Kedar Ballard of Gates County, North Carolina (1753-1834).

Kedar Ballard, the son of Abraham Ballard of Perquimans County, North Carolina, served as an officer in the Revolutionary War. 1st Lieutenant, 3rd Regiment, North Carolina. He was Captain, November 1777 and Regiment Paymaster; he was captured and a prisoner of war in Charleston, South Carolina 12 May 1780, on parole August 1781; he retired from the Continental Army 1 January 1783.  In 1807 he was made a General in the Gates County Militia.  As an officer, he was a founding member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Letter from Kedar Ballard to Governor Richard Caswell

CAPT. J. BALLARD TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book, Volume 14, p. 185.]

Camp, at Capt. Cobbs’, August 3rd, 1779.

Sir:

Agreeable to my orders, I proceeded to this place in order to apprehend the vilians by the names of Aaron, Moses, Edward, Aaron, jun., and William Bass. After getting the best intelligence I could, I went and took three of those villians, viz.: Aaron Bass, Senior, Moses and William. The other two, I believe, has left these parts, and, by the best accounts I can get, they are about sixty miles from this. I have dispatched a Sergeant and six men, who I am in hopes will apprehend them. The said Moses Bass is the vilian that threatened your Excellency’s life; I therefore send him and William Bass, who, I believe, is almost as great a vilian as the other, to your Excellency that you may order them sent where you think proper, as it is my opinion that said Moses Bass has been guilty of treason against the State. I think he comes under the civil power. If your Excellency thinks he can be tried by the Military power, the Sergeant can carry them in to Col. Lamb, and, if not, he can carry them where your Excellency will direct. I also send the depositions of Sarah Lamb against the said William Bass. Jonathan Stanley, a Soldier, is witness against the said Moses Bass, who I shall send to your Excellency as soon as he returns from after the other vilians, and if your Excellency should think proper to send the vilians to Col. Lamb the said Stanley can return after them.

I am your Exccllency’s mo. ob. humbl. Serv’t,

J. BALLARD,
Capt. 3rd N. C. Reg’t.

He served in the General Assembly and represented Gates County as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons four times (1807-1810 terms) and was elected Senator four times (1812-1814; 1816 terms).  John H. Wheeler, Historical Sketches of North Carolina, from 1584 to 1851 (1851) p. 160.

On 12 July 1783 Kedar Ballard with Jethro Sumner posted a marriage bond on the occasion of his marriage to Theresa Sumner.  She pre-deceased him, for he posted another marriage bond 7 November 1808 on the occasion of his marriage to Nansey Benton.1   Theresa’s sister Elizabeth Sumner married Kedar’s brother, Jethro Ballard, on 30 December 1774 (bond).

The 1790 Federal census lists the household of Kadar Ballard in Gates County as follows: Free White Male 16+, 1; Free White Male <16, 2; Free White Females, 2; Slaves, 20.

On 8 February 1826 Alfred Ballard and his wife Margaret sold land given to Margeret by her father Thomas Parker to Kedar Ballard for $250.2

On 27 August 1833, Kedar conveyed 66 acres in Gates County to his granddaughter Mary Jane Ballard, the daughter of Alfred and Margaret.3

Revolutionary War Pension Records Mentioning Kedar Ballard

Kedar Ballard, born in 1753, was known to be a Captain of the North Carolina Line during the American Revolution; he is perhaps of this line.  According to a list published in the North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol I, No. 3 (July 1900), p 418, a Keda Ballard served in the Third Regiment of the Continental Line, as follows: 16 April 1776 – Lieutenant; November 1777 – Captain; 10 October 1779 – Paymaster.

NC Ballard, Cader (Kedar)

[p 4—body of letter dated March 22, 1927]

B.L.Wt. 292-300 Capt. Issued Nov. 7. 1796 No papers

Sir:
I have to advise you that from the Revolutionary War records of this Bureau it appears that Warrant No. 2924 300 acres of bounty land was issued November 7, 1796 on the account of the services of Kedar (or Cader) Ballard, Captain of the North Carolina Line, War of the Revolution.

There is no further data on file as to his services, and no data as to family, owing to the destruction the papers in such claims when the War Office was burned in November 1800.

Respectfully, Winfield Scott

Commissioner

[Kader Ballard did, however, given testimony relating to his services in the Revolution in affidavits he gave in support of the pension claim of James Renolds (Reynolds, Runnels) S7370, appearing in this database. Those affidavits read as follows:]

Before me Dempsey Knight a Justice of the Peace duly empowered to administer oaths, in the County of Gates, State of North Carolina, personally appeared this day General Kader Ballard of the said County, who made oath that he was a Captain in the North Carolina line in the Army of the Revolution, that he was taken prisoner at the capitulation of Charleston, was quartered at Haddrell’s Point for about 18 months and then suffered to return home upon his parole; that he was not exchanged during the continuation of the war, nor received any discharge at its conclusion: that he well knew James Runnels who made the above declaration, and that the said James Runnels was to his certain knowledge a private (in Captain Joseph Mumford’s company) in the North Carolina line of the Army of the Revolution, that he was taken prisoner at Charleston, quartered at Haddrell’s Point, and returned to North Carolina along with him the said Kadar Ballard own his parole, and that he does not believe that the said James Runnels was ever exchanged during the continuance of the war. Witness my hand this 20th day of August in the year 1828.

S/ Dempsey Knight, JP

State of North Carolina County of Gates
I, Kadar Ballard, of the aforesaid County and State, aged eighty years, (born in 1753,) do hereby certify, that I was a Captain in the 3rd North Carolina Continental Regiment in the revolutionary War, and now received a pension of $480 per year from the United States; that I know James Renolds who has subscribed & sworn to the foregoing declaration; that the said James Renolds was a soldier in Captain Joe Mumford’s Company in the same Regiment to which I belonged, in the War of the Revolution, and was taken prisoner at the siege of Charleston, when I was all so taken prisoner; that the said James Renolds together with myself & many others were prisoners at Charleston about 18 months as well as I can now remember, and were finally sent on board of a Flag Ship and sent round to Jamestown in Virginia, when I was permitted to go home on parole, and the said James Renolds together with the other soldiers were exchanged or discharged. — I also certify, that I personally knew the said James Renolds as a soldier in the Continental service between 2 and 3 years during the Revolutionary War, and I think the said Renolds was in the 3rd Regiment after he came to Charleston. — And I further certify that every material fact in his declaration is correct — He may have made a mistake about the number of the Regiment to which he belonged but of that I am not positive.

Sworn to & subscribed, this 18th day of November 1833. S/ K. Ballard {Seal}

Kedar Ballard and Theresa Sumner (c.1747-c.1808) had issue:

Benjamin, born c. 1784, married (1) 25 November 1812 Alsey/Ailsie/Alecy Parker, who was born c. 1788, died 1813; he married (2) 9 December 1820 Elizabeth Riddick.  Issue (1) 1. Bedford Oliver; 2. Edwin, who married 21 April 1854 Elvira W. Carr (born 1835; his cousin, the daughter of Benjamin’s sister Elizabeth) in Yalobusha, Mississippi; 3. Margaret Ann (born 16 October 1813; died 1883), who married 16 February 1842 William Rawls Booth in Gates County, North Carolina (born 1811, died 1902 in Tallahatchie County, North Carolina).

Edwin, born c. 1784, married (1) Eliza Benton; (2) 21 September 1807 Mary Knight, who was born 1787.  Issue (2): 1. William Edwin Ballard (16 May 1810-20 May 1861); 2. Kedar Ballard, who married (1) unknown widow; married (2) 1836 Susan Hines in Gates County, North Carolina; married (3) 20 October 1840 Mary G. Glass (born c. 1820) in Noxubee County, Mississippi.

Letitia, born c. 1784, married Joseph J. Sumner.

Elizabeth, born c. 1786, married 26 July 1825, Gates County, North Carolina Tilly W. Carr, and had issue.

Andrew, born c. 1788.

Alfred, born c. 1790, married 27 June 1825, Margaret Parker in Gates County, North Carolina, and had issue: 1. Mary Jane Ballard, born June 1829; she married 13 December 1847 Benjamin Mathias in Gates County, North Carolina.

Footnotes

The notes below and some of the information included above were obtained from online sources that did not provide proper citations.  These notes require further corroboration.

1.  Marriage bonds of Kedar Ballard

State of North Carolina
Know all men by these Presents that we Kedar Ballard and Jethro Sumner Gentlemen both of Gates County in the State of North Carolina of said are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency Alexander Martin Esquire, Govenor in and over the above said State of North Carolina and his Successors in the just and full Sum of Five Hundred pounds …. to be paid to the said Govenor and his Sucessors for the true payment of which we bound ourselves and each of our and each of our Heirs Executors & adm. jointly and Severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals and dated this the 12th day of July Anna Dom 1783.  The Condition of the above Obligation is such that whereas the above Bound Kedar Ballard of the County and State aforsaid hath the day of the date of these presents obtained and …. to be joined in the Holy Estate of Matrimony to Theresa Sumners of the same County and State aforesaid and now if there appears to be no lawful impre……..that the above …. should not be joined together in the Holy Estate of Matrimony when the above obligation to be said other wise to remain in full force power & virtue. Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of K Ballard, J. Sumner, Saw Baker

State of North Carolina
Know all men by these presents, That We Kedar Ballard and Jethro Sumner both of Gates County are held and firmly bound until his Excellency Benjamin Williams Esquire, Govenor, Captain General and Commander in Chief of the State aforesaid, in the just and full sum of Five Hundred Pounds current money, of the State aforesaid, to be paid to his said Excellency the Govenor, his Successors or Assigns: To the which payment well and truly to be made, we do bind ourselves, and each of us, our and each of our Heirs, Executors, Administrators and Assigns, jointly and severlly, firmly by these presents.

Sealed with our seals, and dated this 7th day of November One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight.  The Condition of this obligation is such , That whereas the above bounden Kedar Ballard hath made application for a Licence for a marriage to be celebrated between him and Nansey Benton of the County of Gates. Now in case it shall not appear hereafter that there is any lawful cause to obstruct the said Marriage, then this obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue. Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Martha B. Sumners, K Ballard, J Sumner

Article of Argument of three parts presented and made this eight between Kedar Ballard of Gates County and State of North Carolina of the first part, Nansey Benton of the County and State aforesaid of the third part, as followeth:
Wherease the said Nansey Benton is siezed and possessed of to her and her heirs of sundry negroes and other property of different kinds, and a downer for life in a certain m…. or tenement with the appurtenances situated in the county aforesaid and whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the said Kedar Ballard and Nansey Benton it is therefore covenanted and agreed by and between the said parties to these presents in manner and form following (that is to say) First the said Kedar Ballard for himself his heirs, executors, and assigns doth covenant and agree to an with the said Charles W. Harvey his heirs and assigns that they the said Kedar Ballard and Nansey Benton his intended wife in case the said intended marriage shall be had and solemnized, shall settle and assure all the property above described whereof the said Nansey is Seized and posessed as aforesaid to the use and behoof of the said Kedar Ballard and his assigns during the term of the joint lives of the said Kedar Ballard and Nansey Benton, and after the decease of either to go as hereafter mentioned (that is to say) If the said Kedar Ballard should die before the said Nansey Benton then the property she is now possessed of to go to the use and befoof of the said Nansey Benton, his intended wife for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease then to the use and behoof of the heirs of the body and of the said Nancy Benton by the said Kedar Ballard lawfully begotten and for the default of such issue, then to the use and behoof of the said Nancy Benton her heirs and assigns forever, but if the said Nansey Benton should die before the said Kedar Ballard then and in that case the property above described to go to the use and behoof of the said Kedar Ballard his heirs and assigns forever.

And whereas the said Kedar Ballard is now seized and possessed to him and his heirs in for simple in certain land, M…… or tenaments and sundry negroes and other property of different kinds it is therefore further covenanted and agreed by and between the said parties to these presents that if the said Kedar Ballard should happen to die before the said Nansey Benton his intended wife that then and in that case she the said Nansey Benton doth by these presents for herself and her heirs and assigns forever, hereby relinquish all manner of right title or claim whatever to any dower of land or tenements that the said Kedar Ballard is seized and or possessed of as aforesaid, and it is further convenanted and agreed by and between the said parties to these presents for herself her heirs Exect and assigns forever relinquish all manner of right title or claim to any negroes or any other property whatsoever that the said Kedar Ballard is now Seized or Possessed whereof the said Kedar Ballard and Nancy Benton have hereunto set their hands and seals this day and state above written. K Ballard (seal) Nancy Benton (seal) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us: J. Sumner, Tho. W. Ballard  State of North Carolina, Gates County

November County Court of Records 1808
The within marriage contract was in open court duly proved by the oath of Jethro Sumner one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion was ordered to be registered.  S. Dipkin, PR, J. Sumner, Clk.

2. This indenture made this eighth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six, between Alfred Ballard and Margaret Ballard his wife of the County of Gates and the State of North Carlina of the one part, and Kedar Ballard of the County and State aforesaid of the other part. Witnessed that the said Alfred and Margaret Ballard for an in consideration of the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars to them in have paid by the said Kedar Ballard the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and themselves satisfied, paid and consent, have given granted, bargained and sold; and by other presents do given, grant, bargain and sell unto the said Kedar Ballard, one certain tract or parcel of land lying and being situated in the County aforesaid. It being the land given the said Margaret Ballard by her father Thomas Parker deceased as follows (viz) Beginning at a p….. a c…. on David Benton and Jordan Parker……N86W21.6 poles to a red oak thence N79 W 10.2 poles to a pine corner on said Benton, thence North 379 poles to a stake corner on Abraham Riddick, thence N33 E 37.9 poles to a pine thence S55 E94 poles to a post oak, thence S51 E4 poles to a stake corner on said Riddick and Jordan Parker, thence south 406 poles to the first s….. containing by estimation seventy four acres more or less with all the houses, buildings, woods, and apportionment’s thereunto belonging. To have and to hold the said …. unto him the said Kedar Ballard his heirs and assigns forever. And we the said Alfred Ballard and Margaret Ballard, the title of said land will warrant and defend unto him the said Kedar Ballard his heirs and assigns forever. In witness thereof the said Alfred unto him the said Kedar Ballard his heirs and assigns forever. In witness thereof the said Alfred and Margaret Ballard have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and state above written.  Witness: Jesse L. Hare, Jordan Parker and Alfred Ballard (seal) Margaret Ballard (seal)

State of North Carolina, Gates County
To William W. Stedman and Benjamin Ballard Esquires Greetings:
Whereas Kedar Ballard hath produced a deed of conveyance made to him from Alfred Ballard and Margaret his wife for a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Gates and procured the same to be proved in the Court of our said County of Gates, and of being represented to our said court that Margaret wife of the said Alfred Ballard is in a situation that she cannot travel to our said court to be privately examined as to her free consent in …. the said conveyance. Know ye that we, in confidence of your precedence and fidelity, have appointed you and by these presents do give you full power and authority to take the private examination of the said Margaret wife of the said Alfred Ballard, concerning her free consent in her executing the said conveyance, and therefore we command you that at such certain day and place you go to the said Margaret if* 1833** To all persons to whom these presents may come, I, Kedar Ballard, of the County of Gates and State of North Carolina, send Greetings. Know ye that I, the said Kedar Ballard, for an in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have to bear unto my beloved grand daughter, Mary Jane Ballard (daughter of Alfred and Margaret Ballard), of the aforesaid County and State, and for other causes and considerations me hereunto moving, have given and granted, made over and confirmed unto her the said Mary Jane Ballard and her heirs a certain tract of land lying and being in the County of Gates  aforesaid and bounded as follows, adjoining land of David Benton on the South, Jordan Parker on the East, Kedar Taylor on the North, and the heirs of Alfred Ballard on the West, as is the same tract where the said Alfred Ballard now resides containing by estimation sixty seven acres, be the same more or less, to have and to hold the said granted promises, with all the privileges and improvements thereunto belonging or in any-wise appertaining unto her the said Mary Jane and her heirs, to her and their only proper and benefit forever, and I the said Kedar Ballard for myself, my heirs and assigns do warrant and agree to and with the said Mary Jane Ballard and her heirs, that I am the lawful owner of the said land, and have full power to convey and that I will warrent and defend the title against the claims and demands of all persons forever, In witness wereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty seventh day of August, one thousand eight hundred and thirth-three. KA Ballard (Seal)  Witnesses: T. W. Carr, Margaret Ann Ballard

State of North Carolina, August County Court 1834, Gates County
The within deed of gift was proved in open court by the oath of Tilly W. Carr and ordered to be registered.  John Walton, P. K., Wm. W. Stedman, Clk., By H. Gilliam she cannot come to you, and privately and apart from her husband, examine her whether she executed the said conveyance freely and of her own accord without fear or compulsion of the said Alfred Ballard her husband and the examination being distinctly and plainly wrote on the said deeds or some paper assigned thereto, you are to send the same under your hands and seals together with this write to our next court to be held on the 3d Monday of May ….. Witness Jethro Sumner, Clerk of the said Court at office the 20th day of February 1826. J. Sumner

Pursuant to the annexed c…. to as d…. we the undersigned have taken the private examination of Margaret Ballard privately & apart from her husband, who sayeth that she signed the within deed of her own free will and … without any fear or compulsion from her husband Alfred Ballard. Given under our hands and seals this 8th day of March 1826.  Wm. W. Stedman (seal) Benjamin H. Ballard (seal)

State of North Carolina, Gates County, May County Court of Pleas 1826
The within deed of sale was open court duly proved by the oath of Jesse L. Hare, a …. withness thereto and ordered to be registered with the private examination thereon ….
Chs. E. Sumner, PR, J. Sumner, Clk.

3. To all persons to whom these presents may come, I, Kedar Ballard, of the County of Gates and State of North Carolina, send Greetings. Know ye that I, the said Kedar Ballard, for an in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have to bear unto my beloved grand daughter, Mary Jane Ballard (daughter of Alfred and Margaret Ballard), of the aforesaid County and State, and for other causes and considerations me hereunto moving, have given and granted, made over and confirmed unto her the said Mary Jane Ballard and her heirs a certain tract of land lying and being in the County of Gates  aforesaid and bounded as follows, adjoining land of David Benton on the South, Jordan Parker on the East, Kedar Taylor on the North, and the heirs of Alfred Ballard on the West, as is the same tract where the said Alfred Ballard now resides containing by estimation sixty seven acres, be the same more or less, to have and to hold the said granted promises, with all the privileges and improvements thereunto belonging or in any-wise appertaining unto her the said Mary Jane and her heirs, to her and their only proper and benefit forever, and I the said Kedar Ballard for myself, my heirs and assigns do warrant and agree to and with the said Mary Jane Ballard and her heirs, that I am the lawful owner of the said land, and have full power to convey and that I will warrent and defend the title against the claims and demands of all persons forever, In witness wereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty seventh day of August, one thousand eight hundred and thirth-three.
KA Ballard (Seal)  Witnesses: T. W. Carr, Margaret Ann Ballard

State of North Carolina, August County Court 1834, Gates County
The within deed of gift was proved in open court by the oath of Tilly W. Carr and ordered to be registered.  John Walton, P. K., Wm. W. Stedman, Clk., By H. Gilliam