William's last three known residences of Nye, Montana, Grand County, Colorado and Boulder, Colorado haven't turned up any potential Ballenger relatives. However, when he was living in Mahaska County, Iowa, I noticed that surname so I decided to start looking there.
Initially I am focussing on the 1850-1859 time period, since I know that my William Ballenger was living in Mahaska County then. In reviewing the Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1926 on Ancestry, the following Ballenger family groupings turned up:
John F. Ballinger
- Two Johns-with one being much older than the other.
- The younger John appears in the various years as Ballenger, Ballinger and Ballanger.
Samuel & Jeremiah Ballenger (young men listed, at times, in the same house with the older John F. Ballinger).
William H. Ballinger (click here to read a little about William)
The listing for Willard Ballenger was for 1854 and caught my eye right off the bat so we will be taking a look at him next week. Can you guess where this discussion is headed?
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