Alexander Bell Ballantyne 1841-1885, father of Nathaniel Wallace Ballantyne 1868-1949, grandfathe
r of Jean Wallace Ballantyne Uible (1922-2011 )
His parents Nathaniel and Sarah Wallace Ballantyne were born and married in the Paisley area of Scotland and came to America in 1836 on their wedding tour. In the U.S. Nathaniel and Sarah lived and died in Pittsburgh. Sarah was a descendent of the noted Sir William Wallace (?-1305) who was one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence which began in 1296. Wallace was also the subject of literary works by Sir Walter Scott and Jane Porter, and of the film, Braveheart.
Alexander Bell Ballantyne:
- born in Pittsburgh on 25 Feb 1841
- son of Nathaniel (1815-?) and Sarah Wallace Ballantyne (1815-?)
- died on 20 April 1885.
- He was the third of eight siblings (though Men of West Virginia p. 761 states there were 10 children)
His siblings who would be our great grand aunts/uncles: :
- Mary (1835-?)
- David (1837-?)
- George D. (1843-1900)
- Sarah (1846-?)
- Agnes (1849-?)
- Annie (1852-?)
- Margaret (1855-?)
Virginia Irene Freeman Ballantyne (1840-1906
) mother of Nathaniel Wallace Ballantyne (1868-1949 ), grandmothe r of Jean Wallace Ballantyne Uible (1922-2011 )
Alexander married Virginia Irene Freeman, our great-grandmother (1840-1906) and they had five children:
- Virginia "Byrd" Ballantyne Walmer Daley (1865-1947) - She married George Walmer (1856-1930) in 1890. she lived in Chicago (c1910), and Salt Lake (c1920) before settling in San Bernardino, California by 1930, where she died in 1947. After the death (?) or George Walmer, Byrd married Jim Daley (1877-1933, not to be confused with Jim Dailey, 1910-1965, who married Irene "Virginia" Ballantyne, daughter of Nathaniel Wallace Ballantyne). Byrd had one son, George Ballantyne Walmer, Jr. (1893-1970).
- Nathaniel Wallace, our grandfather (22 Dec 1868- 28 May 1949)
- Alexander Charles (also referred to as C.F.B, Charles Freeman?, and A.W.B. (Alexander Wallace?) who died in infancy 1872, though a note I have from the New Cumberland cemetery shows CFB 1873-1874.
- James Freeman (1873-1957) married Maud Beaumont (1872-1958) of Hancock County WV. In 1920 lived in Boise, Idaho, but by 1930 until his death in 1958, lived in Portland, Oregon. He had one son James Ballantyne, Jr. born in 1906.
- Charles Alexander (1875-1957) - married Mary Conely (1880-1930) and had three children: Anna Irene Cline (1904-1981), Mary E. (1906-?) and Natalie Virginia Kessel (1909-?) mother of our 2nd cousin, Kenneth Karl "Pat" Kessel Jr., born 1928, who still lives in Hancock County.
Alexander was engaged in the glass business in Pittsburgh, and died at the age of 44 in 1885.
Additional information received from Pat Kessel:
Mary Francis Cline is my 1st cousin and was the daughter of my mother's sister Ann Ballantyne Cline. Ann's Husband was Clarence Cline and they had 8 children. I have a sister Gretchen Lee Kessel Malloy who is three years younger than I and lives in Bethesda, MD. My grandfather was Charles Alexander Balllantyne and he was married to Mary Conley Ballantyne and they had three children, all girls, they were Ann, Elizabeth and Natalie (my and Gretchen's mother). My grandfather, who was called "Alec" and "C.A." and your grandfather "Nat" were partners in the clay grinding business when they retired. My aunt Elizabeth, who everyone called "Tat" was a school teacher. She was married to Fred B. Fisher and they had 4 children.
I think l'm the only descendant of the Ballantyne Clan still living in Hancock County, WV. I was born in New Cumberland, in the house next door to where your grandfather Nathan and grandmother Lucy lived for many, many years. I still live only 4 miles away from that home.