William B. Ballard and Susan J.S. Allen were married 30 Oct 1858. From the census record of 1860, she appears to be 20 years old. At any rate, 4 of the 5 children listed on this census can not be hers. There is James P., age 16, Elijah, age 15, Elizabeth A., age 13 and Thomas W., age 11. The fifth child listed is Abraham S.A. at 9/12 (less than a year of age) and he must be hers (and named for Abraham Stokes Allen?).
In 1870, James, Elijah and Elizabeth disappear from the William Ballard household. For this census period, Thomas is still there, but a 19 year old girl by the name of Isabella appears, as does a 13 year old William B. Where were these children in 1860?
In this 10 year period, Susan and William have added Martha S., age 7 and John H., age 4. Another interesting note, according to these census records, Susan has gone from 20 years old in 1860 to 34 years old in 1870! So I do not know when she was born.
Do you have a copy of William B. Ballard's will? It is on file in the Pike County courthouse. In it he has a codicil that makes reference to his son, James P. Ballard, who has lost his sight. On the 1880 Pike County census, James P. Ballard, age 36, is listed as head of a household and is noted as being blind. He would have been born in 1844, 14 years before Susan and William were married. W.B. Ballard, at age 22 was living with James and his wife at this time.
In studying Pike County census records, Ballards pop up everywhere. Maybe someday we will be able to get them all connected!
If you see anything on Robert W. Ballard while at the archives, please make a note of it for me. Thanks for the offer.