Otis Ballou

Male27 March 1784–29 November 1834

Brief Life History of Otis

When Otis Ballou was born on 27 March 1784, in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Moses Ballou, was 36 and his mother, Desire Carpenter, was 28. He married Phebe Lapham on 2 March 1802, in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 1784. He died on 29 November 1834, in Greenfield, Saratoga, New York, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in West Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

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Otis Ballou
Phebe Lapham
Marriage: 2 March 1802
Alanson Ballou
Olive Ballou
Ruth Ballou
Lucy Ballou
Moses Ballou

Sources (7)

  • Otis Ballon, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
  • Otis Ballou, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Otis Ballou, "Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 March 1802Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Children (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

    +1 More Child

    World Events (8)

    1786 · Shays' Rebellion

    Age 2

    Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.


    Age 7

    Historical Boundaries 1791: Saratoga, New York, United States

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 16

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

    Name Meaning

    French: possibly an altered form of French and Flemish Ballieu or Balliu, surnames mainly found in Nord in France and in neighbouring Flanders in Belgium. If so, it is either habitational, from one of the numerous places in Picardy, Artois, and Normandy called Bailleul (Old French Balliol), or an occupational name from Old Picard and Middle Dutch bailli(e)u, ba(i)lleu, baillu (Old French baillif, balliu) ‘bailiff’. Alternatively, the name Ballou might be from the ancient Germanic personal name Balowulf, composed of the elements balo ‘torment, wickedness’ and wulf ‘wolf’. The surname Ballou is rare in France.

    Alternatively, an altered form of French Belleau or perhaps Beaulieu . The name is sometimes (also) said to be an altered form of Boileau but this is problematic in terms of family history and phonological development. Compare Ballew , Ballow 1, Belew , Bellew , and Belue .

    Alternatively, a rare variant of English Ballow 2 or an altered form of English Bellew 1.

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

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