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Time Line of the Mossman & Ballard Relations - PDP's Roots & Branches
 
Berwick Upon Tweed, England & Colonial America 1771 - 1799
1771 Archibald Mossman, the son of George and Eleanor, is born 18 January in Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland, England.
1771 George Mossman, father of Archibald and husband of Eleanor, dies six weeks after the birth of his son.  Holy Trinity burial records record this date as March 4th. 
1771 Old Quakers from Nantucket, Massachusetts begin to come to the New Garden Monthly Meeting, but migration from the north stopped at the outbreak of the Revolution, and thereafter increased naturally with other new arrivals.
1771 Samuel Brown, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Edwards), is born in Virginia on the 15th of March. He later becomes the father-in-law of George Mossman (1804-1871).
1771 Eleanor Mossman, widow of George, marries a bachelor of Newburn, John Banks, on the 1st of September.  Family letters indicate this man had been an employee on the Mossman estate, perhaps a steward and may have inherited the estate by marriage. 
1773 On April 27th Parliament passes the Tea Act which leads to the Boston Tea Party in December.
1773 Springfield Monthly Meetings are maintained in Guilford County, North Carolina but their records do not begin until 1790.
1773 Byrom or Byrum Ballard, son of Byrom and Eleanor is born on the ninth day of the sixth month, but dies about five months later - South River Monthly Meeting.
1774 The first of the Intolerable Acts are passed as punishment for the Boston Tea Party.
1774 Mary Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 30th day of the ninth month in New Guilford, NC. - recorded in the Deep River and Springfield Monthly Meetings.  She later marries Samuel Brown, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Edwards).
1775 Susanna Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 7th day of the first month - recorded in the Deep River and Springfield Monthly Meetings.
1776 Norfolk is burned by Lord Dunmore on the first of January and in May, Virginia declares independence, and in May George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights is adopted which becomes the basis for the Bill of Rights.
1776 On the 2nd of August, the Declaration of Independence is signed.
1777 On the 12th day of the fourth month, Byrom Ballard, and elder, informs Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting that he intends to visit "his relations" in North Carolina.
1777 William Thornburg, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 26th day of the eleventh month - recorded in the Deep River and Springfield Monthly Meetings. 
1778 The first settling of Deep River Monthly Meeting in Guilford County North Carolina, is set up under the jurisdiction of the New Garden Monthly Meeting on the 7th day of the ninth month.
1779 Margaret Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 5th day of the eighth month - recorded in the Deep River and Springfield Monthly Meetings. 
1780 Capital is moved to Richmond to keep the British Navy from cutting off the political leaders in Williamsburg.
1781 Campbell County is set off from Bedford County this year, Campbell embracing all terrain surrounding Lynchburg. If anyone had lived in this area prior to 1752, they would have been living in Albemarle County, and if after this year, they would have been considered residents of Campbell County although they had never removed from their originally built log cabins.
1781 Jane Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 30th day of the ninth month - recorded in the Deep River and Springfield Monthly Meetings. 
1782 Joseph Thornburg and family were granted a certificate to Deep River Monthly Meeting (apparently from New Garden MM) on the 29th day of the sixth month.
1783 Revolution is ended with the Treaty of Paris in September and by November, the last of the British troops leave New York.
1783 Elizabeth Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 22nd day of the tenth month - recorded in the Deep River and Springfield Monthly Meetings. 
1784 Eleanor Ballard (wife of Byrom), is approved as a minister by the Upper Quarterly Meeting on the third day of the 5th month - recorded in the Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting - a few months later the family of Byrom and Eleanor are granted a certificate of removal to South River Monthly Meeting in Bedford County (now Campbell).
1784 The Family of Joseph and Elizabeth Thornburg remove from Deep River Monthly Meeting to Springfield Monthly Meeting.  Note - It is speculated that the Thornburgs may have been at new Garden Monthly Meeting before removing to Deep River.
1785 Hannah Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 24th day of the eighth month - recorded in the Springfield Monthly Meetings. 
1787 Tensions between the frontier settlers and the Creek Indians have been brewing since the Revolutionary era. The Continental Congress received numerous reports on the status of Indian affairs in the South. The following excerpt, from a 1787 report, identifies settler greed as a major cause of the conflict: An avaricious disposition in some of our people to acquire large tracts of land, and often by unfair means, appears to be the principal source of difficulties with the Indians . . . various pretences seem to be set up by the white people for making those settlements, which the Indians, tenacious of their rights, appear to be determined to oppose." (The Committee Consisted of Mr. Kearney, Mr. Carrington, Mr. Bingham, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Dane, to Whom was Referred the Report . . . Relative to Indian affairs in the Southern Department)
1787 Walter Thornburg, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 17th day of the tenth month - recorded in the Springfield Monthly Meetings. 
1788 Elizabeth Anthony, daughter of Christopher Anthony and Judith (Moorman), marries William Ballard on the 24th day of the fourth month - recorded in the South River Monthly Meeting, Bedford County, VA.  William is the son of Byrom Ballard and Eleanor (Candler).
1789 Christopher Anthony patents nine acres on both sides of Trent's Ferry Road in Campbell County, VA.
1789 Family notes indicate that Archibald Mossman married Margaret Young about this time or prior in Gretna Green, Scotland - a popular place for young people under 21 to get married without parental consent.  In England the parties being married had to be 21 years of age.  At the time of their daughter Eleanor's birth, Archibald was only 20 years and 10 months and his wife Margaret 20 years and 2 months. 
1789 Christopher "Anthony" Ballard, eldest child of William and Elizabeth (Anthony) is born 22 February - birth recorded in the South River MM).  He later marries Eleanor Mossman, daughter of Archibald Mossman & Margaret Young.
1789 Lydia Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 17th day of the fifth month - recorded in the Springfield Monthly Meetings. 
1791 Joseph Thornburg, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 30th day of the third month - recorded in the Springfield Monthly Meetings. 
1791 Eleanor Mossman, the daughter of Archibald and Margaret Young, is born in Berwick Upon-Tweed, England on the 29th of November.
1792 Archibald Mossman is listed as having been made a Freeman on the 13th day of January (they had to be at least 21 years of age). According to the 1796 Roll of Freeman of Berwick, information indicates Archibald was the eldest son of George and that he was a butcher, who by 1796 was living in America.
1792 Grayson County, Virginia is formed from Wythe County.
1792 Byrom Ballard, who married Sarah Hutton in Bedford County, Virginia at the South River Meeting on the 20th day of the 10th month, is granted permission to remove with his family to Grayson County, Virginia. 
Note: Byrom's first wife, Eleanor Candler, was a Quaker minister whose death was recorded in the South River Meeting, listed as deceased on the 16th day of the 4th month 1791.
1792 Mary Ballard (b.1764), daughter of Byrom and his first wife Eleanor (Candler) has married Moses Cadwalader about this time.  Their children will include Amos, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Byrom, Joseph, and Judith who are born between the years 1793 and 1803.
1792 Sometime between this year and 1795, the Archibald Mossman family emigrates to America. 
1793 Family notes indicate Josiah Mossman, son of Archibald and Margaret (Young) is born on the 11th of February in Norfolk at five o'clock in the morning. 
1793 Sarah Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, is born on the 24th day of the fifth month - recorded in the Springfield Monthly Meeting.
1793 Philip Ballard, the son of Byrom and Sarah (Hutton), is born on the 18th day of the 6th month - his birth is recorded in the Mt. Pleasant Monthly Meeting.
1794 Goose Creek Monthly Meeting in Bedford County, Virginia, is divided this year into the South River Monthly Meeting and the Goose Creek Monthly Meeting. Goose Creek is later discontinued in 1814 and its members return to South River.
1794 It is speculated that Margaret Mossman, the daughter of Archibald and Margaret (Young) was born on the 3rd of February of 1793, but this seems impossible, and birth date is probably this year.  Her date of death is listed as November of this year in Norfolk.
1794 William Ballard, the son of Byrom & Eleanor (Candler) who was born in Campbell county, VA in 1767 and married to Elizabeth Anthony, the daughter of Christopher and Judith (Moorman), migrates to Grayson County this year - this portion of Grayson county later becoming Carroll County.
1794 William Ballard, son of William and Elizabeth (Anthony) is born on the 26th day of the 12th month, his birth recorded in Goose Creek Monthly Meeting, Bedford County, VA.
1795 Samuel Brown, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Edwards), marries Mary Thornburg, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, on the 13th day of the first month - Springfield Monthly Meeting, Guilford Co. , NC records the marriage stating Mary is disowned for marrying out of unity.
1795 Archibald Mossmans family is said to have settled in Grayson county, Virginia at this time. 
1795 Byrom Ballard and his son Philip are received on certificate dated the 2nd day of the 5th month from Goose Creek Monthly Meeting in Bedford County; and are received at Westfield Monthly Meeting in Surry County, North Carolina the following year.
1795 Moses Ballard, the son of Byrom and Sarah (Hutton) s born on the 19th day of the 1th month - his birth recorded in the minutes of the  Mt. Pleasant Monthly Meeting.
1796 Patrick Henry patents 200 acres on east side of Falling River and 125 acres on both sides of Falling River, in Campbell County, VA.
1796 Hannah Ballard, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Anthony) Ballard, is born 10th of November in Grayson County, VA.  She later becomes the aunt of Louisa Ballard (daughter of C.A. Ballard & wife Eleanor Mossman); and wife of William Hill.
1797 Thomas Jefferson patents 800 acres on Dreaming & Buffalo Creeks, and 100 acres on the south branch of Ivy Creek, Campbell County, VA
1797 According to family notes, Mina Mossman, daughter of Archibald and Margaret (Young) is born in Grayson, VA on the 12th of December. 
1798 The Democratic party which was orrganized by Thomas Jefferson in 1792 as a Congressional Caucus to fight for the Bill of Rights and against the elite Federalist Party, becomes the "party of the common man" and is officially called the Democratic-Republicans.
1798 Samuel Brown writes his will on the 8th of March, naming his wife Elizabeth, sons Thomas, Samuel, William, David and Isaac; and daughters Ruth, Elander, Hannah & Elizabeth who are not yet of age. Recorded in Grayson County Deed Book 1, page 216.  His will is probated on the 27th of July.
1798 Ruth Ballard, daughter of Byrom and Sarah (Hutton) is born on the 24th day of the 4th month - her birth recorded at the Mt. Pleasant Monthly Meeting.
1799 Byrom Ballard is listed in the Land Tax List for Grayson County, Virginia owning 190 acres.
1799 Jane Mossman, daughter of Archibald and Margaret (Young) is born and dies on the 29th of April in Grayson county, Virginia. 
1799 Lydia Brown, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Thornburg) is born on the 3rd of August.  She later marries Robert Franklin.
 

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