Durrett Ballew was born in Columbia, Boone County, Missouri in 3/25/1838. I found him in the 1860 census in Boone still, but I am unable to pull up the page on Ancestry for some reason. He is living with a friend or working on his own. I found his mother and father and siblings in Boone as well in 1860. I have the family genealogy of the Ballews and it says Durrett fought for the Confederacy after inlisting on May 7, 1861 in Company A, 1st Mississippi Infantry. He was discharged January 26, 1865, and nothing more is known of his service. It does say he returned home to Missouri after the Civil War. He became an accomplished music teacher in Boone County. Shortly thereafter he met Martha "Mattie" Ann Parkman whose family had left Lawrence County Mississippi in 1871 after hard times that followed the Confederacy's loss in the Civil War. The Parkman's went back to Mississippi around 1872, and Durrett and Mattie went with them and left his parents in Missouri.
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Thanks for any and all help,