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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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BALLARD, LOUIS J. farmer, Sec. 7, P.O. White Hall, was born in Lincoln County, N. C. Oct. 4, 1800, the sixth child of ten children of Wiley and Nancy Ballard, who were of English descent. At the age of ten years the subject of this sketch moved to Tennessee, and in July 22, 1824, he married Miss Rutha Pace. In 1829 they removed to this county, where they have since remained. They have had born unto them twelve children, five of whom are living: William P., born Dec. 17, 1831; Wiley, born Dec. 27, 1833; Sarah, born March 28, 1842; Louis N., born March 30, 1844; Joseph C., born April 15, 1848. Mr. Ballard and wife are members of the M. E. Church since 1838, and have endeavored to live a life that may be emulated by the younger. He has not been eager after this world’s goods, being content to live a quiet and retired life, satisfied with a living, and to lay up treasure where “moth and rust doth not corrupt,” rather than this world’s goods, which perish with using. Has not paid much attention to politics; is identified with the Democratic party.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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