Birth: Jan. 16, 1842, Ohio.
Death: Feb. 24, 1909.
Wife: Jennie May Boyle Balderston (1859 - 1936).
Children: Jessie May Balderston Stover (1888 - 1979), Hortense Louise Balderston Gibson (1889 - 1979), Mary B. Balderston Archer (1896 - 1988).
Burial: Highland Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.
Captain Jacob M. Balderston, was born in Ohio. He elisted in Company "A," 1st Illinois Cavalry, in July, 1861. He was captured at Lexington, Mo., September, 1861, and was exchanged and discharged July 14th, 1862. He enlisted in Company "C," 14th Illinois Cavalry, September 8th, 1862; was appointed quartermaster sergeant, then promoted 1st lieutenant July 3d, 1864 the day that he, at the head of a part of his company, charged upon a much greater force of the enemy near the Chattahoochee river, Georgia. He was severely wounded August 3d, 1864, when Capron's brigade was surprised, but he escaped. He was again captured at Nashville, but escaped by knocking down his guard and taking his seven shot Spencer rifle and rejoined his command after 12 days of captivity. He was commissioned captain of Company C., April 21st, 1865 ; and was mustered oul with his regiment. He is now a successful lawyer of Wichita, Kansas. He has served as county attorney and as judge of county court.
JACOB M. BALDERSTON was born in Colerain, Belmont Co., Ohio, January 16, 1842. In 1855 he removed to Magnolia, Putnam Co , Ill., from whence he entered the army July 3, 1861, enlisting in Company A, First Illinois Cavalry, in which regiment he served until July 14, 1862. September 8, 1862, he re-enlisted in Company C, Fourteenth Illinois Cavalry, and was mustered out July 31, 1865, as Captain of his company. He then returned to Magnolia, Ill., and attended the Seminary at Winona, that State, and the Wesleyan University. at Bloomington; afterward teaching school in Illinois.
He read law with Weldon & McNulta, at Bloomington, and was admitted to the bar December 10, 1869, remaining in the law office of the firm, with whom he read until nearly a year later. He came to Kansas in 1870, and located at Wichita April, 1872, and has been engaged in the practice of law in that city since his location. Mr. B was taken prisoner at Lexington, Mo., September 20, 1861, and paroled soon after; again taken prisoner near Nashville, Tenn., December 17, 1864, escaping four and a half days later. He was wounded in Georgia, August 2, 1864, receiving pistol shots in leg and wrist.