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Lieut Joseph Daniel Ballenger

Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Death 4 Feb 1920 (aged 80)
Wilson's Mills, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilson's Mills, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 100830909 · View Source
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Joseph Daniel "J.D" Ballenger was born 1839 in Smithfield Township, Johnston County, NC, the 4th of 7 known surviving children (5 boys, 2 girls) born to farmers, William S. Ballenger (ca. 1812) and his wife, Grizelle "Grizzy" A. Summerell, who later removed to Craven County, NC.

Raised in Johnston County with where his father was a substanial farmer, he removed with his family to Craven County sometime between 1850-1860. When Civil War broke out, J. D. Ballenger was just 18 years old; and he and his older brother, William A. Ballenger, immediately enlisted, serving in different units. Both would survive the war, but not without scars.

J. D. enlisted as a Sergeant in Company K, 31st Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 21 November 1861. Within the year, he was taken prisoner on 08 February 1862 at Roanoke Island, NC; then paroled a few weeks later in Elizabeth City. He was then promoted to Full Lieutenant 2nd Class on 17 September 1862, remaining with his unit until paroled on 15 May 1865 at Goldsboro, NC. (Brother, William, who served with the 1st Light Artillery Regiment, was a POW at Ft. Macon.)

Following the war, 26-year old J. D. married on July 6, 1865 to 18-year old Laura L. Bridges/Bridgers and soon removed from New Bern back to Smithfield Township, Johnston County. The couple farmed and became parents to 4 known children:

* William Byrum Ballenger (1869-1937)
* Laura Ballenger Rice (1871-1919)
* Oscar Bridges Ballenger (1878-1937)
* Ida Ballenger Johnson (1883-1956)

J. D. was widowed when Laura died in 1886 at age 39. Two years later, the now 49-year old widower married 27-year old Sarah J. Baker of Johnston County. They would have 4 known surviving children:

* Edward Brenson Ballenger (1889-1975)
* Berta/Beta Lorena Ballenger (1892-1971)
* Vernon Bryant Ballenger (1897-1963)
* Robert L. "Lee" Ballenger (1899-1966)

J. D. Ballenger died in 1920 at age 81. His 2nd wife of 32 years survived him just 7 years, passing in 1927 at age 66.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Joseph Daniel Ballenger (24 Mar 1839–4 Feb 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100830909, citing Wilson-Uzzle Family Cemetery, Wilson's Mills, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by pbfries (contributor 46951237) .