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  • Name --- BALLARD 
    Gender Male 
    • (1) The Progenitor of the Ballards of Essex and Caroline Counties, Virginia< s-ballard-of-james-city-county-virginia-william-ballard-of-york-caroli ne-counties-virginia-c-1668-c-17/>:

      We have concluded that Bland Ballard of Spotsylvania County, John and Thomas Ballard of Albemarle County, Richard Ballard of Essex and Bedford Counties and William Ballard of Caroline County are the sons of an as yet unidentified progenitor of this line. As time allows, the narrative will be updated. Use the conclusions below with caution. . . .

      The progenitor of this line of the Ballard family probably married a relation of the Bland family, which provided that name and others that recur repeatedly among these descendants. We do know that branches of the Bland family resided in that part of the Northern Neck of Virginia where William may have had property, and a branch resided along the James River in Charles City County. Forenames popular among the Northern Neck Blands appear in later generations of the Ballard family - namely George, James and Benjamin - among descendants of Bland Ballard.

      These sons could have received their bequests from their father's estate as they came of age, at the discretion of their guardian, which could explain their sons' cash purchase of land - Bland Ballard in 1734, Thomas Ballard in 1738, and William Ballard in 1743.

      Many include the little known Philip Ballard and sometimes Ambrose Bullard as part of this family, but there seem to have been no connection between these lines. Also, the author is of the opinion that the descendants of the Quaker branches may be related, but are more distant cousins. This suspicion that is strengthened by the results of genetic testing that place several descendants in Lineage Group III of the Ballard DNA Project. For this reason possible descendants are not carried further down in this work, at least for now. We do believe Richard, Bland, Thomas and John had a brother named William, but had difficulty distinguishing him from the other William Ballards then living in Caroline County.

      Recent writings on the genealogy of William Ballard of Essex county and his descendants place him, without concrete proof, in Essex or King and Queen counties, Virginia. The number of William Ballards appearing in the records defy accurate accounting. A William Ballard is named in an action for debt brought by James Booth and Thomas Davis against Stephen Chenault and William Ballord on 15 September 1724. (Stephen Chenault was the father of Howlett Chenault, whose widow Mary Byum married another William Ballard and removed to Bedford County, Virginia). This William Ballard is believed to have died between 1741, when he last appeared in a court record, and 1753, when his widow, Philadelphia, conveyed her dower interest in a tract of land in Essex county.

      He is believed to have married Philadelphia _____, who was living about 1751 and as late as 2 October 1754 in St. Anne's Parish, Essex county, Virginia, when an indenture was recorded on 2 October 1754 conveying Philadelphia's dower interest in land to John Lee of Essex county, her son John Ballard having sold the land to John Noell on 19 January 1747, who had in turn sold the land to John Lee. . . .

      So here we have simply a release of dower interest in property that once belonged to her husband, inherited by the son, and sold by him to John Noell, who in turn sold it to John Lee. This does not prove - or even suggest - a connection between the Ballard and Lee families. There is an earlier deed dated 19 January 1747 that referenced "the line of old William Ballard," which likely refers to the property then owned by Philadelphia's husband, William. The John who conveyed the property to John Noell would have inherited it from his father William by right of primogeniture. In 1752 the John listed below was of age and living in Louisa County, so it is possible that this William is the progenitor of this line, but we are not yet convinced. Perhaps studying the background of Philadelphia's witnesses might provide a clue.

      The children of _____ Ballard and _____ Bland were:

      [i] RICHARD, who married Mary _____.

      [ii] WILLIAM, of Essex and Caroline counties, Virginia.

      [iii] BLAND, married Mary Deering.

      [iv] THOMAS, married Susannah Hesson. . . .

      [v] JOHN, married _____.

      [vi] Alice, married (1) John Noel and (2) John Stanley (born 11 October 1691, died 17 July 1783) in New Kent county, Virginia.
    Person ID I37274  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2022 

    Family --- BLAND 
     1. Richard BALLARD, Sr.,   b. Bef 1699, of Essex County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1799  (Age > 100 years)
     2. 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)
     3. Thomas BALLARD,   b. Abt 1716,   d. Bef 9 May 1782, Albemarle County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     4. John BALLARD, Sr.,   b. Abt 1719,   d. Abt Mar 1780, Albemarle County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     5. William BALLARD
     6. Alice BALLARD
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F16117  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart