Cornhill Ballard – Cornhill sounds odd for a man’s given name. By the work in which he engaged, partly lived up to his given name.(What Cornhill and blacksmith have in common, is unknown) He became one of the early blacksmiths in the Sparta region where he opened a shop in 1829, making and repairing plows, hoes and other farm tools. One writer gives his first name as Thornhill, but the land entry is by W. C. Ballard. Probably Cornhill was his name.

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