John P. Ballard of Madison County, Kentucky (c. 1780-1829).

John P. Ballard of Madison County, Kentucky, the son of John Ballard of Albemarle County, Virginia (c. 1765-1829), died intestate before 1831, leaving a wife and two sons, Michael Wallace Ballard and John Powers Ballard, as evidenced by the division of his estate recorded in Madison County, 11 February 1832 (transcribed below).  Given that John’s two sons, but not John, are identified (but not named: “the sons of my son John”) in their grandfather John Ballard’s will, it follows that John died before the date of the will, which was 12 July 1829.

Agreeable to an order of the worshipfull County Court of Madison made at their October Term 1831.  To us directed to divide the landed estate and slaves of John P. Ballard, Dec’d, between his two children, to wit Michael Wallace Ballard and John Powers Ballard.  After being first sworn by Christopher Harris Esq we have proceeded to do so … exclusive of the widow’s dower [Lot No. 1 containing 77 acres to Michael Wallace Ballard; Lot No. 2 containing 37 acres to John Powers Ballard].  We also allot unto Michael Wallace Ballard a negro named Jim valued at $350 and an old woman Dicy and lame child Minerva valued at nothing, and unto John Powers Ballard we allot a boy named John valued at $250 and a girl named Mary valued at $250 so that John Powers Ballard owes Michael Wallace Ballard 75 dollars.  Given under our hands, etc. Robert Harris, Alexander Gibbs, Kiah Crooke.

Recorded 11 February 1832 Madison Co. Ky. Will Book E, pp. 252-53.

John Ballard married Eleanor Wallace, the daughter of James Wallace and Jane Bratton on 25 December 1809 in Madison County, Kentucky.  Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 (FamilySearch database).  She married (2) 31 January 1826 Robert Cox.  W.H. Miller, History and genealogies of the families of Miller, Woods, Harris, Wallace, Maupin, Oldham, Kavanaugh, and Brown 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 (1907) p. 367.   Born 26 December 1790, she died 15 March 1838 and is interred at the Ballard-Jarman Cemetery near Bobtown, Madison County, Kentucky (

John P. Ballard and Elenor Wallace left issue:

John Powers, married 7 May 1835 his cousin Jane Wallace Jarman “and went West.”  W.H. Miller, History and Genealogies, p. 268.  Other sources (including an obituary of their son, William Powers Ballard) name her as Jane Frances Powers.  They did not go west, but removed to Richmond, Virginia and founded the Exchange Hotel in Richmond.

John Powers Ballard, buried 29 May 1878 in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia (Section B, Lot 39) with his wife Jane Frances Powers, who died 16 January 1892 at the home of her son, William Powers Ballard (The Richmond Times, 17 January 1892, p. 2, Col. 2).   William Powers Ballard, born 14 November 1842, died 2 September 1924, buried Greenlawn Memorial Park, Newport News, Virginia.  In 1841 John P. Ballard built The Exchange Hotel, and in 1855-1856 built the Ballard House.  Newspaper ads of the time for the hotel mention a brother named Thomas B. Ballard, who is also mentioned in his obituary.

Michael Wallace, married 12 March 1835 Elizabeth Hockersmith “and went West.”  W.H. Miller, History and Genealogies, p. 368.