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Henry Ballard

Birthplace: Cold Ash, Berkshire, England
Death: February 26, 1908 (76)
Logan, Cache, UT, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Ballard and Hannah Ballard
Husband of Margaret Reid Ballard
Father of Rebecca Ann Ballard; Melvin J. Ballard, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Henry William Ballard

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About Henry Ballard

Mormon Pioneer:

"...June 29 [1852] left Kainsville [Kanesville.] I drove a Heard [herd] of Sheep across the Plains for Bros Lorenso [Lorenzo] and Erastus Snow and F[ranklin] D[.] Richards[,] Eli B Kellsey [Kelsey]. Augt 18 Met About 400 Indians East of Larimie [Laramie]

Octr 16 Arrived in Great Salt Lake City

. . . .June 29, (1852) We moved in the direction of the Missouri river as the neighbourhood was so much excited over it so we had to take to our tents and wagons and move off

July 1, (1852) We reached the river near the point where Winter Quarters once stood, while remaining on the banks under the large cottonwoods another one of the famiely died on the 2nd Wm May the youngest son [of George and Hannah Hobson May], we finally crossed the river by a large ferry boat and camped on the north side of old Winter Quarters now Omaha.

(July) 4, The mother [Hannah Hobson May] now Secumed [succumbed] after being Sick nearly all the way but now the effect of the cholerhee [cholera] and worn out by the long journey and when she was dead it fell my lot to lift her out of the wagon after she was sewed up in a sheet and that was all the preparation we could furnish and buried her[.] I drove a herd of sheep across the plains having to walk all the way wading rivers and having to guard them at night, the sheep belonged to the company which I had bound myself out to Namely Lorenzo and Erastus Snow and Franklin D. Richards and Eli B. Kelsey

Aug. 18, (1852) We met about 400 S[i]oux Indians but they were very peaceable[.] after giving them a few things they went their way[.] we often met a few but never caused us much trouble[.] we had a very severe Snow Storm on the road which caused some delay

Octr. 16, (1852) We arrived in Salt Lake City feeling very thankfull that we had reached our home in Safty[.] my Father and Mother had reached a month before me[.] they having crossed the plains up the South platt[e] river (see notes) settled in Moll Creek..."

SOURCE: Ballard, Henry, Journal and Memoirs, in Joel Edward Ricks, Cache Valley Historical Material, reel 1, item 3, vol. 1, 1 and vol. 2, 3. Retrieved from,18016,4976-5470,00.html

Biographical Summary:

"...Drove herd of sheep across plains; Echo Canyon campaigner under Porter Rockwell. Hauled first load of logs for the old school house, first load of logs for the tabernacle and first load of sand for the temple at Logan, Utah. Bishop 2d ward 39 years, then ordained patriarch; missionary to England 1887-89 and presided over London conference..."

SOURCE: Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah; page 733.

Utah War 1857

HENRY BALLARD, NAUVOO LEGIONAIRE, 25 Oct 1857: “At noon our ten was called out to to the soilders camp lead by Thomas Abbott.” 26 Oct 1857: “Soon after day light we saw a smoke in the distance and after we started we soon found the company [other Mormon scouts], they directed us in the direction of where the soilders was, also where the picket guard was the day before, . . . we stopped and got our guns free from our saddles and capped them and then started on the run scattered out, but he soon led us toward a hollow where there was about 40 men [soldiers] secreted about one half on foot and the other mounted when some of us got within 150 yards of them they raised and fired on us. I was the third nearest to them, we each turned as fast as we could making distance as fast as we could but the bullets flew around us like hail plowing in the dust and cutting off the sage brush but through the blessings of the Lord none of us was hit nor none of our horses nor was no sign of any bullet in our clothing, they followed us for some little distance slowly . . . “

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Henry Ballard's Timeline

January 27, 1832
Cold Ash, Berkshire, England
September 20, 1864
Age 32
Logan, Cache, Utah, United States
February 9, 1873
Age 41
Logan, Cache, UT, United States
February 8, 1878
Age 46
Logan, Cache, Utah
February 26, 1908
Age 76
Logan, Cache, UT, United States
March 1, 1908
Age 76