The Allied Families listed below are those family groups that, for whatever reason, help tell the story of the Ballards. They may have intermarried with them, settled the frontier with them, or owned them. Allied families are particularly useful in charting the movement of family groups as they settled the frontier, for they often traveled and formed new communities together.
The Virginia families are those groups that had relationships with the Ballards of the Tidewater and the Piedmont. In Virginia genealogy, studying allied families is essential for bridging gaps caused by the loss of records caused by war, accident, depredation and neglect.
The Kentucky families are slightly different; these are groups that had a relationship with Dowan Ballard, Sr (c.1825-1909) of Franklin county, Kentucky, and are primarily families that once owned him or his wife. There is much more work to be done to fully tell his story.
The last section, unplaced Virginia families, includes information gathered on assorted Ballards whose stories could not, for whatever reason, be woven into the narrative. There are still others that could be included, such as the Quaker lines, but those are not relevant to the search for Dowan’s ancestors. We do have here brief notes on two confounding individuals whose place in this history has not been sorted out; namely, Thomas Ballard of Stafford county, whose memory is preserved in the papers of John Mercer, and is most notable for the preservation of a will fragment in which he leaves a bequest to someone in England, thereby giving a valuable clue as to his English origin; and William Ballard of Essex, who is believed by many researchers to be the ancestor of Bland Ballard of Spotsylvania county; the author is not convinced, and here states why.