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Ballenger, Jesse O. (Jesse Oglestone), 1824-1881

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1824-1881

Biographical History

Jesse O. Ballenger (1824-1881) was an early Mormon farmer in Utah and colonizer in northern Arizona.

Jesse Oglestone Ballenger was born November 20, 1824, in Jamestown, Kentucky, to Mary Ann (Polly) Hartley and Thomas Ballenger. He married Virginia Steveson Jones on March 9, 1869, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had one child together. He worked as a farmer while in Utah. In 1876, he was one of four leaders of companies to help establish Mormon settlements in northern Arizona along the Little Colorado River. Ballenger's settlement was first called Ballenger, but was changed in 1878 to Brigham City. The community was based on the United Order system of organization, and at its peak had about 275 people. By 1881 many became discouraged and it was disbanded, the settlers scattering to other Arizona communities, or leaving Arizona all together.

Jesse O. Ballenger died December 31, 1881, in Springville, Utah.

Citation

Ancestry.com, via WWW, July 9, 2014 (Jesse O. Ballenger; Jesse Oglestone Ballenger; b. Nov. 20, 1824 in Jamestown, Ky.; parents: Thomas Ballenger and Mary Ann (Polly) Hartley; m. Mar. 9, 1869 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Virginia Steveson Jones, one child; farmer; d. Dec. 31, 1881 to Springville, Utah)

Famillysearch.org, via WWW, July 9, 2014 (Jesse Ogleston Ballinger, J. O. Ballenger, Jesse Oglestine Bulling, Jesse Oglestone Ballenger, Jesse Oglestone Ballinger, Jesse Ogleston Ballinger; emigrated to Utah in 1859; 1876, served mission to Ballinger's Camp, Maricopa County, Ariz.; two children with Virginia Jones)

Mormon settlement in Arizona, 1921: p. 146-147 (In 1876, Ballenger was one of four leaders of companies to help establish Mormon settlements in northern Arizona along the Little Colorado River; Ballenger's settlement was first called Ballenger, but was changed in 1878 to Brigham City; The community was based on the United Order system of organization, and at its peak had about 275 people; By 1881 many became discouraged and it was disbanded, the settlers scattering to other Arizona communities, or leaving Arizona all together)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Jesse O. Ballenger letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 795
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typescripts of four letters by Ballenger, three addressed to President Brigham Young and one to Apostle John Taylor outlining conditions in the settlement at Sunset Crossing, Arizona. Content includes relationship with local Native American tribes. Dated 1876-1877.
Dates: 1876-1877