William H. Ballard, Sr

William H. Ballard, Sr

Death 28 May 1954 (aged 91)
Burial Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section D (Center Section)
Memorial ID 28065642 · View Source
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William Henry Ballard, Sr. was born in Franklin County, KY in 1876. His family moved later to Louisville, KY and at the age of 17 William moved to Lexington, KY.

Mr. Ballard was married to Bessie H. Ballard. He fathered six children.

Mr. Ballard was the first African American to open a drug store in the state of Kentucky. Ballard's Pharmacy was established in Lexington, KY in 1893.

William Ballard was also a historian. In 1950 his book 'History of Prince Hall Freemasonry in Kentucky' was published.

Excerpted from The University of Kentucky Libraries - Notable Ky African Americans Database.


Mr. William Ballard's great-grandson, Stephen Ballard, kindly provided the following corrections and additional information for Mr. Ballard's memorial.

Although Mr. Ballard's marker reflects a birth date of 1876, he was actually born in 1862.

According to his obituary, Mr. Ballard graduated high school in 1879.

William opened an account at the US Freedman Bank on September 03, 1872, when he was 9 years of age.

According to the US Freedman Bank records, William's parents were Dowan Ballard and Matilda Bartlett.

It has been reported in several biographical dictionaires that Mr. Ballard often was less than truthful regarding his age as he moved forward in life. That trait was said by Stephen to be carried on by William Ballard's son, Edward H. Ballard, Stephen's grandfather.

I wish to kindly thank Mr. Stephen Ballard for providing this additional information for his great-grandfather's Find A Grave Memorial.

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  • Created by: Judi Fryer
  • Added: 5 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28065642
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William H. Ballard, Sr (31 Oct 1862–28 May 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28065642, citing Cove Haven Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Judi Fryer (contributor 46850465) .