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Dr Moses Russell Ballard
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Birth: Oct. 27, 1801
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1878
Story County
Iowa, USA

Son of Moses & Ruth Morley Ballard

Moses Russell Ballard and Eliza Beecher Ballard were married in Massachusetts in 1825. They moved to Livingston County, New York where Moses farmed until a farming accident fractured and mangled one leg. Surgeons recommended amputation but Moses refused.

During his long convalescence, he studied medicine and upon recovery he practiced medicine. He received formal training at the Botanical School of Healing in Trumbull County, Ohio.
In 1845, the Ballards continued their westward journey traveling to Joliet, Illinois where Moses practiced medicine for 12 years. During that time period a cholera epidemic broke out at New Breman, Illinois (about 23 miles from Chicago.) Thirty three people took ill and twenty eight recovered. His sons made coffins and buried the dead as relatives of the sick refused to have contact with them.

In 1855, the Ballards moved on to Story County, Iowa arriving on Long Dick Creek. Later the family bought land five miles south of the Fairview site. Their first home was a cabin of round logs, shake roof, puncheon floor, door of splint with wooden hinges, and windows covered with greased cloth. This cabin was traded to John Michaelson for a nine-year old horse named "Old Jim." Together Dr. Ballard and "Old Jim" made rounds with the only buggy in Story County. 
Family links: 
  Moses Ballard (1756 - 1833)
  Ruth Morley Slate (1776 - 1859)
  Eliza Beecher Ballard (1809 - 1880)*
  Russell Wells Ballard (1826 - 1907)*
  Hudson Leroy Ballard (1828 - 1911)*
  Amos B Ballard (1829 - 1897)*
  Delvillo P. Ballard (1833 - 1917)*
  Mary Celestia Ballard Smith (1834 - 1907)*
  Samuel Abbott Ballard (1836 - 1907)*
  Volney P. Ballard (1838 - 1896)*
  Henry Deloss Ballard (1842 - 1931)*
  Sarah E. Ballard Boyes (1844 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Sheffield Cemetery
Story City
Story County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Row 6, Lot 1
Created by: Dorian the Historian
Record added: Aug 01, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9255362
Dr Moses Russell Ballard
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Dr Moses Russell Ballard
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Dr Moses Russell Ballard
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- Sarah Quinn
 Added: Jan. 6, 2013

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