William Henry Ballard

Brief Life History of William Henry

When William Henry Ballard was born on 6 September 1820, in Franklin, Tennessee, United States, his father, Howard O. Ballard, was 30 and his mother, Sarah Cross, was 25. He married Martha Beene about 1840, in Marion, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Alabama, United States in 1870 and Cherokee, Alabama, United States in 1880. He registered for military service in 1862. He died on 6 June 1894, in Centre, Cherokee, Alabama, United States, at the age of 73.

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William Henry Ballard
Martha Beene
Marriage: about 1840
Andrew Jackson Ballard
J. Huebner Ballard
Robert Ballard
Howard Owen Ballard
Sarah Jane Ballard
Susanna M Ballard
Mary Ann Ballard
Martha Kansas Ballard
Nancy Florence Ballard
Obadiah Gaines Ballard
William Ballard
William Henry Ballard Sr.

Sources (28)

  • William H Ballond, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William H Ballard, "United States Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865"
  • William H Ballard, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.


Historical Boundaries: 1827: Alabama Non-County Area 8, United States 1832: St Clair, Alabama, United States 1836: Cherokee, Alabama, United States


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English ballard ‘bald-headed man’ (compare Bald 3).

French: from the ancient Germanic personal name Balhard, composed of the elements bal, presumably meaning ‘torment, spitefulness’, and hard ‘hard, strong’. Compare Ballor .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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