Family History


50. Isaac BALLINGER was born on 10 Jan 1806 in Hereford Town, Herefordshire, England1. He was baptised on 13 Apr 1806 in St. Owen, Hereford1. He died on 23 Jun 1896 in Hereford, Herefordshire3.

His occupation has been recorded as :-
Pigot's Directory of Hereford in 1835 - listed under 'Perfumers and Hairdressers'
Barber (1841, 1851 Census)
Barber & Hairdresser (1861 Census)
Hairdresser (1871 Census, 2nd Marriage 1878, Death Cert. 1896, Daughter Elizabeth's Birth Certificate 1839 and her Marriage Certificate 1869)
Annuitant (1881 Census)

Recorded addresses :-
Tupsley, Hereford (Marriage 1825)
Wye Bridge St, Hereford St Nicholas (Pigot's Directory 1835, Census 1841, 1851)
37 Bridge St, Hereford St. Nicholas (1861 Census)
Little Berrington St, Hereford St. Nicholas (1871 Census, 2nd Marriage 1878)
65 Almshouses, Hereford All Saints (1881 & 1891 Census)
Price's Hospital, Whitecross St, Hereford (Street, Court & Passage Directory 1886-87)
Whitecross St, Hereford (Death Certificate 1896)

The knowledge that Isaac was a hairdresser had survived in family lore. His g-g-grandaughter Margaret Parker (1925) said that her father Harry Parker (1895) had a pair of Isaac's scissors and Margaret remembers cutting things with them as a child and was always told that they were "proper" hairdressing scissors. Her father Harry also used to tell an old family joke about Isaac that either went :-
"Isaac was a Tory who would never make a wig for a Whig" or
"Isaac was a Whig who would only make a wig for a Whig"
Margaret cannot remember which way around the joke was.
(NB Whigs and Tories were opposing parties in UK politics)

Isaac's son Edwin was a trouble to his parents :-

Hereford Times - Sat 25 Jul 1863
The Sorrow of his Father
Edwin Ballinger, 22 years of age, of Bridge Street in this city, was charged with stealing a family bible, the property of his father. When the father made his appearance in the witness box, tremulous with emotion, the prisoner said if he would not press the case against him he would at once go on board a man-of-war ship, and give him no more trouble. The presecutor said that that was an old story; his son had gone into the army and come back only to annoy him, and he did not know what to do with him; he had forgiven him several times, but nothing in the house or garden was safe, and he must be protected. The prisoner, who is a strong young man, able to earn an honets livelihood if he would but work, pleadingly asked his father to forgive him, and not press the case against him, and he would at once leave the city and should be seen no more. Mr. Ballinger reproached him with having cxaused his parents endless sorrow; everything had been done for him that could be done and yet he became worse. The Bench said that it was an exeedingly painful case, and they were sorry to see Mr. Ballinger placed in such a position; but after what the son had said, did he wish to press the case? Mr. Ballinger, after some hesitation, said he would not press the case against his son. The Bench told the prisoner that his position was a disgraceful one; but the father having declined to press the case, he was discharged on condition that he left the city.

He was married to Mary Ann BAUGHAN on 10 Oct 1825 in the Parish of Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire1. Note that on the marriage entry both were shown as "of the township of Tupsley in this Parish". Tupsley was a small village on the outskirts of Hereford, but within the Parish boundaries of Hampton Bishop, a nearby village.

Isaac was married for a second time to Mary Ann BARTER (widow nee Philips) on the 24 June 1878, St. Nicholas, Hereford2. When I was first conducting research on Isaac without knowledge of this second marriage, I initially interpreted his second wife's birth details in the 1881 census as those of his first wife, both having the same first names.

1st wife. Mary Ann BAUGHAN was born about 1805/1809. She died on 6 Jan 18634.

Hereford Journal - Sat 17 Jan 1863 - Death Notices
BALLINGER - Jan. 6, Mary, wife of Mr. Isaac Ballinger, hair dresser, of this city, aged 59 years, much regretted by her family and friends.

No further information is known about Mary or the Baughan ancestry.

Children were:

child i. William Henry BALLINGER was born on 31 Dec 1826 in Hereford, Herefordshire.
child ii. Harriet BALLINGER was born on 1 Feb 1829 in Hereford, Herefordshire.
           Hereford and Local News - Wed 28 June 1848 - Marriage notices.
               June 20, at the parish church of St. Mark, Old Street, London, Mr. Thomas Francis Guy, son of Mr. T. B. Guy,
               late of Bacton, in this county, to Harriet, eldest daughter of Mr. Isaac Ballinger, hair dresser, of this city.
child iii. Ellen BALLINGER was born about 1831.
child iv. Mary Jane BALLINGER was born on 28 Jul 1833 in Hereford, Herefordshire.
child v. Charles Isaac BALLINGER was born on 27 Sep 1834 in Hereford, Herefordshire.
child vi. Edwin BALLINGER was born on 24 Aug 1836 in Hereford, Herefordshire.
child25 vii. Elizabeth BALLINGER was born on 10 Jul 1839 in Hereford, Herefordshire. She was christened on 1 December 1839 in St. Nicholas, Hereford. She died on 24 Dec 1918 and was buried on 30 Dec 1918 in Virginia Water, Surrey.

Sources :-
1. Parish Register - locations as stated in text above.
2. Isaac's 2nd Marriage Certificate - 
3. Isaac's Death Certificate - 1891, Jun Q, Hereford, 6a-319.
4. Mary's (1st wife) Death Certificate - 1863, Mar Q, Hereford, 6a-379.
5. Mary's (2nd wife) Death Certificate - 
Census returns :-
      1851 - HO107/1978/f.184/p.20
      1861 - RG9/1821/f.39/p.13
      1871 - RG10/2699/f.72/p.11
      1881 - RG11/2593/f.120/p.32
      1891 - RG12/2061/f.101/p.21


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