Ballantyne's associated with the Latter Day Saint (Mormon) Church
My branch of the Ballantyne family came to the U.S. as part of the Mormon movement just before the Civil War. My Great(3)grandfather John Ballantyne came with his family from Roxburgh, Scotland, to become a member of Joseph Smith's new church. After Joseph was killed, my grandfather and at least part of the family went with Lyman Wight to Texas to establish the church there. That effort failed after several years and, upon Lyman Wight's, death some of the Ballantynes returned to the North, settling in Iowa and Missouri. John's son James was my Great(2)grandfather and he settled near Moorhead, Iowa, in Western Iowa. His son, John Oriondamus Ballantyne, settled there also. He was father to my grandfather, Fred N. Ballantyne.