Ancestral Family Topic 3318

 3318   William Ballow (c.1645-1700)
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William Ballow, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, William Ballow might describe his life as follows.

My wife, Dorothy Parker, and I lived in a part of Henrico County north of the James called Lilly Valley. 
When John Clarke made his will in Henrico County in 1678, he provided that “the first child the said Dorothy Ballow bears, be it either son or daughter, the said child to heir and enjoy all my lands.”  If we were related to Mr. Clarke, he did not say how.
The tithable list of Henrico County made in 1679 to comply with “An act for the defense of the country against the incursions of the Indian Enemy” included my name,  and I was county constable until John Cox Jr. took my place in April 1684. 
I was on jury duty when we found for the defendant in a slander case in 1690, and I helped us reach a decision when Henry Turner allegedly called Edward Oliver a “hog stealer.” 
I prefaced my will of 11 October 1700 with, “I William Ballow of Lily Valley in the County of Henrico, planter, sick in body yet of good and perfect memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same.” While most planters left specific instructions for what each child was to receive, I gave 12 pence to each of 10 children, whom I did not name, and left everything else to Dorothy, making her executor. I was dead by the next February. 
At her death Dorothy owned 17 cattle, 6 sheep, 27 pigs, a young mare, one cart, and one old horse. Inside she had five feather beds, rugs, blankets, three chests, coopers and carpenters tools, old books, and two looking glasses. For cooking and serving meals she owned pewter, old silver, two old kettles, a skillet, 4 iron pots, and table linen, all worth 12,750 pounds of tobacco.

William may also have been the man of this name with land in Charles City County south of the Appomattox River. 

Other than Drusilla and Elizabeth, we can identify none of the Ballow children with certainty.
With Thomas Lockett, William Ballow witnessed the will of Richard Ward in 1682 and, with Richard Perrin and others, inventoried the estate of Benjamin Burton in 1687.  The court granted William Ballow probate of the will of Nicholas Marsh in 1688 and he helped appraise the estate of John Coates in 1692. 
William served on a jury in the case of Francis Cater vs. John Womack in 1688,  and was impaneled again in 1689 to hear the case of William Epes vs. Stephen Cocke regarding an unpaid horse race bet.  Ballow appeared himself as a defendant in a lawsuit in 1689 when William Randolph successfully sued him for 5,340 pounds of tobacco.

Who was William’s father?
William was likely a son of Maj. William Bellew who secured a patent to 406 acres in Henrico County on the north side of the Appomattox River next to Mr. Ridley’s land 1 Oct. 1651.  After Ballow failed to seat the land, Maj. Abraham Wood, patented it 6 Dec. 1654.  In 1652 Lt. Col. Bellew and Jerome Ham got a patent to 1,050 acres in James City County.  It was possibly this same man who was a headright in 1666 when Capt. Joseph Bridger and Mr. William Burgh got a patent to 7,800 acres in Isle of Wight County. 
William Ballow, who named a son Leonard, may be connected to Leonard Boloe, a headright for Edward Osborne in 1636. 

Who was William’s wife?
In her 90s, Jane Henry Thomas (2 Sept. 1800 - 21 Aug. 1899), William Ballow’s great-great-granddaughter wrote a book describing her family, which began with the following passage.

Jane Henry Thomas was born in Cumberland County, Va., September 2, 1800. Her great-great-grandfather on her mother’s side of the family, William Ballew, a Huguenot refugee, came to Virginia to live, and there he married Dorothy Parker. Her great-grandfather, Thomas Ballew, married Jane Thomas, a daughter of Henry Hugh Thomas who was once Lord Mayor of London. She came to Virginia from England in the same ship with Isham Randolph. Jane H. Thomas grandfather, Thomas Ballew, married Chloe Battersby, and their youngest daughter Micah, was her mother.

The identity of William’s wife as a Parker is substantiated by the fact that their posited daughter Susanna named a daughter Parker Pride.
One Dorothy Parker was the daughter of Elizabeth Sharp and Thomas Parker, or Packer, as the name appeared in early records. Yet she was dead by 1693. 
Absent records of Henrico County before 1677, we are unable to identify Dorothy’s parents.

Who was Leonard Ballow?
When William Cookson of Lilly Valley made his now partially-missing will in Henrico County, he left 700 pounds of tobacco to “well-beloved friend Leonard Ballow,” 300 pounds to “well-beloved friend William Ballow,” and the rest of his estate to “trusty, well-beloved friend John Clarke” whom he made executor. Richard Ward, Philip Thomas, and Richard Ward watched Cookson execute the document (will proved 10 Dec. 1677 ).
Leonard Ballow, a contemporary of and likely a brother of William Ballow, witnessed the 1679 will of John Burton of “Longfield.” Together William and Leonard Ballow bought 90 acres that had belonged to William Harris from Gilbert Platt and sold it to John Pleasants.  William held land on the north side of the James River that he sold to John Ellis via a deed now lost. 
Leonard swore in 1681 that he was 36 years of age.  If we presume he and William were around the same age, then William was born about 1645.

William’s will

Will of William Ballow
11 October 1700
In the name of God Amen the 11th Oct. 1700.
I William Ballow of Lille Valy in the Co. of Henr:co Planter sick in body yet of good & perfect memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same, do make and ordaine this my last will & Testament in manner & form following.
First and Principally I recommend my soul to Almighty God my Creatur assuredly hopeing that I shall receive full pardon and full remission of my sins and to be saved by the precious Death & meritts of my blessed Savior and Redeemer Christ Jesus. And my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buryed in such decent & Xtian manner as to my Exec’x. hereafter named shall be through thought seem moote & as touching my worldly estate that it hath pleased Almighty God to Endow me with all my will and to my ten children I give 12 pence apiece. I make and ordain my trusty & well-beloved friend Dorothy Ballow my whole & sole Exec’x of this my last will & testament desiring her to see it fulfilled & satisfied and all my Just debts paid. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year first written.
Wm Ballew.

The word “friend,” amicus in Latin, meant then a non-blood relation.

Elizabeth Davis and Anne Perrin watched William execute his will. Anne was the daughter of Robert Porter and the widow of Thomas Perrin.

Dorothy, the widow
Dorothy was alive in Oct. 1701 when the justices ordered her to court to give security for the execution of her late husband’s will,  and was dead two months later—by 9 Dec. 1701—when John Stewart Jr. and Leonard Ballow presented the inventory of her estate.  The court appointed John Stewart and Leonard Ballow administrators the same day,  and Stewart became guardian to the Ballow orphans. 

Descendants of William Ballow
Information about the children of William Ballow, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Charles Ballow I (-1727),  
Hugh Jones,  William Cocke,   
Tabitha (—) Ballow,  
Charles Ballow II,  Abraham Bailey,   Temperance Bailey,   
Thomas Platt,  
Richard Daniel,   
Maj. Charles Ballow III,  
William Ballow,  
Elizabeth Smith Davenport,  William Davenport,  
Anne Ballow,  William Pollock,  
Jesse Ballow,  
Mary Ballow,  
John Ballow,  
Thomas Ballow,  Frances Hobson,  
Charles A. Ballow,  Rebecca A. Medley,  Isaac Medley,  
Thomas Ballow,  Rebecca Strange,  
Rebecca Ballow,  Anthony Mills,  
Sarah Ballow,  
Tabitha Ballow,  Joseph Ballenger,  
Michal Ballow,  
Phoebe Ballow,  
Mary Ballow,  
Thomas Ballow,  
John Radford,  
Ann Perkinson,   
Charles Ballow,  
Judith Ballow,  Hinton,  
Tabitha Hinton,  
William Hinton,  
Martha Ballow,  Hall,  Jordan Ballow,  
Ann Hall,  John Hall,  
Martha Hall,  
Mary Ballow,  
Edward Ballow,  Edward Haskins,   Mary Haskins,   
Michal Ballow,  
Tabitha Ballow,  
Jesse Ballow,  
Leonard Ballow,  
 Elizabeth (Ballow) Hatcher,  
Seth Hatcher,   
 Michal (Ballow) Stewart (-1719),  
John Stewart Jr.,   
 Drusilla Ballow,  
 William Ballow,  
Jane Perrin,  Anne (Porter) Perrin,  Thomas Bayley,  
 John Ballow,  
Andrew Amonett,  Henry Bailey,  
 Capt. Thomas Ballow (1688-1752),  
John Gardner,  Capt. Thomas Friend,   
William Cabell,   Anthony Benning,  
Jane Thomas,  
Nicholas Meriwether,  
Thomas Ballow,  Col. Joshua Fry,   
Chloe Battersby,  
Elizabeth (—) Battersby,  
William Battersby,  
William Cabell Ballow,  
Elizabeth Ballow,  
Chloe Ballow,  
Dorothy Ballow,  Thomas B. Sanderson,  Mary Burch,  
Micah Ballow,  Jesse Wood Thomas,  Jesse Thomas,  Sally Wood,  Jesse Thomas,  
Jane Henry Thomas,  
Dorothy Ballow,  
Michal Ballow,  
Jane Ballow,  
 Leonard Ballow (-1748),  
William Walton,  Susanna (—) Ballow,  
William Battersby,  
John Lewis,  
Joshua Fry,   
Joseph Ballow,  Richard Ballow,  Peter Ballow,  Robert Ballow,  Robert Ballow,  
Leonard Ballow,  Thomas Goolsby,  
Johanna Goolsby,  Tabitha (—) Goolsby,  
Leonard Ballow,  Esther (—) Ballow,  
William Cabell Jr.,   
Meredith Ballow,  
Leonard Ballow,  
Catherine Stewart Ballow,  
Elizabeth Ballow,  John Johnston,  
Judith Chastain,  Peter Chastain,  Peter Guerrant,  
Mary Ballow,  Thomas Patteson,  
David Patteson,  
Richard Ridley,  
Leonard Patteson,  
Robert Ballow,  Edward Bolling,  
Charles Ballow,  Matthew Jordan,  Benjamin Mosby,  John Coles,  
John Ballow,  Mary Ripley,  Sarah (—) Ripley,  
William Staton,  Thomas Williams,  
William Booth,  Thomas Jefferson,   
Ann Ballow,  
Bennett Ballow,  Matthew Jordan,  
Agnes (—) Ballow,  
Leonard Ballow,  
Thomas Ballow,  Alexander Chisnell,  
Nathaniel Wood,  Elizabeth (—) Ballow,  
Joseph Ballow,  Diana (—) Ballow,  
 Susanna (Ballow) Pride,  
John Pride,   
 child Ballow,  
 David Ballow of Buckingham County,  
Capt. Nicholas Cabell,   
 Thomas Ballow of Amelia County,  
Obadiah Hendrick,  Stephen Johnson,  Isham Johnson,  Aaron League,   James League,   Sherwood Walton,  
John Baldwin,  Ann (—) Ballow,  
John T. Colquitt,  
 Stewart Ballow of Amherst County,  
Hannah (—) Ballow,  
Hannah Ballow,  Major Childress,  
 William Ballow of Henrico County,  
John Pride,   
 Charles Ballow of Brunswick County,  
Aaron Haskins,   
 Stephen Ballow of Halifax County,  
Welcome William Hodges,  Joshua Stephens,  Ann (—) Ballow,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Charles Ballow - Revolutionary War William Ballow - Revolutionary War
Charles A. Ballow - War of 1812 Edward Ballow - Revolutionary War
Thomas Ballow - Revolutionary War  

Legislators - colonial and state
Isaac Medley - Virginia  

Names on the map
Ballowe Creek, Buckingham County, named for Leonard Ballow  

Selected sources
Blankenship, Gayle King. Blankenship Ancestors. Privately Published. 1995. 29-32. • Includes some descendants of William Ballow.

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