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Joseph Ballard (1666 - 1729)

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Joseph Ballard
Born in Nansemond County, Virginia Colonymap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Albemarle County, Province of North Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Oct 2012
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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.[1]

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,[2] Joseph named:

  • Anne "my dearly beloved wife", a negro woman named Marcy
  • son Joseph Ballard
  • son John
  • daughter Martha
  • daughter Susanne
  • son Elisha
  • son Elias
  • daughter Esther or Hester

It was witnessed by James Many (Manning? Mooney?), John Hooks, John Purvis Edenton and proved 14 October 1729.


  1. Stephen M. Ballard, "Lineage Group II: John Ballard of Bitton, Gloucestershire, England and Nansemond County, Virginia (c.1629-c.1704)." Ballard of Virginia: A Chronicle of Descendants in the Male Line of the Colonial Families in Virginia, internet resource: (
  2. Stephen M. Ballard, "Joseph Ballard of Albemarle County, North Carolina (c.1652-1729)." Ballard of Virginia, (; citing Lynne D. Miller and Albemarle Co. N.C. # SS 876/198.

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On 17 Sep 2017 at 01:36 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:

The son Elisha is presumably the son-in-law named by John Lawrence aka father of Elisha L. Ballard.

On 15 Sep 2017 at 03:11 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:

Ballard-2185 and Ballard-1834 appear to represent the same person because: These are dupes. 2185 had a mixed up family attached -- his wife was the spitting image of his mother -- they are dupes, too, so I detached the wife and will propose to merge her into the mother.. :)

On 30 Apr 2016 at 21:58 GMT Daphne Maddox wrote:

Hi Monica -- I have a couple of questions. Are there any sources to support his wife's first name being Elizabeth instead of Anne like in the will?

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. :)

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