Person:John Ballard (2)

m. EST 1632
  1. William BallardAbt 1630 - Bef 1695
  2. Esther BallardABT 1633 - 1717
  3. John Ballardabt 1634 - 1725
  4. Nathaniel Ballardabt 1636 - 1721/2
m. abt 1657
  1. Sarah BallardAbt 1669 -
  2. Rebecca Ballard1671 -
m. 1673/1674
  1. Jane Ballard1674 -
  2. John Ballard1677/78 - 1765
  3. Priscilla Ballard1680 -
  4. William Ballard1683 - 1683
  5. Dorothy Ballard1684/85 - 1765
Facts and Events
Name[2] John Ballard
Gender Male
Birth[3] abt 1634 Warwickshire, England
Marriage abt 1657 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Susanna Story
Unknown 1 Oct 1667 Birth of a son William on this date Refuted
Susanna Story
Marriage 1673/1674 to Rebecca STEVENS
Death[1] 11 Jun 1725 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

!Ballard Gen. Farlow p 20; Bassett-Preston Ancestry B11E15 p 17, 18;

  1. Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Lynn, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. (Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1905).

    John, Dea. June 11, 1725, in his 92nd year

  2. William Ballard, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011).

    Children... ii JOHN, b. about 1634 (aged 1 in 1635 [Hotten 107]; deposed aged twenty-one in 1655 [EQC 1:392]; deposed aged twenty-five in 1659 [EQC 2:193]); m. by 1669 Rebecca _____

  3. William Ballard, in Great Migration Newsletter. (Boston, Massachusetts: Great Migration Study Project), [1] (subscribers only).

    {Should be same content as the published book version}
    Farlow claimed that John Ballard had two wives, Susanna Story and Rebecca _____ [Ballard Gen 18]. As evidence for the first wife, he gives only "Salem Rec.," the meaning of which is not evident. The only Story family which might have a daughter of the right age is that of William Story of Ipswich. Nora E. Snow does include a Susanna in this family, but without dates or any later history [Snow-Estes 1:107]; William Story, son of the immigrant, had wife Susanna Fuller, and there may exist a document in which some member of the family calls her "daughter" or "sister," from which an improper conclusion was drawn.

    We are assisted in analyzing the alleged marriages of John by the details of the recording of the births of his children. First, there is no record of a son William born on 1 October 1667, as claimed by Savage and many later writers. Second, the first two known children, Sarah and Rebecca, were recorded in the county but not in the town records, with the mother's name not given, and these are claimed by Farlow to be children of Susanna Story. The remaining children were recorded in the town records, with the mother's name given as Rebecca. Note that one of the children supposed to be born to Susanna Story was named Rebecca, and no child was named Susanna. For these reasons, we conclude that Susanna Story never existed and that John Ballard had only one wife, Rebecca, whom he married by 1669.