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Book of Ballenger Genealogy
Posted by: Bruce Ballenger Date: January 09, 2001 at 08:29:32
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When I wrote Ballengers of Tryon and A Ballenger Genealogy in 1996 I mailed a flyer to lots of Ballengers to exlpain the book and promote its sale. Since then I still mail out that flyer to individuals who express and interest in the book. The book is now in many libraries in major cities, The Mormon Library, The Library of Congress, the library of The National Genealogical Society and with individuals in most of o the 50 states. NGS selected it to be reviewed in the NGS Quarterly. For the convenience of the subscribers to this list, the text of the flyer is printed below.
       While Ballengers of Tryon and A Ballenger Genealogy includes only a small percentage of bygone Ballengers I think it does cover most of those who arrived before 1700, including Henry Ballinger who was the primogenitor in Emma Reeves’ Three Centuries of Ballingers in America. My book does not cover ancestors that came to this country after the early Ballengers were already settled. I like to think the Three Centuries of Ballingers in America covers Henry’s Quaker descendants. My book covers the others, descended from Francis, Edward, James, John and William of early Maryland and Virginia. After reading my 1996 flyer you have questions please E Mail me at If you have a name you would like me check for you E Mail that to me also. Thanks, Bruce B.
Ballenger Cousins, Now Hear This!
Don't throw this in your junk mail pile! In recent months you may have received a flyer in the mail offering " A Ballenger History" .The one I ordered was a list of names from lots of telephone books and Social Security records -not at all what I expected. If you would like to know where Ballengers came from and how many are related read on.
My research of Ballenger records from all over the world, including those
maintained by the Mormon Church, has produced a genealogy of Ballengers going back as
far as 1540 in Gloucestershire, England. I have walked through the cemetery of a church
there, founded in 1190, where there are 33 grave markers of Ballengers still readable.
There are several tales of where we came from and how the name came to be. In
my book these are explored in some detail. Some say we were French Huguenots, some
Quakers when, in fact, many were Baptist. You may be able to get an idea about who your Ballengers were and where they came from.
The Ballengers of Tryon is about to be printed. The hard cover, 16 chapter
book,over 300 pages, begins with 8 chapters about where we came from and who were
the early ancestors of the group that lived in Virginia before 1700 and moved to South
Carolina before 1800. From South Carolina they moved to Texas and Missouri with
others moving to Georgia and Alabama. Tryon, North Carolina is where my father was
born, thus the name of the book.
The second part of the book is a genealogy of over 1420 Ballengers from many
parts of the United States. Each individual's relationship to all the others is clearly shown.
The second 8 chapters consists of one about the English Ballengers and one for each
branch from the main tree. If you know who your grandparents or great grandparents
were you may find your ancestral tree back to a possible English origin. But such a find
will be a real stroke of luck since there are thousands of Ballengers living today and, of
course, thousands of possible ancestors. Ballenger researchers I have visited and
corresponded with have been searching for over 20 years and many unanswered puzzles
still remain.
I think you may find the tale of my search interesting. The book is completely
indexed and footnotes are abundant, more footnotes than the average reader would like .
and probably not enough for a true genealogIst.
-- This book is not a commercial venture on my part but I want those interested in -, ;,;,
the name to know it's available. I will order between 500 and 1000 (ordered 450) books from the printer, depending on the response I get to this mailer. The book will not remain in print
since I cannot foresee any possible reason for a second printing. If you want one please
complete the order form and return it with you check for $42. to:
Bruce Ballenger
6605 Gaywind Drive
Charlotte, N.C. 28226
If there are other members of your family that should have a copy for their next
birthday or Father's Day, don't forget them. Your children or grandchildren possibly
should have a copy, now or when they reach a grown-up birthday.


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