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Minerva Ann Ballard

Female 1860 - 1939  (78 years)


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  • Name Minerva Ann Ballard 
    Born 28 Dec 1860  Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1870  Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  Mantorville, Dodge County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1895  Moland, Clay County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1900  Columbia Avenue, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration 1905 
    Census 1906  Melfort, Humboldt, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1911  Calgary, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1916  Bear Lake, Edmonton West, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 28 Aug 1939  Grande Prairie, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: paralytic stroke 
    Address:
    at her home 
    Buried 31 Aug 1939  Flying Shot Cemetery, near Grande Prairie, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00486  All
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2014 

    Father Kelsey Myron Ballard,   b. 9 Feb 1828, Otto, Cattaraugus County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1891, Concord, Dodge County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Eliza Ann South,   b. 6 Apr 1842, Cattaraugus County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1924, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1857  Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0227  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Montgomery South,   b. 1 Mar 1857, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1939, Municipal Hospital, Grande Prairie, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 30 Mar 1880  Kasson, Dodge County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Claude Merette South,   b. 21 Apr 1882, Amenia, Cass County, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1963, Silver Bay, Lake County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +2. Floyd John South,   b. 24 Sep 1883, Amenia, Cass County, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1934, Grande Prairie, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    +3. Blanch Minerva South,   b. 21 Jul 1886, Casselton, Cass County, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1960, Grande Prairie, Alberta at hospital Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Myrl Clayton South,   b. 18 Aug 1891, Casselton, Cass County, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1894, Casselton, Cass County, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     5. Bernese "Bonn" Hazel South,   b. 28 Feb 1892, Glyndon, Clay County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1976, Vernon, British Columbia at Vernon Jubilee Hospital Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +6. Minerva Ann South,   b. 15 Dec 1895, Glyndon, Clay County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1969, Grande Prairie, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Reita Dell South,   b. 29 Jan 1900, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1900, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Rena Cynthia South,   b. 14 Jul 1903, Moorhead, Clay Co., Minnesota at hospital Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1990, Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon at home Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Family ID F0270  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Dec 1860 - Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1870 - Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Mantorville, Dodge County, Minnesota Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Mar 1880 - Kasson, Dodge County, Minnesota Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Columbia Avenue, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1906 - Melfort, Humboldt, Saskatchewan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1911 - Calgary, Alberta Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1916 - Bear Lake, Edmonton West, Alberta Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: paralytic stroke - 28 Aug 1939 - Grande Prairie, Alberta Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 31 Aug 1939 - Flying Shot Cemetery, near Grande Prairie, Alberta Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    John M. South and Minerva Ballard
    John M. South and Minerva Ballard

    Documents
    1870 US census - Family of Adam Ballard. Family of Lyman Ballard. Family of Kelsey Ballard PAGE 1 of 2. Page begins with continuation of family of household of Stephen and Matilda Ballard.
    1870 US census - Family of Adam Ballard. Family of Lyman Ballard. Family of Kelsey Ballard PAGE 1 of 2. Page begins with continuation of family of household of Stephen and Matilda Ballard.
    Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
    1870 US census - Family of Kelsey Ballard PAGE 2 of 2. James and Sarah Wells, Sarah's sons Eli, Franklin and William Ballard. Family of Luther South. Family of Jacob Randall. Family of Dow Ballard.
    1870 US census - Family of Kelsey Ballard PAGE 2 of 2. James and Sarah Wells, Sarah's sons Eli, Franklin and William Ballard. Family of Luther South. Family of Jacob Randall. Family of Dow Ballard.
    Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin

    Headstones
    SOUTH and BALLARD
    SOUTH and BALLARD
    offsite link

  • Notes  Died:
    • Obituary printed in newspaper, Grande Prairie, Alberta

      Pioneer Woman of Grande Prairie District Called by Grim Reaper - 1939
      -Came to this country in 1911 and played her part in the life of the Community - lived a wonderful Christian life - many attend funeral services

      On Monday, August 28, another old timer of the Grande Prairie district answered the last call when Minerva Ann South, beloved wife of John M. South, passed peacefully away at her home in Grande Prairie.

      The funeral services were held in McLaurin Baptist Church, Grande Prairie, on Thursday afternoon, August 31, Captain Waller and Mrs. Waller of the Salvation Army, assisted by Rev. T. D. Jones of Christ Church (Anglican), officiating.

      Hymns sung were: "Shall We Gather At The River?" and "There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood".

      Rev. Mr. Jones said: "We have met together this afternoon to pay our respects to one who has been very dear to you. In her life Mrs. South shed a radiance of Christian living about her."

      Referring to her death, the speaker said it is a journey that must be made alone. Continuing, Mr. Jones said that he spoke on the authority of the Bible when he said that Mrs. South passed on to eternal happiness. In poor health for many years, it seemed a load too heavy to bear, and while the parting is deeply regretted, non who had known her for these many years would have her back.

      Captain and Mrs. Waller then sang with great expression, "We Shall Know Each Other Better".

      Captain Waller said that, being a newcomer, he did not know Mrs. South, but he had heard many wonderful things about her Christian life.

      Burial took place in Grande Prairie Cemetery. Pallbearers were J. E. Thomson, W. J. Thomson, Mr. Dunbar, Dr. Akin, C. Ireland, and A. Westendorf.

      "To the heart aglow for Thee, and valley of the shadow is like sunrise on the sea;
      her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her."

      Born at Waupaca, Wisconsin on December 28, 1859, the second child of Kelsey and Eliza Ballard, Mrs. South spent the early years of her life there. When it is considered that she was a direct descendant of those early pioneers who stepped aboard the Mayflower and left England to escape religious persecution, one knows that almost the first words she learned were simple prayers, and her faith in God was so well founded and so sure that on her sixteenth birthday she was baptized through a hole on the ice in the Wisconsin River. In this faith she lived all her life.

      On March 30, 1880, she was united in marriage to John M. South. Shortly after their marriage they moved to what is now Minnesota and later to North Dakota. So she began her life as a pioneer.

      To the union were born eight children, five girls and three boys. Two sons and one daughter pre-deceased her. The remaining children are: Mrs. S. McAusland (Blanche) and Mrs. F. R. Smith (Minerva), Grande Prairie; Mrs. John Bennett (Bernese [Bonn]), Goodsoil, Sask.; Mrs. William Rolph Price (Rena), Klickitat, Washington; and Claude M. South, Cass Lake, Minnesota.

      In 1904, the family moved to Melfort, Sask., where they resided until 1910, when they moved to Edmonton. In February, 1911, they started over the long trail for the Peace River country with S. McAusland, arriving at their destination on April 1, after an adventurous trip, and it was only a matter of weeks until Rev. A. Forbes held services in their home. Mrs. South immediately identified herself with Christian work, if not in her own church, then with any other that needed her help.

      Swiftly the years sped on, bringing their joys and sorrows, until war broke out in 1914. September, 1915, she saw her son and son-in-law sign up for active service overseas. It was characteristic of this daughter of a Civil War veteran that she bid them go, "And God be with you and keep you."

      In 1932 Mrs. South was stricken with arthritis, but she would not give up and kept on her feet until January, 1933, when she fainted and was taken to her bed unconscious. For many months she suffered untold agony, and it seemed as though she must pass on at any moment.

      During her illness she kept her faith in God, and her sweet, sunny disposition remained the same.

      The death of her son, Floyd J., in 1934 was a heavy blow.

      Three years ago she joined her husband at Grande Prairie where they have since resided. Although unable to walk or leave her home, she made many new friends and her influence reached farther than she ever dreamed.

      A paralytic stroke brought her beautiful and useful life to a close. Her husband and two daughters were with her when the end came, also Mrs. Frank Crummy and Mrs. Cal. Campbell.




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