My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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Princeton, Illinois
Francis (Frank) Martin Ballou was born in Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois to Martin and Catherine S (Tuttle)
Ballou in 1853. His father,
Martin Ballou practiced law upon his arrival to Bureau County, Illinois in 1839 and was
elected 23rd Circuit Court Judge in 1857.
Martin Ballou was united in marriage to Catherine S. Tuttle on
January 28, 1847 in Bureau County, Illinois. After his education was completed in Princeton,
Frank moved to
Boone City, Boone County, Iowa to operate his own dry goods business. On June 27, 1883 he was married to
Hattie A Barron of Boone City, Iowa. Hattie was the daughter of Henry S. and Sarah (Currier) Barron, born
September of 1860 in Vermont.
Hattie died in February, 1899 due to complications from childbirth and is
buried in
Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone City, Iowa along with her infant baby. Frank  was then married to
Sarah (Saidee) D. Billmire of Boone City, Iowa. Saidee was the daughter of George Alexander and Elizabeth
(Miller) Billmire, born 1877 in Maryland. They had one son Francis Martin born in 1906 in Boone City, Iowa.
Frank continued in the dry goods business in
Boone City, Iowa until his death in 1936. His second wife Saidee,
passed away on
April 02, 1948 and is also buried in Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, Iowa.
1930 Census Frank M. Ballou                                  Des Moines, Iowa
1940 Des Moines, Iowa Directory Sadie Ballou
Frank M. Ballou                                                                                                                           Princeton, Illinois
Frank's brother Charles and his wife Luella M. (Bates) Ballou are also buried in Linwood Cemetery.
Charles died
April 02, 1927 and Luella in 1923.
Charles was also involved in the dry goods business with his initial store located in
Marshalltown, Iowa around
1875. He also filed a patent for an adjustable broom protector on
January 18, 1879.