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Ballard Family Correspondence, 1920-1946

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Ballard Family Correspondence




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Ballard family correspondence, 1920-1946, 98SC165,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


14 items, .5 c.f.


Bland Ballard, pioneer and legislator, was born in Pennsylvania October 16, 1761. After moving to Kentucky in 1779, he joined the militia and defended the western frontier. On March 31, 1788, Ballard's father, stepmother, two brothers, and half-sister were killed by Delaware Indians at Tyler Station in present-day Shelby County, Kentucky. He claimed to have killed several Indians in battle to avenge the murder of his family. In 1792, he helped mark what is now U.S. 60 from Shelbyville to the falls of the Ohio. Later, Ballard became a representative for Shelby County in the Kentucky General Assembly. Ballard County was named in his honor in 1842. He died in Shelby County on September 5, 1853. His body was later reinterred in the Frankfort Cemetery.

Scope and Content

This collection of fourteen letters, dated 1920-1946, relates to the Ballard family of Kentucky and its history, especially that of Bland and Addison Ballard, early settlers of Kentucky. One letter, dated 1945, to Senator Alben W. Barkley from E.S. Land, Chairman of the U.S. Maritime Commission, concerns naming a ship in honor of Captain Bland Ballard. The Ballard Massacre in Shelby County, Kentucky, is also discussed. Other names represented are R.C. Ballard Thruston, John T. Ballard, Elijah N. Ballard, Cary Robertson, Charlton P. Nash, Sarah Ramsay, and Ludie J. Kinkead

Arrangement: Chronological


  • Ballard family -- Correspondence
  • Ballard family -- Ballard, Addison M.
  • Ballard, Bland W., 1761-1853
  • Kentucky -- Genealogy

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