m. 17 May 1865
Facts and Events
Sylvester was the son of Isaac A. and Hannah (Allen) Ballou, the former a native of Massachusetts, and the latter of Saratoga County, New York. Sylvester is said to be a direct descendant of Maturin Ballou, one of the founders of Rhode Island.
In the fall of 1849, Sylvester went to New Orleans and became a sailor on the "Oregon." In 1850, he began working in California as a miner and merchant, and he stayed there for ten years, after which he returned to DuPage County. While in California, Sylvester was chosen to represent his district in the Legislature and Senate and made every effort to prevent California from becoming a slave colony. He was a reporter for the Legislature and did some newspaper work.
When he returned from the war, he settled in Lisle, on a farm of 225 acres, which he bought in 1863. In 1865 he married Julia Barnard, and they had a son, Ray. Julia died of pneumonia in 1869. In 1875, he married schoolteacher Eliza Norton. They had four children.
He was an active Republican and often chosen by that party as a delegate to county and state conventions. Sylvester was also a member of the Euclid Lodge no. 65 and held a number of officer positions.