George W & Mary Elizabeth Ballard-Black
Mary Elizabeth Ballard: Born: March 02, 1855: Died: March 17, 1923:
Married: September 06, 1871: To:
George Washington Black: Born: February 22, 1844: Died: November 28, 1910:
Mary Elizabeth Ballard was a daughter of James Thomas Jr and Lotsy Cross-Ballard and a grand daughter of James Thomas Sr and Elizabeth Shackelford-Ballard. She was a great grand daughter of John and Anne White-Shackelford of Shelby County, Kentucky. Mary Elizabeth Ballard was born on March 02, 1855 in Clark County, Missouri and died on March 17, 1923 in Clark County. Mary Elizabeth married on September 06, 1871 in Clark County to George Washington Black. George was born on February 22, 1844 in Clark County, Missouri and died on November 28, 1910 in Clark County, Missouri. Mary and her husband, George W. Black, are buried in the Kahoka cemetery in Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri.
George Washington Black was born and raised in Clark County, Missouri, as was his wife, Mary Elizabeth Ballard. Mary’s father died when she was only thirteen years of age and a short three years later she and George married. George fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, spending the final years of the war as prisoner in Alton, Illinois. After the war he returned to Clark County where he married Mary and raised his family. George spent his remaining years in Clark County working his farm, a part that was donated for the construction of the Ballard Cemetery and Church, located in the Ballard Community, named after the ancestors of Mary Elizabeth.
The first prisoners to arrive at the Alton Federal Military Prison came on February 9, 1862. Members of the 13 th U.S. Infantry were assigned as guards, with Colonel Sidney Burbank commanding. During the next three years over 11,764 Confederate prisoners would pass through the gates of the Alton Prison. Of the four different classes of prisoners housed at Alton, Confederate soldiers made up most of the population.
Conditions in the prison were harsh and the mortality rate was above average for a Union prison. Hot, humid summers and cold Midwestern winters took a heavy toll on prisoners already weakened by poor nourishment and inadequate clothing. The prison was overcrowded much of the time and sanitary facilities were inadequate. Pneumonia and dysentery were common killers but contagious diseases such as smallpox and rubella were the most feared. Up to 300 prisoners and soldiers died and are buried on the island, now under water. A cemetery in North Alton that belonged to the State of Illinois was used for most that died. A monument there lists 1,534 names of Confederate soldiers that are known to have died.
Captain J.F. Melton:
His graphic description of Alton Prison
"I was captured on the 13th of July, heavily ironed with log chain and ball, transported to this prison, thrown into a cell 6 X 3 feet with my iron fetters on, kicked, cuffed, taunted, jeered and maltreated in every conceivable form. I remained the inmate of this living tomb until my life was despaired of. I was then removed to the hospital where I have remained ever since, denied the privilege of a common culprit, denied a parole, denied exchange; I have had to run the gauntlet of every disease which human flesh is heir to--smallpox, measles, mumps, pneumonia; in a word, all the ills of Pandora. Oh! The horrors of this place, the cruelty of my prosecutors, tongue cannot tell, neither hath it entered into the hearts of man to conceive. I have seen hundreds of my companions in arms consigned to a premature and untimely grave here by the cruelty and injustice of my enemies, murdered in cold blood in this terrible house of disease and death."
‘The prison closed July 7, 1865 when the last prisoners were released or sent to St. Louis.’
Mary Elizabeth Ballard-Black
Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Lotsy Ballard, was born March 02, 1855 near Ballard Church in Clark County, Missouri, where she grew to womanhood.
At her home in Wyaconda, MO., Saturday evening at 9 o’clock, the messenger of death paused and whispered “Come unto me”, departing this life March 17, 1923, aged 68 years and 15 days.
September 06, 1871, she was united in marriage to Mr. George W. Black. To them were born six children, two sons, Robert Lee and Walter Henry, dying in childhood, aged 6 and 1 years respectively.
She was a member of the Rebekah lodge and Baptist Church of Wyaconda, MO., and was held in high esteem by all that knew her.
After residing on a farm in the Ballard neighborhood for a number of years, they moved to a farm near Woodville near Mr. Black’s boyhood home and just a little more than a year before the death of Mr. Black they moved to Medill where he preceded her in death November 28, 1910. Since the death of her husband she moved to Wyaconda and resided there until death. A husband, two sons, father, mother, three sisters and one brother have preceded her.
Two sons and two daughters, Mrs. Ora Atwater of Burnside, IL. Mrs. Emma Green of Ft. Madison, Iowa, Ben F. of Wyaconda, MO., and Henry W. of LaBelle: one brother, Wat Ballard of Vega, Texas and one sister, Mrs. Frank Brown of Wyaconda, several grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends mourn the loss of a mother, sister and friend, whose purpose was high, whose character noble. In early childhood she gave her life to Christ and had for years been a consistent member of the Baptist Church. Life to her was real and earnest. She accepted its pleasures and trials with complacency, carrying with her everywhere a potent charm of cheerfulness, helpfulness and good will. Her generosity and genial hospitality were characteristic of her family. No more will the walls of the old home resound to her gentle voice, but death can never take from the minds and hearts of her loved ones her memory, the many acts of kindness done and the gentle and kindly spirit which dominated her life, will be remembered for years to come as influences which helped us to live noble lives.
For the last few years she has been in failing health suffering attacks of physical evils. Since November her condition has been critical and though no effort was spared to bring about her recovery, medical skills with gentle and loving care combined could not stay the hand of death. February 22nd, she was taken seriously ill. Thus as the seasons, life changes from springtime to the days of winter and her lusty youth has been giving way to feeble age and betoken the time of final reckoning. She bore her suffering patiently. Knowing her life we are confident that in that awful struggle between life and death she bore herself like a Christian. Her resolution never failed. Her heroic spirit was firm to the end.
The calling of a mother is one of those providence’s hard to be understood, but this we know, that divine intelligence makes no mistakes and divine love doeth no evil, so somehow it is best.
“Weep not for her; why should we weep. Her soul is free from troubles here. Her body quietly sleeps. Weep not, weep not. God knoweth best, Our loved mother is now at rest.”
Funeral services at Baptist Church, Wyaconda, Monday at 1 PM. Interment in Kahoka cemetery:
From the: Clark County Courier: March 17, 1923:
The issue of George W & Mary Elizabeth Ballard-Black:
I: Benjamin F. Black: Born: August 13, 1872: In Clark County, Missouri: Died: April 04, 1953: In Boulder, Colorado: Married: October 14, 1986 in Clark County, Missouri: To:Martha May “Mattie” Oard: Born: October 17, 1876 in Lewis, Missouri: Died: March 29, 1950 in Blandinsville, McDonough County, Illinois: Benjamin is buried in the Green Mountain cemetery in Boulder, Colorado and “Mattie” is buried in the Raritan cemetery in Raritan, Henderson County, Illinois:
II: Walter Henry Black: Born: July 18, 1874: In Clark County, Missouri: Died: August 06, 1875: In Clark county: Walter Henry Black is buried at the Black cemetery in Clark County, Missouri: The headstone gives his name as Henry Walter Black. He was one 1 year, 1 month and 20 days old at the time of his death.
III: Ora Mae Black: Born: September 15, 1876: In Ballard, Clark County, Missouri: Died: January 20, 1956: In Burnside, Hancock County, Illinois: Married: May 01, 1897: In Clark County, Missouri: To: John Atwater: Birth and death date unknown: John and Ora Mae Atwater once resided in Burnside, Hancock County, Illinois and are buried in Carthage, Illinois:
IV: Sylva Emily “Emma” Black:Born: July, 1880, day unknown: In Clark County, Missouri: Death date unknown: Died before March of 1923: Married: May 24, 1901: In Clark County, Missouri: To: Marcus Green: Birth and death date unknown: Marcus and Emily at one time were residing in Fort Madison, Iowa:
V: Robert Lee Black: Born: April 25, 1882: In Clark County, Missouri: Died: May 14, 1888 in Clark County: Robert Black is buried in the Ballard cemetery which is next to the Ballard Church in Clark County, Missouri: He was killed by a runaway horse:
VI: Herbert William Black: Born: June 28, 1884: In Clark County, Missouri: Died: 1970, date and month unknown: In Clark County, Missouri: Death date unknown: Married: February 17, 1905 in Clark County: To: Maggie Bartlett: Birth and death dates unknown: Herbert and Maggie were residing in LaBelle, Missouri in March, 1923; Herbert and Maggie are buried at the Kahoka Cemetery in Clark County: