FFF~Week #24

My most sincere apologies for being absent lately.  I’ve been working hard on laying the groundwork for the new society (writing bylaws! creating a newsletter! planning a year’s worth of meetings!) and also I’ve begun writing some of my BCG Certification reports (not officially “on-the-clock” yet).  Plus, doing research for First Families of Ohio since learning my 4th-great-grandparents were in Ohio prior to 1820 (James A. Fowler and Elizabeth Devore in Butler County, OH) and doing research on my 4th-great-grandmother Ailesann (Dyer) McGuire, born in Indiana in 1811.

This week marks the change from paternal 2nd-greats to maternal 2nd-greats!

Ancestor: My maternal 2nd-great-grandfather (Amos Benton Ballard)


  1. Born on 24 February 1840 in Henry County, Indiana, on the Aaron Ballard farm in Jefferson Township.
  2. Was exempt from the 1862 Civil War draft due to a “heart condition.”
  3. Was a teacher, preacher, doctor, and dentist.
  4. Was married 3 times: Hester Ann Cripe, Olive Carver, and Hannah Katherine “Kate” Hanby.
  5. Graduated in 1873 from the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery.

amoskate Amos Benton Ballard and Hannah Katherine Hanby, taken possibly around the time they married

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