Elijah Ballou

Brief Life History of Elijah

When Elijah Ballou was born in 1811, in Enfield, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Oliver Ballou, was 52 and his mother, Mary Simonds, was 37. He married Elizabeth Peaslee in 1832, in Enfield, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He lived in Bristol, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States in 1850 and Hill, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States in 1860. He died in 1882, in Hill, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States.

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Elijah Ballou
Nancy Tyrrell
Marriage: 1 March 1840
Ann Marie Ballou
Marcia Ballou
Weston Ballou
Wayland Ballou
Ellen Martha Ballou
Napolean Ballou
Alfred N Ballou
Emma J. Ballou
Clara Ballou

Sources (27)

  • Elijah Ballon, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Elijah Ballou, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"
  • Elijah Ballou, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1812 · War of 1812

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

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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