and mistake. So we come next to Maturin 
Ballou's descendants of the 


Second and Third Generations. 

[2.] John Ballou\ Maturin* ; presumed to have been b. in 
Providence, R. I., about the year 1660 ; m. 1st Hannah , sur- 
name, parentage, date and particulars of mge. not found. From 
this wife he was separated by divorce of the Colonial General 
Assembly, May 2, 1676. He m. 2d Hannah Garrett^ alias Jarrett, 
of Rhode Island, Jan. 4, 1678-9. Issue.— ^ 

8—1. John, b. Aug. 26, 1683 ; m. Naomi Inman Feb. 5, 1713-14. 

9 — 2. Maturin, b. sup. 1685 ; m. 1st Sarah Arnold, 2<1 Mary Cooi>er, 1759. 

10—3. Peter, b. Aug. 1, 1689 ; m. Rebecca Asten or Esten, May 13, 1714. 

11—4. Barah, b. not found ; get no satisfactory trace of her. 

12—5. Hannah, b. not found ; no trace ; prob. d. in early infancy. 

13—6. Abigail, b. not found ; m. John Albrough June 7, 1713. 

John Ballou' .appears to have lived several years in early man- 
hood on the Island of Rhode Island, in Portsmouth or Newi>ort. 
There he was admitted a freeman in 1671. It is possible he there 
m. his first wife, the Hannah from whom he was separated by 
divorce in 1676. But this is uncertain, as he resided alternately 
on the Island and in Providence. All we know concerning* his 
divorce and the grounds of it is derivable from the following 
Colonial record, viz. — 

" At a Session of the General Assembly, held at New|iort May 
2, 1676, Voted : Whereas John Belou, of the town of Providence, 
presented his petition to this Assembly for a legal divorce from 
his wife Hannah Belou ; the Court, upon examination of the mat- 
ter, finding that from the first of their marriage they Uved veiy 
discontentedly — she comi)laining of his insufficiency : for the rea- 
son abovesaid, and others, the Assembly doth see cause to divorce 
the said John Belou from all matrimonial engagements to the said 
Hannah Belou, and that from henceforth this Assembly doth de- 
declare him absolutely free as aforesaid." 

This looks a little like the easy-going kind of divorces, being 
granted mainly on account of incompatibility, with the blame 
charged on the wife. We cannot look behind the record into the 
merits of the case, and might more properly, as some will think, 
have ignored the whole matter, but chose rather to imveil it in the 
interest of truthful history, and leave its lesson of human infinnity 
for admonition. 

The following letters from John' to his brother James (with 


NathanieFs previously ^ven) were rescued from oblivion by our 
pioneer in this work, Ira B. Peck, Esq., and several other lon^ 
half-buried ancient documents, preserved by. the resident descen- 
dants of James in their inherited patrimonial domicile. They are 
quaint and curious enough for careful insertion on these pages. 
They were written from his residence on the Island, and are as 
follows. — 

Feb. 4, 1677. "Loving brother, — My love remembered unto 
thee, and my love to my grandmother, and to brother Peter, and 
to my neighbors. Let this give you to understand that we are all 
in pretty good health at this present time. I do hear that you do 
intend to come down shortly ; and if thou dost, I would have thee 
see what is become of them apples which I put in the ground, and 
if they ban't spoiled bring them down with thee. 

I rest thy brother, John Ballou, 

It woidd seem that it was then common to preserve apples dur- 
ing the winter by burying them in the ground. 
Again^ he wrote, under date of April 1, 1678. — 

"Loving brother, — ^My love is remembered unto thee, aMd to 
my grand mother, and to Peter. Let this give thee to understand 
that we are all in health at this time — thanks be to God for his 
mercy. I have been three times to speak to John Thornton about 
thy business, and yet he hath done nothing about it. [Here en- 
sues a sentence which is unintelUgible.] Mother s being warned 
by the Ilowh Council was nothing else but to know whether she 
did intend to remain or stay longer upon the Island. Our purpose 
is to come up to Pro\'idence as soon as ever we can. It may be a 
week or a fortnight before we shall be able to come up. I would 
have thee not trouble thyself about fencing in any more ground 
this spring ; because either thee or I must, this summer, if we live, 
go doMH to the bay and look after that business there. So I shall 
forbear at this time, hoping you are in health, and to see you 
before it be long. 

Your loving brother, John Ballou, 

One thing more about the rest of the cooper stuf. James Clark 
has a great mind to have it ; and if you can fetch it down for him, 
he wiU pay you anything except money. But if you can't, then 
send word by the next boat ; but if you can, then send word what 



The oriorinals of these letters, as well as Nathaniers, have come 
into our possession by transmission from Mr. Peck. They are in 
a tolerable state of preservation, exhibit an old fashion chiro- 
grapliy quite fair in its style, and with si^atnres peculiarly dis- 
tinct. The above would afford g-ood fnc-similes. A few of the 
words and phrases puzzled my undei*standin^, but with slight 
exceptions they are accurately rendered. They have a homely 
simplicity, but their naturalness of business detail does not detract 
from their value, especially in a case where we have nothing else 
to give us even a hint as to the domestic experiences, circumstan- 
ces and pursuits of these family ancestoi^s. We infer that John' 
was without compankmaWe wife or child during those days, and 
dwelling with his mother and sister in tlieir temporary home. 
James and Peter and grandmother Pike were on their Providence 
plantation, with occasional business of common interest up and 
down the shores of Narragansett Bay. 

It would seem that his widowed mother, and probably his 
sister Hannah, had been staying with John on the Island. Very 
likely they went thither, as many others did, just before king 
Phili])'s Indians attacked Providence, to escape impending dan- 
ger. James, however, and his grandmother Pike, either did not 
flee to.tlie Island, or had already returned to Providence. John 
took up his abode with the rest of the family before 1681 : for he 
was then admitted a freeman of Providence. It seems, too, that 
he served in the Indian war and was wounded ; for the General 
Assembly, at their October session in 1684, passed the following 
order. — " John Ballon is allowed three pounds in or an mcmey to 
be paid by the General Treasurer for his cure of his wound in 
the late Indian war." Later the three brothei-s, John, James 
and Pet(»r, settled near each other on a large tract of land in the 
locality then called by the Indian name, LoquasquLssuck, after- 
wards modernized into Louisquisset. This locality lies now 
mainly, if not whoUy, in the towTi of Lincoln. It includes Lime 
Rock and the adjacent vicinity, especially north-eastward. 

As specimens of antique land surveying and recording, we copy 
the following layings-out to John Ballou'. — "April y* 11th, 1685. 
Laid out in y* right of y* deceased Robert Pike, in lieu of land 
formerly laid out for a share of medow in y*" second division, now 
dianged k laid down to common. The said hind is ten acres and 
is now laid out, and is situate and lieing and being in y* woods 
commonly called Loquasquissick woods, k near unto the now 
dwelling house of James Belloo, about South Eastward from it, 


bounding' on y* Norwestem Corner with a black oak tree marked, 
and on y* noreastem comer with a black oak tree marked, & on 
y* southwestern comer with a black oak tree marked, & on y' 
southeastern comer with a low rock ; it being- northward & south- 
ward tlie longest ways, the breadth ways eastward and westward 
— -y* northern end bounding with a higliway, and y* westward side 
with a higliway, on y* eastern side with common, and on y* south- 
em end with y* land of Henry Brown. 

Laid out the year & day abovesaid by me, 

Thmnas Olney, shveim*, 

" By Arthur Fenner, sirvair, & William Hopkins, sirvair. Sev- 
eral years since laid out unto John Bellou in the right of his de- 
deased father, Matureen Belloo, for a share of medow in the 
second division, ten acres of low swampy land, heing & being in 
that part of Providence plantation commonly called Loquassqus- 
sick woods, & upon a small stream which runneth into the land of 
Edward Inman & his partners ; the which .ten acres of land, not 
being by y* said Arthur Fenner & y* said William Hopkins re- 
turned to y' town to be recorded, hath, this eleventh day of Ax)ril, 
1685, been by me, Thomas Olney, sirveior, returned & the bounds 
thereof taken. It is bounded on the southeastern corner with a 
stiike drove into the ground, the which also is a boundry of the 
land of Benjamin Heamton, and from said stake to range East- 
ward to a maple ti*ee marked, and from y* said maple tree to range 
Northward to a black-oak tree marked, & fiom said black oak 
Northwestward to the aforesaid stream, and so up along the stream 
to a mai)le tree marked for a western comer bound ; the southern 
part bounding with y* aforesaid Benjamin Heamton's land — the 
western part with y* common, and y* eastern part with y* common, 
the northern part ^dth y* aforesaid stream & i)ai'tly Avith swampy 
land." Other examx)les omitted as unnecessary. 

On these and other adjacent i^arcels of land, comprising alto- 
gether a spacious homestead, John Ballou" and his second wife, 
Hannah Garrett, spent the maturer portion of their Uves, and 
reared their family of seven children. We have found no clew to 
the parentage or birth-date of Hannah Garrett, but have given 
the authentic date of their marriage at the head of their family 
record. Besides what has already been given, very httle of his 
biography has come down to our times. We have assumed, with 
sufficient reason that he must have d. in 1714. Of his wife's de- 


cease no information has been obtained. Nor have we any 
knowledge concerning their burial place; but probably it was 
in the near vicinity of their homestead.* 

[3.] James BALLOU^ Maturin'; b. in Providence, R. I., as sup. 
during the year 1652 ; m. Sufumiha Whitvian^ dr. of Valentine and 
Mary Whitman [alias Wightman], b. in said Providence Feb. 28, 
1658 ; cer. July 25, 1683. Issue.— 

14—1. James, b. Nov. 1, 1684 ; m. Catherine Arnold Jan. 25, 1714. 

15—2. Nathaniel, b. Apl. 9, '87 ; m. Mary Lovett Dec. 7, 1716. 

16—8. Obadiah, b. Sept. 6, *89 ; m. Ist Damaris Bartlett Jan. 5, 1717, 2d 

17—4. Samuel, b. Jan. 23, '92 ; m. Ist Susannah Arnold, 2d Mary Smith. 
18 — 5. Susanna, b. Jan. 3, '95 ; m. Ist John Inman June 28, 1716, 2d Richd. 

19—6. Bathsheba, b. Feb. 15, '98 ; m. Daniel Arnold Oct. 16, 1720. 
20—7. Nehemiah, b. Jan. 20, 1702 ; m. Ist Mary Hall, 2d Abigail Perry. 

These seven chn. were prob. all b. in Loquasquissuck, since 
called Louisquisset, originally in Providence, R. I., later Smith- 
field, and now Lincoln. There James Ballon" and wife Susannah 
settled soon after mge., about half a mile west of Albion Factory 
Village on the Blackstone River, and a Httle northward from the 
farms of his bros. John and Peter. He preceded them as a settler 
in that locaUty — certain records showing that his original domicile 
had been erected previously to 1685. The general tract of terri- 
tory bearing the Indian name of Loquasquissuck seems to have 
been regarded by Providence Proprietors as an eminently desir- 
able one. For as early as 1658 they appointed a Committee to 
clear up a portion of its wilderness lands. It is therefore prob. 
that James' commenced his preparations for a home there some- 
time before his mge. But however tliis was, his first log house 
was early erected near where his gt. gd. son, WiUard Ballou", lived 
and died. His second domicile, a framed structure, stood near the 
same site, and the ancient well still remains. This second dwel- 
ling house was inherited by his son Samuel', but in 1782 was 
superseded by his gd. son Moses* with the one now extant. 

On this homestead James" and wife Uved out their useful and 
honorable lives. She belonged to one of the most respectable 
families of the Colony, proved herself an exemplary wife, mother 

* since the foregoing was written some light has been discovered. From two entries in the rcK** 
ords of old SmithAeld Town Council, nnder dates of October 1746 and April 1747, it appears tbat 
Mrs. Hannah was then still living in a state of helplessness, that her sons Maturin* and Peter* pe- 
titioned the Council to do something in her behalf, and that Peter' was appointed her Qoardian. 
Bnt ber death date remains untold. 


and neiorhbor, and harmoniously cooperated with him in achieving 
great family success. 

We have stated on former pages the prominent position and 
Errave responsibilities of James' in relation to his mother and only 
sister, their confidence in his fostering care, and how he entered 
into possession of their real estate. This with his own inheritance 
of lands from his father and maternal gd. father, Robert Pike, 
made him master of several hundred acres in connection with his 
primal homestead, or within the circuit of a few mUes. To these 
he went on adding other tracts by purchase till he must have 
W'ome the owner of well nigh a thousand in all — perhaps more. 
He made im[)ortant acquisitions in what were then the southwest 
piirts of Dedham and Wrentham, most of which, by re-settlement 
of the old Colonial lines, afterward became the northerly section 
of Cumberland, R. I. To understand the situation of these tracts, 
it should be remembered that previous to its inco3rx)oration Jan. 
27, 1746, Cumberland was a triangular territoiy having for its 
hyyjothenuse the Blackstone River. A portion of it was long 
claimed as l>elonging to Old Plymouth Colony, and was called 
"Attlelx)rough Gore." An undefined northern strip of it, over a 
mile in width, was claimed as originally belonging to the Colony 
of Massachusetts Bay, and was included in the townships of Ded- 
ham, Wrentham, kc. The revision of Colonial boundaries gave 
the whole area northeast of Blackstone river to Rhode Island, 
and the siime was incorjiorated as the town of Cumberland in 

James Ballou' made his first purchase in this locahty early in 
1*)IK). The grantor was Wilham Avery, blacksmith, resident in 
Dedham, Mas.s. Tlie deed is in the old fashioned verbose form. 
It descril)es the i>remises as containing " Forty Acres of Shruffy 
meadow and 8wami)y Land, as it Ueth in Dedham bounds on the 
ejiKterly side of Pawtucket river, near unto a Rock called Iron 
R<iok ; on the west and Northwest side bounded with a ledge of 
Rocks ; on the Southwest Side hilly round about it ; as it is layed 
out Ixmnded and marked." - The conveyance is made " for and in 
consideration of good and valuable payment in hand, and well 
and tnily paid by James Ballon, of Providence, under the Govern- 
ment of Rhode Island in New England." The covenant concludes 
thtw: — ^''And I, the said WiUiam Avery, do hereby Give Lawful 

*"Ib 174A, by • decision of George H. in Council, the * Gore ' was detached from Attlcborough, 
•BBezM to the C'oanty of Providence, and named in honor of Prince William, Duke of Cumber. 
UXD •' Hisiory of Woonsocket, p. 16. 


seizure and possession of the aforesaid forty acres of Land, be it 
more or less, as it is layed out by estimation, about a mile and a 
half from the aforesaid River, near Wrentham bounds." Signed 
Jan. 13, 1690. Acknowledged Oct. 22, 1691. Recorded with Suf- 
folk Deeds, B. 15, p. 28, &c. 

• In 1706 James Ballou' augmented his real estate in this vicinity, 
by i3urchasing of Nathaniel Ware what was technically called 
" one cow common right " in all the common and undivided lands 
of Wrentham. This " cow common right " was deeded by John 
Lawi-ence to Nathaniel Ware, both of Wrentham, May 1, 1689, 
and transferred by Ware to Ballon May 10, 1706. How much 
land was derived from this right, by subsequent divisions and lay- 
ings-out, we are unable to state ; but it must have been enough 
to make several handsome farms ; for we find that James' settled 
his three eldest sons, James', NathanieP and Obadiah*, on home- 
steads largely derived from it. 

April 11, 1713, he divided and conveyed all the above described 
Dedham and Wrentham lauds and rights to these three sons, 
making them co-equal inheritors. The consideration was "love 
and good affection," "settlement and well being" &c. James' 
received sixty acres in Wrentham, together with one right in 
common lands still undivided, and one third part of the Iron Rock 
meadow, above described as lying in "Dedham bounds." W^e 
have all this specified in the original deed now before us. It will 
be foimd that the deeds to Nathaniel and Obadiah, of probably 
the same date and tenor, conveyed to them respectively land 
enough, in substantial value, to equal the paternal gift to James. 
Thus ample provision rendered convenient the settlement of these 
three brothei-s in the same neighborhood, closely adjacent to each 

In July, 1726, James' made a gift-deed to his youngest son, 
Nehemiah Ballou*, of lands situated on Chepatehet and Pascoa^ 
rivers in Glocester, R. I., constituting a respectable homestead. 
Also, at the same time, he gave to his son Samuer his home farm. 
On the 20th of April, 1734, he made his Will. He described him- 
self as then " being in health of body, of a disposing mind and 
perfect memory." His real estate had aheady been settled on his 
children, but he had some valuables left, which he parcelled out 
to each of his sous and daughters. Samuel was made his resid- 
uary legatee and executor. In 1741 he seems to have made 
another arrangement of his affairs, in relation to his personal 
estate, which he distributed among his children. To Samuel he 


made over, in legal form, most of his movable property ; the con- 
^(lenition beincr " Love and g^ood will, and the care and attention 
that he had received from him the past sixteen years, in providing" 
him with maintenance in sickness and htmlth, and what fui-ther 
maintenance, care and attention he mi^-ht need dnrin<2: his natural 
life." In thLs closing- settlement, he had each of his chn. give him 
a re<*eipt of full satisfaction with his bestowments on tliem. The 
following is a copy of the one subscribed by James\ The othei*s 
were siiljstantially similar. 

" Smithfield, AprD y" 18th A. D. 1741. 

Then reccnved of my honored father, James Bellowed of Smith- 
fitld, my full part of my said faithers estate, and do hereby 
ackuowledsre myself to be herewith fully satisfied, and do hereby 
promise to never lay any claim to any other or larger i)art of my 
s?iid father's estate, but do hereby acknowledge myself and my 
h(*irs t^) be forever barred by these presents. In witness whereof, 
I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and year above 
SioTieil, sealed and Delivered, James BaUou (L, S) 

in presence of John Inman, 

ObacUah Ballon." 

It will be perceived that neither in his Will or later Instru- 
ments is there any mention of Mi-s. Susanna, the \s\ie and mother. 
She had prob. i>assed away during- the year 1725, though the 
exact date has not been ascertained. Nor have we the precise 
(leath-<late of James liimself. We only know that it occiuTed 
s<-M)n after he had conclusively prepared for it by the settlement 
of his temi>oral afiairs in 1741. So his mortal form rested, in a 
z^^yA old ag-e, with that of his beloved wife, near the ashes of his 
honored mother and sister, in his chosen biuial place, already 
tlescril>e<l. That unpretentious httle cemeteiy holds undisturbed 
it-i sacred kindred rehcts, and a portion of the patriarchal home- 
stead, at the expiration of two centuries fi'om its implantment, still 
remiiius the heritage of lineal descendants. 

James Ballou"* is shown, by all the indications of his record, to 
have })een a man of superior abiUties, enteii)rise, judgment and 
mond intt^orrity. His oi)portunities for learning and political dis- 
tinction were comparatively small, but he made the best of such 
as fell to his lot. He was evidently well endowed by nature, an 
ai>t student in the homely school of practical experience, a sound 
jndieial thinker, orderly in his methods of business, a ])rud(nit 
economist, and a noble exemplar of riiiue in all the relations of 
life. Though a commoner among commoners, his characteristics 
wt re those of a natural prince. 



[4] Peter BALLOU^ Maturin' ; b. in Pro^dclence, E. I., as sup. 

about the year 1654 ; m. Barbara , surname, pt^e., birtli-<late, 

maiTiage-date, kc, yet iinascei-tained. A deplorable lack of re- 
corded data oUig-t^.s us to present a very inii)erfect speeitication in 
this case. Concerning the chn. of Peter and Barbara Ballou we 
are able to tabulate only the following skeleton. — 

31—1. Peter, b. prob. 1696; drowned in Blackstoue river 1717, a. 21 ys. 

22—2. William, b. date unknown; siii). to have d. younj?. 

23—3. Jeremiah, b. " ** m. I8a>)ella Ross, Gloeester. 

24 — 4. Barbara, b. ** ** m. Valentine Inman. 

2.5—5. Phebe, b. " " m. James King, Jr., Dec. 10, 1719. 

26—6. Jemima, b. " ** m. David Spragne. 

27—7. Martha, b. " " m. John King, Jr. 

Information has been anxiously and persistently sought for the 
facts of this family record, formerly by Mr. Peck, and latterly by 
the proprietors of this work, but with poor success. We have 
unquestionable authority for stating that Peter' settled in Lo- 
cpiasquissuck now Louisquisset as early as 1685 or thereabouts, 
within a short distance from the homesteads of his elder bros., 
John and James ; that he subdued for himself there a valuable 
farm ; that he lost his son Peter by drowning in the Blackstone 
river in 1717, at the age of twentj'^-one j^ears, which greatly dis- 
heartened him from i)rosecuting projected improvements in his 
lands ; that he soon after sold out his homestead to one Daniel 
Mann ; and that he subsequently settled on a farm a few miles 
distant, in territory that was afterwards included in Scituate, R. I., 
where he lived and died. There is some doubt whether we have 
all his chn. in the above list, but prob. all that survived early 
infancy. It is also uncertain whether we have numbered those 
given in the exact order of birth ; which, however, was unavoida- 
ble in the absence of records. 

By diligent research and incpiiry Mr. Peck obtained much inter- 
esting biographical information concerning Peter and Barbara 
BaUou; though on many points less than was desirable, especially 
with reference to their chn. What was obtained deserves preser- 
vation, and is therefore inscribed on these i)ages. Besides impor- 
tant documents found on record, Mr. P. had the good fortune to 
confer vni\\ the Hon. Judge Thomas Maim, then living at the ven- 
erable age of 83, who had inherited from his ancestoi-s the veiy 
premises originally cleared uj) and occupied by Peter*. Judge 
Mann was well posted by tradition, as well as documentaiy knowl- 
edge, in tlie early history of the old s(ittler. It had been told him 


that Peter Ballou* came to Louisqiiisset not far from 1685, per- 
haixs earlier, about the same time that liis elder broB. did, and 
took np a i)romismg tract of the native ^^dlderness, which had 
fallen to Jiim in his division of inheritance from his father and 
maternal crrandfather. He was an enteqjrising" and executive hus- 
bandman, and soon commanded a respectable homestead, wliich 
he was enlarging and improving from year to year. It had val- 
uable spots of open meadow, created by the ancient beavers, then, 
like similar meadows all over New England, extremely i)roductive 
of nutritious grasses. He was ambitious to increase this kind of 
production, and planned the erection of a dam in the neighbor- 
hood for overflowing and subduing a large area of bnisliy swamp, 
from which he anticipated much profit to himself and friends. 
Its remains are still known in the vicinity as " Peters Dam," <tc. 
Before it could be finished an overw^helming blow of bereavement 
suddenly paralyzed the ambition of the projector. Peter Ballon, 
Jr., his i^romising son, just ripening into manhood, was drowned 
ia the Blackstone river while bathing. The family was crushed 
with grief, but especiaUy the father, who had been building high 
hopes on his son s temporal future. His darling plans were pros- 
trated, as well as his parental affections pierced by the deadly 
arrow. This was in 1717. He was so heartsick and lonesome, 
that he could not go on with his agricultural improvements, and 
soon resolved on selling out his i^roperty and seeking a new home. 
He did so. 

He found a purchaser in his neighbor, Daniel Mann, to whom 
he deeded his homestead, buildings and lands, in all 80 acres — 
reserving only one square rod where he had buried the moiial 
form of his beloved son. The consideration was " the sum of two 
hundred and fifty pounds current money of New England," and 
the instrument of conveyance bore date April 7, A. D. 1718. See 
Providence Records B. 3, p. 136. 

Daniel Mann had a brother John, with whom he exchanged 
farms, and who thus became the owner of the Peter Ballou real 
estate. That John was the grandfather of Judge Thomas Mann. 
There the said John, his son, and Judge Mann all lived and died. 
It subsequently descended into the possession of Stafford Mann, 
Esq., one of the Judge's sons, and a gt. gd. son of John. The 
Manns have always sacredly respected the grave of Peter Ballou's 
lamented son, and consecrated sufficient additional land to make 
for themselves a reputable family cemetery, well enclosed by a 


substantial stone and iron fence. Let the Balloiis appreciate tlieir 
honorable conduct. 

It seems that Peter" had already barg-ained for a new home in 
the then outlands of Providence, sevenil miles southwest of his 
old one, on territory afterwards incori)orated as Scituate, R. I. 
This was the homestead of one Joseph Dalie, and contained with 
its ai)pended ri^ht to common about 60 acres. It was situated, 
entirely west of the famous " seven mile Une," and the considera- 
tion paid the ^antee was " the sum of three hundred and thirty 
six poimds euiTent money of New England." The deed bore date 
the very next day after the one to Daniel Mann, viz. April 8, A. D. 
1718. See Providence Deeds. 

We judge fi'om what has come down to us that Peter' enjoyed a 
tolerable de^^-ee of prosperity in Scituate, found his farm decently 
productive under g-ood manaofement, and prob. increased his proi>- 
erty in real as well as personal estate. A copy of his Inventory, 
which Mr. Peck procured from Scituate Probate Records, shows 
an appraisal of 17 milch cows, 1 yoke of fat oxen, 1 yoke of work- 
ing* oxen, 2 steers, 2 bulls, 1 mare, 9 calves, several s\Adne, with a 
g-enernl outfit of fanning* implements, chattels and productions to 
match — though a moderate sum of money ; amoimting in personals 
to £317; 2s. 

When finding his death approaching, he made his Will, of which 
the foUomng is a copy. — 

" In the name of God, Amen. The 24th Any of August Annoqne 
Dom. one thousand seven hundred and thirty one. I Peter Bal- 
lon, of Scituate, in the County of Pro\ndence, in the Colony of 
Rhode Island : being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect 
mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefor; [omitting" 
preamble. 1 

Imprimis, I give and bequeath unto Barbre, my beloved wife, 
one feather bed with all and singular the fiimitiu'e thereunto be- 
longing, being that bed she uses to lodge on. And I also give 
unto my said wife three milch cows, and to be which of the cows 
she shall see cause to choose. I also give my said wdfe one chest 
and one box. I also give my said wife one ewe and one lamb, to 
be taken out of my sheep. I also give my said wife one pair of 
worsted combs, and a warming pan, and a gieat chair. I also 
give my said wife two basons, two dishes, two trenchers, and two 
spoons. My will also is that my said wife shall have the use of 
which of the five rooms she shall choose in my dwelling hoiise 


during' the term of her natural life. I also give my said wife one 
pewter beaker ; and my ^vill is that my said wife shall have all the 
aforesaid movable things free and clear to dispose of as she shall 
see cause. 

Item, I give unto my beloved son, Jeremiah Ballon, all and 
singular my lands and rights of land whatsoever and wheresoever 
the same may he or be, together with all the buildings, orchards 
and edifices thereto belonging, to have and to hold, to him the 
said Jeremiah Ballou, his heirs and assigns for ever. I also give 
to my said son, Jeremiah Ballou, one yoke of oxen, one mare, one 
cow and calf, and one feather bed and bedding. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my two grand daughters, Phebe 
and Jerusia King, five pounds apiece, to be paid to them by my 
executor herein after named ; and the reason why I give my said 
grand daughters no more is because I have already given their 
mother, Phebe King deceased, what portion I intended for her. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Ballou two 
milch cows, and one feather bed and bed clothes thereunto belong- 
ing, and one chest, and one mare, and two colts. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my four children, Jeremiah 
Ballou, Barbaric Inman, Jemima Sprague and Martha Ballou, all 
the remainder of my movable estate not herein before disposed of, 
after my debts are paid, to be equally divided amongst them. 

Item, My will further is, that my said son Jeremiah Ballou shall 
provide for my wife, his mother, a sufficient and suitable looking 
after and maintenance during the full term of her natural life. 

Item, I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my son Jere- 
miah BaUou to be my sole executor of this my last will and testa- 
ment, and do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and 
every other and former testament wills, legacies, bequests and 
Executors by me in any wise before named, willed or bequeathed, 
—Ratifying and Confirming this, and no other, to be my last wiU 
and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 
day and year first above written. 

The mark of Peter Ballou (L 8.) 

Signed, sealed, pubUshed, pronounced and declared, by the said 
Peter Ballou, as his last will and testament, in the presence of us 
the subscribers — 

Da^dd Sprague, John King, Jr., Stephen Hopkins. 

The wordy formalities of these old fiusliioned Instruments are a 


little tedious ; but we deemed this Will worth copying almost en- 
tire, because it not only ^ves modern curiosity an insight to the 
frugal simplicity and domestic economy of a well-to-do progenitor 
one hundred and fifty years ago, but also affords helpful indica- 
tions, otherwise wanting, resi)ectiug the family records of his chn. 
and grand chn. He died eight days after the date of his Will, \dz. 
Sept. 1, 1731, a. about 77 yrs. Mrs. Barbara survived him between 
eight and nine yeai's. She also made a Will, which has been 
found on record in Scituate, R. I. It is valuable for similar rea- 
sons to those of her husband. It is brief, and we coi)y it. 

" In the name of God, Amen. The fifteenth day of February, in 
the year of our Lord 1740. I Barbary Belleau, of Scituate, in the 
County of Pro\'idence, in New Enghind, being veiy weak of body 
and in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God there- 
for: calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knoA^ing- 
that it is appointed for all men once to die ; I do make and ordain 
this my last Will and Testament ; that is to say, principally and 
first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God 
that gave it, and my body I recommtmd to the earth to be buried 
decently at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting. I 
do make and appoint my beloved son, Jeremiah Belleau, to be my 
sole Executor. 

Item, I give and dispose of my remaining cloths to Barbary In- 
man, and Phebe King's Two Daughtei*s, and Jemima Spragiie's 
three daughters, and Maiiha King's two daughtei*s, each an equal 
share of my wearing cloths. 

Item, I give unto Jeremiah Balleau, my well beloved son, my 
bed, bedstead and coverlid, and luider bed, and my chest, and my 
great chair, and my pot, and warming pan, and my box. Aaid 
what there is remaining is to be equall divided between Barbary 
Inman and my motherless gi*and children. 

Barbary X Ballon. 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared before us to 
be her last will and testament. 

David Sprague, John Sprague, his mark 2, Priscilla X Harding'. 

This Will was presented, by the Executor, for probate March 7, 
1739-40 ; which shows the death of the testatrix to have taken 
place probably within a foiinight after she subscribed her mark t<> 
the Instrument. We have not found her exact death-date. As to 


the Will itself, the draftsman, whoever he may. have been, ap- 
pears to have followed his own fancy in spelling our surname 
" Belleau," and in complimenting Jeremiah as his mother s " well 
beloved son," but giving no helocednesa at all to the daughters and 
grand daughters. These, however, are tidfles. But it is of some 
genealogical importance to learn that during the preceding eight 
years, sul>sequent to the death of Peter", their daughter Jemima 
Sprague had died, leaving three daughters, and that Martha Bal- 
lon had married, died and left two daughters. Truly Mrs. Bar- 
bara's widowhood had been eventful with sorrows. 

Here we conclude what belongs exclusively to the Second and 
Third Generations of our Bidlous. The reader ^dll carefully ob- 
serve our method of designating Generations. Thus the J^^ird ami 
Seamd Generations include Parents of the Firtit and their Children 
of the Second. Then the Second and 'Third Generations include 
Parents of the Second and their Children of tlie Third. And so 
on in regular succession. 

Third and Fourth Generahons. 

[8]. John Ballou', John', Maturin' ; b. Providence, R. I., Aug. 
26, 1683 ; m. Naomi Inman*, John', Edward', Feb. 5, 1713-14, 
by Samuel Wilkinson, J. P. Issue. — 

28 — 1. John, b. date not found ; m. Elizabeth PhillipH. 

29—2. Abraham, b. ; m. Mary Sayles May 3, 1739. 

30 — 3. David, b. ; d. sup. uni. 

31 — 4. Marj', b. ; ni. Joseph Lapham Apl. 1, 1734. 

32 — 5. Sarah, b. ; m. Daniel Spra^ie 1730. 

33 — 6. Tabitha, b. ; m. Manasseh Kempton. 

34 — 7. Peter, b. ; m. Wid. Alice Mowry. 

These chn. are presumed to have been b. in Louisquisset, but 
all research to ascertain their bh-tli-dates has been baffled. The 
mge.-date of the parents affords us a basis of conjecture, but the 
reader is left to make his own at discretion. Mrs. Naomi was a 
grand dr. of Edward Inman, one of the eminent Colonial Provi- 
dence Plantationists. John Ballon' was a large inheritor of his 
father's lands, and resided near his uncle James^ His habitation 
was closely adjacent to what, in our later times, has been knowTi 
as the '* old Streeter house," about a mile noiihward fi-om Lime 
Eock, on the Woonsocket road. The Streeter house was built for 
John's son, Peter", and was relniilt after the modern fashion in 
1861. He disposed of his real estate variously, paiily by sale, and 


partly by gift to his children. To his son, John\ he gave the 
westerly portion of his farm, between 50 and 100 acres — ^the grift- 
deed dated Jan. 26, 1738-9 ; Old Smithtield Records B. 1, p. 184. 
To his son, Peter*, he gave one-half of his homestead Aug. 6, 1744; 
lb. B. 2, p. 290.* He endowed his son, Abraham*, vdWi lands in 
Glocester, where he settled. He seems to have been a man of 
respectable abilities, held several minor offices, and represented 
Smithfield as deputy to the General Assembly in 1739. His con- 
troversy with his tmcle James has been ah-eady mentioned — ^not 
much to his credit perhaps, however excusable his intentions. 
Comparatively few pai-ticmlars of his life have come down to us. 
His Will is dated Apl. 19, 1755 ; in which he gave his son, Peter*, 
the remaining half of his homestead, and distributed his personal 
estate among his chn. ; lb. B. 1, p. 468. He d. Dec. 7, 1765, a. 82 
yrs. 4 mos. and 12 ds. His wife's death-date has not been ascer- 

[9J. Matuuin Ballou', John', Maturin' ; b. Pro\ddence, E. I., 
prob. about 1685 ; m. 1st, as supi)osed, S(cra/t Arnohl^ though what 
little data we have is imperfect and obscure. Issue. — 

85 — 1. Eloe or Alcy, b. date not found ; m. Ist Darid Arnold, 2d R. Sayles. 

Mrs. Sarah had no more chn. She d. at an imascertained date ; 
and Maturin* m. 2d Merry Coope)\ ptge., bii-th-date, &c. not found ; 
cer. Feb. 28, 1759, by Stephen Sly, J. P. Issue.— 

36—3. William, b. Smithfield, 1750 ; m. Mary Buckliu. 
37 — 3. Matiirin, b. Smithfield, 17G0 ; m. Barbara Bucklin. 

Maturin' selected his home in the then partial wilderness about 
one mile west from Valley Falls, in Smithfield, on a sightly swell 
of land, near an admirable spring of water. There he extempor- 
ized his log cabin, felled the forest, and cleared up a valuable 
fann. In process of time he erected an ample framed house, 
whose huge oaken beams may still be seen in a portion of the 
renovated mansion. The site is plainly visible from the Provi- 
dence <fe Worcester R. Road in api)roaching Valley Falls from the 
northwest. He is reported to have been a very industrious, up- 
right, benevolent and pious man. How long he lived \\dth his 
first wife we have no information. But if he was b. in 1685, as we 
have supposed, he must have been over 70 yrs. old at his mge. to 

* These old Smithfield Ilecorda may be found in the custody of the Town Clerk of Lincoln, one 
of the new towns into which original Smithfield wtw subdivided in 1871. 


Mercy Cooper 1759, and she a comparatively young woman. After 
she had given birth to her son William, and was prospectively the 
mother of another child, it seems that Maturin fell dangerously 
sick, and deemed it i)nident to make his Will. This is an inter- 
esting and valuable genealogical document, which it seems very 
proper to copy. It is as follows. — 

"In the name of God, amen. I Maturin Belloue, of Smithliold, 
in the County of Providence, and Colony of Rhode Island, Yeo- 
man ; being sick and weak of body, but in perfect mind and mem- 
ory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of Time in this Life, Do 
make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and 
form as follows, viz. Principally and first of aU, I recommend my 
soul to God who gave it, and my body to the eaiih to be decently 
Interred at the Discretion of my Executor hereinafter named. 
And all the worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with 
in this Life I give and Dispose of as follows. — 

Imprimis. My will is that aU my just Debts and funeral Expen- 
ses be paid by my Executor, out of my movable Estate. 

Item. I give unto Sarah Belloue, Daughter of my brother Peter 
Deceased, one good cow out of my movables. 

Item. I give imto my well beloved wife, Mercy belloue, the Im- 
provement and profits of all my Estate, both Real and personal 
not yet Disposed of, to bring up my child or children if she should 
have any more within the space of nine months first after my De- 
cease ; and in case she should have a son within the time above-- 
said, then he should have a part of my real Estate hereafter men- 
tioned ; but if a daughter, then to have the sum of three hundred 
pounds old tenor, or movables equivalent. 

Item. I give to my beloved son W^iUiam Belloue my real estate 
to the westward of the Dam Jhat Turns the brook near Eleazer 
Brown's Land, so to range southerly to the spring where Atermy 
Finch fetches water from. 

Item. I give to my other son, if my said wife should have one 
within the time aforesaid, all my land or Real Estate to the East- 
ward of the Dam and spring aforesaid ; but in case she should 
have none, the whole of all my Real Estate to be and remain to 
my said son William belloue ; but in case my child or children 
abovesaid should Die before they Arrive to Lawful age, and with- 
out Legitimate issue, that and then my sd. Estate to be Disposed 
of in the following manner, viz. — 

Item, I give to the heirs of Susannah Belloue, wife of Samuel 


Bellone, the one half of all the Estate whatsoever that her mother's 
sister my wife Sarah brought to me ; and the other half of sd. es- 
tate to Patience brown widow. [Here the meaning is thrown into 
confusion by the word " sister." Whether the draftsman of the 
Will was in fault, or the Probate recorder, or our copyist, we know 
not. But we venture to guess that the original word, now stand- 
ing as sifter, was ^frst, or foy^)ier T^ife. We therefore assume the 
meaning to have been, that the testator s former wife, Sarah, was 
widow Sarah Arnold, the mother of his cousin Samuel Ballou's 

Item. I give to Mary Lapham and Sarah Sprague, Daughters 
of my brother John belloue, and Tabitha Cemi)ton [Kempton], 
grand daughter of my sd. brother John belleau by his Daughter 
Tabatha, the sum of thirty pounds apeace in bills of public credit 
Old Tenor. 

Item. I give to Sarah Belloue, Daughter of my aforesaid 
brother Peter Deceased, all the remainder of my personal Estate 

Item. My will is that all my Ileal Estate whatsoever, if need 
be, be sold and conveyed by my said Executor to the best advan- 
tage, still giving the first oflfer of purchasing the same to such of 
my cousins, Legatees hereafter named, as are able and willing to 
piurchase ; and that the money arising by said sale be Divided into 
eighteen Equal parts or shares, which I give or distribute as fol- 
lows, viz. — 

Item. I give to Maturin Belloue, son of my sd. brother Peter 
belleu, Two of the aforesaid shares forever. 

Item. I give to matturein Albrough, son of my sister Abigail 
albrough Deceased, Two other of said shares. 

Item. I give the remaining fourteen shares to the other Nine 
Children of my said Deceased brother, Peter belleaue, and to the 
other four children of my sd. sister Abigail Albrough, and to my 
Grand Daughter Lydia brown, wife of capt. Christopher brown, 
To Each of them one full share forever. 

Item, my Avill is, that if any of the Last mentioned sixteen 
Legatees shall Die before they arrive to Lawful age, without Le- 
gitimate Issue, that the parts or shares of the Deceased be Equally 
Divided among the survivors of the same stock or family. 

Item. I constitute, ordain and appoint my friend Christopher 
broA\Ti, of Smithtield aforesaid, sole Executor of this my Last will 
and Testament; and I do hereby utterly revoke. Disannul and 
Disallow all former and other wills, Testaments, Legacies and De- 


vice by me heretofore made, given or Devised ; Katifying and 
Confirming this, and no other, as my Last will and Testament. 

In witness and full confirmation hereof, I have set my hand and 
seal this third Day of April, in the Thirty Third year of his ma- 
jestic s Reign, George the second. King of Great Britain <tc ; 
Anno Domini 1760. 

Signed, sealed, pnbUshed, proclaimed and Delivered by the 
f?aid Maturin belloue as his last Will and Testament, 
In the presence of us, 

John Power, ***■ 

Samuel Tucker, Maturaen Q Beloue 

Benjamin Arnold. mark. 

This Win was duly proved by the Town Council of old Smith- 
field, at a session held May 19, 1760. It is recorded in B. I., p. 
329. And Mr. Peck made a note, over twenty years ago, at the 
foot of his copy, that the original was then in the possession of 
a widow Ballou resident on the ancient homestead. I have had 
no convenient opportunity to examine either the original docu- 
ment or the Probate Record of it. If I had made such an exam- 
ination, perhaps I could have cleared up some of its obscure 
phraseology, and precluded the necessity of my explanation con- 
cerning his wife Sarah. Whatever exceptions may justly be taken 
to its orthography and style, it evinces that the testator had a 
good memory and kind consideration of his kindred, as also a 
careful ingenuity in providing for possible contingencies. The 
child he anticipated proved to be a son, received his njime, Ma- 
turin, and inherited his real estate jointly with his elder brother 
WilUam. So the contingent distribution of it among the sixteen 
prospective legatees was foreclosed. But it is none the less help- 
hil to genealogical research by its numerous specifications of 
relationship. Maturin* d. May 7, 1760. Mrs. Mercy, his widow, 
subsequently m. Jeremiah Bucklin, and with him dwelt on the 
farm till her two sons became of age. 

[10.] Peter Ballou', John", Maturin' ; b. in Providence, R. I., 
Aug. 1, 1689 ; m. Rebecca Esteti^ dr. of Henry and Sarah Esten, b. 
in Providence May 9, 1695 ; cer. May 13, 1714, by E. Waterman, 
J. P. The maiden surname of the bride has been found variously 
written in the old Records 1^^ Kustaiice, Ashton^ A fife n and Ksfen, 
The last seems to be the true one, or far the most preferable. 
Issue. — 


38— 1. Rebecca, b. Aug. 26, 1715; m. William Spraj^iie Apl. 10, 1738. 

3U— 2. Sarah, b. Aug. 30, *17; m. Richard Angell, Jan. 25, 1767. 

40— 3. Hannah) . b. Aug. 19, '20; m. Ebenezer Bucklin. 

41-4. Marj' j*^^*^^^'b. ** " ** m. — - Olney. 

42— 5. Maturin Rev., b. Oct. 30, *22; m. 1st Lydia Harris; 2<1 Lydia Bliwi. 

43— 6. Abigail, b. Mar. 20, '25; m. Henry Finch. 

44— 7. Amey, b. Sept. 5, '27; m. Jencks. 

45— 8. Elizabeth, b. Jul^' 15, '30; prob. d. in infancy. 

46 — 9. Hopestill, b. not found; m. Sfpiire Bucklin. 
47—10. Peter, b. — - '37; m. Elce Bucklin. 
48—11. Mercy, b. not found; m. Elijah Bucklin. 

Peter Ballon' settled on what was afterwards called "Stump 
Hill," near a stream known as " Obsei*vation Brook," since fur- 
nishing water power to " Olney's Factory," in now Lincoln, R. I., 
formerly Smithfield, and originally Providence. It will interest 
many readers to understand that he was the grandfather of our 
celebrated Rev. Hosea Ballon. We have, however, but little 
biographical material where^^dth to illustrate his character, worth, 
<n* fame. General tradition re^iorts him to have been a very con- 
scientious and morally exemplary man. We see w^hat a large 
family he and his companion reared up in their then frontier 
home, and can easily imagine that their lot in life was one of 
pioneer toil and hard earned competence. He w^as a cooper by 
trade, and probably throve all the better as farmer by his me- 
chanical profits. His homestead joined that of his brother Ma- 
turin' toward the north. The principal memorial he left us is 
his Will, wdiich may be found on Providence Records, B. I., ii, 
145, and is as follows. — 

** In the name of God, Amen ; the eighteenth day of April, in 
the year of our Lord 1754. I, Peter Ballon, of Smithfield, in the 
county of Providence, in the colony of Rhode Island and Provi- 
dence Plantations, in New England, cooper ; now calling to mind 
the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for 
men once to Die — do make and ordain this my last will and testa- 
ment; that is to say, Principally first of all I give and Recom- 
mend my soul into the hands of God who gave it, hoping, through 
the merits, Death and passion of my Savior Jesus Christ, to have 
full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit 
Everlasting Life; and my body I commit to the earth, to be 
Deacently buried at the Discretion of my Executor hereinafter 
named — nothing doubting that at the General Resunection I 
shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God ; and 


as touchino: such worldly Estate whereof it hath pleased God to 
bless me in this Life ; I Give, devise and dispose of the same in 
the foUo^-ing manner and form ; that is to say, first I mil that 
those Debts and duties I do owe in Right or concience to any 
manner of x^erson or persons whatever shall be well and truly 
contented and paid, or ordered to be paid in convenien|; time 
after my Decease, by my Executor hereafter named. 

Item. I give to my Eldest son, Maturean Ballou, twenty acres 
of Land, to be laid off to him, his heirs and Assigns, the said 
Maturean Ballou, to be Laid to him off the South side of my 
farm, joining to my brother Maturean Ballou, southerly and east- 
erly to William Brown, and westerly with Obadiah Olney, the 
twenty Acres I mortgaged to the colony and took out money for 
him, and gave it to him, and he gave me an indemnifying bond 
to keep me harmless from the colony ; that is to say, he paying 
the^old and principle to said colony. 

Item. I give to my loving wife all my movable estate, whom I 
Ukewise make my executor. 

Item. I give to my youngest son, Peter BaUou, all the rest of 
my homestead farm, singular my lands, messuages and tenna- 
ments, by him freely to be i^ossessed and enjoyed. I do here 
make my Loving wife, Rebecca BaUou, and ordain her my only 
sole executor of this my Last wUl and testament, and all the 
profits of said farm untill my son Peter Doth come to the age of 
one and twenty, and then to have one half the profits of the said 
farm while she continueth my widow, or untill her natural Death, 
which ever shaU happen first. 

Item. I give to Rebecca Sprague ten shillings, to be in some 
convenient time paid to her. 

Item. I give to my dafter Sarah Ballou ten pounds, and a 
privilege in my house while she Liveth Single. 

Item- I give to my dafter Mary Olney ten shillings. 

Item. I give to my dafter Hannah Bucklin twenty shillings. 

Item. I give to Olney Jencks five pounds. 

Item. I give to Abigail Finch five pounds. 

Item. I give to my dafter Hope Bucklin five poimds. 

Item. I give to my dafter Marcy Ballou twenty pounds. 

I ordain my loving wife to be my sole executor of this my last 
^ill and testament, and do hereby utterly Disallow, Revoke and 
Disannul aU and every other former testaments, wills and Lega- 
cies, bequests and Executors by me in any way before this time 
made, willed and bequeathed ; ratifying and confirming this, and 


no other, to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof 
I have hereunto set my hand and seal the year and day above 
written. Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and Declared, 
by the said Peter Ballou as his last will and Testament, in the 
X)resence of us the subscribers, 
viz. Nicholas Camp, Peter Ballou. [L. S.] 

Maturean Ballou, 

Samuel Tucker. 

This Will was proved at a Town Council in Smithfield June 17, 
1754. The record says. — "The said Peter Ballou, cooper, de- 
parted this Ufe y* 9th day of May 1754." Mr. Peck says.—" His 
gravestone I found in the North Burying Ground at Providence, 
nearly covered by underbrush, and the letters much obscured." 

We learn incidentally from this document, besides its funda- 
mental facts, that his daughter EKzabeth was not living, bejing: 
unmentioned ; that his dr. Sarah was living in maidenhood ; that 
his youngest dr. Mercy was living in early youth ; and that prob- 
ably his dr. Amey had been some time deceased. Whether the 
Olney Jencks mentioned was the son of Amey, or her husband, 
is left unindicated. We may infer from her being made sole 
executor, that Mrs. Rebecca, the wife and mother, was a capable, 
judicious, trustworthy woman. It seems that Peter* was desig- 
nated on Providence Records as Peter, «/r., simply, we suppose, 
to distinguish him from his uncle Peter'. His widow survived 
him till Feb. 13, 1787, almost 33 yrs. — aged 93 yrs. 9 mos. and 4 ds. 
They were obviously people of sul)stanee, respectability and in- 
fluence among their contemporaries. 

[11.] Sakah Ballou', John", Maturin* ; b. in Prox-idence, R. I., 
at a date not ascertained, prob. 1692 or later. We thought at fii*st 
that we had found some trace of this Sarah Ballou ; but at length 
ascertained that we had appHed to her certain facts which be- 
longed to the life of her niece, Sarah Ballou*, dr. of Peter*. We 
are now satisfied that we have no reUable trace of Sarah*, and 
must conclude that she d. at some age unmanied, if not in early 

1 12.] Haknah Ballou', John", Maturin', has left no trace of her 
biiih, life or death. It is prob. she d. in early infancy. 

1 13. J Abigail Ballou*, John", Maturin'; b. in Providence, 
R. I., bii-th-date not found, jjerhaps abcmt 1695; m. Ji^lin Al- 


hrmtgh, Jr., son of John and Mary (Stokes) Albrough, b. Aug*. 
23, 1694 — as witnessed by the following certificate. — 

" These are to certify all persons whom they may or shall con- 
cern — that John Albro', Jun'. & Abigail BiUoo were lawfully 
joined together in mamage, at the house of John Vaughn in 
Portsmouth, the seventh day of y** fourth month called June 1713 
within this his majtie s colony of R. I. &c. per me 

George Cornell^ AinsiHtanL 
A true copy of the original Recorded, per me, 

Wm. Sanford, Town Clerk, 

Issue, b. and recorded in Portsmouth, R. I. — 
49—1. John Albrough, b. June 7, 1714; 

50—2. Samuel 

51—3. Mary 

52 — 4. Maturin 

53—5. Sarah 

54—6. Peter 

b. Oct. 10, '16; 

b. Feb. 6, '18 ; 

b. June 4, '21 ; 

b. Feb. 24, '23 ; d. Apl. 28, 1728. 

b. Mar. 19, '27-8. 

See First Book of Marriages Portsmouth, R. I., p. 233, and 
other records. The Albroughs appear to have been people of 
enterprise and good social standing* among the colonial pioneers 
of R. I.; but our information is very limited concerning them, 
and whether we shall be able to trace their descent further, or 
add anything to the above, is uncertain. As yet we have not the 
death-dates of the parents nor any family records of their de- 

[ 14.] James Ballou', James', Maturin' ; b. in then Providence, 
E. I., "afterwards Smithlield, and now Lincoln, Nov. 1, 1684; m. 
Catherine Arnold^ dau. of Elisha and Susanna (Carpenter) Arnold, 
b. Feb. 28, 1690; cer. in Pro\ddence Jan. 25, 1713, by Samuel Wil- 
kinson, J. P. Issue — all b. in then Wrentham, Mass., later Cum- 
berland, E. I. — 

55—1. Sarah, b. Nov. 15, 1713 ; m. Uriah Jillson about 1733 or 34. 

5«— 2. Ariel, b. Nov. 18, '15 ; m. Jerusha Slack about 1740. 

57—3. Bathsheba, b. Nov. 36, '17 ; m. Ist Michael Keith, 2d Elisha NewoU. 

58-4. Martha, b. Oct. 6, '20; m. Eld. Nathaniel Cook Jan. 27, 1742. 

59—5. James, b. Dec. 10, '23; m. Tamasin Cook June 7, 1744. 

60—6. Elisha, b. Nov. 15, '26 ; m. Hephzibali Tliayer Nov. 30, 1748. 

61—7. Priscilla, b. Nov. 6. '31 ; m. William Cook 1753. 

James Ballou", as we have seen, was the eldest son of James", 
and the senior brother of the three patriarchs that crossed the 


Blackstone river from their Providence home, afterwards Smith- 
field, into the forest territory that became Cumberland, K. I. He 
was great grandfather to the writer of this volume. From him 
and his next j'^ounger brothers, Nathaniel and Obadiah, the whole 
tribe of Cumberland Ballous sprang. They are now scattered far 
and wide — in all a numerous host. Our three patriarchs settled 
near each other, and gave name to the " Ballou Neighborhood," 
their principal associates being the Cooks. We have already 
stated that James Ballou'' was endowed by his father, Apl. 1713, 
with some 72 acres of land in what was then the southwesterly 
comer of Wrentham and Dedham, but aftx^rwards the noitherly 
pait of Cumberland, R. I. It seems that James Ballou' had just 
been m. to Catherine Arnold, and it is i)resumed that they com- 
menced lumsekeeping that very spring in a newly built log-house 
on the i)remises. Neither record nor tradition favors our curiosity 
with precise i)articulars on this ]ioint. We know that the whole 
general region was then in its almost ^dlderness state. Yet it is 
not improbable that settlement had been antici])ated, some clear- 
ings made, and perhaps the primitive habitation erected during 
the preceding year. At least the Iron Kock meadow was open 
ground, and ready for the scythe in mowing season. It w-as about 
one fourth of a mile east of that meadow s eastern edge that the 
first rude domicile was located. The homestead there was first 
known as the James Ballou place, then as the Elder Abner Ballou 
estate, then as the Esq. Abner Ballou farm, then as Dea. Abner 
Ballou's patrimony. James' gave it to James*, who sold it to Eld. 
Abner, who willed it to his son, Abner, Esq., from whom it descen- 
ded to his son, Dea. Abner, w-ho finally sold it out of the family 
name. It is closely adjacent to the ancient "Ballou Meeting 
House," and the site occupied by that historic stnicture was once 
a fraction of the original possession. There James' multipUed his 
progeny, subdued the forest, soon supei-seded his log-cabin with a 
framed hcmse, took up new tracts in vii-tue of his right to common 
land, and exi)anded his domain by successive purchases. Mean- 
time his brothers, Nathaniel and Obadiah, near him, were prosper- 
ing, whilst congenial neighbors were establishing homes at no 
great distance around him. Baptist religion, of the Roger Wil- 
liams type, took early root in the vicinage, and was devotedly fos- 
tered by the Ballous, Cooks, and other influential settlers. Reli- 
able historic authorities, recently examined, seem to show that a 
Baptist Church was organized in 1732; and it is believed that 
James, Nathaniel and Obadiah Ballou, with their wives and adult 


children, were among the original members. With them were 
joined Josiah, Nathaniel and Daniel Cook and their wives ; also 
a few other of the pioneer settlers. Those Cooks were descend- 
ants of Walter, one of the first proprietors of Mendon, Mass., 
tlirough his son Nicholas Cook. Josiah and Daniel were sons of 
that Nicholas, and Nathaniel was his grandson: i. e., the son 
of Nicholas Cook, Jr.*, of Bellingham, the first Baptist Deacon 
in that town. The Cooks now under notice were settled at 
first in South Bellingham and South West Wrentham ; but none 
of them dwelt more than two miles from the new church centre. 
Josiah Cook was the first Elder and Pastor of the church, but 
during 1762 his nephew, Nathaniel, was invested with the same 
offices, as colleague or associate Pastor. 

Between 1740 and 1749, probably as late as 1745, or even later, 
(the precise date has not been asceitained), the church and assist- 
ing friends built, with a sturdy fi-ame and homely finish, the edi- 
fice, still standing, after many repairs, and widely known as the 
" jader BaUou Meeting House." It was first called the "Elder 
Cook Meeting House," from the two Elder Cooks above men- 
tioned ; but later, by reason of Elder Abner Ballou's long pas- 
torate, it took his name. It stands near the eastern verge of Iron 
Rock Meadow, a short distance north of the famous Iron Rock 
Hill ; having in front of it, on the northern slope of said Hill, the 
ancient Burial Ground, set apart and reserved as such by Obadiah 
Ballon*. On the 22d of March, 1749, James Ballou' donated the 
hallowed httle site on which the sanctuary had already been erec- 
ted, as from the following extract plainly appears : — 

" I James Ballou, of Cumberland, in the County of Providence, 
in the Colony of Rhode Island, in New England, Yeoman, — for 
and in consideration of a Meeting House, by my leave and con- 
sent already erected and«built for the worship of God, by Elder 
Josiah Cook and several others of our brethren with him, and to- 
gether with myself and some other well-wishers to us, the worship 
of God, and our order and discipline ; Therefore I have given, 
granted, ahened, conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents 
do for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators absolutely 
give, grant, aUene, convey and confirm unto him, the said Elder 
Cook, of Cumberland aforesaid, and to his brethren in fellowship 
and unity with him — Baptists by profession, called the Separate 
Baptists, who hold the worship of God according and agreeable 
to what is treated on and set forth for doctrine in the Sixth Chap- 


ter of the Hebrews, called the Six Principles &c." Parcel of land 
donated by this instrument about " one fourth of an acre." See 
Cumberland, K. I., Records, B. II., pp. 121, 122. 

James' was now ripening into old age. He had stamped the 
impress of diligent toil on his patrimony, greatly enlarged it, 
raised up and married off a considerable family of chn., won him- 
self a good reputation by many virtues, and deemed it prudent to 
arrange his temporal affairs for the great change approaching. 
Under date of October 28, 1746, he had deeded, by gift, to his 
eldest son, Ariel, ninety acres of land, comprising the most north- 
erly section of his estate. Under date of March 18, 1749, he 
deeded, by gift, to his son James a considerable i>ortion of his 
home fann, taking back for himself and wife a hfe-lease of the 
same. Of like date, and on hke terms, he deeded to his son 
Elisha ninety acres of the easterly portion of his estate. His 
Will was made Jan. 3, 1764. It purj>orts that he was " old and 
very weak in body, and full of infirmity, but of perfect mind and 
memory" — follows the usual form of his times — specifies that he 
had given his real estate to his three sons, as above stated — and 
then proceeds. — "What I have in personal estate, after my just 
debts and funeral charges are paid, I give and dispose of — ^in the 
following manner and form. — 

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my son James Ballou, whom 
1 likewise constitute and ordain, with my dear wife Katherine, to 
to be my sole executors of this my last will and testament, all my 
stock in a certain mare, oxen, cows, sheep and husbandry tools, 
notes, bonds, books, debts and money, excepting the following 
legacies, — that is, in money for to pay my debts and funeral 
charges — said James keeping two cows for my widow aforesaid 
yearly the term of her natural Ufe, for her use and support during 
the same. » 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Ariel all my wearing 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Elisha seven Spanish 
milled dollars, now already in his hands. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Katherine 
aforesaid all my household movables, of what name or nature 
soever; that is in goods and household furniture, to be in her 
hands for her use the term of her natural life — and when she is 
deceased to be equaUy divided among her four daughters, namely 
Sarah, Bathsheba, Martha and Priscilla, or their heirs," 


The Instrument closes with the usual annulment and disallow- 
ance of all former wills, &c. It was witnessed by Stephen Ballon, 
Daniel Cook, Jr., and Abner Cook. He d. Feb. 10, 1764, being at 
the age of 79 yrs. 3 mos. and 9 ds. Mrs. Catherine, who appears 
to have been a truly worthy woman, wife and mother, d. (date not 

[15]. Nathaniel Ballou*. James', Maturin* ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, B. I., Apl. 9, 1687 ; m. Mary Loveti, dr. of James Lovett in 
the vicinity of Pa^^-tucket in 1696; cer. Dec. 7, 1716, by Samuel 
Wilkinson, J. P. Issue — all b. in then Wrentham, Mass., after- 
wards Cumberland, B. I. — 

62—1. Hannah, b. Dec. 1, 1717; m. David Cook Feb. 3, 1743. 

63—2. Ruth, b. Jan. 8, *20; m. Stephen Brown Dec. 11, 1740. 

64—3. Amariah, b. Feb. 27, *22; m. Ist Keziah Cook, 2d Mary C^ry. 

65—4. Noah, b. Aug. 31, '28; m. Ist Abigail Razee, 2d Abigail Cook. 

66 — 5. Stephen, b. Mar. 18, '81 ; m. Ist Mehetabel Cook, 2d Anna Metcalf . 

67—6. Sarah, b. not found; m. Samuel Pickering Feb. 2, 1759. 

68 — 7. Mary, b. ** ** d. u. m. in advanced Hfe. 

Nathaniel Ballou' settled immediately after marriage, prob. in 
the spring of 1717, on the tract of land given him by his father in 
1713. This tract (as may be seen in the paternal deed on Provi- 
dence Records, B. II. p 270) embraced sixty acres of land, lying 
eastward from that of James'', one right to common lands in 
Wrentham, and one third of the Iron Bock Meadow — ^twelve to 
fourteen acres. The bulk of Nathaniel's farm lay somewhat 
northeasterly of the highland, whose apex was afterwards called 
"Beacon Pole HiU," from its use in the Revolutionary War as an 
alarm signal station. On the northerly slope of this highland, it 
is presumable that Nathaniel' had been preparing a rudimental 
home during the two or three years preceding his marriage. 
How much of a clearing he had made can only be guessed ; but 
we know the location of his log-cabin. It was called, for many 
years, the Jillson place, and is now occupied by Eliab T. Harris. 
The present dwelling house, which is understood to stand nearly 
on the original site, is about half a mile easterly of the "Ballou 
Meeting House," and one fourth of a mile, in the same direction, 
from the residence founded by James Ballou*. There Nathaniel 
and Mary (Lovett) Ballou reared their seven children, enlarged 
their domain by new layings-out of common and by purchase, 
established a good moral character by exemplary lives, and finally 
closed their earthly career in the year 1747. Nathanier was one 


of the first Town Council and Court of Probate, chosen by the 
citizens of Cumberland, R. I., after its incorjioration in 1746-7, 
and he held that office at his decease. He d. Jan. 11, 1747-8, in 
the 60th year pf his age ; and Mrs. Mary, his widow, d. October 
14, 1747, in her 51st year. Their dust reposes in the ancient 
" Ballou Burial Ground," where their gi*ave stones now commem- 
orate them. Nathaniel' d. intestate, and his son Amariah, who 
was appointed administrator Apl. 20, 1748, honorably settled his 
estate; being conscientiously careful to make his brothers just 
sharers with himself. 

[16.] Obadiah Ballou*, James', Maturin* ; b. in then Pro\i- 
dence, R. I., Sept. 6, 1689 ; m. 1st Damarh Bartlett, dr. of John 
and Sarah (Aldrich) Bartlett; cer. Jan. 5, 1717-18, by Samuel 
Wilkinson, J. P. Issue — ^^all b. in then Wreutham, Mass., after- 
wards Cumberland, R. I. — 

69—1. Ezekiel, b. Jan. 5, 1718-19; m. Joanna Cook July 8, 1740. 

70—2. Susanna, b. Dec. 7, *20; m. Elisha Newell Dec. 26, 1738. 

71—3. Daniel," b. Dec. 27, '22; m. 1st Amey Brown, 2(1 Martha Buxton. 

72^4. Abner, Rev., b. Oct. 28, *25; m. Beulah Thayer Sept. 5, 1752. 

78 — 5. Anna, b. Dec. 20, '27; d. in maidenhood u. m. 

74—6. Obadiah, Jr., b. Sept. 29, '80; m. Ist Martha Smith, 2d Mary Ann 


75—7. Esther, b. Aug. 24, '33; m. James Wilson Aug. 29, 1754. 

76—8. Aaron, b. Mar. 2, *38; sup. to have d. yoimg. 

Mrs. Damaris d. date not found ; and the husband m. 2d Mi^s. 
Sarah ( Whipple) Salishury^ wid. of Jonathan Salisbury, and dr. 
of Israel Whipple", David^ Capt. John', Cumberland, b. in said 
Cumberland Dec. 26, 1701 ; cer. Dec. 2G, 1740, by William Arnold, 
J. P. Issue. — 

77— 9. Zerviah, b. in then Wrentham,, Jan. 4, 1741-2; m. Simeon 
Thayer Dec. 3, 1761. 

78 — 10. Joseph, b. in then Wrentham, Mass., May 5, *43; m. Sarah Bart- 
lett, May 15, '66. 

79 — 11. Benjamin, b. in Cumberland, R. I., July 11, '47; m. Sarah Whip- 
ple, b. Feb. 7, 1749. 

The gift-deed to Obadiah Ballou' from his father James^ al- 
ready referred to in connection with the deeds to his two brothers, 
James and Nathaniel, in 1713, is of substantially the same tenor, 
excepting that it conveyed fifteen acres less of upland. The riglxt 
in common land and one third of Iron Kock Meadow are precisely 
the same. But Mr. Peck found another important deed from 


James* to his son Obadiah, in possession of Theodore P. Ballon 
of Utica, N. Y., a gt. gd. son of Obadiah, not on record, which 
was undoubtedly designed by the father to make his third son's 
gift equal to those of his two elder brothers. This supplementary 
deed has no where been found on record. It conveyed ten acres, 
and included the famous Iron Kock Hill. We intended at first 
to copy it entire, but have felt obliged to exclude it on account 
of an unexpected' overi)lus of indispensable matter tlireatening to 
swell our volume beyond reasonable size. 

We have already said that Iron Rock Hill is a natural curiosity ; 
and here seems to be the proper place for a brief description of 
it. Its base cannot cover more than about five acres, and it is of 
oblong form, rising to a marked ridge of several hundred feet in 
length from north to south, with an elevation of from fifty to one 
hundred and fifty feet above the adjacent low lands. It connects 
southerly with the high lands whose apex is " Beacon Pole Hill." 
On the northeast it is precipitous, with a rough gulch at its base ; 
northerly it slopes off gently into flat land ; and westerly it de- 
scends somew^hat steeply, but without abruptness, to Iron Rock 
Meadow^. It is largely composed of what may be called sohd 
iron-rock, in ledge structure, or in isolated boulders of moderate 
size — mainly in ledge form. The iron is amalgamated with some 
kind of granitic substance, in the proportion of from fifty to eighty 
per cent. iron. The iron is of an excellent quality, of unusual 
tenacity, and more or less magnetic, at least in some parts of the 
hill. This unique geological elevation is quite unlike any other 
deposit of iron within hundieds of miles around. Some unac- 
countable volcanic freak, in the remote past, must have thrown 
it up from the depths below. Large quantities of this rocky ore 
have been carried away, first and last, to different furnaces. But 
the peculiar tenacity and other qualities of the iron, and cost of 
transportation, have preventefl any very obvious diminution of 
the almost inexhaustible mass. 

We find that, on the 10th day of June, 1733, Obadiah Ballou, 
by agreement and deed of sale, conveyed to " Caleb Barker and 
Matthew Estes, of Hanover, in the County of Plymouth, in New 
England, foundiers, all the iron stone on his land that they should 
make use of, for one shilling per ton ; they agi-eeing to build, at 
some convenient place near the hill containing the rock, a furnace 
for smelting said iron stone." See Smithfield Record of Deeds, 
B. L, p. 162. We never heard of any such furnace being built 
nearer than the one called " Unity Furnace" on Blackstone River, 

46 IRON ROCK HILL, d^r. 

at the place now lon^ known as Manville, which was a little over 
two miles south of Iron Kock Hill. It may be presumed that 
" Unity Furnace " was the one intended to fulfil the contract, and 
that, while it continued in oi>eration, it used very considerable 
quantities of the iron stone bargained for. It appears from other 
records and documents, that this right to use iron stone for one 
shilling per ton soon passed into the hands of William Boltan, 
Henry Laughton, William Clarke and Richard Clarke, all of Bos- 
ton. These gentlemen, for some reason, surrendered and recon- 
veyed their interest to Obadiah Ballou unreservedly, by an instru- 
ment bearing date May 28, 1740. The original deed in possession 
of the family was written and acknowledged by Saviuel Adam^^ 
Justice of the Peace. Since that time, so far as we know, furnace 
purchasers of iron stone have paid for what they carried off ac- 
cording to mutual agreement with the owners of the Hill, as occa- 
sion rendered convenient. 

Thenceforth this Iron Bock tract of ten acres continued to be 
the westerly section of Obadiah*s homestead, until Feb. 23, 1749- 
60. At that date he made a gift-deed to his son Abner of this 
tract, his third of Iron Bock Meadow, and a parcel of land "near 
the great pine Swamp so called." It must be understood that 
Obadiah's homestead lay south and southeasterly of his bro. 
James' — certainly the main bulk of it. His domicile is said to 
have stood on the easterly side of the road nearly opposite Iron 
Bock Hill, and less than one fourth of a mile southeasterly from 
that of James. Several years previous to 1828, the old frame 
house, built by Obadiah on that site, had become much dilapi- 
dated, and was known in the neighborhood as the "Sprague 
house." The writer recoUecis it well, and that a rumor prevailed, 
at one time, of its being haunted by the ghost of an occupant 
who had been carried home drunk on a plank and dropped on 
the floor abruptly, to die uncared for. Facts not investigated. 
Knight Whipple, whose wife was a gt. gd. dr. of Obadiah', came 
into possession of the premises and demolished the old " Sprague 
house " in 1817. In 1828, or thereabouts, he built the small one- 
story dwelling now occupying the same site. 

In the gift-deed from Obadiah to his son Abner, above men- 
tioned, are some specifications historically interesting to the Bal- 
lous, which ought to be noticed in this connection. First, the 
boundaries of the Iron Bock tract strike our attention, viz. — " Be- 
ginning at a Black oake tree marked, joining to the highway that 
goes from Unity furnace [undei*stoo<l to be the one at afterwards 


Manville] to Wrentham, on the westerly Side of Said way, which 
is a bound of John Casses land, and it is the Southeasterly comer 
of Said Land; thence running northerly, Bounded Easterly on 
said way, to another Highway that goes to and by the meeting 
house, there making a comer in the comer of Said highway; 
thence running westerly, Bounded northerly on the Last men- 
tioned highway to the Land of James Ballou ; thence the Same 
Course to ton Bock meadow Lot ; thence, bounding northerly in 
part and westerly in part on Iron rock meadow lot; and still 
westerly in part on the Land of Eleazer Metcalf and part on John 
Casses Land aforesaid to a burch Stump with stones about the 
Same — for a comer; thence running Easterly, Bounded Southerly 
on said Casse's land to the first mentioned Bound." Second, and 
more important, is the following exception to the conveyance, 
viz. — "Excepting about half one acre of land at the north end 
of the first mentioned tract or homestead farm, which is, and I 
do hereby except it, for a Burying place for myself and my friends 
and neighbors." This was the origin of the ancient Burying 
Ground situated on the northern slope of Iron Rock Hill, a short 
distance southerly of " the Ballou meetinghouse." There, as to 
their mortal forms, 

**The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep." 

It is probable that a very few bodies had already been buried 
there. It should be a haUowed spot to all the Cumberland 
Ballous and their descendants. Let it be remembered that, in 
1749, James Ballou' donated the site of the Meeting House, and 
Obadiah Ballou*, the original sit-e of the adjacent Burying Place. 

It may be presumed that Obadiah Ballou'', before his fii-st mar- 
riage in 1717-18, had made considerable improvements on his 
homestead, and was prepared, in the style of his time, for house- 
keeping. We have little authentic testimony concerning the 
characteristics of himself and two wives, but what has come down 
to us indicates that they acted well their parts in domestic, social 
and religious life. Of course they must have struggled through 
many disadvantages, toils and trials, but it is believed they did 
so exemplarily. 

Obadiah disposed of his estate partly by gift-deeds, and partly 
by will. He deeded to his eldest son Ezekiel a farm of one 
hundred acres, with buildings and valuable privileges, Dec. 20, 
1745. To his son Abner he gave the three several tracts already 
referred to Feb. 28, 1749-50. He finally made his Will Sejit. 18, 
1763, substantially as follows. — 


" Being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, blessed 
be God therefor. — * * * 

I give to my dearly beloved wife Sarah Ballou the improvements, 
income and profits of my real estate, and also the improvements 
of my personal estate (money and securities for money only 
excepted) by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed during the 
term of time she shall remain my widow, and no longer. 

I give to my four well beloved sons, namely, Ezekiel Ballou, 
Daniel Ballou, Abner Ballou, and Obadiah Ballou, twenty pounds 
each in bills of public credit of the said Colony old tenor, or any 
other money equal to said sums at and after the rate of seven 
pounds for every Spanish milled silver dollar, to be paid to them 
by my Executor hereafter named within one year after my 

I give to my two well b(»loved daughters, Esther Wilson and 
Zerviah Thayer, twenty pounds each, in cun^ent money as above 
said, and to be paid to them, their heirs, &c., by my Executor at 
the time above limited for the payment of my said sons. 

I give to my two well beloved sons, Joseph Ballou and Benja- 
min Ballou, all my lands and buildings situate in Cumberland 
aforesaid, to be equally divided between them both, ^ith respect 
to quantity and quality, to them, their heirs and assigns forever, 
as an estate of inheritance in fee simple, and my ^ill farther is, 
and I do^hereby order, that if either of my two last mentioned 
sons shall happen to die before he shall arrive to full age and 
leave no issue, then and in such case the surviving son to have 
and hold all said lands and buildings, given equally between them 
as above said, to his heirs and assigns forever. 

I give to my said two sons, Joseph and Benjamin, all the 
remaining pai-t of my personal estate, two thirds thereof to be 
equally divided between them after my decease, and the other 
third after the decease of my loving wife. 

And I do make and ordain my said son, Joseph Ballou, sole 
Executor of this my last >nll, and my loving and trusty son, 
Ezekiel Ballou, aforesaid Overseer thereof, to take care and see 
the same performed according to my tnie intent and meaning." 

Witnessed by Richard Saj-les, Josiah Fisk and John Dexter. 
He d. Oct. 12, 1768, and was buried in the forementioned Ballou 
Burying Ground, where his grave stone may be seen, declaring 
the date of his death, and his age to be 79 yrs. It was, more 
exactly, 79 yrs. 1 mo. and 6 ds. Mrs. Sarah, his widow, d. at a 
date not ascei-tained. 


[17.] Samuel Ballou', James', Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, afterwards Smithfield, and now Lincoln, R. I., June 23, 
1692; m. 1st Sitsaiimi Arnold, parentage and birth-date sought 
but not found; cer. in Providence Dec. 16, 1722, by William 
Jenckes, J. P. Issue, all b. on the original James Ballou home- 
stead. — 

80— 1. Jonathan, b. Nov. 10, 1723; m. Elizabeth West; no chn. 

81— 2. Lydia, b. Dec. 6, *25; m. Benjamin Lapham Oct. 14, 1742. 

82— 3. Phebe, b. May 9, '28; m. Stephen Whipple July 12, 174r). 

83— 4. Eleazer, b. June 12, '30; m. Phebe Lapham Aug. 19, 1750. 

84— 5. Patience, b. July 15, '32; m. JoHcph Sayles July 10, 1752. 

85 — 6. Samuel, b. May 24, '35; d. July 1, 1735, an infant. 

86— 7. Samuel, b. Feb. 4, '36-7; m. Ruth Hawkins about 1754 or 5. 

87 — 8. Susanna, b. June 28, '39; m. Jacob Arnold Nov. 25, 175G. 

88— 9. Jemima, b. May 14, '42; m. Dr. William Arnold (b. Nov. 30, 1733). 
89—10. David, b. Aug. 23, '44; m. Ist Ann Comstock, 2d Sarah Chase, 3d 

Hannah Reynolds. 
90—11. Moses) b. Jan. 30, '48; m. Ist Elizabeth Phillips, 2d wid. 

- twins. Desire Lang. 
91—12. Aaron) b. Jan. 30, '48; m. Lydia Albee March 5, 1773. 

Mrs. Susanna, the mother of these 12 chn. d. (date not found) ; 
and the father m. 2d, Mrs. 2tary Smith, widow of Elias Smith; 
cer. July 29, 1761, by Stephen Sly, J. P. Naturally no issue. She 
surv'iTed her husband, and afterwards m. Hezekiah Spragxie May 
8, 1767. We have already described the ancient patrimonial 
homestead, and stated that James' gave it to this son Samuel 
July 27, 1726, as also in 1741 much personal estate. On that 
homestead SamueF lived, reared his large family, and died. 
Nothing definite has come down to us concerning the charac- 
teristics of himself, wives and children ; but from varicms grounds 
of inference, as well as general tradition, w^e are warranted in 
claiming for them a very reputable standing in society. SamueF 
made his Will Dec. 14, 1764. The following are its principal 
specifications : — 

"I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary all the estate 
she had when we were mamed, and one good side-saddle, and 
also my will is that she have her right of dower in all my real 
estate according to law, and one room in my dwellinghouse to 
live in. 

Also, I give and bequeath unto my three sons, David Ballou, 
Aaron BaUou and Moses Ballou, all my lands and real estate, to 
be equally divided between them, and to remain to their heu-s 
and iissigus for ever. But in case either of them die without 


lawful issue before he arrive to the age of twenty one years, then 
my will is that his i)art be divided between"! his \wo surviving 
brothers aforesaid. But in case two of said] sons die without 
lawful issue before they arrive to the age of twenty one years, 
then my will is that the said surviving brother have two thirds 
of my real estate and the other third to be equally divided among 
my following children, namely, Jonathan Ballou, Eleazer Ballou, 
Patience Sayles, Samuel Ballou, Susannah Arnold, and Jemima 
Ballou, to be to their own free disposal. 

Also, I give unto my son Jonathan the sum of five dollars, and 
to my son Eleazer three dollars, and to my daughter Patience 
Sayles six dollars, and to my son Samuel one dollar, and to my 
daughter Susannah Arnold two dollars, and to my daughter Je- 
mima Ballou one dollar. 

Also I give unto my grand daughter Mary Lapham the sum of 
three dollars, and to my grand son Stephen Whipple, and to my 
grand daughter Phebe Whipple three dollars each. 

And also my will is that all the above legacies and my just debts 
and funeral charges be paid out of my movable estate, and that 
all the remainder of my movable estate I give in the following" 
manner, — One third thereof I give and bequeath unto my beloved 
wife Maiy, to be to her own free disposal ; and then I give one 
quarter part of the remainder to my son David, and the other 
three quarters I give to my sons Aaron and Moses, to be to their 
own free disposal. 

And lastly, I do make and ordain my trusty friend, Thomas 
Lapham, Jun'., sole executor to this my last will and testament." 
Closed with the usual formalities. Dated as aforesaid, and wit- 
nessed by Thomas Lapham, Joshua Lapham, Joseph Smith, and 
Jeremiah Smith 3d. 

Samuel Ballou' d. Jan. 25, 1765, and his ashes, we presume, rest 
in the adjacent family biAial place heretofore described. His ag-e 
was 73 yrs. and 2 ds. 

[18.] Susanna Ballou", James', Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, K. I., afterward Smithfield, and now Lincoln, Jan. 3, 1695 ; 
m. John Imtiun'', John', Edward* ; cer. June 28, 1716, by Samuel 
Wilkinson, J. P. They settled in Glocester, R. I. Issue. — 

91i— 1. Ruth Iiiman, b. sup. during 1717; m. Samuel Aldricli. 

1)3 —2. Susanna luman, b. hui). during *19 ; m. Capt. Ricliard Sayles. ? 

92^—3. Rachel Inman, b. June 19, '20 ; m. Jeremiall PhillipH Apl. 6, 1755. 

93 — 4. Ssirab Inman, b. Mar. 9, '20 ; untraced. 


»3i— 5. Martha Inman, b. Oct. 16, '29 ; m. Job Whipple Oct. 23, 1753. 

94 — 6. John Inman, b. Aug. 5, *33 ; m. Anne . 

95 —7. David Inman, b. May 5, '36; m. Thankful Smith, June 17, 1759. 

We suppose the eldest three of these chn. must have been b. 
in then Providence, prob. on territory afterwards Smithtield ; the 
others in Gloeester. It has been difficult to trace this family. 
No characteristics of Susanna' and her husband have reached us. 
We only know they came of worthy parental stock. He made his 
Will Jiily 28, 1741, and d. Aug. 3, ensuing. See Gloeester, R. I., 
Records, B. I., pp. 30-32. Her death-date not found. 

[19.] Bathsheba Ballou', James\ Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, R. I., afterward Smithfield, and now Lincoln, Feb. 15, 1698 ; 
m. Daniel Arnold of Smithfield, R. I., son of John and Mary 
(Mowry) Arnold, b. about 1699; cer. Oct. 16, 1720, by Samuel 
Wilkinson, J. P. Issue. — 

Uriah Arnold, b. Apl. 9, 1721 ; m. Elizabeth Peck, &c. 

Priscilla Arnold, b. Mar. 2, 1723 ; imtraced. 

Enoch Arnold, b. Mar. 31, *25 ; m. Deborah Comstock June 23, 

Elijah Arnold, b. Dec. 23, *26 ; traced. 
Mary Arnold, b. Aug. 23, '28; m. Hezadiah Comstock, Jr., Apl. 

20, 1746. 
Rachel Arnold, b. Dec. 19, *30 ; m. Stephen Arnold May 27, 1749. 
Dorcas Arnold, b. May 18, *32 ; m. James Cargill Dec. 27, 1752. 
Anna Arnold, b. Feb. 19, *34 ; m. Caleb Arnold Jan. 3, 1773. 

No data reaches us of family characteristics and social stand- 
ing; presumed to have been respectable. Smithfield records 
show that Daniel Arnold made his Will Dec. 31, 1770. The sub- 
stance of it was as follows. — He gave to Mrs. Bathsheba one third 
of all his real and personal estate, excepting only his carpentery 
tools and a pair of steelyards : to his son Uriah two thirds of his 
homestead farm unreservedly, and the other thu'd after the de- 
cease of his mother, with a tract of outlying woodland; but re- 
quiring him to provide a home and board for his sister Anna so 
long as she should remain unmarried: to said daughter Anna 
sundry bequests out of his personal estate, conditioned, however, 
that she should bring in no charges for her several years of 
domestic service in his house : to his daughters Mary Comstock, 
Eaehel Arnold and Dorcas Cargill, three lots of land in Provi- 
dence, which were described : and to his grand son Daniel, son 
of Uriah, certain parcels of real estate specifically described, &c. 
No other chn. or gd. chn. mentioned. He d. July 30, 1773. Mrs. 
Bathsheba d. Jany. 15, 1790. 














102 —8. 


[20]. Nehemiah Ballou', James', Maturin'; b. in then Provi- 
dence, afterwards Smitlifield, and now Lincoln, K. I., Jan. 20, 
1702; m. 1st Mary Hall, dr. of Ziiriel Hall, b. in Smithfield, K. I., 
Jan. 1, 1700 ; cer. Apl. 21, 1723. There were b. to them on their 
homestead in what is now Burrillville, R. I., 11 chn. most of 
whom d. young — 2 mere infants unnamed, and 5 with names, 
whose birth-dates were never recorded. These were Zuriel, Nehe- 
miah, Joseph, Patience and Susanna — ^their death-dates not found. 
The other 4 were recorded in Glocester, of which Burrillville 
was then a part: — 

103—1. Mary, b. May 28, 1728; m. John Cowen Apl. 4, 1751. 

104—2. Uranah, b. June 9, '30; m. Jonathan Mitchell May 21, 1746. 

105—3. Peter, b. July 15, '32; m. Lydia Phillips. 

106—4. Seth, b. June 4, '34; m. Hannah Cowen June 9, 1754. 

Mrs. Mary (Hall) BaUou d. Sept. 25, 1761. Nehemiah' m. 2d 
AhlyaU {Hall) Pen*y^ a sister of his first wife; cer. in Glocester 
July 15, 1762. No issue. 

Nehemiah Ballou' was the youngest child of James^ and set- 
tled, about the year 1725, on the w41d lands inherited by his father 
from his maternal grandfather, Robert Pike, west of the "seven 
mile line," so called. Those lands were then mthin the Umits of 
Providence, but when Glocester was incorporated in 1730, they 
were included therein. When BuiTillville was set oS. from Glo- 
cester, in 1806, they fell within the limits of that township. In 
1726 James" made a gift deed of these lands to this son. The 
tract conveyed is thus described: "One half right of Common- 
age on the west side of the seven mile line in Providence, with all 
the land already laid out thereon, being, by estimation, two 
hundred acres, be it more or less, and lieth all adjoining*together, 
and is the land my said son, Nehemiah Belleau now dwelleth on, 
and lieth on the original Eight of Eobei*t Pike." It would seem 
that somehow Nehemiah's acres were estimated afterwards at 
three hundred and forty-five ; for we find this number named in a 
quit-claim deed gives to Nehemiah by his oldest brother, James*. 
It appears that after the death of their father, James*, a question 
arose whether, under the old English law then in force, James', as 
eldest son, or his heirs after him, might not claim estate in this 
land. Therefore James' honorably reUnquished to Nehemiah aU 
sui>posable interest therein. His quit-claim runs as follows: 
" Being sensible and knowing this that it was the tme intent and 
meaning of my said father to give to my brother Nehemiah 
Belloue, of Gloucester, in the Ccmuty and Colony aforesaid, Yeo- 


man, the one half of that which was the original right of Matiirin 
Bellone in the undivided lands on the west side of the seven mile 
line, kc. ♦ * * Now know that I, the said James Ballone, for 
the settling of said lands according to my honored father's intent, 
do remise, release, and forever quit-claim, and by these presents, 
for myself and my heirs, do fully, clearly and absolutely remise, 
release and forever quit-claim unto him, my aforesaid brother, 
Xehemiah Belloue, * * all my right, title, interest and demand 
whatsoever * * in or to the above said half right and lands, 
Ac." Dated April 29, 1751. 

Xel^miah' located on this tract, as has been said, about 1725, 

and set up his log house on the side hill, a short distance west of 

the Friends' Meeting house, near the road which leads from the 

Village of Mapleville in Burrillville, K. I., towards Chepachet in 

61<x*ester. The exact location was pointed out to Mr. Peck 

several years ago by Mr. Duty Lapham, a great gi-andson of 

Xehemiah, who had received his information, when a lad, from 

his mother. Nehemiah, in process of time, built him a framed 

house, which makes a i)art of the domicile occupied in his life 

time by Mr. Duty Smith. Mr. Peck visited Mr. Smith before his 

dec-ease, he being then an aged man. He said he well recollected 

Nehemiah BaUou, had heard him preach many times, when a boy, 

and proceeded to relate numerous interesting anecdotes of him. 

There is no doubt he earned a good reputation in his vicinage for 

indiLstry, sobriety, piety and many virtues. He was a devoted 

Baptist, and, though not an ordained minister, often preached in 

hLs own house and the general neighborhood. Meantime he 

l)ecame a large landholder, a productive farmer, and an influential 

citizen. Not mu(?h is said of his wives, which was too ai^t to be 

the thoughtless fashion of former times in relation to even very 

hard-toiling and exemplary helpmeets of male worthies; but we 

always take for granted, in the absence of contrary testimony, 

that wives and mothers ought to be honorably mentioned in the 

family record. As Nehemiah found himself advancing toward old 

age, he i>nidently made his Will, and set his temporal aflairs in 

ortler for liis departure. He did this some twenty years before 

his decease. Its principal items are th6 following: — 

"I give to my beloved wife Abigail one good cow and one third 
piirt of all the remainder of my personal estate, except my iron 
tanning tackling and tools. 

I srive tlie one half of my tract of land that I have situate in 
Gloucester, lying on the south side of the highway and noiiheast- 


erly from sucker pond, containing about fifty acres in the whole, 
to my daughter Uranah Mitchell during her natural life, and, 
after her decease, to her son Zuriel Mitchell ; but if he should die 
before his mother wthout disposing thereof, then to go to his 
next brother; and the other half of said land I give to my 
daughter, Mary Cowen, to be to her heirs and assigns free and 
clear forever. 

I give unto my son Peter BaUoue twenty-four shiUiugs in lawful 
money, to be paid by my executor out of my personal estate. 

I give imto my son Seth BaUoue all my right in Common, to him 
and his heirs and assigns, and also all my iron farming t^kling 
and tools, — and I likewise give unto him one third part of all my 
personal estate of every sort and kind that I have not before in 
this my will disposed of, and the other two thirds I give to be 
equally di\dded between my aforesaid two daughters ; but if either 
of my said daughters should happen to die before a division, then 
the deceased 8 part to be equally divided among her children. 

I hereby nominate my said son Seth sole executor of this will ; 
hereby revoking, etc." Dated March 13, 1769. Witnessed by 
John Steere, Jr., Samuel Phettiplace and Richard Steere. The 
testator d. A\A, 1, 1789, being in his 88th yr., and was buried a 
short distance from his domicile. Mrs. Abigail, his 2d wife, and 
\^ddow, d. May 4, 1792, in her 81st year. 

[21]. Peter Ballou", Peter^ Maturin' ; b. in then Providence, 
afterwards Smithfield, E. I., in the locality now known as Louis- 
quisset, prob. about 1696, the exact date not fotmd ; drowned in 
Blackstone river (having gone in to bathe) during the Summer of 
1717, to the unspeakable grief of his parents and their family. 
His dust reposes in the Mann cemetery, ground originally a part 
of the Peter Ballou estate. This has already been told. 

[22]. William Ballou', Peter*, Maturin'; same birth place as 
the j)receding, but no birth-date found. Untraceable. Not men- 
tioned in the Wills of his parents, and therefore presumed to have 
d. young. 

[23]. Jeremiah Ballou', Peter', Maturin'; b. prob. in Louis- 
quisset aforesaid, R. I., perhaps about 1698, no date found; m. 
Imhella Iioss, no paiiiculars as to ptage., birth-date, or the mge. 
foimd. Issue. — 

107—1. Pet or, b. date not found; lived to manhood and d. u. m. 
108—2. Jeremiah, h. ** m. Abigail Ilecord. 


1(M>— 3* Sarah, b. date not found ; m. Ishmael Aldrich. 

110-4. Isabella, b. " ** m. Andrew Harrington May 4, 1708. 

111-5. AbigaU, b. '* " m. Philip Aldrich Sept. 12, 1771. 

Jeremiah Ballou' inherited from his father quite a large landed 
estate. He had an ample homestead in Scitnate, E. I., on which 
he dwelt until after the death of his widowed mother. Meantime 
be looked ii]) all his rights to common land which came down 
through his father from Maturin Ballon' and Robeii Pike. But 
he seems to have been somewhat of a restless land speculator, for 
we find on record numerous deeds of real estate which he bought 
and sold in various locaUties. He sold his patrimonial homestead 
in Scituate to John Potter Feb. 26, 1746, and purchased of 
Thomas Cooper a handsome farm containing 106 acres in Glo- 
cester Mar. 6, the same year. He then became a citizen of 
Glocester, where prob. his two youngest chn. were b. Thence- 
forth he traded often in lands, here and there, but not always to 
good advantage. For we learn through one of his grand sons-in- 
law, who knew something of his history, that he finally lost nearly 
all his property, and became sadly broken down in his old age. 
He and his wife d. in Glocester, but we have not yet ascertained 
their death-dates. 

[24]. Barbara Ballou*, Peter', Maturin'; b. prob. in Louis- 
qnisset aforesaid, E. I., i)erhaps before 1700 ; m. an Inman, 
supposed to have been Valentine Inman. She was aUve Feb. 15, 
1740, when her mother s Will was made. We regret our inability 
to trace her descent further. 

[25]. Phebe Ballou', Peter', Maturin'; b. prob. in Louisquis- 
aet aforesaid, R. L, perhaps not far from 1700, date not found; 
m. James King, Jr., of Providence, Dec. 10, 1719. Issue. — 

112-1. Phebe King, b. perhaps 1721. 
U3~2. Jentslia " b. " 1723. 

We fear no further trace can be found of this family. Peter", 
in his Will, dated Aug. ^, 1731, gave the above named gd. chn. 
five pounds each, and assigned as his reason for gi^dng them no 
more, that he had previously given to their deed, mother her 
intended portion. So she had then been sometime dead. We 
awaited further information, if any could be obtained ; but having 
waited a reasonable time, we now dismiss the family as no further 


[26]. Jemima Ballou", Peter*, Maturin'; b. prob. in the local- 
ity aforesaid, perhaps not far from 1703 ; m. a Spragne, supposed 
to be David, had three drs., and was ah-eady deceased when her 
mother made her Will, Feb. 15, 1740. 

114—1. Spragiie. 

116—2. " 


Tliis family, too, we must dismiss as by iis untraceable. If any 
relatives are interested, we leave to them all practicable research. 

[27]. Martha Ballod', Peter^ Maturin'; b. in Louisquisset, 
E. I., between 1702 and 1710; m. John. Kin<j, Jt,, prob. 1728 to 
1730. Issue, found recorded in Foster, R. I. — 

117—1. Phebe Kinj^r, b. Jan. 7, 1731-2. 
118—2. Martlia King, b. Sept. 18, '32-3. 

It seems that Martha"' had deceased some time before her 
mother's Will was made, prob. as early as 1736 or '37. The Foster 
records show that John King*, Jr., soon m. again, and began to 
have chn., by his wife Deliverance, May 10, 1738. She became 
the mother of five whose birth-dates are given, but need not be 
entered here. This family no further traced. 

Fourth and Fifth Generations. 

[28.] John Ballou*, John", John', Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, afterwards Smithfield, K. I., date not found; m. Elizfiheth 
JVrllUps^ dr. of Joshua PhiUips of Sutton, Mass. ; her birth-date 
and the mge. date not fcmnd. Issue. — 

119—1. John, h. Apl. 3, 1743; m. Sibella Leiand. 

120—2. Benjamin, b. Nov. 20, *46; m. Mary Phillips Apl. 15, 1770. 

121—3. Anna, b. Dec. 14, '49 ; m. John Wliitman. 

122 — 4. Richard, b. not found ; m. Lncy Arnold. 

123—5. Abij^rail, b. ** m. Sylvanns Sayles. 

124—6. Nancy, b. " m. Rnfus Streeter. 

John Ballou' settled on the land given him by his father in 
1738-9 ; viz. one hundred acres of his home farm in Louisquisset 
neig^hborhood. His house stood about one fourth of a mile on 
the road south fi'om the Eleazer Mowry place, latterly so called. 
Judge Thomas Mann, in his day many yeai-s ago, purchased the 
estate, and demolished the domicile. This was after John Ballon* 
had sold the property. John' sold several i)oi-tions of his inheri- 


tance at various times, and gave the remainder to his three sons, 
John, Benjamin and Eiehard, Eichard deeded his portion to 
Benjamin Feb. 21, 1780, and settled in the northeasterly part of 
Cumberland, E. I. See Smithfield Eecs. B. 7, p. 298. John and 
Benjamin long held their portions in partnership, but divided 
them in 1783. lb. B. 7, p. 413. 

John* d. May 29, 1788. He was found a corpse in a pasture, 
which he was supposed to be crossing on his way to visit his dr., 
Mrs. Streeter. He prob. d. instantly from apoplexy or some other 
deadly fit. Mrs. Elizabeth, his widow, survived him several years. 
She is said to have been a sister of Moses Ballou's first wife. She 
spent her old age in the family of her son Benjamin, where she 
d. at a date not ascertained. 

[29.] Abraham Baixou', John*, John', Maturin' ; b. in Louis- 
quisset, then Providence, later Smithfield, now Lincoln, E. I., date 
not found ; m. Mtwy Sayles, her ptge. and birth-date not found ; 
cer. Mar. 3, 1739, by Daniel Jenckes, Town Clerk. Issue. — 

125—1. Simeon, b. May 21, 1740; m. Mary Cole Apl. 1, 1762. 

126—3. David, b. not found ; m. Mary Smith. 

127—3. Phebe, b. ** m. John Smith Apl. 15, 17(J1. 

Abraham^ dwelt first after mge. in Glocester, R. I., as long ago 
as 1742, on land given him by his father. Next, for a short time, 
he lived on an estate he had purchased in 1745, situated on the 
road leading from Killingly, Ct., to Providence, R. I. That estate 
he sold in 1747, and finally settled on a considerable tract of land 
he took up containing much of what became the site of Slater- 
ville. His domicile was located on an adjacent hill, where his son 
Simeon afterward dwelt and died. We learn little of his history. 
We infer that he must have d. in middle age — no record found 
of his death. Mrs. Mary, his widow, long survived. She spent a 
considerable i^ortion of her widowhood with her daughter Phebe 
Smith and husband, outliving both. She was then cared for in 
the home of Thomas Appleby, who had married one of her grand- 
daughters — a dr. of Phebe and John Smith. With them she d. at 
an imtold date, at the age of 90 yrs. or more. 

[30.] David Ballou', John*, John', Maturin'; b. date not 
found, in Louisquisset, then Providence, afterwards Smithfield, 
&c., E. I. No trace has been foimd of this David Ballou, and the 
supposition is that he must have d. yoimg, or at least that he d, 


[31.] MauY Ballou*, John^ John'', Matnrin' ; b. date not fouiul, 
in Loiiisquisset, then Providence, afterwards Smithfield, &c., R. I. ; 
m. Joseph Ijiphavi, according* to usage of Friends at their meeting • 
in said Smithfield April 1, 1734, O. S. " Witnesses — John Ballou, 
Jr., Tabitha Ballou." Issue. — 

138—1. Abnor Lapliam, b. not found ; m. Mar>' Mo wry May 3, 1761. 
139—2. John' " b. ** m. Aniey Buekliu Juno 21, 17G7, 

by Eld. N. Cook. 
130—3. Rc»bocca Lapham, b. not found; m. Jeremiah Bartlett Mar. 35, 

131 — 4. Mercy Lapham, 1). not found ; m. — - Chase. 
133-5. Mary ** b. " m. Robert Wilkinson Dec. 39, 1768. 
134—6. Abigail " b. " m. Meade. 

The record of this family comes to us obscure and imperf(»ct. 
The names of the chn. were extracted from the Will of Joseph 
Lapham, made in Cumberland, R. I., May 26, 178(5. It is pre- 
sumed that the testator was a settled inhabitant of that town, 
where prob. his chn. were b. — though i>erhaps some of them in 
Smithfield. Mrs. Mary is mentioned in the Will of her father 
Apl. 19, 1755, and in that of her uncle IVIaturin', 1760. Joseph 
Lapham d. in Cumberland Dec. 23, 1796. Mrs. Mary (Ballou) 
Lapham d. at a date not ascertained. This descent is too diflicult 
for our tracement. 

[32.] Sarah Ballou', John', John'', Maturin'; b. date not 
found, in Louisquisset, then Pro^ddence, afterwards Smithfield, 
&c., R. I.; m. Darnel Sprtujue^ son of Ebenezer and Mary, b. 
Mar. 28, 1712-13 ; m. during 1730. Issue.— 

135 — 1. NiMjmi Spraj^itS b. no more ascertained. 
186-3. Lucy ** b. " 

137-8. David ** b. " 

Sarah (Ballou) Sprague' is mentioned in the Wills of her father 
and her uncle Maturin. But our biographical information con- 
cerning her and her family is extremely limited. We have uot 
even the birth-dates of the chn. nor death-dates of the parents, 
and so put this branch of descent in the categoiy — no fui*tlier 

[33.] Tabitha Ballou*, John', John*', Maturin' ; b. in the same 
locality as the five immediately preceding brothers and sintei-s, 
the birth-date not fcmnd ; m. Manasseh Kempton of Smithfield, 
R. I. ; mge.-date and paiiiculars not found. Issue, — 


138—1. Tabitha Kemi)t<)n, h. not foimd; m. John Weatherlioad Apl. 19, 

Tabitha (Ballon) Kempton d. not long- after the birth of her 
only child Tabitha, date not found, and we have no further infor- 
mation concerning her. Her husband m. 2d Sabina Paine Nov. 
17, 1751, and Ls no further traced, except in respect to the m<^e. 
and chn. of his dr. Tabitha (Kempton) Weatherhead. These will 
appear in the next oreneration. 

[34.] Petek Ballou', John', John*', Maturin* ; b. in Louisquis- 
set, as aforesaid, date not found; ra. A/ ire Mowry^ wid. of Jere- 
miah Mowry, and dr. of Josei)h and Alice (Whipple) Mowry, b. 
June 6, 1712 ; cer. May 11, 1766, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook of Cum- 
berland, R. I. No issue from this mg-e. Biit Peter had previously 
had born to him an illegitimate daughter by Mrs. Meribah Phil- 
hps, long his housekeeper, and who probably expected to be 
m^ide his wife, but was disappointed through some breach of 
affection. But the father acknowledged the child his, and finally 
made her his principal heir. He chose fi-eely to recognize her 
by the name of 

139—1. Rlioda Ballou, b. (late not found ; m. Geor*?e Streeter Oct. 80, 1774. 

We learn from ceiiain records that Mrs. Meribah Phillix>s was 
seriously dissatisfied with the treatment she had received fi*om 
Peter", and demanded better compensation than he was disposed 
to make her. She had rendered him fifteen years of domestic 
service on scanty i)ay — not to mention what else had hapi)ened. 
After much unpleasantness, they referred their controversy to 
three arbitrators of their vicinage ; viz. Stephen Sly, Thomas 
Steere and Eichard Steere, Esquires. They awarded Mrs. Phil- 
Ups £39 in full of 'all demands. So the matter was settled. And 
if their conduct was not exemplary in getting into difficulty, they 
certainly might have done worse in getting out. 

Peter* dwelt on the homestead he inherited from his father, since 
long known as " the Streeter place," about a mile north of Lime 
Rock Village in then Smithfield. He made his Will Dec. 8, 1770. 
See Smithfield Eecs. B. 2, p. 76. Therein he gave his wife Alice 
all his household goods, the occupancy of one third of his lands 
and buildings, and £365. To his bro. John £3. To his nei)hew 
John 1 shilling. To his niece Anna, dr. of his bro. John, 15 
shilhngs. To his nephew Richard, son of his bro. John, £3. To 
his nieces Abigail and Nancy, drs. of his bro. John, 15 shillings 


each. To his nieces Naomi and Lucy Sprague, and their bro. 
David, 30 shillings each. To his niece Tabitha Weatherhead £12. 
To his nephews Simeon and David Ballou, sons of his bro. Abra- 
ham, £30 each. To his nephew Benjamin Ballon X3. To Rhoda, 
dr. of Meribah Phillips, w^hom he says " I choose to call Rhoda 
Ballou," all his lands and buildings in Smithfield, estimated to 
contain one hun(b-ed and sixty acres, during her life, then to her 
legal heirs in fee simiJe. He d. May 2, 1777. His widow d. at a 
date not found. 

[35.] Elce or Alcy Ballou*, Maturin', Jolin', Maturin* ; b. date 
not found, in then Providence, later Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I. ; 
m. 1st J)(ivi<l Anioldy son of Eleazer and Sarah Arnold ; date and 
pai'ticulai's of mge. not found. Issue. — 

140—1. William Arnold, b. not found. 
141—2. Lydia Araold, b. ** 

David Arnold d. -Dec. 31, 1736; and the wid. m. 2d, CapL 
liivhard Sayhs of Smithfield, son of John and EUzabeth, b. Oct. 
24, 169*5, as his 2d wife ; cer. May 14, 1738. She is presumed to 
have taken her two children to her new home with Capt. Richard, 
under whose protection they remained till sometime after her 
death. Thut took place in 1741. She had administered on tho 
estate of her 1st husband, under a probate appointment of Smith- 
field Town Council, held Apl. 5, 1736, and doubtless acted as legal 
guardian of her chn. till death. Capt. Richard m. his 3d wife, 
wid. Susanna (Ballou) Inman, Jan. 10, 1742 — the two Arnold chn. 
and their property still remaining under his care. At lengtli, 
either on his motion or that of their relations, the Smithfield 
Town Council took action on the case Sept. 25, 1744, and appointed 
Maturin Ballou", grandfather of the chn., their guardian. There- 
upon Capt. Richard delivered the two chn. and their property over 
to Maturin's guardianship. So say Old Smithfield Records, Coun- 
cil B. 1, p. 71. The descendants of Elce or Alcy (Ballou) Arnold 
no fui-ther traced. 

[36.] WnxiAM Baixou', Maturin', John", Maturin' ; b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., in 1759 ; m. Mary Buvklln of Attleboro', Mass., dr. of 
Elijah Bueklin, b. in 1762 ; cer. date not found. Issue. — 

142—1. Joseph, b. Nov. 18, 1783; m. Harriet Hawes in 1836. 

143—2. William, b. Au^. 20, *86; m. Barl)ara Bueklin 1817 or 18. 

144-3. Bozeliel, b. , *J>2; m. Abij^il Ordway Sei)t. 12, 1827. 

145-4. Sarah, b. Sept. 23, '95; m. Moses Lunt. 


146-.'). MatiiriD, b. Sept. 23, *96 ; m. Sarah Hawkins Oct. 16, 1820. 

U7-6. Mary, b. , 1801 ; d. 1813, a. about 12 yrs. 

14H-7. Sanford, b. May 2, 1803; m. Amey Dickerman Mar. 25, 1834. 

14l>-a Abnanda, b. May 16, 1806; m. Samuel Riddalo Sept. 12, 1853. 

William Ballou* must have become of ag-e and taken possession 
of Lis patrimony not far from 1781, and prob. married a year or 
two later. In 1783 or thereabouts his bro. Maturin* reached his 
majority, and entered into joint possession of the homestead, 
inherited according to the Will of Matiirin\ They held and man- 
agred their inheritance together, or at least without dirision, until 
the j'ear 1800; about which time WilUam* emigrated to Timbridge, 
Yt It appears that they made a small addition to the old faim 
of between nine and ten acres, which they x)urchased of their 
cousin Peter Ballon* in 1795. This purchase straightened their 
lines and otherwise convenienced them. See Deeds of Old Smith- 
field, E. I., B. 9, p. 294. But the Will of their father was some- 
what ol)seure in respect to the i3ortions of land intended for the 
two sons, and if construed Uterally, made them quite unequal. 
Both brothers worthily desired to correct this inequality, and to 
share alike. They therefore executed the following Indenture. — 

" This Indenture made and concluded upon this Eleventh Day 
of March, in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred 
and One, and in the Twenty fifth year of American Independence, 
by and between W^iUiam Ballou of the State Vermont, late of 
Sniithfield in the County of Providence and State of Rhode Isl- 
and, yeoman, of the one Part, and Mattman Ballou of said Smith- 
field, yeoman, of the other Part ; W^itnesseth That, whereas Mat- 
tnrien Ballou, late of said Smithfield, Deceased father to the 
aforesaid William and Maturan, Did, in and by his Last Will and 
Testament, bearing date the Third Day of April, A. D. 1760, Give 
and Devise unto them, the said WiUiam Ballou and Matturien 
Ballou, all his Beal Estate in a very unequal proportion to Hold 
in Severalty, — ^as Reference to said Will being had may more 
fnlly appear. 

Now know ye that they, the Said William Ballou and Matturien 
Ballou, for and in consideration of the natm'al love and Brotherly 
Affection which they have and do beare to each other, as well as 
in consideration of all the Work and Labor which the said Mat- 
tnrin Ballon did upon the Said Real Estate before the Said Wil- 
liam BaUou moved from Said Estate, as also for divers other good 
eaases and considerations, have Mutually and Reciprocally Agreed 


and Covenanted, and by these presents do Mutually and Eecip- 
rocally Ao^-ee and Covenant with Each other, and for Their Re- 
spective Heirs and Assigns forever, to Have Hold and Enjoy the 
aforesaid Beal Estate Share and Share ahke, as Tenants in Com- 
mon and not as Tenants in Severalty, to be Equally Divided be- 
tween them their Heirs and Assigns, anything in the aforesaid 
Last Will and Testament to the contrary hereof in anywise Not- 
withstanding." Signed, sealed and deUvered in legal form by the 
two brothers. 

In presence of Samuel Thurber, Jr., and Da^id Heaton. 

We have copied this Indenture from the original, which came 
into possession of Mr. Peck from the family archives many years 
ago. We copy it because it is so creditable to the two brothers, 
as well as because it indicates very nearly the date at wliich Wil- 
Uam* removed to Timbridge, Vt., and shows that all but the last 
three of his children were b. in Smithfield, E. I. This Indenture 
legally prepared the way for WilUam to sell and convey his share 
of the patrimonial estate to Maturin ; which he did on the It'ith 
of March, A. D. 1803. We have the original Deed. As this Deed 
presents some important specifications which may be useful for 
reference, we extract the essential portions. — 

" Know all men by these Presents, that I, William Ballon, of 
the State of Vermont, late of Smithfield, <frc., in consideration of 
One Thousand Four Hundred Dollars, to me well and truly paid 
by my Brother, Maturien Ballou of said Smithfield, Ac., * have 
remised, released, and forever quit-claimed * unto the said Ma- 
turien Ballou in his full and Peaceable possession and seizen, and 
to His Heirs and Assigns forever, all such Bight, Estate, Title, 
Interest, Claim and Demand whatsoever, as I, the said William 
Ballou, had or ought to have in or to all the Homestead Farm 
which was formerly my late Hon VI. Father's, Situate, Lying and 
being in said Town of Smithfield, which I hold as Tenant in Com- 
mon with my said Brother by virtue of a Deed of Union, Recorded 
in the Registry of Deeds for said Town, Book 10th, page 110, and 
to one other Tract or Lot of Land adjoining to the North of said 
Farm Lying betwixt the land of Elisha Olney and the Heirs of 
Ichabod Comstock, which Land I and my said Brother Purchased 
of Peter Ballou by any way or means whatsoever, Excepting my 
right of reversion to my Hon'd. Mother s Dower or Power of 
Thirds, which are assigned and set oflF to her during Life. * * * 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 



Fifteenth Day of March, A. D., 1803, and Twenty seventh year 
of American Independence." 
Witnessed by 

Samuel Whipple & Wm. B. Martin. William Ballon. L. S. 

Recorded in Smithfield, R. I., B. 10, p. 241. 

William* was a man of substantial virtues in all the relations of 
life, and highly esteemed both in his native and adopted homes. 
His \*ife was no less respected for her con-esponding worth. He 
d. in Jan. 1844. She in Nov. 1850. 

Maturtn Ballou House, Stump Hill, LincoiiN. 

[37.] Maturin Ballou', Maturing John", Maturin'; b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., in 1760 ; m. Bavhara BuMin, b. in Attleboro', Mass., 
dr. of Elijah Bucklin, and sister of Mary, wife of William\ The 
dates of her birth and of the maniage not aseeiiained. No issue. 
But they adopted Maturin^ [146], son of WiUiam and Mary (Buck- 
Hn) Ballou, when he was eight yeai-s of age, brought him up, and 
made him -their heir. This adopted son who was designated in 
some instniments "«/r.," in others Maturin Ballou, "-2^7," m. Sarah 
Hawkins Oct. 16, 1820, us already stated. 

Maturin* made a Will April 27, 1821; but in Oct. 1826, was 
bereaved of his wife. On account of this change in his circum- 
stances, or for other reasons, we find that, on the 10th of Aug. 
1827, he deeded his homestead of 125 acres with all its buildings 
to his nephew, styled Maturin Ballou 2d, for the consideration of 


$1000, taking back a Life-lease of the i^remises. How far this 
transaction modified the stipulations of his Will we are unable to 
state. It was legally approved Jan. 1, 1831. It prescribed and 
provided as follows. — 

"First, I give and Devise to my Beloved wife Barbary Ballon, 
her Heirs and Assigns, forever, one undivided Third part of my 
Homestead Farm, situate in said Smithfield, together with one 
third part of all the buildings thereon, in Ueu of her Dower, upon 
Condition that she pay one third part of all my just debts and 
fiineral charges. I also give her one-half part of my Household 

Secondly, I give and Devise to my Nephew Matturin Ballou, Jr., 
his Heirs and assigns, forever, the residue or Two thirds of my 
said farm, together with Two thirds of all the buildings thereon, 
upon Condition that he pay Two thirds of all my just debts and 
fimeral charges. I also give him the remainder half of my House- 
hold Fuiiiitiu-e, and all my wearing apparel. 

Thirdly, as to aU the rest, residue and remainder of my personal 
Estate, of what kind or nature soever, I give and Bequeath [it] to 
my said Beloved \vife Barbary Ballou and to my said Nephew 
Matturin Ballou, to be Divided in the following manner, (that is 
to say), one third to my said Wife, the remaining Two thirds to 
my said Nephew. 

Lastly, I hereby appoint and constitute my Beloved Wife Bar- 
bary Ballou and Matturin Ballou, Jr., joint Executors to this my 
last will and testament." Closed in usual form, signed and sealed 
by testator Apl. 27, 1821, and wtnessed by three persons. We 
observe that nothing is said in this Will of the nephew as an 
adopted son, and perhai>s there had been no legtil fonnality to that 
effect, but the general understanding always was that he was 
adopted, at least virtually and practically. We judge that the 
relationship between uncle, aimt and nephew was mutually a 
happy one. 

Maturin Ballou* and wife are represented to have been very 
exemplar}^ and highly respected pei-sons. Kev. David Benedict 
of Pawtucket, E. I., gave Mr. Peck an excellent report of them, as 
long regular attendants on his ministry, and of most worthy social 
standing. She d. in Oct. 1826, and he Oct. 27, 1830. Their re- 
mains repose in a cemetery in the southwesterly section of Paw- 


[38,] Eebecca Ballou*, Peter/ John', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, E. I., Aug. 26, 1715; m. WiUlam Spmgue, Jr., of said 
Smithfield, cer. Apl. 10, 1738, by Daniel Jencks, J. P. Issue. — 

150—1. Martha, b. in Mention, Ma88., Feb. 13, 1739. 
151—2. Rutli, b. in Smithfield, R. I., May 23, 1741. 
152^3. Eleazer, b. in Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 6, 1743. 

Nothing more is reported of this family than that Mrs. B;e})ecca 
d. at a date not given, and that Gapt. William feprague m. Mercy 
Walling Aug. 26, 1744. The chn. no further traced. 

[39.] Sarah Ballou*, Peter", John', Maturin' ; b. in then Prov- 
idence, E. I., Aug. 30, 1717; m. Richard Amje/l of Scituate, E. I.; 
cer. Jan. 25, 1767, by Jeremiah Angell, J. P. No issue. 

She seems to have been in her 50th year when she entered into 
wedlock, and from the mention made of her in the Wills of lier 
father and uncle Maturin', we infer that she was held in high 
est^jem for maiden usefulness and worth. Doubtless she was both 
senaceable and agreeable among her relatives during her pro- 
tracted singleness, and no less so after marriage to the Angell 
who became her husband. No further traced. 

[40.J Hannah Ballou*, Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, E. I., (Twin with Mary) Aug. 19, 1720; m. JKhenezer 
Burklhi. Nothing further ascertained. 

[41.] Maky Ballou*, Peter*, John', Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, E. I., (Twin ^vith Hannah) Aug. 19, 1720; m. Olney. 

Nothing further obtained. 

[42.] Eev. Maturin Ballou*, Peter*, John', Maturin'; b. in 
then Providence, later Smithfield, and now Lincoln, E. I., Oct. 30, 
1722; m. 1st Lydia HurrlH^ dr. of Eichard Harris, b. in said Prov- 
idence Feb. 6, 1725 ; cer. in Smithfield 1744. Issue.— 

153— 1. Mar>', b. Oct. 550, 1745; m. Duvid Bullock. 

154— 2. Benjamin, b. Nov. 8, '47; m. Lydia Hortou. 

155— 3. Amey, b. June 6, '50; d. Oct. 12, 1750. 

15e— 4. Lydia, b. Oct. 21, '52; m. Samuel Moses Jan. 80, 1773. 

157— 5. Maturin, b. July 8, '55; d. u. m. Nov. 28, 1790, a. 35 yrs., 9 nios., 

20 ds. 

158— 6. David, b. Sept. 15, '58; m. Ist Mercy Harri.s, 2d Polly Cushinj?, 

3<1 C. Tyler. 

159— 7. Nathan, b. Sept. 9, '00; m. Mary Holbrook. 

160— 8. Sarah, b. May 4, '63; m. Moses Wheaton Oct. 14, 1781. 



161— 9. Phebe, b. May 24, '65; d. u. m. aged 20 yrs. 
102—10. Stephen, b. Sept. 6, '68; m. Ruth Slater about 1793. 
163—11. Hosea, b. Apl. 30, 71; m. Ruth Washburn Sept. 15, 1796. 

Mrs. Lydia (Harris) Ballou was the mother of these eleven 
children. Nine of them were b. in the County of Providence, R. 
I., and the youngest two in Richmond, H. N. She was a woman 
of great energy, capability, and affection — a noble helpmeet and 
devoted companion of her husband, and an excellent mother to 
her chn. But she was summoned fi'om earth Ufe while the young- 
est was yet an infant and several of the next older sadly needed 
her tender care. She d. in Richmond, N. H., Dec. 21, 1773, a. 45 
yrs. 10 mos. 15 ds. Rev. Maturin' m. 2d, H7<7. Lytlia Bliss of 
Attleboro', Mass., Sei)t. 15, 1774. No issue. Of this lady no char- 
acteristics have come down to us, but we presimie them to have 
been good. Nor have we any account of her decease, but have 
some reason to beUeve it took i3lace in 1790 or '91. 

Rev. Maturin* first settled on a portion of his father s homestead 
in then Smithtield, now Lincoln, R. I. He was a Turner by trade, 
and is so styled in several legal instruments. Tradition reports 
him to have been, for a time, a manufacturer, prob. on a small 
scale, of spinning wheels, such as our grand dames of former gen- 
erations used for working up wool and flax. He seems to have 
been l)oth a mechanic and farmer, as well as preacher, and always 
a hard laboring man. He became deeply religious in early hfe, 
and a devoted member of the Calvinistic Bai)tist church. In 1752, 
at the age of thii-ty years, he commenced i)reaching in that denom- 
ination, and continued in its ministry over half a century. No 
pai-ticulars have reached us of his early religious experiences, liis 
call to the ministry, his preparati(m for it, his approbation, or 
induction. The Baptists of that day had no Theological Schools, 
Professoi-s of Divinity, dignified ecclesiastics, or tempting salaries. 
Tli(\y were poor, humble and uup()X)ular, but intensely conscien- 
tious, zealous and earnest in their work. Their ministers claimed 
to receive their caU directly fi'om heaven, depended little on scho- 
lastic preparation, preached almost gi'atis wherever tliey found an 
opening, and generally bore the simx)le title, Kbh>i\ even after 
ordination. Such probably was su])stantially Maturin Ballou's 
ex])erience as a Ba])tist minister. In 1754 he removed to Paw- 
tucket, where he built him a dwelling house and perhaps a me- 
chanic shop; preaching there and in the general vicinity ^vith 
more or less reguhirity. Mr. Peck, in 18()2, found that domicile, 
with a small later addition, still standing on a corner at the 


junction of Main and North Union Streets. This locaUty with 
a larg-e part of Pawtucket, was then embraced in Providence, but 
in 1767 was incori)orated as North Pro\ddence. In 1759 Rev. 
Matiirin and Lydia his wife deeded this Pawtucket real estate, 
for $1400, to William Jenckes of Cumberland. See No. Provi- 
dence Records, B. 1, p. 324. He had jilready sold the land 
\iilled him b^- his father to his brother P(4er\ Date of deed 
Oct. 13, 1758. See Smithfield Recs. B. 4, p. 330. He next re- 
moved to Scituate, R. I., to that part of the iovra aftt^rward incor- 
porated as Foster. There he i>urchased a small homestead of 
one James Seamans, Ax)ril 20, 1759, on which he wrou«fht dili- 
gently for the support of himself and family — ministerinof to the 
people of that vicinity on the Sabbath without salary, and attend- 
ing* numerous funerals with little but tlianks for his services. He 
remained in Scituate till 1767. 

About that time a general interest had sprung up in the County 
of Providence in favor of emigration to Richmond, N. H., where 
considerable tracts of new land were offered for sale at temptingly 
low prices. Many farmers in Smithfield, Glocester, Cumberland 
and the neighboring towns, who had large families growing up 
to need homes, or who otherwise desired to better theu* circum- 
stances, made haste to purchase those Richmond, N. H. lands, 
where small outlays would secure ample homesteads. Among the 
emigrants were several families of Ballous. Rev. Maturin joined 
the movement. He sold that part of his homestead, described as 
lying on the '* west side of the road," for .£33-3s., to his brother-in- 
law. Squire Bucklin, the husband of his sister Hoi)estill; date 
Aug. 12, 1767. See Scituate records; B. 6, p. 583. The same day 
he and his wife deeded to Christopher Colwell for £79-6s., the 
remainder of their farm, lying " on the east side of the road." B. 
5, p. 714. 

On the 8th of Oct. ensuing he bought of Jacob Bump, in the 
northeasterly section of Richmond, N. H., Lot 13 in Range 4, con- 
taining 80 acres mostly uncleared land, for which he paid .£15. 
There the family forth\\dth settled, and there amid toil and priva- 
tion, he pursued his ministiy to a handful of new settlei-s. He 
was among the first, if not the very first, to preach the Baptist 
gospel in New Hampshire. He soon gathered a Baptist church 
in his section of Richmond, over which he was formally ordained 
as pastor in the year 1770, and continued to ofliciate successfully 
until 1778. Afterwards he preached more or less frequently in 
the surrounding region tiQ near the period of his decease — com- 


pleting a ministry of about fifty years. We have understood 
that he would never receive any stipuhited compensation for his 
ministerial services — being conscientiously scrupulous against it. 
Whether he took this position on the ground of piinciple, or from 
a sense of unworthiness, or both, we are not informed. Somewhat 
of the latter is probable ; for he is said to have l)een a remarkably 
diffident, humble, modest and unassuming, as well as devoutly 
faithful man. Whatever the ground of his scrupulosity on this 
point, it largely augmented his necessity for manual toil and eco- 
nomic frugality; for he had a numerous family to provide for, 
and to launch on the voyage of Ufe. And, though blessed vdWi a 
most efficient heli)meet, his heart, hands and head must always 
have been under a constant strain. One result was, his children 
grew up under i)rivations which would now by many be deemed 
almost intolerable; but which, nevertheless, compensatively pre- 
served them from enervating influences, and gave them vigorous, 
executive constitutions. There are much more deprecable calam- 
ities than homely fare, coarse garments, and toughening industry. 
Those children had parents to love, revere and be thankful for. 
Both father and mother are reputed to have been eminent for 
tender affection and wholesome discipline toward their offspring-. 
Besides their woithy daughters, they reared no less worthy sons. 
Four of those sons became more or less distinguished preachers ; 
\\7.. Benjamin, for many yeai-s a Baptist, but finally a Universalist ; 
Maturin, who lived and died in the Baptist ministry ; David, first 
a Baptist, and then for many years a Universalist minister ; and 
Hosea, the yoimgest, renowned as a champion of Universalism 
wherever Univei-sidism is known. Among their grand children, 
the same denomination makes honorable claim to Revs. Moses Bal- 
lon, Hosea Faxon Ballon, and Massena B. Ballon. Among their 
great grandsons, that denomination has on its roll of distinction 
Rev. Hosea Ballon 2d, the first among his ministerial brethren to 
receive the title D. D. and first President of Tufts college ; alHo 
his two bros.. Revs. William S. and Levi Ballon; also Rev. Russell 
A. Ballon and Rev. James H. Ballon, in other lines. These seem 
to be uncommonly rich findings for the Univei-salists to derive 
from one Calvinistic Bajitist mine. 

Rev. Maturin^ is dt^scribed as a man of large and commanding* 
l)resence, stalwart for lalxn*, an adroit horseman even down to old 
age, and a man of prudential, as well as executive accomplish- 
ment. H(i is said to have been a x^lain spoken, earnest, and some- 
times eloquent preacher, as judged by the old-time standard of 


his denomination. The town of Eichmond honored him with 
several positions of official responsibility, and he descended into 
the vale of old age haloed with reverential esteem. His son Na- 
than appears to have had the fostering care of his declining years, 
in the bosom of whose family he calmly gave up the ghost. The 
records show that he gave Nathan his homestead by deed Nov. 
12, 1791, and took of him a life-lease back for his maintenance. 
See Bees, of Cheshire Co. at Keene, N. H., B. 19, p. 144, and B. 
20, p. 502. As his 2tl mfe's name does not appear in these instru- 
ments, we conclude that she must have passed away some little 
time i)reviously to Nov. 12, 1791. We were somewhat surprised 
to leam that the plain headstones in the graveyard where the 
remains of himself and two wives repose present only their naked 
initials, " M. B. and L. B.," without a word or date. And of his 
death we have* been unable to find any more specific date than 

[43.] Abigail Ballou', Peter", John', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, soon after Smithfield, and now Lincoln, K. I., Mar. 
20, 1725 ; m. llennj Finch of Smithfield, his ptge., biiih-date and 
particulars of mge. not found. Issue. — 

164-1. Hopestill Finch, b. Mar. 23, 1751. 

\m—2. Stephen Finch, b. Mar. 6, 1754. 

166—3. Peter Finch, b. Oct. 8, '56. 

167^4. Rebecca Finch, b. Sept. 11, '58. 

168—5. Henry Finch, b. July 16, '60. 

We have sought in vain for information conc^erning these par- 
ents, their chn. and descendants. Our researchers report only 
what appears above. We must therefore relegate them to the 
Umbo of the untraceable. 

[44.] Amey Ballou*, Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in then Provi- 
dence, soon after Smithfield, and now Lincoln, R I., Sept. 5, 1727; 
m. a Mr. Jencks, and they may have had issue. It seems pitiable 
that our researchers could find no trail of the family, and no clew 
whereby to thread them downward. We regret it, but must aban- 
don them to the obscurity which is to us impenetrable. 

[45.] Elizabeth Ballou', Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, immediately after Smithfield, and now Lincoln, K I. ; 
not farther traceable ; supposed to have d. in infancy. 


[46.] HoPERTiLL Ballou', Peter', John', Matiirin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., date not found ; m. Squire Burk- 
lin — particiilarfi of mge., <fre., not ascertained. Said to have settled 
in Foster, R. I., and to have had issue ; but everything concern- 
ing them is shrouded in mystification and vague uncertainty. It 
ought to be otherwise, but we must submit to our privation of 

[47.] Peter Ballou', Peter*, John', Maturin' ; b. in then Smith- 
field, now Lincoln, R. I., in the yr. 1737 ; m. Ehie linvkUn^ b. in 
Seekonk, Mass., in 1738 ; particular of mge., &c., not reported to 
us. Issue. — 

169 — 1. Susanna, b. date not found ; m. Sarjj^eant Blaisdell alwut 1776. 

170—2. Oliver, b. ** " m. Ist Tiffany, 2<l Marj- Simondft. 

171—3. Stephen, b. " ** m. Rachel Smith, hardly traoeablo. 

172—4. Nathaniel, b. ** ** untraceable, nothing ascertained. 

178—5. Peter, Dr., b. Jan. 9, 1763 ; m. Ist Amey Bishop, 2d Ruth Sheldon. 

174—6. Daniel, b. date not found ; m. ; had 1 son— all d. in Vt. 

175—7. Elsie, b. Jan. 12, 1778 ; m. Sabbinus Pierce. 

These clin. were all b. in Smithfield, now Lincoln, on the patri^r 
monial homestead, a portion of which Peter* inherited, and anothei: 
portion of which was sold to him by his bro. Rev. Maturin in 1758. 
We are poor in desirable matter for a biographical sketch of tljin 
Peter Ballou. We are further informed only that he grew tired 
of his native home, sold it out about the year 1797, piu-chased a 
farm in Brimfield, Mass., and settled thereon, which he occupied 
until his decease, sometime during 1815, aged about 78 yrs. Mi's. 
Elsie, his iiid., went to reside ^Wth her youngest dr., Elsie Pierce, 
in Monson, Mass., where she did not Uve out the year 1815. They 
were pious Baptists. 

[48.J Mercy Ballou', Peter', Jolin\ Maturin' ; b. in Smith- 
field, now Lincoln, R. I., at a date not found ; m. KUjah livrkthi^ 
particulars not found, and had at h^ast one daughter — Chloe Biick- 
lin. She m. Anthony Dyer of Providence, and had Mahala, Otis 
and Martha. We found these facts amcmg Mr. Peck's pencilled 
memoranda, somewhat out of season for convenient tracenient 
and numbering, and therefore ])ursue the descent no further. 
Mercy* was the 11th and youngest dr. of Peter', and he left her 
£. 20 in his Will, she being then immamed. 

[55. j Saiiah Balix)It\ James', James ^ Maturin'; b. in then 


Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 15, 1713; 
m. Uriah J'dUoH^, Nathaniel', James', b. prob. in Attleboro', Mass., 
date not found ; date of marriage not ascertained. Issue. — 

176—1. Enos Jillson, b. June 35, 1735 ; m. Phebe Jencks Oct. 81, 1756. 
m— 2. Anna Jillson, b. Oct. 14, '36 ; m. John Darlinfr* Dec. 4, 1757. 
178—3. PhilUs Jillflon, b. Oct. 81, '38 ; m. Nicholas Cook^ Apl. 18, 1765. 
17^—4. Stephen Jillson, b. Feb. 16, '41 ; m. Hannah Peck Dec. 31, 1761, 

Ac, &c. 
180—5. Catherine Jillson, b. Jnly 18, '43 ; m. Joseph Merrifield, Apl. 18, 

181—6. Sarah Jillson, b. Dec. 8, '45 ; m. Silas Gaskill Mar. 4, 1765. 
182—7. Elizabeth Jillson, b. Mar. 10, '48 ; m. Abraham Cook, Jr. 
183—8. Uriah Jillson, b. May 8, '50 ; m. Elizabeth Clark Dec. 8, 1772. 
184-9. Paul Jillson, b. Dec. 6, '53; m. Martha Clark Jan. 8, 1778. 

These nine chn. were aU bom on territory now Cumberland, 
R. I., before or after its ineori)oration as a town. The moral and 
social standing of the family was good. Uriah JiUson' was a 
large landholder and successful husbandman. He was also an 
intelligent citizen and entrusted wdth many municipal offices in 
the early days of Cumberland ; such as Valuator of real estate, 
Town Sergeant, Grand Juryman, Town Treasurer, Justice of the 
Peace, &c. He d. intestate Sept. 16, 1781, and his estate was set- 
tled by his widow and eldest son, as joint administrators. Mrs. 
Sarah (Ballou) Jillson d. in Cumberland Apl. 19, 1795, a. 71 yrs. 5 
mos. and 4 ds. 

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1 56.] Ariel Ballou*, James', James", Maturin'; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, E. I., Nov. 18, 1715; 
m. Jeruifha S(<ick\ dr. of Benjamin and Jerusha (Whiting) Slack, 
b. in Attleboro', Mass., Oct. 1, 1722 — date and particulars of mge. 
not found. Issue. — 

185- 1. Jemima, b. Nov. 23, 1741 ; m. Martin Rounds Mar. 1, 1764. 

186- 2. Jerusha, b. Nov. 13, '45 ; m. Ezekiel Cook^ Oct. 21, 1703. 

187- 3. CJhloe, b. Mar. 16, '49; m. Philip Aklrich May 4, 1771. 

188- 4. Melatiah, b. Mar. 26, '52 ; d. in infancy. 

189- 5. Catherine, b. Aug. 21, '54; m. Elisha Sayles Nov. 16, 1775. 

190- 6. Duty, b. Apl. 22, '56; m. Waitstill Jillson Dec. 24, 1778. 

191- 7. Ariel, b. Feb. 21, '58 ; m. 1st Lucina Comstock, 2d Edilda Tower. 

192- 8. Eunice, b. June 28, '60 ; m. Daniel Sayles Jan. 4, 1778. 


198- 9. Esther, b. Mar. 18, 1762 ; m. Solomon Braley Oct. 28, 1780. 
194—10. Selali, b. May 17, '64 ; m. Saiil Scott May 18, 1781. 

The first two of these ten chn. were b. on territory then known 
as Wrentham, Mass., and the other eight on the same territory 
after it was known as Cumberland, E. I. Ariel Ballon* settled, 
lived, and died on a homestead given him by deed of his father, 
James"*, already mentioned, bearing date Oct. 28, 1746. This pat- 
rimonial estate, with considerable subsequent enlargements by 
pm-chase, is situated about a mile noi-therly from Iron Rock Hill 
and the ancient Ballou Meetinghouse, lying partly in Ciunberland 
and i)artly in the extreme southwesterly part of Wrentham, Ma^s., , 
as the State Une was finally established. It descended to Ariel* 
and from him to liis son Alfred*, recently deceased, whose heirs 
now inherit it. It is the same on which the writer of this volume 
was bom and spent the early part of his life. 

Ariel*, wife and family sustained a respectable standing among 
the middling interest class of their rural vicinage. He himself 
was an upright, industrious, economical, orderly and peaceable 
citizen — unambitious of political distinction and popular display, 
but a good exemplar of substantial usefulness, and several times 
accepting positions of official responsibility as a townsman. He 
was a sui)porter of the Six Princii)le Baptist ministry of his local- 
ity, but we have found no record of his church membershii), 
though it is probable he stood in that relation. We find Mrs. 
Jenisha, his wife, unmistakably enrolled in the company of Chris- 
tian professors, and several of her children. A very severe sick- 
ness in middle age, with perhaps improper use of mercurijxl med- 
ication, gi*eatly impaired the subsequent activity, health and 
comfoi-t of Ariel*. His lower limbs were so sadly crippled that 
for many yeai-s lie was unable to walk, and could only be moved 
about in an invalid's chair. He died before our birtli ; but w-e 
have heard our father relate that wlien grandfather desired to get 
out of doors and ^vntness the farming improvements being made, 
his chair had to be slung carefuUy on hay-poles, and borne with 
him in it by two men into the field. There quietly seated, he 
could enjoy a view of oi)erations going on till ready to be carried 
back to his sitting room. When he found himself disabled from 
the management of his homestead, he is understood to have di- 
vided it by gift-deeds between his two sons, Duty and Ariel, Jr., 
taking life-leases back for the suppoi-t of himself and wife. But 
a fatal casualty bereaved him of his s(m Duty in 1783, just Jis he 


was getting started in the business of life with a wife and three 
little children. A tree, which he was felling, in some manner 
lodged, rebounded and struck him to the ground — so injuring 
him that he lived only a short time. This calamitous event very 
naturally rolled a dark wave of affliction not only over his widow 
and chn., but also over his aged i)arents and other near relatives. 
At length Ariel* deemed it prudent to prei)are for his own de- 
parture, by making his Will ; which duty he performed June 12, 
1786. The follo\>dng are its only important testamentary specifi- 
cations. — 

"I give to my loving wife Jenisha, whom I likewise constitute, 
make and ordain my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Tes- 
tament, the one third part of the improvement, jn'otits, and income 
of aU my real estate, and all the improvement of my personal 
estate, during the full term of her natural life, exce])t what is here- 
after given to my beloved son Ariel Ballou. 

I give to my well beloved son, Ariel Ballou, Jr., all my farming 
utensils and wearing apparel, and also all my pait of a tract of 
land lying in said Cumberland, containing about six acres in the 
whole undivided, and is the Chestnut Island so called ; to him the 
said Ariel Ballou, Jr. his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple, 
on the express condition, that the said Ariel Ballou, Jr., pay the 
following legacies to my six daughters, and my giandson, called 
by the name of George Staples. 

I give to Jenisha Cook, Chloe Aldrich, C^atherine Sayles, Eu- 
nice Sayles, Esther Braley, and Selah Scott, twelve i)ounds, to be . 
equally divided (or forty shillings each) among them all. 

I give t<3 my beloved grand son George Staples fifteen pounds. 

I give to my beloved gi-and cliildren, the children of my son 
Duty, deceased, fifteen shiUiugs; and to the cliildren of my 
daughter, Jemima Rounds, fifteen shillings, — and lastly my mind 
and will is, that what shall be remaining of my stock of cattle and 
household goods, after the payment of my just debts is paid out 
of the siime, and at the death of my said loving wife, be equally 
divided between my aforesaid six daughters." The usual closing 
revocation of all former wills, and attestation of witnesses — who 
were Liicyna Ballou, Otis Whipple and Samuel Scott. 

The testator d. A])ril 16, 1791, and his remains rest with those of 
his kindred in the Ballou Burying Ground, where his grave is 
marked by a plain headstone with a sinqJe commemorative in- 
ijcription. He d. in the 76th year of his age. Mrs. Jerusha, his 



widow, survived him over five yrs. She made her Will Sept. 29, 
1795, devising small le^facies to her son Ariel and several of her 
gd. elm., but the bulk of her property, consisting of personal 
effects, to her daughters — ^tlie same named in her husband's Will 
— to be equally divided among them ; constituting her son-in-law', 
Saul Scott of Belhngham, Mass., her Executor. The witnesses 
were Samuel Scott, Josejih Swift, and Samuel Scott, Jr. Her 
gravestone in the Ballon Burying Ground beai-s this inscription. — 
** In Memory of Mrs. Jenisha, Eehct of Mr. Ariel Ballou. who died 
October y" 14, 1796, in the 74th year of her Age." 


Fac-simile of the Signature of Ariel Ballou, 1745. 

[57.] Bathsheba Ballou', James", James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass, afterwards Cumberland, K. I., Nov. 26, 1717 ; m. 
1st ^Dchael KeHh^ ptgo., birth-date, etc., not ascertained; cer. Jan. 
27, 1742, by WiUiam Arnold, J. P. Issue.— 

195—1. Mary Keith, b. prob. 1744; m. Joseph Swift Dec. 6, 1764. 
196—2. EHtlier Keith, b. prob. 1746; m. Asa Thompson Mar. 8, 1764. 

We have sought in vain to learn the parentage, birth-date, resi- 
dence and occupation of Michael Keith. We suppose he must 
have had his home in Attleboro' Gore, Smithfield, or one of the 
neighboring towns. We conjecture he must have d. not far from 
1746. However this may have been, we find that his widow, Mrs. 
Bathsheba^ m. 2d, Elisha Newell, Dec. 25, 1748, cer. by Job Bart- 
lett, J. P. This Elisha Newell was b. in Koxbury, Mass., Mar. 21, 
1713, being 4th in descent from Abraham Newell; thus — Elisha*, 
Jacob', Jacob", Abraham'. Elisha was a widower when he m. 
Bathsheba*. His 1st wife was Susanna Ballou*, dr. of Obadiah", a 
cousin of Bathsheba, by whom he had 2 sons — all which will ap- 
pear in its genealogical order. Issue. — 

197—3. Martha Newell, b. Auf?. 6, 1749; nothiiij? Haceii;ained. 
198—4. Elisha Newell, b. May 14, *51; m. Phebe Smith Sept. 9, 1779. 
199—5. Bathsheba Newell, b. Dec. 22, M3; in. Samuel Scott, Jr., Feb. 7, 

200—6. Jason Newell, b. Jan. 22, '57; m. Sarah . 

201—7. Patience Newell, b. Jan. 19, '59; m. WiUiam Whitely in 1779. 

These chn. were all b. in Cumberland, R. I., on the parental 
homestead. That homestead was situated on the old " Eehoboth 
Road," so called, which came down from Mendon through South 


Bellingham, over the liig^h land, and onward to Cumberland Hill. 
It was afterwards known as the Silas Clark place, and is now 
owned by Albert A. Smith. It was crossed by the State line, 
lyin^ partly in Cumberland, and partly in Bellingham, Mass. 
Misha Newell* and wife held respectable standing* in the old 
fashioned farmino^ community. He seems to have closed his 
earthly career in the prime of middle age. His Will may be found 
on Cumberland Recs. B. 4, p. 260, bearing date Feb. 16, 1762. He 
gave the use and im])rovement of all his real and i)ei'sonal estate 
to his wife, for maintenance of the elm., till the youngest son 
should became of age. Then the real was to be equally di\'ided 
between liis four sons, Aaron and Dj^vid by his 1st wife, and 
£lisha and Jason by his 2d. Special bequests were made to ^ "*s 
three drs., and the two step-di^s., Mary and Esther Keith, were to 
have what property came from theii- father with their mother on 
her second marriage. He d. Apl. 14, 1762, aged a little over 48 
yrs. Certain records inform us that Mrs. Bathsheba, in her second 
widowhood, was baptized Aug. 12, 1764, and became a member of 
the Six Princii>le Bax)tist church in her native \icinage. We learn 
but little more of her subsequent life, and are unable to state 
where or when she died. After the youngest son became of age, 
the homestead was divided, and at length p^ussed out of the family 

[58.] Martha Ballou\ James', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, E. I., Oct. 6, 1720 ; m. 
Xathinlel Cook\ Dea. Nicholas", Nicholas", Walter', b. in then 
Dedham Gore, soon after Bellingham, Mass., Sept. 15, 1718 ; cer. 
Jan. 27, 1742, by William Ainold, J. P. Issue.— 

202— 1. Jerasha Cook, b. Apl. 2, 1743; m. Thomas Wood Jan. 12, 1764. 

20a— 2. James Cook, b. July 23, '44; d. Jan. 22, 1748. 

204— 3. Elias Cook, b. Aug. 15, '46; d. Dec. 14, 1746. 

20?^— 4. Nathaniel Cook, b. Apl. 4, '48; m. Amey Whipple Nov. 24, 1768. 

206— 5. Ariel Cook, b. Get. 15, '49; m. Dorcas Whipple Feb. 20, 1772. 

207— 6. Martha Cook, b. Sept. 18, '51; m. Amos Wliipple Dec. 12, 1782. 
20&— 7. Silas Cook, b. Mar. 23, '53; m. Joanna Darling Oct. 26, 1775. 

209— 8. Phebe Cook, b. Jan. 15, '55; m. Joseph Thayer May 28, 1778. 

210— 9. Elizabeth Cook, b. Apl. 25, '57; m. Benjamin Thayer Sept. 16, 1779. 
211—10. Judith Cook, b. Jan. 19, '59; m. Nicholas Thayer Nov. 16, 1783. 
212—11. Ananias Cook, b. June 12, '61; m. Sally Butler Dec. 11, 1783. 

Martha (Ballou) Cook and her husband had their homestead 
about a mile north of Cumberland Hill on the road leading to 
Wrentham, and the same distanc^e south of the Ballou Meeting- 


house. Their domicile stood only a few rods from the Darius 
Cook house, latterly owned by Orlando Vose. Nathaniel' became 
a conspicuous man both in secular and ecclesiastical affairs, espe- 
cially in the latter. Besides being an industrious and thrifty 
farmer, and also often a trusted municipal official, he was for 
many years colleague pastor with his uncle Josiah Cook'* of the 
Six Principle BajDtist church that worshipi^ed in what was first 
called the " Elder Cook Meetinghouse," and afterwards the " Elder 
Ballou Meetinghouse." It would be interesting, if we had the 
requisite authentic data, to i)resent the history of that church. 
But both records and traditions are very scanty.* We know, in 
general, that from 1639, when the Baptist church in Providence 
was instituted, the oldest in America, the Baptist denomination 
was actively propagated by its ministry in the Colony of Rhode 
Island, in the adjacent parts of the Plymouth and Massachusetts 
Colonies, and indeed, before long, in all the Colonies. But Provi- 
dence w^as eminently a radiating centre. Swansey became another 
smaller but vigorous one as early as 1663, and Rehoboth soon 
swarmed with adherents. Nearly all the preaching among the 
early Rhode Islandei^s was Baptist ; and tlie border settlements, 
too, were sprinkled with converts — Attleborough and its Gore, 
Wrentham, Bellingham, &c. The Ballous were hereditarily be- 
lievers, or at least favorei-s, of the Baptist faith and order. And 
the Cooks, in the branch under notice, furnished many ready dis- 
ciples. Nicholas" in Bellingham was the first Baptist Deacon 
there, as early as 1737. His brother Josiah, Ix^fore mentioned, 
soon joined him, as did several of his own sons — among whom 
was Nathaniel*. Meantime the multiplying inhabitants of the 
"Ballou neighborhood," so called, had become ripe for instituting 
jiublic woi-ship. All attempts to ascertain when the people of that 
neighborhood began to hold religious meetings, rec^eive baptism 
and prepare for building their Meetinghouse, have failed as to 
the exact dates.t As already stated in connection with the family 
record of James Ballou", we know that the Meetinghouse had 
been erected when he deeded the site on which it stands March 

* Backus, Vol. 3, p. 99, in lint of cliurchcs in 1795, Hays "Cumberland church was organized in 
Hcnedict 8ay8 " the Hret Bnptiat church In Cumberland was organizcil in 1732." 
And Richard Knight, in his History of the Six principle BaptistH, pub. in 1827, says "it appears 
that this church was formed in 1732, in the full faith and practice of the Six principles of Cbrist^s 
doctrine and that Elder Josiah Coolcc was the first pastor therein that we have any account of." 

t The Scituate church was organised in 1726, a meeting bouse was erected the year following and 
a deed of the land was given several years after. Showing that though the pioneers of that day 
were " men of deeds not words," they were slow in writing or recording them. 


22, 1749. The Burying Ground was also provided for by Oba- 
diah Ballou about the same time. These known facts warrant us 
in assumihg that, whenever the church may have been organized, 
the Meetinghouse was built but a short time before. We need 
not repeat much of what we said on this topic in the connection 
above referred to. Josiah Cook was virtually, if not nominally, 
the first pastor of this Baptist flock ; and his nephew Nathaniel' 
was soon formally associated with him as joint pastor. They 
were officially entitled Elder in those days. The earliest docu- 
ment of that Cumberland church, believed to be now extant, bears 
date 1753, and distinctly recognizes these two Elder Cooks as in 
joint pastoral charge of it. And so they continued until near the 
time of their respective deaths — which took place within about a 
year of each other. Elder Josiah was b. in 1691, and d. in 1774, 
aged 83 years. It is understood that he frequently preached for 
some twenty years, subsisting himself as a diligent farmer, wholly 
unsalarized. Of his performances in imblic we have no testimo- 
nials. He probably became superannuated some few years before 
his decease. Tradition testifies that Elder Nathaniel was much 
the superior of his uncle in pulpit eloquence and funeral services. 
He preached often and regularly, attended many funerals, and 
solemnized numerous marriages. In fine, he was a popular and 
influential man in all his public and private relations. He, too, 
was uncompromisingly opposed to clerical salaries, and to all 
coercive support of public worship — things in that day consid- 
ered inseparable. And he was eminently capable of i>roviding 
for himself and large family by secular occupations. But he was 
cut ofi" from mortal life in the ripeness of middle age and use- 
fulness. He d. Apl. 17, 1773, just 11 days ovet a year before his 
uncle. Elder Josiah, being then aged 54 yrs. 7 mos. 2 ds. His 
son, Nathanier, settled his estate as administrator. Tlie memo- 
rial headstone of his gi*ave may be found in the Ballou Burying 
Ground, with this inscription. — "In memory of Nathaniel Cook, 
Eld', of y* First Baptist Church in Cumberland. He died Apr. 
17, 1773, in the 55th year of his Age." 



Mrfi. Martha*, his widow, survived him over 30 years. The late 
Ariel Cook, Esq., of Woonsocket, R. I., who lived to be between 
95 and 100 yrs. old, was her gd. son. He had a vivid recollection 
of her in his extreme old age, and, in conversation with Mr. Peck, 
spoke with great veneration and tender affection of her excellent 
qualities, especially in her domestic relations. All tradition gives 
her a good name for sound sense and Christian virtues. She was 
undoubtedly a congenial companion and helpmeet of her husband 
while he lived, and a most exemplary widow during the many 
years of her survival. Her grave-stone, by the side of her hvis- 
band's, simply commemorates her thus. — "Mrs. Martha Cook, 
Relict of the Rev. Nathaniel Cook, died July y* 15, 1803, in y" SSd 
year of her Age." 

[59.] James Ballou*, James*, James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 10, 1723 ; 
m. Tavumn Cooh\ dr. of Daniel', Nicholas^ Walter', b. perhaps 
in Bellingham, perhaps Wrentham, Mass., June 16, 1725; eer. 
June 7, 1744, by William Arnold, J. P. Issue. — * 

213— 1. Seth, b. Feb. 20, 1748; m. Margaret Hilton. 

214— 2. Olive, b. May 13, '51; m. ProHerved Whipple. 

215— 3. Silas, b. Feb. 24, '53; m. Hannah Hilton Apl. 17, 1774. 

216— 4. Susannah, b. June 16, '55; m. Nathan Harkness June 4, 1775. 

217— 5. Oziel, b. July 11, '57; m. Hannah Robinson Dec. 7, 1790. 

218— 6. Tamasin, b. June 29, '59; m. Ebnezer Swan, M. D., Feb. 15, 1778. 

219— 7. James, b. Apl. 25, '61; m. Mehitabel Ingalls Nov. 5, 1786. 

220— 8. Russell, b. July 11, '63; m. Ist Henrietta AUlrich Feb. 23, 1788. 

221— 9. Aaron, b. Sept. 25, '66; m. Catherine Bowen Sept. 8, 1786. 
222—10. Daniel, b. May 26, '68; m. Mary Hix Apl. 8, 1787. 
223—11. Priseilla, b. Jan. 3, '72; m. Nathan Bullock Feb. 28, 1790. 

James Ballou* and wife were capable, enterprising and wortlij'- 
persons. He was the favorite son of his parents, and settled down 
with them on their homestead hereinbefore described as near the 
Ballon Meetinghouse. He was made a freeman of the new to^Ti 
of Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 19, 1749, and became an active citizen. 
There he and his wife remained till after his parents had passed 
away. There all their chn. were bom, and some of the senior ones 
became old enough to form matrimonial connections. But at 
length emigration seemed desirable, and almost a necessity for so 
large a family. Richmond, N. H., was attracting settlers from 
Rhode Island, and land there was selling at moderate prices. 

* We have sUice learned on ^ood authority that two older sona, Jamofl and John, d. young. 



Balloit Meeting House, Cumberland, R. I. 

Ballou Meeting House. —Interior. 

The resxilt was, that James' sold out his homestead of oue hun- 
dred and twenty acres to his cousin Abner Ballou (pastor of the 
Six Principle Baptist church) and prepared for his removal to a 
new home. His deed to Abner bears date Oct. 4, 1774. See 
Cumberland, R. I., Records. He had previously sold to the same 
grantee sundry small pieces of land in the near vicinity. The 
next year, 1775, James* settled in Richmond, N. H., where then, 


or not long after, be bought land enougb, in eighty acre lots, to 
give all his seven sons eligible farms, as it were in a row. Those 
farms occupied a spacious swell of soil, now called " Ballou's Hill," 
but for along time known as the "Ballon Neighborhood" — like 
that in Cumberland, R. I., from which the emigrants came. There 
James and Tamasin Ballon spent the remainder of their earthly 
days with their children and grand chn. around them. They w^ere 
professed Baptists from their youth — certainly he was one, be- 
longing for many years to the church in his native vicinage. But 
between 1760 and '65 he and nearly a dozen other members of 
that church became deeply interested in the revivalism of the 
"New Lights," then so called — a marked peculiarity of whose 
movement was to hold frequent meetings in private houses for 
prayer, exhortation and the singing of hymns. Those meetings 
encouraged the laity to pray, exhort and sing as they felt moved, 
^\ithout the sanction of the organized churches and their pastors ; 
which caused many schisms throughout the country. James* w^as 
an active leader in such meetings. The Six Princii)le BaptLst 
church, its pastors and staid members, remonstrated with the 
offenders, admonished them, and finally denounced them as dis- 
orderly schismatics. The Cumberland church were rigid opposei-s 
of singing in religious meetings, of free lay exhortations, of com- 
munion with unimmei*sed professors, and indeed of this whole 
New Light movement. So there was a serious breach of fellow- 
shij) between the parties, to the detriment of both. After settUng 
in Eichmond, N. H., where two Bajitist churches were planted in 
difl:erent parts of the town, designated as the East and West so- 
cieties, James* aflBliated vAi\i the West church — which was the 
more liberal of the two. But here a new trouble broke out in a 
freak of HpirHual ^rifen/, whereby a considerable number of the 
membei's became infatuated, insomuch that several discarded their 
old wives and took new ones. They called the former " old flood 
wives," and their new ones "spiritual wives." These fanatics 
selected a new wife for James, whereat he became so disgusted 
that he quit the church forever, and resolved to be a christian on 
free gi'ound, according to his own highest convictions. The ispint- 
md wife contagion soon died out, after the desolation of a few 
families ; but James* returned no more to the Baptist fold. After 
much investigation he settled down in the faith of final universal 
restoration, and became one of its outspoken advocates in occa- 
sional public meetings. His grandson, Russell Whipple of Rich- 
mond, N. H., now simie time deceased, in one of his letters to Mr, 


Peck, thus characterized him. — "My grandfather Ballou was a 
strictly honest, straig-ht-forward, conscientious man." We have 
no doubt that he was, and that his wife Tamasin was of like 
worthy character. After the foregoing had been some time writ- 
ten Frederick M. Ballou, Esq., our si)ecial researcher in behalf of 
this Work, visited Richmond, N. H., made fresh inquiries for data, 
and examined the County Records in Keene. He thus brought 
to light many additional facts, some of which were (juite unex- 
pected. One of these was the 2d mge. of James*. It seems that 
Mrs. Tamasin d. Apl. 25, 1804, and that her aged husband m. 2d, 
i[n, Hiddah Carpenter^ wid. of Joseph Carpenter, June 19, 1806. 
Of her nothing further was-ascei-tained. He had long before dis- 
posed of his real estate among his sons by gift-deeds, and retained 
but a small amount of personal. This he bequeathed by Will May 
7, 1792. This Will was probated after decease, and his estate set- 
tled by his son-in-law, Nathan Harkness. He d. Jan. 21, 1812, 
with his son Oziel, aged 88 yrs. 1 mo. and 9 ds. His remains 
were buried in the " Cass Grave Yard." 

Fac-simile op the Signature of James Ballou, 1745. 

[60.] Elisha Ballou', James*, James', Matiirin'; b. in then 
Wrentham, afterwards Cumberland, E. I., Nov. 15, 172!) ; m. llcp- 
zlhih Thayer, dr. of WilUam*, Thomjis', Ferdinando'", Thomas', 
mother s maiden name, Abigail Sumner, b. in Mendon, Mass., 
Dec. 13, 1730; cer. in Mendon, Nov. 30, 1748. Issue— all b. in 
Cumberland, R. I. — 

224—1. Silence, h. Mar. 20, 1750; m. Israel Wilkiiisou Feb. 14, 1772. 

225—2. Phebe, b. Jan. 19, ^52; m. Col. George Peck. 

226—3. Joanna, b. Mar. 21, *54; m. Chad Smith. 

22S-4. Lydia, b. Feb. 14, '57; d. Aug. 4, 1757. 

229—5. Lydia, b. July 7, '58; m. Levi Lee Mar. 4, 17H8. 

230—6. James, h. Dec. 11, '60; d. u. m. Sept. 28, 1784. 

231—7. Nancy, b. Apl. 25, '63; m. David Lapham Apl. 26, 1789. 

232—8. Waity, b. Feb. 4, '67; d. u. m. in Mendon Oct. 23, 183U. 

233—9. Lucy, b. Feb. 19, '70; d. u. m. Sept. 3, 1802. 

Elisha liallou* settled on the patrimonial estate, of 90 acres, 
deeded to him by his father March 18, 1749. This estate was the 
easterly section of James Ballou s"* homestead, and tlie jirc^scnit 


writer believes it to have been owned, in his youth, by Joseph and 
James Jencks — ^it having been divided into two farms. Elisha" was 
admitted a freeman of Cumberland in 1762, and was a prominent 
citizen. He seems to have had a military turn of mind and to 
have held a commission in the British service of those times. We 
learn this from a brief entry on the town records of 1756. But 
what his oflScial g-rade was is not indicated. Prob. not above that 
of captain. When the American Revolution had developed itself, 
he went zealously into the Continental Army and d. in the service 
at Yellow Springs, Pa., in Nov. 1777. His estate was adminis- 
tered on and settled under legal authority, by his son-in-law, 
Israel Wilkinson of Smithfield. Mrs. Hepzibah, his widow, who 
was a sister of Rev. Abner Ballou's wife, survived him some 27 
yrs., and d. in Mendon, Mass., June 30, 1804, aged 73 yrs. 6 mos. 
and 18 ds. 

[61.] PmsciLLA Ballou', James*, James', Maturin* ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 6, 1731 ; m. 
Willi ar/i Co()k\ Dea. Nicholas*, Nicholas", Walter', b. in Belling*- 
ham, Mass., Dec. 7, 1724, cer. Nov. or Dec. 1753. Their intentions 
of marriage were recorded in Bellingham under date of Nov. 10, 
1753. This is the nearest date to their mge. we have been able to 
find. We naturally expected to learn that they were m. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., the bride's home, and by Elder Nathaniel Cook, 
the groom s elder brother, then in the early stage of his pastorate. 
But we were disappointed ; nothing of the kind ai)pears on record. 
They settled in BeUingham, where all their chn. were b., viz. — 

234 — 1. Samuel Cook, b. Nov. 12, 1765; no trace; prob. d. young. 

235 — 2. Susanna Cook, b. Nov. 30, '50; m. Paul Aldrich Dec. 11, 1777. 
230 — 3. Sylvanus Cook, b. Sept. 5, *58; m. Elizabeth Barney Jan. 3, 1732. 

237 - - 4. James Cook, b. June 7, *eO; m. 1st Elizabeth Ingalls, 2d W. Fuller. 

238 — 5. Catherine Cook, b. Mar. 0, *03; no trace, prob. d. young. 

239 — 0. Priscilla Cook, b. Apl. 20, '05; m. Oliver Harris Dec. 10, 1788. 

240 — 7. Lucretia Cook, b. Apl. 17, '07; m. Esek Buffiim. 
240i— 8. William Cook, b. Mar. 11, 70; m. Eunice Mann. 

241 — 9. Nicli()la.s Cook, b. Aug. 10, '72; m. in WaDingford, Vt. 
241i— 10. Elizabeth Cook, b. May 18, '75; m. Erastus Olmstead. 

We have not inquired just where in Bellingham William and' 
Priscilla (Ballon) Cook dwelt, but suppose it must have been in 
the southerly section of the town. Sometime between 1770 and '75 
they removed to Richmond, N. H. It is not unlikely they emi- 
grated thither not far from the time PrisciUa's brother James Bal- 


lou* did, perhaps a little earlier. All their chn. excepting Nicholas 
and Elizabeth, appear on Belling-ham records; These two yoiuisr- 
est were recorded in Richmond, N. H. We therefore infer that 
one or both of these were b. there. We have no information eon- 
ceming- the characteristics and life experiences of Priscilla* and 
husband, but judging from their respective heredities we may 
safely presume that their moral and social standin.s: was «"ood. 
He d. in 1790. Dec. 6, 1792, she m. 2d, Simeon Chamberlain of 
Royalston, Mass., where we lose her. 

[62.] Hannah Ballou*, Nathaniel', James ^ Maturin'; b. in 
then Wrentham, afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 1, 1717 ; m. 
Dmrhl Vook\ Nicholas', Walter', b. Nov. 15, 1705 ; cer. Feb. 3, 
1742, by William Arnold, J. P. No issue found on record. 

David Cook* is understood to have been a bro. of Elder Josiah, 
b. prob. in then Mendon, in the easterly part of now Blackstono, 
Mass. No personal characteristics of him or his \^dfe have reached 
us. Doubtless a worthy and quiet pair. The husband's name 
appears on a subscription i)aper of 1771 for rej^airing the Meet- 
ing-house, and no where else in connection \\dtli the Baptist 
church in Cumberland, except on his grave-stone in their Burying 
Ground. It is not improbable that he and his wife were membei-s 
of that church, but uncertain. Their grave-stones show that she 
d. Jan. 10, 1783, and he Oct. 24, 1790— she about 66, and he about 
85 yrs. of age. 

[63.] Ruth Ballou*, Nathaniel', James'', Maturin* ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 3, 1719-20 ; 
m. Stephen lirawyi, son of Joseph and Sarah (Pray) Brown (John, 
John), b. in Attleboro', Mass., Feb. 3, 1714-15 ; cer. Dec. 11, 1740, 
by W^illiam Arnold, J. P. Issue; b. on Cumberland territory 
partly before and partly after its incorporation as a town. — 

242— 1. David Brown, b. June 16, 1741; m. Sarah Peck Apl. 28, 1765. 

243— 2. Abigail Brown, b. Feb. 20, *43; m. Sylvanns Bucklin Fob. 27, 1763. 

244— 3. Ephraim Brow;i, b. Sept. 2, '44; m. Alice Whipple July 7, 1765. 

245— 4. Stephen Brown, Jr., b. Jan. 31, '46; m. Huldah Dexter Dec. 19, 


246— 5. Elihu Brown, b. Apl. 30, '50; m. Sarah Arnold May 11, 1777. 

247— 6. EUjah Brown, b. Apl. 10, '62; m. Anna Ballon May 21), 1774. 

248— 7. Ruth Brown, b. Oct. 20, '54; m. Isaac Otis Aug. 31, 1780. 

249— 8. Mary Brown, b. Sept. 29, '56; m. Dr. John Gould Oct. 20, 1776. 

250— 9. Jesse Brown, b. Dec. 26, '60; m. Ist Beulah Ballon, 2d Mary W. 
80I--IO. Sarah Brown, b. June 30, '63; m. William Sheldon Feb. 19, 1789. 


Steplion Browu, Sen., was a respectable farmer in Cumberland, 
R. I., and his family held a very re]iutable standing in community. 
No striking characteristics, exi^eriences, or incidents of the parents 
transmitted to us. Mr. BrowTi d. Sept. 28, 1795, in his 81st year. 
Mi-s. Ruth d. June 25, 1800, in her 87tli year. 

[64.] Amariah Ballou', Nathaniel', James*, Maturin' ; b. in 
then Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 27, 
1722; m. 1st Keziah (Peters) Cook, wid. of Asahel Cook; cer. 
Feb. 7, 1748-9, by Job BaHlett, J. P. Issue; b. in Cumberland.— 

252—1. Nathaniel, b. Oct. 6, 1750; in. Ist Jane Ware, 2(1 Jane Pickerinpr. 
253—2. EliaR, b. Dec. 24, '52; m. Mary Parker Apl. 11, 1782. 
254—3. Dorcjw, b. Mar. 80, '54; m. Henr\- Gilbert, Peru, Masn. 

Mrs. Keziah d. about 1755. Amariah* m. 2d Manj Gary of 
Cumberland, said to be a dr. of Stei)hen Gary; cer. July 24, 
1757, by Job Bartlett, J. P. Issue, b. in Cumberland. — 

255—4. Chester, b. Apl. 29, 1758; d. Mar. 4, 1762. 

256 — 5. Mary, b. Aug. 19, '59; m. Harrington. 

257 — (J. Hannah, b. Oct. 20, '01 ; d. in elderly maidenhood in Pern. 

258 — 7. Cilvina, b. Apl. 5, '66; m. Sampson Harrington. 

Amariah* left an honorable life-reeord, so far as we have found 
it traceable. When his father d. intestate his landed property, as 
the old English law stood, fell legally to him as the oldest son. 
But he had too noble a soid to see his two bros., Noah and 
Stephen, go landless to his advantage. So, becoming adminis- 
trator on the paternal estate, he forthwith executed deeds to Noah 
and Stephen, for considerations of " brotherly affection," making 
them equitable sharers with himself. See Cumberland Kecs., B. 
1, p. 1. He retained for himself the patrimonial domicile and its 
immediately surrounding acres, and continued to dwell there till 
all his children had been bora, and he had laid his second wife 
in the grave. Mar. 13, 1771, he sold out his homestead to his 
relatives, Reuben and Asa Ballon, sons of his cousin Ezekiel*. 
See Cumberland Recs. It was afterwards purchased by his cousin 
Rev. Abner Ballon and descended from him to his grandson. Col. 
Welcome Jillson. It is now owned by Eliab T. Harris. Not long 
after selling (mt, sometime before 1775, Amariah* removed with 
his children to what was then called Pai-tridgefield, Mass., after- 
wards Peru, where he settled, but lived only three or four yrs. 
In respect to the deaths of his 2d wife and himself, we have de- 
pended on a letter written to Mr. Peck in 1855 by Dea. David 



Nathaniel Ballou House, Cumberland, R. I. 

Ballou of North Becket, Mass., one of his giandsons. According 
to his information from his father, his grandmother d. in Rhode 
Island about the time above indicated, and his grandfather in 
Peru between 1778 and 1780. Rigid investigation might perhai)s 
correct those statements, but we have thought best to accept 
them without critical research. 

[65.] . Noah Ballou," NathanieF, James^ Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, R. I.^ Aug. 31, 1728 ; 
ni. 1st Ahigail JRazee, dr. of Joseph Razee ; cer. Oct. 17, 1750, by 
Job Bartlett, J. P. Issue, aU b. in Cumberland. — 

259 — 1. Absalom, b. Apl. 16, 1752; m. Ist Patience Razee, 2d Anna Jencks. 

360— 2. Mercy, b. June 5, '54; m. Silas Metcalf June 8, 1786. 

261— 3. David, b. Mar. 21, '56; m. Lucy Martin Nov. 28, 1776. 

262— 4. Keziah, b. Dec. 6, '57; m. Joel Peck Feb. 15, 1784. 

263— 5. Noah, b. July 29, '59; m. Ist Lydia Ware, 2d Abigail Tluirston. 

264— 6. Silence 1^ . b. Sept. 7, '61; d. aged 3 weeks. 

265— 7. Abigail \ ^'^°''' b. Sept. 7, '61; m. Royal Peck Jan. 23, 1780. 

266— 8. Oliver, b. Nov. 4, '63; m. Abigail Colburn July 12, 1787. 

267— 9. Ziba, b. Aug. 5, '65; m. Molly Mason Mar. 2, 1788. 
268—10. EUel, b. Feb. 20, '67; m. Polly Moran; Pub. Oct. 13, 1792. 
269 — 11. Amariab, b. Feb. 14, '71; m. Anna Lotridge of Pelham, Mass. 

Mrs. Abigail (Eazee) Ballou lived worthily and usefully to see 
aU these 11 chn. grow up to man and womanhood. Then, she 
departed this life Sept. 10, 1794, in the 69th yr. of her age. Noah* 


m. 2(1 Abigail Cook\ wid. of Daniel Cook, Jr., of West Wrentliam, 
Mass., whose maiden name was Blackmore ; cer. July 7, 1796, by 
Elder Abner Ballon. No issue. Noali Ballon* had his homestead 
in the southeasterly section of the " Ballon neighborliood," east- 
erly fi'om " Beacon Pole Hill." Its soil was mostly m^^ed and 
stubborn, with minor i)oi-tions of strong* feasible mea<low and 
pasture, and plenty of good orchard ground. The old domicile 
was demolished many years ag'o. But the dwelling house, built 
a generation since by Lucina Weatherhead, occupies precisely 
the same site. In his declining days he deeded the northeasjierly 
portion of it to liis sons Ziba and Eliel. This was subsequently 
owned by Chad Mason. The southeasterly portion he deeded to 
his son Noah, Jr., who established thereon a goodly home. The 
main residue was given to his son Oliver, who cared for him in 
his old age. In process of time Oliver" exchanged this old home- 
stead with Welcome W^eatherhead for one on the Providence 
road, a mile or two below Cumberland Hill. Noah* was a \ery 
religious man, a devoutly constant reader of the Bible, a scrupu- 
lous attendant on public worship, and an exemplary professor of 
Baptist Christianity. The headstone of his grave in the Ballon 
Bui-ying Groimd bears the follo\\ing in8crii)tion. — " In Memory of 
Noah Ballon, who died March 20, 1807, in the 79th year of his 
age. He had been a member of the Baptist Church 39 years." 
His 2d wife and widow^ d. Sept. 18, 1808, aged 65 years. 

[66.] Si'EPHEN Ballou*, Nathaniel', James', Maturin' ; b. in 
then Wrentliam, afterwards Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 18, 1731 ; m. 
1st Mehetah'l Cook\ ascertained to have been a dr. of Eld. Josiah 
Cook ; cer. June 13, 1751, by Samuel Bartlett, J. P. Issue, all b. 
in Cumberland. — 

270—1. Hannah, b. Mar. 15, 1752; m. Icliabod Brown Nov. 9, 1777. 

271—2. Sylvia, b. July 25, N54; m. David Staples Mar. 27, 1774. 

272—3. Edward, b. Nov. 24, '56; m. Bethany Streeter Dec. 3, 1779. 

273—4. Stephen, b. June 9, '59; no record but tliat of liiH birth. 

274-5. Roba, b. May 15, '61; m. Arnold, settled Atlams, Mass. 

275—6. Joel, b. Sept. 7, '63; no account found of him. 

276—7. Ruth, b. June 3, '69; d. Oct. 15, 1772. 

277 — 8. Mehetabel, b. May 6, '71; no account; prob. d. younof. 

Mrs. Mehetabel d. June 2, 1772. Stephen* m. 2d Anna Metcalf 
of Bellingham, Mass., dr. of John and Mary (Fisher) Metcalf, b. 
Apl. 2, 1743 ; cer. Sept. 11, 1774, by Eev. Noah Alden. No issue. 
He siuTived this mge. only a few yrs. His homestead comprised 


the northerly portion of his father's lands, and was nearly identical 
with the one owned some years ago by Nathan Harris. His Will 
is on Cumberland Recs., B. 6, p. 257. He gave his wife all the 
proi>erty she brought him, and the improvement of his real and 
personal estate, to the full legal extent or more, while she re- 
mained his widow; to his sons Edward and Joel, the farm; to 
his dr. Hannah, £30, and his riding mare ; to his dr. Sylvia £9 ; 
and to his dr. Roba, £30 when she should be 18 yrs. of age, or 
on the day of her mge. in case it occurred sooner. No personal 
characteristics of him or his wives have reached us, and we shall 
presume that they were of average respectability in their class of 
the general community. He d. Nov. 13, 1776. Mrs. Anna sur- 
vived him many years, and m. as her 2d husband Jonas EUis of 
Thompson, Ct. She sold out her right of dower in the Stephen 
Ballou homestead July 7, 1809. No further traced. 

[67.] Sarah BAUiOU*, Nathaniel', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, afterwards Cumberland, R. I., date not found on rec- 
ord ; m. Samuel Pickering of Bellingham, Mass., ptge., birth- 
date^ &c., not ascertained; cer. in Cumberland Feb. 2, 1759, by 
Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all b. in southerly Bellingham. — 

278—1. Eosanna Pickering, b. Dec. 5, 1759; m. Ahab Arnold Dec. 20, 1781. 
279—2. Sarah Pickering, b. Feb. 21, '62; m. Anthony Razee, Pub. Apl. 12, 

280—3. Simon Pickering, b. July 26, *64; m. Rliocla Wilcox 17S9 or '90. 
281 — 4. Mary Pickerijig, b. Aug. 8, *67; no record, prob. d. in infancy. 
282—5. Lovina Pickering, b. Dec. 8, '68; m. Oliver FoUett, Pub. Dec. 23, 

283—6. Esther Pickering, b. Apl. 29, '72; m. WiUiani Billings, Jr., Aug. 

20, 1789. 
284 — 7. Ruth Pickering, b. Sept. 23, '74; d. on the paternal homestead 

I^Iay, 1854. 
285—8. Eunice Pickering, b. June 29, '77; d. on the paternal homestead 

Nov. 6, 1798. 
286—9. Philadelphia Pickering, b. Oct. 31, '79; m. Bani Bartlett Jan. 2, 


Barah (Ballou) Pickering and her husband dwelt on a comfort- 
able homestead in So. Bellingham, Mass., on the " old Rehoboth 
Road," so called, about half a mile northerly from what has long 
been known as the " Crooks place." The premises are now owned 
by Asahel Mann. They were of reputable standing among the 
w>mmoners of their vicinage. He was an old-fashioned shoe- 
maker, as well as farmer, and both filled up the measure of mortal 


life with substantial usefulness. Their remains repose in the 
" Scott Burying Ground," about a mile north of their Uving resi- 
dence. Whether any lettered stones mark their graves we have 
not been informed, nor ascertained their death-dates from any 

[68. 1 Mary Ballou*, Nathaniel', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, E. I., date not found 
on record, is reported to have lived u. m. ; and d. in advanced 
age ; but her death-date has not come to our knowledge. 

[69.] EzEKiEL Ballou*, Obadiah*, James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterwards Cumberland, E. I., Jan. 5, 1718-11) ; 
m. Joanna Cook, after much inquiry ascertained to be eldest dr. of 
Eld. Josiah Cook; cer. July 3, 1740, by William Arnold, J. P. 
Issue, all b. virtually or actually in Cumberland, E. I. — 

2«7— 1. JeH8e, b. Mar. 30, 1741 ; m. Ist Rhoda Salsbury, 2d Lydia Mason, &c. 
2«8— 2. Levi, b. Sept. 23, '44; m. Comfort Thompson Mar. 21, 1765. 
289—3. Amey, b. Nov. 24, '45; m. Benjamin Gaskill, Smitlifield, Apl. 12, 

290—4. Reuben, b. Nov. 26, '47; m. Chloe Comstock, Freelove Whipple. 
291—5. Ahr, b. Mar. 2, '60; m. Phebe Comstock Sept. 28, 1769. 
292—6. Mary, b. Aug. 12, '52; d. Oct. 2, 1754. 

293—7. Anna, b. Mar. 1, '56; m. Elijah Brown, Cumberland, May 29, 1774. 
294—8. Joanna,, b. Sept. 27, '59; m. Oliver Cari^enter, Mendon, May 14, 


Ezekier was endowed by his father, Obadiah^ with an ample 
homestead on the Wrentham road, extending" from his cousin 
Stei)lien Ballou's laud northerly half a mile on said road. His 
domicile was a low, one-story, old-fashioned structure, which the 
wiiter well remembers as owned and occupied by Capt. Otis 
Bidloii, a gd. son of Ezekiel. It stood three fourths of a mile 
noi-theasterly from the "Ballou Meetinghouse," and is believed 
to have been demolished by Elias Ballou, son of Capt. Otis, in 
1840. Ezekiel* and his wife belonged to the plain farmer class, 
of whom nothing remarkable has come dow^n to as. In his old 
age he gave his lands by deed to his sons, with perhaps Ufe-lease 
retentions for the maintenance of himself and wife. He made his 
Will Apl. 13, 1787, ordering the disposal of his personal estate as 
follows. — To his wife the use of one half for Ufe ; to his son» 
Jesse, Le\i, lieuben and Asa, one crowTi, or six shillings and 
eight pen(M^ each, in addition to the lands already given them ; 
and to his three married daughters, Amey Gaskill, Anna Brown, 


and Joanna Carpenter, one half, and after their mother s death, 
her half. Oliver Cariienter executor, Mendon, Mass. He d. June 
5, 1789, a, about 71 yrs. Mrs. Joanna, his widow, d. Jan. 16, 1797. 
For Will see Cumberland Rees., B. 6, p. 177. 

[70.] Susanna Ballou", Obadiah', Jame8^ Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterward Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 7, 1720 ; m. 
Klhha Neif:eU\ Jacob", Jacobs Abraham*, b. in Roxbury, Mass., 
Mar. 21, 1713; cer. Dec. 26, 1738, by William Arnold, J. P. Issue, 
b. on territory soon after included in Cumberland. — 

295—1. Aaron NeweU, b. Auk- 19, 1740; m. Sarah Tillson Dec. 29, 1763. 
296—2. Davitl Newell, b. June 20, '42; m. Susanna Cook June 20, 1704. 

Mi-8. Susanna (Ballou) Newell d. at a date not found. Then the 
husband m. 2d Bathbheba (Ballou) Keith, wid. of Michael Keith, 
and dr. of James Ballou' ; cer. Dec. 25, 1748. For their chn. and 
some biographical particulars see, on preceding pages, the family 
rt^cord of Bathsheba Ballou^ Michael Keith and Elisha Neweir. 
No. [56 J. 

[71.] Daniel Ballou', Obadiah", James", Maturin' ; b. m then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterward Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 27, 1722; 
m. 1st Aiiuy Ji/virn, dr. of Joseph Brown, b. in Attleboro', Mass., 
Aug. 21, 1723 ; cer. Jan. 4, 1746-7, by Wm. Arnold, J. P. Issue, 
b. Glocester, now Burrilhdlle, R. I. — 

297—1. Hope, b. Mar. 2, 1746; m. Daniel Barnes, 

2»8— 2. Joseph, b. Jan. 81, '49; m. Sarah Sweet Apl. 4, 1771. 

299—3. Anne, b. May 10, *51; m. Jeremiali Sanders May 20, 1773. 

300—4. Susannah, b. Feb. 27, T>4; m. RufuH Baker Sept. 14, 1773. ' 

301 —5. Martha, b. Dec. 29, '($1 ; m. William Owen, 2a Christoplier Sayles. 

302—6. Sylvanus, b. Feb. 10, '67; m. Mercy Hinds, Ruth Bell. 

303 — 7, Deborah, b. not found; m. Saunders. 

Mrs. Amey's death-date not found; and the husband m. 2d 
Martha BuHon of Smithfield, ptge., birth-date, <fec., not ascer- 
tained ; cer. Jan. 1, 1778, by Moses Cooi)er, J. P. No issue. 

Daniel Ballou' settled in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., about 
1747. It seems that his father, Obadiali", endowed him, at that 
time, with 112 acres of land. See Glocester Records, B 1, p. 368. 
Whether any additions were made by purchase we do not learn. 
This farm is situated in Burrillville about two miles south fiom 
the village of Pascoag. It is now owned by Job Ballou, a gt. gd. 
sou of Daniel*. There Uved and d. Daniel*, his sou Joseijh", and 


gd. son Daniel", father of the present incumbent, Job\ Daniel* 
d. in June, 1801, aged 77 yfs. and 6 mos. So says his tombstone 
in the place of his burial, which is on his farm. Mrs. Martha, his 
2d wife, d. at a date not ascertained. 

[72.] Eev. Abner Ballou*, Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; b. in 
then Wrentham, afterward Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 28, 1725 ; m. 
Beulah Tfuiyer, dr. of William*, Thomas', Ferdinando", Thomas' — 
mothers maiden name Abigail Sumner — b. in Mendon, Mass., 
May 10, 1733; cer. Sept. 5, 1752. Issue, all b. in Cumberland, 
K I.— 

a04— 1. Lavinia, b. Feb. 1, 1753; m. Nathaniel Jillson Nov. 9, 1760. 

305-2. William, b. Dec. 24, *53; m. Sally Bennett Feb. 8, 1777. 

306—3. Nathan, b. June 18, '58; d. u. m. Aug. 13, 1787. 

307—4. Abigail, b. Aug. 22, '61; m. John Fisk Apl. 14, 1784. 

308—5. Abner, b. Apl. 1, '63; m. Henrietta Brown Jan. 3, 1790. 

309—6. Beulah, b. June 22, '66; m. Jesse Brown June 8, 1791. 

310—7. SaUy, b. May 9, '75; m. John Rogers, Jr., Nov. 16, 1794. 

Rev. Abner, or " J^7/Z<?/'" Abner Ballon, as he was uniformly 
styled after he entered the gospel ministry, was a man of very 
considerable celebrity throughout his general vicinity. His edu- 
cational and literary privileges were of the scantiest measure. 
His boyhood and youth knew little else than i)rivation, coarse 
fare and hard work, in comparison with the experiences of our 
generation. But he was endowed with a strong physical and 
mental constitution. All his natural capabiUties were above the 
common average, and he was trained up to moral rectitude. His 
reUgious sentiment was also highly susceptible, and predisposed 
to early exercises. At what age he entered into decisive religious 
exi)eriences we have no infonuation ; but as his grave-stone cer- 
tifies that he had been 51 yi-s. a member of the Fii*st Baptist 
church in his native vicinage, he must have joined it in 1755, 
when he was in his 30th yr. He may have been a convert some 
yrs. prior to that date. The same monumental stone tells us that 
he had been pastor of the First church 35 yrs. But we are left 
somewhat in doubt as to when that pastorate commenced or 
ended. No extant records enlighten us on these points. The 
presumi)tion, however, is that it ended at his death in Jan. 1806, 
or perhaps some little time before. We know that Elder Nathaniel 
Cook d. in 1773, and Elder Josiah Cook in 1774. They were his 
joint predecessors in office, and it is not probable that his own 
pastorate commenced sooner than 1775, though he may have then 



preached more or less for several yrs. and even been ordained. 
This seems quite certain, from the recorded fact that at least one 
marriaofe was solemnized by him in 1772. The Providence Ga- 
zette of Jany. 11, 1806, has the following obituary notice : " Died 
at CiiniWland on the 4th inst. the Rev. Abner Ballon in the 81st 
year of his age. He had been a member of the Baptist church 
iu that town 51 years and Pastor of the church about 35 yeai-s, 
aD(l attended to the duties of his sacred office regularly till within 
a few weeks of his death, evincing by the whole tenor of his life 
the steadfastness of that faith which he x>rofessed." Tradition 
(Icies not report him to have been an eloquent preacher, yet an 
earnest, solid and influential one in his denominational sphere j 
and he must have been a successful pastor, considering all his 
circumstances. For it should be understood that, like his pas- 
tx)ral predecessors and associates of kindred churches, he was 
uncomi)romisingly opposed to school-made and hireling ministers, 
as also to all other sux^port of the pulpit than free will offerings. 
Of com*se he depended mainly on the labor of his own hands and 
the prudential management of his property for worldly thrift. 
And in this Une of activity he was successful. His father in 
1750 had given him a decent start in landed endowment (forty 
acres), and he had the ability to increase his estate several fold. 

James Ballou House, Cumberland, R. I. 
lodeed, he got the reputation of being an uncommonly shrewd 


manag-er of pecuniary affairB. In lancln and personal estate he 
became what, in those times, was deemed respectably rich. 

In his pastoral office he solemnized many raarriag-es, and minis- 
tered at funerals throughout a wide circuit. As to lus eclesiasti- 
cal relations we find that in 1774 the Cumberland church wjus 
represented in the yearly meeting" of the Six Principle Bai)tist 
churches, then just formed by the churches in the north i>art of 
the State and churches in the adjoining" towns in Mass'ts. The 
first Baptist church in Providence and the first Baptist chiu'ch 
organized in Newport, were Six Principle Baptists. On the re- 
moval of Brown University fi-om Warren to Pro^^dence, a division 
took place in the first Baptist church in consequence of the omis- 
sion by Presdt. Manning (then pastor of the church) of the cere- 
mony of " laying on of hands " on the reception of membei-s into 
the church. At this time Bev. Mr. Winsor and brethren withdrew 
and formed a new church in Johnston. The Baptist church in 
Newport voted to join the Warren Baptist association Sept. o, 
1801, In the yearly meetings from 1774 till 1798 Eev. Abner Bal- 
lon met as delegates from other churches, Rev. Samuel Winsor, 
Rev. Reuben Hopkins, Rev. John Winsor, Samuel Mitchell, Thos. 
Manc^hester, James Whitman, William Bowen, Sylvester Rounds, 
John Westcott, Stephen Place, Elisha Sprague, and other Elders 
of th(^ church, whose memory is still cherished by many of the 
prescuit generation. 

It might be diffi(^ult to state inecisely how far Elder Ballon and 
his brethren differed from the mass of associated Oalvinistic Bap- 
tists. Probably they leaned more towards Arminianism, were 
Trinitarians rather indefinitely, and otherwise quite evangelical. 

Elder Abner and his family stood at the head of social respect- 
ability in the general community around, them and wielded a cor- 
responding influence. He was a devotcM^ of civil as well as relig-- 
ious liberty, stood firmly on the side of American Ind(*pendence 
during the Revolution, and gave his decided sui)])oi-t to whatever 
l)romised to solidify the new order of his country's affairs. As his 
sons gi-ew up to manhood, he endowed th(un by gift-deeds with 
cei-tain parcels of his real estate. He brought up his grandson, 
W(>l(!ome Jillson, who was left an infant at the early death of La- 
vinia (Ballon) Jillson, and for him he took care to x)rovide a gocnl 
start in life. On the 13th of June, 1804, he made his Will. It« 
substance is as follows. — 

" Being in health of Body and sound disposing Mind and Mem- 
ory (Blessed be God therefor) — 


I give and bequeath to my well beloved son, William Ballon, all 
my Riffht and Title in and to the Farm whereon he lately dwelt 
and which he now occnpies, lying" in said Cumberland, together 
with the buildings thereon standing, being one moiety or half i)art 
of said Farm, the other half of which he holds by Deed from me, 
the said Abner, to be and remain to him the said William Ballon, 
his Heirs and Assigns forever, as an absolute Estate of Inheritance 
ill Fee simj)le, (excepting only one half acre of Land at the North- 
erly j)art of said Farm and near the Meeting-house, which is re- 
served for a Burying Ground). — ^I also give and bequeath to him 
the said William Ballon, after the decease of my Wife, a certain 
Tract of Woodland, which I lately purchased of him, situate in 
Cumberland, aforesaid, adjoining the Southerly i>art of the Farm 
whereon my Grandson, Welcome Jillson now lives, containing five 
acres, be it more or less, to be and remain to him the said WilUam 
Ballon, his Heirs and Assigns forever. 

I ^ve and bequeath unto my well beloved Son, Abner Ballon 
Junior, all my Right and Title in and to the Farm whereon he 
now Uves, with the Buildings thereon standing, being one moiety 
or half part of said Farm : also all my Right and Title in and to 
that part of Iron Rock Meadow (so called) which I purchased of 
James BaUou, beiig one moiety or half part of the same — also the 
whole of that Woodlot called and known by the name of Oak 
Island, all situate in the Township of Cumberland aforesaid, to be 
and remain to him, the said Abner Ballon Junior, his Heirs and 
Assies forever, as an absolute Estate of Inheritance in Fee 

I give and bequeath to my well beloved Grand Son, Welcome 
JiUson, affcer the decease of my Wife, all my Right and Title 
in and to the Farm whereon he now lives, and which was pur- 
chased of Major Reuben Ballon, deceased, together wdtli all the 
Buildings thereon standing; also all my Right and Title in and to 
the Woodland adjoining said Farm Southerly (not herein before 
bequeathed), being one moiety or half part of said Farm and 
Woodland, all situate in said Cumberland, to be and remain to 
him the said Welcome Jillson, his Heirs and Assigns forever in 
Fee simple. 

I give and bequeath to my three well beloved daughters, namely, 
Abig-aU Fisk, Beulah Brown and Sally Rogers each One hundred 
good silver Dollars, to be paid to them respectively by my Execu- 
tor within one year after my decease out of my personal Estate, to 
be and remain to their use and disposal forever. 


I ^ve and beqiieatli to my well beloved Wife, Beulah Ballou, 
all the Rest and Residue of my Estate (not herein before disj>osed 
of) of every description, both real and personal (after the payment 
of my just Debts and Funeral chargres) to be and remain to her 
the said Beulah Ballon, her Heirs and Assies forever : — ^I also 
^ve my said Wife the free Use, imj^rovement and income of all 
the real Estate herein before given to my Grand Son Welcome 
Jillson and of a Wood lot herein before given to my Son William 
Ballou, containing five acres, more or less, and Ues adjoining the 
Farm whereon the said Welcome JiDson now Uves, to be and re- 
m<ain to her the said Beulah Ballou during her natural life. 

And I do hereby nominate, constitute, ordain, and appoint my 
aforenamed Son, Abner Ballou, Jun*" sole Executor of this my last 
Will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke," 
&c. Signed and witnessed on the day and year above stated. 
Witnesses James Jenkes, Otis Ballou and Ozias Thurber. 



It is implied in the Elder's bequest to his wife that he possessed 
other real estate not si)ecified in the Will. There are reasons for 
believing that he did, though probably not of very great value. 
We have not thought it necessary to search for the particulars. 
We have the Executor's Inventory of personal estate, the total of 
which appears to have been $1021.15. 

It is believed, on good authority, that Elder Abner continued to 
preach and exercise his pastoral functions down almost to the 
time of his decease. Also that he and his wife dwelt during his 
last years with his giandson, Col. Welcome Jillson, on what was 
originally the homestead of his uncle, Nathaniel Ballou', and is 
now owned by Eliab T. Harris. He seems to have declined rather 
suddenly at the end of his mortal pilgrimage, without any i*emeni- 
bered leading disease, and under a complication of ailments com- 
mon to old age. He d. in Christian hoi)e and tranquiUty Jan. 4, 
180G, aged a little over 80 yrs. Mrs. Beulah, his ^ndow, d. June 
10, 1808. Their dust rei)oses in a conspicuous spot of the Ballou 
Buiying Ground, with suitable memorial atones. 

[73.] Anna Ballou*, Obadiah', &c. ; no recorded or traditional 
account of her excepting name and birth-date. 


[74.] Obadiah Ballou*, Obacliah', James', Maturin* ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterward Cumberland, E, I., Sept. 29, 1730; 
m. 1st Martka Smith, ptge. and birth-date not found ; cer. in Ciim- 
Wknd May 3, 1753, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all b. in 
Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I. — 

311-1. Cynthia, b. Nov. 7, 1758; m. Arnold Smith. 

31-^-2. Isaac, b. Aug. 17, '65; m. Molly Ballard. 

313-^ Paulina, b. May 17, '68. 

314—4. Phebe, b. Oct. 11, '70; m. Preserved Harrington. 

31^-0. Lydia, b. Feb. 77, '74; m. WiUiam Wilkinson Sept. 10, 1797. 

316-6. Ekher, b. Apl. 10, '77; m. Joseph Mowry Nov. 15, 1795. 

Mrs. Martha d., date not found, prob. not far from 1780. Oba- 
diah* m. 2d, Mary Ann Fairfield^ ptge. and birth-date not found. 
No date of cer. found or other particulai-s. Issue, b. in Glocester, 
now Burrillville, E. I. — 

317- 7. Dennis, b. Feb. 20, 1786; m. Ist Mercy Tiflft, 3d Hannah (Barnes) 


318- 8. Marj' Ann., b. not found; m. Kenion Baker. 

319- 9. On)heUa, b. 

320-10. William, b. May 13, 1789; m. Philadelphia Boss alwut 1808. 

321—11. Willard, b. not found; no trace. 

322—12. Hiram, b. not found; m. Ist Olive Gambole, 2d Melinda Lilli- 


823—13. Ardelia, b. not found; no trace. 

324—14, Martha, b. not far from 1797; m. Lapham Jeffres June 8, 1820. 

325—15. Bosilla, b. not found; m. WDliam Gambole. 

326—16. Charlotte, b. not found; untraced. 

Our researchers have taken great pains to ascertain the wanting- 
(lata in the foregoing expansive family record, but with poor 
success. Either very imperfect records were kept, or they have 
eluded inquiry. And traditional information has been equally 
unobtainable. Obadiah* was undoubtedly endowed handsomely 
by his father either wdth land or means to purchase a farm, and 
he settled in that part of Glocester, E. I., afterwards incorporated 
as Burrillville, a little west of what is called Nasonville. The 
name farm was owned in 1861, Mr. Peck says, by Molton Plietti- 
place. After the death of his 1st wife he sold that farm. After 
his 2d marriage he continued to live in the same neighborhood for 
some years. Then he resided awhile in the State of New York, 
Town of Thurman, Warren Co., but finally returned to BurrDlville, 
and d. there. Whether any sculptured stone tells the resting 
place of his dust and that of his wives, we have not been informed. 


We infer that as the father of sixteen ehn., he must have passed 
through many sti'uggles in mortal life, and drunk from the cup of 
trouble his full portion. We have no death-dates of him and his 

[75.] Esther Ballou', Obadiah", James", Maturin'; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterward Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 24, 1733; 
m. James Wihon of Bellingham, Mass. ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I. 
Aug. 29, 1754, by Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all recorded as b. 
in BeUingham. — 

326J— 1. Susanna Wilson, b. Apl. 15, 1756; no trace. 

327 —2. Esther Wilson, b. Sei)t. 2, '58; 

328 —8. Hannah Wilson, Apl. 11, *61; 

328i— 4. Peniimah Wilson, b. July 20, '63; " 

329 —5. Da\'id Wilson, b. Jan. 3, '66; 

330 —6. Damaris Wilson, b. Auff. 31, '68; 

Whether this family can be further traced in this work is im- 
probable. At this writing we have no further information. TIk^ 
Town Clerk of Bellingham finds no record relating to this family 
after that of chn's. birth as above. They must have removed, but 
whither we get no hint. 

[76.] Aauon Ballou*, Obadiah*, <fec. Nothing found of him 
but name and birth-date ; must have d. in infancy. 

[77.] Zerviah Ballou*, Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., afterward Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 4, 1741-2 ; 
m. Simeon Thayer^ son of Uriah and Rachel (Taft) Thayer, b. in 
Meudon, Mass., Oct. 20, 1739; cer. in said Cumberland, Dec. 3, 
1761, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. They settled on a farm in Rich- 
mond, N. H. Issue, b. there. — 

331—1. Pliilailelphia Thayer, b. 1765; m. Natliau Burrows. 

333-2. Eleazor Thayer, b. Feb. 4, '07; m. Sarah Harris 1787. 

333—3. Ziba Thayer, b. Jan. 3; '09; m. Desire Burows Jau. 9, 1802. 

3:i4— 4. Ahaz Thayer, b. Auj?. 3, '71; m. CaiidaHji Cook Jan. 3, 1794. 

335—5. Simeon Tliayer, b. Oct. 12, '74; m. Chloe Sabin Jan. 30, 1793. 

330-0. Zerviah Thayer, V>. Jan. 20, '79; m. Albert Habin Dec. 9, 1798. 

337—7. Benjamin Thayer, b. June 4, '83; m. Eunice Tyler Ai)l. 15, 1810. 

Simeon Thayer was Deacon of the Baptist chmx'h in Richmond, 
N. H., his wife prevsumably a member, and the whoh^ family of 
resi)ectable soc>ial standin<r. Mr. Bassett in his History of Rich- 
mond states that Dea. Thayer became a. ITniv(^rsalist. We are 


tmable to give the death-date of Zerviah (Ballou) Thayer, or of 
her husband. 

[78.] Joseph Baijx)u', Obadiah', James", Maturiu' ; b. in then 
Wrentham, Mass., soon afterward Cumberland, E. I., May 5, 
1743 ; m. Sarah Bartlett, dr. of John and Sarah (Aldri(^h) Barth^tt, 
b. in Attleboro', Mass., Mar. 15, 1740 ; cer. in said Cumberhind, 
May 15, 1766, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue.— 

338—1. Lydia, b. Apl. 1, 1767; m. Jedediah Kinsley. 

331)— 2. Oba^liah, b. ^\x\y 20, '69; m. Nancy Matthews about 1806. 

340—3. Jerahmeel, b. May 28, 71; m. Anna Perry Oct. 8, 1801. 

341—4. Sarah, b. Oct. '81; m. EbenezerB. Sherman. 

Josei>h Ballou* remained in Cumberland, R. I., though possibly 
resident temporarily in the southwesterly part of the State, as 
some think, and then removed with his family to the vicinity of 
Fort Schuyler, soon after IJtica, Oneida Co., N. ¥. There he 
Ijhmted himself as a farmer in 1792, near his brother Benjamin 
who had i)receded him in 1790, two years earher. Joseph* was an 
enteri)rising', judicious, upright man, and left behind him a ])os- 
terity of like character. He d. in Utica, May 15, 1810, aged 67 
yrs. and 10 ds. Mrs. Sarah, his worthy companion, survived him 
some 22 yrs. She d. in 1832. We have been furnished with num- 
erous old documents illustrative of this Joseph Ballou s life-career, 
which we hoped to notice specifically, but have been obliged to 
refrain for want of room. 

[79.] Benjamin Ballou*, Obadiah^ James', Matuiin'; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., just after its incorporation, July 11, 1747 ; m. 
Sfirah Whipple, dr. of Daniel Whii)ple, b. in said Cumberland, 
Feb. 7, 1749 ; cer. date and particular not found. Issue, all b. in 
Cumberland, R. I. — 

342—1. Benjamin, b. ApL 10, 1770; m. Eunice Mann Jan. 15, 1795. 

343—2. Tlioma.s, b. Mar. 4, 72; m. Cynthia Parnell. 

344-3. Caroline Matilda, b. Dec. 20, '73; m. Levi Newell Oct. 1, 1795. 

345—4. Sally, b. Auj?. 21, 76; m. Sayles. 

34H — 5. Joseph, b. Feb. 19, '80; ni. Ist Rachel Millin^ton, 2d Susan Cooper. 

347—6. Freelove, b. Mar. 19, '81 ; m. Asa Spragiie. 

34H— 7. Prosiier, b. Apl. 10, '83; m. Sarah Se^iin Dec. 5, 1807. 

349 — 8. James) . b. Nov. 10, '86; supposed to have d. at sea, u. m. 

350—9. Levi ) *^^"**' b. Nov. 10, '86; m. Lucinda Durkee. 

Benjamin Ballou* sold his estate in Cumberland about the year 
17tK), left the home of his kindred and settled in Foi-t Schuyler, 



N. Y., soon after named Utica. He was among* the very earliest 
settlers there, and one of his grandsons says that his log- cabin 
was the first ever built in Oneida Co. Be this as it may have 
been, he was among the pioneers that founded the now flourish- 
ing city of Utica, N. Y. He became a large farmer, and also 
established a considerable tannery. There he and his wife spent 
the remainder of their days in the midst of their children, family 
relatives, and friendly first settlers. He d. March 26, 1822, being 
in his 76th yr. Mrs. Sarah, his wife, d. date not ascertained. 

[80.] Jonathan Ballou*, Samuer, James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, later Smithfield, and now Lincoln, E. I., Nov. 10,. 1723; 
m. Klizaheih West; cer. Ax)l. 3, 1768. 

No issue has been found on record. Very Uttle has reached us 
concerning his journey through life. The most that we have 
learned is, that he settled in Providence ; that he was styled a 
shop-joiner by trade ; that he objected to the approval of his 
father's Will, as made under undue influence after he had become 
incapacitated by age and mental infirmity ; that he owned more 
or less real estate, all of which, as well as his pei-sonal property, 
he bequeathed to his wife Elizabeth, naming no children, and con- 
stituting her sole executrix ; and that he d. Oct. 2, 1770. For his 
Will, see Providence Records, B. 5, p. 337. It appeai-s, from 
another registration, that on May ^, 1771, his widow and execu- 
trix deeded one eighth of a Piiper Mill, which he and othei-s had 
built in Co., to John Waterman, a partner in the concern. See 
Prov. Recs., B. 19, p. 129. Her subsequent history and death-date 
not reported, nor the resting place of family burial. 

[81.] Lyuia Ballou', Samuel', James^ Maturin' ; b. in then 
Providence, later Smithfield, and now Lincohi, R. I., Dec. 6, 1725; 
m. lit'/ijanun Ijtphatn of Scituate, R. I., and sett, there- at fii^it ; 
cer. in Smithfield Oct. 14, 1742, in Friends' order. Issue. — 

351- 1. Jamos Lapliam, b. Mar. 31, 1743; d. May 81, 1751. 

352- 2. Mai-y,Lai>liam, I). Sept. 13, '45. 

353- 3. Lydia Lapliam, b. May 2, '50; d. Dec. 2J), 1751. 

Mrs. Lydia (Ballcm) Lapliam d. May 26, 1751. The bii-tlis of 
the three above named chu., the deaths of two of them and of 
their mother were recorded in Smithfield. It would therc^fore 
seem that the family did not remain settled in Scituate long after 
marriage. Another record shows the eldest of the chn. to have 


been b. in Scituate, and the other two in Smithfield. The father s 
subsequent history untraced. 

[82.] Phebe Ballou*, SamueP, James^ Matiirin' ; b. in then 
Providence, soon after Smithfield, and now Lincohi, R. I., May 9, 
1728; m. Stephen Whipple of Smithfield, R. I., and sett, tliere ; 
eer. Jnly 12, 1745, by William Jenckes, J. P. Issue, b. in Smith- 

354—1. Stophon Whipple, Jr., b. Doc. 1, 1750; m. Ist Whipple, Sd Lncina 

355—2. Phebe Whipple, b. Mar. 6, *58; m. Col. Geo. Peek Apl. 12, 1770. 

Mrs. Phebe d. not lono^ after the birth of her dr., date not ob- 
tained. Stephen Whipple m. a 2d wife, by whom he had numerous 
chn. He was a man of lar^e wealth, influence and respe(*tability 
in Smithfield, R. I., where he held many responsible town offices. 
He d. May 28, 1795, leaving, by Will to his chn., much real and 
personal estate. 

[83.] Eleazer Ballou', Samuel', James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Juno 12, 1730 ; m. I^hehe Ltplunn^ 
dr. of Thomas Lapham, a native of said Smithfield ; (^€>r. Au"*. 19, 
1750, by Thomas Sayles, J. P. Issue, understood to have been b. 
in Gloce.stet, now Bunillvilie, R. I. — 

356— 1. Lydia, b. Nov. 27, 1750; m. Alioliab Smith Anj?. 25, 1760. 

a57— 2. David, b. Oct. 14, '53; believed to have d. u. ni. 

35a- 3. Jesae, b. Feb. 20, '56; m. Ist Amphyllis Smith, 2d Rosillii Swift. 

359— 4 Jirah, b. Apl. 2, '58; m. Esther Wood Sept. 30, 177J). 

360— 5. Susanna, b.Apl. 14, '60; m. Esek Harris Oct. 4, 1781. 

361— 6. Charlotte, b. An<?. 19, '62; m. Stephen Harris Auj?. 26, 1779. 

362— 7. Pnisia, b. not found; m. Russell Wood. 
36a— 8. Aurelia, b. ** m. Israel Aldrich. 

364— 9. Rowena, b. 1773; m. Asahel Sherman Auj?. 24, 1788. 

365—10. Pantileus, b. ; d. young. 

366—11. Orbe, b. ; m. Asa Brown. 

It is i)robable that Samuel Ballou*, Eleazor's father, wlio in his 
Will left him but three dollars, stai-ted him in married Hfe with a 
decent endowment ; for he settled early in that part of Gloeester, 
R. I., aftei-ward incori)orated as Bunillvilie, and became a pros- 
perous farmer. The homestead on which he lived and died is the 
one owned in our later times by Sterling Paine. It is situated a 
Uttle south of the Burrillville viUag-e called Glendale. He and 
his wife Phebe were evidently enteri)ri8inof, shrewd and accumu- 


lative economists ; for they became larg'e landholders, and were 
able to make handsome endowments to their chn. and to settle 
them in comfortable homes. This must have been the case, if 
they did as weU by the others as by their son Jesse, to whom in 
1779 they made ^ft-deeds of land in Richmond, N. H., coverintr 
Lots 16, 17, 18 and half of 19 in the 1st Range — between two and 
three hundred acres. Land there was cheap in those days, and 
Eleazer and his family appear, from the records, to have been 
liberal investors. But as we have little biographical information 
concerning the parents, we shall content ourselves with assumiu^r 
that the world went weU with them, and that they sustained a 
reputable standing in society. We regret having failed to find 
their death-dates. 

[84.] Patience Ballou*, SamueP, James^ Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., July 15, 1732; m. Dr. Joseph Saylen 
of Smithfield, R. L, son of Thomas and Estlier (Scott) Sayles, b. 
Sept. 29, 1730; cer. July 10, 1752, by Thomas Lapham, J. P. 
Issue. — 

367—1. Rhoda Sayles, b. Feb. 17, 1753; untraced. 

308—2. Amey Sayles, b. Mar. 26, '55; 

369—3. Patience Sayles, b. June 23, '62; 

370-4. Betty Sayles, b. June 23, '64; 

Mrs. Patience and lier husband undoubtedly occupied a re- 
spectable social position, but unfoi*tunately no particular memo- 
rials of them have reached us — not even their death -dates; nor 
can we further trace their descendants. 

[85.] Samuel, who d. an infant. 

[8G.] Samuel Ballou', SamueF, James', Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, K. I., Feb. 4, 1736-7 ; m. Hath Ilairkfn^, 
ptg-e., birth-date and m^e.-date not found. Issue. — 

371—1. Lydia, b. July 3, 1766; m. Thos. Delainy, Samuel Taylor. 

372—2. Stephen, b. July 28, '68; m. Polly Banly. 

373—3. Jesse, b. Oct. 20, 70; Hved and d. a lia<»helor. 

374—4. Susanna, b. Sept. 12, '74; m. Charles Byles. 

375—5. Deborah, b. Apl. 24, ; never m. ; d. at an advanced ajfe. 

376—6. Phebe, b. Mar. 4, '80; d. Dec. 22, 1784. 

377—7. Ruth, b. Feb. 18, '84; m. Thomas Smith. 

378—8. Samuel, b. , '87; d. younj?, 1788. 

It would seem to have been desired by Samuel Ballou*, at tlie 
outset of his manhood, to settle down with hifs father on the an- 


cient homestead. Accordingly his father deeded a part of it to 
him. But circumstances unknown to ns changed the ori^nal 
plan, and he deeded back that real estate to his fatlier in 1760. 
Soon afterward he joined several of his acquaintances in an emi- 
grant scheme to acquire lands in the to\ni of Sackville, in the 
Province of New Brunswick. Thither he removed with his wife 
sometime between 1762 and 1767, and there all his chn. were b. 
excepting perhaps Lydia, the eldest. The records of Sack\dlle, 
N. B., show that in 1762 Samuel Ballou, as one of the colonists, 
drew by lot, under letter A of the Town Plat, house-lot 87, which 
entitled him afterward to 500 acres of land.* 

Mr. Peck found it difficult to obtain information concerning 
Samuel*, the particulars of his experience in New Bnmswick, and 
especially his authentic family record. But in i)rocess of inquiry, 
he was fortunate enough to obtain a very intelUgent con-espondent 
in the person of Judge W. Botsford of Sackville. Through him, 
the Postmaster of the place, and some of the family descendants, 
he received much important data, though not with genealogical 
accuracy all that is desirable concerning the later generations. 
We shall give the substance of all he obtained, now and later on. 

It appears that among his emigrant associates from Rhode Isl- 
and to New Brunswick were John Barnes, John Jenckes, Joshua 
Sprague, &c. Judge Botsford testified that he "first knew Mr. 
Samuel Ballou in the year 1792. He was then living in this 
neighborhood, and continued to do so until his death in the year 
1805. He was then advanced in years, was an active, industrious 
man, of soV>er habits and intelligent." He mentions the statement 
of John Barnes deceased to his son James, that Mr. Ballou was 
the best educated man, and brought more property with him than 
any other of the Rhode Island immigi-ants. He was afterward a 
moderate accumulator. Yet the Judge says he left but a meagre 
estate ; which he accounts for by the fact that his wife was inca- 
pacitated, through mental infirmity, to second and save his acqui- 
sitions. These drawbacks more than counterbalanced his own 
thrift. The result was that he left his widow and most of his chn. 
comi)aratively poor. Judge Botsford says his Will was made 
June 27, 1805, and probated July 13 ensuing. So his death oc- 
curred sometime between those dates, in his 69th yr. Mrs. Ruth, 

* A tradition has latterly come to our koowledgc, tliat Samuel Ballou* became odiouR to many of 
bte follow citixens in Smithfleid, R. I., by his adhesive loyalty to the British government during the 
aieitatlons which led to the American Kevolntion ; and that his so called Toryism and consequent 
discomforts from popular denunciation induced him and other sj'mpathizers to seclc a liome in 
Hew BniBswlek. This Is not improbable, though we have seen no authentic proof of it 


his wid., survived him several years, but we are unable to give the 
date of her decease. We shall tell what we are able of their chn., 
gd. chn., &c., in the order of their generations. 

[87.] Susanna Ballou*, SamueF, James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, K. I., June 28, 1739; m. Jacob Arnold,, 
son of Joseph and Patience (Wilkinson) Arnold, b. in said Smith- 
field July 7, 1732 ; cer. Nov. 25, 1756, by Thomas Lapham, J. P. 
Issue. — 

379—1. Robe Arnold, b. Feb. 22, 1758; nntraced. 

880—2. Jesse Arnold, b. Apl. 2, '59; 

381—3. Ahab Arnold, b. Nov. 17, '60; 

382—4. Phebe Arnold, b. Jan. 15, '03; 

388—5. Sila« Arnold, b. May 21, '65; 

384—6. William Arnold, b. May 27, '67; m. Mary Ballon. 

385—7. David Arnold, b. Apl. 25, '69; nntraced. 

386—8. Jacob Arnold, b. Feb. 18, '71; 

Our historical data concoraing this family is quite limited. Su- 
sanna Ballon* and her husband Jacob Arnold are said to have 
settled on a homestead in Smithfield, situated a mile and a half 
from Woonsocket southerly, opposite to the farm which in 1872 
was occupied by Arnold Wakefield. There, we presume, all their 
chn. were b. At an unascei-tained later period they removed to 
a settlement in the State of N. Y., then known by the title " Nine 
Partners'," beyond which we have been unable fuiiher to trace 
them. Should any new information reach us before our work 
goes to press, we will add it in a note. "The Nine Partners'" 
two tracts of land were in Dutchess Co., N. Y., and furnished 
tendtory for eight or ten Townships — requiiing a dubious re- 

[88.] Jemima Ballou', SamueP, James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, K. I., May 14, 1742; m. Dr. Wtlliuia 
AmoUl, son of Joseph and Patience (Wilkinson) Arnold, b. in 
said Smithfield Nov. 30, 1733 ; cer. date not found. Issue, b. in 
Smithfield, K. I.— 

387—1. David, b, Oct. 30, 1708; d. Jan. 21, 1709. 
888—2. Lydia, b. Jan. 9, '74; m. Richard Steere. 

Their homestead was a little southwest from his brother Jacob 
Arnold's. Dr. Wilham Arnold is said to have been a man of 
profound leaniino^, and a skillful physician. His practice was 
extensive, and he would have commanded eminent success in 


his profession, but for his extreme modesty and self -distrust, 
which constantly held him back. He was therefore reluctant to 
assume responsibility, retiring' in his habits, and inclined to de- 
vote himself chiefly to quiet scientific pursuits. Such a man must 
have possessed mental and moral qualities adapted to insure hap- 
niness in domestic life and among choice friends cajiable of ap- 
preciating his w^orth. We trust that he had a congenial, worthy 
and happy wife. He died March 24, 1817. His vrife Jemima 
died Jidy 25, 1825. Their dau. Lydia died Nov. 4, 1820. Her 
husband Kichard Steere died Dec. 18, 1821 — all buried in Friends' 
cemetery, Woonsocket, R. I. 

[89.] David Ballou*, Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Aug. 23, 1744; m. 1st Anna Oont- 
stock, dr. of David Comstock ; cer. June 9, 1770, by Stephen Ar- 
nold, J. P. Issue, b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I. — 

389—1. Sabra, b. Nov. 7, 1770; m. Joshua BufFum. 

3ftO— 2. David, b. Dec. 18, 73; m. Mary Davis. 

391—3. Elijah, b. June 15, '75; d. u. m. 1814. 

392—4. Joel, b. Nov. 19, '77; m. Caroline Gates 1801. 

393—5. Gardner, b. Dee. 23, 79; d. u. m. Dec. 22, 1830. 

394 — 6. Welcome, b. Apl. 9, '82; m. Ist Ruth Mo wry, 2d Lavinia Chase. 

Mrs. Ann (Comstock) Ballon d. July 25, 1784 ; and the husband 
m. 2d Sarah Chase, ptge., birth-date, mge.-date, <fec., not found. 
Issue, b. as above.-^ 

3a>-7. Amaaa, b. Nov. 13, 178(5; m. Sophia Wheelock Nov. 1809. 
39H— 8. Joanna, b. Oct. 22, '90; m. Welcome Mowry. 

Mrs. Sarah (Chase) Ballon d. July 6, 1810 ; and the husband m. 
3d Ilanmih Ileynokh of Swansey, Mass.; cer. Feb. 16, 1812, by 
John Mason, J. P. No issue. She survived him, and aftei'ward 
became the mfe of Hon. John Esten, Jan. 6, 1838. 

David Ballou* inherited lands from his father, Samuel", in con- 
nection ^vith liis brothers Moses and Aaron. Some of those lands 
were in that pai-t of Glocester which in 1806 was incoriiorated as 
Burrillville. The three brothei-s made a division of their inheri- 
tance March 12, 1772, and David took his portion in the Glocester 
lands. On lands he immediately settled, and in successful 
process of time he became the OA\"uer of over six hundred acres. 
His domicile was standinp^ a few years a«fo, venerable with age, 
and i>erhaps still endures. It waa located about two miles west- 
erly from Slaterville. There, in now Buriillville, R. I., he raised 


up his family, and finally died Dec. 13, 1818, a. 74 yrs. 3 mos. and 
21 ds. He provided for the distribution of his estate by Will, and 
it was settled after his decease accordingly. Each of his then 
surviving sous inherited from him a valuable farm. 

-=-^ [90.] Moses Ballou*, Samuel', Janjes", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithtield, now Lincoln, R. I., a twin, Jan. 30, 1748 ; m. 1st L7iZ' 
ab((/t PhlWps^ believed to have been a dr. of John PhilUps ; cer. 
May 29, 1768, by Thos. Lapham, J. P. Issue, all b. in Smithfield, 
R. I.— 

397—1. William, b. July 25, 1768; m. Ruth Briggs Feb. 14, 1790. 

398—2. George, b. Apl. 19, 70; m. LiUis Cook. 

399—3. Arnold, b. Mar. 20, 72; m. Nancy Cook Nov. 9, 1800. 

400-4. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 28, 7(5; m. Taylor. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Phillips) Ballou d. date not found; and the 
husband m. 2d Mrs. Desire Lang-, wid. of William Lan*?, dr. of 
Jotham Cari>enter, b. in Cumberland, R. I., 1755; cer. in said 
Cumberland Mar. 22, 1778, by Elder Abner Ballou. Issue.— 

—401— O. Duty, b. May 31, 1779; m. Lydiji Wliite June 8, 1800. 

402— 0. Moses, I). June 2, '81; m. Martha Riuidall Dec. 28, 1818. 

403- 7. OtiH, b. Mar. 27, '84; m. Phebe Lapham Mar. 28, 1802. 
40.i- 8. Desire, b. Feb. 19, '88; m. Dr. Ezekiel Fowler Dec. 9, 1816. 
405— 9. Willard, b. Mar. 12, '92; m. Susan Newell. 

400—10. Freelove, b. Apl. 20, '94; m. David Mowry Oct. 1(5, 1817. 

Moses Ballou* settled on his portion of the patrimonial inheri- 
tance that had come do\vn through his father, Samuel', from his 
gd. father, James'; which he shared with his twin brother Aaron. 
The old dwelling house stood on his part of the farm, and he 
occupied it till 1782, when he built the one now standing on the 
premises. We infer from the Uttle that has reached us that he 
and his family maintained a reputable social standing in their 
community. His Will is on the Smithtield Eecords, B. 4, p. 81. 
It bears date May 7, 1817, and contains the following items : — To 
his sons William, George, Arnold, Duty and Otis, he bequeathed 
ten doUai's each ; and the same sum each to his daughter Eliza- 
beth Taylor, and his grand-daughters, Sophia, Betsey and Axie 
Blancliard. He gave his son Moses four shares in the Lotiis- 
quisset Turnpikes Corporation ; and to his son Willard three shares 
in Smithtield Union Bank, also his right in the Cumberland De- 
tecting Society, his gun and desk. To his daughter Desire Fowler 
lie willed enough to make her share four Imndred dollars, includ- 
ing what he had already given her. To his daughter Freelove 



Ballou he gave four hundred dollars. To his sons Moses and 
Willard he bequeathed liis entire real and personal estate, obli- 
piting" them to pay his just debts, funeral charges and the above- 
mentioned legacies. He assigned as his reason for not giving 
more to his chn., WiUiam, George, Duty, Otis and EUzabeth, that 
he had previously bestowed on them their respective portions. 
Mrs. Desire, his 2d wife, deceased the year before he made this 
Will, \iz. Dec. 31, 1816, aged 61 yrs. He d. Sept. 30, 1820. So 
his mortal form slumbered in the ancient burial ground, with the 
dust of his parents, grandparents, and great grandmother, Han- 
nah (Pike) Ballou ; his wife Desire's grave and his own being the 
oldest there marked by sculptured stones. 

[91.] Aakon Ballou', Samuel', James", Maturin'; b. in then 
Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Jan. 30, 1748, twin bro. of the 
above given Moses ; m. Lydia Alhee, dr. of Eleazer Albee of 
Dougla.s, Mass., b. Sept. 17, 1745; cer. Mar. 5, 1773, by Daniel 
Mowry, J. P. Issue, all b. in then Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I. — 

407 — 1. Marj% b. Aug. 1, 1773; supposed d. young. 

4(IH— 2. Jonathan, b. Mar. 12, 75; m. Mary Smith Mar. 23, 1793. 

409—3. Aaron, b. Apl. 14, '77; m. Mrs. Margaret Sleigliter Dec. 25, 1820. 

410—4. Isaac, b. Mar. 30, 79; m. Mary White Mar. 17, 1797, \e. 

411—5. Wilham, b. June 8, '81; d. u. m. Apl. 9, 183G, Terre Haute, lud. 



413—6. Lydia, b. May 19, 1788; m. Andrew Edmunds. 
413—7. Susanna, b. Sept. 27, '88; m. Jonathan Weeden. 

After the division of the old patrimonial homestead between 
Aaron* and his twin bro. Moses*, Apl. 6, 1777, Aaron, by agree- 
ment, occupied a part of his deceased father s domicile for a few 
months till he could build a new one on his own premises. He 
built according^ly, and dwelt therein imtil 1794, when he sold his 
real estate to Bufus George and Samuel Hill. The dweUing house 
he built is now, or recently was, owned and occupied by Job 
Mann. After selling out^ Aaron* removed with his family to 
Adams, Mass., where he settled and remained tiU 1810. Thence 
he removed to Galway, Saratoga Co., N. Y., settled on a purchased 
farm, and there d. Mar. 9, 1816, a. 68 yrs. 1 mo. and 10 ds. Mrs. 
Lydia, his widow, d. there Jan. 20, 1833, a. 87 yrs. 4 mos. and 3 
ds. No further i)articulars, nor personal characteristics given ; 
excepting a statement in one of the family papers, that he and 
his t^vin brother Moses so nearly resembled each other as hardly 
to be distinguishable. 

[91^.] KuTH Inman* (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballou\ 
James'', Maturin' ; b. on temtory then Providence, later Smith- 
field, R. I., supposed during the year 1717; m. Satnuel AUirich, 
Nothing moi'e ascei*tained. 

[92.] Susanna Inman* (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballou', 
James\ Maturin' ; b. on tenitory then Providence, later Smith- 
field, R. I., supposed during 1719; m. V^ipt, Richard Sayfes (John, 
John) Jan. 10, 1742, by B. Steere, J. P. No issue reported, and 
no more told, except that she was the 3d wife of Capt. Richard. 
There is a query whether it was this Susanna, or her mother, that 
became the 3d wife of Capt. Richard Sayles. 

[92^.] Rachel Inman* (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballou', 
James"", Maturin' ; b. on tenitory then Providence, later Smith- 
liel<l, R. I., June 19, 1720; m. Jeremiah Phillips Apl. 6, 1755, by 
B. Smith, J. P. No more told, and no further traced. 

1 93.] Sakah Inman*, the next b. of this family, left no traceable 

[93^.] Mautha Inman* (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballon', 
James^ Maturin' ; b. on tenitory then Providence, but soon after 
Glocester, R. I., Oct. 16, 1729; m. J of) Whipple Oct, 23, 1753, by 
B. Smith, J. P. No further reported or traced. 


[94.] John Inman* (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballon', 
James", Matnrin' ; b. in Glocester, R. I., Aug. 5, 1733 ; m. A)ine 
; no date or further particulars of their mge. Issue, under- 
stood to have been b. in Glocester, R. I., or the near vicinity. — 

413,V— 1. Susanna Inman, b. Dec. 31, 1753; lived and d. u. m. 

413y*j — 3. Lydia Inman, b. Sept. 2, *55; m. James Wood. 

413j\ — 3. Mary Inman, b. June 30, *57; m. David Biirlinorame. 

413jV— 4. John Inman, b. July 30, '58; m. Phebe Ballon July 25, 1784. 

413 j*j— 5. Sarah Inman, b. May 28, *60; m. Samuel Bartlett. 

413,«8 — 6. Asa Inman, b. Sept. 17, '61; m. Martha Inman Apl. 7, 1791. 

413,'j— 7. Esther Inman, b. Aug. 1, '63; lived and d. u. m. 

413, V— 8. Jesse Inman, b. Mar. 27, '65; m. Sarah Jillson Oot. 3, 1793. 

413 j»3— 9. Content Inman, b. May 20, '67; m. Daniel Wall. 
413} J— 10. Olive Inman, b. Oct. 1, '68; lived and d. u. m. 
4131 i— 11. Waity Inman, b. Sept. 15, '70; ** 

413 1 j —12. Enoch Inman, b. Jan. 16, '72 ; * * 

414 —13. Tourtellot Inman, b. June 17, '77; m. Achsa Bead. 

Nothing further reported of John and Anne Inman. 

[95.] David Inman* (John, John, Edward), Susanna Ballon', 
James", Maturin' ; b. in Glocester, K. I., May 5, 1736 ; m. Thank- 
fill Smith June 17, 1759, by Jonah Steere, J. P. Issue. — 

414}— 1. WiUiam Inman, b. May 19, 1765. 
This family no further reported or traced. 

[95^.] UniAH Arnold*, Bathsheba (Ballon) Arnold', wife of 
Daniel, dr. of James Ballon', Maturin' ; b. Apl. 9, 1721 ; m. KHz- 
al^th Peck^ dr. of . Nathan Peck, b. in Eehoboth, Mass., Aug*. 6, 
1726 ; particidars of cer. not ascertained. Issue. — 

41 4^ — 1. Daniel Arnold, birth-date not found; m. Patience Keed. 
415'-3. EHzabeth Arnold, ** ** m. Elkanah Spear. 

Mrs. Elizabeth d. not far from 1749 ; and Uriah' united himself 
without cer. to Dorcas Arnold, dr. of Moses. Issue. — 

416—3. Fatima Arnold, no birth-date found; d. without issue. 
417—4. Chiriflsa Arnold, ** ** ** m. Henry Comstock. 

This branch of descendants no further traced. 

[96.] PiusciLLA Arnold', Bathsheba (Ballon) Arnold', <fcc. No 
trace of her on the records ; sup. to have d. young. 

[97.] Enoch Arnold*, Bathsheba (Ballon) Arnold', wife of 


Daniel, dr. of James Ballon ^ Maturin'; b. Mar. 31, 1725; ni. 
Deborah Comstock, dr. of David; cer. June 23, 1747. They 
dwelt in Cumberland, K. I. Iflsue. — 

418 — 1. Benjamin, birth-date not found; no further traced. 

419—2. Amey, " ** m. an Aldrich; no further traced. 

420—3. Joseph, ** " m. Patience Willnnir Mar. 28, 1775. 

No characteristics obtained. 

[1)8.] Elijah Arnold*, Bathsheba (Ballon) Arnold", &c. No 
trace of him on the records. 

1 99.] Mary Arnold', Bathsheba (Ballon) Ai-nokF, vAie. of Dan- 
iel, dr. of James Ballon*, Maturin' ; b. Dec. 23, 1726; m. Ihzedhth 
Cmmtork, Jr,, Apl. 20, 1746. Hezediah was b. Jan. 9, 1715, and d. 
Dec. 1751. No issue on record. 

[100.] Eachel Arnold*, Bathsheba (Ballon) AmokF, wife of 
Daniel, dr. of James Ballon*, Maturin"; b. Dec. 19, 1730; m. 
Stephen Ariwhl,, son of Richard, b. Apl. 23, 1728; cer. May 27, 
1746. Issue, in the Smithfield section of Woonsocket, R. I. — 

421 — 1. Alpha, b. Mar. 2, 1750; m. Judge Peleg Aldrich; no issue. 

422—2. Elijah, b. Dec. 15, '50; m. Ist Hannah Arnold Feb. 14, 1771, 2d 

Dinah Reed Feb. 5, 1781). 

423—3. Ruth, b. Oct. 1, '53; m. Elislia Bartlett. 

424 — 4. Joanna, b. Mar. 8, *55; m. Thomas Aldrich. 

425 — 5. Mercy, b. Aug. 4, '57; m. Naaman Aldrich. 

426—6. Diana, b. Nov. 5, '02; m. Joel Aldrich. 

427—7. Bathsheba, b. Oct. 24, '64; m. Augustus Aldrich. 

428—8. Rachel, b. Feb. 9, '70; m. Caleb Aldrich. 

429—9. Gyms, b. Sept. 1, '74; m. Ruth Arnold. 

Stephen Arnold was a man of intelligence, virtue and distinc- 
tion. He dwelt on the homestead of the present Hon. Cyiiis 
Arnold, his grandson. He d. May 2, 1796. Richardson in bis 
Histoiy of Woonsocket quotes the following testimonial from an 
obituary notice of liim, published in the Providence Gazette of 
May 7, 1796. — " His intellectual faculties were of a superior kind. 
Benevolence and humanity were prominent traits in his character. 
He was frequently appointed to offices of trust by the town and 
by the State ; and he held the office of Justice Peace for upwartLs 
of thirty years." Of course his wife must have contributed largely 
to his prosperity in life, and ought to share accordingly in his 
reputation. We have not her death-date. 


[101.] Dorcas Arnold*, Bathsheba (Ballou) Arnokr, wife of 
Daniel, dr. of James Ballou', Maturin'; b. May 18, 1732; m. 
Jamea Vargill, Jr., son of James and Phebe, b. Feb. 27, 1729 ; m. 
Dec. 7, 1752. Issue, mostly b. in Cumberland, R. I. — 

430—1. Rhoda Cargill, b. June 16, 1759; m. Ist Capt. R. Vanaznum, 2d 

SetL Harden. 
431—2. James Cargill, b. Apl. 27, '62; m. Chloe Chaffee 1786. 
432-3. David Cargill, b. May 2, '65; m. Thankful White. 
43.^—4. Nathan Cargill, b. Mar. 16, '68; m. Ist Mercy Angell, 2<1 Sybil 

434-^5. John Cargill, b. Jan. 27, '71; m. Mary Crow Jan. 14, 1799. 
43eK-6. Daniel Cargill, b. Sept. 17, '73; m. Elizabeth Bovee 1801. 

436—7. George Cargill, b. , *76; d. in early infancy. 

437—8. George Cargill, b. May 28, '77; m. 1st Elizabeth Whiting, 2d Drusa 


James Cargill, Jr., and Dorcas* resided for some time in Paw- 
tuxet, R. I. They removed thence to Mendon, Mass. ; thence to 
Cumberland, R. I., where they owned what is now called the 
Fenner Brown place ; and finally settled on the homestead now 
owned by their gt. grandson, David Olney Cargill. They were 
enterprising, industrious, economical, thrifty, and respectable peo- 
ple. He d. Nov. 21, 1804, a. 75 yrs. She d. Sept. 25, 1825, a. 93. 

[102.] Anna Arnold', Bathsheba (Ballou) Arnold', wife of Dan- 
iel, dr. of James Ballou^ Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, E. I., Feb. 
19, 1734; m. Calef) Arnold of said Smithfield, ptge., biiih-date, 
&c., not found ; cer. Jan. 3, 1773. Issue. — 

438—1. Joseph Arnold; m. Barbara Dutieott, and had three sons. 
439—2. Arba Arnold; m. Isabella Davis, and had three daughters. 

This branch of descent no further traced. 

[103.] Mary Ballou*, Nehemiah^ James^ Maturin' ; b. in then 
Glocester, now BuiTillville, R. I., May 28, 1728; m. John Cmren, 
prob. son of John and Sarah Cowen, b. in Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 
26, 1724-5; cer. Apl. 4, 1751. They are said to have settled in 
some part of New York State, where she d. in 1813, leaving chn. 
No further information, or attempt to trace descendants. 

[104.] Uranah Ballou*, Nehemiah', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
then Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., June 9, 1730 ; m. Jonathan 
M\Uhelly^ parentage, birth-date, <Src., not found; cer. in said Gloces- 
ter May 21, 1746, by J. Andrews, J. P. They are said to have 


settled in Killingly, Ct., where she d. leaving chn. But all at- 
tempts to trace the family descent have i)roved fruitless. 

[105.] Peter Baixou*, Nehemiah', James^ Maturin' ; b. in then 
Glocester, now Burrillville, B. I., July 15, 1732; m. Lydia Phillips^ 
dr. of Jeremiah Phillips of said Glocester, b. about 1734; date 
and particulars of cer. not found. Issue. — 

440— 1. Freelove, b. June 26, 1754; m. Elijah Cook, Jr., Oct. 13, 1773. 

441— 2. Mary, b. May 18, '56; m. Israel Smith Jnly 6, 1773. 

442 — 3. Patience, b. Jan. 5, *58; d. during the Revolutionary War. 

443— 4. Eve, b. Feb. 10, '60; d. same week 

444— 5. Martha, b. Sei>t. 22, '61; d. same week 

445— 6. Joanna, b. Apl. 18, '63; d. same week ** ** 

446— 7. Seth, b. Oct. , '72; m. Sophia Anderson. 

447— 8. Lallan, b. not found; m. Betsey Nutting. 

448— 9. Lydia, b. ** m. Phillips. 

449—10. Rizpah, b. ** m. Ist G. Nutting, 2d R. Garfield. 
450—11. Sarah, b. " m. Smith. 

Besides the above specified, there were three unnamed infants — 
making 14 chn. in all. Most of these, if not all, are presumed to 
have been b. in then Glocester, R. I. And it is said that 4 out of 
the 14 d. in one week, during the Revolutionary War. The his- 
tory of this Peter Ballon* has been very difficult to trace. It 
would seem that his father, Nehemiah*, settled him on the westerly 
part of his large homestead in then Glocester, now Burrillville, 
R. I. ; but that, sometime during the Revolutionary War, he sold 
out his patrimony and removed to a town in Mass., perhaps Mon- 
son or its vicinity. Thence, not far from 1803, he emigrated to 
Litchfield, Herkimer Co., N. Y., settled on a good homestead 
there, and, growing old, gave his farm to his son Laban, on con- 
dition of maintenance for himself and wife during life. This ar- 
rangement was frustrated by some domestic infelicity in Laban's 
family, and the aged parents betook themselves to the more genial 
care of their son Seth. With him they ended their days ; he d. at 
Litchfield, N. Y., in Mar. 1818, and she in Cuyahoga Co., O., Aug. 
1820 ; he at the a. of 88, she at that of 87 years. We fear it will 
be impossible for us to obtain the lacking particulars in this family 
record, but we will do the best we can with our scanty available 

[106.] Seth Ballou*, Nehemiah*, James", Maturin' ; b. in then 
Glocester, now Bunillville, R. I., June 4, 1734; m. Jlmmah Ccncen^ 
dr. of John and Sarah Cowen ; cer. June 9, 1754. Issue, all b. in 
then Glocester. — 


451—1. Nehemiah, b. Apl. 12, 1755; d. Sept. 2, X761. 

452—2. Joseph, b. Aug. 26, '56; d. Sei)t. 15, 1761. 

45;^-3. John, b. July 21, '58; d. Sept. 17, 1761. 

4.54--4. Aaa, b. Aug. 31, *62; m. Roba Williams Dec. 3, 1780. 

455^5. Sarah, b. Dee. 12, '64; d. Nov. 7, 1770. 

456—6. Susanna, b. July 13, '67; m. William Lapham Jan. 5, 1786. 

457—7. Marjs b. June 5, '75; d. u. m. Oct. 7, 1832. 

Seth Ballou' inherited the main homestead of his father in now 
BmriUville, R. I., by gift-deed, dated Dec. 17, 1757 ; the consid- 
eration, "paternal love and affection." There he and his com- 
panion i)assed their days in honest industry, frugal economy, and 
worthy intercourse with their contemporaries of the old-fashioned 
rf^pectabie farmer class, and d. enjoying the general esteem. 
Their family record shows the sad havoc which death made 
among their offsx^™^ J three of their sons dying mthin the same 
fortnight. What form of pestilence swept them away we are not 
informed. So if they had their share of prosi)erity and comfoii, 
they had their seasons of adversity, and drank often fi-om the cup 
of sorrow. No remarkable incidents of theii* Uves have come to 
our knowledge. Seth* d. Apl. 7, 1806, a. 71 yrs. 10 mos. and 3 ds. 
Mrs. Hannah d. Nov. 30, 1824, a. not given. 

[107.] Petek Ballou', Jeremiah', Peter', Maturin' ; b. prob. in 
Scituate, R. I., at a date not ascertained. Neither record nor tra- 
dition avails us to say much of this Peter Ballou. Tradition is 
not only meagre among the family relatives, but somewhat va- 
riant — esi>ecially as to where he lived and died. One account 
says he lived and d. in Smithtield, R. I., another that he left his 
native place, and moved to a town in Miissachusetts on the borders 
of N. Hampshire, or just over the Une in N. H., where he died. 
But they aU seem to agree that he left no chn., and was never 
married. At what age he d. no intimation reaches us, but we infer 
that he must have passed the prime of Ufe at his decease. And 
thus we must dismiss him fi'om our tale in the midst of a vague 
oljscurity, which is always unpleasant to faithful genealogists. 

[108.] Jeremiah Ballou*, Jeremiah", Peter", Maturin' ; b. prob. 
in Stituate, R. I., date not found ; m. Gall (presumed to be) Ahi- 
g*'tl lleaml, of undiscovered ptge., bii'th-place, birth-date and 
marriage particulars. Issue. — 

^'H— 1. JoHeph Record, b. dtito not found; m. Betsey Ballou. 
45&--2. Elieha, b. date not found; never married. 
4H<>— 3, Jeremiah, b. ** *♦ never married. 


461—4. Betsey, b. Killingly, Ct., 1778; m. Charles Keech. 
462—5. Sally, b. date not found; m. Jacob Phillii>s. 

Here we are again on an almost dateless family record, for which 
there seems to be no remedy. The old Bible, which contamed 
important data, tog-ether with other books and i)apers, is said to 
have been strangely lost about the year 1823 in Hartford (? per- 
haps N. Y.), whither Jeremiah* and his oldest son took them, 
along with their baggage to keep, while executing a contract for 
setting up some kind of machinery. 

There are rather curious facts in the life of this Jeremiah Bal- 
lon*. One was, that he acquired, when or how has never been 
told us, a queer nickname — " Bumble Donim." Mr. Peck says. — 
"When I commenced hunting up the ancestors of the i)reseiit 
Ballous, I visited old settlements and old people, and inquired of 
them for old persons by the name of Ballou, especially such as 
they could remember to have been old when they themselves w^ere 
young. Dming one of my long and tedious tramps on foot into 
the southern part of Smithfield, and into North Providence, * * 
I found an old gentleman who said thajb when he was a boy an 
old man Uved in that vicinity by the name of 'Bumble Donini 
Ballon.' I asked him if that was not a niekrucine. His reply was, 
that it might have been, but that he never knew him called by 
any other. I afterward found others who knew him by that 
name, but none who knew his correct name. After much inquiry 
in relation to the matter, I learned that a daughter of this man 
married a man by the name of Keech, who moved into Chenango 
County, N. Y." It so happened that SuUivan Ballou, Esq., (after- 
ward killed in the battle of Bull Run) who took a lively interest 
in Mr. Peck's researches, had business in Chenango Co., N. Y,, 
and volunteered to look uj) Mr. Keech, and obtain some infor- 
mation about " Bumble Dorum." He did so, found Mr. Charles 
Keech to be a fine, intelUgent old gentleman, able and wilUng to 
impart the desinxble facts. Keech was hAong in Pittstield in the 
aforesaid county, and gave him the following particulars con- 
cerning his father-in-law and the family. — " My ^vife was Betsey 
Ballou, dr. of Jeremiah, alias Bumble Dorum. She was born in 
Killingly, Ct. When two and half years old her father moved 
into Foster, R. I., and was continually moving about over the 
country. My \\dfe Betsey died about tlu-ee years ago [1850] in 
Columbus, Chenango Co., aged about 72. Bumble Donim had 
five chn. ; two daughtei-s — Betsey, my wife, and Sally, who m. 


Jacob Phillips of Foster, R. I., — and three sous — Joseph Record, 
Elisha and Jeremiah. Joseph R. m. Betsey, a dr. of Asa Ballon 
[in the line of Nehemiah'] , and moved out here to Lawrence. He 
and his brother Jeremiah, while in Lawrence making* and putting 
up some spinning frames, suddenly and secretly left the country. 
They w^ere never heard from ; though it was being said Jeremiah 
was seen [afterward] in Buffalo." [Other statements from certain 
relatives puri)ort that the missing brothei-s were murdered for 
their money.] "I never knew that Jeremiah was married. EUsha 
never was, and d. in R. I. I moved Joseph R. Ballou's family 
back to Glocester, R. I. Bumble Donim was the son of Jeremiah 
of Glocester. He had one bro. Peter, who moved into Mass., near 
the N. H. Kne — perhaps over it, and d. there. Peter never had 
any chn. There were two sisters of Bumble Dorum — Sarah, who 
m. Ishmael Aldrich of Glocester (bro. to old Solomcm Aldrich), 
and Isabella, who m. Andrew Hamngton of Glocester." 

"Bumble Dorum learned his trade, as a blacksmith, of Haw- 
kins. He lived once in N. H., once in Ct., and has lived up here 
in Lawrence [N. Y.]. About thirty yrs. ago [which would be 
1823], he and his son Joseph R. went to Haiiford [prob. N. Y., 
possibly Ct.] to put up or make some machinery, and Cfin-ying 
with them the Bible >vith the family record and other books lost 
them all. He was b. in Glocester ; his wife was Gail Record ; and 
he died at my house in Columbus about fifteen yrs. ago [i. e. 
1838], and was buried there, aged 88 yrs." 

We have quoted thus freely from Mr. Peck and his documents, 
because we could not otherwise so well bring into notice the few 
salient points in the family history of Jeremiah', and the pecuUar- 
ities of his character. After all, we get no clew to the origin of 
his nickname, and cannot follow him very satisfactorily through 
the zigzag career of his long and checkered Ufe. But w(i have 
opened to view some facts, events and circumstances wliich may 
be of use in treating the cases of his chn. and descendants. As 
to the death of Mrs. Gail, aUas Abigail (Record) Ballon, we have 
found no indication of the place or date. 

[109.] Sabah Ballou*, Jeremiah', Peter', Maturin' ; b. prob. in 
Glocester, R. I., no birth-date found; m. L'ihinael AUlnc/t, perhaps 
a son of Solomon, said to be a bro. of Glocester Solomon — no 
date furnished us of his mge., and no fui"ther trace obtained of 
the married pair. Whither they went, what befell them, and liow 
they closed their mortal career, are left to us unintelligible blanks. 



[110.] Isabella Ballou*, Jeremiah', Peter', Maturin' ; b. prob. 
in Glocester, B. I., birth dateless; in. Amfrew IlarnnyUm^ son of 
David; cer. in Glocester May 4, 1768, by Jona. Harris, J. P. 
Issue, all presumed to have been b. in said Glocester. — 

463—1. Phinehas Harrington, b. Jan. 20, 1769; m. Huldali Irons Feb. 27, 


464—2. Jesse Harrington, b. Mar. 18, '70. 

465—3. Keziah Harrington, b. Feb. 8, 72. 

466—4. Abel Harrington, b. Dee. 9, '76. 

467—5. Sarah Harrington, b. Feb. 19, '82. 

468 — 6. Sina or Lucina Harrington, b. Mar. 20, '84. 

Here our findings are more fortunate. But we are unable to 
trace this family further. 

[111.] Abigail Ballou*, Jeremiah', Peter", Maturin'; b., as 
juesumed, in Glocester, R. I., birth dateless; m. PhUq) Aldnch^ 
son of Solomon and Martha, b. on territory that became Cumber- 
land, R. I., Nov. 6, 1741 ; cer. in said Glocester Sept. 12, 1777. 
The family no further traced. 

[112 AND 113.] The descendants of Peter Ballon" through Phebe 
(Ballon) King, viz., Phebe King* and Jenisha King*, have ah-eady 
been dismissed as untraceable. Also, 

[114, 115 AND 116,] the descendants of Jemima (Ballou) Sprague', 
Peter", Maturin'. Also, 

[117 AND 118,] the descendants of Martha (Ballou) King, viz., 
Pheba* and Martha King*, whose father wixs Jolin King, Jr. 

And thus we end Generations Four and Five. 
Fifth and Sixth Generations. 

[119.] John Ballou*, John*, John", John^ Maturin' ; b. in then 
Smithtield, now Lincoln, R. I., Apl. 3, 1743; m. Sihella IaUzikJ^ 
eldest dr. of Amariah and Ursula (Lovett) Leland, b. in Sherbom, 
Mass., 1739; date and particulars of cer. not ascertained. No 

It is, however, proper to state that previous to marriage Sibella 
Leland became the mother of a son whom she named Richard 
Olney. This son was viiiually, if not formally, adopted by John'', 
and made his heu\ He grew uj) to be a very woiihy and enter- 


prising: man. He went into snccessfiil trade in Burrillville, and 
later in Providence, R. I., accumulated a handsome propeiiy, and 
finally settled in Oxford, Mass., where he became an influential 
citizen. We have not numbered him amon^ the Ballous, because 
he never took our name. We knew him personally as a fiiend 
long years ago, but have lost the thread of his later history. 

John Ballon* settled on the land given him by his father in 
1777. See Smithfield Eecs., B. 7, p. 180. This estate was deeded 
jointly to him and his bro. Richard. The latter sold his portion 
to their other bro., Benjamin. John and Benjamin at length di- 
vided their inheritance. Later John" and wife made their home, 
for a eonsideraV)le time, with their son Richard Olney in Pro\d- 
denee, but finally returned to Smithfield and closed their earthly 
pilgrimage in the family of his bro. Benjamin. There she d. Dec. 
20, 1805, a. about 66 jrrs. ; and he Feb. 18, 1806, a. 62 yrs. 10 mos. 
and 15 (Ls. 'Mr. Olney commendably erected decent grave-stones 
to commemorate them ; which may be seen on the easterly side 
of the road ne4ir where the ancient John Ballon domicile formerly 

[120.] Benjamin Ballou', John*, John", John', Maturin' ; b. in 
then Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Nov. 20, 1746 ; m. Mercy 
Phillips, dr. of John PhiUips, said to be half-sister to the 1st wife 
of Moses Ballon*; cer. Apl. 15, 1770, by Elder Ezekiel AngeD. 
Lssue, all b. in said Smithfield. — 

409—1. Phillii>8, b. date not found; d. yonng. 


Pardon, b. 

t n 

d. young. 


Benjamin, b. 

( (( 

d. u. m. in his 31 st year. 


Maiy, b. 

( << 

m. William Newman Feb. 14, 1802. 


Abner, b. 

4 (t 

d. young. 


Content, b. 

* ** 

d. u. m. in her 21st year. 


Mercy, b. 

i (( 

m. Eleazer MoAvry, Jr., Nov. 11, 1818 

What a pity that a whole family of seven clin. should be left 
without btrthHlates! We can approximate these dates only by 
reckoning from the mge. of the parents, Apl. 15, 1770, and guess- 
ing the rest. Benjamin Ballon* settled on land given him by his 
father June 12, 1770. He built the house afterward occupied by 
his dr. Mercy and her husband, Eleazer Mowry. He api)ears to 
Lave been a respectable common citizen, and was a militia Captain 
in 1781, near the close of the Eevolutionary War. He d. on his 
homestead Oct. 24, 1826, a. 79 yrs. 11 mos. and 4 ds. His wife's 
death-date not communicated to us. 


[121.] Anna Ballou'', John*, John", John", Matnrin' ; b. in then 
Smithfield, K I., Dec. 14, 1749; m. Jolm Whitmw), possibly son 
of Jacob and Hannah, b. Feb. 13, 1744 ; no mg"e.-date reporte<:l 
to us. Issue. — 

476—1. Anna Whitman, b. no dates given; nothing more. 

477—2. Lucy Wliitman, b. 

47&-3. Richard Wliitman, b. " 

47»— 4. Elizabeth Whitman, b. " 

Here we are left without records, or traditionary information, 
and must leave the distant cousins of this family branch in the 
gi'eat wilderness of our common humanity. 

[122.] Richard Ballou', John', John', John*, Maturin' ; b. in 
Smithfield, E. I., date not found; m. Lun/ AimoM of Smithfield — 
no particulars of pt<?c., birth or mge. Issue, all b. in the north- 
easterly pai-t of Cumberland, R. I. — 

480—1. Mercy, b. Apl. 19, 1778; m. Nathan Aldrich. 

481—2. Arnold, b. May 16, 1780; m. Abigail Trask Feb. 27, 1806. 

482—3. Lydia, b. Mar. 14, '82; d. Nov. 9, 1789. 

483—4. Augustus, b. Maj' 4, '84; m. 1st Lucy Tower, 2d Isabella Howard. 

484—5. Thomas, b. Feb. 21, '86; m. Lydia Gould. 

485—6. Kichard, b. Mar. 21, '88; d. u. m. 

486—7. Lucy, b. Se!>t. 19, '90; m. Orren Grant Oct. 14, 1814. 

487—8. Willard, b. July 28, '95; m. Sally Clark June 27, 1822. 

488—9. Polly or Mary, b. Feb. 6, '99; m. Simon W. Sheldon Au^. 22, 1822. 

Richard Ballou* was a sturdy, industrious, fruofal farmer. He 
sold out his inheritance in the old Smithfield, John Ballou home- 
stead in 1777 to his bro. B(mjamin, and settled in the extreme 
northeasterly section of Cumberland. There he and his wife 
spent their connubial days. Their home was near what was for- 
merly known as Hathaway Mills. We ou^ht to have been fur- 
nished with their death-dates, but never were. 

[123.] AmoAn. Ballou", John,* John,' John," Maturin'; b. in 
then Smithfield, R. I., date not found ; m. Sy I runups Sayle,^ of said 
Smithfield — no further particulars trivon. Issue. — 

48^) — 1. John Siiyles, b. date not found. 

490—2. Chloe Btiyl(»H, b. dute not found; m. Martin Hutchinson. 

Another skeleton family record — no further traced. 

[124.] Nancy Ballou", John*, John', John", Maturin'; b. in 
then Smithfield, R. I., birth dateless; m. Bufui< Stveeter of said 


Smithtield, no particulars of his pt^e., birth or mge. Issue.— 

491—1. Chloe Streeter, b. not found; m. Hosea Spragiie. 

493—2. Rufns Streeter, b. ** d. in manhood of measles u. m. 

493—3. Rhoda Streeter, b. " untraced— moved away. 

494^-4. Lydia Streeter, b. ** m. David F. Harris Dec. 31, 1800. 

We have been furnished with no requested information con- 
cerning the character or life-career of these parents. The hus- 
band, Rufus Streeter*, d. Mar. 26, 1809. Mrs. Nancy'' d. Feb. 26, 

[125.] Simeon BALL0U^ Abraham*, John', John', Maturin' ; b. 
in then Smitiifield, R. I., Mar. 21, 1740 ; m. Ma)^ Cole of said 
Smithfield, ptge. and birth-date not given ; cer. Apl. 1, 1762, hy 
Ezekiel Comstock, J. P. Issue, all b. in Smithfield. — 

495— 1. Phebe, b. Sept. 29, 1702; m. John Inman, Jr., July 25, 1784. 

496 — 2. Abraham, b. perhaps 1764; m. Diana Mowtj' Mar. 6, 1785. 

497— 3. William, b. ** 1767; m. Abigail Wilbor. 

498— 4. Lavina, b. " 1770; m. William Bowen. 

499— 5. Rachel, b. *' 1773; m. Charles Westcott. 

500— 6. Leah, b. " 1775; m. Daniel Aldrich. 

501— 7. Welcome, b. Nov. 19, 1780; m. Aurelia Taft Jan. 10, 1802. 

502— 8. George, b. prob. 1782; m. Ist not told; 2(1 Nancy Fisk. 

503 — 9. Molly, b. not found; uncertain where she came in; d. youn^. 
504—10. Rhoda, b. ** " ** " " " ** 
5a5— 11. Mar>% b. prob. 1786; m. Ist Royal Galium, 2d Mr. Coombs. 

We always regret exhibiting so many conjectural dates, or worse 
mere blanks, in a family record, but such is often our fate, as in 
this case. Whoso readeth, let him take warning, and not neglect 
his genealogical registration. Simeon Ballon" settled, lived and 
died on a homestead near what is now Slaterville, R. I. It occu- 
pied a hill on the southerly side of Branch river, and was both 
conspicuous and valuable. No biographical incidents or charac- 
teristics have been vouchsafed to us, but we have no reason to 
doubt that he and his wife were worthy people. He d. May 3, 
1786, and was buried in the vicinity of Woonsocket. Mary, his 
T^idow, survived him over 40 years. She found a comfortable 
home with her dr. Rachel (Ballon) Westcott and husband, and 
finally died with them in Charlestown, N. H., where they settled. 
She d. there July 22, 1827, and her grave-stone may be found in 
the old No. Charlestown Burying Ground. She must have been 
over 80 yrs. of age, though by report of the inscription it made 
her but 72 or 73. This would reduce her to childhood at her 
mge., 1762, and must be erroneous. 


[126.] David Ballou*, Abraham*, John', John', Maturin' ; b. 
prob. in Glocester, R. I., date not found; m. Man/ Stnith^ dr. of 
Richard, b. in Smithfield, R. I., about 1746 ; date and particulars 
of cer. not ascertained. Issue, all 8ui)posed to have been b. in 
Glocester, R. I. — 

500— 1. Thankful, b. , 1708; m. John Bently. 

507— 2. Pardon, b. , '09; d. Providence, R. I., a. 17 yrs. 

508— 8. Asa, b. July 0, '71; m. Nancy Jones 1790. 

509— 4. Sarah, b. , *73; d. u. m. in Glocester, a. 22 jts. 

510— 5. Nancy, b. 75; d. in Glocester, a. 22 yrs. 

511— 0. Achsa, b. '70; m. Hazariah Phillips. 

512— 7. Polly, b. June, '78; m. Joseph Merrick. 

513— 8. Esther, b. '80; d. u. m. Sandy Creek, N. Y., 1842. 

514— 9. Arthur, b. '82; m. 1st Hannah Comstock, 2d Sally Post. 
515—10. Phik, b. '83; d. Glocester, a. 14 yrs. 

510—11. David, b. '85; m. Abigail Jackson. 
517—12. Hannah, b. Nov. 14, '80; m. John Pierce. 
518—13. Cynthia, b. '91; m. Amos Jackson. 

This David Ballou' and wife Maiy resided in Glocester, R. I. 
They were honest, industrious and worthy people, who had a hard 
strug-^le to provide for such a family, and sometimes received a 
needed lift from their more favortnl relatives. He wore out and 
d. in 1811. About five yeai-s afterward his wid. and several of her 
chn. removed to Ballston Spa, N. Y., whither some of the older 
and maiTied ones had previously emisrrated. Thence they seem 
to have scattered, sooner or later, into other pai-ts of the State, 
and into the newer States of the West. When Mr. Peck soug-lit 
their localities and family records, it wjus with much difficulty that 
he could open communication with them, and with scarcely less 
that they could furnish even imperfect data in answer to his 
genealogical inquiries. And now, after considerable additional 
endeavor, we are oblio^ed to content ourselves with insufficient 
details. Scarcely any biogi-aphical material has been obtained. 
We can only add that Mrs. Mary (Smith) Ballon, the venerable 
widow, d. at Sandy Creek, N. T., in the month of July, 1831, a. 
about 85 yrs. 

[127.] Phebe Bali.oit\ Abraham*, John", John", Maturin'; b. 
prob. in Smithfield, R. I., date not found ; m. John Smith, son of 
Jolm and Abig-ail Smith, b. in said Smithfield June 28, 1786 ; cer. 
Apl. 15, 1761, by Samuel Winsor, J. P. Issue, all presumed to 
have been b. in Smithfield. — 

519—1. Phebe Smith, b. Jnly 30, 1702; untraced 


520—2. Mary Smith, b. Jtily 4, 1764; untraced. 
521 — 3. Simeon Smith, b. not found; ** 

522-4. Da\id Smith, b. ** 

Having failed to obtain much definite information concerning 
Phebe (Ballou) Smith' and her descendants, we have concluded 
to lumx) the scraps which have come to us in a brief statement, 
and dismiss her family branch, as no further traceable. We be- 
heve that they lived and d. in Smithtield. The aged wid. of 
Abraham Ballou, Mary (Sayles) Bjdlou, the mother of Phebe 
Smith, lived, as we have seen, in their family many years, out- 
lived them both, and d. finally in the care of Thos. Appleby and 
wife, the latter being one of Phebe (BaDou) Smith's drs. ; but 
whether Phebe, Jr., or Mary, is not told. So we cannot give the 
death-dates of Phebe (Ballou) Smith and husband. Nor have we 
gleaned any dates whatever in the records of their posterity. We 
are told that Phebe Smith* m., and had Eizi)ah, Mary, Waity and 
Phebe, who also had clin. Of Mary Smith" we learn nothing. 
Simeon Smith* is said to have m., lived near Woonsocket, and 
had 5 ehn. ; viz. Welcome, Mary, Kachel, Leah and William. 
Likewise it is told that David Smith" m., settled in Glocester, 
R. I., and had several chn. We hoped to have been furnished 
with complete data in all these cases, but have been disappointed, 
and can report only the above. We w^ould gladly number all 
these cousins in our Israel, but must leave them as no further 

[Nos. 128 TO 134, Inclusive,] Abner, John, Rebecca, Mercy, 
Mary and Abigail Lapham, chn. of Mary (Ballou) Lapham*, 
John*, John', Maturing have already been dropped as no further 

pfos. 136, 136 AND 137,] chn. of Sarah (Ballou) Sprague*, John', 
John', Maturin', wife of Daniel Sprague ; viz. Naomi, Lucy and 
David Si)rague — ^liave been consigned to the same obscurity. 

[138.] TABrrHA Kemiton*, dr. of Tabitha (Btdlou) Kempton', 
John', John", Matuiin*, and Manasseh Kempton ; b. at a date not 
ascertained; m. John Weatherhetul^ son of Daniel, in Cumberland, 
R. I. ; cer. Apl. 19, 1770, by Elder Daniel Miller. Issue, under- 
stood to have been b. in said Cumberland. — 

523—1. Freelove Weatherhead, b. Dec. 14, 1771. 
524—2. Welcome Weatherheatl, b. Feb. 8, 76. 
525-3. Lavinia Weatherhead, b. Sei)t. 1, 78. 


526—4. Susanna Weatlierhead, b. Jan. 3, 1781. 

537—5. Mary Weatherhead, b. Feb. 11, '84. 

528—6. Ruth Weatherhead' b. Mar. 9, *86; m. David Whipple. 

529-7. Whipple Weatherhead, b. June 22, '88; m. Sarah HaskeU May 14, 

530—8. John Weatherhead, b. May 22, '90; m. Achsa Whipple. 

John Weatherhead d. Jan. 29, 1829. Mrs. Tabitha* d. Apl. 9, 

[139.] Ehoda Ballou', Peter*, John", John', Matnrin' ; b. in 
Smithfield, R. I., date not obtained; m. George Streetc)\ ptge., 
birth-date, &c., not given ; cer. Oct. 30, 17 — , by William Alverson, 
J. P. Issue, all b. in said Smithfield. — 

531—1. Nathaniel Streeter, b. July 3, 1775; m. Waite Wilkinson, of Robert, 

Oct. 31, 1799. 

532—2. Anne Streeter, b. Aug. 21, 70. 

533—8. Ballon Streeter, b. Mar. 10, 79; m. Mary . 

534—4. Amey Streeter, b. Dec. 23, '80; m. Jacob Wilkinson Jan. 30, 1800. 

536—5. Permelia Streeter, b. June 18, '87. 

536—6. George Streeter, b. Aug. 13, '93. 

These figures do not show exactly to our taste, but they are as 
our researcher rejiorted them. No other data has reached us, 
and so we are obUged to say — no fui'ther traced. 

[Nos. 140 AND 141.] William and Lydia Arnold', chn. of Elce 
or Alcy Ballon*, Maturin', John'', Maturin', \^ife of David Arnold, 
have already dropped from om* chain of descent. 

[142.] Joseph Ballou*, William*, Maturin", John^ Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Nov. 18, 1783, removed with his 
parents while young to Tunbridge, Vt. ; m. Harriet Ilawe^^ dr. of 
William Hawes, b. in Brookfield, Vt., Dec. 13, 1806 ; cer. in 1826. 
Issue. — 

537—1. Sidney, b. Aug. 7, 1826; d. u. m. Mar. 2, 1862. 
538—2. Maturin, b. Sept. 15, '28; d. an infant, 182U. 
539—3. Marf^aret, b. Aug. 7, '29; res. u. m. Royalton, Vt. 
540—4. Nelson, b. Nov. 2, '31; d. Apl. 4, 18.51. 
541—5. Ada, b. Sept. 18, '33; d. Feb. 1835. 
542—6. Horace, b. May 15, '35; m. Mary E. Houston 1866. 
543—7. Edmund, b. Oct. 22, '37; res. u. m. Koyalton, Vt. 
544—8. ) Harri8t)n, b. Apl. 28, '40; res. u. m. Royalton, Vt. 
545—9. ) Cliurcli, b. Apl. 28, '40; d. in Union Amiy 1862. 

This is a creditable family record, replete with dates. Joseph 
Ballon' was a respectable fanner, and his family worthy people. 


He resided awhile in Clielnea, Vt., and then Hettled in Tunbrid^e, 
where he d. in 1853. Prob. most of his chn. were b. in Tunbrid^e, 
Vt. ; bnt of this we are not certain. Subsequently to his death 
his widow and sur\dving chn. chang-ed their homes several times. 
In 1873, she, Margaret, Edmund and Harrison were residing to- 
ofether in Eoyalton, Vt. ; at which date Horatte had been bereaved 
of his wife, and was dweDing in Stratford, Vt. We have just 
learned (Oct. 1884) that Mrs. Mary E. (Houston) Ballon, wife of 
Horace, d. 3vly 3, 1873. Horace is now living wifeless and child- 
less in Royalton, Vt. Mrs. Harriet (Hawes) Ballon, wid. of Jo- 
8ei)h*, d. in Royalton, Vt., June 10, 187(5, a. nearly 70 yrs. Thus 
this family seems likely to become extinct. 

[143.] William Balu)U*, W^illiam', Maturin", John', Maturin' ; 
b. prob. in Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Aug. 20, 1786, removed 
while young with his parents to Tunbridge, Vt. ; m. liarhara 
limkiln, dr. of Charles, b. in Grafton, N. H., Nov. 29, 1799; cer. 
in siiid Tunbridge June 13, 1819, by Samuel Austin, J. P. Issue, 
all understood to have been b. in Tunbridge. — 

546— 1. NameleHH inft., I). Nov. 1819; premature birth and death. 

547— 2. Morey, b. '20; d. 1823. 

548— 3. Loraua, b. '22; d. 1828. 

54J>— 4. Abiah, b. Mar. 20, '24; m. Willard H. Dawley, Westerly, R. I. 

550— 5. William Harrison, b. Mar. 19, '26; d. u. m. Tunbridge, Vt., Auf?. 

1, 1871. 

551— 6. Almanda, b. Nov. 10, '27; d. Oct. 8, 1853, u. m. 

552— 7. Sanford Jackson, b. Auk« 5, '29; went abroail, and only lately 

heard from. 

553— 8. James Hiram, b. June 25, '31; d. in Union Army Feb. 4, 1862. 

554— 9. Charles Riley, b. June 29, '33; m., had a family, and d. in Cali- 


555—10. Infant, b. , '35; d. same yr., 1835. 

556 — 11. Marcellus Chandler, b. Jan. 20, '37; a wreck from disease*, Tun- 

bridj?e, Vt. 
557—12. Barbara Annie, b. Oct. 20, '39; m. Abel Merrill Sept. 9, 1873. 
558—13. Sarah Abbie, b. Sei)t. 24, '42; d. deeply lamented Apl. 23, 1873. 

William Ballon*, farmer, settled in Tunbridge, Vt., where it is 
understood all the abovenamed chn. were b. There he d. Dec. 
22, 1862; there also his wid., Mrs. Barbara, d. Dec. 20, 1870. Few 
personal characteristics given us. Death seems to have cut oft* 
the chn. with an unsparing h^ind. Besides those who passed 
xvKViS in infancy, the majority that reached adult yrs. had depai*ted 
before 1873, A letter from Mr. and Mrs. Abel Merrill to Mr. 


Peck, dated Clielsea, Vt., Dec. 13, 1873, has a few sentences of 
interest, which may well be preserved. — " But a fragment or two 
of the family remains." " Mrs. Barbara (Bucklin) Ballon was one 
of the most amiable of women, and the best of mothers." " San- 
ford Jackson Ballon has not been heard from for the last 22 yrs." 
" Wm. HaiTison was a seaman for 9 yrs. — 3 yrs. in the U. S. ser- 
vice, on board the Powhattan, when she visited China and Japan. 
He saw service in all the climates and zones of the earth." "James 
Hiram d. in the service of his country." See above. "Charles 
Kiley is supposed to be living on the Pacific Coast." " Chandler, 
in Tunbridge, had his mental faculties destroyed by disease in 
early life, and is but a sad ruin." " Sarah Abbie [who d. k\)\. 23, 
1872,1 was one of the loveliest of women." " The death of that 
beautiful sister left Annie standing* alone, in a cloud of mixed 
memories both cheerful and sorrowful." We have had several 
communications from Mr. and Mrs. Merrill, all more or less im- 
poi-tant. Their most important contents will hereafter be noticed. 
One of the last suggests our omitting the several specific family 
dates, as possibly inaccurate to some extent ; but we prefer to let 
them stand as at least proximately correct, and better than none. 

|144.] Bezeliel Ballou', William', Maturing John", Maturiu* ; 
b. presumably in then Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., 1792; m. 
Abigail Ordtrny, di*. of Benjamin and Lucy (Eastman) Ordway, 
b. dm-ing 1805 ; cer. Sept. 12, 1827. Issue.— 

559—1. John, b. Aug. 12, 1828; m. Cordelia L. Kinp: 1856. 

500—2. Goorj^'o, b. June 4, '29; m. Abby M. Noyes 1854. 

5(51—3. Lucy, b. Sept. 12, W; d. u. m. Tunbridge, Vt., Sept. 25, 1858. 

502—4. Miiry, b. Aug. 30, '81 ; m. Jesse Stanley, Johnsburgh, N. Y. 

503—5. Beuiamin, b. Mar. 21, '33; d. u. m. Tunbridge, Vt., Apl. 20, 1850. 

504-0. Betsey, b. July 28, '35; m. William W. Gallup, Tunbridge, Vt. 

505—7. Silas, b. Apl. 22, '39; last heard from, u. m. Hong Kong, China. 

Bezeliel Ballon* settled as a farmer in Tuubrid<?e, Vt., where it 
is understood all his clin. were bora. No personal characteristics, 
(Vrc, ^veu of him or his wife. He d. in Tunbrid<^e Feb. 15, 1840. 
His wid. d. there Apl. 2, 1872. Both sustained a good moral and 
social standing, so far as we have any report. 

[145.] Sarah Ballou', William', Maturin', John', Maturin' ; b. 
perhaps in Tunbridge, Vt., Sept. 28, 1795 ; m. Mf^srb' Jjud^ b. 1777 ; 
cer. Apl. 25, 1827, prob. in Tunbridge. Issue. — 

50(^1. Cordelia Lunfc, b. Oct. 15, 1829; d. Nov. 2, 1829. 


507—2. Cj-ruft Lunt, b. Nov. 12, 1830; d. u. m. Camp Griffin, Va., Nov. 

25, 1861, soldier. 
568-3. William B. Lunt, b. Nov. 21, '33; twice m.; d. Bethel, Vt., Sept. 

9, 1866. No Lsmie. 

Moses Lunt, farmer, d. in Tunbrid^^e, Jan. 17, 1854. Death-date 
of his wid., Mi-s. Sarah (Ballon) Lunt, not ascertained. This 
family no further traced. 

[146.] Maturin Ballou', William', Maturin", John', Maturin' ; 
b. in then Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 23, 1796 ; was vii-tually adopted 
at the a^e of 8 yrs. by his uncle Maturin*; m. S(trali PhUrtpa 
Uinrkhis of said Smithfield, dr. of Nathaniel and Rebecca Haw- 
kins, b. 1798 ; cer. Oct. 16, 1820. Issue, all b. in Smithfield.— 

569—1. Amanda, b. Dec. 6, 1826; m. Georf?e W. Hines, Smithfield, II. I., 

May 6, 1856. 
570—2. Matiirin S., b. Aup. 16, '30; awaitin^? reix)rt. 
571—3. Sarah A., b. Sept. 7, '83; m. Ira E. Smith, Smithfield, R. I., Oct. 

22, ia51. 
572—4. Jonathan, b. May 24, '35; m. Sarah Eliza Freeman. 
57a— 5. Nelson J., b. July 15, »37; m. Mary Jane Watson Mar. 11, 1868. 

Maturin Ballou* inherited the ancient homestead of his uncle 
Maturin*, was a substantial farmer, a worthy man, and a res])ected 
citizen. His wife and family had a like reputable standing- in 
society. He d. May 28, 1860. Mrs. Sarah sumved nearly 17 
yrs., and d. Au^. 3, 1877, a. 79 yrs. and 27 ds. 

[148.] Sanford Ballou*, WiDiam', Maturin*, John', Maturin' ; 
presumed to have been b. in Tunbrid^e, Vt., May 2, 1803 ; m. 
Aiuey l>\ekeiiuan^ dr. of Elijah Dickerman, b. in Tunbrid^e, May 
6, isil ; cer. Mar. 25, 1834. Issue.— 

574—1. Elijah Walter, b. June 2, 1836; m. Sarah Ann Dickerman Oct. 7, 


575—2. WiUiam Sanford, b. Augr. 30, '37; m. Cliarlotte F. Rolfe July 4, 1875. 

576—3. PersLs, b. Mar. 9, '39; d. Feb. 15, 1841. 

577-4, Persis E., b. Dec. 28, 40; m. Abijah W. Os<?ood Sept. 15, 1861. 

578—5. John Dexter, b. Oct. 4, '42; m. Mary F. White Jan. 14, 1871. 

579—6. Sally, b. May 2, '47; d. at home Apl. 18, 1867. 

580—7. Infant, b. Feb. 24, '50; d. Feb. 27 ensuing. 

581—8. Mar>' M., b. Feb. 7, '52; m. Georj?e H. White Sept. 27, 1870. 

582 — 9. Hosea, b. Sept. 5, '54; remained u. m. 1884. 

Sanford Ballon'' was a respectable farmer of his native town. 
No perBonal characteristics furnished of him or his wife. Mr. 
Peck credits him, in his memoranda, for much assistance in ascer- 


tainiii^ the family record of his parents and their chn. He d. 
Dec. 22, 1872. Mrs. Amey, his widow, d. May 8, 1884. 

[149.] Almanda Ballou*, William', Maturing John', Matnrin' ; 
b. in Tnnbrid^e, Vt., May 16, 1806 ; m. Samtiel liUldale Sept. 12, 
1853. She became, by this mg-e., step mother to a numerous 
family, but never had any chn. of her own. Mr. Riddale was b. 
Nov. 19, 1806, and d. in Tunbrid^re, Vt., July 10, 1862. Mrs. 
Almanda, his widow, d. there July 15, 1868. 

[Nos. 150 TO 152] no further traced. 

[153.] Mary Ballou", Eev. Maturing Peter", John', Maturin' ; 
b. in now Lincoln, then Smithfield, R. I., Oct. 30, 1745 ; m. IhwUl 
IiuUovk\ b. in Rehol)oth; Mass., at a date not found ; cer. in Rich- 
mond, N. H., Oct. 20, prob. 1770, by Rev. Maturin Ballou, the 
bride's father. Issue, b. jirob. in Wai^sidck, Mass. — 

583—1. Thomafl Bullock b. 1772; d. ii. m. ; prob. killed in battle of Sackett's 

Harbor. , 

584 — 2. Welcome Bullock, b. '74; m. a lady in Cuyaho<?a Co., O. 
585—3. Cromwell Bullock, b. '70; m. Sarah Morton of Er^^nf?'R Grant, 


The above mge.-date and three birth-dates are ai)proximat<*. 
guess work. The record of marriag'e in Richmond stands, " Oct. 
20th, 17 — ." As to the chn., tradition says there were at least two 
drs. but gives no names or dates. We find by Richmond records 
that David Bullock of Rehoboth, Mass., purchased of Nathan 
Mason of Providence, R. I., Lot No. 8 in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 
25, 1768. Also, that he sold the same lot to John Barney, Mai*. 
22, 1771. It may therefore be reasonabl}?^ conjectured, that Bul- 
lock formed his matrimonial acquaintance with Mary Ballou" after 
Sept. 25, 1769, and had been some months married when he sold 
out to Barney. It is understood that the married pair soon set- 
tled in Warwick, Mass.; where we sujipose aD their chn. were 
born. There they prob. lived and d. wdthin the next ten years. 
Mrs. Mary" d. Jan. 22, 1778. Her husband's death-date has not 
come to our knowded^e. 

I154.J Benjamin Ballou', Rev. Maturin', Peter*, John", Ma- 
turin'; b. in now Lincoln, then Smithfield, R. I., Nov. 8, 1747; m. 
LydUi Ilorton^ b. AjJ. 24, 1752; date of cer. not ^iven. Issue. — 

58«— 1. Awihel, b. Jan. 18, 1771; m. Martha Starr, Guilford. Vt. 
587—3. Mary, b. Ai)l. 18, 73; m. Caleb Cariienter, Monroe, MaRft. 


588—3. Martin, b. Apl. 18, 1777; in. 1st Anna Briant, 2(1 Pnulence Plieli>8. 

589—4. Lydia, b. Sept. 24, *79; m. Jacob Briant, Monroo, MaHs. 

5JK>— 5. Amey, b. Mar. 18, '82; m. Elisha Briant. 

591—6. Benjamin, b. Dec. 27, '84; d. Dec. 9, 1795. 

592—7. Barbara, b. Nov. 27, '8«; m. Daniel Gore Jan. 8, 1805. 

593—8. Sarah, b. Mar. 5. '89; m. John Parsons. 

594—9. Benjamin, b. Oct. 9, *92; d. Aug. 19, 1795. 

Benjamin Ballon* is reputed to have been a man of n.'ttnrally 
stron^" mind, of fair intellectual acquirements, considering* the 
meagre educational privileges of his time, an industrious farmer, 
and an eminently worthy man in all the relations of life. He was 
a devout Bai)tist in early manhood, and occasionally preached, 
though unordained. He was subsequently converted to Univer- 
salLsm, through the influence of his youngest bro.. Rev. Hosea, 
and sometimes held forth as a preacher of that doctrine. But his 
main calling was that of a i)lain farmer. When his father, Rev. 
Maturing removed from Scituate, R. I., in 1767, to Richmond, N. 
H., Benjamin remained behind, and continued in Scituate for 
some years. At length he removed with his family, and settled 
in Guilford, Vt., where most of his chn., were probably bom. 
Thence, in 1802, he and his son Martin removed to what became 
Monroe, Mass. In 1774, while residing in Scituate, R. I., Benja- 
min'' did liimself the honor of collecting and tabulating in manu- 
script a genealogy of the Ballous from Maturin* down to that date. 
That production must have cost him much time and pains. Al- 
though unavoidably imperfect in a few respects, it is a very intel- 
ligible, interesting and valuable document. And our only regi-et 
Ls that among the Ballous, he had, in this department, no rival or 
imitator for more than two centuries. He d. in Monroe, Mass., 
Feb. 16, 1834, a. 86 yrs. 3 mos. and 8 ds. Mrs. Lydia, his wid., d. 
there Feb. 19, 1845, a. 92 yrs. 9 mos. and 25 ds. A long lived and 
venerable pair! 

[155.] Amey BALLOU^ Rev. Maturing Peter', John^ Maturin'; 
b. in now Lincoln, then Smithfield, R. I., June 6, 1750. She d. 
Oct. 12, 1756. 

[156.] Lydia Ballou', Rev. Maturing Peter", John", Maturin' ; 
b. in now Lincoln then Smithfield, R. I., Oct. 21, 1752; m. Sdnmef 
Mot<ei( of RoyaJston, Mass., b. during the year 1749, i)tge. not 
given ; cer. Richmtmd, N. H., Jan. 30, 1773, by Rev. Maturin 
Ballou. Issue. — 

595 — 1. Sarah MoHes, b. i)t»rhai)fl 1774; d. young. 


5JM>— 2. Royal MoseH, b. perhaps 1776; m. and hml a family in Owe«:^o, N. Y. 

.51)7—3. Samuel MoseB, b. May 7, *78; m. Eunice Sheldon 1807. 

598—4. Anna Mohch, b. Sept. '88; m. 1st Mr. Chamberlain, 2d N. Proctor, 

not)— r». Lydia Moses, b. May '86; m. Ist Z. Kiuj^sley, 2<1 Jona. Eddy. 

600—6. Ambrose Moses, b. not jriven; went to Ohio, m. and ha<l a family. 

601—7. Le\T Moses, b. ** always an invalid, and d. u. m. 

602" 8. Maiy Moses, b. ** m. John Hall, lived and d. in Vt. 

It is amoii^ our otlior ofenoalogical misfoi'tuiios to bo imix^rfrctly 
posted concernin*^ this fainily. The i)areiits and ohii. presented 
in this brief record are understood to have sustained a veiy worthy 
charact(u* in tlieir various relations, though nothin*? remarkable is 
reporied of their biographical experiences. Mi*s. Lydia d. in 
Warwick, Mass., Jan. 25, 1834, a. 81 yrs. Her husband d. there 
May 9, 1834, a. 85 yrs. 

[157.] Rev. Matuhin Ballou, Jii'., Rev. Maturin*, Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Pawtucket, R. I., July 8, 1755; never in. He was 
a pious Bai)tist, and devoted himself to the ministry of that de- 
nomination. Prob. he did not attain to ordin«ation, but preaclied 
more or less in various localities of N. H. and Vt. He is believed 
to have died in Putney, Vt., Nov. 28, 1790, a. 35 yrs. 4 mos. and 20 
ds. He left a precious memory. His youngest bro., Rev. Hosea 
Ballou, wrote of him thus: "He orrew very liberal in his senti- 
ments toward the last of his labors, and was one of the most lovin«f 
and devout Christians that I ever knew." 

[158.] Rev. David Ballou*, Rev. Maturin*, Peter', John', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Pawtucket, R. I., Sept. 15, 1758; m. 1st JAvv;/ Ilarnn, 
dr. of Anthony and Ruth (Broadway) Hanis, b. in Richmond, 
N. H., Oct. 11, 1762; cer. Jan. 7, 1781. Issue all b. in said Rich- 
mond. — 

003—1. Tamar, h. Apl. 30, 1784; m. Jonathan Frost; hM. N. Y. 

(K)4— 2. Levi, h. Auf?. 21), '85; m. Sally Trevitt, Monroe, Mass. 

(H)5— 8. Silas, h. Jan. 27, '89; m. Polly Shnmway; st^tt. Virj^il, N. Y. 

Mrs. Mercy d. in Richmond Apl. 28, 1789. Rev. Darid' m. 2d 
roily CuMng of Putney, Vt., b. Au^. 23, 1770; cer. Feb. 6, 1791. 
Issue, b. in said Richmond. — 

60«~4. Leavitt, h. Sept. 20, 1792; m. Abigail Blanchard; sett. No. Atlams, 

($07— 5. David, Jr., b. Sept. 28, '96; m. Hannah Holbrook; sett. Monroe, 


Mi's. Polly d. in what became Monroe, Mass., May 11, 1797. He 
m. 8d Chloe Tyler, of Richmond, N. H., dr. of Moses Tyler, Esq., 


b. July 1, 1778; cer. ApL 2, 1798. Issue, b. in Eich'mond, N. H., 
and Monroe, Mass. — 

608— 6. Cliloe, b. Jnly 28, 1799; d. a. about 2 years. 

609— 7. Mercy Harris, b. Nov. 27, 1800; m. Charles Waleott, Monroe, 


610— 8. Mo8t\s, Rev., b. Mar. 24, 1811; m. Almena Damaris Gidtlinj^s 1837. 

611— 9. John, b. Mar. 16, '13; m. Hannah Maria Hicks kc. 1835 Ac. 
612—10. Chloe Tyler, b. June 1, '15; m. Rev. Joseph Barber 1833, 

Eev. David Ballou"^ in early life was a devoted Baptist, a mem- 
ber of his father's church in Richmond, N. H. But havin«f had 
his attention called to Universalism, by the preaching of Rev. 
Caleb Rich and others, he carefully investigated the subject in the 
Uorht of Scripture, and became a believer. At the age of thirty-one 
years he avowed his new faith, and commenced preaching- it in 
Richmond and the surrounding region. At forty he removed to 
the rough, thinly settled locality in Franklin Co., Mass., afterward 
incorporated as the town of Monroe. There he passed the re- 
mainder of a long Ufe as a laborious farmer and Universalist 
preacher. He had numerous calls for his services from people 
inhabiting a broad extent of territory around him, and would 
gladly have devoted himself mainly to the ministry. But he was 
averse to receiving even the small pecuniaiy compensation ten- 
dered him, and having a large family to care for, made farming 
his chief dependence for 8upi)ort. " Neveiiheless," says Rev. 
Thos. "Whittemore in a sketch of his Ufe, "there was no long 
period, for thirty years or more, in which every Sabbath as it 
came, did not find him before a congregation, gathered in some 
school-house, bam or private dwelling, and now and then in some 
house dedicated to the pniise of God, exposing the doctrines and 
commandments of men, vindicating the character of God, and 
avowing the brotherhood and equal destiny of man." " Besides 
preaching much in Monroe, and nearly all the adjacent towns, 
there is scarcely a town in that part of Massachusetts, nor in the 
southern part of Vermont, which did not occasionally hear his 

" He was a man of rare intellectual powers ; sagacious, cool, quick 
to see the fallacy of an argument, able to state his i)ropositions 
clearly, and a close reasoner. But as a speaker he was not elo- 
quent. He was pure and eloquent in thought, but not in word. 
It is said his manner was too closely intellectual to be popular 
with the multitude. He made as many converts, perhai)s, consid- 
ering the number of pei-sons he addressed as any other man." 


"As he drew near the time of his transit to a better world, his 
mental powers being nearly dormant, a brother preacher attempted 
to rouse him to conversation. Nothing seemed to make an im- 
pression on his mind, until the name of his son (Rev. Moses Bal- 
lon, an eminent Univers^dist minister) was mentioned. His coun- 
tenance then lit uji with a smile, and he asked, ' Do you expect 
to see him before long?' On being told that he did, the d^dng 
father said, "Tell him to continue to preach the tnith.' 'This 
world,' said he, *is not sufficient for us. The mind finds no satis- 
fying food here. The s(ml looks onward jind upward for a home, 
and a good which it seeks in vain in the present life. This world 
is indeed a good one, viewed as the birth-i)lace and temporary 
abode of man ; but having enjoyed the good which God has given 
the sons of men on earth, I am waiting, almost with impatience, 
for the time to come when I shall exchange this old worn-out 
frame for the house of God, which I tnist I have, eternal in the 
heavens." "In his moral character he was, I had almost said, 
blameless." Whittemore's Life of Rev. Hosea Ballon, including 
other Biographical sketches, pp. 28-31. 

All accounts concur in giving Rev. David Ballou a most excel- 
lent Christian character in aU the relationships and offices of life. 
And so far as we can learu his three wives were worthy of his 
companionship. He d. in Monroe, Mass., Dec. 20, 1840, in his 
83d year. Mrs. Chloe, his widow, d. in 184(5. 

[159.] Nathan Ballou', Rev. Maturing Peter', John", Maturin' ; 
b. in Scituate, R. I., Sept. 9, 1760 ; m. Man/ llolhmok of Rich- 
mond, N. H., dr. of Peter Holbrook, b. Mar. 18, 17G8; cer. 
Nov. 19, 1786. Issue, 8 b. in said Richmond and 5 in Monroe, 
Mass. — 

013— I. Maturiii, b. Mar. 19, 1788; m. Ist Polly KiiiKsley, 24 Mar^'aret 


<514— 2. Lydia, b. Jan. 29, '90; tl. u. m., age not indicated. 

1)15— 3. Polly, b. Apl. 11, '92; m. Isaac Stiifford, Monroe, Mass. 

OK)— 4. Uraua, b. Mar. 11, '95; d. u. m., a«?e not indicated. 

017— 5. Olive, b. Mar. 20, '97; m. Jeduthan Roberts, Monroe, Mass. 

018— 0. Anna, b. Apl. 11, '99; m. Martin Briant, Monroe, Mass. 

019— 7. Hosea, b. Aiifc. 18, 1800; m. Lydia Hines, Monroe, Mjiss. 

020— 8. Fanny, June 5, '02; m. Charles Dnnbar, Monroe, Mass. 

021 — 9. Lavinia, 1). Apl. 0, '04; m. Mason M. Burt, Monroe, Mass. 
022-10. Relief, b. Feb. 4, '00; m. Allen Han-is, Stamford, Vt. 
()23— 11. Nathan, b. Apl. 14, '08; m. Aurilla Bishop, Readsboro', Vt. 
024—12. Nancy, b. June 4, '11; m. Elsom Bishop, Readsboro', Vt. 
025—13. Elvira, b. July 1, '14; d. u. m. Nov. 9, 1833. 


Nathan Ballou^ wan an industrious and succesHful farmer, and a 
large heai'ted, upright, exemphuy Christian man, deservedly re- 
spected and beloved by all who knew him. His wife was no less 
worthy, and trod the pilgrimag-e of life with him in sympathetic 
tideUty. In the maternity and ti*aining of their thirteen chn. she 
must have earned a rich tribute of grateful veneration. The hus- 
band was at first a Baptist, but ultimately became a Universalist. 
For several years after marriage, he and his wife had charge of 
his Bev. father's homestead in Richmond, ministered tenderly to 
his wants in old age, and filially buried his remains by the side 
of his wives in the buriid place of that vicinage. It is said that 
they rendered the old fjirm quite productive, and won for the 
romantic vale in which it was situated the name, " Ballou's Dale." 
It is prob. that, by some arrangement with his father, Nathan" 
owned that estate. Some time after his father's decease, in 1804, 
he sold out in Richmond, and settled in what became Monroe, 
Mass., where two or three of his bros. had planted themselves. 
There Mrs. Mary d. Ai)l. 8, 1828, and he followcnl her Aug. 4, 
1838, a. about 78 yrs. 

.[160.] Sakah Ballou', Rev. Maturing Peter", John", Maturin'; 
b. in Scituate, R. I., May 4, 1763 ; m. JIi/bt\s Wheaton, prob. a de- 
scendant of the Rehoboth, Mass., Wheatons ; cer. in Richmond, 
N. H., Oct. 14, 1781, by the bride's Rev. father, Maturin Ballou. 
Issue — all on record in Richmond, N. H. — ^ 

Jol» Wlieaton, b. Mar. 28, 1788; m. - — - Jenks of Pawtuckct, R. I. 

Charles Wieaton, h. Feb. 18, '85; m. 1st Priscilla Jillsou, 2(1 Cou- 
teut Heiidrick. 

Maturin Wlieaton, b. Xov. 7, '87; d. u. m., death -date not ^riven. 

Sarah Wlieaton, b. July 27, '88; d. u. m., 

Moses B. Wlieaton, b. Sept. 9, '90; m. Mary Aldrich Nov. 2(>, 1812. 

Silas Wlieaton, b. June 15, '92; d. u. m., death -date not ^veii. 

Asa Wlieaton, b. July 8, '94; d. u. in. Cumberland, R. I., June 
23, 1828. 

Ira Wlieaton, b. Oct. 1, '96; m. Bar1)ara Ballou, his cousin. 

Lytlia Pratt Wheaton, b. May 11, '99; m. Lemuel Capron, Cum- 
berland, R. I., 1888. 

Betsej^ Dixon Wheaton, b. Mar. 17, 1801; m. Jonathan Slater. 

Lemii-a Faxon Wheaton, b. July 20, '08; m. Nathaniel Denney. 

Jesse Wheaton, b. Nov. 18, '0(J. 

James Wlieaton, b. Jan. 18, '08. 

Unfoi-tuuiitely we have been unable to obtain but a mea<irre bio- 
graphical sketch of Moses and Sandi Ballou Wheaton. So far 





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as we ever knew or heard, they were worthy i>eople of the eom- 
moD, working, plain living class. He d. in Richmond, N. H., Jan. 
3, 1815. We knew her in elderly widowhood as a sensible, capa- 
ble, kind hearted, exemplary woman ; making it her home with 
her dutiful son, Charles Wheaton, in Cumberland, R. I., but de- 
voting much of her time in the sick chamber to nursing. She 
was always calm and self-possessed, in the worst cases even of 
maUgnant disease where others feared to risk themselves, and 
was therefore in gi-eat demand. She wius accounted eminently 
pure and upright in moral character. She died with her son 
Charles, and her remains rex)ose in the humble graveyard adja- 
cent to his once dwelling house near those of her sons, Rev. Asa, 
Jesse and Charles. Her memorial stone says she d. Oct. 15, 1824, 

a. ()1 yrs. 

[161.] Phebe Ballou', Rev. Maturing Peter", John', Maturin' ; 

b. in Scituate, R. I., May 24, 1765; d. in early womanhood, deeply 
deplored. Her earthly life went out under a cloud of very sad 

[162.] Stephen Ballou', Rev. Maturing Peter', John', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 6, 1768 ; m. liuth Stdtcr of 
Guilford, Vt., b. in 1773; cer. i)rob. about 1793. Issue, b. in 
Wardsborough, Vt., and other places. — 

639—1. Rebecca, b. Oct. 3, 1794; m. Ist Daniel Hix, 2il Oliver Stxiue. 

640—2. Ruth, b. Dec. 24, '95; d. yoiuif?, Apl. 1804. 

641—3. Sally, b. Dec. 7, *97; d. " , 1811. 

642 — 4. Barbara, b. Apl. 16, *99; m. her cousin Ira Wheaton. 

643—5. Polly, b. Jan. 19, 1801; d. an infant Apl. 1804. 

(U4— 6. Stephen, b. Aug. 18, '02; m. Harriet Griffin Wijifhtman. 

645—7. Tryphosa, b. Apl. 28, '04; m. Ist Joel Chittenden, 2<l Oliver Stone. 

646—8. Lucinda, b. Feb. 25, '15; m. James Ingersoll; sett. Owego, N. Y. 

Besides these, there were 5 infants b., and buried without 
names — in all 13. m 

Stephen Ballou* is reputed to have been eminently conscien- 
tious and upright, remarkable for wit and good humor — fi'ugally 
industrious as a wheelwright and farmer — never rich, but by the 
economy of himself and worthy companion, secuiing a plain com- 
petency of life's necessaries, and learing a venerated name to his 
posterity. He and his \rife passed through many vicissitudes of 
anxious enterprise, toil and affliction, but doubtless interlarded 
with a reasonable share of doi5iestic enjoyment. They dwelt 
some years in Wardsborough, Vt., afterward in Eowe, Mass., 

/:' y /fyrv cJr,^^^^ , 


and finally in Preston, Chenango Co., N. Y. There, on his eom- 
fortalJe homestead, he d. May 17, 1833, in hope of a hapi)y im- 
nioi-tality, a. 64 yi-s. 8 mos. and 11 ds. Mrs. Ruth survived him 
18 yi-s., m. a Mr. Camp of Campville, was a^ain left a widow for 
a dozen yrs., and ultimately d. among" her ste]) chn., in Oweofo, 
N. Y., June 27, 1851, a. about 78 yrs. She bore her long^ illness 
of 5 yrs. with remarkable patience and sweetness of soul. 

[163.] Rev. Hosea Ballou*, Rev. Maturin', Peter', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Apl. 30, 1771 ; m. liut/i Wanhhurn, 
yonncfest dr. of Stephen and Sarah Washburn, b. in Williams- 
burg-, Mass., Sept. 11, 1778 ; cer. Sept. 15, 1796. Issue.— 

(547—1. Fanny, b. Oct. 18, 1797; m. Leonard Holmes Oct. 7, 1827. 

64H— 2. Hosea Faxon, Rev., li. Apl. 4, '99; m. Mary BaUou Jan. 1, 1817. 

G49— 3. Masseua Berthier, Rev., b. Nov. 28, 1800; m. Mary Sheffield Ja- 
cobs Dec. 21, 1825. 

650—4. Cassandana, b. Jan. 9, '08; m. Joseph Winpr Apl. 25, 1822. 

651— »5. Mandana, b. Sei»t. 17, '04; m. Rev. Benjamin Whittemore June 4, 

652—6. Elmina Ruth, b. Apl. 8, '10; m. Rev. Josiah C. Waldo Oct. 26, 18:^1. 

653—7. Clementina, b. July 10, '12; m. Isaac H. Wri{?ht June 4, 1887. 

6.'>4-8. Fiducia, b. May 1, '14; m. Abjah W. Farrar Ai)l. 22, 1888. 

65.5—9. Maturin Murray, b. Apl. 14, '20; m. Mary A. A. Roberts Sept. 15, 

Besides the foreg-oing", the parents had 3 sons and 1 dr. who d. 
in infancy unnamed — in all 13 chn. The birthplaces of the 9 that 
lived to maturity will be gfiven in their respective family records, 
hereafter to be inserted. 

Rev. Hosea BaDou' may be justly reg-arded as the most dis- 
tino^iished Ballou in America, especially in the theolo^cal and 
clerical department of human concerns. Two interesting Biog- 
rapliies have been written and published to commemorate his 
celebrity. From these volumes such extracts will be presented 
a« are comx)atible with the limits of this work, and adapted to 
^ve a proper insight of his prominent characteristics. The oldest 
of these Biogi*aphies was by Eev. Thomas Whittemore, ])ublished 
by him in 1854, and entitled, " Life of Eev. Hosea Ballou ; with 
Accounts of his Writings, <tc. ; by Thomas Whittemore." " Bos- 
ton, James M. Usher." The other was by Maturin M. Ballou, 
youngest son of Rev. Hosea', published by Abel Tompkins, Bos- 
ton, in 1859, and entitled — "Biograi)hy of Rev. Hosea Ballou; 
hy his youngest son," <fec. Most of the following quotations are 
from this latter volume. Those who wish to acquaint themselves 


tliorou^lily with the life-hiatory of the venerable departed, ^^'ill, 
of course, consult the two Biographies referred to. 

His childhood and early youth. "Concerning this matter, 
Mr. Ballon says, in the brief memoir or outline of his life with 
which he has furnished us, * My mother died when I was about 
two years old, and, of course, I do not remember her ; but fi*om 
all I can learn of my mother, I am satisfied that she was of a 
most tender and kind disposition. But the treasure was gone 
before I could realize its value.' The care and guidance of the 
family then fell upon the father, whose means for i)roviding for 
his children's necessities were of the most simple and limit^^d 
cliaracter." p. 22. " It was his conscientious belief that he ought 
not to receive any remuneration whatever, either pecuniaiy or 
otherwise, for his professional services; and, as he devottnl him- 
self with the utmost zeal and the most untiring assiduity to his 
calling, and was possessed of little or no pei^sonal instate, his 
family were all obliged to labor very hard to obtain a simple sub- 
sistence. But *even in this was Heaven ordinant.' Thus from 
his earUest childhood, Mr. Ballou was accustomed to toil and 
labor, and this, too, under the hardships of a scanty supply of 
food and clothing. So destitute even of tlie most ordinary ai-tich^s 
of raiment, or the means of procuring it, was his father s family, 
in the times of his boyhood, that many a long week has he passed 
without an undergarment of any kind upon his pei*son, and with- 
out shoes or stockings for his feet, even during the inclemencies 
of wint(^r, when his employment would frequently call him abroad 
for a large portion of the day ! " pp. 24, 25. " Notwithstanding 
this stern exi)erience of his tender years, and in spite of every 
hardship, and the severe labor he was obliged to perform und(n' 
such unpropitious circumstances, still he gi*ew u]) strong, healthy 
and vigorous, both in body and mind, possessing a form and face 
of manly l)eauty, with exi)ression and intelligence refi(H*.ted in 
every feature. In stature he gi*ew up to be six feet high, his 
figure very erect, yni\\ finely -formed limbs, and a bright, clear 
blue eye." p. 27. 

His early religious education. Mr. Ballou himself says. — 
"We wen^ all taught, and in our youth all btJiev(Ml, that we were 
boni into the world wholl}*^ depraved, and under the curse of 
a law which doomed every son and daughter of Adam to eternal 
woe. But at the same time God had made jn-ovision for a select 
niunber of the human family, whereby they would be saved by 
the (Operations of the divine spirit, which would result in what 


was called eoiivei*si()n, sometime during the life of those elected. 
Those who were not elected would remain without any (^/ffectual 
calling", die, and be forever miserable. When I was a youth it 
was the sentiment of all Christian people, as far as I knew, that 
not more than one in a thousand of the human family would be 
saved from endless condemnation. Youth were taught to be 
moral, but that moraUty was no security ag-ainst di\'ine A\Tath. 
The conversion of the soul from the state of nature in which all 
men were bom into the world was the only security." ]). 23. 

His iNi^ELLECTUAL EDUCATION. "He was literally a s(»lf-made 
man. Enjoyiiio: none of the educational advantages resulting from 
wealth, or even from a simple competency, yet he steadily rose 
above every impending obstacle in his path to the truly enviable 
j)ORition which he [ultimately] attained." " Before the age of six 
teen, by the utmost perseverance, ingenuity, and industry, he had 
learned to read and li^Tite w^ith faciUty, almost entirely by his own 
unaided exertions, or with little assistance of any kind ; for had 
tliere been a school in the neighborhood of Richmond, which was 
not the case, he could have found no time to attend it, being ever 
laboriouslj'^ engaged from morning till night. He learned to form 
the letters of the alphabet in the follo\^dng ingenious and original 
manner, which he related to us, when a mere child, we were 
making* the first advances in the use of the pen. After not a little 
thought and sober calculation as to how he should accomplish his 
purpose, — for pen, ink and paper were luxuries his father's means 
could not command, — for paper he substituted thin i)ieces of bircli 
l>ark, neatly prepared for the pur[)ose by his own hands, and for 
l)en and ink he used coals taken from the fire. With these rud(^ 
materials, after the labors of the day were over, seated on the floor, 
by the light of the fire, — for candles were too expensive to be 
aftbrded in the frugal household of his father, — he taught himself 
to write. A student, actuated by such resolution and determina- 
tion of purpose, must soon become a proficient, in defiance of 
every minor obstacle ; and thus he speedily improved with these 
humble means. Some further idea of the limited means of his 
father's family, and the extraordinary disadvantages under which 
his early pro<^ess was made, may be gathered fiom the fact, that 
the only books the house contained, or in fact that the family 
had access to at all, were a Bible, an old dictionaiy, and a well- 
thumbed pamphlet of the scriptural story of the tower of Babel." 
pp. 28, 29, 30. 

He was not yet twenty-one years of age when he entered on his 


scliolastic education, properly so called. " He attended for a 
period a school kept in the Quaker meeting-house in his native 
towTi. Mr. Ballou says of this fii-st attendance at school. — "It 
was a private school, the first one ever opened in the town, and 
was supported by a few youn^ people with whom I united ; and 
here I obtained the first instruction in English .sframmar. I now 
set myself to work in earnest to obtain loaming. I studied night 
and day, slept Httle and ate little." At the close of this school, 
being actuated by an earnest desire to obtain knowledge, and 
reaUzing more than ever the immense advantage it bestowed, he 
determined, for a period, to devote his entire earnings to this 
end; and in pursuance of this puri)ose, he immediately entered 
the Chesterfield (N. H.) Academy, where, by industry and inces- 
sant application, allowing himself but a brief period of tune out of 
the twenty-four houi's each day for sleep, in a very short space of 
time he acquired a good knowledge of the ordinaiy branches of 
an English education of those days. The tuition received by Mr. 
Ballou at this Academy was the first worthy of mention that he 
had ever enjoyed. * * Foiiuately, the instructors employed, 
were men of sound ability, and consequently from his studies here 
he reaUzed most impoiiant and lasting benefit." " It was his good 
fortune to make the acquaintance of the teachers on good terms. 
They seemed prepossessed in his favor, and were exceedingly kind, 
and even assiduous, in rendering him every needed assistance in 
his studies." " On leaving the academy, he obtained a certificate 
testifying to his sound moral character and abiUty ; which docu- 
ment proved of considerable benefit to him afterward in obtain- 
ing various situations as a teacher. Schools for the young were 
then kept but a short period at a time in New England, and thus 
the teacher had often occasion to change the field of his opera- 
tions." pp. 48, 49, 50. 

His athletic training. " It was customary for the young men 
of all classes in those days to pursue athletic exercises, such as 
pitching the bar, leaping, wresthng, and the Uke, these being- 
regarded as the surest tests of bodily strength. Possessing a 
powerful and active frame, he was ever the victor in those sports ; 
and from his marked success among his comrades in this respect, 
and his fair and impartial disp()siti(m, he was universally the um- 
pire in all disputes growing out of these and like contests for 
su])eriority that arose ])etween one and another. In the matter of 
his physical strength, i)articularly when young, he ever cher- 
ished a laudable degi-ee of pride, and delighted in accomplishing' 


a larg-e amount of work within the hoars devoted to labor." p. 34. 

His religious expeiuences and church membership. "At the 
ag"e of nineteen, there being* what was termed a reformation in 
the town of Richmond, Mr. Ballon was induced, believing it to be 
his duty, to become a professor of religion, and accordingly at 
that time he joined the Baptist church, of which his father was 
pa^or, in the month of January, 1789." *'This joining of the 
church was plainly of immediate advantage to him, as it led him 
to think still more seriously and earnestly upon the subject of 
reUgion." He says, — " I was much troubled in my mind because 
I thought I had not stood in such fear of the divine wrath as I 
ought to do, or as others had before they found acceptance with 
God. I well remember, that as I was returning home from a con- 
ference meeting, one evening, when about a quarter of a mile from 
home, being alone, I stopped under a large tree, and, falling on 
my knees, prayed as well as I could for the favor I sought." "His 
connection with liis father's church, though it continued but a 
short period comparatively, seems to have made no sUght impres- 
sion upon his mind and feeUngs; for he says: — *I have always 
felt towards tliis people (the Baptist denomination) as one feels 
towards his family, and though the reUgion of Christ consists in 
love to aD men, I have a pecuUar feeUug for the Baptists.* pp. 
38, 39. • 

How HE BECAME A Universalist. " In liis researches and read- 
ing* the creed that he had now i)ublicly professed, he found it 
imi)ossible to bring his heart to conform to the doctrine of eternal 
rejirobation ; and this in itself, as he afterward remarked, was an 
evidence of no inconsiderable imi)ortance, to his mind, that it 
could not be true ; for why should his heavenly Father have im- 
planted in his heart an earnest desire for the salvation of all man- 
kind, unless that desire was suscei)tible of gratification, as is every 
appetite, natural or physical, with which we are endowed by na- 
ture ? Such thoughts caused him much and incessant anxiety of 
mind, because the very fact of his entertaining them, if the doc- 
trine he professed was true, endangered his eternal salvation; 
while, on the other hand, if this creed was not that taught by 
God's revealed word, then he was needlessly suffering, to' a degree 
that greatly depressed him. 

No wonder that this double incentive lead him to search the 
Scriptures with the utmost care and attention, and to weigh and 
decide in his own mind the relation that one poi-tion bears to the 
other, and finally with the help of Heaven, to make up his mind 


as to the true Hpirit and doctrine of the whole. The reader can 
easily imagine the fei-vent prayers he uttered, the sleepless nights 
he passed, and the arduous study he performed, in his search for 
the U<^ht of truth. After all this anxious sohcitude, this solitary 
mental struggle, this prayerful communication \di\i Heaven, he 
at length declared himself a beUever in the fnal salvation of 
the whole hunmn family." pp. 39, 40. 

His FATHEii's cHriiCH EXCOMMUNICATES HIM. "Great was the 
surprise, disappointment, and chagrin of his father and fiiends 
generally. Being looked up to by the young men of his own age 
as a sort of leader in their secular plans and games, the influence 
of his example was greatly feared as operating upon the young-er 
portion of the church ; and as his joining it had been the occasion 
of much rejoicing at tlie time, so his declaration of unbelief in its 
faith was the cause of a proportionate degi'ee of sorrow. His new 
declaration was at once pronounced to be downright heresy, and 
he was accordingly excommunicated." " In relation to this sub- 
ject Mr. Ballon says : — * As I had formerly been in the habit, while 
with the Baptists, of speaking- in their meetings, and of offering 
up prayer at conference meetings, I now sometimes spoke my 
sentiments at meetings in my brother's house. The church of 
which I was stUl a member, thought it a duty to cidl me to 
answer for the course I had taken, and I was cllUed upon to meet 
the accusation of believing in the salvation of all men. I attended 
but did not feel it my duty to deny the charge, or to renounce my 
belief. I was therefore excommunicated from the church, my 
letter oi excommunication carefully stating that no fault was found 
in me, my belief in the salvation of all men excepted. I shall ever 
remember the teai-s which I shed on this solemn occasion." 

He commences to pkeach. "While Mr. Ballon was yet but 
twenty years of age, he made one or two unsuccessful attempts to 
l)reach a regular discoui-se. That is, he delivered sermons once 
or twice, at the period referred to, before small assemblies of his 
personal friends and relations. But so far from satisfying him- 
self ill relation to his ability for pubUc speaking, he was quite dis- 
heartened by the result that attended these his tirat eflbiis. Yet, 
by the constant solicitations of those who were curious to hear 
him discourses upon the topic of his pecuhar views, he continued 
to si)eak, des])ite of the advice of his immediate friends and rela- 
tions, until he not only soon satisfied himself as to his abilities, 
but also received the cordial api)roval of a large number of those 
who would, at the outset, have discouraged him entirely." p. 52, 


"Mr. Ballou says. — *Mr. Logan the preceptor, gave me a cer- 
tificate when I left the Chestei-field Academy, which was sufficient 
to enable me to get a school in BelHngham, Mass. Here I taught 
school during the other days of the week, and preached on the 
Sabbath. When I first engaged in preaching, it was not with the 
most distant expectation that I should support myself by the min- 
istry ; but I thought I could keei) school some, and labor some 
with my hands, and Uve with but little income. From Bellingham 
I went to the town of Foster, R. I., [originally a part of Scituate], 
where my father formerly Uved, and there taught a large school, 
and had good compensation, and there also on the Sabbath I 
preached in the school-house where I taught. From this place I 
w^ent to Scituate, R. I., where I preached and taught school. My 
meetings grew very large, and I was called on to go to ditt'erent 
places, — to Smitlifield, Providence, Pawtucket, <fec. After I had 
spent about two years in keeping school and preaching, I foimd 
that I had used up all my earnings — had laid up nothing, except 
that I had more costly clothing than when I first began. And 
now, at the age of twenty-four, I was so much called on to preach, 
that I gave up keeping school and devoted my time to the minis- 
ry, receiving now and then some compensation for my services.' 
pp. 58, 59. 

Always preached extempouaneously. " It Avill be remembered 
that he did not sit down and compose a discoui-se which he after- 
ward read to his audience ; this is comparatively an easy task. ' He 
spoke extemporaneously then, as he ever did afterward. In sub- 
sequent years he was frequently called upon for manuscrii)t copies 
of his discourses for publication. But the sermons were not writ- 
ten until after they had been deUvered ; and it was not his i)ractice 
to put on paper even the heads of his discoui-se to take into the 
desk with him for reference in delivery. Trusting entirely to his 
powerfully retentive memory, the arrangement of his sermons was 
as methodical and correct as though in the seclusion of his study." 
" Mr. Ballou's arguments were an-anged with the utmost precision, 
his reasoning followed in the most logical way, and all the while 
he wivs talking to the people in the most unconcerned and familiar 
manner, as though each respective member of his congiegatitm 
was sitting by his own fireside and the preacher had happened in. 
This is the mode of preaching which is efiectual, and all the flowers 
of rhetoric may seek in vain to attain a like influence over the 
hearts and sympathies of an auditory." pp. 55, 57. 

The I'Rogkess and fatigues of his ministry. " His labors were 



by no means confined to Rhode Island, but he preached in the 
neighborhood of Richmond, and in various parts of Vermont and 
Massachusetts, improving every moment of leisure time in the 
most careful study of the Scriptures. He no longer i)reached on 
the Sabbath only, but also on nearly every consecutive evening of 
the week. It was easy to gather an audience, anxious and reatly 
to listen to the new and most happy doctrine that the preacher 
taught, and even at this early period of his ministerial career he 
began to address those spontaneous mass assembUes that in after 
years always gathered from all directions to listen to him where 
ever he appeared. Entirely forgetting himself, and with but one 
gieat object in view, that of preaching God's impai-tial giace, and 
of convincing all who would Usten to him of the glorious truths of 
UniversaUsm, he counted not the hours of mental labor which 
now increased upon him, but labored hard and wilUngly with his 
hands to clothe himself, receiving but a mere trifle for his profes- 
sional labora. Pay, at this period he never demanded, and very 
rarely exi)ected; he was fuUy contented with the inward recom- 
pense which he realized. 

* At this period of my Ufe,' says Mr. Ballou, * my health was very 
indifierent. I had most of the time a severe pain in the pit of my 
stomach, and my appetite was far from being good, and so debili- 
tated was I in strength that I have even been obliged to sit while 
I preached. It beame necessary for me to procure a vehicle to 
journey in, being too weak to ride on horseback. However, by 
care and good advice, I gradually recruited. My travelling for 
that period was extensive, from Cape Ann east to the Connecticut 
River west, to Richmond north, and New London and Hartford 
south. All my Sabbaths were employed and many lectures were 
attended during the week. I preached in meeting-houses when 
they could be obtained, sometimes in school-houses, sometimes in 
bams, and often in private houses.' 


" The first place in which Mr. Ballou engaged i)ermanently as a 
settled minister was in the town of Dana, Mass., in 1794-5. The 
society here, not feeling able to pay for an engagement which 
should occuj)y him the whole time, engaged him iov a portion, 
lea\dng him to supply the societies in Oxford and Charlton, Mass., 
also a poi-tion of the time." p. 64. " In the thii-tieth year of his 
age, he was induced to accept of the invitation of the towns of 
Woodstock, Hartlaud, Bethel and Barnard, Vt., making the latter 
place his home." p. 74. " After the expiration of a period of six 


years from the time of his first settlement in Barnard, Vt., and 
during- which season he enjoyed an uninterrupted flow of kindness 
and orood fellowshij) with the societies of his charge, he accepted 
the invitation of the society of Portsmouth, N. H., to become tlieir 
l)astor, and to devote his whole time to the gfood of the cause in 
that place." p. 89. "At the expiration of six years from the time 
of his settlement, and dmin^ which time his association with the 
peoi^le of his charge, and others in that place, had been not only of 
the most pleasant and agreeable character, but also highly profit- 
able as it regaixled their mutual spiritual advancement, up to the 
period of the war with Great Britain, he made his arrangements 
to leave Portsmouth, having received an invitation from the Uni- 
versalist Society in Salem, Mass., to settle in that town, and to 
devote his professional services to their especijU good." p. 94. 

" After a peaceful and happy residence in Salem of a little more 
than two yeai's, Mr. BaDou received a coniial inritation from the 
Second Univei'saUst Society of Boston to become their pastor. 
The invitation was accepted, and in the forty-fifth year of his age 
he removed to this city, and was installed Dec. 15, 1817, in the 
church which was built with the avowed puri)ose of obtaining his 
ministerial services ; and here he continued to preach to the peo- 
ple for over thirty-five years." p. 103. 

Thus and there this star of the Universahst skies rose with 
steady ascent to his zenith, mightily strengthening the religious 
denomination, and ultimately exercising over it almost prelatical 

The PEcuLiARn'iEs of his Universalism. " I began to speak in 
pubUc,' he says, * ])elieving and preaching universal salvation on 
the Calvinistic principles of atonement and imi)uted righteous- 
ness." " Let it be borne in mind at this period [while settled in 
Dana, Mass.,] he was preaching UniveraUsm on the principle of 
the final restoration of the whole human family, not having satis- 
tied himself yet that there would be no punishment in a future 
state of existence, or, indeed, ever thought upon the subject to 
any great extent." pp. 46, 65-6. Mr. Ballcm says relative to the 
doctrine of the Trinity : — * I had preached but a short time before 
my mind was entirely freed from all the peii)lexities of the doctrine 
of the Trinity, and the common notion of the atonement. But in 
making these advances, as I am disposed to call them, I had the 
assistiince of no author or writer." p. 86. " Mr. Ballon s religious 
l>elief, the faith which he promulgated i^ith such zeal and wonder- 
ful effect, can be simimed up in a few words. He held that God 


judges the hiiiuan family in the earth ; that every man must re- 
ceive aoeordin*^ to the sin he hath done, and that there is no 
respect of persons. That the ' rio^hteous shall be recompensed in 
the earth, much more the iidcked and the sinner.' That tlie future 
state of existence will be one of unaDoyed happiness for the whole 
human family. That God is a Ixiing who c;-ovei'ns the world with a 
parent s reo^ard, and not with the wrath of a tyrant ; that the world 
could be led to love him, but never driven to it through fear. 
That love, not wrath, should be preached to the people. That all 
])unishment is designed by the Divine Spirit for the reformation 
of the sinner, and consequently must take place where the sin is 
. committed. That the reward of good deeds is to encourage well 
doing, and must <»()me when and wht^re the worthy acts are done. 
H(B believed in no more dreadful hell than is produced by the 
consequences of sin aliout us, with the still, bitter gna\iings of 
conscience ; and in no sweeter or more desirable reward than an 
appro\ang conscience, and the natural consequences of doing good. 
He taught that man must be saved fi-om his tiini<, not from the 
ptfHii<hvient of them, — t/idt is impossible, — and that to be happy 
we must * do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.' 

He believed that, in order to prove that xjiiseiy will exist in the 
future or eternal state, it must first be made to appear that sin will 
exist in that state. But this he did not believe could be proved 
from any scriptural testimony ; on the contrary he was fully con- 
vinced that the Bible taught that " He that is dead is fi-eed fi'om 
sin." "And we have often heard him make the remark, in regard 
to limited future punishment, that if any one would produce but 
only one passage of scripture which i)roves, beyond a reasonable 
doubt, that sin or the sinner will exist, as such, in the eternal, im- 
mortal state, then I give up my do<»trine of no future punishment ; 
but until this is done, I shall hold to the doctrine that the Scrip- 
tures do not teach the j)rinciple even of a limit^ul futun^ jmnish- 
ment. Mr. Ballon would not allow analogy to take the ])lace of 
scrii)tural proof on so im])ortant a subject as the destiny of man 
in the immortal state." pj). 273-275. 

His domestic helations and ('HAHA(11«:iiisti(^s. "At the age of 
twenty-five, and while resident in the town of Dana, he became 
acquainted with the family of St(^phen Washbuni, in the to^^-n of 
Williamsburg, Mass., and, after an intimate acquaintance of about 
a y(*ar, lu^ manied their youngest daughtc^r, Kuth Washburn, who 
was some eight yeai-s younger than himself. His wife, like her 
husband, had been brought up to habits of industrj' and economy. 


She proved a kind, constant, and devoted helpmate through his 
entire life, sharing with him every joy and every bm-then, and, by 
the influence of a naturally strong and well-balanced mind, a 
cheerful and gentle disposition, exercising a most goodly influ- 
ence upon his Ufe and labora. She became the careful and pni- 
dent mother of a large family, nine of whom lived to rear families 
themselves during the life of their parents. Through their whole 
lives there was a remarkable oneness of feeUng, and a depth of 
affection evinced by each for the other, that years served only to 
increiise, and old age to cement the more closely." p. G7. " The 
following lines were wi'itten by Mr. BaUou, then at the age of 
seventy-four years, in an album which he had presented to his 
wife, and are introduced here to show the affectionate regard that 
existed between them at this advanced period of life. — 


* Tbou dearest of the dear to me, 

Of the beloved the liest, 
Could'st thou but read this heart and see 

The treasiires of my breast, 
Assurance surely would be thine 

That undiminished love, 
'By a^e orrown better, like to wine, 

Can never faithless prove. 
Not when the virgin rose of youth 

Blushed on thy snowy breast; 
Not when we pledged ourselves in truth, 

And were b^' Hymen blessed, 
Could strong: aflfection boast as now 

Of such resistless sway, 
When age sits wrinkled on my brow 

And mortal ix)wers decay.' pp. 108, 109. 

" All who knew Mr. Ballou intimately can bear witness tliat his 
home was a happy one. He was the master mind there; his 
word was law, his simplest wish strictly complied with. Hc^ was 
looked up to with a degree of respect and veneration by his chil- 
dren, that was an abiding evidence of his true character. In the 
government of his family he Ud, but never tlrove, his children, 
endeavoring, to the utmost of his ability, to bring them up in the 
nurture and admonition of the Lorcl, and, taking his divine Master 
for his example, he governed them by love and kindnt^ss alone. 
He was strongly characterized for his fondness of domestic enjoy- 
ment, and throughout his whole hfe, to the very end, evinced tlie 
most constant and tender solicitude for each and all of his chil- 


dren. Even after they had married and settled in life, with fam- 
ilies about them, this solicitude continued as ardent as ever ; nor 
was there one of those children who would undertake any matter 
of importance without first consulting his wishes in the premises, 
and seeking" his advice upon the subject, so hi^^hly were both 
respected and esteemed." pp. 173, 174. 

His closing laboiw and preparations for death. "From the 
commencement of 1862 until within a week of his death, we find 
him constantly active, with the weight of fourscore years and 
more ; yet he never for a moment faltered in his mission. Dur- 
mg the last year of his life he preached in seven different States, 
and about foi*ty different places. His pen was still as busy as 
ever. One Sunday found him in Maine, the next in New Hamp- 
shire, the third in Vermont; now he is in New York, New Jersey, 
or Rhode Island, i)reaching the word with unabated zeal and sur- 
prising effects in all directions." p. 362. Dr. Miner is quoted as 
saying : — * He had often exhoi-ted his companion to hold herself 
in readiness for his dei)ai'ture, forewarning her that every separa- 
tion from her might be the last. But a few days pre^aous to his 
death, he had renewedly impressed this upon her mind.' He 
seasonably set his temporal affairs in order for the event, and 
provided by a judicious Will for the pro])er disposal of his pe- 
cuniary accumulations. Among his testamentary papere he left 
the following valedictoiy : — " In view of that solemn event which 
must unavoidably take place, which will end my mortal days 
and close my labors on earth, I make this serious and imi>ortant 
declaration : I humbly and earnestly i)ray that the Father of the 
spirits of all flesh may, in that mercy which he has revealed in 
our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive all that in my whole life has been 
amiss in me. This prayer is offered in that ftuth for which I 
adore him who hath given it to me. I heartily regret that I have 
not been a better husband, a better father, and especially a better 
and more usefiU minister of the gospel of divine grace. For my 
faults in these particulars I ask the forgiveness of the kind and 
faithful wife of my bosom, of my dearly beloved and dutiful chil- 
dren, and of the discerner of my heart and thoughts, to whom 1 
offer devout and unfeigned gratitude, that, by his favor, I have 
been enabled to do as well as I have in the relati(m of a husband, 
and father, and minister of the gospel of Christ. * I sincerely re- 
turn thanks to all my brethren in the common faith for all their 
kindness to me. I sincerely thank the great fraternity of (Chris- 
tians, united with me in the precious faith in which we believe. 


and especially the elmrcli and society with whom, for more than 
thiiiy years, I have lived in love, and with whom I have labored 
in word and doctrine, for all their numerous favors. 

HosEA Ballou." p. 308-9. 

His pkincipal published works. "Notes on the Parables of 
the New Testament. One Vol. 12 mo., 297 pages. First pub- 
lished in 1804. A Treatise on the Atonement. One Vol. 12 mo., 
328 pages. Fii-st i)ubUshed in 1805. Series of Twenty-six Lec- 
ture Sermons; delivered m the School Street church, Boston. 
One Vol. 12 mo., 375 pages. First published in 1818. Twenty- 
five Select Sermons ; delivered on various occtisions, from impor- 
tant i>assages of Scripture. One Vol. 12 mo., 360 pages. First 
published in 1828. An Examination of the Doctrine of Future 
Retribution. One Vpl. 12 mo., 203 pages. Published in 1834. 
Besides these volumes he wTote a multitude of ai-ticles on his 
favorite themes, which were published either editorially, or as 
communications in various Univeraalist i)eriodicals. Also many 
hymns, poetic effusions, and more fugitive c()mi)ositions, not need- 
ing si>ecification in this work. Thus he crowded over sixty years 
of public service with the manifold productions of his ever busy 
bmin, tongue and i)en. He departed this life in Boston June 7, 
1852, a. 81 yrs. 1 mo. and 7 ds. 

The eulogy of his survivinq hiiends. Ilev. Thomas Whitte- 
more said : — " There have been but few such men as Father Bal- 
lon. We can truly say that they who knew him best loved him 
most. Those who had heard him preach the oftenest, and who 
ha<l read most thoroughly what he had written, felt more than 
others the power of his mind, and were more deei)ly convinced 
than others that he was intellectually, as well as religiously and 
morally, a great man. His hfe was [)rotracted beyond fourscore 
years ; he enjoyed a very large share of health and strength 
through that whole time. He was never idle ; he worked up to 
the hist week of his Ufe, in the harvest field, and actually died 
with the sickle in his hand. He was taken sick in his own house ; 
and after six days of com]>aratively light suffering, he gently fell 
asleep in death, quietly as an infant falls into slumber, and at the 
moment w^hen he seemed to be putting his body in the posture 
for the coffin." 

" For ourself , we must say, most unreservedly, we never knew a 
better man. We say this, after having lived in his family under 
his immediate tuition, and since that time spent more than thii'ty 
years side by side with him, in joumeyiugs often, in mutual con- 


sultation, and in very frequent interviews. If we ever saw a 
person equally amiable, kind, upright, gentle and true, it is the 
aged widow who survives him. If he was more than a father to 
us, she was more than a mother. She can never be honored too 
much for her goodness. To her must be attributed much of the 
ease and quietness he enjoyed in life, and without which he co\ild 
not have accomplished the fidl measure of the good for which 
he is now beloved and venerated. So much for the moral quali- 
ties of this venerable man and woman. There yet remains to be 
described (but it cannot be done here) the childlike simi)licity of 
the man ; his benevolence ; his blindness to the faults of others ; 
his open eye to their virtues ; his strong sense of rectitude ; his 
remarkable and long-continued habits of justice ; his wonderful 
mind, so clear, so strong, to the last ; his eagle-eyed sagacity ; his 
strong faith in God and his word, — a faith like a mountain for its 
towering height and firmness ; his devotion to the truth ; his love 
of the work of the ministry; his truly religious character; liis 
susceptibility to deej) devotional feeling ; his love of conventions 
iind associations for the seasons of public worship they gave him 
so many opportunities to enjoy ; his love of conference meetings ; 
his power over the peox)le ; his closing sermons at conventions ; 
his prayers at the separation, when all, old and young, male and 
femjde, clergy and laity, would be melted into tears; — ah! who 
shall attempt to describe all these things." pp. 369-71. 

So" testified idl his intimate brethren in the ministry, his society 
in Boston, and all his admiring sympathizei-s throughout the Uni- 
versalist denomination. We must refrain from further extracts, 
because the limitations of our space forbid it. We are aware that 
those high encomiums cannot receive a fully concordant response 
from theological opponents and outside critics. Such will gen- 
erally demur with more or less repulsion to such eulogistic testi- 
monies. But let them remember that they are wont to do the 
same thing in glorification of their favorites. It is the univei-sal 
custom. Eveiy church canonizes its own saints ; every class of 
devotees to any profession, cause, movement, sect or paiiy, pays 
such homage to its departed chiefs ; and every bereaved circle of 
relatives enshrines its loved ones in precious memories. And 
perhaps more good comes of all this than would come of fault- 
finding criticism, even with some staple of truth. We are not to 
be finally weighed in human scales, nor judged by creature fidli- 
l)ility, bat by omniscient Justice tempered with pure benevolence. 
Of this aU pai-ties may be sure. The wise endeavor to make rea- 


sonable allowance in all cases of human praise and censure. In 
this case it may be proper for the present writer to say (what will 
appear in his intended Autobiography), that he had some personal 
knowledge of Kev. Hosea Ballou, both as a symi)athizer and op- 
IKjnent, and though he was obliged to dissent widely from the 
distin^ished teacher's doctrine of no-future limited retribution, 
his Scrii>tural exegesis on that subject, his metaphysics relating to 
the same, and to some of his conduct towards the Eestorationists, 
he nevertheless heartily accords to him the honor of illustrating 
many very eminent excellencies of intellect, talent and moral char- 
acter in all the walks of life. 

Mrs. Ruth, his worthy and venerated widow, d. in Boston Mar. 
1, 1853, a. 74 yrs. 5 mos. and 14 ds. The honored remains of both 
husband and wife repose in a haUowed spot in Mt. Auburn Ceme- 

[Nos. 164 TO 168, Inclusive,] have ah-eady been given up as no 
further traceable by us. If interested parties can rescue the lack- 
ing data from obUvion, and will be at the pains, we shall rejoice 
with them. 

[169,] Susanna Ballou', Peter', Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in 
Smithiield, R. I., prob. about 1757 ; m. Sfuyeaut Blaistlell about 
1776, and sett, in Enfield, N. H. Issue.— 

65^^—1. Eisey Blaisdell, b. Jan. 12, 1778; m. HirHm Muiiger; moved Wost. 
^1—'2. Sargeant Blaisdell, b. prob. about '80; no further traced. 
65S — 3. Peter Blaisdell, b. prob. about *82; m. a Miss Sanborn. 

Susanna (Bidlou) Blaisdell may have had one or two otlier chn. 
Our information is somewhat obscux'e on this and other points, as 
well as meagre. We cannot give their characteristics, or death- 
diites, or any satisfactory account of their descendants ; who will 
l)e no further traced. 

[170.] Oliver Ballou', Peter*, Peter', John', Maturin'; b. in 

Smithfield, R. I., during 1759; m. Tiif(ihy\ other particulars 

not ascertained relating to name of bride, birth-dates, msre., etc. 
Lwue. — 

«o»— L Oliver, b. March 6, 1789; m. Ist EUzabetli Heath, 2d Dorothy Kid- 

660—2. Nathaniel, b. not found; d. Enfield, N. H., a. 19 yrs. 

661-3. Sarah, b. " " m. David Sawyer; sett. Mt. Tabor, Vt. 

6«2~4. Achsah, b. ** " m. Dudley Davis; sett. Graftou, N. H. 

««J— 5. Jane, V). not found; m. Ist a Mr. Blodj^et, 2d , and went 




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666— 8. 


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There was also an unnamed inft. by this m^Q, The drs. above 
named had chn. ; but we have found it too difficult to trace their 
posterity. The tirat wife having d., the husband m. 2d Mary 
Shiionds ; her parentage, birth-date and mge.-date not given. 
Issue. — 

Hosea, b. in Enfield, N. H., i>rob.; m. Cynthia Sanborn 1822. 

Horace, b. not found; m. Mary B. SimanH 1827. 

Zarah, b. ** " m. Can)line Tonnoy 1834. 

John W., b. Hanover Mar. 4, 1807; m. Thirza Evana Mar. 24, 18351 

Elijah ) b. not found; m. Ist Elizabeth Peiwslee, 2d Naney 

- twins, Tyrrell. 
EliHha ) b. not found; m. Lucinda Wattjj 1843. 

William P., b. Oct. 20, 1816; m. Sophrouia M. Sanborn. 
Eliza, b. not found; m. Georpe Corliss 1832. 
Mary, b. ** ** m. Aaron Kidder. 
Cynthia, ** " m. John Peaslee 1833. 
Phihnda, ** ** m. Mr. Qiiimby, who d. at sea. 

An infant d. unnamed. In all 18 chn. A family described,' in 
letters to Mr. Peck, as eminently intelligent, orderly, exemplary 
and reputable in society. The parents and most of the children 
belonged to the thrifty farmer chiss. Horace and William P., 
however, are or were enterprising merchants. Their father dwelt 
in Hanover, N. H., till after the death of his tii-st wife, then in 
Enfield, and last in Alexandria, of the same State. He d. in Alex- 
andria, N. H., Jan. 19, 1818, a. 59 yrs. Mrs. Mary, his widow, 
sur\dved him many years. She was living in Hill, N. H., as late 
as 1861, at the age of 87 yrs. She d. at a date not ascertained. 

[171.] Stephen Ballou*, Peter*, Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in 
Smithfield, R. L, about 1760; m. liuchel Sntith^ and had 3 chn. 
We have had poor success in tracing this Stephen Ballou. "We 
have ascertained nothing additional to Mr. Peck's findings. He 
learned only the name of his ^vdfe, and that he had 3 chn. as 
above ; that he dwelt awhile in Providence, K. I., afterward in 
Brimtield, and finally in Smithfield, where he d. of the palsy, — 
nothing more. So the family is lost to us. We cannot name, 
number, or trace his chn. 

[172.] Nathaniel Ballou', Peter', Peter', John', Maturin* ; b. 
in Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I., Jan. 27, 17(>3. Another lost 
child. No trace of him. Prob. d. an infant, or in youth. 

[173.] Du. Peteu B.vllou\ Peter\ Peter^ John^ Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 29, 17()3; m. 1st Amey Bls/wp^ dr. of 


Gideon Bishop, b. in a locality not given, Nov. 2, 1780 ; eer. date, 
<fcc., not ascertained. Issue. — 

675—1. Welcome, b. Feb. 7, 1797; m. Abigail Dyer May, 1831. 

676—2. Mary, b. Jan. 26, '99; m. George Jencks Nov. 10, 1822. 

677—3. Ephraim, b. Nov. 9, 1800; went to sea; all trace of him loRt. 

678 — 4. Anna, b. Dec. 24. '02; m. Ist Resolved Dyer, 2d Jeremiah Jeueks 

Mar. 31, 1827. 

679—5. Amey, b. Feb. 13, '05; m. Smith Jencks, Smitlifield, Dec. 1832. 

680—6. Peter, b. May 11, '07; m. Eliza Ballou Nov. 11, 1831. 

Mrs. Amey (Bishop) Ballon d. Jan. 11, 1816, a. 34 jrrs. 2 moa. and 
9 ds. ; and Dr. Peter m. 2d liuth Shehloii of Cumberland, R. I., dr. 
of Rocker and Huldah Sheldon, b. Feb. 16, 1789; cer. Mar. 23, 1817. 
Issue. — 

681—7. Newton, b. May 29, 1820; m. Eliza C. Guild of Wrentham, Mass. 

Dr. Peter Ballou* lived and died, we believe, in his native town. 
We have sought in vain for a brief biographical sketch of him, 
gi\'ing some desirable particulars respecting his character, and 
especially his i)rofessional career. In the absence of such a sketch 
we can only say — we have always understood that he was a skilful 
physician, had an extensive practice, and held a reputable stand- 
ing-, social as well as ijrofessional. He d. Sept. 21, 1826. Mrs. 
Ruth (Sheldon) Ballou, his wdow, d. June 16, 1841. 

Since writing the foregoing, we have been informed that Dr. 
Peter was the original discoverer or inventor of the Dysentery 
Medicine, which afterward became so popular and lucrative in 
the hands of the late Dr. Seth Arnold. 

[174.] Daniel Ballou*, Peter*, Peter', John', Maturin'; b. in 
then Smithfield, now Lincoln, K. I., prob. about 1766 ; m. a woman 
whcse name has not been given us, nor any particulars of their 
mge. They had one son who d. in youth. Daniel* seems to have 
been of a roving disposition, and was so isolated from the families 
of his bros. and sister Elsie, that they seldom saw or heard from 
him. The most Mr. Peck could learn from any of them was, that 
uncle Daniel hved for some years here and there in Vt., lost his 
wife and son, and finally d. in Rowe, Mass. 

[175.] Elsie Ballou*, Peter*, Peter*, John", Maturin'; b. in 
Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 12, 1778; m. Sabbiniw Ptetre of Monson, 
Mji«8., b. Jan. 12, 1772; cer. Nov. 24, 1797. Issue.— 

682—1. Mary Pierce, b. July 12, 1798; m. Turinn Jencks, E. Longmeadow, 


fi88— 2. Sabra Pierce, b. Mar. 1800; lived sometime at Woonsocket, R. T. 
(»84— 3. Otis Pierce, b. Nov. 14, '01; m. name not ^ven, d. Feb. 10, 1864. 
($a5— 4. Sabbinus Pierce, Jr., b. Aug. 18, '04; m. Deborah Alvord Nov. 

11, 1838. 
686—5. Elisha Pierce, b. Apl. 7, '06; m. Hannah Sherman, 1832. 
687—6. Harvey Pierce, b. Sept. 12, '09; drowned Dec. 19, 1834. 
688—7. Elsie Pierce, b. May 16, '12; d. Oct. 20, 1830. 
689 — 8. Marantha Pierce, b. Mar. 2, '15; m. William Pomroy, Agawam, 

690—9. George Pierce, b. July 24, '17; d. 1828. 

Presumed to be a worthy family throughout, though no charac- 
teristics are given. Sabbinus Pierce d. July 23, 1843. Mrs. Elsie 
d. Apl. 23, 1864. 

[176. 1 Ends Jillson*, (Uriah, Nathaniel, James,) Sarah Bal- 
lon', James", James", Maturin'; b. on territory soon after Cumber- 
land, K. I., June 25, 1735; m. Phefpe Jeneks, dr. of Daniel and 
Mary (Sprague) Jencks, b. Feb. 19, 1735; cer. Oct. 31, 1756. Issue 
all b. in Cumberland. — 

(J91 —1. Cynthia JillHon, b. Aug. 6, 1758; d. July 14, 1780. 
0J)2 —2. Amey Jillson, b. Aug. 22, '60; d. May 9, 1773. 

693 —3. Mary JillHon, b. Mar. 8, '63; ha<l 3 busbs., d. AttlelK)ro' Dec. 26, 


694 —4. Phebe Jillson, b. May 22, '65; m. Jesse Alexander Dec. 13, 17*5. 

695 — 5. Lydia Jillson, b. Oct. 13, '67; never married. 

696 —6. Euos Jillson, b. Mar. 7, '70; m. Mercy Jencks Oct. 6, 1793. 

697 —7. Sarah Jillson, b. Ai)l. 17, '72; m. Isaac Hayden of Wrentham. 
697J— 8. Rufus Jillson, b. June 7, '76; m. Nancy Lane Sept. 15, 1805. 

Euos' was a farmer in Cumberland, R. I. Jointly with his 
mother he administered in the settlement of his father's intestate 
estate, who had d. Sept. 16, 1781. He was a member of the Bap- 
tist eh., baptized Sept. 2, 1764. He d. Mar. 18, 1795, and his 
widow settled his est. as administratrix. She d. in 1828. This 
family no fiuihe^r traced by us. For more see " Genealopry of the 
Gillson and Jillson Family." 

[177.] Anna Jillson' (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Ballon*, 
James", James", Maturin' ; b. on territoiy soon after Cumberland, 
K. I., Oct. 14, 1736; m. John Jhnihig, Jr., (John, John, Dennis), 
1). in Bellingham, Mass. ; cer. Dec. 4, 1755. Issue, all b. in said 
BeUingham. — 

698— 1. Pnuleiice Darling?, b. May 26, 1756; d. Sept. 11, 1756. 

699— 2. Mary Darling, b. July 21, '57; 

700— 8. Penelope Darling, b. Nov. 20, '59; 


701— 4. John Darlinpr, b. Nov. 1, 1761; m. Lovice Cook, dr. Daniel, 1781. 

702— 5. Nathaniel Darling, b. Jan. 11, '64; 

703— 6. Sarah Darlinpr, b. June 12, '65; 

704— 7. Stephen Darling, b. July 10, '68; d. June 28, 1773. 

705— 8. Anna DarUng. b. Oct. 30, 70; 

706— 9. Hannah Darlinj?; b. Apl. 9, 73; 

707—10. Seth Darlinj?, b. Apl. 28, 77; m. Susanna Cook, Wrentham, Apl. 

10, 1800. 
708—11. Uriah Darlingr, b. Sept. 15, '81; 

John Darling d. May 29, 1753. Death-date of Mrs. Anna not 
found. This family no further traced. 

[178.] Phillls Jillson* (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Bal- 
lou*, James', James", Maturin'; b. on territory which soon after 
became Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 31, 1738 ; m. NkhoUis Cook\ Dea. 
Nicholas^ Nicholas^ Walter', b. in Bellingham, Mass., Feb. 7, 
1733; cer. in Cumberland, E. I., Oct. 20, 1757, by Groom's bro. 
Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, mostly if not all b. in Bellingham, 
Mass. — 

709—1. Uriah Cook, b. June 27, 1760. 

710—2. Liitina Cook, b. Mar. 8, '64; 

711—3. Jeremiah Cook, b. Aug. 4, *66; 

712—4. LyiUa Cook, b. Oct. 13, '68; 

713—5. Calvin Cook, b. Mar. 4, '71; 

714^6. William Cook, b. Apl. 10, '73; 

Very little information has reached us of this family. Tlie hus- 
band d. Sept. 15, 1791. Wife's death-date not given. No further 

[179.] Stephen Jillson* (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Bal- 
lon*, James^ James", Maturin' ; b. on territory which soon after 
became Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 16, 1741 ; m. Hannah Peck, dr. 
of Nicholas and Hannah (Spragne) Peck, b. in the same general 
locality Sept. 4, 1739 ; cer. Dec. 13, 1761. Issue.— 

715 — 1. Zilphia Jillson, b. July 7, 1762; d. n. m. in Richmond, N. H. 

716—2. Phillis Jillson, b. Nov. 8, '63; m. Royal Blake 1784; d. Keene, 
N. H., 1827. 

717—8. George Jillson, b. June 16, '65; m. Hannah Taylor 1785; d. Hart- 
ford, N. Y., 1810. 

718 — 4. Jerusha Jillson, b. Mar. 15, *67; m. Jona. Sweet, Jr., 1784; d. 
Richmond, N. H., 1814. 

719—5. Anna Jillson, b. Nov. 17, '68; m. Daniel Mann 1787; d. Richmond, 
N. H., 1804. 

720— «. Deliverance Jillson, b. Oct. 21, '71; m. Eli Blake, Keene, N. H.; 
d. there 1837. 


721—7. Hannah Jillflon, b. May 16, 1773; m. AmoB Parker, Richmond, 

N. H., 1792; d. 1853. 
722—8. Martha JillBon, b. Aug. 15, '77; m. Jeremy Howland; d. Lislwn, 

N. H., 1839. 
723—9. Stephen Jillfton, b. Sept. 16, 79; m. let Lncina Inman 1804, 2d 

Sarah Rhodes. 

Mra. Hannah, the mother of these 9 chn., d. in Richmond, N. H., 
date not given ; and the father m. Su^an VoU of that place ; cer. 
Nov. 28, 1791, by Samuel Gaskill, J. P. Issue.— 

724 — 10. Susanna Jillson, b. , 1792; m. Capt. Luke Harris, Richmond, 

N. H. 

Mrs. Susan soon d. ; and Stei)hen* m. 3d Chloe Tohmm of Rich- 
mond, N. H., Nov. 16, 1794. Issue.— 

725 — 11. Benjamin Jillson, b. , 1798; m. Mrs. Babcock, moved to 

Hoosae, N. Y. 

Stephen Jillson* was a respectable farmer. He and his 1st wife 
were members of the Baptist Ch. in Cumberland, R. I. He was a 
Capt. of militia, next in succession after Capt. Levi Tower. He 
removed with his family to Richmond, N. H., about the year 1776, 
and d. there in Dec. 1801. See Jillson Genealogy. No further 
traced in this work. 

[180.] Catherine Jillson* (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah 
Ballon", James^ James", Maturin'; b. virtually in Cumberland, 
R. I., July 18, 1743; m. Joseph MernfielJ of HoUiston Apl. 18, 
1765; cer. by bride's father. Unaccountably to us nothing* has 
reached us further respecting the results of this mge. The Jillson 
Genealogy ignores it, and therefore we pass on in silence. 

[181.] Sarah Jillson' (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Bal- 
lon*, James', James", Maturin' ; b. virtually in Cumberland, R. I., 
Dec. 8, 1745 ; m. Silas Gad'Ul of Cumberland Mar. 4, 1765. This 
couple soon after mge. removed to Richmond, N. H., where they 
had issue as follows. — 

726—1. Sylvanufl Gaskill, b. Sept. 6, 1765. 

727-2. WOdor GaskOl, b. Oct. 6, '67. 

728—3. Uriah Gaflkill, b. Oct. 31, '69. 

729—4. Jonathan Gaskill, b. Aug. 21, '72. 

This family no further traced. 

[182.] Elizabeth Jillson*, (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah 
Ballon", James", James", Matuiin' ; b. in Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 


10, 1748; m. Ahrah^vi Cook (Abraham, Eld. Josiah, Nicholas, 
Walter), b. in Cumberland, Apl. 24, 1748; cer. prob. about 1766 
or '67 ; date not found. Issue. — 

730—1. Nancy Cook, b. Cumberland July 8, 1768; m. Elii)lialet Darling; 
bod 8 cbn. 

Abraham Cook, Jr., after 1774 removed to Pelliam, Mass., and 
later to Shutesbury, where Mrs. Elizabeth* d. Subsequently he 
m. Lydia Dunham, and then resided awhile with his dr. and hus- 
band, Eliphalet DarUng. Mrs. Lydia d. before long", and Abra- 
ham finally dwelt in the family of John Hoskins in Shutesbury, 
Mass., until his own death. Dates very scanty in this case. No 
Jurther traced. 

[183.] Ukiah Jillson* (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Bal- 
lon*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 8, 
1750; m. 1st KUzoheth Clark of Sniithtield, R. I., second dr. of 
Samuel »ind Eachel Clark, b. Apl. 30, 1753; cer. Dec. 3, 1772, 
particulars not given. Issue, all b. in Cumberland. — 

731—1. Priscilla Jillson, b. Mar. 1, 1774; m. Charles Wbeaton Dec. 2, 1810. 
782-3. Prudence Jillson, b. Mar. 17, '75; m. Paul Smith July 7, 1797. 
733—3. Temperance Jillson, b. Apl. 12, 78; m. Jeremiah Bullock May 31, 

734—4. Elizabeth Jillson, b. Apl. 24, *83; m. John Hoag June 1, 1809. 
735—5. Uriah Jillson, b. Oct. 8, *85; m. Mary Taft Au^'. 1809. 
736—6. Rachel Jillson, b. Aug. 14, '91; d. Feb. 28, 1793. 
737—7. Achsa Jillson, b. Ai»l. 24, '94; m. Burgess T. Chace Mar. 2, 1837. 
738—8. Silas Clark Jillson, b. Apl. 17, 1799; m. Isabel Aldrich, d. July 14, 


Mrs. Elizabeth d. Mar. 17, 1822. Uriah* m. 2d Iladdssah Mowry 
of Smithfield, R. I. ; cer. according to usage of Friends, Nov. 6, 
1823. He and both wives were either members of or closely at- 
tached to the Society of Friends. He d. on his homestead in 
Cumberland Nov. 10, 1836, leaving a considerable estate to his 
family, which was settled according to Will by his son-in-law. 
Burgess T. Chace. See Jillson Genealogy for partic\ilars not nec- 
essary to mention here, and also for continuance of posterity. No 
further traced in this work. 

[184.] Paul Jillson* (Uriah, Nathaniel, James), Sarah Ballou*, 
James", James', Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 6, 1752 ; 
m. Martha Chirk, third dr. of Samuel and Rachel Clark, b. in 
Smithfield, R. I., Apl. 14, 1755 ; cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 8, 


1778. Soon after mge. they removed to Richmond, N. H., where 
they had the following" specified issue. — 

730—1. Rachel Jillson, b. Nov. 19, 1778; a mute, u. m., d. Jan. 7, 1840. 
740—2. Sarah Jillson, b. Aug. 13, '80; m. Nathan Bullock Feb. 1(J, 1804. 
741—3. SilaH Jillson, b. Apl. 15, '84; m. Elizabeth Cook, Wrentham, Mass., 

Dec. 1, 1808. 
742 — 4. Esther Jillson, b. Apl. 28, '87; m. Jeremiah Bullock, Richmond, 

N. H., June 18, 1804. 
743—5. Paul Jillson, b. Oct. 29, '89; m. Zilphia Sweet, Richmond, Jan. 19, 

744—6. Clark Jillson, b. June 10, '92; m. Ireua Ballou June 18, 1815. 
745—7. Mercy Jillson, b. Apl. 22, '95; m. Willing' Vose Aug. 19, 1814. 

Paul Jillson* was a respectable farmer in Richmond, N. H. Ha 
and his wife were exemplary members of Friends* Society. He 
d. Apl. 27, 1823. Mrs. Martha d. Sept. 15. 1828. See Jillson Gen- 

ealo^. No further traced in this work. 


[185.] Jemima Ballou', Ai-iel*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in 
then Wrentham, Mass., now Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 23, 1741 ; m. 
Martin Hounds from Rehoboth, Mass., parentage and biiih-date 
not ascertained; cer. Mar. 1, 1764, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, 
b. in the vicinity of W. Wrentham, Mass., or edge of Cumberland, 
R. I.— 

746—1. Robie Rounils, b. prob. 1705; m. Nathan Horton Mar. 20, 1785. 
747—2. James Ballou Rounds, b. prob. '07; m. Elizabeth Bliss July 29, 

748—8. Phebe Rounds, b. prob. '09; m. Davdd Pierce Feb. 9, 1789. 
749—4. Lavina Rounds, b. prob. 71; m. Thomas Hort<m Nov. 23, 1794. 

Whether Jemima (Ballou) Roimds ever belonged to the Cum- 
berland Six Princii)le Baptist church we have not learned; but 
we have evidence that her husband did, having been baptized 
Aug. 12, 1764, prob. by Elder Nathaniel Cook. He seems, how- 
ever, to have become disaffected in 17()6, along with James Ballou* 
and others, who were drawn into the New Light excitement, and 
wanted more freedom of speech and action than the Six Principlers 
allowed. He is said to have been a shoemaker by trade, and to 
have resided a few years with his family about half a mile east of 
his wife s birthplace. There, after giving birth to the four above 
named chn., she d. prob. in 1772. Mr. Bounds subsequently re- 
moved with his chn. to his native Rehoboth, where he m. a widow 
Martin, and by her had several additional elm. There his older 
chn. all gi-ew up and married. They will appear in the proper 


order and place of their generation. The moral and social cliar- 
acteristics of Jemima Ballon* are presumed to have been reputa- 
ble ; thou.srh we have neither recorded nor traditional testimonials. 

[186.] Jerusha Ballou', Ariel*, James", James^ Maturin*; b. 
in then Wrentham, Mass., soon after Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 13, 
1745; m. Ezektel Cook (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter), b. in 
Bellingham, Mass., June 19, 1744; cer.'Oct. 20, 1763, in Cumber- 
laud, Br. I., by groom's oldest brother, Elder Nathaniel Cook. 
Issue, all b. in said Bellino-ham. — 

750—1. Ziha Cook, h. May 6, 1764; m. Joanna Alilrich of Uxbriil*?e. 

751 — 2. Ezekiel Cook, Jr., b. Anj?. 18, '71; m. Joanna Pickering, May 9, 


752—3. Uranah Cook, b. Sept. 10, 75; m. Setb Cook May 28, 1795. 

753—4. Jemsha Cook, b. Nov. 10, 77; m. Daniel Arnold Dee. 28, 1798. 

754—5. Eunice Cook, b. Jan. 26, 79; d. yonn*?. 

755—6. Nahiun Cook, b. Sept. 21, '82; d. younj?. 

756—7. Esther Cook, b. Dec. 22, '84; m. Abel Aldrich 1802. 

Jerusha (Ballou) Cook and her husband Ezekiel Cook were 
ba[)tized by Elder Abner Ballou and received into the Cumber- 
land Six Principle Baptist church, Oct. 14, 1787. They always 
resided in Bellincrham, Mass., a little north of Scott Hill, honored 
their lineag-e and profession by exemplary Uves, and departed in 
a good old age to the immortal world.. He made his Will 'May 
25, 1821, constituting his wife Jerusha sole executrix. He d. June, 
1821, and the Will was proved Aug. 21, 1821. Mrs. Jerusha, his 
wid. d. "between Dec. 1, 1832 and Feb. 28, 1833 ; rather more in- 
definite than we should .prefer, but the best that could be given. 

[187.] Chloe Ballou', Ariel', James", James', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 16, 1749; m. PhU'tp All rich, then of 
Mendon, Mass., son of Peter and Miriam (Tower) Aldrich, b. Nov. 
1744; cer. May 4, 1771. They are said to have had 8 chu. four of 
whom d. in infancy of scarlet fever within 48 hoiu-s. Their names, 
if they had any, have not come to us, nor the birth -date of but a 
single child. The names of the 4 that survived to maturity were. — 

757—1. Ariel Aldrich, b. not ^ven; m. Lucy - -. 

758—2. Joauna Aldrich, b. ** ; m. Jacob Mari;iu, possibly a 2d hu8b. 

75»— 3. Pamelia Aldrich, b. ** ; m. Seth Spra^nic- 

700—4. Ar\'illa Aldrich, b. Apl. 12, 1787; m. JoHei)h Hawkins, 1808. 

Chloe (Ballou) Aldrich and husband, not lonoc after man-iaore, 
emigrated to Richmond, N. H. After some years they r(iiiioved 



thence to WaUinc^ord, Vt., or its vicinity. In that locality their 
youngest dr. Arvilla was bom, and perhax>s one or two of their 
older chn. The still older ones were prob. b. in Richmond, N. H., 
where we presume their 4 infants, above mentioned, d. of scarla- 
tina within the short space of two days. About the year 1807, 
the parents with their surviving chn. removed to Hamburg, Erie 
Co., N. Y. That region was then wild and uncultivated, and they 
had to make them a new home under corresponding disadvan- 
tages. After much privation and hard-earned success, they had 
the misfortune to lose their habitation by lire, with everything in 
it except the lives of the family. Theii* case was indeed a stid one. 
They finally took up their abode with their daughter Arvilla (Al- 
drich) Hawkins and her husband JosexJi, in whose kind care they 
closed their moi-tal career. He d. about 1820, and she about 1827. 
Singularly enough she d. of measles at the age of fourscore. 

[188.] Melatiah Ballou*, next in age, d. in infancy. 

[189.] Catheuine Ballou", Ariel*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 21, 1754; m. Elhha Saylea, (Richard, 
Richard, John, Thomas), b. in Smithlield, R. I., Mar. 15, 1756; 
cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 16, 1775, by Eld. Abner Ballou. 

760J— 1. Lucy Sayles, b. Franklin, Mass., Sept. 20, 1777; m. James Boy- 
den, Jr., July 2, 1795. 

701 —2. Ariel Sayles, b. Franklin, Mass., Jime 15, 1780; m. Lucy Evans 
Nov. 8, 1807. 

762 —3. Eicliard Sayles, b. No. Wrentham, Mass., July 20, 1782; nl. Betsey 
Jones of Medway. 

703 — 4. Avilda Sayles, b. No. Wrentham, Mass., July 10, 1785; d. youn^. 

704 —5. Lavinia Sayles, b. No. Wrentham, Mass., Oct. 20, 1788; m. Han- 

sell Kimball. 

705 —0. Willard Sayles, b. Medfield, Mar. 1, 1793; m. Maria Francoeur 

Juno 9, 1810. 

Catherine Ballou* and husband commenced married life i>er- 
haps in Smithlield, R. I., but soon removed to Franklin, Mfiss., 
and thence a few yeai*s later to Noiih Wrentham, now Norfolk, 
Mass. There they spent the remainder of their days. They were 
reputable and exemplary people. Mi-s. Catherine was baptized 
by Eld. Abner Ballou, and received into his Six Princix)le Baptist 
ch., Sei)t. 16, 1789. Prob. she was then residing- in the southerly 
pai-t of Franklin, Mass. Whether her husband ever made any- 
public lu'ofc^ssion of religion we are not informed ; but he was a 
woi*thy man and good citizen. Their chn. wert^ weU brought up, 


and always maintained a respectable standinoc in society. Elislia 
Scayles d. Jan. 1, 1834, a. 77 yrs. 9 mos. and 17 ds. Mi-s. Catlu^rine 
d. Apl. 21, 1840, a. 85 yrs. and 8 mos. 

[190.] Duty Ballou', Ariel*, James', James", Maturiu'; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 22, 175G ; m. Waitstill alias Waitie Jillson 
(Nathaniel, Nathaniel, James), b. Feb. 6, 1759; cer. Dec. 24, 1778, 
by Peter Darling, J. P. Issue. — 

766—1. Alpha, b. Mar. 20, 1779; m. John Kelloy May 14, 1801. 
767—2. Uranah, )>. Nov. 16, '80; m. Reuben Darling? Nov. 15, 1807. 
768—3. Nathan, b. July 27, '82; m. Lucy Arnold Mar. 26, 1807. 

Duty Ballon* is understood to have settled on a homestead em- 
hracing" the northerly portion of his father's patrimonial estate, 
situated just over the Massachusetts line in the extreme southwest- 
erly comer of Wrentham. It was partly, if not wholly, the «rift of 
his father, Ariel*. The domicile in which he and his young* family 
dwelt was long since removed by Ariel Ballon", his brother, who, 
after Duty's untimely death, purchased the property. Nothing 
remains to mark the site but the almost obliterated cellar hole. 
Duty served as a Bhode Island soldier a considerable length of 
time during the war of the Revolution. It seems he was married 
about the middle of that eventful conflict, and all his chn. were b. 
before its termination. But his earthly career was suddenly cut 
short by an afflictive casualty. In felling a tree on his estate, it 
became lodged, and in coming down either the trunk or some of 
its branches struck him a fatal blow, of which he soon after died. 
His death took place Dec. 29, 1783, at the age of 27 yrs. 8 mos. and 
7 ds. His memorial gravestone, in the Ballou Burying Ground, 
bears this inscription. — "Duty Ballou, a soldier of the Revolution, 
died Dec. 29, 1783. Aged 29." The age was some one's uninten- 
tional mistake. Mrs. Waitie, his widow, was afterward m. to 
Wilham Whipple, and became the mother of several chn. — cer- 
tainly of two sons and two drs., whom we omit from this record. 

[191.] Ajiiel Ballou", Ariel*, James', James", Maturin'; 1). in 
Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 21, 1758; m. 1st., Lnvlnn ComMock of 
Wrentham, Mass., dr. of Nathan and Abigail (Arnold) Comstock, 
b. in Wrentham, Apl. 28, 1765; cer. Feb. 21, the gi-oom's birthday, 
1782, by Rev. William Williams. Issue, — all b. in Cumberland, 

760—1. Boaina, b. Dec. 2, 1783; m. Nathan Arnold Apl. 9, 1809. 
770—2. Abigail, b. Apl. 16, *86; m. Davis Cook Dec. 8, 1808. 


771—3. CyniH, b. Mar. 18, 1789; m. Susanna Ballon Feb. 14, 1810. 

772—4. Arnold, b. Mar. 31, '92; m. Lorinda Bates Apl. 11, 1816. 

773—5. Sarah, b. Mar. 2, '95; d. Oct. 11, 1803. 

774—6. Alfred, b. June 2, '99; m. Matilda Cook June 11, 1835. 

Mrs. Lucina d. July 11, 1801. Ariel* m. 2d, EdiUa Tcncer, dr. 
of Levi and Maiy (Whipple) Tower, b. in Cumberland, K. I., May 
27, 1771 ; cer. June 20, 1802, by John Eocrers, J. P. Issue.— 

775—7. Adin, b. Apl. 23, 1803; m. Ist Abit^rail Sayles, 2d Lucy Hunt. 
. 776—8. Ariel, b. Oct. 25, 1805; m. Hannah Horton Sept. 11, 1832. 

Ariel Ballon* was an intellig:ent, uprig^ht, enteqirising farmer. 
He possessed himself, by inheritance and subsequent purchase 
of over two huutked acres, including" all that was willed by James 
Ballon* to Ariel* in the border of Wrentham, Mass., and Cumber- 
land, R. I. He was a hard worker, skillful and thorough in the 
cultivation of his lands, made many improvemenis for their greater 
productiveness, built largely for habitation, storage and mill opera- 
tions — such as sawing lumber and cider-making — marketed much 
produce of various kinds, and took good care that none of his 
family should eat the bread of idleness, form dissolute habits, or 
gi'ow^ up incompetent to bear their share of life's responsibilities. 
In early manhood he served as a soldier of the Revolution, and 
met the enemy a few times on the battle field, but used to say he 
hoped he killed no one — ^though he knew not tlie effect of his bul- 
lets. In his old age he wiis, for several years, one of the Revolu- 
tionary'^ ])ensionei-s. In middle age* he bore the title of militia 
Captain, but hiter that of Deacon ; he having experienced religion, 
been baptized and joined the chin^ch about the year 1814. At 
that time the general neighborhood passed through the excite- 
ment of what was called "a reformation,'' jiroduced by the labors 
of several preachers of the CVz/vV/V/// ()rdei\ so styled, among 
whom Elder Zephaniah S. Crossman was for some time conspicu- 
ous. They were strict Baptists in the- matter of immersion, anti- 
Calvinistic on free grace and fi-ee will, high Unitarians in respect 
to the nature and office of Christ, warm revivaUsts (m religious 
conversion, tenacious of the. New Testament 8crii>tures as their 
only creed, and of bearing no denominational name but simply 
that of Vhrhtian, As to the final destiny of the wicked, most of 
them held to the doctrine of Destnic^tionism ; i. e. that after the 
Day of Judgment the finally impenitent, as the end of their pun- 
ishment, would be stricken out of existence. A church of this 
character was formed whose centre was the Cumberland Ballou 



neighborhood, and whose congregations frequently occupied the 
BaUou Meetinghonse. It was entitled " The Church of Christ in 
Cumberland, R. I.," and seemed to supersede the almost extinct 
Six Principle Baptist church. It flourished for a considerable 
period, but finally declined and i^assed away. 

Ariel Ballon'' joined that church, became its main pillar, its 
leading" Deacon, and for some years poured out his temporal sub- 
stance with almost Pentecostal liberality, for its support and that 
of its favorite ministry. His wife and three of his sons were bap- 
tized and became members. In those years he and his devoted 
wife kept free entertainment for travelUng* preachers and their 
horses, and for many hungry saints, some of whom cared quite 
as much for " the loaves and fishes " as for the gospel. Perhaps it 
is but truthful to add, that Deacon Ariel, in later and cooler years, 
seriously doubted the wisdom of his large generosity, as its results 
hardly realized the good intended, and occasioned him some un- 
pleasant pecuniary emban-assment. However, he Uved and died 
in substantial adhesion to his religious faith and professions. 

Hls first ^^ife is understood to have been a worthy woman and 
companion in her day, but we are unable to give her personal 

Dea. ARtEii BAiiiiOu House, Cumberland, R. I. 

characteristics with any ampHfication. His second was the mother 
of the writer, and he knew her to be one of the best wives, mothers 
and neighbors that ever lived. In her own family and household, 



and in a wide circle of acquaintances, she was an untiring minister 
of love, mercy and kindness. Humble, unostentatious, laborious 
in every form of domestic service, charitable to the poor, almost 
ubiquitous in the sick chambers of her vicinage, and everywhere, 
cheerfully self-i)ossessed, she Uved to bless and curse not. She 
seemed to consume almost nothing for self-gratification or show, 
and was the serving friend of all within her sphere of activity. 
She was appreciated accordingly and left a most precious and 
blessed memory. She departed to the higher life, with peaceful 
assurances of an angelic welcome to her heavenly home, Dec. 27, 
1834, in her 64th year. Not long after her decease Dea. Ariel set- 
tled the major portion of his estate, under an arrangement whereby 
he divided it among his children — securing to himself a sufficient 
maintenance for the remainder of his days. Subsequently he 
dwelt successively wit|;i his sons for limited terms. During his 
latter yeai*s he was much afthcted by inflammation of the eyes, and 
other infirmities common to old age. He finally resumed his 
abode on the old homestead with the family of his son Alfred, 
where he d. Sept. 26, 1839, in his 82d year. 

[192.] Eunice Ballou*, Ariel*, James', James^ Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 13, 1762; m. Daniel Sayles (Richard, 
Richard, John, Thomas), b. in Smithfield, E. I., Jan. 18, 1758 ; 
cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 4, 1778, by Eld. Abner Ballou. Is- 
sue, mostly b. in Franklin, Mass., some of the older in Smithfield, 
R. I.— 

777— 1. Lavinia Sayles, b. Auk- 28, 1778; d. Juno 16, 1780. 

778— 2. Solah Sayles, ]>. May 18, '80; m. William Scott, Pub. Apl. 27, 1800. 

779— 3. Anna Sayles, b. Jan. 30, '82; m. Peter Whiting Sei>t. 29, 1803. 

780— 4. Stephen Sayles, b. Feb. 10, '84; m. Esther Darling Jan. 11, 1810. 

781— 5. Isaiah Sayles, b. Dec. 11, '8.5; 

782 — 6. Avilda Sayles, b. Mar. 0, '88; d. in honorable maidenhood Jan. 

30, 1800. 

783— 7. Nahum Sayles, b. Apl. 14, '90; ill starred, went to sea— lost. 

784— 8. Daniel Sayles, Jr., b. Feb. 29, '92; m. Olive Ballou, Pub. Apl. 

13, 1812. 

785— 9. John Sayles, b. Sept. 10, '94; m. Hannah Cook, Pub. Sept. 8, 1821. 
780-10. Nabby Sayles, b. Aug:. 20, '90; d. Sept. 30, 1799. 

787—11. Juliana Sayles, b. July 9, '98; m. IU»v. Dexter Bullard Feb. 1, 

788—12. Ariel Sayles, b. Aug. 21, 1800; m. Elizabeth Aylesworth Apl. 17, 

789—13. Oren Sayles, b. Feb. 14, '02; m. Almira BaUou Jan. 1823. 

Here is one of the old-fashioned larg-e families, worthy and 



respectable, with few blemishes and many excellencies. We have 
an impression, but not a record, that Mrs. Eunice was a member 
of Eld. Abner Ballou's ch. Her husband was not a professor of 
religion, but a possessor of more than many who are professors. 
Their first residence, after marriage, was Smithfield, R. I. Thence 
they took possession of a handsome homestead in the southwest 
part of Franklin, Mass. There they brought up this family host. 
They toiled hard, passed through many trials, and finally took 
their departure to a better world. We knew them well, and can 
bear witness to their substantial worth. Aunt Eunice* d. May 12, 
1837, in her 76th year. Uncle Daniel d. Jan. 18, 1844, a. 86 yrs. 
Their dust reposes in the ancient Ballou Burying Ground, Cum- 
berland, R. I. 

[193.] Esther Ballou', Ariel*, James", James', Maturin* ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 13, 1762; m. Sotmnon Jirailey, son of 
Roger and Ruth Brailey, FrankKn, Mass. ; cer. in said Cumber- 
land Oct. 23, 1785, by Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue.— 

790 — 1. Collins Brailey, b. Franklin, Mass., June 29, 1786; m. Lurania 

JilLson 1814. 

791— 2. Nancy Brailey, b. Franklin, Mass., May 9, '88; d. a. 8 yrs. 

792— 3. Lydia Brailey (twin), b. Franklin, Mass., Feb. 13, '91; m. Wil- 

lard Whipple Mar. 21, 181(5. 

793— 4. Deborah Brailey, b. Franklin, Mass., Apl. , '94; m. Nath'l. 

JiUson, Jr., Oct. 8, 1817. 

794— 5. George Brailey, b. Mendon, Mass., Apl. 10, '90; m. Martha W. 


795— 6. Miranda Brailey, b. Mendon, Mass., July 11, '98; m. Seth Cook 

Feb. 28, 1817. 

796— 7. John Brailey, b. Fnmklin, Mass., Sept. 9, 1800; m. Almira Jill- 

son 1825. 

797 — 8. Amos Brailey, b. Franklin, Mass., , '03; m. Amelia Rathbun. 

798 — 9. Sylvia Brailey, b. Franklin, Mass., June 6, '05; m. Joseph Biur- 

lingame Nov. 6, 1831. 
791^10. Nancy Brailey, b. Pelham, Mass., , '07; m. Daniel Bartlett. 

Besides these there was a nameless twin, b. with Lydia Feb. 3, 
1791, that d. at or soon after birth — making 11 chu. in all. From 
what we can learn, it would seem that Esther (Ballou) Brailey and 
husband dwelt, after mge., first in Franklin, Mass., prob. in the 
southwesterly part, then next a few yeai's in Mendon, then again 
in Franklin awhile, and finally in Pelham, Mass. He was a shoe- 
maker by trade, and perhaps lived in hired tenements mostly ; at 
least he appears to have changed his abode somewhat frequently 
in the same general vicinity. In 1806 he removed with his family 

160 8ELAH (BALLOD) 800TT\ 

to Pelham, Mass. And there both parents lived and died. Mrs. 
Esther d. about 1841, aged 79 yrs. He d. about 1855, in the 94th 
yr. of his age. All their chn. have passed away, and we are de- 
pendent mainly on their grand chn. for the facts and data above 
given. No one has vouchsafed any summary of their characters, 
which we presume to have been reputable. 

[194.] Selah Ballou', Ariel*, James", James", Maturin'; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., May 17, 1764; m. Said Scott, son of Dea. 
Samuel Scott, b. in Bellingham, Mass., July 2, 1764 ; cer. in said 
Cumberland May 13, 1781, by Elder Abner Ballou. Mrs. Selah's 
birth-date in the family Bible differs a few days from the Cumber- 
land records, being May 23 instead of May 17, as given above. It 
will be seen that she became a wife at the age of scarcely 17 jts. 
She proved a fruitful mother to the extent of 13 chn., and lived to 
be almost 90. The parents Uved and died on what is called Scott 
Hill, Bellingham, Mass., where all their chn. were born. — 

800— 1. Olney Scott, b. Feb. 4, 1782; m. Lydia Lazell Oct. 10, 1805. 

801— 2. Mary Scott, b. Feb. 5, *84; m. John Seagrave Mar. 21, 1805. 

802— 3. Jenisba Scott, b. Apl. 9, '86; m. Dorrington Seagrave Nov. 22, 1804. 

803— 4. Selah Scott, b. Jan. 4, *88; m. Asa Newell Dec. 28, 1806. 

804— 5. Selissa Scott, b. Sept. 21, *89; m. Asa Hall June 16, 1831. 

805— 6. Abigail Scott, b. Mar. 18, '91; d. Apl. 19, 1809. 

806— 7. Lavinia Scott, b. Mar. 27, '93; m. Martin Chilson Jan. 3, 1819. 

807— 8. Rila Scott, b. Apl. 4, '95; m. Sarah S. Paine Feb. 28, 1819. 

808— 9. Axalana Scott, b. Feb. 16, '97; d. u. m. Woonsocket, R. I., Nov. 

17, 1878. 
809—10. Emory Scott, b. May 24, '99; m. Waity G. Jillson Mar. 31, 1820. 
810—11. Willard B. Scott, b. Nov. 14, 1801; m. Sarah A. Taggard May 11, 

811—12. Saul B. Scott, b. July 6, '04; m. Susan Daniek. 
812—13. Jefferson Scott, b. Aug. 3, '06; m. Elsie Worrall. 

Saul Scott and Selah (Ballou) Scott his wife settled, immedi- 
ately after mamage, with or near his parents, on the patrimonial 
estate, which had descended from his gd. father, Joseph Scott, in 
the southerly portion of what has long" been known as Scott HUl, 
Bellingham, Mass. They were intelligent, ui)right people of the 
farming yeomanry, and reared up this large family in knowledge, 
virtue and laudable enterprise for positions of usefulness and re- 
spectability. Saul Scott was a man of good natural abilities, and 
was held in honorable esteem by his townsmen. And his wife 
deservedly enjoyed eminent respect among her contemporary 
kindred, numerous posterity, and general associates. He d. Apl. 


22, 1834, a^ed nearly 70 yrs. Mrs. Selah d. Apl. 15, 1854, almost 
90 yrs. of age. The lineage of Saul Scott runs back thus. — SauP, 
Dea. Samuer, Joseph', Sylvanus", Richard'. Richard' was con- 
temporary proprietor with Roger Williams of Providence, R. I. 

[195.] Mary Keith', Michael Keith and Bathsheba (Ballon)', 
James', James", Maturin' ; b. i)rob. 1744; m. Joaeph Strift of Men- 
don, Mass., ptge., birth-date, <fec., not ascertained ; cer. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Dec. 6, 1764, by Uriah Jillson, J. P. No available 
research has informed us whether this pak had chn. or what be- 
came of them. They are dropped, therefore, as no further trace- 

[196.] EsTHEK Keith*, Michael Keith and Bathsheba (Ballon)*, 
James', James'', Maturin'; b. prob. 1746; m. Ana lliontp^on of 
Mendon, Mass., son of Edward and Margaret (Aldrich) Thomp- 
son, b. May 14, 1743 ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 8, 1764, by 
Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, b. partly in Mendon, x^artly in Bel- 
lingham, Mass. — 

813 — 1. Michael Thompson, b. not found; m. Keziah Cook, dr. of Noah. 

814—2. Margaret Thompson, b. prob. 1767; m. Abner Cook Apl. 17, 17S)4. 

815 — 3. Esther Thompwrn, b. not found; d. u. m. 

816—4. Phebe Thompson, b. not found; d. u. m. 

817—5. Am Thompson, b. Jan. 19, 1775; m. Sally Estes Nov. 2, 1799. 

818 — 6. Prusia Thompson, b. not found; nothmg j^ven. 

819—7. Edward Thompson, b. July 24, 1780; m. Lavinia Carpenter May 

17, 1803. 
820—8. Georp:e Thompson, b. not found; m. 1st Mary French, 2<1 Achsa 

French, 3d Eunice French, three drs. of William French, all 

of Mendon, Mass. 

No characteristics of this family vouchsafed us. Asa Thompson 
d. May 26, 1811. Mrs. Esther s death-date not ascertained. 

[197.] Maktha Newell*, EUsha Newell and Bathsheba (Bal- 
lon)*, James', James", Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Au^. 6, 

[198.] Elisha Newell' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), Bath- 
sheba (BaUou)*, James', James\ Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, K. I., 
May 14, 1751 ; m. Phehe Smith, dr. of John Smith, b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., 1759 ; cer. in that town Sept. 9, 1779, by Uriah Alvorson, 
J. P. Issue, understood to have betm b. in said Cumb(»rland. — 

821 —1. Hannah Newell, b. May 14, 1780; m. Htmr>' Greene. 
H22 —2. Ja.son Newell, b. Si'pt. 17, '82; sup. <1. y()nnj:r, nntmeed. 


823 —8. Ruth Newell, b. Nov. 16, 1783; m. Nathan Hfayward of Mendon, 


824 —4. Eunice Newell, b. Nov. , '85; m. Stephen AngeU Aug. 19, 1810. 

824i— 5. Eli NeweU, b. Mar. 26. *88; m. SaUy Root 1811. 

825 —6. Albermarle Newell, b. May 5, '91; m. l8t Ebenezer King, 2d Ca- 

leb Brown. 

826 —7. Patience Newell, b. Sept. 21, '93; m. William Kimball. 

827 —8. John Smith Newell, b. Oct. 20, '95; m. Lydia Warner Dec. 6, 1819. 

828 —9. Eliaha Newell, b. Sei>t. 17, '97; m. Ruth Mott Thurston Jan. 23, 


There is said to have been a nameless infant that d. at or soon 
after birth. All the others named above Uved to marry and have 
chn. We hope to trace them through another generation. Elisha 
Neweir and wife began married life with fair promise of average 
success in the world, but a bUght came upon their prosperity at 
length. His mind became unsettled by alternate depressions and 
elevations until chronically deranged. This broke up the family, 
and developed many sad experiences for them all. Ordinarily he 
was comparatively quiet and harmless, but occasionally noisy and 
dangerous, even to the extent of requiring stringent pei-sonal 
restraint. Generally for many years he was permitted a large 
Uberty, and wandered here and there among his relatives or old 
acquaintances — catching enteiiainment and lodging as he could. 
During the latter years of life both he and his wife were cared for 
by their kind-hearted son Elisha, Jr., and family, in Pawtucket, 
R. I. There he d. Nov. 6, 1830, a. about 78 yi-s. And there, too, 
she d. Aug. 4, 1831, a. about 72 yrs. They are commemorated by 
decent gi-avestones. 

[199.] Bathhheba Newell' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), 
Bathsheba (Ballou)*, James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, 
K. I., Dec. 22, 1753 ; m. Satntid Scott (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Syl- 
vanus, Eichard), b. in Bellingham, Mass., 1751 ; cer. in said Cum- 
berland Feb. 9, 1773, by Peter Darling, J. P. Issue, all born in 
Bellingham. — 

829— 1. Joanna Bcott, b. May 21, 1773; m. Aliaz Aldrich, Uxbridj^e, Apl. 

22, 1792. 

830— 2. William Scott, b. Sept. 25, *74; m. Selah Sayles, Pub. Apl. 27, 1800. 
831—3. Samuel Scott, b. Fob. 11, 76; d. sup. u.* m. Oct. 28, 1798. 

832— 4. Sabra Scott, b. Jan. 8, 78; m. Enoch Altlricli Mar. 28, 1798. 

833— 5. Elisha Scott, b. Doc. 4, 79; m. Nancy Capron, Cumborlanil, R. I., 

Oct. 29, 1810. 

834— 6. Harvoy Scott, b. May 14, '81; m. Phila Bartlott, Cumberland, 

R. I., 1805. 


885^ 7. Israel Scott, b. Mar. 6, '83; m. Sarah Holbrook, Bellin«?bam, 

Ma88., 1809. 
836— 8. Bathsheba Scott, b. Jan. 4, '85; m. Jolin Newell Dec. 9, 1805. 
aST— 9. Patience Scott, b. Oct. 1, *86; m. Eber Bartlett, Cumberland, R. I., 

838-10. Asa Scott, b. Oct. 5, '88; m. Ruth Miller, Cumberland, R. I., 1818. 
839—11. Nancy Scott, b. Apl. 10, '93; d. Sept. 26, 1798. 
840—12. Leonard Scott, b. May 18, '95; d. Sept. 28, 1798. 
841—13. Paulina Scott, b. Apl. 5, 1802; d. in mature maidenhood 1822, a. 20. 

Respectable, upright, worthy people. Mrs! Bathsheba d. Mar. 
22, 1823, in her 71st yr. Samuel Scott d. Sept. 12, 1829, in his 79th 
yr. Their remains repose and are commemorated in the ancient 
Scott Burying Ground of his native vicinage. This family branch 
no further traced. 

[200.] Jason Newell* (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), Bath- 
sheba (Ballon)*, James', James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., 

Jan. 22, 1757 ; m. Sarah . No report of research has reached 

us concerning the family record of this Jason Newell, and we can- 
not wait to ascertain the details. 

[201.] Patience Newell* (Ehsha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), 
Bathsheba (Ballon)*, James', James^ Maturin'; b. Jan. 19, 1759; 
published in Bellingham, Mass., to William Whitely Nov. 14, 1779. 
No more told ; and, unless something is furnished us before the 
completion of this volume, both these Newells must remain in the 
Umbo of the untraced. 

[202.] Jerusha Cook* (Eld, Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)*, James', James*, Maturin' ; b. on terri- 
tory which soon after became Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 2, 1748 ; m. 
Thoinnsi Wood^ parentage, birth-date, <fec., not found ; cer. in said 
Cumberhmd Jan. 12, 1764, by bride's father. Eld. Nathaniel Cook. 
Issue, b. in Swansey, Mass. — 

843—1. Peleg Wood, b. June 5, 1767; m. Lovica 1788. 

Thomas Wood was a member of the Cumberland Six Principle 
Baptist church, baptized Sept. 9, 1764. Whether his wife was is 
not told. Soon after mge. they removed to Swansey, Mass. There 
Mrs. Jerusha d. Sept. 13, 1767. Mr. \Vood returned to Cumber- 
land, and was married to Molly Tillson ; cer. Dec. 3, 1769, by Eld. 
Nathaniel Cook. He had 6 chn. by his 2d wife, among whom 
were Beuben and Tillson ; but these do not come into our Ballon 
account. • 


[Nos. 208 AND 204] are i)aHHe(i over, James and Elias Cook hav- 
in«r (1. in infancy. 

[205.] Nathaniel Cook', (Elcl. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nich- 
olas, Walter), Martha (Ballon)', James', James", Maturin'; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 4, 1748; m. Amey W/rlpp/r, Daniel', 
(Samnel, John), b. in Cumberland, Apl. 14, 1742; cer. in said 
Cumberland, Nov. 24, 1768, by Peter Darlino:, J. P. Issue, all b. 
in said Cumberland. — 

843—1. Esek Cook, b. Dec. 29, 1768; m. Thankful Whipplo about 1789. 

844—2. JeniBlia Cot)k, b. Sept. 7, *70; m. Jabez Newell. 

84*)— 8. Aniasa Cook, b. Jan. 9, '72; m. Ist Martha Heaton, 2d M. Wilkinson. 

^6_4. Whipple Cook, b. May 23, '73; m. Lucy Darling Nov. 10, 1796. 

847—5. Aniey Cook, b. May 7,*1775; d. u. m. a. about 20 yeans. 

848-6. Martha Cook, b. June 17, '77; d. u. m. Feb. 18, 1851. 

849—7. Dr. Nathaniel Cook, b. Feb. 9, '79; m. Nancy Aldrich July 14, 1805. 

mO—H. Nahum Cook, b. Nov. 10, '82; m. Lucy Ballon about 1805. 

Nathaniel (^ook" was a man of uncommon ability, enterjiriso, 
firmness iind executiveness. He rendered efficient service in the 
Revolutionary war, and was for some time in the navy, under 
command of the celebrated John Paul Jones in tlie Ship Alfi'ed, 
as Landsman. His i)ai)ei-s show that he reed, wa^es and prize 
money for at least three months of such naval service. How long 
or frequently he served in the army we have not learned, but 
probably to a more considerable amount. The published Life 
and Exploits of (!!a])t. John Paul Jones show that he took com- 
mand of the Ship Alfred and sailed Nov. 2, 1776, on a cruise for 
the capture of a fleet of coal barges, and to brtuik up a fishing- 
establishment at Ca]ie Breton ; and that the cruise was very suc- 
cessful, cai)turing many rich prizes. Nathaniel Cook" participated 
in the hazards and profits of that expedition. The late Philander 
P. Cook, a grandson of Nathaniel, possessed, in a neat frame, an 
Order of John Paul Jones approving the giandfather s demands 
for services on board the Alfred, also the receipted bill of the 
Landsman. The order beai-s the bold sign«'iture of Jones, and the 
receipt a very well written one of the payee. Prob{d)ly tliis me- 
mento vnH go down as a cherisluHl heirloom to unborn genera- 

Nathaniel' i)lanted himself on a homestead a little eastward of 
Diamond Hill in Cumberland, which he managed with great in- 
dustry and judgment — increasing its value many fold. He was a 
man of thrift, a trasted citizen, and much distinguished for the per 


sistent shrewdness with which he maintained what he deemed his 
rights in many a law-suit. He seemed to have both a propensity 
and a genius for litigation throughout his long life — having al- 
most always a case in court, and being generally successful in 
the issues. Nevertheless, he enjoyed a respectable reputation in 
community for many commendable qualities in domestic, social 
and civil relationship. He d. ^ept. 27, 1846, at the very advanced 
age of over 98 yrs. Mrs. Amey, his connubial consort, preceded 
iim some 14 yrs. She d. July 21, 1832, in her 91st yr.; whence it 
would seem she was several yrs. the oldest. 

[206.] Ariel Cook*, (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)", James', James", Maturin'; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. L, Oct. 15, 1749; m. DorroH Whipple, Av, of Danier, 
(Daniel, Samuel, John), b. in said Cumberland, Oct. 2, 1750; cer. 
Feb. 20, 1772, by Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue.— 

H51— 1. Levi Cook, b. Jan. 13, 1773; m, Ist Rhoda Darling?, 2d Sarah Cook. 

852—2. Laviuia Cook, b. Sept. 7, '74; m. James Cole Au^. 28, 1790. 

85^-3. Amo8 Cook, b. Oct. 10, '76; in. Olive Darling, Aug. 15, 1799. 

a54— 4. liucina Cook, b. Jan. 10, 79; m. Nathan Darling Feb. 6, 1803. 

85.^h-5. Ariel Cook, b. Jan. 20, '81; m. Eliza G. Sabin, Sept. 10, 1809. 

85^—6. Doreaa Cook, b. Jan. 24, '83; m. Daniel Whipple Oct. 13, 1805. 

aiT— 7. Darius Cook, b. Apl. 7, '85; m. Lucy Sherburne, Sept. 17, 1809. 

858—8. Davis Cook, b. Mar. 2, '88; m. Abigail BaUou Dec. 8, 1808. 

Ariel Cook and wife were members of the Cumberland Six Prin- 
ciple Baptist church, and he was one of its Deacoi^s. They were 
both persons of superior abilities and sterUng moral character. 
The writer well remembers "Aunt Dorcas" in her long- widow- 
hood, especially at church in the old Ballou Meetinghouse sitting 
as an Eldress in a large armed chair. She had a portly and dig- 
nified presence. She was intelligent, though like women of her 
generation and rank little schooled. She was famous, among 
other things, for keeping a record, mostly in Almanacks, of the 
births, marriages and deaths which occurred throughout her gen- 
eral neighborhood. Her Memoranda are still extant, and are both 
curious and useful. We have derived important data from them. 
It is said that " blood tells." It has done so in the posterity of 
Dea. Ariel and Dorcas (Whipple) Cook; who have exhibited 
marked talents and characteristics. The parents dwelt on the 
patrimonial homestead inherited from Eld. Nathaniel Cook, about 
one mile north of Cumberland Hill, on the road leiuling to Wren- 
ikam, Mass. We have an impression of being told that Dea. 


ArieFs death was pai-fcially iiidueed by some casualty, but do not 
recollect, particulars. However this may have been, he d. in the 
prime of middle a^e June 18, 1803. Mrs. Dorcas d. in venerable 
widowhood Dec. 24, 1839, a. 89 yrs. 2 mos. and 22 ds. 

[207.] Martha Cook', (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Mai-tha (lijillou)', James", James^ Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Se]>t. 18, 1751; m. Amofi Mltlpple, son of Daniel*, 
(Daniel, Samuel, John); cer. Dec. 12, 1784. Issue, b. in said 
Cumberland. — 

859—1. Hannah Whipple, b. Jan. 17, 1785; m. Eloazor Arnold; had 2 chn. 
860—2. Amos Whipple, Jr., b. Apl. 16, '87; d. without issue in mature a^e. 

There were two who d. in infancy — names and birth-dates not 
^iven. The writer remembers this family, excepting- the husband 
Amos, senior, who d. in early middle a^e. They were very worthy 
l)eople, whose homestead was on Diamond Hill Plain, so called. 
None of their death-dates have been placed at our command. 
Amey Ann Arnold, dr. of Eleazer and Hannah (Whii)ple) Arnold, 
m. Dr. Kelley Peck, who d. in 1840, leaving: her a widow with 3 
chn., the only sur\dvors of this hneage. No further traced. 

[208.) Silas Cook', (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballon)*, James\ James"*, Maturin'; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Mar. 23, 1753; m. 1st Joanna Ihnihaj^ dr. Dea. 
Samuel and Esther (Slack) Darlin*?, (Cajit. Samuel, Capt. John, 
Dennis), b. in Bellin^^ham, Mass., date not ascertained; cer. in 
said Bellin^rham, Oct. 26, 1775, by Rev. Noah Alden. Issue, un- 
derstood to have been b. in Cumberland, R. I. — 

Reuben Cook, b. Dee. 27, 1776; m. Martha Whipph- Apl. 35, 1802. 

PhilaCook, b. Sept. 24, '78; m. Fla\4uR J. BaUou Oct. 14, 1798. 

Phebe Cook, b. July 10, '80; m. William Gaskill; set. Pelham. 

James Cook, b. May 27, '82; m. Seliiia Mocxly. 

Silas Cook, Jr., b. Feb. 22, '84; m. wid. Patieuce Sherman Jan. 
1, 1822. 

Joanna Cook, b. Feb. 7, '86; m. Stillman Rand of Bellin^ham. 

Oluey Cook, b. June 29, '88; d. younj;. 

Ziba Cook, b. Feb. 22, '91 ; m. Sally Cook, dr. of Esek". 
8fJ9— 9. Miranda Cook, b. Apl. 9, '93; m. Stephen Cook of Wrentham. 
870—10. Michael Cook, b. May 29, '96; d. Sept. 29, 1798. 
871—11. Michael Cook 2d, b. Nov. 23, '98; d. youn^. 
872—12. Oluey Cook 2d, b. Oct. 9, 1801; m. Draper. 

Mrs. Joanna (Darling) Cook, d. in Pelham, Mass., Feb. 6, 1815, 
a. 58 yrs. Silas' m. 2d Sina (Ballon) Eawson, wid. of Cyrenius 

8«1 — 




863— 3. 

864^ 4. 










Rawson, and dr. of Maj. Reuben Ballou* by his^ first wife, Chloe 
(Comstock) Ballon, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 9, 1770; cer. in 
Pelham, Mass., Mar. 9, 1816, by Winthrop Bailey. Issue, — b. in 
Pelham, Mass. 

873J— 13. Maria Anna Cook, b. Apl. 4, 1819; m. Mauly Jillson, Sept. 26, 1837. 

Silas*, wdves and ehn. were rex)utable people of their social class. 
He d. in Pelham, Mass., Feb. 12, 1842, a. almost 89 yrs. His 2d 
wife and wid. d. at Mendon, Mass., in 1841. 

[209.] Phebe Cook', (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballou)*, James", James', Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Jan. 15, 1755 ; m. Jo,seph Thayer^ (Joseph, Samuel, 
Ferdinando, Thomas), b. in Belling-ham, Mass., June 10, 1754; cer. 
in said Cumberland May 28, 1778, by Eld. Abner Ballon. They 
sett, in Mendon, now Blackstone, Mass. Issue. — 

873-1. Reuben Tliayer, b. Mar. 21. 1779; m. Cliloe Wliite Mar. 10, 1805. 

874—2. Joseph Tliayer, b. Nov. 2, '80; m. Hoi)estill Wliite May 6, 180U. 

875—3. Asenith Thayer, b. July 23, '82; d. without issue, date not found. 

876-4. Welcome Thayer, b. Auj?. 14, '86; m. Sally Adams May 25, 1819. 

877—5. Otis Thayer, b. Mar. 10, '89; m. Mercy Paine Dec. 21, 1811. 

878—6. Phebe Thayer, b. May 23, '94; prob. d. young. 

879—7. Sally Thayer, b. Mar. 25, '97; prob. d. young. 

Phebe* and husband were of the worthy old fashioned farmer 
class. He inherited, in pai-t at least, the homestead of his parents, 
Joseph zind Abigail (Cook) Thayer, situated on the road leading 
from " Five Corners " towards Woonsocket, K. I. Those famiUar 
with that locality have often noticed the old gambrel roofed house, 
some yeai-s ago owned by Col. Lebbeus Gaskill, and more latterly 
by Mr. Russell Esty. In that domicile, we are told, Phebe" and 
husband reared their family, and died — as had his parents before 
them. Joseph d. July 13, 1821. Mrs. Phebe' d. Jan. 12, 1843, a. 

[210.] Elizabeth Cook', (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nich- 
olas, Walter), Martha (Ballou)^ James', James"*, Maturin'; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 25, 1757 ; m.. lieMjdinln Thayer^ (Joseph, 
Samuel, Ferdinando, Thomas), b. in Bellingham, Mass., Jan. 3, 
1756; cer. in said Cumberland, Sept. 16, 1779, by Jotham Carpenter, 
J. P. Tliey settled in Mendon, now Blackstone, Mass. Issue. — 

8S0 — 1. Luoina Thayer, b. not found; m. Daniel South wick. 
881-2. Lurana Tliayer, b. ** ; m. Mark Kelley. 
883—3. A«tmath Thayer, b. ** ; m. Alanson Adams. 


Elizabeth* and husband dwelt on the farm in now Blackstone, 
owned and occupied by Frank N. Thayer. Their death-dates not 
given. Presumed to have been worthy people. The data of this 
family record is too imperfect for further tracement. 

[211.] Judith Cook* (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballou)', James', James\ Maturin'; b. in Cmn- 
berland, R. I., Jan. 19, 1759; m. Nicholas Thayer (Joseph, Samuel, 
Ferdinando, Thomas), b. in Bellingham, Mass., Mar. 7, 1758; cer. 
in said Cumberland Nov. 16, 1783, by Eld. Abner Ballou. They 
settled in Mendon, now Blackstone, Mass. Issue. — 

888—1. Ariel Thayer, b. Aug. 5, 1784; m. Syh-ia White Jan. 15, 1808. 

884—2. Laurania Thayer, b. ; d. at birth. 

885—3. Sabra Thayer, b. ; d. at birth. 

880—4. Nicholas Thayer, b. June 19, 1790; m. Rachel Thayer Oct. 18, 


887—5. Al)if?ail Thayer, b. Oct. 3, '93; m. Laban Thayer Jan. 15, 1815. 

888—6. Judith Thayer, b. Mar. 7, *90; m. James Harkness Sept. 1, 1813. 

889—7. Diana Thayer, b. Oct. 7, '98; ' m. Leonard White Dec. 6, 1820. 

890—8. Phebe B. Thayer, b. , 1800; m. Southwick Harkness Ai)l. 1820. 

These parents lived, reared their family and died on a home- 
stead afterward o^vned and occupied by their son Nicholas, and 
more recently by Frank N. Adams. It is situated about a mile 
southerly from " Five Comers," on the road leading to Blackstone 
and Waterford villages. No characteristics given ; but they were 
of the yeomanry, and doubtless of fair moral standing. Their 
dejith-dates are not at our command. 

It may not be improper to apprise the reader 'that the above 
recorded Thayei-s, Joseph, Benjamin and Nicholas, were not only 
three brothers marrying three sistei-s, but first cousins to those 
sisttTs ; their mother, Abigail ((^ook) Thayer, ha\ang been a sister 
of Eld. Nathaniel Cook. 

[212.] Ananias Cook' (Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Martha (Ballou)", James', James", Maturin'; b. in Cum- 
berland, E. I., June 12, 1761 ; m. Snih/ Butler^ dr. of Benjamin 
Buth^r, resident, i)erhaps b., in Cumberland ; cer. Dec. 11, 1783, 
by Eld. Abner Ballcm. Issue. — 

891-1. Dinua Cook, b. Jmio 5, 1785; m. Dr. Lyscomb, and had 2 dra. 

81)2—2. Lurauia Cook, b. Feb. 24, '87; m. Charles Coolid^e, 2 elm. 

898—3. Lucina Cook, b. Doc. 17, *88; iii. Esok Cook. 

894-4. Lt^bbeim Cook, b. Jan. 9, '91; m. Mary Ed^ar, 9 chii. 

895—5. Wt'k'ouit' Cook, 1). D<;c. 11, '92; d. youuff. 


896-6. Sarah Cook ) b. Jan. 28, 1794; m. lier cousin, Col. Levi 

t^ins, Cook, 2d wife. 

897—7. Ananiius Cook) b. Jan. 28, *94; d. youujy. 

S8H-8. Almira Cook, b. Apl. 15. *95; m. John W. Harris, Dedham, Mass. 

Our biographical material of Ananias'^ and wife is very meagre. 
We have no characteristics, and besides the above family record, 
learn only that they first settled in Paxton, Mass., and next in 
Marlborough, Mass. There she d. March 25, 1847 ; and he, Apl. 
. 15, 1852. Their son Lebbeus inherited the Marlborough home- 
stead, and Lad 9 clin. Of his family, and those of his sisters that 
m., we have merely a few confused scraps, hardly worth printing. 
We therefore excuse ourselves from the discouraging pains and 
cost of further tracement. 

[213.] Seth Ballou', James', James', James^ Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 20, 1749; m. MarijavH Jldton, wid. of 
Israel Hilton, and prob. dr. of Jeremiah and Margaret (Tower) 
Bartlett, birth-date not found ; cer. not far from 1766. Issue. — 

ym~-\. Seth, h. Sept. 21, 1767; m. Sarah Aldrieh Feb. 1, 1789. 

900—2. Margaret, b. prob. , '69; m. John Benson Jan. 25, 1789. 

901—3. Hattie, b. Jan. 30, '71 ; * m. James Danly about 1786 or 7. 

902-4. John, b. Feb. 2, '73; m. Elizabeth Pickering Nov. 29, 1792. 

From what we can learn Seth Ballou" continued to reside in 

* Cumberland, R. I., tiD all the above named chn. had been born, 
and prob. still later. He seems to have followed his father to 
Richmond, N. H., as early as 1776. He w^as a Revolutionary sol- 
dier at Ticonderoga in 1777, w^hen that foi-tress was invested by 
the British Gen. Burgoyne. He returned not long afterward, and 
was toiling to found a comfortable home, when his career was 
suddenly cut short by death. He d. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 
15, 1778, in the 30th yr. of his age. His family were not left in 
affluent circumstances, and shifted as best they could for a tolera- 
ble future. The widowed mother subsequently married her 3d 
husband, a Mr. Garish, with whom she d. in the year 1808. The 
story of her chn., &c., will api)ear in its generation and order. 

[21-1.] Olive Ballou*, James', James', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
CumWrlaiid, R. I., May 13, 1751; m. Premrcejl WItippJc (Daniel, 
Samuel, John), b. in Cumberland, R. I., a twin with his bro. Com- 

♦TIh: Mrth-aates of the three younger of these chn. are given wllh more of gueH« work and coni- 
pr<miicc rban ♦rertain authenticity. No record was ever found, and the traditional HtaieincniH wen- 

• 'joHietiB«. Hnt we an* sure our flgures are nearly correct. 

903- 1. 

904— 2. 

im— 3. 

900- 4. 

907— 5. 

908— 6. 

909— 7. 


fort, Sept. 6, 1746 ; cer. probjibly about 1766. Issue, all b. in said 
Cumberland, excepting Tamasin, the youngest. — 

Otis Whipple, b. Doc. 28, 1767; m. Lydia Boom Mar. 15, 1798. 
Preserved Whipple, Jr., b. Mar. 27, *70; m. Betsey Howes. 
Stephen Whippks b. Nov. 27, '72;' m. Mrs. Olive Allen Apl. 5, 1795. 
Philadelphia Wliipplo, b. Apl. 25, '70; m. Solomon Peek, not far 

from 1790. 
Silas Whipple, 1). Sept. 8, '7H; m. Prusia Boyce Feb. 1, 1812. 
C<mifort Whipple, b. Jan. 7, '81; m. Betsey Gibwm Dec. 12, 1802. 
Nancy Whipple, b. Sei)t. 18, '83; d. u. m., Richmond, N. H., Apl. 
23, 1855. 

910— 8. Olive Whipi)le, 1). July 2, '8«; m. Simon Wliipplo, Jr., Auj^. 18, 


911— 9. Russell Whii)ple, b. Au^. H, '89; d. u. m. Oct. 25, 1877. 

912—10. James Wliipplo, b. Apl. 30, '92; d. n. m. Dec. , 1812. 

913—11. Tamasin Whipple, b. Sept. 7, '97; d. July , 1802. 

Olive (Ballou) Whipple" and her husband removed from Cum- 
berland, E. I., with 10 elm., to Eichmond, N. H., in 1794. There 
they had b. to them their 11th child, the above named Tamasin. 
No one has furnished us with any sketeh of their Uves, character 
and social standing, but there is «2r<>od reason for believinof that 
they averao:ed reputably with their cotemporaries of the same 
general rank in community. Mrs. Olive d. in Eichmond, N. H., 
Apl. 14, 1845, in the 95tli yr. of her age. Preserved Whippk^, her 
husband, d. May 25, 1812 or 13. 

[215.] Silas BallouJ, James,' James', Maturin' ; b. in Cumber- 
land, E. I., Feb. 24,1753; m. ILinnah Hilton^ Ax, of Israel and 
Margaret (Barthitt) Hilton, b. in said Cumberland, Feb. 22, 1756 ; 
cer. Apl. 17, 1774, by Peter Darling, J. P. Issue, all b. in Eich- 
mond, N. H., excepting the first. — 

914—1. Robocoa, 1). Sept. 8, 1775; m. Abuor Timrbor, Richmond, N. H. 

91.')— 2. Sihus, Jr., b, Apl. 5, '77; in. Elizabeth CnrtiH Jan. — , 1795. 

9U> — 3. SuKiinna, b. Dee. 17, '79; m. Benjamin Mann, Richmond, N. H. 

917—4. Patience, b. June 22, 'H2; m. Abner Dassjince, Wallin^ford, Vt. 

918-5. Urania, b. Auj?. 19, '80; m. Ezekiel Streeter, Richmond, N. H. 

919—6. Sylvia, b. May 28, US; m. Thomas Boyce, Richmond, N. H. 

920—7. Olney, b. An;;. 8, '97; m. Sarah Ballou Jan. 27, 1820. 

Silas Ballou' is said to have been somewhat wild and romantic 
in early youth, but endowed Avith a bright intt»Uect and tlie ele- 
ments of poetic genius. His advantages for education in boy- 
hood were extremely limited, and perhaps poorly improved at 
best. When ripening into manhood he went to sea, on a whaling* 


voyacfe, under a Quaker captain. On his return, when paid off, 
he was asked by the captain to sign a receipt, but liad to confess, 
with mortification, that he could not vrnie his name, and so merely 
made his mark. The captain's wife, beinof present, g-ave him a 
shari) motherly lecture, expressing her surprise to see such a good 
looking, smart young man unable to write his name, and urgently 
advised him to go home, attend school and ol)tain an education. 
He followed her ad\ace to the extent of his available opi)ortuni- 
ties, becoming an excellent penman, and a tolerable scliolar for 
his day. He seems to have mamed soon after entering his 22d 
yr.; yet went out Privateering once during the Revolutionary 
war, and had some hard exj)eriences. His father endowed him 
with a farm at the southerly portion of his territorial ]^urchase in 
Richmond, N. H., about a mile from his own domicile. There he 
and his vale took up their abode and raised their family. Mr. 
Peck visited the locality in 1862. He found the farm in possession 
of Mr. Addison Paine. The primitive house had been demolished, 
leaving the old cellar and well. We learn fui-ther, from Frederick 
M. Ballon, Esq., our assistant researcher, who recently made an 
excursion to Richmond, that the ancient bam is stOl standing. 
All accounts agi-ee in characterizing Silas"^ as a remarkable man. 
After applying himself, as before stated, tc^ the acquisition of 
knowledge, he prosecuted the pursuit with determined diligence, 
by self-instniction and books till he rendered himself one of the 
most intelligent citizens of his ^dcinage. He is said to have grad- 
ually accumulated a very respectable Ubrary, and to have been 
held in honorable esteem by all who knew him. But what most 
distinguished him was his poetic genius. He was prolific in 
rhymes from his youth, and became so addicted to that form of 
expression that he used sometimes to say he could Aviite a note of 
hand easier in it than in the usual style. We do not suppose he 
could be ranked among classic poets, or those of polished ele- 
gance ; for his erudition and culture were too homespun for that. 
But his productions were long in frequent demand throughout a 
wide rural circle, and not a few of them got into print. He wiote 
religious hymns, patriotic odes, funeral elegies, festive songs for 
social celebrations of all kinds, sonnets, acrostics, epitajihs, <fec., 
<fec. And he once amused himself by concocting into rhymes all 
the names of the eight hundred inhabitants of Richmond, which 
was printed and read to the great admiration of his towns-folk, 
and their neighbors around. He was a believer in universal sal- 
vation, and one of its earliest hymnists in this country ; though 


only a frjiorment of his productions in this line lingers in any 
modem Univorsalist hymn-book. His hymnology became obso- 
lete in the Uuivei-salist denomination, paiily on account of its 
rusticity or inelegance of poetic diction, and partl}^ because 
strongly tinctured with the now antiquated peculiarities of what 
the famous Dr. Huntington aptly styled " Calvinism Improved." 
This was the type of Universalism to which Silas* had been con- 
verted, and which characterizes a considerable number of his 
hymns, but it is not probable that he troubled himself much about 
theological criticism, and so naturally versified his ideas according 
to the phase of doctrines then predominant among his fellow be- 
lievei-s. Nor is it unlikely that he may have afterward outgrown 
some of his early opinions. We are uncertain on this point. We 
have been privileged to examine and make extracts from a coi)y 
of his Hymn-Book, preserved in the " Library of the Universalist 
Historical Society " connected with Tufts College, and shall take 
the liberty of using all the space we dare to in presenting si>eci- 
mens of our poet*s genius fi'om that little volume, and from other 
printed effusions of a more miscellaneous and fugitive nature. 
Whtither any other collection of his rhymes was ever made and 
pul)lished, besides this Hymn Book, we are not sure, but we j^re- 
sume not. Yt^t many others were printed in transient form, of 
which we hfive been furaished enough to serve as samples for this 
work. We will begin with a selection from his Hymns. 


1. Almij^hty Gkxl in liein^ was, 

Before the world be^m, * 

And Wisdom, he dwelt with him there. 
And was his only 3^>n. 

2. Then God by wisdom spoke tht» word, 

And bid the world arise; 
The heav'ns obeyed their sovereign Lord, 
And seas and eart.h and skies. 

8. Tlieii f?l<w>iny bore the sway, 
Till h(» created lit?ht ; 
He I'ormM the lif?ht, and called it day, 
And caird the darkness nipht. 

4. He eall'd the waters to their place. 
And *?ave the deei) its bonnd; 
Tlie wat4»rs he pronounced seas. 
And earth he namM the ground. 


5. Now let the verdant graAs arise, 
And herbs bring forth their seed, 

After his kind of every size: 
And so it was indeed. 

6. Now in the firmament appears 
Tlie lights which he liath given, 

For signs and seasons, days and years, 
To us beneath the Heav*n. 

7. He made the sun to rule the day. 
Which gives the moon her light; 

He made the moon and stars, and they 
Were made to rule the night. 

8. He formed every creeping thing, 
And fish of every size, 

And beast, and fowl of ev'ry wing, 
And every thing that flies. 

9. And so God bless'd them all indeed. 
With innocence and food. 

And bid each multiply his seed, 
For he pronounc*d them good. 

In the II. Hymn he goes on after the same fashion to describe 
the creation of Adam and Eve, according to the record of Genesis. 
Hymn III. seta forth their Fall.^ 

1. Adaniy and Eve his harmless dame. 
Dwelt in a paradise, at ease; 
I Until the subtile seriient came. 

And by seduction broke their peace. 

I 2. The fruit of which they were deny'd, 

I Was pride and knowledge, sight and sense; 

I He gave it them, they ate and dy'd. 

And lost the joys of innocence. 

3. All Adam' ft seed were in his loins; 

Whien he transgress'd, and were undone; 
To bring about the grand designs 
Of the eternal three in one. 

4. Adam was plac'd in i)aradise, 

In his own strength, God left him there, 
And he was soon overcome by vice; 
Which shows what feeble things we are. 

5. His numerous seed by union joined, 

To him, the head of all the earth; 
This fruit produced a carnal mind, 
The which is enmity and death. 


6. The human world in Admn atood, 

And in him they were all defiled; 
He lost communion with his God, 
And from sweet Kdcn was exiled. 

7. The Cherubima and flaminj? sword, 

To j^iard the tree of life were set; 
This tree to none could life afford. 
Till justice had its lawful debt. 

8. Adanif and all his num'rous host, 

Could not have healM the breach he made; 
But Christ appt^ared and paid the cost. 
On whom the whole demand was laid. 

In similar strain and diction Hymn IV. proclaims the Covenant 
of Grace between the Triune Persons, accordinoc to which human 
redemption was to be consummated by Christ. — 

1. This noble act of ^a<!e was done, 

By the coetpial Trinity, 
Before creation was bejirun. 
And Christ became our surety. 

2. God he appointed Christ the Lamb, 

An head to all the human race; 
Thus he by will and union came 
To stand in every sinner's place. 

3. Then God the Father he resij^ns 

To Christ, his son, the num'rous host, 

That should proceed from Adam's loins. 

And says, ' dear son, let ncme be lost. ' 

4. I give all things into thy hands, 

Thy care is o'er a vast extense; 
My sons shall break my just commands, 
And thou must bear the whole exi>ense. 

5. Thou must a human body take 

To satisfy my injured laws; 
And of thy soul an offering make, 
And suffer death upon the cross. 

0. But thou shalt rise again, my son. 

And reign o'er heav'u and earth and seas, 
And ev'ry knee shall bow to thee, 
And ev'ry t<mgue proclaim thy praise. 

7. The glorious son agreed to this. 

For well he loved the famous plan; 
He left the heavenly hills of bliss, 
And dy'd and rose for every man. 


The whole collection contains one hundred and fifty hymns, and 
some twenty versified Psalms of David. They exhibit a larpre 
variety of doctrinal, argumentative, controversial and devotional 
matter,— often homely and commonplace, with poor rhjiilim and 
accent, yet nearly all containing more or less poetic flashes of 
genins. In estimating the merits and demerits of such a man*s 
compositions, we must not tiy them by high literary and classical 
standards, but remember their rough and humble origin. As we 
have already stated, Silas Ballou* was mainly self-educated under 
many disadvantages, and had little time amid manual pui*suits to 
polish his prcxluctions. We proj>ose to add a few brief si)ecimens, 
extracted here and there from his hymns, and then several othei-s 
from his miscellaneous effusions. 

Glory to God who reij^ns on liij^h ; 

Salvation to the reigninj? Lamb, 
At whose command his angels fly, 

And everlasting i)eace proclaim. 

The wilderness shall hear the voice; 

The needy they shall find reiwse; 
The desert lands shall leap for joy, 

And bud and blossom like the rose. 

High on a throne forever crown'd 
JrsuH OUT constant lover reigns; 

His love extendi the globe around, 
And everlastingly remains. 

The raging seas may cease to roar; 

The earth and skies may all remove; 
The sun may set and rise no more ; 

But Christ can never cease to love. 

True faith it is a i)reciou8 grace ; 

Good God, it is a gift of thine ; 
It serves to view thy lovely face, 

And t-o converse with things divine. 

This is a faith that works by love ; 

A faith that purifies the heart; 
It bids our slavish fears remove, 

And every doubtful thought depart. 

See the proud Pharimies conspire, 
With zeal and selfish might; 

St*e how they labor, sweat and tire, 
To make one proselyte. 

Hymn 12. 

Hvmn 13. 

Hymn 48. 


When they pronounce him finished well, 
Each part completely fair; 

He's twice as much the child of hell 
As his converters are. 

They wash the outside white and clean, 
But never cleanse the heart; 

Nor yield him iieace, nor love within; 
For that's beyond their art. 

Ye shall be try'd by heav'nly fire. 
And ye must suffer loss; 

Yourselves be sav'd, your works expire, 
And ye be cleansed from dross. 

*Tis Gk>d that brings the haughty low. 
He doth the proud abase; 

Tis he that makes the sinner know 
The evil of his ways. 

'Tis God that forms the mind anew. 

By his creating word; 
'Tis he that gives us eyes to view 

The mercies of the Lord, 

'Tis God that draws onr hearts along. 
With his inviting voice; 

'Tis he that makes the feeble strong, 
And mourners to rejoice. 


Hymn 69. 

Hymn 91. 

" Ilhtory of the A //wrlcan lievohittonary ^V<lf' with Great Brit- 
ahC Tliis was printed and bears date "Kicliniond, N. H., 1815." 
It consists of twenty-one eight-line stanzas, written in an easy oflF- 
hand diction. The following are extracts. — 

Old England, forty years ago, 
Wlien we were young and slender, 
Conspired to give a mortal blow. 
But God was our defender; 
Jehovah saw her horrid plan — 
Great Washington he gave us — 
His holiness ins))ired the man 
With power and skill to save us. 

She sent her fleets and armies o'er 
To ravage, kill and i)lunder; 
Onr heroes met them on the shore. 
And beat them bjiok \>ith thunder. 


Our independence they confessed, 
And with their hands they signed it, 
But on their hearts 'twas ne'er impressed— 
For there I ne'er could lind it. 

And since that time they have been still 
Our liberties invading, 
We bore it, and forebore, until 
I Forbearance was degrading: 

Begardless of our sailor's right, 
Imr)re8sed our native seamen, 
Made them against their country fight, 
And thus enslaved our freemen. 

Great Madison besought the foe- 
He mildly did implore them— 
To let the suffering caiitives go, 
But he would not restore them. 
Our commerce too they did invade, 
Our ships they searched and seized, 
Declaring also, we should trade 
With none but whom they pleased. 

I He then goes over the leading historic achievements of the 
I SHond war mth England, and closes thus.— 

** Now in ourselves we can confide, 
Abroad we are respected. 
We've checked the rage of British pride, 
Their haughtiness corrected; 
First to the God of boundless power 
Be thanks and adoration. 
Next Madison, the wondrous flower 
And jewel of our nation. 

Next Congress does our thanks demand. 

To them our thanks we tender; 

Our heroes next by sea and land, 

To them our tlianks we render. 

Let us be jnst, in union live — 

Then who will dare invade us? 

If any should, our Gt)d will give 

His angels charge to aid us. " 

H(» was no non-resistant, nor dissenting Federalist, but an 
luicomproniising war-party Republican of that day. And such 
Yankee rhymes Jis these were hugely j^opular with the multitude 
of his burly compatriots. 





This production comijrises eleven stanzas, each of eight long 
lines having ten to twelve syllables. It is on the plane of heroic 
verse and spirit, with brag enough in it to suit the market. Our 
space permits the insoi-tion of a minor portion. 

Yo tars of Cohimbia, jnve ear to iiiy st-ory, 

Wlio foiiffht with brave Perry where cannon did roar, 

Y'our valor has gained you an immortal j^lory— 

A fame that will last till time is no more. 

Columbia's tars are the true sons of Mai*s, 

They rake fore and aft when they fight on the deep. 

On the bed of Lake Erie, commandtid by Perry, 

They caused many Britons to take their last sleep. 

Then follows a tearing description of the battle — ^in measure, 
accent and rhyme not altogether faultless, but suited to the oc- 
casion, and to the taste of maiiial patriots, who can sing with 
equal ra^iture of brotherly love in theory and fi*aternal slaughter 
in practice ! 

Tlie Lawrence sustained a most dreadfid tire; 
She fought three to one for two glasses or more, 
While PeiTy undaunted did firmly stand by her, 
And the proud foes heav>' broail-sides did pour; 
Her masts being shattered, her rigging all tiittered, 
Her booms and her yards being all shot away. 
And few men on deck to manage the wreck, 
Our hero on board no longer could stay. 

There's (me gallant act of our noble commander 
While writing my song I must notice with pride; 
While launch 'd in a boat that carried his standard, 
A ball whistled through her just close by his side; 
Says Perry— * Those villains intend for to drown us, 
But push cm, my brave boys, you need never fear,' 
And then with his coat he plugged up the boat, 
Through sulphur and fire away he did st(»er. 

His muse soon brings the bloody conflict to a crisis thi'ovigb 
the united bravery and skill of Pen-y and Elliot. 

O had you but seen those noble coiumandei"s 
Embracing each other when the conflict was o'er, 
And viewing those iuAdncible standards 
That never had yielde<l to any before! 


SayH Perrj', * brave Elliot, come give me your hand, Sir. 
This day yoii have gained an immortal renown. 
So long as Columbians Lake Erie command, Sir, 
Let brave Captain EUiot with laurels be crowned. 

Great Britain may boast of her confiuering heroes — 

Her Rodneys, her Nelsons and all their l)old crews, 

But Rome in her glory ne'er told such a storj'. 

Nor boasted such feats as Columbians do : 

The whole British fleet was captured complete — 

Not one single vessel from us got away 

And pris'nei-s some hundreds, Columbians wondered 

To see them all anchored and moored in our bay. 

TVe have room for only two more of a different kind. 


Kelatin*^ to a disconsolate friend's lamentable bereavement of 
his betrothed bride, whose name was Phebe . 

*Twas in the pleasant month of May, 
About the dawning of the day, 
I heard a young man say, 
I*ve lost my dearest jewel ! 

Sweet Phebe was my true love's name, 
Her beauty did my heart inflame, 
Nor could I find so fair a dame. 
To search the world all over. 

I and my true love did agree, 
That we would surely married be. 
As soon as I return 'd from sea, 
And seal the solemn bargain. 

But Oh ! when I returned again, 
Death had my sweet companion slain, 
The pride and glory of the Plain — 
In the cold grave mould'ring. 

I am forsaken and forlorn, 

I wish I never had been bom ! 

cruel, cruel, was the morn 
That brought such woful tidings. 

1 am undone ! what shall I do ? 

I'll range the earth and ocean through ; 
I'll dress in some forsaken hue, 
And spend my days in mourning. 




Oh, what makeH you Bhiver and shake, Gaffor Gay V 
And what mak^fl your nose look ho bhie ? 

* Oh, the weather is cold, and IVe fO'owu very old, 

And my doublet is not wry new — well a day.' 
Then line thine old doublet with ale, Gaffer Gay, 

And cheer thine old heart with a glass; 
*Oh, of credit I've none, and my money's all gone; 
Then say how shall this come to pass— well a day V 

Tlien hie to the house, on the hill, Guflfer Gay, 
Well fenc'd both in rear and in front; 

* Oh, he'll double his locks, and threati^n the stocks. 

If a ])oor man approaches in want — well a day.' 

Tlu* 's<iuire has fat beef and bn)wn ale, Gaffer Gay, 
And the season will welcome you there; 

* Oh, his beef and his beer, and his merry good cheer, 

Are all for the young and the fair— well a day.' 

My proi)erty's small, I confess. Gaffer Gkiy, 
But while it does last, man shall live; 

* Oh, it's the i)oor man alone who hears the poor moan, 

And a mite of his morsel will give— well a daj*.' 

Many of these war-songs and ballads were adapted to familiar 
old times, and siing to great admiration, in social gatherinop 
throughout the general region where the author was known. 

Having used all the space allowable, and perhaps too much, I 
must refrain fi-om further extracts. I have not given the foregoing 
samjdes for the Literati, and do not ask their pardon, but for the 
gratification of our common minded Ballous, and especially of 
those more or less nearly related to Silas*, who ai)prove of such 
a commemoration of his genius. He d. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 
10, 1837, a. all but 84 yrs. Mrs. Hannah, his widow, soon followed 
him. Hhe d. May 27, 1887, a. 81 yrs. 3 mos. and 5 ds. 

[21().] Susanna Ballou\ James*, James", James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 16, 1755 ; m. Natlmn llarhH^sa^ son 
of Adam Harkness, b. in Smithtield, R. I., Dec. 4, 1745 ; cer. in 
Richmcmd, N. H., June 4, 1775. Issue, all b. in said Richmond. — 

JI21~1. James Harkness, b. Nov. 4, 1775; m. Sarah Farnum May 31, 1797. 

J)22-2. Elijah Harkness, b. Sept. 15, '77; m. Martha Bassett 1808. 

923—3. Sarah Harkness, b. Sept. 30, '79; m. Artemas Bassett Mar. 28, 1805. 

924—4. George Harkness, b. Jan. 7, '82; m. Betsey Southwick 1805. 


935-5. 01)t»d HttrkneHH, b. Fe}). 10, 1784; m. wid. Ruth Raudall Jan. 1), 1B58. 

9*26-6. Susanna Harkness, b. Mar. 34, '86; m. Daniel BaHsott 1810. 

927-7. Elifiha Harkness, b. Jan. 7, *89; m. Lucy Twitcliell. 

938-8. Aaron Harkness, b. Oct 14, *91; m. Phebe Bennett. 

92»-9. Meribab Harkness, b. Mar. 12, '96; m. Asa Chase. 

Susanna* wan the 2(1 wife of Nathan Harkness. He ni. his 1st 
in Smithtiekl, R. I. She was Hannah Buffuiu, dr. of Josei)h Buf- 
fum, and became the mother of three chn., viz. John, Natliau and 
Cynthia. She d. Nov. 15, 1773. So Nathan Harkness, Sen., was 
the father of 14 chn. No bio^aphical reminiscences of husband, 
wive,s or chihh'en have }>een accorded to us ; but we have g-ood 
reasons for belie\ano- the whole famrly to have been truly worthy, 
intelligent and respectable people of the yeoman class. He d. in 
Sept. 1822. Mrs. Susanna* d. Nov. 26, 1834. 

[217.] OziEL Ballou", James*, James^ James', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., July 11, 1757; m. ILuumh liohhmm of Attle- 
lK)ro', Mass., dr. of Elijah and Sarah (Smith) Robinson, b. Dec. 
24, 1760, to '65; cer. Dec. 7, 1790. Issue, all b. in Richmond, 

9.30—1. Oziel, b. June 6, 1794; d. u. m. Feb. 2, 181H. 

931—2. Ebenezer, b. Au^^ 20, *96; m. Mary Boyce Dec. 31, 1815. 

932—3. Tamasin, b. Apl. 19, '99; ni. Joseph Davis, Royalstou, Mass. 

933-4. Esek, b. Aug. 28, 1808; d. u. m. Apl. 29, 1^58. 

934—5. James, b. Dec. 30, '10; d. u. m. Oct. 14, 1834. 

Russell Whipple, with whom, in his old a^e, Mr. Peck had 
much valuable coiTespondence relating to the Ballous of Rich- 
mond, N. H., and whose mother was Olive (Ballon) Whipple, 
already noticed, characterized his uncle Oziel thus. — " Uncle Oziel 
Ballon lived with his father till his father s death. He was al- 
ways a home child, and liked home when a man. He was a 
farmer — had but little education — took delight in raising stock — 
was prudent, economical, and would see that every cent was saved. 
He was very anxious that his children should be well educated, 
and three of them were school teachers. He owned a larg-e lot of 
landed property, and was worth considerable." 

Mrs. Hannah (Robinstm) Ballou d. on the ])atrimonial home- 
stead in Richmond, N. H., Oct. 6, 1818. OzieP d. June 23, 1838, 
aged almost 81 yrs. 

[218.] Tamasin Ballou*, James*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., June 29, 1759 ; m. l)i\ Jiheneza' ISv'an, from 
Attleborough, Mass., 1776, whose i>arentage, birth-date, &c., have 


not been ascertained ; cer. Feb. 15, 1778. Issue, all understood to 
have been b. in Richmond, N. H., as also one other unnamed in- 

935—1. Ebenezer Swan, Jr., b. July 19, 1779; m. Esther Mann St^pt. 16, 1798. 

936—2. Robert Swan, b. Nov. 29, '81 ; in. Elizal>eth Sabin. 

937—3. James Swan, b. A))!. 8, '85; d. yonng. 

938—4. Tamasin Swan, b. Deo. 2, '87; m. Jonathan Cass 1804. 

939—5. Mary Swan, b. Sept. 9, '88; m. Jonathan Walker Auj?. 8, 1814. 

940—6. Lois Swan, b. June 6, '92; m. EUis Thayer Jan. 20, 1811. 

941—7. Nancy Swan, b. Feb. 20, '95; m. Abner Barden Jime 4, 1823. 

942—8. Hannah Swan, b. Feb./97; m. Stephen Buffum. 

943—9. Ballon Swan, b. Nov. 20, '99; m. Lucy Buffum 1818. 

We sought a great deal more biographical information concern- 
ing Tamasin '' and her husband than we obtained. The most we 
have learned is that she was the handsomest maiden in Richmond, 
rather small in stature, with sparkling black eyes, lively intellect, 
prepossessing mjpners, and had many admirei's ; that after mar- 
riage she often accompanied the Dr. on his visits among his pa- 
tients, riding on horseback behind him in the old fashioned pillion 
style ; always welcomed ; that the Dr. himself soon rose from an 
humble beginning into reputable j)rofessional distinction in his 
general vicinage, established a comfortable home for himself and 
family, and made life a success. From the httle that has been 
communicated to us, we cannot doubt that Dr. Swan, his wife and 
family deservedly held a prominent rank in society. He. d in 
Richmond Mar. 18, 1820, in his 70th yr. Mrs. Tamasin d. there 
Jan. 31, 1842, in her 83d >a-. 

[219.] James Ballou', James*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 25, 1761 ; m. Mehetahel Ingalh^ dr. of 
Henry Ingalls, Esq., of Richmond, N. H., b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
July 21, 17()4; cer. in Richmond Nov. 5, 1786, by the bride's father, 
Heniy Ingalls, J. P. Issue, aD b. in said Richmond. — 

944—1. James, b. Mar. 15, 1788; d. July 19, 1789. 

945-2. James, b. Oct. 15, '94; m. Rebecca Ellis Oct. 1815. 

94(J— 3. Henry, b. Sept. 6, '9(5; m. Plioebe Tanner Mar. 20, 1823. 

947—4. Mehetabel) b. Mar. 15, '99; m. Abram InpillB 1815. 

948-5. RufuK J *^'^""' b. Mar. 15, '99; d. Apl. 15, 1799. 

949—0. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 21, 1801; m. Abram Garfield Feb. 1820. 

950—7. Alpha, b. May 19, 1800; m. Amos Boynton 1826. 

James Ballou*" was a man of rare and pecuUar abiUties. He 
was uncommonly well educated, though chie% by self-tuition, 
was a successful teacher of j^outh in early manhood, after marriage 


settled near his father on one of his fjpift-farms, in the southwest- 
erly section of Richmond, but later removed nearer the centre of 
the town, and engaged in merchandise, lliissell Whipple, his 
nephew, in one of his lettei-s to Mr. Peck, said. — " Uncle James 
Ballon was a man well educated, and a school-teacher for several 
years. He lived apd died respected, and htul not an enemy in the 
world. In regard to Fortune-telling, he had a peculiar gift from 
a child. He was what is termed clairvoyant. In some instances 
he astonished learned men by foretelling future events." It was 
in this role of Fortune-teller that he won his chief distinction. 
How far his natural gift of clairvoyance extended, we have never 
been satisfactorily informed, — j)robably far enough to form the 
basis of his professional fame ; for he was long the oracle of con- 
sultation to thousands scattered over an area of between fifty and 
one hundred miles in diameter ; made up of romantic youth who 
longed to peer into their future marriage relations or worldly 
luck, and of older people who had lost property by thieves or 
some sti'ange mishap, — in fine, of a multitude greedy from various 
causes for marvelous revelations. To his original faculties he 
added a considerable knowledge of Astrology fi-om books, and 
indeed used to say to his confidential fiieuds, that this science 
and its mathematical deductions were his most reliable resources 
in working out problems. He was w^ell skilled in mathematics 
generally. Besides all this, he was a quick reader of human 
nature, and knew how to adapt himself readOy to all soi-ts of 
people, characters and cases. He was at once a shrewd, genial 
and amia})le man, and did not scruple to put in guess-work, mysti- 
fication and cunning devices, when he could do so to advantage 
isithout harming his customers. Many of them were doubtless 
ignorant, credulous and superstitious. With such he played oft* 
ai)pearances and some harmless tricks. He had his conjurer's 
robe, wand and hieroglyi)hics, masks and hocus-pocus — astonish- 
ing some, amusing othei-s, and striking the more susceptible with 
awftil emotions. But being really benevolent and kind hearted, 
he was careful to wrong no one. Nor does he appear to have 
much enriched himself by his profession. He kept open dooi-s 
for the entertainment of his clients fi'om abroad — a sort of public 
house, with a stable for their horses, a bar of choice liquoi's, a 
good table for refreshment, and respectable lodgings; but was 
generally moderate in all his charges. He got his sobriquet of 
"Conjurer" among the multitude probably from his paraphernalia 
and mystical ceremonies ; many supposing him to be a great nuis- 


ter of the " Black Art," with power even to " rawe and hiy the 
Devil " at discretion ; all which was mere parade and sham. He 
used to visit his Khode Island cousins, of whom the writer's 
father was one, and to amuse their families with laughable stories 
of his professional exploits and experiences. The writer was then 
too yt)ung to have personal remembrance of him or his stories, 
but has often heard his mother repeat the substance of several. 
Among them are the following. — " One day," said the Astrologer, 
" a queer looking maiden lady rode into our open door-yard on a 
little dappled mare. On dismounting and delivering her pony for 
stable care, she told me she had come forty miles to consult the 
gi-eat Foiinine-teller on an important matter; but that her stay 
must be short, and she must return as soon as possible. She 
therefore wished an immediate private consultation. I infeiTed 
from the urgency of her manner that some murder, robbery or 
theft had been committed at her home, or that some valuable 
article of property^ had been lost. On seating her in my recep- 
tion room, she looked furtively around, and inquired if that was 
my most private apartment. I took her into one more retired 
and less exposed to intrusion or overhearing. And now came 
out, in an anxious, half-suppressed tone, her momentous errand. 
* Shall I ever be manied ?' I concealed my astonishment, glanced 
inoffensively at her uncouth physiognomy, and felt that it was a 
hard case. For nature had knocked her forehead one way and 
her chin the other, set her blear eyes juskew, twisted her sharj) 
nose badly, and given her lank face a skin as brown as a dried 
shad. Well, what was to be done? I went through my customary 
formulas, and ciphered out her destiny as quickly as possible. I 
gave luir as hopeful a forecast as the nature of tlie case permitted, 
and sent her off with the most comfortable assurances my inge- 
nuity c(mld deduce. I never heard from the fair maiden again." 
This was told with such sarcastic gi-avity, such lurking twinkles of 
fun, and such ineffable airs of droUeiy, that all present were con- 
vulsed with laughttir. 

But this was nothing to another, narrating one of his grim 
farces at " raising the Devil." Early one forenoon a large coach- 
load of dashing ycmng fellows, mostly fi'om Boston, arrived at 
the Astroh)ger's residence. They were ranging through the up 
country regions with their coach and four, to air themselves, dis- 
(u)ver rare sights, hunt up pleasure, and have a gi*and good time. 
They had heard marvellous things of Ballou, the famous con- 
jurer, and come somewhat out of their way to test his prowess. 


They were full of money, and ordered for themselves and horses 
the best fare that could be aflforded. They were served accord- 
. mgly. Their hair-brained mirth and dare-devil impudence taxed 
the i)atience and wit of their host rather severely ; for they smashed 
furniture, hurled tumblei's through windows, and were bent on a 
costly frolick — significantly slapping their pocket books, and giv- 
ing the conjurer to understand that they should make good all 
damages. Meantime he was x^lanning how to sober them before 
they left. The whole day, excei)ting those portions consumed in 
luscious refreshment, was spent in lioroscopic evolutions and rev- 
elations, until, one by one, all had had their foi-tunes told. The 
sun was near its setting, bills were lavishly paid, and their coach 
horses harnessed for departure, wlien suddenly t)ne of the com- 
pany cried out, "There now, we have forgotten one thing we 
agreed on, which was to have Ballon raise the Devil. Damn it, 
we can't go till we have seen that^ Whereupon all joined in a 
vociferous demand, "Mr. Ballon, you must raise the Devil for us 
before we leave.'* The Magician's countenance instantly assumed 
an aspect of frowning awe which cowered his roystering rowdies 
at once into civility. His h(mr had come for revenge. " Young 
gentlemen," said he, in a solemn tone, " you known not what you 
ask; it is an awful thing! You would not be able to endure the 
sight!" "O yes we can," responded several faltering voices. 
"Well then, will you conform to requisite conditions, be seated 
and not utter a word during my incantations?" They nodded 
assent. He tipped a sly wink to his brother Russell Ballon, who 
acted as his accomplice in such cases, seated his expectants in a 
semi-circle around the outside of the room, and arrayed himself 
in his magical attire, covered with divers wondrous hieroglyphics. 
Then with his stately white and black wand, fitted with chalk at 
one end and charcoal at the other, he drew a black and white 
circle several feet in diameter, on which were denoted the twelve 
signs of the zodiac. Then, with a most awful giavity, he touched 
sign after sign, and pronounced the incomprehensible jargon of 
his hocus-pocus. The latent superstition of his auditors was now 
fully aroused, and some of them were already pale. " The charm 
works," said he, " I shall succeed in a moment. You will pres- 
ently hear his signal overhead, and note the strange sound of his 
cloven-foot, with uneven step descending the stairway. Prepare 
yourselves ; and if his appearance should prove too horrible for 
endurance, some one of you call out for me to ^l(ty' him, and I 
will do it. I can do it only on your urgent -demand," The arch 



fiends si^al was immediately heard, and the indescribable tluunp- 
a-thuiiip of his cloven-hoof soon followed, to the evident terror of 
the now subdued metropolitans. His Satanic majesty was ri^^^ed 
in all the monstrous paraphernaUa of a mighty goblin. Such a 
face, mouth, eyes, horns, &c., might have done honor to the neth- 
ermost infemals. He reached, with fearful tread, the lower entry, 
and the door creaked on its hinges. Slowly it opened, and Diabo- 
lus revealed his horrid form. They all recoiled with a shudder, 
and before he had fairly entered they had seen enough. All but 
one of the party seemed paralyzed, and he cried -out aghast, "Lay 
him! Lay him!" No sooner said than done. The Magician 
waved his potent wand, and the spectre w'as gone. Mr. Ballou, 
who had given tliis story in his own graphic style, closed it thus. 
— " Those saucy fellows were thorouglily sobered. Not another 
impei-tinent word came out of their mouths. They begged to be 
allowed to remain with me and under my protection till morning. 
Their hoi-ses were unharnessed and re-stabled for the night. They 
were shown to their lodgings, and a stiller house for one night I 
never had. They rose with the sun next morning, paid theii- bills 
handsomely, and pohtely left me with all the deference due to one 
who had at his command the powers of darkness." 

He had an inexhaustible fund of tales and anecdotes to repeat, 
was social and humorsome, deUghted to amuse his fiiends with 
his narrations, and would laugh them off in a certain refined way 
without noise, by shaking his partially coipulent sides, amid the 
general mii-th of his auditors. 

The most remarkable of his astrological predictions was that of 
his own death. We have it, on several concuirent and reliable 
testimonies, that he actually did this to the veiy day. On the 
morning of the predicted day he was in his usual health. His 
men were preparing the greensward of a cei-tain field for plowing, 
by digging and dragging off several large stones. He shouldered 
his plowshare, after breakfast, and walked to a neighboring black- 
smith shop to get it sharpened. The blacksmith was familiar with 
him, and also with the jirediction of his death. He had hardly 
laid down the plow^share, with his request to have it sharpened, 
when his blacksmith friend said to him, "How is this, Mr. Ballou? 
I thought this was to be the day of your death." " So my repeated 
calculations uniformly resulted," answered the Astrologer. " They 
have i)roved correct in most cases. But I never felt better than 
to-day, and really lioi>e I have made some mistake in my figur- 
ings." He went home with his sharpened plowshare, and out 


into the field where his dUig-ent employees were hauling off atones. 
One heavier than the rest baffled their efforts to turn it over on to 
the drag. On the spur of the moment he joined in the hard lift to 
load it, but bui-st a blood-vessel, bled profusely, was conveyed to 
his bed, and died before night! 

He had large views of God and human destiny, and had no 
fears of his disposal in the great hereafter. He did not live to be 
old, but ended his mortal career in the rii>eness of middle age — 
having but just passed his 47th birthday. His last years seem to 
have been clouded with pecimiaiy adversity. He went into mer- 
cantile partnership with his cousin, Mr. James Cook, under the 
firm name of "Cook & Ballou," near Kichmond centre. Trade 
was not in the line of his mission. They failed, not far from 1804. 
He did his utmost to settle honorably with his creditors, but could 
not overcome the entail of embarrassments. He d. Apl. 30, 1808, 
and his widow, who settled his estate, was able to pay only about 
20 per ct. of the claims against the same. But no one breathed 
reproach, or aught but respect for his memory, and sympathy 
with his family. In 1810 the widow, with her five surviving chn., 
removed to Worcester, Otsego <;!o., N. Y., where they resided until 
the autumn c^ 1814. They then removed to Peny, Muskingum 
Co., Ohio, and settled. There Mrs. Mehetabel, the widowed wife 
and mother, d. Dec. 4, 1821. She is said to have been eminently 
worthy of her relationship to her departed husband. 

[220.] KussELL Ballou", James*, James', James', Maturin'; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., July 11, 1763; m. Jfenrietfa Ahlr'ah, dr. of 
Jonathan and Patience Aldrich of said Cumberland, b. Aug. 20, 
1764 ; cer. Feb. 23, 1783, by John Dexter, J. P. Issue, all under- 
stood to have been b. in Richmond, N. H. — 

»51— 1. Betsey, b. Oct. 6, 1783; m. Royal Blandin^ Nov. 18, 1802. 

»52— 2. Amey, b. Oct. 27, '85; m. Stephen Parks. 

»53— 3. Nicena, b. Mar. 6, 1788; m. Abel Bliss about 1800. 

954—4. Aflfiuire, b. May 8, '92; in. Arathusa Maynard May 29, 181(j. 

955—5. Russell, b. Sept. 9, '94; m. Lucy D. Norton Jan. 29, 1823. 

950—6. Luther, b. Sept. 7, '97; m. Clarissa Davis Dec. 3, 1818. 

957—7. Prificilbi, b. June 25, 1800; d. u. m. May 8, 1814. 

958—8. Olive, b. Aug. 29, '03; m. Jacob Boyce 1829. 
One son named Russell d. in early infancy. 

Russell Ballou'^, was a hale, industrious, ener^^retic farmer. He 
first settled on a part of the tract originally purchased by his 
father, between the homesteads of his bros., Seth and Daniel, 
about half a mile southerly from the paternal residence. We uu- 


(lei-stand liim to have purchased a more eligfible farm in Royal- 
ston, Mass., and to have removed thither not far from 1804. There 
he remained, a succeftsfiil husbandman imtil some years after the 
decease of Mrs. Henrietta, his 1st wife, which took place June 8, 
1827, a. 63 yi-s. He m. 2d Mrs. Beebe Mellen of Swanzey, N. H., 
wid. of Joel Mellen ; cer. Apl. 16, 1829, by EUjah Beldinof, J. P. 
His chn. were now all ©frown up and married. As his 2d wife had 
a considerable farm to be managed, he concluded to take up his 
abode with her and superintend the same. Meantime he seems 
to have partially arranged his affairs in relation to his children, 
and settled his son Luther on the Royalston estate. Russeir* and 
all his family sustained a highly respectable moral and social 
standing. He lived to a good old age, and was remarkably vigor- 
ous almost to the last. At foui-score he could put his foot in the 
stirrup and mount his horse for a ride with nearly the agility of 
early manhood. He d. in Swanzey, N. H., Nov. 10, 1847, aged 84 
yrs. 3 mos. and 29 days. His wid. d. in 1854. 

[221.] Aaron Ballou', James*, James', James^ Maturin' ; b. in 
CumberLand, R. I., Sept. 25, 1766; m. Cather'ine liotre)*^ dr. of 
Thomas and Penelope (Aldrich) Bowen ; b. in Richmond, N. H., 
Jan. 28, 1770; cer. Sept. 8, 1786. Issue,— und(^rstood to have 
been b. in Richmcmd, N. H. 

1)59 —1. Olivo, 1). June 19, 1787; m. Eli Fletcher. 

jmo —2. Esther, b. Deo. 22, '88; in. Benjamin Bemis. 

901 -3. Mary, b. Sept. 30, '91; m. Bri^ham Pike. 

962 —4. OtlH, b. Aup:. 25, '93; m. Betsey Joslin July 3, 1H16. 

903 —5. Aaron, b. May 10, '95; m. Elexia Sawyer Fel). 29, 1S19. 

904 —6. Ira, b. Feb. 28, '97; m. Marj- Jane Hay den Auf?. 7, 1H24. 

JMV) —7. Catherine, b. Mar. 20, '99; m. 1st Isaac Kimball, 2(1 Brigham Pike. 
900 —8. Lovisa, b. Aph 19, 1801; m. Galen Brown. 
JIOOJ— 9. Elizabeth, b. not ^iven; m. Reuben Pike. 

Aaron Ballon* settled awhile on a fann near his father in Rich- 
mond, N. H., prob. a paternal g\i\> wholly or in i)art. There all 
his chn. were 1)., as we have understood — though we are not quite 
certain about one or two of the youngest. As nearly as we can 
judge from certain documents, he sold out his homestead in the 
S[)ring of 1801, and removed to Grafton Co., N. H., to a to^^^l then 
called Concord, but afterwards Lisbon, its jn-esent name. He 
there eugagcui in merchandize for several yeai-s. The only charac- 
' terization of Aaron" that has reached us came from Russell Whip- 
ple, his nephew, to Mr. Peck, in 1873. He wrote briefly thus. — 
"Uncle Aaron Ballon was a lively, cheerful man, very well dis- 


poBed." This scanty morsel indicates that much has jjfone down 
to obhvion which mig'ht have done honor to his memory. We 
will i)re8ume that both he and his wife deserved a reputable 
record. He d. in 1807. Mrs. Catherine afterward m. success- 
ively Henry Gale and John Bley. Her death-date is imknown to 

[222.] Daniel Ballou', James*, James*, James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., May 26, 1768 ; m. M((n/ Ilix, dr. of Ephraim 
Hix of Richmond, N. H. ; cer. A])l. 8, 1787. Issue, all understood 
to have been b. in Richmond, N. H. — 

967—1. Mary, b. May 3, 1701; m. Eliphalet Hix An*?. 1811. 

968-2. Royal, h. Anj?. 7, '92; m. Polly Hix about 1811. 

969—3. Daniel, b. Feb. 11, '95; d. u. m. Nov. 1813, aged 18 yrs. 

970-4. DenniH, b. Dec. 16, '97; in. Hannah Crossmau Feb. 24, 1820. 

971—5. Nalium, b. June, 1800; m. Anna PhelpH Sept. 1821. 

972—6. Hoftea, b. July 6, 1802; m. Lorinda Barnes Feb. 1829. 

973—7. Zimri, b. Feb. 6, 1805; m. Ist Elnora Smith, 2d Phebe Wardwell. 

Daniel Ballon* had his homestead in the Ballou row of farms, 
Richmond, N. H., between those of his brothers James and Rus- 
sell. There he and his family continued to dwell till after the 
birth of his youngest son. He then sold out, and in 1806 emi- 
orrated to Solon, now Truxton, Cortland Co., N. Y. But he had 
hardly settled on his new home there, when the death-an^el sum- 
moned him to the world of spirits. He d. Dec. 1806, in the 39th 
year of his a^e, — Cleaving his wife and youn^ chn. to bear their 
sorrows and burdens as best divine providence mi^ht order. Mrs. 
Mary survived her husband many years, and died with'her sou 
Dennis Ballou in Plymouth, Chenanpfo Co., N. Y., Au^. 10, 1847, 
apred about 76 yi*s. They are understood to have been worthy 
people. Russell Whipple said of him: — "Uncle Daniel was a 
stout, robust man. He deliofhted in himting, and the l)ark of the 
hounds was music for him." Such are the diii'erent i>roclivities 
and tastes which distinoniisb members of the same family. 

[223.] Priscilla Ballou", James*, James", James', Maturin'; 
1). in Cnmberland, R. I., Jan. 3, 1772; m. Nathaniel Bullock of 
RoyaLston, Mass. ; cer. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 28, 1790. Issue, 
b. in said Royalston. — 

974 — 1. Esther Bnllock, b. 1791; d. at an untold a<?e, u. m. 
975—2. Nathaniel Bullock, Jr., b. Feb. 24, '93; m. Lovina Ballou Nov. 10, 


We liave taken unsuccessful pains to master the desirable par- 
ticulars of this family household. Several persons bearing the 
name Bullock were early emigrants from Rehoboth to Royalston, 
Mass., and m. wives there, and in Richmond, N. H., closely adja- 
cent. There were afterward frequent maniages across the town 
lines, some of which were between Bullocks and Ballous, and 
persons of both these names inhabited the two towns. It seemed 
needlessly expensive to trace Nathaniel Bullock's pedigi*ee exactly, 
and we gave it up. Priscilla Ballou* was the youngest child of 
her parents. She was of a delicate constitution, amiable manners, 
and worthy character. The strain of wifehood and maternity soon 
teiminated her earthly career, and she d. soon after the nirth of 
Nathaniel, Jr., Mar. 10, 1793, a. 21 yrs. 2 mos. and 7 ds. Tlie sub- 
sequent history of her husband has not been reported to us. 

[224.] Silence Ballou", Elisha*, James', James', Maturin'; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 20, 1750; m. Lsrdd Wtlkhmm'" of 
Smithtield, R. I., (Israel, Samuel, Samuel, Lawi-ence,) b. Mar. 10, 
1741 ; cer. Feb. 14, 1772, by Caleb Aldrich, J. P. Issue, b. in said 

970—1. Abigail Wilkinson, h. Juno 27, 1772; d. u. m. May 2, 1845. 

2. A son, b. Mar. 13, '75; d. at birth. 
977—3. Mary Wilkinson, b. Jan. 12, '76; m. 1st Amasa Cook, 3d Jeano 

4. A son, b. Nov. 18, '77; d. at birth- 
978—5. Martha Wilkinson, b. Oct. 24, '80; m. Heman Shonuan 1809. 

0. A daughter, b. Oct. 16, '83; d. at birth. 
979—7. James Wilkinson, b. Mar. 2, '80; m. Vienna Sheldon June 10, 1810. 
980—8. Israel Wilkinson, b. Mar. 23, '89; ni. Abi^il Cari>entor Dec. 10, 

981—9. Silence Wilkinson, b. Apl. 28, 91 ; m. Solomon B. Judd. 

Silence' and her husband were of the yeomanry, and held rep- 
utable rank for intelli^tnice, executive comi)etency in the affairs of 
life, and <2:enjeral moral rectitude. He was a biiihright Friend, 
but lost his membership by marrying out of the Society and re- 
fu.sinof to acknowledge soitow for it. Yet he always used plain 
dress and speech, and re^rularly attended Friends' meeting. They 
dwelt on the old i)aternal homestead in Smithfield, a shoi-t distance 
southwest from the now village of Manville. Mrs. Silence d. there 
Oct. 8, 1805, a. 55 yrs. mos. and 6 ds. He d. Sept. 13, 1818. 

[225.] Phebe Ballou\ Ehsha*, James', Jamcs^ Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, 11. 1., Jan. 19, 1752, O. S. ; m. CoL Gvtmje Peck of said 


Cumberland, but then of the British Provinces, and later of Lu- 
bec, Me. This mge. was not altogether creditable to the parties, 
or agfreeable to their respective family relatives ; he having for- 
saken his former wife, and consummating this match clandestinely 
in foreign parts. We enter not into judgment, and only regret 
the occurrence. Issue. — 

982— 1. John Peck, b. not given; tl 

983-2. Henry Peck, b. ** 

884-3. George Peck, b. ** 

985-4, Clarissa Peck, b. ** 

980-5. Nancy Peck, b. ** 

987-6. Alpha Peck, b. ** 

This family no further traced. 


m. Capt. Henry Young, New BniuHwick. 
m. Constantine Wilson, Falmouth, N. S. 
m. and sett, in New Brunswick. 

[226.] Joanna B.uxou', EUsha', James", James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 21, 1754 ; m. Chud Siaitlt of said Cum- 
berland, ptge., birth-date and particulars of cer. not ascertained. 
Issue, b. in Cumberland. — 

988-1. Owen Smith, b. Sept. 2, 1777. 

989-2. Chad Smith, b. May 24, '80. 

990-3. Nancy Smith, b. Feb. 11, '83. 

991-— 4. James Smith, b. . 

992-0. Lemuel Smith, b. Mar. 2, '8U. 

993—6. Joanna Smith, b. . 

994-7. Elisha Smith, b. . 

We have obtained but a poor showing of data in this family 
record, and see no prospect of fui*ther tracement. For aught 
reported to the contrary, Mi-s. Joanna*, her husband and family 
were woithy people, and deserve a better memorial than our in- 
formation has enabled us to give them on these pages. 

[228.] Lydia Ballou*, next of this family, b. Feb, 14, 1757, and 
d. the same yr. She was followed by another of the same name. 

[229.] Lydia Ballou*, Elisha*, James', James'', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., July 7, 1758 ; m. Levi Lee, son of Joseph and 
Ruth Lee, b. in said Cumberland May 21, 1759 ; cer. May 4, 1783, 
by Jno. Dexter, J. P. Issue, b. in said Cumberland. — 

995—1. Waity Lee, b. Oct. 15, 1783; d. u. m. Nov. 8, 1832, a. 40 yrs. 

996-2. Nancy Lee, b. Juno 5, '85; d. u. m. Oct. 31, 1880, a. 45 yr«. 

997-3. Sarah W. Lee ) . b. Auj?. 11, '88; d. u. m. Nov. 6, 1861, a. 74 yrs. 

998-4. Lydia Lee J ^^'"^*^» b. Au^. 11, 'm-, d. n. m. Dec. 1, 1824, a. 30 yrs. 

999-5. James Ballon Lee, b. Oct. 24, '90; d. u. m. Feb. 24, 183G, a. 45 yrs. 

1000-6. Mary Ann Lee, b. Mar. 18, '95; d. u. m. Apl. 30, 1853, a. 59 yrs. 


A family of ^ood social standing and moral' reputation, con- 
cerning whom our information has been, as yet, too limited to 
enable us to give them a just and ample memorial. Our impres- 
sion is that they left a very creditable life record. Mrs. Lydia* 
d. Dec. 15, 1831, in her 74th yr. Levi Lee d. in the ripe old age 
of his 85th year, Mar. 22, 1844. It is remarkable that all the chn. 
of these worthy parents died unmamed, leaving their branch of 
descent extinct. But so it is, if no mistake has been made in our 
reported information. 

[230.] James Ballou', Elisha*, James*, James', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, K. I., Dec. 11, 1760; d. in the promise of early man- 
hood, without issue, Sept. 28, 1784. He was the only son of his 
parents, amid their ilock of daughters. He inherited ,a portion 
of his deed, father s property, which he disposed of by a Will, to 
be found on the Probate records of Smithfield, K. I., B. 2, p. 235. 

[231.] Nancy Ballou*, Elisha*, James', James*', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, K. I., Apl. 25, 1763 ; m. Davkl Luphnui of Smithfield, 
R. I., son of Thomas Lapham; cer. Apl. 26, 1789, by Jothivm Car- 
penter, J. P. Unfortunately we have learned very little concern- 
ing this family. They had certainly one son, 1001 — 1, Pardon 
Lapham, who became a physician, and was located in New York 
City many years ago. But the rest is all l)lank to us. And so we 
must leave it, unless new light breaks in upon us from some unex- 
pected quaiier. 

[232.J Waity Ballou*, EUsha*, James", James^ Maturin' ; b. in 
(Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 4, 1767. She wjis never m., but had one 
son out of wedlock, by Ahaz Aldrich, i>erhups of Mendon, M^iss., 
or that general vicinity. This son, though rc^corded in Cumber- 
land, R. I., where he was b. Sumner Aldrich was afterward always 
called. — 

1003—1. SummT Ballou, b. Fub. 17, 1795; m. Celissa Cook, A'c. 

He grew up to be an intelligent, worthy, and respectable citizen 
of Mendon, Mass. His family record mil ai>[)ear in its proper 
l>lace among his kindrcnl of the n(*xt generation. Waity Ballou* 
passed through many vicissitudes of human experience — many of 
them toilsome, sad and trying. She d. in Mendon, Mass., Oct. 23, 
1839, a. 72 yi-s. 9 mos. and 19 ds. 

[233.J Lucy Balu)i:', Elisha*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, E. I., Feb. 19, 1770. She lived many yeai*s Avitb her 


widowed mother, Mrs. Hepbzibah (Thayer) Ballou, in Mendon, 
Mass., and there d. Sept. 3, 1802, a. 32 yrs. (> mos. and 15 ds. Her 
aged mother soon followed her to the world of spirits. She was 
the youngest of Elisha Ballou's chn., and we never heard anything 
to her discredit. 

[234.] Samuel Cook', son of William (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), and Priscilla Ballou*, James'*, James", Maturin'; b. in 
Bellingham, Mass.; Nov. 12, 1755. We have been unable to find 
any trace of this person, and suppose he must have d. young, per- 
haps in Bellingham, before his j^arents emigrated to Bichmond, 
N. H. 

[235.] Susannah Cook', second child of William and Priscilla 
(BaDou) Cook; b. in BelUngham, Mass., Nov. 30, 1756. We must 
say the same as of her brother Samuel. 

[236.] Sylvanus Cook', (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter), Priscilla Ballou\ James"*, James", Maturin' ; b. in Bellingham, 
Mass., Sept. 5, 1758; m. Elizabeth Barney of Richmond, N. H., or 
the near vicinity, dr. of David Barney ; cer. Jan. 3, 1782. Issue, 
b. in said Richmond. — 

1003 — 1. Susanna Cook, b. not found. 

1004—3. EUzabeth Cook, b. ** 

1005—3. William Cook, b. 

1006—4. Ezekiel Cook, b. 

1007—5. Lydia Cook, b. Feb. 23, 1789. 

W^e are obliged to leave this skeleton record as above presented. 
All attemi)ts to trace this family have failed. The parents re- 
moved with their chn. (it is said) to WaUingford, Vt., or the near 
vicinity. We wrote to the Postmasters and sundry other persons 
in W^allingford and So. WaUingford, among them to a Mr. Z. T. 
Cook of the latter town, who was referred to as able to post us on 
the Cooks, but all in vain. So this line of descent is closed. 

[237.] James Cook", (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter), 
Priscilla Bidlou\ James", James", Maturin'; b. in Bellingham, 
Mass., June 7, 1760; m. 1st KUzaheth ImjalU of Kichmond, N. H., 
dr. of Henry Ingalls, Esq. ; cer. Oct. 15, 1780. Issue, b. in said 
Richmond. — 

1008—1. Lncy Cook, ) b. Zv\y 17, 17S4; d. Apl. 19, 171)9. 

1009—2. Samuel Cook, ( *^^^' b. ** '* ; d. July 17, 178-4. 
1010—3. James Cook, b. Apl. 14, 1788; d. Jan. 6, 1796. 



1011—4. Elizabeth Cook, b. Aug. 32, 1791; d. Aug. 23. 17D4. 

1012—6. Polly Cook, b. Oct. 11, '93; d. Aug. 25. 1794. 

1013—6. Lucretia Cook, b. Jan. 23, 1795; unreiwrted. 

1014—7. Sibyl Cook, b. June 11, *97; unreported. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Ingalls) Cook d. July 18, 1800. The same year 
Nov. 2dJames'' m. ^d WaiMill Fuller (other paiiiculars not <2riven.) 
Issue in said Richmond. — 

1015— 8. Sylvanus Cook, b. May 20, 1801 ; unreported. 
101(5— 9. Elizabeth Cook, b. Aug. 13, '02; unrei)orted. 
1017—10. James Cook, b. Jan. 8, '04; unreported. 

James Cook* is said to have removed from Richmond, N. H., 
and settled in Wallingford, Vt., during- the year 1805. There we 
have lost all trace of him and of his posterity. As already indi- 
cated, respecting his brother Sylvanus and descendants, Walling- 
ford has proved hard genealogical hunting ground ; and if there 
are any Cooks extant there, they are not ambitious to be caught 
in our traps. Let some expert Cook genealogist look after them. 

[238.] Catherine Cook', fifth child of William and Priscilla 
(Ballou) Cook, has proved untraceable, prob. d. young, and is 
remanded to the same category with her bro. Samuel and sister 

[239.] Pkiscilla Cook*, (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Priscilla Ballou*, James', James"*, Maturin' ; b. in Bel- 
lingham, Mass., Apl. 20, 1765; m. Oliver Ilarrhm Eichmond, N. 
H., Dec. 10, 1788. Issue.— 

1018—1. William Harris, b. k\\^. 3, 1791. 
1019—2. Lucretia Harris, b. Feb. 1, '94. 

Nothing further asceiiained except that the family removed to 
the State of Vt. No further traced. 

[240.] LuciiETiA CooK'\ (WilUam, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter), Priscilla Ballou*, James^ James^, Maturin' ; b. in Bellingliam, 
Mass., Apl. 17, 17(57; m. Ksek Ihffnm of liiclimond, N. H., date 
and other pai*ticulars not given. Issue, all b. in said Richmond. — 

1020—1. Loviua Buflfum, b. Nov. 29, 1780; ni. Jonathan Rawson, Ewi. 

1021—2. James Buflum, b. Nov. 7, \S8; m. Caroline Cook. 

1022—3. Harah Buffiuu, b. May 13, '91; ni. Nnthaniel Whipple. 

1023—4. Priscnlla Buffum, b, k\\\r. 2, '93; ni. Silas Bnffuni. 

1024 -5. Betsey Buflum, b. May 9, 1802; iv. Benjamin Crocker, Jr. 

102^—6. Lucretia Buflum, b. Auj?. 5, '04; m. Amos Bennett. 


Esek BufiFam was the son of the Buffum from Smithfield, R. I., 
one of the conspicuous early settlers of Richmond, whose home- 
stead was on the height of land north of the 4 Comers toward 
Swanzey. Tlie Bii^ums were of o-ood repute. Mrs. Liicretia 
(Cook) Biiffum was so. remarkable for her intellectual and moral 
qualities as to be eminently honortjd by all who knew her. She 
d. Oct. 9, 1855, in her 89th yr. Her husband d. long before her, 
Dec. 31, 1831, a. 69 yra. 

[240^.] William Cook, Jr\, (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter), Priscilla Ballon*, b. in Bellingham, Mass., Mar. 11, 1770; 
m. Ktffiire Mttun about 1790. So much from her gt. niece. Mi's. 
Emily B. Bigelow of Keene, N. H. ; and only this mor(^., — ^tliat 
Mis» Eunice, the bride " was manied in a cjdico goA\Ti that cost 
her $1 per yard ; to pay for which she worked 12 weeks at 50 cts. 
per week." Also that they moved themselves and goods on board 
an ox-team to an unrecollected place in "the Holland Purchase," 
then so called in N. Y. No further traced. 

[241.] Nicholas Cook", (William, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter), Priscilla Ballou^, James"*, James", Maturin'; b. perhaps in 
Richmond, N. H., Aug. 16, 1772; m. and settled in 'Wallingford, 
Vt. We can hardly expect to trace him further. The Cooks of 
that region are either unreachable or uncommunicative. 

[241^.] Elizabeth Cook', more famiUarly called Betsey, (Wil- 
liam, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter), Priscilla Ballon*, James", 
James', Maturin' ; b. in Kichmond, N. H., May 18, 1775; m. Knta- 
tu^ Ohnaieail^ and settled in Middlebury, Vt. No further traced. 

[242.] Dr. David Brown* (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Ruth 
Ballon*, Nathanier, James", Maturin'; b. on tenitory that soon 
afterward was included in Cumberland, R. I., June 16, 1741 ; m. 
Sarah Peck, dr. of Daniel Peck*, b. in said Cumberland Feb. 27, 
1748 ; cer. Apl. 28, 1765, by Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, b. in 
said Cumberland. — 

1026—1. Cynthia Brown, b. Sept. 23, 1766. 

1027—2. James Brown, b. Nov. 2, '68. 

103a-3. Abigail Brown, b. July 25, 70. 

102^-4, David Brown, b. Dec. 3, '72. 

Our history of this family is extremely mea^-e. Our assistant 
researcher, Fred. M. Ballon, Esq., siiys he made many fniitless 


inquiries about them, and only k^arned indirectl}'^, that after the 
birth of the above named chn. Dr. Brown removed to Philadel- 
phia, Pa., where he went into successful practice, acquired wealth, 
and won for himself and family high social standing*. We must 
therefore forego the many interesting biographical particulars it 
would be pleasing to nan-ate, and dismiss further tracement. 

[243.] Abigail Bhown* (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Euth 
Ballon*, Nathaniel", James", Maturin' ; b. on territory soon after- 
ward mcluded in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 20, 1743 ; m. Sylvmiu^ 
IhuMhi of Smithfield, R. I. ; cer. in Cumberland Feb. 27, 1763, by 
Eld. Nathaniel Cook. We have been furnished with no further 
infonnation concerning this couple, excei)t that Mr. Bucklin d. 
in Cumberland Mar. 13, 181(), in his 77th yr. Not very satisfactory 
to our inquisitiveness, or genealogical ambition. 

[244.] Ephraim Brown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Ruth 
Ballon*, Nathaniel", James"*, Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Sept. 2, 1744; m. Alice Whipple, dr. of DanieF and Anna (Samuel, 
John), b. Mar. 26, 1740 ; cer. in said Cumberland July 7, 1765, by 
Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue. — 

1030—1. Amey Brown, b. Apl. 6, 170(5. 

1031—2. Anna Brown, 1). Oct. 8, '07; d. May 8, 1784. 

1032—3. Hosea Brown, b. June 18, T)9. 

1033—4. Liicretia Brown, b. Jan. 30, '71. 

Ephraim" went into the Revolutionary army, and d. in the ser- 
vice. No further d<ata ^iven, and the family no further traced. 

[245.] Stephen Brown, Jh.,' (Stei)hen, Joseph, John, John), 
Ruth Ballon*, Nathauier, James", Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, 
R. I., Jan. 31, 1746 ; m. IhiUlnh De.rtei\ dr. of James Dexter, b. 
Dec. 1750; cer. Dec. 19, 1771, by John Dexter, J. P. Issue, all b. 
in said Cumberland. — 

1034-1. Henrietta Brown, b. Sept. 13, 1772; m. Abner Ballon Jan. 3, 1790. 

1035—2. Lucy Brown, b. Jan. 24, '74; ni. Ist Welcome Jillson, 2d Wila 

1036—3. Oliver Brown, b. Oct. 31, '75; d. Oct. 9, 1770. 

1037—4. Mary Brown, b. Au^. 12, '77; m. Georj^e Mason Jan. 24, 1796. 

1038—5. Abio:ail Brown, b. Sept. 20, '79; m. Wm. Ballon, Jr., Feb. 4, 1807. 

1039—6. Huldah Brown, b. Dec. 1, '81; m. Caleb Haskell Sept. 19, 1802. 

1040—7. Chloe Brown, b. Apl. 4, '84; m. Sweetinj? Taft Feb. 8, 1802. 

1041-8, William Dexter Brown, b. Auf?. 23, '86; m. Ruth Taber, Paw- 
tucket, R. L 


Stephen Brown, Jr./ and family ranked reputably in the farmer 
class of Cumberland, R. I. If we mistake not, their homestead 
was located in the neighborhood of Sneach Pond, so called. He 
d. July 28, 1787, in the prime of middle age. Mrs. Huldah, his 
widow, subsequently m. Capt. Joseph Follett ; cer. Nov. 2, 1788, 
by Jotham Cari>enter, J. P. Issue, 3 chn. She d. at a date not 

[246.] EuHU Brown" (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Ruth Bal- 
lon*, Nathaniel', James^ Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 
30, 1750; m. Sarah A?mol4 of Smithfield; cer. May 11, 1777, by 
Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue, all b. in said Cumberland. — 

1042— 1. James Brown, b. Aii*?. 1, 1777; m. Abigail Smith Nov. 27, 1803. 

1043— 2. Mercy Brown, b. Oct. 4, '79; m. Thomas Tin<?ley Feb. 25, 1815. 
1044^ 3. Rufiis Brown, b. Apl. 12, '81; m. Cynthia Brings. 

1045— 4. Elihu Brown, b. Jan. 13, '82; d. n. m. 

104(5 — 5. Lemuel Brown, b. Dec. 16, '84; m. Elizabeth Anger. 

1047— 6. Henry Brown, b. Jul^- 31, '8(5; m. Sally Vose Sept. 18, 1817. 

1048— 7. Stephen Brown, b. Mar. 11, '88; m. Rachel Britt. 

1049— 8. Sally Brown, b. July 19, '90; d. u. m. 

1050— 9. Joseph Brown, b. May 7, '92; m. Hannah Graves. 
1051—10. Smith Brown, b. Sept. 25, 1794; m. Ruth Follett Feb. 19, 1818. 

Elihu Brown* and wife dwelt on an eligible homestead about a 
mile from Cumberland Hill, on the road towards Providence. 
They were respectable people of the farmer class, and reared a 
family of worthy and enteri^rising chn., mostly sons. They scat- 
tered themselves widely over the United States, as mechanics and 
business managers, winning responsible positions, and discharg- 
ing" their duties with creditable success. The old homestead was 
long ago purchased by the town, and occupied as an asylum for 
its poor. Mrs. Sarah, the wife and mother, d. Feb. 12, 1824, and 
we remember to have ministered at her funeral. Her age was 72 
yrs. 11 mos. and 15 ds. Elihu' d. Feb. 29, 1832, a. nearly 82 yrs. 

[247.] Elijah Brown* (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Kuth 
Ballou*, NathanieP, James\ Matiirin*; b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Apl. 10, 1752 ; m. An7ia Ballou' (Ezekiel*, Obadiah', James", Ma- 
turin'), b. in said Ciunberland Mar. 1, 1756 ; cer. May 29, 1774, by 
Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue, all b. in said Cumberland. — 

1052— 1. Celinda Brown, b. July 18, 1775; m. Liberty Metcalf June 2, 1799. 

1053— 2. Chad Brown, b. Sept. 2, 77; d. Auf?. 18, 1778. 

1054— 3. Joanna Brown, b. Sept. 4, 79; m. Rufus Sheldon May 18, 1800. 

1055— 4. Elijah Brown, b. Oct. 19, '81; d. u. m. in Richmond, Va. 


\(ms— 5. Sylvia Brown, h. Jan. 25, 1784; ra. Dexter Newell Oct. 18, 1804. 

1057— 6. Lewis C. Brown, b. June 24, '86; m. 1st Lydia Ballon, 2d Su- 

sanna Ballon. 

1058— 7. Ezekiel B. Brown, b. Mar. 22, '89; m. Lydia Spra^rrie Dec. 22, 


1059— 8. Fenner Brown, b. Oct. 21, '91; m. Sally Follett Feb. 8, 1817. 
\(m— 9. Ruth Brown, b. Au^. 19, '94; m. James Weatherhead Nov. 24, 

1061—10. Alexander Brown, b. Apl. 16, '97; m. Nancy Sheldon. 
1062—11. John Brown, b. Oct. 16, 1800; m. 1st Fanny Mason, 2d Almira 


Elijah" and Anna his wife wore second cousins. His ^d. father 
on the mother's side was Nathaniel Ballon', and hers on the 
father s side was Obadiah Ballon'. They held the same social 
and moral rank that we have accredited to his elder brothers and 
their wives — a respectable one. Elijah' was found dead in New 
Bedford, Mass., AjJ. 13, 1801 — no cause reported — a. 49 yi's. and 3 
ds. Mrs. Anna d. A])!. 17, 1832, a. 76 yi-s. 1 mo. and 16 ds. 

[248.] KuTH BiiowN* (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Enth Bal- 
lon*, Nathaniel', James", Maturin* ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 
20, 1754 ; m. Imac (H'm of said Cumberland ; cer. Au^. 31, 1780, 
by Jotham Carpenter, J. P. Issue. — 

1068—1. William Otis, 1>. Mar. 1, 1781. No further reported— closed. 

Mrs. Ruth d. at an early date after the birth of her only son, 
and Mr. Otis subsequently m. 2d, Betsey Tillson Feb, 9, 1787, by 
whom he had several chn. This family no further traced. 

[249.] Mary Brown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Ruth Bal- 
lon*, Nathaniel', James', Matuiin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 
29, 1756 ; m. Dr. John Goold or Gould (pedi<?ree, &c., untraced) ; 
cer. Oct. 20, 1776, by Eld. Abner Ballon. No issue found on rec- 
ord. Mi-s. Mary (Brown) Gould's married life was brief. We 
have not her death-date. Dr. Gould afterward m. Matilda Daniels 
of Mendori, Mass. Closed. 

[250.] Jesse Brown' (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Ruth Bal- 
lon', NathanieP, James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 
26, 1760 ; m. 1st Beulnh Ballon, dr. of Eld. Abner Ballon' (Oba- 
diah', James', Maturin'); b. in said Cumberland Jime 22, 1766; 
cer. June 8, 1791, by Levi Ballon, J. P. Here a^ain the blood 
mingles in second cousins. Lssue, all b. in said Cumberland. — 


1064-1. Maria Brown, b. Nov. 28, 1792; m. Newton M. Capron May 29, 

1066—2. Abner Brown, b. Nov. 20, H)5; d. u. m. Jan. 22, 1826. 
1066—3. Eliza Brown, b. June 21, 1800; m, John M. Capron Nov. 21, 1822. 
1067-4. William Otis Brown, b. Dec. 28, 1801; m. Olivia E. Clarke July 

31, 1837. 

This family moved in the front column of social respectability. 
Jesse* and wife had their homestead on Cumberland HiU. There 
Mrs. Beulah d. Oct. 5, 1832, a. 66 yrs. 3 mos. and 13 ds. The 
husband m. 2d Mrs. Mary (Wilkinson) Cook in his immediate 
vicinage, wid. of Amasa Cook, June 8, 1834. He d. Apl. 6, 1837, 
a. 76 yrs. 3 mos. and 10 ds. 

[251.] Sakah Brown* (Stephen, Joseph, John, John), Euth Bai- 
lout Nathanier, James', Maturin*; b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 
30, 1763; m. William Shddori, son of WiUiam; cer. Jime 19, 1789, 
by Jotham Carpenter, J. P. Issue, b. in said Cumberland. — 

1068—1. Pardon Sheldon, b. May 21, 1790; m. Rhoda Daj^gett. 

1069—2. William Brown Sheldon, b. Sept. 26, '94; m. Anna Hill. 

1070—3. Sarah Brown Sheldon, b. Sept. 29, '96; m. Richard Jewell. 

1071—4. Marietta Brown Sheldon, b. Oct. 24, 1801; ni. Lewis Vail. 

Little further data reed, concerning this family, and we must 
dismiss them here, except possibly one or two in the next genera- 

[252.] Nath.\niel BALLOu^ Amariah*, Nathaniel', James', Ma- 
turin*; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 6, 1750 ; m. 1st Jane Ware, dr. 
of Michael and Abial Ware, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Nov. 7, 1754 ; 
cer. May 15, 1777, by Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue, understood to 
have been b. in Partridgelield, then so called, afterward Peru, 
Mass. — 

1072—1. Stephen, b. Mar. 23, 1778; m. Rachel Carrier 1804 or 5. 
1073—2. Michael Ware, b. Jan. 12, '80; m. Ist Susannah McKnight, <&c. 
1074—3. Chester, b. Mar. 12, '81; m. Rachel Hayworth 1806. 

Mrs. Jane (Ware) Ballon d. in Partiidgefield, later Pei-u, soon 
after the birth of her son Chester. Then Nathanier presently 
returned to his native town. He subsequently m. 2d Jane Pick- 
erin{/, dr. of Benjamin and Mercy Pickering, b. in Meudon, Mass., 
Sept. 26, 1754 ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I., May 29, 1783, by Eld. 
Abner Ballon. . Issue, believed to have been b. in Mendon, Mass., 
or its near vicinity. — 


1075—4. Jane, b. Mar. 33, 1786; m. David Nye Wilson Nov. 3, 1805. 

1076—5. Achsa, b. Mar. 17, '88; d. u, m. Mar. 14, 1805. 

1077—6. Ichabod, b. May 4, '90; m. Ist Philena Ballon, 3d Eunice Harvey. 

1078—7. Artemas, b. July 19, '93; d. 1794. 

1079—8. Au^stus, b. Dec. 13, '97; m. ? 

Mrs. Jane (Pickering) Ballon d. in Uxbridg'e, buried Chestnut 
Hill, date not ascertained. After her loss, NathanieP went back 
to Peru, Mass., worked at shoemaking, saved up $100, drew a pen- 
sion of $30 per annum for services in the Revolutionary war, was 
welcomed, on his urgent request, to a good home %vith his nephew, 
Dea. David Ballou, enjoyed a comfortable old age, and finally d. 
there July 17, 1838, in his 88th yr. 

[253.] Elias Ballou', Amariah', Nathaniel', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 24, 1752 ; m. Mary Parker^ dr. of 
Samuel Parker, b. in Coventrj'^, Conn., Feb. 21, 1754; cer. in Peru, 
Mass., Apl. 11, 1782. Issue, b. in said Peru, besides 2 unnamed 
infants. — 

1080—1. Amariab, b. July 12, 1784; m. Mary Freeland about 1804 or 5. 
1081—2. David, b. Auj?. 17, '8(5; m. Mar>' Raymond Feb. 18, 1808. 
1082—3. Mary, b. Auj?. 2, '91; m. Alfred Spaulding Mar. 18, 1810. 

EUas'' settled, lived and d. in Partridgelield, afterward Peru, 
Mass. His wife was the -oldest of 14 chn. They were very worthy 
people of the farmer yeomanry, and we believe devoted Baptists. 
Elias* prospered in temporal acquisitions, (tiTd owned 600 acres of 
land ; donating 150 acres to each of his three chn. at the dates of 
their respective marriages. He d. in the high esteem of his fellow 
citizens Jan. 2, 1834, a. 81 yrs. and 9 days. Mrs. Mary, his wid., 
d. in the kind care of her son Dea. David and family July 29, 1844, 
in her 91st year. 

[254.J DoiiCAS Ballou', Amariah', Nathaniel', James', Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 30, 1754; m. Henry GlUnirt of 
Partridgelield, soon after Peru, Mass. They had severtd chn., of 
whose names only the following have reached us, viz., Lucy, Hep- 
sie, Hannah, Lydia and Donner. We have made much fruitless 
research to trace this family, and must abandon it. Mrs. Dorcas 
(Ballou) Gilbert* is said to have d. in 1805. This descent closed. 

[255.] Chester Ballou', Amariah', <tc., d. young. 

[256.] Maky Ballou', Amariah', etc., m. a Mr. Ilarrim/tort and 
moved into the Otter Creek section of Vt. ; too geographically in- 


definite a region for our penetration ; and nobody seems to know 
anything- about lier posterity, — certainly nobody in her native ^dei- 
nage. All our inquiries have failed. Closed. 

[257.] Hannah Ballou", Amariah', etc., never married, but d. 
in reputable advanced maiden age, between 1820 and '25. So 
Dea. Da^dd Ballon testified in one of his letters to Mr. Peek. 

[258.] ('ILVINA Ballou", the yotuigest (jhild of Amariah*, m. 
Sahfj).sofi II((n*inyt(fn, brother of Mary's husband, st^ttled on Otter 
Creek, Vt. In that uu specific locality we trust that she and Mary 
became mothers of a numerous and woi-th}'^ posterity. Let those 
of their Ballou c(jusins, gifted with curiosity and geogi-aphical 
acumen hunt them up. We can tratte them no fuither. 

[259.] AiiSALOM Ballou", Noah', Nathaniel', James", Maturin' ; 
! b. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 16, 1752; m. 1st l^atienrc liazcj of 
said Cumberland, dr. of David Razee ; cer. Feb. 5, 1778, by Eld. 
Abner Ballou. Issue. — 

1084—1. Patience, 1). May 14, 1787; m. ElkauaL Wliipple. 
1085-2. AmariaL, 1). Apl. 24, '88; m. Mary Bartlott. 

Eleven other chn. by this marriage d. in early infancy. Then 
Mrs. Patience, having borne 13 chn. d. Feb. 27, 1792. Absalom 
ni. 2d Anna Jenrtu^ dr. of Amos Jencks of said Cumberland ; cer. 
June 20, 1793, by Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue, all b. in Cumberland, 
R. I.-^ 

1086— 3. Amey, b. Nov. 24, 1788; in. Heury Braj,'^'. 

1087— 4. Hartford, b. Oct. 17, '95; il. Sept. 10, 1808. 
10^— 5. John Adams, b. Mar. 31, *08; m. Margaret Vose. 

1089— 6. Amos Jencks, b. Mar. 24, 1800; m. Joanna Kelley Oct. 2, 1831). 

1090— 7. Mary Ann, b. prob. 1801; d. Oct. 1, 1803 in her 2d yr. 

1091— 8. Ohiey, b. Nov. 10, '04; m. Diama Kelley May, 1830. 
1093— 9. Jeremiah Jencks, b. Nov. 12, '00; d. Sept. 11, 1820. 
1093-10. Ira, b. Nov. 11, '08; d. Aug. 22, 1809, a. 8 mos. 
1094-11, Ann Susan, b. Dec. 25, '11; m. Gardner Hale 1829. 

1095—12. Marcia, b. , '13; d. May 28, 1814, in her 2d yr. 

1096-13. A>'ilda M. b. Sept. 14, '15; d. u. m. May 30, 1859. 

AVe remember Absalom* as a man of large, *poi'tly, solid stature, 
a substantial citizen of his native town, a respectable innliolder of 
the old anti-tee-total type, and sustaining- a reputable standing in 
community. His wives and children ranked well, and some of 
them won high social esteem for intellectual and moral worth. 
AWlom'' settled on the Providence road, about three miles below 



Cumberland Hill. There he built his first domicile, which he 
occupied till 1799. He then erected, on the west side of the road, 
a large two-story dwelling* house, long known as his tavern-stand, 
in which he officiated many years as landlord to the general satis- 
faction of the public. He d. Jan. 4, 1837, a. 84 yrs. 8 mos. 19 ds. 
Mrs. Anna, his widow, d. Nov. 1, 1850, a. about 77 yrs. The 
writer ministered at her funeral. 

[260.] Mercy Ballou*, Noah*, Nathaniel', James", Maturin* ; b. 
in Cumberland, K. I., June 5, 1754; became the 2d wife of Silas 
Metadf oi Wrentham, Mass., son of Pelatiah and Hephzibah Met- 
calf, b. July 19, 1746 ; cer. in said Wrentham, June 8, 1786, by 
Eev. William Willijims. Issue, according to Wrentham records. — 

1097—1. Betsey Metcalf, b. Aug. 26, 1787; d. in infancy. 

Silas Metcalf, by his first wife, was the father of Lewis Metcalf 
and Dr. Paul Metcalf, all of res]!)ectable rank in society. Some 
doubts have been expressed whether Betsey above named was a 
child of the 1st or 2d wife, but we cannot go behind the record, 
and therefore credit her to the 2d. Mrs. Mercy (Ballon) Metcalf 
left a fra«iant remembrance, as a most worthy and excellent 
woman. Silas Metcalf d. July 4, 1822. Mrs. Mercy* d. Apl. 20, 
1835, a. 80 yrs. 10 mos. and 15 ds. 

[261.] David B.vllou", Noah', NathanieF, James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 21, 1756 ; m. Lacy Martin of llehoboth, 
dr. of Benjamin Mai-tin; cer. in Cumberland, Nov. 28, 1776, by 
John Dexter, J. P. Issue, all understood to have been born in 
Cuu)berland or the near vicinity — perhaps several of them in 
North Providence. — 

101)8-1. Lucy, b. Au*r. 1, 1777; cl. a younp: maiden 171)3. 

l()l)l)— 2. Martin, b. Oct. 29, '80; ni. Betsey Lyon not far from 1804. 

1100—3. Amoy, b. Jan. 11, '88; m. John W. Adixms. 

1101-4. Annii, b. Juno 14, '8«; m. Kufns Hawkins, Feb. 10, 1812. 

1102-O. Henry, b. Apr. 30, '88; d. younj-. 

1103- G. William B., b. Doc. 0, '1)0; m. 1st Eliza Wijrinn, 3*1, Snsan Sai?a.r. 

1104 -7. Idarella, b. son, not found; d. in early infancy. 

110i5— 8. Polly, b. ** d. ** 

David Ballon'' was a man of dash and enteriirise, but seemingly 
fated to adversity. He learned the trade of a sliij) carpenter, and 
fell ba(^k upon it for a livelihood whenever he failed in more 
proinisin<»" undertakings. H(i rendered considerable service in the 
Eevolutionaiy war, but just how much we have not ascertained. 


Probably he never rose above a private or minor subaltern officer. 
He knew nothing of fear, and was sometimes reckless of exposure. 
Tradition reports that on a certain occasion, when a soldier in a 
fort, and it was i)ai'tially invested or perhai)s merely reconnoitred 
by a British detachment, he moimted a conspicous part of tlu^ ram- 
parts without leave, jnst to see how the British mancieuvred. His 
commandinor officer promptly punished his disorderly t(^merity by 
ordering" him to take a horse and ride three times around the fort 
in face of the enemy, who were within distant gun shot. He 
obeyed in a dare-devil style; though the English at sight of him 
let fly several discharges of musketiy. The whistling bullets 
neither scared nor hit him. But he used to say afterward, in 
telling the story, that he heartily wished they had killed the com- 
mander s horse. Toward the close of the war and later, David* 
went into the West India trade, opened a store in Pawtucket, and 
was sole or at least part owner of several vessels engaged in that 
trade. This was lucrative when successful, but beset with hazard- 
ous risks. The upshot with him was final disaster. He had ac- 
cumulated ccmsiderable property, including severfil parcels of real 
estate in No. Providence, as the records of Deeds show. But all 
was swept away by successive adversities. In 1785, among other 
calamities, his house was struck by lightning, and his Avife so 
injured by the bolt that she was bed-ridden for fifteen years. As 
nearly as we can learn, she d. sometime during the year 1800. 
Meanwhile his two yoimgest chn. and eldest dr. had died. All 
this nearly broke him down. He provided homes for his surviv- 
ing chn. as well as he could, and betook himself to ship-carpenter- 
ing in the city of New York. There he remained most of liis time 
for many years. If he was evet married again, it has not come 
to our knowledge. His son Wilham, who had been cared for by 
the famous Madam Jumel, grew up to influential maturity in that 
city, and may have done something for his father's comfoi-table 
domiciliation. Be this as it may have been, David* passed on 
through various experiences till in 1832 we find him with his eldest 
son, Martin Ballon, in Union Co., Ohio. How long he resided 
with Martin we have not been told — perhaps only a few months. 
At length in the spring or early summer of 1832, he set his face 
toward New England for a visit among the relatives of his native 
vicinage. He was now in his 77th yr. Just then the great cholera 
panic broke out, and the American people were terribly fright- 
ened, but not this old veteran. He pushed on through thick and 
thin, arrived at New York, and thence embarked for Providence, 


R. I. On board the fiteamboat he was suddenly attacked by nau- 
sea and diarrhoea, though not violently. But all about him were 
at once alarmed, and shrank from gi\^nof him personal assistance. 
He was thinist into extreme quartei-s, landed on the wharf at Prov- 
idence only to be shunned and neglected for hours in a hot July 
sun. At length, at a costly price, he obtained conveyance on the 
top of a stage coach out to his brother OUver Ballou's in Ids 
native Cumberland. TeiTor seized tlie family on his being laid 
down at their door. They dared not take him into house and bed 
and nursing care, as the suffering patient needed ; but, in fear for 
their owti Uves, got him provided for, as well as could be done, in 
an out-house. There he d. July 11, 1832. Dr. Ariel Ballon, (one 
of the pubUshing proprietors of this volume), who had been sent 
for, reached the scene soon after death, examined the case, and 
confidently pronounced it no Asiatic Cholera at all, but only one 
of ordinary cholera morbus, and death to have ensued from sheer 
exhaustion, through want of proper attention. It was a sad cul- 
mination of seemingly strange and unaccountable misfortune, if 
so one ought to speak who firmly believes in God's all-lo\iug and 
wise providence. The ^vriter ministered funeral ser\aces over his 
remains. His time-woi-n broad-axe, hand-saw, <tc., are reverently 
preserved by his great grand elm. in Milford, O. 

[262.] Keziah BALLor', Noah', Nathaniel', James', Matuidn' ; 
b. in Cumberland, K. I., Dec. 6, 1757 ; m. Joel Peri; (Solomon, 
Ichabod, Jathniel, Joseph, Joseph), b. in Wrentham, Mass., Apl. 
2, 17G1 ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 15, 1784, by Eld. Abner 
BaUou. Issue b. in said Cumberland. — 

llOfi— 1. Asmuh Peck, b. Mar. 8, 17^5; d. a young maideu Dec. 7, 1794. 

1107—2. LoiH Peck, b. Dec. 24, '86; m. Arnold W. Jencks. 

1108—8. Foster Peck, b. Nov. 11, '89; m. Joanna Hopkins Arnold. 

1109—4. Lewis Peck, b. Dec. 28, '93; m. Pamelia Carpenter 1816. 

Keziah' left no special testimonial of her woi-th that has reached 
us, but we cannot doubt, in view of her blood relationship, that 
she richly deserved one. Her husband was an industrious stone 
mason and an (exemplary citizen. Their home w^as in Cimiber- 
land, E. I. There he d. Nov. 24, 1794; and she May 18, 1847, a. 
about 91 yA. 

1 263.] Noah Baij^ou", Noah*, NathanieF, James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, E. I., July 29, 1759; m. 1st Zyf/m Ware, dr. of 
Henry and Esther (Cheever) Ware, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Dee. 


11, 1758 ; cer. in said Wrentham, June 10, 1784, by Rev. William 
Williams. Issue, a nameless babe that d. at birth. Mrs. Lydia 
d. Mar. 5, 1786; a. 27 yrs, 2 mos. and 27 ds. The husband m. 2d 
AhUjdU Tlntraton, dr. of Dr. James and Phebe (Perkins) Thni*ston. 
She was the yonng-est of nine chn., b. prob. in Plainficld, Conn., 
1763 or '64; cer. in Wrentham, Mass., Apl. 12, 1787, by Rev. Wil- 
liam Williams. Issue, all b. in Cumberland, R. I. — 

1110 —1, Lydia, b. Oct. 27, 1789; m. Le^^is C. Brown Nov. 26, 1815, 
1112*— 2. Susanna, b. Sept. 16, *91; m. Ist Cyrus Ballon, Feb. 14, 1810, 2(1 
L. C. Brown. 

1113 —3. Leonard, b. Feb. 23, *94; m. 1st Ann E. Amsbury, 2d D. A. E. 


1114 -4. Thurston, b. Nov. 80, 1803. m. Caroline FoUett Nov. 23, 1823. 

Noah*, his wives and chn., earned a good reputation, and their 
memory is deservedly honored. He was a tough constitutioned 
man, and executed a vast amount of hard work during his mortal 
career. He hatl an ample stock of strong common sense, aspiring 
enteri^rise, and a good mechanical genius. At the age of sixteen, 
just after the battle of Bunker Hill, he had an opportunity to 
show his pluck and generosity. His oldest brother, Absalom, had 
enlisted for six months in the Continental army, but became too ill 
for duty, and sent home for some one to take his place. The 
l)arents proposed that theii' next oldest son, David, should go; 
but David demurred. Thereuj^on Noah spoke up bravely, "If 
David won't go, I will." His mother gave him the best outfit she 
could, filled his wallet with bread and cheese, and ofif lie trudged 
on foot all the way to Boston, though an utter stranger to the 
route, and to a martial camp. He reached the army at Cambridge 
in good time, relieved Absalom to the acceptance of the officers, 
and served out the six months enlistment. Afterward, having got 
his hand in, he served through several short campaigns, and rose 
to be sergeant, with Gen. Greene's marked approbation. At the 
close of the war, when his brother David embarked in the West 
India trade, and sent out several vessels, partly built and owned 
by himself, Noah became an adventurer in seafaring life ; during 
which he had several narrow escapes from hostile cruisers and 
fearful storms. But he took a strong liking to the sailor's roman- 
tic calling, and became quite intent on adopting it permanently, 
yet was dissuaded from it by the earnest advice of his eldest sister 
Mercy; he having already planned to study Navigation, and 
qualify himself to command a ship. As the next best thing, he 

* A numeral overleap diaeovored too late for timely correction. 


concluded to marry, g-et him a snug* tome, and set up boat build- 
ing in his native locality. And thLs he did successfully, being 
somewhat skilled in the sh ip -carpenter s trade. He bought a 
small farm, with an old house and work-shop on it, of one John 
Fisk in his father's neighborhood, and by purchase or paternal 
gift added some 35 acres out of his father's homestead. So, alto- 
gether, he secured to himself a respectable farm. He was the 
first boat-builder in his native town, which later had several. He 
prospered and in the course of a few years superseded his old 
domicile with w^hat was then deemed a fine two-story mansion. 
Meantime he indulged his military ambition, on a humble rural 
scale, joining what was a soldierly organization of Revolutionaries 
styled "The Senior Class." In the Regiment to which he be- 
longed he rose from Ensign to Major, receiving successive com- 
missions, grade after grade, from the then Governor, Arthur 
Fenner. So he wore in maturer life the title of Major; which 
commanded in those days more honor than in these; i. e. in the 
ordinary militia sphere. Major Noah at length descended into 
the vale of old age, retired from business, sold out liis homestead 
to his prosperous brother Oliver, and toward the close of life went 
to live with his yoimgest son, Thui'ston Ballon, in Franklin, Mass. 
There he and his wife both died the same year; she Sept. 12, 
1843, a. about 80 ja-s. ; and he on the 20th of December following, 
a. 84 yrs. 4 mos. and 22 ds. 

[264.] SaENCE Ballou*, t\\^n with Abigail, d. at the age of 3 
weeks, and is passed over. 

[265.] Abigail Baixou', twin with Silence aforesaid; Noali', 
Nathaniel', James'', Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 7, 
1761 ; m. lioyal Peck (Solomon, Ichabod, Jathniel, Joseph, Jos- 
eph), b. in Wrentham, Mass., June 13, 1759; cer. Jan. 23, 1780, 
prob. by Eld. Abner Ballon. Issue. — 

1115—1. Colinda Peck, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 29, 1781; m. Wilham 


1116—2. William Peck, b. in Jan. 14, 'a5; m. Sarah Arnold. 

1117—3. Joel F. Peck,, b. in WestminRter, Vt., May 20, *97; m. Lucy Peck. 
1118—4. Ira B. Peck, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Feb. 12, 1805; m. Mary 

Blackinj?ton. * 

The youngest son of this family says, in his admirable Peck 
Genealogy of his parents, that his father " at first settled in Cum- 
berland, E. I. From there he removed to Westminster, Vt., where 


he became one of the leading men of the town. He remained in 
Westminster until about 1802, when he returned and settled upon 
the paternal homestead, in Wrentham, Mass., where he lived and 
died, honored and respected, both in his pubUc and private life. 
He was one of the kindest of husbands and most indulgent of 
parents. Although i)ossessed of more than usual energy and de- 
cision of character, he was always kind and courteous in all his 
relations of life." 

Then of Mrs. Abigail (BaUou") his mother, — " She was one of 
the best of women, the most affectionate of wives, and the kindest 
of mothers. She died June 6, 1846, in the eighty-fifth year of her 
age." Her husband d. Sept. 20, 1849, in the 91st yr. of his age. 

[266.] Oliver Bajllou*, Noah', Nathaniel', James', Maturin'; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., Nov. 4, 1763 ; m. Ahiyail CoWuni, dr. of 
Jeremiah and Mary Colbum, sometime of Ringe, N. H., b. per- 
haps in Wrentham, Mass., or an adjacent town, 1766 ; cer. in said 
Wrentham July 12, 1787, by Rev. William WilUams. Issue, till b. 
in Cumberland, R. I. — 

1119— 1. PoUy, b. Oct. 31, 1787; m. Jonathan MiUor Nov. 15, 1807. 
1120—2. Dexter, b. Jan. 28, *89; m. Estber Fisher Aldrich Feb. 18, 1813. 
1121—3. Harvey, b. July 30, '92; m. Ruth Gonlcl Nov. 13, 1814. 
1122—4. Hosea, b. Nov. 4, *93; m. Anna Whii)ple. 

1123—5. George C, b. Feb. 1, '98; m. Euth Eliza Aldfich May 24, 1825. 
1124—6. Sally Ann, b. Aug. 8, 1802; m. Harris J. Mowry July 1, 1822. 

There is said to have been a dr. Nancy, who d. a. 13 yekrs (later 


OKver Ballou** and wife were excellent people. He was endowed 
with good native common sense, judgment and pnidence. He 
was sedate and circumspect in his g-eneral depoi-tment, yet at the 
same time enterprising and executive in business matters. He 
was a house cari^enter by trade, and for his day an extensive 
builder by contract. He executed much building for the Slatei-s 
in Pawtucket and Slaterville, K. I., and often employed numerous 
journeymen. In early life he lived with and cared for his aged 
parents — ^inheriting the patenial homestead. For about a year 
after marriage he dwelt in the old domicile with his father, and 
then built him a new dwelling house a shoi-t distance southward. 
That was his home till some yeai*s after his father and step-mother 
had passed away. But it was rather too secluded a neighborhood 
to suit his taste, and in 1815 he swapped it with Mr. Welcome 
Weatherhead for a more eligible homestead, situated on the Prov- 


idence road, about a mile southeast of Cumberland Hill. There 
his wife and himself spent their remaining* days. He was a man 
to keep up vnih the advancing progress of the times, but at a 
cautious pace. About the time he exchanged farms with Weath- 
erhead, or certainly not long after, he united with his son Dexter 
in commencing the manufacture of cotton yarn. Their establish- 
ment was indeed a small concern. It was a puny mill on a puny 
stream a very short distance northwest of the Absalom Ballou 
tavern. But it became the mother of the stately enteqirise w^hich 
Dexter afterward developed at Woimsocket Falls, to which locality 
the original machinery was opportunely removed in the year 1817. 
OUver'' was sagacious, and moved safely forward on a plane of 
prosperity, with few reverses, to a respectable comi)etency of 
wealth. He was an intelligent thinker on rehgious as well as 
many other subjects, and embraced the faith, hope and charity 
included in the doctrine of the tinal triumph of good over all evil. 
Mi-s. Abigail, his wife, d. Dec. 12, 1821. He d. Jan. 15, 1843, a. 
79 yrs. 2 mos. 9 ds. 

[2G7.] ZiBA Ballou", Noah*, NathanieP, James', Maturin'; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 5, 1765; m. Molly Jlamn of said Cum- 
berland, dr. of Jonathan Mason, b. Apl. 12, 1771 ; cer. Mar. 2, 
1788, by Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue, all b. in Cumberland, E. I. — 

1135— 1. James, b. Nov. 12, 1788; m. Barbara Bliss Juno 7, 1821. 

1126— 2. Stoplieu, b. Sept. 9, 'UO; d. 1792. 

1127— 3. Jonathan, b. Feb. 29, '92; m. 1st Ann Heudrick, 2il Nancy Potter. 

1128— 4. Ebenezer Mason, b. Auf?. 4, '94; m. Mary Hunt An<?. 0, 1815. 

1129 — 5. Charles, b. Nov. 9, '96; m. Asenatli, alias Sona H. Penniman 1820. 

1130— 6. Keziah, b. Dec. 25, '98; m. Ist Burrill Capron, 2d Alvab Aldrieh. 

1131— 7. Fenner, b. Jan. 18, 1801; m. 1st Julia A. Aldricb, 2d Louisa 


1132— 8. Hiram, b. Dec. 27, '02; m. 1st Emeline F. Brown, 2d S. H. 


1133— 9. Nancy George, b. Oct. 25, '04; m. 1st Nathan Verfy, 2d Pardon 

1134—10. Henr>' Green, b, July 25, '06; m. Samh L. FalvB June 8, 1846. 
1135—11. Emma Ann, b. May 17, '08; m. John Chandler Feb. 8, 1829. 
1136—12. Mary, b. Mar. 31, '13; d. Mar. 31, 1831. 

1137 — 13. Louise Stratford, b. Jan. 23, '15; m. Hazard Potter, M. D., Juno 
14, 1835. 

Ziba' and Molly were a i)rolific pair, and must have had a very 
busy life to care for so many elm. Imasniiation eainiot paint the 
stru^g-lesome experiences through which they passed. But their 
strength was equal to their day. Ziba was a resolute, industxious. 


executive man. And Molly, who began married life when scarcely 
seventeen, was always amiable, patient, and hopeful. It used to 
be laughingly told that Ziba once started with a heavily loaded 
team, in company with neighboring teamsters, for Pawtucket, or 
perhaps Providence, broke an axletree three miles on his way, 
rode home on one of his horses, wrought a new axle fi-om a piece 
of timber on hand, rode back Avith it on his shoulder, replaced the 
broken one, and reached the place of destination about as soon 
as his compeers. Probably he was not nice about the finish of 
his new axle, and possibly his neighbors did not huiTy their 
teams much. Neither he nor his wife had any time, if they had 
the inclination, to expend on niceties. They put things through, 
indoors and out, with very Kttle pohshing, and lost no flesh by fi'et- 
ting. His father gave him and his brother EUel a snug farm from 
the old homestead, comjmsing its northeasterly section. Ziba 
bought out Eliel, and built a cosy domicile on the premises. But 
after a while he craved a more jjopulous neighborhood, sold out 
his x>lace to his wife's brother, Chad Mason, and moved to Cum- 
berland Hill. His primitive farm has long been known as the 
Chad Mason place. On the Hill, he first bought out Abner Lap- 
ham's premises, at the junction of the old Furnace road with the 
great road to Providence, near the Cook tavern. Afterward he 
purchased other premises in the vicinity, built and sold out as 
opportunity tempted him, tiU finally, in 1819, he erected the re- 
spectable two-story dwelling house, wherein he last lived doAvn to 
his death. He d. Aug. 29, 1829, a. 64 yrs. and 24 ds. Mrs. Molly, 
his widow, survived him over 9 yrs. She d. Mar. 27, 1839, a. 67 
yrs. 11 mos. 15 ds. 

[268.] Eliel Ballou', Noah', Nathaniel', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, B. I., Feb. 20, 1767 ; m. Polly Movaii of Attlebor- 
ough, Mtiss., (parentage, birth-date, <fec., not found,) published in 
Attleborough Oct. 13, 1792, and doubtless m. soon after. Issue. — 

1138—1, Preston, b. Putney, Vt., Feb. 10, 1794; m. Harriet M. Brown 1825. 

1139—2. Abida, b. Westminster, Vt., Aug. 20, '95; ni. Nelson Cowen 1820. 

1140— 3. Mary Ann, b. Cumberland, R. I., July 8, 1806; m. 1st E. W. Buck- 

lin, 2d A. W. Pitts. 

1141-4. Stephen Randolph, b. Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 17, '08; d. u. m. 

1142-5. Frances, b. Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 26, '10; drowned July 9, 1827. 

1143-6. James Walter, b. Smithlield, R. I., Sept. 20, '12; d. u. m. 

1144—7. Eliel Michael Larkin, b. Smithtield, R. I., Aug. 12, '14; d. u. m. 

Elier was a muscular, wiry, hard working, executive man, 
largely engaged on heavy jobs of stone structure. He was an 



ent(?rprisin^ contractor for constructing wharves, factory canals, 
wells and walls ; in which he was jjrobably more jirotitable and 
useful to others than self-enriching. He had a good reputation 
for honest worth, as well as skill in his avocation. He seems to 
have sold out to Ziba his interest in the patrimonial acres given 
them by their father soon after acquiring it, and to have removed 
with his young wife to Vermont. For, as seen above, his eldest 
son was b. in Putney, and then a dr. in Westminster, Vt. Whether 
he was a land owner there or any where else, after selling out to 
Ziba, we are not informed. Perhaps not, as he often changed his 
residence in accommodation to his business. He seems to have 
dwelt in several localities at different i)eriods of his life. He d. 
Sept. 28, 1841 ; his wife, Oct. 6, 1846. But tchere we have not 
been told. Indeed, we have not been as well posted in the biog- 
raphy of him, his wife and family as we desired. Some time after 
having closed this notice of Eliel*, as we supposed, it was our got)d 
fortune to receive from one of his highly intelligent grand drs., 
Maria Louise Pitts, M. D., the following interesting Revolutionary 
legend, handed down through her mother, Mi-s. Mary Ann (Ballou) 
Pitts, some years deed. Miss Dr. Pitts wrote us essentially as 
follows. — 

"Has any one given you this about my grandfather Ballou? 
When his father and six brothers served in the Colonial army of 
the Revolution, he (Eliel) was left at home, at the age of 18 years, 
to care for affairs ; and being the oldest boy of the neighborhood, 
was charged with managing the famous beacon pole signal, on the 
adjacent high land [called to this day 'Beacon Pole Hill'], which 
had been previously manipulated by his father, Noah Bidlou- 
[The i)ole is said to have been some 70 feet high, with a large 
tar kettle suspended near the top.] The army was at Newpoi-t, 
R. I., hovering near the British troops. One night signals came 
that the Colonial soldiers were in great want of food. EUel lit 
the beacon, and aroused all the women of the \dcinage, who set 
themselves at once to cooking all available pro\4sions. At day- 
break a stout ox team was heavily loaded yni\i food. The boy of 
13 commanded the team, ch'ove it to Providence, where he had 
never been before, receiving along his route many accessions to 
his stock, till finally he crossed Bristol Ferry, and was welcomed 
by the relieved soldiers with shouts of joy. My mother was veiy 
proud of this achievement, and I have heard her repeat the story 
many times. She said that when her father occasionally talked 
about it, he used to say, * I think I deserved a pension as much asj 


my father and six brotLei-s, each of whom received one.' " As to 
the exact facts and details of this legend, we have no knowledge, 
but give it as received. 

[269.] Amariah Ballou\ Noah', Nathaniel', James^ Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 14, 1771 ; m. Jtme Ijothrhlge of Pel- 
ham, Mass., — ptge., birth-date and kindred partict{lai*s not ascer- 
tained ; cer. in said Pelham, Dec. 9, 1794, by Winthrop Bailey, his 
official title not given. They had 6 chn. besides several that d. in 
early infancy. Only a broken and imperfect family record reach(».s 
us. Their changes of residence render it uncertain where these G 
chn. were b. Four of them were prob. b. in Pelham, Mass., or 
some of its neighboring towns — one or more in South Hadley, it 
Ls said. The youngest two were b. in Ebensburg, Cambria Co., 

1145 — 1. Silas, b. about 1795; cl. n. m. from falling into a saw mill pit, 1801. 

1140 — 2. LeW, b. about '97; d. u. m. of cholera on the Mississippi river 1832. 

1147—3. Elizabeth, b. about '99; m. John H. Jones 1828. 

114H— 4. Pardon L., b. May 24, 1814; m. Catherine Wright Apl. 16, 1835. 

1149—5. Nelson, b. about '16; m. Elizabeth Cunningham. 

1150—6. Almira, b. " '18; d. 1829 in Ebensburg, Pa. 

Amariah' was a house cariienter, and seems to have wandered 
awaj' from his native place, prob. in pursuit of better foiiune, but 
experienced siid misfortune, especially at the end of his career. 
HaA*ing married in Pelham, Mass., and pursued his calling for sev- 
eral yrs. in the towTis of that general vicinity, he removed with his 
family, in 1815, to Ebensburg, Cambria Co., Pa., and settled on a 
homestead — still following his carpenter s trade as opportunity 
offered inducement. Meantime three of his chn. m. and began to 
raifte families. But his second son, Levi, in 1832, set out to make 
a visit to K. I. <fec., via New Orleans, d. of cholera while going 
down the Mississippi, and left no trace of particulai^s. Next, in 
1840, his son Nelson was fatally injured, or killed outright, by 
rolling logs near Portage B. Rd. depot. He left a young widow 
and two chn. His widow d. a yr. later, and the two orphans were 
taken home by their grand parents to Uve with them. Next and 
finally, their dwelling house took fire one night, in 1843, when 
Amariah, his wife Jane, and the two ori^han grand chn., all per- 
ished in the flames — Silas barely escaping with his life. Nearly 
all the household goods, including the family Bible and its record, 
were consumed. Thus closed the mortal lives of Amariah Ballon" 
and bin wife ; he being in his 73d jrr., and she about 69. 


[270.] Hannah Ballou", Stephen*, Nathanier, James', Matn- 
rin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 1»5, 1752 ; m. Ichahod Broini 
of said Cumberland, son of Nicholas — ancestry, birth-date, &c., 
not found ; cer. Nov. 9, 1777, by Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue. — 

1151—1, William Brown, b. Feb. 27, 1778. 
1152—2, Mohetftbel Brown, b. New. 25, 1779. 

We are left so much in the dark respecting* this family, that, 
unless new liofht breaks in, we shall trace it no further. 

[271.] Sylvia Ballou', Stephen', Nathaniel', James", Maturin '; 
b. in Cumberland, K. I., July 25, 1754 ; m. Ihivid StapJea of said 
Cumberland, son of Nathan Staples — birth-date not given ; cer. 
Mar. 27, 1774, by Peter Darling, J. P. Issue, on Cumberland 
records. — 

1153—1. Lavinia Staj^es, b. June 23, 1774. 
1154—2. Stophen Staples, b. May 18, '7«. 
1155—3, Olney Staples, b. Nov. 13, '78. 

Our researcher has given us nothing more concerning this fam- 
ily, and, unless he does, we must halt where we are. We have 
only a note that they removed to North Adams, Mass. After 
writing the foregoing, we instituted inquiries in Adams, Mass., to 
leam what we could of David Staples and his descendants, but 
with so little encouragement that we gave the matter u]), as too 
difficult to prosecute. 

[272.] Edward Ballou', Stephen', Nathanier, James^ Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 24, 175(5; m. Bethany 'Stveetev, 
dr. of Isaiah Streeter, b. Oct. 25, 175fi ; cer. in said Cumberland 
Dec. 3, 1779, by Jotham Caq^enter, J. P. Issue, all 1). in Cum- 
berland. — 

1156— 1. Mehetabel, b. Feb. 16, 1781; m. Jabez Rhodes Dec. 26, 1802. 

1157— 2. Stephen, b. May 11, *83; in. Alice Braley Oct. 14, 1804. 

1158— 3. An^'elina, b. Oct. 25, '85; m. John Lovett, Jr. Auj?. 18, 1808. 

1159— 4. Lncy, b. Dec. 25, '87; m. Nabum Cook about 1805. 

1160— 5. Leonard, b. Mar. 28, '00; m. Phebe Trask Sept. 27, 1810. 

1161— 6. Elizabeth, j b. Nov. 11, '92; m. James M. Sheldon. 

1162— 7. Barney, j b. Nov. 11, '92; d. July 17, 1793. 

1163— 8. Hnldah, b. July 22, '95; m. Alfred Peck Sept. 26, 1816. 

1164— 9. Silas, b. Mar. 9, '98; m. Sally Harlow, Mar. 22, 1821. 
n65— 10. Edward, b. Auj;. 13, 1801; m. Olive Peck Aug:. 21, 1825. 

Plain cultured, hard working, well disposed, orderly people, not 
over fortunate in worldly ^^^^l*"' oi* distinction, but far worthier 


than some of oiir name who rose higher in the social sphere. He 
served faithfully in the war of the Revolution, and enjoyed a help- 
ful pension in his old age. Mrs. Bethany d. in Cumberland, Feb. 
22, 1808. Edward* d. in Pelham, Mass., in the kind care of his 
son Stephen and family Feb. 22, 1833, a. 76 yrs. 2 mos. and 28 ds. 

[273.] Stephen Ballou*, the next oldest of this family, left us 
no record or tradition of his mortal career, whatever it may have 
been, and whether long or short. 

[274.] RoBA BALLOU^ Stephen*, Nathaniel', James', Maturin* ; 

b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 15, 1761; m. Arnold. We have 

sought in vain for materials of any family records, and must leave 
the same a blank. 

[275.] Joel Ballou*, another of the family concerning whom 
we have no information. 

[276.] Ruth Ballou', the next in age, d. an infant Oct. 15, 1772. 

[277.] Mehetabel Ballou', the youngest ; no account given ; 
prob. d. young. 

[278.] RosANNA Pickering*, (Samuel) Sarah Ballon*, Nathaniel', 
James\ Maturin^ ; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Dec. 5, 1759 ; m. 
Ahnh Arnold, son of Daniel and Susanna (Ballou) Arnold, b. Nov. 
17, 1760; cer. in Bellingham aforesaid Dec. 20, 1781, by Rev. Noah 
Alden. Issue. — 

1160—1. WUliam Arnold, b. Dec. 9, 1786. 
1167-2. Willard Arnold, b. Sept. 6, *88. 
1168—3. Barton Arnold, b. Feb. 26, '90. 

Bosanna* and husband are said to have dwelt in or near Smith- 
field Union Bank Village, and to have removed to Clinton, Dutchess 
Co., N. Y., where they d., leaving one son. No further traced. 

[279.] Sarah Pickering', (Samuel) Sarah Ballou*, Nathanior, 
James', Maturin'; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Feb. 21, 1762; m. Au- 
thcmy liazee of Cumberland, K. I.; publishment in Bellingham 
Apl. 12, 1790 ; cer. of course soon after. Issue, all b. in said Cum- 
berland. — 

1169-1. Whipple Bazee, b. Nov. 9, 1790; m. Ist N. Harding, 2d J. Bil- 
ling, 3d J. Bowditch. 
1170-2. Olney Bazeo, b. June 5, '92; m. Sally Ellis about 1812. 
1171-3. William Bazee, b. July 14, '95; d. u. m. Aug. 3, 1854, a. 59 yrs. 19ds. 


1172-4. Sally Razee, b. Oct. 1797; m. Joseph Jacobs Sept. 25, 1817. 
1173—5. Benjamin Razee, b. Au^. 4, 1801; m. Adaline FoUett Apl. 6, 1829. 

The Razees held an influential rank among the substantial yeo- 
manry of Cumberland, R. I., and this family honored their social 
standing. Anthony Razee d. Sept. 29, 1829, in his 76th yr. Mrs. 
Sarah", or Sally as she was famiUarly called, d. Apl. 13, 1853, in 
her 91st yr. 

1 280.] Simon Pickering', (Samuel), Sarah Ballou*, Nathaniel', 
James^ Maturin'; b. in Bellingham, Mass., July 26, 1764; m. 
Rhoda Wilcox, dr. of Daniel Wilcox. Issue, all b. in Bellingham, 
Mass. — 

1174— 1. Samuel Pickering?, b. Sept. 12, 1790; m. Elizabeth Hutchinson. 

1175— 2. Anna Pickering, b. Dec. 27, '91; m. George Taft. 

1176— 3. Sally Pickering, b. June 29, '94; d. Sept. 28, 1803, 

1177— 4. Esther B. Pickering, b. Nov. 13, '96; m. Pliny Cook Sept. 30, 1825. 

1178— 5. EUefell Pickering, b. Apl. 19, '99; d. a young woman u. m. 

1179— 6. Rosanna Pickering, b. May 17, IHOl; m. Oliver Razee 1819. 

1180— 7. Sally Pickering, b. Oct. 12, '03; m. Galen Cook Oct. 17, 1822. 

1181— 8. Daniel W. Pickering, b. '06; m. Elizabeth Thomiwon Sept. 

3, 1829. 

1182— 9. Simon Pickering, Jr., b. '08; m. Elizabeth Whiting Jan. 26, 

1183—10. Rhoda W. Pickering, b. June 12, '10; m. Welcome B. Cook Jan. 
14, 1826. 

Simon Pickering", we presume, Uved and d. on the patrimonial 
homestead in South Bellingham, on the old Rehoboth Road, half 
a mile northerly from the " C^rook's place," so called. He is un- 
derstood to have inherited it from his father. Little has been told 
us of his characteristics ; bnt both he and his wife sprung" from a 
worthy stock of useful common people, and did not dishonor their 
parentage. They must have had their hearts and hands full of 
responsibility with so large a family. Simon" was killed, by being 
thrown from his horse, in tj^ie month of January, 1810. He spoke 
not a word, and d. almost instantly. Sirs. Rhoda survived him 
long enough to see the yoimgest of their chn. married and raising 
up another generation. She d. May 24, 1840, on the family home- 
stead a. over 70 yrs. ; and the writer ministered at her funeral ; 
which was a double one, mduding the obsequies of a little grand 
dr. bearing her name. 

[281.] Maky Pickering", the next born of Samuel and Sarah 
(Ballou) Pickering, prob. d. in infancy. No tale of her survives 
to our knowledge. 


[282.] LoviNA Pickering* (Samuel), Sarah Ballou*, Nathaiiier, 
James', Maturin'; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Dec. 8, 1768; m. in 
elderly maidenhood, Oliver Follett of Cumberland, R. I. ; cer. Mar. 
18, 1821, by William Arnold, J. P. No issue. The date of her 
death, nor that of her husband, have never been communicated to 

[283.1 Esther Pickering* (Samuel), Sarah Ballon*, Nathaniel', 
James', Maturin* ; b. in BeUingham, Mass., Apl. 29, 1772 ; m. Wil- 
liam Billings^ Jr.^ his birthplace not given, b. 1767 ; cer. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., Aug. 20, 1789, by Levi Ballou, J. P. Issue, b. in 
said Bellingham, or possibly in Charlton, Mass. — 

1184—1. Samuel Billings, b. Dec. 8, 1789; m. Abigail Adams. 

Mrs. Esther* d. Oct. 28, 1795, a. 23 yrs. and 6 mos. Her husband 
m. a 2d wife, and had chn. by her. * He d. Apl. 11, 1817, a. about 
50 yrs. 

[284.] KuTH Pickering* (Samuel), Sarah Ballou*, d. in elderly 
maidenhood on the paternal homestead May, 1854, a. about 80 yrs. 

[285.] Eunice Pickering*, the next in birth-date, d. in early 
womanhood, u. m., Nov. 6, 1798, a. 21 yrs. and 4 mos. 

[286.] Philadelphia or Phila Pickering* (Samuel), Sarah Bal- 
lon*, NathanieF, James', Maturin* ; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Oct. 
31, 1779; m. Bani Bartlett (Eber, Joseph, Jacob, John), b. in 
Cumberland, B. I., Dec. 19, 1772 ; cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 2, 
1802, by John Bogers, J. P. Issue, b. in Cumberland. — 

1185—1. Willard Bartlett, b. ; d. aged 2 yrs. 

1186—2. Maria Bartlett, b. Apl. 20, 1804; m. Anthony Sweet Aug. 18, 1825. 

1187—3. Bber Bartlett, b. Sept. 18, '05; m. Deborah Brownell. 

1188-4. Sarah Bartlett, b. Feb. 29, '08; m. Geo. W. Tingley. 

118^-5. Vamum Bartlej;t, b. May 10, '10; u. m. 

1190—6. Lavinia Bartlett, b. June 16, '14; m. Sylvester W. Jillson. 

1191—7. BurriU Bartlett, b. Oct. 22, '16; m. Ann Maria Phettiplace, 1845. 

Philadelphia Pickering* and husband dwelt on a homestead in 
Cumberland, B. I., a short distance south of Bellingham line, at 
its southeasterly comer. They OiScupied a reputable rank of social 
standing, and brought up a worthy family. He d. July 4, 1835 ; 
and she followed him Mar. 4, 1837. 

[287.] Jesse Ballou*, Ezekiel', Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; b. 
on territory then in Wrentham, Mass., but soon after included in 


Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 30, 1741 ; m. Ist Rhoda Salisbury, dr. of 
Jonathan of Glocester, b. Oct. 20, 1736 ; cer. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Nov. 8, 1761, by John Goold, J. P. Issue.— 

1192—1 Darius 1 b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 17, 1762; m. Sylvia 

^ twins, Metcalf July 1,1785. 
1198—2. Sarah b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 17, 1762; m. Bar- 

J ney Clark Sept. 8, 1784. 

1194—3. Zerviah, b. in Wrentham, Mass., May 3, 1764; m. Albee. 

1195—4. Ezekiel, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Feb. 14, '66; m. Ist Sylvia Wil- 
cox, 2d Nelly Parkhiirst. 

Mrs. Rhoda (Salisbury) Ballou d. Apl. 29, 1768, in her 32 yr. 
Jesse* m. 2d Lydia Mason of Cumberland, dr. of Pelatiah Mason 
(birth-date not griven); cer. Qct. 6, 1768, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. 
Issue. — 

1196-5. Pelatiah, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Feb. 21, 1770; m. Hannah Shel- 
don 1794. 

Mrs. Lydia (Mason) Ballou d. Aug". 3, 1770, in her 32 yr. And 
Jesse* m. Elizabeth Pitts, dr. of Jonathan Pitts, birthplace and 
birth-date not indicated; cer. in Cumberland Jan. 11, 1776, by 
Eld. Abner Ballou. Issue. — 

1197—6. William Pitts, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Aug. 31, 1778; d. u. m. 

May 21, 1807. 
1198—7. Otis, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Nov. 2, '79; m. Nancy Jencks. 
1199—8. Olive, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 10, *82; m. John Butman. 

Capt. Jesse was an active man of more than ordinary inteUi- 
gence, in a community mi farmers, a citizen of influence and a 
captain of militia. He accepted the doctrine of universal salva- 
tion under the preaching of Bev. Hosea Ballou, and his arguments 
and persuasive eloquence were the means of making many con- 
verts in that locality. He was a man of large benevolence and 
unbounded charity, giving freely of his substance. In addition 
to his large family, he adopted three children of his friend Abigail 
Cook (daughter of Daniel), viz. — 

1200— 9. Irena, b. June 8, 1790; m. Clark Jillson. 
1201—10. Willard, b. Dec. 15, 1794; m. Asenath Gafikill. 
1202—11. Alden, b. Dec. 1797; m. Irene Darling. 

He died on his homestead in Wrentham, March 16, 1800, in his 
59th year. Elizabeth (Pitts) Ballou, his widow, died March 16, 
1841, in her 94th year. Abigail Cook died June 14, 1851, in her 
84th year. 


84th yr. ; perhaps a better womau than some of better fame and 
fortune. The most high Father jndofeth all justly. 

[2^8.] Levi Ballou*, Ezekiel', Obadiah", James^ Maturin' ; b. 
on territory then in Wrentham, Mass., soon after in Cumberland, 
R. I., Sept. 23, 1744 ; m. Cfnnfort llic/nipi^on, ptg-e. and bii'thi)lace 
not found, b. July 13, 1746; cer. in said (Cumberland Mar. 21, 1765, 
by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all b. in Cumberland. — 

1203— 1. Rachel, b. Sept. 11, 1765; d. 2ytL of the same month. 

1304— 2. Philena, b. Oct. 6, '66; m. Arthur Cook Dec. 11, 1783. 

12aV- 3. Rhoda, b. Dec. 15, '68; m. Thiukleus Cook Sei>t. 15, 1785. 

120t^- 4. Vienna, b. Jan. 29, 71; m. Ist Willard Freeman, 2a Z. Darlinj,'. 

1207— 5. Welcome, b. Mar. 1, '73; m. Mary Wilcox Mar. 17, 1794. 

1208— 6. Joanna, b. Feb. 25, 75; m. Zimri Cook Nov. 7, 1798. 

1209— 7. Flavins J., b. Oct. 13, '76; m. Phila Cook Oct. 14, 1798. 

1210— 8. Rachel ) b. May 8, '80; m. Levi Cook Apl. 12, 1801. 

1211— ». Emilia j *^'^^"» b. May 8, '80; m. Lemuel Hall 1802. 
1212—10. Levi, Jr., b. Au^. 29, '82; m. Hephzibah Metcalf May 10, 1804. 
1213—11. Ohiey, b. Sept. 28, '84; m. Florentina Whipple Feb. 8, 1812. 
1214-12. Barton, b. July 19, '91; m. Ist Sarah, 2(1 Deborah Rathbun. 

Levi Ballou*, Esq., and his wife were an intelligent, upri^j^ht, 
exemiJary connubial pair. They were eminent in the front social 
rank of their community, and reared \\\) their large family with 
credit to themselves, respectability to their chn., and treaaurely 
profit to society. He was conspicuous in his \dcinage as a Revo- 
hitionary patriot, shared largely in town offices of honor and re- 
sponsibility, was long a popular Justice of the Peace, frequently 
represented his fellow citizens in the General Assembly of the 
State, and was a much trusted counsellor in the affaii-s of his 
neighborhood. His wife "opened her mouth with wisdom, and 
in her tongue was the law of kindness." So "her chn. rose u]) 
and called her l)lessed." He d. July 13, 1805. The Phoenix, a 
Providence newspaper of those days, briefly noticed his decease 
thus. — " Died in Cumberland, on Monday last, Le\'i Ballou, Esq., 
one of the Representatives of that town in the General Assembly. 
He was an industrious and U]i)right man, and meiited the appro- 
bation and esteem of all good citizens in his private and public 
life." We may add that he departed in the firm assurance of 
final universal blessedness for the whole human race. He passed 
away in his 61st yr. His worthy wid. survived him over 20 yi-s. 
She d. Oct. 28, 1826, in her 81st yr. We recollect well ministering 
Sit her funeral in the ancient Ballou Meetinghouse. 8o her aslios 



repose by the side of her husband's in the old Burial Ground of 
the Cumberland Ballous. 


















Fac-simiijB op the Bionature op Levi BALiiOU, Esg., 1775. 

[289.] Amey Ballou*, EzekieP, Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; b. 
on teiritory then in Wrentham, Mass., but presently thereafter iu 
Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 24, 1745 ; m. Benjamhi Ga^klU of Smith- 
field, R. I., son of Samuel Gaskill of Mendon, Mass. ; cer. in said 
Cumberland Apl. 12, 1764, by Uriah Jillson, J. P. Issue, b. as 
indicated below. — 

La^nna Gaskill, b. Smithlield, R. L, Sei»t. 27, 1765. 

Joanna Gaskill, b. ** ** Jan. 19, '08. 

Ezekiel Gaskill, b. " ** Dec. 12, '09; m. Elizabt^th 


Patience Gaskill, b. Uxbridjire, Mass., Feb. 12, '71. 

Daniel Gaskill, b. '' ** May 9, '74. 

Nathan Gaskill, b. Uxbridge, Mass., Aug. 5, '76; tl. Apl. 16, 1779. 

Hosea Gaskill, b. ** ** Mar. 9, '79. 

Samb Gaskill, b. ** ** June 10, '81 ; m. Jesse Morse. 

1223- 9. Lucy Gaskill, b. ** ** May 16, '84; d. July 25, 1785. 

1224—10. Verney GaskiU, b. ** " June 12, '86; d. Apl. 19, 1795. 

1225—11. Amey Gaskill, b. Smitlitield, K. I., Apl. 30, '89; m. Asabel Elliot. 

Without any specific testimony, we infer tliat Amey BaDou'' and 
her husband were very worthy people. From the fact that we find 
a poiiion of their family record in the Friends' Registiy of Smith- 
field, R. I., they may be presumed to have been membei-s of that 
Christian denomination, or at least re«^ilar attendants of its meet- 
ings. And bad people are not apt to be attracted to such society. 
Benjamin Gaskill was a descendant, perhaps «^'eat grandson, of 
that Samuel GaskiU who was persecuted in Salem, Mass., iu the 
days of yore, for his Quaker attachments. It would seem that 
Benjamin and Amey (Ballou) Gaskill Uved alternately in Smith- 
field, R. I., and Uxbridge, Mass.; just irlwre we have not been 
told, probably on homesteads not far apart. Some of their clin., 
we sec, were b. in one of these towns, and some in the other. 
They d. in Uxbridge, she Jan 16, 1817 ; and he Apl. 22, 1818. 

[290.] Majou Reuben Ballou', Ezekiel*, Ohadiah', James*, Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., soon after its incorporation, Nov. 
26, 1747 ; m. 1st Chloe Couuttock, dr. of Joseph Comstock, b. per- 


haps in the neighborbood of Woonsocket ; cer. Nov. 29, 1767, by 
Stephen Arnold, J. P. Issue, b. in said Cumberland. — 

1226—1. George, b. June 20, 1768; m. Anna Bartlett Sept. 12, 1794. 

1227—2. Sina, b. June 9, '70; m. Ist Oyrenius Rawson, 3d Silas Cook. 

1228-3. Reuben, Jr., b. Aug. 24, 1775; drowned June 16, 1787. 

1229—4. Anna, b. June 22, '78; m. Daniel Paine. 

1230—5. Chloe, b. perhaps, '81; m. Levin Jillson, Feb. 9, 1801. 

Some memoranda intimate that there was a dr. Rebecca, but do 
not indicate her birth-date, or where she belongs in the family 
list. If there was such as a child, she must have d. young. 

Mrs. Chloe (Comstock) Ballou is said to have d. in 1782; but the 
precise date has not been given us. Reuben* m. 2d Freelove Wfiip- 
pie of Providence, dr. of Capt. John Whipple of Cumberland, R. 
I., b. there Sept. 24, 1768 ; cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 30, 1787, 
by Jotham Carpenter, J. P. Issue, b. in Providence, R. I. — 

1231—6. John W. C. M., b. Nov. 26, 1784; d. June 26, 1791. 

1232—7. William, b. Nov. 25, '86; m. Sally Smith. 

1233—8. Lavinia, b. Dec. 26, '87; m. James Jones. 

1234r-9. Nathan, b. '90; d. Aug. 18, 1792. 

Reuben Ballou* is said to have been a handsome, portly man of 
intelligent mind and prei^ossessing address. He went early into 
the Continental army, and was commissioned a captain soon after 
the battle of Bunker Hill. Later he became Major, but whether 
of the Revolutionary troops, or of the militia, we do not clearly 
understand, though probably of the former. He had acquired the 
bearing and suavity of a mihtary gentleman, and was at home in 
circles of that class. He was an enterprising business man as a 
meat provisionist and general trader. But Uke too many favorites 
of nature his warm passions graduaUy betrayed him into damag- 
ing habits of fast living. These habits seemed to culminate on 
the death of his first wife, and somewhat soiled the fair mantle of 
public estimation he had won, though they did not divest him 
of all the generous qualities which characterized his manhood. 
Meantime he was attracted and ardently attached to the woman 
who became his 2d wife, Freelove Whipple. She was a stately, 
handsome, capable and captivating woman — a princess in her 
social sphere — the counterpart of Major Reuben. They were 
mutually charmed with each other, and became one. He was 
Capt. in Col. John Cook's regiment of infantry in Dec. 1776, Capt. 
in Col. Archibald Crary's regiment in 1777, Capt. of Cumberland 
Alarm Co. in 1779, and Major of Regiment of Militia, Senior Class, 


in County of Providence, in 1781, 1782 and 1783. He sustained 
liis reputation as an officer through the war, and took part in all 
the engagements of his regiment. He was afterward engaged in 
the business of marketing, butchering and general trade in the 
town of Providence, which he continued tUl his death, Sept. 19, 
1803, in his 56th year. His widow d. Oct. 22, 1823, in her 65th 
year. Both died in Providence and were buried in the Ballon 
Cemetery of Cumberland, R. I. 

[291.] Capt. Asa Ballou*, Ezekiel*, Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 2, 1750 ; m. Phebe Covistock of Smith- 
field, R. I., dr. of Joseph Comstock, and sister of Reuben's wife, 
birth-date not ascertained ; cer. Sept. 8, 1769, by Stephen Arnold, 
J. P. Issue. — 

1235—1. Lavina, b. in Cumberland, May 4, 1770; m. William Bowen. 

1236—2. Luke, b. in Cumberland, Aug. 5, 71; m. Eliza Smith. 

1237—3. Silas, b. in Cumberland, July 23,* 76; m. Phebe Pray, Oct. 11, 1794. 

1238—4. Phebe, b. in Wrentham, Mass., May 28, *81; m. Charleys HorU)n. 

1239—5. Esther, b. place and date not given; m. Dudley Wade May 4, 1806. 

1240—6. Waity, b. ** ** ; m. James Hopkins. 

1241 — 7. Joanna, b. ** ** ; m. Job Seamana. 

It has been difficult to find the pathway of Capt. Asa Ballou's 
life-career ; but we feel warranted in stating that he was a captain 
in the Eevolutionary War ; that 30on after the Peace of 1783 he 
removed from the neighborhood of his nativity to North Provi- 
dence, K. I., and thence in 1786 or '87 to Foster, R. I., where he 
became a large trading landholder; and that there he d. Jan. 16, 
1807, a. 56 yrs. 10 mos. and 14 ds. He made his Will just before 
his death, providing for the settlement of his estate by his wife as 
executrix. She d. there sometime during the year 1825, and her 
estate was settled by Gideon Burgess, admr. It seems rather 
strange that so little information has come down to us concerning 
Capt. Asa' and wife, but we must be content with what has. 

[292.] Mary Ballou*, next b. of this family, d. in infancy. 

[293.] Anna Ballou', EzekieP, Obadiah', James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 1, 1756 ; m. KUjah Brown (Stephen, 
Sen., Joseph, John, John), b. in said Cumberland Mar. 1, 1756 ; 
cer. May 29, 1774, by Eld. Abner Ballon. Already given. See 
back No. [247]. 

[294.] Joanna Ballou', Ezekiel*, Obadiah", James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 27, 1759 ; m. Oliver Carpenter (Jo- 


tliani, Jotham, Benjamin, William, William), b. in said Cumber- 
land Nov. 15, 1753 ; cer. May U, 1775, by Eld. Abner Ballou. For 
some reason tli(^ record of the family differs from that of the town, 
in resi)eet to the date of the marriage ; jsri^in^ it as Jan. 1, 1775, 
inst^^ad of May 14. We meet with many such discrepancies. 
Issue, understood to liave been b. in Mendon, Mass., or certainly 
most of them. — 

1242 — 1. Lillis CariH^nter, 1>. Apl. 2», 1777; m. Alexander Thayer June 

5, 1794. 
1248 — 2. Dexter Carpenter, b. Nov. 27, 79; m. Drusey Kelley 1801. 

1244 — 3. Levi Can)enter, b. Feb. 24, '82; m. Eunice Taft. 

1245 — 4. Lavina Cari>enter, b. Feb. 17, '86; m. Edward Thmpson May 

17, 1803. 

1246 — 5. Kenben B. Can)enter, b. Oct. 2, '88; d. Jan. 11, 1789. 

1247 — (J. Anna Carpenter ) b. Dec. 16, '89; m. Joshua Narrow- 

• twins, more 1823. 

1248 — 7. Joanna Cari)enter ) b. Dec. 16, '89; d. Mar. 21, 17a5. 

1249 — 8. Abio:ail Cari)enter, b. Sept. 16, '92; m. Israel Wilkinson Dec. 

10, 1813. 
12o0 — 9. Laura Carpenter, b. June 4, '98; m. George Hicks Oct. 29, 1815. 
12oOJ— 10. Joanna Carpentt^r, b. Jan. 21, 1803; living u. m., Brainard, N. Y., 

No biographical materials at our command enable us to g-ive 
the characteristics or experiences of Joanna* and her husband; 
but reUable traditional fame testifies to their eminent moral, social 
and domestic worth. We understand that their homestead was 
the one now known as the Nathan Aldrich place, a mile or more 
southerly from Mendon Town, on the old Rehoboth road. Thence 
they removtnl, about 1804, to Nassau, N. Y. There they d. ; she 
Nov. 22, 1832, a. 73 yrs. 1 mo. 27 ds. ; he July 13, 1845, a. 91 yrs. 
7 mos. 29 ds. 

[295.] Aauon Newell' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), Su- 
sanna Ballou", Obadiah*, James", Maturin'; b. on temtory soon 
after included in Cumberland, R. I., Au^. 19, 1740; m. Sarah Till- 
xnn of said Cumberland (ptg-e. and birth-date not ^ven) ; cer. Dec. 
29, 1763, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue, 8 b. in Cumberland, and 
2 in Holden, Mass., whither they removed and settled, perhaps in 
1778 or *9.— 

1251— 1. Elisha Newell, b. Oct. 1, 1764; sett. Delaware, Delaware Co., O. 
1352— 2. Benjamin Newell, b. Aug. 8, '6G; sett, in N. York State, and m. 

1253— 3. Marv' NeweU ) b. May 20, 70; d. u. m. 

1254- 4. Susanna NeweU j *^'^°^' b. May 20, 70; nntraced. 


1255— 5. Cynthia NewoU, 1). Apl. 8, 1772; d. u. m. 

1250— 0. Rufus Nowoll, b. Jan. 30, 74; m. Abij?ail Newton, Holden, Mass. 

1357— 7. Amos Nowoll, b. Nov. 13, 75; m. Hannah Hone, 

1258— 8. Phobo Nowoll, 1>. Apl. 28, 78; m. Mr. Howo; sott. Ludlow, Vt. 

1259— 9. Nahum Nowoll, b. not found; m. Betsoy Hasting; sott. Dela- 

ware, O. 
1200—10. Amey Newell, b. not found; m. Ambrose Fales; sett. Holden, 

We can say little of these parents, either from records, docu- 
ments or traditionary report. The stock from which they sprang^ 
was respectable, and we do not doubt they proved themselves 
worthy of their ancestry. And to rear so laro^e a family must have 
required g-ood stamina, much responsibility and manj^ tryin^f vigils. 
Whether we can afiford the pains and expense of tracin«r their 
descendants further down the stream of time, we doubt. It re- 
mains to be seen. 

[296.] David Newell*, ;Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), Su- 
sanna Ballon", Obadiali', James", Maturin' ; b. on territorj^ soon 
after included in Cumberland, R. I., June 20, 1742; m. Susanna 
Cook (Daniel, Nicholas, Walter), b. in Wrentham, Mass., Mar. 3, 
1743; cer. in said Cumberland Jan. 26, 1764, by Eld. Nathaniel 
Cook. Issue. — 

1261—1. David Newell, Jr., b. Cumberland, R. I., 1770; m. Ist Elizabeth 

Metcalf, 2d C. Willianifl. 
1262—2. Silas Newell, b. Cumberland, R. I., not found; set. Monroe, 

Oranf?eCo., N. Y. 
1268—3. Levi Newell, b. Cumberland, R. I. not found; m. Caroline Matilda 

1264—4. Ziba Newell, b. Cumberland, R. I., not found; m. and resided 

in Warren, R. I. 

From our imperfect memoranda, it would seem that Mrs. Su- 
sanna d. at a date not o^iven, and that David* m. a 2d wife, Klha- 
heth , by whom he had at least one son. — 

1265—5. Reuben Newell, b. July 14, 1705; untraced. 

This is another case in which we have the mortification to ex- 
hibit a bunj^ling" and very defective family record. But we could 
not do better, without unreasonable cost and pains. So we will 
ofive the substance of what has come to us concerning* this family, 
and pursue its tracement no fui-ther. Lc^tters to Mr. Peck, fi'om 
^and sons of David^ in the year 1875, state that David Neweir, 
moved to Pelham, Mass., hired farms on shares, was a hard worker 


and finally died there with his son Levi. David, Jr., had by his 
two wives 8 chn. in aU, and lived and d. in Pelham, Mass. Silas" 
m., had several chn., removed to New York State, and finally d. in 
Monroe, Orangfe Co. Levi", who married Carohne Matilda Bal- 
lon*, (Benjamin*, Obadiah', James\ Maturin') Oct. 1, 1795, lived, 
and d. in Pelham, Mass. They had no chn. Ziba had 2 sons, and 
lived at one time in Warren, R. I. Reuben' m., had a large fam- 
ily, and d. somewhere in the State of New York. He was a son 
of David Jr. WiUiam', son of Silas", one of Mr. Peck's corres- 
pondents in 1875, above referred to, then resided at North Bay, 
Oneida Co., N. York. We have no more to oifer, and wish for no 
more of this unspecific sort. Let those interested, who have means, 
leisure and relish for round-about research, — work out the prob- 
lems involved in this Newell genealogy. 

[297.] Hope Ballou*, Daniel*, Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 2, 1746; m. Daniel Barnas. No in- 
quiry elicits any specific information concerning Daniel Barnes, 
his ptge., birthplace, bii-th-date, or the family residence. Re- 
ported issue. — 

1286—1. Hemy Barnes, b. 

1267—2. Enoch Barnes, b. 

1268—3. Daniel Barnes, Jr., b. 

1269—4. Pbila Barnes, b. 

1270—5. Elsie Barnes, b. 

1271—6. Lillis Barnes, b. 

1272—7. Ophelia Barnes, b. 

It is genealogically deplorable that we can tell no more of these 
cousins. But our researchei-s report that they can find nothing 
else. Probably if they had faUen heirs to a few millions of money, 
a host of them and their descendants would have been identified. 
But we find neither pleasure nor profit in scolding about the rec- 
ordless seclusion of our relations ; albeit there is more of it than 
A%'e can be proud of, or thankful for. 

[298.] Joseph Ballou", Daniel*, Obadiah', James', Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, R. I., now BurriDville, Jan. 20, 1748 ; m. Sarah 
>>fceet, dr. of Timothy Sweet, b. in said Glocester Sept. 17, 1747 ; 
cer. Apl. 4, 1771, by Timothy Wilmarth, J. P. Issue, all b. in 
Glocester, now Burrillville. — 

127»-1. Amey, b. Oct. 11, 1771; m, Philip Waldeu Ai)l. 8, 1792. 
1274-2. Hannah, b. July 2, 73; m. Isaac Paine Apl. 10, 17J)5. 


1275—3. Esther, b. Feb. 33, 1775; m. Bradley Green June 23, 1799. 

127G— 4. Mary ) b. Mar. 14, 78; m. William Aldrich Jan. 37, 175)9. 

1277—5. Martha) ^^'^^^^ b. Mar. 14, 78; m. Awi Gary June 23, 1799. 

1278—6. Daniel, b. Oct. 13, *80; m. iHt Mary Brown, 2d Merey Brown. 

1279—7. Joseph, b. Oct. 30, *83; m. Lucretia Darlinj.' Au«?. 30, 1801. 

Josejih Ballou* inherited and sett, on the paternal homestead, 
two miles southerly from the village of Paseoag in now Burrill-/ 
ville, R. I., already described. He and his wife were of g-ood 
repute among the substantial yeomanry of their vicinage. He d. 
in the ripeness of middle age Feb. 9, 1801, a. 53 yrs. and 17 ds. 
Glocester Probate Records show that he made his Will Dec. 5, 
1800, which was duly executed by his widow and his son-in-law, 
PhiUp Walden, joint executoi-s. Mrs. Sarah, his wid., survived 
him over 25 yrs., and d. Apl. 25, 1826, a. 78 yrs. 7 mos. and 8 ds. 

[299.] A^NA Ballou', Daniel', Obadiah', James', Maturin'; b. 
in Glocester, now Bumllville, R. I., May 10, 1751 ; m. Jcranhik 
Sanders^ son of Robert Sanders, biiih-date not found ; cer. May 
20, 1773, by Abraham Waterman, J. P. Issue. — 

1280—1. Deborah Sanders, b. 

1281 — 2. Jeremiah Sanders, b. 

1282—3. Miriam Sanders, b. 

1283-4. Asahel Sanders, b. 

Somebody knows, or once knew, all about these parents and 
chn. But they and their descendants have eluded tlic detection 
of our researcher; and we must leave th(nn, Uke too many of 
their kindred, amid the shades of unhistoried obscurity. 

[300.] Susanna Ballou", Daniel*, Obadiah', James^ Maturin'; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Feb. 27, 1754 ; ni. 
litffm Baker, pti^e., bii-th-date, cfcc, not found ; cer. Sept. 14, 
1783, by J(ma. Hams, J. P. Issue. — 

1284—1. Admimble Baker, 1). 
1285—2. Delilah Baker, h. 

Here we are still in the same re<ri'etable obscurity, jXH^-in^ out 
into thick darkness. We have callt»d for lii^ht, but called in vain. 
So we must leave this family and their descendants to better in- 
formed genealogists and biographei-s. The Bakers will ])robably 
look them up and register them in their Chronicles. 

[301.] Mautha Balloc', Daniel', Obadiah", James"', Maturin* ; 
b. in then Glocester, now BimiDville, E. I., Dec. 29, 17()1 ; ni. 1st 


WiWam (hren, ptge., birth-date, &c., not found; cer. Feb. 6, 1793, 
by Hd. Wm. Bowen. No issue. Mr. Owen is understood to have 
d. Afterward Mi's. Martha ra. 2d Chnstopher Sayle.^. No issue ; 
and no further particulars reported, except that she d. in 2d wid- 
owhood, on the old patrimonial homestead, with her ^. nephew, 
Job Ballon, a. over 90 yrs. 

[302.] Sylvanus Ballou", Daniel*, Obadiah", James', Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, E. I., Feb. 10, 1767 ; m. 1st Mercy JIhi(h, dr. of a 
clergyman styled Elder Hinds, no birth-date given ; cer. Jan. 10, 
1788, by Eld. Wm. Owen. Issue, b. in said Glocester. — 

125»-1. Amiksa, 1). Jan. 21, 18Q1; m. IhI Gyrene Cook, 2d Maria Thorp. 

Mrs. Mercy w^as a woman of delicate constitution and hereditary 
predisposition to suicide, by which she terminated her own life, at 
a date not given, probably in Norwich, N. Y., not far fi'om 1810. 
Subsequently Sylvamis^ m. 2d liuth Bdl of New Berhn, N. Y., a 
lady of abUity and culture. She lived but a few years — no dates 
given. He m. 3d Amy Putne, dr. of Isaac and Hannah (Ballon) 
Paine, b. in Bumllville, K. I., May 17, 1806 ; cer. prob. in Nor- 
wich, N. Y., about 1827 or '28. Issue, b. in said Norwich. — 

1287-2. Andrew Jackson, b. Oct. 7, 1833; m. Lois S. Ross Nov. 18, 1880. 
1388-3. Daniel, Rev., }>. Dec. », '38; m. Betsey M. Webb Oct. 1, 1802. 

Sylvanus Ballon^ was a man of robust constitution, enterprise, 
and executive ability. He sold his farm in Glocester, B. I., to 
Seth BaDou in 1805, and in 1807 removed to Norwich, N. Y. He 
was among the pioneer settlers of that locality. He prospered, 
and became a large landholder. In his old age, when about 85, 
he removed to SmithviUe, in the same County of Chenango, N. Y. 
There he d. Dec. 1, 1857, a. 90 yrs. 9 mos. and 21 ds. His widow 
was surviving at last advices. 

[303.1 Debokah Baux)u', Danier, Obadiah", James', Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, E. I., prob. about 1770. Mr. Peck sought in vain 
to ascertain the family record of this Deborah Ballon. He ob- 
tained a vague report that she m. Isaac Paine, which was super- 
seded by another that she m. a man named Yondei's (unless we 
mistake the chirography for Saunders). * We have sent out fresh 
inquiries, and got nothing. We must therefore leave her in this 
liml)o of inscrutable conjecture. 

[304.] Lavinia Ballou', Rev. Abner*, Obadiah', James', Ma- 
tnrin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 1, 1753; m. Nathaniel JilLson 



(Nathaniel, Nathaniel, James), b. in said Cumberland Oct. 5, 1749; 
cer. Nov. 9, 1769, by Eld. Nathaniel Cook. Issue.— 

1289—1. Welcome Jillson, b. ApL 15, 1771; m. Lucina Brown Mar. 1, 17$>5. 

Mrs. Lavinia lived only a few days after Welcome's birth. She 
d. Apl. 27, 1771, much beloved and lamented. Her husband was 
subsequently twice m. and had numerous chn. See Jlll^on Gen- 
edhxjy^ p. 32, &c. 

[305.] Maj. William Ballou*, Rev. Abner*, Obadiah', James', 
Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 24, 1753; m. Sallf/ Ben- 
nett, dr. of John Bennett, birth-date not given ; cer. in said Cum- 
berland Feb. 2, 1777, by Peter Darling, J. P. Issue, all b. in 
Cumberland. — 

1289i— 1. Pearley, b. July 11, 1778; m. Nahum Bates June 7, 1797. 

1290 —2. William, b. Sei)t. 0, '82; m. Ist Abigail Brown, 2cl Rebecca Wil- 


1291 —3. Willard, b. Mar. 29, '86; d. u. m. Sept. 27, 1852. 

1292 —4. Nathan, b. Oct. 3, '91; d. u. m. June 28, 1866. 

1293 —5. Sally, b. Apl. 6, '95; d. u. m. Sei)t. 20, 1827. 

William Ballou* was a man of stately presence and good natural 
abilities. He inherited a respectable estate from his Rev. father, 
and rose in the militia of his vicinage to the rank of Major, which 
title was usuaDy given him in the days of our youthful knowledg"e. 
Major William* d. June 16, 1839, a. 85 yrs. 6 mos. Mrs. SaUy 
(Bennett) Ballon d. Nov. 12, 1837. 

[306.} Nath.v^ Ballou", Rev. Abner*, Obadiah", Jame8% Ma- 
turin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 18, 1758; and d. in the 
flower of promise, unmarried, Aug. 13, 1787, a. a little over 29 
yrs. No biographical characteristics handed down. 

[307.] Abigail Ballou", Rev. Abner*, Obadiah', James", Ma- 
turin* ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 22, 1761 ; m. Jo/m Kiakr^ 
son of Maj. John Fiske, b. in said Cumberland Oct. 24, 1760 ; cer. 
Apl. 14, 1784, by Jotham Cari)enter, J. P. Issue, 3 b. in said 
Cumberland and the youngest 2 in Westborough, Mass. — 

12U4~1. James Ballou Fiske, b. Dec. 14, 1784; m. Rebecca McGhw Jan. 

IS, 1814. 
1295—2. Nathan Fiske, b. Feb. 1, '87; m. Sarah Arnold Mar. 25, 1816. 
1296—3. Betsey Fiske, b. Oct. 24, *90; m. Josiah Brigham Nov. 23, 1814. 
1297—4. John Fiske, Jr., b. Dec. 7, '95; m. Ist Mary Zapish, 2*1 Mary 



1298—5. Horace Sumner Fiake, b. June 24, 1799; m, Ist Abigail A. Bass, 
2(1 Anna E. Davis. 

John Fiske and wife were intelligent, worthy and respectable 
l)eople of the substantial farmer class, and did honor to a rej^iita- 
ble ancestry. Their descendants inherited good blood fi-om them, 
and have been distinguished for intellect, entei-prise and moral 
worth. After the birth of three chn. in Cumberland, Abigail" and 
husband removed to Westborough, Mass., Apl. 1, 1794. There 
they had two more chn., and remained till 1801, when they settled 
in Northborough, Mass. On their homestead there they spent 
their remaining earthly days. She d. Jan. 3, 1819. He d. Mar. 
26, 1837. 

[308.] Abneb Ballou', Eev. Abner', Obadiah', James', Ma- 
turin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 1, 1763 ; m. .Henrietta Brown 
(Stephen, Stephen, Joseph, John, John), b. in said Cumberland 
Sept. 13, 1772 ; cer. Jan. 3, 1790, by Elijah Brown, J. P. Issue, 
all b. in Cumberland, R. I. — 

129^- 1. IVIilton, 1). Mar. 6, 1791; d. Oct. 19, 1792. 

1300— 2. Alexander, b. Au^. 27, *92; m. Fanny Sweetser Au<?. 27, 1817. 

1301— 3. Lnoy, b. Aug. 19, '94; m. Knij?ht WHiipple Dec. 21, 1819. 

1302— 4. Stephen Brown, b. Nov. 22, '95; d. u. m. Lockport, N. Y., July 

9, 1861. 
130a— T). Betsey, b. Oct. 22, '99; m. Ist Arnold Jenckes, 2il Luke Jenckea, 

1304— 6. Abner, b. Feb. 18, 1802; m. Hannah Norcros8 Mar. 1828. 
13a5— 7. Sumner, b. Mar. 24, '04; m. Harriet Daniels Jan. 1832. 
I30fi- 8. Harriet Amelia, b, July 7, '06; d. July 3, 1808. 
1307— 9. Maria Ann, b. Dec. 19, '09; m. Rensselaer S. Wilkinson Apl. 30, 

i:iOH— 10. Henrietta, b. July 12, '12; res. Lockport, N. Y. 

Abner BaDou*, Esq., and wife were a hig-hly intellio^ent, upright, 
orderly, economical, circumspect and exemplary pair in all the 
relations of life. The writer grew up in their neighborhood, and 
was well acquainted with them. They dwelt on the homestead, 
ori^ally owned by James Ballon', and which Rev. Abner' bought 
of James^ in 1774. It was immediately adjacent to the " Ballon 
Meetinghouse," and was wholly, or partly, inherited from Rev. 
Abner*. Abner*, about the yr. 1800, superseded the ancient dom- 
iiile with a handsome two-story mansion, retaining in the ell a 
rejuvenated portion of the original structure. There they dwelt 
most of their days, judiciously managing a considerable farm, and 
rearing np worthily their large family. She was a lady of delicate 
health, but discharged her connubial and maternal responsibilities 


most creditably. He was a sedate, staid, di^ified man, in his 
home, noighborlioofl and the general community — systematical, 
methodical, economical, prudent, and successful in all his affairs. 
Nothing was neglected, or went to waste, or was recklessly fooled 
away, under his management. He minded his o\^'n business, and 
mixed not in the quarrels of others. For slow accimmhitions he 
made up by good judgment and careful savings. Thus he secured 
an ample competence for himself and family ; that is, on the hum- 
ble scale of his times. Perhaps liis least x)rofitable investment 
was made in the Soa'al Manufacturing Co., near Woonsocket, in 
1810. In this entei-prise he was as shrewd as his seven or eight 
partners. They started the second Cotton Mill in that since flour- 
ishing centre of manufacturing business. His copartners were 
Ariel Ballou (the present writer's father), Nathan Ballou (his 
cousin), Job Jenckes, Luke Jenckes, Eber Bartlett, Oliver Le- 
land and Joseph Ai*nold, all of whom knew much more about 
manual agricultui-e than of running Cotton Mills. However, they 
pioneered well in that depaiiment of their crude enteri)rise, at 
least for the public. AbneP was not an office-seeker, but rather 
sought for by the commoners of his municipality. He was often 
on the Town Council, and a Justice of the Peace from 1811 to 
1817. In finance he was a Director of the Cumberland Bank from 
1823 to 1851. In politics he was an old-time Federalist, and then 
a Whig. In religion he and his wife were heirship Baptists as to 
their general views, but made no formal iirofession till 1840, w^hen 
thej'^ regularly joined the Baptist church in their native town. So 
far as external conduct and character were concerned, no great 
change was needed or could have been exhibited. With the ex- 
ception of a few yeai-s' residence on Cumberland Hill, their home 
was on the old farm. There he d. Oct. 30, 1851, a. 88 yrs. 6 mos. 
29 ds. Mrs. Henrietta d. Mar. 25, 1856, a. 82 yrs. 6 mos. and 12 ds. 

[309. 1 Beixah Ballou*, Rev. Abner', Obadiah', James', Ma- 
turin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 22, 1766; m. Je^se B7\rwn 
(Stephen, Joseph, John, John), b. in said Cumberland Dec. 26, 
1760 ; cer. June 8, 1791, by Levi Ballou, J. P. Issue, 4 chn. See 
[250], Je,sfie JirovmH family record duly presented. This will ru- 
pei*sede making a mere duplicate repetition here. 

[310.] S-\LLY Ballou', Bev. Abner*, Obadiah", James", Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cumberlaml, E. I., May 9, 1775; m. Jo/ut Rogers^ son 
of John and Plain (Wilkinson) Rogers, prob. b. in Mendou, Mass., 


1313— 5. Eliza Brown Rogers 

1314— 6. Eunice Capron Rogers 

twins, . 

May 2.5, 1759 ; cer. in said Cumberland Nov. 16, 1794, by Jotliam 
Carpenter, J. P. Issue, the first 5 b. in said Cumberland, and the 
last 5 prob. in Holden, Mass. — 

1301>- 1. Abigail Rogers, h. Apl. 25, 1795; m. Samuel Chaffin Apl. 14, 1818. 

1310- 2. Natlian Ballon Rogers, b. Feb. 3, '97; m. Lydia Larned Fel>. 1826. 

1311- 3. John Adams Rogers, b. Feb. 10, *99; d. July 18, 1803. 

131^ 4. George Washington Rogers, b. Mar. 27, 1801; m. Ist Amey Corn- 
stock, 2<l Marcia A. Faxon. 

b. Mar. 27, '03; m. James Holt 

b. Mar. 27, '03; m. Thomas J. 
Da\-is Oct. 27, 1823. 
1315— 7. James Rogers, b. Feb. 0, '05; m. Mary Simmons. 
131ft— 8. Maria Ballon Rogers, b. Jan. 80, '10; m. Benjamin Ferris Oct. 

29, 1837. 
1317- 9. John Wilkinson Rogers, b. Apl. 9, '13; m. EUza Faxon Oct. 10, 

1318-10. William Thayer Rogers, b. Mar. 11, '17; m. Julia J. Warner Aug. 
21, 1848. 

Sally (Ballou) Kog-ers and her husband held a high social stand- 
ing, and honored their position. Rev. Israel Wilkinson, in his 
"Memoirs of the Wilkinson Family," says of Rogers. — he "lived 
in Cumberland, R. I., for many years ; he subsequently moved to 
Hohlen, Worcester Co. Mass. He was a Surveyor and mathema- 
tician, and left extensive works in MS. Enlisting as a private, [in 
the Revolutionary war], he was soon promoted to orderly ser- 
geant, then to Lieutenant, in Capt. Stephen Olney's company, 
of North Providence. He afterward became a Lieut. Col. in a 
Khode Island Regiment, and was one of the body-guard of Gen. 
Washington. An epaulette which Washington gave him is still 
preserved by his descendants in Lockport, N. Y. He was at the 
crossing of the Delaware, and participated in many a hard fought 
battle." He lived on Cumberland Hill, kept a public house and 
store there, and was a popular Justice of the Peace — solemnizing 
many marriages among his other official duties. He was a mem- 
l)er of the Society of Cincinnati, in R. I. We suppose that he 
removed with his family to Holden, Mass., between 1803 and 1805. 
There we lose his historic thread, but i>resume that he and his 
wife must have died in that town. But of this last we are not 
quite sure, as his chn. settled in Lockport, N. Y., and one or both 
the parents may i)08sibly have d. there. Their death dates are 
given us without specification of place. He d. June 9, 1839 ; and 
she Nov. 12, 1847, a. 72 yrs. 6 mos. and 3 ds. 


[311.] Cynthia Ballou', Obadiah', Obadiah", James*, Maturin' ; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I., 1758; m. Anmhl 
SniHh of said Bumll\ille. They had at least one son. — 

1319—1. Solomon Smith; who Rometimc roftided near Nasonville, n RDiall 
village of Burrillville. 

This is all tliat has reached us concerning the family record of 
Cynthia Ballon*. Many calls for information have been made by 
IIS, but all in vain. No further traced. 

[312.] Isaac B.uxou*, Obadiah', Obadiah', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in then Glocester, now BurriUville, R. I., Aug. 17, 1765; m. 
Molly Ballard, dr. of Isaac Ballard. They had two chn. but only 
one named. — 

, 1320—1. Welcome; who d. n. m. at an unpriven date. 

The father went to sea, and never returned. The mother finally 
d. at Mr. Archa Walling's in Burrillville. Alas for such dateless, 
indefinite, pitiable records ! Hopelessly dropped. 

[313.] Paulina Ballou', next oldest of this family, b. May 17, 
1768. Nothing more reported. We must give her up. 

[314.] Phebe Ballou', Obadiah*, Obadiah", James', Maturin' ; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I., Oct. 11, 1770; m. IW- 
sensed llai^^tngton. Nothing further reported ; a poor showing. 
We pass on. 

[315.] Lydia Ballou', Obadiah*, Obadiah', James', Maturin'; 
b. in then Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I., Feb. 7, 1774; m. H7/- 
li avi Wil/ri?if<f)fi, (W^illiam, Jeremiah, John, LawTence,) b. in Cum- 
berland, E. I., about 1763 ; cer. in said Cumberland Sept. 10, 1797, 
by Jotham Carpenter, J. P. Issue, b. in Cumberland. — 

1321—1. BetBey Wilkinson, b. Jan. 1798; m. Israel Smith of Pawtucket, 

R. I. 
1322—2. William Wilkinson, b. , 1800; m. Mehetabel Angell; settled 

in New York. 
1323—3. Eliza Wilkinson, b. — , '03; m. Henry An^yell; res. New York. 

This mostly from the "Wilkinson Family Memoirs," pp. 170, 
236, 289. No further traced. 

[316.] Esther Ballou", Obadiah', Obadiah", James', Maturin'; 
1). in then Glocester, now Bun-illville, R. I., Ai)l. 10, 1777 ; m. Jo- 
tteph Momnj, cer. in Cumberland, R. I., Nov. 15, 1795, by Jotham 


Carpenter, J. P. No more reported. We have searched the 
"Mowry Genealogy" unsuccessfully to learn who this Joseph 
Mowry was and whether he left any family record. We suspect 
he may have been a stray sheep from the great Mowry Fold, and 
must leave his posterity untraced. ^ 

We come next to the chn. of Obadiah Ballou* by his 2d wife 
Mary Ann Fairfield. 

[317.] Dennis Ballou*, Obadiah', Obadiah', James', Maturin'; 
b. in then Glocester, now BurriUville, B. I., Feb. 20, 1786 ; m. 1st, 
Mercy Tifft, dr. of Rev. Rufus and Sarah Tifflb, b. in Smithfield, 
R. I., 1790 ; cer. Oct. 1805. Issue, b. in Smithfield, R. I.— 

1324— 1. Olney, b. Oct. 22, 1806; in. Adelia Ballou Jan. 28, 1828. 

1325— 2. William, b. Aug. 13, '08; d. u. m. Jan. 14, 1829. 

1326— 3. Rufus, b. Nov. 17, '09; m. let Julia Ann Bates, 2d Hannah Dar- 


1327— 4. Warren, b. Apl. 15, '10; m. Ist x^dd. Adelia Ballou, 2d Hannah 


1328— 5. Alzadie, b. Aug. 27, '14; m. Olney A. Mowry Apl. 18, 1833. 

1329— 6. Sally Ann, b. Apl. 27, '16; m. Barton Mowry. 

1330— 7. Reuben, b. Sept. 23, '18; d. June 9, 1835. 
1381— 8. Thomas, b. Mar. 18, '20; d. u. m. 

1332— 9. Dennis, b. Aug. 17, '22; m. Susan Perkins Philip July 11, 1841. 

1333—10. Willard, b. Mar. 17, '24; d. u. m. 1842. 

1334—11. Marcelia, b. Oct. 18, '25; m. Stephen Smith Oct. 10. 1841. 

One or two unnamed infts. are said to have been b. in connec- 
tion with the preceding" eleven. Mrs. Mercy, as well might be 
the ease after such an exhaustive maternity, passed away Feb. 18, 
1826. The same year Dennis" m. 2d, J//vv. Ifantuih {Barnes) Wal- 
Unfj, a worthy widow of his vicinage, particulars of the cer. not 
given. Issue. — 

1335—12. Cyril or Serril, b. Mar. 12, 1827; m. Amanda Smith Dec. 1, 1852- 

1336—13. Mason, b. Oct. 27, '28; d. younp:, June 30, 1838. 

1337—14. Marj' Elizabeth, b. Sept. 2, '30; d. young, Nov. 10, 1835. 

1338—15. Adaline Frances, b. Nov. 13, '32; m. Leonard Mowry Jan. 3, 1851. 

1339 — 16. Oren, b. not given; d. young. 

We are indebted to Mrs. Emily K. (Bassett) Ballou, wife of 
William Boss Ballou, Woonsocket, K. I., for much genealogical 
and biographical information concerning Dennis Ballou' and his 
descendants. She took a kind and lively interest in collecting this 
information for our work. Her husband is a worthy grandson of 
said Dennis, and she deserves our cordial thanks for the persist- 
ent enterjiriso with which she has funiislied us with valuable data, 


factu and incidents. Many of our specifications are based on her 
testimony so far as this branch of our cousins extends. 

It appears that the homestead of Dennis^ was in then Smith- 
field, now North Smithfield, E. I., a mile or more from Slaterville. 
It formerly belonged to Eev. Rufus Tifflt, his 1st wife's father. 
Dennis was a poor boy, and bound out to service, but at sixteen 
was fi-eed to go fortji into the world and seek his fortune. He 
began mth a pair of steers, which he somehow acquired, worked 
out for wages till twenty-one, married, and bought out his de- 
ceased father-in-law's farm from the other heirs, and became at 
length comparatively wealthy. He had a steel and whalebone 
constitution, an ambitious acquisitiveness, great industrial energy, 
and good managing abilities. As a worker he had no rival — often 
rising early on moonlight nights and driving his business while 
suiTounding neiglil)or8 slept. He was famous for cattle raising, 
and his heavy fattened /^wine none of which latter must weigh less 
than 500 lbs. 

He is said to have professed religion in early manhood (in what 
denomination is not told), and to have felt that he had a divine 
call to preach ; but he resisted it, devoted himself to worldly j3ur- 
suits, fell away from his religious vows, and suffered, later in life, 
deep compunction for his unfaithfulness to duty. Yet we do not 
learn that he became immoral, or lost the general respect as a 
man and citizen. He came to his mortal end by an attack of dys- 
entery, ft-om which he probably would have recovered but for 
imprudent eating too soon after pai-tial convalescence. He d. 
Oct. 25, 1851, a. 65 yrs. 8 mos. and 5 ds. He left to his heirs a 
homestead of 200 acres, well furnished with buildings, stock and 
farming implements — total value $10,000. Mi*s. Hannah, his wid., 
d. Dec. 1, 1878, a. 83 yrs. and 21 ds. 

[318.] Mauy Ballou*, [319] Om*HELiA Ballou', drs. of Obadiah*, 
have i)roved untraceable. 

[320.] William Ballou', Obadiah*, Obadiah'*, James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, B. I., May 13, 1789; m. Phila- 
<1i'l})lda JiOfis, dr. of Isaac Ross, b. in said Glocester Mar. 8, 1789 ; 
date and particulars of cer. not found. Issue, understood to have 
been b. in Smithfield, now North Smithfield, E. I., some of them 
perhaps in other localities. — 

1340—1. Adelia, b. May 29, 1809; m. 1st O. Ballon, M W. BiUlou, 8d S. R. 



1341-2. Calista, b. Apl. 1, 1812; m. James M. Taft. 

1342-3. Waiiam Rohs, b. May 15, *16; m. Alice Brown. 

1345^-4. Sarah R, b. June 27, '23; m, Lewis H. BaUou. 

1344-0. Georgre O., b. Feb. 1, '25; m. 1st Susan Manchester, 2d Mary A. 

1345-6. Charles E., b. Mar. «, '30; u. m.; resides Harrisville, R. I. 

Almost notliing" further has come to our knowledge concerning: 
this William Ballou* and wife. They are said to have dwelt on a 
homestead, some two miles westerly from Woonsocket, in now 
North Smithfield, R. I. She d. Apl. 13, 1836, a. 47 yrs. 1 mo. and 
5 ds. He d. Oct. 13, 1852, a. (53 yrs. 5 mos. 

[321.] WiLLARD Ballou*, SOU of Obadiah*, proves untraceable. 

[322.] HuiAM Ballou', Obadiah*, Obadiah*, James*, Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Bundllville, E. I., birth-date not found ; emi- 
grated to the State of N. Y. He was living, in 1882, at Oswego, 
X. Y., aged about 82 yrs., with his 3d wife. It has been with great 
difficidty that we have obtained the following very imperfect family 
record-— which we despair of amending. Hiram* m. 1st Olice 
GanJnAe, and had. — 

1346—1. William, b. no date found; m. and left a family somewhere? 

1347-2. Daniel, b. 

134»~3. Hiram, b. 

1341^-4. Horace, b. 

1350-5. Margaret, b. " 

1351-6. MaiyAnn,b. " 

1352-7. Delilah, b. " 

went to sea long ago, and prob. lost, 
d. at the age of 17 yrs. 
m. Esther Frances Perry Dec. 31 1860. 
m. Joseph Bradshaw, Oswego, N. Y. 
m. Hal. Hayward, Oswego, N. Y. 
m. Thos. Wright, Prince Edwards 

Mrs. Olive d. ; and Hiram* m. 2d Mdhulu Lillef/rkh/e, They 

1353— 8. Oscar, b. no date found; went to sea more than 20 yrs. ago, and 

never heard from. 

1354— 9. Darius, b. no date found; m. and had 1 son; whereabouts for 

20 yrs. unknown. 
1855—10. Sarah, b. no date found; m., but untraceable. 

Hiram' m. 3d a woman whose name has not been given us. Is- 
sue. — 

1356—11. Maria, b. dateless; m. French; res. in Syracuse, N. Y. 

1357—12. Hiram, b. ** m. and res. in Oswego, N. Y. 

1338—13. Marian, b. ** u. m.; res. with her father in Oswego, N. Y. 

We regret being obliged to exhibit so dateless a record, but 
could do no better. Nor have we at present any further informa- 


^ I 


tion concerning thia family of our general cousinhood. If more 
comes, we shall gladly welcome it. 

[323.] Abdelia Ballou*, dr. of Obadiah*, untraceable. 

[324.] Martha Ballou', Obadiah*, Obadiah", James^ Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., not far from 1797 ; m. 
Ldphavt JejferH, son of Thomas and Mary (Bartlett) Jeflfers, b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 27, 1789 ; cer. in Smithfield, R. I., June 
8, 1820, by a Justice of the Peace. Issue, birth-place not given. — 

1359—1. Mary JeflFcrs, b. Mar. 21, 1821; m. Arthur Irons July 4, 1839. 
1360—2. Ezekiel Jeffers, b. Mar. 21, '22; m. Elizabeth Stearns Feb. 13, 1842. 
1361—3. John Jeflfers, b. Oct. 3, '24; m. Caroline Brown Feb. 1841. 

Mrs. Martha (Ballon) Jeffers d. Apl. 13, 1825, a. 28 yrs.* Mr. 
Jeffers subsequently m. Anna Arnold. Occupation and character- 
istics not given. He finally d. in Woonsocket, K. I., Mar. 1, 1837. 

[325.] EosiLLA Ballou*, and [326] Charlotte Ballou*, drs. of 
Obadiah*, prove unsearchable. 

Here would have come in i)roperly Nos. [326^] to [330] inclu- 
sive, the chn. of Esther Ballon", Obadiah", James", Maturing who 
m. James Wilson of Bellingham, Mass. There were 6 of them ; 
but what became of them we have never found a person that 
could teU us, or give us even a clue to their whereabouts. So we 
had to relegate them to the limbo of our unsearchables. We re- 
gretted their loss from our sphere of registration, but could not 
help ourselves. 

[331.] Philadelphia Thayer*, (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Eben- 
ezer, Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballou*, Obadiah', James', 
Maturin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., 1765 ; m. Natfum Barnes ; and 
is no further traceable. 

[332.] Eleazer Thayer', (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballon*, Obadiah", James% Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 4, 1767 ; m. Surah Harris in 
1787. Issue, all but the last four b. in said Richmond. — 

1362— 1. Enoch Thayer, b. June 30, 1788; m. Hannah Jourdan Mar. 4, 

• We learn from Richardfion*8 History of Woonsocket, R. I., p. 140, that Patty (allae Marth») 
Ballou, about the time of her marrlago to Mr. Jeffers, was one of the pioneer weavers In the rudi- 
raentnl Factory of Oliver and Dexter Ballou, run 2 looms, and earned #3 per week. At the i 
period Mr. Jeffers operated their 180 spindle mule. 


Vm- 2. Esek Thayer, b. Jan. 14, 1790; m. Ada Miller 1814. 

1364— 3. Ephraim Thayer, b. Jan. 10, '92; m. Mary Baza<lier; sett. Chan- 
tanqna Co., N. Y. 

136.5— 4. Elijah Thayer, b. July 7, '98; m. Cherrytree; sett, in Bur- 
ton, O. 

136ft- 5. Lydia Thayer, b. July 11, '95; m. Henr^- Mumford Oct. 21, 1819. 

1367- 6. Sally Thayer, b. Jan. 25, '97; m. Col. Sanford Coe Nov. 4, 1822. 

136&- 7. Mary Thayer, b. Mar. 80, '99; no account of her; perhaps d. 

1369- 8. Ira Thayer, b. Feb. 7, 1801; m. Ist Lovina Shaw, 2d Sarah S. 

1370- 9. Manley Thayer, b. Feb. 11, '03; m. Ist Lydia Thayer, 2d Orrisa 

1371-10. Zerviah Thayer, b. Apl. 20, 'a5; m. Conklin Pitcher Mar. 28, 1827. 

1.^-11. Jonathan 0. Thayer, b. Apl. 2, '07; m. Ist Sarali May, 2d Mar- 
garet Wortley. 

\ 137a-12. Benjamin Thaj-er, b. Apl. 8, '09; m. Nancy Shaw Mar. 10, 1833. 
I ir4r-13. Julia Tliayer, b. Feb. 10, '12; d. a. 2 years. 
I 1375-14. Laura Thayer, b. Mar. 7, '14; m. Alonzo Lane Dec. 31, 1832. 

Eleazer Thayer* was a farmer. He removed, in 1806, to Ley- 
den, Lewis Co., N. Y. There his last four chn. were b. There 
Mrs. Sarah, his wife, d. Aug. 10, 1846, and he himself Mar. 4, 
1851. We are indebted for this family record to the Thayer Gen- 
eaJogy by Gen. Bezaleel Thayer. See. pp. 556 to 562. The de- 
scent no further traced. 

[333.] ZiBA Thayer*, (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballon', Obadiah*, James*, Matu- 
lin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Jan. 2, 1769 ; m. Demre Barpov\% b. 
ApL 26, 1776 ; cer. Jan. 29, 1802, by Rev. Nathaniel Boles. Issue, 
b. in Verona, Oneida Co., N. Y.— 

1376—1. Louisa Thayer, b. Aug. 31, 1803; m. Mackintosh Alexander Feb. 

18, 1843. 
1^7-2. Delia Thayer, b. Oct. 16, '05; m. Ezra Pratt Mar. 18, 1839. 
1378-3. Leonard Thayer, b. Dec. 4, *06; d. u. m. June 3, 1841. 

Ziba Thayer was a farmer, settled in Verona, N. Y., where he 
d. Jan. 13, 1854. Mrs. Desire, his wid., d. there July 15, 1865. 
See Tliayer Genealogy, p. 562. No further traced. 

[334.] A.HAZ Thayeb*, (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballon*, Obadiah', James", Matu- 
rin'; b. in Kichmond, N. H., Aug. 2, 1771; m. Can(J<mi Cook, b. 
Aug:. 18, 1771 ; cer. Jan. 2, 1794, by Rev. Nathaniel Boles. Farm- 
ers, get. Leyden, N.- Y. Issue. — 


1379—1. Polly Thayer, b. Oct. 4, 1795; d. 1803. 

1380-2. Stephen Thayer, b. Oct. 10, '97; d. 1799. 

1381—3. Lanrena Tliayer, b. Apl. 18, '98; m. Anflon AndrowR; Hett. Ley- 

den, N. Y. 
1382-4. Melinda Thayer, b. Apl. 18, '99; m. David Turner; sett, near 

Richfield SpringB, N. Y. 
1383—5. Elifiha Thayer, b. Oct. 29, 1802; m. Theodora Green Sept. 26, 1826. 
1384—6. Joanna Thayer, b. Sept. 17, '06; m. Ziba Kingsbury Apl. 11, 1821. 
1385—7. Eliza Thayer, b. Jan. 1, '10; nntraced. 
1386—8. Philinda Thayer, b. Ang. 13, '13; m. Simeon Hays Apl. 16, 1832. 

See Thayer Genealogy, i)p. 562, 563. No further traced. 

[335.] Simeon Thayer*, (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas), Zerviah Ballon*, Obadiah^ James*, Matu- 
rin'; b. in Eichmond, N. H., Oct. 12, 1774; m. (^hhu^ Sahin ; oer. 
Jan. 30, 1792. Farmers, set. in Leyden, N. Y. Issue. — 

1387— 1. Daniel Thayer, b. Aug. 26, 1793; m. Caroline Sage July 37, 1815. 

1388— 2. Sabin Thayer, b. Oct. 15, '94; m. Melimla Kingsbury 1823. 

1389— 3. Rufus Thayer, b. Aug. 15, '96; m. Mary TuUy July 14, 1823. 

1390— 4. Hosea Thayer, b. July 13, '98; m. Betsey Barrows Oct. 16, 1835. 

1391— 5. Lydia Thayer, b. Dec. 6, 1802; m. Manley Thayer Mar. 28, 1838. 

1392— 6. Roxana Thayer, b. Nov. 7, '04; m. Diah Hubbard Mar. 8, 1822. 

1393— 7. Clarissa Thayer, b. Oct. 25, '06; m. Edward Dewey Feb. 22, 1827. 
1894— 8. Orrissa Thayer, b. Feb. 6, '08; m. Manley Thayer July 9, 1829. 
1395— 9. Alfred Thayer, b. Mar. 11, '11; m. Mary Ann Merrj' July 13, 1834. 
1396—10. Amey Melissa Thayer, b. Jan. 14, '30; m. Henrj- Slocomb Dec. 


See Thayer Genealogy, pp. 563-566. No further traced. 

[336.J Zeuviah Thayer', (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballon*, Obadiah*, James', Maturin'; 
b. in Eichmond, N. H., Jan. 20, 1779; m. Alhert Sahhi; cer. Dec. 
9, 1798, by Kev. David Ballon. They set. in said Richmond, 
farmers. Issue. — 

1397—1. Timothy Sahin, b. Aupr. 30, 1800. 

1398—2. Benjamin Sabin, b. Aur. 1, '02. 

1399—3. Dorrance Sabin, b. Sept. 2, '04. 

1400—4. Betsey Sabin, b. Sept. 28, '0(J. 

1401—5. Aucnifltus Sabin, b. Oct. 27, '09. 

1402—6. Alonzo Sabin, b. Feb. 3, '12. 

See Thayer Gen. p. 566. No further traced. 

[337.] Benjamin Thayek', (Simeon, Uriah, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, 
Ferdinando, Thomas,) Zerviah Ballon', Obadiah', James', Matu- 


rin'; b. in Bicbmond, N. H., June 4, 1782; m. Kunire TyUn\ b. 
Deo. 29, 1788 ; cer. Apl. 15, 1810. They set. in Wilna, Jefferaon 
Co., N. ¥., farmers. Issiie. — 

1403-1. Frindft Thayer, b. Oct. 25, 1811 ; nothing told. 

1404-2. Laura Thayer, b. , '13; m. Hon. Samuel A. DaviR Nov. 10, 1833. 

14a')— 3. Harriet Thayer, b. Jan. 10, *15; m. Samuel Hopkins Mar. 4, 1836. 

1406-4. Emily Thayer, b. Aug. 26, '17; m. Patrick McGlenn June 10, 1842. 

1407—5. George Thayer, b. June 7, '19; m. Sina Parsons May 1, 1845. 

140a-6. Maria Thayer, b. Mar. 4, '21; notliing told. 

1409-7. Benjamin Thayer, b. Apl. 24, '26; m. Jane Hammond May 9, 1840. 

See Thayer Gen. pp. 566, 567. No further traced. 

[338.] Lydia Ballou', Joseph*, Obadiah*, James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, K. I., Apl. 1, 1767 ; m. JeAefliah KmgHley of 
Rhode Island, parentage not given, b. prob. in Washington Co., 
Oct. 8, 1766 ; eer. in that locality, jierhaps So. Kingstown, not far 
from 1790. Issue. — 

1410-1. Obadiah Kingsley ^ 
141 1—2. Girl not named 

b. Utica, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1798; m. Lo- 

ti^-ins, ^'^^^^ '^^^^^'• 

b. Utica, N. Y., Oct. 15, 1793; d. soon 

after birth. 

1412—3. Phihp Kingsley, b.' W. Frankfort, N. Y.; d. young, a. 11 yrs. 
1413-4. Schuyler Kingsley, b. W. Frankfort, N. Y. ; m. Margaret Dedrick. 
1414-5. Betsey Kingsley, b. ** " m. T. H. Nurse. 

Jedediah Kingsley was a worthy man and farmer. After re- 
moval from K. I. he rented a farm in Utica for one year, then re- 
moved to West Frankfort, Herkimer Co., leased a farm of Gen. 
Phihp Schuyler, and resided on the same till his death. He d. 
there of gravel complaint Feb. 17, 1843, in his 77th yr. Mrs. 
Lydia (Ballon) Kingsley*, d. at the same place Apl. 30, 1857, of 
old age in her 91st year. 

[339.] Obadiah Ballou*, Joseph*, Obadiah', James', Matnrin' ; 
b. in Cnmberhind, R I., May 20, 1769 ; m. Nanqi Mathew.% b. 
alwut 1771, birthplace and parentage not given ; cer. 1806, par- 
ticulars not ascertained. Issue. — 

1415—1. Eliza, b. not found; m. Jacob Leonard. 

141ft-2. Maria, b. " m. E<lward Rathbun. 

1417-^. Hannah, b. ** m. P. Q. Stebbins. 

1418 — 4. Jofieph Bartlett, b. not found; u. m. 

Our information concerning this Obadiah Ballon, wife and fam- 
ily, i» extremely limited, and, unless we can glean more, our record 


muAt be brief. He removed from Cumberland, R. I., in 1790, with 
his parents, to Fort Schuyler, which became Utica, N. Y. There 
they settled amon^ the enterprisino^ pioneers. There, or in the 
near vicinity, he mamed, and remained till 1835, when he removed 
with his family to Auburn, N. Y. We are unable to specify his 
avocation, vicissitudes, or characteristics. He d. in Auburn, N. Y., 
Jan. 21, 1847, in his 78th yr. Mrs. Nancy, his widow, d. May 30, 
1855, in her 84th yr. 

[340.] Jekahmeel Ballou', Joseph*, Obadiah', James*', Matu- 
rin*; b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 28, 1771; m. Anna IWnj, dr. 
of Jonathan Perry, and grand dr. of James Periy — mother's 
maiden name being Mary Potter, a dr. of Judge Wm. Potter — b. 
in South Kingstown, R. I., June 11, 1779 ; cer. Oct. 8, 1801. Is- 
sue, b. in Utica, N. Y. — 

1419—1. William Potter, b. Nov. 27, 1802; m., name, iVrc, not given. 
1420—2. Peter Perry, b. May 24, '05; m. Elizabeth Gay 1826. 
1421—8. Theodore Perry, b. Mar. 18, '07; m. Charlotte Cogahall Wells 
Sept. 1838. 

Jerahmeel Ballon* went with the other members of his father's 
family to incipient Utica, N. Y., in 1790. There he matured into 
a man of reputable character and standing, became a prosperous 
merchant and tiiisted citizen, but was cut oflf by death in the 
prime of middle-age. He and his wife left a sterling record of 
usefulness and worth. He d. in Utica, June 29, 1817, a. a Uttle 
over 46 yrs. Mrs. Anna, his widow, d. there Mar. 31, 1823, a. 43 
yrs. 9 mos. and 19 ds. 

[341.] Sarah Ballou*, Joseph*, Obadiah", James", Maturin'; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 18, 1781 ; m. El>enezer B. /S/te/rnn^n, 
son of Robert and Honora (Brown) Shearman, b. in Exeter, R. I., 
Apl. 20, 1783 ; cer. in Utica, N. Y., 1808. Issue.— 

1422—1. Jane Shearman, b. 1809; m. JoH€n)h A. Shearman 1832. 
1423—2. Angelina Shearman, b. '10; d. ii. m. 1832. . 

Sarah Ballou", while a young maiden, accompanied the older 
members of her father s family to primitive Utica in 1790. There 
she married E. B. Shearman, as aforesaid. He appears to have 
been an emigrant from one of the Kingstowns in R. I., but whether 
No. or So. Kingstown our informant does not specify. Their two 
chn. were undoubtedly b. in Utica. Mr. Shearman became a con- 
spicuous merchant, and manufacturer of cotton goods and win- 


dow g'lasR. The family occupied a front-rank position in commu- 
nity, and exerted a corresponding" influence. He d. in Utica Apl. 
23, 1845. Mrs. Sarah lived long" years of worthy widowhood and 
finally d. Feb. 7, 1877, a. 95 yi-s. 3 mos. and 17 ds. 

[342.] Col. Benjamin Ballou*, Benjamin', Obadiah", James*, 
Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 10, 1770 ; m. Kuiuct Mann, 
of Wrentham, Mass., ptge. and birth-date not given ; cer. in said 
Wrentham Jan. 16, 1795, by Rev. D. Avery. 

We are in thick darkness respecting the history of Benjamin 
BaUou*. He appears to have settled in Utica sometime after 
mge., prob. near his father. But we get no hint as to his occu- 
pation or character, except that he was at one time Col. of militia. 
His bro. Joseph of Syracuse, N. Y., wrote to Mr. Peck, under 
date of May 11, 1858, that he d. in Utica Sept. 10, 1826, leaving 
no chn. We have more recently learned that Mrs. Eunice d. 
about 1830. 

[343.] Thomas Ballou^ Benjamin", Obadiah", James", Matu- 
rin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 4, 1772; m. Cynthia Paniell, 
of Medway, Mass., dr. of Benjamin Parnoll, b. Jan. 4, 1771 ; date 
and pai-ticulars of cer. not ascei-tained. Issue. — 

14-24—1. Cyrus, b. Sept. IG, 1794; m. Betsey Frey, Little Falls, N. Y. 

1425—2. Horace, b. Oct. 17, '««; m. Harriot Atkius Mar. 3, 1S18. 

1426—3. Cynthia, b. Nov. 1, '98; in. Asahel Bartholomew. 

1427—4. Willard, b. Sept. 29, 1800; m. Olive Green, vicinity of Woon- 

socket, R. I. 

1428—5. Freelove, b. Dec. 21, '04; m. Ezra Healey; sett, in N. Y. 

1429—6. Mary Ann, b. Sept. 16, *07; m. John F. Kandy; sett, in N. Y. 

1430—7. Adaline, b. Apl. 24, '12; m. Daniel Kandy; sett, in N. Y. 

1431—8. Warren, b. Auj,'. 29, '15; m. 1st Eliza Hall, 2d Samantba Swan. 

Just where these chn. were b. we have no specification ; prob. 
in two or more diflerent localities. The parents res. first a few 
years in Medway, Mass.; then for a considerable number in Utica, 
N. Y.; and finally spent the latter pai-t of their lives in Marshall, 
Oneida Co., N. Y. No one has vouchsafed to tell us their calling:, 
social standing, or moral characteristics, which we trust compared 
decently with the average of our general cousiuhood. Thomas" 
d. in Manchester, N. Y., Sept. 7, 1826. Mi-s. Cynthia, his widow, 
d. in Woonsocket, R. I., Sept. 7, 1840, in her 70th yr. 

[344.] Caroline Matilda Ballou*, Benjamin', Obadiah", James', 
Maturin' ; b, in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 20, 1773 ; m, I^rl JVcirelf, 


(David, Elisfaa, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham,) birth-date not ascer- 
tained, prob. about 1772 ; cer. in said Cumberland Oct. 1, 1795, by 
Jotham Carpenter, J. P. No recorded issne. 

All we learn of this pair is, that they removed to Pelham, Mass., 
were of the farming class, were industrious, well disposed people, 
and died in that town. But we have never ascertained the death- 
date of either. 

[345.] Sally Ballou', Benjamin*, Obadiah', James", .Maturin* ; 

b. in Cumberland, R. I., Aug*. 21, 1776 ; m. Sayles. We are 

sorry to say that we have no further information concerning this 

[346.] Joseph Ballou', Benjamin*, Obadiah", James\ Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 19, 1780; m. Ist liiiehd MUlington; 
cer. prob. in Utica, N. Y. ; but of the bride's ptge., birthplace 
and birth-date we are ignorant. Like^vise of all other particulars 
relating to the mge. Issue, prob. b. in Utica. — 

1432—1. Theron, b. Mar. 9, 1806. Nothing? ascertained concerning him. 
1433—2. Sarah, b. Feb. 27, '08. Nothing ascertained concerning her. 
1434—3. Matilda, b. July 19, *11. Nothing ascertained concerning her. 

Mrs. Bachel d. at a date not given ; and her husband m. 2d, 
Susan Cooper; no other data given in resi)ect to bride or mge. 
Issue, b. in Utica and other localities of N. Y. — 

1435— 4. Betsey, b, Apl. 10, 1815; m. Jacob Wheeler. 

1436— 5. Rachel, b. Mar. 8, '17; m. WUliam Durant. 

1437— 6. George, b. July 7, '20; d. u. m. 

1438— 7. Spencer, b. Jan. 26, '22; m. Anna Boms. 

1439— 8. Susan, b. Oct. 26, '23; d. in her 12th yr. 

1440— 9. Delia, b. Mar. 26, '25; m. Azariah Sheldon. 
1441—10. Thomas J., b. Oct. 19, '26; u. m. 

1442—11. Helen, b. Nov. 6, '28; m. William D. Curtis Feb. 18, 1847. 

1443—12. Harriet Maria, b. Oct. 27, '30; m. John Clark Pierce May 2, 1851. 

1444—13. William, b. June 9, '32; m. Mary Littlefield. 

1445—14. Sidney, b. Apl. 21, '34; m. Catherine Rivenburg. 

1446—15. Wealthy A., b. July 24, '36; m. 1st Edwin Bacon, 2d E, H. Fair- 

1447—16. Silas, b. Aug. 10, '38; u. m. in 1858; no later report. 

The foregoing is digested from a letter written to Mr. Peck by 
Joseph Ballon*, from Syracuse, N. Y., under date of May 11, 1858, 
Until further correspondence with some of the family, we can add 
little to it. It would seem that he m. his first wife in Utica, N. Y., 
and x)erhaps his 2d. But his letter does not indicate when he 


removed to Syracuse, nor the date of either mge., nor that of his 
first wife's death. At the writing of this letter he must have been 
about 78 yrs. old. We hope for more information concerning him 
and his family. It is a remarkably large one, and we would 
gladly make an ampler record. We have waited long since the 
foreo^ing was written for some further information concerning 
the occupation, life-career and character of Joseph Ballon* and 
2d wife, but have obtained only their death-dates. She d. Aug. 
29, 1860. He. d. Feb. 5, 1866, a. 85 yrs. 11 mos. and 15 ds. 

[347.] Freelove Baixou', Benjamin*, Obadiah', James', Ma- 
turin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 19, 1781; m. Am Spray ue. 
We hoped to obtain from some quarter the family record of Free- 
love Ballon* and her husband, but nothing has come from their 
misty ol>8curity to tell us whether they had any chn., whither they 
went, or what became of them. Some one knows the tale of their 
mortal career, but he is not among our informants. 

[348.J Prosper Ballou*, Benjamin*, Obadiah", James', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 10, 1783 ; m. 1st, Sarah Se- 
gnhie, of Staten Island, N. Y., ptge. not given, b. Feb. 20, 1788 ; 
cer. in New York City, Dec. 8, 1807, by Rev. John Williams. 
Issue, b. in N. Y. City, excepting one. — 

144}^1. Sarah Ann, b. May «, 1810; m. Charles Stalters. 

144JI— 2. Leonard Se«?iiine, b. Auj?. 7, '12; m. Margaret Biu'loek. 

1450-:3. Benjamin Whipple, b. Nov. 18, '14; m. Caroline McHenry 1842. 

1451--4. John Thomi)son, b. Sept. 10, '16; m. Eliza Murray. 

1452—5. Charlottt*, b. Feb. 22, '19; m. Albert Lamb. 

1453—6. Prf>8per, Jr., b. Nov. 27, '23; m. Matilda Lynch. 

1454—7. Le\'i, b. June 12, '25; m. Maria Donaldson. 

Benj. W. Ballon was b. in Utica, N. Y. Mrs. Sarah (Segnine) 
Ballon d. in N. Y. City Dec. 13, 1827, a. 39 yrs. Prosi^er' m. 2d, 
Mw. Hannah Murray, a widow lady, about 1829. No pai-ticiilai-s 
of mge. given. Issue, understood to have been b. in N. Y. City. — 

14%— 8. Alfred, b. Dec. 80, 1830; m, Emejine Humphrey. 
1456—9. Charles, b. Jan. 1, '32; d. young, or certainly u. m. 

We regret to find nothing in our communications from the chn. 
of Prosper Btdlou^ to indicate the character of their father or his 
vives, or even his business pursuits in hfe. He left Utica about 
1S06, and thenceforth resided in New York City. There he d. 
May 8, 1H49, a. about 66 yrs. Mrs. Hannah, his wid., d. in 1862, 
a. aliout 74 yrs. 



[349.1 James Ballou*, Benjamin', Obadiah', James", Maturin'; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., a twin with his bro. Levi, Nov. 10, 1786, 
went along with his father s family, a little boy, to the locality 
that became Utica, N. Y., in 1788. There. he grew up to be a 
young man, went oflf to sea, and was never heard of more. 

[350.] Levi Ballou", t\vin bro. of James\ bom as aforesaid, 
grew uj) in Utica, m. there, and d. leaving several chn. Mr. Peck 
was told that he m. a wid. JJefeitdayke. But Levi s elder bro. 
Joseph, writing from Syracuse, N. Y., in 1858, stated to Mr. P. 
that Levi m. Sfirah A udin, Mr. Peck, on some authority, cred- 
ited Levi* with 3 chn., ^lz. — 

1457 — 1. James, b. not given. 
1458—2. Sarah, b. ** 
1459—3. Levi, b. 

The present writer is utterly unable wdth any information at 
his command, to make a reliable statement of this family record. 
It is possible future light may come to chase away the darkness 
which now obscures the desired data, but if not we must letivc it 
as it is. 

[351, 352 AND 353] chn. of Lydia Ballou*, Samuel*, James*, 
Maturin' ; who m. Benjamin Lapham, are passed over ; because 
two of them d. young, and Mary Lapham^ the one who lived to 
maniageable age, cannot be traced by our researches. 

[354.] Stephen Whipple, Jr*., (Stephen,) Phebe Ballou,' Sam- 
uel', James", Maturin' ; b. in Smithlield, R. I., Dec. 1, 1750 ; m. 
1st, (as our researcher reports,) a lady of his own surname — notli- 
iug else specified, except that she is supposed to have d. soon 
after mge. He m. 2d Luc'ma Ptdne, ptge., bii-th-date and particu- 
lars of mge. not given. Issue, b. in Cumberland, R. L, omitting 
three who d. in infancy. — 

14(50—1. Btda Wliipplo, h. May 18, 1774; m. Mehotubc^l Graut. 

1461-3. JameH Wliipplo, 1). Sept. 19, '82; m. 1st Anna Whip|)ks 2<1 Betsey 


14()3-3. Sally Whii>plts b. Oct. 11, '84; m. David Aldricli. 

14(W-4. Betsey Wliipple, b. Sept. S.*), '87; m. John Andrews. 

1404-5. Prussia Wliii)i>le, b. Oct. 13, '02; d. ii. m. July, 1843. 

14()5— 0. Anna Whipple, b. July 11, '05; m. Hosea Ballon. 

1400—7. Welcome A. Wliipple, b. Jan. 29, '09; m. Lydia C. Bnulforil 1848. 

Not a word has biuni reported to us by our researcher respect- 
ing the occupation, characteristics or biographical experiences of 


Stephen Whipple, Jr., and ^^ife. How much further we may be 
able to trace the family depends on contributions of the necessary 

[355.] Phebe Whipple*, (Stephen,) Phebe Ballou\ Samuel', 
James', Maturin' ; b. in Smithtield, R. I., Mar. 6, 1753 ; m. Col. 
George Peck\ (Daniel, Daniel, Jathniel, Joseph, Joseph,) b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 3, 1749 ; cer. in said Cumberland Sept. 
12, 1770, by Elder Nathaniel Cook. Issue, all b. in Cumberland. — 

1467—1. Daniel Peck, b. Oct. 7, 1770; d. u. m. 

1468—2. Amey Peck, b. May 2, 72; m. Richard Arnold Aug. 11, 1793. 

1469—3. Sally Peck, b. June 2, *74; m. Stephen Joslin, Ewj., Cumberland. 

1470—4. Anna Peck, b. May 2, 76; d. u. m. 

1471— .*). George Peck, b. Mar. 19, 79; d. at Bea on ship Washington, 1799. 

1472—6. Anster Peck, b. June 5, '81; d. u. m. July 9, 1811. 

1473—7. Whipple Peck, b. Aug. 18, '83; d. u. m. 

George Peck is said, in "The Peck Genealoo^y," to have "re- 
sided upon the estate in Cumberland, R. I., inherited from his 
lather and grandfather. He was a man of much distinction in 
the town. He represented it in the General Assembly, and held 
various offices. He held a colonel's commission in the llevolu- 
tion, in which he took an active interest." He left Cumberland 
for the British Provinces about 1782, with another Phebe, who 
seems to have supplanted the first in his afiections, and nev(^r re- 
turned to his native vicinaj^fe. What experiences Mrs. Phebe 
(WTiipple) Peck subsequently had we are not told, only that she 
d. probably among her clin.. May 19, 1838, at the venerable age 
of 85 yrs. 2 mos. and 13 ds. Their descendants no further ti*aced. 

[356.] Lydia BAiiLOU*, Eleazer', SamueP, James', Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I., Nov. 27, 1750 ; m. Ahol'mh 
Sviitft of said Glocester Aug. 25, 1766. Removed to Richmond, 
If . H. Nothing more told. 

[357.] David Ballou', Eleazer', Samuel*, James^ Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Oct. 14, 1753. He is be- 
heved to have d. in Glocester immarried at the age of about 
21 yrs. 

[358.] Jesse Ballou*, Eleazer*, Samuel', James', Maturin"; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Feb. 20, 1756; m. 1st, Am- 
phyllis Smith of Glocester, perhaps a sister of Aholiab. Particu- 
lars of mge. not ascertained. Issue. — 


1474—1. Henrietta, b. prob. in GUxjester, R. I., perhaps 1778. 

1475—2. David, b. prob. Bichmond, N. H., i)erhai>s '80. 

1476—8. Susanna, b. Richmond, N. H., June 12, *82; m. 1st D. Brown, 2d 

J. W. Odell. 
1477 — 4. Jesse, b. Bichmond, N. H., Mar. 26, '85; m. Susanna Fuller Mar. 

20, 1812. 

Mrs. Ampliyllis d. in child-bed Mar. 26, 1785. Jesse' m. 2d, 
lime Sirift of Bichmond, N. H., dr. of Samuel Swift, birth-date 
not ^ven ; cer. Mar. 5, 1786. Issue, b. in Richmond. — 

1478— 5. Sylvia, b. June 20, 1786; m. Josiah Wilson. 

1479— 6. Silas, b. Dec. 10, '87; m. 1st Anna Saunders, 2d T. M. Coombs. 

1480— 7. Esther, b. perhajis '90; m. William Chase. 

1481— 8. Jirah, b. perhaps '92; m. Sylvia Phillips. 

1482— 9. Aaron, b. May 25, '95; m. Mar>' Bowen Dec. 31, 1819. 
1483—10. Barnabas, b. perhaps '97; m. Rachel Bowen Sept. 12, 1816. 
1484—11. Lucinda, b. i»erhap8 '99; m. Jesse Bishop, Richmond, N. H. 
1485—12. Phebe, b. perhaps 1803; m. Nathaniel Whitcomb, Swansey, N. H. 

Tliere is said to have been a Polly and Betsey that d. very 
young. They are not counted. We labor under considerable 
difficulty in collectinfii^ the data necessary to present a full record 
of this family. Therefore its defects must be excused. Jesse 
Ballon^ reed, from his father, Eleazer*, a gift deed of two and a 
half lots, covering 200 acres of land, in Richmond, N. H. That 
deed beai-s date May 11, 1779. That very same year Jesse settled 
on his inheritance. We presume he took ixlong with him, from 
Glocester, R. I., his first wife and at least one child, i3ossibly two. 
Ampliyllis Smith, his first wife, belonged to one of the most re- 
spectable families in Glocester, and was undoubtedly an excellent 
woman. They were pioneers in the then semi- wilderness of Rich- 
mond, and had plenty of hard toil before them. As we have seen, 
her days were few in the new settlement. She d. at the birth of 
her fourth child. The second wife soon took her place, and be- 
came the mother of numerous offspring. They appear to have 
been a plain, hard working, reputable family of the farming 
class, though not especially distinguished among their townsfolk. 
He d. in 1820, a. about 64 yrs. His estate was settled by his son 
Silas as administrator. The death-date of his second wife not 

[859.] JntAH Ballou', Eleazer*, SamueP, James', Matiuin* ; b. 

in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Apl. 2, 1758 ; m. 1st, Kfither 

H W/, dr. of Noah Wood of Plainfield, Ct., bu-th-date not given ; 



I eor. Sei)t. 30, 1779, by Alexr. Miller. Issue, all b. in (rlocestcr, 

now Burrillville, R. I. — 

I I486 —1. Candaee, b. (lafceloHs; m. Samuel MathewHon Nov. 26, 1801. 

! 14'^: -2. Roba, b. Jan, 9, 1785; m. Allen Thayer Dec. 1802. 

' IW —3. Aurelia, b. Jan. 21, *88; m. Joseph Mathewaon. 

1489 -4. Phel>e, b. , '8fl; m. Geor«re Wade 1808. 

I 1400 --5. PriLsia, b. , '95; . m. Ist J. Lapliam, 2d D. Mead, 3d C. Jillson. 

I 1491 —6. Fenner, b. ; m. Fanny Inman. 

j 1492 —7. Deborah, b. dateless; m. Stephen Handy. 

I 1492}— 8. Barton, b. dateless; m. Gelinda Handy. 

I Mrs. Kstber d. in Burrill\ille, Feb. 14, 1821. Subsequently the 

husband m. 2^1, Margaret , at a date not found. No issue. 

Jirah' inherit<^d the old homestead of his father, a short distance 
south of the now village of Glendale ; on which he built a new 
house, still standing. The estate was more recently occupied by 
Jason Jencks. Jirah disposed of that homestead, and in 1831 
took up his abode with his dr. Candace and her husband, Sam- 
uel Mathewson, in Ct. There he d. Dec. 1837, a. about 79 yrs. 
Nothing further reported of him or his 2d wife. We presume he 
averaged fairly with the majority of our general family. How we 

shall succeed in tracing his posterity remains to be seen. 


[360.] Susanna B^vllou*, Eleazer*, SamueP, James', Maturin'; 
! 1). in Glocester, now Burrillville, K. I., Apl. 14, 1760; m. Ksek 
ILimx of Glocester, b. Mar. 2,.1757 ; cer. Oct. 4, 1781, by John 
Smith, J. P. Is.sue. — 

nn~ 1. Ruth Harris; b. Jan. 16, 1782; m. James Clemens Au":. 7, 1807. 

14&4— 2. David Harris, b. Dec. 8, '83; m. not named; went to New York. 

1495— 3. Georore Harris, b. Jan. 12, '86; m. Nancy PhiUi|)8. 

1496— 4. Stt^phen Harris, b. May 13, '88; m. Avis Bayles. 

1497— 5. James Harris, b. Mar. 2, '91; m. 1st Marietta Sayles, 2d Harah 

149K— 6. Jesse* Harris, b. Apl. 2, '94; m. Nancy Dod^e. 
1499— 7. Nanc^- Harris, b. Mar. 2, '96; m. Eddy Cooper. 
l.WO- 8. VhiiXw Harris, b. Jnly 2, *98; unreported. 
l-Wl— 9. Hazael Harris, b. Mar. 16, 1801; unreported. 
1502—10. Cliarlottc- Harris, b. Apl. 5, '04; m. Evans Bartlett ; liWng in 1885. 

Worthy people of the farmer class. He d. Apl. 28, 1811. Mi*s. 
Susanna*, intelligent and long vigorous, d. Feb. 18, 1859, at the 
venerable a. of 98 yrs. 10 mos. and 4 ds. 

[361.] Chaklotte Ballou*, Eleazer*, Samuel', James', Matu- 
rin'; b. in Glocester, now BurrillviDe, R. L, Aug. 19, 1762; m. 


8tej)hen Hams of said Glocester, son of Joseph; cer. Aug. 26, 
1779, by Jona. Harris, J. P. Issue, b. in Eichmond, N. H. — 

1503—1. Elisha Hams, b. Dec. 23, 1780; d. at)out 1800. 

1504—2. Sarah Harris, b. Sept. 29, '83; m. Ichabod Grossman. 

1505—3. Olive Harris, b. June 12, '88; unreported. 

1506—4. Stephen Harris, b. Sept. 25, '90; resided in Troy, N. H. 

1507—5. David Harris, b. Sept. 12, '98; m. Polly Bowen Feb. 26, 1815. 

1508—6. Viana Harris, b. July 24, '96; m. Rufus Taft, son of Natlmniel. 

1509 — 7. Susanna Harris, b. June 17, '99; m. Alvin Cass. 

Charlotte (Ballou) Harris* and husband emi^ated to Richmond, 
N. fl., in 1780, and i^urchased of Oliver Mason, in 1787, Lot 23, 
Range 4, as their homestead. They appear to have been worthy 
members of the solid yeomanry, he a carpenter. There Mrs. 
Charlotte d. Nov. 25, 1801, a. about 39 yrs. Her husband m. 2d, 
EUzabeth Cornell, Jan. 8, 1803. No issue. His 2d mfe d. Dec. 
25, 1823 ; and he d. May 21, 1833, a. about 75 yrs. His son David 
lived \^dth him on the homestead till his death, and inherited the 
same. David m. Polly, dr. of Peleg Bowen, Feb. 26, 1815, and 
had AJcesta, who m. Edwin Cass, James M., William R., David 
W., Louisa A., and Mary E. We mention these in the family 
connection, because we cannot conveniently trace them into the 
next generation. Of course we do not number them. 

[362.] Prusia Ballou', Eleazer', SamueF, James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. L, at a date not found ; m. Ihia- 
sell Wood, 

No light has ever gladdened our genealogical vision to give us 
knowledge concerning the life-career and family record of this 
connubial pair. We must leave their tale to some more favored 

[363.] AuHELiA Ballou', Eleazer*, Samuel', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., at a date not found ; m. 
Israel Aldrich of Douglas ; cer. not far from 1786, particulars not 
given. Issue, b. in said Douglas, Mass. — 

1510—1. Serena Aldrich, b. Sept. 28, 1787; untraced. 

1511—2. Imot?ene Aldrich, b. Nov. 12," '8J); 

1512—3. Jonathan Aldrich, b. May 18, M)2; 

1513—4. Georf^e Aldrich, b. Jan. 8, '05; 

1514—5. Israel Ahlrich, b. June 8. '97; 

1515—6. Silas Ahlrich, b. dateless; " 

1510—7. Asahel iUdrich, b. " 

1517—8. Tamson Aldrich, b. ** 


Besides these, 3 others are rumored, viz.: Aurilla, Phebe and 

[364.] KowENA Ballou', Eleazer*, SamueF, James', Maturin*; 
b. in Glocester, now BurrillviUe, R. I., June 23, 1773 ; m. Asdhel 
Skenfiun of said Glocester, son of Elkanah and Margaret (Sewall) 
Sherman, b. Mar. 12, 1768 ; cer. Aug. 24, 1788, by Elder William 
Bowen. Issue, b. in now BurrillviUe. — 

1518— 1. Phebe Sherman, b. Dec. 1, 1788; m. Qeor|?e Emerson 1807. 

1519— 2. Dutee Sherman, b. Nov. 27, '90; m. Nancy Emerson 181;. 

1520— 3. Wilbur Sherman, b. Jan. 12, '98; d. u. m. in BurrillviUe Feb. 17, 


1521— 4. Prusia Sherman, b. Feb. 27, '95; m. Wilham Chase May, 1815. 

1522— 5. Catherine Sherman, b. Oct. 8, '96; m. John Emerson 1820. 

1523— 6. Alpha Sherman, b. Feb. 23, '99; m. Benjamin Whiting Oct. 1, 


1524— 7. Syria Sherman, b. Dec. 23, 1801; m. Maria Wood Feb. 14, 1828. 

1525— 8. Asahel Sherman, b. May 2, '03; m. Eunice Walker Mar. 1820. 

1526— 9. Rowena Sherman, b. Nov. 25, '06; m. Norris Yates Nov. 12, 1836. 
1627—10. Jesse B. Sherman, b. Dec. 1, '09; m. Mary Jane Kelton Nov. 1, 

1528—11. Jedson Sherman, b. Feb. 27, '12; m. Bathsheba Thayer Mar. 10, 

1529—12. Smith Sherman, b. Feb. 26, '15; m. Elsa Southwick Feb. 1835, &c. 
1530—13. Stephen L. Sherman, b. Apl. 10, '18; m. 1st Abby W. Olney Dec. 

1, 1842, Arc. 

No biographical particulars or characteristics given. Presumed 
to have been woi-thy people of the agiicultural class. Asahel 
Sherman d. in BurrillviUe, R. I., June 21, 1830. Mrs. Rowena 
(Ballou) Sherman' d. there Oct. 17, 1859, a. about 86 yrs. 

[365.] Pantileus Ballou*, son of Eleazer*, d. young. ' 

[366. 1 Orbe Ballou*, Eleazer', Samuel', James', Matuiin' ; b. 
in Glocester, R. I., at a date not found ; m. Asa lirotrn, no partic- 
ulars, and settled in the State of N. Y. By some means we ascer- 
tained that they had a son living in Manns ville, Jefferson Co., N. 
Y., whose name is. — 

1531—1. Perria Brown, birthplace, birth-date, &c., unreportinl. 

We wrote him, and sent a Circular, Mar. 27, 1885, to obtain his 
family. No response. 

Concerning the chn. of Dr. Joseph Sayles and his wife Patience 
(Ballon)*, SamueF, James", Maturin', our information is blank. 


We must therefore pass over [367], Rhoda Sayles; [368], Amey 
Sayles; [369], Patience Sayles; and [370], Betty Sayles. 

[371.] Lydia Ballou*, Samuer, Samuel', James', Maturin*; b. 
it is said, in Smithtield, R. I., or possibly in Sackville, Province of 
New Brunswick, July 3, 1766 ; m. 1st, lliomus Delainy, no partic- 
lars of his ptge., birth-date, or mge. cer. Issue, understood to 
have been b. in the vicinity of Sackville. — 

1532—1. Richard Delainy, b. about 1791; drowned, aj<ed 25 yrs., u. m. 
153^—2. Sarah Delainy, b. about 1793; m. Francis Gray. They were Uv- 
in^ on the St. Johns river in 1857. No further tniced. 

Mr. Delainy d. at a date not given, and Lydia' m. 2ii, Savuiel 
Taylor ; no date or particulars given. Issue. — 

1534-3. Henry Taylor, b. 1799; d. u. m. in his 24th yr. 

1535—4. Samuel Taylor, b. 1802; m. ; has 7 chu. ; res. Amherst, Nova Scotia. 

1536—5. Elizabeth Taylor, b. 1805; m. and res. in Amherst, Nova Scotia. 

1537—6. Georgre Taylor, b. 1811 ; m.; has 2 chn.; res. New Brunswick. 

Mrs. Lydia' d. in 1850. None of this family further traced. 

[372.] Stephen Ballou", Samuer, SamueF, James^ Maturin', 
b. in Sackville, N. Brunswick, July 28, 1768 ; m. Polly Basly ; no 
particulars of her relationshijj or resi>ecting cer. g-iven. Issue, — 

1538—1. Amey, b. no date given; m. a Mr. Armstrong, and had several 
chn. She was living in 1857, a widow, at Dorchester, N. B. 

Stephen' and wife d. lon^ since — no dates reed. Their descend- 
ants no further traced. 

[373.] Jesse Ballou", Samuer, Samuel", James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Sackville, N. B., Oct. 20, 1770 ; d. in middle age u. m. 

[374.] SusAJ^^jA Ballou", Samuel*, Samuel", James'", Maturin' ; 
b. in Sackville, N. B., Sept. 12, 1774 ; m. Vhttrhf< By Us, no date or 
paiiiculars of cer. Issue. — 

1539—1. Charles Byles, b. not given; d. a. 7 yrs. 

1540—2. John Byles, b. ** d. a. 5 yrs. 

1541—3. Mary Byles, b July 2, 1808; m. John Gaytou Nov. 1832. 

1542-4. Ruth Byles, b. Nov. 5, '12; m. Martin Powers Apl. 1833. 

Several infants were b. to these i)arents, during their period of 
fecundity, who d. unnamed. We learn from one of Mary Gayton*s 
letters to Mr. Peck, that her father, Charles Byles, was b. in the 
north of Ireland, that he was long* a soldier and marine in the 


British service, that he was at one time badly wounded by a bullet 
through the ankle, that he was a tailor by trade in his youth, that 
he was much older than her mother, that they must have been 
married not far from 1798, and that he d. in 1834, at the 8Ui)X)osed 
age of about 84 yrs. Finally, that her mother, Mrs. Susanna^ d. 
ten yrs. later, a. about 70 yrs. Their descendants wWl be traced 
one ofeneration do^oiward. 

[375.] Deborah Ballou", the next in age of this Samuel Btil- 
lou's chn., d. in advanced maidenhood in adverse circumstances. 

[376.] Phebe", the next in age, d. in infancy. 

[377.] EuTH Ballou*, SamueV, Samuel", James"', IMaturin' ; b. 
in Sackville, N. B., Feb. 18, 1784, appears to have been the most 
intelligent and enterprising of this family. In her youth she left 
Sackville, came to Smithtield, R. I., the native i3lace of her parents, 
and took up her abode with her uncle, Moses Ballon. She m. 
Tliwiui^i Smith, and they settled in Columbus, N. Y., where she 
was living with a dr. in 1863, as ascertained by TAx. Peck. We 
have added nothing by inquiry to the information he received, as 
perhaps we ought to have done. So our particulars of her biog- 
raphy are very few. Whether she had more than one child we 
have not ascertained. We give but one. — 

1543—1. Esther A. Smith, b. not f?iven; m. a Mr. Gilbnore. 

Death-dates of Mrs. Ruth (Ballou) Smith and husband blank to 
US, like that of their marriage, &c. Posterity no further traced. 

[Nos. 379 TO 386, Inclusive,] the chn. of Susanna Ballou' (Sam- 
nel', James', Maturin',) and Jacob Arnold, her husband, 8 of them 
seem to be beyond our reach, and, as previously stated, must be 
treated accordingly, unless unexpectedly heard from before we 
^ to press. 

[387.] David Arnold*, Dr. WiUiam Arnold and Jemima (Bal- 
lon)*, Samuel', James', Itfaturin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Oct. 20, 
1768 ; d. in infancy. 

[388.] Lydia Aunold", Dr. William Arnold and Jemima (Bal- 
lou)*, Samuel', James', lilaturin' ; b. in Smithtield, R. I., Jan. 9, 
1774 ; m. Richard Steere, son of Stephen, Esq., Glocester, R. I.; 
cer. Nov. 24, 1791. Issue, b. in said Glocester. — 

1M4- I. Arnold Steere, b. Nov. 2, 1792; m. Diana Aldrich. 

I'HS- 2. Lncinda Steere, b. ApL 19, *»4. 


1546— 3. Jemima Steere, b. Oct. 12, 1796; m. Benjamin Spear. 

1547— 4. Alpha Steere, b. Aug. 4, '07. 

1548— 6. Kichard Steere, b. Apl. 10, '99. 

1549— 6. Lydia Steere, b. Jan. 23, 1801. 
1650— 7. Elmira Steere, b. May 24, *03. 

1551— 8. Franklin Steere, b. Apl. 29, '05; d. young. 

1552— 9. Julian Steere, b. May 5, '07. 
1553-10. George W. Steere, b. June 14, '11. 

No further information concerning the family ; and they will be 
no further traced. f 

[389.] Sabra Ballou', David*, Samuel*, Jame8\ Maturin* ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Nov. 7, 1770; m. Joahua 
Bnjfmii\ youngest child of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Sewell) 
Buflfum*, (Benjamin*, Caleb*, Robert'), b. in Smithfield, R. I., at a 
date not ascertained; cer. June 4, 1786. Issue, all b. in said 

1553i— 1. Anna Buffum, b. Feb. 20, 1787; d. young. 

1554 -r2. Paulina Buffum, b. Nov. 20, *88; m. Nathaniel Bowditcli. 

1555 —3. Elizabeth Butfum, b. June 19, '93; m. Henry S. Manslield Nov. 

10, 1811. 

1556 —4. David B. Buffum, b. Oct. 9, '95; m. Ist Hannah Wheeloek, 2d 

J. Morrill. 

1557 ~5. Tyhi Buffum, b. Feb. 7, '98; m. WUder Holbrook Apl. 12, 1818. 
1558'— «. Moses Buffum, b. July 10, 1800; m. Louisa Pitts July 24, 1823. 

1559 —7. Sabra Buffum, b. Jan. 25, '03; d. prob. in 1815. 

1560 ~8. Thomas M. Buffum, b. June 12, '09; m. Ist C. Peek, 2d R. Kim- 


Joshua Buffum was fifth in descent from Robert Bufifum, who 
came from England in 1630, and set. in Salem, Mass. Joshua* 
was among the substantial farmers of Smithfield, R. I. He d. 
there in the autumn of 1809. His wife, a worthy daughter of our 
Ballon Israel, d. it is believed, during the summer of the same 
year, 1809, a. about t39 yrs. 

[390.] David Ballou, Jk*., David*, Samuel*, James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Dec. 18, 1772; m. Mary 
JJaiHH of Somei-set, Mass., ptge., birth-date, kc, not given ; cer. 
prob. about 1796. Issue, b. in now Bunill\'ille, R. I. — 

1561—1. Anna, b. Oct. 16, 1797; m. Elijah Trask; sett. Uxbridge. 

1502-2. JamoH, b. June 5, '99; m. Hannah Toiirtellott Sept. 12, 1834. 

1563—8. Hannah, b. Sept. 20, 1802; d. u. m. 1853. 

1564—4. Nathan, b. Oct. 9, '04; d. u. m. at mature age. 

1565—5. Wilbur, b. June 18, '00; m. Dunbar. 


1566—6. Martin, b. Mar. 12, 1808; d. u. in. 1829. 

1567—7. Susanna, b. Sept. 22, *11; m. Wiley Pickering 1834. 

We presume the parents were of the farming class ; but nothing 
has come to us descriptive of their pursuits or characteristics. 
Mrs. Mary (Davis) Ballou d. in 1814, a. about 34 yrs. David* d. 
in 1822, a. about 60 yrs. Both are said to have d. of consumption. 

[391.] Eluah Ballou*, David*, Samuel", James", Maturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Buiiillville, R. I., June 15, 1775 ; d. u. m. 1814, 

a. about 39 yi-s. 

[392.] Joel Ballou*, David*, Samuel", James*, Maturin' ; b. in 
Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Nov. 19, 1777 ; m. Carolinje GateSy 
dr. of Samuel Gates, resident in Petersham, Mass.; cer. 1801 — no 
further x>articular8 concerning the mge. They set. in said Peter- 
sham. Issue. — 

1568—1. Betsey, b. Feb. 26, 1802; m. Ist Harry Taft, 2<1 William Haskell. 

1569—2. Almira, b. May 2«, '04; m. Ist Wm. Bullard, 2d Silas Clapp. 

1570—3. Philena) b. June 13, *06; 6i. 1st Curtis Gould, 2d Adin 

- twins, Bullard. 

1571—4. Fidelia ) b. June 13, '06; m. Levi Knapp Mar. 10, 1837. 

1572—5. Caroline H., b. July 11, '09; m. Joshua Ballou Nov. 2, 1841. 

1573—6. Mary Ann, b. Mar. 8, '12; d. Aug. 25, 1843, u. m. 

1574—7. Susan S., b. Jan. 14, '15; living in Petersham u. m. Mar. 6, 1885. 

We have not been favored with the characteristics, or life experi- 
ences of Joel Ballou* and wife, but presume them to have been 
plain, worthy people of the agricultural class^ no wise distinguish- 
able from the general average as to social standing in public or 
private relations, but respectable common people. She d. in Pe- 
tersham, Jan. 16, 1854. He never m. again, and d. there among 
his chn. Mar. 18, 1863, a. 85 yrs. 3 mos. and 27 ds. 

[393.] GAtoNER Ballou*, David*, SamueP, James', Maturin'; 

b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, E. I., Dec. 23, 1779 ; grew up on 
the paternal homestead a farmer, and inherited a considerable 
portion of it. He never married. He did not enjoy good health, 
anticipated dissolution, made his Will Dec 26, 1819, and d. Dec. 
22, 1830. No one has favored us with his characteristics, which 
we presume were reputable. 

[394.] Welcome Ballou*, David*, Samuel', James*', Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., Apl. 9, 1782 ; m. 1st Ruth 
Mowry, dr. of Eleazer Mowry* (Joseph, Joseph, Nathaniel), b. in 



Smithlield, R. I., Nov. 28, 1786; cer. Oct. 12, 1806, by James Olney, 
J. P. Issue, b. in said Burrillville. — 

1575 — 1. Nelson, b. June 26, 1810; res. with family, &c., Nortlii)ort, HL 

1576— 2. Mowry, b. Apl. 27, *12; m. Abigail Mowry Mar. 1, 1836. 

Mi-8. Ruth (Mowy) Ballou d. Apl. 1812. Welcome' m. 2d, />/- 
07?m C/iUJ<e, dr. of Stephen Chase, b. in Douglas, Mass., about 
1793 ; cer. July 18, 1813, by Eber Smith, J. P. A numerous issue, 
b. in said Burrillville. — 

1577— H. Joshna, b. Jan. 6, 1814; d. an infant. 

1578— 4. Joshna W., b. Mar. 28, *15; m. Ist Caroline H. Ballou, 2d Naomi 

C. Haynes. 

1579— 5. Sabra, b. Mar. 4, *16; d. u. m. Apl. 14, 1872. 

1580— 6, Eunice, b. Feb. 26, '17; m. Thomas Hendrick. 

1581— 7. Marj' R., b. May 1, *18; m. Ist Joseph Taft, 2d Manning Arnold. 

1582— 8. Thomas, b. May 2, '19; d. u. m. July 9, 1842. 

1583— 9. Anna, b. Aug. 26, '20; m. Albert Buffiim. 
1584—10. Welcome, b. Dec. 24, '21; m. Sarah Tucker. 
1585—11. David, b. Mar. 10, '23; m. Ruth Taft. 

1586—12. Georo:e, b. May 22, '24; m. Ist Ann Adams, 2<l Betsey Darling. 

1587—13. Lavina, b. Nov. 16, '25; m. Daniel Wilbour May 23, ia52. 

1588—14. Caroline, b. May 29, '27; d. youn{<; 

1589—15. Benjamin, b. Nov. 16, '28; in the far Northwest. 

1590—16. Gardner, b. Feb. 10, '30; m. Laura A. Kelley Mar. 15, 1864. 

1591—17. Winsor, b. June 16, '31; m. Elnora Wilbour Aug. 30, 1854. 

1592—18. Caroline E., b. Nov. 24, '33; m. Atwell Bartlett Sept. 3, 1853. 

1593—19. Le^^, b. Feb. 16, '35; m. Abby Kelley July 4, 1855. 

Welcome Ballou' and wives were of the substantial farmer class, 
and well esteemed in* their sphere of society. What a family! 
He d. May 14, 1859. Mrs. LaAdna, his widow, d. Au^. 16, 1870. 

[395.] Amaha Baijx)u', David*, Samuel', James", Maturin*; b. 
in (Hocester, Now Burrillville, E. I., Nov. 13, 1786; m. 1st, Sophia 
Wheelo('k\ b. in Sciid Glocester, now Bunillville, Sept. 15, 1788; cer. 
Nov. 12, 1809, by William Boss, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Bur- 

1594—1. Sarah, b. Feb. 15, 1810; m. Elisha Bartlett July 3, 1831. 

1595—2. Louisa, b. Au^'. 5, '13; m. Luke S. Keith Auj?. 16, 1840. 

1596—3. Willard, b. Apl. 16, '16; m. Sarah ReynoldH Auj?. 19, 1838. 

1597—4. Julia, b. June 27, '19; m. Smith Mowry Au^. 27, 1843. 

1598—5. Amasa, Jr., b. June 1, '26; m. Harriet Lydia Fay Nov. 28, ia50. 

Mrs. Sophia d. July 22, 1832. The husband m. 2d, Mrs. Lydia 
Sayles (Wheelock) Inman, wddow of Asa Inman, and dr. of 
Philetus Wheelock, b. Mar. 31, 1812; cer. , 1844. No issue. 


Amtisa Ballou* and wives were amon^ the most snbstantial, ex- 
emplary, and respected peoi)le of Burrilhdlle. He was a wealthy 
farmer and an honored citizen — Justice of the Peace, representa- 
tire in the State Legishitnre, &c. Mrs. Lydia, his 2d wife, d. Dec. 
29, 1872. He d. Mar. 16, 1878, a. 91 yrs. 4 mos. and 3 ds. 

[396.] Joanna Ballou*, David*, Samuer, James*', Matiirin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Bnrrillville, R. I., Oct. 22, 1790; m. We/cmne 
Mffimj, son of Richard and Hannah (Arnold) Mowry, b. in Smith- 
field, B. I., July 4, 1786 ; cer. prob. in said BuiTillville Sept. 23, 
1810, by James Olney, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Smithfield, now 
North Smithfield. — 

1599— 1. Ulysftc^s Mowry-, b. Feb. 2, 1811; m. Ist Roba T. Eddy, 2d Sylvia 


1600— 2. Emily Mowry, b. June «, *13; m. Simon W. Pbettiplaco Apl. 18, 


1601— 3. Welcome Mowry, b. Sept. 9, *15; m. Charlotte H. Simpson Oct. 

19, 1843. 
Ifi03- 4. DtLvid B. Mowrj-, b. Apl. 22, '18; m. Elizabeth Mowiy Sept. 12, 

1603— 5. Hannah Mowry, b. Mar. 12, '21; d. u. m. Feb. 12, 1873. 
16<M- «. Eliza Mowy, b. Dec. 19, '24; d. u. m. Mar. 10, \Sm. 
1605— 7. Hiram Mowry, b. Dec. 7, '20; m. Elizabeth Mann May 22, imS. 
16W^- 8. Winsor Mowry, b. Oct. 26, '27; m. Ist Marcelia A. Day, 2d E. 

1607— 9. Albert W. Mowry, b. May 30, '31 ; m. Hannah M. Jennison Oct. 

5, ia53. 
1608—10. George J. Mowry, b. Dec. 19, '33; m. Desire Mowry Aug. 30, 1^55. 

A sterling" yeoman family, parents and clin. Hard workers, 
ffoo<l livers, and resi>ected members of society. Welcome MowTy 
learned first the trade of a house cari^enter with Emor An^ell of 
Providence, was a journeyman at the building* of the first manu- 
factory in Blackstone, Mass., then became a millwright in the 
employment of John Slater at the founding of SLiterville, R. I., 
and thenceforth followed the same occupation while able to per- 
fonn manual labor. He d. Dec. 14, 1872, a. 86 yrs. 5 mos. and 10 
dw. Mrs. Joanna" preceded him many years. She d. June 27, 
1846, a. 65 yrs. 8 mos. and 2 ds. No 2d mge. of the husband has 
been reported to us. 

[397.] William Ballou', Moses*, Samuel", James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., July 25, 1768 ; m. liut/t Bnyyi<, dr. of Samuel 
Briggs; cer. in Cumberland, E. I., Feb. 14, 1790, by Levi Ballon, 
J. P. Issue. — 


1009—1. Alpha, b. Anj?. 4, 1790; m. Thomas Taylor. 

1610—2. Martha, b. Sept. 26, *92; m. Elias Eddy. 

1611—3. Lillis ) . b. Dec. 3, 'Q.*); m. James JoneR. 

1612—4 Electa j *^^"» b. Dec. 3, '95; m. Al)ial Lombard. 

1613—5. Welcome, b. Aupr. 29, *98; m. Susan Hamlin. 

1614—6. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 9, 1802; m. Joshua Wliite Ballou. 

William Ballou* and wife emigrated a few years after mge. to a 
locality wliich became Fenuer, Madison Co., N. Y. One or two of 
their clin. were prob. b. before they left E. I., perhaps in Smith- 
field ; the others in their new home. He was a house carpentcu', 
and followed that trade in early life, but devoted most of his time 
and energies, after settUng in N. Y., to clearing and cultivating 
his farm. He was an industrious and hard toiling man, and 
struggled against serious discouragements. He was a consider- 
able dealer in real estate, a respected citizen, and entrusted w4th 
various municipal offices. He and his wife d. and were buried on 
their N. Y. homestead. Their death-dates not given. 

[398.] George Ballou', Moses', Samuel", James', Maturin'; b. 
in Smithfield, E. I., Apl. 19, 1770; m. Z////a' Cooi-, a dr. of Da\dd 
Cook, Sen. We are inadequately posted on date and i)articulars 
proper for this family record. Issue. — 

1615—1. George^ W., b. dateless record; d. in Michigan, a. al>out 21 yrR. 
1616—2. Jefferson, b. " " d. in Lenox, N. Y., u. m. 

1617—3. Betsey, b. perhaps 1802; d. iji Lenox, N. Y., u. m., Aug. 1*59. 

George Ballou* and wife left a good name for honest industry 
and moral worth in the common walks of plain farming Ufe. He 
settled first in Fenner, N. Y., where he resided some twenty-five 
or thiii;y yeai's. He then removed to Oakland Co., Mich. There 
his son Geo. Washington Ballou d., and after a sojoiun of ten 
years he returned to the State of N. Y. — settling in the town of 
Lenox, Madison Co. There, on a comfortable' homestead, lie 
spent the remainder of his days. He held no pubUc offices, 
minded his own business, performed well his domestic duties, and 
enjoyed i)eace with God and man. He d. about 1852 or 3, a. 82 
yrs. Mi's. LiUis, his widow, d. there in 1860, a. about 87 yrs. 
Meantime their son Jefferson and dr. Betsey i)assed away, and 
the family became extinct. 

[399.] Col. Arnold Ballou^ Moses*, SamueP, James', Ma- 
turin'; b. in Smithfield, K. I., Mar. 26, 1772; m. JS-atu^j Cook, dr. 
of Judge Da\id Cook, b. Jan. 27, 1784; cer. Nov. 9, 1800. Issue, 
b. Fenner, N. Y.— 


1618—1. Fenner, b. Aug. 4, 1801; m. Lucy Baldwin. 

1619-2. Orrilla, b. Oct. 26, '04; m. David B. Haight. 

1620--3. Arminda, b. Dec. 10, *07; m. Samuel H. Whipple. 

lfi21-4- Caroline, b. Mar. 27, '12; m. D. Miner Gillet. 

1622-5. DeWitt CUnton, b. Dec. 15, '14; m. Sarah White. 

1623—6. Arnold Cook, b. Jan. 10, '18; m. Sarah M. Pierson. 

1624—7. Montsure) . b, Oct. 10, '18; d. Aug. 2, 1822. 

l«25-8. ChevaHer ) *^^^' b. Oct. 10, '18; d. Aug. 5, 1822. 

1626—9. Quincy Adams, b. Sept. 25, '25; m. Mary Hill. 

Col. Arnold Ballou* seems to have towered above all his brothers 
in wealth, public distinction, and worldly success generally. He 
harl ambition, enterprise, talent and skill to do so. He became a 
large landholder, dealer in bills of credit, mortgages, and real 
estate, held many civil as well as military offices, and wielded a 
commanding influence in various circles of society. He carried 
with him from Ehode Island a deep reverence for Gov. Fenner of 
that State, and when the territorial locality in which he settled be- 
came a corporate town, he successfully secured for it the name of 
Ff'nncf\ Meantime he gave his first-born son the same name. In 
the war of 1812-14 ^vith England, he commanded a regiment of 
volunteer mihtia at Sacketts Harbor, N. Y., and won the high 
esteem of his soldiers, fellow officers and fellow citizens generally. 
So he bore his honors of all kinds triumphantly down to the grave, 
and his wife worthily shared them with him. Whatever faults of 
our common humanity mingled with his good quaUties have not 
been certified to mar this record. Hed. in Fenner, Madison Co., 
X. Y., where his chn. were born, and he had achieved his distinc- 
tion, Oct. 10, 1833, a. 61 yrs. 6 mos. and 16 ds. Mrs. Nancy (Cook) 
Ballon, widow of Col. Arnold, survived him several years, and d. 
May 31, 1853, a. 69 yrs. 5. mos. and 4 ds. 

[400.] Elizabeth BAiiLOU*, Moses*, Samuel*, James", Matuiin' ; 
b. in Smithfield, E. I., Feb. 28, 1776 ; m. a Mt\ Taylor, and set. 
somewhere in Oswego Co., N. Y. This is all Mr. Peck could 
learn from one of her most inteUigent relatives. And not know- 
ing the name of the town in Oswego Co. where she and her 
has)>iind located, we knew not how to trace her family. Wo 
therefore abandon her to genealogical obscurity, so far as this 
volume is concerned. 

[401.] Dimr Ballou*, (some records have his Christian name 
Dntee, othere Duty,) Moses\ Samuel', James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Smithfield, R. I., May 31, 1779 ; m. Lydia WMla, dr. of Samuel 


and Hannah (Aldrich) White, birth-date not given ; cer. in said 
Smithtield June 8, 1800, by Thomas Mann, J. P. Issue, under- 
stood to have been b., the eldest two in Smithfield, B. I., the 
others in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., N. Y., where the parents 
settled soon after mge. — 

1627— 1. Almira, b. Oct. 14, 1800; m. Daniel Allen Jan. 13, 1820. 

1628— 2. Desire, b. Dec. 21, '02; m. Amaaa Martin Dec. 80, 1824. 

1629— 8. Nancy, b. Aiij?. 1, *05; d. u. m. Aug. 4. 1825. 

1680— 4. Bensselaer, b. June 1, '07; m. Nancy Cooper May 2, 1885. 

1681— 5. Melindji, b. Sept. 2, W; d. u. m. Jan. 24, 1854. 

1632— 6. Hannah Angell, b. July 8, *11; m. Felix Thomas May 15, 1837. 

1683— 7. Dutee, Jr., b. May 21, '13; m. Rhoda Medbury Feb. 10, 1842. 

1684— 8. Lydia, b. Sept. 22, '15; m. Truman Tourtellott Aug. 8, 1848. 

1685— 9. Daniel A., b. Dec. 18, '19; m. Frances A. Perry Oct. 3, 1856. 
1636—10. Samuel W., b. Dec. 31, '22; m. Mary A. Mitchell May 2, 1844. 

There seems to be a deplorable dearth of biographical informa- 
tion concerning Duty Ballon* and wife. They must have been 
worthy of a much better commemoration than any documents that 
have reached us indicate. All we can say is, that they settled in 
Greenfield, Saratoga Co., N. Y., not long after mge., purchased a 
respectable homestead, cultivated it creditably, raised their ten 
children on it, and closed their mortal lives there. He d. in Feb. 
1850 in his 71st yr. Mrs. Lydia's death-date has not been re- 
ported to us at this writing. 

[402.] Moses Ballou", Moses*, Samuel', James", Maturin'; b. 
in Smithtield, E. I., June 2, 1781 ; m. Martha Itamkdl of North 
Providence, dr. of John Bandall, b. No. Providence, R. I., Feb. 
29, 1792 ; cer. Dec. 28, 1818. Issue, all but the youngest under- 
stood to have been b. in said Smithfield. — 

1637—1. John R., b. Aug. 25, 1819; d. Sept. 24, 1820. 
1638—2. Deziah C, b. Mar. 20, *21; m. Benjamin Road Dec. 20, 1842. 
1639—3. Moses D., b. Dec. 2, *22; m. Eunice F. Lane June 18, 1850. 
1640—4. Albert R., b. in Troy, N. H., Dec. 8, '24; m. Mary M. Mason 
Sept. 26, 1849. 

Moses Ballou* was an intelligent, enterprising and thrifty man, 
of respectable rank in community and fair wealth. We have not 
been favored with any testimonials from his family respecting his 
peculiar exi)eriences or characteristics, and therefore cannot en- 
large in that direction. He removed from Smithfield, E. I., Dec. 
21, 1823, to Troy, N. H., where he had pui'chased a valuable 
homestead. On that, or in the near vicinity, he continued till his 
death, which took jJace Oct. 3, 1838, a. 57 yrs. 4 mos. and 1 day. 


His chn. and deHceiidants have resided iu that general region ever 
since. Mrs. Martha (Randall) Ballon d. at the home of her 
daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. and Mr. Benjamin Betul, Swanzey, 
N. H., Sept. 23, 1873, a. 81 yi-s. 6 mos. and 24 days. 

[403.] Ons Ballou*, Moses*, Samuel', James', Maturin' ; b. in 
Smithfield, R. I., Mar. 27, 1784 ; m. rUw Liphavi, dr. of Thomas 
Lapham, b. in Smithfield at a date not given ; cer. in that town 
Mar. 28, 1802, by Thomas Mann, J. P. Issue.— 

1641—1. AlanHou, b. Mar. 12, 1804; m. Hannah Cole 1822 or 3. 

1642—2. Olive, b. Nov. 9, '08; d. u. m. Nov. 20, 1847. 

1643—3. Ruth, b. Nov. 3, '12; d. u. m. Mar. 1874. 

1644—4. Lucy, b. Mar. 23, ,14; m. Christopher Hewitt. 

1645—5. Moses, b. Sept. 14, '17; m. Fanny Peacock Dec. 10, 1848. 

Otis Ballon* and wife, soon after m^e. in 1803, sett, in Green- 
field, Saratog-a Co., N. Y., where all their chn. were born. He 
was a respectable farmer, and served his town for several years as 
Collector of taxes. Constable, &c. He rose to no higher distinc- 
tion than this in ci^dc Ufe; but he, his wife and family, bore a 
good reputation in their sphere. He d. there Nov. 29, 1834. 
Mrs. Phebe (Lapham) Ballon d. July 22, 1849. 

[404.] Desire Ballou*, Moses', Samuel", James", Maturin' ; b. 
m Smithfield, K. I., Feb. 19, 1788; m. Ezekiel Fowler, M. D., son 
of Ezekiel and Sarah Fowler, b. in Worcester, Mass., May 8, 1787 ; 
cer. in said Smithfield Dec. 9, 1816, by Robert Harris, J. P. No 

Mrs. Desire was a capable and worthy woman, and an excellent 
wife. She died at Woonsocket, R. I., Apl. 27, 1863. Dr. Fowler 
was a man of suijerior natural abilities, eminent acquired intelli- 
gence and professional skill, extensive medical practice, sound 
judgment in all the affairs of life, and unblemished moral integ- 
rity. He received a competent education in Worcester and 
Leicester, settled 1814 in Smithfield as a physician, achieved 
popular success and confidence, and later became prominent in 
financial institutions. He was chosen a Director of the Woon- 
socket Falls Bank in 1828, and was made its President in 1849 — 
holding his position till his decease. He was also a Trustee and 
President of the Woonsocket Savings Bank. At a meeting of the 
Bank Directors " on the day of his death, the following Preamble 
and Resolutions were unanimously adopted. — 

The death of th^ President of this Bank, Dr. Ezekiel Fowler, 



having been announced to this Board, this day, we deem the oc- 
casion appropriate to express, not only our deep regret at his loss, 
but our high esteem of his character, both as an officer and as a 
man. And it is therefore 

Resolved, that the long official connection of Dr. Fowler with 
this Institution, as Director now nearly thirty-five years, and for 
the last fifteen years as President, has been marked by a dignified 
and unostentatious devotion to the duties of his office, and in his 
death we mourn a faithful officer, a true friend, and an honest man. 

Resolved, that as a further mark of our esteem and respect, this 
Bank be closed from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. on Thursday next, the day 
of his funeral, and that this Board attend as a body." 

Funeral services were rendered at Friends' Meetinghouse in 
presence of a large and sympathetic assembly. He and his wife 
are commemorated by suitable monumental inscriptions in the 
cemetery of the old Union Bank Village as follows. — "Ezekiel 
FowLEit died July 21, 1863, Aged 76 years. *The pui-e in heart 
see God.' Dehihe Fo\vleii, his Wife, died April 27, 1863, Aged 
76 yeai-8. * We shall be like him when we see him as he is.' " 

[406.] WiLLAKD Ballou*, Moses*, Samuel', James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., Mar. 12, 1792 ; m. Sman Newell, dr. of David 
Newell (David, Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), mother's maiden 
name Charlotte Williams, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 11, 1800, 
brought up mainly in Pelham, Mass.; cer. Dec. 5, 1826. Issue, 
b. in said Smithfield. — 
1046—1. Willard Haile, b. Apl. 21, 1827; m. Ruth Burden Smith Dec. 28, 

1647—2. Arnold Newell, b. Dec. 23, *29; m. EmDy Frances Mowry Sept. 

25, 1851. 
1648—3. Susan Cari>enter, b. May 17, '31; m. Balph Abercrombio Mar. 4, 

1649—4. Desire Fowler, b. Apl. 19, *35; m. Davis Aldrich. 

Capt. Willard Ballon' inherited an important portion of the 
ancient homestead originally settled on by James Ballou\ There, 
amid the old landmarks and relics, he Uved and died. He left a 
reputable record for intelligence and moral worth. His wife left 
one no less reputable. Mr. Peck credited her with much kind 
helpfulness in facilitating his acquisition of valuable antique doc- 
uments, long stored away in unexamined chests and boxes of the 
family progenitors. He d. on the time-hallowed premises Nov. 
18, 1853, a. 61 yi-s. 8 mos. and 6 ds. Mrs. Susan d. Apl. 3, 1872, a. 
72 yrs. and 23 ds. 


[406.] Freelove Ballou', Moses*, Samuel', James', Maturiu' ; 
b. in Smithfield, R. I., Apl. 20, 1794; m. Ihivvl Motn^, Jr., j)edi- 
p-ee not traced, b. in said Smithfield July 3, 1791 ; cer. Oct. 16, 
1817, by Robert Harris, J. P. Issue, all b. in Smithfield. — 

1650—1. Bertha Mowry, b. June 12, 1819; d. on the 27th of the same month. 
1651—2. Desire Mowry, b. Dec. 18, '24; m. Georj^e J. Mowry Aug. 80, 1^55. 
1652—3. Charles Wing Mowry, b. Sept. 4, '28; m. Mary Annie Dowen Mar. 

30, 1880. 
1653—4. Minerva Mowry, b. May 26, '*>; ni. Ist Daniel Smith, 2d Whipple 

M. FoUett. 

Strang'e to record, all these chn. were b. deaf mutes. But hap- 
pily the three survivors received a good education at the famous 
Institution in Hartford, Ct., and thus attained a useful and enjoy- 
able life.^ Nothing reaches us in testimony to the good qualities 
and characteristics of the parents, which we shall take for granted. 
Mr. Mowry d. Sept. 5, 1873, a. 82 yrs. Mrs. Freelove' d. Mar. 18, 
1880, a. 86 yrs. 

[407.] Mary Ballou*, eldest dr. of Aaron*, is supposed to have 
d. young. 

[408.] JoNAiHAN Ballou", Aarou*, Samuel', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Smithfield, R. I., Mar. 12, 1775; m. Miunj Smith, dr. of Emor 
Smith, b. in said Smithfield at an ungiven date ; cer. Mar. 23, 1793, 
by Ehsha Olney, J. P. Issue. — 

1654—1. Sarah, b. Feb. 22, 1795; m. Pardon Davis. 

1^55—2. Aaron, b. June 30, '96; m. Anna Da\'i8 Dec. 25, 1819. 

165e--3. Emor Smith, b. June 26, '98; m. Lydia Davis about 1822. 

1657—4. Lillis, b. not found; d. young. 

1658 — 5. Melissa, b. not found; d. young. 

We sui>po8e these chn. were all b. in Smithfield, R. I., or its 
general vicinity, and that the mother d. thereabouts not far from 
the year 1800. Mr. Peck pushed his inquiries as far as practica- 
ble into the history of this Jonathan Ballou's family, and we have 
added nothing to the information he collected. That was some- 
what obscure, imperfect and unsatisfactory. Tlie most we can 
deduce from it is that Jonathan*^ found himself in desperate cir- 
cumstances after the det^th of his wife, resolved on shipping him- 
self for employment on the ocean, and virtually threw his mother- 
less chn. on the care of their near relations. His father, then in 
Adams, Mass., took Emor S. into his own comfortable home, at 
the age of three and a half years, and probably provided in whole 


or in part for the others. Their father went to New York to find 
desired eraployment, but misfortune shadowed him. He took the 
yellow fever, and barely survived it to catch the small pox, but 
recovered, \iTote home a sad letter to his father, and soon after 
shii^ped for a voyas^e to the East Indies. He was never heard 
from more. It is not improbable that he had previously been a 

[409.] Aaron Ballou', Aaron', Samuel', James*, Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, E. I., Apl. 14, 1777 ; m. Margaret {Moraml) Sleigh- 
te7% a French la<ly, widow of Charles Sleighter, and dr. of John 
Baptiste Morand, b. in Paris, France, May 12, 1799 ; cer. in New 
Orleans, La., Dec. 25, 1820. Issue, b. in Galway, Saratogfa Co., 

N. Y.— 


1659—1. Celestine, b. July 10, 1822; m. Emily Wri{?ht Apl. 6, 1850. 
1060—2. Heloise Frances, b. Sept. 17, '23; m. Moses Pierson Wliittaker 

Dec. 1, 1842. 
1661—3. Zillia Albee, b. Jan. 25, '25; d. w. m. June 30, 1854. 
1662—4. Luna Louisa, b. Mar. 6, '30; m, Harrison Denny Mar. 25, 1847. 

Aaron BaUou* betook himself early to the seas. He was enter- 
prising", talented, and responsible — rose to the command of valua- 
ble merchant vessels — sailing* to and fro between several imi>ortant 
parts of the world, until his mamage in 1820. Then, with his 
capable, intelligent wife, some twenty-three or four years younger 
than himself, he went to his deceased father's homestead in Gal- 
way, N. Y., where he dwelt, in company with a brother-in-law, 
until the death 6T his widowed mother in 1834. Meantime his 
four chn. had been born, he devoting the major portion of every 
year to the command of sailing craft on the Lakes. Finally, he 
sold out his interest in the patrimonial estate at Galway, N. ¥., 
and in 1834 settled on an eligible domain near New Goshen, Vigo 
Co., Ind. There he closed his earthly career Nov. 18, 1839, a. 62 
yrs. 7 mos. and 4 ds. Mrs. Margaret, his widow, sur^dved her hus- 
band many years. Since writing the foregoing we have received 
from one of her reverent grand di*s. a copy of the foDowingf Obit- 
uury, which we suppose to have been published in a Terre Haute 
newspaper not named. — 

" Died. at the residence of her son-in-law, Harrison Denny, seven 
miles north of Terre Haute, Jan. 17, 1885, Margaret Ballon, aged 
85 years, 8 months and 5 days. She was b. in Paris, France, May 
12, 1799. Her maiden name was Margaret Morand. She was 
maiiied to Charles Sleighter, an American gentleman, Aug. 24, 


1819, and soon after, leaving relatives and friends, they sailed for 
America. After a voyage of thirteen weeks, they landed at New 
Orleans. They lived a happy married life until July, 1820, when 
her husband died with yellow fever — leaving her among strangers. 
On Dec. 25, 1820, she was married to Aaron Ballou, who had been 
a bosom friend of her former husband. They remained at New 
Orleans until 1821, when they set sail for New York. Tlie ship 
was cast away in a storm, off the port of Nfew York, but they 
escaped a watery grave, by the assistance of the sailors. They 
lived in Gal way, N. Y.. till 1834, when they removed to the State 
of Indiana, and settled near New Goshen, remaining there until 
her husbands death, Nov. 18, 1839. She then moved to the 
vicinity of Terre Haute. She was the mother of five children, of 
whom three are lining — a son and two daughters. She had 
twenty-two gi'andchildren, of whom ten are li\ang, and twelve 
great-grandchildren, nine of whom are living. 

She was trained a Roman Catholic, and continued in that faith 
until the age of fourteen, when she had a change of heart, but did 
not leave the Catholic Church till Apl. 12, 1846. She was then 
baptized and joined the Baptist church of Terre Haute under the 
Rev. Mr. Dixon. She died, as she had lived, a devoted Christian, 
and leaves a very large circle of friends to mourn her loss. 

** Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, 
From which none ever wake to weep." 

[410.] Isaac Ballou*, Aaron', Samuel", James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., Mar. 30, 1779; m. 1st Mary White, dr. of 
Joshua and Mary (Peck) White, b. Nov. 15, 1776 ; cer. in Adams, 
Mass., Mar. 17, 1797. Issue, all but the youngest two b. in said 
Adams, and these two in Fairfield, Herkimer Co., N. Y. — 

1663— I. Mercy, b. Aug. 5, 1798; m. Ira Harris, Saratof?a Co., N. Y. 

1664— 2. Joshua White, b. Sept. 13, '99; m. Elizabeth Ballou. 

1665— 3. Cynthia, b. July 13, 1801; m. Daniel Woodworth. 

1666— 4. James, b. Feb. 2, *03; m. Lucy M. Adams. 

1667— 5. Malina, b. Sept. 4, '04; m. Pardon Allen. 

1668— 6. Isaac Albee, b. Apl. 15. '06; m. Hannah Allen. 

1669— 7.' Mary Peck, b. Mar. 12, '08; m. Reuben Head. 

1670— 8. Lydia, b. Apl. 29, 1810; m. Jacob B. Gee. 

1671— 9. Norman, b. Sept. 4, '12; d. Mar. 10, 1818. 
1672—10. Volney, b. June 14, '14; m. Margaret Crawford. 

Mrs. Mary, the mother of all these elin., d. in Fairfield, N. Y., 
soon after the birth of Volney, viz. Sept. 10, 1814. Isaac' subse- 


quently m. 2d Mrs. Anna Grimes, a widow ; cer. in Fairfield, N. Y., 
Feb. 11, 1816 — no other particulars ^ven. No issue. 

Isaac' was a hard toiling, executive, worthy farmer. He was 
first settled with or near his father, Aaron*, in Adams, Mass. 
Whether they dwelt together as co-proprietoi-s on the same home- 
stead, or on separate adjacent properties, we are not informed. 
But in 1810 they both sold out their estates, and pitched tlieir 
family tents anew in the State of New York. Aaron* settled in 
Galway, Saratoga Co., and his son Isaac in Fairfield, Herkimer 
Co. There his youngest chn. were b., his Ist wife d., and he m. 
the 2d. In 1835 he moved again, and took up his abode iii Homer, 
Calhoun Co., Mich. Some ten or eleven yi*8. later his 2d wife d. 
there ; that is, Sept. 28, 1846. He was now nearing his threescore 
and ten, wearing out, and lonely. He finally fell into the kind 
care of his dr. Cynthia and husband, Mrs. and Mr. Daniel Wood- 
worth of Auburn, N. Y., where, if we mistake not epistolary state- 
ments, he d. in 1850, a. about 71 years. 

[411.] W^iLLiAM Ballou*, Aaron*, Samuel', James*', Maturin* ; 
b. in Smithfield, R. I., June 8, 1781. He never m., always lived 
at home with his parents, and when his mother deceased took 
shelter under the wing of his brother Aaron, moved with him to 
Terre Haute, Vigo Co., Ind., where he d. Apl. 9, 1836, in his 55th 
yi\ We get no distinguishing characteristics of this William Bal- 
lon. He was a deaf mute, and so incapacitated for any remarka- 
ble achievements in society. But we infer, from what was dropped 
in various lettei-s to Mr. Peck, that he was orderly, quiet, good 
and useful in the domestic sphere to which he was chiefly con- 
fined by his infirmity. 

[412.] Lydia Ballou*, Aaron*, Samuel', James', Maturin'; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., May 19, 1783; m. Aiulre^r K^hmuuh, We are 
scantily informed concerning Lydia^ her husband, and their de- 
scendants. All we have learned is that they were m., prob. in 
Galway, N. Y., or the near vicinity, and both d., not far from 1825, 
leaving one daughter, who m. and d. somewhere in Michigan, and 
left one child. No further traced. 

[413.] Susanna Ballou', Aaron*, Samuel", James', Maturin* ; b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 27, 1788; m. Jomiihnn WiMnhn^ Galway, 
N. Y. She d. there long ago, leaving two sons and two daughters. 
No more told ; and we cannot aflbrd to make further research. If 


8uch presentations of family records as these last two are uninter- 
esting and unsatisfactory to reading friends, they are much more 
so to the compiler. 

Next in order come the descendants of James Ballon' through 
hiij drs. Susanna' and Bathsheba'. Susanna m. John Inman, and 
Bathsheba m. Daniel Arnold. We have presented, in their gen- 
erations, the chn. and grand chn. of these Inmans and Arnolds to 
the extent of our information, and cannot well trace them further. 
So we pass over Nos. [413^] to [439], inclusive. This brings us 
to the descendants of Nehemiah Ballou* through his son Peter*. 

[440.] Fkeelove Ballou*, Peter*, Nehemiah', James', Maturin' ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., June 26, 1754 ; m. Elijah 
(\*fjk (Elijah, Ebenezer, Samuel, Walter), birth-date not ascer- 
tained; cer. Oct. 13, 1773, by Abraham Waterman, J. P. The 
only names of their chn. that have come to our knowledge ai'e. — 

1673 — 1. Gideon Cook; m. and had 10 chn. — 7 sons and 3 drs. 

1674—2. Sylvanus Cook; m. and had 2 sons. 

167^—3. Richard Cook; m. and had 5 chn.— 3 sons and 2 drs. 

We suspect there were several more ; but Glocester and Burrill- 
ville, like some other towns in our country, are hard mining dis- 
tricts for genealogists. It costs more time and pains to dig up the 
coveted nuggets than most explorers can afford. As nearly as we 
can learn, Gideon and Richard Cook emigrated to Unadilla, Ot- 
sego Co., N. Y. Doubtless labor enough would imeai-th descend- 
ants of Freelove*, either in her native region, or in distant locali- 
ties ; but we must be excused from further attempts to trace. We 
beUeve that Elijah, husband of Freelove (Ballou) Cook, d. in Glo- 
cester, now Burrillville, R. I., Sept. 21, 1790, and that his son 
Gideon, as administrator, settled his estate. The place and date 
of Mrs. Freelove's death has not come to our knowledge. Since 
]>enning the foregoing, and reconsidering the meagre fragments 
on which we have depended for authority, a doubt arises whether 
Ehjah Cook, Jr., who m. Freelove Ballou", was the father or the 
hrtftlter of Gideon, Sylvanus and Richard Cook ; and we cannot 
solve this doubt to our full satisfaction. We must therefore leave 
the case in some uncertainty, hoping that our record will prove 

[441.] Maky B.uJiOU", Peter*, Nehemiah", James", Matuiin' ; b. 
in Gl<K'e»ter, now Burrillville, R. I., May 18, 1756 ; m. hrad Sntltft^ 


son of Capt. John Smith of said Glocester ; cer. July 6, 1773, by 
Jonathan Harris, J. P. No more told us. 

Doubtless they added more or less recruits to this ubiquitous 
and countless race, but it is not our good fortune to register their 
names in this volume. No researcher has reported them. 

[442], Patience Ballou'; [443], Ea'e Ballou'; [444], Mautha 
Ballou*; and [445], Joanna Ballou', drs. of Peter, are said to 
have been buried witliin the same week, dming the Revolutionary 
war. Neither the disease nor particular date are given. Proba- 
bly an epidemic dysentery or scarlatina, often sweepingly fatal in 
those days, cut them oflf in growing girlhood. Perhaps, however, 
we have assumed too much in taking for granted that the above 
named four drs. were the identical ones that died the same week, 
as there were three others, next after them, that d. in early infancy 
unnamed. Possibly one of these was included in the number first 
specified. We must leave that to conjecture. But it seems ceitain 
that seven, named and unnamed, passed away young. 

[446.] Seth Ballou*, Peter', Nehemiah", James', Maturin* ; b. 
in Glocester, now BurriUviUe, R. I., October, 1772; m. Sophia 
Atuhrsoii^ dr. of Dr. Thomas Anderson; cer. in Monson, Mass., 
at a date not given, but conjectured to be not far from 1798. 
Issue. — 

1G76— 1. Philander, b. LitcLfteld, N. Y., 1800; m. Sarali Comstock. 

1077—2. Danford G., b. ** " Feb. 20, '02; m. Cyntha Worralls. 

1078-3. Lillis, b. ** ** Apl. 20, '05; m. 1st Fitch Com- 

stock, 2d Edson Barney. 

1070-4. Eliza, b. Litchfield, N. Y., '08; m. Manning Leslie 1824. 

IfWO— 5. Lorancy,b. ** ** '10; m. Nathaniel Foster. 

1081—0. Miranda, b. ** " '12; m. David Hamilton. 

1082—7. Almira, b. ** ** '14; m. James Cameron. 

1083—8. Thomas D., b. Litchfield, N. Y., '17; m. Mary A. Leslie 1840. 

It appears, from various testimony of his chn. and desctnidants, 
that Seth Ballou* went in his boyhood, along with the rest of his 
father's family, during the Revolutionary war, from Glocester to 
some town in Mass. What town that was is left to conjecture, but 
from the fact that Seth m. his wife in Monson, we presume that 
his father settled, or rather sojounied there, or in the near vi- 
cinity. In 1803 Seth and his father moved to Litchfield, Herki- 
mer Co., N. Y. In 1819, after his father s death, Seth* removed 
to Independence, Cuyahoga Co., O., taking his aged mother iilong 
wjtli him, ajitl she d. there, In 1830 or 31 Seth removed to St. Jo- 


seph Co., Mich. For some reason he and his wife spent a brief 
period in Illinois. There Mrs. Sophia (Anderson) Ballou d. and 
was buried, at a date not given. Her husband returned desolate 
to Mich., and d. at Otsego, Allegan Co., in that State, 1860, a. 
about 88 yrs. They were both devoted members of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church for many yeai*s. Their home, wherever located, 
was a free tavern and hospital for itinerant ministers, and their 
substance ungrudgingly consecrated to the church and suflFering 
humanity. The sick, poor and needy, in every neighborhood 
where they dwelt, shared largely their goods, their time, and 
their ministering attentions. Thus, with unblemished rectitude 
of moral character, and iwstinted charity towards their afflicted 
fellow creatures, they passed into the celestial mansions — Cleaving 
little earthly treasure to their heirs, but " a good name," which 
"is rather to be chosen than great riches." 

[447.] Laban Ballou*, Peter", Nehemiah*, James", Maturin'; 
b. in Glocester, now BurriUville, R. I., not far from 1774 or 75 ; m. 
Betsey A'uttifig. Our information concerning this family is very 
meagre, vague, and unsatisfactoiy. It amounts to this. — That 
Laban' settled on " The Holland Purchase," so called, N. Y., and 
had 4 chn. — 

1684 — 1. Cornelius, no birth-date given; said to have become a lawyer. 

1685—2. D wight, " ** ** became a farmer. 

1686—3. Harriet, ** ** ** m. a Mr. Doane. 

1687—4. Deliza, " " " unreported. 

Laban' is said to have gone on business to Canada, and on his 
way home to have sickened and died. We have instituted in- 
quiries for better information, but it is improbable that we shall 
ol)tain any. If not, this descent must close here. We find that 
this famous " Holland Purchase " covered territory now including 
some half dozen Counties in the State of New York. Therefore 
to find a family that settled on the " Holland Purchase " is like 
" looking for a needle in a hay-stack." 

[448.] Lydu Ballou', Peter*, &c. No satisfactory information, 
said to have m. a Mr. Phillips, and to have had one son named 
Thomas, a cripple, who lived and d. somewhere in Massachusetts. 

[449.] RiZPAH Ballou*, Peter*, Nehemiah", James', Maturin'; 
b. in a place and at a date not found ; m. 1st, Gideon Hatting, and 
set somewhere in N. Y., perhaps " HoUand Purchase." Issue. — 



1688—1. Laban Nutting. 

1689—2. Van Rensselaer Nutting. 

1690-3. Norton Nutting. 

1691—4. Hazael Nutting. 

Mr. Nutting d. about 1812. Mrs. Rizpah m. 2d, Bailey GarfielfL 
They moved to Ohio, and afterward back to N. Y., where they 
both d. at dates not ascertained. This is all we have been able to 
glean on the family record of Bizpah Ballon*. We regretfully 
close this descent — hopeless of any further information. The 
next is much worse, and almost worthless. 

[450.] Sarah Ballou*, Peter*, Nehemiah', James', Maturin'; 
b. in a place and at a date not ascertained ; said to have m. a Mr. 
Smithy a merchant, somewhere in Mass. — where they lived and d. 
Nothing rumored concerning chn., or any other particulars. None 
are lost out of the di\dne record and favor ; but it seems pitiable 
that so many individuals and families should remain inscrutable 
to genealogical human scribes. Perhaps more fortunate research- 
ers will find clews to the knowledge of these seemingly lost sheep 
of our flock. 

[451.] Nehemiah Ballou*, Seth', Nehemiah', James^ Maturin* ; 
b. in Glocester, now BurriUville, B. I., Apl. 12, 1755 ; d. young, 
Sept. 2, 1761. 

[452.] Joseph Ballou*, of the same family, b. Aug. 26, 1756 ; 
d. young, Sept. 15, 1761. 

[453.] John Ballou*, of the same family, b. July 21, 1758; 
also d. young, Sept. 17, 1761. 

[454.] Asa Ballou', Seth', Nehemiah', James', Maturin'; b. in 
Glocester, now BurriUville, R. I., Aug. 31, 1762; m. Iioha Wil- 
Uaffuf, dr. of Nathan Williams, understood to be a native of sjiid 
Glocester ; cer. Nov. 3, 1780, by Jonathan Harris, J. P. Issue, b. 
in the above named locality. — 

1692—1. Seth, h July 3, 1781; physician; m. PoUy (Talbot) Willis July 7. 


1693—2. BetHoy, b. Apl. 18, '83; m. Joseph Record Ballou Dec. 9, 1804. 

1694—3. Sarah, b. Mar. 7, '85; m. John Annstrong Jan. 1, 1805. 

1695—4. Nathan, b. Dec. 7, '88; not well traced; d. in Indiana. 

1696-5. Celiuda, b. May 15, '91; m. Joseph Clarke Feb. 23, 1812. 

1697—6. Asa W., b. May 21, '95; physician; m. Marietta Sayles Mar. 22, 1820, 


So characteriBtics or biographical statements concerning Asa 
Ballou* and wife have been transmitted to us. We presume they 
were respectable commoners, and that they had a rich vein of in- 
teUectual enterprise in their constitution, since they gave commu- 
nity two excellent physicians. Asa" d. in Burrillville Aug. 4, 1834, 
beingr almost 72 yrs. of age. Mrs. Eoba (Williams) Ballou d. at a 
date not given. 

[455.] Sarah Ballou', of this family, b. Dec. 12, 1764; d. 
young, Nov. 7, 1770. 

[456.] Susanna Ballou*, Seth', Nehemiah*, James', Maturin* ; 
b. in Glocester, now Burrillville, R. I., July 13, 1767 ; m. WUHavi 
Lipham^ son of Solomon and Sylvia Lai)ham, b. in said Gloces- 
ter Nov. 24, 1766 ; cer. Jan. 5, 1786, by Eld. P. Hines. Issue.— 

1688— 1. Arad Lapham, b. July 31, 1786; m. Nancy Mowry. 

1(»9— 2. Matilda Lapham, b. Aug. 13, '88; m. Benjamin Clark July 4, 1812. 

1700- 3. Aretufl Lapham, b. Oct. 8, '89; m. EUza Harris Nov. 17, 1811. 

ITOl— 4. Alfred Lapham, b. June 11, '91; m. Rachel Newell. 

1702— 5. Duty Lapham, b. Oct. 28, '92; m. Lucinda Brown. 

170$— ft. Almon Lapham, b. June 8, '94; d. young. 

1704— 7. Marietta Lapham, b. Dec. 3, '96; m. Eleazer Harris July 7, 1816. 

I705_ 8. Arnon Lapham, b. July 1, '98; m. Sarah Thayer May 7, 1840, «fec. 

1706— 9. Miranda Lapham, b. Sept. 5, 1800; m. Joseph South wick. 

1707—10. Patience Lapham, b. Jan. 30, '03; m. Arnold Southwick. 

1708—11. Julia Lapham, b. Oct. 6, '06; d. young. 

1709—12. Marvin Lapham, b. Jan. 11, '07; m. and d. 

1710—13. James Lapham, b. May 6, '08; d. young. 

ini-14. Louis Lapham, b. May 24, '10; m. Stella Ann Arnold Apl. 21, 1833. 

Here is a family to be admired for numbers, and we presume 
for solid worth. We have been favored, however, with no char- 
acteristics or life-experiences. Susanna' and her husband be- 
longed with the industrious, orderly yeomanry, and must have 
imssed through a vast amount of care, anxiety and trial in raising 
up fiuch a progeny. He d. in Burrillville Sept. 15, 1841, a. 74 yrs. 
9 mofl. and 21 ds. Mrs. Susanna d. there Sept. 6, 1851, a. 84 yrs. 
1 mo. and 24 ds. 

[457.] Mary Ballou*, Seth', Nehemiah*, James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Glocester, now Burrill^'ille, R. I., June 5, 1775 ; d. u. m. Oct. 7, 

[458.] Joseph Record Ballou', Jeremiah*, Jeremiah', Peter', 
Maturin'; birthplace and birth-date not ascertained; m. Betsey 


Ballon^ dr. of Asa" (Seth', Nehemiah', James', Matnrin',) and 
Eoba (Williams), wife of said Asa^ b. in Glocester, now Burrill- 
ville, E. I., Apl. 18, 1783 ; cer. Dec. 9, 1804, where or by whom 
not given. Issue. — 

1712 — 1. Marcus A., b. Apl. 7, 1805; nothing? reported— no clew. 

1718—2. Permelia, b. Oct. 9, *06; d. n. m. Bept. 12, 1869. 

1714—8. Lydia, b. May 28, '10; d. May 23, 1812. 

1715—4. Louisa G., b. Aii^. 30, M3; d. u. m. in Providence, R. I., Dec. 12, 


171ft— 5. Joseph Record, Jr., b. Feb. 14, *15; m. Ruth M. Paine Oct. 1, 1840. 

1717—6. Sally, b. not found; nothing reported— untraceable. 

1718—7. Betsey, b. ** d. u. m. in Providence, R. I., Aug. 1888. 

We are left in some doubt where the above named chn. were b. 
Joseph Record is said to have resided mostly in Smithfield, R. I., 
until he removed to Lawrence, N. Y. We have understood that 
this removal was made not far from the year 1817. If so, it 
is presumable that his chn. were b. in Smithfield or its g-eueral 
vicinity. It seems that he had not lived long in N. Y. before he 
suddenly and most mysteriously di8ai)peared, and was never 
heard from more. It was reported that he and his brother Jere- 
miah stailied on an adventure to the West, or to Canada, and were 
both murdered for their money. Rumors and suspicions as to 
their fate were various ; absolute facts uncertain. We cannot 
trace him after the year 1819. Not long subsequent to his disap- 
pearance his wife and chn. removed back to Rhode Island. Mrs. 
Betsey d. at a date not reported to us. 

[469.] Elisha Ballou*, Jeremiah', Jeremiah', Peter', Matn- 
rin' ; birthplace and birth-date not ascertained, lived u. m., and 
d. somewhere in R. I. No more told. 

[460.] Jeremiah Ballou*, Jeremiah', Jeremiah*, Peter', Matn- 
rin' ; birthplace and birth-date not ascertained ; lived u. m., a ma- 
chinist by occupation ; disappeared mysteriously from Lawrence, 
N. Y., with his bro. Joseph R., in 1819, and was never heard from 
more, excei>t by vague rumor. 

[461.] Bei^ey Ballou*, Jeremiah*, Jeremiah', Peter", Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Killingly, Ct., about 1778 ; m. Chnrle^ Keech of now 
Burrillville, R. I., or vicinity, no date or particulars given ; set. in 
Chenango Co., N. Y., and d. in the town of Columbus, N. Y., 1850, 
a. about 72 yrs. They are said to have been worthy and respect- 
able people. But whether they had any chn. report is silent, and 
we must be. 


[4fi2.] Sally Ballou", Jeremiah\ Jeremiah', Peter', Matuiin' ; 
birthplace, birth-date, and her entire history unascertained, ex- 
cept that she m. JaecJ) PhilUpm of Foster, R. I. There seems to 
be an almost impenetrable obscurity hovering over most of the 
descendants of Peter Ballou*. We re^et it, but must bear it. 

[Nos. 463 TO 468 Inclusive], the chn. of Isabella Ballou', who 
HL Andrew Harrington, are passed over as untraceable, together 
with all other gi*eat grand chn. of Peter\ We have such imper- 
fect fragments of these famiUes that it would be only an aggrava- 
tion to present them. We have found it almost a hoj^eless task to 
rescue from oblivitm the names of this lineage in anything like a 
decent fullness. 

Here we end Generations Five and Six. 

Sixth and Seventh Generations. 

[469.] Phillips Ballou', Benjamin*, John', John\ John^ Ma- 
turin* ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., at a date not found ; d. young. 

[470.] Pardon Ballou*, of the same parentage, and dateless 
birth, also d. young. 

[471.] Benjamin Ballou*, of the same parentage, and dateless 
birth, d. u. m. in his Slst yr. 

1472.] Mary Ballou", of the same parentage, and dateless 
birth; m. William NefiGnian^ both of Smithfield, R. I.; cer. Feb. 
12, 1804. Issue.— 

1719—1. Ljrman Newman, b. Apl. 14, 1804; d. n. m. 
l?i0-2. Benj. B. Newman, b. Oct. 12, '10; cl. u. m. 
1721—3. William Newman, b. Feb. 3, '13; lived in Smithfield, u. m. 

Nothing more given. A lean showing. No further traced. - 

[473.] Abner Ballou*, of the same parentage, and dateless 
birth; d. young. 

[474.] Content Ballou", of the same parentage, and dateless 
birth ; d. u. m. in her 21st year. 

[475.] Mercy Ballou", Benjamin^ John', John", John', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Smithfield, B. I., at a date not found ; m. Kleazer Mow- 
ry, (Eleazer, Joseph, Joseph, Nathaniel), b. in said Smithfield, 
Sept., 1791 ; cer. Nov. 11, 1813. Issue.— 


1723-1. Abner Ballon Mowry, b. Sept. 22, 1814; living 1884 u. m. 
1723—2. William Bainbridgc Mowry, b. Mar. 9, '16; m. Ann Eliza Jencks; 

1724—3. Oontont Ballon Mowry, b. June 22, '17; living 1884 n. m. 
1725—4. John Orde Mowr>% b. Feb. 24, '20; m. Harris; chn. 

Reputable family. 

[NoH. 476, 477, 478 and 479], clin. of John Whitman and Anna 
Ballon*, (John*, John", John', Matnrin'), lost among the unknown 

[480.] Mercy Ballou*, Richard', John', John', John*, Matu- 
rin' ; b. in the northeasterly part of Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 19, 
1778; m. Nathan AM rich. We have made persistent efforts to 
trace the family record and descendants of Mercy Ballon. She is 
said to have had a dr. who m. Paul DarUng, and a son William, 
who once lived in Milford, Mass. There is no reason to doubt 
these alleged facts. We suspect the whole family must be extinct. 
But persons, mge-dates, birth-dates and death-dates have eluded 
our research. Closed. 

[481.] Arnold Ballou", Richard*, John*, John', John', Matii- 
rin'; b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 16, 1780; m. Abigail Trask of 
Wrentham, Mass., dr. of Edward Trask ; cer. Feb. 26, 1806, other 
particulars not given. No issue. No characteristics given. He 
was a farmer, and resided in the northeasterly part of said Cum- 
berland, near where he was b. He d. there June 5, 1838. Mrs. 
Abigail, his wid. d. Apl. 15, 1857. 

[482.] Lydia Ballou', Richard*, <tc., b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Mar. 14, 1782 ; d. young, Nov. 9, 1789. 

[483.] AuGUHTUK Ballou', Richard*, John*, John*, John', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., May 4, 1784 ; m. 1st, Lu<^ 2hiref\ of 
said Cumberland, dr. of Wanton Tower, birth-date not found ; 
cer. Aug. 8, 1814, by George Tillinghast, J. P. Issue. — 

1726—1. Lydia, 1). not found; m. Lamed Shepherdson. 
1727—2. Adella, b. ** m. unreported. 

It is said that Augustus* and Lucy (Tower) separated for some 
cause, in some manner, and that both m. again. We have record 
that Augustus" m. 2d, ImheUa Ihnranl^ of Foster, R. I., dr. of 
James Howard ; cer. in said Foster, Aug. 29, 1825, by Eld. John 
WiUiams. Issue. — 


1728—3. Lucy Ann, b. not found; m. James B. Foster July 31, 1842. 
1729—4. Augustus, Jr., b. not found; went to sou 1842; never heard from. 

There is so much of the erratic in the career of Augustus Bal- 
lou', his first wife, and his descendants, that our researchers have 
abandonexl their inquiries in despair. We suppose he must have 
gone the way of all the earth, but where or when we know not. 
The remains of his posterity are few. No further traced. 

[484.] Thomas Ballou*, Richard*, John*, John', John', Matu- 
rin' ; b. m Cumberland, R. I., Feb. 21, 1786 ; m. LyJla Gould, dr. 
of Hosea Gould. Issue. — 

1730—1. John; but when or where born, living or dead, is insenitable. 

And equally inscrutable has i^roved all that relates to Thomas 
Ballou', his wife, life and death. We need not repeat that such 
unsearchable genealogy crosses our grain always. Must say 
again— no further traced. 

[485.] Richard Ballou, Jr*., of this family, b. Mar. 21, 1738 ; 
d. u. m.; date not given. Nothing reported to us of his life or 

[486.] Lucy Ballou', Richard*, John*, John', John^ Maturin' ; 
b. in Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 19, 1790 ; m. Orren Grant, son of 
Aaron Grant, b. in said Cumberland Mar. 3, 1795 ; cer. there Oct. 
14, 1814, by George Tillinghast, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Cum- 
berland. — 

1731-1. Lucy Grant, b. Apl. 1815; d. 1816. 

1733—2. Laura Grant, b. Jan. 19, '16; m. a Mr. Center. 

1733-3. Barton Grant, b. Aug. 4, '18; m. Sarah Ballou. 

1734—4. Philip Grant, b. May 9, '20; m. a Miss Whipple. 

Mrs. Lucy (Ballou) Grant d. in Cumberland, R. I., at a date not 
given, but not very long after the biith of her youngest son Philip 
—certainly, we presume, before 1830. Orren Grant we remember 
as a sturdy, executive, laborious farm worker. He subsequently 
HI. again, and settled finally in Royalston, Mass., where he was 
still living at our last advices, in good circumstances, a respected 
land holding citizen. His daughter, Mrs. Laura Carter, was re- 
siding in Chicago, ni., in 1882; his son Philip perhaps res. Cum- 
Ijerland, R. L; and his son Barton in Fitzwilliam, N. H. The 
latter m. a Ballou, and to him only, of this Grant family shall we 
aj^in recur. The others no further traced. 


[487.] WiLLARD Ballou', Eichard*, John', John', John', Matu- 
ring ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., July 28, 1795 ; m. Sally Clark of said 
Cumberland, dr. of Onesimus Clark; cer. in Wrentham, Mass., 
June 27, 1822, by C. Holbrook, J. P. Issue.— 

1735—1. Lydia, b. no date given; nor subsequent history reported to us. 

The last we heard of Willard Ballon" (July 1, 1885), he was in 
the Poor Asylum of Cumberland, E. I., 90 yrs. old, feeble minded, 
no wife, child, brother, or sister on this side the dark river, and he 
on its brink. Closed. 

[488.] Polly Arnold Ballou", Eichard", John*, John', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Cumberland, E. I., Feb. 6, 1799; m. Sivion IF. 
Sheldony (David, Eoger,) b. in said Cumberland, Oct. 20, 1800; 
cer. Aug. 22, 1822, by David Aldrich, J. P. Issue.— 

1736—1. Albert Norris Sheldon, b. May 9, 1823; m. Frances E. Latld. 

1737—2. Ann Jane Sheldon, b. Nov. 30, '24; m. Elias W. Ray. 

1738—3. Olive Anprenette Sheldon, b. Feb. 23, '28; d. July 13, 1844. 

1739-— 4. William Whipple Sheldon, b. Dec. 18, '33; m. Ann Aldrich. 

1740—5. Ballon Arnold Sheldon, b. June 25, '35; uurei)orted. 

Mrs. Polly alias -Mary Arnold (Ballon) Sheldon" and husband 
resided first in their native town awhile, afterward in the State of 
Ohio, and later in Providence, R. I. Beyond this we have heard 
only that she d. and that he m. 2d, Sarah A/m Davis. No dates 
nor further particulars obtained concerning Mr. Sheldon or his 
wives. But we find in the Wllkbison Family Mcinoirs some facts 
about his chn. which we borrow and record here ; as we are not 
likely to recur to the family again, for want of other information. 
The following presents in substance the matters mentioned in 
those Memoirs, \iz. : 1. Albert Norris Sheldon' res. in Hamilton, 
N. Y., itlid by his wife, Frances E. Ladd, had Jeanette, Albert N., 
who d., and Albert Smith, — himself a brilUant lawyer, and liis 
family in high social standing. 2. That Ann Janxi Slvehloiis hus- 
band, Elias W. Ray, invented a machine to knit India rubber 
shoe-linings, and d., leaving one son, Charles Frederic Ray. 3, 
Tliat Williain Vl hippie Sheldon'' was a subaltern artillery officer 
in the Union army during the Great Rebellion. 4. That Ballon 
Arnold Sheldon^ was a veterinary surgeon in the Union army dur- 
ing the war. This descent closed. 

[Nos. 489 AND 490T, chn. of Abigail Ballon', John*, John', John% 
Maturin' ; who m. Sylvanus Sayles, already announced as iio fur- 
ther traced. 


[491.] Chloe Streeter", Nancy Ballou', John*, John', John', 
Maturin' ; dr. of Rufus Streeter, husband of Nancy Ballon*, birth- 
date not found ; ni. Ilosea Sprague^ and " moved into the country." 
Xo more told. Who Hosea Spragiie was — ^when, where or by 
whom m. — and where " the country " was into which he and his 
family moved, are problems we should hke to see solved, but must 
leave the task to smarter experts. 

[492.] Rufus Streeter', of this family, lived to manhood, but 
d. of Measles unmarried — date not given. 

[493.] Rhoda Streeter", of the same family, moved with her 
sister Spraorue and husband into that undefined locality called 
"the country," and is no further reported. 

[494.] Lydia Streeter", Nancy Ballon*, John', John", John', 
Maturin* ; dr. of Rufus Streeter, husband of Nancy Ballou", b. 
in Smithfield, R. I., Jan. 27, 1783, came to more distinguished 
account. She m. David F, Harris, (Joseph, David, Richard, 
Thomas, Thomas), b. in said Smithfield, Aug. 17, 1780 ; cer. Dec. 
31, 1800, by Thomas Mann, J. P. Issue.— 

1741—1. Edward Harris, b. Oct. 8, 1801; m. Ist Rachel Farniim, 2d Ab- 

bie P. Metealf . • 

1742—2. Sc^phia Harris, b. Oct. 10, '03; d. in infancy. 

1743—3. Henry Harris, b. June 6, '05; m. Mary Whittier Dec. 2, 1S51. 

1744—4- Samuel Harris, b. Nov. 2, *07; m. Ist Mary Smith, 2d S. Farniim. 

1745^1 Rufus Harris, b. Dec. 25, '09; m. Louisa B. Himonds Feb. 1843. 

1746—6. Paul B. Harris, b. Aug. 9, '12; m. Elizabeth Gaylord Sept. 1837. 

1747—7. Beulah Ann Harris, b. Jan. 6, '15; m. Elijah B. Case May 2, 1834. 

, 1748-8. Hephzibah Harris, b. Jan. 27, '17; d. Nov. 30, 1836. 

174»-9. Ithmla Harris, b. Dec. 13, '19; d. May, 1840. 

Lydia (Streeter) Hams" and her husband, as we learn fiom 
Bichardson's History of Woonsocket, E. I., beofan their manied 
life at Lime Rock, R. I., where two or three of their eldest chn. 
were b. Next they removed to Dutchess Co., N. Y., and hiter, 
1818, to Ashtabula Co., O. We find no other date of these mi- 
grations, nor the names of precise localities given. Nor are we 
able, from the family record furnished by a grandson in Ashta- 
bula, 0., to tell definitely where the births and deaths mentioned 
took place. Nor are we furnished with such biogiai)hical partic- 
ulars and characteristics as we should like to present. We infer, 
however, from the style of their old Bible dates that the piirents 
Wonged to tlie Society of Friends ; which is presumptive testi- 



mony that they were worthy people. It seems that Mi-s. Lydia* 
d. Feb. 11^ 1837, prob. in O. ; that David F. m. 2d Hannah War- 
rington, a native of Burlington, N. J., without issue ; that he d. 
in the autumn of 1848 ; and that Mrs. Hannah, his widow, d. in 
Salem, O., at an unspecified recent period. 

[495.] Phebe B.\llou\ Simeon', Abraham*, John', John^ Ma- 
turin*; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 29, 1762; m. John Inj/uuiy Jr,^ 
(John, John, John, Edward,) b. in Glocester, now BuiTillville, 
R. I., July 30, 1758 ; cer. July 25, 1784, by Uriah Alverson, J. P. 
Issue, b. in now Bunillville. — 

1750—1. Nttomi Inman, b. May 9, 1785; d. Nov. 1, 1799. 

1751—2. Olney lumau, b. Aj^l. 22. '88; m. Pnisha Thayer 1812. 

1752—3. Kachd Inmau, b. July 1, '91; m. Stephen Esten. She d. Feb. 11, 

1753-4. Polly luman, b. Feb. 21, '93; m. Ist Stei)hen Esteu, 2d William 

1754—5. John luman, Jr., ) . b. Mar. 23, '96; d. u. m. Dec. 21, 1821. 
1755—6. Phebe Inman j *^^"'**' b. Mar. 23, '96; m. Cha«. Joslin- no chn. 

Nothing reported to us of the occupation, character or social 
standing of Phebe (Ballou) Inman and husband. We presume 
them to have been of the farmer chuss, and of decent standing 
among their contemporaries. His death-date not given. Hers 
was July 2, 1836, a. 73 yi^s. 9 mos. and 3 ds. 

[496.] AniiAHAM Ballou*, Simeon', Abraham*, John', John\ 
Maturin*; b. in Smithfield, 11. I., prob. about 1764; m. 1st Dhiaa 
Mowry^ dr. of Gideon Mowry ; cer. Mar. 6, 1785, by Wm. Alver- 
son, J. P. We do not find the name of this Diana Mowry, as we 
hoped, in the Mowry Genealogy, and cannot give either her pedi- 
gree or birth-date. Issue, understood to have been b. in the lo- 
cality of Slaterville, then Smithfield, now North Smithfield, R. I. — 

1756 — 1^ Hannah, b. prob. about 1786; m. Honu^e Taylor. 

1757— 3. Simeon, b. " ** '87; m. Rowena Eddy 18a5 or 6. 

1758— 3. Joanna, b. Oct. 9, '88; m. James Tifft 1804. 

1759— 4. Lucy, b. Aug. 12, '90; m. Theodore TayU)r 1806. 

1760— 5. Phila, b. prob. about '92; m. Ichabod Ballou. 

1761— 6. Diana, b. Oct. 5, '94; m. Reuben Weaver 1817. 

1762— 7. OtiH, b. al)out '96; m. 1st Lydia Chamberlain, 2d L. Means. 

1763— 8. Alanson, b. Mar. 28, 1802; m. Priscilla Hherman 1827. 

1764— 9. Lavina, b. Mar. 28, '04; rfi. Tliomas Fish Feb. 11, 1827. 
1765—10. Collin, b. Mar. 6, '06; m. Louisa Sampson Feb. 5, 1835. 
1766—11. Mary, b. not found; m. Obadiah Eddy. 

Mrs. Diana (Mowry) Ballou d. in Essex, N. Y., aboitt 1827, and 


Abraham' m. 2(1 Mrs. Mary Blake, widow of Jolin Blake, whose 
maiden name was Mason, b. in Walpole, N. H., Sept. 11, 1786 ; 
eer. at a date not ascertained, but prob. about 1829. Issue, b. in 
said Essex. — 

17f)0{— 12. Eleanor Marj-, b. Aug. 4, 1830; d. Feb. 24, 1844. 
1766J— 13. Fidelia Amanda, b. July 3, '32; m. Charles Henrj- Gray. 
1766J— 14. Abraham, Jr., b. Mar. 2, '34; d. Mar. 2, 1844. 

This 2<1 mai-ria^e and the consequent issue did not come to our 
knowledore till long after we had entered the record of the 1st ; 
which accounts for the fractional numerals. Abraham Ballon is 
said to have been a Captain in the Revolutionary war, and to have 
heard the first gun fired for libei-ty. He was an expert, industri- 
ous shoemaker from early manhood to old age. If we are cor- 
rectly informed, he inherited a part of his father's homestead at 
now Slaterville, R. I. But whether he ever dwelt on it we know 
not. He was administrator on his father s estate, and as such, 
sold the home farm, so called, Mar. 4, 1791, to Gideon Mowry, his 
fathei'-in-law. We infer, however, that he owned a farm in the 
same neighborhood, which at a later i)eriod he sold out, and re- 
moved to Westmoreland, N. H. He did not remain there long, 
but removed to Lewis, Essex Co., N. Y., where he lived out his 
remaining yeare. From some little indicative data incidentally 
discovered, we conjecture he must have gone to N. H. perhaps in 
1810 to '12, and thence to N. Y. about 1820. We have received 
no testimonials resi)ecting the characteristics and social standing 
of Abraham' and wives, but take for granted they were fair on the 
yeoman plane. As to the date of his death there is some discrep- 
ancy in our received reports, but that of his youngest dr., Mi-s. 
FideUa A. (Ballon) Gray makes it Feb, 1844, when his age must 
have been at least 80 yrs. His 2d wife and widow d. in Alstead, 
N. H., about 1867. 

[497.] William Ballou", Simeon', Abraham*, John', John', 
Maturin*; b. in Smithfield, now No. Smithfield, R. I., Dec. 22, 
1766; m. Abigail Jnlia Wither, b. in said Smithfield, Aug. 6, 1766; 
cer. prob. about 1786, exact date and particulai-s of mge. not 
given. Issue. — 

1707—1. Smith, b. Jan. 29, 1780; m. Ist ; 2d Oricy Biahoi). 

1708-2. Rboda, b. Doc. 21, '90; untraceable. 

1709—3. William, b. Aug. 8, '92; m. Mary Enos not far from 1814. 

1770-4. Daniel W., b. Feb. 17, '95; m. Sally Sherman July 1, 1818. 

1771—5. Abigail J., b. Aug. 18, '98; untraceable. 


1772—0. Simeon, b. Oct. 14, '99; untraceable. 

1773—7. Ransom, b. July 81, 1803; m. 1st Miranda Blois, 2d Mary A. Green. 

1774—8. Phileua 1st, b. Sept. 8, '06; d. in early infancy. 

1775—9. Phileua 2d, b. Jan. 2, '09; m. Artemas Whipple. 

William Ballou remained in Smithfield two or three yeara after 
m^o., and then settled in Charlestown, N. H. There his principal 
occupation was the rafting' of lumber down the Connecticut river 
to central market places. After about twenty years in the prose- 
cution of this business, he was suddenly taken sick on the river, 
and d. at or near Hartford, Ct. He was an industrious, executive, 
hard workinof, trustworthy man. Prob. his oldest child was b. in 
8mithtield, and the other four in Charlestown, N. H. The eldest 
dr. is understood to have d. u. m. The sons m. and settled away 
from Charlestown. The second dr., Abig-ail, m. and went to the 
West. She took her mother with her. We are trying to ascer- 
tain dates and particular, but success is problematical. After 
writing the foregoing we groped for more satisfactory information, 
and found some. As nearly as we can learn, Mrs. Abigail, his 
widow, finally d. with her son William, Jr., in Essex, Vt., Oct. 19, 
1847, a. 81 yrs. 2 mos. and 13 ds. 

[498.] Lavina Ballou", Simeon', Abraham*, John", John', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithfield, now North Smithfield, E. I., not far from 
1770; m. W^lliani Howen of Glocester, E. I., where, \\dthout issue, 
both lived and d. Nothing else concerning them reported. All 
well enough for those in the higher life, but not creditable to 
our work. 

L499.J Eachel Ballou", Simeon', Abraham', John', John', Ma- 
tui-in' ; b. in Smithfield, now No. Smithfield, E. I., about 1773; m. 
Chavlen Wedrott, said to have been a native of Warwick, E. I., 
date of the mge. not ascertained ; set. in Charlestown, N. H. Is- 
sue, supx)osed to have been b. in said Charlestown. — 

1770 — 1. Phebe Westeott, b. not j^iven; nor any subsequent trace. 
1777—2. Rosalinda Westeott, b. not ^ven; nor any subsequent trace. 
1778—8. Artemesia Westeott, b. Auf?. 10, 1807; m. 1st Henry F. Locke, 2<1 
E. Bailey. 

We conjecture that Eachel Ballou and Charles Westeott muRt 
have been m. between 1798 and 1802, and prob. they soon after 
removed to N. H. It is unpleasant to be groping after reliable 
data as we are obliged to be in this and many other cases ; but 
such is often our lot. We judge these i)arents to have deserved 


a good memorial — ^though none has been furnished iis. We so 
judge simply from the fact that they kindly cared for Eachel's 
mother in her aged widowhood, as told in the record of Simeon 
Ballon*. Eacher d. July 27, 1845, a. about 72 yrs. Charles West- 
cott d. Feb. 26, 1856, a. 83 yrs. This shows him to have been b. 
the same year with his wife, 1773. Their dust reposes near that 
of Kachers mother, in North Charlestown graveyard. 

[500.] Leah Ballou", Simeon', Abraham*, John*, John", Matu- 
rin* ; b. in Smithfield, now No. Smithfield, E. I., not far from 1775 ; 
m. Daniel AUlr'ich there. No date or particulars of the mge., or 
what became of the nuptial pair, reported, except that they had 
ehn., and that, forty years a^o, one dr. was living in Butternuts, 
N. Y. Cannot trace the family. 

[501.] Welcome Ballou", Simeon', Abraham*, John', John', 
Maturin* ; b. in Smithfield, now No. Smithfield, E. I., Nov. 19, 
1780; m. Aurelia Taft, dr. of Japhet Taft (Daniel, Eobert), b. in 
Mendon, Mass., near Nipmuck Pond, July 28, 1780 ; cer. Jan. 10, 
1802. Issue.— 

1779—1. Sarah Cliapin, b. Oct. 22, 1803; m. John K. Moore. 

1780—2. Aurelia Matilda, b. Nov. 1, '06; m. Bailey Rees 1829. * 

1781—3. Welcome, M. D., b. Nov. 11, W; m. 1st Margaret Foster, 2cl Jane 


1782-4. Celia Ann, b. June 27, '12; m. John Foster Aug. 12, 1833. 

1783—5. Lorinda, b. Jan. 7, '15; m. Samuel Wartenbe Sept. 22, 1838. 

1784^-6. Aurelius, b. Jan. 18, '18; m. Sarah Bacon Oct. 1839. 

1785—7. Leander Taft, M. D., b. Dec. 7, '21; m. Harriet Charliot 1846. 

Welcome Ballou" and Aurelia his wife had superior blood in 
their constitutions. They were physically, intellectually and mor- 
ally above the common average. And they transmitted to their 
children, hereditarily and educationally, their excellent qualities, — 
who distinguished themselves accordingly, as will be seen in later 
pages. The parents were naturally enterprising, executive and 
persistent in their life-career. They settled, not long after mge., 
in Charlton, Mass. He was an ingenious, expert shoemaker, but 
could turn his hand to farming i^ith equal readiness. Their eld- 
est three chn. were b. in Charlton, Mass. But what, in former 
times, was called " the Ohio fever," seized them in 1811, and they 
started with a two-horse team for the then far West. They car- 
ried along, besides their three chn., all the goods and fixings their 
horses could well draw. For 44 wearisome days and nights they 
pursued their journey till, on the Ist of August, they reached 


Zanesville, O. Soon they pitched their tent on Salt Creek, ten 
miles from Zanes^-ille, and made themselves a home till 1835. 
This was in Muskingum Co. There their young^est four chn. were 
b., and the family was reared. There Welcome* drove the boot 
and shoe-making business with thrifty profit. At length he had 
a tempting opportunity to exchange his estate for goodly lands 
twenty miles eavst, in now Noble Co., and did so. He there de- 
voted himself for ten years to successful farming. He then sold 
out, and took u]) his residence in Newark, Licking Co., where he 
lived at comparative ease, working occasionally — for pleasure, on 
his shoe bench, and enjoying the fruits of toil no longer indispen- 
sable. Mrs. Aurelia d. there Mar. 31, 1857. He himself had a 
green old age — ^looking, at 82, younger than most men at 65. It 
is said that he m. a second wife, but we cannot give name or par- 
ticulars. He d. Apl. 26 or 27, 1866, in his 86th yr. 

[602.] George Ballou*, Simeon*, Abraham*, John*, John^ Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithfield, now North Smithfield, in the vicinity of 
now Slaterville, R. I., about 1782; m. Ist CaroUne Ma<hi7'sau of 
Glocester, R. I. ; cer. probably early in 1800. The name of this 
1st wife, Caroline Madersou, comes down to us through a grand 
dr., and we strongly susi)ect should be Caroline Mattifi07i, but are 
not certain about it. Issue, b. prob. in now BuiTilhdlle, R. I. — 

1786—1. William, b. Nov. 12, 1800; m. 1st L. Phelps, 2d A. Slafter. 

Mrs. Caroline, the mother, d. in 1801. George* m. 2d Nuiwy 
Fink — ^no date or particulai-s ascertained. Issue, b. perhaps in 
Providence, R. I., or vicinity. — 

1787—2. Hiram, b. Jan. 21, 1804; m. Betsey Phelps, A-c. 
1788—3. Amos, b. date not ascertained; not traced. 

Mrs. Nancy, the 2d wife, d. at a date ungiven. George* m. 3d a 
1 ady whose name we never learned, nor any connected particulars 
of the maniage. Issue, b. prob. in the vicinity of Claremont, 
N. H.— 

178D— 4. Norman, b. no date; to us untraceabh*. 

1790—5. Nancy, b. no date; to us untraceable. 

1791—6. Caroline, b. no date; m. Rufus Allen, Ticondero^a, N. Y. 

1792 — 7. Juspa, b. no date*; to us untraceable. 

1793-8. Charles, b. no dat<»; said to res. Grand Kajuds, Mich. 

1794 — 9. George, b. no dat<»; no trace found. 

It has been with great difficulty that we have im])erfectly traced 
the history of George Ballon" and his descendants. He left R. I. 


after the birth of his first three chn. and the deaths of their 
mothers, and settled in or near Claremont, N. H. There he is 
said to have remained till quite an elderly man, when he removed 
io Crown Point, N. Y. He is supposed to have d. in the vicinity 
of the latter locality, and prob. his last wife ; but we have found 
no one to furnish us definite information on the several obscure 
pomts above indicated. How many of his descendants we shall 
find remains to be seen. 

[503 AND 504,] two drs. of Simeon Ballou*, b. at unknown dates, 
who d. young. Passed over. 

[505.] Mary Ballou", Simeon*, Abraham*, John', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithfield, now No. Smithtield, E. I., prob. sometime 
during the year 1786, not long after her father's death ; m. 1st 
Jiof/iU CaUtun in Mendon, Mass., Jan. 20, 1805, by Benjamin 
Reed, J. P. Issue. — 

1795—1. Lyman Galium; birth-date not found. 

1796-2. Wmiam Galium; 

1797-3. Mary Ann Galium; ** 

l?J8-4. Hannah Galium; 

Koyal Callum d. at a date not ascertained; and Mary" m. 2d 
Reuben Combs, b. in Uxbridge, Mass. Issue, b. in Holden, 
Mass. — 

1799—5. Ezra Gombs; birth-date not found. 
1800—6. Simeon E. Gombs; birth-date not found. 
IHOl— 7. Boyal Gombs; birth-date not found. 
They had also a dr. that d. young. 

Of the Cjdlum chn. we could find no clew whereby to trace 
them, and dismissed the blind research. Of the Combses, we 
struck trail, but with meagre results. Ezra resides in Buffalo, 
N. r. We addressed him there; but, if he received our com- 
munication, he took no notice of it. Royal and Simeon E. reside 
in Worcester, Mass. The former gave no heed to our appeal. 
Simeon E. enjoys the distinction of being Chief Engineer of the 
City 8 Fu-e Department. He gave me the names of his mother's 
chn. by both husbands, except of his deceased sister; also the 
P. 0. addresses of his two brothers, Ezra and Royal, but no dates 
at all ; leaving us ignorant even of his aged mother s death-date — 
pleading that he had no records. He did not tell us whether he 
had any chn. or wife. ^Ve suppose neither he nor his brothers 
have any exuberant ambition to occupy a place in our Genealogy. 


We therefore declined to prosecute our inquiries further for the 
descendants of Mary Ballou", dr. of Simeon*. ThLs descent is 

[506.] Thankful Ballou", David', Abraham*, John', John", Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Glocester, R. I., 1768 ; m. John Bentley^ of whose 
birthi^lace, parentage and hymeneal particulars nothing has been 
given us. His death-date below implies that he was b. not far 
from 1756; which makes him to have been ten or twelve years 
older than his wife. They dwelt most of their married lives in 
Milton, N. Y., where we suppose their chn. were b., viz. — 

1802—1. Otis Bentley, b. not griven; resided 1862 Ballston Spa, N. Y. 
1803—2. Stephen Bentley, b. not given; resided 1861 Sandy Creek, N. Y. 
1804—8. David Bentley, b. not given; resided 1862 Pulaski, N. Y. 

Mr. Peck received several letters from Otis and Stephen Bent- 
ley, containing considerable information concerning the family 
relatives on their mother's side. We examined those letters, hop- 
ing to find the desired data respecting the family records of their 
parents and themselves. They evince intelligence and good in- 
tentions, but say little of the Bentleys. Either they did not feel 
invited to specialize these cases, or were indisposed to do so. We 
are told that John Bentley m. Thankful Ballou ; that they had 
three sons, Otis, Stej)hen and David ; that they lived in Milton, 
N. Y. ; and that both d. there in 1830— Mr. Bentley July 20, in 
his 76th yr., and Mrs. Thankful the ensuing Oct., in her 62d yr. 
But who John Bentley was — when and where the mge. was sol- 
emnized — what sort of x^eople the parents were — whether they 
ever had any other chn. — who Otis, Stephen and David married — 
what offspring resulted, &c., not a hint is given. This sort of 
genealogy is common enough, and good enough for some folks, 
but not exactly to our liking. It may be our fault not to push 
research to the bottom, and find out all we desire to know, but 
we are inclined to say — no further traced, 

[507.] Paudon Ballou", David', Abraham*, &c., b. 1769, d. in 
Providence, R. I., at the a. of 17 yrs. 

[508.] Asa Ballou*, David', Abraham', John', John', Maturin* ; 
b. in Glocester, R. I., July 6, 1771 ; m. Nancy Joneb- of said Glo- 
cester, during the yr. 1796 — no further particulars of cer. Issue, 
b. in said Glocester. — 

180.5-1. Asia, b. , 1798; m. Smith D. Thornton Sept. 22, 1816. 

1800—2. Varuum S., 1). , 1802; m. Freelove Thornton Feb. 1835. 


They had no other chn. It seems that Varnum 8. Ballou, their 
only son, m. and settled in Norwich, Chenango Co., N. Y., and 
that his parents, in order to be near him, removed thither jfrom 
Glocester, R. I., in 1825. Mrs. Nancy d. there Oct. 6, 1842. Eleven 
yrs. lat^r, in Sept. 1853, Vamnm S. d. Asa" was now over foiir 
score, bereaved and desolate. He therefore took refnge with his 
now only surviving child, Mrs. Asia (Ballou) Thornton, then re- 
siding vn Roscoe, Winnebago Co., 111. There he was tenderly 
cared for, and finally d. Mar. 6, 1861, a. 89 yrs. and 8 mos. We 
infer tliat Asa" and wife were well disposed, plain mannered, 
worthy people. 

[509.] Sailvh B.\ll()u", David', Abraham', i^^*.., b. 1778, d. u. m. 
in Glocester, R. I., at the a. of 22 yrs. 

[510.] Nan(?y Ballou", David^ Abraham*, <tc., b. in 1775, d. u. 
m. in Glocester, R. I., at the a. of 22 yi-s. 

[511.] AcHSA Ballou", David*, Abraham*, John", John", Matu- 
rin'; b. in Glocester, R. I., 1776; m. Ilazurhih VhUUps of said 
Glocester ; no date or j)articulars given. Issue. — 

1807—1. Sila Phillips, brought up by Mrs. WiUiain Oweu. 

180t^2. Maria Phillips, brought up with her grandinothor Ballou, and 

left in care of friends in Foster, R. I., when her grandmother 

moved to Saratoga, N. Y. 

Mis. Achsa (Ballou) Phillips d. at the a. of about 30 yrs., leav- 
ing these orphan drs. to the ovei'sight of their relations. No more 
told. No further traced. 

[512.] Polly Ballou", David', Abraham', John', John', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Glocester, R. I., June, 1778 ; m. 2Itrric/k\ settled 
in Henderson, Jefferson Co., N. Y. ; no i)ai-ticulars concerning 
Groom or cer. Issue. — 

1809—1. Samuel Merrick, b. nothing rei)orted— untraced. 
1810-2. John Merrick, b. 

1811—3. Clarissa Merrick, b.; m. Elijah Ehly, last of Lagone, Du Page 
Co., 111. 

Too little encouragement to attempt further tracement. 

[513.] EsTHEit Ballou", David', <tc., b. 1780 ; d. u. m. in Sandy 
Creek, N.Y. 1842. 

[514.] Ariticr Ballou", David", Abraham', John*', John', Ma- 



tnriji' ; b. in Glocej>ter, B. I., 17H2 ; m. 1st, ILumnh Ctfin^ink' in 
1808, and nettled in GreenfieltU N. T. Issue. — 

181^—1. Mary, h. antold; m. Jijc*hnii Mif^ht-r; h^ Sehn. 
181S— 2. OrioD, \k " »L io Kentucky at the a. of 21 yrs. 

1»14— a Stephen C, b. aliont 1h1*>; m- Al>liy CV>rty : res. !?<•« in Clevelantl, 

Mrs. Hannah (Comstoek) Ballon, d. in Greenfield, N. T., at a 
date not given. Arthur ni. 2d, in Greenfield, or elsewhere, in 
1842, Sally -/V/ ; specification of particulars ignored. Xo issue 
reported. They were last heanl from as residing at Evans Cen- 
tre, Erie Co., X. Y. Occupation, farming. Xo characteristics 
granted. This recortl is too indefinite and barren. 

[515,] Phila Ballou', of this family, d. in Glocester, R. L, at 
the a. of 14 yrs. 

[516.] Da\td Balur', DaN-id", Abraham*, John', John', Matn- 
rin*; b. in Glocester, Feb. 14, 175)0; m. Ahifjn'd Jarktsun ; eer. 
Sandy Creek, X. Y., ApL 4, 1819. Is.sue.— 

1815—1. Honwe, b. July 11, 1S2I; m. Harriet L. WarfieW ApL 1860. 
1816—2, Esther, b. Dk-. 13, '>7; tl. in Santly Creek, Deo. 2<), \>*AA. 
1817—3. Aeksa Ann, b. Feb, lo, '31; m. William Sidney Coon. 

This Dand BaUou* is said to have removed, in 1857, to Pleas- 
ant Vale, Pike Co., DJ., where, at hvst reports, his entire surviNing* 
family resided ^ith or near him. Our U. S. Postal Guide g-ives 
no Post Office so desifruated, and whoever may be still liviu^r of 
the family, we despair of find in «r. And unless new light shines in 
upon us, we shall not attempt further reseai'ch. 

[517.] Hannah Baluju", David', Abraham*, John', John% Ma- 
turin* ; b. in Glocester, X. Y., X'x>v. 14, 178<> ; m. John Pienr in the 
vicinity of Sandy Creek, X. Y. He d. leaviu^r at leiust one son 
and dr. The son s name was S. D. Pierce. The sister's name not 
given, but she m. Ezra Coi-se of Sandy Creek, X'^. Y. Wid. Han- 
nah (Ballou) Pierce and chn. were last reported as residing in 
Lagone, Du Page Co., 111. It seems useless to numl^er or trace 
them. We leave them in their dateless, half nameless generation. 

[518.] Cynthia Bali/^u", David', Abraham*, John', John', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in (jloc(»ster, R. I., about 17S)1 ; m. Ahrnham Jackson, a 
bro. of her bro. David's wife, somewhere, sometime, and had at 
least one child, perhaps more — all enveloped in a fog of indeli- 


nit^ness. She was last reiwrted livinof with a married son or ilr. 
near Pleasant Yale, Pike Co., 111. Xo more told. 

Thus we have g-one thron^fh the inn>erfect family reeonl of this 
Darid Ballou's 13 cliildren. TNliether we shall l>e able to oflean 
any fra«rments of their widely scattered pmsreny is uncertain. 
PossiWy we maj* find a few. Passin«r over the already dismissetl 
Nos. 519 to 53C inclusive, we i-each the larsre, well rei>orte<l family 
of Joseph Ballon*, William*, Maturin', John', Matnrin*. But of 
these it will be seen, by referrin^r to their record. No. 142, that 
nothiiij? more can he usefiUly said, as the family must probabh- 
soon l)ecome extinct. We therefore pass over Nos. 537 to 545 in- 
clusive, and come to the chn. of William Ballon, the said Joseph's 
brt)ther. The eldest three of tliis William BjiUou's chn. d. youn«2r, 
viz. : [Nos. 546-548], and need not l)e specified. 

[549.] Abiah Ballou', WiUiam*, William*, Maturiu', John', Ma- 
turing; b. in Tunbridore, Vt., Mar. 20, 1824; m. Mllhnil IL Ihtichy 
of Westerly, R. I., no date of m^r*"-, ttc. Issue, imderstood to 
have been b. in siiid Westerly or vicinity. — 

1S1,S— 1. William Henry Dawlej-, b. not jyiven; no trace obtained. 
1819—2. Barlmra Annie Dawley, b. not fdven; ni. a Mr. Pott«»r, Sltx?um- 
ville, R. I. 

Mrs. Abiah (Ballou) Dawley d. Oct. 4, 1850. We ^vrote months 
a^o to Slocum\nlIe, R. I., to leani if possible about 
Mrs. Abiah's dr. and son, but reed, no response. We shall attempt 
no further tracement. 

[550 AND 551.] William Harrison B.vLLor*', and Almanda Bal- 
LOC*, of this family, demand no fiu-ther notice. 

[552.] Santord Jackson BALix)r", William", William*, Maturin', 
John', Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridg-e, Yt., Aug. 5, 1829, went abroad 
at sea and elsewhere, and for over 22 yi-s. was unheard fi'om. He 
was given up by his Vermont relatives as lost ; but to their gi-eat 
surprise, within the last two or three yeai-s, an only son of the 
sui>poseil lost one suddenly^ made his ap[>earance, inquiring for 
his father's kindred. Thus it was ascertained that Saiiford Jack- 
son Ballou m. Mainj McKensie, di*. of John and Annie (McLean) 
McKenzie, b. in the Highhmds of Scotland Nov. 20, 1830 ; cer. in 
Boston, Mass., July 18, 1860, by Rev. A. Blakie. Issue, b. in East 
Boston. — 

1820-1. John Sanford, b. Sept. 25, 1861; m. Martha P. Gerring July 16, 


It appears, from the rather meagre reliable information availa- 
ble, that Sanford Jackson Ballon was a remarkably bashful, reti- 
cent, modest, conscientious, kind hearted, peaceable, exemplary 
man fiom his youth upward to mature manhood. He was silent 
and uncommunicative, but upri^fht, dutiful and gentle in his man- 
ner toward all, and one of the best of husbands. He w^as a pa- 
tient laborer sometimes as a farm hand, sometimes as a fisherman 
on the briny deep, find durin^" his last years as a ship cari:)enter- 
His home was in East Boston for many years, and there, just as 
he was li^etting" into comfortal)le temporal circumstances, he was 
cut oflf by Tyi)hoid Pneumonia Apl. 16, 1804, a. 34 yrs. 8mos. and 
11 ds. His widow, a very worthy woman, has since m. a 2d hus- 
band, and resides in East Boston. 

[558.] James Hiram Ballou*, WiUiam', WiUiam*, Maturin', 
John*', Maturin'; b. in Tunbrido^e, Vt, June 25, 1831; d. u. m. a 
patriotic soldier in the Union Army, Feb. 4, 1862, a. 30 yrs. 7 mos. 
and 9 ds. He deserves his share of the euloo^es that enflower the 
graves of the vast host who died for their countiy in that dread- 
ful civil war. 

[554.] Chakles Eiley Ballou', William', WilUam', Maturin', 
John', Maturin' ; b. in Tunbrid^e, Vt., June 29, 1833 ; m. in Cali- 
fornia a wife whose name has never reached us, and at a date un- 
given. Issue, b. somewhere in California, in localities and at dates 
not reported, only their ages dating- back from Feb. 11, 1886. — 



a^ed 17 yeivrs. 


James H., 

** 15 


JoHepliine P. 

, " 13 



** 8 



'' ($ 


Ella Rosa, 

** 4 



" 2 

( 'liarles R. Ballou" seems to have been bom under what the as- 
trologers call malign or unproi)itious planetary nilings. He left 
home while yet a guileless lad, and sought his fortune in the 
golden regions of California. There he toiled hard, and was. 
twice robbed of his savings — once by his faithless partner while 
helplessly sick. At length he married and took his wife to an 
obscure nook, away from vicious associations and corrupting in- 
fluences, where he sought to raise up his family, but where there 
were no schools to educate th(»m. Tlie struggles of his lot in life 


always pressed him down, and he had seldom heart enough left 
to write home to his Vermont relatives. They rarely heard of his 
whereabouts. Finally, in the autumn of 1883, he started with his 
family on board a larg-e covered wag^on, for a locality in Orej^on, 
where his life's mother resided. But the snows of winter met 
him on his journey, and he was obliged to halt among strangers 
in a dreary part of the country. There he threw up a calun, took 
a fatal cold, and soon died. Charity biuied him, and provided 
temporary relief for his suffering* family. He d. in Redding, 
Shasta Co., Cal., Apl. 26, 1884, a. about 51 yrs. The fate of his 
family Ls no further told. A hard, sad case this! 

[Nos. 555 AND 556], two chn. of this family i^assed over without 
further attention. The latter, Marcellus Ballou", still lives, but 
is a physical and mental wreck. 

[557.] Barbara Annie Ballou", William', William', Maturin', 
John^ Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Oct. 20, 1839 ; m. Ahel Mer- 
rill of Chelsea, Vt., son of Abel and Sarah H. Menill, b. in Stowe, 
Vt., Apl. 2, 1811 ; cer. in said Chelsea, Vt., Sept 9, 1873, by Rev. 
Samuel Delano. Issue, b. in said Chelsea. — 

1828—1. Maud Merrill, b. May 12, 1875; now a promising maiden. 

Mrs. Barbara Annie is an amiable, intelligent, exemplary ^dfe 
and mother. Mr. Merrill is a man of correH[)onding intelligence 
and worth. He is a descendant of a Huguenot family that set- 
tled during the 18th century in Newbury, Mass. He giaduated at 
Dartmouth College in 1839, practiced law some years in Hartland, 
Vt., settled on a farm in Chelsea, Vt., sold it oiit, went to Kansas 
in 1856 to help make it a Free State, returned to Chelsea, and has 
since usefully employed himself there as one of its influential cit- 
izens, — at the same time much devoted to his family, and esp(*c- 
ially to the educational development of his beloved Maud. 

[558.] Sarah Abbie Ballou", William', William*, Maturing 
John', Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Sept. 24, 1842 ; d. Apl. 
23, 1872. She was a lady of remarkable lovehuess, physical, in- 
tellectual and moral — greatly beloved and lamented by all who 
knew her. But she was transplanted only to bloom forever in the 
immortal Eden. 

What a large and strangely divei-sified family was this of Wif^ 
liam BaUou*, b. in Tunbridge, Vt. ; divei-sified in peculiarities of 



genius, character and exi^erience ! And how few are its remains 
on earth ! 

[559.J John Ballou", BezelieP, William*, Maturin", John', Ma- 
turing b. in Timbridge, Vt., Aug. 12, 1828; m. Cordelia L, Khig ^ 
dr. of John and Elizabeth (Noyes) King, b. July 14, 1835; cer. 
Nov. 19, 1856. Issue, b. in said Tunbridge. — 

1829—1. Milton John, b. June 0, 1868; remained u. m. ApL 22, 1885. 


John Ballou" is a substantial and worthy farmer of Tunbridge, 
Vt. Mrs. Cordelia, his wife, is a woman of noble mind and moral 
qualities. For several years she was a valuable correspondent of 
Mr. Peck, and with unwearied pains furnished him a large amount 
of genealogical data concerning the Ballous, her husband's rela- 
tions, residents of Tunbridge and vicinity. We are indebted to 
her also for valuable information of a later date. Our readers 
will enjoy the fruit she has helped to gather for these pages, 
though not aware of her faithful services in detail. Our hist 
letter from her, under date of Apl. 22, 1885, reported herself, hus- 
band and only son Milton J. in usual health. 

[560.] George Ballou", BezeUel', William*, Maturin', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., June 4, 1829 ; m. Abby M. Noye^s, 
dr. of John and Abig;ail (Moody) Noyes, b. June 16, 1835 ; cer. 
June 16, 1854. No issue. 

This connubial pair belong to the respectable yeoman class in 
Tunbridge. George Ballou" d. Jan. 31, 1882, a. 52 yrs. 7 mos. and 
27 ds. 

[561.] Lucy Ballou", Bezelier, Ac, b. Sept. 12, 1830 ; d. u. m. 
in Tunbridge Sei)t. 25, 1858. No characteristics given. 

[562.] Mary Ballou", BezelieP, William*, Maturin', John', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Aug. 30, 1831 ; m. f/f.vw^ Stanley^ son 
of David and Abigail (Wills) Stanley, b. in 1823; cer. May 27, 
1855. Settled as a blacksmith in Johnsburgh, N. Y. No issue, 
and no finiher repoiied. 

[563.] Benjamin Ballou", BezelieP, William*, Maturin', John*, 
Maturin'; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Mar. 21, 1833. Occupation a sad- 
dler. He d. u. m. Apl. 20, 1856, in the morning of active life. 

1;564.] Bei>^ey B.\llou", BezeUeP, WiUiam', Maturin', John*, 
Maturin'; Tunbridge, Vt., July 28, 1835; m. WilUain \\\ Gal- 


/?//>, son of William and Betsey Gallup, b. in said Tunbridg'e Jan. 
11, 1827 ; cer. Feb. 3, 1857. They settled in Northfield, Vt. Issue.— 

1830-1. Justin M. GaUup, b. Auj?. 28, 1858. 
1831—3. Wallace 8. Gallup, b. Dec. 6, '60. 

Mrs. Betsey (BaUou) Gallup d. in Northfield, Vt., Dec. 30, 1860. 
Nothing given concerning character, social standing, or even oc- 
cu[)ation ; leaving us to guess that all these were fair. 

[665.] SiL.\s Ballou", Bezeliel*, William*, Maturin'; John", Ma- 
tnrin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Apl. 22, 1839. One of our romantic 
adventurous cousins, last heard from u. m. in Hong Kong, China. 
What has since befallen him of life's good or ill fortiine remains 
yet untold. No inteUigence whatever conceniing Silas Ballon" 
has lately reached his Vermont • relations. Nothing further to be 
said at present. 

[566, 567 AND 668], represent the children of Sarah Ballou*" and 
Mones Licnt, all deed, and heretofore given up as no further trace- 

[569.] Amanda Ballou", Maturing WiUiara*, Maturing John\ 
Maturin'; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Dec. 6, 1826; m. George W. 
IJinea, son of Sylvester and Mary Ann Hiues, b. in Providence, 
R. L, Apl. 13, 1831 ; cer. May 6, 1866, by Rev. George T. Day. 
No issue. 

Mrs. Amanda (Ballon) Hines and husband reside at Reservoir 
Heights in Lincoln, R. I. He is a competent house carpenter, 
and they both hold a reputable position in the community. 

[570.] Matukin Smith Ballou", Maturin", William', Maturin", 
John% Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Aug. 16, 1830. We are 
so unfortunate as never to have learned more of Maturin S". than 
that he is a house carpenter and resides at Saylesville, R. I. We 
respectfully addressed him a wTitten request on our printed Cir- 
cular, Apl. 16, 1885, but received no response. * W^e can hardly 
doubt that our communication reached him, and that for some 
reason he was indisposed to furnish us the information sohcited. 
We are sorry we cannot give it, but feel excusable. 

[571.] Sakah Ann Ballou", Maturing William', Maturing John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 7, 1833 ; m. Ira Ererett 


Siihith, son of Ezekiel and Sally Smith, b. in Behobotli, Mass., 
1829 ; cer. Oct. 22, 1851. Issue.— 

1832—1. Emily Ada Smith, b. Ai)l. 27, 1855; remained a worthy maiden 


This respected pair enjoyed a brief connubial life. They re- 
sided in Providence, B. I. He was a skillful craftsman at Plane 
making:. He d. Oct. 27, 1857. Mrs. Sarah Ann d. Dec. 5, 1861. 
Their httle dr. Emily fell into the kind care of her g^randmother 
Ballou, with whom she lived in hax>py relationship tiU her death 
in 1877, already told. 

[572.] Jonathan Ballou*, Maturin*, William*, Maturin', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, B. I., May 24, 1835 ; m. Sarah Eliza 
F)'eemiin^ dr. of Philo and Betsey Freeman, b. in Providence, 
B. I., Jan. 27, 1844 ; date, place and solemnizer of cer. not ^ven. 
Issue, b. at VaUey Falls, B. I. — 

1833—1. Charles Henry, b. Mar. 12, 1802; no fiuther reported. 
1884—2. Ada Elizabeth, b. not fdven; d. at the a^^e of 4 or 5 yrs. 
1885—3. Flora May, b. Feb. 8, 1867; no further reported. 

We presume this Jonathan Ballou" was a mechanic of some 
sort, but have not been told his occupation, nor his character- 
istics, nor those of his companion. We wish we had been, for we 
cannot doubt they deserved a creditable record. He seems to 
have been cut off from his young family when they greatly needed 
a father's jjrovidence and care. He d. Dec. 31, 1867. Mrs. Sarah, 
his widow, survived him several years. She d. Feb. 27, 1884. 

[573.] Nelson Judson Ballou", Maturin", William', Maturin', 
John', Maturin'; b. in Smithfield, B. I., July 15, 1837; m. Mary 
Jane Watmn^ dr. of Gabriel and Anna Watson, b. in Londonderry, 
Ireland, Apl. 5, 1840; cer. Mar. 11, 1868, by Bev. Charles H. 
Spalding, at Central Falls, B. I. No issue. 

N. J. Ballou" is an industrious and thrifty farmer, residing at 
Sayles\'ille, in now Lincoln, B. I., formerly Smithfield. AVe pre- 
sume he and his com[)anion occupy a respectable rank amongf the 
yeomaniy of their vicinage. We are indebted to him for helpful 
information, courtesy and encoura«2rement. 

[574.] Elijah W^vlteh Ballou", Sanford', William*, Matm-in', 
John^, Maturin*; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., June 6, 1836; m. Sarah 
Ann Dlckennan^ dr. of Enoch and Mary Dickerman, b. Oct. 5, 
1839 ; cer. Oct. 7, 1857. Issue.— 


183»— 1. Elijah, b. ApL 12, 1858; no further rei>ortecl. 
1837—2. Emma, b. Oct. 23, '68; ** 
1838—3. Everett, b. An^. 28, 71; ** 

Elijah W. Ballon" was an induHtrioiis and expert ironsmith, and 
pursued Lis avocation in various localities, but had his home per- 
manently in Tunbridge. Mrs. Sarah Ann, his worthy companion, 
d. Oct. 24, 1879. Since then he and his three chn., none of them 
m., have dwelt to^fether in mutual helpfulness, comfort and peace 
in their native vicinage. 

[575.] William Sanfokd Ballou', Sanford', WiUiam*, Maturing 
John', Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Aug. 30, 1837; m. Char- 
lotte Kram-CH Jiolft*, dr. of Gustavus and Eliza (Marston) llolfe, b. 
in said Tunbridge Dec. 7, 1848 ; cer. July 4, 1875, by Rev. S. F. 
Lougee. Issue, b. in said Tunbridge. — 

1839—1. Mattie Eliza, b. June 20, 1876. 
1840--2. Anna Clara, b. Feb. 23, '78. 
1841—3. Willie Herbert, b. Oct. 20, '79. 

William Sanford Ballou" is a reputable farmer of his native 
town, living there at last advices in comfortable family circum- 
stances. No materials given for enlarged characterization. 

[576.] Peusis Ballou", of this family, d. under two years of age. 

[577.] Peksis E. Ballou", Sanford*, William*, Maturin', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Dec. 28, 1840 ; m. Abijah W. Os- 
good, son of WiUiam and Almira (Dibl)le) Osgood, b. in Ran- 
dolph, Vt., Sept. 15, 1832 ; cer. Sept. 15, 1860, by Rev. Lyman 
Sargent. No issue. Woi-thy, respectfible people of the substan- 
tial farmer class, resident in Randoli)h, Vt. 

[578.] John Dexter Ballou", Sanford', WilUam', Maturin*, 
John', Maturin'; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Oct. 4, 1842; m. 1st Mary 
F. White, dr. of Royal N. and Betsey E. (Richardson) White, b. 
Sept. 6, 1856 ; cer. Jan. 14, 1871. No issue. 

Mrs. Mary d. Aug. 3, 1875. The husband m. 2d NelUe 
SUMldanl, dr. of Elizabeth and Judith (Weeks) Stoddard, b. in 
said Tunbridge; cer. Mar. 14, 1877, by Rev. Almon Shepard. 
Issue. — 

1842—1. Don Leroy, b. Nov. 5, 1879. 
184»— 2. Ray John Dexter, b. July 8, '83. 

John p. Ballou" and family belong to the solid yeomanry of 


Vermont, but the reporting relatives have given us nothing more 
to tell concerning them. They are settled in Chelsea, Vt. 

[579.] Sally Ballol", of this family, b. May 2, 1847, d. at home, 
without any eulogy that has reached us, Apl. 18, 1867, at the a. of 
nearly 20 yrs. 

[580.] The next in order of birth d. in early infancy, Feb. 27, 

[581.] Mary M. Ballol", Sanford', William*, Maturin', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Feb. 7, 1852; m. Georye 11. W/tite, 
son of Eoyal N. and Betsey E. (Kichardson) White, b. Feb. 7, 
1850 ; cer. Sept. 27, 1876. Issue, b. as understood, in said Tun- 
bridge. — 

184.^^-l. Ada Mary ) h. Nov. 6, 1872. 

1845—2. AmeyMyraj^^^^^^'b. '* ** " 
1846—3. Frank E., h. May 18, 74. 

Of the same class, rank and worth as their family relatives 
above mentioned. 

[582.] HosEA Balix)u", Sanford^ William', Maturin', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Tunbridge, Vt., Sept. 5, 1854. At our last advices 
Hosea" was enjoying a life of " single blessedness " in his native 
town, and, we presume, one of honorable usefulness. 

Concerning this cluster of BaUou families in Vermont, the de- 
scendants of William*, originally of Smithfield, R. I., Mrs. John 
Ballou, who married into the connection, wrote to Mr. Peck, in 
1873, as follows. — ** If your mother was a real BaUou, and was a 
relative of the ones here, you must know that you have to wait 
their motion. But I wiU say that no better folks live than they 
are on an average." Her hit is a jjretty good one, in the matter 
of "motion," on the whole rank and file of our cousinhood. They 
are a cool, undrivable, unhuriyable race, but are apt to be per- 
sistent and reliable when once fairly started. 

[583.] Thomas Bullock," David and Mary BaUou*, Rev. Ma- 
turing Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. prob. in Warwick, Mass., in 
1772 ; is understood not to have been m., was lost to the knowl- 
edge of his family relatives for some years, but finally heard from 
as a soldier in the U. S. army in the war of 1812. He was last- 
reported going into the battle of Sacketts Harbor, May 29, 1813. 
It is presumed he perished in that battle. He was never after- 
ward heard of. 


[584.] Welcome Bullock", David and Mary Ballou', Rev. Ma- 
tiirin*, Peter", John", Maturin'; b. prob. in Warwick, Maas., not 
far from 1774 ; m. a lady in Cuyahoga Co. Ohio, no name of bride, 
birthplace, birth-date, or marriage-date given. Issue, 6 chn. — 4 
drs. and 2 sons ; all said to have been some time deceased in 1874, 
excepting 1 son, viz. — 

1847 — 1. James Monroe Bullock; res. Chagrin Falls, O. 

This pitiable skeleton of a family record is derived mainly from 
letters to Mr. Peck in 1874 by two gi^andsons of David Bullock, 
viz. — James Monroe Bullock of Chagrin Falls, O., and Cromwell 
Bullock of Elbridge, N. Y. James Monroe' gave no names ex- 
cept his father's and his own, and no dates at all, but promised a 
future letter in which he would be ample and explicit. Whether 
he ever wrote the promised letter to Mr. Peck we know not ; but if 
he did, it has not reached us. It seems to us doubtful if we shall 
be able to trace Welcome Bullock" any farther than to the above 
named James M. Bidlock. 

[585.] Cromwell Bullock', David and Mary Ballou,* Eev. 
Maturin*, Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. prob. in Warwick, Mass.^ 
not far from 1776; m. Scmih Mm'ton, dr. of Benjamin Morton, 
birth-date not given ; cer. in the locality formerly known as 
Erving's Grant, Mass., some time between 1790 and 1800. 
Issue. — 

1848 — 1. Mary Ballon Bullock, b. not f^iven; m. Garridas Spaulding 1830. 

1849—2. HoBea Ballon Bullock, b. '* m. Hepsie Morton. 

ia50— 3. Sarah Bullock, b.* *' d. young. 

1851—4. Cynthia Bullock, b. ** m. Addison Cole. 

1852—5. Benjamin F. Bullock, b. ** m. Nancy Carrier. 

ia53— 6. Cromwell Bullock, b. Aug. 20, 1806; m. Melissa Everts Mar. 13, 


1854 — 7. Alvah Bullock, b. not given; d. young. 

1855—8. Delight Bullock, b. ** m. Warren Hart of Cicero, N. Y. 

As it seems unlikely we shall be able to trace this family 
definitely into the next generation, we will here impaii all the in- 
formation we have reed, respoctinsf parents, chn., and grand chn. 
in one general statement. This is a digest of a letter to Mr. Peck 
from Cromwell Bullock', dated Elbridge, N. Y., May 20, 1874. 
From this letter it appears tliat Cromwell Bullock" dwelt mostly in 
Home town of Franklin Co., Mass., till all his eight children had 
been born. Then, perhaps about 1815, he removed with his 
family to Marcellus, Onondaga Co., N. Y., where he remained, 


at tlie brick making business, till 1888. Finally lie settled in 
Fayette\alle in the same Co. There he was Bethel a^ent for the 
Baptist ( ;hurch ; from which we infer that he was a pious and 
trusted member of that denomination. He d. in Fayetteville 
about 1844. When and where Mrs. Sarah, his wife, d. is not 

Mary Ballou Bullock', the eldest dr., who m. Ganidas Spauld- 
incr in 1830, d. in Van Buren, N. Y., in April, 1873. She left there 
her husband, and one dr., who married Maynard Ing'oldsby. 

HosEA Ballou Bullock', the eldest son, who m. Hepsie Morton, 
resided, in 1874, at Lomira Centre, Do(l<^e Co., Wis., and had a 
family of several elm., two of whom, Benjamin and Mary, were 
li^nng in 1868. 

Cynthia Bullock', who m. Addison Cole, had two chn., Eliza 
and Addison, both living in 1874 at. Fayetteville, N. Y. She d. 
there at a date not given, leaving her liusband and the aforesaid 

Benjamin F. Bullo( k', who m. Nancy Canier, had four chn., 
viz. — Nancy, who d. young; David; Addison, who m. Maria Joles, 
lived in Springport, Cayuga Co., N. Y., and had nine chn. ; and 
Sarah, who m. Kobeii Betts at Poi-t Byron, N. Y., and had a large 

Cromwell Bitxock', b. in Bost(m Aug. 20, 1806, who m. Melissa 
Everts, dr. of Le\d and Wealthy (Brown) Everts, at Weedsport, 
N. Y., Mar. 31, 1829, resided, 1874, in Elbridge, Onondaga Co., 
N. Y., without chn. He was trained a Cabinet-maker, but after 
1844 engaged in the Millwright business. Moral character and 
social standing highly influential. At the above date he was 68 
yrs. of age, and had been Justice Peace in Elbridge for 24 con- 
secutive yrs. 

Delight Bullock', youngest child of Cromwell and Mary (Bal- 
lou) Bullock, m. a husband, name not given, resides in Poygan, 
Winnebago Co., Wis., and has a large family. 

The reader will suspect, from our many previous hints, that we 
are not proud of this peculiar family record ; but it is much better 
than nothing — though so deficient in dates, definiteness, and 
methodical order. And justice demands the fact that the furnisher, 
Cromwell Bullock", pleaded the important excuse, that his father's 
regular family jecord was unfortunately burnt, leaving him to de- 
pend chiefly on his own memory. Such as it is, we submit it, and 
shall attempt no further tracement of Mary (Ballou) Bullock's de- 


[586.] AsAHEL Ballou", Benjamin*, Rev. Maturin", Peter', 
John', Maturin', b. in Foster, R. I., Jan. 18, 1771 ; m. Martha 
St/nr of Guilford, Vt., dr. of Corafoii and Judith (Cooper) StaiT, 
b. May 28, 1776 ; cer. Dee. 3, 1795. Issue, mostly b. in Halifax, 
Yt, nine sons, and not a single daughter. — 

1856-1. Hosea, Rev., D. D., h. Oct. 18, 1796; m. Clarifwa Hatch Jan. 26, 

1837—2. Asahel, Jr., h. Anj?. 26, '99; m. Diantha Fox. 
1858-3. Pearlcy, b. Jan. 4, 1802; m. 1st Amanda Wilcox, 2d Laviua H. 

1850-4 Levi, Rev., b. May 10, '06; m. lat Mary Chase, 2d Elvira B. 

18(50-5. William S., Rev., b. Sept. 17, '08; d. u. m. Auj?. 27, 1865. 
1861-6. Reuben ) . b. July 25, '12; d. an infant Oct. 15, 1813. 

1862-7. Martin, Hon., ) *^'^^^' b. " ** ** m. Catherine S.Tuttle 1847. 
186^-8. Alvin, M. D.,) b. Jan. 11, '16; m. Melissa J. Vaughan Feb. 

- twins, 24, 1848. 

1864—9. Almon ) b. Jan. 11, '16; m. Mftrtha H. Larabee. 

Asahel Ballou" was a man of strong native common sense, intel- 
ligent without scholastic privileges by force of his own mental 
culture, observation and experience — high toned in moral senti- 
ment, conscience and character — a i)lain, unpretentious, hard- 
working farmer of the most solid and reliable stamp. He and 
Jiis companion commanded the spontaneous respect and confi- 
dence of all who knew them. The reader will see at a glance 
their excellent qualities enflowered in tlieir sons — of whom we 
shall have occasion to speak with commendatory consideration in 
their order of record. Asahel Ballou and wife settled, raised tlieir 
family, Kved and died in Halifax, Vt. She d. Oct. 9, 1839, a. G3 
yrs. 4 mos. and 11 ds. He d. Mar. 20, 1851, a. 80 yrs. 2 mos. and 

[587.] MAiiY Ballou", Benjamin', Rev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. prob. in Foster, R. I., on Sunday, Apl. 18, 1773 ; m. 
Cftieh Carpenter of Monroe, Mass. They are said to have removed 
to "the Black river country." No more told, and we despair of 
ever tracing these "Black river cousins." We regi^et to leave 
them out in the cold, but presume they will never much deplore 
being excusably ignored. 

[588.] Martin B.^llou", Benjamin', Rev. Maturing Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. perhaps in Foster, R. I. perhaps in Guilford, Vt., 
ApLl8, 1777; m. 1st ^l/^n?V Ih^iant of Marlboro', Vt., parentage, 
birth-date, <kc., not given; cer. in Guilford, Vt., Jan. 1800. Issue, 

1872— 8. 

1873— 9. 










all b. in Monroe, Mass., except the first named, who was b. in 
Guilford, Vt.— 

1865—1. Mary, b. May 3, 1801; m. Rev. Hosea Faxon Ballon. 

1866—2. Anna, b. July 15, *03; d. in infancy. 

1867—3. Dariufi, b. July 3, 'a5; m. 1st Abigail Bifihop, 2d Esther BiRhop. 

1868—4. I Martin M. b. May 18, '07; m. Ist Almira Hines, 2<1 Diana Briaut, 

3d D. Sabin. 
1869—5. Lydia, b. Oct. 20, '10; m. Hirani G. Sheldon, Bo. Athims, Mass. 
1870—6. Lucinda, b. July 18, *13; m. Joseph Hicks, WhitinKhara, Vt. 
1871—7. Asahel, b. Nov. 15, '15; m. Sarah Tobey; res. Readsboro, Vt. 

Mrs. Anna, the mother of these chn. d. Apl. .1, 1831, a. 53 jts. 
Martin", m. 2d Pimdence Phelps of Monroe, Mass., Feb. 1832; no 
particulars further given. Issue, all b. in said Monroe. — 

Alvah Benjamin, b. Feb. 15, 1834; m. Amanda Foster Aufc. 30, 

Charles Alfred, b. Oct. 16, '36; m. Lucy Tryphena Porter Jan. 

9, 1862. 
Almon D., b. Nov. 21, '39; m. Betsey A. Bolin. 
William F., b. Apl. 3, '41; d. Nov. 3, 1843. 
In-ine W., b. Apl. 26, '43; m. Nettie B. Kemp Feb. 16, 1868. 
Sarah M., b. Apl. 3, '49; m. Henry L. Burnett Dec. 1, 1867. 

Martin Ballon", Esq., was an executive and thrifty farmer, an 
intelliofent, influential citizen, a man of sterling moral rectitude, 
and eminently exemplary in all his relationshii)s. He was re- 
spected accordingly. He was long an honored civil magistrate in 
his vicinage, to^^Ti clerk, an incumbent of various responsible 
municii)al offices, many times a Representative to the General 
Couii, and Postmaster for more than 30 yrs. He d. Ai)l. 6, 1853, 
in the 77th year of his age. We maj' safely presume that his 
wives were intelligent and worthy women. His 2d wife, Mra. 
Prudence (Phelps) Ballou, d. the ensuing June after him, 1853. 

[589.] Lybia Ballou", Benjamin', Eev. Maturing Peter*, John', 
Maturin'; b. prob. in Guilford, Vt., Friday, Sept. 24, 1779; m. 
Jttvnh Bridid of Monroe, Mass., and moved to Medina Co., O. ; 
both long since deceased. Of their chn. we have only the follow- 
ing names and hints. — 

1878—1. Martin Briant, h. Mar. 8, 1800; m. Anna Ballon Oct. 26, 1823. 

1879—2. Lydia Briant, b. not given; m. Malilon Barton. 

1880-3. Leafy Briant, b. " u. m. 

, 1881 - 4. Belinda Briant, b. ** m. Putnam, Findley, O. 

1KS3— 5. ABabel Briant, b. ** m. Sarah Stockwell, &c. 

1888—6. Rosel Briant, b. ** m. . 


1884 — 7. Barbara Briant, b, not given; m. Dimmick. 

1880—8. Alunzo Briant, b. " m. . 

We despair of tracings any of these except Martiu Briant". 

[590.] Amey B.VLLOU', Benjamin*, Eev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Guilford, Vt., Monday, Mar. 18, 1782; m. EUhIui 
Brhuit, understood to be of Monroe, Mass. They had the follow- 
ing named chn. — 

1886—1. Benjamin Briant, b. ; m. Catherine Stafford; liiwl 5 elin. 

1887—2. Cliloe Briant, b.; m. Rev. Mr. Hiscook; had 2 sons. 

1888-3. Amey Briant, b.; d. a. ISyrs. 

1889 — 4. Anna Briant, b.; d. a. 16 yrs. 

18W)-5. Polly Briant, b.; u. m. 

1891—6. Eli«ha Briant, b.; res. Florida, Mass. 

1892—7. Arad Briant, b.; m. Toover, Florida. 

Elisha Briant d. long ago, and all we ever heard of the family 
is, that Mrs. Amey" survived her husband and resided some years 
with one of her sons in Readsboro', Vt. Fuiiher we have found 
neither clews nor encouragement to trace this descent. 

[592.] Barbara Ballou", Benjamin*, Rev. Maturing Peter', 
John', Maturin'; b. in Guilford, Vt., Nov. 27, 1786 ; m. Danid Gore, 
son of Elijah and Sarah (Little) Gore, b. in said Guilford, Oct. 30, 
1783 ; cer. Jan. 8, 1805, by E. Bailey of Readsboro', Vt. Issue, b. 
in Monroe, Mass. — 

1893 — 1. Hiram Gore, b. Jan. 7, 1806; m. Ist Laura Sabin, 2d Laura 


1894— 2. Lovell Gore, b. Feb. 26, *08; m. Ist Relief French, 2d Susan 


1895— 3. Julina Gore, b. Feb. 6, *10; m. Miranda HineH Oct. 3, 1830. 

1896— 4. Moses Gore, b. Oct. 9, '12; m. 1st Flora Ballon, 2d Betsey Rose- 


1897— 5. Asahel Gore, b. Feb. 15, '15; m. Mary Cotton Mar. 23, 1837. 

1898— 6. Luther Martin Gore, b. Feb. 8, '18; d. u. m. Chatham, O., Jan. 

23, 1845. 

1899— 7. Sarah Gore, b. Mar. 8, '20; m. Ist C. Hall, 2d Johnson D. Stewart. 

1900— 8. Elmina Gore, b. June 2, '22; m. Riley Boyd Dec. 22, 1839. 

1901 — 9. Caroline Lydia Gore, b. June 12, '25; m. Jacob C. Chase May 

8, 1844. 
1902—10. Mary Jane Gore, b. Feb. 25, '31; remained u. m. 

A very intelligent, enterprising, thrifty and reputable family 
throughout. Mrs. Barbara" and her husband spent most of their 
married life in Monroe, Mass., where all their chn. except Moses, 


were b. (He iu Florida.) They were i)rosi)erou8 in temporal 
things, and became the wealthiest pair in Monroe. Their moral 
and social standing was correspondingly prominent. He d. there 
Apl. 10, 1859, a. 75 yrs. 5 mos. 10 ds. Mrs. Barbara d. in Jaekson- 
^dlle, Vt., Nov. 2, 1879, a. 92 yrs. 11 mos. 5 ds. 

[593.] Sarah Ballou", Benjamin', Rev. Maturin*, Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Guilford, Vt., Thui-sday, Mar. 5, 1789; m. John 
Parsonic, Here is another family which we must x^resent in iui- 
perfect and unsatisfactory registration ; having written in vain for 
information to its suiTiving remnants. The i)arents have gone 
the way of all the earth several years since. Mrs. Sarah", is said 
to have d. of Small Pox. We give below the names of 12 chn. 
and a few fractional appendages. — 

1903— 1. Susan Parsons; m. Samuel WTieolor. • 

1904— 2. John Parsons, Jr. 

1905 — 8. Lucina Parsons; drowned in Doerfield river. 

1906 — 4. Selina Parsons; m. Andrew Wilcox. 

1907 — 5. Wealthy Parsons; unreported. 

1908 — 6. Anna Parsons; unreported. 

1909 — 7. Albert Parsons; m. a dr. of James Hicks. 

1910 — 8. Massenna Parsons; untraced. 

1911 — 9. Benjamin Parsons; ** 

1912—10. Maturin Parsons; res. in Wliitingham, Vt. 
1913—11. Dexter Parsons; untraced. 

1914—12. Lucy Parstms; m. Rev. Nathan D. Sherman; res. in Whitin^- 
ham, Vt. 

We have derived these names from two obscure lists, and can- 
not vouch for their entire accuracy ; not knowing but some of the 
chn. had double names and were variously called. 

[594.] Benjamin Ballou*, youngest child of Benjamin^ b. iu 
Guilford, Vt., Oct. 9, 1792, lived only till Aug. 19, 1795. 

[595.] Sarah Moses', Samuel Moses and Lydia Ballon*, Rev. 
Maturin*, Peter", John^, Maturin'; b. in Warwick, Mass., not far 
from 1774 ; d. in infancy. 

[596.] EoYAL Moses", Samuel Moses and Lydia Ballon*, Rev. 
Maturin", Peter', John"*, Maturin'; b. in Warwick, Mass., not far 
from 177(>; went to Owego in Newark Valley, Chenango Co., N. 
Y., m. a wife, whose name, parentage, birth-date and particulars 
of cer. have not been repoi-ted to us. Issue. — 


1915 — 1. Gracia Moses, b. not given. 

1916—2. Laura Moses, b. " m. Joel Shaw. 

1917—3. Samuel Moses, b. " 

1918 — 4. Pliilo Moses ) b. not frfven. 

1910-^5. Philander Moses) *^^"' b. ** 

1920 — 6. Nathan Moses, b. not ^ven. 

1921—7. Name not given, b. ** 

No more told. What we aud oiir readers have lost through 
ignorance of this family branch of cousins cannot be guessed, but 
presumably much; for all hints and glimpses indicate that, in 
general, this stock of Ballou Moseses evinced uncommonly good 
blood. No further traced. 

[597.] Samuel Moses, Jr"., Samuel and Lydia Ballou', Rev. 
Maturin*, Peter", John", Maturin'; b. in Warwick, Mass., May 7, 
1778 ; m. Knnive Sheldon, dr. of Moses Sheldon, Rupert, Vt., cer. 
1807. Issue.— 

1922—1. Salina Moses, b. Dorset, Vt., Jan. 9, 1808; m. Ist Ira Kelton, 2<1 
B. H. Franklin. 

1923 — 2. Louisa Moses, b. Dorset, Vt., Jan. 8, *12; m. Andrew March Oct. 

1»24— 3. Sheldon C. Moses, b. Warwick, Mass., Dec. 31, '14; m. and htwl a 
family in 111. 

1925-4. Abbie S. Moses, b. Warwick, Mass., Auf?. 10, '20; m. Jacob N. 
Tolman June «, 1848. 

1926—5. Ennice I. Moses, b. Warwick, Mass., Feb. 28, '23; d. in Warwick, 
Mass., Aug. 29, 1839. 

1927—6. Samuel A. Moses, b. Warwick, Mass., May «, '25; m. Eliza Fran- 
ces Lowd 1861. 

A very inteUigent and worthy family throughout. Samuel and 
Eunice Sheldon spent most ol theii- married life, and reared their 
chn., on the patrimonial homestead in Warwick, Mass. ; and their 
remains repose in the humble cemeteiy set apart thereon for that 
purpose by Samuel Moses, Senior. There plain memorial stones 
mark the graves of Samuel and Lydia (Ballou) Moses, of Eunice 
I. Moses, who d. Aug. 29, 1839, a. 16 yrs., of Mrs. Eunice, wife of 
Samuel, Jr., who d. April 2, 1849, a. 66 yrs., and of Samuel, Jr., 
who d. Feb. 23, 1870, a. 91 yrs. 8 mos. and 16 ds. 

Aa it will be quite difficult for us to trace the chn. of Samuel 
and Eunice Moses satisfactorily through our 8th generation, we 
will present here a summary of what has reached us concerning 
them. Mr. Peck reed, interesting and valuable letters in 1874 
from two of the di's., viz., Mrs. Salina (Moses) Franklin', and Mrs. 


Abbie S. (Moses) Tolinan'. They were unable to give all the de- 
sirable names, facts and dates of the case ; but we extract the 
substance of such statements as they could command. 

Mrs. Salina' said. — "In regard to my grandmother's descend- 
ants, so far as I can learn, they have been an honest, industrious 
people, not much given to the acquirement of wealth, nor distin- 
guished for anything specially brilliant ; yet not one, to my knowl- 
edge, has ever been supported at the public expense, or been 
con\dcted of a crime ; which should be miaethhig to our credit." 
Her own domestic story was given thus. — " I was reared on the 
old homestead of my grandparents in Warwick, Mass. At the 
age of 25 I was married to Ira Kelton, son of our Rev. neighbor, 
James Kelton. My husband Uved but four years after our mar- 
riage. We had two cliildren — a dr. named Frances SaUna, who 
died in early childhood, a. 2^ yrs., and a son named 

1928—1. Ira Jiulsou Kelton. 

He grew to manhood, and gave promise of a true and noble life, 
but was cut down in the early part of the late war of the Rebel- 
lion, at the age of 25 yrs. after having faithfully served his country 
but one short year. He had risen from the ranks to a Captaincy 
in the 21st Regt. Mass. Vols." [His aunt, Mrs. Tolman, said, 
"he fell moi-tally wounded at ChantiUy, Va., Sept. 1, 1862, and 
died 19 days after in hospital at Georgetown, D. C."] " Thus was 
wrenched from me, by the ruthless hand of cruel and relentless 
war, the last remaining hope of my early life, the comfoii and 
solace of my declining years." 

" On the 9th of Oct. 1845, and 8 yrs. after the death of my hus- 
band, Ira Kelton, I entered the marriage relation with my present 
husl)and, Benjamin H. Franklin. We have an only child, a 
daughter, bom Oct. 10, 1846, Mary Louisa ; who was married Oct. 
10, 1867, to Alvin B. Chamberlain, trader, of Sturbridge, Mass." 
Said Sturbridge has been the residence of Mrs. Selina Franklin 
for many years. 

Louisa Moses', Samuel, Jr"., m. Andrew March, then of MiUbm-y, 
Mass., in 1838. She was an admirable singer, but d. many yi-s. 
ago, leaving two sons and one dr. Her sons served in the war of 
the RobelUon, as privates in the 21st Regt. Mass. Vols., and the 
yoiuigest w^as killed at ChantiUy, Va., Sept. 1, 1862. His name 
was Harry March. His elder bro., Addison March, was a poUce- 
maii in Worcester, Mass., in 1874. The sister, Mary Williams, 
resided in Charlton, Mass., at the above date. Sheldon C. Moses', 


Moses, Jr*., at the same date, resided in Mendota, 111., was (jiiite 
a sing-er and teacher of vocal music, and later a tuner of musical 
instruments. It is not told whom he m. ; but he had two sons 
and a dr., viz. Charles, Frank, and Nellie. Charles' was a musi- 
cian and instrument tuner, lived somewhere in 111., was m., and 
had an infant dr. Frank Moses" was a carpenter in Worcester, 
Mass., m., but had no chn. Nellie" m. Lewis Clark, resided in 
Worcester, Mass., and had two infant sons. All these und(T date 
of 1874. 

Abbie S. Moses', Samuel, Jr*., the writer of the letter from 
which we are now condensiufi^ statements, \^Tote at the above date 
of herself. "I was m. June 6, 1848, to Jacob N. Tolman, of St(>r- 
linof, Mass. He was a widower with two little chn., Frank and 
Addie. I have had three chn. — ^the first Oscar**, b. Oct. 1, 1849, 
Kved but two ds. — my second, Willie", b. June 1, 1851 — my young- 
est, Edith", b. June 6, 1856. I cannot give you any ])articulai's 
concerning our family of much interest. We all have our share of 
joy and sorrow — of sorrow mostly. My husband d. in San Fran- 
cisco, Cal., Dec. 8, 1873, and my owti son is also in Cal." In a 
subsequent letter she ai)ologized to Mr. Peck for seeming negli- 
gence in answering his inquiries, thus. — "My sad bereavement 
has left me a destitute widow, and I am under the necessity of 
earning my ovra Uving, and also of pro\'iding for my dr. who is in 
ill health. You will therefore see that I am not so situated as to 
be much help to any one." Alas, how many such tales might be 
truthfully told ! 

Eunice I. Moses', Samuel, Jr*., as already stated, d. in the early 
bloom, of maidenhood in Warwick, Mass., Aug. 29, 1839. Com- 
ment by her sister Tolman. — " Her life was short, but * that life is 
lon^ which answers life's great end.' " 

Samuel A. Moses', Samuel, Jr". ; m. Eliza Frances Lowd in 
1861, resided in 1874 in Worcester, Mass., was a machinist, has a 
dr. Helen Frances", 11 yrs. old, and had buried 2 little sons, both 
successively named WiDiam Henry — one 10 months, the other 3 
yrs. old. Samuel A. loves music and " plays the \iolin, but does 
not make music a profession or business." 

It will be seen that in trying to save time and embarrassment, 
we have run the family register of Samuel Moses, Jr"., ahead of 
our g-eneral order, down to our 9th Generation. We can do no 
better by his remaining bros. and sistera, so far as their res])ective 
records extend. But here comes in another correspondent of Mr. 
Peck, Mr. Alonzo Kingsley, a gi*andson of Samuel and Lydia (Bal- 


lou) Moses, who wrote about 1874 from Keene, N. H. We must 
digest what he communicated, in connection with the aforesaid 
lettei-s of his two lady cousins, so as to include all the information 
h^ported. I jiroceed accordingly. 

[598. J Anna Moses", Samuel and Lydia BaDou", Rev. Maturin*, 
Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in Wai-wick, Mass., on some day in 
Sei)t. 1783; m. 1st a J//'. C/tumher/^iin of Barnard, Vt. — no date or 
other particulars of the mge. Issue. — 

1929 — 1. Ca.s.san(lana Chamberlain, b. no date; d. at the a^e of 20 years. 

The misconduct of Chamberlain constrained a divorce from him. 
Mrs. Anna m. 2d Nnthainel Proctor of Montpelier, said to have 
been a very woi-thy man — no date or other particulars of the mge. 
Issue, undei-stood to have been b. in said Montpelier. — 

1930—2. Bebecca Proctor, b. dateless; m. a Mr. Quim})y; d. younf]:, leav- 
ing 1 son. 
1931 — 3. Annie Proctor, b. dateless; m. a Mr. Kent; she d. young:, no chn. 
1932—4. Lydia Proctor, b. dateless; m. James M. Eddy, her cousin, no chn. 
1933—5. Mary Proct<ir, b. ** ni. a Mr. Esty or Estes; had 1 son. 
1934 — 6. Sarah Proctor, b. dateless; m. a Mr. Barnes; had 1 son, and d. 

1935 — 7. Josephine Proctor, b. dateless; nothing told; prob. d. in infancy. 
193<5— 8. Abbie Proctor, b. dateless; m. Frank L. Brown; had 3 chn. and d. 
1937—9. Nathaniel Proctor, b. dateless; nothing reported. 

Nathaniel Proctor, the husband and father, d. at a date not 
give u. Mis. Anna" d. in St. Johnsbuiy, Vt., at the a^e of 87 or 88 
yrs., Feb. 22, 1871. The only survivors of the above named 10 
chn,, in 1874, were Mrs. Lydia Eddy and Mrs. Mary Estes, then 
r(\si(ling in Rutland, Vt. Cousin Kiugsley characterizes Frank L. 
Brown, husband of Abbie Proctor, deceased, as "aline man, a 
trader in St. Johnsbury, Vt." Of the other husbands he gives no 
characteristics, or, if any, rather uncomplimentary. 

[599.] Lydia Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballon*, Rev. Maturin*, 
Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. in Warwick, Mass., on some day in 
May, 178(]; m. 1st Z('])hanhih Khmjiey in said Warwick during 
the winter of 1801 or 1802, and soon after settled in Montpelier, 
Vt., where they had b. to them — 

11)88—1. Alouzo KinKsley, b. Mar. 28, 1804; m. Sophia H. Hill. 

We will now let Ah)nzo give the family history pretty much in 
his own language, as found in his letter to Mr. Peck, "My father 


had lx>u^ht wild land in Montpelier, and had worked cloarino: the 
same for two seasons. I have heard my mother say that, when 
my father went to Montpelier, there were one h^amed house and 
thirty log* houses in town. My father was killed by the fall of a 
tree in June, 1805. I was then 1 yr. and 3 mos. old. My mother 
was but 19 years old, the May before father died — left tlius a 
widow in a new country, among- almost tmtire strangers. Father's 
property, after being sold at less than half its worth and pa;ying 
all his debts, left for my mother and myself a little over $500.00. 
My mother, being young and very good looking, with a little 
money, soon married again. She m. a widower, some 10 to 15 
yrs. older than herself, who had three daughters that lived to be 
married, but all d. of consumption before 40 years of age. My 
mother 8 second husband was Jonathan Eddy. They were m. 
about 1807." Issue.— 

1939—2. David Eddy, b. no dato; 8. at the a»?e of 2 yrH. 

1940—3. James Madison Eddy, b. no date; m. his cousin, Lydia Proctor. 

1941—4. Lauriston Eddy, b. no date; m., d. in Boston, and left 1 son. 

"Jonathan Eddy was a noble looking man, of more than ordi- 
nary inteUigence, a good natural mechanic, but visionaiy — always 
building castles in the air that fell before they were finished." 
These peculiarities of the second husband naturally added more 
to the burdens than to the comfort of Mrs. Lydia. We do not 
find in Alonzo s letter the death-date of his stex>-father, Jonathan 
Eddy, but infer that he must have d. some years earlier than his 
wife. Alonzo states that she d. in St. Johnsbury, Vt., in 1871, a. 
about 84 yrs. Of his two half bros. that lived to marry, he said. — 
" James Madison Eddy resembled his father in all respects. He 
lived in St. Johnsbury, Vt. In 1871 he fell on the ice, injui-ed his 
head, and at times seemed a little insane. Later he went to 
Boston, and has not been heard from since. He left a wife, but 
no chn. Lauriston Eddy, the youngest son, died in Boston in the 
year 1846 or 46. He was a good machinist, and left a wife and 
one son. I know little or nothing about mother or son, but un- 
derstand the mother is a pnident, hard working woman — the son 
quite otherwise ; yet that he has been married, and has one child." 

He finally comes to the story of his own life thus. — " At the age 
of eight yrs. I was sent from home to earn, as best I could, a living 
for myself. I was strong and healthy, and there were plenty of 
men without souls or sense, who domineered over me when I was 
working" for board and clothes, who gave me no chance for school, 
and seemed only bent on wringing all the work out of me possible. 


In the month of March, 1825, 1 bade adieu to friends, and to ene- 
mies if I had any, shouldered my i)ack, and started on foot for 
Boston, to seek my fortune ; and a hard one it has been. But I 
have always had enou«-h, and a g-ood deal to spare to shiftle,ss 
relations. I worked at various kinds of business — always savin^r 
a little, but chan^ng when I thouf^ht I could do better. 

In 1830 I manied Sophia Hawkes Hill of Winchester, N. H. 
She was one of the noblest and kindest of women. She died 
June 25, 1872. We had one daughter, born Oct. 20, 1833. She 
was said to be a remarkably handsome woman, was an exceUent 
scholar, was a gi'aduate of Mount Holyoke Seminary in the class 
of 1857, and afterward spent some time at Troy, N. Y., in Miss 
W^illard's Seminary, studying painting and French — these not 
being taught at Mt. Holyoke. Her name was Josephine Mareia 
Kingsley. She was mamed at Winchester, N. H., Dec. 31, 1863, 
to Silas Hardy, Esq., a graduate of Dartmouth College in the 
class of 1855, a lawyer by profession, and Judge of Probate for 
the County of Cheshire. She died June 19, 1871, of consumption, 
leaving a babe about six weeks old, a bright, healthy boy, whom 
she named Ashley Kingsley Hardy; Ashley being the name of 
his great-great-grandfather on his grandmother s side." 

The reader will perceive that this cousin was a keen appreciator 
of human excellencies and defects, and that he was no admirer of 
fools or knaves. Also, that he was a man bom to make his way 
successfully through the severest adversities of life. Whether he 
could make due allowance for the weaknesses and perversities of 
those deficient in his own qualities, we will not presume to say. 

[600.] Ambuose Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballon', Rev. Ma- 
turing Peter\ John*", Maturiu' ; b. in Warwick, Mass., perhaps 
about 1788 ; went off in his youth to Ohio, prob. Cleveland or 
vicinity ; m. there a lady of unreported name, at an unreporteil 
date, had four chn. of unreported names, and d. in the prime of 
manhood. Nothing more told, and no attempt at further trace- 

[601.] Levi Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballon*, <frc. tte was 
always more or less an invaUd, never m,, went West, and is thought 
to have d. at the a. of about 60 yi's. 

[602.] Mary Moses", Samuel and Lydia Ballon", <tc. ; m. John 
Hall of NewVmry, Vt., lived some years at Marshfield, Vt., and 
had several chn. No more reported, and no attempt at further 


tracement. This closes all we are able to say of Samuel and 
Lydia (Ballon) Moses' descendants. We do not enjoy such in- 
definite, Umping genealogy, but submit to the inevitable, as in 
numerous other cases. 

[603.] Tamar Ballou', Eev. David', Rev. Maturin*, Peter', 
John', Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Apl. 20, 1784; m. Jon- 
athan Front, pedigree, date and pai-ticulai-s of mge., &c., not re- 
ported. Issue, where and when b. not ascertained. — 

1943—1. Ehdra* Frost; m. James C. Vanduzer; lives in Almond, N. Y. 
1J)43— 2. Eliza Frost; m. Orson Walbridge ; d. in Sprinj^wator, N. Y., Dec. 

5, 1870. 
1944 — 3. John J. Frost; m. Miss Johnson of Groveland, N. Y. 
1945 — 4. Mary M. Frost; m. John Jennings; res. Sparta, N. Y. 
1946 — 5. Rebecca Frost; m. Ist Georj?e Barber, 2d Rufns Chandler— all 

1947—6. Lydia T. Frost; m. David Fuller, and d. in Wisconsin 1877. 
1948—7. Electa Taylor Frost; res. Dansville, N. Y. 
1949—8. David Frost; m. 1st EHza Pinney, 2d . 

Jonathan Frost and wife, Mrs. Tamar (Ballou), removed from 
New England in 1830 to Springwater, N. Y. There he d. Aug. 4, 
1857. There also Mrs. Tamar d. in the Spring of 1873, a. about 
89 years. 

[604.] Levi Ballou', Rev. David', Rev. Maturin*, Peter*, John', 
Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Aug. 29, 1785; m. Sally Trevitt, 
pedigree not given; cer. in Monroe, Mass., during the year 1805. 
Issue, b. as designated below. — 

1950—1. Leavitt, b. in Monroe, Mass., Oct. 1807; m. Betsey Beebee. 

1951—2. Le\'i, Jr., b. in " ** May 14, '10; m. Martha McKlen. 

195:J— 3. Cynthia, b. in " ** Aug. 17, '12; m. John Harvey. 

1953 — 4. Fatima, b. in Homer, N. Y., May 2, '16; m. William Sampson. 

1954 — 5. Sally, b. in Otisco, N. Y., Mar. 20, '28; m., but obtained a divorce. 

1955—6. Phebe, b. in '* " Jan. 11, '27; m. Saul Briggs. 

Levi Ballon* was an ingenious mechanic — both a blacksmith 
and shoemaker. He remained a few years after mge. in Monroe, 
Mass. In 1813 he removed with his family to Homer, Cortland 
Co., N. Y., and thence, in 1821, to Otisco, Onondaga Co. This 
ex|>lains why his chn. had different bii-thplaees. At length, as age 
crept on, in 1860 the pare;its went and made their home with their 
son Levi, Jr., who had become wealthy and resided near Buffalo. 
Finally, Levi' d. suddenly of apoplexy in Bennington, N. Y., in 
Dec. 1862, being in his 78th yr. Mrs. Sally d. at Concord, N. Y., 


early in 1866. Doubtless both were eminent for substantial, un- 
pretentious, every-day \drtues. The little bio^aphical data re- 
ceived warrant this conclusion. 

[605.] Silas Ballou*, Eev. David*, Rev. Maturing Peter*, John*, 
Maturin*; b. in Richmond, N. H., Jan. 27, 1789; m. Polly Shmn- 
way of Homer, N. Y., dr. of Asa Shumway, b. June 7, 1796 ; cer. 
in said Homer Sept. 6, 1816. Issue. — 

1956—1. Orsamus, b. Virgil, N. Y., July 17, 1817; m. Mary SLoales July 

4, 1844. 
19/57—2. Clarissa, b. Virgil, N. Y, Feb. 3, '19; m. WiUiam Ten>anniiig Feb. 

2, 184'). 
1958—8. Asa Alouzo, b. Otisco, N. Y., Mar. 7, *27; m. Harriet Rebecca 

Bo wen. 
1959—4. Polly Ann, b. Otisco, N. Y, Dec. 18, '28; m. Garrison H. Lowe. 
1900—5. Myron Wallace, b. Virf?il, N. Y., Feb. 9, '80; m. Emeline Parker. 

We loam from his eldest son, Orsamus, that Silas Ballon" and 
wife Polly were both distin^fuished in domestic and social life for 
eminent moral qualities and viiiues. He says of his mother. — 
" She was one of the best mothers a mortal was ever blest with." 

Of his father he says. — "Father was quite unfortunate for a 
number of years after he settled in Virgil. He lost all the property- 
he possessed — a good farm of a hundred acres, worth now [1874] 
sixty or seventy dollars an acre — the cars ninnino: in sight of it. 
I think he was inclined to put too much ccmfidence in other peo- 
ple's word and honesty. I never saw a man that it appeared to 
hurt so badly as it did him to be deceived by a falsehood. He 
was a man of tnith and integrity ; and by perseverance, industry 
and faithfulness to his family and everybody else with whom he 
had dealings, he succeeded in making his family comfortable, and 
accumulating a handsome property. His example, timely advice, 
and good counsel will ever be remembered by his children. He 
was a tirm believer in the final rei)entance, conversion, holiness 
and consequent hapi)iiiess of the whole human race; and was 
ready to defend his favorite doctrine to the extent of his ability 
when assailed by ()pi)Osers." 

It seems that he went from his New England home to Virgil, 
Ccniland County, N. Y., a year before his niamage, i. e. in 1815. 
He was mainly a farmer by occupation, though a competent shoe- 
maker by early training. He spent neiirly all his married Ufe in 
Virgil, with tlui exception of fiv(» years residt»nce in Otisco, Onon- 
daga Co. He d. in Virgil, Nov. 28, 1804, a. 75 yi-s. 10 mos. and 1 
day. Mi*s. Polly, his widow, was still Mving and in comfoitable 


health down to the spring of 1874 — residing with her dr. Mrs. 
Lowe of Virgil, N. Y. Later advices report her as still surviving 
in Jan. 1881. 

[606.] Leavitt Ballou', Rev. David', Eev. Maturin*, Peter", 
John', Matnrin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 20, 1792; m. Ahi- 
gad Bhinvhartl^ dr. of Charles Blanchard, b. Jan. 5, 1801 ; cor. in 
Lawrenceville, Tioga Co., Pa., 1820. Issue. — 

1961—1. Hiram, b. Mar. 23, 1821; d. u. m. May 1, 1841. 

1962—2. Ira, b. Nov. 12, '22; m. 1st Sophia Carley, 2d M. Chase. 

1963-3. Charles Cushing, b. Seiit. 4, '24; m. Emily H. Wilbur July 9, 1^56. 

1964—4. Leavitt Hopestill, b. May 20, '38; m. Sarah Emily Hicox 1800. 

Leavitt Ballou* and wife spent the early portion of their married 
Ufe in the g-eneral vicinity of Lawrenceville, Tioga Co., Pa., but 
partly on the New York side of the State line (the exact localities 
not given). There the three eldest sons are understood to have 
been bom. About the year 1830 they removed to Monroe, Mass., 
where their youngest son was born. After a few years of farming 
toil in that cold mountainous region, they finally settled in North 
Adams, HJass., where they closed their moiial pilgiimage. They 
were of the plain agricultural class, but most worthy peoi)le, be- 
loved and respected by all who knew them. This we have on 
good testimony. Mi-s. Abigail d. Mar. 26, 1859. Leavitt" d. Aug. 
20, 1872, a. 79 yrs. and 11 mos. 

[607.] David Ballou, Jk'., Eev. David', Kev. Maturin', Peter', 
John', Maturin'; b. in Richmimd, N. H., Sept. 28, 1796; m. 1st 
Hannah llolhrook, dr. of Henry Holbrook, Esq., b. Apl. 22, 1802; 
cer. in Monroe, Mass., Jan. 29, 1824. Issue, b. in said Monroe. — 

1965—1. George Heury, b. Dec. 13, 1824; m. Ist Lucy C. Hicks, 2d L. 

1966—2. David Tyler, h. Aug. 15, *30; d. u. m. Jan. 25, 1854. 
1967—3. Joanna Lestina, b. Sept. 8, *33; m. Charles T. Walcott. 

Mrs. Hannah d. in Monroe, Mass., Aug. 16, 1853. The husband 
m. 2d '3[r8, Joanna IloVyrool', a widow whose antecedents are not 
given, further than that she was of Swanzey, N. H. ; cer. June 23, 
1858. No issue. After this 2d mge. David, Jr.," took up his abode 
in said Swanzey. He inherited the virtues of his i)rogenitors, was 
an industrious farmer, and deservedly enjoyed, with 'his family, the 
high esteem of all who knew them. David, Jr.," d. June 1, 1871, 
a. 74 yrs. 8 mos. and 3 ds. 

[608.] Chloe Ballou", Bev. David', &c., d. in infancy. 


[609.] Meucy Harris Ballou", Bev. David*, Rev. Maturin*, 
Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Nov. 27, 1800; 
m. Charles Walcott of Monroe, Mass., b. Nov. 11, 1796; cer. m 
Readsboro', Vt., Dec. 2, 1817. Issue, b., the eldest in said Reads- 
boro', the others in Monroe, Mass. — 

11)08—1. Emily Robinson Walcott, b. Oct. 22, 1818; d. u. m. Mar. 7, 1841. 

1969—2. Alanson Walcott) . b. May 8, *21; d. Sept. 1, 1844. 

1970-3. Alonzo Walcott 1 *^^""' b. '* " ** m. Hannah Irene Davis. 

1971-^. Charles Tyler Walcott, b. Feb. 10, '33; m. Joanna Lestina Ballon. 

These parents had their home on a small farm in Monroe, Mass., 
where they reared their little family, and honored themselves, a« 
weU as their relationship and vicinage, by exemplary Uves. Mrs. 
Mercy" d. in Greenfield, Mass., Aug. 11, 1875, a. 74 yrs. 8 mos. and 
15 ds. Her venerable husband was living comfortably, in 1881, 
with his son Charles T., in Greenfield, a. about 84 yre. No later 
report fiom him. 

[610.] Rev. Moses Ballou", Rev. Da^id*, Rev. Maturin', Peter', 
John", Maturin' ; b. in Monroe, Mass., May 24, 1811 ; m. Abaena 
Dai/taris Giddlnytf of Hai-tford, Ct., dr. of Lorrain Giddings, b. 
Dec. 1, 1818 ; cer. June 8, 1837. Issue. — 

1973—1. MoHCB Gidilinfirs, b. PortBmouth, N. H., Jan. 3, 1846; d. Ang. 1, 

1973-2. Mary Ahnena, b. Bridgeport, Ct., Dec. 8, '49; d. Jan. 26, 1850. 

Rev. Moses Ballou" was endowed by natural constitution, cul- 
ture, and spiritual inspiration, with very noble qualities. These 
rendered him eminently honorable to the Ballon race, as weU its 
to his immediate kindred and all his associative rehitionships. His 
early years were spent on his father's homestead, amid the rough 
highlands of Monroe, Mass. At the age of seventeen yeai's he 
was apprenticed to a cabinet maker in Brattleboro', Vt., with the 
understanding that he should be privileged to attend the Academy 
there three months in each year. This aiTangement was only 
I)artially carried into effect, and he was thrown on his own re- 
sources both for mental culture and a livelihood. After consider- 
able exertion at preparation, he commenced preaching as a Uni- 
versalist, in 1833 — delivering his first discoui>je in his native town. 
He itinerated for several months in Franklin Co., Mass., and 
Windham Co., Vt., and during 1834 received his letter of ecclesi- 
astical fellowship. He soon took charge of a small parish in 
Bath, N. H., and was ordained there in 1835. The next year he 

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accepted the pastorship of the Universalist church and society in 
Portsmouth, N. H. He remained there until May 1, 1843 ; having 
meantime become a husband and father. He next took charge of 
the Fourth Universalist church in New York city, afterward pre- 
sided over by Rev. Dr. Chapin, but he continued there only about 
two years. He yielded then to a very urgent recall of his people 
in Portsmouth, N. H., with whom he spent the next two years. 
His health now began to suflfer impairment, and he was obliged 
to seek a milder climate. He therefore accepted a call to Bridge- 
port, Ct., where he enjoyed a successful pastorate of six years. 
He next passed two years as minister of the Universalist church 
in Hartford, Ct. Thence he removed to Philadelphia, Pa., and 
took pastoral charge of the Second Universalist church in that 
city. His success and influential standing there are indicated in 
the folio mng extracts from an article in the Philadelphia Sunday 
DuiMtc.h of Nov. 20, 1858. 

" No one can hear Mr. Ballon preach without being greatly im- 
pressed with esteem for the man; with a conviction of his own 
sincerity of behef in the doctrine he i)roclaims ; and with a" dispo- 
sition on the part of the hearer to view that doctrine at least char- 
itably and favorably. As a preacher Mr. Ballou's style possesses 
^eat earnestness, caiidor, and sincerity. He has a clear, calm 
and self-possessed deliveiy." "The natural consequence of all 
this is, that Mr. Ballou's church is a flourishing one, and his con- 
gregation large. The building is always well filled by an atten- 
tive and interested audience." 

In May, 1859, he was invited to the Third Universalist church 
in New York city, where he labored prosperously for six years. 
His only son was now in Yale College, and to be near him he 
resigned his pastorate in New York, and spent about two years in 
New Haven, Ct., supplying meantime the Universalist j^ulpit in 
that city. About the same period his wife spent over a year with 
her friends in a trip to Europe. Nov. 1, 18G6, found him again in 
Philadelphia, commencing another six years pastonite over his 
former church. At the expiration of this term, feeling the infirm- 
ities of age and precarious health, ho finally gave up pastoral 
responsibilities, and retired to his comfortable summer residence 
at Atco, N. J. This was in 1872. But he still continued to preach 
more or less regularly in various places of his general vicinity, 
and assisted in organizing a small society near his residence, who 
built a chapel in which he frecpiently conducted public worship. 
He was now, however, " a man of sorrow and acquainted with 


ffriof." For while he was yet in Pliiladelphia, he and his compan- 
ion were bereaved, in a most sudden, unexpected and distressing 
manner, of their prcmiisin^ son, Moses Giddings Ballou, M. D. 
He was the ])ilhir of their earthly comfoii and delight — ^tht»ir filial 
all. He had just completed his education, received his medical 
degi-ee, and was on the eve of marriage to a lovely maiden. But 
in the summer of 18(58, while spending a few weeks at Atlantic 
City, N. J., along with his mother, his fianc6e, and her father, 
Josei)h T. Vankirk, Esq., he and Mr. Vankirk were both drowned 
at their bathing place. This overwhelming affliction to the sur- 
vivors took place on the 1st day of August. Thus the luminary 
of the family was direfully hurled from the mortiil firmament in a 
moment, leaving the woe stricken mourners to find consolation 
only in the assurance of his translation to the immortal realms. 
This blessed assurance was indeed theirs, and they made the 
most of it; but it could do no more than anneal them, by their 
d(^solation, for reunion with their loved one in the tearless countrj' 
of the redeemed. No doubt they bore their calamity with aU the 
n^signation, fortitude and hopefulness their great faith inspired. 
But we need not lift the domestic curtain, to see that this earthly 
life could never seem to them as l)efore. Rev. Moses, as we have 
seen, resigned his ])astorate at Philadelphia in 1872, took up his 
abode at Atco, N. J., and quietly pursued his remaining labors as 
best he felt able. But the end soon came. As it drew near he 
often said, " I have no desire to live longer ; I wish to go home ; 
my faith sustains me. I know that my redeemer liveth ; I do not 
simjJy hdicve, but I have the evidence iriffrln rtte. I hunr that I 
shall live again." 

Besides writing numerous ai-ticles for the Universalist Quarterly 
Review and various weekly x)ublications of his denomination, he 
was the author of a bi()gra])hical work entitled, "Memorial of San- 
ford — a sketch of the life, with extracts from the writings, of Rev. 
Merritt Sanford"; imb. in 1850, 250 pp. In 1864 he sent forth 
from the jness his most important work, A Review of Rev. Dr. 
Edward Beecher's celebrated "Conflict of Ages," entitled, "The 
Divine Character Vindicated," a vol. of 412 pp. This is a ]>ro- 
duction of eminent and acknowledged merit. It is proi)er here to 
state that, during his residence at Atco, N. J., he was a liberal 
contributor of genealogical information, respecting his own and 
kindred families, for this work, then being in preliminary process 
by Ira B. Peck, Esq., and of which, in a maturer stage, very con- 
venient use has been made. A published sketch of his life and 


character summarily says. — " In private life Mr. Ballou was most 
genial and cordial. He had a very tender heart and a noble, g-en- 
erons and magnanimous nature, which gained him many strong 
friends, who both loved and honored him. He was endowed with 
personal magnetism which attracted the old and the young, the 
wise and ignorant, the happy and the sorrowful. All welcomed 
him gladly to their society, and found ])leasure, profit and instruc- 
tion in his conversation." " He was a very able, impressive and 
eloquent preacher. He had a dignified and commanding pres- 
ence. His voice was clear and pleasant, and thrilling in its deep 
fervor, and when most interested in his subject, he had a lofty 
eloquence which elevated his hearers above all earthly things, 
and held them spell-bound." He d. in Atco, N. J., May 19, 1879, 
in the bt^ginning of his 69th yr. To him 

** Death was- but 
A kind aud gentle servant who unlocks, 
With noiseless hand, life's flower encircled door, 
To show us those we love." 

Mrs. Almena, his every way worthy consort, was still surviving 
at our last advices, a lonely remnant of translated loved ones 
calmly waiting to join them on "the shining shore." 

[611.] John Ballou", Eev. David', Eev. Maturin*, Peter*, John', 
Maturin'; b. in Monroe, Mass., Mar. 16, 1813; m. 1st llcmnah 
Maria JUcks of Readsborough, Vt. ; parentage, <fec., not given; 
cer. May 1, 1835. Issue. — 

1974—1. Hannah Mar>% b. Feb. 4, 1836; d. in Aug. 1836. 

The mother d. soon after her child, in 1836, and the husband m. 
2d Mary WuMnirn Ballon, eldest dr. of Eev. Hosea Faxcm Bal- 
lou, b. in said Monroe, Jan. 4. 1818; cer. Jan. 1, 1837. Issue. — 

197.^— 2. Winslow Faxon, b. Oct. 10, 1837; m. Hattie Sabrina Northroi). 

1976— 3. Mary Almena, b. Dec. 30, '38; d. June 10, 1840. 

1977— 4. Horace Berthier, b. Mar. 2, '40; m. Pamelia Atwood Laha. 
197S— 5. Hiram Murray, b. Dec. 13, '41; d. Dec. 5, 1842. 

1979— 6. Albert Murray, b. Sept. 28, '43; d. Mar. 7, 1865. 

1980— 7. William Arthur, b. Sept. 29, '45; d. Nov. 5, 1864. 

1981— 8. John Tyler, b. Oct. 16, '47; d. Feb. 17, 1869. 

1982— 9. George Moses, b. Jan. 13, '50; u. m. 1873. 
1983—10. Massena Hosea, b. Apl. 16, '52; " 
1984—11. Da>dd, b. Aug. 3,. '64; d. Sept. 26, 1864. 

The four oldest of the above named chn. are understood to have 
been b. in Monroe, Mass., and the others in the adjacent town of 


Rowo. Soon after the death of his father, Rev. David Ballon, in 
1840, John" removed to Rowe, Mass., takiuo: along" with him, in 
dutiful care, as one of his family, his widowed mother, to see her 
through life. There he c^stabhshed himself in a permanent home. 
He was a veiy enterprising and woi-thy^ man. For many y€>ars he 
was iiroprietor of a stag-e coach, which he drove regularly b(»tween 
Rowe and Greenfield, Mass. But his health i)artially failed him, 
and he purchased a country store, connecting with its business 
that of a merchant tailor. About 1850 he was appointed Post- 
masttjr, and continued for a 'long time in the faithful discharge of 
his official duties in that position. A reliable correspondent said 
of him. — " Few men in that mountain region are more heartily 
respected than he is, or have led a more humble and upright 

L612.] Chloe T\i^k Baij^ou", Rev. David*, Rev. Maturin', 
Peter', John", Maturin'; b. in Monroe, Mass., June 1, 1815; m. 
Joi>('ph liarher, M. D. ; parentage and birth-date not given ; cer. 
Aug. 22, 1833. Dr. Barber was a regularly educated physician, a 
native of Charlemont, Mass., a man of good talents and capabili- 
ties, but an utter skeptic in religion. As such, after the death of 
his first wif(^, \\i\ went into the family of Rev. David Ballou, Chloe's 
father. There he became a convciii to Universalism, and at length 
one of its devoted ministers. He had pastorates over several Uni- 
versalist societies in Mass., N. H., and Vt., and is now sett, in 
Alst(»ad, N. H. Of this mge. with Chloe T. Ballou, the issue was 
two living chn. — 

11)85-1. Auf^niKtn Chloi' Barl)or, b. May 2, 1840; m. Gilbert B. Lamb. 
1»8(J— 2. William Mokch Barber, b. Jan. 3, '47. 

Augusta (\ Barber was b. in Swanzey, N. H., and WiUiam M. 
in Alstead, N. H. Their exccJh^nt mother d. of c<msum])tion in 
l)udh\y, Mass., Sc^pt. 28, 1859, a. 44 yrs. 2 mos. and 27 ds. There 
her husband was then [lastor. He subsecpunitly man-ied agsiiu, 
but we iuhhI not further trace his family record. 

1 013.] Matuuin Baij.oit", Nathan', Rev. Matimn', Peter^ John*, 
Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Mar. 19, 1788; m. 1st Polly 
Ki/i(jslinj^ dr. of Elisha Kingsley, b. Mar. 19, 1787; cer. May, 
1808. issu(\— 

1987 - 1. Maturin, b. Dec. 12, 1808; d. Sept. 1814. 

19a8— 2. Lucina, b. Feb. 22, *10; m. Dennis Tliayer, Clarksburp:, Mohs. 

1989— 3. Emily, b. June 2, Ml; m. Wilham Sanford; d. 1838. 


1990 — 4. Emerson, b. June 13, 1812; supposed lost at sea, 1808, u. m. 

1991 — 5. Cynis, b. Oct. 12, '13; lu. Lueretia Brown, Monroe, IViass. 

1992— 6. Elmina ) . b. June 1, '15; d. Sept. 3, 1829. 
1993—7. SopbinaJ*^*^'b. *' '' ** d. Sept. - 1834. 
1994— 8. Maturin, Jr., b. Ai)l. 24, '17; m. Harriet Sanford. 
194)5— 9. Leonard, b. Feb. 13, '19; d. u. m. Kxv^. 14, 1844. 
19J)6— 10. Fanny, b. May — , '20; d. soon after birth. 
1997—11. Hosea, b. June 17, '21; m. Harriet Griswold 1845. 
1998—12. Leavitt, b. Nov. 11, '22; d. u. m. in Australia. 
1999—13. Willard, b. May 9, '24; m. Elizabeth H. Haynes 1847. 
2000—14. Emory, b. Feb. 13, '26; m. Emily A. Butler, Crystal Lake, HI. 
2001—15. Infant, b. Au<?. — , '27; d. same jnonth. 

2002—16. Mary Aurilla, b. May 18, '32; m. Albert D. Clark 1849. 

It api)ear8 that these sixteen chu. were all b. in Monroe, Mass. 
Their patient, long-suffering and devoted mother sunk at length 
into consumption, and d. Feb. 4, 1841, tenderly loved, venerated 
and lamented by her family and numerous appreciative friends. 
The husband and father subsequently m. 2d Margaret Knak'nie of 
Westford, Mass., dr. of Zephaniah Bowen of Richmond, N. H., 
wid. of Walter Erskine, b. May 15, 1802; cer. Nov. 1845. They 
had no chn. Meantime Maturin" had removed to Wliitingham, 
Vt. There he continued to dwell imtil after the death of Mrs. 
Mjirgaret, his 2d wife, which took j)lace Jan. 9, 1858. He then 
removed to Noi-th Adams, Mass., and made his principal home in 
the family of his son Willard, where he d. Aug. 6, 18G7. Mrs. 
Willard Ballou', writing to Mr. Peck, under date of Jan. 9, 1874, 
thus speaks of her father-in-law. — " For many yeai*s I was a mem- 
ber of his family, and during his months of sickness which termin- 
ated in death, I was his attendant. 1 think I knew him as few did. 
I'Util the last few years of his life, he enjoyed good health. He 
was possessed of a sound mind, and integrity of character. .In 
his social relations, and especially as a father, I know not how to 
speak of him as I woidd. Tender and affection<ite as a mother 
could be, he was yet firm and decided in his (Usapproval of what 
he thought ^viong. I have wondered at his succt^ss in governing 
liis children. They had no slavish fear ; for he was always mihl, 
and never but in one instance hiiiicted punishment. A look from 
him would secure obedience fi-om any child of his. Love was the 
moving power. He was always cheerful, and would not let busi- 
ness worry him. During the last few years of his Hfe, after he 
had ceased to labor, he read much of the time — gi'(iatly enjoying 
his uncle Hosea's writings. He was a firm believer in universal 
salvation, and desired to live at peace with all mankind. Though 


gone to bis rest, his g'ood examples, advice and aflFectionate treat- 
ment of his children will live in their memory while life lasts." 

[G14.] Lydia Ballou", Nathan*, &c., d. at an age not given, 
l)erhai)s young. 

[615.] Polly Ballou", Nathan', Rev. Maturin*, Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Apl. 11, 1792; m. Is<tav Staffortl 
of Monroe, Mass., son of Thomas Stafford, Sen. No date of cer. 

Issue. — 

3003—1. iHaac Ballon Staff<tfd, birth daU'loHs. 

2004—2. Hosea Bttllou Stafford, " 

2005—8. Jarniis Ballon Stafford, " 

200<^-4. Nathan Ballon Stafford, * * 

Mrs. Polly" d. in Monroe, Mass., Feb. 6, 1839, a. 46 yrs. 9 mos. 
and 23 ds. This family is no further traced. 

[616.] Ukana Ballou", Nathan', <fec., d. u. m. at an age not in- 

[617.J OLivfe Ballou", Nathan", Rev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Mar. 26, 1797 ; m. Jedatkan 
lioheriti of Monroe, Mass. No date of cer. Issue. — 

2007— i. Mary Robci-tH, birth datoleas. 

2008—2. Nancy RobertH, ** 

2000—3. Sylvania Roberts, " 

2010-4. Nathan R(jbertH, " " Nothing? more. No further traced. 

[618.] Anna Ballou', Nathan', Rev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Apl. 11, 1799; m. Maiihi linaut 
of Monroe, Mass. This descent will be found fully traced under 
the name of Mai-tin Briant'. See No. [1878], ttc. 

[619.] Hosea Ballou", Nathan*, Rev. Maturin', Peter', John% 
Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Au^". 18, 1800; m. Lxjd'ia llau'S 
of Monroe, Mass., dr. of Thomas Hines, Esq., b. in Guilford, Vt., 
Mar. 7, 1803; cer. in Readsboro', Vt., Feb. 16, 1823, by Heury 
Holbrook, J. P. Issue, all b. in said Monroe. — 

2011-1. HoHoa Gilbert, b. Jnne 27, 1824; m. Miriam Hinsdale. 

2012-2. Rnssell Arnold, b. Jnne 14, '27; m. Ist Harriet Eliza Ballon, *o. 

2013 — 3. Stephen Jefferson, b. Jan. 27, *82; m. Lneinda BnUard. 

2014-4. Lanra Ann, b. An??. 20, '33; ni. Ist Dr. Danforth Wliitinjr, Are. 

Hosea Ballou" resided many years in Western Massachusetts, 
enfj^aged in a^icultural pursuits. Later he dwelt awhile in Axi- 


gfosta. Me., and for the last ten years of his earthly life in Concord, 
Mass. He possessed the good sense and sterling integrity which 
characterized the earlier Bidlous of his lineage, though without 
attaining the celebrity which distinguished some of them. He 
did not aspire to worldly dignity or power, yet held various posi- 
tions of jjublic trust and responsibility, as urged upon him. He 
was modest and retiring— content with the society of the few 
friends who knew him well, and the higher enjoyment of the home 
circle. Thus he ripened into the serenity of a happy old a^e, and 
his last days w^ere his best. He d. in Concord, Mass., Nov. 15, 
1880, a. 80 yrs. 3 mos. and 28 ds. His ^vidowed consort, every 
way worthy of him, still survives in a green old age of over 84 yi*s. 
She res. in ("oncord, Mass. 

[620.] Fanny J3allou", Nathan', Rev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., June 5, 1802; m. Chaiiea Dnn- 
hiir of Monroe, Mass., b. Dec. 7, 1802; cer. in said Monroe at a 
date not given. Issue. — 

2015—1. Charles Edwin Dunbar, b. May 22, 1826; m. Ist in Vt. ; untraced. 

2015—2. Henry Miles Dunbar, b. Sept. 14, '29; m. Melissa Tniedell. 

2017—3. Alanson Prosper Dunbar, b. Nov. 21, '34; d. Oct. 29, 1836. 

2018—4. Alexander L. Dunbar, b. Nov. 20, '36; went to Sacramento, Gal. ; 


2019—5. Nathan Ransom Dunbar, b. Jan. 14, '40; untraced. 

2030—6. William Riley Dunbar, b. July 17, '42; untraced. 

2021—7. Fanny L. Dunbar, b. Aug. 14, '45; d. Aug. 14, 1847. 

2022—8. Naney F. Dunbar, b. July 21, '49; m. Ketclium; untraced. 

We cannot find among our papers any data relating to the occu- 
pation or character of Fanny (Ballou) Dunbar" and husband. We 
presume they lived and died worthy, hard toiling agiicidturists in 
Monroe, Mass. She d. Nov. 23, 1860, a. 58 yrs. 5 mos. and 18 ds. 
He d. Nov. 18, 1880, a. 77 yrs. 11 mos. and 11 ds. Only one of 
their chn., Heniy M.,' will be further traced. 

[621.] Lavina Ballou", Nathan*, Rev. Maturin*, Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Monroe, Mass., Apl. 6, 1804; m. Amasa Mawn 
Butt, b. in Williamstown, Mass., Apl. 25, 1797 ; cer. in Reads- 
boro', Vt., 1827. Issue.— 

2023— 1. Joseph Cooley Burt, b. Monroe, Mass., Oct. 2, 1828; m. Martha 
M. Willey. 

2034— 2. Jo8ei)hine Burt, b. Pownal, Vt., Aug. 15, '29; m. Nicholas New- 

2025— 3. Margaret Maria Burt, b. Pownal, Vt., Nov. 30, '30; m. Moses 



4. Mary Abigail Burt, b. Pownal, Vt, Dec. 2, 1832; d. u. m. 1857. 

2027— 5. Amasa Mason Burt, Jr., b. Hoosick, N. Y., Oct. 9, '34; m. Mary 

E. Brady. 

2028— 6. John Simpson Burt, b. Shaftsbury, Vt., Aug. 5, '36; m. Mary J. 


2029— 7. Nancy Elvira Burt, b. Bennington, Vt., Dec. 18, '38; m. Charlea 

H. Titus. 

2030— 8. Matthew Stone Burt, b. Readsboro', Oct. 25, '42; d. Apl. U, 1849. 

2031— 9. Napoleon Burt, b. Stamford, Vt., Oct. 5, '44; m. Lovisa Har- 

2032—10. Viuie Burt, b. Stamford, Vt., Apl. 10, '47; m. Nathan E. Bisliop. 

Occupation, characteristics and experiences not furnished. Pre- 
sumed to have been a worthy connubial pair. The husband d. in 
North Adams, Mass., Aug. 25, 1863, of heart disease, on his 66th 
birthday. Mrs. Lavina*, alias Vinie, understood to be still sur- 
viving in Delphos, Kansas. 

[622.] Leafy BAUiOU*, Nathan', Rev. Maturin', Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Monroe, Mass., Feb. 4, 1806 ; m. Allen Ilarrh of 
Stamford, Vt.. at a date not given. She d. July 10, 1828, a. 22 yrs. 
5 mos. and 12 ds. No more told. 

[623.] Ballod*, Nathan*, Rev. Maturing Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. in Monroe, Mass., Apl. 14, 1808 ; m. Orilla Bishop 
of Readsborough, Vt., dr. of Joy Bishop, Sen. No date of cer. 
given. No issue. Nathan Ballou* d. in Readsboro', Vt., at an 
unreported date. 

[624.] Nancy Ballou", Nathan', Rev. Maturin*, Peter', John', 
Maturin' ; b. Monroe, Mass., June 4, 1811 ; m. EUim Bhhop of 
Readsborough, Vt., son of Joy Bishop; cer. Nov. 15, 1829. Issue, 
all b. in said Readsboro', omitting 2 nameless dead infants. — 

2033—1. Elson Spencer Bishop, b. Jan. 28, 1833; m. Ist M.* C. P. Staffonl, 

3tl E. L. Young. 
2034—2. Nancy Elvira Bishop, b. May 17, '35; m. Salem T. Thayer. 
2035-3. Simeon M. Bishop, b. Jnly 27, '37; m. A. B. Briaut Sei)t. 13, 1867. 
2036-4. Mary Abigail Bishop, b. July 16, '39; d. young. 
2037—5. Nathan Ed\^'in Bishop, b. June 13, '44; m. Vinie Burt. 

We presume Nancy" and husband were worthies of the agri- 
cultural class. He was Uving in 1881 in Blackington, Mass. She 
d. in Readsboro', Vt., Dec. 20, 1853, a. 42 yrs. 6 mos. and 9 ds. 

[625.] Elvira Ballou", youngest child of Nathan', Ac, b. in 
Monroe, Mass., July 1, 18U ; d. u. m. Nov. 9, 1833, a. 19 yrs. 4 
mos. and 8 ds. 


[626.] Job Wheaton*, MoseR and Sarah Ballou*, Kev. Maturin*, 
Peter', John', Maturin*; b. in Richmond, N. H., Mar. 23, 1783 ; m. 
liefjeeca K, Jenckn of No. Providence, R. L, dr. of Levi Jencks, 
birth-date not given; cer. in Providence, R. I., 'Sept. 30, 1810. 
Issue, understood to have been b. in Albany, N. York. — 

2038—1. Louisa Amanda Wheaton, b. Nov. 16, 1811; m. GeorKe R. Key- 

mer Nov. 28, 1881. 

2039—2. Caleb Strong Wheaton, b. ; d. young. 

2040—3. William Smith Wheaton, b. June 9, '16; m. SuBanna Hibbard 

Sept. 3, ia51. 
2041—4. Joseph Wheaton, b. May 3, '18; m. Maria L. Wood Oct. 25, 1840. 
2042-5. Emily Wheaton, b — ; d. Mar. 8, 1881. 

Job WTieaton" was a carpenter by trade, and lived in Albany, 
N. Y. No one has favored us with a sketch of his biography, but 
we presume his characteristics deserved a good record. It has 
been with considerable difficulty that we have obtained the little 
we here present concerning himself, wife and family. We ex- 
pected more, but failed to receive it. We presume that he d. in 
No. Providence, R. I., but have not the date. Mrs. Rebecca d. 
Aug. 14, 1862. 

[627.] Charles Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon', Rev. Ma- 
tiirin", Peter', John*, Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 18, 
1785 ; m. 1st PriHcilla JHUcni^ dr. of Uriah and Elizabeth (Clark) 
JiUson, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 1, 1774; cer. in said Cum- 
berland Dec. 2, 1810, by Bartlett, J. P. Issue — an infant of 
few days and unnamed. Mrs. Priscilla d. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Oct. 24, 1820. Subsequently Charles" m. 2d Content Ilemlrick, 
No issue. She d. Dec. 3, 1840. We personally knew Charles 
Wheaton". He was a respectable carpenter by occupation, a 
quiet, orderly citizen, and a worthy man in all the relations of Ufe. 
He d. on his Cumberland homestead May 30, 1861, a. 66 yrs. 3 
mos. and 12 ds. 

[628.] Maturin Wheaton', Moses and Sarah Ballon*, Rev. 
Maturin^ Peter", John', Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Nov. 7, 
1787 ; d. u. m. place and date of his death not given. Profound 
' silence broods over his memory. 

[629.] Sarah Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon", Rev. Matu- 
rin*, Peter', John', Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., July 27, 1788; 
d- u. m. Same comment appropriate as in her bro. Maturin s case. 


[G30.] Mo«EH Ballou Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon*, 
Rev. Matiirin', Peter", John", Maturin'; 1). in Richmond, N. H., 
Sept. 9, 1700; m. Afary A//hir/t, dr. of Nathaniel, Esq., and Cleo- 
patra (Ramsdell) Aldrich, b. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 24, 1794; 
cer. Nov. 26, 1812. Issue, understood to have been mostly b. in 
Jackson, Susquehanna Co., Pa. — 

2043— 1. Julia Ann Wlieaton, b. June 28, 1813, m. Horace Aldrich June 

8, 1836. 

2044— 2. Laura Ann Wlieaton, b. Nov. 25, '14; m. Emery Larabee Dec. 

22, 1835. 

2045— 3. Mary Elvira Wlieaton, b. Oct. 7, '10; m. Ist Pearley Potter, 2d 

C. Lamb. 
2040— 4. Festina Loanza Wlieaton, b. Auf<. 25, '18; m. Merrick T. Whit- 
ney Nov. 26, 1842. 

2047— 5. Lydia Maria Wheaton, b. Dec. 30, '19; m. Elias Bryant Sept. 9, 


2048— 0. Wa8hinf?ton Warren Wheaton, b. Auj?. 7, '21; m. Elizabeth 

Bowen Jan. 6, ia50. 

2049— 7. William Windsor Wheaton, b. Mar. 9, '23; m. Ist C. R. Whea- 

ton, 2d J. Card. 

2050— 8. Almeda Eliza Wheaton, b. Dec. 17, '24; m. Ist H. Benson, 2d 

H. P. Craiy. 

2051— 9. Thomas Jefferson Wheaton, b. Mar. 29, '26; m. Maria T. Wood- 

2052—10. Cleoi)atra Pauline Wheaton, b. not j^ven; d. Apl. 30, 1845. 
2053—11. Catherine Melissa Wheattm, b. June 15, '30; m. Velosco Wliit- 

ney Dec. 1852. 
2054—12. Nancy Ann Wheaton, b. July 5, *32; m. William Hohnes 1853. 
2055—13. Sarah Jane Wheaton, b. not Kiven; d. July 23, 1838. 
2050—14. Lemira Albina Wlieaton, b. Bejit. 15, '37; m. Stt»phen Jenkins. 

Moses" (H-iprinally had no middle name, bein^ called Moses, Jr. 
But he ^ot it ehang-ed by lesrislative act to Moses Ballou Whea- 
ton. He is understood to have removed from Richmond, N. H., 
and settled in Jackson, Pa., soon after marriafj^e'^ — ceiiainly as 
early as 1815. He was a cooper by trade, but prob. more or loss 
a cultivator of the soil. He inherited good physique and mental 
stamina from both sides of his parentage. And so did his wife. 
They rc^ared their large family well, and left a good memory, 
Thcnr three* sons all became quite prominent M. Ds. Moses Bal- 
1cm Wheaton" d. in Jackson, Pa., Dec. 9, 18G0, a. 70 yrs. and 3 mo's. 
Mrs. Mary, his wid., d. there Feb. 20, 1875, a. 80 yrs. 6 mos. and 
24 ds. 

'[GI^l.] Silas Whea'ion", Moses and Sarah Ballou", Rev. Matu- 
rin", Peter", John", Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., June 16, 


1792. He (1. II. m., but where or when we <2:et no hint as yet from 
any of his relations. 

[632.] Rev. Asa Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon", Rev. 
Maturing Peter', John', Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., July 3, 
1794; d. u. m., June 23, 1823, a. 30 yrs. 11 mos. and 20 ds. The 
writer was somewhat personally acquainted with Rev. Asa Whea- 
tan, and ministered at his funeral. He is understood to have pre- 
pared himself for the Universalist ministry, under the tuition of 
his uncle, Rev. Hosea Ballou. What preliminary studies he had 
pursued, or how he had passed his youth and early manhood, we 
do not recollect having* been told. He had not been settled and 
had preached but a few times. Consumption fastened itself upon 
him, and he died, after some weeks of confinement, at his brother 
Charles Wheaton's in Cumberland, R. I. There his funeral ser- 
vices were held, and there, in a little family cemetery on his 
brother s homestead, his mortal remains repose. So far as we 
know, ever heard, or have reason to believe, he deserved a memo- 
rial among* the just. 

[633.] Ira Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon", Rev. Matiirin*, 
Peter', John', Matiirin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Oct. 1, 1796; m. 
his cousin, liavhara Bullov, dr. of Stephen and Ruth (Slater) Bal- 
lou, b. in Wardsborough, Vt., Apl. 16, 1799 ; cer. prob. in Preston, 
Chenango Co.,N. T., in bride's 20th year; which must be in either 
1818 or 1819. Issue.— 

2057—1. Barbara Alcista Wlieaton, b. McDonouph, N. Y., Nov. 14, 1820; 

m. Ira Newman, kc. 
2058—2. Caflsantlana Ruth Wheaton, b. McDonough, N. Y., Jan. 1, 1823; 

m. Dr. W. W. Wlieaton. 
2059—3. Stephen Ballou Wheaton, b. Newark, N. T., June 28, '27; d. u. m. 
2060—4. Ira Wheat^m, Jr., b. Newark, N. Y., Nov. 15, '29; m. Olive Merritt. 
2061—5. Myron Wheaton, b. Owe^o, N. Y., Oct. 13, '35; m. Jane Evans. 

Mrs. Baibara" was b. in Wardsborough, Vt., whence she was 
taken with her father s family to Eowe, Mass., and thence, at the 
age of 12 yi-s., to Preston, Chenango Co., N. Y. There, or in the 
Dear vicinity, she became the wife of her cousin, Ira Wheaton" in 
her 20th yr. Ira" was a trained shoemaker by mechanical occupa- 
tion, but more generally applied himself to farming. They had 
six chn. one of whom d. in early infancy, and is not mentioned in 
the above specification. It appears from the birthplaces of the 
survivors that the parents dwelt successively in the towns of Me- 


Donou^h, Newark, and Oweg-o, N. Y. In 1837 they settled in 
WaiTon, Bradford Co., Pa., a then new and sparsely ))opulated 
section of the country. Finally, when he was in his 78th yr. and 
she in her 76th, they took up their abode with their son, Dr. Myron 
Wheaton, in Kome, Bradford Co., Pa. There Ira" d. in 1874 or 
'75. And there Mrs. Barbara d. in 1876, a. about 77 yrs. 

[634.] Lydia Prait Wheaix)n", Moses and Sarah Ballou*, Rev, 
Maturin*, Peter', John"* Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., May 11, 
1799 ; m. Leimtel Cajwon (Philip, Charles, Banfield, Banfield), b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., May 27, 1789 ; cer. in Blackstone, Mass., Sept, 
23, 1833, by Alexander Ballon, J. P. Issue, the eldest two b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., and the younorest in Glocester, R. I. — 

2062—1. Cassandana Capron, b. July 16, 1834; d. in Pro\4dence, R. I., 1839. 
2063 — 2. Sarah Ann Capron, b. Mar. 18, '36; n. m. at last advices. 

3. Unnamed infant, b. ; d. in Glocester, R. I., a. 2 weeks. 

Lydia Pratt Wlieaton', left Richmond, N, H., at 14 yrs. of aofe, 
and came to R. I., where she ever afterward resided. We recol- 
lect her as a reputable young woman, more or less domiciliated 
at her brother Charles Wheaton's, in Cumberland, R. I. We had 
a general acquaintance also with her' husband, Lemuel Capron, 
and the Capron families, — ^respectable people, mostly enerprising 
farmers. Lydia* was the 2d wife of Lemuel. They dwelt success- 
ively in Cumberland, Providence and Glocester, R. I., at which 
last named place they both died. She d. Apl. 7, 1850; and he 
July 26, 1860. 

[035.] Bei^ey Dixon Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballou*, Rev. 
Maturing Peter', John', Maturin'; b. in Richmond, N. H., Mar. 
17, 1801 ; m. Jonatimn Slater of Preston, N. Y., b. May 7, 1793 ; 
cer. at a date not ascertained. Issue. — 

2064—1. Perry Slater, b. Nov. 3, 1826; m. iHt M. IngorsoU, 2d E. Waggoner. 

2065—2. Julia Slater, b. Nov. 18, '28; m. David S. Chandler. 

2066—3. Mary Slater, b. Sept. 1, *80; res. in Sparta, 111. 

2067—4. Albert Slater, b. May 28, *34; m. Emeline E. Nye May 10, ia59. 

2068—5. Kirklin Slater, b. Apl. 8, '88; m. Catherine B. Mechhn Dec. 30, 


2069— (J. Susan Slater, b. Nov. 23, '39; m. Franklin O. Roberts Jan. 7, 1872. 

2070—7. Benjamin Slater, b. Oct. 14, '41; m. Esther Hadley July 1, 1869. 

Just where these children were b. we do not clearly understand 
— perhaps in EUino^on, N. Y., long the home of the parents. Oc- 
cupation and characteristics not told ; presumed to be fair. Mrs. 


Betsey* d. in Ellington, N. T., July 30, 1853, a. 52 yrs. 4 mos. and 
13 ds. Jonathan Slater d. in Sparta, IlL, Sept. 21, 1873, a. 80 yrs. 
4 mos. and 14 ds. 

[636.] Lemira Faxon Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon*, 
R^v. Maturing Peter*, John", Maturin' ; b. in Eichmond, N. H., 
July 20, 1803 ; m. Nathaniel Denny of Herrick, Pa. ; eer. at a date 
not ascertained. Issue. — 

2071—1. OiThie Denny, b. 
2072-2. John Denny, b. 
2073—3. Laura Denny, b. 

We are told that these Denny cousins reside in Susquehanna 
Co., Pa. ; and prob. they have families. But we knew not how 
to reach them to obtain their full records, and have therefore 
made no attempt to trace them. We find a memorandum among 
our paiJers, that their mother, Mrs. Lemira Faxon (^Vheaton) 
Denny*, d. in Thompson, Susquehanna Co., Pa., 1864, a. about 61 
yrs. Of her husband, Mr. Nathaniel Denny, we have gained no 
intelligence. So we close this descent. 

[637.] Jesse Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon", Eev. Ma- 
turing Peter', John\ Maturin* ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Nov. 18, 
1806. His story, as given us, is a brief one. He seems to have 
found a home with his kind brother Charles in Cumberland, R. I., 
and to have aspired to the attainment of a good practical educa- 
tion. He was a diligent and approved student, in his ripening 
youth, of the Cumberland Hill Academy, so called, then the high- 
est seminary in that town. We find hints that he prepared him- 
self for the calling of an architect, and actually set up as such in 
Dedham, Mass. But this is not so well corroborated as we could 
wish. It has been asserted that he d. in Dedham. We have it, 
however, from an intelligent niece of his, that she never heard of 
him as a resident in Dedham, and always understood that ho d. 
at the home of his bro. Charles. And she knows, from his grave- 
stone, that his remains were buried in the little cemetery near that 
home, by the side of his bro. Asa's and mother's. His death-date 
is Apl. 2, 1828, making his a. 21 yrs. 4 mos. and 14 ds. 

[638.] Rev. James Wheaton", Moses and Sarah Ballon", Eev. 
Maturing Peter', John", Maturin' ; b. in Richmond, N. H., Jan. 
18, 1808; m. 1st Almira A, Tinglcy, dr. of Benjamin and Polly 


(Gould) Tin^ley, b. in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 10, 1809 ; cer. in 
said Cumberland Sept. 27, 1830. Issue. — 

2074—1. Sarah Wheaton, b. Cumberland, R. I., Sept. 30, 1831; m. Eliab 

D. WMpple. 
2075—2. Eliza C. Wlieaton, b. Smithfteld, R. I., Oct. 12, '32; d. July 19, 

2076—3. Abnira E. Wbeatcm, b. Dou^bw, Ma«8., Ai>l. 20, \37; m. Whipple 

O. Chilson. 

Mrs. Almira d. in Douglas, Mass., Apl. 27, 1837. Rev. James* 
m. 2d Catherine F, Clark of Rochester, Mass. ; ver. Aug. 19, 1839, 
by Rev. Pliny Britt. Issue. — 

2077 — 4. EllHha Jame8 Wheatou, b. Scituate, Ma.<w., Juue 24, 1842; m. J. 

Mrs. Catherine d. in Sliutesbury, Mass., Jan. 8, 1847. The hus- 
band m. 3d Lacy C Winter of Greenwich, Mass., July 4, 1848. 
No issue ; but they adopted a son, called — 

2078—5. Clarence A. Wheaton, b. Oct. 10, 1855. 

Rev. James Wheaton* was the youngest of 13 chn. Early in 
life he becaiiie deeply interested in religion, joined the Methodist 
ch., and later felt called to the work of the ministry. He had been 
trained on the shoemaker's bench, and was a skiUful custom work- 
man — an avocation to which he betook himself cheerfully through 
life whenever occasion required. But i)reaching the gosi)el was 
his devoted work. He was a local preacher for awhile, first in 
Bun-illville, R. I., and later in Thompson, Ct. After joining the 
Conference, he was ordained in Mar. 1839. He was successively 
stationed in Wareham, Rochester, Milford, Taunton, Scituate, East 
Rridgewater, Ware and Prescott, Mass. He was later employed 
jis a home missionary to found chiirches in waste places — a service 
in which he greatly delighted. He labored thus in Shutesbury, 
Montague, Wendell, Erving, Warwick, and other towns of Mass. 
Still later, when his declining health obliged him to give up Con- 
fenmce apj)ointments, he preached still more at large — supplying 
vacant pulpits of various denominations in Wendell, New Salem 
and Orange, Mass. ; yet remaining a Methodist to the end of liis 
Ufe. His eldest daughter, Mi-s. Eliab T. Whipple, now of West 
W^rentham, Mass., from whom we have obtained his family record 
and biographical summary, says of him. — 

** He was a faithful and earnest preacher, and quite successful. 
He despised sectarianism, and was always ready to feUowship 


Christiafis of whntever mimeT "Nofchiug would induce him to 
set a price on his ministerial labors. He worked for the Lord, 
and for the g-ood of his fellow-men ; trusting Providence and the 
liberality of his parishioners for sustenance. Neither was he afiaid 
to labor with his hands. When his sahiry came short, he fell back 
on the trade which he learned in boyhood — custom shoemaking 
in all its various branches — wherein he excelled. Though poor 
in worldly goods, he was rich in heavenly things. No one ever 
enjoyed life better than he. All his real wants were supplied — 
sometimes in very unexpected ways. He was very pleasant in his 
family, though firm in discipline. He was sympathetic in his 
nature, and his kindness of heart extended even to the brute 
creation. For example : Once some of the neighboring boys set 
ti-aps for squirrels under some nut trees near our house ; when he 
gave each boy a piece of money to carry their traps away and set 
them there no more. He said he got his money s worth by seeing 
the squirrels frisk about unmolested. 

One day near the close of his life, his wife remarked that she 
did not think Mr. Wheaton had an enemy in the world. *Ah!' 
said he, * I think the butchers don't like me very well.' He had 
remonstrated ^ith them against killing on the Sabbath. As talk- 
ing did no good, he formed a plan to stop it, and got another min- 
ister to help him cany it out. The plan was this : they went fi*om 
house to house, and got the people to agi-ee to buy no meat on 
Monday, but lay in enough on Saturday to last till Tuesday. The 
plan was a success. The butchers did not like it, but even they 
were not erwmies to him. He once had a farm, with dwelling 
house and other buildings, given to him, on condition that he 
should always live there. As that would interfere with his preach- 
ing the gospel, he would not accept it ; which shows how much 
his heart was in his work. 

On the day of his funeral, an old man said, ' I have known Mr. 
Wheaton over 30 yrs., and I never saw another man so honest as 
he." He passed away as happy and i)eaceful as he had Uved." 

He d. in Orange, Mass., Sept. 2, 1870. Mrs. Lucy, his 3d wife, 
d. in the same town Apl. 10, 1881. Nothing has been reported to 
us of the character of his three wives, but our trust is that they 
were worthy of so gqod a husband. 

[639.] Kp:be(;('.a Ballou", Stephen', Eev. Maturing Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. prob. in W^ardsborough, Vt., Oct. B, 1794; m. 1st 
(unfortunately) Daniel lllv, from whom she soon legally separated. 


and m. 2d Oliver Stoiie^ said to be a native of New London, Ct.; 
cer. not dated. Issue. — 

2079—1. Hosea Ballon Stone, b. not given; m. and has a family. 
3080—2. Lodena Stone, b. not given; m. James Wheat. 

3. Name not learned, b. not given ; d. young, as inferred. 

Notwithstanding her unfortunate mge. in 1810, at tlie early age 
of sixteen years, caused her much trouble, and had to be abro- 
gated, she seems to have been happy in her second connection. 
It is understood that Oliver and Rebecca (Ballou) Stone had their 
principal, if not only, married home in West Newark, Tioga Co., 
N. Y. It is i)resumed that their chn. were b. there ; though of 
this our meagre information does not render us certain. Mr. 
Stone * was a carpenter and joiner. We are not cei-tified of his 
character, but that she " was one of the salt of the earth." She d. 
Sept. 28, 1871 ; Mr. Stone m. 2d his Ist wife's widowed sister, Try- 
phosa (Ballou) Chittenden. He d. in 1879. 

[642.] Baubaua Ballou", Steidien', Rev. Maturin*, Peter", John*, 
Maturin'; b. in Wardsborough, Vt., April 16, 1799; m. Ira W hen- 
ton^ her cousin, son of Moses and Sarah (Ballou) Wheaton, b. in 
Richmond, N. H., Oct. 1, 1796; cer. perhaps 1819. Issue. — See 

[644.] Stephen Ballou\ Stephen*, Rev. Maturing Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Wardsborough, Vt., Aug. 18, 1802; m. Harriet. 
(rriffin Wightvuin, birthplace, parentage, birth-date, &c., not given ; 
cer. June 17, 1833. Issue. — 

2081—1. Abberone, b. Preston, N. Y., Ang. 8, 1834, m. Truman Evans 1850. 
2083—2. James Henry, Rev., b. Pharsalia, N. Y., Dee. 6, *36; m. Sarah 

Maria (Evans) Salsbury. 
2083—3. Moses Hartwell, b. Plymouth, N. Y., Dec. 23, *38; m. Laura Jane 

Griffin 1859. 
2084—4. Andrew Jackson, b. Plymouth, N. Y., Aug. 7, '40; m. Jane Liv- 

2085—5. Mar>' Jane, b. Owej^o, N. Y., Sept. 20, '49; m. Luke Searles. 

Stc^phen Ballou" inherited his father's homestead in Preston, N. 
Y., and, after his marriage, continued to occupy it a year or two. 
There his eldest child was b. Thence he removed to a new home 
in Pharsalia, N. Y., in the same county. There his son. Rev. James 
Henry Ballou, was b. Next he removed to the adjoining town of 
Plymouth, where his other two sons were b. Thence he removed 
to a homestead, purchased in Owego, Tioga Co., N. Y., where liis 
youngest dr. was b., and which was ever after his settled abode. 


He was a natural g-enins in several directions ; and, thoujifh favored 
with small educational privileg-es, distinguished himself for much 
skill and usefulness wherever he dwelt, — at first as a musician, and 
then as a phlebotomist, or bleeder of the sick, surg'eon dentist 
after the old fashion, (fee. He was also g'ood at shoemakinf?, 
blacksmithing, fabricating* agricultural instruments, and almost 
anything demanded of ingenuity. But all the while his main oc- 
cupation was farming. From what we can learn, he and his wife 
proved themselves worthy heads of a worthy family. He was 
greatly blest in life's essentials, and especially in health — having 
never called for the aid of a physician till almost an octogenarian. 
But the time of his departure came at last. He d. Feb. 15, 1883, 
a. 80 yrs. 5 mos. and 27 days, on the little homestead where he had 
dwelt during the last 35 yrs. of mortal life ; leaving his worthy 
widow and the above named five surviving children to cherish his 
precious memory and the common family hope of a blessed im- 
mortality. We shall allow his talented and affectionate son, Rev. 
James H. Ballon, to bear eulogistic testimony to his merits. 
" Without pretension, with the simple heartedness of a child, he 
lived, in the seclusion of his rural home, the quiet, peaceable, in- 
dustrious, temperate life of a kindly, benevolent and honest man. 
And at last, after four score years of as blameless, unspotted in- 
tegrity as few can boast, passed away in peace with all men — 
without a word of murmuring during the infirmities of the final 
decline. And although, in the usual, popular sense of the terms, 
he was not a religious or pious man, yet he manifested no fear of 
the ' hist enemy ^ But if practical loyalty to truth, honor, and 
uprightness be the elements of godliness — if to abide ' unspott(Hl 
from the world ' is * pure reUgion ' — then was he a religious man. 
He was a Universalist in sentiment, and while living always in 
orthoclox communities, with no opportunity of attending religious 
meetings with which he could fully sympatliize, yet he always en- 
joyed the esteem of his neighbors ; * * * and I know not he 
ever had an enemy, or deserved one. The death of the righteous 
was his portion ; and this is my consolation. But how difficult to 
think of him as dead ! It seems incredible! Sweet and fragrant 
will be his memory to a few hearts ; and may the peace of God 
ever be with his risen spirit." 

[645.] Tbyphosa Ballou', Stephen', Rev. Maturing Peter', 
John*, Maturin'; b. in Rowe, Mass., Apl. 28, 1804; m. 1st Joel 
Chittenden, b. Jan. 5, 1795; cer. Feb. 21, 1821. Issue.— 


2086—1. Joel Andrew Jackson Chittenden, b, June 16, 1833; m. M. A. De- 

Mr. Chittenden was a wool-carder, cloth-dresser, and finally 
farmer. Both worthy people. Residence in Tioga Co., N. Y. 
Joel Chittenden d. Apl. 25, 1861, a. 66 yrs. 3 mos. and 20 ds. Mrs. 
Tryphosa subsequently m. 2d Oliver Stone, and became his \s'idow. 
She finally d. with her only son in Newark Valley, N. Y., Apl. 10, 
1883, a. 78 yrs. 11 mos. 12 ds. Her nei)hew. Rev. James H. Ballon, 
says. — " She was one of God's elect — a member of the Methodist 
church — of a remarkably sweet, pure spirit, and deep piety.'* 

[646.] LuciNDA Ballou*, Stephen', Rev. Maturin*, Peter', John*, 
Maturin' ; b. in Preston, N. Y^., Feb. 25, 1815 ; m. Jameii htgersoU, 
dates and other particulars wanting. Issue, b. in Owego, N. Y., 
where the parents lived and died. — 

20H7— 1. Lucius Ingersoll, b. not ^veu. 

2088—2. Ruth Ann Ingersoll, 1). *' 

2089—3. James Ingersoll, b. " 

2090-4. Seth Ingersoll, b. 

2091—5. Charles Ingersoll, b. 

2W)2— «. Frances Ingersoll, b. ** 

2093—7. Stephen Ingersoll, b. 

2094—8. Almira Ingersoll, b. 

2095-9. Lillian Ingersoll, b. 

Farmers and worthy people, of whom doubtless we could say 
much good, had we been able to obtain their full record. All we 
have learned was in 1882 ; in March of which Mr. Ingersoll d., 
leaving his wife a ^idow, and five living chn., all vA\h families. 
His son Lucius had d. in the Union army some 20 yi-s. before. 
Three others had passed away at various dates. We can tell no 
more, either of the living or dead. This descent closed, 

[647.] Fanny Ballou", Rev. Hosea*, Rev. Maturing Peter', 
John", Maturin* ; b. in Dana, Mass., Oct. 13, 1797 ; m. Leonard 
llohne^s of Boston, parentage and birth-date not given ; cer. in 
Boston Oct. 7, 1827, by bride's Rev. father. Issue, all understootl 
to have been b. in Boston. — 

2096—1. Fanny C. Holmes, b. July 27, 1828; d. u. m. Wilmington, Vt., 

Aug. 26, 1829. 
2097—2. Esther Augusta Holmes, I). Jan. 80, '80; m. Austin Wliitney Apl. 

4, 1854. 
2098 — 8. Leonard B. Holmes, b. Dec. 5, '31; d. in Andersonville prison in 

War of Rt^bellion. 



3090—4. Alfred L. Holmos, h. Dec. 24, 1833; kilUnl in War of Rebellion 

June 30, 1862. 
2100—5. Melissa R. Holmes, h. May 23. '30; m. Enustus Winslow Banics 

July 2, 1878. 
2101—6. Oliver W. Holmes, 1). Aupr. 24, '38; d. in Boston u. m. Feb. 22, 1875. 

This was a worthy connubial pair, who left a rei)utable and hal- 
lowed memory. Mr. Holnios was chief clerk in the Boston Post 
Office for more than 20 years, and won marked public respect by 
executive ability and moral inteoT-ity. He d. in the prime of mid- 
dle ao^e, May 22, 1843, leaving*: his l>ereaved widow in great sorrow 
and anxiety, with her brood of six comparatively j^ounsc chn., at 
an age and under circumstances which demanded a father's prov- 
idence and guardianship. Fortunately for her and them, her 
larg'e-heai'ted brother. Rev. Massena B. Ballou, resi)onded to her 
appeal, took them all under his kind care, and watched over them 
till of age to care for themselves. Two only of them lived to 
marry, and these still survive. Mrs. Fanny herself d. in Stough- 
ton, Mass., Mar. 28, 1846, a. 48 yrs. 5 mos. and 15 ds. 

[648.] Rev. Hosea Faxon Ballou", Rev. Hosea*, Rev. Maturin', 
Peter", John', Maturin' ; b. in Dana, Mass., Apl. 4, 1799; m. Mai*y 
Ball()u\ eldest dr. of his cousin, Martin Ballou", Benjamin", Rev. 
Maturin', Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in Guilford, Vt., May 3, 1801, 
mother 8 maiden name Anna Briant ; cer. in Monroe, Mass., Jan. 
1, 1817. Issue.— 

2102— 1. Mary Washburn, b. Mcmroe, Mass., Jan. 4, 1818; m. John Ballon. 
2108 — 2. Mandana Wliittemore, b. Monroe, MaHfl., Nov. 18, *19; m. George 

W. Fisher. 
2104— 3. Ca«.sandana, b. Mcmroo, Mass., Nov. 1, '21; m. Da\'id Carloy. 
2ia5— 4. Fanny H., b. Monroe, Mass., July 3, '23; d. Nov. 16, 1840. 

2106— 5. Hosea Berthier, b. Monroe, Mass., Jan. 8, '26; m. Adelia A. Mur- 


2107— 6. Massena Faxon, b. Monroe, Mass., Nov. 12, '27; m. Emeliza 


2108— 7. Elmina Aldala, b. Monroe, Mass., Oct. 17, '29; m. Dexter C. 


2109— 8. Clementina, b. Wliitin^ham, Vt., Feb. 17, '34; m. Silas Mason, 


2110— 9. Fiducia, b. Wliitinf?ham, Vt., July 9, '37; m. John A. Murdock. 
2111—10. Fanny Almena, b. Wliitinp:ham, Vt., Feb. 17, '45; m. Dr. F. J. 


Rev. Hosea Faxon Ballou" inherited excellent talents, executive 
capabilities and moral qualities from his progenitors. He chose 
a companion of corresponding worth, and filled up a long life 


with eminent usefulness. He was successfully engaged in school- 
teaching:, merchandize and farming until thirty-two years of agre. 
He then entered the Universalist ministry with hearty devotion, 
and continued therein, to great public acceptance, for over forty 
years, till disabled by ill-health and the infirmities of ag-e. And 
in all those forty years he never missed a single Sabbath's service. 
He was twenty-five years pastor in Whitingham, Vt., and then 
settled in the same office fifteen over the Society in Wilmington, 
Vt. He was much sought after to minister at funerals within a 
radius of 40 miles, and spoke on such occasions more than 1400 
times. Meanwhile he solemnized over 500 marriages. But he 
seems to have had unusual versatiUty also in secular affairs, for he 
was a Selectman 11 yrs.. Superintendent of Common Schools 22 
yrs., Representative in the Legislature twice, member of three 
several State Constitutional Conventions, 16 yrs. a Justice of the 
Peace, 17 yrs. Town Clerk, repeatedly Road Commissioner for 
more than 30 yrs., continually discharging Probate responsibili- 
ties, as executor, administrator or guardian, and finally, during 
the last 7 years of his life, was President of the Wihnington, Vt., 
Savings Bank. He had a kind, obliging and sympathizing heart, 
as well as a clear head and reliable judgment, and deservedly en- 
joyed great public confidence. When Mr. Peck was collecting 
genealogical data for this work, Mr. Ballou e\inced a commend- 
able interest in the undertaking, and proved himself a willing, 
pains-taking correspondent. 

He d. with an unwavering assurance of immortal blessedne^ss, 
in Wilmington, Vt., May 20, 1881, at the ripe age of 82 yrs. 1 mo. 
and 16 ds. Mrs. Maiy, his worthy consort, d. Aug. 10, 1883, a. 82 
yrs. 3 mos. and 7 ds. She was eminently honored at death as in 
life. Her remains rei)08e by the side of her husband in Whiting- 
ham, Vt. 

[649.]. Kev. Massena Berthier Ballou", Rev. Hosea', Rev. 
Maturing Peter*, John', Maturin'; b. in Dana, Mass., Nov. 28, 
1800 ; m. ]it<i7y SheJfieUl Javols^ dr. of Ichabod R. and Clarissa 
(Richmond) Jacobs, of Scituate, Mass., b. there Sept. 24, 1806; 
cer. under the bride's parental roof, Dec. 21, 1826, by Rev. Hosea 
Ballou. Issue. — 

2112—1. MaBsena Hosoa, l>. in Lancaster, Mass., Jan. 15, 1827; m. Martha 

A. Chnrchill. 
2113—2. Mary Elmina, b. in Stougbton, Masa., Nov. 16, '32; d. Mar. 15, 


^Ic^A^ce ^ ^.5.^ 



2114—3. Clementina Clarissa, b. in Stoughton, Mass., Oct. 10, 1834; m. 

Horace N. Tucker. 
2115—4. Berthier Bichmond, b. in Stoughton, Mass., Dec. 8, '36; m. Eliza 

J. Howland. 

Rev. Massena Berthier Ballou* ha« proved himself the worthy 
scion of a distinguished stock. With intellectual and moral en- 
dowments of a high order, he enjoyed the advantages of a Boston 
scholastic education, and was prepared for the ministry in the 
study of his Rev. father. He entered on his professional duties 
in the 22d yr. of his age. After preaching temporarily in several 
places he settled in Charlton, Mass., and remained in that pastor- 
ate four years. There he and his amiable companion made many 
life-long friends — separating from them with deep mutual regret. 
Thence he removed to Stoughton, Mass., and took charge of the 
ancient First Parish — being the first of his denomination ever set- 
tled in that town. There he had a successful pastorate of 22 yrs., 
which ill health obliged him to resign about 1863 — greatly to the 
regret of his parishioners. But he did not leave his homestead in 
Stoughton. He has remained there ever since, with his chn. and 
gd. chn. settled near him. We had a fraternal letter from hin\ 
under date of June 1, 1882. In that letter he speaks of his domes- 
tic and social relationships thus: — "Our children all reside in 
Stoughton, very near the old homestead, where we have lived in 
peace and harmony with the good citizens of the town for more 
than fifty years — never having had an enemy to our knowledge. 
It has always been my endeavor and most earnest desire, to live 
in peace and the exchange of kind offices with aU the people with 
whom I associated, without . regard to religious or political opin- 
ions. I think our family hold respectable positions in this com- 
munity." There is no doubt of this; for parents and chn. are 
alike amiable and worthy. At this writing [1882J, he is in his 83d 
year. Both he and his wife are invalids to a greater or less ex- 
tent — ^his wife seriously such. The death of his elder bro., Rev. 
Hosea Faxon, and of his bro.-in-law, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Whitte- 
more, gave him a painful sense of desolation ; but his trust in God 
and hope of the life everlasting are gilding the sunset-horizon of 
mortality for him, and soothingly preparing him and his consort 
for their destined translation. There is a remarkable contrast be- 
tween his circumstances and mission and those of his distinguished 
father — ^his own so calm and placid — his father s so arduous and 
controversial. But the Highest wisely allots to each of us the 
spheral life-career most necessary to the universal good. Rev. 


Massena, like his elder bro., has been a liberal contributor of 
family records and desirable information to tliis volume. 

Later. — Mrs. Mary Sheffield Ballon, long* a patient invalid but 
loved and highly esteemed by all who knew her, d. very suddenly 
in Stoughton, Mass., w^hile in process of conversation, Apl. 18, 
1883, a. 76 yrs. 6 mos and 24 ds. 

[650.] Cassandana Ballou*, Kev. Hosea', Rev. Maturin\ Peter', 
John", Maturin' ; b. in Dana, Mass., Jan. 9, 1803; m. Joseph Wing 
of Boston, son of Benjamin and Lucy (Claflin) Wing, b. in Vt. 
Apl. 25, 1797 ; cer. under the bride s parental roof Apl. 25, 1822, 
by her Rev. father. Issue. — 

2116—1. Joseph Ballon Wing, b. in Boston, Feb. 23, 1823; m. Elizabeth 

B. Baldwin. 
2117—2. Ca.ssaudana Frances Washburn Wing. b. Sept. 9, '25; m. James 

H. Shepard. 
2118—3. Clementina Faxon Wing, b. Aug. 3, '27; d. Jan. 10, 1830. 
2119—4. Elmina Faxon Wing, b. Mar. 25, '29; m. Abel A. Atlams. 
2120—5. Horace Benjamin Wing, b. May 6, '31; m. Ellen E. Dana. 
2121—6. Massena Berthier Wing, b. Bept. 9, '33; m. Sarah C. Sanderson. 

' This connubial pair settled in Boston, where Mr. Wing" was 
Agent for the New England Glass Co. through a long series of 
years. He was deservedly hehl in high esteem, as was his wafe, 
in aU their relationships and circles of society. We cannot say 
less of them, under the impressions left on our mind by an imper- 
fect acquaintance, and should undoubtedly say more in the same 
vein, had any one furnished us with more specific biographical 
information. Mrs. Cassandana d. in Boston Oct. 18, 1866. Of the 
subsequent history of Mr. Joseph Wing, it has not been our good 
fortune to obtain desirable information. He never m. again, and 
d. in Boston Apl. 23, 1881, a. 83 yi-s. 11 mos. and 28 ds. 

[651.] Mandana Ballou", Kev. Hosea', Rev. Maturing Peter', 
John\ Maturin* ; b. in Barnard, Vt., Sept. 17, 1804 ; m. IfeiK Sen- 
jam'nx W/rHteniore^ son of Nathaniel and Mary (Stone) Whittemore, 
b. in Lancaster, Mass., May 80, 1801 ; cer. in the bride's pareutal 
home, Boston, June 4, 1823, by her Rev. father. Issue. — 

2122— 1. Mandana Mary Wliittemore, b. Scituate, Mass., ApL 17, 1824; 

ni. Q. Whitney. 
2128— 2. Cassandana Elmina Wliitt(»more, 1). Scitnate, Mass., Auf?. 14, '26; 

d. Dec. 21, 1882. 
2124— 8. Benjamin Ballou Whittemore, b. Troy, N. Y., Sei>t. 14, ^21>; m. 

Sarah C. Treadway. 


2125— 4. Hosea Nathaniel Whittemore, b. Boston, Mass., July 2, 1831; d. 

Nov. 6, 1882. 

2126— 5. Nathaniel Wliittemore, b. Boston, Mass., Dec. 27, *33, d. May 

21, 1835. 

2127— 6. Cassandana Fiducia Whittemore, b. Boston, Mass., Apl. 24, '36; 

d. May 4, 1862. 

2128— 7. Nathaniel Hosea Whittemore, b. Boston, Mass., Apl. 18, '38; m. 

Ida I. Billiard. ' 

2129— 8. Murray Winchester Whittemore, b. Boston, Mass., July 16, '42; 

d. Aug. 24, 1842. 

2130 — 9. Frances Clementina Whittemore, b. Lancaster, Mass., Dec. 10, 

'43; d. Mar. 9, 1861. 
2131 — 10. Massena Maturin Whittemore, b. Lancaster, Mass., Feb. 5, '46; 
m. M. C. Tread way. 

Mrs. Mandana Ballon Whittemore and her husband sustained 
a hifi^h reputation for all the noble qualities of heai-t, intelli«rence 
and moral character which adorn connubial, social and public life. 
They x>£Uised through a trying succession of domestic afflictions, 
as is strikingly obvious from the deaths in the above family rec- 
ord ; to which another was added in the early departure of their 
eldest dr., wife of Eev. Quincy Whitney — who d. Oct. 23, 1857, 
only about 11 yrs. after mge., in the 34th year of her age — leaving 
two young drs. We need not open the testament of their sorrows 
to read its pages of grief. They are reported to have drunk each 
bitter cup with Christian resignation, and to have looked with 
consoling confidence into the immortal world, as the supernal 
home where all will meet again. 

Mr. Whittemore gave early promise of public usefulness, pos- 
sessed talents of superior lustre, was educated at Lancaster and 
Groton Academies, Mass., studied divinity with Rev. Hosea Bal- 
lon, and commenced his ministry in his 22d year. He was or- 
dained as pa.stor of the Universalist Society in South Scituate, 
Mass., May 21, 1823, where he officiated six years. Thence he 
was called to Troy, N. Y., in 1829, and thence to So. Boston in 
1830. There his usual good success attended him. In 1843, he 
took possession of the old patrimonial homestead in Lancaster, 
Mass., where he managed his secular affairs, and devoted his 
ministerial labors to the upbuilding of Universalism in the gen- > 
eral vicinity — organizing several new Societies. In 1854 he set- 
tled as pastor of the Universalist Society in Norwich, Ct., where 
he continued eight years. He then returned to Lancaster, Mass., 
soon lost liis eyesight, yet continued to preach occasionally — 
rei)eating his hymns and scripture lessons from memory. Ho 



passed the last four years of his life with his son in Mattapan, a 
small suburb of Boston. The Annual Univenalist Register for 
1882 closes a biographical sketch of him with these words. — 

"As a preacher and pastor, Mr. Whittemore was eminently suc- 
cessful. He possessed a personal magnetism which secured for 
him at once the attention of his hearers, and won their good w^ill 
before their judgment was appealed to. Added to this was a bril- 
liant and powerful intellect which gave him a ready comprehen- 
sion of his subject ; and liis logical method and aptness of illustra- 
tion enabled him to express his convictions with great force. As 
a scripture expositor he possessed eminent ability. He knew all 
the ways of doubt and skepticism, and was ever ready to maintain 
the truths of Christianity with a skill and courage that insured 
success. In 1867 Tufts College conferred upon him the honorary 
degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology." " During his last sickness 
he bore his sufferings without a murmur. His intellect remained 
unclouded, and his faith grew brighter until his spiiit took its 
flight." His ever sympathizing companion, who for nearly sixty 
years had shared his joys and sorrows, survived, like a trembling 
reed, the blast that separated them, and at last advices was calmly 
awaiting her own departure. He d. at Mattapan, Ai)l. 26, 1881, 
at the age of almost 80 yrs. Mrs. Mandana was enjoying the 
fostering care of her dutiful son Nathaniel H. and family at Mat- 
tapan, Mass., in 1883. 

[652.] Elmina Ruth Ballou", Rev. Hosea', Rev. Maturin*, 
Peter', John', Maturin' ; b. in Poiismouth, N. H., Apl. 3, 1810; m. 
Rev, Josiah Croahy Waldo, son of Shubael and Rebecca (Crosby) 
Waldo, b, in Chesterfield, N. H., Dec. 5, 1803 ; cer. at bride's pa- 
rental home in Boston, Oct. 26, 1831, by her Rev. father. Issue. — 

2132—1. Ella Fiducia Oliver Waldo, b. W. Cambridge, Mas8., May 10, 
1835; d. Aug. 24, 1848. 

2133—2. George Curtis Waldo, b. Lynn, Ma88., Mar. 20, *37; m. Annie 

2134—3. Clementina Grace Waldo, b. Woburn, Mass., Sept. 22, '38; res- 
New London, Ct. 

2135 — 4. Frances Rebecca Waldo, b. Woburn, Miiss., Aug. 7, *40; d. Aug. 
8, 1862. 

2136—5. Maturin Ballon Waldo, b. W. Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 20, *43; m., 
wife deed. 

An approved, exemplary and happy marriage. Mr. Waldo was 
educated at Chesterfield, N. H., Academy, studied for the ministry 

CLEMtlNTWA (BALLOlI) WRlGtlT\ d'c. 831 

under Rev. Hosea Ballou, was first settled and ordained at Cin- 
cinnati, O., and while there projected and started the Universalist 
paper entitled "Sentinel and Star." He was next settled in Lynn, 
Mass.; next in West Cambridge, Mass.; then in Troy, N. Y. ; 
and then twelve years in New London, Ct., where he has ever 
since resided. Mrs. Elmina, his wife, d. there June 26, 1856. 
There, too, Miss Frances Rebecca their dr. d., as above noted, 
Au^. 8, 1862, unmarried. Rev. Mr. Waldo has m. a 2d wife, and 
his dr., Clementina Grace, was, in 1883, residing* at home with 
them, u. m. His son, George Curtis, who m. Annie Frye of New 
Orleans, some ten years ago, has- had at least three chn. He is 
chief editor of the "Standard," a daily and weekly newspaper 
published in Bridgeport, Ct., where he resides. The other son, 
Matnrin B., has been m. but lost his wife, who left no issue. He 
is in the employ of C. R. Cummings, the so-called Western Rail- 
road king, and in an eligible position. Talent, enterimse, thrift, 
and doubtless moral integrity, obviously characterize this family. 
We shall not further trace them. 

[653.] Clementina Ballou", Rev. Hosea', Rev. Maturin', Peter', 
John', Maturin'; b. in Poi-tsmouth, N. H., July 10, 1812; m. CoL 
Imac Hall Wright of Boston, son of W^inslow and Sarah (Dunlap) 
Wright of Boston, Jan. 28, 1814; cer. in brides parental home, 
Boston, Jime 4, 1837, by her Rev. father. No issue. 

A worthy bride and distinguished gioom. He has occupied 
the following resi)onsible positions in mercantile, civil and mili- 
tary circles. — Junior partner in the firm of Wright, Priest & Co., 
member of the Massachiisetts Senate, U. S. Navy Agent, Capt., 
Lieut-Col. and Col. of Mass. Vols, in the Mexican War, MiUtary 
Gov, of Monterey, Mexico, Commander of the Ancient and Hon- 
orable Artillery Co., Capt. of the Boston Lt. Dragoons, Superin- 
tendent of the IT. S. Armory at Springfield, Mass., Attorney at 
Iaw, and Cliaii-man of Board of Street Commissioners, Boston. 
He must be excused for not having had children of his own to 
care for. Col. AVright d. of consumption Dec. 16, 1886, a. 72 yrs. 
10 mos. and 19 ds. 

[654.] FiDUCiA Ballou", Rev. Hosea*, Rev. Maturing Peter*, 
John', Maturin'; b. in Portsmouth, N. H., May 1, 1814; m. Ahijah 
Wheeler Fai^nr of Boston, son of Oliver and Mary (Wheeler) 
Farrar, b. in Weston, Vt., Nov. 17, 1810; cer. at brides parental 
home in Boston, Apl. 22, 1838, by her Rev. father. Issue, b. in 
Boston, Mass. — 


2187—1. Oliver Wheeler Farrar, b. May 26, 1889; m. 8arah E. Viaux June 

1, 1872. 
2188—2. Florence Ballon Farrar, b. Jan. 18, '48; m. Frederic H. Viaux 

June 19, 78. 
2139—8. Alice WriKbt Farrar, b. Jan. 18, '46; m. James W. Brings Nov. 

22, '68. 
2140—4. Berthier Farrar, b. and d. Lexington, MasH., May, 1848. 
2141—5. Frank Waldo Farrar, b. Feb. 2, '52; m. C. W. CaldweU, Nov. 5, *79. 

We assume this to have been a happy iiiamage, and life to 
have flowed in a pro8i)erous channel. Mr. Farrar is now a retired 
merchant, ha\dn^ formerly belonged to the mercantile firm of 
Dana, Farrar Ar Hyde, Bostcm, Mass. Our data will enable us to 
bring this family down to the eighth generation. Mrs. Fiducia d. 
May 30, 1885, and was deservedly eulogized by Rev. Dr. Miner in 
the Christian lA'adrr of June 18th foUo>\dng. 

[655.] Maturin Murray Ballou", Rev. Hosea', Rev. Maturin'; 
Peter', John*, Matimn'; b. in Boston, Mass., Apl. 14, 1820; m. 
Mary Anne liiHterU^ dr. of John and Mary Anne (Adams) Roberts, 
b, in Boston, Sept. 1, 1822; cer. in Bostcm, Sept. 15, 1839, by the 
gi*oqm's Rev. father. Issue, b. in Boston. — 

2142—1. Murray R<)bei*t«, b. July 21, 1840; m. Lucretia Rowland. 

Maturin Murray Ballou*, the youngest son of his celebrated 
father, grew up in the best of homes and enjoyed the highest edu- 
cational privileges of his favored city, "the Athens of America." 
H(». had a literary genius, and early enUsted with ardor in the 
profession of X)eriodical Journalism. He has been connected with 
the Boston press over forty years. He commenced his career 
with " The Flag of our Union"; next stai-ted "Ballou's Pictorial," 
the first illustrated newspaper issued in this country, which he 
continued more than ten years with pecuniary success ; next fol- 
lowed the famous " Dollar Magazine " and kindred pubUcationa ; 
and hiter " The Boston Dtiily Globe," of which he was editor in 
chief till his health partially broke down. Meantime he became the 
author of numerous valuable and popular volumes, among which 
the following are the most impoiiunt: — A Life or "Biography of 
Hosea Ballon/* his father, which passed through eighteen editions 
in two years — "A History of Cuba," the first ever published in 
English, principally elaborated from his o^ti notes taken on the 
Island — " The Treasury of Thought," a large $5 Vol., which won 
him the enconiums of literary critics, and of which two ample 
editions were sold in a single year — "Notable Thoughts about 


Women," and " Pearls of Thought." Besides these solid prose 
vorks, he has written dramas for the stage, and poetic effasions of 
Yarious style. He was also at one time in the lecture field. After 
becoming a prosperous accumulator, he paid considerable atten- 
tion to real estate investments. In this line he built and owned 
three of the largest dry goods stores in Boston, and the famous 
St Jam^^ IIoteL So, at the age of fifty-four, he settled down a 
wealthy capitalist. He gave his only son a liberal education, 
saw him graduate from Harvard University in the class of 1862, 
with honor, launched him successfully in a lucrative business, 
l)eheld him happily married, and at the head of a promising 
family, and needed nothing more to brim his cup of worldly i^ros- 
perity, but to witness that son's promotion to a high post of dis- 
tinction among his compeers. And thLs came to pass. For Mur- 
ray Roberts Ballou has been President of the Boston Broker's 
Board some fourteen years. Yet, to cap the climax of perform- 
ance and enjoyment, he has latterly made a grand tour of the 
world, even through the farthest Indies, and surfeited himself on 
its wonders. Whether the results have been photographed into a 
Tolmne of travels is unknown to us at this writing. Finally, it is 
safe to presume that the connubial home is as replete with good 
things and domestic felicity as the outer circles of life have been 
with favored providences ; aU which does not imply that the en*- 
joyers have not, like all the rest of us, shared more or less in the 
adversities and sorrows of our common humanity. 

[659.] Oliver Ballou", Oliver', Peter*, Peter', John', Maturin\ 
b. in Hanover, N. H., Mar. 6, 1789; m. 1st Elizaheth Heath of 
Bristol, N. H.; cer. Oct. 12, 1813 ; no other particulars given. Is- 
sue, b. in Alexandria, N. H. — 

2143—1. Sarah H., b. June 21, 1814; m. Samuel Howard Apl. 16, 1845. 
2144—2. Laura, b. Jan. 18, *16; m. Ist Joseph Johnson, 2d Silas Rhodes. 
2145-3. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 21, '18; m. Alexander W. Wright Oct. 25, 1839. 

Mrs. Elizabeth, the mother, d. Dec. 30, 1818, and the husband 
m. 2d Dorothy Kiddei' of Bristol, N. H.; cer. Nov. 1819, — no other 
particulars given. Issue, all b. in said Alexandria. — 

2144^— 4. Nancy, b. Mar. 21, 1822; m. Varus Steams Apl. 11, 1842. 

2147— 5. Jane, b. Feb. 14, *24; m. Wilham Long Feb. 8, 1846, &c. 

2148— 6. Dorothy, b. Sept. 19, *25; m. Sylvester Leonard July 14, 1849. 

2149— 7. Oliver, b. Sept. 8, *28; m. Emma Heath Sept. 20, 1850. 

2150— 8. Nathaniel, b. June 14, '80; m. Eda A. Avery, Mar. 24, 1855. 

2151— 9- Benjamin, b. Mar. 14, *82; m. Lavina Elder Mar. 15, 1858. 
215^-10. Achsah, b. Feb. 11, '88; m. James Bartlett, Sept. 14, 1858. 


Oliver Ballou" is reported to us as a diligent, thrifty farmer and 
upright man, who with his wives and children deservedly enjoyed 
an unblemished reputation throughout their vicinage. We have 
received no authentic information concerning the last years of 
Oliver Ballou" and wife, as we should have done on special in- 
quiry. We presume they must have gone the way of all the earth 
in the ordinary course of nature, but are without particulars. 

[660.] Nathaniel Ballou*, the next younger son of Oliver*, is 
understood to have been a promising youth, cut off in his bloom, 
at the age of about 19 years. 

[661.] Sarah Ballou', Oliver*, Peter', Peter*, John', Maturin'; 
b. in Hanover, N. H., at a date not found; m. David Sawyer of 
Enfield, N. H., b. Jan. 31, 1791; cer. in Bristol, N. H., date and 
other particulars not ascertained. Issue, b. in Mt. Tabor, Vt. — 

2158—1. Edwin David Sawyer, b. May 4, 1884; res. u. m. Mt. Tabor, Vt 

Having learned from the Postmaster of Mt. Tabor that David 
Sawyer had been a citizen of that town, and had died, leaving the 
above named son Edwin, we made haste to open a correspondence 
with him. We had the good fortune to be answered promptly 
and kindly. He could not give us the Christian names of his 
^and parents, nor his mother's birth-date, nor the date of her 
marriage; but on most other points posted us well. It seems 
from his letter, dated Mt. Tabor, June 14, 1886, that Mt. Tabor is 
among the heights of the Green Mountains ; that his father and 
mother settled on a 200 acre lot of wilderness land there in 1826, 
cleared a portion of it, had two chn. b. on it, and then sold out to 
buy a 100 acre farm more eligibly situated. Their youngest child, 
a son, d. in infancy without a name. On their second homestead 
David and Sarah (Ballou*) spent the remainder of their days. 
He was honored with several town offices, from selectman down- 
ward, and they appear to have enjoyed the general respect. Mrs. 
Sarah experienced poor health for some years, and d. Feb. 21, 
1870, believed to have been about 76 yrs. old. Mr. Sawyer d. 
Oct. 18, 1872, in his 82d yr. Their son, Edwin D., sold out the 
parental estate, and purchased him a homestead in the East sec- 
tion of the town. There, says he, "I live alone, an old bachelor." 
But we trust he is as happy as some who live in a state of dovMe 

[662.] AcHSAH Ballou", Oliver*, Peter*, Peter*, John', Matuiin*; 


b. in Hanover, N. H., date not found; m. Dudley Davi^. They 
settled, lived and d. in (Jrafton, N. H., leaving two chn. We have 
made fruitless inquiries for those chn., and found ourselves unable 
to ascertain their whereabbuts or record. 

[663.] Jane Ballou", Oliver', Peter*, Peter', John", Maturin' ; 
b. in Hanover, N. H., at a date not found ; m. 1st a Mr. Blodgett, 
somewhere in Vt., who died. She then went to Ohio, where she 
m. a second husband, and d. leaving 3 chn. This indefinite infor- 
mation was given to Mr. Peck by her half brother, the late Wil- 
liam P. Ballon of Alexandria, N. H., as long ago as 1861. He 
added. — " It is not known where they [the chn.] are." There was 
little hope of finding such unsearchable cousins. No further at- 
tempt to trace. 

[664.] HosEA Ballou", Oliver*, Peter*, Peter', John', Maturin* ; 
b. in Enfield, N. H., at a date not found; m. Cynthia Sat^horriy 
ptge., birth-date, Ac, not given; cer. Apl. 6, 1822. Issue, b. in 
Bristol, N. H.— 

2154-1. Ira P., b. Sept. 8, 1823; m. Ellen 0. Campton. 

2155—2. Mary J., b. Mar. 8, '26; d. Oct. 6, 1828. 

2156-3. Sarah J., b. Nov. 29, '29; d. Oct. 6, 1830. 

2157-4. Charlotte A., b. Sept. 7, '33; unreported. 

2158-5. Ellen M., b. July 23, '38; m. Andrew F. Burpee Aug. 1867. 

2159—6. Lewis L., b. Dec. 4, '42; unrei)orted. 

2160—7. Annah B., b. Aug. 25, '52; d. Oct. 14, 1864. 

Hosea Ballou', wife and family, ranked high among the re- 
spectable farmers of their vicinity. They have been distinguished 
for their intelligence, enterprise and moral integrity, among the 
worthiest of their lineage. The father went West to visit his son 
Ira, and fell suddenly before the scythe of the dark angel at 
Beaver Dam, Wis., Oct. 18, 1866, to the deep affliction of his fam- 
ily. His desolate widow and several of her chn. survived him 
many years, and resided in Alexandria, N. H., when last heard 

[666.] Horace Ballou', Oliver*, Peter*, Peter*, John', Maturin* ; 
b. in Enfield, N. H., date not foimd; m. Mary B, Sivwrul^, ptge., 
birth-date, &c., not given ; cer. May 27, 1827. Issue, b. in Alexan- 
dria, N. H.— 

2161—1. Caleb S., b. Dec. — 1827; d. Feb. 4, 1832. 

2162—2. Horace Selden, b. Jan. 27, '33; d. Apl. 22, 1854. 

2163—3. Levi B., b. July 17, '39; d. Mar. 2, 1841. 

2164 — 1 Liician A., b. May 4, '44; unable to obtain report. 


Horace Ballon*, farmer and merchant, with his wife come to ns 
reported as eminentl}'^ reputable in the various relations of life, 
but sadly bereft of their few chn. The Postmaster of Alexandria 
informed us, under date of Sept. 22, 1884, that Mr. Ballou's wife 
and family were in the West, but himself was boarding then in 
town, and " well for a man of his age." 

[666.] Zarah Ballou', Oliver', Peter', Peter', John', Maturing 
b. in Enfield, N. H., date not given ; m. Caroline l^entiey^ ptge., 
birth-date, &c., not given ; cer. Jan. 19, 1834. Issue, b. in Hill, 

2165—1. Warren, b. Oct. 29, 1834; d. Feb. 15, 1859, in his 2l8tyr. 

2166—2. Mary Jane, b. Mar. 21, *37; last reiiorted Chicopee Falls, Mass. 

2167—3. Persis G., b. Apl. 10, '39; d. Jan. 31, 1852. 

2168—4. Silas, b. July 28, '41 ; last reiiorted in Bristol, N. H. 

2169—5. James G., b. Dec. 12, '43; last reiwrted in Bristol, N. H. 

2170—6. Zarah M., b. Aug. 28, '45; 

2171—7. Ada K., b. July 24, '47; 

2172-8. Highland, b. Apl. 25, '50; 

2173—9. Eveline, b. Nov. 8, '52; reiwrted died. 

One of Mr. Peck^s correspondents referred to an intelligent, 
scholarly magistrate of Hill, N. H., who was well acquainted with 
the large family of Oliver Ballou', as declaring that there was not 
another of such size ever raised in N. H., equal to them. Zarah' 
was one of them, and shared the common respect. And we pre- 
sume his wife and children were no less worthy. It will be seen, 
when recurred to further on, that we failed to trace this family 
below the 7th Gen. 

[667.] John Wesley Ballou", Oliver*, Peter*, Peter', John', 
Maturin'; b. in Hanover, N. H., Mar. 4, 1807; m. Thirzii jfem/w, 
dr. of Gardner and Levina (Wells) Evans, b. in HiU, N. H., Apl. 
26, 1813 ; cer. in New Hampton, N. H., Mar. 24, 1833, by Rev. 
Eben. Fisk. Issue, b. in Franklin, N. H.— 

2174-1. Hiram P., b. Oct. 25, 1833; m. Sarah Aii^ista Heath Oct. 4, 1857. 

2175—2. Frederick W., b. Jan. 21, '35; m. Mary Holmes. 

2176—8. John W. Jr., b. Oct. 30, '37; m. Helen E. Nye May 12, 1800. 

2177—4. Horace A., b. Feb. 4, '40; m. Ist Siihi A. Comser, 2d Carrie J. 


2178—5. Isaac C, b. Apl. 25, *42; m. Ida I. Hastings Mar. 2, 1878. 

2179— «. Rufus M., b. Sept. 21, '47; drowned Aug. 11, 1859. 

2180—7. George W., b. Mar. 31, '52; m. Emma H. Foster May 6, 1874. 

John W. Ballon*, farmer, Franklin, N. H., wife and family, are 


to be included in the same respectable category already promi- 
nently characterized. At our last advices the parents were living 
in the enjoyment of goodly prosperity, and a green old age. 

[668.] Elijah Ballou", Oliver', Peter*, Peter', John', Maturin'; 

b. prob. in Eniield, N. H., twin with his bro. Elisha ; m. 1st 

ElizaJfeth Pedalexj, who d. early of consumption, childless ; no dates 
or particulars further given. He m. 2d Ncuwy TyrrdL ; cer. Mar. 
1, 1840. Issue, b. in Hill, N. H.— 

2181—1. Ann M., b. Apl. 5, 1841; unrei>orted. 

2183—2. Western, b. June 19, '43; enlisted in U. S. service Sept. 12, 1861. 

2183-3. Wayland, b. Oct. 16, '45; 

2184—4. Marcia, b. Sept. 1, '49; unreported. 

2185—5. Alfred, b. June 5, '51 ; 

2186—6. Emma J., b. Jan. 7, '58; 

2187—7. Clara, b. May 28, '55; 

Another farmer family of good livers and worthy character. We 
regret our inability to trace their descent further. 

[669.] Elihha BAUiOTj", OUver", Peter*, Peter', John", Maturin* ; 
b. prob. in Enfield, N. H., twin with his bro. Elijah ; m. Luvlnda 
Watt^, no ptge. or birth-date given ; cer. Feb. 18, 1843. Issue, b. 
in Alexandria, N. H. — 

2188 — 1. Mary A., b. Mar. 30, 1844; unroiK>rted and untraced. 

2180—2. LueyA., b. Julyl7, '45; 

2190—3. Charlefi E., b. Mar. 5, '46; 

2191—4. Laura M., b. Mar. 22, '48; 

2192— .5. John N., b. Auj<. 11, '50; 

219*-6. Orison, b. May 25, '54; 

2194r-7. Ellen E., K June 4, '59; ** 

Of the same reputable, thrifty, farmer family we have been de- 
scribing. Our latest information reports that Elisha Ballou" had 
d., and that his widow was residing with her son Charles E.' in 
Boston, Mass. 

[670.J William P. Ballou", Oliver*, Peter*, Peter", John^ Ma- 
turin*; b. prob. in Enfield, N. H., Oct. 20, 1816; m. Mrs. Sop/uv- 
nUi M. SatJmniy widow, maiden name Smith, dr. of Moses and 
Lucy (Gurdy) Smith, b. in Bristol, N. H., May 9, 1822 ; cer. May, 
1847, )>y John Gould, Esq. Issue, b. in Alexandria, N. H. 

2195—1. LaForest S., b. Feb. 11, 1849; m. Elvira B. Gale Fob. 0, 1870. 
2196—2. Qiiincy A., b. Jan. 23, '52; m. Silette S. Colby Oct. IJ), 1881. 


William P.* broke away from the plowfield of his kindred, and 
became an enterprising boot and shoe merchant. His wife was 
an equally enterprising milliner. They occupied different por- 
tions of the same building in Alexandria, N. H., and both did a 
flourishing business. Mr. B. ranked high in the excellent char- 
acteristics of his father s large family, and, with his companion, 
exerted a conspicuous influence in the community around them. 
He was a very willing, copious and helpful correspondent of Mr. 
Peck, furnishing him a large amount of genealogical data, relat- 
ing to the children and descendants of Oliver Ballou. This has 
come down to our use, and deserves the grateful acknowledgment 
of all concerned in the publication of this volume. He d. in Alex- 
andria, N. H., Dec. 7, 1879. His worthy widow survives, and is 
still active in her millinery and fancy goods business. She and 
her two sons, LaForest and Dr. Quincy A. Ballou, now reside in 
Bristol, N. H. This is written June 12, 1885. 

[671.] Eliza Ballou', Oliver*, Peter*, Peter', John', Maturin* ; 
b. perhaps in Hanover, perhaps in Alexandria, N. H. ; m. George 
Corlisif, ptge., birth-date, &c., not given; cer. Mar. 13, 1832. Is- 
sue, b. in Hill, N. H.— 

2197 — 1. Philintla Corliss, b. Dec. 18, 1832; unreported and nntracod. 

2198-2. RhodaCorliss, b. Apl. 1, *37; 

2199—3 George Corliss, b. May 25, '39; d. in Military Hospital Feb. 20, 1862, 

2200 — 4. Mary Corliss, b. Apl. 23, *40; iinroiwrted and iin traced. 

2201—5. James Corliss, b. May 26, '44; 

2202—6. Alvin CorUss, b. May 5, '46; 

A worthy farmer family ; but the husband and father d. in Dec. 
1846, leaving them to sorrowful widowhood and orphanage when 
his providence, guardianship and love seemed most indispensable. 
Mrs. Eliza proved herself a widow indeed, and a judicious mother, 
through the anxious ensuing years. Her chn. grew up well trained, 
and most of them lived to be a comfort to her old age. One of 
them, Geo. CorUss, Jr., sacrificed himself to the war-serAdce of his 
country. He enlisted, went into camp at Manchester, N. H., took 
the measles, was removed for hospital treatment to Fort Indepen- 
dence near Boston, and d. there, as written above, Feb. 20, 1862. 
Very little information has reached us since we undertook the 
compilation of this work. How many of the children ever lived 
to marry, or whether the mother yet survives, no one has told us. 
This descent closed. 


[672.] Mary Ballou*, Oliver*, Peter*, Peter', Jolin", Maturin' ; 
b. prob. in Alexandria, N. H., date ungiven ; m. Aaron Kidder, 
and settled in Hanover, N. H., no dateR or particulars given. She 
is reported to have had 3 chn., and to have d. about the year 
1847 or 8. Her husband was living in 1862, and one of the fore- 
mentioned 3 chn., viz. — 

2203—1. Jepthah Kidder. 

Anxious inquiries made by letter, but no answers ever reed. 
We hope the next Ballou genealogist will be smart enough, and 
fortunate enough, to bring into fold the many lost sheep of our 
Israel whom we have failed to find. This descent closed. 

[673.] Cynthia Ballou", Oliver*, Peter*, Peter", John', Ma- 
turin* ; b. in Alexandria, N. H., no date given ; m. John Peaslee 
in Nov. 1833 — ^no particulars given. They settled in Hill, N. H., 
where besides 3 unnamed chn. lost in early infancy, they had. — 

2204—1. Sarah J. Peaslee, b. June 9, 1837; unreiiorted. 
22a5~2. Aaron Peaslee, b. June 2, '39; ** 

2206—3. Cynthia A. Peaslee, b. Jan. 22, '48; 

A respectable farming family, of good social and moral standing, 
like that of their near kindred. No recent information obtained, 
and the descent closed. 

[674.] Philinda Ballou", Oliver*, Peter*, Peter*, John', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Alexandria, N. H., date ungiven ; m. a Mr, Quhnl>y ; 
no birth-place, birth-date or marriage-place reported. He was a 
seafaring man, went off on a voyage soon after mge. and d. No 
issue. Mrs. Philinda remained a worthy widow, and, in 1862, 
lived in Hill with her mother, then aged 85 yrs. or more, minister- 
ing to her comforts, We can report nothing later. 

We had given up all expectations of tracing the descendants of 
Stephen Ballou*, Peter*, Peter*, &c., when agreeably surprised by 
receiving important data of their family record from Mrs. Amanda 
J. Winsor of Lincoln, R. I., a comparatively near relative. We 
therefore gladly transcribe and preserve the facts. This Stephen 
Ballou m. Rachel Smith of Smitlifield, R. I., settled in Brimfield, 
Mass., resided in several localities at various times, but finally d. 
in said Smithfield of dropsy. He is said to have preached oc- 


[674}.] Phebe Ballou", Stephen", Peter', Peter", John', Ma- 
tnriu* ; b. in Brimfield, Mors., Oct. 24, 1806; m. 1st Augustus 
Cdi'Virr ; cer. in Granby, Mass, Jan. 3, 1834, by Rev. Mr. Knight. 
No issue. Mr. Carver d., and she na. 2d, George Bahcoch in said 
Granby, no date ^ven. No issue. She was living in Granby 
with her 2d husband a few years ago. 

[674f.] Emperok Ballou", Stephen', Peter', Peter', John\ Ma- 
turin' ; b. in KilUngly, Ct., Feb. 4, 1811 ; m. Klmira IHteUock of 
Fort Ann, N. Y. ; cer. in Ludlow, Mass., Jan. 1, 1838. Issue. — 

2207—1. George Oscar, b. Chicopee, Mass., June 18, 1H39; d. Jan. 28, '42. 

2208-2. Nancy Jane", b. ** " Apl. 2, '42; m. R. D. Avery. 

2209-3. Charles Stephen', b. ** ** Mar. 26, '44; d. Aug. 21, '66. 

2210—4. Helen Maria', b. Portsmouth, N. H., June 18, '46; d. Jan. 7, '53. 

2211—5. Alice Frances^ b. Montgomery, Mass., Nov. 9, '58; d. Nov. 17, '69. 

[674i*.] Chauncey Ballou", Stephen', Peter\ Peter*, Jolin'*, Ma- 
turin* ; b. Dee. 12, 1813, birth-place not given ; m. Mary A, Mann ; 
cer. in Tliomaston, Me., Oct. 16, 1839, by Elder Day. Issue, 
bii'tli-x)lace not indicated. — 

2212—1. CharleH F. * b. Feb. 1(5, 1840. 

2213-2. Phebe A.'* b. Apl. 18, '42; d. Feb. 16, 1845. 

2214—3. Emma', b. Feb. 27, '44; m. a Ballon and set. Fall River, Mass. 

|674S.] Rachel Ann Ballou*, Stephen", Peter', Peter', John*, 
Maturin' ; b. in Monson, MasH., Nov. 17, 1815 ; m. Rielmrd Barnes 
of Middleto\vn, Ct., and settled in West Hartford, Ct. No issue 
repoi-ted, and no more told. 

As there is but one family in this descent of Stephen Ballon*, 
Peter", Arc, which could properly be carried down to the next tier 
of generations, we will enter its data here, and close. 

[2208.] Nancy Jane Ballou', Emperor", Stephen*, Peter*, Peter', 
John", Maturin* ; b. in Chicopee, Mass., Apl. 2, 1842; m. liatol^tid 
J), Avery ; cer. in Huntingdon, Mass., Nov. 24, 1816, by Rev. M. 
Walker. Issue. — 

2315—1. Albert D. Avery^ b. Nov. 30, 1859; d. Dee. 23, 1862. 

221(^2. Nellie Frances Avery% b. July 9, '63. 

2217—3. Arthur D. Avery^ b. Aug. 9, *65. 

2218—4. Margie Etta Avery^ b. Nov, 22, '67. 

2219—5. Alice Maria Avery^ b. Feb. 22, *74. 

Family home understood to be in Montgomery, Mass. 


[676.] Welcome Ballou', Dr. Peter', Peter*, Peter", John*, 
Maturin' ; b. in Smithfield, K. I., Feb. 7, 1797, on what is now 
called the Israel Arnold place in Lime Rock neighborhood; m. 
Ahiffail Dyer, dr. of Joseph and Lydia (TiflPb) Dyer, b. in Johns- 
ton, R. I., July 23, 1797 ; cer. in said Johnston, May 1821, by Rev. 
Mr. Tifft. Issue, b. in Smithfield, now Lincoln, R. I. — 

2220—1. Sarah A., birth-date not given ; m. Ist George W. Briggs. 
2321—2. Cynis W., birth-date not given; m. Harriet R. Blake. 

Welcome Ballou" lived and died in Lime Rock neiorhborhood, 
R. I. He was a cooper by trade. He and his wife are thus char- 
acterized by their son Cynis W. — " My mother was a Baptist and 
a good one too ; father, honest, upright and square — liked by all 
who knew him. No children had better parents than we." He d. 
Apl. 27, 1867, a. 70 yrs. 2 mos. and 20 ds. Mrs. Abigail, his widow, 
d. May 21, 1880, a. 82 yrs. 9 mos. and 28 ds. 

[676.] Mauy Ballou*, Dr. Peter', Peter*, Peter", John', Matu- 
rin' ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 22, 1799 ; m. George Jeneken^ son 
of Capt. Rufus Jenckes, b. in said Smithfield at a date not given ; 
cer. Nov. 10, 1822. Issue, b. in said Smithfield. — 

222^—1. Rufus Jenckes, b. Nov. 5, 1827; m. Martha E. Angell. 

Occupation, characteristics, &c., not given. George Jenckes d. 
Jan. 18, 1885. Mrs. Mary (Ballou) Jenckes", d. June 20, 1885, in 
her 87th yr. Their residence was in the part of old Smithfield 
now Lincoln, R. I. 

[677.] Ephkaim Ballou", Dr. Peter', Peter*, Peter", John", Ma- 
turin*; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Nov. 9, 1800; went to sea, and all 

trace of him lost. 


[678.J Anna Ballou", Dr. Peter^ Peter*, Peter", John^ Matu- 
rin'; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Dec. 24, 1802; m. 1st Resolved Dy€7\ 
son of Joseph and Lydia (Tifft) Dyer, b. in Johnston, R. I., at a 
date not ascertained ; cer. 1818, the bride being in her 16th yr. 
Issue, b. in Smithfield, R. I. — 

2223—1. Lydia Dyer, b. Nov. 19, 1819; m. Horatio Nelson Mowry. 
2234—2. Amey Sumner Dyer, b. June 18, '22; m. Ist S. B. Cook, 2d H. T. 

Resolved Dyer d. at a date not ^ven. Mrs. Anna" m. 2d Jere- 
miah Jenckes, son of Capt. Rufus and Amey (Arnold) Jenckes, b. 


in Smithfield, R. I., Au^. 16, 1806 ; cer. Mar. 31, 1827. No issue. 
Jeremiah Jenckes became insane, and d. in a New Hampshire 
hospital, date not ascertained. Mrs. Anna" d. Oct. 2, 1839, a. 36 
yrs. 8 mos. and 9 ds. 

We will conclude this family descent here, as more convenient 
than to defer it. 

[2223.] Lydia Dyer', dr. of Resolved and Anna (Ballou) Dyer, 
b. in Smithfield, R. I., Nov. 19, 1819; m. 1st Um^atio Nelson 
Mowry^ at a date not given. Issue. — 

2235—1. Horatio Nelson Mowry, Jr\ 

Horatio Nelson Mowry went to California in 1849, an adventurer 
for gold. His wife followed him thither in 1851. He returned 
East in 1861 or 2, perhaps on business, and d. very suddenly in 
Providence, R. I. Mrs. Lydia subsequently m. 2d K, V. ZaiArop, 
a very worthy gentleman of San Francisco, Cal. We have been 
referred to him for date and particulars, but have not deemed it 
necessary to write him on the subject. Mrs. Lydia^ d. in San 
Francisco July 15, 1883, a. 63 yrs. 7 mos. and 27 ds. 

Horatio Nelson Mowry, Jr^, married, had a son named after 
himself, whose birth-date and whereabouts are not reported. 
Horatio Nelson Mowry, Jr^, d. in New Orleans of Yellow Fever 
Nov. 7, 1877 ; his infant son Horatio N.* being about two yrs. old. 
Nothing further told. 

[2224.] Amey SuMNEit Dyek^ dr. of Resolved and Anna (Bal- 
lon) Dyer, b. in Smithfield, R. I., June 18, 1822; m. 1st Seth Burr 
Cook, Jr.y b. in Boston, Mass., Oct. 8, 1812 ; cer. in Providence, 
R. I., Mar. 10, 1844. Issue, besides several that d. young. — 

2226—1. Amey Isabel Cook, b. June 12, 1848; m. Nelson White. 

Seth B. Cook, Jr., d. in Providence, R. I., Oct. 26, 1864, a. 32 
yrs. and 18 ds. 

Mra. Amey' m. 2d Ilem^y 'Tyler Svxw, son of Daniel Swan, a 
native of Connecticut; cer. in Providence, R. I., Oct. 11, 1855. 
No issue reported. He d. Apl. 26, 1874 ; since which Mrs. Amey' 
has lived a worthy widow, residing latterly with a widowed aunt 
in Lincoln, R. I. 

[2226.] Amey Isabel Cook", b. in Providence, R. I., June 12, 
1848 ; m. Ne/^'o?i W/iite, b. in Scituate, R. I., Feb. 4, 1848, date of 
cer. not given. Issue, a son 16 yrs. old and a dr. 14, names and 


birth-dates not given. Nothing further communicated, and here 
this descent closes. 

[679.] Amey Ballou*, Dr. Peter^ Peter\ Peter^ John', Ma- 
turin* ; b. in Smithfield, R. I., Feb. 13, 1805 ; m. Smith Jenckes^ son 
of Capt. Bufus and Amey (Arnold) Jenckes, b. in said Smithfield 
Mar. 15, 1802 ; cer. there Doc. 1832. They never had any chn. 
They were excellent persons, exemplary membeiTtj of the Baptist 
Church for many years, and highly esteemed by all who knew 
them. He was an industrious farmer, but more famous as a 
manufacturer of first quaUty Ume casks. He d. in now Lincoln, 
B. I., May 22, 1886, a. 84 yrs. 2 mos. and 7 ds. His venerable 
widow was surviving at recent ad\ices. 

[680.] Peter Ballou", Dr. Peter*, Peter\ Peter", John^ Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Smithfield, B. I., May 8, 1807 ; m. Eliza Ballon, dr. 
of William and Eebecca (Wilbur) Ballou, b. in Cumberland, B. I., 
Oct. 10, 1810 ; cer. in said Smithfield, Nov. 11, 1831. Issue, b. 
there. — 

2327—1. Amanda Jane Ballou, b. Sept. 30, 1882; m. William W. Winsor. 

Peter Ballou' and wife resided in his native neighborhood, 
formerly Smithfield, now Lincoln, B. I. We are not apprised of 
his occupation ; but his dr., Mrs. Amanda Jane Winsor, who has 
rendered us excellent service as an intelligent correspondent con- 
cerning her branch of our great family, says of her father. — " My 
father was a tall, well formed, well proportioned man, respected 
by all who knew him ; and a better, kinder father never lived. 
He died very suddenly of heart disease." He d. Feb. 6, 1872, a. 
64 yrs. 8 mos. and 28 ds. Mrs. Eliza, his venerable wid., survives 
at the present writing, July 1886. Her home has long been with 
her kind dr., Mi-s. Winsor, with whom she is enjoying a com- 
fortable old age. Mrs. Winsor's record will appear in the next 
serial lineage of generations. 

[681.] Newton Sheldon Ballou", Dr. Peter' (by 2d wife Buth 
Sheldon), Peter*, Peter*, John\ Maturin^ ; b. in Smithfield, B. I., 
May 29, 1820; m. Kliza Chloe CiuiUl, dr. of Timothy and Esther 
(Smith) Guild, b. in Franklin, Mass., Dec. 30, 1821 ; cer. in Cum- 
berland, B. I., Oct. 1, 1846, by Bev. Horatio Horton. Issue, b. in 
said Cumberland. — 

223S-1. Ruth Enuly, b, Aug. 11, 1847; m. Albert W. Howard. 


9—2. Abbie E., b. Mar. 29, *51; m. Prank E. White Oct. 2, 1879. 
2230—3. Austin A., b. Mar. 10, '54; m. Cornelia R. Peters Dec. 19, 1878. 

Newton S. BaJlou* settled, lived and d. in Cumberland, R. I., a 
respectable farmer. He and his wife were quiet, industrious, 
orderly and exemplary pei'sons, and brought up worthy elm. He 
d. June 20, 1872, a. 52 yrs. and 21 ds. She d. Dec. 30, 1883, a. 62 
yrs. Here is a full, explicit, straight-forward family record, ob- 
tained from the only son, Mr. Austin A. Ballon. We commend it 
to all who desire to keep and report such a document. 

We have next to deal with the chn. of Elsie Ballou*, Peter*, 
Peter*, John*, Matiuin'. She m. Sabbinus Pierce of Monson, 
Mass., and had 9 chn., as heretofore written. We shall make 
broken and imperfect work in tracing this family ; for our infor- 
mation is limited and fi*agmentary. 

[682.] Maky Pierce", Sabbinus and Elsie Ballou", Peter*, Peter", 
John\ Maturin' ; b. in Monson, Mass., July 12, 1798 ; m. Turpin 
Jenvks of East Longmeadow, Mass. No more told. No further 

[683.] Sabka Pierce", next in age, b. Mar. 1, 1800 ; lived some 
time in Woonsocket, R. I. Nothing else reported. No further 

[684.] Otis Pierce", Sabbinus and Elsie Ballou*, Peter*, Peter", 
John", Maturin' ; b. in Monson, Mass., Nov. 14, 1801 ; m. no name, 
date or particulara given. Issue, only one son named. — 

2231 — 1. Henry O. Pierce, b. not given; lived in Agawam, Mass. 
Otis" d. Feb. 10, 1864. No more told. No further traced. 

[685.] Sabbinus Pierce, Jr.", Sabbinus and Elsie Ballou*, 
P^ter*, Peter", John", Maturin' ; b. in Monson, Mass., Aug. 18, 
1804; m. Dehorah Alrord^ b. Sept. 8, 1807, ptge. not given; cer. 
Nov. 11, 1838. Issue.— 

2232—1. Robert R. R. Pierce, b. Oct. 23, 1840; d. Sept. 17, 1869, 

2233—2. Maria A. Pierce, ) b. June 23, '43; in. John House Aug. 

Twins, 10, 1860. 

2234—3. Mary E. Pierce, ) b. June 23, '43; d. June 11, 1848. 

223r)— 4. Charles Pierce, b. June 25, '45; d. Feb. 10, 1804. 

2230—5. Martha A. Pierce, b. Oct. 15, '47; m. Thos. Irwin Jan. 24, 1867. 

2237-0. Sarah J. Pierce, b. Feb. 22, '50; m. J. Wesley House Dec. 20, 1868. 

* 2238—7. William T. Pierce, b. Apl. 15, '52. 

2230—8. Celiua E. Pierce, b. Auf?. 13, '54. 


Sabbinus, Jr/, d. Oct. 29, 1864. Mrs. Deborah had previously 
d. Dec. 11, 1861. Nothing ^ven indicates where the parents 
lived and died, where their ehn. were bom, or the family char- 
acteristics. The drs., Mrs. Martha A. (Pierce) Irwin, and Mrs. 
Sarah J. (Pierce) House, had brief married lives. Martha d. Au«r. 
31, 1869, and Sarah in 1870. This family no further traced. 

[686.] EusHA Pierce", Sabbinus and Elsie Ballou*, Peter*, 
Peter', John*, Maturin'; b. in Monson, Mass., Apl. 7, 1806; m. 
Hannah Shernutn, b. May 16, 1811, parentage not given; cer. 
Apl. 30, 1832. Issue, b. prob. in Springfield, Mass.— 

2240—1. Maria E. Pierce, b. July 31, 1833; at home with her mother in 1875. 

2241—2. William C. Pierce, b. June 25, '35; m. Mary J. Roide June 30, 1802. 

224*^-3. Albert E. Pierce; b. July 26, *37; m. Ella J. SU^vens^May 9, 1871. 

2243—4. J. Elizabeth Pierce, b. Feb. 29, '44; m. James S. Quin Oct. 23, 1802. 

EUsha Pierce* d. in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 23, 1864. Mrs. 
Hannah his widow, was surviving in Apl. 1875. No characteris- 
tics given, but we infer good average moral and social standing. 
As it is improbable that we can bring down their descendants to 
a later period than 1875, we will here insert what data we already 
possess concerning the gt. gi'and chn. 

William C. Pierce' m. Mary J. Reide, b. Jan. 17, 1840; cer. June 30, 1862. 
Iseue.— Albert Reide Pierce% b. Feb. 4, 1863; Robert Henry Pierce% b. Apl. 
20, 1870; and William Elisha Pierce% b. July 8, 1872. 

Albert E. Pierce' m. Ella J. Stevens, b. May 11, 1853; cer. May 9, 1871. 
Ljsue. — Hannah Sherman Pierce", b. Mar. 25, 1872, and Carrie Maria Pierce'*, 
b. Sept. 20, 1874. 

J. Elizabetli Pierce' m. James S. Quin, b. Oct. 24, 1838; cer. Oct. 23, 1862. 
Issue.— Sarah S. Quiu% b. Aug. 7, 1863; DeWitt C. Pierce Quin\ b. Apl. 10, 
1867; and Louis Callett Quin", b. Apl. 2, 1870. These several gt. grand chn. 
of Elsie (Ballou) Pierce, thus brought in before their generation, are left 

[687.] Harvey Pieuce", Sabbinus and Elsie Ballou', Peter*, 
Peter*, John", Maturin*; b. in Monson, Mass., Sept. 12, 1809; was 
drowned Dec. 19, 1834 — no particulars given. 

[688.] Elsie Pierce", the next in age, b. May 16, 1812; d. Oct. 
20, 1830. 

[689.] Maijantha Pierce', Sabbinus and Elsie Ballou*; b. in 
Monson, Mass., Mar., 1815; m. William Poineroy of Agawam, 
Mass., and was living there in 1875; but nothing more is told, 
and will be no further traced. 



[690,] George Pierce', the youngest of Elsie (Ballon) Pierce's 
clin., was b. in Monson, Mass., July 24, 1817, and d. in 1823. We 
regret having had no success and seemingly no means of tracing 
these Pierce cousins accurately. 

We come now to the descendants of James Ballou^ Maturin', 
in the 6th and 7th generations. We have consigned to no further 
tracement the JiUsons, who sprang from Sarah Ballou*, James*, 
James*, Maturin'. These were designated by Nos. 691 to 745 in 
in the sixth generation. And so passing over all these we reach — 

[746.] EoBiE Bounds*, Martin Bounds and Jemima Ballon', 
Arier, James*, James", Maturin' ; b. in W. Wrentham or northern 
border of Cumberland, B. I., prob. in 1765 ; m. Nathatt llorUm of 
Behoboth, Mass., son of Lieut. James Horton, a Bevolutionary 
officer; cer. Mar. 20, 1785, by Elder N. Pearce. Issue, under- 
stood to have been born in said Behoboth. — 

3244—1. Mary Horton, b. Nov. 3, 1786; not reiiorted. 

2245—2. Ariel Ballon Horton, b. Aug. H, '88; m. and hail chn. 

2246—3. Lydia Horton, b. May 15, '90; not reported. 

2247—4. JameH Horton, b. May 20, '92; m, and had chn., un traced. 

2248—5. Nathan Horton, b. Jan. 29, *94; m. and had chn., iintraced. 

2249—6. Otis Horton, b. not given; m. and had chn.; 1 son at least. 

2250—7. Georf?e S. Horton, b. Mar. 29, 1803; m. and had chn., uu traced. 

2251 — 8. Darius Horton, b. not given; m. and had chn. iintraced. 

Believed to have been worthy people, and of good social stand- 
ing. Nathan Horton made his will Feb. 8, 1822, and d. soon 
after. His son Ariel B. administered on his estate. The young-est 
two sons being under age, their widowed mother was appointed 
their guardian Apl. 2, 1822. She d. Dec. 22, 1827. 

Our data for the seventh and eighth generations of this family 
are so limited and imperfect, that we will annex it to this entry, 
rather than defer it to its chronological i3lace. Ariel Ballon 
Horton' m. and had chn. Whether m. more than once we are 
uncei-tain. But we find named as his chn. sons, Hiram", Horace"? 
Gilbert M.', and Ariel B., Jr." ; also drs., Mercy", who m. Joseph 
Horton ; and Almira", wife of William Bounds. Perhaps there 
was another child or more. These cousins were hard to trace, 
and not over gifted with helpfulness in getting into genealogical 
notoriety. Whether Mary' and Lydia' ever m. and had chn., 
nothing was told us. Concerning James', Nathan', Otis', and 
Darius', Mr. Otis H. Horton" wrote the senior proprietor of this 
work, tmder date of South Behoboth, Mass., Apl. 18, 1885, that he 
was unable to till out our circular, that Otis' was his father, that' 


the above named were all dead, but had cbn. living, &c. But he 
I does not tell who liis father and uncles m., nor specify the names 
j or number of their chn., nor even ^ve his own birth-date ; all 
i of which, in spite of kind intentions, fails to meet our wants. We 
I must therefore leave the later descendants of Robie (Rounds) 

Horton' in regretted obscurity. 

[747.] James Ballou Rounds*, Martin Rounds and Jemima 

Ballon*, Ariel*, James*, James", Matuiin' ; b. near the border line 

I between Wrentham, Mass., and Cumberland, R. I., prob. in 1767 ; 

I m. Elkaleth BUhh of Rehoboth ; cer. July 29, 1792, by Elder Jacob 

! Hix. Issue, b. in said Rehoboth. — 

j 225^-1. Sarah Bounds, b. Aug. 15, 1798; m. 1st Wm. Simmons, 2d Angle 
i Martin. 

I 2^53-2. Susan Rounds, b. Sept. 28, 1801; d. u. m. Oct. 1, 1861, a. 64 yrs. 

; 2254-3. Betsey Rounds, b. May 10, *04; d. u. m. July 21, 1883, a. 80 yrs. 

2255-4. Louisa Bounds, b. Feb. 25, '09; d. u. m. Jan. 22, 1834, a. 25 yra. 

2256-5. Julia A. Rounds, b. Oct. 16, *13; m. Isaac Bennett, Central Falls, 
R. I. 

I 2257-6. Arnold Ballou Rounds, b. '16; d. 1819. 

I Worthy people ; but their family is nearly extinct — only a rem- 
I nant left. The eldest dr. m. 1st Wm. Simmons of Rehoboth, Jan. 
1817, and had Abby Ann, b. Feb. 25, 1818, who d. 1826 ; and So- 
phia, b. in 1820, m. a Mr. Parks, and went West. Then Mr. Sim- 
mons d., and she subsequently m. An^e Martin of Rehoboth. 
Issue.— Caroline W^, b. in 1836 ; and Mary E., b. in 1839. Who 
of these survive we know not. Mrs. Julia A. Bennett and hus- 
liand are still living at Central Falls, R. I., but have no chn. 
•James Rounds' d. in Rehoboth, Mass., Mar. 25, 1853, in his 87th 
yr. Mrs. Rachel had long preceded him; having d. Se])t. 26, 
1822. So we have no occasion to pursue this family farther. 

[748.] Phebe Rounds', Martin Rounds and Jemima Ballou", 
Ariel*, James', Jame8^ Maturin*, ; b. near the boimdary line be- 
tween Wrentham, Mass., and Cumberland, R. I., not far from 
.1769; m. JJavid Fierce of TVarren, R. I.; cer. F^b. 8, 1789. 
Issue, b. prob. in said Warren. — 

2258 — 1. Allen Pierce, b. no date given; went to the unsearchable West. 
225»-2. Phebe Pierce, b. " " ; m. Benj. G. Short, Apl. Ifi, 1820. 

2360—3- Daniel Pierce, b. *' ** ; and no more told. 

2261—4. Eliza P. Pierce, b. ** " ; m. Luther M. Borden, Warren, 

R. L 

Thig paucity of dates does not delight us. W^e are sure that 


both parents and chn. were worthy of a more specific record. 
And to make the case still worse, no death-dates of the parents 
are given. Well, we must make the best of what is furnished us. 
It does not appear that Mrs. and Mr. Benjamin were blessed with 
chn. He d. Jan. 15, 1835. Mrs. Phebe', his wid., d. Sept. 16, 
1861, a. 67 yrs. and 10 mos. ; which shows that she must have 
been b. not far from 1793. Daniel' disappears from the mortal 
horizon in strange silence. Eliza P.' m. Luther M. Borden of 
Warren, R. I., at an ungiven date. We have a fragmentary speci- 
fication of theii* posterity ; but it is too unsatisfactory to transcribe. 
So we bid adieu to this lineage with the death-dates of Luther M. 
Borden and Eliza P'. He d. Jan. 17, 1864, a. 67 yrs. She d. May 
20, 1881, a. 78 yrs. and 7 mos. 

[749.] Lavina Rounds", Martin Rounds and Jemima Ballon', 
Ariel*, James", James\ Maturin' ; b. near the boundary line be- 
tween Wrentham, Mass., and Cumberland, R. I., not far from 
1771 ; m. 1st Thwnaa Ilc/rton, Jr., of Rehoboth, Mass. ; cer. Nov. 
23, 1794, by Elder Jacob Hix. Issue.— 

2362 — 1. Lydift Horton, no birth-date giveu; m. James Case, no date. 

Thomas Horton, Jr., d., no date. His wid. subsequently m. 
2d John Ifminds, no date ; and had — 

2263—2. Martin BoiindH, no birtli-date; who lives in Bridge water, Mass. 
2264—3. Lavina Boimds, ** '* ; m. Charles Howard, now deed. 

Lavina (Rounds) Rounds" d. in 1882. Of her 2d husband no more 
told. Lydia Horton', who m. James Case, had Mary Case*", no 
birth-date, who m. Thomas Bosworth ; James Case", no birth-date, 
who m. and settled in Middleborough, Mass. ; and Gardner Case", 
no birtli-date, w ho d. in California. LaAdna", the widow of Charles 
Howard, now lives in Brockton, Mass. If our readers are enrap- 
tured with such definite and exact genealogy as this, we do not 
envy them their felicity. Farewell to our cousins, the descendants 
of our aunt jemima (Ballou) Rounds\ 

L7i50.] ZiBA Cook", Ezekiel (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter,) 
and Jeinisha Ballon', Ariel*, James*, James", Maturin*; b. in Bel- 
liu«:ham, Mass., May G, 1764; m. Joannu Altlrich, dr. of Seth and 
Aniey (Cook) Aldrich, b. in Uxbrid^e, Mass., Oct. 14, 1771 ; cer. 
not exactly ascertained, but bans pub. in Bellin^ham, Dec. 3, 1787. 
Issue, b. in said Bellingham. — 


m^\. Duty Cook, b. Oct. 5, 1793; m. Ist Hansi Mowry, 2d A. Fenner, 

3d P. Scott. 

•2266-2. Nahnm Cook, b. Mar. 28, *96; m. Sybil Balcome Mar. 28, 1822. 

2267-3. Eunice Cook, b. July 11, 1800; m. Stephen Lewett Oct. 14, 1833. 

2268-4. Ziba Cook, Jr., b. Mar. 10, *04; m. Miranda Sadler of Upton, Mass. 

^2269—5. Joanna Cook, b. July 7, *06; residing in Bellingham at last advices. 

2270-6. Amey Cook, b. Sept. 25, '09; d. u. m. Apl. 6, 1834. 

Worthy, religious, and exemplaiy people. Mrs. Joanna (Al- 
drich) Cook d. in Bellingham, Oct. 27, 1836, a. 65 yrs. and 13 ds. 
Ziba Cook" d, in Mendon, Mass., July 15, 1840, a. 76 yrs, 2 mos. 
and 9 ds. 

[751.] EzEKiEL Cook, Jr\, Ezekiel (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, 
Walter,) and Jerusha Ballon', Ariel*, James', James", Matnrin' ; b. 
in BelUngham, Mass., Aug. 18, 1771; m. Joanna Pickering of 
Mendon; cer. May 9, 1791, by Eev. Noah Alden. Issue, b. prob. 
in Mendon, South Parish, now Blackstone, Mass. — 

2271—1. Ariel Cook, b. July 18, 1792; m. Joanna Cass. 

2272—2. Lucina Cook, b. Feb. 6, *94; unreiwrted. 

227a— 3. Lucinda Cook, b. Jan. 8, *96; m. Natlian Joslin Apl. 12, 1819. 

2274-4. Pearley Cook, b. Apl. 13, 1802; unreported. 

2275—5. Uranah Cook, b. July 4, '04; m. BurriU Pickering, set. in O. 

2276—6. Cyrene Cook, b. Apl. 28, '07; unreported. 

2277—7. Joanna Cook, b. May 81, *11; m. Marvin Howland Jan. 2, 1831. 

2278—8. Esther Cook, b. Apl. 5, '14; m. Simon Keith, Woonsocket, R. I. 

2279-9. Ezekiel Cook, Jr., b. Jan. — '17; d. u. m. 1845. 

Characteristics of Ezekiel Cook, Jr'., and wife not given. We 
trust they were decent at least. He d. Mar. 8, 1818, prob. in an 
apoplectic fit, as he was found dead on a cart path, near a pair of 
bars, leading homeward from a wood lot where he had been chop- 
ping. His widow sur\dved him some years, but we have not her 

[752.] Uranah Cook', Ezekiel (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter,) and Jerusha Ballon!, Ariel*, James", James^ Matnrin' ; b. in 
Bellmgham, Mass., Sept. 10, 1775 ; m. Seth Cook ; cer. in Belling- 
ham May 28, 1795. Who this Seth Cook was we aie somewhat 
micertain. The record of his mge. says he was of Glocester ; but 
irhatever his then residence was, we conjecture that he m.ay have 
been his bride's cousin, a son of Daniel Cook (Dea. Nicholas, 
Nicholas, Walter,) b. in Bell. Jan. 27, 1765. We leave this as a 
mere conjecture. Whether they had offspring or not has never 
been reported to us, and we shall attempt no tracement. 


[763.] Jerusha Cook', Ezekiel, (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter,) and Jerusha Ballon*, Ariel*, James*, James*, Maturin' ; b. in 
Bellingham, Mass., Nov. 10, 1777 ; m. Daniel ArnoM^ son of John 
and Amey (Bartlett) Arnold, b. in Cumberland, R. I. ; cer. Dec. 
28, 1798, by Stephen Metcalf , J. P. Issue, b. in said Bellingham.— 

2280—1. Mary Arnold, b. Aug. 24, 1799; m. Rev. Ahaz Aldrich. 

2281—2. Daniel Arnold, Jr., b. Oct. 29, 1802; m. 1st Miranda Thayer, 2d 

Jane Martin. 
2282—8. Orinda Arnold, b. Feb. 7, *05; m. Adams J. Barber. 
2283—4. Pamelia Arnold, b. Sept. 4, *07; m. Justus Aldrich. 
2284—5. Orin Arnold, b. Nov. 12, '16; d. Jan. 7, 1817. 

We had sufficient personal acquintance with Daniel Arnold and 
his wife Jerusha (Cook) Arnold", to feel warranted in pronouncing 
them persons of sterling moral worth in their domestic and social 
relations. She d. July 16, 1860, a. 82 yrs. 8 mos. and 6 ds. He d. 
Mar. 15, 1885, a. 83 yrs. 

[754 and 755] of this family d. young. 

[756]. Esther Cook", Ezekiel (Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Wal- 
ter,) and Jerusha Ballon*, Ariel*, James", James*, Maturin' ; b. in 
Bellingham, Mass., Dec. 22, 1784; m. Al>el Aldrich^ pedigree, &c., 
not given; bans pub. in Bell. Apl. 6, 1802; cer. doubtless soon 
after. Issue, b. in Uxbridge, Mass. — 

228SH-1. Alvah Aldrich, b. Nov. 16, 1802; m. Amey Cook Apl. 8, 1837. 
2286—2. Osborn Alcb-ich, b. Feb. 12, '06; m. Ann Aldrich Sept. 8, 1830. 

Worthy people so far as we know or believe. Mrs. Esther' d. 
in Bellingham, Mass., July 10, 1869, a. 84 yrs. 6 months and 17 ds. 
Tlie death-date of Abel Aldrich not ascertained. 

[757,] Ariel Aldtuch", Philip Aldrich and Chloe Ballou*, 
Ariel*, James*, James*, Maturin* ; b. at a place and date not ascer- 
tained; m. somewhere, sometime, a lady whose Christian name 
was Lucy. And they had bom to them somewhere, sometime, 
the following named chn. — 

2287— 1. Silas Aldrich; who is said to have lived in Wales, N. Y. 

2288— 2. Philip Aldrich; who is said to have lived in Oxford and Zera, 

Upper Canada. 

2289— 3. Jane Aldrich; who is said to have liv(jd in Oxford and Zera, 

Upper Canada. 

2290 — 4. Almon Aldrich; who lived in parts unknown. 
5. Peter Aldrich; who is said to have lived in same vicinity with 



2292— 6. Henry Aldrich; who is said to have lived in same vicinity with 


2293— 7. Hannah Aldrich; nothing reported. 
2294-8. Lucy Aldrich; 

2295— 9. Phebe Aldrich; m. Philo Phelps, and lived in London District, 
U. C. 

2296—10. Betsey Aldrich; m. Calvin Thornton, and lived in London Dis- 
trict, U. C. 

2297—11. Lovina Aldrich; lived in same District of Upi>er Canada. 

Here is a treat for lovers of the indefinite. If we were clair- 
voyant, or could fly on the wings of the wind, such an ample 
family as this should not be left to waste their consang-uineous 
" fragrance on the desert air." They should be better known to 
their cousins who are to study this volume. But we are tethered 
to a point in time and space, and our inquiries have failed to 
eUcit any thing beyond the above. Whosoever will know more 
must please visit the London District in Upper Canada. Ariel 
Aldrich's descendants no further traced. 

[758.] Joanna Aldrich", Philip Aldrich and Chloe Ballon*, 
Ariel*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in a place and at a date not 
given; m. Jacob Martin, son of Moses and Ruth (Aldrich) Martin, 
b. in Richmond, N. H., Feb. 28, 1775 ; cer. in Richmond Mar. 4, 
1796. Issue, b. in said Richmond, at dates imperfectly ascer- 
tained. — 

229S— 1. Esther Martin, b. about 1802; m. Kendall Fisher. 

22W— 2. Moses Martin, b. ** *04; he lived and d. in Iowa. 

2300-3. Aphemia Martin, b. ** '06; m. Joseph DaveniK)rt, and d. 1826. 

2301-4. Aaron Martin, b. ** '08; m. 1st Cynthia Hawkins, 2tl C. 


2302—5. Jacob Martin, b. ** '11; m. Susanna Buekner. 

2303-6. Asahel A. Martin,b. " '14; m. Polly Maria HQler. 

2304—7. Lydia Martin, b. r)erhap8 '18; m. James T. Rhodes, Pontiac, Mich. 

Jacob Martin, the father of these clin., was 'thrown from his 
horse in Richmond, N. H., and instantly killed, between 1813 
and '15. His wid. Joanna" followed her father into Hamburg", 
Erie Co., N. Y., taking her chn., or most of them, along- with her. 
She is said to have subsequently m. a 2d husband, and moved to 
Michigan ; but our information on this point is not clear. She d. 
in Hamburg, N. Y., w^th her son Aaron about 1842 or '43. Data 
fragmentary, vague and obscure. No further traced. 

[759.] Pameua Aldrich", Philip and Chloe Ballon*, Ariel*, 
James*, James', Maturin' ; b. perhaps in Wallingford, Vt., or that 


vicinity; m. Seth Sprag^ce, Here again we are in the trackless 
wilderness, and can only tell what we deduce from a laconic letter, 
written to Mr. Peck by Mrs. Lemira (Sprague) Olds of Elkhart, 
Polk County, la., dated Dec. 6, 1874. We take Mrs. Olds to te 
the youngest dr. of PameUa and Seth Sprague. The substance 
of her letter is. — " I am the daughter of Pamelia and Seth 
Sprague. I don't know any thing about the brothers and sisters 
of my mother. My brothers and sisters are all dead. I don't 
know any thing about their dates of birth and death. I can give 
you their names. — 

2305—1. Herman Sprague, untraced. 

2306—3. Seth Spragiie, 

2307—3. Amanda Sprague, ** 

2308 — 4. Lemira Sprague, that is myself. 

These are all that are left children. Lemira Olds." 

Thus far and no farther. It seemed useless to attempt pene- 
trating into the inwardness of this inscrutable family record. 
Who Seth Sprague was ; when and where he was b ; when, where 
and by whom married; how many chn. he and his >vife had; 
where and when the living or dead were b. ; when, where and to 
whom each married ; the names, birth-places and birth-dates of 
their respective chn. ; when and where the departed d., &c., con- 
cerning all these particulars we are obUged to say — ^no further 
traced. Considerate reader, take a lesson from such genealogical 
reports, and qualify thyself to make better ones. Have pity on 
anxious, inquiring genealogists. 

[760.] AiiviLLA Aldrich', Philip and Chloe Ballou*, Ariel*, 
James", James", Maturin' ; b. perhaps in Wallingford, Vt., or 
vicinity, Apl. 12, 1787; m. Joseph Jlawklns; b. somewhere in the 
State of N. H. Oct 4, 1789 ; cer. perhaps in WaUingford, Vt., in 
1808. Issue, the eldest b. in Vt., all the others in Hamburg, 
N. Y.— 

2309 — 1. Cynthia Hawkins, b. June 25, 1809; m. her cousin Aaron Martin. 

2iM0— 2. Pamelia Hawkins, b. Aug. 23, '11; m. Alanson Osborn. 

231 1- -3. Laura A. Hawkins, b. Nov. 22, '14; m. Maurice Osborn. 

2312—4. Ransom Hawkins, b. Nov. 22, '15; m. Kosctta Snyder. 

2313—5. Betsey Hawkins, b. Oct. 23, '18; m. Ist C. Bnyder, 2d Wm. Sprague. 

2314—6. Pliilip Hawkins, b. July 15, '20; m. Amarilla P. Hawkins. 

2315—7. Joanna Hawkins, b. July «, '25; d. Dec. 29, 1843. 

2316—8. Polly Hawkins, b. '27; d. at the age of 9 mos. 


Here desirable landmarks greet our atteDtion. Joseph Hawkins 
was a diligent and respectable farmer, and Arvilla" was his worthy 
helpmeet. They reared np a respectable family to bless their re- 
spective domestic and social circles. We shall trace them down- 
ward with pleasure to later generations. Joseph and Arvilla" 
moTed from Vt. and set. in Hamburg, N. Y., in the year 1809. 
He served as a soldier in the war of 1812 on the Canadian fron- 
tier. Mrs. Arvilla d. June 28, 1852. He d. Oct. 4, 1863. 

[76(H.] Lucy Sayles", Elisha Sayles (Eichard, Richard, John, 
Thomas) and Catherine Ballou*, Ariel*, James', James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Franklin, Mass., Sept. 20, 1777 ; m. Jaiaea Boyden, Jr., of 
Wrentham, Mass. ; cer. July 2, 1795. Issue, b. we suppose in said 
Wrentham. — - 

2317—1. Elisha Sayles Boj-^den, b. May 19, 1797; no further reported. 
3318—2. Catharine Sayles Boy den, b. dateless; d. dateless. 
231^8. James Boy den, Jr., b. ** ; d. 

These were people of respectable social standing, but all our 
inquiries have failed to elicit any thing more definite than the 
above. They passed away many years ago, but we have never 
found their death-date. No further traced. 

[761.] Ariel Sayles", Elisha Sayles (Kichard, Eichard, John, 
Thomas) and Catherine Ballou', ArieP, James", James\ Maturin' ; 
b. in Franklin, Mass., June 5, 1780 ; m. Lucy Emiiis of Wrentham, 
Mass., pedigree, &c., not found; cer. Nov. 8, 1807, by Rev. J. 
Cleaveland. Issue, b. in said Wrentham. — 

2320—1. Elizabeth E. Sayles, b. Feb. 9, 1810; d. dateless. 

2321—2. William C. Sayles, b. '11; d. ApL 7, 1812, a. 1 yr. 

2322—3. PauHnus A. Sayles, b. Mar. 12, '14; reported dead. 

Ariel* d. in Wrentham Sept. 15, 1814, in his 35th yr. His widow 
subsequently m. Mr. Luther Fisher. No further traced. 

[762.] RiCHAiiD Sayles", Elisha Sayles (Richard, Richard, 
John, Thomas,) and Catherine Bailout Ariel*, James", James", 
Maturin' ; b. in No. Wrentham, now Norfolk, Mass., July 20, 
1782; m. Betsey Jonets of Medway, b. Jan. 1783; cer. prob. in 
Medway, Mass., not far from 1802, the authentic record not found. 
Ihsuc, b. the 1st and 5th in said No. Wrentham, now Norfolk, 
Mass. — ^the 2d, 3d and 4th in Medway, Mass. — 
tm-l. Nathan Jones Sayles, b. Oct. 27, 1804; d. Feb. 3, 1834. 



2324—2. Sally Clark Sayles, b. June 24, '06; m. Lewis Boy den of Walpole, 

2325—3. Richard Addison Sayles, b. Sept. 14, '08; m. Ist P. Bangs, 2d B. 

2326—4. Ann Calista Sayles, b. Mar. 1, '10; m. Abijah Clark. 
2327—5. Betsey Maria Sayles, b. Auf?. 3, '20; m. Jacob N. Brayne. 

These parents and chn. all of excellent social standing in the 
middle ranks of New England life. Richard" d. in Oct. 1841, and 
Mrs. Betsey d. in Jan. 1868. We are indebted largely to Mrs. 
Abijah Clark of Rockville, Mass., with the helpful hand of her dr. 
Addie A. Clark, for this and much other data in this family con- 

[763.] AviLDA Sayles*, dr. of Elisha and Catherme Ballou*, d. 

[764.] Lavinia Sayles", Elisha (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Catherine Ballou', Ariel", James^ James'', Maturin' ; b. in No. 
Wrentham, now Norfolk, Mass., Oct. 20, 1788 ; m. JlaaseU KwdKill 
pedigree, biiih-date, &c., untraced ; no record of the maniage yet 
found, but the date cannot be far from 1820. Issue. — 

8—1- John Sayles Kimball, b. Wrontham, Mass., Feb. 37, 1821; m. d. 

9-2. Willard Sayles Kimball, b. " " Mar. 25, '23, d. young. 

2330—3. Catherine Kimball, no date found; sup. d. young. 

2331-4. Mary Kimball, ** ** d. u. m. in youthful bloom. 

2332—5. George Kimball, " ** m. as below and soon d. 

Here we have another strange case of an unsearchable family 
history. We made strenuous and pei*sistent efforts to obtain a 
decent genealogical account of Mrs. Lavinia (Sayles) Kimball's 
record; she being one of our first cousins, and having lived 
within comparatively haiUng distance of us. But we had y^oov 
success. She was undei-stood to have inherited her father's family 
Bible, whose contents we were anxious to ascertain. We traced 
them to Manchester, N. H., where they dwelt several years. The 
most we could learn was that Mrs. Lavinia died there, and not 
long afterward her dr. Mary, an amiable young lady, greatly be- 
loved; that the eldest son John S. married a Miss Butterlield, 
Nov. 17, 1844, and soon d. without issue ; that the youngest son, 
George, m. his bro. John's widow, and also >soon d. without issue ; 
and finally that the entire family was probably extinct. A sad 

[765.] WiUiARD Sayles", Elisha (Bichard, Eichard, John, 


Thomas) and Catherine Ballon', Arier, James', James^ Matnrin' ; 
b. in Medfield, Mass., Mar. 1, 1793 ; m. Maria Fra7ieoem\ dr. of 
Jean Baptiste Francoeur, christened in Dijon, France, where he 
was bom, but always called in this country simply John ; mother's 
maiden name Caroline Plimpton, b. in Wrentham, Mass., Dec. 25, 
1793, (christened by a Catholic priest as Marie Sebastian Fran- 
cneur, hut always signing her name Maria) ; cer. in said Wrentham 
June 9, 1816. Issue.— 

2333— 1. Lewis Francoeur Sayles, b. Wrentham, Mar. 11, 1817; d. Feb. 6, 


2334— 2. John Francoenr Sayles, b. Wrentham, Aug. 28, '18; d. Jan. 26, 


2335— 3. Caroline Francoeur Sayles, b. Wrentham, Mar. 4, '21 ; m. John 

R. Brewer, Boston. 

2336— 4. Francis Willard Sayles, b. Boston, Sept. 29, '23; m. Jane H. 


2337— 5. Augustus Sayles, b. Boston, Mar. 14, '26; d. June 17, 1826. 

2338— 6. Edward Sayles, b. " Apl. 5, '27; d. Oct. 2, 1828. 

233»— 7. Maria Sayles, b. *' Feb. 1, '29; m. Ogden P. Edwards. 

2340- 8. Harriet Sayles, b. ** Oct. 11, '31; m. Charles Francis. 

2341— 9. Henry Sayles, b. ** Sept. 11, '34; yet u. m. 

2342—10. Helen Sayles, b. ** Mar. 11, '37; m. Dr. John C. Sharp. 

Mrs. Maria (Francoeur) Sayles, the mother of these 10 chn. was 
of French descent both paternally and maternally, and a lady of 
most respectable distinction, as well as of admirable personal 
qualities and characteristics. Willard Sayles" was a man of fine 
natural endowments, accomplished manners, executive tact, and 
eminent success in financial enterprise. His educational privilegfes 
were not large, but he improved them to the utmost. We recol- 
lect him as our teacher in the common school of our native dis- 
trict, Cumberland, R I., perhaps in 1809. He was then about 
sixteen, and was at the outset of his career. He was of comely 
countenance, had brilliant black eyes, was sprightly and graceful 
in all his movements, and altogether attractive. His school was a 
marked success — a pleasant one to all concerned. We were first 
cousins and mutual favorites, though he was ten years our senior. 
At the close of term he made us out a certificate of approbation, 
«^gant and unique, wholly wrought by his ingenious pen, wliich 
ve preserved many years. Strangely enough our personal ac- 
qnaintance ended in that Uttle school house, and we never met 
him afterward. In 1810 he spent his last course in Wrentham 
Academy, taught a winter district school in that town at the age 
of seventeen. Next he became a salesman in the then famous 


store of David Fisher & Co. at Wrentham Centre. There he 
charmed all the customers by his courtesy, delighted his em- 
ployers, enjoyed their highest confidence, and began to lay up 
money. His first investment of capital was made in the Mans- 
field Manufacturing Co., of which he was chosen clerk early in his 
19th year. He soon rose to conspicuous partnei-ship in the Fisher 
store, then doing a flourishing business in straw goods. His ascent 
up the mercantile ladder was thenceforth rapid and steady. He 
married a genial wife and began to be a father. Wrentham was 
not large enough to hold him, and he moved to Boston during the 
year 1822. There in 1826 he became a prominent partner in a 
large dry goods commission house, managed under the firm name 
of Tucker, Sayles and Hitchcock — an estabUshment which has con- 
tinued in high credit through a succession of enteri)rising iiartner- 
ships down to the present time. But Willard Sayles" did not con- 
fine his interests to that commission house. He invested capital 
from time to time in manufacturing establishments — notably at 
Manchester, N. H., and Southbridge, Mass; being one of the 
pioneers of the now celebrated Amoskeag Co. in Manchester, and 
of the Hamilton Woolen Co. in Southbridge. He was always saga- 
cious, judicious, pmdent, expansive, indomitably industrious and 
successful. But he virtually killed himself by intense overwork ; 
allowing himself only scanty relaxation, chiefly by rides into the 
country in a buggy with his wife. In one of these he passed 
Amoskeag Falls on the Mei-rimac, while yet scarcely occupied by 
the simplest mills, and pointed out to his wife the s^^lendid water 
power there. He probably suggested its subsequent grand utili- 
zation. At length he became subject to intolerable headaches and 
exhaustion. Then he began to think of releasing himself from his 
corroding cares ; but it was too late, and he died of apoplexy July 
7, 1847, a. only 54 yrs. 4 mos. and 6 ds. He was eulogized in the 
Boston papei-s as " one of the best, most enterprising, honorable 
and successful merchants, of that city. He left a large estate of 
more than half a million to his heii-s. We hoped to receive some 
account of his political, religious and philanthropic characteristics, 
but for some re^ason have not been thus favored. His excellent 
wife and widow, Mrs. Maria, d. in Boston Feb. 25, 1874, a. 80 yrs. 
and 2 mos. 

[706.] Alpha Ballou", Duty', Ariel*, James', James*, Maturin* ; 
b. in Cumberland, E. I., Mar. 20, 1779 ; m. John Kelly (Seth, Seth 
of Yarmouth, Mass.,) b. in Mendon, Mass., Dec. 12, 1776 ; car. 
May 14, 1801. Issue, b. in said Mendon, now Blackstone. — 


234S-1. Maria Kelly, b. Mar. 23, 1802; d. u. m. Dec. 15, 1^54. 

2344-2. Rebecca Kelly, b. Apl. 7, '06; m. Edward B. Rfttbbun. 

234.5-8. John B. Kelly, b. Feb. 17, '08; m. SuBan Wood Feb. 28, 1832. 

2346—4. Alpha Kelly, b. Mar. 23, '10; res. at East Blackstono, Mass. 

2347-5. Asa Kelly, b. Aug. 30, '12; d. Nov. 7, 1883, a. 21 yrs. 

2348-6. Andrew KeUy, b. Sept. 7, '14; m. Mar>' Ann Luther Oct. 29, 1843. 

Alpha Ballon' and bnsband were substantial, worthy and re- 
spected people. He belonged to the Society of Friends. She d. 
at their home in E. Blackstone, Mass., Nov. 25, 1851, a. 72 yrs. 8 
moa. and 5 ds. He continued in his eai^thly tabernacle nearly 15 
years longer, with his dutiful maiden dr. Alpha as his housekeeper 
and comforter. He d. Aug. 17, 1866, a. 89 yrs. 8 mos. and 5 ds. 

[767.] Uranah Ballou*, Duty*, Ariel*, James', James', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, K. I., Nov. 16, 1780 ; m. li'eulpeft. Dar- 
^nyj (Peter, Esq., Benjamin, Dennis), b. in said Cumberland Dec. 
1779 ; cer. Nov. 15, 1807. Issue, b. in said Cumberland. — 

2349—1. Ellifl Darlinj?, b. July 5, 1808; no satiRfactory information. 
2350-2. Warren Darling, b. Nov. 26; W; 
2351-3. Horace Darling, b. Feb. 10, *14; 

Plain, industrious, prudent, upright and exemplary people of 
the farming yeomanry. Mrs. Uranah' d. on the family homestead, 
now in Woonsocket, E. I., Nov. 2, 1848, a. 67 yrs. 11 mos. and 16 
ds. Mr. Darling d. July 4, 1869, a. about 89 yrs. and 7 mos. We 
remember to have ministered at his funeral. The remains of both 
repose in the ancient Ballon cemetery, Cumberland, R. I. 

[768.] N.\THAN Ballou', Duty*, Ariel', James", James', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., July 27, 1782 ; m. Zwy Arnold, 
(Nathan, Nathan, Seth, John, Richard, Thomas, William), mother's 
maiden name Esther Darling, b. in said Cumberland May 4, 1789 ; 
cer. in said Cumberland, Mar. 26, 1807, by Elder Stephen Place. 
Issue, b. mostly in Cumberland, but prob. not all. — 

Caroline Elizabeth, b. Nov. 29, 1814; d. Jan. 15, 1830. 

2353-2. Rosina, b. Oct. 1, '17; m. Dr. Metcalf Marsh May 7, 1843. 

2*54-3. Alpha M., b. July 11, *19; m. James Clapp, Boston. 

2355-4. Arland M., b. Sept. 1, '22; d. 1836. 

2:m-5. Lncy Susan, b. Sept. 18, '23; d. Sept. 18, 1825. 

2357-6. James M., b. Aug. 15, '26; d. July 8, 1853. 

235g-7. Susan Ellen, b. Aug. 14, '28; d. Oct. 10, 1833. 

2359-8. Adaliza. b. Oct. 8, '80; m. George W. Merrill. 

23<J0-9. Helen Waity, b. Sept 12, '38: d. July 2, 1836. 


Nathan* was left an orphan infant by the untimely death of his 
father. If we mistake not, he was brought up by his mother, and 
Later, after her 2d marriage to William Whipple in 1791, under 
their joint care. He was trained by his step-father to the trade of 
a carpenter, at which he was a good workman. A few years after 
his marriage, on the 11th April, 1815, he purchased of William 
Ballou, Jr., Ac, the homestead formerly owned by Maj. William 
Ballon, near the famous Iron Rock Hill in Cumberland, R. I., 
where he devoted himself mainly for a considerable time to farm- 
ing. He had been one of the 8 original proprietors of the Social 
Mamifacturhig Co, formed Oct. 24, 1810, in which he had invested 
$2,000, but soon sold out his interest. He seems to have had a 
steady hankering for manufacturing adventure, and some years 
later in life embarked in the business at a small establishment in 
Foxborough, Mass. So he left his farm and settled there for an 
untold term. We are not well informed how long he remained 
in Foxborough, or how well he succeeded. But he removed 
thence to the Crook Fall Factory, so called, in Smithfield, R. I., 
where he closed his mortal career Feb. 19, 1834. He was a man 
of respectable capabilities and character in the middling interest 
class of society. His worthy ^ddow survived him many years; 
but must, we think, have passed away some time since, and if so, 
at a date we regret being unable to give. She was a very esti- 
mable woman. 

[769.] RosiNA Ballou", Dea. Ariel', Ariel*, James', James% Ma- 
turin* ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Dec. 2, 1783; m. Nathan Arnold^ 
Jr. (Nathan, Nathan, Setli, John, Richard, Thomas, WilHam), b. 
in said Cumberland Seiit. 18, 1787 ; cer. at bride's parental home 
April 9, 1809, by Elder Stephen Place. Issue.— 

2361—1. Eliza Ann Arnold, b. Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 6, 1812; d. Belling- 

ham, Mass., July 14, 1824. 
2362-2. Nathan Arnold, Jr., b. Troy, N. H., Oct. 2, '17; m. Maria G. 

Brifjht Feb. 4, 1839. 
2363—3. Rosina Arnold, -^ b. Bellingham, Mans., Nov. 29, '25; 

> twins, m. William Bartlctt Apr. 7, lB4fi. ; 
2364-4. Eliza Ann Arnold, ) b. Bellingham, Mass., Nov. 29, 'SS; 

m. Moses Hill Feb. 26, 1846. 

Rosina Ballou" was an excellent woman — generous hearted, in- 
telligent, conscientious, executive in domestic affairs, prudent and 
exemplary in all her relations ; but she had a somewhat anxious, 
laborious and afflictive earthly pilgrimage. Her husband was an 


intelligent, capable, kind hearted man, but of an easier tempera- 
ment than his wife, with less push and energy in business, much 
interested in politics, a good reasoner on all subjects, and conver- 
sationally agreeable. He was for several years a Justice of the 
Peace, and held various municipal offices. His ruling intention 
was to do right, Godward and manward, and he deplored his own 
short comings; which originated more in weakness of the flesh 
than perversity of moral sentiment. He was engaged, first and 
last, in various business enterprises, but with moderate i)ecuniary 
success. The family residence was first in Cumberland, R. I., then 
in Troy, N. H., and later in North Bellmgham, Mass. There they 
were bereaved of their beloved dr., the first Eliza Ann, just bud- 
ding into early maidenhood. This almost crushed the mother's 
heart, and sadly begloomed the small household circle. It oc- 
curred, July 14, 1824. During the ensuing year, on the 29th of 
November, the mother gave birth to twin di^s., and was happy. 
But a child-bed fever seized her, and she d. Dec. 6, only a week 
later. Subsequently the husband m. a 2d wife, who did what she 
could for his comfort amid considerable adversity, till finally he 
departed this life, at Woonsocket, E. I., Oct. 31, 1848, and the 
writer ministered at his funeral. He was honorably bui-ied with 
Masonic rites. 

[770.] Abigail Ballou", Dea. Ariel', Aiiel*, James', James', 
Maturin* ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Apl. 16, 1786 ; m. Davis Coo/c, 
(Dea. Ariel, Eld. Nathaniel, Dea. Nicholas, Nicholas, Walter), b. 
in said Cumberland May 21, 1788 ; cer. at bride's parental home 
Dec. 8, 1808, by Elder Stephen Place. Issue, all b. in said Cum- 
berland. — 

2365-1. Almira Cook, b. Feb. 24, 1810; m. Lyman Cook Apl. 12, 1829. 

8366—2. Lucina Cook, b. Feb. 12, *12 ; u. m. res. Cumberland, E. I. 

2367-3. Dorcas Cook, b. Apl. 27, '14; m. Elias S. Ballon Apl. 20, 1843. 

2368-4. Abigail Cook, b. Feb. 2, '17; u. m. res. Cnmberlantl, E. I. 

2369-5. Cyrus Cook, b. Sept. 8, '19; u. m. res. 

2370-6. Sarah Cook, b. Jan. 29, '22; m. Isaac C. BaUou Jan. 24, 1889. 

2371—7. Davis Cook, Jr., b. Jan. 29, '26; m. Frances Tliompson Doc. 4,1872. 

Abigail BaUou" was of comely form and features in early woman- 
hood, physically robust, mentally tvell capacitated, upright in 
moral character, indomitably industrious, and richly endowed 
with the qualities of a good wife, mother and neighbor. Her 
husband was a man of quick intelligence, sound judgment, strong 
physical executiveness, ready adaptation to public as well as pri- 


vate affairs, morally reliable in all his engagements, and often 
entrusted with responsible official agencies. He was a popular 
civil magistrate, and repeatedly elected to the highest municipal 
positions in the gift of his fellow townsmen. In financial matters 
he commanded equal confidence. Such a connubial pair could 
hardly fail to achieve pecuniary success, and a handsome accumu- 
lation of temi)oral goods. They were perpetual earners and 
savers, lost httle by imprudent risks, wasted nothing, and ex- 
pended only what ministered to substantial comfort. They 
brought up their children on the same industrial, economical, 
social and moral plane. In all these respects the family cup ran 
over with an enjoyable abundance ; albeit they had their trials 
and sorrows, in one form or another, which mortal humanity in 
its most favored estate cannot wholly escape. They lived to a 
good old age, and all their children still sur\dve. Davis Cook, 
Esq., d. on his homestead Feb. 5, 1870, a. 81 yrs. 9 mos. 14 ds. 
Mrs. Abigail d. there Apl. 15, 1874, a. 88 yrs. 

[771.] Cyuus Ballou", Dea. Ariel*, Ariel', James*, James', Ma- 
turin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 18, 1789; m. Susanna Ballon, 
(Noah, Noah, Nathaniel, James, Maturin*,) b. in said Cumberland, 
Sept. 16, 1791 ; cer. in the bride's parental home Feb. 14, 1810 ; by 
Elder Stei^hen Place. Issue b. in said Cumberland. — 

2372—1. Albert Ballou, b. Aug. 4, 1811; in. Anjanett Peck Mar. 13, 1834. 
2873—2. Cyrus Ballou, Jr., b.Oct. 27, '12; m. Laura Ann FoUettOct 15, 1835. 

Cyrus Ballou' was born with a tolerably good physical constitu- 
tion with perhaps susceptibility to j)ulmonary disease, a vigorous 
intellect, high moral integrity, and a predisposition to reUgious 
aflFections. He was brought up a hard working farmer, ^dth de- 
cent common school privileges, and a laudable ambition to suc- 
ceed in substantial usefulness. His activities were mostly confined 
to agricultural pursuits, interlarded with winter school teaching, 
and some incidental episodes in other directions. He manied a 
worthy and attractive wife in early manhood, and was probably 
stimulated to over-exertion in trying to make his way in economic 
life, which shortened his days. The war of 1812 awoke the miU- 
tary spirit in his native town, and he was promoted to the first 
Ueutenancy in an independent Rifle Co. But he had no oppor- 
tunity to distinguish himself by slaying any of his country's ene- 
mies, an achievement without which a man is of little account in 
this noon-day of Christian civilization. But what we think was 
better, about the same time be became a devoted expeiimental 


Christian, and in ripening became strongly impressed that it was 
Ms duty to preach the gospel. But the way did not open and he 
remained only a baptized member of the church, and a prayerful 
exhorter. Meantime his health gave way, consumption fastened 
upon him, and he passed on, in a most serene state of mind, to 
the higher life, Mar. 7, 1816, a. 26 yrs. 11 mos. and 20 ds. Mrs. 
Susanna, his widow, some years later m. Lewis C. Brown, had 
several chn. by him, became again a widow, and lived to extreme 
old age. Of all this we shall treat when we reach the chn. of 
Noah Ballon*. 

[772.] Arnold Ballou", Dea. Ariel', Ariel*, James", James', 
Maturin*; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 31, 1792; m. Lorinda 
Bat€4(, dr. of John Bates, Esq., b. in BeUingham, Mass., Apl. 3, 
1798; cer. in bride's parental home in said BeUingham, Apr. 11, 
1816, by Rev. Abial Fisher. Issue, posthumous, b. in said Bel- 
lingham. — 

2374—1. LorindE Arnold, b. May 28, 1817; m. Chas. G. Blake, Deo. 3, 1835. 

Arnold BaUou* was a man of very comely person, amiable dis- 
position, inteUigent mental capabilities, and exemplary moral 
character. He was traiiied to agricultural industry under a father 
who by precept and practice taught his children to waste no time 
in idleness, and spend little in recreation. He received a fair 
common school education, with a small complement of academic. 
Winter school teaching was his only variation fi'om steady appli- 
cation to farm labor. He made no pubhc profession of religion, 
but was highly esteemed for his moral integrity, and beloved by 
all who knew him. He was in the line of official promotion in the 
I same Independent Rifle corps with his elder brother Cyrus. He 
' had m. a congenial wife, and had settled down with his father on the 
I old homestead, imder a promising family arrangement which was 
full of high hopes for future usefulness and happiness. But all 
these hopes were suddenly blasted by his premature death. He 
wag fatally attacked by a fever which seated itself on his brain, 
and terminated his earthly life Nov. 27, 1817, a. 24 yrs. 7 mos. and 
27 ds. There was deep and bitter mourning throughout the whole 
I family circle. We need not describe the wrecked affections, an- 
I ticipations and prospects of the bereaved. Let imagination paint 
I the scene. We have seen that a posthumous dr. was born the 
I euHuing May, never to know a father's love and providence. She 
I has drunk large draughts of sorrow, but at this writing still sur- 


vives. We shall give her record among the Ballous of the Seventh 
Generation. The widowhood of her mother, Mrs. Lorinda, ended 
in a 2d marriage. She was m. to Moses Daniels of Mendon, May 
25, 1824, and had 3 chn. by him, but did not survive many years. 
She d. Sept. 4, 1833. 

[773.] Sarah allaa Sally Ballou", Dea. Ariel*, Ariel*, James', 
James', Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., Mar. 2, 1795, d. an 
amiable and promising maiden Oct. 11, 1803. 

[774.] Maj. Alfred Ballou*, Dea. ArieP, Ariel*, James', 
James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, R. I., June 2, 1799, the 
youngest child of Ariel' by his 1st wife, Lucina Comstock; m. 
Matildu Cook of said Cumberland, b. Mar. 6, 1801 ; cer. in Smith- 
iSeld, R. I., June 11, 1835, by Rev. Leonard Wakefield. Issue, b. 
in said Cumberland. — 

2875—1. Martha Aim, b. Apl. 26, 1836; m. Andrew Thayer Oct. 26, 1858. 
2376—2. Ira, b. Sept. 5, *38; m. Ist Ann J. Adams, 2d Emella A. Cook. 

Alfred Ballou' was a Major in the Rhode Island militia at one 
time. He became owner of the large homestead lying on both 
sides of the Mass. and R. I. line, where the southwest corner of 
Wrentham and Cumberland adjoin. It came down by inheritance 
from James BaUou*, his great grandfather, through his grand- 
father Ariel*, and his father Arier. At least this was true of the 
larger portion, if not of the whole patrimony. Thus he ranked 
among the solid yeomanry of his native town and county. He 
received a respectable common school education, with a little 
supplement of the higher select tuition. He, too, was a com- 
petent winter school master during his early manhood. But the 
principal paii; of his life was devoted to plain husbandry and its 
concomitant cares. He made a pubUc profession of religion iu 
his youth, and was more or less a Baptist in his attachments and 
predilections down to the close of his mortal pilgrimage. He was 
a man of strict moral integrity in pecuniary and social inter- 
coui*se, leaning inflexibly to stem justice, as he conceived of it, 
in God to man, and between man and man. He was not much 
tinctured with the heretical hope of divine mercy to the wicked 
after death, nor with " roae-tcater phlhuithropy " towards rebels 
against law and order under himian government. He retained 
some of the good old faith in the wholesomeness of the sword and 
gibbet in this world, and of an unsparing hell in the next for aU 
incorrigible evil doers. We mention these traits in our brother's 


character for the edification and comfort of those readers who 
may think the Ballous prone to be a little too lenient toward sin- 
ners, and disposed to sacrifice justice to mercy. They are not all 
Universalists, much less Bestorationist Non-Kesistants, like the 
erratic compiler of these family records. There is a redeeming, 
remnant left, who stand firmly by severe justice in divine and 
human governments. Major Alfred" was one of these. Accord- 
ingly the famous Dorr insurrection in Rhode Island found him a 
devoted soldier for law and order, and an unflinching military 
enforcer of its stem behests, against disturbers of the pubUc 
peace. In all this he was true to his instincts and highest con- 
victions of duty. Let him be honored for all his good qualities, 
and his fidelity to what he sincerely deemed sound moral prin- 
ciple. For the rest, the All Perfect Father wiU take due care to 
make "darkness light, and crooked things straight." He d. on 
his patrimonial homestead July 14, 1882, a. 83 yrs. 1 mo. and 12 
ds. He was buried with Masonic honors. His worthy wid. d. 
Feb. 8, 1883, a. 81 yrs. 11 mos. and 3 ds. 

Next in order comes the famUy record of the compiler and 
editor of this History and Genealogy of the Ballous. — 

[775.] Adin Ballou', Dea. AiieP, Ariel*, James', James", Ma- 
turin'; b. in Cumberland, E. I., Apl. 23, 1803; mother's maiden 
name Edilda Tower; m. 1st Abigail Sayles, dr. of Smith and Abi- 
gail (Scott) Sayles, (Richard, Eichard, John, Thomas,) b. in Smith- 
field, E. I., Apr. 1, 1800; cer. in bride's parental home in said 
Smithfield, Jan. 17, 1822, by Eev. Eeviben Potter. Issue.— 

2377—1. Adin, Jr., b. Cumberland, R. I., June 22, 1823; d. Mendon, Mass. 

Feb. 10, 1833. 
2378—2. Abigail Sayles, b. Milford, Mass., Jan. 30, '29; m. Rev. Wm. S. 

Heywood May 11, 1851. 

Mrs. Abigail (Sayles) Ballon d. of quick consumption in Mil- 
ford, Mass., Feb. 20, 1829, soon after the birth of her dr. above- 
named. Adin" m. 2d Zucy Hviity eldest dr. of Pearly and Chloe 
(Albee) Hunt, (Daniel, Abida, Isaac, Isaac, William of Concord,) 
b. in Milford, Mass., Oct. 31, 1810 ; cer. in the brick church of said 
Milford, Mar. 3, 1830, by Eev. Hosea Ballon, 2d, in presence of a 
large congregation. Issue. — 

2379—8. Pearley Hunt, b. Milford, Mass., Nov. 23, 1830; d. Mendon, 

Mass., Feb. 27, 1833. 
2380—4. Adin Augustus, b. Mendon, Mass., June 80, '33; d. Bridge water, 

Mass., Feb. 8, 1852. 


It seeniH proper that I should say what is necessary of myself 
in the first person singular, and for certain reasons that I shotdd 
not occupy a very large space. I have commenced, and hope I may 
live to complete for future publication, an elaborate Auto-Bioo^ra- 
phy, which ^^ill contain everything I deem of interest to poster- 
ity in the exi)erience, observation and mental activity of my long 
life. To that anticipated work I refer such readers as desire to 
acquaint themselves with the minutite of my earthly career. The 
limits of this volume scarcely allow the following outline. 

I was b., as already told, in Cimiberland, R. I., Apr. 23, 1803, 
and was brought up in the ordinary routine of a farmer's boy, on 
a homestead inherited from my great grandfather, James Bal- 
lon*. My mind was thoughtful from earUest childhood, and I 
was always greedy for knowledge. In youth I eagerly coveted a 
liberal education, but circumstances restricted me to common 
school privileges. Those I improved to the utmost — earnestly 
endeavoring to make up for my privations by applying myself 
thenceforth diligently to the acquisition of aU available knowl- 
edges, and especially to orderly mental discipline. I was predis- 
posed to religious impressions, and at eleven yeara of age I 
passed thi'ough a decisive experience, whose influence on my life 
and character has never ceased. At twelve I was baptized by 
immersion, and joined a church belonging to the " Christian 
Connexion," so called. At eighteen I had an intensive spiritual 
vision imperatively requiring me to preach the gospel. From 
this I shrank with great reluctance, as subversive of all my cher- 
ished worldly plans and yielded to it only from the strongest 
sense of duty. At the age of eighteen years and three months I 
preached my first discourse extempore in the ancient Ballon 
Meeting-house of my native vicinage, with no ecclesiastical train- 
ing or license, and chiefly from internal inspiration. The occasion 
was exciting and memorable to me and to the assembled hundreds, 
I was soon after accepted as an ai^proved minister of the " Chris- 
tian Connexion," and continued to preach as such in various 
places of my general neighborhood for about one year. 

Meantime, pursuant to a previous engagement, in the winter of 
1822, I united myself in marriage with my first wife — a most 
woi-thy and excellent connubial companion. Her mother, an in- 
telligent and noble-minded woman, had been brought up by her 
venerable father, Dea. Samuel Scott, a Restorationist. She owned 
a copy of Elhanaan Winchester s Dialogues on Universal Besto- 
ration, and modestly requested me to read the little volume. I 


considered myself firmly established in the doctrine that all who 
died out of Christ, or the finally impenitent so termed, would, at 
the Jud^^ment Day, be sentenced to a punishment ending in their 
absolute destnictioji or annihilation. I was therefore strongly 
opposed to every form of Universalism and pubUcly controverted 
it. But I was strictly honest, strictly rational, and fearless of 
investigation. I read the work, and, though somewhat favorably 
im])ressed with its arguments, felt confident I could refute them. 
But the result of a searching and very anxious examination was, 
that I must amend my theological finalities and substitute liesto- 
rationisin for Desinicttoniisjn, I did so, and have never since seen 
any adequate reason for changing my conclusion. I could not 
conceal my change of views, and in consequence lost the fellow- 
ship of the Church and Connexion in which I commenced my 
ministry. Circumstances threw me almost irresistably into the 
Universalist denomination. I continued in this denomination 
until 1831, when I felt obliged to secede from it on account of the 
dogmatism and intolerance of its then dominant wing, the no- 
future retributionists, towards outspoken Bestorationists. For 
several ensuing years I was attached to the Massachusetts As- 
sociation of Independent Bestorationists, who fraternized with a 
portion of the Unitarian denomination. While thus associated I 
embraced the great leading Eeforms — Temperance, Anti-Slavery, 
Woman's Bights, the Peace cause, and Practical Christian Social- 
ism. This last culminated in the experiment to establish at 
Hopedale, Mass., a Practical Christian Community, intended to 
be first in a series of like communities elsewhere. This virtually 
failed in 1856, and subsequently became submerged in the present 
Hopedale Parish. My ministry commenced in Cumberland, B. 
I., about the middle of July 1821, was continued transiently in 
various localities till 1824, then in Milford, Mass., several years, 
then a few months in New York City, then again in Milford 
till the Spring of 1831, then in Mendon, Mass., eleven years till 
the Spring of 1842, then in Hopedale, Mass., till April 23, 1880, 
and since then at large till the present time, 1887 — in all about 
sixty-six years. During this long ministry I have delivered a 
vast number of sermons and lectures, have officiated at nearly 
2500 funerals, solemnized nearly 1150 marriages, edited three 
several periodicals for terms amounting to about thirty years of 
time, executed as author three large octavo vols., several smaller 
sized ones, with pamphlets and tracts too numerous to mention, 
also several vols, stored away in manuscript for posterity. 


If asked for my creed, I will state it in the following general 
terms. — I believe in the religion of Jesus Christ, as he taught and 
exemplified it according to the Scriptures of the New Testament. — 

1. That there is one supreme, self-existent, all-perfect God, 
who is the loving and ^^ise Father of all moral intelligences. 

2. That Jesus Christ is the truest, highest, and most trust- 
worthy exponent of God's moral perfections, of his will and law, 
and of human duty ; not as a mere man, speaking and acting on 
his own personal authority, but as fore-chosen, ordained of the 
Father, and plenarily endowed with his Holy Spirit, to teach and 
exemplify absolute religious truth and righteousness, and thus to 
be the spiritual head and disciphner of the human race for their 
salvation from all sin. 

3. That all human beings are by nature free moral agents 
within a Umited sphere, always subject to divine overrulement 
and corrective discii^Une, and always required, according to their 
ability as creatures of progress, to co-operate in their own and 
each others perfectation. 

4. That all human moral agents and all other moral agents are 
brothers and sisters of a common family, whose individual, social, 
and collective good is the same eternally, and they aU bound, by 
the divine moral law, to love their common Father and one 
another with that perfect love which worketh only good to its 

5. That all moral agents are spirits destined to final immortal 
blessedness, through a long i)roces8 of divine discipline admin- 
istered in perfect love and wisdom, whereby evil will sooner or 
later be overcome by triumi^hant good. 

6. That this grand result ought to be earnestly prayed and 
labored for. 

In accordance with the essential principles and spirit of this 
creed, I hold myself solemnly bound to preach, teach and practice, 
and to abstain from preaching, teaching and practicing every- 
thing logically therewith inconsistent under any pretext whatso- 
ever. This I have long scrupulously endeavored to do ; avoiding 
aU compromises with Church and State whereby I should bind 
myself in any wise to violate my principles, by doing irith, by or 
through others what was contrary to my own individual conscience. 
At the same time I have tried to be just to those who reject my 
standard of Christian righteousness and conform more or less to 
the popular theology, ethics and customs of civilization a^ it is; 
giving them all the credit they deserve for sincerity, good motives 


and g-ood works, without abating my testimony against what I 
am certain are their real errors and wrongs. 

In my second marriage to my present wife, who has grown old 
in my companionship, I have been greatly blest. Solomon well 
said, "A prudent wife is from the Lord." Mine is such, — a model 
of discretion, domestic order, executive industry, a constant min- 
ister of good under all circumstances in her family and neighbor- 
hood, an intelligent counsellor in all emergencies, and a sympa- 
thetic companion in all high principles and endeavors. Though 
not robust in health and physical strength, she excels in actual 
accomplishment through mental judgment and persistent will- 
power. The readers of this volume ought to know that she has 
been an indispensable co-operator with me in correcting its proof- 
sheets, besides rendering in various ways a great deal of other 
needed assistance. We have shared our joys, sorrows, labors and 
trials together for more than fifty-seven years. We are now near- 
ing their completion and preparing for our summons to the higher 
life. I have over-used my space, and will only add, that despite 
a multitude of delinquencies and disappointments, I can rejoice 
gratefully in the loving kindness of my heavenly Father, whose 
providence and tender mercies have crowned my Ufe, and now 
shed a serene sunshine on my old age. Whatever good uses I 
have served, to him alone be glory and praise. For many short- 
comings he knows all my lamentations ; and that I confidingly, as 
well as contritely, cast myself, for final disposal, into the bosom of 
his forgiving love as manifested through his blessed son Jesus 

[776.] Ariel Ballou", M. D., Ariel*, Ariel*, James", James', Ma- 
turin* ; b. in Cumberland, E. I., Oct. 25, 1805 ; m. Hannah Uorton, 
dr. of Barnabas and Mary (Morse) Horton, b. in Bridgewater, 
Mass., Nov. 11, 1803 ; cer. in Mendon, Mass., Sept. 11, 1832, by 
his brother, the writer. Issue, b. in (Woonsocket) Cumberland, 

2381—1. Ariel Alclidns, b. Nov. 23, 1833; drowned Sept. 11, 1844. 

2382—2. Annah, b. Jan. 1, '37; u. m. 1885, res. with her father. 

2383—3. Ella, b. Dec. 7, *39; d. at the age of 2 weeks. 

2384-4. Laura, b. June 17, *41; m. Daniel M. Edwards, M. D. 

2885—5. Noble, b. Sept. 17, '43; d. July 1, 1844. 

Dr. Ariel Ballon* is the senior publishing proprietor of this 
commemorative volume, without whose laudable ambition, enter- 
prise and pecuniary resources, it might never have greeted the 
reading public. The Frontispiece to this work, very true to the 


original, will indicate to the observer that he was no ordinary 
character. It will impress the sagacious mind with the conviction 
that he was an intellectual, judicial, self-poised, upright, courage- 
ous, high toned man. Such he was. He rose to distinction in his 
profession, in public life, and in the various spheres of activity 
which he honored, not more by persistent, indomitable force of 
will in the pursuit of his objects, and by his unswerving moral in- 
tegrity, than by his high mental endowments. In boyhood he 
was deemed a dull rather than a brilliant pupil, but this was prob- 
ably owing to the rapidity of .his physical development, wherein 
he led the family. He attained his full stature of six feet at the 
age of fourteen years, and excelled in all athletic exercises ; lift- 
ing, mnning, swimming, skating, &c., in a proficient manner that 
his older brother, the writer of this book, could not emulate. His 
education was thorough as far as he had advanced, and when bis 
phenomenal growth was accomplished his mental development 
was equally rapid. At sixteen he was a lover of learning that 
knew no bounds, and henceforth hungered more and more for its 
viands. His ambition was a collegiate education, but he had 
many obstacles to face in his fealty to a rather set and stem father 
who had no faith in a professional success, and wished his son to 
remain on the farm where he had already proved his usefulness. 
Yet when seventeen years of age he attended for six months the 
select private school of Kev. Abiel Fisher in Bellingham, Mass., 
who prepared young men for college. This gave him a good 
start, and he returned to his farm work resolved to hold fast what 
he had gained, and prosecute his studies against wind and tide. 
He made it a rule to devote one hour each day to systematic 
study, and he adhered to this resolution. After working faithfully 
all day in attendance upon farm duties, he used to retire to a larg^ 
chimney enclosure with book and candle for quiet from the dis- 
turbance incident to a large household, for his father s house was 
distinguished as the home of travelling ministers, and in this larg-e 
chimney closet (come now to be called Dr. Ballou's study, which 
visitors at this day call to inspect) secure from the disturbance of 
the ardent exhortations of the ministers, if not from their anath- 
emas, he pursued his studies to such good purpose that he soon 
made it apparent what patience, strong will, and an untiring mind 
could accomplish. From this time till he was twenty-one, teach- 
ing during the winter season in the public schools, he had sole 
charge of his father s larsre farm, and managed it with unsurpassed 
executiveness. So he fulfilled the years of his minority, and leav- 


ing his father wealthy by his skillful effort, he went forth with a 
clear conscience, a mature, disciplined mind, an empty pocket-book, 
and a heart cognizant of no injustice in his lot, and undaunted by 
ite difficulties. Time hath shown us that " he builded well." 

He soon afterward appeared in the position of Principal of 
the Academy on Cumberland Hill, R. I., where his attainments 
secured for him a good reputation. Finding at this time a home 
in the family of Dr. Lamb, he commenced the study of medi- 
cine. An able lawyer and friend of that place, Aaron White, 
Esq., advised him to omit a college course which he regarded as 
unnecessary in Mr. Bailouts case, as he had a disciphne of mind 
sufficient to enter upon the studies of his profession. After study- 
ing about one year under Usher Parsons, M. D., of Providence, 
with the intention of entering the navy as surgeon, he spent 
about four months at the Berkshire Medical Institute at Pittsfield, 
Mass., where his dignified demeanor, and devotion to study gained 
him the approval of the faculty, notably that of Professor Childs, 
who manifested a deep interest in his success. Subsequently he 
passed a year under the tuition of Dr. Daniel Thurber of Mendon, 
Mass., an eminent master of medical theory and practice, who 
later showed his appreciation of his student by oflfering him an 
association in his practice. A short time after he entered his 
name as a pupil with the celebrated Professor J. Doane Wells 
of the Maine Medical School connected with Bowdoin College. 
Here he made rapid and thorough progress and an enviable posi- 
tion, being chosen Assistant Demonstrator, and graduated with an 
honor that secured to him the offer of the Chair of Anatomy at 
the University of Vermont. His native town, however, was the 
choice of his location. Receiving his diploma September, 1830, 
he commenced the practice of medicine in the new village of 
WooDsocket. A wide field surrounded that centre, which he has 
ever since occupied with increasing usefulness and fame, for more 
than fifty-five years, till now a venerable octogenarian. He was 
President of the R. I. Medical Society during the years 1855-6, 
and has ever since been one of its Censors. He is the author of 
a thesis on Lactation, published in the American Journal of Med- 
ical Science about the year 1850, which has been copied exten- 
sively into European Journals. As President of the Woonsocket 
Hospital Corporation, and of the Board of Trustees of the " Harris 
Institute" from their origin, he has rendered eflicient service. 

In politics and civil affairs he is a Democrat of the Union, loyal 
and progressive wing. From 1842 to 1852 he was, most of the 


time, a member of the Rhode Island Legislature, either in the 
lower or upper House. He introduced and successfully urged the 
passage of the Bill abolishing Capital Punishment, which has 
ever since remained an undisturbed statute. In the Peoples' 
Constitutional Convention he was Chairman of the Committee on 
the Bill of Rights, and through the whole ensuing almost revolu- 
tionary agitation he adhered courageously to Gov. Dorr and the 
defeated party, without losing the respect of high-minded op- 
ponents, though suflfering a partial martyrdom from hostile par- 
tizans. But all this he Uved down, and in 1879 was once more 
elected to the State Senate,- as representative from the newly in- 
corporated town of Woonsocket. In 1852 he was one of the four 
Rhode Island Presidential Electors. In educational matters he 
was always a strong and devoted friend of the public schools, and 
other instrumentalities of mental improvement. For seventeen 
years he was an active member of the School Board of his native 
town, and in nameless ways exerted his large influence in behalf 
of the rising generation. ' 

In social philanthropy he greatly distinguished himself as a 
member of the Masonic Fraternity. He was initiated and became 
a Master Mason in Morning Star Lodge, Cumberland, R. I., in the 
year 1826. After that Lodge was removed to Woonsocket he pre- 
sided over it as Worshipful Master from 1848 to 1853 ; afterward 
serving several years as its Treasurer. From 1861 to 1865 he was 
Grand Master of the State. He became a Royal Arch Mason in 
1858, and rose from one office to another, till elected, in 1861, 
Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the State Chapter — con- 
tinuing such till 1864. He received at various times several of 
the superior select degrees, and in 1867 consummated his Masonic 
attainments in the Woonsocket Encampment of Knights Templars. 
His devotion and services to the Fraternity have been worthily 

In religion he is a conscientious, devout and exemplary Epis- 
copalian, long a member of the Church in Woonsocket, but like 
most others of that denomination is steadfast in his own way with- 
out disturbing the preferences of dissenters. He is a Warden of 
his Church, and honors his profession. 

Though successful and prosperous in so many respects, he has 
had his share of trials and afflictions. Besides many of the more 
ordinary ones, and the loss of two chn. in early infancy, his be- 
loved eldest son, a lad in his 11th year, was drowned in a deep 
factory canal at Woonsocket iu 1844. And when his father ar- 

THE DR:8 DEA TH. CHN. E UN ice BA LL U\ 371 

rived, too late to save him, he had to rescue his corpse from the 
silent depth with his own hands — skillfully letting himself down 
to the bottom and bringing it to the surface. Then followed the 
sad funeral. His faithful and worthy wife, to whose helpfulness 
he ascribed much of his medical and financial success, passed on 
to the higher Ufe Nov. 14, 1873 ; since which he and his eldest 
daughter Annah have made the best of a home with a vacant 
chair at table and resting place by night. Latterlj^ their resi- 
dence has been Providence, R. I. ; though he spends most of his 
business hours in Woonsocket. He feels the impairments of hard 
service and the friction of time, but verges, at this writing, on his 
80th birthday with more than the common vigor of such advanced 

[777.] Lavinia Sayles", dr. of Eunice (Ballon) Sayles, d. in 

[778.] Selah Sayles', Daniel (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballou', Aider, James', James", Maturin* ; b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., May 18, 1780 ; m. William Scott (Samuel, Joseph, 
Sylvanus, John, Richard), b. in Bellingham, Mass., Sept. 25, 
1774 ; pub. in said BeUingham Apl. 27, 1800, and prob. m. soon 
after. Issue, understood to have been b. in Bellingham. — 

2386—1. Samuel Scott, b. Sept. 8, 1801; d. u.m. Sept. 15, 1832. 

2887—2. Clarisaa Scott, b. June 7, '04; d. u. m. Nov. 24, 1846. 

2388—3. Nancy Scott, b. Feb. 27, *05; m. Dea. Wm. Ham. She d. Aug. 

26, 1879. 

2389—4. William Scott, Jr., b. Dec. 28, *06; m. Sarah Snow Nov. 30, 1834. 

2390—6. Sullivan Scott, b. Aug. 81, *08; m. Eliza C. Scott. 

2391—6. Celia Scott, b. Apr. 3, '10; m. Peter Nelson. She d. Oct. 10, 1846. 

2392—7. Anna Scott, b. June — '12; d. u. m. June 10, 1834. 

No biographical data or' characteristics given, but we are sure 
Selah* and husband were worthy people. Mrs. Selah d. Jan. 27, 
1812, a. 32 yrs. 6 mos. 19 ds. Her husband d. Apl. 9, 1846, a. 71 
yrs. 6 mos. 16 ds. 

[779.] Anna Sayles*, Daniel (Eichard, Eichard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballon*, Ariel*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Smith- 
field, R. I., Jan. 30, 1782 ; m. Peter Whifmg, Jr,, b. in Franklin, 
Mass., June 13, 1777 ; cer. under the parental roof in said Franklin 
Sept. 29, 1803, by the Eev. Dr. Nathaniel Emmons. Issue, b. in 
said Franklin. — 

* Jiut after tfalB sketch wu pat in type, Dr. Uallou d. in Providence, li. I., July 15, 1887, %. 81 
yrs. 8 mM. and 21 da. 


2393—1. Abigail Whiting, b. July 23, 1804; m. Jeremiah Bumham, Jane 

6, 1833. 
2394—2. Joseph Blake Whiting, b. Sept. 14, W; m. Phila C. Ballon Nov. 

27, 1834. 
2395—3. Peter Whiting, Jr., b. June 5, '09; d. u. m. Feb. 3, ISai in Cal. 
2390—4. Lydia Blake Whiting, b. Mar. 9, '12; res. u. m. So. Franklin, 

2397—5. Willard Clark Whiting, b. Sept. 7, '15; m. 1st Charlotte Miller, 

2d S. O. Hancock. 

Worthy and respected i^eople of the middle class. Mr TIVTiiting 
d. on his Franklin homestead July 18, 1816. Mrs. Anna' d. there 
Mar. 25, 1862, in her Slst yr. 

Her dr. -in-law, Mrs. Willard C. Whiting, writes of her thus. — 
" She was a true woman, faithful to her family; and a mother to 
all under her care. I lived in the same house eighteen years, and 
had the privilege of caring for her in her last sickness. Not a 
murmur escaped her lips, although confined to the house for six 
months. She made profession of religion in 1856, and united 
with the Union Congregational Church, So. Frankhn, Mass." 

[780.] Stephen Sayles", Daniel (Eichard, Eichard, Jolin, 
Tliomas) and Eunice Ballon*, Ariel,* James', James', Maturin' ; 
b. prob. in Franklin, Mass., Feb. 10, 1784; m. Esther Darling 
(Samuel, Dea. Samuel, Capt. Samuel, Dennis), b. in Belhngham, 
Mass., Aug. 8, 1791 ; cer. under the bride's parental roof Jan. 11, 
1810, by John Bates, J. P. Issue. — 

2398—1. Asa Darling? Saylee, b. July 10, 1811 ; m. , no children. 

2899—2. Donison Berkley Sayles, 1). Oct. 5, '13; m. Olive Wilcox. 

2400—8. Whitman SaylcH, b. Jan. 15, '16; ra. Catherine Starkweather. 

2401—4. Mortimer Sayles, b. prob. '18; not reported. 

2402—5. Abby Sayles, b. prob. '20; m. David OrendoflF. 

Stephen* was a skilful housewrigfht, executive, dihgent and 
upright in business, and a worthy citizen. His wife w^as a repu- 
table and exemplary woman. They dwelt in the south-easterly 
section of Bellingham for many years, where all the above named 
chn. w^ere born. In 1837 they removed to the State of Wisconsin. 
Mrs. Esther and her young dr. Abby were conveyed mostly by 
water, embarking first at Providence, R. I., on board a steamer 
for New York City. Their route thence not given. Stephen* and 
his three boys started from BeUingham with a substantial horse 
team Jan. 8, 1837, and were 43 days on the road to their place of 
destination. The family finally located in Genesee, Waukesha 
Co., where a village at length grew up, caUed Saylesville in honor 


of Stephen Sayles. He is said to have owned 300 acres of land, 
to have become an influential citizen, to have been Postmaster for 
scTeral years, and to have settled his chn. prosperously about 
him. Stephen Sayles* and wife d. on their homestead in Genesee, 
Wis., at dates we have been unable to ascertain. 

[781.] Isaiah Sayles", Daniel (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballou*, Ariel*, James', James^ Maturin* ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Dec. 11, 1785. Isaiah Sayles* long ago left his native 
vicinity, and his record has baflled our research. We have little 
else to depend on than mere hearsay. He settled, lived and died 
in Salina, N. Y. No dates. He is said to have married, and the 
contrary has been said — to have had one son, and otherwise only 
an adopted son, bearing his name. A man calling himself Isaiah 
Sayles, Jr., was reported to reside in Wrentham, Mass., and to 
have a family. We wrote him anxiously, but he never responded. 
The search abandoned. 

[782.] AvTLDA Sayles", Daniel (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballou^ Ariel*, James*, James'', Maturin' ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Mar. 6, 1788; never m. ; an exemplary member of the 
Christian Church in Cumberland, R. I., highly intelligent, well 
educated for her times and opportunities, an excellent school 
teacher for many yeara in various places, and spent her maturer 
years in dutiful ministrations to her aged parents. She left a 
blessed record and memory. She d. on the patrimonial home- 
stead m Franklin, Jan. 13, 1866, a. 77 yrs. 10 mos. and 7 ds. Her 
grave and memorial stone may be seen in the cemetery of South 
Bellingham, near the little village called Rakeville. 

[783.] Nahum Sayles", the next of this family in age, seemed 
to have been bora under inauspicious influences, was wayward in 
his proclivities, went oft* to sea, and was never heard from more. 

f784.] Daniel Sayles, Jr.*, Daniel (Richard, Richard, John, 
Thonaas) and Eunice Ballon*, Ariel*, James', James", Maturin'; 
b. in Franklin, Mass., Feb. 29, 1792; m. Olive Ballou, dr. of 
Welcome, (Levi, Esq., Ezekiel, Obadiah, James, Maturin,) b. in 
Wrentham, Mass., Oct. 2, 1795; cer. not far from Apr. 13, 1812, the 
date of their publishment in Bellingham, Mass. Issue, b. in said 
Bellingham. — 

24(»-l. Welcome Ballon Sayles, b. July 4, 1813; m. Del)orab C. Watson. 
2404-2. John Osbom Sayles, b. Apl. 10, '16; m. Ist M. L. Wilkinson, 2d 
A. E. Slack. 



Intelligent, capable, worthy persons, who ranked well in society, 
and earned a good name among their contemporaries. He was 
by occupation an expert housewright. Thej- dwelt many years 
on a homestead in So. Bellingham, Mass., but later in life resided 
in Woonsocket, R. I., and perhaps last in Providence, where they 
died. His sun went down in sorrowful mental obscurity, but hers 
in a serene sky, softly illumined by the hope of immortal blessed- 
ness. He d. Nov. 23, 1874, a. 82 yrs. 8 mos. and 24 ds. Mrs. 
OKve d. May 15, 1881, a. 86 yrs. 7 mos. and 13 ds. 

[786.] John Sayles*, Daniel, (Eichard, Richard, John, Thomas,) 
and Eunice Ballou', Ariel", James*, James', Maturin' ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Sept. 10, 1794; m. Hannah Cool\ dr. of Ariel Cook, 
(Ichabod, Noah, Nicholas, Walter,) b. in Mendon, Mass., Jan. 22, 
1804 ; cer. Oct. 26, 1821, by Rev. David Long. Issue, b. in Men- 
don, Mass. — 

2405—1. Mortimer D. Sayles, b. Feb. t3, 1823, d. at the age of 4 yrs. 
2406—2. WiUard Sayles, b. Aug. 30, '25; m. Sarah E. C. Pabner. 

John Sayles' was an intelligent, decently educated, enterpris- 
ing, worthy man. He was an acceptable teacher of the common 
schools in the winter season during his early manhood. In 1^1 
he took up his residence in Providence, R. I., where he engaged 
at first in the grocery business and afterward, for many years, in 
the boot and shoe trade. He retired at length from merchandize, 
and with his wife resided in the comfortable home of their only 
son, Hon. WiUard Sayles, on Pitman St. There he enjoyed him- 
self much in caring for his son's grounds, garden, &c., keeping 
everthing in admirable order and productiveness, diowa almost to 
the time of his death. There he d. Feb. 18, 1879, a. 84 yrs. 6 mos. 
and 8 ds. And there Mrs. Hannah, his widow, in feeble health, 
still survived him at oiir last advices. 

[786.] Nabby Sayles", of this family, d. Sept. 30, 1799, a. about 
3 yrs. 

[787.] Juliana Sayles", Daniel, (Kichard, Eichard, John, 
Thomas,) and Eimice Ballon*, Ariel', James", James", Maturin' ; 
b. in Franklin, Mass., July 9, 1798; m. liev, Dextei" B^dlurd, son 
of Daniel and Mary (Walker) Bullard, b. in Hopkinton, Mass., 
Apl. 14, 1799 ; cer. at the house of Dea. Ariel Ballon, in Cumber- 
land, K. I., an uncle of the bride, Feb. 1, 1820, by Kev. Reuben 
Potter. The connubial pair came directly from and returned im- 


mediately to the bride's parental home in Franklin, Mass., where 
the marriage banquet was served. These particulars are well 
remembered by the writer, who acted as groomsman on the occa- 
sion. Issue. — 

2407—1. Tniman S. BuUard, b. Apl. 28, 1821; m. Juliana Bachelor Sept. 

2408 -2. William C. Bullard, b. Jan. 9, '33; m. Eliza Ann Snow Sept. 18, 

2409—3. Julia A. Bullard, b. Jan. 25, '26; m. Silas A. Forbush Nov. 13, 1845. 
2410—4. Dexter Bullard, Jr., b. May 13, '28; m. Ist M. L. Bullard, 2d M. 

2411—5. Daniel O. Bullard, b. Mar. 8, '30; m. Metta Gemon Sept. 10, 1806. 
24ia— 6. Mary S. Bullard, b. July 26, '32; m. Ist L. Gay, 2d Wm. D. Potter. 
2413—7. Barton S. Bullard, b. June '30, '85; res. Bluflf Co. El.,' no family. 

The above named chn. were bom in different localities where 
the parents successively resided, which will be specified when we 
come to their respective family records in chronological order. 
Our somewhat intimate and long acquaintance with Juliana 
(Sayles) Bullard and her husband enables us to sketch their lives 
and characters with intelligent satisfaction. They were eminently 
worthy of the best testimonial we can give them. They were re- 
markably congenial and well mated companions; both highly 
intelligent, affectionate and amiable ; both devoutly and rationally 
religious; both endued with regenerative moral principles, pro- 
gressive aspirations and reformatory aims ; and both uncompro- 
misingly faithful to their sublimest convictions of truth and duty. 
Their chn. were brought into the world and trained accordingly. 
And the same may be said of their conduct and character in every 
circle of human relationship which enjoyed their influence. 
Neither of them was favored with great scholastic privileges, yet 
respectable common ones, with some extras ; but they had live 
intellects, and were ever active self-educators. With strong com- 
mon sense and persistent self-culture something may be accom- 
plished in this world without having been drilled through college 
and university curricula. 

Rev. Dexter Bullard was converted, baptized by immersion, and 
joined a church of the Christian Connection, so called, in Green- 
wich, Mass., while a youth between 14 and 17 years of age. He 
soon became an earnest exliorter, and a little later a devoted 
minister in the same ecclesiastical communion, from which he 
never withdrew. He was ordained in Cumberland, R. I., at the 
age of 19 years, and was for some time joint pastor with Rev. 


Reuben Potter. We recollect his ordination well. It took place 
on Cumberland Hill, and the hardy old veteran, Elder Daniel Hix 
of Dartmouth, Mass., preached the sermon. Hix was a sturdy 
farmer, and a no less sturdy minister of the gospel. His sermons 
were worth hearing, strong- and full of telling points, with no 
rhetorical daisy ism at all in them. After Kev., or as generally 
styled, Elder Ballard left Cumberland, R. I., he had pastorates 
in different pai-ts of Connecticut, and in Upton, Mass. He was a 
sound, sensible, earnest and impressive preacher, as well as an 
eminently exemplary and beloved pastor. He was rational and 
liberal in doctrine without laxity of faith or moral discipline. 
When the great Reforms of his times demanded recognition, he 
and his wife ranged themselves in line with the Temperance advo- 
cates and the Abolitionists. And they had to hold their ground in 
some stormy times. In 1833-34 a most shameful and hatefid per- 
secution arose against Miss Prudence Crandall on account of her 
opening, in Canterbury, Ct., a Boarding School for " colored young 
ladies and misses." The whole town. County of Hampton, and 
general region around, was uproarious with excitement. Miss 
Crandall's School was outrageously broken up. It was a storm 
from which even friends of the persecuted party were prone to 
hide themselves. Two had the heart and courage to face the pre- 
judiced herd in defence of the right. These were Samuel J. 
May and Dexter Bullard, both neighboring pastors. In this crisis 
Mi-s. Bullard did herself the honor to press boldly to the front 
with her husband, and by outspoken fidelity to principle exerted 
the large influence of her winning pei-sonality and character in 
behalf of the injured victims of inexcusable violence. We men- 
tion this exhibition of moral heroism imder tiying circumstances, 
as an index to much creditable biogi*aphy which space obliges us 
to withhold concerning this connubial pair. As he advanced in 
years the husband suffered seriously from loss of hearing and 
general health. He spent a brief period in Virginia where he had 
a kind and worthy brother; but though the climate and personal 
relationships rendered his residence there congenial, the then 
social and political state of things repelled him. In 1852 he de- 
cided to settle in the State of Wisconsin. There he ,spent his 
remaining ministerial and domestic strength. And there, in Gen- 
esee, Waukesha Co., after a distressful sickness, which he bore 
with Christian fortitude, he laid down the burden of mortality, 
bequeathed his final benediction to his family, and depai-ted in 
the full assurance of heavenly bliss to his mansion above, Dec. 14, 


1866, a. 66 yrs. and 8 mos. Mrs. Juliana survived him over five 
years, residing most of the time in Grafton, Mass., in the home of 
her dutiful daughter and son-in-law, Juha A. and Silas A. For- 
buah. There she sweetened that home with maternal love and 
counsel, and received every kind attention that her widowed heart 
could crave. At last she was suddenly seized with neuralgia of 
the heart, and in half an hour was translated into the society of 
loved ones gone before. She passed into the higher life June 10, 
1871, a. 72 yrs. and 11 mos. Blessed be her memory and her soul. 
The writer had the sacred privilege of ministering sympathy and 
consolation at her funeral. 

[788.] Ariel Sayles", Daniel (Richard, Eichard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballon*, Ariel*, James*, James^ Maturin* ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Aug. 21, 1800 ; m. Elizaheth Ayl^worth^ dr. of John 
and Hannah (Bacon) Aylesworth, birth-date not given ; cer. Apl. 
17, 1831, in Providence, R. I. Issue. — 

3414—1. Mary E; Sayles, b. Providence, R. I., Apl. 8, 1838; res. there u. 
m. 1884. 

We were well acquainted in youth with this cousin, and we were 
fellow students at the close of school Ufe. He was an intelligent, 
companionable and worthy young man at that time. Afterward 
we personally knew little of him, except by occasional good re- 
port. He went to Providence perhaps in 1826 or 26, entered into 
the grocery business, and afterward became a shoe dealer, with 
fair success in both positions, continuing in the last until his death, 
Aug. 23, 1839. We hoped for morfe definite information concern- 
ing his Ufe and death than has ever been furnished us. At our 
last advices his respected widow and daughter were residing to- 
gether in Providence, R. I. 

[789.] Oren Sayles", Daniel (Richard, Richard, John, Thomas) 
and Eunice Ballon', Ariel*, James", James', Maturin' ; b. in Frank- 
lin, Mass., Feb. 14, 1802; m. Alvilra BaUoii, dr. of Flavins J. and 
Phila (Cook) Ballon (Levi, Esq., Ezekiel, Obadiah, James, Ma- 
turin), b. in Cumberland, R. I., Jan. 22, 1805 ; cer. in said Cum- 
berland, Jan. 1823, by Rev. Reuben Potter. Issue, all b. in 
Franklin, Mass. — 

2415— 1. Lyeurgus Sayles, b. Nov. 7, 1824; m. Almira C. Slocum Auj?. 11, 


2416— 2. Joanna Sayles, b. Oct. 14, *26; m. Henry M. Phettiplace Jan. 5, 




2417— 3. Latinus V. Sayles, b. June 10, '28; d. u. m. June 17, 1873. 

2418— 4. George L. Sayles, b. Sept. 10, '31; reported u. m. 

2419— 5. OUve A. Sayles, b. Nov. 9, '33; d. u. m. June 9, 1883. 

2420— 6. Catherine A. Sayles, b. Jan. 8, '35; m. Ossian Sumner, M. D. 

June 1, 1858. 

2421— 7. Smith O. Sayles, b. June 9, '40; m. Mary A. MetcAlf 1864. 

2422— 8. Thomas W. Sayles, b. Nov. 17, '42; 

2428— 9. Flavins B. Sayles, b. — '44; d. in early infancy. 

2424—10. Herbert L. Sayles, b. Dec. 10, '46; m. Marguerite T. Oavanagh 

2425—11. Daniel F. Sayles, b. Sept. 8, '48; d. young Sept. 30, 1856. 

Oren Sayles" was an intelligent, executive, thrifty, upright 
farmer. He received a fair common school and grammar school 
education. He was a responsible, respected man in the various 
relations of life, and seemed to break do^vn at last with hard 
work, care and anxiety. By inheritance and purchase he came 
into possession of the old paternal homestead in the southwest 
part of Franklin, which he occupied and managed for many 
years, but finally in old age relinquished, retiring to a quiet home 
in the little village of Kakeville, So. Bellingham, Mass., where he 
d. Aug. 25, 1883, a. 81 yrs. 6 mos. and 11 ds. Mrs. Almira, his wife, 
was a very capable, energetic, excellent woman, a devoted wife 
and mother, who surmounted a vast amount of labor, care and 
downright usefulness in her family and neighborhood. She was 
an eminently worthy woman, and deservedly loved and respected 
by all who knew her. She d. in Kakeville, So. Bellingham, afore- 
said, Sept. 14, 1884, a. 79 yrs. 7 mos. 23 ds. 

[790.] Collins Brailey*, Solomon, (Roger) and Esther Ballon*, 
Ariel*, James', James'', Matuiin' ; b. in Franklin, Mass., June 29, 
1786 ; m. Lurania Jillwn^ daughter of Nathan and Susanna (Shel- 
don) Jillson (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, James), b. in Cumberland, 
K. I,, 1776 ; cer. in Pelham, Mass., 1813, no minuter particulars. 
No issue. 

Collins' was a farmer, and we understand was a respectable 
common citizen of Pelham, Mass. No characterizations of him- 
self or wife given. She d. July 19, 1845. He. d. 1870, a. about 
84 yrs. 

[791.] Nancy Brailey*, Solomon and Esther Ballou*, b. in 
Franklin, Mass., May 9, 1788 ; d. at the age of about 8 yrs. 

[792.] Lydia Bratley", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballou*, 
Ariel*, James', James", Maturin* ; b. in Franklin, Mass., Feb. 13, 


1791; m. Willard Whipple, son of William and Waitstill (Jillson 
BaDou) Whipple, b. in' Cumberland, K L, Apl. 18, 1792; cer. in 
said Cumberland Mar. 21, 1816, by Davis Cook, J. P. Issue, b. in 
said Cumberland. — 

2426-1. Milton Whipple, b. 1817; m. Elizabeth Jillson 1840. 

2427-2, Willard Whipple, Jr., b. Feb. 8, '19; unsearchable. 

2428—3. Seth William Whipple, b. Aug. 10, *2\ ; m. thrice, no particulars. 

242J^-4. James Whipple, b. '24; drowned u. m. Sept. 13, 1849. 

2430-5. Waity Ann Wliipple, b. Sept. 25, '26; m. Ichabod Cook July 4, 

2431-6. Alpha Ballon Whipple, b. Nov. 24, '28; m. Leonard Chase Oct. 

2432—7. Adin Ballon Whipple, b. May 8, '33; res. u. m. Woonsocket, R. I. 

We have the following acceptable testimony of parental char- 
acter from their young-est son. " He (my father) lived almost his 
entire life near the spot where he bade adieu to earth, amid the 
hills in the easterly part of Woonsocket, formerly Cumberland. 
He was brought up a farmer, and in his prime was a good one. 
He also learned the trade of a carpenter. He was of a mild and 
equable temperament, went through life without much friction, 
and left the world like a child going to sleep. He always sus- 
tained a good character. Friendly himself, his friends were as 
numerous as his acquaintances. He loved a farm-life, and had a 
^eat attachment to his acres. He lived over 16 yrs. beyond the 
Psalmist's three score and ten, and then, like the well ripened fruit 
of his orchard, was gathered into the great store-house of Nature. 
Mother always took the part of the Good Samaritan in life ; ready 
and willing to lend a helping hand to those around her in their 
times of trouble and distress. She labored hard to accomplish 
the requirements of her household ; believing she owed her first 
duty to her Maker, and the others to her family and aU mankind." 
She d. Nov. 28, 1868, a. 77 yrs. 9 mos. and 16 ds. Her husband 
i July 31, 1878, a. 86 yrs. 3 mos. and 13 ds. They brought up an 
intelligent, enterprising and worthy family of chn., who blessed 
and honored their memory. 

[793.] Deborah Brailey*, Solomon (Roger) and Esther Bal- 
lon', Ariel*, James', James", Maturin' ; b. Apl. 1794; m. Nathiiniel 
Jillmn (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, James), b. in Cumberland, R. I., 
Jmie 10, 1795 ; cer. in said Cumberland Oct. 8, 1817. No issue.— 

There is some discrepancy in the data reported to us concern- 
ing the birth of Deborah*, and still more as to the time of her 


death. Her husband was a farmer, and they removed to Pelham, 
Mass., in 1821. There she d. prob. in 1^26, but perhaps later. 
The Jillson Genealogy 8a3rs she d. Oct. 13, 1867, which differs 
widely from other dates given us. We leave this point unsettled. 
The husband subsequently m. Mrs. Lois Barrows. No character- 
istics afforded us. He d. in Pelhajn July 26, 1874. 

• [794.] George Brailey*, Solomon (Roger), and Esther Ballon*, 
Ariel*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Mendon, Mass., Apl. 10, 
1796; m. Martha W. Waahingtmi of Virginia. Whose dr. she 
was, where and when bom, where, when and by whom m. not 
told. Said to have had one child ; last heard from at Chapel 
Hill, Mo. Name not given. Parents long ago deceased. We 
must acquiesce in the dark obscurity of this record. This cousin 
must have been a wandering adventurer. However, his wife bore 
a distinguished name. 

[795.] Miranda Brailey*, Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon', i 
Arier, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Mendon, Mass., July 11, 
1798 ; m. Seth Cook (Esek, Noah, Nicholas, Walter), b. in Cum- 
berland, K. I., Jan. 27, 1796 ; cer. in said Cumberland Sept. 28, 
1817, by Davis Cook, J. P. Issue, b. in said Cumberland. — 

2488—1. Smith Cook, b. Jan. 4, 1818; m. Evelina Cook July 6, 1846. 

Mrs. Miranda", d. in Bellingham, Mass., Aug. 25, 1855. Seth 
Cook was a respectable farmer and rake-manufacturer. Whether 
he m. again and had more chn. has not been told. So late as 
Sept. 1885, he was reported as still living, and resident in a place 
called Cometville, Steuben Co., N. Y. 

[796.] John Brailey", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon*, 
Arier, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Franklin, Mass., Sept. 9, 
1800; m. Almira Jilhati^ dr. of Nathan Jillson (Nathan, Nathaniel, 
Nathaniel, James), b. in Pelham, Mass., Feb. 11, 1807 ; cer. 1825— 
no minuter specifications. Issue, b. in said Pelham. — 

2484^1. Laura Ann Brailey, b. Nov. 22, 1825; d. u. m. Aug. 20, 1849. • 
2435—2. John L. Brailey, b. May 28, *27; m. Eliza A. Fisk 1847. 
2436-8. Alfred Brailey, b. Apl. 30, '33; d. May 30, 1849. 
2487-4. Manly O. Brailey, b. Mar. 21, *35; m. Laura J. Latham 1865. 
2438—5. Esther M. Brailey, b. Oct. 13, '45; m. Horace H. Tibbetts Dec. 2, 

John Brailey" was a stone mason by trade. He settled in Pel- 
ham 1806. Much later in life he removed to Amherst, 


where he d. Feb. 21, 1874. Nothing repor|jed of character, but 
presnmed to have been a very worthy pair. Mrs. Almira was still 
surviving in Amherst at last advices. 

[797.] Amos Brailey*, Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon*, 
Ariel*, James*, James', Maturin' ; b. in Franklin, Mass., 1808 ; m. 
Ameliu Iiathlni7i of Willimantic, Ct., in 1828. They are both said 
to have d. in 1838, — ^leaving two sons, viz. — 

248»— 1. George BraOey, b. 
2440—2. Lester Brailey, b. 

This is another obscure and imperfect family record, which we 
would gladly amend if we could. No further traced. 

[798.] Syl\ta Brailey", Solomon (Roger) and Esther Ballon", 
Ariel*, James', James', Maturin* ; b. in Franklin, Mass., June 6, 
1805; m. Joseph Burling mne of Cumberland, R. I., pedigree and 
birth-date not given ; cer. in said Cumberland, Nov. 6, 1831, by 
Rev. Stephen Cutler. Issue b. in Cumberland. — 

2441—1. Alpha Bartlett Burlingame, b. Sept. 2, 1884; m. Sayles S. Esten. 
244^—2. Almon Darling Burlingame, b. Mar. 18, '40; d. Oct. 6, 1846. 

Plain, homespun, worthy people. Mrs. Sylvia d. July 24, 1847. 
We have no additional information concerning this family and 
they will be no further traced. 

[799.] Nancy Brailey*, Solomon (Koger) and Esther Ballon*, 
Ariel*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Pelham, Mass., 1807 ; m. 
Daniel Bartlett and moved to Ohio. This is aU that has yet been 
reported to us. If more reaches us we will gladly insert it. 
Otherwise we must leave it in its imperfections, no further traced. 

[800.] Olney Scott*, Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Richard,*) and Selah Ballon", Ariel*, James', James*, Maturin' ; b. 
in BelUngham, Mass., Feb. 4, 1782; m. Lydia LazeUe, dr. of 

*In tbe writer's History of Mllford, Mass., Part II., p. lOU, It is sUted that these Scolts wore 
tbonffht to be descendants of John Scott, a servant of I^urence and Cassandra Southwick, perse- 
cuted Quakers, and took refuge in Providence, R. I., with Roger Williams. But more light, since 
revived on the sut^ect, seems to show that their immigrant ancestor was Richard Scott from 
Xngland, who became one of the proprietors with Williams, and lettled on lands in or near what 
is now called Lonsdale, R. I. There are good reasons for believing tliat this Richard of Lonsdale 
lift but one son, whose name was Sylvanus; and that he became the father of 11 chn., among 
wliom was Joseph of Scott Hill in BelUngham, father of Dea. Samuel, and grandfather of Saul, 
the hnsband of Solah BBllott<^. So Richard is now put in place of John Scott as immigrant ancestor. 


Joshua Lazelle, b. in said Bellingham, May 19, 1786 ; cer. Oct. 10, 
1805. Issue.— 

2443— 1. Lebbeus Lazelle Scott, b. Nov. 18, 1806; m. Caroline Aiken. 

2444— 2. Lavinia Batlisheba Scott, b. Nov. 18, '08; m. Joshua Chilson, Jr. 

2445— 3. Elizabeth Cevillia Scott, b. June 1, *11; m. Sullivan Scott Feb. 7, 


2446— 4. Lydia Marsh Scott, b. Feb. 26, '14; m. Hiram Cook. 

2447— 5. Olney Scott, Jr., b. Aug. 28, '16; m. Jane A. Bishop. 

2448— 6. Ellison Scott, b. July 27, '18; m. Ann Maria Daniels Nov. 12. 1840. 

2449— 7. Abby Scott, b. Feb. 19, '21; m. Wm. Robinson in 1842. 

2450— 8. John Warren Scott, b. May 11, '23; m. Emeline Morse. 
.2451— 9. Ariel Ballou Scott, b. May 29, '25; m. Martha M. Cobb. 

2452—10. Willard Barton Scott, b. June 26, '28 ; m. Susan Caroline Tliurston. 

Olney Scott' and wife resided four or five years immediately 
succeeding mge. in their native tovna, Bellingham, Mass. There 
prob. their two oldest chn. were born. They next resided in 
Petersham, Mass., where we presume the rest of their chn. were 
born. They were diligent, frugal, respected farmers. After about 
30 years' residence in Petersham, they returned to Bellingham. 
They were both exemplary members of the Baptist church, and 
were greatly beloved by all who knew them in the social inter- 
course of life. Not having received any hint of their personal 
worth, we wrote to their youngest son for a few words of testi- 
mony. His answer closed thus. — "In regard to their lives and 
character, I will just state this little incident. A few years ago, 
after both father and mother had passed away, I went to visit the 
old neighborhood at Petersham. It was a rich treat to me, and 
one that I shall never forget — the cordial manner in which I was 
received on my parents' account; and it did my heart good to 
know in what love and esteem they were held by all their old 
neighbors. Truly *a good name is better than great riches.'*' 
Olney" d. in Bellingham, Sept. 12, 1838. Mrs. Lydia d. in w^hat 
is now East Providence, E. I., Feb. 6, 1864. 

[801.] Mary Soott", Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Richard,) and Selah BaUou', Ariel*, James*, James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Bellingham, Mass., Feb. 5, 1784; m. John Seagrave, Jr.^ (John, 
Edward, John,) b. in Uxbridge, Mass., Dec. 1, 1783; cer. Mar. 21, 
1805, by Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Emmons of Franklin, Mass. Issue, 
all b. in said Uxbridge. — 

2453—1. Caroline Seagrave, b. Jan. 81, 1806; m. Sinclair Scribner Apl. 15, 

2454—2. John Seapn^ave, b. Jan. 20, '08; m. Almena Boss Feb. 12, 1834. 


2455-3, Saul Scott Seagrave, b. Mar. 3, '10; m. Mary Almira Tyler Apl. 

2, 1883. 
245^-4. Selissa Scott Seagrave, b. Apl. 14, *12; m. Dr. Adams Perry Oct. 

26, 1847. 
2457—5. William Hemy Seagrave, b. Jan. 6, '15; m. L. Elizabeth Wlieelock 

Apl. 3, 1844. 
3458-6. Edward Foster Seagrave, b. Aug. 13, '17; m. Sarah Roas Oct. 30, 

2450—7. James Carter Seagrave, b. Apl. 14, '21; m. Ist E. M. Clark, 2d E. 

S. Clark. 
2460—8. Charles Edwin Seagrave, b. Oct. 1, '25; m. Abigail Carter May 

31, 1848. 

Worthy and respectable people. He d. in TJxbridge, Mass., 
j Oct. 14, 1836 ; She d. Jan. 12, 1860, a. 76 yrs. 

[802.] Jerusha Scott*, Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
I Richard) and Selah Ballou*, Ariel*, James', James', Maturin* ; 
I b. in BeUingrham, Mass., Apl. 9, 1786 ; m. Dorrington Seagrave^ 

(John, Edward, John), b. in TJxbridge, Mass., Sept. 26, 1781; 

cer.:Nov. 22, 1804, by Eev. William Williams of W. Wrentham, 
' Mass. He resided in Northbridge, Blackstone, and TJxbridge, at 
i different periods ; so that we cannot specify the respective birth- 
[ places of the following named chn. — 

2461— 1. Scott Seagrave, b. July 35, 1805; m. Eliza Ann Stowe of Uxbridge. 
3462— 2. Sarah Seagrave, b. Dec. 4, '06; m. John Collins of Blackstone. 

2468— 3. H&rriet Seagrave, b. June 18, '08; m. Aaron Phillips of Burrill- 
ville, R. I. 

2464— 4. Abigail Seagrave, b. Sept. 10, '09; m. Ariel Thayer of Blackstone. 

2465— 5. Geo. Washington Seagrave, b. Mar. 24, '12; d. u. m. May 30, 
1834, a. 22. 

246e— 6. John Dorrington Seagrave, b. Feb. 27, *14; m. 1st S. B. Lamed, 

2d C. C. Holden. 

2467— 7. Selah Seagrave, b. Dec. 24, '16; m. Eli D. Bond of.Hardwick. 

^Am- 8. Lovina Seagrave, b. Feb. 17, '18; m. Franklin Prenliss, Deloit, la. 

2469— 9. Mary Seagrave, b. May 19, '20; m. David Moulton, Hardwick. 
2470—10. Axalana Seagrave, b. Mar. 7, '22; m. Fisher Thayer, Uxbridge. 
2471—11. Joseph Day Seagrave, b. July 26, '24; m. 1st R. C. Holbrook, 2d 

M. M. Strong. 
2472-12. Daniel Seagrave, b. Oct. 21, '26; d. Feb. 25, 1828. 

They left a commendable life-record. He d. in Uxbridge Aug. 
8, 1849, a. 67 yrs. 10 mos. 13 ds. She d. there Aug. 21, 1849, a 63 
yiH. 5 mo8. 11 ds. 

L] Selah Scon^*, Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Bichard) and Selah Ballou*, Ariel*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. 


in Bellingham, Mass., Jan. 4, 1788 ; m. Am NeioeU, son of Joseph 
and Catherine (Aldrich) Newell, (Joseph, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham), 
b. in Richmond, N. H., Sept. 1, 1787 ; cer. in said Bellingham Dec. 
28, 1806, by Laban Bates, J. P. Issue.— 

3473—1. Rev. Maxcy B. Newell, b. Bellingham, Mass., Sept. 22, 1807; m. 
Ist M. A. Burton, 2d M. M. Atkins. 

2474-2. Selissa S. NeweU, b. Hartford, Ct., Aug. 28, *14; m. Geo. Mal- 
lard, 1847. 

2475—3. Alvina Newell, \), Greenbush, N. Y., Mar. 31, *18; m. Andrew J. 

2476—4. Achsah Ann Newell, b. in Greenbush, N. Y., Oct. 8,' 23; d. u. m. 
Jan. 20, 1846. 

Substantial and reputable people, of the useful, upright, indus- 
trial class. Asa Newell d. Jan. 4, 1857, a. 69 yrs. 4 mos. 4 ds. 
Place of decease not given. Mrs. Selah* d. in Woonsocket, R. I., 
Jan. 30, 1876, a. 87 yrs. and 26 ds. 

[804.] Selissa Scott', Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Brichard) and Selah Ballou*, Ariel*, James*, James", Maturin* ; b. in 
Bellingham, Mass., Sept. 21, 1789 ;*m. Asa Hall, son of Seth and 
Elizabeth (Spear) Hall (Zuriel), b. in said Bellingham, May 29, 
1766; cer. in said Bellingham June 16, 1831, by Rev. Calvin 
Newton. We think this was Mr. Hall's 2d mge. He was several 
yrs. his bride's senior, and she was in her 52d year. They had 
long lived near neighbors. They had no issue. 

They were circumspect, orderly, quiet, exemplary persons. 
Their home was always on Scott Hill. There he d. Jan. 2, 1841, 
a. 74 yrs. 7 mos. and 4 ds. Mrs. Selissa' d. Mar. 19, 1866, a. 76 
yrs. 5 mos. and 29 ds. 

[805.] Abigail Scott', of this family, b. Mar. 18, 1791, d. in the 
bloom of virgin youth Apl. 19, 1809. 

[806.] Lavinia Scott', Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvaoius, 
Richard) and Selah BaUou", Ariel*, James*, James\ Maturin' ; b. 
in Bellingham, Mass., Mar. 27, 1793 ; m. Martin Chilson, son of 
John and Abigail (Draper) Chilson, b. in Bellingham 1797 ; cer. at 
bride's parental home Jan. 3, 1819, by Rev. Abial Fisher. No 
issue. They left a fair life-record. He d. in his native town Feb. 
12, 1864, a. 67 yrs. Mrs. Lavinia d. at Woonsocket, R. L, Jan. 27, 
1866, a. 72 yrs. and 10 mos. 

[807.] RiL^v Scoit', Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 


Bichard,) and Selah Ballon', Ariel*, James', James', Maturin^ ; b. 
in Bellingham, Mass., Apl. 4, 1796; m. Sarah S. Paine, dr. of 
James and Lydia (Aldrich) Paine, b. in Smithfield, R. I., Oct. 9, 
1798; eer. Mendon, Mass., Feb. 28, 1819. Issue, b., we think, in 
So. jktendon, now called E. Blackstone, Mass. ; the younger per- 
haps in Hillsboro', N. H. 

3477-1. Malvina F. Scott, b. Apr. 15, 1821; d. Oct. 17, 1331. 

247^-2. Olney W. Scott, b. Mar. 31, *24; d. Sept. 6, 1824. 

247»~3. Sarah Adelaide Scott, b. July 13, *29; m. Zelotes Gleason Dec. 

20, 1865. 
2480--4. Henry Clinton Scott, b. Sept. 5, *88; m. Laura A. Hunt, Oct. 17, 

2481—5. Augustus El win Scott, Aug. 18, '37; res. Boston, lawyer and 


Rila* and wife honored their reputable pedigree by intelligence, 
business enterprise, moral integrity, and eminent social worth. 
He was a successful manufacturer of cotton and other goods for 
many years ; but was suddenly cut off from mortal life by a fatal 
casualty. He was always accustomed to manual labor when oc- 
casion required it, and was endeavoring to sink a boulder on one 
of his estates in the town of Douglas, Mass., by digging away the 
earth near and partly beneath it. The rock slid or roUed heavily 
against him, breaking one of the bones in an arm, and inflicting 
deadly internal injury. He was rescued from the excavation, and 
was instantly aware that death would soon ensue. But though a 
great sufferer, he was calm, patient, and resigned in spirit. He 
lived two days, evincing rational consciousness to the last. Hav- 
ing given an affectionate adieu to his heart-stricken wife and 
children, he commended his soul to the Infinite Father with a 
serene assurance of acceptance into the bosom of his merciful 
loving kindness. He was always averse to making high profes- 
sions, and to courting human praise. So we refrain from further 
eulogy. He d. Nov. 8, 1866, and his funeral took place in Mil- 
ford, Mass., his then bereaved home, on Sunday Nov. 11, follow- 
ing, with every suitable demonstration of public respect and 
sympathy. A large concourse of people assembled, the writer led 
the ministrations of consolation, and the Masonic Fraternity 
consecrated his grave. His age was 60 yrs. 7 mos. and 4 ds. 
His excellent wife and widow survived him over 20 yrs. She d. in 
Milford Sept. 12, 1876, a. 77 yrs. 11 mos. and 4 ds. Again the 
writer ministered. 

[808.] AxALANA Scott', Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 


Bichard) and Selah Ballou*, Arier, James", James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Bellingham, Mass., Feb. 16, 1797 ; d. u. m. after an exemplary 
life of virgin rectitude and usefulness, at Woonsocket, R. I., Nov. 
17, 1878^ a. 81 yrs. 9 mos. and 1 day. 

[809.] Emery Scott', Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Eichard) and Selah Ballou*, Ariel*, James", James', Maturin' ; b. 
in Bellingham, Mass., May 24, 1799; m. Waity JilXson^ dr. of 
Nathaniel and Chloe (Arnold) Jillson, (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, 
James), b. in Cumberland, R. I., Aug. 10, 1800 ; cer. Mar. 30, 1820. 
Issue, the 4 eldest b. in Bellingham, Mass., the other 6 prob. in 
So. Mendon, now, E. Blackstone, Mass. — 

2482— 1. Malcolm S. Scott, b. Nov. 5, 1821; m. Hannah Dyer. 

2488— 2. Adeliza Scott, b. Mar. 8, *24; m. Elijah D. WUcox. 

2484— 8. Louisa J. Scott, b. Mar. 81,'26; m. James A. Bawson Jane 18, 1841 

2485— 4. Adalbert Scott, b. Nov. 27, '28; res. u. m. CaUfomia. 

2486— 6. Orlando Scott, b. Oct. 17, '80; m. Ann Eliza Chilson Oct. 18, 1854. 

2487— 6. Almina Scott, b. Feb. 27, '88; d. Mar. 16, 1835. 

2488— 7. Edwin B. Scott, b. Mar. 17, '85; m. Henrietta Abbott June 10,1863. 

2489— 8. Mary Scott, b. Feb. 2, '87; d. Aug. 14, 1844. 

2490— 9. Livingston Scott, b. Jan. 5, 1889; res. u. m. in N. Y. City. 
2491—10. Almira Scott, b. Jan. 27, '41; d. Dec. 29, 1842. 

Emery Scott* and wife were intelligent, respectable people. He 
was mostly engaged in the manufacture of cotton goods, and for 
many years dwelt in what is now called East Blackstone, Mass. 
They were understood in the outset of married life to be Univer- 
salists, but later joined a small society of independent Friends 
under the lead of Ichabod Cook, which was organized and had a 
brief existence in the general neighborhood of then So. Mendon, 
Mass. Mrs. Waity (Jillson) Scott d. Apl. 11, 1860, a. about 59 yrs, 
8 mos. Emery* subsequently m. Mrs, Lydia Pierson. But he 
came at length to a catastrophal death, being crushed fatally by 
his mill-machinery. He d. in E. Blackstone, Mass., July 6, 1868, 

a. 69 yrs. 2 mos. and 12 ds. 

[810.] WiLLARD Ballou Scott*, Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, 
Sylvanus, Eichard) and Selah Ballou*, Ariel*, James'^ James', 
Maturin'; b. in Bellingham, Mass., Nov. 14, 1801; m. Sarah 
AvuDula Taggardy pedigree and birth-date not given; cer. in 
Hillsborough, N. H., May 11, 1830, by Rev. John Lawton. Issue, 

b. in said Bellingham. — 

2492—1. Lucius M. Scott, b. Mar. 8, 1834; m. Louise M. Scott. 
2493—2. George M. Scott, b. Mar. 28, '39; m. Carrie M. Piper. 
2494-3. Edgar M. Scott, b. May 20, *42; m. Addie S. Wilcox. 


Willard B. Scott' has dwelt all his days on the ancient patri- 
monial homestead where his father, grandfather, and gt. gd. father 
lived and died; we mean to say on the central portion of that 
homestead, on Scott Hill, long so called. He has been a quiet, 
industrious, orderly farmer, a good citizen and neighbor, an un- 
pretentious, worthy man in all his relationships, and his sun is 
going down a calm horizon, he being now (1885) in his 84th year. 
His beloved companion, Mrs. Sarah A., passed on May 9, 1886, a. 
69 yrs. and 11 mos.; and we trust that the hopeful faith of his 
father and grandfather in the Divine goodness will sustain him 
through the shadow of death to the immortal continent. 

[811.] Col. Saul Barton Scott', Saul, (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, 
Sylvanus, Richard) and Selah Ballou', Ariel*, James', James', Ma- 
tnnn' ; b. in Bellingham, Mass., July 6, 1804 ; m. Siisan Paine 
Dmiiels, dr. of Lyman and Hyrena (Paine) Daniels, b. in Mendon, 
Mass., Nov. 24, 1809 ; cer. in Providence, E. I., May 16, 1826, by 
Rev. David Pickering. Issue. — 

2495—1. Susan Marolipe Scott, b. in Mendon, Mass., Jan. 8, 1828; m. Os- 
car M. Bassett Oct. 1, 1846. 

2496—2. Sarah Samantha Scott, b. Bellingham, Mass., May 80, *80; m. 
Joseph H. Daniels Oct. 28, 1840. 

2497—8. Elizabeth Richardson Scott, b. Medway, Jan. 8, '86; m. Stephen 
S. Benson July 27, 1859. 

2498—4. Ophelia Hyrena Scott, b. Franklin, Mass., June 80, *42; m. Wil- 
liam M. Comey, Dec. 7, 1865. 

Col. Saul B. Scott" is a man of strong mental powers, sound 
judgment and energetic abilities, of solid moral integrity and all 
the qualities of reliable manhood. He has been an active busi- 
ness man in manufactures, trade, and various concomitant in- 
terests. Meantime he has officiated respectably in the State 
Volunteer Militia, grade after grade up to Col. for 7 yrs ; repre- 
sented Franklin in Gen. Court during 1843 and '44 ; served as 
Postmaster of his vicinity 20 yrs.; held all the principal town 
offices ; and been a commissioned Justice of the Peace for several 
successive terms. Thus he has grown old in enterprise, useful- 
ness and public respect. His wife [who d. 1886] and family have 
evinced corresponding merits, and he will leave the stage of mor- 
tal activity in an honorable old age, illumed with the hope of a 
higher life. 

[812.] Jefferson Scott*, Saul (Dea. Samuel, Joseph, Sylvanus, 
Bichard) and Selah Ballon*, Ariel", James*, James", Maturin' ; b. 


in Bellingham, Mass., Aug. 3, 1806 ; m. Alice Wm^raU, dr. of 
Otterwill and Euth (HaU) Worrall, b. in Boston, Mass., Jan. 22, 
1807; cer. in Bellingham Feb. 21, 1830, by the then Baptist 
Pastor. Issue. — 

2499—1. Ruth Scott, b. Bellingham, Mass., May 2, 1831; m. Wilham Ed- 
win Hubbard. 

2500—2. Melissa Scott, b. Bellingham, Mass., Jan. 7, '38; m. William V. 

2501—8. Austin Scott, b. South Mendon, June 4, '39; m. Sarah Fiske. 

2502—4. Horace Auburn Scott, b. South Mendon, Jan. 4, '41 ; m. Emilie J. 
Johnson 1872. 

Jefferson Scott* was brought up a fanner, and for several years 
dwelt on a homestead a little way down the southern declivity of 
Scott Hill, his birth-place. Thence he removed to So. Mendon, 
now Blackstone, and probably turned his hand to mechanical or 
other pursuits — having a dexterous genius for whatever business 
seemed to promise remuneration. He was eager for wealth, and 
when the California gold mining excitement arose he left the en- 
dearments of home in the hazardous quest for uncertain riches. 
If this was his mistake he shared it with thousands of adventurers. 
He sailed from Boston in 1849, and spent six months getting 
round Cape Horn to the golden coast. He had just success 
enough, good and bad, to hold him to the pursuit till death over- 
took him. He visited his family three several times — in 1854, 
1857 and 1868. But he must go again. He did so. Mrs. Alice, 
his wife, a most excellent woman, had previously d. in Woon- 
socket, E. I., Nov. 4, 1861, a. 54 yrs. 9 mos. and 12 ds. He finally 
d. at OroviUe, Cal., May 21, 1874, a. 67 yrs. 9 mos. and 18 ds. We 
do not hear that he married a 2d time. We presume him to have 
been a man worthy of respect for many commendable qualities. 
But we infer that it would have been better for him, had he loved 
gold less and home more. 

The descendants of Bathsheba Ballon* come next in order. Her 
1st husband was Michael Keith, by whom she had two drs., Mary 
and Esther Keith. Mary was m., as already stated to Joseph 
Swift of Mendon. Of their chn., if they had any, we have never 
found the slightest trace, and therefore dismissed the search. 
Esther Keith m. Asa Thompson of Mendon. They had 8 chn., 
whose names we have given and numbered from 813 to 820 inclu- 
sive. But of these only three admit of tracement worth specifica- 


[814.] Margaret Thompson", Asa (Edward) and Esther Keith*, 
Bathsheba Ballou*, James*, James^ Maturin* ; b. perhaps in Men- 
don, Mass., prob. about 1767; m. Ahier Cook^ Jr,^ of Wrentham, 
Mass., (Dea. Abner, Eld. Josiah, Nicholas, Walter,) b. in said 
Wrentham, Oct. 24, 1766; eer. in Mendon, Mass., Apl. 17, 1794. 
Issue, all b. in said Wrentham. — 

2508—1. Sumner Cook, b. Nov. 22, 1794; m. Sabra Hawkins. 

2504—2. Pruflia Cook, b. Jan. 21, *96; nothing given. 

2605—3, Abner Cook, Jr., b. May 3, '97. m. Betsey Barney. 

2606—4. Selina Cook, b. Feb. 2, *99; m. James Ray. 

2507—5. Foster Cook, b. Sept. 6, 1801; d. n. m. Jan. 29, 1821. 

2508—6. Leonard Cook, b. July 16, *04; m. Julia Aldrich. 

2509—7. Margaret Cook, b. Apl. 25, '06; m. Abner White Nov. 18, 1831. 

Worthy people of the common industrial class. Mrs. Margaret" 
d. Aug. 7, 1834, a. 67 yrs. Her htisband d. Sept. 26, 1843, a. 76 
yrs. 11 mos. 2 ds. We have some knowledge of the next genera- 
tion, but deem it best to trace the descent no further. 

[817.] Asa Thompson, Jr.", Asa (Edward) and Esther Keith', 
Bathsheba Ballou', James', James', Maturin*; b. Jan. 19, 1775; 
m. Sally Estes, b. Aug. 16, 1780; cer. Nov. 2, 1799. Issue.— 

2510—1. Lucy Thompson, b. Aug. 10, 1801; m. Caleb Ward Wilson Jan. 

28, 1821. 
2511—2. Margaret Thompson, b. Apl. 23, '08; d. u. m. Aug. 26. 1842. 
261!^— 8. Elizabeth Thompson, b. Sept. 22, 1806; m. Daniel W. Pickering 

Sept. 28, 1828. 
2513—4. Asa Thompson, Jr., b. Apl. 28, '09; d. young. 
2614—5. John Pond Thompson, b. Mar. 1, *12; m. Harriet A. Drake May 

20, 1839. 
2515—6. William Vennor Thompson, b. Nov. 19, *18; m. Ist H. Joslin, 2d 

H. Gilbert, 3d 0. Mann. 
2516—7. Sarah Keith Thompson, b. May 13, '21; m. William 0. Hadley, 

July 18, 1840. 

Plain, well disposed, worthy, common people. Mrs. -Sally d. 
May 20, 1845. Asa" survived to advanced old age. His death- 
date not within our knowledge. The descent no further traced. 

[819.] Edward Thompson', Asa (Edward) and Esther Keith*, 
Bathsheba Ballon*, James', James', Maturin' ; b. in Mendon, 
Mass., Jxdy 24, 1780; m. Lavina Caty)eiitef\ dr. of Oliver and 
Joanna (Ballou) Carpenter (Jotham, Jotham, Benjamin, William, 
William), b. in Mendon, Mass., Feb. 17, 1786 ; cer. May 17, 1803. 
Issue, the eldest 2 b. in Mendon, all the others in New Lebanon, 


2617— 1. Lillis Gan>enteT Thompson, b. July 86, 1804; d. u. m. Nov. 12, 

2518— 2. Elvira Thompeon, b. July 8, '06; d. u. m. May 19, 1826. 

2619— 8. Jamea M. Thompson, b. July 3, '08; d. young. 

2620— 4. Oliver Carpenter Thompson, b. Sept. 80, '10; m. Jerusha M. 

Wheeler Dec. 16, 1840; 9 ohn. 

2621— 6. • Laura Thompson, b. Feb. 8, *18; m. Heniy Reed Sept. 80, 1882; 

2522— 6. Esther A. Thompson, b. Nov. 22, *16; m. Richard Cornell June 7, 
1887; 1 child. 

2623— 7. Lavina Thompson, b. July 6, '18; m. Walter Moore Nov. 11, 

1848; 3 chn. 

2624— 8. Edward Thompson, Jr., b. Mar. 2, '21; m. Mary J. Cushing Oct 

16, 1849; 2 chn. 
2526— 9. Eveline Thompson, b. Nov. 21, '28; unreported. 
2520—10. John R. Thompson, b. July 9, '26; d. young. 
2527—11. Warren Thompson, b. May 6, '81; unreported. 

Edward Thompson' was an enterprising, respectable farmer. 
In 1806 he emigrated from Mendon, Mass., to New Lebanon, 
N. Y. He and his wife were of reputable social standing, and 
brought up their chn. creditably. He d. in said N. Lebanon, 
Columbia Co., N. Y., Oct. 17, 1856. Death-date of Mrs. Lavina 
not given. Both were descendants of Ballous. We pursue their 
family descent no further. 

[821.] Hannah Newell*, Elisha* (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abra- 
ham) Bathsheba Ballou*, James*, James', Maturin* ; b. in Cum- 
berland, R. I., May 14, 1780; m. Henry Gveeiie^ his parentage, 
birth-date, mge.-date, &c., not ascertained, but understood to be 
of the County of Providence, R. I. Issue. — 

2628—1. Lucy Greene, b. 1807; d. u. m. Millbury, Mass., ApL 1, 1879, a. 72. 
2529—2. Maria Greene, b. '09; d. somewhere in Conn. ; no date. 
2630—8. Phebe Ann Greene, b. '12; d. u. m. in Pawtueket, R. I., Aug. 31, 
1862, a. 40. 

An additional unnamed infant is mentioned. No death-date of 
Henry Greene given. Mrs. Hannah d. Sept. 17, 1867, a. 87 yrs. 4 
mos. and 3 ds. A very imperfect record, but the best at our 

[823.] EuTH Newell", Ehsha' (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham) 
Bathsheba Ballon*, James*, James", Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, 
R. I., 1783 ; m. Nathan Hayward of Mendon, Mass., son of Dea. 
John and Mary (Penniman) Hayward, b. 1789; date and par- 


ticulars of cer. not ascertained, but prob. about 1811. Issue, b. in 
said Mendon. — 

2581—1. Lavina Hayward, b. Jan. 81, 1812; m. Daniel J. Pickering Dec. 

6, 1840. 

258^^—2. Esther Hayward, b. June 14, '14; d. Oct. same yr. 

2533—8. Samnel Penniman Haywar4, b. Mar. 15, '16; m. Rachel Rhodes 

Mar. 10, 1845. 
2534—4. John Robinson Hayward, b. Dec. 8, '19; m. Ist Olive Cook 1844, 

2d SaUy Cook 1847. 
2536—5. Mary Penniman Hayward, b. Jan. 27, '28; m. William Fairbanks 

Oct. 26, 1858. 

Eespectable and worthy people of good social standing. Mrs. 
Kuth* d. Mar. 23, 1860. Her husband subsequently m. again. 
He d. July 7, 1868. Mrs. Lavina (Hayward) Pickering' d. some 
yrs. ago, and likewise Mrs. Mary P. (Hayward) Fairbanks^ We 
think they left chn., but are not sure of it. Her 2 sons sui-vive, 
with chn. and gd. chn., to bear onward her name and memory. 
We refrain fi'om further specific tracement. 

[824.] Eunice Newell', Elisha*, (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abra- 
ham) Bathsheba Bailout James', James', Maturin'; b. in Cum- 
berland, Br. I., 1785 ; m. Stephen A ngdl of said Cumberland, son 
of Abraham Angell, birth-date not given ; cer. in said Cumberland 
Aug. 19, 1810, by Isaac Bazee, J. P. Issue, b. in Cumberland 
aforesaid. — 

2536—1. Sarah Angell, b. Feb. 26, 1812; d. u. m. in Waltham, Mass., July 

7, 1880. 

2537—2. David C. Angell, b. Dec. 12, '18; m. Suaan Arnold of Smithfield, 
R. L; 6 chn. 

2588— 8. Cyrua Angell, b. Jan. 7, '17; m. Sarah Dexter; 2 chn. 

2539—4. Mahala P. Angell, b. July 2, *19; m. Baylies Bourne of Lons- 
dale, B. I. 

2540—5. John Jay Angell, b. Oct. 26, '21; m. Mary Haskell of Cumber- 
hind, R. I. 

2541—6. Gideon Angell, b. Feb. 17, '24; m. Mary Thurber; 6 chn. 

2542—7. Hannah 0. Angell, b. Sept. 10, '28; unreported, perhaps d. young. 

No characteristics or life incidents reported, but we assume that 
Eunice*, husband and family deserve a record worthy of their 
kindred. Only 2 of her chn. surviving, but a goodly number of 
grand chn. and gt. gd. chn perpetuate her blood. She d. June 
31, 1844. Death-date of her husband not reed. Closed. 

[824J.] Eu Neavell', Elisha*, (EUsha, Jacob, Jacob, Abraham) 


Bathsheba Ballon*, James*, James', Maturin* ; b. in Cumberland, 
E. I., Mar. 26, 1788 ; m. Sally Boot, dr. of Elijah and Elizabeth 
(Barnes) Boot, b. in Canaan, Ct., Dec. 22, 1797 ; cer. in Deerfield, 
N. Y., 1811, by Esq. Boe. Issue, b. in Frankfort, N. Y.— 

2543—1. EUjah Newell, b. 1813; m. Julia Diunuth 1832, 
2644—2. Betsey NeweU, b. 1815; m. James Cole Oct. 2, 1836. 
2545—3. Phebe NeweU, b. 1817; m. Elisha Pliilo 1835. 

Eli Newell" was an industrious, respected farmer. He left his 
native place, and settled in Frankfort, N. Y. There he lived out 
his ripening mortality, and d. in the year 1818. His wid. was 
living at last advices in Ithaca, N. Y., prob. with her son Elijah", 
who resides there, and has 4 chn. Mrs. Sally (Boot) Newell is in 
her 89th year, retains her faculties remarkably and enjoys a green 
old age. They had a family gathering at the old home in 1884, 
where she was surrounded by chn., gd. chn., gt. gd. chn., and 
even gt. gt. grand chn. So they had an especially good time. 
Her dr., Mrs. Cole', husband and family, have their home in 
Detroit, Mich. She is the mother of 6 chn. Her sister, Mrs. 
Phebe (Newell) Philo', d. at Saquoit, N. Y., Sept. 17, 1884, having 
been the mother of 9 chn., all or nearly all of whom survive her. 
Mrs. Betsey Cole took all reasonable pains to answer our call for 
family information, and is entitled to our thanks. Our general 
nde is to close on female lines of descent with the third genera- 
tion. Therefore we do so with all these descendants of Bathsheba 

[825.] Albermakle Newell", Elisha*, (Jacob, Jacob, Abraham) 
Bathsheba Ballou*, James*, James'', Maturin' ; b. in Cumberland, 
E. I., May 6, 1791 ; m. Ehenezer King, pedigree, birth-place, birth- 
date, &c., not ascertained ; cer. supposed to have been in Belling- 
ham, Mass., May 10, 1810. Issue. — 

2546—1. Abner Newell King, b. Mar. 3, 1813; d. Pawtucket, R. L, u, m. 
Aug. 9, 1842. 

Ebenezer King enlisted in the U. S. service Dec. 1812, and 
prob. marched to some post on the line of conflict with England, 
but where we have never ascertained. His wife never afterward 
heard a word from him. He is supposed to have soon d. either 
from sickness or martial exposure. His wife was left in a pitiable 
l^light, giving birth to the above named son the following March. 
She lived a widow over 10 yrs., and then m. 2d Caleh Brown^ son 


of Ezekiel and Nancy Brown, b. in Burrillville, R. I., Oct. 4, 1784; 
cer. in Dudley, Mass., Mar. 2, 1823. Issue. — 

2547—2. Mary C. Brown, b. Nov. 20, 1828; m. Scinire Cutter Oct. 18, 1846. 
2548—3. George Browu, b. June 17, '83; m. Hannah Feely May, 1865. 
2549—4. Phebe Ann Brown, b. Oct. 3. '36; m. John Crawford June 25, 1^57. 

We feel warranted in re«:isterin«: a g-ood name and character 
for Mrs. Albermarle, Mr. Brown, and their chn. He was a hard 
workinof farmer, and d. in E. Thompson, Ct., Jan. 11, 1850. We 
siLspect the above named 3 chn. may have been b. in tliat town or 
vicinity, but have no positive autliority on this point. Mrs. 
Albermarle (Newell) BrowTi d., if we mistake not, in the kind care 
of her dr., Mary (Bro\\Ti) Cutter' and husband, in'Burlingame, 
Osa<?e Co., Kansas, Apl. 28, 1883, a. 91 yrs. 11 mos. and 23 ds. 
She retained her faculties and memory in good degree almost to 
the last. She has carried her checkered biography, like thou- 
sands of aged care-worn pilgrims, unwritten to the world of 
spirits. Her dr., Mi-s. Mary C. (Brown) Cutter' and husband re- 
side in Burlingame, Osage Co., Kans. They have one son. We 
are indebted to Mi's. C. for nearly all we have told of this family. 
Her son, George Brown', res. in Boston, Mass., having one son 
and one dr. Her youngest dr., Phebe Ann (Brown) Crawford', 
husband and one son, res. in Parson, Sullivan Co., Mo. This 
descent closes here. 

[826.] Patience Neweijl", Elisha", (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, Abra- 
ham) Bathsheba Ballou*, James", James'^ Maturin' ; b. in Cum- 
berland, E. I., at a date not found; m. Wiflhu/i Knitbdll. No 
particvdars of pedigree, birth-date, marriage cer., &c., given. 
Issue. — 

25r>0— 1. Mary Kimball, no birth-date; m. Elisha Arnald of Tolland, Ct. 
'i'V.')! — 2. Wm. Newell Kiml)all, no birth-date; m. and had 2 chn. out West. 

Mrs. Patience" d. at the age of 28 yrs. Nothing reported of her 
husband. Elisha Arnold and Mary Kimball' had a dr., Maiy 
Augusta Arnold", who m. Howard P. Reynolds of Plainfield, 
N. J. The reporter could communicate no more. Is not this a 
rich morsel for the lovers of the indcfnitef No further trace- 

[827.] John Smith Newell", Elisha*, (Elisha, Jacob, Jacob, 
Abraham) Bathsheba Ballon^ James^ James", Maturin' ; b. in 
Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 20, 171)5; m. Lijdia Warner, dr. of Joel 



and Sarah (Barnes) Warner, b. in Canaan, Ct., Feb. 20, 1794 ; cer. 
in Schuyler, Herkimer Co., N. Y., Dec. 5, 1819, by Reuben 
Mathers, J. P. Issue. — 

2652-1. Harriet Adaline NeweU, b. Manchester, N. Y., Sept. 24, 1821; m. 

Jeremiah B. Adams. 
2553—2. Sarah Jane Newell, b. Fenner, N. Y., Apl. 7, '24; m. Ephniim F. 

2564—3. Ellen Louisa Newell, b. Marcellus, N. Y., Oct. 15, '33; m. Francis 

H. Day. 

John Ncweir has always been a hard working man, chiefly as 
an operative in wof len manufactories. He left R. I. in 1818, and 
has successively rc^sided in Schuyler, Manchester, Marcellus and 
numerous other Iqcalities in N. Y., Iowa, and Mich. He is now 
spending his old age in the kind care of his dr., Mrs. Harriet 
Adams and husband, in Albronia, Mich. His lulgi'image has 
lasted over 90 yi*s. He has always been strictly industrious, 
honest and temperate, never indulging in the use even of tobacco. 
He has never been successfiU in pecuniary accumulation, but may 
have goodly treasures laid up in heaven. At last advices he was 
failing in memory, eyesight and hearing, though otherwise re- 
taining quite good health. Mi-s. Lydia, his w