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Gertrude Emma Barber Ballard
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Birth: Dec. 14, 1863
Randolph County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 22, 1947
Morgan County
Illinois, USA

Gertrude Emma (Barber) Ballard was the daughter of George Barber (born Uniontown, PA) & Eliza Diehl (born OH).

Emma was married Oct 27, 1883 in Randolph Co, IN to Clergy A Ballard.

She and Clergy were the parents of these known children:

Homer E Ballard (born Apr 1884)
Charlie C Ballard (born May 1886)
Blanche A Ballard (born May 1891), never married
Marie (1897-1947) w/o Ralph Edward Smith
Walter L (d: 14 Jan 1902, aged 6mo 14dys)
Chester twin (d: "28 Oct 1902, aged 13 dys" premature)
Infant twin (d: "15 Oct 1902, aged 2 dys" premature)

Her husband was historically significant (not famous) because on the night of Independence Day 1908, Clergy Ballard, a respected mining engineer was stabbed by a Drunken negro man named Joe James who had broken into his daughter Blanche's bedroom - Clergy died the next day. [Source: 'In Lincoln's Shadow: The 1908 Race Riot in Springfield, Illinois' By Roberta Senechal De La Roch]
Joe James was hanged in October 1908 for the crime; and in 1910 three local purveyors of spirits paid Emma $1,000 each, as a result of her successful lawsuit against them.

Emma lived in Springfield, Sangamon, IL, but died Jacksonville, Morgan Co, IL. She was buried in her hometown of Saratoga, Randolph, Indiana [Note: transcriptions of her ILDC, and possibly the Death Certificate itself, report that she was buried in Saratoga, Randolph, Illinois] 
Family links: 
  Clergy A Ballard (1863 - 1908)*
  Marie Ballard Smith (1897 - 1947)*
  Walter L. Ballard (1901 - 1902)*
  Infant Ballard (1902 - 1902)*
  Chester Ballard (1902 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship
Saratoga Cemetery
Randolph County
Indiana, USA
Created by: sbhutson
Record added: Jan 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103451229


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