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Charles Ballard (ca. 1670-ca. 1724/25)
MSA SC 3520-36

Biography:

BALLARD, CHARLES (ca. 1670-ca. 1724/25).
BORN: Ca. 1670 in Somerset County; younger son.
NATIVE: second generation.
RESIDED: in Manokin Hundred, Somerset County.
FAMILY BACK­GROUND.
FATHER: Charles Ballard (? 1682), who immigrated in 1665, was both literate and a mer­chant, and who served as a justice of Somerset County from 1670 to 1676 and from 1676 to 1682.
MOTHER: Sarah, widow of both John Elzey and Thomas Jordan, whose fourth husband was Stephen Luffe (?1693).
BROTHERS: Henry (1666 1697); Jarvis (?l765). SISTERS: Sarah (1668?), who married Randall Revell, son of Randall Revell (ca. 16111686/87); Elizabeth, who married first, John King, second, Thomas Wilson, and third, Peter Dent (ca. 16651710/11).
MARRIED Eleanor, daughter of Robert King (?l697). Her brother was Robert King (16891755). Her sister was Mary (16741744), who married first, Francis Jenkins (ca. 1650-17 10), second, Rev. John Henry (?l7 17), and third, Rev. John Hampton (? 1720/21).
CHILDREN.
SONS: Henry; Charles.
DAUGHTERS: Sarah; Anna; Isabella; Alice; and Elizabeth.
PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION: literate.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant, probably a Presbyterian.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:  Gent., by 1694.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter.
PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Somerset County, 1715.
LOCAL OFFICES:
justice, Somerset County, 16991724/25; coroner, Somerset County, 1705, 17111713.
MILITARY SERVICE: captain, 1701; major, by 1722/23.
WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION; Ca. 1,200 acres.
WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: between November 1724 and January 21, 1724/25.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £683.lO.2 (including 17 slaves and books).
LAND; over 600 acres.

Source:  Papenfuse, Edward C., et al. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789, Vol. I.  (Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979). 112.
 

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