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Col Thomas Ballard, Jr

Col Thomas Ballard, Jr

Birth
York County, Virginia, USA
Death 11 Jun 1711 (aged 56–57)
Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 60664554 · View Source
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"The Reverend Mr Blair, who had been serving as Rector of Henrico Parish (then along the western frontier), was very aware of the fate of Henricus and the first attempt at a college there, both of which had been annihilated in the Indian Massacre of 1622. The peaceful situation with the Native Americans and the high ground and central location in the developed portion of the colony at Middle Plantation must have appealed to him, for he is credited with selecting a site for the new college on the outskirt of the tiny community.

Blair and the trustees of the College of William and Mary bought a parcel of 330 acres (1.3 km2) from Thomas Ballard for the new school. The new school opened in temporary buildings in 1694. Properly called the "College Building", the first version of the Wren Building was built at Middle Plantation beginning on August 8, 1695 and occupied by 1700". (Today, the Wren Building is the oldest academic structure in continuous use in America).


"Ballard's oldest son and heir, Thomas Ballard, Jr, sold the Middle Plantation estate shortly after his father's death. Most of it went to form the campus of the College of William and Mary.

Colonel Thomas Ballard, Jr, was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from York County, Virginia. Ballard was a son of Colonel Thomas Ballard, of the council of state born around 1654 at Middle Plantation, Virginia. He served as one of the justices of York Co. and was Colonel of the Militia. He was burgess for York Co. in 1693, 1697, 1698, 1699, 1700-1702, 1703-1705 and 1710-1712.

He married Catherine Hubbard, a daughter of John Hubbard. His will was proved in York County, June 18, 1711. He left issue, and among them was Capt. John Ballard, of York county, who died in 1745".

(wikipedia.org)


[Bruton Parish cemetery records state Thomas Ballard is buried in the corner of the church cemetery. Grave unmarked. I checked them when up there last Spring.]
(HudGen)


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  • Created by: Sue McDuffe:)
  • Added: 26 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60664554
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Thomas Ballard, Jr (1654–11 Jun 1711), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60664554, citing Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Cemetery, Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Sue McDuffe:) (contributor 47122067) .