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Benjamin BALLARD, Sr.

Male Abt 1725 - Bef 1814  (~ 89 years)


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  • Name Benjamin BALLARD 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1725  Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 7 Dec 1813  Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 14 Feb 1814  Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 14 Feb 1814  Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • (1) Benjamin Ballard of Spotsylvania County, Virginia (c. 1725-1814) <https://ballardofvirginia.wordpress.com/the-children-of-thomas-ballar d-of-james-city-county-virginia-william-ballard-of-york-caroline-count ies-virginia-c-1668-c-17/bland-ballard-sr-of-spotsylvania-county-virgi nia-c-1700-1791/benjamin-ballard-of-spotsylvania-county-virginia-c-172 5-1814/>:

      Benjamin Ballard, the son of Bland Ballard, Sr, was born about 1725 in Spotsylvania county, Virginia. Benjamin married (1) Hanah Jones, by whom he had nine children; and second, Elizabeth Stewart, by whom he had no issue.

      One of his earliest appearances in the records is in April 1764, when he is ordered paid 136 pounds tobacco for coming and returning 37 miles for one days attendance at a trial in Caroline county. On 4 June 1770, Bland Ballard deeded to Benjamin Ballard 143 acres in St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania county, Va. This was not his first acquisition, for he is mentioned in a deed between Jonathan Beckwith of Richmond county and James Crapp of King George on 5 April 1770.

      On 25 August 1773, Benjamin Ballard, James Ballard and Benjamin Ballard, Jr leased 160 acres in St. George Parish from Alexander Spotswood, Esq. He appears in a number of records in Spotsylvania county as witness for a variety of mortgages, bonds and deeds. On 28 April 1780, Benjamin Ballard and Hanah Ballard conveyed 150 acres of land in Stafford county that had been devised to Benjamin Ballard and Hanah, his wife by the will of James Crapp, dec'd, to John Crapp, for 2,000 pounds current money.

      He is listed as a vestryman of St. George's Parish in 1785, with J. W. Willis, James Lewis, G. Stubblefield, and Thomas Sharpe. On 28 January 1795 he conveyed to his daughter, Pegg Ballard "a negro wench & her increase," providing that should Pegg die without issue, said negro and her increase goes to his son Charles. The same date he conveyed a negro to his son, Charles, with the same conditions.

      Benjamin died in Spotsylvania county in 1814, leaving a will dated 7 December 1813, proven 14 February 1814.

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      I Benjamin Ballard of the county of Spotsylvania do hereby make my last will and testament in a manner and form following that is today [to say?].

      It is my wish that all my just debts should be first paid.

      After my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, I give to my wife Elizabeth one hundred acres of land to be laid of so as to take in the house and outhouses I now occupy, also six negroes, Jimmy, Che (?), the woman that came by my said wife Elizabeth and her increase, namely Milton, Robert, Sly - (?) And Henry, and also negro woman Quidah, also one third head of all my stock [illegible] plantation [illegible] of every sort, for use during her natural life, and after her decease I give the remainder to my children and their heirs forever to be equally divided among them.

      The present crop I wish to remain on the plantation for the use of my wife.

      All the rest of my property not before disposed of, I give to my children to be equally divided among them and their heirs forever.

      To each of my children as I give property to during my lifetime, there are to account for the same at the division of my estate, at which time they are to have as much more of my estate as when added to what they have already had as will make their proportions equal to the other children, and no more. In my lifetime I gave my son Charles twenty-five acres of land, and a negro boy by name of Randol. To my son George I gave a negro woman by name of Patty, to my daughter Peggy I gave a negro girl by name Keziah. This said property to be valued at what it was worth when I gave it to the before named children.

      And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Elizabeth Ballard executrix and my sons James Ballard and William Ballard executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

      In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of December in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirteen. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Brodie S. Hull, John Clayton, John Attelam, Carter B. Brocker.

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      The children of Benjamin Ballard and Hanah Jones were:

      [i] Charles, born about 1756, died after 1795 in Fayette county, Kentucky; married 6 August 1787 Mary Craighead.

      [ii] George, born about 1758, was living in 1790 in Fayette county, Kentucky; married c. 1793 Mary Trigg (born about 1780, died after 1860) , who survived him (he died 1828), then married her nephew Thomas Montague Ballard. They had five children: 1. Beverley (born 1793, died after 1870 in Hendricks county, Indiana; married Hannah Burt, who was born 1800, died c. 1850; they appear in the 1850 Federal census in Indiana, and had eight children); 2. Thomas W. (born about 1801); 3. Lucy (born about 1802, married William S. Moore); 4. Benjamin Perry (born about 1803; married Susan Coppage in 1824; their child was Margaret Melvina Ballard, who married William S. Temple); 5. Polly (born about 1804, married John Tansel).

      [iii] Margaret (Pegg or Pegga), born about 1771, married 24 December 1799 in Spotsylvania Co, Va., Jesse Wayt, and died 16 June 1830 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jesse Wayt was born 26 January 1771 and died September 1851 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Their children were: 1. William H. Waite (born about 1800, married in 1829 in Spotsylvania county as his first wife Mary Ann Ballard; their son, Maj. Charles Waite, born 1830, was of Culpeper county, Va., died in 1915); 2. George Waite (born 1810, married 30 May 1831 Mary Copenhaver, died about 1810); 3. James Waite (born 1811, died 16 May 1857, Fredericksburg, Virginia); 4. Charles B. Waite (born 1816, died 24 November 1874, Fredericksburg, Virginia); 5. Elizabeth Waite, born 1818, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

      [iv] JAMES, married Isabella Montague.

      [v] William, who probably witnessed the will of his grandfather in 1791.

      [vi] BENJAMIN, married Ann Graham Heslopp.

      [vii] Mary Jane, married Charles Lewis.

      [viii] Ann.

      [ix] Hannah, married (1) James Lewis; he was born 1770 in Spotsylvania county, died 12 June 1790. She married (2) Clement Montague, son of Clement Montague and Ann Bartlett. She married (3) Isaac Herring. The children of Hannah Ballard and James Lewis were: 1. James Ballard Lewis (born 1787, Culpeper county, Virginia, died 19 September 1872; he married 2 September 1824 Elizabeth Mary Yancy, who was born 1807 in Culpeper county, Virginia, died 1890 in Mountain View, Culpeper county, Virginia. They had nine children); 2. Sue Lewis (married John Green); 3. Mary Lewis (married John Fox).
    Person ID I37423  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father Bland BALLARD, Sr.,   b. Abt 1700,   d. Bef 3 Jan 1792, Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary DEERING 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F16184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah JONES 
    Children 
     1. Benjamin BALLARD, Jr.,   b. 25 Nov 1768, Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864, Probably VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  [natural]
     2. George BALLARD,   b. Abt 1758  [natural]
     3. Charles BALLARD,   b. Abt 1756,   d. Aft 1795, Fayette County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)  [natural]
     4. James BALLARD,   b. 4 Jun 1763, Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1856, Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)  [natural]
     5. Margaret BALLARD,   b. Abt 1771,   d. Sep 1851, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County [now Independent City], VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)  [natural]
     6. Mary Jane BALLARD  [natural]
     7. Hannah BALLARD  [natural]
     8. Ann BALLARD  [natural]
     9. William BALLARD  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F16188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth STEWART 
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F16382  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart