Name: Elbert Surveyor Ballard
Given Name: Elbert Surveyor
Birth: Aug 1855 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois 1
Death: Apr 1916 in Magnum, Oklahoma
Burial: Aft Apr 1916 Guthrie, Oklahoma
Lived in Greene County worked on a family farm. Moved to the county seat of Carrollton before the move to Donnellson. Moved to Donnellson, IL in Montgomery County a year or two prior to the birth of Russell in 1893. Although from a rural background, "he was not a farmer by interest, inclination or aptitude and failed...before the Depression of 1893 and moved into the village of Donnellson, a village of some 400 population where he began work as a clerk in a store; and he was earning at the time of (Russell's) birth $25 a month." After a year or two in Donnellson, he purchased a home in Donnellson, "a rather respectable story-and-a-half cottage and paid for it with a monthly payment of $4, until the $400 property was paid off. During this time he earned probably $4 or $5 a month extra as a clerk for the Modern Woodman, a fraternal lodge organization in which he was insured." From "History of the Ballard Family" 1966 by Russell Ward Ballard
Took a job with the Mutual Protective League Life Insurance as an agent which had its main office in Litchfield, Illinois about 20 miles from Donnellson about 10 mile beyond the county seat of Hillsboro. The family moved there about 1902. The Mary with her children Russell and Howard moved to Enid, Oklahoma in 1905 about six months after Elbert was appointed State Agent for the new territory. By this time Harry was married and practicing law in Litchfield.
His son Russell remembers his telling of riding with James Ward, his half brother, in a spring wagon in the winter. They took off their socks and put them on their hands for gloves.
DEATH: OBITUARY FOR ELBERT SURVEYOR BALLARD as Taken from The Oklahoma Ledger April 20 1916
DEATH: Elbert S. Ballard was born near Carrollton Illinois on August 6,1855 and being at the time of his death of the age of 60 years, 8 months, 8 days. On Febuary 2 1878 at Carrollton, Illinois, he was united in marriage with Mary S. Lee, who survives him. To this union was born four children; Harry L Ballard, Russell W Ballard both of Oklahoma City, Howard O Ballard, of Wapoloo Iowa,and Mrs (Roy) Susana "Belle" (Ballard) Worthington of Guthrie. He also leaves three grandchildren and one brother, Rev. Stephen D. Ballard of Pike Co. Illinois, and one half brother James H. Ward of Buleur, Illinois. Rev. T.S. Pittenger officiated at the service held at the First Methodist Church,Monday at 2:30 P.M. Remains laid to rest at Summit View Cemetery.
Father: Harrison Jackson Ballard b: 4 Jul 1828 in Lawrence Co., Ohio
Mother: Mary Jane Ward b: 9 Jan 1831
Mary Susannah Lee b: 31 Oct 1860 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois
2 Feb 1878
- Note: Mary Lee's father gave them a team of horses and $500 with which they began farming.
- Change Date:
3 Jan 2014
- Howard Orville Ballard b: May 1881 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois
- Harry Lee Ballard b: Jan 1882 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois
- Loey Belle Ballard b: Aug 1884 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois
- Russell Ward Ballard b: 25 Nov 1893 in Donnellson, Montgomery County, Illinois
- Abbrev: Montgomery Co., Illinois, East Fork Township
Title: Montgomery Co., Illinois, East Fork Township
Page: Vol. 127, Sheet 20 Line 1