Sophia Batton Anderson

Brief Life History of Sophia Batton

When Sophia Batton Anderson was born in 1776, in Monson, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Doctor Thomas Anderson, was 35 and her mother, Mary Danielson, was 39. She married Seth Ballou in 1796, in Gloucester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She died in 1830, in Illinois, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Illinois, United States.

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Seth Ballou
Sophia Batton Anderson
Marriage: 1796
Philander Ballou
Danford Green Ballou
Lillis Ballou
Eliza Ballou
Lorancy Ballou
Miranda Ballou
Almira Minerva Ballou
Thomas Donaldson Ballou

Sources (5)

  • Sophia Batton Anderson Ballou, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Sophia Ballou in entry for Lillis Barney, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970"
  • Sophia Anderson in entry for Lillis Balou, "Illinois, Hancock County, Nauvoo Community Project, 1839-1846 (BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy)"

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Established in 1796

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Ander(s), a northern Middle English form of Andrew , + son ‘son’. The frequency of the surname in Scotland is attributable, at least in part, to the fact that Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, so the personal name has long enjoyed great popularity there. Legend has it that the saint's relics were taken to Scotland in the 4th century by a certain Saint Regulus. In North America, this surname has absorbed many cognate or like-sounding surnames in other languages, notably Scandinavian (see 3 and 4 below), but also Ukrainian Andreychenko etc.

German: patronymic from the personal name Anders , hence a cognate of 1 above.

Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Andersson , a cognate of 1 above.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Lillis Ballou Story

Lillis Ballou Lillis Ballou was born April 20, 1805 at Litchfield, Herkimer, New York. She was the daughter of Seth Ballou and Sophia Batton Anderson. Her parents were honerable people who were bot …

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