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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Jacob Mitchell Balderston

Jacob Mitchell Balderston is the brother of my wife's 2nd Great Grandfather, or her 2nd Great Grand Uncle.

Jacob is the eldest child of Stephen Balderston and his first wife, Jane Squibb.

Jacob was born 16 Jan 1842 in Colerain, Belmont County, Ohio.

The first record found for Jacob is the 1850 Federal Census.  He is living with his parents in Colerain, Belmont County, Ohio, his age is 8.  Jacob is noted as having attended school within the last year.  Jacob's mother, Jane Squibb, died in 1859.  I cannot find Jacob in the 1860 Federal Census.  There is an account of him as given in the Balderston Family History that I referenced in the blog for Jacob's father, Stephen Balderston.  As this is a copyrighted work I cannot transcribe the information here.  But, I can recap it.

It describes that Jacob moved west to Illinois where he attended the Academy of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.  While there he joined the Northern Army in the Civil War, becoming captain of Company C, 14th Illinois Volunteer Calvary.  After serving he went back to Illinois and studied law and was also a teacher where he met his wife, Jenny May Boyle.  Jacob went to become a Judge in Wichita, Kansas.

Jacob can be found in the 1870 Federal Census as a boarder in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois.  His profession is listed as lawyer.  Jacob is still single in the next Federal Census in 1880.  This census finds him living alone in District 214, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Jacob is again still single in the 1885 Kansas State Census.  He is still residing in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

The following is an article found in the Wichita Daily Eagle newspaper in 1884 regarding Jacob Balderston.  The article suggest that Jake Balderston should run for county attorney, which he did get.



Jacob married Jenny Boyle 18 June 1885 in Wichita, Kansas.  Below is the newspaper announcement as found int he Wichita Daily Eagle.


I will post three more articles regarding Judge Jacob 'Jake' Mitchell Balderston below.  I should note that there are literally dozens of articles that can be found in the old Wichita Eagle newspapers.  If anyone would like search for more articles they can find this newspaper online, and searching it is free, at Library of Congress.  Be sure to search using Jake as well as Jacob and it was also common for the 'T' in Balderston to be left out.



As you can see Jacob Balderston was quite an accomplished man in his day.  The next record found for Jacob is the 1900 Federal Census.  He has been married now for fifteen years and has four children living at home.  His profession is still listed as lawyer.  The family is still residing in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  This same family is still found intact in the 1905 Kansas State Census in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

Jacob Mitchell Balderston dies 24 Feb 1909 in Wichita.  I don't have a copy of the actual article but the transcription is below.  Jacob is buried in the Highland Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.




Jacob Balderston and Jennie May Boyle had the following children:

1. Jessie May Balderston - born 24 May 1888 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Died May 1979 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Married Frank Sigel Stover.
2. Hortense Louise Balderston - born September 1889 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Died 11 May 1979 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Married (1st) Robert James Campbell.  Married (2nd) John Walter Gibson.
3. Philip Sheridan Balderston - born 2 April 1892 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Dies in 1933.  Marriage unknown.
4. Mary Ettie Balderston - born 22 February 1896 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Died 13 January 1988 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.  Married Laird Archer.

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