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 likely married Elenor Wallace, the daughter of Jame Wallace on 25 December 1809 in Madison County, Kentucky. “Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 (FamilySearch database).
John P. Ballard and Elenor Wallace left issue:
John Powers, possibly the John Powers Ballard, buried 29 May 1878 in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia (Section B, Lot 39) with his wife Jane Frances Jarman (who died 16 January 1892 (The Richmond Times, 17 January 1892, p. 2, Col. 2) [this requires additional research and verification], and left issue, among them 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 Thomas E. Ballard, but it is unclear if this is a brother or a son.