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From: Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
By: Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers Syracuse, N. Y. 1894

Ballou, James, was bern in the town of Oppenheim, Fulton county, April 6, 1848, and is a son of Abner and Elizabeth (Kegg) Ballou. James Ballou came to Orleans county in 1876 and engaged in farming in Murray. During the year 1883, he carried on a store at Hindsbnrg, and for three years was in the coal business at Murray Station. He is an active member of the Democratic party, and was elected highway commissioner in 1885 and again in 1893. In 1869 Mr. Ballou married Eliza Rhodes, daughter of Nathaniel P, Rhodes of Murray.