Two sons of John Nelson Ballenger, son of Peter, son of John and Agnes Ballenger, settled in Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL: William Clinton Ballenger and John Meredith Smith Ballenger. They spelled it Bellenger.
They were both in Gadsden by 1900. Also, a nephew of theirs, the son of their brother, James Polk Knox Bellenger, settled in Gadsden, AL. William Arthur Bellenger was in Gadsden by 1900. William Arthur Bellenger had no children.
John Meredith Smith Bellenger had 3 sons but only 1 grandson, Meredith Bellenger, who had no children.
William Clinton Bellenger had 5 sons who continued the Bellenger line in Gadsden: Joseph Nelson Bellenger Sr, Harry Perkins Bellenger, George Collier Bellenger Sr, William Clinton Bellenger Jr and Edgar Lee Bellenger.
There is a biography on William Clinton Bellenger of Gadsden, AL in the book Northern Alabama Biographical and Historical. In the biography, his parents are given as John Nelson Bellenger and Sarah Ann Collier.
The William Clinton Bellenger house is an historical site in Gadsden.
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