Amanda,I am sorry I don't have a clue.The short few years I have been researching on the internet and the World Family Tree, I have not found any thing on my grandfather.I do know it was not unusal for one person or family to immigrate to the U.S. and write home telling family members how it was and to come on over themselves.I do have a copy of the ship SAALE passenger list and my granfathers destination was Wellsville, N.Y.I have a copy of my Aunt Henrietta's birth certificate and she was born in Allen Town, Allen Center, New York.One of my cousins has been back there in N.Y. and found records of older siblings going to school in that area and many Ballerstein's buried there also.That area no doubt was basicaaly a German settlement.
For your records here is what I have from theMorman church; Heinrich Friedrich Ballerstein, Abt 1901, Altona, S-Hist, Prss;Willhilmina Henrietta Ballerstein, 22 March 1793, Jerusalem, Berlin Stad, Brandenburg, Prussen, parents Johan Andreas Ballerstein & Charlotta Christiana Sengern;Willi Ballerstein, 4 Feb 1921, Dannigkow, Sachsen, Pruessen,parents Ernst Ballerstein & Minni;Sophie Henriette Ballerstein, spouse Johann Friedrich Krueger;Raphael Ballerstein, 1835, Ainsburg, Westfallen, Pruessen;Joh. Andreas Ballerstein, spouse Maria Lowina Friedrichin, married 12 Apr 1768 in Jerusalem, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen;Johanna Rosamunde Ballerstein, 10 Oct 1809, Sankt Marien, Berlin Stadt, Braandenburg, Preussen, parents Johann Andreas Ballerstein & Christine Liebing;Georg Karl Ernst Ballerstein,, spouse Wanda Luett Johann, married 1950 in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany;Georg Karl Ernst Ballerstein, 1 Jan 1914, Altona, Schleswig-Holstein, Preussen, parents Emil Heinr. Boy Ballerstein & Sophie Marie Keese;Ernst Ballerstein, spouse Minni, married Dannigkow, Sachsen, Preussen;Dorothea Catherine Ballerstein, spouse Johann Friedrich August Rudell;Charlotta Augustina Ballerstein, 6 Sep 1795, Jerusalem, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Preussen, parents Johann Andreas Ballerstein & Charlotta Christiana Saengern.
The last time I checked there is about 50 Ballersteins listed in the white pages.So Ballersteins are not a numerous group here in the U.S.A.I don't know about Germany, but maybe some day.If either you or I find out any thing I would love to hear from you.My e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org'.