James Ballenger

James Ballenger was born 29 May 1814 in Greenville, South Carolina, to Elijah T. Ballenger and Mary Wingo.1 James was the third child of thirteen children.

James married Nancy Lewis Roddy on 28 February 1839.2 Most of the family moved with patriarch Elijah to Boone County, Missouri sometime after 1840.3 They settled near Providence, on the Missouri River.

He was a farmer, owning eighty acres on the road from Providence to Columbus. There on fifteen acres he planted oats and wheat for sale to the surrounding community.4

Two children were born to James and Nancy; an unnamed son in 1840 (who died in infancy) and Thomas Wood, born 11 December 1842.5

James died of yellow fever 12 November 1843 at the age of 29. He was buried at the (Old) Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.6

James' wife Nancy was later remarried to Bradford Lanham on 5 January 1847.7 Son Thomas was still living with his mother and stepfather as of 1850.8 Nancy Ballenger died (possibly of cancer) on 30 March 1857.9

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James c.1841