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John Ballenden

John Ballenden

Male 1811 - 1856  (45 years)

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  • Name John Ballenden 
    Born 1811  Stromness, Orkney c 6-6- Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Dec 1856  Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I18928  My Relatives
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 

    Father John Ballenden,   b. 1756, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1817, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Betty Gray,   b. 1777, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, Stromness, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 23 Apr 1797  Stromness Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Mcleod,   b. 1818, Ruperts Land Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1853, Edinburgh Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1836  Red River, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Annie Christie Nancy Ballenden,   b. 1837, St Jiohns, Red River, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Elizabeth Margaret Ballenden,   b. 1839, St Johns, Red River, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Frances Ballenden,   b. 1850, Red River, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Alexander Ballenden,   b. 1848, Red River, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. William Ballenden,   b. 1851, Red River, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F6802  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Ballenden (c. 1812 – 7 December 1856) was one of the Scottish fur traders that the Hudson’s Bay Company recruited to administer that trade in North America.
      John Ballenden is representative of the class of well-educated young gentlemen, mainly from Scotland, recruited by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the early 19th century to administer its vast fur-trade empire. Ballenden entered the company’s service as an apprentice clerk in 1829 and was described that year by James Hargrave* of York Factory (Man.) as “a fine modest & intelligent young fellow.” Governor George Simpson felt that Ballenden promised especially well for the “Counting House or Depot business” and, after serving at both York Factory and Red River, he was promoted accountant at Upper Fort Garry (Winnipeg) in 1836.
      Ballenden started as an apprentice at York Factory (Man.) in 1829 and was named accountant at Upper Fort Garry in 1836. He married Sarah McLeod, the daughter of Alexander Roderick McLeod, the chief trader with the HBC, in a mixed marriage that was still common among the traders at the time.

      Through a number of career moves, Ballenden became a chief factor with the company. His mixed marriage created a number of hardships for the family and led to his taking furlough and a reposting. On the death of his wife, he again took charge of trading out of the Red River Colony. Deteriorating health had him return to Scotland where he died.

      In an age when the fur trade was rapidly changing, John Ballenden was an able and loyal employee who, despite the family problems, had his children educated in Scotland and prepared for the changing social landscape of the time.