of Israel Ballard Family,
By Esther Rancier
This Ballard family began in America with William Ballard1 (1617-1689)
John2 Sherebiah3 John4 Israel5 (1748-1810) to Israel6. This part
of the family went into central New York in 1792 and remained there for
many years into the 20th century. The Richland, Oswego Co., NY arm
still owned land into the 1930’s.
William Ballard of Andover,
MA arrived in America on the ship Mary and John which left England on 26
March 1634. By 1645 William owned land in Newbury, MA. He died
10 July 1689, the father of 10 children.
William’s great-great grandson Israel Ballard bought land in Plainfield,
CT 17 June 1779. In the 1790 first U.S. census Israel and his family
were enumerated still in Plainfield. On 15 February 1792 the Plainfield
property was sold. The family removed to Whitestown, Oneida Co.,
NY. This area of almost solid woods lay nearly uninhabited. On 29 April
1795 Israel was elected an elder in the United Presbyterian Society of
Whitestown. He died in 1810 still living in Whitestown.
His son, Israel Ballard, Jr., born in Willington, CT on 13 January 1776,
married Pamela Nichols about 1802 in Whitestown. Soon they travelled
to Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY where in 1809 they purchased property from
Henry Westcott. It contained about 100 acres. This land was
sold 19 December 1825 to Jotham Ives. In the 1820 census the family
were listed as residents of Rodman, Jefferson Co., NY. No details remain
available regarding their time in Rodman.
The family then moved to Oswego County, NY. On 12 April 1837 Israel
purchased 101 acres in Scriba in an area that later became located on the
line between Richland and Mexico. This property was deeded to his
son Norman and later it belonged to grandson, Clinton.
His wife Pamela Nichols died at Watertown in 1814 after the birth of her
sixth child, Norman. In 1815 Israel married again widow Mrs. Lydia
(Abbott) Ferrell at Watertown. She became the mother of two daughters
who died young. She also became the stepmother of several ill children
needing full time care. Israel’s two sons, Daniel and Joel, suffered
from Scarlet Fever and became blind as a result. They lived in the
home all their lives, never marrying. Their younger sister Jane was
never a well child and died young. For a time before he was 21 Norman
lived with his sister Freelove who cared for the motherless boy and his
sickly sister Jane.
Israel died 15 June 1852. Lydia died at age 70 on 6 August 1858.
They were both buried in the Willis Cemetery in South Richland at Fernwood.
They both have tombstones, but the family children who were buried there
have no markers.
Children of Israel and Pamela:
1. Freelove Ballard b.
Watertown, NY 27 June 1803; m. John A. Cross who d. 16 Jan. 1887; d. 15
Feb. 1888 Lake, WI. Both buried Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI.
Issue: 7 children. Two of these children were born in Mexico, NY:
Elizabeth Cross b. 21 Mar. 1825; d. 29 June 1849 Fond du Lac Co., WI and
Israel Ballard Cross b. 10 Oct. 1826; m. Francis Keltner; d. 24 May 1918.
Had 5 children all born in WI given in 1880 census of Lake, WI.
Norman remained lifelong in Oswego County taking over his father’s farm.
After 1831 Norman lived with his sister Freelove for a time. He married
a daughter of his stepmother Lydia (Abbott) Ferrell. By 1850 Norman
and his wife, Emily (Ferrell) Ballard were living in the household of his
father, stepmother and two blind brothers. Emily’s life is little
known but she wrote of the death of her half-sister in 1845, “Lucy is no
more. She was in her 19th year and was a very interesting young lady.”
2. Zilpha Ballard b. Watertown,
NY 3 May 1805; m. Watertown 1825 Horace Ashael Gillett who d. 25 May 1891;
d. 25 May 1891 Watertown. Both buried Brookside Cemetery, Watertown,
NY. Issue: 5 children all born at Watertown except for Ashael Gillett
at Hounsfield, NY. All are buried near parents in Brookside Cemetery
except Clarissa Gillett who d. Chippewa Falls, WI.
3. Daniel Ballard b. Watertown,
NY 1809; d. after 1850. Unmar. Buried Willis Cemetery. No stone.
4. Joel Ballard b. Watertown,
NY 1811; d. after 1850. Unmar. Buried Willis Cemetery.
5. Jane Ballard b. Watertown, NY
1813; d. bet. 1845/50. Buried Willis Cemetery. No stone.
6. Norman Ballard b. Watertown,
NY 13 Sept. 1814; m. 14 Aug. 1849 Emily Ferrell; d. 13 Sept. 1891 Mexico,
NY. Buried Willis Cemetery. No stone. Issue: 1 son.
Children of Israel and Lydia:
7. Lucy A. Ballard
b. 1825; d. 29 May 1845. Buried Willis Cemetery No
8. Mary Ballard b.
1827(?); d. 17 Nov. 1845. Buried Willis Cemetery. No
Emily became the mother of one child,
Frank Clinton Ballard. She was still living at age 60 in 1880, but
her date of death and burial place remain unknown. Norman died 13
September 1891 in Mexico, NY. His will was probated 7 January 1892.
The farm went to his only heir.
Norman and Emily’s only son, Frank Clinton, born 3 May 1851 in Mexico,
NY, married in July 1873 at Fernwood, NY Ada F. Simmonds, born 1854, daughter
of James D. and Sabrina (Tripp) Simmonds. In the 1870 Richland census
Frank was enumerated still in his parent’s home. It was the only
official time the name Frank was mentioned by anyone except family members.
Frank, as an adult, chose to be called Clinton Ballard.
Ada became the mother of three daughters:
Rena Amelia b. Richland, NY 28 May 1877; m. 14 Jan. 1896 George Caleb Halsey;
d. 1897; Blanche Louise b. Mexico, NY 4 June 1884; m. ca. 1908 George Cleator;
and Ada Bessie b. Oswego 7 Feb. 1895; m. 3 Nov. 1932 Legrand Maines. After
the birth of Bessie, Ada died in 1895. It was highly probable that
she was buried at the Willis Cemetery without a marker.
In the 1910 Richland census Bessie was still living on the farm with her
widowed father, Clinton, and her sister Blanche who had married George
Cleator, ten years her senior, a man of Manx lineage. The couple had stated
in the census that they had been married two years with no children.
The farm, like most in Richland, was devoted to dairy farming.
On 15 July 1912 Margaret Elizabeth Cleator was born, a daughter of Blanche
and George’s. This baby was a great grandchild of Israel Ballard’s.
By 1920 all his children had left the farm. Clinton lived as a boarder,
but continued working the place. Between 1920 and 1929 Clinton removed
to Syracuse, NY probably to remain close to his daughter Blanche and her
family who resided there. On 3 December 1929 Clinton died in Syracuse.
He was buried at Willis Cemetery at Richland without a stone. He
was likely placed near his daughter Rena who died in 1897. Her grave
also lacked a marker.
By 1935 Bessie had married Legrand Maines from Pennsylvania. They
were also living in Syracuse. The farm in Richland remained the property
of the two sisters.
A debt of gratitude is due M. Patricia Caldwell for her detailed research
which allowed the rich detail in the above sketch. There have been
other works on the Ballards of Andover, MA but they have not covered the
Caldwell, M. Patricia.
Ballard Family Genealogy. Available [online] http://www.genealogy.com
[16 Apr. 2003]
Family Group Record.
Available [online] http://www.familysearch.org
[17 Apr. 2003]
IGI Individual Record. Available
[20 Apr. 2003]
Letter written by Emily (Ferrell)
Ballard. Original in Oneida Historical Society Library, Utica, NY.
Letter written by Norman Ballard
to John A. Cross. Original in Wisconsin Historical Library, Madison,
U.S. Census Plainfield, Windham
Co., CT 1790.
U.S. Census Deerfield, Oneida
Co., NY 1800.
U.S. Census Rodman,
Jefferson Co., NY 1820.
U.S. Census Pulaski,
Oswego Co., NY 1880.
U.S. Census Richland,
Oswego Co., NY 1830, 1840, 1850, 1870, 1880, 1910, 1920.
U.S. Census Lake, Milwaukee
Co., WI 1880.
Willis Cemetery, Fernwood,
Town of Richland, Oswego Co., NY. Available [online] http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyoswego/towns/richland/williscem.html
[20 Apr. 2003]
Available [online] http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com
[18 Apr. 2003]
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