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1 pointBruce I had a bit of spare time, so thought I'd make use of the 'time window' discussed in my last post. Went on to 'Chronicling America,' a joint project of Library of Congress and Endowment for the Humanities: over 7 million pages of American newspapers, covering the period 1836-1922. <chroniclingamerica.loc.gov> On the Home Page, under 'Search pages' I scroll down to 'Ohio,' so I only get Ohio newspapers. I then select 'from 1862' and 'to 1863.' In the 'Search word' box, I place a single word (or 2-word phrase) that summarizes my search intent. Let's try 'Memphis Hospital.' Hit 'GO.' I receive 31 results. Several are different dates of the Daily Ohio Statesman, which is good because it is a Columbus newspaper, and will contain local Franklin County news. I click on the Daily Ohio Statesman for September 4th, 1863. The image looks blurred, but you can zoom in, and it improves the clarity. The words 'hospital,' 'Memphis,' and 'Memphis Hospital' are highlighted for you, so you don't waste time searching the entire paper for the information you're after. On page 3 of 4, in the first column, about halfway down, a report titled 'Deaths of Ohio Soldiers in Memphis Hospitals.' Unfortunately, Cyrus Ballard is not listed, but of the men who are, 'A. J. Braner of the 54th OVI, Co. E' is listed. I will check the Ohio Adjutant General's Directory (1888) to see how the information compares... In the meantime, just below that report, another one: 'Deaths of Ohio Soldiers at St Louis.' Again, no mention of Cyrus, but that's okay: I've eliminated this edition of the newspaper, as potentially containing useful information. I go back to the 31 results, and try another newspaper... And, once I've finished checking 'Memphis Hospital,' I intend to try William Wallace, 54th Ohio, and 'smallpox' in separate searches. Just thought I'd show you what is available at Chronicling America, and one of the ways I search. Ozzy
1 pointBruce Just to bring you up to date on my quest for Cyrus Ballard. (Still no luck with a cemetery record.) I've gone back and had another look at the U.S. Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865, available through ancestry.com. Cyrus Ballard is recorded on page 36/725 in volume 4/4 (erroneously listed as a member of 58th OVI.) The important aspect of this book: it did not list dead men. And, since we know the records of serving residents of Ohio were completed by March 3rd, 1863, and assuming two months were required to gather and collate the data, it can be reasonably assumed that Cyrus Ballard was alive in December 1862. Coupled with Henrietta's remarriage in August 1864, I would suggest Cyrus died between 25 Dec 1862 and 1 Sep 1863. Not much, I know, but it does provide a window of time, with which to search other records: newspaper obituaries, letters, diaries... Continuing with the Draft Registration records, in vol. 2/4 on page 535 are recorded Frederick Willing, and his brother, Christian. In vol. 1/4 on page 85 is recorded John M. Ballard. Still in vol. 1/4 on page 82 is Cyrus' half-brother, Thomas H. Ballard. I decided to track Thomas Ballard, to see how far I'd get: he became a Private in the 133rd OVI, a 100-day regiment, and was enlisted 6 May 1864, at Camp Chase, Ohio. His regiment was sent east, and saw service at Petersburg and the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia, before returning to Ohio. Thomas was mustered out on August 20th, 1864. Thomas survived the war (he was already married before he enlisted in the 133rd OVI) and he lived until 8 July 1910. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Georgesville, Franklin county, Ohio (Find-a-grave record # 18189383.) His headstone resembles what I expect will eventually turn up for Cyrus. (I'm still looking for the cemeteries where Fountain, Elizabeth and Susannah Ballard are buried. And I wonder what Fountain Ballard thought about his second son being called up, having all ready lost Cyrus? I know, in my family, with three sons involved, and two of them dead by 1864, the effects were devastating. As I'm sure was the case in other families...) All for now Ozzy