± 1756-> 1804
Mary Reed Kittrell
Lorenzo Dow Ballou
Zij is getrouwd met Lorenzo Dow Ballou.op 5 november 1829 te Smith County, Tennessee, zij was toen 23 jaar oud.
271b 37 Ballou Ann 43 N.C. pg0264a.txt 271b 30 Ballou Anthony S. 5 Ten pg0264a.txt 271b 32 Ballou Fountain P. 1 Ten pg0264a.txt 271b 40 Ballou James 13 Ten pg0264a.txt 271b 31 Ballou John W. 3 Ten pg0264a.txt 271b 38 Ballou Leonard 21 Ten pg0264a.txt 271b 41 Ballou Martha A. 11 Ten pg0264a.txt 271b 39 Ballou Mary E. 18 Ten pg0264a.txt 271b 33 Ballou Sarah 65 N.C. pg0264a.txt 271b 29 Ballou Sarah A. 25 Ten pg0264a.txt 271b 28 Ballou Wm J. 32 Ten pg0264a.txt 282a 27 Ballow Jane 37 Ten pg0282a.txt 282a 26 Ballow Leo 50 Ten pg0282a.txt 282a 28 Ballow Mary L. 15 Ten pg0282a.txt 282a 29 Ballow Minerva J. 12 Ten pg0282a.txt
323A 16 Ballou Mary R 54 North Carolina pg0318a.txt
323A 17 Ballou Wm A 29 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
323A 18 Ballou L. W. 27 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
323A 19 Ballou Diogenes 24 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
323A 20 Ballou Margaret 18 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
323A 21 Ballou Mary B 17 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
323A 22 Ballou A. C. 16 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
323A 23 Ballou R. C. 13 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
323A 24 Ballou Ann 53 North Carolina pg0318a.txt
323A 25 Ballou Leonard 31 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
323A 26 Ballou James 23 Tennessee pg0318a.txt
Transcribed by Timothy R. Meador, Jr. January 15, 1953
* CAL’S COLUMN *
This week we are going to try to give a few of the names of various families of Smith Countians, living in the vicinity of the Pleasant Shade, as set forth in the census records of 1850. We do not recognize all of the men and women and children in these lists made 103 years ago. If any reader recognizes some of his relatives or ancestors, write us and we shall be glad to publish same.
We open with Page 44 of the census records of Smith County, Tenn., compiled by Annie Walker Burns, of P. O. Box 6183, Apex Station, Washington, D. C.
The first name found there is that of Lorenzo D. Ballow. This was one of our great-grandfathers, and he lived in 1850 near the spring that flows from the southern point of the dividing ridge between the water of Big Peyton’s Creek and Little Peyton’s Creek, about a mile above Pleasant Shade. Here is the record as given on the top of page 44 in the records referred to: “Lorenzo D. Ballow, 41, born in Tennessee; Mary, 42, N. C., William A., 19; James E., 18; Leonidas W., 17; Diogenes, 14; Julia A., 13; Anthony S., 12; Margaret E., 9; Mary B., 7; Albert C., 6; and Rufus C., 2.”
Lorenzo D. Ballou, as we now spell the name, was named for the famous Methodist preacher, Lorenzo Dow, born Oct. 16, 1775, in Coventry, Tolland County, Conn., and who became one of the most famous of Methodist ministers. The old census record has the name Lorinzo, but this is an error. According to the above notation, Lorenzo Dow Ballou was born in 1808, as he was in 1850, 41 full years of age. His wife’s name follows that of the head of the family. She was the former Miss Mary R. Kittrell, born Sept. 25, 1806, in Granville County, North Carolina. The exact date of the birth of Dow Ballou, as he was commonly called, was Dec. 1, 1808. In the census records the age in full years was given but no fractions of years except for children less than a year old.
Dow Ballou was the son of Leonard Ballou and his wife, Sarah Metcalf Ballou, by whom Leonard Ballou had five other children. Leonard Ballou was the son of Leonard Ballou, so we are informed. The family came out of England to Virginia in the long, long ago. They had come to England from Normandy, in northern France, the first of the family of whom we have any record being Guinebond Ballou, who came into England with William, The Conqueror, in the year 1066. The idea that the Ballous were Hugenots in France seems to be a myth as there is no evidence to sustain this view.
Leonard married first Mary Metcalf, by whom he was the father of: Betsy, married B. P. Lipscomb; Leonard, Jr., married Sam Nixon; James Ballou, married a Key; and Rice Meredith Ballou, married Amanda Nelson. The date of the births of these were: Betsy, Aug. 3, 1798; Leonard, May 8, 1800; James, June 2, 1802; and Rice Meredith, Aug. 24, 1803. Mary Metcalf and Sarah, his second wife, were sisters.
In the census record of 1850, as given above, Mary R. Ballou, the wife of Dow Ballou, is listed as being 42 years of age. This is an error, as she was born as given above, on Sept. 25, 1806. This would have made her 44 years of age in September of the years that the census was taken.
William Alexander Ballou was their first-born, arriving on Sept. 28, 1830. He married Martha Gregory, daughter of James Gregory and his wife, Alethia Oldham Gregory. She was the writer’s father’s first cousin. Will Ballou had one son, Leonard, who died a few years ago in the Beech Bottom section of this county.
The second child of Dow and Mary was James E. Ballou, born Nov. 1, 1831, third, Leonidas W. Ballou, born Feb. 1, 1833, and never married. The writer once asked a man who knew Uncle Lon, as we called him in our boyhood, if he knew why Uncle Lon never married. He related to the writer the following story, Lon Ballou was quite a dandy for his day and time, having a good education, being a member of the County Court of Smith County, and a man of fine appearance, even if he did have a flowing red beard that reached to his waist. He was quite a favorite with the young women of 100 years ago. He began to keep company with Miss Harriet Cartwright, daughter of Richardson Cartwright, a prominent planter of upper Defeated Creek. For perhaps ten years he kept her company regularly. Finally, when the young lady decided that it was time to “pop the question,” she rather boldly—at least for that day and time it was bold—said, “Mr. Ballou, may I ask you a question?” Our great-uncle replied, “Yes, madam.”
But he was hardly prepared for what followed. She asked, “Mr. Ballou, are you serious in your intentions toward me; or, are you coming to see me and keeping my company, merely because you like to be with me? Do you intend to keep other eligible men away until my looks are gone and my beauty has faded and my opportunities are gone and then desert me? I feel that I have a right to know what your intentions are toward me.” Whereupon Uncle Lon arose, left the home of Mr. Cartwright and never again returned to visit Miss Harriet. He was surprised and deeply hurt over what perhaps he counted the brazenness of a woman out of here place. She married later to a Mr. Nixon on Turkey Creek in Smith County, and Uncle Lon died a bachelor, passing away at Dixon Springs about 45 years ago.
We confess that we do not blame the young woman in the least for demanding a “showdown” with her rather tardy lover. And we guess he really loved the woman with whom he kept company for a number of years. If he ever kept company with any other woman, we are not informed thereof.
Diogenes Ballou was the fourth child born to Dow and Mary. He was born July 4, 1834. He was commonly called “Ogg” Ballou, or “Aug.”
Next was a daughter, Julia A. Ballou, born July 4, 1836, and married John Bell (Jack) Kittrell. Anthony S. was the next child, and was the next child, and was born Dec. 4, 1837. Margaret E. Ballou was next. She was born Aug. 18, 1840. She was our grandmother on our mother’s side of the house. She died in 1890.
Mary B. Ballou was the next child, and was born Nov. 6, 1842. Albert Cullom Ballou was next, having been born Sept. 7, 1844. The last child born to Dow and Mary was Rufus C. Ballou, who arrived on Oct. 24, 1847, and was commnly called Ward Ballou. He had perhaps the most remarkable memory of any man ever born in Smith County, his feats of memory being still recalled by any who were amazed at this wonderful ability to recall events of other days. This was a gift in a large measure and came from his Metcalf descent.
Leonard Ballou, father of Dow, was born in Botetourt County, Va., April 4, 1767, and died in Smith County, Tenn., on Aug 4, 1840. He was one of the charter members of Mt. Tabor Baptist church, organized on Peyton’s Creek in 1836. He was a settler on Dixon’s Creek as early as 1800, but moved to Peyton’s creek in 1808. Mary R. Kittrel, the wife of Dow Ballou, was the daughter of Isaac Kittrell, born in Dec., 1779, in Granville County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth Read, daughter of Christopher Read, on Dec. 5, 1805. Christopher Read was a ship captain.
He did not mean to take up so much space with our own folks, but we will try to proceed to take up some of the other families named in the old records and who 103 years ago, resided on the present Peyton’s Creek.
Mary Kittrell Ballou
Birth: Sep. 25, 1806
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 19, 1874
Lorenzo Dow Ballou (1808 - 1859)
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