John Ballard of Madison County, Virginia (c.1734-1823).


John Ballard, the son of Bland Ballard, Sr, was born c. 1734 in Spotsylvania county, Virginia.  He may have been the John Ballard who witnessed a conveyance from William Fields of Culpeper county to William Allason of Falmouth in King George county on 30 October 1765.1  He was of St. George Parish, Spotsylvania county, Virginia, where on 3 March 1755 he acquired 100 acres of land,2 but sold it with his wife Ann on 2 December 1755.3  He may have been the John Ballard who purchased a lot in the town of Falmouth in King George county on 6 March 1765.4  In any event, he removed to a portion of Culpeper County that became Madison county, Virginia in 1792, where he died between May 19 1823 and 24 July 1823.

He married before 2 December 1755 Mary Ann Proctor, the daughter of William Proctor and Ann Cox; she was born about 1734 in Spotsylvania county.5

John Ballard left a will dated 19 May 1823 recorded 24 July 1823.6  The will lists four of his five children: Proctor, deceased; James, deceased; Elizabeth Flint, and Miss Ann Ballard.  A fifth child was Sarah Ballard, who married William Rowe, Sr, who died in childbirth leaving an only child, Proctor Ballard Rowe.  The will also names his grandchildren Benjamin P. and Narcipa, children of Proctor B. Rowe.

Their children were:

PROCTOR, married Elizabeth Hammett.

James, removed to Kentucky; died before 19 May 1823.

Elizabeth, was living 19 May 1823, having married _____ Flint; perhaps she who in 1788 married William Flint in Culpeper county, Virginia.  One online genealogy of the descendants of Richard Flynt identifies William Flynt (1762-1815) who married Elizabeth Ballard (1765-1838), the son of Richard Flynt and Ann _____. (Ann’s name is in doubt; either Ann Perry, the daughter of John Perry and Susanna Stanford of Westmoreland County, Virginia, or Ann Fountain).  They had 12 children: Sandy (Alexander Flynt (1789-1867); Sanford P. Flynt (1789-1840); James Flynt (????-1815); John Pollard Flynt (1798-1859); Proctor B. Flynt (1799-1848); Lucinda Flynt (c.1800-1870); Ann Flynt (1803-1869); William Flynt (1804-1858); Nancy Permelia Flnt (c.1805-1869); Allen Flynt (1807-1880); Fountain W. Flynt (1809-1880); Elizabeth Ballard Flynt (1809-1879).

Ann, was living 19 May 1823, then unmarried.  Ann died unmarried, and left a will dated 30 December 1823, recorded 22 January 1824, naming her sister Elizabeth Flynt, her nephew, John Flynt, and her nephew Proctor B. Rowe.7

Sarah, married William Rowe, Sr, died c. 1783-85 in childbirth.  Their child: Proctor Ballard Rowe, who moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1823 and died there in 1828.8


1. Recorded 20 November 1766, Culpeper Co. Deed Book E, pp. 216-18.

2. 3 March 1755. John Talburt of St. George Parish, Spotsylvania Co. & Margaret his wife to John Ballard of same, for £25.10 paid to Richd. Coalman. 100 acres, which Talburt & wife sold Coalman, & Coalman sold the land to Ballard before it was acknowledged to said Coalman, being the tract sd. Talburt bought of John Pain & Frances, his wife, by deed 6 August 1745. Land on south side Pike Run in St. George Parish, Spots. Co. Recorded 7 October 1755, Spotsylvania Co., Va. Deed Book E Crozier, p. 200).

3. Kentucky Genealogies, p. 51, citing Crozier, p. 201.

4. 6 March 1765. Indenture between Charles Carter, Esq., James Buchannan & Arthur Morson, Gent., Directors & Trustees for town of Falmouth in King George Co., & John Ballard of same, for £3.5, one lot or ½ acre distinguished by No. 37. Witnesses: Charles Carter, Jas. Buchannan, Arthur Morson. Recorded 7 March 1765, King George Co. Va. Deed Book 4, pp. 579-80.

5. Miller, BB, p. 5.

6. Madison Co. Va. Will Book 4 (1821-1825), p. 225.

7. Madison Co. Va. Will Book 4 (1821-1825).

8. Roger H. Futrell, “The Other Ballard”, The Filson Club Historical Quarterly, Vol. 43, 1969 p. 158.

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