Descendants of Thomas Ballard


209. Riland Ballard

1822: Served as an ensign under John Campbell in the Monroe (VA) Militia.

Occupation: Tailor and Farmer

Susan Kesinger

Burial: No dates on tombstone of Susan Ballard.

212. William Ballard

"William was a Union man and was arrested during the War Between the States. "Abe" Smith says that his death was a premeditated murder. After his arrest the commander of the company gave the order that William Ballard was to be killed in a way that would appear accidental. He was pushed over a bridge into the New River as the prisoners were marching over it and the cry was raised that one of the men was trying to excape. He was shop by the commanding officer. The facts of his murder were not known until 1890, when one of the men who helped throw him into the river confessed before he died. The company commander decided to preach the gospel after the war and at one time came to a Baptist Association at Rock Camp (Abe Smith was present) and all of the Ballards got up and walked out of the church." (Source: "William Ballard, A Genealogical Record of his Descendants in Monroe County" by Margaret B. Ballard, published 1957, page 28)

Frances "Fannie" Steber or Stever

There was no issue of the marriage between Beverly Ballard and Fannie.

Susan Wills

Susan Wills Ballard is thought to be buried with her husband in the Ballard Cemetery. She has no marker there.

Susan Wills may have been a daughter of John Wills. John Wills signed her marriage consent (Monroe Co., VA 1:file 4, jacket 2917).

242. Moorman Ballard

History of Henry Co., Indiana 1884; Moorman Ballard p. 617 "Moorman Ballard is one of the most prominent pioneers of Franklin township. He was born in Monroe Co., VA, April 4, 1807, the second of ten children of James and Jane "Jennie" (Keaton) Ballard, and a grandson of William and Elizabeth Ballard and James and Ankey (Ballard) Keaton. He was married October 25, 1827 to Elizabeth Paul, daughter of Issac and Mercy (Ellison) Paul, natives of VA. In 1830 he left VA and emigrated to the wilds of Henry County, Indiana where he leased ten acres of land for four years..To Mr. and Mrs. Ballard have been born eleven children, eight of whom are living.

Davidson G. Mann

Military: Lowry's Battery No. 1.

John Houchins

John Houchins (1799-1855) (1: file 4 jacket 2449), John Houchins was a son of James and Mollie (Harvey) Houchins, who were married in 1798. He died in Fayette Co., West Virginia of cholera and was buried in the Keaton cemetary.
Celia's name on the marriage bond is given as "Sealy Step Mann". The bond was secured by Jacob Mann, Celia's father. John Houchins was the grandson of Edward Houchins who came to Virginia a little earlier than 1750. John was a carpenter and millwright and built most of of the early homes in Greenville. He was a person of great ingenuity and practical insight and when the water of the Red Sulphur Springs temporarily lost the perculiarity which gave it it's distinctive name, in consequence of some digging and blasting near by he was able to divide the trouble and effect a remedy.
"In 1899 on the anniversary of John Houchins birth, a family reunion was held by his descendants, then numbering, living and dead, two hundred and twenty five. Of these, 33 had died, all from natural causes, except John Shanklin, who was run over by a wagon. Among them were a number of professional life and in commerical or corporate employment. John, the ancestor, was very athletic and could leap after a run, a distance of 42 feet.
The world's record being 44 feet. John Houchins was the foreman who directed the building of the first frame structure of Indian Creek Church (1828). He was the Church Clerk from 1835 to his death in 1855. The earliest record in Monroe Co., of land acquired by John Houchins is a deed from *Benjamin Harvey and his wife Susannah for a certain tract or parcel of land containing 125 acres being part of a tract of land of five hundred and twenty acres by survey bearing the date of 15th, September, 1796. Granted on June 13, 1800 in Monroe Co., on the waters of Indian Creek adjoining William Lawrence and others. Beginning at White Oak on Cook's Run.
John and Celia had 11 children:
Caroline, Mary Ann, Allen D., Rufus, William, Amanda Jane, Granville, Syrena,
Clayton M., Elizabeth M., and Thompson.

454. Griffith T. Mann

Griffith T. Mann soldier in 30th Batallion VA Sharpshooters; Pvt. Vawter's Battery/Co C. Enl 3/26/62 at Union, Monroe Co., WV. Had been a pvt. in CO. E, 166th Militia. Present until listed AWOL on 10/31/62 roll. Present 12/31/62 roll shown on a 7/27/63 list of deserters. Again shown present from 8/31/63 roll until last clothing receipt of 12/25/64. NFR. Married Lucy Meade in 1861. Had 7 children. Owned land on Indian Creek, 4 miles north of Greenville, Monroe Co., WVa. Died 1913 and buried at Keaton's Cemetery, Monroe Co., WVa. Listed on 1860 census of Monroe as Griffith L. Mann, age 22, farm laborer, single, father Gholson.