6122. William BALLARD was born about 1617 in England.
He died on Jul 10, 1689 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. He has Ancestral
File Number R8KS-NT. WILLIAM BALLARD was born in England, as his
and associations here show, and about the year 1617, as by
his deposition at a later time. He is generally believed to
have come in the ship "Mary and John," sailing from old
England on March 26, 1634. He would have been only
eighteen at the time which is rather young to set off for
a new world, but there are many other instances of very
young men coming to America. Moreover, William
Ballard of Andover was associated in both Newbury and
Andover with some of the others who came on that vessel.
In 1645 he owned land in Newbury, Massachusetts, and
in 1643 his name appears in the records of Dedham, in
the same Colony, as giving bond to pay fines imposed
upon two men convicted of "mutinous and turbulent
speeches." There is no record of him in Dedham other
than this, but he may have resided there for a short
period. He undoubtedly spent the greater part of his
life in Andover, Massachusetts, where his name appears
first on the earliest entry in the town records, giving
a list of "the names of all free house houlders in
order as they came to towne." His is the sixteenth
name and as it is known that some of the others named
immediately before and after him moved from Newbury
to Andover in 1644, he may be presumed to have taken up
his residence there about that time.
An early deposition of his gives both his age and bears
evidence to his hospitable spirit. The document is dated
1662, and relates to a neighbor's lawsuit. It reads: "The
deposition of William Balard aged a bought 45. This
deponent saith that a bought sixe weekes senc the houes
of Job Tiler being burned he gave the sd. Tilers wife
leave to com with her family for a time and live at his
houes hir husband at that time not being at home which
accordingly shee did and there remaynes to this time."
The spelling is the notary's.
The house referred to was probably the residence men-
tioned in the following abstract of a deed which he made
the following year. "William Ballard of Andover
husbandman, exchanged lands with William Chandler
and deeded to him his house and barn and 4 acres of
land and one hortyard (orchard), bounded by lands of
Nathan Parker, John Lovejoy, Andrew Allen, of
Chandler and by the highway; his wife Grace joining in
the deed; date, May 20 and 25, 1663."
William Ballard was engaged in the war against the
Narragansetts, better known as King Philip's War, in
1675-1676. He served in the garrison at Chelmsford, Mas-
sachusetts, where he was on duty on January 25, 1675/6,
and drew pay of 02.08.00. He was then fifty-nine years
old, his age explaining the comparatively inactive service.
The wife of William Ballard, as here appears, was
named Grace,Berwick. He died on July 10, 1689, and his widow on
April 27, 1694, both in Andover.
William Blunt, Henry Holt, Samuel and Joseph Butter-
field, and John Spalding were sons-in-law.
William Ballard had nine children: Joseph, William,
Sarah, Elizabeth, John 2, Hannah, Lydia, Abigail, and
SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM BALLARD
At a court held at Ipswich September ye 29: 1691:
Letters of Administration are granted unto Joseph Ballard of
Andover on all ye estate of his Father William Ballard deceased
& ye said Joseph Ballard as principle & William Ballard &
(John) Ballard as sureties with him owned themselves joyntly &
severally Bound to ye treasurer of Essex and parties concerned in
the sum of four hundred pounds money the condition is that the
said Joseph shall act accordin^F to law in his administration &
Attend ye Courts order for a settlement of ye estate.
as attests Thos. Wade cleri.
An inventory of ye Estate of William Balard of Andover
deceased taken by us whose names are under written the 23 of
We apprized that part of land Joseph Balard
hath at 50 0 0
Wee apprized that part of Land William Ballard
hath at 50 0 0
We apprized that part of Land John Balard
hath at 50 0 0
Beding 13 10 0
Table linnen 01 06 0
Linen yarne 00 17 0
Necessary house Implements 02 18 6
A Chest a box a small cubord 01 03 0
Barrels & other lumber 01 03 0
Sises 0-45-0 the mans wearing clothes 4 li 4 04 0
neat cattle 14 li-o-o, Sheep I li-16s-od 15 16 0
a mare & colt & swine 06 08 0
Indian Corne & Rye 06 10 0
Iron Worke and a sadle 02 13 0
sum total 206 18 0
This Inventory was presented upon oath by ye Administrator
Joseph Ballard to ye court held at Ipswich Sept. ye 29, 1691 for a
true Inventory of ye estate of his father William Ballard of
Andover deceased to ye best of his knowledge of all that at present
appeares as allso If .more appeares to add ye same & to give
account thereof to ye court In convenient time.
as attests Thos. Wade Cleri.
Articles of agreement made and concluded on between Joseph
Ballard William and John Ballard relating to the estate of theire
father deceased he dying without a will & also how their
mother shall be provided for during the terme of her life & what
theur sisters shall have, with which they are satisfied as shall
afterwards appeare by their subscriptions.
1. We have agreed that our honoured mother Grace Balard
widdow shall have her liberty of dwelling in that house which
was our fathers in which roome she pleaseth so long as she con-
tinueth a widdow, & to have her bed & beding & all other
house Implements she hath need of to be her owne proper
estate for her use dureing her life & to be (provided) with cloths
and what els she hath at her dispose as she seeth cause at her
death amongst her children And also that the three sons Joseph
William and John at an equall charge bctween them provide &
maintaine her two good cowes winter and summer dureing her life
& also lay her in every year sixscore weight of good porke and
bushells of Indian corne and four bushells of rye & three bushells
of wheat for her provison & so much cord wood as sh needeth &
each of ye sons forenamed to give twenty shillings in or as money
& to give her nine pounds of good sheeps wool and twelve pound
flax from the swingle--
2. The three brothers Joseph Balard William Balard & John
Balard have agreed & devided their fathers land between them as
equally as they could and also to be at a equall charge in main-
taineing their mother as aforesaid & to be at a equall charge in
paying their sisters as they have agreed with them.-- Joseph Balards
proportion is about twenty acres of upland where
his house now standeth & fifty acres of ye great division and
fourteen acres Iying by Shawsheen River & two acres lying near
James ffryes & six Acres & a half of last division of meadow
acres of it lying at a meadow Called bever dam & one Acre and a
half lying at a meadow called Redding meadow & one half of
a meadow called the pound meadow.
3. William Balards proportion is twenty seven Acres where his
house now standeth & fourty Acres of great division & a tract
land lying in Shawsheen feild & two acres of land near James
ffryes & four acres & a half of meadow lying upon Shawsheen
River & half the meadow & swamp joyning to Joseph Ballards
land that lyeth by Shawsheen River.
4. John Balards proportion is the housing land & meadow his
father lived upon except the land & meado v his father gave
Willam Blunt upon the marrage with his daughter which Iyeth
on the south of the land forenamed and is bounded out & also
the said John hase a peice of land called the Iland & half the
pound meadow to which the sd John is to have a way through
William Blunts land & he is to have half the meadow & (-------)
with his brother William-------.
5. Joseph Balard William Balard & John Balard have agreed with
Henry Holt Sam: Butterfeild Joseph Butterfeild John Spalden &
Abigail Balard to pay them ten pounds apeice besides what they
have formerly had which is to be paid in some merchantable
pay at or before the twentyninth day of September next & in
token that this is our mutual agreement to all our satisfaction &
consent we have hereunto set our hands this 23 day of October
in ye year of our lord one thousand six hundred eighty nine.
The widdow Balard desires John Abbott may be her overseer to
take care that her sons pay her yearly what they have Ingaged In
this wrighting for her maintainnance.
Witness The marke of The marke of
Thomas Chandler William Blunt Grace Baiard widdow
John Abbott henry holt Josep Balard
Samll Butterfeld William Balard
John Spalden John Balard
All the relations above named appeared & owned this to be
their free voluntary act & deed on September 28-91 came to
Haverhill to declare their desire of ye Courts confirmation hereof
which they all did--
before me Nath Saltonstall Assistant
At a Court at Ipswich September 29th 1691 this agreement being
produced by ye three brethren Josph Ballard WilLiam Ballard &
John Ballard & desiringe ye Courts approbation & confirmation
The Court-upon consideration have ordered that it be Entred
that it is approved allowed & confirmed according to ye intent
meaning thereof as written.
As attests Thomas Wade Cleri
(Essex probate Records, 304, 387-390)
Children of William 1 and Grace Ballard:
1. JOSEPH, b. 1645; m. (1) February 28, 1665, Elizabeth
helps of Andover; she d. July 27, 1692. He m. (2)
Mrs. Rebeckah Horne, November 15, 1692; she d. Feb-
ruary 11, 1740. Joseph was an "ensign." He and
brother started a fulling mill. He and his wife were
admitted to the So. Parish Church, April 6,1712. He was
connected with the witchcraft prosecutions in Andover.
He was the father of thirteen children. d. 1722.
2. WILLIAM, b. at place and date unknown; m. at Andover,
April 26, 1682, Hannah, daughter of William and Ruth
Hooper of Reading. Hannah was b. March 31, 1662.
On December 24, 1707, William sold his share of land
formerly owned in partnership with John Ayer, Senior,
and moved to Plainfield, Conn. His will was proved
on December 10, 1723, so he must have died in Nov-
ember or December of that year. The date of his
wife's death is not known. They had six children:
Hannah, Enoch, Hepzibah, John, Peleg, and Thomas.
3. SARAH, m. February 24, 1669, Henry Holt, Jr., of
Andover; she d. Noember 25, 1733, and was the
mother of fourteen children.
4. ELIZABETH, m. November 11, 1668, William Blunt; she
d. July 11, 1689 and was the mother of seven children.
5. JOHN 2, qv. below.
6. HANNAH,b. August 14, l655; m. September 20, 1681, John Spalding.
7. LYDIA, b. April 30, 1657; m. 1674, Joseph Butterfield; six
8. ABIGAIL,unmarried in 1689.
9. ANN, m. Samuel Butterfield.
Ballard family genealogy; Starts with Israel Ballard (1748-1810) and his wife
(1751-1796); Spans 1748-1938; Written by M. Patricia Caldwell
6123. Grace BERWICK
was born about 1609 in England. Andover Historical Society - family
file compiled by Charlene Helen Abbott She was christened on Dec 12, 1617 in
St. Mary Le Port, Bristol, Gloves, England. She died on Apr 27, 1694
in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. She has Ancestral File Number 2ZJ0-DR.
was born in 1644. He died on Sep 22, 1722.|
died on Jul 11, 1689.|
|John BALLARD was born on Jan 17, 1653. He
died on Dec 18, 1715.|
|Hannah BALLARD was born on Aug 14, 1655.|
was born on Apr 30, 1657.|