Benjamin Ballou (1747 - 1834)

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Birthplace: Smithfield, RI, USA
Death: Died in Monroe, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
Managed by: Carolyn Mirich
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About Benjamin Ballou

Benjamin Ballou (1747-1834), a farmer-preacher, was at first an occasional preacher for the Baptists and was converted to Universalism in middle age by his youngest brother, Hosea. He wrote a Universalist poem, "Thoughts on the Sun," sometimes attributed to Hosea. Ballou biographer Thomas Whittemore recorded that Benjamin was "a man of good sense, but not of great activity." He followed his brother David from Richmond to Monroe, Massachusetts in 1802.

Benjamin Ballou's son Asahel (1771-1851), the same age as his uncle Hosea Ballou, was young Hosea's friend and playmate. Hosea later said that they were like twins. When grown, Asahel was a farmer who lived with his wife Martha Starr (1776-1839) in Halifax, Vermont. Among their nine sons were three Universalist ministers: Hosea Ballou 2d, Levi Ballou, and William Starr Ballou.


(Taken from The Ballou Family, Unitarian Universalist Historical Society (UUHS) 1999-2009)

This may have been where they got the middle name of Andrew Asahel Wilcox.

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Benjamin Ballou's Timeline

1747
November 8, 1747
Smithfield, RI, USA
1771
1771
Age 23
1777
April 18, 1777
Age 29
Guilford, Windham, Vermont, USA
1789
March 5, 1789
Age 41
Guilford, VT, USA
1834
February 16, 1834
Age 86
Monroe, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
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