Re: Joseph T. Ballenger (1818-1883) wife Mary Irvin Steele - Calhoun Cty, MS
It does look like he was Joseph Otis Ballenger.I found this record in the SS death index. Dob matches month & year on 1900 Yell Co., AR census for Otis:
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JOSEPH BALLENGER07 Jan 1887 Mar 1985 87106 (Albuquerque, Bernalillo, NM) (none specified) 525-01-9321 New Mexico
I had not been able to find him before under Otis.