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Ballou, William Mason

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 19, credited to Wilmington, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. F, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63

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VITALS

Birth: 09/03/1843, Monroe, MA
Death: 09/14/1908

Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, VT
Marker/Plot: 73
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 133748684

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/17/1890, VT; widow Sarah M., 10/20/1908, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: See his brother David Sabin Ballou

DESCENDANTS

2nd Great Granduncle of Joseph Styles, Los Angeles, CA

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, VT

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Family Background

David Sabin Ballou and William Mason Ballou.

These two brothers, sons of Martin Mason Ballou & his third wife, Dencea Sabin, were both born in Monroe, Massachusetts: David on September 30, 1837, William on September 3, 1843.

They enlisted together in the Vermont 16th, and served together in that same outfit throughout the term of their enlistments, from 9/3/1862 to 8/10/1863.

As I indicated a number of years ago, it was to his younger brother William that David handed off the company flag when he [David] was shot in the knee during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg.

I am Joseph A. Styles, of Los Angeles California. My twin sister and I were given this information about David Ballou by our maternal grandmother (Ellen Sylvia Marcy Waite) who was the eldest grandchild of David Ballou. She was born in 1883, so he lived long enough to see her married (in 1907), and she lived long enough to see the Civil War Centenary, dying in 1982. Our grandmother told us it was a "commonplace" in the family that the two brothers died young--in their 60's--because of the lasting effect of the civil war on their health. Her maternal grandfather (David S. Ballou) suffered particularly with the after-effects of severe dysentery.(which she named the "bloody flux") his entire life after being mustered out.

The information on the two brothers given on the website is correct as far as it goes: but I would like to see each cross-referenced on the other's website. After all, they entered the war together, they remained together throughout as much as they were able, it was to William that David gave the company flag when he was wounded at Gettysburg, and it is probable that David's wife, Polly Maria [always pronounced in the family with a long "I"--sounded as "I" and not "E"] learned David's whereabouts from William.

Sincerely,
Joseph A. Styles

Obituary

William M. Ballou, who had been in failing health for more than a year died at his late home on Monday, September 14, suddenly, but not unexpectedly. Mr. Ballou was born in Monroe, Mass., September 3, 1843, and was thus just past his 65th birthday. there were six children in the family, all of them are dead with the exception of one brother, Henry, of North Adams, and one sister, who resides in Florida, Mass.

In September 1862, with his brother, David S., who died a few months ago in Newfane, he enlisted in Co. F, 16th Vermont Vols., and served his full term of enlistment, being discharged from U.S. service at Brattleboro on Aug. 10, 1863.

It has been his earnest desire for many years to revisit the battlefield at Gettysburg, where he stood with his regiment during those terrible July days in 1863, but he never realized his wishes. He was a Charter member of C.B. Lawton Post G.A.R., and has been a faithful member for years.

Mr. Ballou was married to Miss Sarah M. Crosby in 18645, and has lived on the old homestead all these years. Mrs. Ballou was the daughter of Elial Crosby, a prominent citizen of the town, and sister of Hon. Francis M. Crosby, a judge of the Supreme Court of Minnesota.

Mr. Ballou was an industrious, frugal farmer and was content with his occupation and surroundings, never making public preferment but constantly refusing offices for which he was well qualified. He was a good neighbor and friend and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and in his death the town loses one of its best citizens.

The funeral was held at his late home on Wednesday and a large number of friends and neighbors were present to express their sympathy for the bereaved family. C.B Lawton post was present in almost full numbers. The burial was in Riverview cemetery, the Grand Army service being rendered by the Post. Col. J.H. Goulding acted as Commander in place of Commander Haskell, who was unable to act.

The services at the house were conducted by Rev. A.N. Blackford and Rev. Flint M. Bissell who spoke words most appropriate and forceful.

Deerfield Valley Times, Sep. 18, 1908

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.

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