Joe Ballard, born December 20,1825, worked as a skilled blacksmith until he was a very old man. He was a weather prophet, politician and philosopher and one of Salisbury’s most notable citizens. He died February 25, 1917 and was buried with Masonic honors.
No series, the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Heritage of Rowan County, North Carolina, Volume 1, 1991, edited by Katherine Petrucelli, Salisbury: Genealogical Society of Rowan County, 1991
McCorkle, J.M. “Salisbury Yesteryears” Salisbury Post various articles