1874 map of Kingsville.
29 Mar 1853 - Sanford & Henriett Monroe to Emor S. Ballou for $100: Beginning in the centre of the State road and which is in the South line of the Cleveland Painesville & Ashtabula Rail Road thence South 17 degrees East along the centre of said State Road 4 cahins 50 links, thence South 73 degrees West 2 chains 29 links, thence North 17 degrees West 4 chains 25 links to the line of said Rail Road thence Easterly in the line of said Rail Road to the place of beginning, containing 1 acre of land. This land was sold to Alanson Nettleton on 19 Mar 1855 for $119.
11 Jan 1853 - Jacob & Delia H. Cratar to Emor S. Ballor for $3000: Beginning at my northern corner adjoining E. Sheldon's land thence East 15 chains 96 links, thence North 7 chains 57 links, thence East 19 chains 5 links, thence North 10 chains, thence East 6 chains 50 links, thence South 26 chains 7 links, thence West 14 chains 37 links, thence South 4 chains 85 links, thence West 27 chains 14 links, thence North 13 chains 38 links to the place of beginning, containing 74.33 acres.
1 Oct 1857 - Edward & Sarepta E. Hammond to Emor S. Ballou for $348: Beginning at a point on the line between Edward Hammond and Emor S. Ballou land 17 chains east of the center of the highway leading from the lake to the village of Kingsville thence North 4 chains 85 links, thence East 14 chains 37 links to James Smith's line thence South 4 chains 85 links thence West 14 chains 37 links to the place of beginning, containing 6.96 acres.
1 Aug 1861 - William H. & Mary J. Lockwood to Emor S. Ballou for $100: Beginning at the South East corner of land deeded by Elijah Curtis to William H. Lockwood, thence North 1 degree 30 minutes West 1 chain 39 links, thence South 88 degrees 30 minutes West 14 chains 39 links, thence South 1 degree and 30 minutes East 1 chain 39 links, thence North 88 degrees 30 minutes East 14 chains 39 links to the place of beginning, containing 2 acres.
21 Mar 1865 - James & Elizabeth Skillicom to Emor S. Ballou for $435.15: North by the heirs of John Hammond deceased East & South by lands of said Emor S. Ballou & west by the center of the road leading North from Kingsville Depot, containing 9.67 acres. 1.5 acres of this land was sold to Charles F. Shephard, their son-in-law, as part of a deed on 12 March 1867.
30 Mar 1866 - Charles & Zadah M. Newton to Emor S. Ballou for $55: Part of Lot No. 7, Beginning at the extreme South West corner of land deeded by James C. Smith to Charles Newton at a stake, thence North 88 degrees 30 minutes East 4 chains 71 links to the South East corner of said Charles Newton's land, thence North 1 degree 30 minutes West 1 chain 39 Links, thence South 88 degrees 30 minutes West 4 chains 71 links, thence South 1 degree 30 minutes East 1 chain 39 links to the place of beginning, containing .6 acres.
12 Mar 1867 - Emor S. & Susan C. Ballou to Charles F. Shephard for $300: Commencing at the North West corner of 9.67 acres of land heretofore bought by said Emor S. Ballou of James & Elizabeth Skillicom ... at the center of the road, thence South 73 rods, thence East sufficiently far that a line drawn north & south parallel with the West line to the North line of above lot shall contain 1.5 acres of land.
26 Mar 1868 - Emor S. & Susan C. Ballou to Addison H. Hudson for $6,800: The 74.33 acre parcel bought on 11 Jan 1853, the 6.96 acre parcel bought on 1 Oct 1857, and the remaining 8.17 acres bought on 21 Mar 1865.
26 Mar 1868 - Emor S. & Susan C. Ballou to Addison H. Hudson for $300: The 2 acre parcel bought on 1 Aug 1861, and the .6 acre parcel bought on 30 Mar 1866.
Reprinted from Nebraska State Journal, May 27, 1890
Mrs. E.S. Ballon, one of the oldest residents of this part of the country, died at her home in this city Monday. The funeral, one of the largest ever had in Ashland, was held Friday.
Reprinted from Ashland Gazette: Dec. 29, 1893
Town & Country
We very much regret to learn that E.S. Ballou, another respected citizen, whose residence here dates from an early day is lying at the point of death, with typhoid pneumonia.
Reprinted from Ashland Gazette: Jan. 12, 1894
As announced in our last issue, the spirit of E. S. Ballou took its flight on Thursday evening of last week, almost a week from the time of Mr. Stambaugh’s death.
On Sunday at 2 o’clock the funeral was held from his late home, attended by a very large number of people. The house, which is one of the most spacious in Saunders county, was completely filled, and many were unable to gain entrance. When the procession took up the line of march for the cemetery it extended from the house to the corner of Pearl street, nearly half a mile. Rev. W. J. Denney and Rev. C. P. Hackney conducted the services.
Mr. Ballou was one of the early pioneers of Saunders County, and he was held in high esteem among a very large circle of friends and acquaintances, as well as by the community at large. He was a man of rare good judgment, strict integrity, and positive convictions, commanding the respect and confidence of all who knew him. He came from a family that has furnished some illustrious names to American History. Rev. Hosea Ballou, the great heretical preacher-so-called-and the mother of President Garfield came from the same stock. The former did more than any other man that lived in the nineteenth century to modify the religious thought of the age, while the fame of his sister will ever be preserved in the character of her son, James A. Garfield.
Emor S. Ballou was born in Providence, Saratoga county, N. Y., July 6, 1822, remaining in the ancestral home ‘till 1854, when he removed to [Ashtabula county] Ohio. In 1845 Dec. 24 he was married to Miss Susan C. vanBuren, a second cousin to President Martin vanBuren. Mr. Ballou was the father of five children. Mrs. C. F. Shepard and Mrs. L. B. Stanley of this city were born while the family lived in New York state, and Mrs. J. S. Green and Martin E. Ballou and Pardon D. Ballou, the latter dying in infancy, were born during their residence in Ohio, where Mr. Ballou resided fourteen years. In 1868 the family removed to Nebraska, settling on the farm just north of Ashland, where the last twenty six years of his life were spent. In 1890 the wife of his youth was separated from him by death, after a journey of forty-five years together. He leaves to mourn his loss his four children, eighteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, all of whom were present at the funeral.
Reprinted from Ashland Gazette, January 26, 1894
During the last illness of E. S. Ballou, word was received that his brother, Dr. A. B. Ballou of Bernettsville, Indiana was dead. Mr. Ballou’s condition was such that those in attendance did not dare to break the news to him, and he died without knowing that his brother was dead.
In the name of God, amen. I Emor S. Ballou of the town of Ashland in the county of Saunders and state of Nebraska, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory, blessed be God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
First - I direct that my funeral charges and expenses of administering my estate and all my debts be paid out of my personal property. If that be insufficient I authorize my executors hereinafter named to sell so much of my real estate as may be necessary for that purpose.
Second - I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Susan C. Ballou all the personal property of whatsoever kind or nature, including all articles of wearing apparel, household good etc. that may be proposed of at my death.
Third - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan C. Ballou the undivided one half interest I hold in the south one half (S 1/2) of the south west quarter (SW 1/4) of section twenty four (24) township thirteen (13) north, range nine (9) east, in Saunders County Nebraska, to have and hold in fee simple.
Fourth - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan C. Ballou, in lieu of her dower the farm on which we now reside being the south east quarter (SE 1/4) of section thirty five (35) in township thirteen (13) north, range nine (9) east in Saunders County Nebraska (except seven acres sold to one O. M. Carter) and the east half of the north east quarter (NE 1/4) of section thirty six (36) township thirteen (13) north, range nine (9) east, in Saunders County Nebraska - and all other real estate I may have and own at the time of my death, except as herein before mentioned and described, to have and to hold during her natural life.
At the death of my wife, Susan C. Ballou, the real estate aforesaid I give and bequeath as follows:
The north one half (N 1/2) of the south east quarter (SE 1/4) of section thirty five (35) township thirteen (13) north, range nine (9) east, in Saunders County Nebraska - less the seven acres already sold - to my son Martin E. Ballou and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath the east one half (E 1/2) of the south half (S 1/2) of said south east quarter (SE 1/4) of section thirty five (35) township thirteen (13) north, range nine (9) east to my daughter Susan H. Shepard wife of C. F. Shepard, and to her heirs forever.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth A. Stanley, wife of L. B. Stanley, the west half (W 1/2) of the south half (S 1/2) of the south east quarter (SE 1/4) of section thirty five (35) township thirteen (13) north, range nine (9) east, in Saunders County Nebraska.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Etta Green, wife of Jonathan S. Green, the east half of the north east quarter (NE 1/4) of section thirty six (36) township thirteen (13) north, range nine (9) east, in Saunders County Nebraska.
In case any of my children should die in my life time, leaving issue or descendants, I direct that his or her share shall not lapse, but shall be paid to such descendants in equal proportions.
Sixth - I appoint my beloved wife, Susan C. Ballou, my son Martin E. Ballou, and my son in law, C. F. Shepard executors of this, my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this tenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty six.
Signature: Emor S. Ballou
We whose names are hereto subscribed, do certify that Emor S. Ballou, the testator subscribed his name to this instrument in our presence, and declare at the same time in our presence and hearing that this instrument was his last will and testament, and we at his request sign our names hereto in his presence as attesting witnesses.
Signature: T. B. Wilson
Signature: Joseph ?????
This is a codicil to my last will and testament bearing date of March 10, 1886.
My beloved wife Susan C. Ballou having departed this mortal life since the making of my said last will and testament, I hereby give and bequeath unto my beloved son Martin E. Ballou all of my personal property of whatsoever nature or kind including all articles of wearing apparel, household goods that I may be possessed of at the time of my death.
It is my request and desire that all the other provisions of my said will be carried out as therein stated, each of said children receiving the property as therein slated to be given them after the death of my beloved wife Susan C. Ballou, they to receive the same after my death.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this fourteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety three.
Signature: Emor S. Ballou
We whose names are hereto subscribed, do certify that Emor S. Ballou, the testator subscribed his name to this instrument in our presence, and in the presence of each of us, and declared at the same time in our presence and hearing that this instrument was a codicil to his last will and testament, and we at his request sign our names hereto in his presence as attesting witnesses.
Signature: E. T. Folson
Signature: T. B. Wilson
Emor Smith and Susan Van Buren Ballou are buried in the Ballou Family Plot in the Ashland Cemetery.
Emor S. Ballou
1822 - 1894
Susan Van Buren Ballou
1826 - 1890