Joseph Ballard, his brother and mother ("Jno and Besheba") were named among those his father John Ballard claimed as headrights by grant of 1673. If they were really transported in that year, it may be that Joseph was born in England, for it would be unlikely for John Ballard to have been shipping his family back and forth between England and Virginia. On the other hand, it was not unheard of for people to falsely make headright claims or even to claim the same people twice. In any case, neither the date nor the location of Joseph's birth is certain, but he was probably born in either Gloucestershire, England or Nansemond County, Virginia Colony.
By 1729, a portion of Nansemond had become Albemarle County, North Carolina, and there we find him. In his will, dated 21 July of that year, Joseph named:
It was witnessed by James Many (Manning? Mooney?), John Hooks, John Purvis Edenton and proved 14 October 1729.
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On 17 Sep 2017 at 01:36 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:
On 15 Sep 2017 at 03:11 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:
On 30 Apr 2016 at 21:58 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:
Also, where did you find that specific birth date? I'd be delighted if you have some evidence because I didn't find any.
EDIT: also wondering about marriage date...
P.S. I think we should also be looking at a merge with his supposed brother Joseph, unless there's some evidence that his parents had two living children of the same name. :)