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William Lovett BALFOUR
Elizabeth Davis GARTLEY
WARNING:  our subject is being confused with William Taylor BALFOUR (b. 1812, VA; d. 1877, Vicksburg, MS), who is a different person.
Husband:  William Lovett BALFOUR
Birth:  2 Mar 1802, Edgecomb Co., NC
Death:  8 May 1857, MS
Occupation:  planter
Father:  William BALFOUR (c1770-c1835)
Mother:  Elizabeth Lovett SUGGS

Our subject is said to have died in "Clinton, Madison Co., MS," but Clinton is in adjacent Hinds Co., MS.  So, which is correct, the town or the county?

Marriage:  23 Jun 1823, West Feliciana Par., LA
Wife:  Elizabeth Davis GARTLEY
Birth:  1808, LA
Death:  1853, MS
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John W. Lewis GARTLEY (c1744-1826)
Mother:  Susannah DAVIS (1777/8-1850) Lewis3, Robert2, Robert1 DAVIS (c1680- ) of Barbados, WI
Children born in Madison Co., MS:
1.  Mary Jane BALFOUR, b. 1826/7
2.  William Suggs BALFOUR, b. 10 Dec 1827
3.  John W. BALFOUR, b. 1829/30
4.  Charles BALFOUR, b. 1833/4
5.  James BALFOUR, b. 1837/8
6.  Joseph Davis BALFOUR, b. 1839/40; d. 5 Oct 1862
7.  Lewis Gartley BALFOUR, b. Jan 1842
8.  Horace B. BALFOUR, b. 1844/5
Other Kin:
.  Eliza A. BALFOUR, b. 1833/4, LA
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; West Indies; USA, US, United States, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina

Sources:

1.  D.L. Murray & N.R. Murray.  1995. Marriage Index: Louisiana, 1718-1925 (Broderbund CD-1; also online at Ancestry.com):
Balfour, William L. Gartley, Elizabeth 23 Jun 1823 West Feliciana Par.

2.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7-8 of 34; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 MS Madison Co. Roll M19-71 p. 93 Ln. 1 Wm L Balfour 200 010 100 - 100 010 331000-050000
These data indicate:
No., Race, Gender Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 white males 4 or under 1825-1830 = John (b. 1829/30)
= William (b. 1827)
1 white male 20-29 1800-1810 = William (b. 1802) 
1 white male 40-49 1780-1790 = ?
1 white female 4 or under 1825-1830 = Mary (b. 1826/7) 
1 white female 20-29 1800-1810 = Elizabeth (b. 1808) 
 
3 male slaves 9 or under 1820-1830 = ? ? ?
3 male slaves 10-23 1806-1820 = ? ? ?
1 male slave 24-35 1794-1806 = ?
5 female slaves 10-23 1806-1820 = ? ? ? ? ?
William's father is also enumerated in Madison County, so that's not who's living with them.  Elizabeth's father is deceased, so it's not him, either.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7-8 of 50; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 MS Madison Co. Roll 216 pp. 91A-91B Ln. 25 W L Balfour 112 011 - 001 001 220000-120400 ________
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 white male 4 or under 1835-1840 = James (b. 1837/8)
1 white male 5-9 1830-1835 = Charles (b. 1833/4)
2 white males 10-14 1825-1830 = John (b. 1828/9)
= William (b. 1827 
1 white male 20-29 1810-1820 = ?
1 white male 30-39 1800-1810 = William (b. 1802) 
1 white female 10-14 1825-1830 = Mary (b. 1826/7)
1 white female 30-39 1800-1810 = Elizabeth (b. 1808) 
 
2 male slaves 9 or under 1830-1840 = ? ?
2 male slaves 10-23 1816-1830 = ? ?
1 female slave 9 or under 1830-1840 = ?
2 female slaves 10-23 1816-1830 = ? ?
4 female slaves 36-54 1785-1804 = ? ? ? ?

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #55 of 104):  Madison Co., MS, Roll M432_376, p. 157A, 383/393, enumerated 6 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
William L Balfour 48 M   Planter 75,000 N Carolina
Elizabeth D  " 42 F       Louisiana
William S    " 22 M   Planter  4,000 Missi
John         " 20 M   none   Missi
Charles      " 16 M   Student   Ditto
James        " 12 M       Ditto
Joseph       " 10 M       Ditto
Lewis        "  7 M       Ditto
Horace       "  5 M       Ditto
Eliza A      " 16 F       Louisiana

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 28 the first of these two pages is misplaced at Ancestry.com, but in order at Genealogy.com):  Handsboro/Mississippi City, P.O., Police District No. 2, Harrison Co., MS, Roll M653_581, pp. 414-415, PN 46-47, 346/355, enumerated 15 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
H G Blackman 42 M   Planter 200,000 230,000 Ohio
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Mary J Blackman 33 F         Miss
[Henry & Mary's seven children]
Estate of L W Balfour         625,000 340,000  
Jos D Balfour 20 M   Student     Miss
Lewis G   " 17 M         Miss
Horace B  " 15 M         Miss
Mary J. (BALFOUR) BLACKMAN is our subject's married daughter.

6.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

7.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

8.  Messages posted to the Balfour Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

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