Edwin Swain Balaam

Male 1841 - 1921  (79 years)


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  • Name Edwin Swain Balaam  [1, 2
    Born 19 Dec 1841  Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Mar 1921  Naranjo, Tulare, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, Tulare Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I9803  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2016 

    Father George Balaam, Sr.,   b. 4 Dec 1805, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1896, Cambria, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Sarah Swain,   b. 24 Mar 1805, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1869, Farmersville, Tulare Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 1827  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F634  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Medora Glass 
    Married 3 Dec 1863  [3
    Children 
     1. Emma Balaam
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F6957  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern, California" Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company 1892 page 330.

      "Edwin Swain Balaam crossed the plains to this State with an ox team in 1853, and as an old settler of Tulare County is justly entitled to honorable mention in the history now under construction. Mr. Balaam was born in Arkansas, December 19, 1841, son of George and Sarah (Swain) Balaam, natives of England. His father was born December 4, 1805; came to the United States and first settled in Ohio, then in Kentucky, later in Arkansas and still later in Texas, coming with his family to California in 1853. He now resides in Cambria, San Luis Obispo County. Of the nine children born to him and his wife seven are living. The subject of our sketch was twelve years old when he arrived in California, and his education was obtained in Tulare County. He was married in 1863 to Miss Madora M. Glass, a native of Texas, and a daughter of Robert Glass, who came to California in 1853. Four children have been born to them, all in Tulare County, namely: Emma, wife of W. G. Davis; Albert S., Walter J. and Charles Frederick. In 1865 Mr. Balaam located 160 acres of land adjoining the farm on which he now resides. He improved it and lived on it ten years, after which he sold out and in 1875 built the Farmersville Hotel, which he conducted four years. He then removed to Tulare and built the Pacific Hotel, leasing it soon afterward and coming to his present location. His home place consists of eighty acres of choice land, which he has improved by planting and building and on which he is engaged in grain, fruit and stock-farming. Mr. Balaam was in early life a Democrat, but in later years espoused the cause of temperance and is now a Prohibitionist. He is one of the worthy and reliable settlers of the county, and takes pride in its welfare and growth.

  • Sources 
    1. [S426] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).

    2. [S446] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).

    3. [S401] FindAGrave.

    4. [S1540] Homer, Rodney Prestage, (Porterville, CA: R. P. Homer, 1975).