Introduction.

This blog has been offline for some time while the author has been trying to reconcile conflicting information.  Recent yDNA results have forced the conclusion that the commonly accepted progenitor of the line, Thomas Ballard of James City County, Virginia, is probably not the ancestor of the Ballards who descend from the brothers Bland Ballard of Spotsylvania County, John and Thomas Ballard of Albemarle County, and Richard Ballard of Caroline County.  The blog was taken private while these things were sorted out, but lack of time (blame the demands of the living) have prevented it, so with this caveat we will make it public again, while working to correct what we see as inaccuracies and errors here, which unfortunately have a tendency to be perpetuated by virtue of publication.  Perhaps readers can lend a hand and contribute information they know to be true.

Stephen M. Ballard

Saxe, Virginia
July 2013.

 Introduction (May 2011.)

The history of the Ballard family of Virginia and Kentucky is an interesting one, for it brings together the major currents of American history, beginning with the arrival of the Cavaliers of Virginia in the mid-1600s and the turbulence of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676, followed one hundred years later by the American Revolution, through the opening of the West with the expansion of the colonies after the Revolution.  We find participants in the brief war with England in 1812, followed by Antebellum prosperity linked tragically to the “peculiar institution” of slavery, leading inevitably to the War Between the States.  We conclude this study in the first third of the Twentieth Century.

The subject of this work, however, is known only to the descendants of a particular union with an illustrious member of the Ballard family, Bland Williams Ballard, the celebrated Kentucky pioneer and one of his slaves, a mixed-race woman known only as Flora.  We are fortunate to have a Narrative describing her descent, and it is transcribed in the pages that follow.  The genealogy uses this document as a starting point, and takes the family line forward and backward through time, as best as we are able, given the paucity of records in some counties due to the depredations of war, fire and neglect.

The section immediately following this introduction contains the Narrative, which is known to have been written by William Henry Ballard, Sr of Lexington, Kentucky (1862-1954).  Included is a companion genealogical chart believed to be contemporaneous with the Narrative, bearing the date 1933.

Below is an analysis of the Narrative in light of information learned from searching public records.  A comparison of the letter with contemporaneous sources reveals a number of minor inconsistencies, but for the most part the record supports the Narrative.  Also noted are areas of continued research.  Following that is another page providing a brief explanation of the results of genetic testing undertaken by the author in the spring of 2010.  The results prove descent from one branch of the Ballard family described here, but they do not definitively answer the still unresolved questions that inform this work.  Time — and testing of other Ballard descendants — will in time tell the full story.

The next section, The Founder: Thomas Ballard of James City County, Virginia (1630-1690) contains a narrowly focused genealogy of one of the Virginia and Kentucky branches of the Ballard family, beginning with the founder of the family in America, Thomas Ballard of James City County, Virginia (1630-1690).  This section covers the first five generations so that we have an understanding of Bland Williams Ballard’s origins and the accomplishments of his illustrious family; any more than that would be too exhausting a project in a single lifetime.  The goal of this section is to prove the descent of Bland Williams Ballard from Thomas Ballard of James City county by showing the interrelationship of the various branches as they moved from the Tidewater to the Piedmont, and over the Blue Ridge and the Appalachians into Kentucky.  Proof of some assertions of a familial relationship lie in these associations, family traditions and naming patterns, for more often than not, there is no direct documentary proof.  In the interest of brevity, the section is limited to descent in the male line.  Only those lines known to have continued to the present are carried down.  In some instances, the reader will find several generations described in a single entry; in others, the line will abruptly terminate, its purpose having been satisfied.  The reader must look elsewhere for a comprehensive genealogy of all branches of the family, for that is not the purpose of the present work.

The section called Dowan Ballard, Sr (c. 1825-1909) contains a genealogy of the mixed race descendants of Bland Ballard (presumably Bland Williams Ballard) and Flora down to the 1930s, with incidental information on a few descendants to the present.  The principal biographies are limited to individuals who were adults in 1930.  This termination date was chosen because the 1930 US Federal Census is the most recent available to us (as of this writing) and, more importantly, the scope is limited in order to protect the privacy of the living who may be offended by the publication of personal information, and to avoid arguments and dissension over the inclusion of more recent family milestones and events.

Following that is Origins, which includes information on possible English origins of the family.  Several interesting essays on the Colonial branches written by John M. Weisner of Richmond, Virginia that appeared in an online genealogy forum are included here in full, there being no reason to duplicate his thorough and exhaustive work.  And finally, the section called Allied Families contains information that helps tell the story of the evolution of the family in America.

Please keep in mind that at times we have relied upon the work of other researchers who may have relied upon secondary sources which, by definition, are not records that were created at the time of the event by witnesses to that event, although even primary sources should be scrutinized, due to the possibility of human error.  Therefore, the information contained therein is not to be relied upon and should be independently verified.

As with all works of this nature, it is by no means complete, nor is it definitive.  With time, additional primary sources will no doubt be published, and as new material becomes available, fresh information may come to light that could alter the relationships described here.  In the interest of privacy, please note that the names of living individuals are not included.  The author has tried to provide thorough and complete documentation, and any errors or omissions are his own.

                                                Stephen M. Ballard

Saxe, Virginia
May 2011.

54 Responses to Introduction.

  1. Jacqueline Record Straney says:

    Dear Sir, Do you have any information regarding the Ballard Line of North Carolina My Great Great Great
    Grandmother Penelope Ballard born about 1775 married in Orange Co., N.C. to Sion Record. They did move
    to Maury Co, Tenn., and Penelope died there in 1838, she was known to visit family in Kentucky several times.
    This has been a 30 year search I so hope you can help me. You have really put a lot of work into this and I think that is wonderful. Jacqueline Record Straney

    • I am actively researching the Ballards in North Carolina, but really just beginning. You say Penelope Ballard visited family in Kentucky; can you tell me which counties in Kentucky? Do you know who they were? I remember visiting Hillsborough, the county seat in Orange County, and learning of the extremely active Great Indian Trading Path that passed in front of Ayr Mount, a beautifully preserved plantation just outside of town. That just has me wondering if it would be worthwhile to study those old roads to see where they took people. Perhaps a group of Ballards traveled to the area down one of these roads (from Virginia, presumably). Where did Sion Record’s people come from? There is actually a Trading Path Association that is working to preserve and promote this little known part of our history. This poster gives a good illustration of the route.

      • Betty Sparks says:

        This is an amazing site. Thank you for making it public.

        Do you know anything about the William Ballard who died in Halifax, N.C in 1774? I saw him listed in the Lynne Miller work on NC Ballards but nothing about who his parents might be. When he moved to Halfiax Co. N.C., the witness for his land purchase was a Benjamin Ballard (!). This implies a close relationship, I have been told. What do you think?
        It has been written that he married Elizabeth Clopton but no proof of that has been found, to date.
        Betty Sparks
        besparksgm@gmail.com

      • Betty,

        I have a long wish list of subjects to study more, and the North Carolina lines is among them. At the moment finally working through another study of the Albemarle County lines. Also on the list: the Ballards who settled in Maryland, and the Albemarle descendants who settled in North Carolina and South Carolina. I exchanged emails with John Wiesner (who graciously allowed me to publish his work) who mentioned the connection of the Ballards with the Cloptons, which he thought showed a family connection to the York county line. He said he would share that with me, but never sent it — I haven’t pestered him for it. You’re probably familiar with this note: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dwarnerla&id=I1710

      • Betty Sparks says:

        I descend from the Edward Finch mentioned in that site.(married to Martha Ballard) I can prove (to DAR standards) to William Ballard, d. 1774 in Halifax, NC. But cannot prove (yet) the Clopton connection. I think I am attemtping to do what you are attempting: to PROVE each connection. What I’ve read about existing records in Va. makes our task daunting!! I am not aware of any living male descendant of my William Ballrd to have DNA tested.If there are, I will pay for the DNA tests. I have two other lines that DNA has upended previous held beliefs but this is o.k. What we want it the truth, whatever that may be.

        Would love to hear from anyone on this line: besparksgm@gmail.com

        And please keep me in mind with anything you might find on NC Ballards, especially WHO WAS THAT BENJAMIN BALLARD who witnessed for my William Ballard?

        Betty Sparks

      • Do you have an abstract or transcript of that deed you could share? Were there other witnesses?

        Poking around I found reference to a deed in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, in which a William Ballard of Halifax County, North Carolina, sold 200 acres in Mecklenburg. This suggests that this William may formerly have lived in Mecklenburg and was selling his land there after removing to North Carolina. Ignore the comment about halifax County, Virginia — it appears (to me) that they focused on the wrong thing.

        “Does anyone know if this is William Ballard a Quaker? Have heard there was a small Quaker settlement on Banister Riv in Halifax Co VIRGINIA, Page 362. Mar 11, 1767 from William Ballard of Halifax Counry, North Caralina, to James Farrell of Meck, for 40 £, a cerrain tract at land of about 200 acres in Meck on the lower side of Allens Cr bounded by Isbell, Nowell’s{Novell, Noel??} old line, Parks, Hatchel, Roffe, new line.signed William Ballard. Wit – > Edrnund Bugg, George Freeman, Anselm Bugg. Recorded Apr13, 1767.”

        http://newsarch.rootsweb.com/th/read/VAHALIFA/2002-04/1019576104

      • Betty Sparks says:

        Yes and yes. Back in a bit. Have to find it ….but do have it.
        Betty

      • Betty Sparks says:

        The Deeds of Halifax CO, North Carolina 1758-1771 abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley Jr. p. 63

        793-(389) MARY DODD and WILLIAM DODD of Lunenberg Co, Va. to WILLIAM BALLARD of Halifx Co 1 Oct. 1763 30 pounds of Virginia. 150 acres on south side of Roanoke River “near the mouth of Pork Creek” The land given to said Mary Dodd by her father’s will. Mary Dodd (x), William Dodd Wit: George Maybury (x), John Maybury, BEN BALLARD 17 Jan. 1764. AJ. : Jos. Monfort

  2. Amber says:

    This is so cool to find! I am thoroughly researching all of my family lines, although jumping around a bit – I started back up again with the Ballards and found this blog.

    My lineage is:

    10)Col Thomas Ballard (1631 – 1688)(10th great grandfather)
    9)Col Thomas Ballard Jr. (1655 – 1711) Son of Col Thomas
    8)William Ballard (1682 – 1754) Son of Col Thomas Bland 7)William Ballard Sr. (1704 – 1792) Son of William
    6)Phillip Ballard (1750 – 1824) Son of Bland William
    5)John William Ballard I (1785 – 1875) Son of Phillip
    4)William R Ballard (1811 – 1865) Son of John William 3)Squire Woodson ‘Wood’ A Ballard (1834 – 1912) Son of William R [GGG Grandfather]
    2)Sarah Belle Ballard (1857 – ) Daughter of Squire Woodson[Great Great Grandmother]
    1)John William Figgins (1888 – 1939) Son of Sarah Belle
    [Great Grandfather]
    0)Berle Wilson Figgins Sr. (1921 – 1995) Son of John William [Maternal Grandfather]

  3. Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

    This is an outstanding web site. Perhaps you can help me. I am trying to locate the diary of Harris Ballard. It is referenced in the SAR application of Henry Smith Ballard in 1942 and also in the work of Lynn Miller. I am hoping someone has made copies of it. I am a descendant of Harris Ballard.

    • Martha,

      We’ve corresponded over the years — nice to hear from you! My source of that information was the Sons of American Revolution application you reference. I would suspect that the diary of Harris Ballard was in the possession of Henry Smith Ballard in 1942; are there cousins you’ve lost touch with who might have it, assuming it survives?

      • Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

        I thought you might be the same Stephen Ballard I communicated with many years ago. I am so impressed with your site, an enormous amount of work has gone into it and it’s a line that has never been explored before.
        I’m trying to track down the descendants of Henry. I have the SAR application but the Hatcher Family Assoc won’t accept it as proof of Harris’ children, they want a copy of the actual diary. It would be nice for everyone in the Harris line so see the actual diary. I wish I knew a Ballard male descendant for the DNA test. If I hear anything on the diary I will be sure to let you know.
        Martha
        Vancouver, WA

  4. Scott Mitchell says:

    I’m hoping you can help me. My great-great-great grandmother was Charlotte Ballard, allegedly the daughter of John Ballard and Elizabeth Nalley, born in 1823 (again, allegedly because years of birth on census records are suspect). She married James Matthew (Madison) Johnson, and their daughter Annie married Richard Hilary Watson. Their daughter Mary Willie married Victor Ivo Boone. Their daughter, my grandmother), Mary Willie, married William Oscar Sweat.

    I know her last name is Ballard based on death certificates of her children. She’s listed as Lottie Ballard. The one thing, try as I might, I can’t actually confirm is that John Ballard and Elizabeth Nalley were her parents. She was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, and I know the Ballards were quite the presence in Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky.

    The last child in your section on John Ballard and Elizabeth Nalley is Ann Lucretia who was born in 1822. Could this be the same person? Were there possibly children born after Ann Lucretia?

    At present, at least with the Ballard line, I’m stuck. Thanks for any help you can offer.

    Scott
    Brentwood, TN

    • My knowledge of this line is limited to the secondary sources you see here, so unfortunately I have nothing more to add (at the moment, anyway).

      However, coincidentally, I have exchanged a couple of messages with another descendant of this line. May I share your email with her?

      • Scott Mitchell says:

        Yes, please share my email with her.

        I did find, in the Proctor Ballard section, a notation mentioning Charlotte (and her marriage to James Madison Johnson). She’s listed in the section about John (131) son of Proctor and Elizabeth Hammett.

        I believe she is related to this Ballard line, I’m just not sure how. My guess is that all the Ballards in Nelson County at that time were related. I’d just love to figure out her connection, and verify, if possible, if she’s the daughter of John and descended down through the generations from Thomas.

        Thanks.

      • Bland Ballard the fourth says:

        Hello, My name is bland Ballard the fourth I was born in Lexington Ky My father is Bland Ballard the third and my grandfather is Bland Ballard the second and so on this is amazing! My Email is buddyballard28@.com share it with who ever you would like

  5. cullowheedawg says:

    I am trying to find some information on the father of Lucy Ballard b 1799 in Virginia?? d 1882 in Dougherty County, GA. I think her father was James Ballard and it appears he died some time between 1805 and 1814. His wife was Francis ??? but later remarried and was Francis Ballard Gafford who I think died 7 Sept 1857 est.

  6. A. Smith-Karm says:

    I am was so excited to have found your Ballard Blog!!
    I am searching for something specific on Thomas Ballard B: 1630 and his son Thomas Ballard, Jr B 1665 in VA. I am trying to prove Thomas (Jr.) daughter, Elizabeth who married William Smith.
    I am hoping someone might point me in the right direction or have what I am in search of.

    I do have info on Elizabeth Ballard & William Smith children. Several of their grandsons served in the American Revolution.
    Thanks!

    • It took a while for me to find time to look into this — unfortunately, I have not researched the descendants of William Smith and Elizabeth Ballard. If there is anything you could share, it would be greatly appreciated. Everything I have on them appears on the blog.

  7. Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

    Stephen. You may already know of this site, but in the off chance you have not seen it yet.

    http://kdl.kyvl.org/newspapers.html

    A wide variety of KY newspapers are on line and searchable.

  8. Gerald Ward says:

    Wow! I too am glad I found this site. I am in the beginning stages of trying to locate my relatives. I was born into the family of R.S. and Thelma Hawkins Ballard August 15, 1942 in Pensacola, Florida. I was given up for adoption at birth. My father was believed to be a part of the U.S. Army at the time of my birth.

    If you can point me in some direction to begin the chase I would appreciate it. Gerald Ward

    • That’s a pretty broad request; I’ll email separately.

    • Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

      Gerald: The 1940 census will be out around April of this year (ancestry.com) and that may be a huge help in tracking your family. You can get a two week free trial on ancestry but you can also look at family trees on ancestry for free. A heads up though, many of the trees have incorrect information on them, but you may connect with others researching your tree.
      I had a couple Ballards in my line that wandered into Florida, I’ll check my line. Good luck.
      mhennagin@yahoo.com

  9. Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

    I have just started exploring this site, others may find it of great interest.

    http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/

    You can search by name, lots of Ballards!

  10. Jane says:

    Greetings,
    This is a beautiful blog in both content and style! I happened upon your site while researching my own first cousin lines of the marriage between John Thomas Ballard (b. 1/6/1834) m. (9/7/1854) Effie Winlock (b. 5/13/1833). Her grandfather, General Joseph Winlock is my 4G grandfather. I believe we share many ‘allied’ family crossovers—across hundreds of years. Thanks for the excellent and responsible genealogy tome. I am grateful to find this as an inspiration for my own work.

    How did you publish the fabulous rainbow colored pedigrees to your blog? They are so easy to follow. Is there some kind of pedigree app (or Word Press app) you have used for your entire site?

    Thank you so very much,
    Jane G.D.F.R. (initials only for privacy concerns)

    • Thank you so much. I wanted pedigrees to use as illustrations of each family group so its easier to comprehend relationships. I use Mac Family Tree to keep track of all the family lines, and with it I am able to generate the pedigrees, which I then copy as a jpeg file to my desktop, then insert into each page as an illustration. See this link for more information. I can’t say if its better or worse than others; its the only one I’ve used, and it has served me well.

      I do wish I had more time to devote to the blog — I have an important update I need to work on, but the living keep interfering.

  11. Jane says:

    Mac Family Tree rocks! I downloaded the demo after your post and LOVE it. Have struggled with reports in the (other) program I have been using…thanks TWICE today from all the living in me and our 86G,
    –Jane G.D.F.R.

  12. Don says:

    Stephen,
    Ancestry.com is connecting William Ballard of MA with Thomas Ballard of VA with Henry and Elizabeth as parents.

    Do you have any knowledge of the relationship?

    Don
    Charleston, SC

    • I’ve seen many variations of this claim, but no proof has ever been presented, to my knowledge. Does this tree you consulted provide documentary proof? I just did a search on Ancestry and came across the following persons listed as the parents of Thomas Ballard of James City county, born 1630:

      Parents:
      1. William Ballard and Elizabeth Lee
      2. Henry Ballard and Anne —
      3. Thomas Ballard and — Chelsey
      4. Henry Ballard and Anna Napper
      5. William Ballard and Mary Elizabeth Grissel
      6. Thomas Ballard and Anna Napper

      I know some of these names from the Herald’s Visitations, but no proof of connections of those families with America.

    • Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

      Hi Don. I’ve been digging up Ballards for about 30 years and have seen folks try and tie the northern and southern lines together for all 30 years but no real proof has been forthcoming. I love ancestry but there is a lot of wishful thinking in some of the trees.

  13. Ray Reyes says:

    Hello,

    Your site is very informative. Thank you for putting all of the information together. My mother’s maiden name is Ballard and we were going over the information she has on our family tree and she has our line of the family as descendants from Dowan Ballard.

    She had a few questions to verify the information that she has. Could you send me your email so I can ask them for her? My email is raimundo.reyes@gmail.com.

    Thanks,
    Ray Reyes

  14. Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

    Stephen;
    I am still working finding proof of Harris Ballard b. 1785 (probably really 1765) being the father of my Jesse Ballard. The SAR application of Henry Smith Ballard that refers to the diary of Harris Ballard has not been found. The only male descendant of Henry Smith Ballard died without issue and there is no existing record as to what happened to his personal effects. The SAR has been totally uncooperative regarding the application and supporting documents that may have accompanied it. The local SAR believes the national office destroyed all supporting documents they had years ago. (That made me scream) Henry Smith Ballards bio is so full of errors as to be useless. I have tracked down a few supposed descendants of Harris Ballard but none have enough interest to agree to a DNA test.
    The hunts continues.
    I spend a great deal of time at my local FHC reading microfilms. If there are any films you would like looked at I would be happy to order them and give you a report and/or scan of any records of interest.
    Martha

  15. Val says:

    Hello. My maiden name is Ballard and I was doing some research on the name and found this. Just trying to find more info on my family. Thanks, by the way there are tons in the state of Maryland!

  16. Trish McDonald nee Johnson says:

    I am interested in using your research and need to reference it. I am only ‘publishing’ to my immediate family. Can you please let me know how you wish to be referenced eg as a blog?

    I am related to the Ballards of Mecklenberg County, Virginia on my maternal grandfather. I’ve seen alot of the Ballards on my paternal grandfather Quaker side although we are not directly related.

    Thanks

    Trish McDonald

  17. Jack Ballard says:

    hi Stephen,

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the work you’re doing. I’m a descant of Bland W and have been trying to work through some of the details of the movements of the Ballard’s from VA to KY (my grandfather was Jack Ballard (Joseph Damon) of Marion County). Best, Jack Ballard, Jr.

    • Many thanks, Jack — always appreciated. Have you had a yDNA test? If you’re a descendant in the male line, you should, and participate in the Ballard DNA Group. Family Tree DNA is having a “sale” until the end of the year. The more people who test, the larger the pool of genes to compare and help sort out those nagging problems where records may not exist. Test to the highest level you’re comfortable paying for in order to get the best data.

  18. roboslater says:

    10th – Thomas Ballard is my direct 10th great paternal grandfather. For lineage is:
    9th – Thomas Ballard, Sr. (1630-1689)
    8th – Thomas Ballard, Jr. (1654-1711)
    7th – William Ballard (1675 or 1687 – 1754)
    6th – William Ballard Jr. (1715-1794)
    5th – David Ballard (1750-1822)
    4th – Joseph Ballard (1770–1848)
    3rd – John Ballard (1793-1846)
    2nd great gfa – Gov. David Wesley Ballard (1824-1883)
    great gmo – Florence Ballard (married John Berry Slater) (1861-1934)
    gfa – Ronald Ballard Slater (1892-1972)
    fa – Ronald Ballard Slater Jr.
    Ronald Albert Slater (me)

    I have research.

  19. Gino Taormina says:

    I understand that this site is mainly for the Ballards of VA & KY, but I was hoping someone out there could help me with some info on the Ballards of MD( Somerset/Worcester Counties). I am trying to find the parents of Daniel Ballard born 1791-94 in Snow Hill, Worcester Co. MD. He was married to Nancy Bowen on 1/7/1840. His children were my great grandfather Edward(1841) who married Mary A. Hall in 1868, William(1843) & Virginia(1848). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • I see from the 1850 census that your Daniel Ballard (age 56) and his wife Nancy (along with the children you name) are enumerated on the same page as George R. (54) and Levin (65), who are probably his brothers. The three households come one after another — the proximity is no accident.

      Daniel’s house was in Manokin, in Princess Anne County, according to this National Register application.

      http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/stagsere/se1/se5/019000/019700/019748/pdf/msa_se5_19748.pdf

      Levin and Daniel appear to have served in the Militia during the War of 1812, having mustered out of Somerset. See page I-59 of the attached. A “Severn Ballard” is also named. I have no idea who Severn might be, but someone of the name appears in several British publications of the time, usually as “John Severn Ballard.”

      http://www.colonialroots.com/wp-content/free/mdeasternshoremilitia.pdf

      Interestingly, a Levin Ballard is named in a lawsuit from 1769 in Somerset, which suggests it may be worth looking at this individual as a possible relation, assuming they are brothers.

      http://books.google.com/books?id=g0gOAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA315&lpg=PA315&dq=%22levin+ballard%22&source=bl&ots=8Jf5-036J8&sig=lP-9pk0Ik7dw1wGsg0P8iFIEsDM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=594QU6DnC6bn2wX5joCIBw&ved=0CCcQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=%22levin%20ballard%22&f=false

      If Levin and Daniel do prove to be brothers, then you need to explore the following. The paragraph in the link below describes the lineage of one William Wirt Ballard, born in November 15, 1835. The 1850 Census mentioned above (available on Familysearch.org) shows Levin Ballard, age 65, Sally, 60, Sarah, 29, Margaret, 23, and William W., 14 (born 1835 — the census enumeration took place in September 1850).

      According to this sketch, this William Wirt Ballard was the son of Levin Ballard and Sarah M. (Willing) Ballard. Levin fought in the War of 1812 and was a Captain, as we saw from the muster list above.

      Levin’s father was Jarvis Ballard, a revolutionary war soldier.

      Jarvis’ father was a George Ballard who came to America from England in 1732.

      I don’t know the source of all this information, but its a good start. Note that it was written when William Wirt Ballard was living, so he was likely the source of this lineage.

      http://genealogytrails.com/vir/craig/biographies.html

      I find this very interesting. Your job now, I think, is to confirm whether or not Levin, Daniel and George are brothers (note: there is a William H., age 62, listed in George’s household – no clue of their relationship), and take it from there. Hope this helps.

  20. A correction: the Daniel Ballard farm referenced above belonged to a different Daniel Ballard. This is evident from reading the National Register application attached to that document.

    Interestingly, a Jarvis Ballard house survives, and is listed in the National Register as “The Waddy House.” See the Somerset County, Maryland listings here: http://www.mdihp.net/index.cfm

  21. Joyce Banet says:

    Stephen do you have to be male in order to get in on the DNA testing? My 4th great grandfather
    was Proctor Ballard of Bardstown Ky. I descend from his 2nd wife Mary Ann Woodward..

    • I’m not an expert but I just learned that you the test to take under those circumstances is an autosomal DNA test. Family tree DNA has one called Family Finder, and it’s just $99. I just ordered it myself; no results available yet. You should do it.

    • Scott Mitchell says:

      Janet – Proctor is my 5 x GG. I descend from his marriage to Elizabeth Hammett.

  22. Joyce Banet says:

    Thanks for information . I will check this out. Have a great day, Joyce

  23. Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

    Stephen; While we are on the subject – I recently submitted YDNA to Family Tree for another line. I do have MT DNA on my brother, a descendant of Micajah Ballard and Thomas Ballard via our great grandmother. (solid paper trail) Would it be beneficial to the DNA study to have his results trfr’d to FT?

  24. Martha Hennagin Cieglo says:

    My error, the paper trail I have is from Richard Ballard to Micajah, not from Thomas!

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