Thomas Ballard of The Minories, London (1636-1659).

Thomas Ballard, the son of Edward Ballard, was baptized 14 July 1626.  He was a Vintner and Haberdasher, and a Citizen of London.  He married Anne _________, and left a will dated 4 July 1659 at London, Middlesex, England, and was buried between 4 July 1659 and 24 August 1659 at London. The will names all of his brothers and sisters, and two of his three children (one, Edward, pre-deceased him) (Public Record Office, PROB11/394 folio 28 v, Probate Court, Prerogative Court of Canterbury).

Thomas Ballard of The Minories, London.  Will dated 4 July 1659, probated 24 August 1659

In the name of God Amen. The fourth day of July in the year of our Lord according to the Computation of the Church of England One thousand six hundred fifty and nine. I Thomas Ballard of the Minories in the parish of Buttolph Algate London Vintner and Citizen and Haberdasher being sick and weak in body but in good and perfect mind and memory All laud and praise be given to Almighty God for the same considering with my self the certainties of death and the uncertainty of the hour thereof do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following. (Videlicit).

First and principally I commend my soul unto the most mournfull hands of Almighty God my creator whom and by the alone merits bitter death and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour <??> but and by a timely faith believe to be saved and to have his <????> of eternal happiness in the kingdom of Heaven and my body I commit to the Earth from whence it came to be decently interred in the South yard of the parish Church of Buttolph Algate as near unto my deceased Mother and children as conveniently may be at the discretion of my executorix hereafter named.

And as touching that wordly estate which God in mercy hath lent me to the intent that after my decease it may be disposed of without suit or contention of or in the Law I give will and bequeath the same as followeth.

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish aforesaid the sum of twenty shillings to be distributed unto and amongst whom in bread on the day of my funeral.

Item I give and bequeath unto my loving Brothers and Sisters Edward Ballard, Elizabeth Baylie, Flora Ballard, Jarvis Ballard, Alice Morehouse, Robert Ballard Charles Ballard and Katherine Ballard the sum of two shillings and six pence a piece of lawful money of England.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas the sum of One hundred pounds of the like money to be paid by my executorix hereafter named when and so soon as he the said Thomas shall accomplish his full age of one and twenty years.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Ballard the sum of sixty pounds of the like money to be paod by my executorix hreafter named when and so soon a she the said Anne shall accomplish her like age of one and twenty years or be married which shall first happen.

All the rest residue and remainder of my <????> chattels household stuff ready money plate jewels leases and estate whatsoever (after my debts funeral expenses and the aforesaid legacies shall be paid and discharged I <?????> give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Anne Ballard whom I make full amd sole executorix of this my last will and testament.

Lastly I do hereby revoke frustrate and make void all former wills legacies and bequests by me atany time made or given and do declare this only to stand and to <???> and as my will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Thomas Ballard have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Thomas Ballard signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Ballard the testator for and as his last will and testament in the presence of us John Butler Snr. And Jo. Bullock his servant.  Probate London 24th August 1659 to Ann Ballard

The children of Thomas Ballard were:

Edward, baptized 13 July 1653, died before 4 July 1659.

Thomas, baptized 25 January 1654, London, Middlesex, England.

Anne,  baptized 31 December 1657, London, Middlesex, England.


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