Addressed to: Christopher
Anthony & Eleanor (Mossman) Ballard
Dated: 20 Dec
1827 - Grayson Co., Virginia
From: George and Hannah
Note: George Mossman is
son of Archibald & Margaret (Young) Mossman,
born 1804 in Grayson Co., VA; married Hannah
Brown, daughter of Samuel & Mary (Thornburg)
on 22 Aug 1822 in Grayson Co., VA. This portion
of Grayson county was formed from Wythe County in
Notes: Eleanor ( Mossman) was the
daughter of Archibald and Margaret (Young)
Mossman of Berwick England, and she was born on
29 November 1791 and emigrated with her parents
in 1795, settling in Grayson County, Virginia.
Archibald's father was George Mossman who died 04
Mar 1771 when Archibald was but six weeks old.
His mother married a man by the name of Banks.
Different notes indicate it was Thomas, Joseph or
Ballard, I have found evidence of a Curtis
Ballard, son of Philip and Ann (Johnson) who
married Esther Gaines in 1781 and removed to
Kentucky. His brother Larkin, married in 1786
Elizabeth Gaines, sister of Esther who married
Curtis who had also removed to Kentucky and died
at the age of 84 in Fayette County. Their brother
Johnson Ballard married in 1791 and died in
Kentucky (Source: Marriages of Some Virginia
Residents 1607-1808 by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck).
Although I've not
directly linked these Ballard men to Christopher,
I suspect a connection does exist due to the fact
that many ancestors married into the Johnson
family and had also removed to Ohio and Kentucky.
pdp - March 2004
letter is in the possession of Patricia Davidson-Peters