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Simeon Ballard

B: 1783 @ Guilford, NC, USA.  D: 1850 or 1851 First person buried in Story Co. – Palestine Township, Story Co. Iowa. USA

Parents and Siblings

Simeon’s Father: Morman Jerman Ballard B:03/16/1746 @ Cedar Creek, Hanover, Colony of Va.  D: 04/27 1821 @ Clinton, Ohio.  M: November 6, 1769 Minerva Webley Bullock @ Cumberland, Va, USA.

Simons Mother: Minerva Webley Bullock  B: 01/01/1747 @ Cumberland Va. British colonial America. D: 12/1833 @ Clinton, Ohio. USA.

Simeon’s Siblings: Medley, Spencer, Johnson, Phillip, Enoch, David, Elizabeth, and Ruth.

Marriages & Children

M: (1) Barbara Reynard  B: July 23, 1792 @ Clinton, Ohio USA.  D: 1833 @ Vermillion Co, Indiana.  Barbara’s Parents were Adam Reynard and Catherine (Stover).


Moorman – Selected a claim with his brother Dan.
Adam B:1824 D:1968 M: Catherine Ruby  B: 03/01/1825 @ Sangamon, Il. D: 11/08/1911 @ Union township, Story Co. Iowa. USA

Adam and Catherine (Ruby) Ballards Children:

Elias B: ~ 1848 D:July 4, 1931 M: Mahala Catherine Spencer @ Grant Township, Story Co. Dec 4, 1876.
Daniel Wilson Post butcher at Ft. Des Moines.

In 1847 Dan W. Ballard got permission for himself and his brother, Mormon Ballard to select and locate claims. March 8, 1848 they took possession of their claims, which they occupied for many years. The family name was given to the Grove. Each brother built a long house, 14×16 feet. Dan reported he voted in Des Moines and voted in the 1848 presidential election. In that fall Simeon (his father) joined his two sons. Its reported he passed away about two years later. His coffin was made by Squire M. Cory. Mr. Cory settled at the grove in the spring of 1850. Ben Jeffers, Rueben Baldock and Washington Thomas had also made their land selections and brought their families by 1850

Joel & Serilda-Twins

M:(2) Lydia Beard

Census 1880 shows some Ballards in the area

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father’s Birthplace Mother’s Birthplace
James BALLARD Self M Male W 29 IA Farmer IL NY
Malinda BALLARD Wife M Female W 32 IN Keeping House PA NY
Joseph R. BALLARD Son S Male W 8 IA At Home IA IN
Mary E. BALLARD Dau S Female W 6 IA At Home IA IN
Emma F. BALLARD Dau S Female W 5 IA At Home IA IN
Blanch M. BALLARD Dau S Female W 3 IA At Home IA IN
Berthie E. BALLARD Dau S Female W 2M IA At Home IA IN