Today I'll share some of those visits with you... The photo above is a picture of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. My 8Great Grandfather was Thomas Ballard (1630-1689). Thomas Ballard was a man of wealth --and had been VERY active in that church during its beginnings.
Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements. AND--if you missed my post on Wednesday telling about this wonderful trip, click HERE.
One thing I learned is that some factions of the Ballard family pronounced the word, Bal-LARD, with the emphasis on the LARD... I have always heard it said BAL-lard (with the emphasis on the BAL)....
I also found out that some old-time members of the Ballard family think that the Ballards came from France (French Huguenots). Most of us think that the Ballards came from England.... Very interesting though---and so much more to study!
-He was called the 'founder' of the Virginia Ballards
-He was thought to have come from England, from a wealthy family
-He was known as the Honorable Thomas Ballard
-In 1650, he married Anne Sara Thomas, and they had 8 children
-He was a tobacco farmer and merchant and owned alot of land
-From 1652-1663, he was the Clerk of Court of York County, VA
-In 1666, he was Burgess of James City County
-In 1669, he became Lt. Col of the Militia in James City County
-In 1680, he became Col of the Militia
-From 1675-77, he sat on the regional Royal Governor's Council
-He was re-elected to the House of Burgesses and became Speaker of the House from 1680-84.
I was so happy to be here and experience this history. The Ballard House was built between 1706 and 1709.
I bought 3 new books while on this trip. One of them is about Colonial Yorktown (and shows photos and info about the Ballard House). The other two are about Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. It's great to read Thomas Ballard's name in the history of the church and the entire community.
For instance, in 1693 Thomas Ballard was responsible for providing the land for the formation of William and Mary College. Then in 1997, when the college was doing some utility work, remains of a foundation were found. Excavation was then done ---and remains of a home which may have belonged to Thomas Ballard were found. I wanted to see that area while there, but couldn't work it out this trip. (It's an excuse to go back, don't you think????? ha)
I am proud to be a BALLARD!!!
Hope you have a good weekend. Hope we get some rain from that storm.. We NEED it here.