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James Ballou, Jr.

Birthdate: (47)
Birthplace: Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Death: April 30, 1808 (47)
Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Ballou, III and Tamasin Ballou
Husband of Mehitable Ingalls
Father of Rufus Ballou; Henry Ballou; Eliza Garfield; James Ballou V; Mehitable Ballou and 3 others
Brother of Seth Ballou; Olive Ballou; Silas Ballou; Susannah Ballou; Tamasin Ballou and 6 others

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About James Ballou, Jr.

Birth: Apr. 25, 1761 Cumberland Providence County Rhode Island, USA Death: Apr. 30, 1808 New Hampshire, USA

James was the son of James Ballou, III and Tamasin Cook. The family came to Richmond in 1773. James grew up in Richmond and built a home and farm near his father’s home. In 1803 he moved to a house near the Richmond Four Corners where he opened a store. He was married to Mehitable Ingalls on November 5 1786 in Richmond, New Hampshire. Mehitable was born on July 21 1764 in Cumberland, Rhode Island and died on December 4 1821 in Ohio. She was the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Henry Ingalls (Oct 12 1738 Rheoboth MA-1813 Worcester NY) and Sybil or Sibel Carpenter (Feb 26 1740 Rehoboth MA-Cumberland RI). Sybil was a Mayflower descendant (Francis Billington). Henry worked as the town clerk. After James died in 1808, Mehitable took her children and joined her father who was living in Worcester, New York. The known children of James and Mehitable were:

1-James Ballou (March 15 1788-July 19 1789) 2-James Ballou (Oct 15 1794) 3-Henry Ballou (Sept 6 1796) 4-Mehetabel 'Hitty' (Twin) Ballou (March 15 1799) 5-Rufuss (Twin) Ballou (March 15 1799) 6-Elizabeth (Eliza) Ballou (Sept 21 1801 Richmond NH-Dec 4 1821 Perry OH); married Abram Garfield in February 1820 7-Alpha Ballou (May 19 1806 Richmond NH- April 22 1882 Hiram OH); married Amos Boynton in 1826

James and Mehitable were the grandparents of President James Garfield. James achieved notoriety for his ability to foretell the future and locate missing property. His daughter's son-in-law, President Garfield, named him 'Conjuror Ballou'. He made his powers seem mystical by wearing a wizard’s robe and writing out his formulas with complex geometrical figures. Ballou predicted important events, found missing farm tools, and foretold the future for young couples. He even calculated that he would die on April 30, 1808. His neighbors were aware of this prediction and questioned him about his well being that day. He claimed that he was perfectly healthy and may have made an mistake. Later that day he came upon some workmen struggling to remove stones from a field. He stopped to help them move a heavy boulder. While exerting himself Ballou burst an artery. He was carried home to bed and died before the day was over.

[His burial location is from the New Hampshire Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 'Conjurer Ballou' information is from the website of the Historical Society of Cheshire County.]

Family links:

 James Ballou (1723 - 1812)
 Thomasine Cook Ballou (1725 - 1804)

 Mehitable Ingalls Ballou (1764 - 1821)

 Eliza Ballou Garfield (1801 - 1888)*

 Susanna Ballou Blaisdell (1755 - ____)*
 James Ballou (1761 - 1808)
 James Ballou (1761 - 1808)*
 Russell Ballou (1763 - 1847)*
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Burial: South Cemetery Richmond Cheshire County New Hampshire, USA

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James Ballou, Jr.'s Timeline

April 25, 1761
Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
March 15, 1788
Age 26
Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
Age 32
September 6, 1796
Age 35
Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
March 15, 1799
Age 37
Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
March 15, 1799
Age 37
Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
Age 37
September 21, 1801
Age 40
Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA
May 19, 1806
Age 45
Richmond, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA