Recently we corresponded with a descendant of a branch of the family that settled in Campbell county, Tennessee after the American Revolution. This cousin opted for the 37-Marker test, and we match at Genetic Distance 1 at that level and the 25-Marker test (we are an exact match with 12- Marker test), which means there has been a mutation on a single marker; all others are identical. I am not going to pretend to fully understand these results or try to explain it, but suffice to say that this is proof of a common ancestor within a genealogical timeframe. For more information, please see this page and explanations on the Family Tree DNA website.
My Ballard family is from east TN. My research suggests that my Ballard family line may have originated in Bedford CO, VA, with Micajah Ballard, who moved to Campbell CO, TN (from Bedford Co, Va?), although I only have 1 document to support Micajah as my 4th Great Grandfather.
There were just a few male Ballards that were in Campbell Co in the 1820’s. I believe there was a Richard Ballard, Winston Ballard & Micajah Ballard. Others have indicated that Micajah Ballard and Nancy Ryan were wed in Bedford. I have no census records indicating that Micajah Ballard my 4th Great Grandfather other than that Micajah’s remains were moved when the Powell River was flooded by the TVA for the Norris Dam/Lake project in the 1930’s. His remains were confirmed by a J.S. Sherman. My 2nd Great Grandfather was James Sherman Ballard. I have found no other Ballards in that area and during that time period (1930’s) with initials J. S.
Here is a brief pedigree, as it appears on the Ballard DNA Surname Project website:
- (Micajah Ballard?) b. c 1787 Bedford Co VA d. 1860 Campbell Co TN, m Nancy Ryan
- Silas Ballard b. c 1826 Campbell CoTN d c 1884 Union Co/Campbell Co? TN m. Mary (Longmire?)
- James Sherman Ballard b. 1867 Campbell Co TN d 1939 Campbell Co TN m. Lockie Bridges
- William McKinley Ballard b. 1898 CampbellCo TN d 1976 Campbell Co TN m Rachel Capps
What is the origin of this particular branch of the family? There is much work to do to sort it out, and for my own understanding I’ve been reviewing my notes and files, and searched the archives of the Ballard family history mailing lists. Special thanks go to Lynne D. Miller, whose tireless work to cataloging, studying and documenting all Ballard lines and managing the Ballard list proved invaluable.
A word of warning: the data collected here is secondary in nature, and requires corroboration by a search of original records. Some citations are incomplete because the researcher who made the post neglected to include them; we will endeavor, in the future, to find more accurate information. Names and dates on family trees that did not provide supporting references are not included here. You may seek them out yourself by searching the archives of the Ballard List.
Richard Ballard of Essex County,Virginia
We begin our search in Essex county, where the earliest record we have found referencing a Richard Ballard is dated 9 October 1713, when a Richard Ballard appears as a witness in a lawsuit between Richard Guggy and Abner Gray.1 The legal age in colonial Virginia to appear in a court action was 14 or older, so presumably this Richard Ballard was born c. 1699 or earlier (see this summary of “Legal Age” for additional information).
On 16 November 1722 a Richard Ballard (assuming it is the same Richard Ballard) is joined in a conveyance by his wife, Joane Martin, the daughter of Edward Martin, to complete the sale of 25 acres of land in Essex county to Patrick Kernal, the land being “the moity & half part of the land which Edward Martin, late of the county, died seized of, who was the father of Joan Ballard, wife of Richard Ballard.” Since the conveyance was for the “half part” of thelandofEdward Martin, we conclude that he land was devised to or inherited by Joan, and the other half became the property of one of her siblings.2
The Essex county records find other Ballards residing in the county. For example, on 19 February 1733, Joel Ballard is named administrator of the estate of a William Ballard; presumably son and father, William having died intestate.3 Several weeks later on 7 March 1733 a William Ballard is named an appraiser for the estate of Thomas Green;4 this William is possibly the son of the William Ballard who died earlier that year, possibly the brother of Joel; the deceased William being the likely husband of Philadelphia Ballard who resided in Essex and is presumed by some researchers to be the ancestor of Bland Ballard of Spotsylvania county, Virginia. See this page for a discussion of William Ballard and Philadelphia Ballard.
Spotsylvania county was created in 1720 from Essex, King William, and King and Queen counties, and Caroline county was created out of the same three counties in 1728. The surviving records of all of these counties should be searched for pertinent records.
The records of the Cedar Creek Monthy Meeting of the Society of Friends (the Quakers) helps fill in the gaps of the activities and movements of this Ballard family. The key family relationship being the 1753 marriage of Susannah, daughter of Richard Ballard, who is “disowned for marriage out of unity to — Stone.”5
Stone family researchers have identified Susannah Ballard’s husband as Eusebius Stone (b. c.1732-1798), the son of William Stone (b. c. 1700-c. 1775) and Elizabeth Ann — (b. c. 1704-?). The Stone family used several very distinctive forenames repeatedly – Eusebius, Jeremiah, Micajah, and Manoah. The appearance of Micajah Ballard, son of Richard Ballard, leads to the unproven conclusion that Richard Ballard, Sr had married a member of the Stone family, who are known to be Quakers; most likely the Mary — that is named in a deed recorded January 1744 in Caroline county.6
However it should also be noted that the name “Micajah” also appears among descendants of Christopher Clark, whose family settled in Hanover county in a portion that became Louisa county and later, in 1744, Albemarle county. Members of this Clark family intermarried with the Anthony , Johnson, Terrell and Moorman families, known Quakers who intermarried with the Ballard family.7
The Quaker records make mention several times of Richard Ballard/Ballord; in 1748, “Richard Ballord & his” signed the Monthly Meeting book as a token they were Frs (Friends) and mbr (members) of this Monthly Meeting.”8 A later entry in 1753 mentions Richard “under care” of the Monthly Meeting; “under care” is their shorthand for a “request for membership”, which indicates that the latter Richard is a different person than the one who signed the MM book in 1748.9 An entry of 1750 names Thomas Ballard, son [of] Richard of Caroline county, disowned.10 One could be disowned for any number of reasons, but the principal reasons were for marrying out of the faith or owning slaves.
In October 1753 we have one last a deed recorded in Caroline county from Richard Ballard and Mary his wife to Abraham Willson.11
Richard Ballard and his family appear to have removed to Bedford county, Virginia about 1755, along with his daughter Susannah (Ballard) Stone and Eusebius Stone, as demonstrated by a series of conveyances and records in that county. On 25 August 1755, Benjamin Orrick conveyed land to Richard Ballard;12 that same date he conveyed 340 acres to Thomas Ballard;13 in 1760 this same land was conveyed by Thomas Ballard and his wife Usly to Usebius Stone.14
In 1761, Richard Ballard, Senior conveyed to Richard Ballard, Jr. 200 acres of the 400 acres he acquired from Benjamin Orrick in 1755.15 Since his wife did not join in the conveyance in order to release her dower interest, we assume she had died by this time.
Two years later on 28 June 1763, Micajah Ballard obtained from Richard Stith, on behalf of the Executors of Richard Randolph, 240 acres in Bedford county.16 On 25 July 1769, Micajah Ballard joined by his wife Joice conveyed to David Preston 50 acres, part of the 240 acres acquired in 1763.17
Land dealings in the family continued: on 23 August 1769, Thomas Ballard and Ursley, his wife conveyed land to David Finley;18 on 28 November 1769, Richard Ballard conveyed land to Henry Straton; a wife did not join in the conveyance; it is unclear if this was the father or son, for Richard Ballard, Jr appears not to have married.19 On 22 May 1770, Richard Ballard, Sr. Acquired 90 acres from Benjamin Greer, Sr and his wife, Mary; witnesses to this transaction include Thomas Preston and Micajah Ballard.20
The relationships become clear later on 5 November 1770, when Richard Ballard, Sr. Executed two deeds in order to create a life estate for the benefit of his children. The first deed conveyed his slaves and other personal property, and the second his real property, to Thomas Preston, William Bramblet, Thomas Ballard, Eusebius Stone, Richard Ballard, Jun. And Micajah Ballard. A small sum is given to Elizabeth Orricks, likely his daughter, who was either estranged in some way or already provided for; perhaps she was a daughter from his first marriage. A power of attorney executed 22 November 1770 makes clear the family relationships, with Thomas Preston, William Bramblet and Eusebius Stone having married daughters of Richard Ballard, Sr.:
November 5, 1770 – Richard (x) Ballard to Thomas Preston, Bramblet, Thomas Ballard, Eusebius Stone, Richard Ballard Jun. and Micajah Ballard. Twenty pounds. The following slaves to wit, Ben: Moll, and Phoebe and all Pheleys children and the increase of them and all my stocks of horses cattle, sheep and hogs and all my house furniture and my plantation tools to have and to hold etc.21
November 5, 1770 – Richard (x) Ballard of Bedford County to Thomas Preston, and William Bramblett and Thomas Ballard and Eusebius Stone and Richard Ballard and Micajah Ballard. 50 pounds. All those messages or tenements situate lying and being in the said county of Bedford and one containing ninty five acres on Gills creek which the said Richard Ballard Ser. Purchased of Benjamin Greer the bounds of which tract or Parcel of Land will more fully appear i the deed from the said Benjamin Greer to the said Richard Ballard and other containing one hundred and forty eight acres on the same creek which the said Richard Ballard Sr. purchased of David Claeton.22
November 22, 1770 – Know all men by these Presents that we Thomas Ballard of the Province of North Carolina in Roan Co. [Rowan county covered the entire western section of North Carolina until 1771] and Eusebius Stone of Pittsylvania and Colony of Virginia and Richard Ballard of Bedford Co. and Micajah Ballard of Bedford County and Colony of Virginia Each and Every one of us are held and firmly bound unto Thomas Preston and William Bramblet of Bedford Co. and Colony of Virginia in the first and full sum of one thousand Pounds Lawful money of Virginia to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors admr. or assigns firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and Dated this 22 Day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas Richard Ballard Sen. hath conveyed all his Estate unto Thomas Ballard, Eusebius Stone and Richard Ballard Jr. and Micajah Ballard and Thomas Preston and William Bramblett as will more fully appear in the Deeds we the above Mentioned Thomas Ballard, Richard Ballard, Eusebius Stone and Micajah Ballard we do hereby jointly and severally agree to make both Thomas Preston and William Bramblett our Certain and Lawful attorney the soul and full management and conduct of the Estate of Richard Ballard Sen. as followeth to wit to employ an Overseer to Look after the Business and Endeavor to Raise Crops as and Manage as appears. Most convenient and Improve the said Estate also to Collect all just Debts Dues and Demands of the said Estate also to Discharge all Lawful Debts & Demands that shall come against the said Estate also that they the said Thomas Preston and William Bramblett should maintain or cause to be maintained the said Richard Ballard, Senr. During his life at the Expense of fifteen Pounds per year also to do….. Thomas Preston fifteen Pounds and also William Bramblet fifteen Pounds also unto Elizabeth Orricks. Lawful heirs of her Body daughters of Richard Ballard Sen. fifteen Pounds as per Legacies out of the said Estate Lawful money of Virginia and the said Thomas Preston and William Bramblett shall Cause the Increase of the said Estate to be put to a Lawful use for the Benefit of the heirs there of and after the Decease of Richard Ballard Sr. that the said Thomas Preston and William Bramblett shall cause a sail to be made of the said Estate and an Equal Division of the Clear Estate Between Thomas Ballard, Richard Ballard and Eusebius Stone and Micajah Ballard, Thomas Preston and William Bramblett and …. to which Covenant & agreements we above bound Thomas Ballard and Richard Ballard and Eusebius Stone & Micajah Ballard doth by Virtue of the above Written Presents firmly bind ourselves heirs our executors Admrs. or assigns firmly by these Presents. Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of us: Henry Straton,. Harris Toney.23
On 23 June 1772, Micajah Ballard conveyed most of his land in Bedford to his brother, Richard Ballard,24 and on 23 January 1776 sells to Thomas Preston all his interest in his father’s estate; this conveyance states that his father, Richard Ballard, Sr., is still living.25 In 1779 he conveyed the 50 acres he obtained from Richard Stith to Thomas Preston, and that same date conveyed to Eusebius Stone all his other worldly possessions.26
A curious notice appears in The Virginia Gazette of 23 September 1775:
Bedford, August 15, 1775
Whereas my wife Anne hath left me, without just cause for so doing, and as she may perhaps endeavor to run me in Debt, and effect my Ruin, these are to forewarn all Persons from harboring or trusting her on my account, as I am determined to pay no Debts of her contracting from this Date. Richard Ballard, Sen.27
Thereby proving that Richard Ballard, Sr. had re-married, albeit not happily.
On 15 January 1774, Richard Ballard (presumably Junior) is named as of Pittsylvania county and conveys his interest in the bequest of Richard Ballard, Sr. To Eucebous (Eusebius) Stone.28 No wife conveys a dower interest; presumably he is unmarried. Another deed effectively conveying the same thing is recorded 28 June 1779.29
Micajah Ballard’s Revolutionary War Pension File & Last Will & Testament
Perhaps with the sale of his last bit of land in Bedford county, Micajah Ballard removed to Ohio, where he made his Revolutionary War Pension Application and his will, which was dated 17 May 1821 and recorded in Lawrence county, Ohio. He may have relocated to southern Ohio to join the Quaker community there; Lawrence county is the southernmost county in the state, fronting on the Ohio river across from Kentucky.
Pension Application of Micajah Ballard S44326
Transcribed and annotated by C. Leon Harris
The State of Ohio Lawrence County, ss:
On the sixth day of December 1819 before me the subscriber the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the 8th Circuit of the State of Ohio personally appeared Micajah Ballard aged eighty three years who being by me first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following statement and declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the late law of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War.
That he is a citizen of the State of Ohio and resident of the County of Lawrence and that he was enlisted for eighteen months at Bedford County in the State of Virginia on or about the first day of September 1780 under Captain Lumpkins and served in the Company commanded by Captain Morton of the first Regiment of Virginia Troops under the command of Colonel A. Buford [Abraham Buford], that he continued to serve in the said Corpse or in the service of the United States in the continental army against the common enemy untill about the first of March 1782 when he was honorably discharged from service at Charlotte Town North Carolina he further states that he never was in any battle he also states that he is in reduced circumstances and stands in need of the assistance of his Country for support; and that on the 1 day of January 1782 he hired one Benjamin Galleway [probably Benjamin Gallaway] who had to servest about two months the discharge which he received is herewith inclosed
Micajah (X) Ballard
The bearer Micajah Ballard having changed places & furnished a man in the continental service till the 1st Jan’y 1782 will be discharged the service when his time expires in the Militia A Buford Col.
The State of Ohio }
Lawrence County. ss }
On this tenth day of August in the year 1820 appeared in open Court of Common Pleas for the 8th Circuit of the state of Ohio in the County of Lawrence (it being made a Court of Record by the statute of the state of Ohio organizing said Court) Micajah Ballard, aged eighty three years, who being sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the provision made by the act of Congress of the 18 of March 1818 and on the first of May 1820 and the said Ballard enlisted for eighteen months at Bedford County State of Virginia on or about the first day of September 1780 in the company commanded by Captain Lumkins, afterwards served in the company commanded by Capt. Morton of the first Regiment of Virginia troops commanded by Colonel A Buford, and that he continued to serve in the said Corps in the service of the United States on continental establishment against the common enemy until about the first of March 1782 when he was honorably discharged from service at Charlotte Town North Carolina he never was in any Battle – he has no other evidence now in his power of his said service except what is herewith transfered – and in pursuance of the act of the first of May 1820.
I do solemnly swear that I was a resident Citizen of the United States on the 18 day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled “an act to provide for certain person engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War” passed on the 18 day of March 1818 and that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other than what is contained in the Schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed — he is a farmer by occupation, unable to labor to labor by reason of age and infirmity, has a wife about eighty three years of age very infirm, one Daughter aged fifty years —
Micajah his(X)mark Ballard
Schedule of Property
Two Cows & two calves $30.00
Six hogs 12.00
One horse beast 45.00
One bed & Beding 20.00
A few articles of house hold furniture 10.00
no real estate – $117 00
Micajah (X) Ballard
[Harris Ballard, 51, certified that his father, Micajah Ballard, served as stated. Elizabeth Ballard, 56, certified the statement of Micajah Ballard.]
NOTE: A document in the file states that Micajah Ballard died on 6 June 1821.
The Will of Micajah Ballard has been transcribed here, and appears below. It is recorded in Lawrence Co. Ohio Will Book 1, p. 146.
The Will of Micajah Ballard
Being weak in body, but of sound and perfect memory, and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, I do constitute and appoint this my last will and testament, bearing date this seventeenth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty one, revising and annulling all other wills heretofore by me made either in writing or otherwise, and for the disposing of such money or property that it hath pleased God to endow me with.
I do give and depose of them after the following manner ? that is to say ? First of all, my will and desire is that my just debts be paid after my decease or (?) in the time provided by law in that case.
Secondly is my will and desire is that my wife, Joice Ballard, remains in place and possession of my whole estate during her natural life.
Thirdly I give to my daughter, Elizabeth Ballard, all the property that she hath heretofore received of me and one half of all my estate at her mother¹s death.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my son, Harris Ballard, all the property that he has heretofore received of me to have and to hold and which I desire may be considered in full of his claim against my estate.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my son, Stephen Ballard, all the property heretofore received of me to have and to hold and which I desire may be considered in full of his claim against my estate.
Sixthly, I give and bequeath to my son, Micajah Ballard, all the property that he has heretofore received of me to have and to hold and which I desire may be considered in full of his claims against my estate.
Seventhly, and lastly, I give to my son, Jesse Ballard, all the property that he has heretofore received of me and one half of all my estate at his mother¹s death.
I appoint Peter Lionbarger Junior and John Davison sole executors of this my last will and testament and witness whereof. I do hereby set my hand and seal the day and date above written.
His (X) Mark
Signed in presence of us:
Micajah Ballard of Campbell County, Tennessee
The 1850 Federal Census shows the following family residing in the 17th Subdivision of Campbell county, Tennessee on 3 October 1850:
Name/Age/Place of Birth
Micajah Ballard appears as the head of household, with his wife, Nancy; Mary Ballard is likely their daughter-in-law and the children being hers. But who is the father of these children?
A Silas Ballard born in Tennessee c. 1826 appears in the 1850 Federal Census residing in the 17th Subdivision of Campbell county:
Name/Age/Place of Birth
It is curious to note that another Silas Ballard born, in Tennessee c.1825 or 1826 appears in the 1850 Federal Census residing in Zane Township, Logan county, Ohio, on 7 September 1850:
Name/Age/Place of Birth
Silas Ballard/25/Tn. (occupation: “Potter”)
Levi Murphy/49/Va. (occupation: “Potter”)
Where Does This Leave Us? A Preliminary Pedigree
Based upon this cursory study of records abstracted and published online, we piece together the following pedigree:
RICHARD BALLARD, Snr (born c.1699 or earlier) of Caroline county, Virginia married (1) Joan Martin, and married (2) Mary — (Stone?), and had issue. He married (3) Anne —, who was living 1775.
1 Thomas, married Ursly —, and removed to Rowan county, North Carolina before 1770.
2 Susannah, who married Eusebius Stone and removed to Bedford county and circa — to Henry county, and left issue.
3 Richard, who appears to have died without issue.
4 MICAJAH, born c. 1736, died 6 June 1821 Lawrence county, Ohio. Married Joice —, and had issue:
4.1 Elizabeth, married — Orricks.
4.2 HARRIS, in 1821 residing in Lawrence county, Ohio, according to the 1821 Lawrence County Tax List (online record), and left issue.30
4.3 Stephen, in 1818 and 1821 residing in Lawrence county, Ohio, according to Lawrence County tax records (online records).
4.4 MICAJAH, born c. 1764 (according to records of his tombstone found among the records of the Tennessee Valley Authority when his grave was relocated in 1935 as part of the Norris Dam Relocation Project) or, more likely, c. 1777 (according to the 1850 Federal Census) and died 1860, Campbell county, Tennessee. Married Nancy Ryan (marriage bond in Bedford county, Virginia, 23 December 1806), and left issue:
4.4.1 SILAS, born 1819, died 1884, Campbell county, Tennessee; his grave and tombstone were removed from Cannon Cemetery and relocated to Baker’s Forge Memorial Cemetery in 1934 as part of the Norris Reservoir Relocation Project. The inscription on his tombstone reads “Sgt Silas Ballard, Co. C, 1st Tenn Inf., Union Army”. He married Mary Craig (whose name appears on the death certificate of his son, James Sherman Ballard).
188.8.131.52 JAMES SHERMAN, born 16 August 1865, died 2 March 1939; married Lockie E. Bridges, who was born 1867, died 1945. [View his death certificate here: James Sherman Ballard Death Certificate] Interred at Baker’s Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell county, Tennessee. He is named as the person who consented to the relocation of the remains of Micajah Ballard as part of the Norris Reservoir Relocation Project, and is identified as Micajah’s grandson.
184.108.40.206.1 WILLIAM McKINLEY (Mack), born 18 November 1898, died 11 January 1977; married Rachel Capps, born 27 May 1904, died 5 November 1976. Interred at Baker’s Forge Memorial Cemetery, Campbell county, Tennessee.
220.127.116.11.1.1 [daughter, still living in 1977], who married [son-in-law]
18.104.22.168.1.2 [son, still living in 1977]
22.214.171.124.1.3 [son, still living in 1977]
126.96.36.199.2 [brother, living in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1977]
188.8.131.52 Martha, named as the informant who consented to the relocation of her father Silas’ remains in 1934.
4.5 Jesse, residing in Lawrence county, Ohio, per Lawrence County Tax List (online record).
5 ___, who married Thomas Preston, and left issue.
6 ___, who married William Bramblett.
An interesting question is who was the Richard Ballard born 1790, died 1850, whose remains were also removed from Brown Cemetery to Baker’s Forge Cemetery in 1935? It is likely that this was a son by an unknown first wife of Micajah Ballard (1764 or 1777-1860). Micajah married Nancy Ryan in 1806; his tombstone recites that he was born in 1764, and if this information is correct, then he would have been 42 years old on his wedding day. However, the age given in the Federal Census may be the best evidence (age 73, with a birth year of c. 1777) , given that the information should have come from the subject himself. That would put his age at marriage at 29. In either case, he could have had a first wife.
Our Conclusion and Working Hypothesis
Given the y-DNA evidence of this descendant, even with a single mutation, it is very likely that the Richard Ballard (born before 1699) who joined the Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends in 1748 is a brother of Bland Ballard (c.1700-1791) of Spotsylvania county and his brothers John Ballard (c.1719-1779) and Thomas Ballard (c.1716-c.1780) of Albemarle county. This is pure speculation, but it is possible that having married into a Quaker family, Richard joined the Society of Friends and became estranged from the rest of his family, with contact from them terminated.
The tenuous connection between the Micajah Ballard (c.1736-1821) who died in Lawrence county, Ohio and the Micajah Ballard (c.1764/1779-1860) of Campbell county, Tennessee is supported by the Federal Census records, but much work on this line remains to be done, and a good start would be this Bedford county database now available at the Library of Virginia.
1. 9 October 1713 Richard Ballard, witness for Richd. Guggy vs. Abner Gray. 3 days attendance. Essex Co. Va. Order Book.
2. Essex Co. Va. Loose Records: Box 105, Folder E, cited in Eva Eubank Wilkerson, Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia – 1655-1900 (Richmond: Whittet & Shepperson, 1953); 16 November 1722 Richard Ballard of co. Essex & Patrick Kernal [Karnell?] of same, for 1,550 lbs tobacco & cask, a certain parcel of land on the north side of the main run of Occupacon Creek in the said co. of Essex containing 25 acres, which said land is the moiety & half part of the land which Edward Martin, late of the co., died seized of, who was father of Joan Ballard, wife of Richard Ballard. Witnesses: Robt. Parker, Patrick Dunahoe. Recorded 20 November 1722, Essex Co. Va. Deed Book 17, pp. 108-10.
3. 19 February 1733 Joel Ballard admr. of Wm. Ballard, dec’d. Bond £200.17 Essex Co. Va. Will Book 5, p. 175
4. 7 March 1733 Ordered to inventory and appraise the estate of Thomas Green, dec’d: William Dobson, Anthony Samuell, Wm Taylor, John Hampton, Wm Ballard. At a court held for Essex Co., at Tappa., on 19 March 1733, admitted. Essex Co. Va. Will Book 5, pp. 186-87.
5. See notes of Lynne D. Miller here.
6. Richard Ballard and Mary his wife acknowledged deed of land indebted … Jan. 1744, Caroline Co. (cited in Edward Pleasants Valentine, The Edward Pleasants Valentine papers : abstracts of records in the local and general archives of Virginia relating to the families of Allen, Bacon, Ballard, Batchelder, Blouet, Brassieur (Brashear), Cary, Crenshaw, Dabney, Exum, Ferris, Fontaine, Gray, Hardy, Isham (Henrico County), Jordan, Langston, Lyddall, Mann, Mosby, Palmer, Pasteur, Pleasants, Povall, Randolph, Satterwhite, Scott, Smith (the family of Francis Smith of Hanover County), Valentine, Waddy, Watts, Winston, Womack, Woodson. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Co., 1979)) (hereinafter The Valentine Papers), p. 122. For a sampling of information on the Stone family, see The Stone Family Association website, and an undocumented chart here.
8. See notes of Lynne D. Miller here.
9. See notes of Lynne D. Miller here.
10. See notes of Lynne D. Miller here.
11. Richard & Mary his wife acknl. deed indented to Abraham Willson Oct 1753. Order Book 1746 to 1754 page 434 (cited in The Valentine Papers p. 122).
12. 25 August 1755 – Benjamin Orrick of Bedford Co. and Margery his wife, to Richard Ballard of the same Co.. Consideration – Fifty Pounds Current. Land in the County of Bedford on both sides Richhill Branch of little Otter River, Recorded Aug 25, 1755. Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book A 1, pp. 41-42.
13. August 25, 1755 – Benjamin Orrick of the County of Bedford and Margery his wife, to Thomas Ballard of the same County. Thirty Pounds Current. Land situate lying and being in the County of Bedford on both sides of the North Fork of Goose Creek Containing three hundred and forty acres, survey made in the name of Richard Womack in the records of the Surveyor of the County of Luenburgh. Recorded August 25, 1755.
14. January 29, 1760 – Thomas Ballard of the County of Bedford and Usly his wife to Usebius Stone of the same County. Forty Pounds Current. Three Hundred and forty acres in the said county on both sides of the Wolf Branch. Recorded August 25, 1760.
15. April 27, 1761 – Richard Ballard of Bedford County to Richard Ballard, Junr. of the afore said County. Five Pounds Currect. Two Hundred acres being a part of a tract of 400 acres granted unto Benjamin Orrick by Patent bearing Date 26th day of June 1755 & by the said Orrick conveyed to the said Richard Ballard Senr. by a Deed Recorded in Bedford County Court Including the Plantation of the said Richard Ballard Junr. Recorded April 27, 1761.
16. June 28th 1763 – Richard Stith of Bedford County for & in Behalf of the Executors of Richard Randolph Gent. of Henrico County Deceased to Micajah Ballard of the same County. Eight Pounds ten shillings Current Money of Virginia. Two hundred & Forty acres being part of 14000 Acres Granted unto Richard Randolph situated in the County aforesaid on the head of a Branch of Rich Hill “being part of the Land conveyed by the Executors of Richard Randoph Deceased to the said Richard Stith by a Power of Attorney dated the 7th day of November 1761 & Recorded in the General Court, Reference there to being had will at large appear) recorded June 28th 1763. Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book B 2 pages 218-219 (cited in The Valentine Papers, p. 112).
17. July 25th 1769. Micajah Ballard of Bedford County and Joice his wife to David Preston of the same County. Five pounds Current Money of Virginia. Fifty Acres, being part of 240 acres sold unto Micajah Ballard also part 14000 acres Granted unto Richard Randolph Deceased Situate in The County aforesaid on the South Branch of Little Otter, it being all the Land that Ever the Said Micajah Ballard Ever held and owned on the south side of the said Turners being part of the Land Conveyed by the Executors of Richard Randolph Dec. to the said Richard Stith by power of Attorney Dated the 7th Nov 1761, and Recorded in the General Court Reference thereunto being had Will as Large appear. Recorded July 26, 1769, Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book C. 3, pp. 326-327 (cited in The Valentine Papers, p. 112).
18. Thomas Ballard and Ursley, his wife to David Finley….Recorded August 23, 1769, Bedford Co. Va.
19. November 28, 1769. Richard (X) Ballard of Bedford County to Henry Straton….Recorded November 28, 1769, Bedford Co. Va.
20. May 22, 1770. Benjamin (x) Greer Sr. of Bedford Co and Mary his wife to Richard Ballard Sr. of Bedford Co. 105 pounds curr. 90 acres in the county of Bedford on both sides of Gells Creek. Wit: John Starkey Sr., Thomas Preston, Mijah (x) Ballard Recorded May 22 1770, Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book C 3.
21. Recorded 27 November 1770, Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book C3, pp. 503-504.
22. Recorded 27 November 1770, Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book C3, pp. 504-506.
23. Recorded 27 November 1770, Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book C3, pp. 507-508.
24. 23 June 1772. Micajah – (X) Ballard of Bedford County and Joice, his wife, to Richard Ballard Junr. of Bedford County and Colony of Virginia. “For and in Consideration of a Certain Exchange of Land to the Value of 75 pound Current money hath Bargained Sold and Exchanged for Plantation with all the Improvements & Appurtenances there unto belonging it being part of the tract of Land Conveyed by Richard Stith to Micajah Ballard 50 acres of which was conveyed to David Preston as will appear on Record by deed Ballard to Preston; two hundred acres of Land of the Said tract which is part of 14000 acres Granted unto Richard Randolph Situate in the County of Bedford on the head of a Branch of Rich Hill, it being part of the Land Conveyed by the Executors of Richard Randolph deceast to Said Richard Stith by a Power of Attorney Dated the 7th day of November 1764…and recorded in the General Court Reference there unto being had will at Large Appear. Recorded June 23, 1772, Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book D4, pp. 308-309 9 (cited in The Valentine Papers, p. 116).
25. 13 January 1776. “This is to Certify from under my hand that I Micajah Ballard of Bedford County and Colony of Virginia hath this day Bargained and Sould until Thomas Preston of the Same County and Colony aforesaid all my wright of Gills Creek Land and also all the Remaining profits and incoms of my Fathers Estate whatsoever that might hereafter belong to me or my heirs forever I do here by Virtue of these presents Sel and make over unto the above said Thomas Preston his heirs or assings forever for the Consideration yt. of 4 pounds 2 shillings Current Money the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and the said Preston is to pay unto Richard Ballard Sens. too pouns 10 shillings per year during the sd. Ballards Sens. life and after my Fathers death I do hereby Warrent and forever defend all the Remaining Profits of the said Estate unto Thomas Preston his heirs or assigns firmly by these presents, as Witness my hand and Seal this 13th Day of January 1776.” Teste – Walter (X) Addy, Henry (h) Petten, Micajah (B) Ballard (L.S.) Recorded January 22, 1776.
26. 24 May 1779. Micajah (X) Ballard to Thomas Preston of Bedford County. One Hundred Pounds Current. Fifty acres (being part of a tract of Land Containing fourteen thousands acres of Land Granted to Richard Randolph Deceased to the sd. Richard Stith by a power of Attorney dated the 7th day of November 1761. and recorded in the General Court in Bedford County on the head branches of South fork of Little Otter River beginning on Rich Hill Branch on Thomas Preston line. Recorded 24 May 1779, Bedford Co. Va. Deed Book F6, pp. 204-205
27. The Virginia Gazette, 23 September 1775, page 3, column 2.
28. 15 January 1774. Richard Ballard of Pittsylvania County to Eucebous Stone of Bedford County…Recorded April 25, 1774. “This is to Certify that I have Bargained and Sold unto Eusebous Stone all my write and title of the Estate that was made over by Richard Ballard Junior by Deed of Gift to me which Deed was Recorded in Bedford Court for the Consideration of ten Pounds Current money of Virginia which said Estate at least my part as well as the Lands and every other Article which was lent the Said Richard Ballard Senr. I do Warrent and forever Defend the said Lands and other Articles as will come to my Part unto the said Stone and his Heirs and assigns forever, that is to say all the Estate that is not Settled for by Mr. Thomas Preston and Mr. Wm. Bramblet as Witness my hand and Seal this 22 August day 1775. Richard Ballard (L.S.) Test – Thomas Preston, John Phelps, Stephen Preston, Robert Alexander, Guy Smith. Memorandum, Agreeable to the withing there is 230 Acres of land one Negro Wench, one Mare, one Cow, Bed and Furniture and other things to tedious now to mention, which I claim theSixth part of. Witness my hand this 22 Day of August 1775. Richard Ballard. Recorded October 23, 1775.
29. Know all men by these presents that I Richard Ballard of Bedford County do give and make over unto Eusebous Stone of the sd County all my Personal Estate that I am now Possess with to have and to hold free from any person Laying any Claim Right or title there unto as Witness my hand this Eight day of January one thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine. Test. Chrispin Hunt, John (X) Cannaday, Richard (X) Ballard. Recorded 28 June 1779.
30. Sons of the American Revolution Application by Henry Smith Ballard shows the following: the Military record of Micajah Ballard is best shown on his pension papers as follows: soldier enlisted for eighteen months at Bedford County, Va about the first day of September 1780 in the company commanded by Captain Lumpkins, afterwards served in the company of Capt. Morton of the first regiment of Virginia troops commanded by Col, …buford, and that he continued to serve in the said corps in the service of the United States on Continental establishment until about the first of March, 1782, when he was honorable discharged from service at the Charlotte Town, North Carolina. He is a farmer by occupation, unable to labor by reason of age and infirmity, has a wife about eighty three years of age very infirm and one daughter aged fifty years.
Application for pension made Dec 6, 1819; granted Sept. 29, 1820 $96. per annum to… pension received $144.30. He died June 6, 1821 Lawrence Ohio. He was born in 1736 in Bedford Co, Va. His last will drawn May 17, 1821 mentions his family as follows: wife Joice: daughter Elizabeth and sons Haris, …(can’t read -faint), Micajah and Jesse Ballard.
An old, badly worn leather diary of Harris Ballard gives the names and dates of birth of his family as follows:
Harris Ballard born Feb 8, 1785.
Sarah Ballard Oct 19, 1787,
Jesse Ballard b. May 7, 1811,
Matilda Ballard born Aug 24, 1812; died July 12, 1875; married…Mr. Collier,
Samuel Ballard born Aug. 20, 1814,
Sarah Ballard born July 7, 1816,
Micajah Ballard born Aug 3, 1818,
Nancy Ballard born July 23, 1822,
John Ballard born Sept 17, 1823,
Stephen Ballard born Oct. 20, 1824,
William Ballard born June 17, 1826,
Harris Ballard born May 4, 1828,
James Henry Ballard born Oct 4, 1830,
Charles Ballard born Nov. 18, 183? (can’t read)
An extensive pedigree (without references or sources) of the descendants of Harris Ballard appears here.