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Silas Joseph Hardy Ballard
1781 - 1865
Silas Joseph Hardy Ballard was born about 1781 in Orangeburgh, South Carolina and died about 1865 in Montgomery, Alabama. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 84 years old.

His parents were Benjamin Ballard (2/27/1743 VA -6/16/1832 Morgan, Calhoun Co. GA) and Katherine Hammond. Silas married Temperance Anne Tabitha __________(abt. 1786 -abt. 1865)

Mary Ballard (1802)
Johnathan O'Gwynn Ballard (1813 AL-1855 AL) married Suzanna Burnett
Temperance Ballard(10/22/1821 Conecuh, Al - 6/13/1897 Conecuh, Al) married Kinnard David Wiggins
Other1/1/1811 AL (Monroe County) 30 yrs old 
Name: Silas Ballard, State: AL, County: Monroe County, Township: Mississippi Territory, Year: 1816, Record Type: Resident's List, Database: AL 1811-1819 Tax Lists Index 
Census1/1/1816 Burnt Corn AL (Monroe County) 35 yrs old 
page 1, Line 8: Silas Ballard - two males over 21 years old 
Census8/7/1820 Capt Tolberts District GA (Morgan County) 39 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Silas Ballard.   Pg. 3, line 14-Benjamin Ballard - one male - Under 10, one male - 10 thru 15, one male - 16 thru 25, two males- 26 thru 44, one male - 45 and over , one female - 26-44, one females - 45 and over. 
Land Deed3/2/1826 AL (Montgomery County) 45 yrs old 
Patent Date: 3/2/1826, Accession: CV 0124-354, Location: Montgomery County, AL, Township: 14-N, Range: 17-E, Section: 9, Aliquot: E˝ NE,and Section: 8, Aliquot: W˝NE, Meridian: St. Stephens, Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566), Longitude-86.3591909261746, Latitude 32.2079673644704 
Census1/1/1830 AL (Montgomery County) 49 yrs old 
Silas Ballard - Home in 1830 - Montgomery, Alabama one Male - 5 thru 9, one Male - 10 thru 14, one Male - 15 thru 19, two Males - 20 thru 29, one Male - 30 thru 39, one Male - 40 thru 49, one Female - Under 5, one Female - 5 thru 9, one Female - 20 thru 29, one Female - 40 thru 49 
Land Deed6/13/1832 AL (Montgomery County) 51 yrs old 
Patent Date:6/13/1832, Accession: CV 0133-020, Location: Montgomery County, AL, Township: 14-N, Range: 17-E, Section: 9, Aliquot: W˝ NW, Meridian: St. Stephens, Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566), Longitude-86.3720058368346, Latitude32.2078278469783 
Census2/17/1855 AL (Montgomery County) 74 yrs old 
Page 49, line 4 - Silus Ballard - four males under 21, one male over 21, one female over 21, one slave, total inhabitants 7.  
Census1/1/1865 AL (Montgomery County) 84 yrs old 
Line 24 - Silas H. Ballard - county: Montgomery, state: Alabama, Article: Carriage, number in abstract:262, Quantity:1, Rate of tax:2, Amount of tax:200, Total:200, notes: clam May /U.C. , Tax Assessment List 

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21 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become the north western border of FL and southern border of AL.
22 1803 Between 1803 and 1811 a horse trail is established connecting Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, American outpost north of Mobile. This is expanded into a road and called The Federal Road by 1811.
24 1805 Indian cessions opened up large portions of western (Choctaw) and northern (Chickasaw and Cherokee) Alabama to white settlers.
30 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
31 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
32 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave AL and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
32 1813 Two battles begin the Creek Indian War: (1) Fort Mims Massacre - Fort Mims is attacked on August 13 by the Red Sticks while the inhabitants are eating their noon meal. The massacre brings an immediate response from the whites and soldiers are recruited from Tennessee, Georgia and other territories, and (2) The Battle of Holy Ground on December 1813.
33 1814 The Treaty of Fort Jackson is finalized on August 9, 1814. William Weatherford (Red Eagle) surrenders to Gen. Andrew Jackson and cede their lands to the federal government. This opens approximately half of present-day AL to white settlement.
33 1814 Battle at Horseshoe Bend on March 27, leaves the Creek Red Sticks scattered and unorganized. Those that survive the battle flee south into northern Florida and band together as the Seminoles. Red Eagle (Billy Weatherford) surrenders to General Andrew Jackson at Fort Jackson later in the year.
36 1817 Alabama Territory is created when Congress passes an act to divide the Mississippi Territory and admit it into the union as a state. Alabama will remain a territory for two more years.
38 1819 Alabama admitted to the United States
54 1835 Alabama gold rush begins in the east-centrl hill country.
56 1837 The Second Creek war begins in 1836. In 1837 The Battle of Hobdy's Bridge becomes the last indian battle in AL.
59 1840 Alabama reports a total population of 590,756 on the 1940 Federal Census. This includes 335,185 whites, 255,571 blacks, 253,532 slaves, zero Native Americans, and others.
69 1850 State population=771,623. The 1850 Federal Census reveals the White population=426,514; African-American population=345,109; Slave population=342,844; Free black population=2,265; Urban population=35,179; Rural population=736,444; Cotton production in bales=564,429; Corn production in bushels=28,754,048; Number of manufacturing establishments=1,026.
2 1783 The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
4 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
12 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
18 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
19 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
26 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
33 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
49 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
58 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
63 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
72 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
75 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
78 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
84 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
19 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
30 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
31 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
47 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
53 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
80 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
81 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
1 1782 During 1782-1783, land to the south and west of the Tugaloo and Savannah Rivers are ceded by the Cherokee and Creek.
2 1783 Charles Town is officially renamed Charleston, SC.
7 1788 South Carolina joins the United States of America. State government is moved from Charleston to Columbia two years later.
49 1830 South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union, setting the stage for the creation of the Confederacy.
79 1860 About 63,000 men from South Carolina served in the Confederate armed forces.
6 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
12 1793 Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
13 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
17 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
22 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
23 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
24 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
25 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
30 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
39 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
49 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
54 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
56 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
59 1840 Oregon Trail is established
61 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
74 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
79 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
81 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
82 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
84 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
2 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
6 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
7 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
8 1789 French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
11 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
12 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
14 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
15 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
16 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
52 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Temperance Unknown (Ballard)
Born about 1785 and died about 1865
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Mary Ballard
Born somewhere in South Carolina on February 12, 1802 and died in Wakulla Co., Florida on August 6, 1890. She was 88 years old.

She was the daughter of Silas Joseph Hardy Ballard and Temperance Anne Tabitha ________ Ballard. Mary married Bennett on 1/1/1824 in Alabama. By 1843 they had moved to Florida. She is buried in McInty...
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