John Ballard Sr
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John Ballard Sr (1653 - 1715)

John Ballard Sr
Born in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 16 Nov 1681 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Provincemap
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John Ballard


John was born January 17, 1653 at Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts.[1] [2] He was a son of William Ballard and Grace (probably either Berwick or Lovejoy.[3][4]


John married to Rebeckah/Rebecca Hooper.[2] His brother, William, married her sister, Hannah Hooper.[2]


  1. John b 1682
  2. Rebeckah b 1684
  3. Jonathan
  4. Sherebiah
  5. Ruth
  6. Sarah b 1696 d 1715
  7. Elizabeth

Andover, Massachusetts

John was admitted July 18, 1714 to the South Church of Andover.[2]

John Ballard had a fulling mill with his brother Joseph Ballard.[2] He was in Capt. Joseph Gardner's Company in King Philip's War, and was paid between 2 and 4 pounds, June 24, 1676.[2] He was a constable and took a prominent part in arresting persons suspected of witchcraft in 1692. He inherited his father's homestead, except that part which was set off to his sister, Mrs. Blunt.

Death and Legacy

John died December 18, 1715. His will, dated Nov. 30, 1715, was proved April 16, 1716 and mentions wife, Rebeckah; estate in Andover, and Billerica; to eldest son Jonathan land in Billerica; youngest son, Sherebiah, land in Andover; eldest daughter, Rebecca; daughters Ruth and Elizabeth unmarried and two sons as executors.[2] The estate was appraised: land and buildings in Andover, 140 pounds; in Billerica, 120 pounds; horses and cattle, 64 pounds; household stuff, 30 pounds; tools, 10 pounds.[2] His wife was to be maintained by the sons.[2]


  1. Vital Records of Andover Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, p. 51: "Ballerd"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Abbott, Charlotte H., compiler "Notes and Records of the Ballard Family of Andover." (Pages 72-3) accessed February 28, 2015
  3. Vital Records of Andover Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, p. 51: "Ballerd"
  4. Henderson, James R., John Lovejoy of Andover, Massachusetts: Grace Lovejoy (Vol 163, Page 31) The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database accessed February 28, 2015:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2013.)

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Reason for John Ballard Sr his name is John W Ballard Sr - He had a son John W Ballard Jr.

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posted by Richard Hooper
Is there any document that has the name of son John as John W.? It was unusual in this era for any middle names. Also, keep in mind that in this era Jr., Sr., 3rd, etc. was noted to distinguish one person from another in the town records -- not denoting these were father and son. I have seen no document (birth record, probate record, deed, etc.) in which either John or his son John have any middle name. John Ballard's name is given as John Ballard in his will. Also, John's son John died before John wrote his will.
posted by Patricia Abbott

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