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2 I0827  (J.P.)  James Perry Colyer  6 Dec 1828  1910 
The Colyer Family of Pulaski County TN shows this as John Perry Colyer vs. James Perry.
 
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3 I0827  (J.P.)  James Perry Colyer  6 Dec 1828  1910  James P Colyer is listed in Confederate military records as having signed up the same day as his brother Charles J. Granade Colyer in 1863. Both their brother, John Wesley Colyer Jr. was 2nd in command of the 6th Ky Calvary as 1st Lt.

Members of 6th Kentucky Confederate Calvary
6th Kentucky Confederate Calvary from http://www.rootsweb.com/~kymil/cw/conf/sixth_kentucky_cavalry.html

M.B. Perkins C Captain Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
J. Wesley Collier C 1st Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Later moved after war to Perry Georgia
Virgil P. Moore C 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Supposed to be prisoner
John S. May C 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Supposed to be prisoner
Alfred L. Alcorn C 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Killed while being transferred from Johnson's Island to Fort Delaware; prisoner of war.
S. J. Brown C 2nd Lieutenant Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Wounded in Lebanon, Ky. July 5, 1863
Alfred L. Alcorn C 1st Sgt. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Promoted to 2nd. Lt.
Stephen J. Brown C 2nd Sgt. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Promoted to 2nd. Lt.
Joseph Lane C 3rd Sgt. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Gover C 4th Sqt. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Lafayette Moore C 1st Corp. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 17, 1862
Milford Lee C 2nd Corp. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Robert Phelps C 3rd Corp. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Daniel Colyer C 4th Corp. Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Hardin Alexander C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
John Brown C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 16, 1862
Jonas Brown C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Benjamin Brown C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 15, 1862
James Birch C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
William H. Ballew C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 15, 1862
William Ballew C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Iradell Bray C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Milford Bralton C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
William Burton C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 14, 1862 d. 1928 bur. Pleasant Point, Lincoln Co., KY
Willis Colyer C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Charles W. Colyer C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James G. Colyer C Private Sept. 17, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Richard Colyer C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
George Callahan C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
William C. Curd C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
William Colyer C Private Oct. 8, 1862 Somerset, Ky. buried Colyer cemetery highway 769 (Rush Branch Rd)
Logan Colyer C Private Nov. 1, 1862 Knoxville, Tn.

James P. Colyer C Private Jan. 24, 1863 Beech Grove, Tn.

C.J. Colyer C Private Jan. 24, 1863 Beech Grove, Tn. (This is Granade Colyer)

Lewis P. Cowan C Private Oct. 14, 1862 Lancaster, Tn. By transfer from Capt. Shanks' Co. in Jan, 1863
Martin T. Colyer C Private Dec. 1, 1862 Mufreesboro, Tn. By transfer from Capt. Shanks' Co. in Jan, 1863
Samuel B. Colyer C Private Jan. 4, 1862 Monticello, Ky. By transfer from Capt. B.E. Roberts' Co. in Jan, 1863
Thomas Dans C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Elijah Denny C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Doctor Denny C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Elijah Dikes C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Deserted Dec. 20, 1862
S. Wesley Earp C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
W. Madison Earp C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
John Eastham C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James Eastham C Private Oct. 23, 1862 New Market, Tn.
Perry Elliott C Private Sept. 6, 1862 Danville, Ky. By transfer from Capt. Lemmon's Co., Jan. 7, 1863
E.T. Elliott C Private Feb. 1, 1863 Beech Grove, Tn.
Walter J. Fields C Private Transferred to Capt. Shanks' Co., Sept. 1, 1862
Chrisley Gastinew, Sr. C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Chrisley Gastinew, Jr. C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Martin Gregg C Private Oct. 8, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James Gilmore C Private Oct. 8, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Washington Herrin C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Edward Herrin C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Levi Hubble C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. last name spelled Hubbel on Ags report, by transfer from Capt. Shanks' Co., Nov., 17 1862
Joseph A. Hardwick C Private Transferred to Capt. B.E. Roberts' Co., January 1863
Thomas Hargis C Private Died Feb. 10, 1863
Thomas Jasper C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Martin Keeney C Private Nov. 6, 1862 New Market, Tn.
James Luytrell, Sr. C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James Luytrell, Jr. C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Wesley Long C Private Deserted Dec. 20, 1862
Archibald Marshall C Private Oct. 8, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
James Moonyham C Private Somerset, Ky.
Jacob Miller C Private Somerset, Ky.
Moses Murphy C Private Beech Grove, Tn.
William Murphy C Private Lancaster, Ky. By transfer from Capt. Shanks' Co. in Jan, 1863
Simeon E. Owens C Private Somerset, Ky. Died Feb. 3, 1863
George Pence C Private Somerset, Ky.
T.K. Phelps C Private Somerset, Ky.
Henry Powell C Private Beech Grove, Tn.
Jesse L. Reynolds C Private Somerset, Ky.
Moses Reynolds C Private Somerset, Ky.
Robert W. Reynolds C Private Somerset, Ky. Buried in Liberty Baptist Church Cem., Pulaski Co., Ky. Was last surviving Confederate soldier in Lincoln Co., Ky.
Alexander Randall C Private
Josiah Smith C Private Somerset, Ky.
James C. Smith C Private Somerset, Ky.
Willis J. Stogsdell C Private Sept., 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Quarles Simpson C Private Oct. 11, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct.14, 1862
John J. Smiley C Private Oct.8, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Cornelius Simpson C Private Nov. 16, 1862 Sweet Water, Tn.
William Thompson, Sr. C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct.14, 1862
William Thompson, Jr. C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct.16, 1862
James R. Turner C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Joseph C. Vanhook C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
Andrew Vanhook C Private Died Feb. 13, 1863
George Wheeldon C Private Sept. 13, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 21, 1862
Robert Warren C Private Sept. 12, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 14, 1862
William Woodcock C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
G.A. Warren C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 16, 1862
John W. Williams C Private Oct. 2, 1862 Somerset, Ky. Missing Oct. 16, 1862
David Warren C Private Sept. 15, 1862 Somerset, Ky.
W.W. Cleaver D Captain June  
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4 I0827  (J.P.)  James Perry Colyer  6 Dec 1828  1910  According to recent deed searches by Chris Colyer (Rush branch rd Somerset Ky). James P Colyer owned land adjoining current day Colyer Cemetery on Rush Branch Rd up the hill.  colyer 
5 I34857  (Sinclair) St. Clair  Polly  Abt 1780  Abt 1815  Is it possible that John Colyer 1781 first wife went by the first name of Polly ? This could be supported IF the John Colyer born 1815 of Bronston was in fact John's 1781 son, since John Colyer born 1815 death record in Pulaski Cty says mother was named "Polly". October 21, 2016 testing results of Y-DNA samples of a descendant of John Colyer 1815 were completed. They show a match on 110 out of 111 Y-DNA markers so within 5 generations ( ie. circa 1800) to a known descendant of John Colyer born 1781. Since the county death record of John Colyer born 1815 shows that his mother's name was Polly, it is concluded based on DNA evidence that the first wife of John Colyer was NOT Martha Minus, but RATHER Polly with unknown last name. The John Colyer 1815 death record does not reveal mother last name. The Somerset Republican newspaper obituary of a son of John Colyer 1781 says his first wife was a Miss Sinclair. Therefore this researcher concludes John Colyer 1781 first wife was named POLLY SINCLAIR.  colyer 
6 I34857  (Sinclair) St. Clair  Polly  Abt 1780  Abt 1815  Note: one son named James Alexander Colyer has daughter he has named Polly per 1860 census.  colyer 
7 I34857  (Sinclair) St. Clair  Polly  Abt 1780  Abt 1815  I suspect that Polly Sinclair, John Colyer's first wife, was possibly the daughter of Alexander Sinclair (St. Clair). That is, I suspect John Colyer first married his cousin. 1860 census of James Alexander Colyer says both parents from TN. We know that is slight error, since it is reported that that John Colyer was born in Virginia on his tombstone, but we do know he was raised near Erwin TN Jonesboro TN area. There is a 1790 census record in Pendleton district of South Carolina that shows a Alexander Sinclair along with two other brothers. Then in 1800, there is an Alexander Sinclair that shows up with daughters in Buncombe county NC. This is very close to Erwin TN. At the time Buncombe County NC went to the Eastern TN state line. An area where we find other Colyer's in NC like Charles Colyer Sr., John Colyer's uncle that is the first Pulaski County Ky Colyer settler.   colyer 
8 I0322  Achley  Nicholas      One of the original purchasers of the town of Hadden, CT  curtis 
9 I1879  Ackley  Charles L.  Abt 1859    He appeared in the census in 1860 in New York. He died before 1870.  curtis 
10 I0439  Ackley  Charles T.  1827  28 Apr 1905  He was living between 1850 and 1870 in McDonough, Chenango , New York. living with parents 1850 On 14 September 1850 he was a Pedlar in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 26 June 1860 Charles was a Justice of the Peace in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 24 August 1870 he was a BookKeeper in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 22 June 1880 he was an a laborer in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. Charles was living between 1880 and 1900 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. He died on 28 April 1905. He appeared in the census 1850, 1860 & 1870 in New York. Charles appeared in the census 1880, 1895 & 1900 in IA.

Town of East McDonough,
WAR OF THE REBELLION--The part taken by this town in aid of the war is one to which its
inhabitants may point with just pride. The town furnished six men in excess of its various quotas. All the special meetings called to consider the question of paying bounties and to devise means for filling the quotas were held in the room of Varanes C. Emerson's store, which is hallowed by many of the gravest associations of that historic period.

At a special meeting held Sept. 20, 1862, it was resolved to pay a bounty of $50 to each volunteer applied on the quota of the town under the call for 600,000 men after July 2, 1862. Eleazer Isbell, Eli L. Corbin, Joseph L. Beebe, Jacob P. Hill and Asa M. Daniels were appointed a committee to raise the money and pay said bounties. Sept. 26, 1862, the committee borrowed $2,000 of the Bank of Norwich and gave their note therefor, payable in eighteen months. They paid to each of 27 individuals $50, and to each of 13 individuals, $48, making a total of $1,974.

At a special meeting held Jan. 16, 1864, a bounty of $323 was voted to each volunteer applied on the quota of the town under the recent call, and Varanes C. Emerson, Stephen Lewis 2d, and Charles T. Ackley were empowered to raise the money, pay the bounties and issue the bonds of the town for the amount necessary, payable Feb. 1, 1875. 
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11 I1882  Ackley  Emma Mae  Jul 1867    She appeared in the census between 1880 and 1895 in IA. She was living in 1895. Emma appeared in the census in 1910 in New York. She was living in 1910 in Pharsalia, Chenango, New York. living with Aunt Ellen Brown 1910 She appeared in the census in 1930 in California. Emma was living in 1930 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles , California. living with sister Julia 1930  curtis 
12 I1881  Ackley  Emmit A.  Abt 1865    He appeared in the census in 1870 in New York.  curtis 
13 I1880  Ackley  George N.  1863    He appeared in the census in 1870 in New York. On 22 June 1880 he was an a laborer in Eureka, Sac , Iowa. George appeared in the census in 1880 in IA. He was living in 1880 in Eureka, Sac , Iowa. living with uncle Asahel Brainerd Holmes  curtis 
14 I1883  Ackley  Harry  Abt 1864    appeared in the census in 1880 in IA.  curtis 
15 I1878  Ackley  Julia A.  1856    On 22 June 1880 she was an a school teacher in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. She was living between 1880 and 1895 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. living with parents 1880
living with father 1895 Julia was living in 1910 in Pharsalia, Chenango, New York. living with Aunt Ellen Brown 1910 She appeared in the census in 1930 in California. She was living in 1930 in Los Angeles, California. Julia appeared in the census 1860, 1870 & 1910 in New York. She appeared in the census 1880, 1895, 1900 & 1910 in IA. also listed as living and teaching school in Burlington, Black Hawk, Iowa in 1880 
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16 I0383  Ackley  Julia Ann  19 Sep 1830  8 Aug 1899  Julia's uncle, William D. Purple, was a medical doctor who practiced medicine in McDonough NY 1830-1840 per McDonough section of book History of Chenango and Madison County NY  curtis 
17 I0436  Ackley  Lyman  1802  1868  Per 1830-1860 NY census: He was living in 1830 in Saithville, Chenango , New York. He was living between 1840 and 1860 in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 14 September 1850 Lyman was a Farmer in McDonough, Chenango , New York. On 25 June 1860 he was a Retired Farmer in McDonough, Chenango , New York.  curtis 
18 I1877  Ackley  Mary J.  1855    On 24 June 1880 she was an a milliner in McDonough, Chenango , New York. She was living in 1880 in McDonough, Chenango , New York. living with Levi Sanford 1880 Mary appeared in the census between 1895 and 1910 in IA. She was living in 1895 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. living with father 1895 She appeared in the census 1860, 1870 & 1880 in New York.  curtis 
19 I1884  Ackley  Susan  Abt 1871    appeared in the census in 1880 in IA.  curtis 
20 I0438  Ackley  William J.  1825    He appeared in the census in 1850 in New York. He was living in 1850 in McDonough, Chenango , New York. living with parents On 14 September 1850 William was a Lawyer in McDonough, Chenango , New York. He was living between 1860 and 1870 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. On 20 June 1870 he was a Real Estate Dealer in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. On 1 June 1880 William was an a lead miner in Dubuque, Iowa. He was living in 1880 in Dubuque, Iowa. He died about 1900. William appeared in the census 1860, 1870 & 1880 in IA. The town of Ackley, Hardin, Iowa is named after him. Roby was the first postmaster in this part of the country. He lodged the passengers on the stage that made the first trip to Waterloo. He was the owner of the present site of the city of Ackley, and conveyed to the Dubuque and
Sioux City Railroad Company one half of the town site, or every alternate lot. The company conveyed their interest to William J. Ackley of Waterloo, hence the town derived its name. He was, at one time, owner of 2,500 acres of land in the county. He also gave the railroad the right of way through his entire tract of land, and worked earnestly for the establishment of the rail line. He was also liberal in donating to the Iowa Central Railroad Company.

What's strange is that Ackley never resided in Ackley. From what we were told, Ackley also founded the town of Aplington about 15 miles east of Ackley. Ackley had purchased land in the area for the expantion of railroads. 
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22 I2030  Ballou  (Owen) Merideth  1766    From Ballous in America by Hawley 1937: Merideth Ballou spent his adult life in two several sections of Ashe Co., N. C. He was a man of distinction -- wealthy in lands, mines, negroes and all the concomitants of an old fashioned Southern planter -- an influential magistrate of his County -- and an eminent member of the Regular Baptist denomination. Mrs. Mary, the wife of his youth, a pious Baptist, and the mother of the above named chn., d. June 12, 1831, a. 51 yrs. 1 mo. and 9 ds. At the age of 70, Merideth3 m. his 2d wife, but had no further issue. He d. Mar. 17, 1847, a. 80 yrs. 5 mos. and 18 ds. He left a large estate to his chn. He owned, at one time, 10,000 acres of land, rich in mineral ores.  colyer 
23 I2030  Ballou  (Owen) Merideth  1766    source: http://www.danielprophecy.com/Meredith_Ballou.html
Owen Meredith Ballou
"Pioneer Iron Man"
1766 - 1847

One of the more distinguished ancestors of Grover and Harrison Shepherd was their great grandfather Owen Meredith Ballou. Meredith was an entrepeneur who amassed large land holdings and mineral rights, established the forging of iron in Ashe County, and contributed significantly to the industrialization and development of the County during its earliest formative years.

Meredith was born September 29, 1766 in the James River Valley of Amherst County, Virginia as the third son of Leonard Ballou and Ms. Boliew (first name unknown).

He was the first of the Virginia Ballous to come to Ashe County. At the time Meredith arrived, Ashe County had not yet been formed. Ashe County was established in 1799. Prior to that, it was part of Wilkes County. Most sources list Meredith Ballou as coming to Ashe County in 1800. This is based on the first Ashe County census of 1800. Eleanor Baker Reeves, a Ballou researcher, author and historian, feels there is ?ample evidence that Meredith came some time between 1790 and 1795, the latter date having been the year of his marriage.? [1]

Meredith?s name appears regularly in works concerning early Ashe County history. He served various terms as county surveyor and many times as a member of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.

The following biography of Meredith Ballou appears in An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America by Adin Ballou:

?Merideth Ballou spent his adult life in two several sections of Ashe Co., N.C. He was a man of distinction-wealthy in lands, mines, negroes and all the concomitants of an old fashioned Southern planter-an influential magistrate of his County-and an eminent member of the Regular Baptist denomination. Mrs. Mary, the wife of his youth, a pious Baptist, and the mother of the above named chn., d. June 12, 1831, a. 51 yrs. 1 mo. And 9ds. At the age of 70, Merideth m. his 2d wife, but had no further issue. He d. Mar. 17, 1847, a. 80 yrs. 5 mos. And 18ds. He left a large estate to his chn. He owned, at one time, 10,000 acres of land, rich in mineral ores.? (sic) [2]

Arthur Fletcher in his Ashe County: A History, provides a list of men who were developing all parts of Ashe County in the early days. He pays tribute particularly to Henry Poe, Martin Gambill, Thomas Sutherland, Timothy Perkins, John Cox, Henry Hardin, Canada Richardson, James Douglas, Daniel Dickerson, Elijah Calloway, Meredith Ballou, and Thomas Harbard. [3]

Married Mary (Polly )Baker

Meredith Ballou married Mary (Polly) Baker, a local resident of Wilkes County (later Ashe). She was the daughter of Morris Baker, one of the leading men responsible for the formation of the County of Ashe, and the granddaughter of James Baker, the first man to hold title to land in this area.

In regards to early setters of Ashe County, Fletcher said,

?The question, ?Who came first?? to Ashe County will probably never be answered to the satisfaction of anybody. Bill Sharpe in his Geography of Ashe notes that Bishop Spangenberg and his explorers were there in 1752, but he also states that history records that Peter Jefferson and his surveying party, engaged in establishing the line between North Carolina and Virginia, were on Pond Mountain in 1749. Sharpe says that so far as his research goes, the first white man to acquire title to land in Ashe County was James Baker, in 1773.? [4]

This makes James Baker a great, great, great grandfather of Grover and Harrison Shepherd. A quick view of this line follows. The direct descendent of the previous generation is in bold:

James Baker
Morris Baker
Mary (Polly) Baker married Meredith Ballou
John Rice Ballou married Sarah Porter
Sarah Ballou married John Calvin Shepherd
Sons: Grover and Harrison Shepherd


Acquired Much Land

Meredith Ballou came from a mining family and embarked on Ashe County in search of iron ore. He found outcroppings of iron ore in the areas of the North Fork New River and Big Helton Creek. Meredith built a spacious home on the banks of the North Fork about 1/4 mile north of the current Crumpler Post Office and set about building his fortune. Through state land grants and purchases from individuals, Meredith eventually acquired about 10,000 acres of land in Ashe County. Fletcher includes Meredith Ballou in a list of about 30 men who could be considered ?big real estate men? in Ashe County between 1799 and 1820. [5]

Mining and Iron Forging

Aside from his other accomplishments, Meredith?s legacy is in iron. His acquistion of mineral rights, mining, and subsequent forging of iron earned him the designation of ?pioneer iron man.?

For about 80 years, the manufacture of iron was an important industry in Ashe, and was one of the cornerstones of the Industrial Revolution. As the county developed, there was great need for iron products such as plows, hoes, wagon wheels, axes, mattocks, scythe-blades, shovels, and other tools and equipment.

With Helton Creek as its iron-making center, Ashe County?s six or seven forges turned out sufficient iron for local needs and provided a surplus to ship by wagon to Fayetteville and other points in eastern North Carolina, and to Charleston, South Carolina.

To encourage ironmaking in North Carolina, a legislative act of 1788 offered to everyone who erected a set of ironworks and produced 5,000 pounds of iron, a bounty grant of 3,000 acres of vacant land certified by the county court as unfit for cultivation.

One person to receive such a grant was Daniel Dougherty, who later sold 2,725 of his 3,000-acre grant to Meredith in 1814. Others to receive these grants were Thomas Calloway, a close business associate of Meredith Ballou, and Jesse Ray. Fletcher says,

?That there were similar grants to Meredith Ballou, William Harbard, and others is certain, but the only grant appearing in the County Court records was to Jesse Ray?? [6]

Ballou?s Iron Forges

The first iron forge to operate in Ashe County was the Harbard Bloomery Forge, built about mile up from the mouth of Big Helton Creek in 1807 by William Harbard. The Harbard Bloomery Forge was sold to Meredith Ballou in 1813. It washed away in 1817.

Meredith Ballou set up his second forge in 1817. It was called ?Ballou?s Bloomery Forge?, and was situated 12 miles northeast of Jefferson at the falls of North Fork of the New River. It was washed away by an ice feshet in 1832.

After Meredith?s death in 1847, his son John Rice Ballou (grandfather of brothers Grover and Harrison Shepherd) set up a forge near the mouth of Big Helton Creek in 1848. This forge was reported to have been rebuilt in 1871 by Jefferson Pasley, and later abandoned. The reason this forge had to be rebuilt is not known. It could have also suffered from flood waters, or it could have possibly been destroyed by Union Raiders during the Civil War. The site of this forge would later be the site of Ballou?s Grist Mill.

Ore Knob Copper Mine

Among the many land purchases of Meredith Ballou was about 300 acres that later came to be known as Ore Knob. Meredith was in search of iron, but found that this site ?was so badly adulterated with copper that it was useless.?

Meredith and his sons neglected this tract of land and never paid the taxes due. Eventually, the sheriff sold the tract for taxes in 1848. It brought enough to pay the taxes and cost of sale, leaving a balance of $11, which was divided among Meredith's heirs. Later, the Ore Knob Copper Mine was opened and became successful.

Interesting Notes

In James Larkin Ballou Physician and Surgeon, Reeves records some interesting diary entries about Meredith Ballou by Rev. Elisha Mitchell, D.D. bearing the date of July 1828. Dr. Mitchell, for whom Mount Mitchell, the highest point East of the Mississippi is named, spent some time with Meredith Ballou and recorded the following:

?Mounted my horse and rode to the North of Helton ten miles and fording the stream thirty-two times in the distance and then down North Fork to Col. Meredith Ballou?s.?

?Col. Meredith Ballou, at whose house I put up on Thursday, is of French extraction, a native of Amherst County, Virginia. He owns a forge, is a busy active little man still, though sixty-one years of age and the father of eleven sons and two daughters, but a wife thirteen years younger than himself and looks as if she might bear a number of children more. Between the ages of his oldest and youngest daughters there is a difference of thirty years.?

?He tells me that the first forge in this county was built on Helton Creek a little above where he lives, about twenty years ago by one Harbert. Shortly after another was built a little higher up the same creek, fourteen years ago; that on Little River, four or six years ago.?

?----- After dinner Ballou rode with us two or three miles to see his ore banks, which are numerous and rich. Indeed, I judge the range of greios heretofore spoken of to be full of ore.? [7]

NOTES

1. Eleanor Baker Reeves, James Larkin Ballou Physician and Surgeon, 1969, page 81. Return
2. Adin Ballou, An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America, (Proprietary Publishers, 1888), page 1225. Return
3. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History, (Jefferson NC., Ashe County Research Association, Inc. 1963), page 116. Return
4. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History, (Jefferson NC., Ashe County Research Association, Inc. 1963), page 39. Return
5. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History, (Jefferson NC., Ashe County Research Association, Inc. 1963), page 48. Return
6. Arthur L. Fletcher, Ashe County: A History, (Jefferson NC., Ashe County Research Association, Inc. 1963), page 86. Return
7. Eleanor Baker Reeves, James Larkin Ballou Physician and Surgeon, 1969, pages 87, 88 Return
8. Lists comprising the children of Merdith and Mary Ballou list the aforementioned 11 children. Other sources report 13 children, but names of the other two children are not given. Return
9. Eleanor Baker Reeves, James Larkin Ballou Physician and Surgeon, 1969, page 84. Return  
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24 I2251  Ballou  Allen  13 Jan 1838  17 Jun 1928  Note that it appears that Levi Ballou and his brother Allen Ballou married sisters, Mary Polly Ann Lewis and Martha Nancy Lewis  colyer 
25 I1257  Ballou  Emerine  3 Nov 1858    A twin of Nannie  colyer 
26 I2909  Ballou  Harriet (Hattie)  10 Mar 1870  6 Jul 1967  Sam Colyer diary records Leon's aunt Hattie coming to visit and stay with them in Somerset May 7, 1949 and Leon and Aunt Hattie go to Greenwood Ky for visit May 8, 1949.  colyer 
27 I0907  Ballou  James Larkin  12 Dec 1799  1863  Joseph Ballou, 1239 Ormsby Court, Louisville, KY 1953: cited in Lafayette TN Smith County TN newspaper column by Cal Smith Oct 1, 1953--- said that James Ballou settled near the Falls of Cumberland River, at a place called Sawyer. Later he located at Point Isabella, now Burnside in 1850. He reared his family there and in the latter par of his life, removed to Indiana where he died.

The book Ballous in America by Hawley says that James was a minister of the Regular Baptists, but attended largely to farming interests. He lived first in Ashe County NC then a while in VA, then in Pulaski County KY. But in 1861 removed to Boone Co. Indiana where he died of pneumonia in 1863 at about 64 years. His wido died in 1869 at 63 years

quote from James W. Arnett: "...James died 1863, Boone Co., Indiana. Dr. James L. Ballou was a physician and surgeon and benefactor of the Univ. of North Carolina. He corresponded with Eleanor Baker Reeves of UNC in compiling his genealogy as listed above. He and Frankey moved back to Point Isabel, Pulaski Co., KY in 1832..."
 
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28 I0907  Ballou  James Larkin  12 Dec 1799  1863  Harriette Simpson Arnow, in her 1986 book titled Old Burnside, pub. The University Press of Kentucky, in the first chapter of books writes: in 1849 "During this same year a great event happened in Point Isabel: the first settler came. James Ballou, fifty-one years old and of French Descent, paid Daniel Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, $1,000 for a large boundary of land that began on Cumberland River and extended over most of what would become lower Burnside, excluding a strip of land along the South Fork.

James Ballou no doubt knew the Cumberland sometimes flooded wide areas of land. He built his home on higher but level land quite a distance from the rivers, where the tides never came. The two-story house with wide porches for both stories was of weatherboard and frame construction and was in good condition in the Burnside I knew as a child. The lumber for the Ballou home had been cut by a fairly new invention--a rotary saw powered by steam. Such a saw could within a few minutes cut more lumber than the earlier whip or pit saw, powered by two men, a horse or a stream of water. The rotary saw had been in use since 1830 and was not long in reaching Pulaski County. Most of the first log homes of early settlers were by 1849 being weatherboarded or replace by frame or brick.

There were fifteen children in the Ballou home, and Shortly after moving to Point Isabel, they began to marry and settle in homes of their own. On of the older Ballou boys, Levi bought a small tract of land from his father; less than a year later he put up a dwelling and married Polly Ann Lewis. He sold out in 1857 to W.T. Heath and moved away. Another Ballou boy, Allen, married Nancy Lewis, daughter of John Shelby Lewis, and settled nearby in Antioch. Allen is one of the best remembered of James Ballou's children, partly because he lived until 1928, dying at ninety, bu mainly because of the sermons many older people had heard him preach in the Antioch Church of Christ and elsewhere. "

A few pages later Mrs. Arnow writes of civil war times:
"Most of the inhabitants of Point Isabel were probably pleased by thoughts of protection when Union General Ambrose E. Burnside, in command of a good-sized body of troops, came in March 1863 to make the place his headquarters. The general, a West Point graduate, had had so far an up-and-down career. Promoted to the rank of major-general, he was sent late in 1862 to the Army of the Potomac, commanded by General George B. McClellan. President Lincoln, angered by McClellan's failure to capture General Robert E. Lee and his army, replaced McClellan, with Burnside. Shortly after taking command, Burnside with 113,000 troops was defeated by Lee with 75,000 men at the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862.

Burnside was at once replace by General Joseph Hooker and relegated to the command of the Department of the Ohio. It was in this capacity that he came to Point Isabel, his purpose to stop Confederate troops that might enter Kentucky by the Cumberland River or the Somerset-Tennessee border road.

On reaching Point Isabel, on of Burnside's first acts was to commandeer the home of James Ballou for his headquarters. Some of the local old-timers thought Burnside did not sleep there, but spent his nights in one of the lookout homes in the highland around Clio. Wherever the general slept, during the day he was at the house, planning work for his troops. 
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29 I0907  Ballou  James Larkin  12 Dec 1799  1863  Transcribed By Pamela Vick

October 29, 1953

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MORE BALLOU INFORMATION

We are in receipt of the following letter from Walter W(ade) Smith, who has quite a lot of information on the Ballou family. We thank him for his letter and for the information therein contained. The letter follows:

P. O. Box 150
Moscow, Idaho
October 21, 1953

Calvin Gregory
Lafayette, Tennessee

My Dear Editor:

Three copies of your paper, ?Macon County Times,? were delivered to my P. O. Box this week. I have read them completely as they breathe a fine spirit of the middle South as I knew it half a century ago. I note particularly your data on the Ballou family, and your mention of my name as one of the sources of information on the Ballous. I was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, and grew up with the Ballou descendants of James Ballou and ?Frankey? Jones. The ?first day?s work? I ever did for hire, I did for John Bell Jones, a nephew of Frances Jones Ballou. Yes, I am on ?This Side of the Flood,? in pretty good health, although retired some four years from the University where I taught for 21 years, closing my work there in June, 1949. I still do considerable ?speaking,? serve a Methodist church at Garfield, Washington, some 25 miles northwest of Moscow, as supply pastor. We drive over there every Sunday morning and visit among the members one day a week. Do some extra speaking for the University of Idaho, upon call, usually in the more distant parts of the State. Write some, and still gather genealogical information on my Smiths, and their kin.

It was a great pleasure to read your paper, and particularly the Ballou notes. The Ballous have intermarried with the Smiths and their kin, several times and I have busied myself betimes in gathering data on the genealogy of the Ballous, although none too succcessfully. I do have some data gathered from the Virginia State and County Records, and from the Bibles and traditions of the older members of the family. I find, however, that tradition is a very unworthy source of genealogical data. It is a great source of direction, and points the way towards many items that can be proven; but one cannot rely upon tradition solely as a basis for family history. Sometimes it is off one, two or three generations in point of time, and sometimes quite unreliable in point of person or place. However, we seek it at every turn when valid data is not at hand; but must yield always to the public record, the Tombstone or Bible Family Record when obtainable. This, of course, you already know; but I want you to know that I also know that, too.

I have quite a large volume of notes on the Ballou Family, much of which still unsupported tradition, some verified by public records, some by Bible records; but with much yet to be desired to complete the lineage of the family from the immigrant Ballou ancestor. I shall be glad to share with you, all that I have of either, or all. My knowledge of the Ballous begins with visits with my father, Martin Beaty Smith, to the home of Rev. Allen Ballou, at Burnside, Kentucky, about 1885 to 1889, when he died; then for three more years until we left Pulaski County, Kentucky, with mother or alone, meeting and knowing these Ballous and Jones. Later in life I began gathering data on my Smiths, and their married kin, and came upon them again. They are an interesting family, of very ancient origin. I have had inquires and help from many who, like me, were seeking data on this family, and I am glad to find you interested to the point of publication and research on the matter.

The Ballou Family is of French Huguenot origin, and dates far back into French history. The first of whom I have any data was Antoine Boileau, b. 1381, d. 1459, treasurer of the Royal Property at Nismes and Beaucaire; his son, Guillaume (William) Boileau (Ballou), b. 1420, d. 1494 married Elienette Bourdin, daughter of Jean Bourdin; issue, Antoine, Guilliaume, Jean, Madeliene, Nicholas, Agnes, and Jeanne. One of this family named Charles Boileau, Sqr. d. Castleman, born 1626, Counsellor at Nismes, 1652; was imprisoned in 1685 at St. pierre Ancise, at Lyons till he died January 17, 1697, married November 18, 1664 to Dlle Francoise des Vignolles, daughter of Jacques des Vignolles, who escaped into Switzerland and died at Geneva January 14, 1700. They left 22 children, several of whom took service with the English Army, etc., Ref. Huguenot Pedigrees; Charles E. Hart, London, 1928. In O?Harts Irish Pedigrees, Vol. 2, p. 464, there is mention of Huguenot Boileaus in Ireland, one Charles Boileau, son of Jacques Boileau 5th, Baron and Counsellor of Nesmes, France, etc., served in the English Army, Capt. of Infantry, settled in Dublin, had sons, Simon, Solomon, etc.

Evidently some of these Boileaus (Ballous) came in to England even before the terrible days of 1685. It was the revocation of the Edict of Nantes that seems to have sent the Huguenot Boileaus (Ballous) out of France instead of the French Revolution of 1798, etc., as tradition seems to indicate.

In March of 1941, a Mrs. George C. Lewis, (Marcia Moss Lewis), of 8 Summit Grove Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, also a
Ballou researcher, sent me data on early Ballous in Virginia. She found, that the first Ballou come to Virginia, was ?Lt. Col. William Ballou, who came to Virginia with the Kings Troops to protect the Colonists from the Indians, and remained. He married Dorothy Clarke, daughter of John Clarke. His will is on record in Henrico County, Virginia, Will Book II, p. 32 for April 5, 1678; sons mentioned, Leonard, William and Thomas.? Of this William Ballou, Jr. son of Col. William Ballou, she says, that his will, recorded in Henrico County, Virginia, Will Book, Vol. VI, p. 197, dated February 3, 1700, left ten children without naming them, evidently minors, etc., that his widow Dorothy Ballou, died soon after her husband, naming one son, Charles Ballou. That Charles Ballou died, will date January 17, 1726 and names wife, Tabitha; children, Charles Jr., Sarah, Michael, Phoebe and Mary. That Charles Ballou Jr. died Cumberland County, Virginia, 1767, will in Book II, P. 333; wife Temperance, and children William, Annie, Charles (3rd), Jesse, Thomas John and Mary Ballou.

From other sources I have the will of Thomas Ballou in Abermarle Co., Virginia, August 13, 1750; Wife, Jane, children, Thomas, Dorothy, Micha, and Jane Ballou. Same county, February 14, 1753, is will of Bennett Ballou; wife, Agnes, children, Leonard, Executor, brother John Ballou. Another will, Susanna Ballou, September 25, 1775; children, Robert, Ann, Charles, Thomas, Joseph, John Leonard, a grandchild, Leonard Patterson. Executor, Leonard Ballou, and witnesses, Joseph Ballou, Dianah Ballou and Robert Ballou, proven February 12, 1756.

Lt. Col. William Ballou, had grants of land in Henrico Co., Virginia, October 1, 1651, 406 acres on North side of Appomattox River near the falls. In this land grant he is called ?Major William Ballow.? Again he has a grant with Jerome Hame, February 17, 1652 for 1050 acres, in which he is called ?Lt. Col. Bellew,? Land Book III p. 185.

Now for what tradition has built up on the Ballou Family: ?One Leonard Ballou, from Ireland, a French Huguenot, who married Esther Meredith, daughter of Rhys Meredith, of Wales, came to Virginia, and left a son, Rice (Rhys) Meredith Ballou, born in Virginia early in the 1700?s, married a cousin named Ballou, and left a son, Leonard Ballou, born in Virginia somewhere on the James River about 1742.?

This Leonard Ballou is the one who is reputed upon best authority to have driven a herd of beef cattle to Philadelphia, during the early days of the Revolutionary War and to have died there of smallpox. I suspect that the actual confusion began here. His family is given as different by different traditions. The first one to come to me from the Kentucky Ballous, was: Children, Leonard, James Owen, Meredith, Elizabeth, Margaret, Susannah, Tamzon, Esther, Catherine and William Ballou. Of these children, Leonard Ballou was supposed to be a Baptist minister, born about 1762, married Sallie Wingfield, and had William, Charles, Thomas H., Robert and Joseph Ballou. James Ballou, the 2nd child, married Frances Jones and settled in Pulaski County, Kentucky. I have a good list of his descendants and it was from his children that we got our traditions. Owen Meredith Ballou was a Baptist minister born in Virginia, September 29, 1766. This I have from R. L. Ballou, Lawyer, etc., of Creston, N.C., in 1941. He then had access to the Bible of his great-great-grandfather, Owen Meredith Ballou. This R. L. Ballou, of Creston, N.C., said that Owen Meredith Ballou, was the son of Leonard Ballou who went to Philadelphia with a herd of beef steers and died of smallpox. He also says that Susan Ballou, daughter of Leonard Ballou, born in 1757, married John Rutherford, of Kings Mountain Fame, etc. Further R. L. Ballou, of Creston, N.C., also said that the widow of Leonard Ballou and a son, James Ballou, removed to Tennessee.

It is possible that our Ballou Lineage could stem from Leonard Ballou, son of Lt. Col. William Ballou, of English Army, etc., died 1678; but that would leave only about two generations of the traditional line to be correct to cover 90 years, 1652? to 1742? Of course, we haven?t all the details even by tradition, so must search further.

I say again I was glad to get your papers, and to learn that some one was still searching for the origin of the Ballous in America. There are a great many Ballous scattered about throughout the whole United States, and many have lost completely all connection with the parent stem of the family. It is well that some one who knows first hand some of the vital facts keep matter alive until this be settled and written up for permanent record. I have read the ?Ballou Family in America,? giving special attention to the family descended from Maturin Ballou of New England, and the fragments of the Ballou Family History from the Virginia Ballous up to about 1876. Some of this must have been misunderstood or reported badly; as it is not clear in many instances just who is the ancestor of what set of children.

I haven?t done much more than answer inquires on the Ballou Family since 1941, I, at that time, did about all I could to get a clear view of our Ballou cousins, as I am not a Ballou descendant, but have many Ballou cousins in Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana.

Father died in Pulaski County, Kentucky, August 9, 1889, and my mother, Melissa Annis Stephens Smith, removed in 1891 to Johnson County, Missouri. I went to High School at Holden, Missouri, married there in 1901, Margaret Eunice Winn, and had three sons. Mrs. Smith died after we came to Moscow, and I later married Elsie Riddle, from a Jefferson County, Tennessee family, which was intermarried with Tylers, Westers, Hauns and other East Tennessee families. Most of these families came from southern Virginia to East Tennessee, so the Stephens and Riddles have been neighbors for more than 150 years.

Another family that we knew to some extent, was that of Levi Jones, from Virginia, to Pulaski County, Kentucky, whose daughter, Frances (Franky) Jones, married Rev. James Ballou. We lived neighbors to Allen Jones, a son of this Levi Jones, and brother of Frances Jones Ballou.

I was educated (so to speak) at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and preached and taught for several years, was in Kansas City about 8 years, went to California in 1924 and came to Moscow to teach in the University of Idaho in 1927, and was retired for age (70), June, 1949 as Prof. Emeritus in College of Education. I have been interested in the history of the Smiths and their kin since I was a boy. Our Smiths are from Rowan County, N.C., as are most of our intermarried kin. Stephens, from Henry County, Virginia, Hughes (grandmother) probably from Rowan County, N.C., Massey, from Rowan County, N.C., Lee (great-grandmother) from Virginia, (Cobb Hall Lees).

I shall look forward to another issue of your paper, with more Ballou information. If I can help you will gladly share with you all that I have gathered on that or any other family. May I hear from you in person if I can be of help? With sincerest best wishes, I am.

Most respectively,
WALTER W. SMITH.

We thank Prof. Smith for many items of information on the Ballou, Smith, Jones and other families. We shall be glad to have any information he may give us. Again we extend our sincere thanks.  
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30 I2328  Ballou  Joe Mart  24 Feb 1860  5 Jul 1956  lived in Tatesville KY 1953  colyer 
31 I2328  Ballou  Joe Mart  24 Feb 1860  5 Jul 1956  2183.) Patent #: 60535 Grantee: Ballou, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 108 515 Acreage: 50
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Sloans Valley
Survey Name: Ballou, Levi Survey Date: 08/23/1886
Grant Date: 01/10/1887  
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32 I2753  Ballou  Joseph      Lived at 1372 South Sixth Street, Louisville KY  colyer 
33 I1296  Ballou  Leonard      FROM Ballous in America by Hawley 1937: that sometime during the Revolutionary War Leonard2 took a drove of beef cattle to Philadelphia for sale, where he was attacked by small pox and died; and that later his widow and several of her chn. emigrated to West Tennessee.




Leonard Ballou and his brothers fled France during the FrenchRevolution. 2 of these brothers were col's in Army.

Letter from T.C. Ballou obtained by Edith Colyer Curtis

This Letter is in response to numerous inquiries for informationconcerning the heirs of Leonard Ballou and his two brothers, James andWilliam, who left France during the great social and political upheaval,the French Revolution.

When the National Convention of 800 members came into completecontrol of the government it was utterly hostile to the monarchy andnobility.

It declared France a Republic in 1792, tried and beheaded the Kingin 1793: and took vigorous action to defend itself against the coalitionof European autocrats aimed at its overthrow and the restoration of theBourbons. In this it was successful.

After hundreds of priests and royalists had been butchered by theParis Commune, in those terrible September Massacres. The reign ofterror was pouring in a steady stream of noble heads into the basket ofthe guillotine: after Lafayette had fled to Austria, the Bamouriez, whohad opposed the execution of Louis, had deserted to the enemy, thesethree Ballou brothers (two of whom were Colonels in the army) decided toleave their unhappy country and come to America.

On their way to America, they stopped in Dublin, Ireland, andLeonard married a lady of rank by the name of Meridith.

These brothers at first settled in Bottetourt county, Virginia.Soon afterward, Leonard, my great grandfather exchanged his Virginia homefor vast tracts of land among the smiling hills and valleys of WesternNorth Carolina. It is said he was influenced to do this, not alone bythe visions of vast mineral wealth, but because that land of the longleaf pine--that summer land where the sun doth shine---appealed moststrongly to his poetic fancy.

Here lived and died, on the hills overlooking New River, his son,Meridith, whose life was long, busy and useful, and who reared a familyof ten boys and girls. These children are scattered to the four cornersof the globe---many of them in Kentucky.

Meredith left a mane and example of which his family and fellowcitizens were justly proud. At the time of his death he had acquiredover thirty thousand acres of land, much of it stored with the vastmineral wealth still in the family. Here, in the land he loved, he wasgathered up to his fathers, and sleeps beneath the mumering pines high upon the New River hill that commands an extensive and beautiful view overthe wide domain he once called his own.

The legend of a vast estate in France has been recited among us formany, many years; but, if we never act that, let us take pleasure in thereflection someone else enjoys it. A proper investigatin would beattended, perhaps with extreme difficulty.

There is no probate court in France, no central office where willsare filed; and it is possible---if not probable---that an estate of themagnitude I have been lead to believe the Ballou's would be foundoutlawed by the statutes of limitations.

While our forbears in France were Bourbons of the Bourbons, theirmigration to America and long sojourn among the crags and peaks of thefree Alleghenies transmuted the dross of their aristocratic,monarvhistic, political and social faiths into the finest gold of modernconstitutional and representative democracy.

A heritage this, it seems to me, we should all be glad to hold inlife.


T.C. Ballou

 
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34 I1296  Ballou  Leonard      Transcribed By Pamela Vick

October 29, 1953

* CAL?S COLUMN *

MORE BALLOU INFORMATION

We are in receipt of the following letter from Walter W(ade) Smith, who has quite a lot of information on the Ballou family. We thank him for his letter and for the information therein contained. The letter follows:

P. O. Box 150
Moscow, Idaho
October 21, 1953

Calvin Gregory
Lafayette, Tennessee

My Dear Editor:

Three copies of your paper, ?Macon County Times,? were delivered to my P. O. Box this week. I have read them completely as they breathe a fine spirit of the middle South as I knew it half a century ago. I note particularly your data on the Ballou family, and your mention of my name as one of the sources of information on the Ballous. I was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, and grew up with the Ballou descendants of James Ballou and ?Frankey? Jones. The ?first day?s work? I ever did for hire, I did for John Bell Jones, a nephew of Frances Jones Ballou. Yes, I am on ?This Side of the Flood,? in pretty good health, although retired some four years from the University where I taught for 21 years, closing my work there in June, 1949. I still do considerable ?speaking,? serve a Methodist church at Garfield, Washington, some 25 miles northwest of Moscow, as supply pastor. We drive over there every Sunday morning and visit among the members one day a week. Do some extra speaking for the University of Idaho, upon call, usually in the more distant parts of the State. Write some, and still gather genealogical information on my Smiths, and their kin.

It was a great pleasure to read your paper, and particularly the Ballou notes. The Ballous have intermarried with the Smiths and their kin, several times and I have busied myself betimes in gathering data on the genealogy of the Ballous, although none too succcessfully. I do have some data gathered from the Virginia State and County Records, and from the Bibles and traditions of the older members of the family. I find, however, that tradition is a very unworthy source of genealogical data. It is a great source of direction, and points the way towards many items that can be proven; but one cannot rely upon tradition solely as a basis for family history. Sometimes it is off one, two or three generations in point of time, and sometimes quite unreliable in point of person or place. However, we seek it at every turn when valid data is not at hand; but must yield always to the public record, the Tombstone or Bible Family Record when obtainable. This, of course, you already know; but I want you to know that I also know that, too.

I have quite a large volume of notes on the Ballou Family, much of which still unsupported tradition, some verified by public records, some by Bible records; but with much yet to be desired to complete the lineage of the family from the immigrant Ballou ancestor. I shall be glad to share with you, all that I have of either, or all. My knowledge of the Ballous begins with visits with my father, Martin Beaty Smith, to the home of Rev. Allen Ballou, at Burnside, Kentucky, about 1885 to 1889, when he died; then for three more years until we left Pulaski County, Kentucky, with mother or alone, meeting and knowing these Ballous and Jones. Later in life I began gathering data on my Smiths, and their married kin, and came upon them again. They are an interesting family, of very ancient origin. I have had inquires and help from many who, like me, were seeking data on this family, and I am glad to find you interested to the point of publication and research on the matter.

The Ballou Family is of French Huguenot origin, and dates far back into French history. The first of whom I have any data was Antoine Boileau, b. 1381, d. 1459, treasurer of the Royal Property at Nismes and Beaucaire; his son, Guillaume (William) Boileau (Ballou), b. 1420, d. 1494 married Elienette Bourdin, daughter of Jean Bourdin; issue, Antoine, Guilliaume, Jean, Madeliene, Nicholas, Agnes, and Jeanne. One of this family named Charles Boileau, Sqr. d. Castleman, born 1626, Counsellor at Nismes, 1652; was imprisoned in 1685 at St. pierre Ancise, at Lyons till he died January 17, 1697, married November 18, 1664 to Dlle Francoise des Vignolles, daughter of Jacques des Vignolles, who escaped into Switzerland and died at Geneva January 14, 1700. They left 22 children, several of whom took service with the English Army, etc., Ref. Huguenot Pedigrees; Charles E. Hart, London, 1928. In O?Harts Irish Pedigrees, Vol. 2, p. 464, there is mention of Huguenot Boileaus in Ireland, one Charles Boileau, son of Jacques Boileau 5th, Baron and Counsellor of Nesmes, France, etc., served in the English Army, Capt. of Infantry, settled in Dublin, had sons, Simon, Solomon, etc.

Evidently some of these Boileaus (Ballous) came in to England even before the terrible days of 1685. It was the revocation of the Edict of Nantes that seems to have sent the Huguenot Boileaus (Ballous) out of France instead of the French Revolution of 1798, etc., as tradition seems to indicate.

In March of 1941, a Mrs. George C. Lewis, (Marcia Moss Lewis), of 8 Summit Grove Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, also a
Ballou researcher, sent me data on early Ballous in Virginia. She found, that the first Ballou come to Virginia, was ?Lt. Col. William Ballou, who came to Virginia with the Kings Troops to protect the Colonists from the Indians, and remained. He married Dorothy Clarke, daughter of John Clarke. His will is on record in Henrico County, Virginia, Will Book II, p. 32 for April 5, 1678; sons mentioned, Leonard, William and Thomas.? Of this William Ballou, Jr. son of Col. William Ballou, she says, that his will, recorded in Henrico County, Virginia, Will Book, Vol. VI, p. 197, dated February 3, 1700, left ten children without naming them, evidently minors, etc., that his widow Dorothy Ballou, died soon after her husband, naming one son, Charles Ballou. That Charles Ballou died, will date January 17, 1726 and names wife, Tabitha; children, Charles Jr., Sarah, Michael, Phoebe and Mary. That Charles Ballou Jr. died Cumberland County, Virginia, 1767, will in Book II, P. 333; wife Temperance, and children William, Annie, Charles (3rd), Jesse, Thomas John and Mary Ballou.

From other sources I have the will of Thomas Ballou in Abermarle Co., Virginia, August 13, 1750; Wife, Jane, children, Thomas, Dorothy, Micha, and Jane Ballou. Same county, February 14, 1753, is will of Bennett Ballou; wife, Agnes, children, Leonard, Executor, brother John Ballou. Another will, Susanna Ballou, September 25, 1775; children, Robert, Ann, Charles, Thomas, Joseph, John Leonard, a grandchild, Leonard Patterson. Executor, Leonard Ballou, and witnesses, Joseph Ballou, Dianah Ballou and Robert Ballou, proven February 12, 1756.

Lt. Col. William Ballou, had grants of land in Henrico Co., Virginia, October 1, 1651, 406 acres on North side of Appomattox River near the falls. In this land grant he is called ?Major William Ballow.? Again he has a grant with Jerome Hame, February 17, 1652 for 1050 acres, in which he is called ?Lt. Col. Bellew,? Land Book III p. 185.

Now for what tradition has built up on the Ballou Family: ?One Leonard Ballou, from Ireland, a French Huguenot, who married Esther Meredith, daughter of Rhys Meredith, of Wales, came to Virginia, and left a son, Rice (Rhys) Meredith Ballou, born in Virginia early in the 1700?s, married a cousin named Ballou, and left a son, Leonard Ballou, born in Virginia somewhere on the James River about 1742.?

This Leonard Ballou is the one who is reputed upon best authority to have driven a herd of beef cattle to Philadelphia, during the early days of the Revolutionary War and to have died there of smallpox. I suspect that the actual confusion began here. His family is given as different by different traditions. The first one to come to me from the Kentucky Ballous, was: Children, Leonard, James Owen, Meredith, Elizabeth, Margaret, Susannah, Tamzon, Esther, Catherine and William Ballou. Of these children, Leonard Ballou was supposed to be a Baptist minister, born about 1762, married Sallie Wingfield, and had William, Charles, Thomas H., Robert and Joseph Ballou. James Ballou, the 2nd child, married Frances Jones and settled in Pulaski County, Kentucky. I have a good list of his descendants and it was from his children that we got our traditions. Owen Meredith Ballou was a Baptist minister born in Virginia, September 29, 1766. This I have from R. L. Ballou, Lawyer, etc., of Creston, N.C., in 1941. He then had access to the Bible of his great-great-grandfather, Owen Meredith Ballou. This R. L. Ballou, of Creston, N.C., said that Owen Meredith Ballou, was the son of Leonard Ballou who went to Philadelphia with a herd of beef steers and died of smallpox. He also says that Susan Ballou, daughter of Leonard Ballou, born in 1757, married John Rutherford, of Kings Mountain Fame, etc. Further R. L. Ballou, of Creston, N.C., also said that the widow of Leonard Ballou and a son, James Ballou, removed to Tennessee.

It is possible that our Ballou Lineage could stem from Leonard Ballou, son of Lt. Col. William Ballou, of English Army, etc., died 1678; but that would leave only about two generations of the traditional line to be correct to cover 90 years, 1652? to 1742? Of course, we haven?t all the details even by tradition, so must search further.

I say again I was glad to get your papers, and to learn that some one was still searching for the origin of the Ballous in America. There are a great many Ballous scattered about throughout the whole United States, and many have lost completely all connection with the parent stem of the family. It is well that some one who knows first hand some of the vital facts keep matter alive until this be settled and written up for permanent record. I have read the ?Ballou Family in America,? giving special attention to the family descended from Maturin Ballou of New England, and the fragments of the Ballou Family History from the Virginia Ballous up to about 1876. Some of this must have been misunderstood or reported badly; as it is not clear in many instances just who is the ancestor of what set of children.

I haven?t done much more than answer inquires on the Ballou Family since 1941, I, at that time, did about all I could to get a clear view of our Ballou cousins, as I am not a Ballou descendant, but have many Ballou cousins in Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana.

Father died in Pulaski County, Kentucky, August 9, 1889, and my mother, Melissa Annis Stephens Smith, removed in 1891 to Johnson County, Missouri. I went to High School at Holden, Missouri, married there in 1901, Margaret Eunice Winn, and had three sons. Mrs. Smith died after we came to Moscow, and I later married Elsie Riddle, from a Jefferson County, Tennessee family, which was intermarried with Tylers, Westers, Hauns and other East Tennessee families. Most of these families came from southern Virginia to East Tennessee, so the Stephens and Riddles have been neighbors for more than 150 years.

Another family that we knew to some extent, was that of Levi Jones, from Virginia, to Pulaski County, Kentucky, whose daughter, Frances (Franky) Jones, married Rev. James Ballou. We lived neighbors to Allen Jones, a son of this Levi Jones, and brother of Frances Jones Ballou.

I was educated (so to speak) at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and preached and taught for several years, was in Kansas City about 8 years, went to California in 1924 and came to Moscow to teach in the University of Idaho in 1927, and was retired for age (70), June, 1949 as Prof. Emeritus in College of Education. I have been interested in the history of the Smiths and their kin since I was a boy. Our Smiths are from Rowan County, N.C., as are most of our intermarried kin. Stephens, from Henry County, Virginia, Hughes (grandmother) probably from Rowan County, N.C., Massey, from Rowan County, N.C., Lee (great-grandmother) from Virginia, (Cobb Hall Lees).

I shall look forward to another issue of your paper, with more Ballou information. If I can help you will gladly share with you all that I have gathered on that or any other family. May I hear from you in person if I can be of help? With sincerest best wishes, I am.

Most respectively,
WALTER W. SMITH.

We thank Prof. Smith for many items of information on the Ballou, Smith, Jones and other families. We shall be glad to have any information he may give us. Again we extend our sincere thanks.  
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35 I1293  Ballou  Levi  9 Mar 1823    Harriette Simpson Arnow, in her 1986 book titled Old Burnside, pub. The University Press of Kentucky, in the first chapter of books writes: in 1849 "During this same year a great event happened in Point Isabel: the first settler came. James Ballou, fifty-one years old and of French Descent, paid Daniel Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, $1,000 for a large boundary of land that began on Cumberland River and extended over most of what would become lower Burnside, excluding a strip of land along the South Fork.....

There were fifteen children in the Ballou home, and Shortly after moving to Point Isabel, they began to marry and settle in homes of their own. On of the older Ballou boys, Levi bought a small tract of land from his father; less than a year later he put up a dwelling and married Polly Ann Lewis. He sold out in 1857 to W.T. Heath and moved away. Another Ballou boy, Allen, married Nancy Lewis, daughter of John Shelby Lewis, and settled nearby in Antioch. Allen is one of the best remembered of James Ballou's children, partly because he lived until 1928, dying at ninety, bu mainly because of the sermons many older people had heard him preach in the Antioch Church of Christ and elsewhere. " 
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36 I1293  Ballou  Levi  9 Mar 1823    1713.) Patent #: 31259 Grantee: Ballow, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 56 258 Acreage: 30
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Morgan Cr.
Survey Name: Ballow, Levi Survey Date: 12/01/1858
Grant Date: 11/14/1859

1721.) Patent #: 31571 Grantee: Ballow, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 57 63 Acreage: 110
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Ballow, Levi Survey Date: 03/17/1859
Grant Date: 03/12/1860

1813.) Patent #: 34767 Grantee: Ballew, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 62 455 Acreage: 100
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Morgan Cr. Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Ballew, Levi Survey Date: 10/23/1860
Grant Date: 05/19/1862



1814.) Patent #: 34768 Grantee: Ballew, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 62 456 Acreage: 70
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Morgan Cr. Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Balew, Levi Survey Date: 10/23/1860
Grant Date: 05/19/1862

1833.) Patent #: 35443 Grantee: Ballow, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 64 130 Acreage: 113
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R. In The Heath Bend
Survey Name: Ballow, Levy Survey Date: 12/16/1862
Grant Date: 01/13/1864



1834.) Patent #: 35444 Grantee: Ballow, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 64 131 Acreage: 87
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Ballow, Levy Survey Date: 12/16/1862
Grant Date: 01/13/1864

1898.) Patent #: 37803 Grantee: Ballow, Levi & Petters, W. H.
Grant Book & Pg: 68 414 Acreage: 70
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Ballow, Levi & Petters, W. H. Survey Date: 12/11/1865
Grant Date: 08/03/1866

1913.) Patent #: 38255 Grantee: Ballow, Levi & Black, N. W.
Grant Book & Pg: 69 327 Acreage: 50
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Ballow, Levi & Black, N. W. Survey Date: 01/19/1866
Grant Date: 10/27/1866

1924.) Patent #: 38266 Grantee: Lewis, John & Pettis, Wm. H. & Ballow, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 69 338 Acreage: 200
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Lewis, John & Pettis, Wm. H. & Ballow, Levi Survey Date: 01/03/1866
Grant Date: 10/27/1866

1945.) Patent #: 38843 Grantee: Ballew, Levi & Morgan, Abner
Grant Book & Pg: 70 377 Acreage: 100
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Ballew, Levi & Morgan, Abner Survey Date: 02/15/1866
Grant Date: 05/16/1867

1961.) Patent #: 38859 Grantee: Lewis, John & Ballow, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 70 393 Acreage: 160
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Lewis, John & Ballow, Levi Survey Date: 06/16/1866
Grant Date: 05/16/1867

1963.) Patent #: 38861 Grantee: Parker, J. W. F. & Ballow, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 70 395 Acreage: 100
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Indian Cr.
Survey Name: Parker, J. W. F. & Ballow, Levi Survey Date: 09/01/1866


2045.) Patent #: 42983 Grantee: Ballow, Levi & Barnet, Samuel
Grant Book & Pg: 76 326 Acreage: 50
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Parker, J. W. Survey Date: 02/05/1870
Grant Date: 06/08/1870

2134.) Patent #: 52751 Grantee: Ballow, Levi & Struble, W. G.
Grant Book & Pg: 95 551 Acreage: 200
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Martin Cr.
Survey Name: Ballow, Levi & Struble, W. G. Survey Date: 12/20/1873
Grant Date: 12/01/1876

2183.) Patent #: 60535 Grantee: Ballou, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 108 515 Acreage: 50
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Sloans Valley
Survey Name: Ballou, Levi Survey Date: 08/23/1886
Grant Date: 01/10/1887

2542.) Patent #: 56778 Grantee: Ballon, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 103 108 Acreage: 100
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cave Cr.
Survey Name: Ballon, Levi Survey Date: 08/05/1881
Grant Date: 11/04/1882

2549.) Patent #: 56932 Grantee: Ballou, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 103 262 Acreage: 50
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Martin Cr.
Survey Name: Ballou, Levi Survey Date: 07/26/1882
Grant Date: 11/16/1882

2559.) Patent #: 57052 Grantee: Ballou, Levi
Grant Book & Pg: 103 382 Acreage: 75
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Neely Cr.
Survey Name: Black, N. M. Survey Date: 03/22/1882
Grant Date: 12/14/1882
 
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37 I1293  Ballou  Levi  9 Mar 1823    1869.) Patent #: 36839 Grantee: Ballew, Levi & Lewis, William & Lewis, Joel
Grant Book & Pg: 67 7 Acreage: 20
County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Cumberland R.
Survey Name: Freeman, Hiram Survey Date: 04/01/1865
Grant Date: 01/12/1866  
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38 I1293  Ballou  Levi  9 Mar 1823    Note that it appears that Levi Ballou and his brother Allen Ballou married sisters, Mary Polly Ann Lewis and Martha Nancy Lewis  colyer 
39 I1292  Ballou  Mary Elizabeth  11 Dec 1855  1939  Family Index is at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ky/pulaski/vitals.html

1855 Births; page 6

S/C = Sex/Condition (Alive or Dead)
Co = Color (White, Black, or Mulatto)
PC = Pulaski County, KY
(Scroll to the right for full place info)

Typescript page preceeding actual records: "1855-1856 Pulaski County Births - All births on the
following assessor's list are assumed to be 1855 unless they are dated 1856." [this transcription
only lists the year if given - no assumptions have been made. vjd]


Birth Date Child S/C Father/Owner Mother Co Birthplace Residence


11 Dec Maria E. Ballow F/A Levi Ballow Polly Ann Lewis W C. River PC



Per letter to Cal Smith editor of Lafayette TN Smith County tn newspaper October 1, 1953, Mary Ballou Lewis was living then in Greenwood KY.
 
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40 I2504  Ballou  Meredith  15 Jan 1822  1847  Diary of a Geological Tour by Dr. Elisha Mitchell in 1827 and 1828 with Introduction and Notes by Dr. Kemp P. Battle, LL.D.
Published as James Sprunt Historical Monograph No. 6, by the University of North Carolina, 1905

45. Meredith Ballou, a Frenchman, came to Ashe about A.D. 1800, and died in 1847, bought nearly all the available iron ore in the county. He was an influential man, surveyor of note, and was for a while County Surveyor. He left sons and daughters, all of whom had families. Among his sons was Napoleon Ballou to whom he deeded all his mineral interests a year before he died and Napoleon endeavored by will to entail his property, but the will was broken. There was also litigation over the purchase of his interests at a Sheriff's sale. Many prominent lawyers were employed on one side or the other of the various Ballou suits, including two concerning the will of Meredith Ballou. It is said that Napoleon once refused $50,000 cash for his interests. The old forge is not worked now and has not been for years. A grandson of the old Frenchman, Albert Lucien Ballou, was a law student of the University of N.C. in 1902. 
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41 I0995  Ballou  Nannie  3 Nov 1858    Twin to Emerine  colyer 
42 I2025  Ballou  Watson  1841  1921  Logansport Pharos Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Tuesday, January 18, 1921, page 5.

Watson Ballou, veteran of the Civil war and well known resident of Deer Creek south of this city, died at the family resident this morning, aged eighty years. He was born in Wayne county Kentucky, March 23, 1840. On January 29, 1861 he was united in marriage to Driscilla Dick, who survives him. Had Ballou lived until the twenty-ninth of this month the couple would have been married sixty years.

At the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. Ballou enlisted in Company K. 12th regiment, Kentucky Infantry. On November 18, 1861 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the same company. June 28, 1863 he was promoted to first lieutenant. He left the service February 21, 1864 by resignition.

Besides the widow, Mr. Ballou is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Emma Forgey of Deer Creek, and Mrs. Laura Fellows of Kokomo; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Arrangements have been made to hold the funeral at the home in Deer Creek Thursday morning at 10:30. Burial will take place in the Deer Creek cemetery.

Family links:
Spouse:
Drucilla Ballou (1840 - 1921)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:
Hopewell Cemetery
Deer Creek
Carroll County
Indiana, USA 
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43 I0779  Barnes  Clayton Paul  6 Jun 1918   
In WWII he served in the US Navy. In 1945 he went down on the USS Indianapolis. 
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44 I0645                      
45 I2243  Black  Samuel  26 Mar 1803  21 Dec 1874  06/16/2017 : according to Vance Hargis, a life long Somerset resident who was raised in Piney Grove section of Blaze Valley in east Pulaski County, he found court records of a Mr Black estate who had lived in Blaze Valley. Vance had been researching some slave cabin remains on property in Blaze Valley.  colyer 
46 I34644  Blevins  Samuel      http://www.donnneal.com/blevins-taylor.html
MY FAMILY
THROUGH HISTORY
Donn C. Neal

......Leaving this matter unresolved as well, we turn to Samuel Blevins himself. During the 1770s and 1780s numerous Blevins families populated what is called the New River area in southwestern Virginia. At this time, the spread of settlers into this region led to the formation of new Virginia counties in rapid order. Finding Samuel Blevins here during his earlier years is made somewhat easier by the fact that he seems to have been the only Blevins male with that given name in Virginia at that time, as well as in Kentucky later on. Our guess is that Samuel was born around 1745. He first comes to our attention in 1777 and 1778, when a Samuel Blevins swore two loyalty oaths in Henry County, Virginia, where there was a sizeable colony of Blevins families. The next year, 1779, Samuel was a witness to a deed in that same county. These oaths indicated his switch of allegiance from King George III to the new state of Virginia and to the even newer United States that Virginia had helped to create.

In this connection, it is interesting to observe that in 1775 and 1776, the Fincastle (Virginia) Committee of Safety ? one of the proto-governmental groups that had sprung up in many of the American counties as the conflict with Britain reached a boil ? had taken notice of James and William Blevins, whom they probably suspected of disloyalty. Fincastle County then included a vast area just west of Henry County and Montgomery County. This James could have been our Samuel's father, as we shall see. There continue to be hints through the 1780s of the reluctance of certain Blevins men to support the American Revolution. In fact, despite his oaths in 1781 we find Samuel Blevins himself was enrolled as a private in Captain Thomas Hamilton's Loyalist Company in Hillsborough, North Carolina (not far south of Henry County, Virginia). Samuel is described as a deserter on this list, however, so his true allegiance at this time remains in doubt.

The next year, 1782, Samuel Blevins is on the tax list of Montgomery County, Virginia, the home of another colony of Blevins families. Also that year, the sheriff of Henry County took him into custody while his political views were investigated. Samuel must have been judged reliable now, for in 1783 he was listed among the members of Captain Flower Swift's militia unit in Montgomery County. Samuel "Blevin" later appears on a list of those who received certificates for pay due for service in the Continental forces. These certificates were issued during 1783-85 and were redeemed in 1790. Unfortunately, there is no unit listed for this man, who was owed $59.70. Neither is there any evidence in the National Archives that he was a member of any of the Continental forces, but to have been paid this amount he must have been deemed eligible for reasons we cannot determine. All this leaves us wondering whether Samuel was a British loyalist (as at least one brother was), an American patriot, an opportunist who took whatever side seemed most advantageous at the moment, a young man who could not make up his mind, or a man without convictions who bent to whichever faction was pressuring him to make a commitment. Also in 1785, Samuel Blevins was a witness in a court case in Henry County.

After the war ended, Samuel Blevins is on tax lists or the Virginia census in Henry County, Virginia, in 1785, in 1787, on May 28, 1788, and on October 23, 1789. The tax lists and other records for the Blevins males show that their properties were located on Chestnut Meadow Creek, Crooked Creek, and Grassy Creek, as well as on the Fox River. These tributaries were all in what is generally spoken of as the Mouth of Wilson area in the New River region. Most of this area was in Botetourt County until 1772, in Fincastle County until 1777, and then in Montgomery County until 1790. In that year the area would become the new Wythe County and in 1793 the even newer Grayson County.15 It is just above the border with extreme western North Carolina and close to extreme northeastern Tennessee, where some Blevins families are also known to have lived at about this time.16

Sometime after 1790, numerous Blevins males ? Samuel and his presumed son Lemuel among them ? would make the trip over the mountains to Lincoln County, Kentucky, which at that time formed the entire southeastern quadrant of the new state of Kentucky. It is possible that their route took them through areas now in northwestern North Carolina and northeastern Tennessee, but there is no firm evidence of this. By October 1792 Samuel had become a taxpayer in Lincoln County. He repeatedly appeared on the tax rolls first there and then in Pulaski County (formed from Lincoln County in 1801) from 1792 through 1809, when a four-year gap in the records begins, and then again in 1813. In 1809 and 1813 Samuel Blevins is described as being exempt from the tax levy, which is consistent with a Pulaski County court order dated May 26, 1806, that excused him from the county levy owing to his infirmity. During the years when he was taxed, Samuel was living variously on Hanging Fork, Cinch Creek, Dix River, and Brush or Brushy Creek.17

The absence of census records in 1800 for Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky prevents us from discovering exactly where Samuel Blevins was living in that year, but we presume he was residing somewhere in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Only in 1810 does he appear on the census, now in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Here he was enumerated as forty-five years old or older, and a female in his household was placed in that same age category. Sometime between then and 1814, Samuel and his sons (Lemuel excepted) evidently moved northwestward to Jefferson County, Kentucky: a Samuel Blevins shows up on the tax rolls in Middletown Township there in 1814 and continues to be listed through 1818 but not thereafter. We cannot tell whether the man taxed in these years was the older Samuel, who perhaps had not yet been able to get himself exempted in this county, or the younger Samuel, who became twenty-one years of age in 1814. My guess is that the younger man was the one being taxed and that by 1815 his father, also our Lemuel's father, was already living with young Samuel, as he appears to have been doing in 1820.

Why was neither Samuel taxed after 1818? As we have seen in an earlier chapter, Jefferson County's tax information is spotty for these years, which handicaps our ability to answer this question, but it is also possible the father's exemption was approved about 1818. A better explanation may be that neither Blevins lived in Jefferson County after then. We know a Samuel Blevins (father or son?) purchased a lot on Main Street in Floydsburg, in Oldham County, in 1818, and it seems likely that the older Samuel lived out his life there. The 1820 census we considered earlier in this chapter is our last glimpse of any kind of Samuel Blevins, and it seems almost certain that he died sometime during the 1820s. The confusion of the clerk when Lemuel died in 1829, as we have seen, suggests that he had recently encountered Samuel's name too. The fact that Samuel Blevins, Jr., sold the Floydsburg lot in late 1828 might also indicate that his father had recently died.18



14. It is also possible that the older Samuel Blevins had died in either Lincoln County or Pulaski County, Kentucky, before his sons moved to Jefferson County. If so, the older man in the household of Samuel Blevins on the 1820 census would have been someone else, for example the younger Samuel's father-in-law or even an employee in the family businesses. The 1820 census shows Samuel Blevins had two male slaves, also perhaps workers at the younger man's two businesses. The 1820 census, like the one ten years before, tells us only that the senior Samuel Blevins, if he was in fact the unnamed older man in this household, was born before 1775; the ages of his children indicate that he was probably born about 1745.

15. See the USGS map for Mouth of Wilson/North Carolina. In 1787, Samuel Blevins had two horses and four head of cattle.

16. One Blevins, relationship to Lemuel and Samuel (if any) unknown, is thought to have been the famous "long hunter" called William Blevins. Several of the Blevins males were long hunters, it appears. Long hunters ventured far, often alone, into the unknown western wilderness (principally what would become Kentucky) in search of game and pelts. They got their name for being absent for long periods of time, usually many months.

17. See slides 12952-56, taken in 2008, for these locations. Return to text

18. The estate of Samuel Blevins was inventoried by Jacob Shake, so evidently these two families had known one another well for years ? perhaps were neighbors, in fact ? before our David and Artemisia were married in 1825. There were actually two men named Samuel Blevins on the Lincoln County, Kentucky, census in 1810; they had slightly different family profiles, although the ages of Samuel and his wife are shown as the same in both listings. Blevins researchers seem to agree that Samuel was probably mistakenly recorded on two different sheets and that the second listing is the more accurate one. Two men named Samuel Blevins are on the Jefferson County tax rolls for 1819, but this may be an error of another sort. The Samuel Blevins who does appear on the Jefferson County tax rolls in most years after 1817 is on tax lists in Oldham County, Kentucky, instead during 1827 through 1829. This may help to confirm that Samuel Blevins, Jr., inherited his father's lot during the late 1820s.
 
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47 I34644  Blevins  Samuel      Re Lemuel Blevins in Jefferson County Ky, neighbor of John Collier/Colyear on 1820 census:

Lemuel Blevins b. ca. 1779 pbly in Henry Co, VA, married (2nd?) in 1806
> in Lincoln Co, KY Sina (or) Lina Taylor. By 1820, they had eight children,
> none of the names of which are known to me. Census shows:
>
> 1810 Garrand County, KY 1820 Jefferson County, KY
> Lemuel Blevins 26-44 Lemuel Blevins 26-44
> 1 female 16-25 1 female 26-44
> 1 male 16-25 1 male 10-15
> 1 male 10-15 1 female 10-15
> 1 male 0-9 1 male 0-9
> 1 female 0-9 3 females 0-9
>
> This Lemuel was on the 1800 and 1803 Lincoln Co, KY Tax List, and
> was on the 1805 and 1806 Pulaski Co, KY Tax List.
>
> One must wonder if the 1 male age 0-9 in 1820 might be your Seaton Alexander
> Blevins. This Lemuel Blevins may very likely be a son of Samuel Blevins and
> may
> have been married prior to the 1806 KY marriage to Lina/Sina Taylor. Back in
> February there were some postings from Donn Neal - neals@erols.com who is
> a descendant of this Lemuel.
>
> Greenberry Blevins b. ca. 1770 is believed to be a brother of Lemuel, and he
> named a son born in 1809, Alexander Blevins. That Alexander moved to Lodi,
> CA, was married first to a Zumwalt and second Levina Vanderpool.
>
> Tarlton Blevins, born ca. 1798 in Va, possibly the son of Elisha and Rachel
> Blevins, married Sarah Walker, and they had a son Alexander, no info, but
> 1798 seems too late for Tarlton to be the father of your Seaton Alexander B.
> This Tarlton lived in VA, Wayne Co,KY, Henderson, TN, and Clinton, ILL.
>
> Elisha Blevins who was born ca. 1772, was in Wayne Co, KY in 1810, is
> reported to have first married Rebecca ????, and 2nd Polly Roberts. He is
> reported to have died on 21 Sep. 1831 in the Blackhawk War in Clinton Co,
> Ill, and Tarlton Blevins was appointed administrator. Records show that he
> moved to Ill in 1829. Note from a map that there is one county in between
> present day Clinton and Macoupin.
>
> I know I have seen something posted on the List re: Macoupin County, ILL
> Blevins family, but I can't find any record of it now.
>
> This won't help you, except maybe to point in a particular direction.
>
> Best of Luck
> Ron Blevins of West Point, VA 
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48 I0138  Botkin  Adaline  31 Jul 1877    Lived in Montgomery Alabama. No children  curtis 
49 I0084  Botkin  Arizona A.  31 Dec 1872    Died from Typhoid fever and buried in Somerset Cemetery  curtis 
50 I0561  Botkin  Howard  14 Apr 1891  13 Oct 1978  Owned 80 acre farm in Blaze Valley near Somerset, Ky early in life. Howard worked as a traveling salesman after selling farm and moving into Somerset until he retired according to Jack Curtis 2004.

Rev. and Mrs. Wesley Colyer spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Howard Botkin's --Jan 7, 1921 Somerset Journal 
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