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Smith wagon train from Warren Co. Iowa 1862.

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Re: Smith wagon train from Warren Co. Iowa 1862.

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Yes, we have her on our list. Martha Jane Ball, daughter of John Washington Ball and Elizabeth Willis Ball.

John died in the Indian attack, as did his brother, William Thomas (Tom) Ball. Both were shot just over the eye, one the left, the other the right. The third brother,Samuel Henry Ball survived, and several years later, returned to Iowa, living the rest of his life there.

Of the Smiths, John Christian and Lewis ended up in the same area as your grandmother. The records say they spent the Winter at the "Nevada Mines". My family, John Adam Smith (GGgrandfather), Buchanan (Ggrandfather), Jonathan,(Buchanan's brother) were badly wounded and spent the winter in SLC with their families. When they finally arrived in California, they settled in Sonoma County, near Santa Rosa. They didn't stay long, moving to Monterey County after about two years. John Christian Smith struck out on his own, trying farming all over the West. We have been all over California, collecting Death Certificates, visiting grave sites, etc. In 2007, we traveled back to Indianola, Iowa, and did research there. Afterwards, we followed the Wagon Train's route West, right up to the Raft River where the attack took place.

We would appreciate any additional information that you may have on the Ball's and the trip West, especially photos of the Ball family.


Mark B. Smith

By the way, my e-mail address is ""
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