Proctor Ballard of Bardstown, Kentucky (1755-1818).

Proctor Ballard, the son of John Ballard of Madison County, Virginia was among the early settlers of Bardstown, Kentucky. He is known to be named in 1776 with Gabriel Cox, Isaac Morrison, Benjamin Grayson, and Walter Beall as settlers on a tract of land that was then called Salem or Salem Station, but is now known as Bardstown, Kentucky.1 Proctor Ballard is known to have resided at one time in Jefferson County, Kentucky, when his name appears in a poll for delegates for Jefferson county on 3 April 1781.2 Proof of Proctor Ballard’s residency in Bardstown prior to 30 September 1785 appears in the Nelson county Deed Book 1, where a survey of that date lists the beginning point as being at the rear of property containing the home of Proctor Ballard. He had one of the earliest homes in Bardstown on Lot No. 78.3

On 25 March 1812, Proctor testified in a land dispute heard in Nelson County Circuit Court that he was 57 years old (putting his date of birth at 1755), that he moved to Bardstown on 18 March 1782, that Bardstown waqs then called Salem, and that he lived in Bardstown until 1785 or 1786 (“Conrad Curtz vs. Hill, Owing & Bard,” Compiled Records: 1800-1817, pp. 427-28, cited by Roger Futtrell, Sergeant Proctor Ballard,” in Kentucky Ancestors, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Winter 2007) p. 73)). Family tradition holds that Proctor moved from Bardstown to a plantation six miles south of Bardstown on Gilkey’s Run in Nelson County where he operated a whiskey distillery known as Ballard Distillery.4 County estate records show that he died on this plantation.

Proctor was a Sergeant in Clark’s Illinois Regiment during the Revolutionary War.5 A pay voucher for Clark’s Illinois Regiment, Virginia State Troops states “Proctor Ballard, Sgt., Revolutionary War, appears on a Payroll for soldiers serving in the Illinois Department for their pay up to the last of December, 1781. n.d. Amount – 69-14-0″.6 Brumbaugh’s Virginia Revolutionary War Records states that he was an artilleryman with Clark’s Regiment.7

Proctor Ballard married, first, Elizabeth Hammett c. 1775. Proof of the marriage appears in a marriage bond dated 6 March 1804, with the consent of Proctor and Elizabeth Ballard for the marriage of their daughter Nancy Ballard to John Greenwell.8

Proctor’s name appears on a legislative petition dated 24 May 1779 in King George County, “Petition to House of Delegates to Fix the Court Seat Near the Center of the County” (Library of Virginia, Archives Division: Legislative Petitions, Stafford County, 1776-1789) (cited in Stafford County, Virginia Tithables, 1723-1790, by John Vogt and T. William Kethley, Jr. (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Co., 1990), p. 544..  His name immediately follows that of Alexander (“Alexr”) Simpson and [faded] Simpson; further down the page is the name of Thomas Ballard, followed by William Sharpe, Thomas Sharpe and Robert Sharpe.  This is worth nothing because the will of James Jones of King George County, he being the father of Hannah Jones, who married Benjamin Ballard (c. 1725-1814) recites “Also give to son Charles Jones remainder of part of land lying on mouth of Rush Branch on lower side of Deep Run joining to Thomas Monteith. For want of heirs to fall to Hanah Ballard, daughter of Benjamin Ballard; but if son Charles should marry any of Alexander Simpson’s family all that I have left him shall be taken away & divided among the rest of my children.”  Will of James Jones, dated 9 May 1762, recorded 5 July 1764, King George Co. Will Book A, pp. 210-14.  The Thomas Ballard allied with the Sharpe family was this Benjamin’s brother, and had married Alice Nugent, who was related by marriage to the Sharpe family.  See notes on Thomas Ballard, son of Bland Ballard, Sr. of Spotsylvania County, Virginia (c. 1713-1791).

Elizabeth died at Gilkey Run sometime between February 1805 when she and Proctor gave consent for Catherine’s marriage and August 1806 when Proctor remarried.

On 31 March 1786, he was named an official surveyor in Nelson county.9 He was named Captain of the Nelson County Militia on 8 September 1789.10

On 29 July 1780 he acquired a grant for 325 acres of land on Round Stone Creek. A Nelson county land grant, dated 28 February 1786 for 300 acres on Gilkey Run; in 1795, a grant in Nelson for 500 acres on Pottingers Creek, and in 1795, a grant for 325 acres on Stone Creek in Hardin county, Kentucky.11

He was listed as Justice of the Nelson County Court on the flyleaf of a Nelson County Order Book labeled 1804-1808.

On 2 August 1806, Proctor Ballard and Isaac Thralls signed a bond for an approaching marriage between Ballard and Miss Mary Ann Woodward. They were married on 4 August 1806 in Nelson county, by the first Roman Catholic priest to be ordained in the US, Rev. Stephen Theodore Badin.12 Mary Ann (Woodward) Ballard was born after 1785, as proven by the above mentioned marriage bond. She was born in Maryland, as proven by the 1880 Nelson county census schedule for her son, Thomas Ballard, who lived in “Balltown District.”13

Proctor Ballard died intestate in Nelson county in 1820.14 He was buried in the Old Bardstown Cemetery. Most of the tombstones have been washed bare of their inscriptions, but a memorial marker was prepared by the U.S. Department of the Army and dedicated in the old cemetery on 10 June 1967. The marker reads: “Proctor Ballard, Kentucky, Sergeant, Clark’s Illinois Regiment, Revolutionary War, 1760-1820.”15

Proctor’s widow, Mary Ann (Woodward) Ballard married William Wathen on 1 September 1832 in Nelson county.16

The children of Proctor Ballard and Elizabeth Hammett were:

Catherine, born 1775, died 20 August 1838; married on 27 February 1805 George Washington Dawson (born 1755, died 27 April 1838); both are buried on the farm of Samuel Holloway, near Belmont in Bullitt county, Kentucky.

James, born about 1780 at Bardstown, Kentucky, died 10 May 1846 at Holy Cross, Marion county, Kentucky. He married 22 September 1809 (1) Jane Thompson in Bardstown, Kentucky (she was born 1786 in Maryland, died in Kentucky); married (2) Susanna Cisssell on 12 January 1831, the daughter of James Cissell and Susannah Hammett (she was born 21 April 1818, died 30 May 1854 in Marion county, Kentucky).17 The children of James Ballard and Jane Thompson were: 1. Elizabeth (born about 1810, married James Rapier); 2. George Lloyd (born 29 October 1813, died 30 January 1889, Marion county, Kentucky); 3. John Thornton (born 29 July 1815, died 13 February 1910); 4. Diellen (born 1816, died 1921); 5. Charles Thompson (born 1819, died after 1861); 6. James Proctor (born 1822, married Mary Melvina Clayton, who was born in 1833); 7. Bethane (born 1825, died 17 July 1918 in New Haven, Nelson county, Kentucky); 8. Thomas Belgrade (born April 1828, died 25 September 1926, St. Joseph, Daviess county, Kentucky).18

Nancy, married John Greenwell on 7 March 1804.

Lucy, born about 1781, Bardstown, Kentucky, died in Lawrenceville, Lawrence county, Illinois; married Joseph Baird on 15 February 1806. They had eight children.19

John, born 1786, died 26 February 1835 (online transcript of John Amborse Cissell Family Bible [also transcribed below, should the transcript disappear from the Internet]); married Elizabeth Nally, 29 October 1814, the daughter of Barnabas Nally and Chloe James; she was born 1 September 1785 in Maryland, and died after 1850 in Nelson county, Kentucky. Their children were: 1. Elizabeth (born 1815, died before 1837; married 28 February 1834 Linus Cissell); 2. Richard Proctor, born 1816, died January 1881); 3. William R. (died 1880, New Hope, Kentucky); 4. Ann Lucretia (born 2 March 1822, died 15 March 1876, married 25 June 1842 William Russell Holthouser); 5. Charlotte (born 24 July 1823, married 13 January 1845 James Madison Johnson); 6. John P. (born 1828, died after 1863 in Nelson county, Kentucky).20

Ann, married John Norris.21

The children of Proctor Ballard and Mary Ann Woodward were:

Willis, born 15 May 1807, died 5 May 1873; married 18 August 1823 Treasy Nally, the daughter of Barnabas Nally and Chloe James; she was born 1806 in Holy Cross, Marion county, Kentucky, and died there on 6 March 1874.22 Their children were: 1. Greenberry (born 1825, died 15 December 1857 in Nelson county, Kentucky); 2. John Proctor (born 1826, died after 1870); 3. James Willis (born 12 August 1828, died 18 January 1892); 4. Isabella (born 12 August 1828, died 5 November 1895, married 21 October 1850 James R. Cissell, who was born in 1829); 5. George Washington (born 1832, died after 1880); 6. Lucretia Ursula (born 3 August 1835, died after 1870); 7. Treasy (born 1838, married 13 April 1874 Joseph Spalding); 8. Thomas (born 1839); 9. Richard Willis (born 1841, died 5 May 1873).23

William Proctor, born 7 February 1809, died 3 November 1899 in Marion county, Kentucky; was buried in Saint Francis, Marion county, Kentucky. Married (1) Mary Greenwell, who was born 22 April 1811, died 27 December 1841, and was buried in Holy Cross, Marion county, Kentucky. Their children were: 1. Ann Catherine (born 15 June 1830, died 14 February 1903; married 12 February 1849 Joseph W. Dant); 2. Robert S. (born 6 October 1833, died 25 June 1864, married 16 April 1860 Nancy Clayton); 3. Ellen Serene (born 14 May 1838, died 9 September 1895, married 27 November 1855 Henry Hayden; buried St. Raphael Cemetery near West Louisville, Kentucky); 4. Joseph H. (born 27 January 1841, died 19 September 1863). Proctor married (2) Mary Jane Wheeler on 24 March 1842. Their children were: 1. Frances L. (born 21 December 1843, married 16 September 1862 John Clayton); 2. George Hilary (born 1 September 1846, died 1911; married Emma Hayden); 3. Pius Proctor (born 5 May 1849, died 6 March 1918; married 7 May 1878 Annie Holtshouser); 4. Charles Nicholas (born 27 September 1851, married 31 May 1876 Lou B. Smith). Proctor married (3) Mrs Martha Ellen Ford (Tucker) on 10 May 1853, who was born 15 February 1822, died 6 September 1894, and was buried at Saint Francis, Kentucky. Their children were: 1. Janie Carroll (born 25 April 1854, married 28 May 1878 William Ralph Norris); 2. Amanda “Annie” Bell (born 14 January 1856, died 19 November 1907; married 6 October 1886 Felix Fogle); 3. Lucy Ellen “Lou” (born 26 July 1861, died 10 January 1940, Tampa, Florida; married 27 May 1890 John E. Eliston).24  He is interred at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery, Saint Francis, Marion County, Kentucky.

Thomas, born 6 March 1811 in Nelson county, Kentucky, where he died 4 December 1885; married 7 June 1833 (1) Priscilla Cissell, the daughter of James Cissell and Susannah Hammett, who was born 16 January 1812 and died 27 April 1863, both of whom were buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Holy Cross, Kentucky. He married 25 September 1865 (2) Eliza Clayton Dawson, who was born 11 January 1819, died 17 July 1875. He married 12 October 1875 (3) Mary Caroline Grant, who was born 22 November 1830, died 21 July 1908. The children of Thomas H. Ballard and Priscilla Cissell were: 1. James Neridius. (born 11 July 1834, died 6 January 1914); 2. Susan Mary (born 26 December 1835, died 20 June 1913; married 27 April 1858 John Alexander Winsett); 3. Thomas Emerson(born 1838, died 1871); 4. Robert McKelvey (born 4 November 1842, died 6 November 1904); 5. Richard Bland (born 17 March 1848, died 13 September 1872); 6. Juliette (born 19 September 1850, died 1925); 7. Felix Lorenza (born 5 February 1853, died 7 October 1933); and 8. Caleb Martin (born 25 December 1855, died 16 September 1935).25

Stephen Bland, born 2 April 1813, died 15 August 1895; married 15 April 1833 Lucinda Mary Roberts, who was born 1814 and died before 1880, the daughter of William Roberts.26 Their children were: 1. William Proctor (born 1834, died 9 September 1903); 2. Robert E. (born 1836, died 19 July 1917); 3. Matilda (born 1838); 4. Guy Thomas (born 27 June 1840, died 1852); 5. Mary Frances (born 23 May 1843, died May 1921; married 1897 John J. Piercall); 6. Jane Lucretia (born 22 January 1846, died 17 January 1910); 7. James Marion (born 31 October 1848, died after 1910); 8. Felix B. (Born 4 September 1851, died 18 September 1853); 9. Melinda Elenora (born 19 August 1854, died 31 July 1888); 10. Julia Ann Sopronia (born 27 December 1858, died 2 February 1943).27

James Madison, born 8 January 1816, died 22 March 1903; married 25 May 1836 Elizabeth Cissell, the daughter of James Cissell and Susannah Hammett; she was born 4 February 1816, died 5 December 1898. Their children were: 1. Mary J. (Born 1837, died after 1870); 2. Amanda (born 1841); 3. Richard (born between 1844 & 1846, died 1862); 4. James Marion (born 1846, died after 1870); 5. James Proctor (born 20 May 1847); 6. Mary Helane (born 9 November 1848, died 23 September 1940); 7. William (born 1849); 8. Ann Minerva (born 24 March 1852, died 7 May 1910); 9. Susan Ann (born 1857, married ____ Cissell); 10. J. Gonza (born 22 February 1861, died 1933; married 20 October 1880 Nancy Ballard); 11. Caleb M. (Born about 1863); 12. Agmeyer (born in Nelson county, Kentucky).28


Endnotes

1. The Nelson County Record, Bardstown, Kentucky,1896 – An Illustrated Historical and Industrial Supplement.

2. A poll for delegates for Jefferson Co., 3 April 1781.  Proctor Ballard listed under the name of Willis Green.  “At a court held for Jefferson Co. on 7 August 1781, the above poll returned by Richard Chenoweth, Gent., sheriff & ordered to be recorded.”  Jefferson Co. Ky. Minute Book A (March 1781-September 1783) p. 12 (cited in Bentley, p. 17).

3. Mrs Frances Fairleigh, The Filson Club History Quarterly, Vol. 30, pp. 148-49; Nelson Co. Deed Book 1, pp. 15-16; also Deed Book 5, p.339, which includes a complete plat of Bardstown, showing lot No. 78 bordered on the Court Square, recorded 8 August 1797.

4. Deed dated 13 November 1805, Nelson Co. Ky. Deed Book 6, p. 401.

5. Nelson Co. Ky. Order Book B, p. 7 lists the heirs of Proctor Ballard, deceased, “a Sergeant of Clark’s Illinois Regiment.”

6. Futrell, p. 160.

7. Futrell, p. 160.

8. Nelson Co. Ky. Marriage Bonds; Futrell, pp. 160-61.

9. Nelson Co. Ky. Minute Book A, p. 189.

10. Calendar of Virginia State Papers, Vol. 5, p. 26.

11. Futrell, p. 161.

12. Futrell, p. 161.

13. Futrell, p. 161.

14. Futrell, p. 162; Nelson Co. Ky. estate records; Owen Co., Ky. Order Book C, p. 259; Nelson Co. Ky. Will Book D, pp. 256-59.

15. Futrell, p. 163.

16. Her will was probated on 14 February 1842, order to record in Nelson Co. Ky. Will Book 3, pp. 465-66.

17. Miller, BB, p. 27.  The will of James Ballard dated 5 May 1846, proved 11 May 1846 recites that his estate goes to his wife Susan Ann & children: Elizabeth Rapier, Geo. L. Ballard, John T. Ballard, Diel Clarke, Charles T. Ballard, James P. Ballard, Bethana Ballard, and Thoams B. Ballard.  Executor: Joseph Clarke.  Witnesses: James Powell, George W.S. Willett.  Miller, BB, p. 28.

18. Miller, BB, p. 28.

19. Miller, BB, p. 28.

20. Miller, BB, p. 28.

21. Miller, BB, p. 11; see also William Lindsay Hopkins, Virginia Revolutionary War Land Grant Claims, 1783-1850 (rejected) (Richmond: Gen-N-Dex, 1988) p. 10.

22. Miller, BB, p. 29.

23. Miller, BB, p. 29.

24. Filson Club Historical Quarterly, 1969 Vol. 43, p. 158.

25. Filson Club Historical Quarterly, 1969 Vol. 43, p. 158; Miller, BB, pp. 30-31.

26. Miller, BB, p. 31.

27. Miller, BB, p. 32.

28. Miller, BB, p. 32 (citing US Federal Census 1850, 1860).


Below are Ballard Family Baptismal Records from Holy Cross Church in Marion County, Kentucky that were collected by Phyllis Brown, a genealogist who publishes her research on her blog Kentucky Kindred Genealogy.  Researchers studying the line outlined above will no doubt find this information helpful; listed below are many of  Proctor Ballard’s grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Holy Cross Church, Marion County, Kentucky

Baptisms – Ballard

Parents:  Charles Thompson Ballard and Lucretia Roberts

  • Charles R. Ballard, born 04 Sep 1846, baptized 25 Jan 1847
  • Robert Linthecum Ballard, born 08 Nov 1848, baptized 16 Jan 1849
  • Ann Genevieve Ballard, about 15 days, baptized 10 Apr 1851
  • Mary G. Ballard, born 30 Apr 1853, baptized 26 Jun 1853
  • Ann Ballard, born 18 Jun 1855, baptized 29 Jul 1855
  • Charley Ann Ballard, born 25 May 1861, baptized 13 Aug 1861

Parents:  George Ballard and Sarah Ann Gilkey

  • Joseph Henry Ballard, born 01 Oct 1861, baptized 26 Jan 1862
  • Georgie Ann Ballard, born 17 Mar 1864, baptized 26 Apr 1864
  • John Proctor Ballard, born 03 Nov 1866, baptized 25 Apr 1867

Parents:  George Lloyd Ballard and Letitia Cissell

  • Thomas Ballard, born 29 Jan 1845, baptized 02 May 1845
  • Minerva Ann Ballard, born 15 Jan 1847, baptized 31 Jan 1847
  • Nancy Ann Ballard, born 27 Feb 1849, baptized 09 Apr 1849
  • George Ballard, born 27 Oct 1853, baptized 06 Jan 1854

Parents:  George Washington Ballard and Ursula ?

  • Theresa Ann Ballard, born Sep 1857, baptized 11 Oct 1857

Parents:  Greenberry Ballard and Eliza Gilkey

  • Amanda Josephine Ballard, born 15 Jun 1850, baptized 02 Sep 1850
  • Eliza Jane Ballard, born 24 Dec 1851, baptized 02 Feb 1852
  • James W. Ballard, born 09 Dec 1853, baptized 26 Mar 1854
  • Sarah Ballard, born 13 May 1855, baptized 26 Aug 1855
  • Stephen Ballard, born 23 Feb 1857, baptized 14 April 1857

Parents:  James Ballard and Kate O’Brien

  • John Thomas Ballard, born 14 Feb 1861, baptized 03 Apr 1861
  • Emily Taylor Ballard, born 03 Feb 1863, baptized 14 Mar 1863
  • Francis Louis Ballard, born 20 Aug 1865, baptized 27 Aug 1865
  • George Miles Ballard, born 06 Oct 1867, baptized 20 Oct 1867

Parents:  James Ready Ballard and Rebecca Willett

  • Ann Ballard, born 04 Sep 1860, baptized 14 Oct 1860
  • Nancy Ballard, born 28 Apr 1862, baptized 02 Jun 1862
  • Edward Ballard, born 02 Mar 1864, baptized 24 Apr 1864
  • Julia Etta Ballard, born 23 Mar 1866, baptized 06 May 1866

Parents:  James Madison Ballard and Eliza A. Cecil

  • James Proctor Ballard, born 20 May 1847, baptized 10 Oct 1847
  • Ann Minerva Ballard, born 24 Mar 1852, baptized 18 May 1852

Parents:  James Marion Ballard and Mary Greenwell

  • John William Ballard, born 19 Jun 1867, baptized 25 Aug 1867
  • Robert Sidney Ballard, born 6 weeks ago, baptized 01 Apr 1869

Parents:  James N. Ballard and Bethania Willett

  • Narcissa Frances Ballard, born 23 Dec 1856, baptized 08 Mar 1857
  • Mary Ballard, born 24 October 1857, baptized 11 Jan 1858

Parents:  James P. Ballard and Mary M. Clayton

  • Thomas H. Ballard, born 30 Nov 1853, baptized 08 Jan 1860
  • Lucy Ballard, born Feb 1855, baptized 15 Aug 1855

Parents:  James Ballard and Lavina Clayton

  • Maria Ballard, born 27 Jul 1856, baptized 31 Aug 1856
  • Mary Taylor Ballard, born 14 Mary 1864, baptized 11 Sep 1864

Parents:  John Emerson Ballard and Ellen Wimsett

  • Thomas Ballard, born 21 Mar 1861, baptized 02 May 1861
  • John Edward Ballard, born 13 Apr 1863, baptized 17 May 1863
  • Ann Florence Ballard, baptized 09 Jul 1865
  • Stephen Gonza Ballard, born 14 Apr 1867, baptized 09 Jun 1867

Parents:  John P. Ballard and Mary Jane Wheeler

  • Ann Jane Ballard, born 30 May 1845, baptized 19 Jun 1845
  • Juliana Ballard, born 17 Jul 1849, baptized 26 Aug 1849
  • Mary Isabella Ballard, about 2 months old, baptized 12 May 1851
  • Mary Jane Ballard, 23 Dec 1852, baptized 28 Mar 1853

Parents:  Pius Ballard and Ann Holtshouser

  • Mary Louisa Ballard, born 25 Jul 1868, baptized 23 Aug 1868

Parents:  Proctor Ballard and Priscilla Thompson

  • James Ballard, born 17 Jun 1846, baptized 09 Aug 1846

Parents:  Richard Ballard and ?

  • Lucretia Ursula Ballard, born 03 Aug 1835, baptized 1835

Parents:  Richard Proctor Ballard and Laura Ann Gilkey

  • Joseph E. Ballard, born 29 Dec 1845, baptized 24 Jan 1846
  • Hieronimus Ballard, born 20 Sep 1849, baptized 22 Jan 1850

Parents:  Shelton Ballard and Elizabeth Blandford

  • Mary Lucretia Ballard, born 18 Sep 1866, baptized 03 Nov 1866
  • John Thomas Ballard, born 11 Nov 1868, baptized 14 mar 1869

Parents:  Sidney Ballard and Nancy Clayton

  • Joseph Francis Ballard, born 29 Jul 1862, baptized 07 Sep 1862

Parents:  Sidney Ballard and Elizabeth Baker

  • William Ballard, born 07 Jun 1866, baptized 17 Jun 1866
  • Fiola Virginia Ballard, born 28 Jul 1868, baptized 16 Aug 1868

Parents:  Thomas Ballard and Ellen Holtshouser

  • Mary Elizabeth Ballard, born 11 Apr 1858, baptized 08 Jun 1858
  • Felix James Ballard, born 2 months ago, baptized 07 Apr 1860
  • George Ballard, twin, born 06 Jul 1861, baptized 13 Aug 1861
  • James Ballard, twin, born 06 Jul 1861, baptized 13 Aug 1861
  • Ada Jane Ballard, born 15 Feb 1863, baptized 21 Mar 1863
  • Sidney Ballard, born 08 Nov 1864, baptized 01 Apr 1865

Parents:  Thomas Ballard and Priscilla Cissell

  • Richard Bland Ballard, born 17 Mar 1848, baptized 26 Apr 1848
  • Julietta Ballard, born 19 Sep 1850, baptized 01 Dec 1850
  • Felix Ballard, born 05 Feb 1853, baptized 24 Apr 1853

Parents:  Thomas Ballard and ?

  • Margaret Ballard, born the end of 1855, baptized 25 May 1856
  • William Ballard, born 10 Apr 1856, baptized 25 May 1856

Parents:  Thomas Belgrove Ballard and Bethenia Ann Greenwell

  • Olivia Ann Ballard, born 22 Mar 1851, baptized 21 Apr 1851
  • Martha J. Ballard, born 30 Nov 1852, baptized 02 Jan 1853
  • James Eugene Ballard, born 10 Apr 1855, baptized 13 May 1855
  • Martha Jane Ballard, born 14 Nov 1857, baptized 25 Dec 1857
  • Alice Ballard, born 23 Jan 1860, baptized 06 Feb 1860
  • Robert Tyler Ballard, born 09 Jun 1862, baptized 11 Aug 1862
  • Ann Mary Ballard, born 24 Sep 1864, baptized 25 Oct 1864

Parents:  William Ballard and Mary Clark

  • Robert Henry Ballard, born 20 Jun 1855, baptized 15 Jul 1855

Parents:  William Ballard and Elizabeth Wathen

  • Infant daughter, born 03 Nov 1857, baptized 20 Dec 1857

Parents:  William Ballard and Maria Smith

  • James Edward Ballard, born 24 Oct 1866, baptized 11 Nov 1866

Parents:  William P. Ballard and Mary Greenwell

  • George Hilary Ballard, born 01 Sep 1846, baptized 24 Jan 1847
  • Pius Proctor Ballard, born 05 May 1849, baptized 08 May 1849
  • Nicholas Ballard, born 27 Sep 1851, baptized 03 Nov 1851

Parents:  William Proctor Ballard and Martha Ellen Ford

  • Jane C. Ballard, born 25 Apr 1854, baptized 11 Jun 1854
  • Amanda Ballard, born 15 Jan 1856, baptized 20 Apr 1856

Parents:  William R. Ballard and Ann Mahala Greenwell

  • Edward Miles Ballard, born 11 Aug 1846, baptized 31 Jan 1847
  • Joseph Robert Ballard, born 07 Mar 1849, baptized 14 Apr 1849
  • George H. Ballard, born 17 Mar 1853, baptized 22 May 1853
  • Ann Elizabeth Ballard, born Jan 1858, baptized 11 Feb 1858

John Ambrose Cissell Bible, published in The Nelson County Genealogist (Winter 1990) pp. 27-33:
Holy Bible of John Ambrose Cissell
Bought 24 March 1862

Alexander Reid born in 1804 and died September the 6th, 1878

Howard Reid born December the 4th, 1875 and died January the 19th, 1887 after being taken sick – 7 weeks on – December 4, 1886

Willis Ballard born May the 15th, 1807 and died May the 5th, 1873 in the 66th year of his age

Hillary Cissell born April the 18th, 1807 and died September 3, 1878

There was a picnic at St. Vincent’s Church August the 11th, 1883 near Newhope
Mas Clark and Mary Newton were married at Holy Cross Church June the 2nd, 1884

Stephen Wimsatt born on October 15, 1802 and died April 25th, 1876

My grandfather John Ballard was born in the year 1786 and died in the year of 1835, February the 26th, in his 49 year.

Father Vantroostenbugh died at Memphis, Tennessee September 19, 1878

There was a mission at Holy Cross commencing September the 29th and lasting 7 days conducted by Father Bronsgust and Fr. Hillman, this October 5th, 1878.

Martin Blandford hung himself near John A. Wimsatt’s on June the 11th, 1877.

Charles B. McCauley and Ellvina Clark married March 11, 1879

John Fenwick and Rosy Nalley married March 17th, 1879 at Raywick.

Written this today July 29, 1879, a cloudy morning. Penwick and Rosy here today.

Bob or Job (?) Cissell got killed by the explosion of a steam boiler December the 26th, 1879 at F. M. Head’s.

G. W. Brady got accidently killed by John Brady near Millers Springs December the 26th, 1879.

Charles B. McCauley and Jemima Mattingly married April the 28, 1885.

Sarah Jane Hagan or Newton died March the 29th, 1885, aged about 28 years.

John Ambrose Cissell, this is the 12th day of February 1859 and born the 7 day of November 1835.

One child found at John O’Bryan’s house one Fri. night about nine o’clock on the 5th day of May, 1868, neither father or mother. Written by John A. Cissell, May the 10th, 1868.

John P. Gilkey was born June 6, 1781.

John Holthouser was born January 13, 1774.

John P. Gilkey died March 12, 1867. John Holthouser died November the 7th on Saturday about 2 o’clock in the evening in 1868, Saturday is a pretty day.

Old John Norriss born April 5th, 1792 and died May the 8th, 1875.

My Aunt Mary Lucretia Holthouser born October the 18th, 1822 and died March 30th, 1876.

Old Mrs. Elizabeth Holthouser died January 30th, 1878 and buried at St. Thomas, January 31, 1878 – born September 1, 1782.

A warm day, June 10th, 1877.

Mandy Ellen Cissell born May the 22nd, 1857 and died October the 23rd, 1879 In the 23rd year of her age, died at half past 10 o’clock, a clear night.

Joseph R. Cissell was borned Jan. 14, 1862

Marzetta(?) Read born April the 4, 1887.

Anna Florence Read born Sep. 3, 1868.

Robert Floyd Read born April the 6th, 18′ Thomas S. Hagan was killed by Tom Ferrill on Saturday, May the 5th, 1871 at Loretto Depot.

Bland Ballard killed himself on December the 13th, 1872 and was found in the woods about 3/4 of a mile, northwest from home, and was buried December the 18th, 1872. My Uncle Charles Cissell was the first one to find him.

There was a jubilee at Holy Cross Church September 21-22 and 25 conducted by John Hutchins and David Russell in 1875.

There was a retreat at Holy Cross Church October 15-16-17-18-19-20 conducted by Rev. Vilanot Drury and Fehan Chichgo – 1877.

Old James Nalley died June 22, 1871 age about 77.

Barny Nalley died May 29, 1871 age about 27 years.

Thomas Hagan taken up out of the grave, after being six weeks buried – this June 23rd, 1871.

Ursula Wimsatt died March the Ist, 1872.

James McClasky Cissell born August the 28th, 1871.

Richard Willis Ballard died May 5th, 1873.

Treasy Ann Ballard or Ball died March the 6th, 1874.

Tom Woods got killed by Ben Hardy July the 30th, 1877 near home in the 22nd year of his age.

Felix Nally died August the 10th, 1877 in the 60 year of his age.

Sally Roberts, wife of Wm. A. Roberts died December 19, 1877 age about 59 years old, 11 months, 6 days.

Leo Cissell died January 22nd, 1877 aged about 69 years.

Mahala Cissell, Leo Cissell’s wife, died March 10, 1877, aged about 62 years.

Pius Hagan, born May 5th, 1808 and died February the 10th, 1878 – a thunderstorm today.

George A. Roberts died April the 12th, 1878 in the 24th year of his age.

Diceann Nalley or McCauley died April the 18th, in the 46 year of her age – 1878.

Simon Humphrey died March 31st, 1878 aged about 63 years.

Old James Hagen died May Ist, 1878 aged about 64.

Mary Catharine Ritcherson born September 18th, 1874.

Richard Feehan ordained Priest at Louisville August 26, 1877.

Hillary Cissell died Sep. the 3rd, 1878 about 4 o’clock a.m. and buried at Holy Cross Church on the 4th about 12 o’clock a.m. A very large crowd attended this funeral.

Green Clayton and Washington Burks got killed February the 26, 1884. Clayton got wounded.

Lawrence My grandfather John Ballard and Elizabeth Nalley married Oct. 10th, 1814,

There was a mission at Holy Cross Church on September the 12, 1886 and ended on September the 18th 1886, conducted by Father Durham.

Old Ben Wheeler born April the 14th, 1790 died June the 4th on Sunday morning 1882 aged 92 years, I month and 20 days.

Old Alley Smith died August the 2nd, 1882 aged about 70 years.

Morgan Gilkey taught school at schoolhouse #47 in 1879.

Henry Clay Holthouser died August the 28, 1883 – interred at St. Thomas – aged about 48 years.

Old Nancy Mudd died June the 6th, 1884 aged about 90 years – interred At St. Thomas on June the 8th

James Grant born October the 12th, 1800 and died December the 10th, 1878 – interred at Holy Cross.

Old Mary (Polly) Reid died December the 27, 1876 and born in 1786.

Rev. John B. Hutchins born July the 13, 1803 and died on Friday, February 7th, 1879.

Old Joseph Howard died March the 11th, 1879 aged 80 years – interred at St. Ann’s Church.

Sudie Ballard or Downs died March the 24th, 1879 – aged about 24 years – Interred at Holy Cross.

Thomas W. Newton died March 24, 1879 aged 63 years.

Jennie Rose Ballard died April 2nd, 1879 aged 28.

James Downs died April 28th, 1879 aged 14 years.

Joann French died May 7th, 1879, aged 25 years.

Julann French died May 1st, 1874, aged 23 years.

Dixie Roberts died May the 11th, 1879 aged 17.

Margrett Blandford died May 14, 1879.

Old James E. Edelen born November the 9th, 1800 and died July the 14th, 1879.

John Greenwell died August 31, 1879.

Joshua Greenwell died September 9th, 1879.

Old Tom Hutchins died October 22, 1879 aged 74.

Jerry Nalley died December 24, 1879, aged 45 years.

Thomas Cissell died October the 17th, 1878.

Nick Clark and Alice Newton married November 19th, 1878.

Nanny Ballard’s baby born November the 27th, 1878 – the baby a boy.

Jerry Nalley left here for John Nalley’s in Marion County November the 19th, 1878.

Old Joseph Clark died May the 7th, 1878 aged about 66 years,

Taylor Wheeler died at Adam Donohoe’s August the 20th with the cholera 1873, lived 10 hours.

Christina Wheeler died August the 22nd, 1873 on Friday with the cholera – lived 8 hours.

Ignatius Marion Wheeler died with the cholera Aug. 22, 1873 – lived 6 hours.

Anna Donohoe died with the cholera August the 25, 1873 – lived 2 days.

Thomas Woods died with the cholera Tuesday, August the 26th, 1873 – lived 4 days.

Old Corner Woods died with the cholera Wednesday, August the 27th, 1873 lived about 20 hours.

Sidney Holtshouser died August the 22nd, 1876 died with inflamatory rheumatism on Tuesday morning, a warm day.

Old Jefferson Cissell died May 10, 1875.

Old Nancy Wheeler died June the 18th, 1875 about 80 years old.

Eliza Ballard, Tom Ballard’s wife, died July the 17th, 1875.

Cary Cissell moved to his new house December 16, 1876.

Henry Hagan and Sarah J. Newton married Sept. the 18, 1877 married at Charchigo(?)

Old Uncle Stephen Wimsett had two horses today killed by lightning, this the 25th day of June 1873.

Elizabeth Ann Ballard married Augustus Willett September 13, 1874 – married at Holy Cross at half past 2 o’clock.

Willis Ballard’s wife died September the 27th, 1874 leaving ten children, 5 boys and 5 girls.

Moses Hinton died April 4, 1876.

Minerva Mattingly died April 8, 1876.

Betty Ann Clark died in Hardin County February the 5th, 1885 aged about 25 years of age.

John Martin Hill shot and killed his wife on Wednesday February 11, 1885, wife lived 16 hours after she was shot, died on Feb. 12, 1885.

Tomy Thompson and Anne Ballard married February 2, 1885.

Sid Sims and Alice Wimsatt married February 3, 1885.

William Hardesty and Mandy Edelen married February 10, 1885.

Andrew Holthouser born April 28, 1804.

James A. Garfield, President of the United States of America got shot by Charles J. Giteau on July the 2nd, 1881 and died September the 20th on Tuesday and lived after he got shot 79 days, 1881, Written by John A. Cissell on September the 22nd on Thursday, 1881. A warm day, getting out staves today.

Victor Cissell born January 27th, 1873.

Burndette Cissell born March 6, 1875.

Old Bennett Wheeler born April 14, 1790 and died June the 4th, 1882.

Sally Ann Ballard died October 13, 1876.

Hariett Bruby died April 12, 1877, age about 60 years.

S. Nalley died April 30, 1877.

Shelton Nalley died April the 14, 1877 age about 52 years.

Shelby Ballard got killed at William Cissell’s by some unknown person May the 29, 1877.

There was a procession at Bardstown for in Favour of the Pope, June the 3rd, 1877.

Rose Ann Devers died May the 30th, 1877.

Martin Blandford hung himself near A. N. Vinson’s June the 11th, 187?, aged 25 years.

Family Records

BIRTHS

John Ambrose Cissell was born November 7th, 1835.
Martha Ellen Cissell was born December 29th, 1836.
Elizabeth Alice was born January 26, 1856.
Mandy Ellen Cissell was born May 22, 1857.
Ann Bethany Cissell was born July 1, 1859.
John Ambrose Cissell was born May 23, 1868.
Albert Hillman was born February the 28, 1879.
Francis Alexander Cissell was born June 12, 1863.
Nancy Regina Cissell was born April the 2nd, 1865.
Linus Boyd Cissell was born December the 17th, 1866.
Martha Venter Cissell was born January the 25th, 1869.
Charles David Cissell was born May 17th, 1879.
Julia Bridgett Cissell was born June the 7, 1872.
Edward Anithasurt was born August the 31, 1875.

MARRIAGES

John A. Cissell was married February 6, 1855.
Jeremiah Nalley was married Mar. 23rd, 1862 to Mahalia Lamkins.
Michael Medermott and Mahalia Jane Nalley was married March 27th, 1856.
My grandfather John Ballard and Elizabeth Nalley married October 10, 1814.
Joseph Ritcherson and Elizabeth Alice Cissell married November 25, 1873.
Linus Cissell and Elizabeth Ballard married February 20, 1834.
Linus Cissell and Rosy Nalley married April 30, 1848.
John H. Cissell married the 6 of October 1853.
Sylvester B. Nalley and Teresa Cissell married July the 12, 1839.
John D. Read and Missouri Cissell married October the 28th, 1861.
G. W. Read married Ann Luvina Cissell July the 8th, 1866.

DEATHS

Ann Bethany Cissell died January 20th, 1859.
Caroline Donohoe died September 3, 1861.
Ellen Nalley died July the 12th, 1862.
Nancy Ann Nalley died September the 25th, 1862.
Louisa Coy died June 1865.
Mahala M. died November the 1st 1864.
Alexander Nalley died March the 20th, 1866.
Martha Venter Cissell died January the 25th, 1869.
My sister AnJulina Cissell died November the 15th 1842.
William Ballard died January the 30th, 1851.

Mary Ellen Ballard or Thornsbury born May 8th, 1846.
Eliza Hagan or Ballard born January the 16th, 1812.
John Norriss born April 5, 1793 and died May the 8, 1875.
Mary Elizabeth Nalley born July the 5th, 1863.
Manda B. Medermott was born December 6th, 1856.
Charlotte Johnson born July the 24th, 1823.
Jerry Nalley’s son Charles Lavielle Nalley was born July the 26th, 1866.
Riley Elmer Nalley born December the 25th, 1872.

Riley Cissell and Susan Cissell married January 27, 1874.
Charles K. Cissell was married to Lillie Willett September 18, 1877 – married at New Haven.

The Nelson County Genealogist – Winter, 1990 – Pages 27-33

24 thoughts on “Proctor Ballard of Bardstown, Kentucky (1755-1818).

  1. Really love your webpage. Please contact me so we can discuss the Ballard that Mary Jane Wheeler married in 1842. My research differs from your.

  2. I show Mary Jane Wheeler (1823-1894) married John Proctor Ballard (ca 1824 – 1903) s/o Richard Willis Ballard and Treasy Ann Nally and had the following children: 1. Nancy Pauline Ballard (1845 – 1909) 2. Teresa Ann Ballard (1848 – 1874) 3. Juliana (1849 – unk) 4. Mary Isabelle (1851 – unk) 5. Mary Jane (1852 – unk) 6. Mary Delania “Jemima” (1855 – 1932). This last daughter, Jemima is my husband’s great-grandmother. Proctor’s father, Willis signed bond for him to marry. Proctor and Mary Jane can be seen in the 1850 thru 1880 census of Nelson Co. KY. and Proctor is living with his dau. Jemima and her husband Thos. Wm. Norris as a widower in the 1900 census. Proctor’s death notice was in The Kentucky Standard, April 30, 1903, page 4, column 3, Balltown, April 29, 1903: “Mr. Proctor Ballard died last week of old age. Deceased was 80 years of age”.
    I’m not real familiar with this form of communication, am better at email.

    • This is just like email, only more public. This blog, after all, is an effort to collect and distill as much information as possible and share it so incorrect information can be ferreted out. I greatly appreciate this — thank you.

      My intention is to maintain comments made to the various pages until I have time to revise them and incorporate new information. I must admit not being an expert on this line; you’ll note that most of the references are to secondary information, relying primarily on research. I did receive a message yesterday from someone else researching this line, and I’d like to put you two in touch. May I share your email address with him?

  3. I wondered about his pioneering to what became of Bardstown in 1775, but fighting the Revolution. Does this suggest he returned to Virginia to fight?
    Also, he went to Bardstown with Gabriel Cox, Isaac Morrison, Walter Beall and Benjamin Grayson. Do you have any letters discussing these men? Do you know where he lived before leaving for KY?

  4. Richard Willis Ballard son George Washington Ballard died in 1913 in Louisville, Ky. George Washington
    was 80 years old. Buried at St Louis Cemetery In Louisville. George ‘s wife Sarah Gilkey Ballard
    died in 1876 in Nelson County. Kentucky , Proctor Ballard was with George Rogers Clark in the
    Illinois Territory fighting the Revolution in the west. I also have information that Proctor had a 6th son
    with Mary Ann his name was William born in 1818 was married to Elizabeth Hagan he died in 1851
    according to the Cissell Bible. . Have a great day. Joyce Banet

    • Sorry — didn’t realize that wasn’t explained on that particular page. I tried to have full references on each page.

      That refers to a privately published compilation by Lynne Miller, “Bland Ballard Families” that was published in 2008. Lynne was a tireless researcher, but I don’t always agree with her conclusions. For example, she assumes that the Betsy Tenant named in the will of Bland Ballard (died c. 1791) is a daughter, yet he specifically names his children and she is not among them. And he devises property of much less value to her as well, which suggests to me she was a valued companion, but not family.

      Anyway, this particular compilation is available online here:

      https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE973410

  5. i just heard of this web site. i am a descendant of william proctor ballard my information matched yours. thanks. what is the dna part?

    • I know of one direct descendant of Proctor Ballard who is participating in the Ballard yDNA Project. I don’t understand your question — please clarify. Thanks.

    • I’m not a descendant of Proctor, though I test as a close match with a documented descendant. I descend from Dowan Ballard, who according to family tradition is a son of a Bland Ballard.

    • Roger, great to hear from you, and thank you! There’s no reason for you to remember, but you did some research for me in the early 1990s.

  6. Elizabeth Cissel – 1815 – died between 1846 and 1848. She had 6 children by Linus Cissell – the last one being born 1 Feb 1846. That child, Ann Levina was baptized when she was 11 years old. Rosie Nalley was listed as her mother. But that is incorrect. Rosie and Linus married in 1848. Elizabeth is my 3rd great grandmother.

  7. Hello,
    My Name is Brian Edward Ballard. I stopped in to Bardstown this past weekend and found proctor Ballard memorial Grave site. He was my 5 great Grandfather. it was a very moving to see some of my family history. I would love to know more if anyone has any information.

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