Lydia Ballinger (1771-1845)

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Lydia Ballinger Turner
Ballinger home.jpg
Moses Ballinger home in Greensboro-1989
Born: 29 Aug 1771 Greensboro, North Carolina
Died: 15 Sep 1845 Macedonia, Illinois
Father: Moses Ballinger
Mother: Hannah Allen
Siblings: Catharine Ballinger
Hannah Ballinger
Martha Ballinger
Lydia Ballinger
Thomas Ballinger
Mary Ballinger
William Ballinger
Moses Ballinger, Jr.
Charity Ballinger
Henry Ballinger
Spouse: Walter Turner
Married: 25 Dec 1790 Jefferson co., Tennessee
Children: Hannah Turner
Keziah Turner
Mary Turner
John Turner
Margaret Turner
William Turner
Harmon Turner
Lydia Turner
Elizabeth Turner
Walter Thomas Turner

Death Notice

Nauvoo Neighbor, Wednesday, September 17, 1845, page 3:


Sept. 15th.

Lydia Turner at Macedonia, 76y Bilious fever.



Lydia Ballinger was born August 29, 1771 at Greenboro, North Carolina to Moses Ballinger and Hannah Allen.

She is the sister of Catharine, Hannah, Martha, Thomas, Mary, William, Moses, Jr., Charity and Henry Ballinger.

Lydia married Walter Turner on December 25, 1809 in Jefferson County Tennessee.

Walter Turner had been a Revolutionary War soldier from England and his name was then William Hand. He was wounded in battle near the Ballinger home (see photo above) in Greensboro, the Ballingers took him in and healed his wounds as he fell in love with their daughter. The Ballingers were Quakers so naturally neutral in the war. As he didn't want to be a soldier anymore he changed his name to Walter Turner.

Ballinger Rd sign in 1989
Moses Ballinger place in 1989, brick home in back

Springfield MM (at Greensboro), Guilford Co., N.C. was Walter's early place of residence in the U.S.

At this point he joined the Quaker religion before his marriage but something happened and he was found not in unity in October and she was found out of unity the next December both for marrying out of the unity.

"Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy," Vol. I: Walter Turner of Springfield Monthly Meeting (MM), received on request at Back Creek MM, Randolph Co., N.C., on 7 Nov 1785. (A Springfield Monthly Meeting is located in Guilford Co., N.C.)

Walter Turner was dismissed for marrying out of unity at Springfield MM on 2 Oct 1790 (date of dismissal, not of marriage).

Lydia Turner (formerly Ballinger) was dismissed on 25 Dec 1790 at New Garden MM, Guilford Co., N. C., for marrying out of unity.

Tennessee Historical Society, Pub., Vol. 28:

--Walter Turner taxed for 287 acres of land in Jefferson Co., Tenn., in 1800.

Greene County, Ohio Deeds: Walter Turner and wife Lydia of Greene Co. deeded 57 acres to Robert Turner in 1828 (land in Caesars Creek Twp.)

1820 Federal Census, Clark County, Ohio: Walter Turner in Madison Twp.

Sangamon County, Illinois Deeds: Walter Turner and wife Lydia of Sangamon Co. deeded land in Sec. 26 (Twp. 18N R6W), same land received earlier from Walter and Anna Heggins. (This land is now in Menard Co., Ill, just morth of Athens.)

In 1808 Madison Twp., Green Co., Ohio, (Elizabeth Turner Barney's birthplace.) When Clark Co. was made out of Greene Co. (and Madison and Champaign), Madison Twp. was included in Clark Co. where Walter lived in 1820. Walter possibly lived in Greene Co. (of today) prior to moving to Clark Co., only a few miles north.

History of Greene County, Ohio, 2 Vol.: Walter listed as a voted in Silver Creek Twp., Greene Co., Ohio , in 1811.

Their children were, Hannah, Keziah, Mary, John, Margaret, William, Harmon, Lydia, Elizabeth, Walter Thomas Turner.

In Sangamon County, Illinois Estates, Box 43 Walter Turner: died 17 Aug 1835 (Tombstone says 1834 but 1835 is probably right.) he was survived by his widow Lydia Turner. Walter Turner Jr., Solomon Blu, and John Lucas signed the administrative bond on 17 Oct 1835. Walter Jr. was made administrator. Lucien Barney made the coffin for $2. the estate was appraised by David Sims, Drewry Martin, and John Huston on 14 Nov 1835. at the estate sale held on 14 Nov 1835, purchasers included William Turner, Walter Turner, John Turner, Champney Pendleton, George B. Lucas, John Stapleton, Lucius Barney, Allen Turner, and Robert L. Gott.

Lydia was living with her daughter Elizabeth Turner Barney when she died September 15, 1845 at Macedonia, Illinois. Her death notice was printed in the Mormon's Nauvoo, Neighbor newspaper which according to historians means she was a member of the church, no source for her baptism yet.

Sources say Lydia is buried next to Walter with no gravestone in the Steenberger Cemetery, Mount Pulaski, Logan county, Illinois but I have no real source for this. Walter does have a gravestone there.