James Ballard, Sr of Albemarle County, Virginia (1767-1853).

James Ballard, Sr, of Albemarle County, Virginia, was the son of Thomas Horace Ballard of Albemarle County, Virgina.  He reportedly served in the Light Infantry from 1794 to 1802, and married 10 May 1790 in Albemarle County Ann Rodes (Rhodes), who was born 20 February 1775, died 25 September 1852.  Ann Rhodes was the daughter of David Rhodes (died 1793) and Mary Mills (died 10 April 1781).1

We are currently (August 2016) researching the Albemarle County Ballards, and hope to flesh out this sketch in the future.

James Ballard and his wife Ann were still living at the time of the 1850 US Federal Census, which listed James Ballard, age 83, and Ann Ballard, age 76.  In the household were two females, Julia A. Day, age 40, and Julia N. Day, age 15.  1850 US Federal Census, Albemarle, Virginia, Roll M432_932, Page 216B, Image 437.  James Ballard likely died about 1853, for the following year his son James Ballard, Jr of New York, New York, joined by his wife Sarah, sold his farm to Gabriel Maupin.

James Ballard and Ann Rodes had issue:

GARLAND, married (1) 5 May 1818 Eliza Burt; married (2) 2 November 1826 Georgianna Blair.

JAMES, married Sarah __________.

William H. Miller’s History and genealogies of the families of Miller, Woods, Harris, Wallace, Maupin, Oldham, Kavanaugh, and Brown (illustrated) : with interspersions of notes of the families of Dabney, Reid, Martin, Broaddus, Gentry, Jarman, Jameson, Ballard, Mullins, Michie, Moberley, Covington, Browning, Duncan, Yancey, and others. (Richmond, Ky.: Transylvania Co., 1907) lists the following additional children, which we need to verify.  The likely source (which includes the same list in the same order, along with spouses) appears in Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.: Michie Co., 1901).

Thomas.  This is most likely the Thomas Ballard and his family residing in the farm adjacent to James Ballard, Sr in the 1850 Census, which enumerated Thomas Ballard, age 45 (born c. 1805); Lucy Ballard, age 40; Ann E. Ballard, age 18; George Ballard, age 16; James Ballard, age 12; Thomas E. Ballard, age 3; and Eliza A. Duke, age 30.  1850 US Federal Census, Albemarle, Virginia, Roll M432_932, Page 216B, Image 437.

DAVID, married Elizabeth __________.

Susan, married Thomas L. Shelton.

Selina, married Thomas Bohanan.

Judith, married Nimrod Day.

Frances, married Porter Cleveland.

Sophia, married Hudson Oakes.

Mary, married William Thompson.


1. “The Rodes Family,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 7, No. 1 (July 1899) pp. 84-85.  Virginia, Marriages, 1740-1850 (Ancestry database).