The surname BALLINGER is quite common in the county of Gloucestershire in England. There was a family of BALLINGER (and related spellings) living in Charlton Kings in Gloucestershire in the 1500s and the family appears to have spread from here around Gloucestershire and in to surrounding counties and also to the colonies of USA, and later Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is hard to say if the Gloucestershire BALLINGERís are all related without a DNA study. BALLINGER also appears in London with many of these families coming direct from France and Germany.
It has been said that the surname BALLINGER originates from the French 'Boulangere' or baker. Maybe the original Charlton King Ballinger was a french baker??
The earliest BALLINGER ancestor (for my husband) that I can trace is -
James BALLINGER (b1770 Norton, Gloucestershire - d1849 Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire) married Mary ? and had two daughters and two sons -
Mary Ann BALLINGER born 1800 Tibberton, Gloucestershire
Susannah BALLINGER born 1802 Tibberton, Gloucestershire. Married John BALLINGER. Died 1877 Frampton on Severn.
William BALLINGER born 1804 Minsterworth in the Parish of Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire
Thomas BALLINGER born 1807 Minsterworth in the Parish of Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire. Married Ann PAYNE. Three sons, two daughters. Died 1878 Cheltenham.
Thomas married Ann PAYNE around 1826. Ann was born in Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire in 1804, the daughter of William PAYNE and Sarah SOUTHAM of Stow on the Wold.
Thomas and Ann had a grocerís shop in Cheltenham [at 19 and 22 Bath Street] from around 1826 and it was here that their five children were born;
William Henry BALLINGER born 1826. Married Ann TURNER. Three sons, six daughters. Died 1880 Gloucester.
John Thomas BALLINGER born 1830. Died 1831 Prestbury.
Susan Ann BALLINGER born 1838. Married Walter Stephen WARD. Seven sons, three daughters. Died 1897 Wandsworth, London.
Mary Ann BALLINGER born 1841. Married John ALLEN who worked for her father as a grocers assistant. One son, one daughter. Died 1903 Cheltenham.
Frederick James BALLINGER born 1844. Married Martha Charlotte WATKINS. Died 1883 Cheltenham.
The following was found in the Cheltenham Examiner of 31 January 1849. Destructive Fire - A fire of a very destructive character broke out on the morning of Thursday last, at 22 Bath Street, a house in the occupation of Mr Ballinger, grocer, Winchcomb Street. Mr Ballinger, it appears, carries on business in both places, but latterly no one slept at the house in Bath Street. The alarm of fire was given shortly before 4 o'clock, and some fruitless efforts were made to extinguish the flames. Nothing effectual, however, was done until the arrival of the town and Phoenix fire engines. After some time the fire was got under, and was prevented from extending to the neighbouring houses. This was fortunate, inasmuch as their age would have rendered them an easy prey to the devourage element. As it is, the house was completely gutted, the floors having fallen in, and the stock and property on the premises being nearly altogether consumed. The premises were small. Owing to the timely arrival of the fire-engines, the roof was not much injured. The estimated damage done to the premises and stock is stated at GBP200. We have not heard whether Mr Ballinger is insured. The premises are situate exactly opposite the old theatre, which was wholly destroyed by fire a few years back.
Thomas died in 1878 and Ann in 1883, both in Cheltenham, GLS.
Their oldest child, William Henry BALLINGER married Anne TURNER in 1851. Anne was the daughter of Thomas Turner, butcher of Frampton-on-Severn, GLS and Sarah nee CLARKE. William was also a grocer and provision dealer but in Southgate Street, Gloucester. They had nine children, three sons and six daughters;
Thomas William BALLINGER born 1853. To New Zealand 1880. Married Emily Jane HEATH. Three sons, five daughters. Died 1906 Hamilton, Waikato.
Sarah Ann BALLINGER born 1855. Married Charles LEVISON. Two daughters. Died 1928 Birmingham.
Frederick BALLINGER born 1856. Died 1887 Gloucester.
Mary Elizabeth BALLINGER born 1858. Married Charles Norris HERBERT. One known son. Died 1940 Birmingham.
Frank BALLINGER born 1860. Married Laura Annabella Rossiter Knatchbull HERBERT. Three daughters. Died 1919 Gloucester.
Clara Kate BALLINGER born 1862.On 1902 Gloucester Directory a Kate Ballinger is listed as a Plumber, and later as greengrocer. Is this her?. Died unmarried 1949 Gloucester.
Helen Agnes [Ellen Agnes] BALLINGER born 1865. Married James MARSHALL. Two daughters. Died 1945 Gloucester.
Alice Turner BALLINGER born 1867. Married Victor William ROWLES. Three sons. Died 1924 Rodborough, Gloucestershire.
Susan BALLINGER born 1869. Died unmarried 1940 Gloucester.
Thomas William BALLINGER left England for New Zealand in 1879 and arrived in Auckland on board the BEN NEVIS on the 11 January 1880. In both the 1861 and 1871 UK census he is living with his grandparents, Thomas and Sarah TURNER in Frampton on Severn. He was assiting his grandfather on his farm of 167 acres. In New Zealand Thomas worked in the Waikato (Upper Thames Valley) for the Assets Realisation Board and it is probably through this that he met his future wife Emily Jane HEATH. She was a sister of Thomas HEATH, manager of the Lockerbie Station at Morrinsville for the Assets Realisation Board.
Thomas and Emily married in 1885 at Howick, Auckland. Their first three children were born in Cambridge and their next five where born in Tirau, known as Oxford at the time. Thomas died in 1906 and Emily and her children then share-milked around the Waikato area before buying their first farm. The majority of descendants are in the Waikato district of New Zealand.
Thomas Edwin (Ted) BALLINGER - born 1885. Engaged to Annie Constance LUXTON. Killed in Action 1917 WW1 Belgium
Elsie Alice BALLINGER - born 1887. Died unmarried 1957 Te Awamutu.
Agnes Sarah (Aggie) BALLINGER - born 1889. Died unmarried 1980 Te Awamutu.
Amy Kate BALLINGER - born 1891. Married George Almon Hudson CLEMENT. One son, one daughter. Died 1960 Hawera.
Hazel BALLINGER - born 1893. Married Charles Ernest WEAL. Two sons, two daughters. Died 1952 Waharoa, Matamata.
Frank Heath BALLINGER - born 1896. Served NZEF WW1. Married Ruby Winifred McGOUGH (nee MOORE). No children. Died 1975 Tauranga.
Mabel Edith BALLINGER - born 1898. Married Richard James WEAL (cousin of above Charles). Two sons, three daughters. Died 1969 Te Awamutu.
Percy Clifton Robert (Cliff) BALLINGER - born 1901. Married Christina Carolina BOURNE. Three sons, three daughters. Died 1982 Te Awamutu.
BEN NEVIS — LONDON TO AUCKLAND
03 OCTOBER 1879 — 11 JANUARY 1880
From "New Zealand Herald" newspaper 12 January 1880
|CAIRNS||T R Rev|
|CALLON||P Dr, Mrs, Ellen,Eva, Robert L, Patrick, Mary, Thomas, Francis|
|MACKEN||Mrs, Mr, Louisa, Falconer, Henrietta, Charles, Agnes, Arthur, Thomas, Annie, William F|
|BENCKALL||William, Mary, William, Thomas, Annie|
|BOCTOCK||Sarah Mrs, Fanny, Clement, Edwin, Emily, Ida, Oliva|
|GOLDSBURY||Alfred, Margaret (nee LAMBERT*), Hugh, Elsie|
|GOLDSBURY||George Frederick, Annie, Ernest, Albert, Lilian, Alfred, Constance, Sydney|
|GILSON||Lydia (Nurse for Alfred & Margaret Goldsbury)|
|HARMAN||F A, Mary J|
|HODGES||Thomas, Louisa, Helen|
|PIKE||George, Mary Ann, Reginald|
|BROWN||Edward, Mary Ann, Albert, Julian, Harriet, Lillie|
|FRITH||Henry, Mary, Wilfred, Amos|
|FRITH||Samuel, Hannah, Hannah, Samuek, Ernest, Florence, Albert|
|FUREER||Thomas, Mary, Charlotte, Frederick, Alfred, Sarah|
|HOLLOWAY||James, Mrs, Abraham|
|JAMES||John, Mary, Mary, Elizabeth|
|JARRETT||Thomas, Mary A|
|JOHNSON||Jas, Anne, Arthur|
|JOHNSON||Robert, Margaret, William|
|NORRIS||Francis, Julia, Alice, M, Lois|
|POTTER||James J, Emily, Frances, Florence, Lillian, Beatrice Charles, Kathlene, Eric, Ernest|
|REID||James, Mary Ann, Walter, George, Charles, Lizzie, James, M|
|SMITH||W H, Mrs|
|SMYTHE||Andrew, Ann, John|
|WALTON||M, Bessie, Eliza|
|WEBB||John, Samuel, Ann|
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