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Nana "Nannie" Wright Ballard
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Birth: Dec. 5, 1872
Hawkins County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1951
Marion County
Oregon, USA

Nana's first name was also found as Nanna and Nannie. She married Melvin Marvin Ballard, 24 November 1904 in Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee. Her marriage to Melvin was her second marriage. Her first marriage, according to family, was to a Thomas Setser, and she and Thomas had 2 children. After Thomas died, she married Melvin Ballard. They adopted Mary Cathrine Johnson, when Mary's mother died.

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002.
Name: Melvin Ballard.
Gender: Male.
Marriage Date: 28 Nov 1905.
Marriage Place: Hawkins, Tennessee.
Spouse: Nannie Sitser.
Page 77.
I solemnized the Rite of Matrimony between the within named parties on the 28th day of Nov. 1905.
W. W. Phillips, J. P.
[Note: Nannie signed her name on the marriage form as Setser, not Sitser.]

Standard Certificate of Death, #7949.
State of Oregon.
Name: Nanna Ballard.
Usual Residence: 714 16th St., Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon.
Place of Death: Salem, Marion County, Oregon.
Date of Death: 20 July 1951.
Date of Birth: 5 Dec. 1874.
Age: 76.
Birthplace: Tennessee.
Name of Husband: Melvin Ballard.
Name of Father: Unknown.
Name of Mother: Unknown.
Hospital: Oregon State Hospital.
Burial Date: 25 July 1951.
Cemetery: Greenwood Cemetery, Astoria, Oregon.
Funeral Director: Luce Funeral Home, Astoria, Oregon.

The 1900 census for Whitesburg Village, Hamblen County, Tennessee shows her listed as Nannie Setser, a widow, age 25, born in Tennessee, Dec. 1874, with an occupation as a servant. Both the 1900 and 1910 census shows Nannie had given birth to two children, and only one was still living. That one child, John F. Setser, was listed in 1900 as born in September 1893, in Tennessee.

The 1910 census shows Nannie M. Ballard, wife of Melvin M. Ballard, living in Knox County, Tennessee in Civil District 8. She is age 31, her husband is age 29, they have been married for 4 years. Nannie still lists two children born, and one still living. Her son is listed here as Floyd J. Ballard, age 14, and a daughter, Mary K. Ballard is listed as age 5, born in Tennessee. Mary was born to Nannie's sister, Jimie Johnson, who passed away not long after Mary was born. Melvin and Nannie adopted and raised Mary.

1920 census, Wahtonsa Township, Fort Dodge City, Webster County, Iowa, 3 January, E.D. #239, sheet 4A, page stamped #93, lines 26-29.
Ballard, M., Head, age 38, Married, Tennessee, Tennessee, Virginia, Tile Setter, Tile Plant.
Ballard, Nannie, Wife, age 38, Married, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia.
Ballard, Mary, daughter, age 15, Single, attended school, Tennessee, Tennessee, Tennessee.
Ballard, Hugh, Brother, age 28, Married.

1930 census, Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, District 30.
BALLARD, Melvin, Head, age 48, Married, married 19 years, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, Occupation: Salesman, Merchant.
BALLARD, Nana, Wife, Female, age 49, Married, married 22 years, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee.
[Research Note: On the same page, this census lists Melvin and Nana Ballard's adopted daughter, Mary, her husband Ray Ponsness, and their daughter Betty. Ray's occupation is Salesman, Merchant.]

1940 US Federal Census, Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon.
Melvin Ballard, Head, age 58, Married, born in Tennessee, residence in 1935: Sioux City, Iowa, Salesman, Dry Cleaner.
Nana Ballard, Wife, age 54, Married, born in Tennessee, residence in 1935: Sioux City, Iowa, no occupation.

Evening Astorian-Budget, Astoria, Oregon, Saturday, July 21, 1951, page 2.
Nana Ballard
Died Friday in Salem, at age 78.
Residence: 714 Sixteenth Street.
Born in Rogersville, Tennessee, on December 5, 1872.
Married Melvin M. Ballard, in Rogersville, Tennessee on November 24, 1904.
Moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Moved to Astoria in 1937.
Mr. Ballard preceded her in death, October 7, 1950.
Member of the Baptist church in Tennessee, and of the G. A. R.
Survivors: her daughter, Mrs. Ray Ponsness; a sister, Mrs. Francis Carlton; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Funeral home: Luce Funeral Home
[See newspaper article for additional information.]

Evening Astorian-Budget, Astoria, Oregon, Monday, July 23, 1951, page 2.
Nana Ballard
Died Friday, at age 78.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the chapel of the Luce Funeral Home.
Casket bearers: Hubert Greer, Elmer Thompson, Joe Crump, Carl Sweetholm, William Griffin and Don Long.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
[See newspaper article for additional information.]

The year of Nannie's birth is still in question. The 1900 census shows her born in 1874, based on her age in other census years her year of birth would be 1881-1882. Nannie's obituary shows her born in 1872, and the Oregon Death Certificate shows 1874. Her gravestone shows the year 1872.

The Oregon Death Certificate shows she died at the Oregon State Hospital, in Salem, with a length of stay of 9 months 14 days. Her usual residence was in Astoria, Clatsop County. The names of her parents were listed as unknown.
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  Melvin Marvin Ballard (1882 - 1950)
MELVIN M. 1882 - 1950
NANA 1872 - 1951
Greenwood Cemetery
Clatsop County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Section C, Block 99, Lot 2, Spaces 4 & 5
Created by: Jan Fenter
Record added: Aug 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75152145
Nana Nannie <i>Wright</i> Ballard
Added by: Jan Fenter
Nana Nannie <i>Wright</i> Ballard
Added by: Jan Fenter
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