1. Clarence Almon Torrey. 1985. New England Marriages
Prior to 1700. Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD.
|Torrey's work began as a handwritten manuscript compiled
ca. 1927-1960 that was published in 1979 on seven reels of microfilm by
the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston. Names and
data were later extracted by Elizabeth P. Bentley and published in book
form in 1985, however, the book did not include Torrey's bibliography and
supporting documentation. Torrey's manuscript is an index to mostly
extractions and secondary sources, making his work a tertiary
source, albeit a highly respected one.
||BALLARD, William (1617/21-1689) &
Grace [?BERWICK] (-1694); b 1641?, b 1653; Lynn/Andover
|The brackets around [?BERWICK] indicate the source
document was something other than a marriage record. The marriage
date is unknown, the "b" indicating that the following is the birth date
of the first known child, as an approximate indicator of an earlier marriage
date. The placenames indicate the known residences of the husband,
ending with his place of death. Torrey erred in saying this
William Ballard was of Lynn. William Ballard of Lynn was a different
William Ballard (1602/3-1638). I wrote to the NEHGS and got a
photocopy of this page of Torrey's manuscript, which includes his sources,
in the hopes of finding where Torrey got the idea that Grace might be Grace
Berwick. Torrey's notations regarding his sources are abbreviated
and cryptic. I now need to write the NEHGS to have these interpreted
2. Charles Frederic Farlow. 1911. Ballard Genealogy.
Charles H. Pope, Boston, MA (available as a facsimile reprint from New
England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston). Appears to be a scholarly,
reliable source. Click
here for excerpt.
3. Lucius Manluis Boltwood. 1848. "Deaths in the town
of Andover, Ms., from 1650 to 1700." New England Historical and Genealogical
Register 2: 377-381.
||William Ballard Sen.
||died July 10 1689
||Grace Ballard widow of William
||died Apr 27 1694
4. Charles Edward Banks. 1930. The Planters of
the Commonwealth. Houghton-Mifflin, Boston (1961, Genealogical
Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD). On p. 110:
The ship did not sail before the 26th (see next source). Among those
listed under this heading on p. 111, is:
|MARY AND JOHN, Robert Sayres, Master, sailed from Southampton March
24, 1633/4, but the time of her arrival is not recorded...
I don't know where he got the destination; it isn't in the original record
(see next source).
||Age (if known)
||Origin & Occupation (if known)
||Destination (if known)
5. Anon. 1855. "Passengers of the Mary and John, 1634."
England Historical and Genealogical Register 9(Jul): 265-268.
In the contemporary calendar, the dates were 24 Mar 1633 and 26 Mar 1634,
the new year having turned on 25 Mar.
||The names of such Passengers as took the Oathes
of Supremacy, & Alleigeance to pass for New England in the Mary &
John of London, Robert Sayres master...
24th Mar 1633...-[a
list of 34 men]
The 26th day of March... [a
list of 22 men, including] William Ballard...
||... These Proceedings were Copyed out of an Olde
Book of Orders belonging to the Port of South'ton but now remaining at
the Custom house in Portsmouth the 6th Day of December 1735--
pr Thomas Whitehouse.
6. Joshua Coffin. 1852. "Early Settlers of Essex and
Old Norfolk." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 6(Apr):
Consists of isolated genealogical facts gleaned from the public records
of Essex and old Norfolk Cos.
||BALLARD... William, ae. 44 in 1662. Joseph, ae.
26 in 1671.
7. George M. Bodge. 1889. "Soldiers in King Philip's
War." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 43(Jul):
259-279. On p. 261, among "items of credit" in the "Treasurer's book":
Surely this is not our subject, who would have been nearly 60 years old
at the time; see next source.
|AT THE GARRISON AT CHELMSFORD...
January 25, 1675-6...
William Ballard 02 08 00
8. Anon. 1902. General Register of the Society
of Colonial Wars, 1899-1902. Publ. by Society, NY (online at
||A. & H. A. Co., Abbreviation for Member Ancient
and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston.
||BALLARD, WILLIAM, 1603-1689.
King Philip's War in garrison at Chelmsford. A. & H. A. Co.,
|Here we have William BALLARD of Lynn (1603-1638)
mixed up with William BALLARD of Andover (c1616-1689). King
Philip's War was fought 1675-7, at which time William BALLARD of Lynn was
dead and William BALLARD of Andover was nearly 60 year old. It seems
far more likely to me that the garrisoned soldier was some other, younger
William BALLARD. The William BALLARD who was in the A.&H.A. Co.
was William of Lynn.
9. Joseph Gardner Bartlett. 1907. "Genealogical Research
in England." New England Historical and Genealogical Register
||The following extracts from the Domestic State
Papers of the reign of Charles I., now preserved at the Public Record Office,
London, England, give the locations in England, heretofore unknown, whence
came several early colonists of New England...
||State Papers (Domestic Series), 1638, vol. cccc,
Oct. 20, No. 67. Certificate of Edward Duke, sheriff of Suffolk,
of returns made to him of defaulters to the ship-money tax for 1637.
Among the defaulters were the following...
Hundred of Lothingland, Bradwell, William Ballard, gone
to New England...
|William BALLARD of Lynn is said to have descended from
William BALLARD of Sanford Priors, Warwickshire (for source, see family
group sheet of William BALLARD of Lynn), so it seems likely that William
BALLARD of Andover is the one from Bradwell, Suffolk. So far as I
know, no one has turned up more than these two William BALLARDs this early
in New England.
10. Frederick Adams Virkus, ed. 1942. The Compendium
of American Genealogy: the Standard Genealogical Encyclopedia of the First
Families of America. Vol. VII. The Institute of American
Genealogy, Chicago (1968, Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; Broderbund
|On page 820 is the lineage of Zoe T. (Hood) Tunicliff of Schenectady
Co., NY. The "Mehitable" below is "Mehitable Johnson," an ancestor
six generations back from Zoe:
|7-Mehitable (b 1686), m 1705 Hamborough Blount (b 1681; Wm.8, m.
1668, Elizabeth [d 1689], dau. Wm. Ballard, qv, m Grace,
dau. of Thos. Berwick, of Eng.; Wm.9, of ancient royal
lineage, to Andover, Mass., 1635; Francis10 [buried at St. Peters
in Eng., ca. 1628], m Margaret, dau. of Wm. Hambury [1580-1630], of St.
|The Compendium is a collection of submitted pedigrees.
While undoubtedly a scholarly "cut above" unedited compilations (e.g.,
the LDS Ancestral File, Broderbund World Family Trees, etc.),
it is nontheless composed of undocumented pedigrees.
11. Nelson Osgood Rhoades. 1912. Colonial Famillies
of the United States of America. Grafton Press, NY (reprinted
1966ff, Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; Broderbund CD-189).
The date "1635" should be 1653; the date "1665" should be 1655. Regarding
being made Freeman, see next source.
||The emigrant ancestor of this family was William
BALLARD; b. in England circa 1617; d. July, 1689; was in Andover, Massachusetts,
a husbandman, in 1644, freeman, 2d May, 1638; m. Grace (surname not given),
who d. 27th April, 1694.
I. Joseph, of whom later.
III. Sarah, m. 24th February, 1670, Henry HOLT.
IV. Elizabeth, d. 11th July, 1689; m. 11th November,
1668, William BLUNT.
V. John, b. 17 January, 1635
VI. Hannah, b. 14th August, 1665;
m. 20th September, 1681, John SPALDING.
IX. Ann, m. Samuel BUTTERFIELD.
12. Lucius R. Paige. 1849. "List of Freemen." New
England Historical and Genealogical Register 3(Jan): 89-96. On
The question is: Is this William BALLARD of Lynn or William BALLARD
|May 2, 1638.
C.R., Vol. I, p. 196.
13. Holt Association of America. 1930. The First
Three Generations of Holts in America. Moore Printing Co., Newburgh,
On p. 30:
|...on the 24th and 26th of March, 1633-4, a long list of passengers
took the oath of allegiance and sailed from the Thames on the Mary and
John, Robert Sayres, master; among them was William Ballard.
While the proof is not absolute, the evidence is good that this was the
William Ballard who, at the time about eighteen years of age, later married
when, where, and last name unknown, and had a daughter Sarah, who became
the wife of Henry Holt, the second son of Nicholas. Thirty-eight
names of the passengers of the Mary and John are on the list of
the first settlers of Newbury, and among them is the name of William
Ballard. The husband of Grace and the father of Sarah was first
at Newbury, and it is logical to assume that he, like so many of the early
settlers of Newbury, had been a passenger on the Mary and John.
The ship arrived in Boston in May, 1634.
14. Louis Effingham De Forest. 1924. Ballard and
Allied Families. Self-published, New York, NY (available from Higginson
15. Melvin Gilbert Dodge. 1942. Ballard Genealogy:
Israel Ballard (1748-1810) and Alice Fuller (his wife) (1751-1796).
Utica, NY. Manuscript presented to the LDS by Patricia M. Caldwell,
Silver Springs, MD (available online at GenealogyLibrary.com):
|The wife of William Ballard, as here appears, was named
Berwick. He died on July 10, 1689, and his widow on April 27, 1694,
both in Andover.
|There is no proof that William's wife, Grace, was Grace BERWICK.
My impression is that Dodge is not a reliable source; that is, on the face
of it, the work is neither rigorous nor scholarly. It is probably
most accurate in those lengthy sections that were lifted verbatim
from Farlow and De Forest, without attribution (i.e., plagiarized).
16. LDS. Ancestral File (online).
|Shows William BALLARD's wife as Grace BERWICK, that she was born 12
Dec 1617 in St. Mary le Port, Bristol, and that she died 27 Apr 1694 in
Andover. It gives their marriage date as 1656, which is much too
17. According to Ed Ballard (email 22 Sep 1998):
|William BALLARD was born 1617 in Bradwell, co. Suffolk, England, and
William's wife was Grace Ann BERWICK, born 12 Dec 1617 in Bristol, Gloucestershire,
18. Mary-Agnes Brown-Groover. 1977. "From Concord,
Massachusetts, to the Wilderness: the Brown Family Letters, 1792-1852."
England Historical and Genealogical Register 131(Jan): 28-39.
In a footnote on p. 39:
|Thomas M. Ballard was descended from William Ballard of
Lynn and Andover, Mass., born circa 1617, William lived in Lynn
until 1650, when he removed to Andover.
|I don't know what to make of this statement. The writer appears
to have rolled William BALLARD of Andover and William BALLARD of Lynn into
one person. What astonishes me is that a writer as late as 1977 could
make such an error and, even more, that the editors at the NEHG Register
didn't catch it.
19. Anon. 1900. The California Register.
Vol. I, No. 1. California Genealogical Society, San Francisco, CA
(online at GenealogyLibrary.com).
On p. 12, refering to Capt. Timothy PEARL (1723-1789), who married
Dinah HOLT, a descendant of Henry HOLT...
|The wife of Henry Holt was Sarah, daughter of William Ballard,
who came with Nicholas Holt in the ship James,
|The William Ballard who sailed on the James in 1635 is "William
Ballard of Lynn," who was not the father of Sarah Ballard, wife
of Henry Holt. The father of Sarah Ballard, wife of Henry Holt, is
William Ballard of Andover, who came on the Mary and John in 1634.
20. John Matthews. 1991. Complete American Armoury
and Blue Book, combining 1903, 1907 and 1911-23 Editions. Clearfield/Genealogical
Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-368). In Part IV, 1911-23
edition, on p. 10b:
|BALLARD... William Ballard, b. England, 1603,
d Andover, Mass., 1689...
Arms -- Sable, a griffin segreant ermine armed and gorged with
a crown or.
Crest -- A demi-griffin, wing endorsed ermine, beaked and legged
Motto -- Forti non ignavo...
|Here, again, William BALLARD (1603-1638) of Lynn is being mixed up
with William BALLARD (c1617-1689) of Andover. As the parents of neither
are known, I don't know on what basis a coat of arms could be attached
to either one of them.
21. Email from Rob Michael (5 Mar 2003): says William
had a prior wife, Sarah, and that she is the mother of the first five children.