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Silas Ballou

Male 1776 - 1813  (36 years)

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  • Name Silas Ballou 
    Born 23 Jul 1776  Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jan 1813  Cazenovia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13881  Puffer Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2013 

    Family Phoebe Pray,   b. 18 Oct 1778, Foster, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mattison, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 
    Family ID F1870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsDied - Jan 1813 - Cazenovia, NY Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • About the 10th of Jan. 1813, he left home to go to Cazenovia, N. Y., on b usiness, and never returned. The event was most distressing to his wife a nd young chn. -- to whose number another was added three weeks later. N othing was heard from him, except that he was seen near a certain house i n the outskirts of Cazenovia by some one who knew him. There was natura lly much excitement in the general vicinity of Fenner, where he had res ided during the last ten years. Wild suspicions, surmises and rumors pr evailed for a considerable period. At length the new inhabitants of the h ouse near which he was last seen discovered the remains of a human bein g in a shallow grave of their cellar. On exhumation and examination of t he skeleton, the remnants of a man's coat were found with metal buttons b earing certain initials. These were finally recognized as those once wo rn by Silas Ballou, and were considered by his wife and intimate acquai ntances as conclusive evidence that he had been foully murdered. But fo r what reason, and by whom, is still a gloomy mystery. So we must take f or granted that Silas6 died by the hand of a murderer about the middle o f Jan. 1813, in the 37th year of his age. Mrs. Phebe (Pray) Ballou, his w idow, d. in Mattison, Mich., age not given.