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Dowan BALLARD, Sr.

Male Abt 1825 - 1909  (~ 84 years)

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  • Name Dowan BALLARD 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1825  KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 28 Dec 1907  Madison County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 21 Jul 1909  Jackson, Madison County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 10 Aug 1909  Madison County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Dowan Ballard, Sr of Franklin County, Kentucky (c. 1825-1909) < county-kentucky-c-1825-1909/>:

      Dowan Ballard, according to family tradition, son of Bland Ballard (most likely Bland Williams Ballard) and his servant Flora, was born between 1820 and 1825, but most likely c. 1825 at Ghent, Kentucky, and died 21 July 1909 at Jackson, Tennessee.

      Born into slavery, he was sold by Bland Ballard to John Macklin at Stamping Ground, Franklin county, Kentucky c. 1845-1847. John and his brother Alexander Macklin were prominent, wealthy farmers; John cultivated wheat and became a successful miller in the New Orleans trade; Alexander was a wealthy hog farmer. The brothers were the sons of Hugh Macklin, who settled in Kentucky in 1798.

      Dowan was later sold to Dr Benjamin P. Duvall, who resided near the Forks of Elkhorn in Franklin county, three-quarters of a mile east of Frankfort. The date of this sale is unknown, though it is likely after 1852 since, according to a Macklin family bible in Winchester, Kentucky, a slave named Dowen was born March 22, 1852 at the Macklin farm, and Dowan's son Flournoy died in August 1852, according to the Franklin county records. Franklin county vital statistics identify "Flourney" ("Flournoy") as a slave belonging to John Macklin.

      He married first Matsy _____, who died shortly after their marriage at the Macklin farm (likely before 1852), and married second Harriet _____, who according to Dowan's son William Henry Ballard died in a fire at the Duvall farm (the fact that the birth of a possible son Dowen was recorded in a Macklin family bible suggests that this recollection is in error).

      Dowan married third c. 1854 Matilda Bartlett of Franklin county, Kentucky, who was born in 1835 and lived at the Butler farm, which was adjacent to the Duvall's; this was probably the residence of Dr James Butler. Following Emancipation Dowan Ballard and Matilda Bartlett lived at the Butler farm, then removed to Louisville, Kentucky in 1870. They relocated to Jackson, Tennessee in 1886, and remained there until their deaths.

      The 1870 US Federal Census shows that on 17 June 1870 Dowan, Matilda and their sons William and Dowan Jr resided in the household of two doctors, C. T. Carpenter and William Clark in the 7th Ward of the city of Louisville, where their trade is identified as "house work." The 1880 US Federal Census places them in Louisville, but this time Dowan is identified as head of the household, but without an occupation ("none"); Matilda's is illegible, and the boys are "at school." On 21 January 1886 he purchased property from W. D. Robinson in Jackson, Tennessee, where he lived the remainder of his life.

      The 1900 US Federal Census reveals that Dowan and Matilda Ballard resided at 185 N. High Street in Jackson, Tennessee. Dowan's date of birth is listed as October 1827; Matilda's as October 1829; as previously noted, these dates are probably in error. Neither could read or write, but he owned his house free of a mortgage.

      Matilda Bartlett died 7 December 1907 and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Jackson, Tennessee, where her tombstone inscription reads Matilda Ballard, 1835-1907, Faithful Unto Death.

      In his will dated 28 December 1907 and recorded 10 August 1909, Dowan Ballard, Sr devised his property to his sons William H. Ballard and Dowan D. Ballard, naming his son Dowan D. Ballard as his administrator.

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      To whom it may concern: This is my last will and testament, being of sound mind and in full possession of all my faculties, revoking all other wills.

      (1) I want all of my just debts and funeral expenses paid after my death from estate.

      (2) Whatever remains of my possessions both personal and real estate, I devise and bequeath to my sons William H. Ballard and Dowan D. Ballard in fee simple to be equally divided between them as seems best to them. Should neither of them be living at my death, their heirs shall inherit whatever part or parts of my estate is then remaining sharing equal parts.

      (3) I appoint my son Dowan D. Ballard administrator without bond to wind up my affairs as herein expressed.

      Witness my hand and seal this 28th day of Dec 1907.

      Dowan (X) Ballard [his mark]

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      The children of Dowan Ballard and his first wife Matsy _____ were:

      [i] JOHN WILLIAM, married Anna Maria Smith.

      [ii] Flournoy, born 5 April 1849, died August 1852, of typhoid.

      The child of Dowan Ballard and his second wife Harriet _____ was:

      [iii] Dowen, born 22 March 1852, and presumably died young; nothing more is known of him and his mother Harriet beyond a notation in a Macklin family bible.

      The children of Dowan Ballard and Matilda Bartlett were:

      [iv] Richard, possibly the Richard identified as a slave of J. R. Butler, born 1 February 1861; died young.

      [v] WILLIAM HENRY, married Elizabeth (Bessie) Hudson Brady.

      [vi] DOWAN DAVID, married Henriette E. Cottles.
    Person ID I37479  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Father Bland Williams BALLARD,   b. 16 Oct 1759, Spotsylvania County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1853, Shelby County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Flora (BALLARD) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F16212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Matsy (BALLARD) 
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F16433  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Harriet (BALLARD) 
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F16434  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Matilda BARTLETT,   b. 1835,   d. 7 Dec 1907, Jackson, Madison County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married Abt 1854 
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F16435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart