I am seeking information about Marcus R. Ballenger (c. 1830-1886) of Floyd Springs, Georgia. Marcus (or Mark) was a physician in the Floyd Springs area (northern Floyd County, between Atlanta and Chattanooga) from the late 1850s until his death. He also commanded the Floyd Springs Guards, a Confederate infantry company, and later rose to rank of colonel in command of the 23rd Georgia Infantry Regiment, fighting in battles including Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, and Olustee. Following the war, he was elected to at least one term in the Georgia General Assembly. He and his wife, Affiah Moore Ballenger, did not have any children and thus tracking down this line has been difficult. I think his wife had a nephew (Ballenger Moore) named in honor of Dr. Ballenger, but I've had no luck in tracking down his family line either.
Dr. and Mrs. Ballenger lived in a Floyd Springs hotel prior to the Civil War. It was a substantial brick structure but unfortunately I have been unable to locate a photograph of the hotel. Even more frustratingly, I haven't been able to find a photograph of Dr. or Mrs. Ballenger. I know they are out there somewhere, but I have no leads!
If you have any information about this family or collateral descendants, please get in touch.
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