Rev. Hosea Ballou

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Rev. Hosea Ballou

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
Death: June 7, 1852 (77-85)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Maturin Ballou and Lydia Ballou
Husband of Ruth Ballou
Father of Fanny Ballou; Rev. Hosea Faxton Ballou; Massena Berthier Ballou; Cassandana Wing; Manadana Whittemore and 4 others
Brother of Benjamin Ballou; David Ballou; Phebe Ballou; Lydie Ballou; Mary Ballou and 6 others

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About Rev. Hosea Ballou

Hosea Ballou was born in Richmond, New Hampshire, to a family of Huguenot origin. The family was disputed to be of Anglo-Norman heritage, but this has no foundation, and due to his ancestor being named Mathurin (Maturin) Ballou (Bellou), a French given name not found anywhere in England or any such English versions of the name, an Anglo-Norman origin is highly unlikely. The son of Maturin Ballou, a Baptist minister, Hosea Ballou was self-educated, and devoted himself early on to the ministry. In 1789 he converted to Universalism, and in 1794 became a pastor of a congregation in Dana, Massachusetts. Ballou was also a high-ranking freemason, and he attained the position of Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire in 1811.[1]

Ballou preached at Barnard, Vermont and surrounding towns in 1801—1807; at Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1807—1815; at Salem, Massachusetts in 1815—1817; and, as pastor of the Second Universalist Church in Boston, from December 1817 until his death there. Second Universalist Church, School Street, Boston; built 1817

He founded and edited The Universalist Magazine (1819—later called The Trumpet), and The Universalist Expositor (1831—later The Universalist Quarterly Review), and wrote about 10,000 sermons as well as many hymns, essays and polemic theological works. He is best known for Notes on the Parables (1804), A Treatise on Atonement (1805) and Examination of the Doctrine of a Future Retribution (1834). These works mark him as the principal American expositor of Universalism.

Ballou married Ruth Washburn; children included Maturin Murray Ballou

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Rev. Hosea Ballou's Timeline

April 30, 1771
Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
October 13, 1797
Age 26
April 4, 1799
Age 27
November 28, 1800
Age 29
January 9, 1803
Age 31
September 17, 1804
Age 33
April 3, 1810
Age 38
Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
July 10, 1812
Age 41
May 1, 1814
Age 43