NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The surname Ballard was in use as early as the twelfth century from the very beginning of the use of surnames in England. It is an ancient baptismal name, and became a surname in the same way that most personal or baptismal names became surnames at that time. the name of Ballard is found in the Hundred Rolls.
The Ballard family at Horton and at Wadhurst, county Suffolk, are of the same stock and bear the same arms: Sable a griffin segreant ermine armed and gorged with a crown or. Crest: A demi-griffin with wings endorsed ermine beaked and legged or.
The Ballards of Evesham, county Worcester, have the same arms slightly varied: Sable, a griffin segreant emine. Crest: A griffin's head erased ermine. This simple device may be the oldest. The same arms borne by the family at Greenwich, Kent, and Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
From a visitation of Nottinghamshire in 1614 we get this pedigree:
Philip Ballard, of Greenwich, Kent, married Joane, daughter of Edward Fitzwilliams.
William, son of Philip Ballard, lived at Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and married Ann Lunn, of Welley, Nottinghamshire.
Henry, son of William Ballard, lived also at Southwell; married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Townsend, of Testerton, Nottinghamshire. Children:
Thomas, born 1600.
William (perhaps the immigrant, though no definite proof is found).
(I) William Ballard, immigrant ancestor, was born in England as early as 1603. He settled in Salem, Mass., coming on the ship "James," in July, 1635, stating his age as thirty-two, with wife Mary, aged twenty-six, children Hester, aged two, and John, aged one. He was a magistrate at Salem in 1638 and a proprietor of Salem, also of Lynn. He was admitted freeman May 2, 1638, and was a member of the artillery company of Boston (The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company) in 1638. He died in 1639, leaving a nuncupative will proved by Nicholas Browne and Gerard Spencer Jr., leaving half his estate to his wife, the remainder to be divided among his children. These children had land assigned them at Reading in 1644, though they appear to have settled elsewhere.
He married (second) Elizabeth ____, born 1609.
1. William, mentioned below.
2. Hester, born 1633; married Joseph Jenks Jr., of Lynn, blacksmith, whose father was of Hammersmith, Lynn, had a patent for engines for water mills, and he had a contract to build fire engines for Boston in 1658.
3. John, born 1634.
4. Nathaniel, of Lynn, married Dec. 16, 1662, Rebecca Hudson (Hutson) and had eight or more children.
5. Elizabeth, born before 1641.
(II) William (2), son of William (1) Ballard, immigrant, probably came over in the ship "Mary and John," aged about seventeen, and settled at Andover and Newbury, Mass.; deposed 1662, aged about forty-five years. For various reasons the ages of immigrants in ship lists were understated.
He died July 10, 1689. He married Grace ____, who died April 27, 1694.
John, born Jan. 17, 1653-54.
Hannah, Aug. 14, 1655.
Lydia, April 13, 1657.
(William Blunt, Henry Holt, Samuel and Joseph Butterfield, and John Spalding were sons-in-law).
(III) William (3), son of William (2) Ballard, was born at Andover. He had sons Enoch, John, Peleg and Thomas.
(IV) Thomas, son of William (3) Ballard, was born at Andover, Massachusetts.
(V) Thomas (2), son or nephew of Thomas (1) Ballard, settled early in New York state. He married Anna Davis. He was a soldier in the revolution, first lieutenant of the Thirteenth Regiment, Fourth Company, of Saratoga, N.Y., enlisted June 22, 1778 (see vol. i., page 175, Calendar of Historical Manuscripts at Albany; also the original manuscripts). Thomas Ballard was living in Ballstown, New York, the only head of a family of this surname, when the first federal census was taken in 1790. He then had in his family three males over sixteen, one under that age, and four females. The family states that he lived to be more than one hundred years old. He died in Wayne county, N.Y.
Thomas, mentioned below.
Dorcas, married ____ Strane, and went to Illinois.
Anna died unmarried.
Polly, married ____ Burtis.
Narcissus, married ____ Hantes.
Harriet, married ____ Cronkrite.
(VI) Thomas (3), son of Lieut. Thomas (2) Ballard, was born probably in New York state. He married (first) Anna Force; (second) Mercy Slade.
Adaline, Maria, Rhoda, Volney, had children: Thomas, Volney, Anna and Addie.
Homer, mentioned below.
(VII) Homer, son of Thomas (3) and Mercy (Slade) Ballard, was born in LaFargeville, N.Y., May 22, 1816, died Oct. 12, 1887. He lived at Mexico, N.Y., where he followed farming throughout the active years of his life.
He married Almira D., born Sept. 13, 1822, died April 28, 1875, daughter of Edmund G. and Emily Ely, the former born Sept. 30, 1797, and the latter April 3, 1800.
1. LaGrange, born Dec. 20, 1842, residing in Mexico, New York.
2. Homer Larue, born Jan. 11, 1854, died March 5, 1854.
3. Jay Olin, see forward.
(VIII) Jay Ollin, son of Homer and Almira D. (Ely) Ballard, was born in Mexico, N.Y. Jan. 8, 1858. He attended the public schools and academy in Mexico. For ten years he was a traveling salesman, fron 1878 to 1888, for a dry goods concern and traveled extensively in New York and New England. In 1888 he engaged in the woolen business at Malone. He has made a specialty of the manufacture of pants and has built up a fine reputation and very flourishing business. He does business under the name of Malone Woolen Mills, or J. O. Ballard & Company (incorporated), of which Mr. Ballard is president.
He was for ten years vestryman of St. Mark's Protestant Episcopal church; member of Northern Constellation Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; of Northern Constellation Chapter, No. 28, Royal Arch Masons; of Franklin Commandery, No. 60, Knights Templar; the Knights of Pythias, the Malone Club, the Malone Winter Sports Club, and is president of the Malone Gun club. He was elected captain of Company K, First Infantry, New York National Guard, Feb. 22, 1907.
In politics he is a Republican.
He married, in 1886, Elizabeth Caroline, youngest daughter of Dr. Calvin Skinner.
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