Thomas Ballard (c.1654 - 1711) MP

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Birthplace: Middle Plantation, Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Williamsburg, York County, Colony of Virginia, (Present USA)
Occupation: High Sheriff, Justice of the County Court
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About Thomas Ballard

Thomas Ballard

son of Col. Thomas Ballard, of the council of state, was one of the justices of York county and colonel of the militia. He was burgess for the county in 1693, 1697, 1698, 1699, 1700-1702, 1703-1705 and 1710-1712. He married Catherine, daughter of John Hubard. His will was proved in York county, June 18, 1711. He left issue, and among them was Capt. John Ballard, of York county, who died in 1745.

Source: Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I - IV--Burgesses and Other Prominent Persons, page 182

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Birth: 1654 York County Virginia, USA Death: Jun. 11, 1711 York County Virginia, USA

"The Reverend Mr Blair, who had been serving as Rector of Henrico Parish (then along the western frontier), was very aware of the fate of Henricus and the first attempt at a college there, both of which had been annihilated in the Indian Massacre of 1622. The peaceful situation with the Native Americans and the high ground and central location in the developed portion of the colony at Middle Plantation must have appealed to him, for he is credited with selecting a site for the new college on the outskirt of the tiny community.

Blair and the trustees of the College of William and Mary bought a parcel of 330 acres (1.3 km2) from Thomas Ballard for the new school. The new school opened in temporary buildings in 1694. Properly called the "College Building", the first version of the Wren Building was built at Middle Plantation beginning on August 8, 1695 and occupied by 1700". (Today, the Wren Building is the oldest academic structure in continuous use in America).

"Ballard's oldest son and heir, Thomas Ballard, Jr, sold the Middle Plantation estate shortly after his father's death. Most of it went to form the campus of the College of William and Mary.

Colonel Thomas Ballard, Jr, was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from York County, Virginia. Ballard was a son of Colonel Thomas Ballard, of the council of state born around 1654 at Middle Plantation, Virginia. He served as one of the justices of York Co. and was Colonel of the Militia. He was burgess for York Co. in 1693, 1697, 1698, 1699, 1700-1702, 1703-1705 and 1710-1712.

He married Catherine Hubbard, a daughter of John Hubbard. His will was proved in York County, June 18, 1711. He left issue, and among them was Capt. John Ballard, of York county, who died in 1745".

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Parents:
 Thomas Ballard (1630 - 1689)
 Anne Thomas Ballard (1635 - 1678)

Spouse:
 Katherine Hubbard Ballard (1665 - 1706)

Children:
 William Ballard (1684 - 1754)*
 Elizabeth Ballard Smith (1689 - ____)*
 Anna Ballard Major (1689 - ____)*
 John Ballard (1693 - 1744)*
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Burial: Unknown


Created by: Sue Macduff:) Record added: Oct 26, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 60664554

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He was Justice of the Peace, Cpt of Militia of York Co. Va. and sheriff of that Co. Reared at Middle Plantation (later Williamsburg) and returned to York Co. in 1684. Inherited land from his godfather, Major Robt. Baldry who came to America at age 18 aboard ship Globe which sailed from Gravesend on 8-7-1635. Baldry prospered, but had no children.

Col. Ballard was a member of the Court Martial of Bacon's men after the rebellion collapsed. He was dismissed from the Council for loyalty to Gov. Berkeley, after Berkeley was recalled. Bacon the rebel bought land from Col. Ballard on the south side of the James River now known as Bacon's Castle. Bacon never fully paid Ballard for this land.

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Thomas Ballard's Timeline

1654
1654
Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
1678
1678
Age 24
1682
September 26, 1682
Age 28
Blandfield, Essex, Virginia
1684
May 9, 1684
Age 30
York County, Virginia, United States
1684
Age 30
Essex County, Virginia Colony, (Present USA)
1685
1685
Age 31
James City, York, VA., USA
1686
1686
Age 32
Gloucester, Virginia, USA
1687
1687
Age 33
York Co., VA
1690
1690
Age 36
Gloucester, Virginia, USA
1693
1693
Age 39
York, Virginia

captain of local militia