Robert Ballam b.Feb 02,1862 Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, Eng. Caroline Frem b. Aug. 13,1840 Wool, Dorset, England m. Abt. May 1860 Poole District (FreeBMD)
Louisa Dinah Ballam b.Feb. 02, 1862 Lytchett Minister, Dor Walter H. Ballam b. July 29, 1863 Lytchett Minister, Dorset Flora Ballam b. Abt. 1866 Lytchett Minister, Dorset, England d. Abt. 1880 Ontario Robert George Ballam b. July 01,1868 Lytchett Minister, Dor William Ballam b. Abt. 1871 Lytchett Minister, Dorset, Eng. Susan Ellen b.October 14, 1874 Ontario Harry Ballam b. May 05, 1876 Ontario
The 1871 British Census found Robert (30) employed as a labourer and living in Lytchett Minister on Poole Road with his wife Caroline (30) and their children Louisa (9), Walter (7), Flora (5), Robert (2) and William (2 mos.). His neighbour on Poole Road, Frederick Ballam (30), may have been his twin brother or a cousin.
Robert and his family emigrated to Ontario in 1873 and lived at Ingersol, Bayham and Bracebridge while Robert looked for steady work in logging, mining, road building, fishing or farming. In 1886 his oldest daughter Louisa married and moved to Chilliwack, BC.In 1887 he travelled to Chilliwack and found workon a Gibson Road farm. He sent for his family in 1888 and Caroline travelled to BC with Robert (19), William (17) ,Susan(14) and Harry (12). Walter remained in Ontario and married Emma Whelpton whose family can be traced back to seventeenth century England.
The 1901 Canadian Census found Robert (61) farming in Chilliwack with his wife Caroline (61) and their children Susan (27) and Harry (25).