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  • ID: I21837
  • Name: Thomas Ballew Sr
  • Surname: Ballew
  • Given Name: Thomas
  • Suffix: Sr
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1723 in Henrico County, Virginia
  • Death: 1789 in Edgefield County, Ninety Six District, South Carolina
  • _UID: A64CA79562CF9746844CC9662E9321223F1D
  • Residence: 1789 Edgefield County, Ninety Six District, South Carolina
  • Note:
    Birth based on fact he did not patent land in 1750 with his brothers & sister.

    Death based on living in Edgefield District, SC in 1789 (National Archives, pension request Lucy Lavendar [W8024])


    Research notes from Drew G Welch provided to Jason Pearce on 2014 April and shared with his permission:

    Thomas Ballew of Albemarle and Amherst Counties, Virginia

    Born by 1723 in Henrico County, Virginia

    Died 1789 in Edgefield County, Ninety Six District, South Carolina

    Parents Leonard Ballew and Susannah Goode

    Married Elizabeth Edmunds


    1. John Ballew (ca 1758- 1776)

    2. Lucinda "Lucy" Ballew (1766- 1845)

    3. Joseph Ballew (1768- after Jan. 1855)

    4. Thomas Ballew (by 1771- after 1792) very probable

    * others

    Thomas Ballew was one of the middle children of Leonard Ballew and Susannah Goode. He was born about 1723 in Henrico County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Edmunds, daughter of John Edmunds Sr. and Mary Watkins.

    The first record found of Thomas was in March 1746 when he witnessed the will of Thomas Pattison in Albemarle County, Virginia. The first land record of his was in November 1746 when he had surveyed 145 acres on both sides of George?s Creek in Albemarle County. (George?s Creek flows into the south side of James River about 7.5 miles upstream of the Slate River. I think it is now called Georgia Creek in Buckingham County.) "Thomas Ballew may have had two tracts on the Tye River. He patented 400a on 12 May 1759. He sold 150a to Alexander Chisnell of 4 July 1763; 100a to Nathaniel Woodruff on 27 June 1776; and 150a to William Spencer on 1 December 1777. But the deed to William Spencer states the land was part of a larger tract owned by Thomas Ballew. There is no indication where the other land came from- or what happened to the remaining land." Thomas?s land fell in the new county of Amherst when it was formed in 1761. He lived on the Tye River tracts.

    Thomas? name was often found in the records of Albemarle and Amherst Counties. In 1748 he was sworn in as a constable in Albemarle County. In October 1776 he signed a petition of dissenters of Albemarle, Amherst, and Buckingham Counties asking for the disestablishment of the Church of England and objecting to supporting their church and the Church of England as well. They claimed every denomination should be on equal footing. Thomas was in his early fifties at the commencement of the American Revolution. His son John enlisted and was killed shortly thereafter from a gun accident.

    Thomas Ballew was listed on the 1785 Amherst County titable list, charged with taxes on seven whites and one black. He was on the 1787 tithable list with six whites, one dwelling, and one other building. Thomas may have been impovished by the Revolutionary War, for he had little or no land left by 1785. About 1789 Thomas and Elizabeth moved to Edgefield County, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina. Thomas died there shortly after the move and Elizabeth was enumeration as head of household on the 1790 Edgefield census. She had one male under the age of sixteen living with her. I believe that male may have been the youngest son, Thomas. They were living next to Elizabeth?s daughter Lucy and her husband Charles Lavender. It is not known what happened to Elizabeth after that time. The son Thomas Ballew sold a horse and working tools to his brother-in-law Charles Lavender in March of 1792, indicating to me that he was moving. Elizabeth was not listed on the 1800 census.

    The family of Thomas Ballew and Elizabeth Edmunds

    1. John Ballew was born about 1758 in Albemarle County, Virginia. He was killed in a gun accident shortly after enlisting in the Revolutionary War with his brother-in-law Charles Lavender and William Lavender.

    2. Lucinda "Lucy" Ballew was born about 1766 in Amherst County, Virginia. She married Charles Lavender in Amherst County on 21 December 1785. They lived in North Carolina and then in Edgefield County, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina. After Charles was killed by lightning in 1802, Lucy settled in Spartanburg District, South Carolina. She later moved to Jackson County, Georgia with her children. She had three sons: Simon, Willis, and Charles. She died in Jackson County, Georgia on 14 June 1846.

    3. Joseph Ballew was born 1768 in Amherst County, Virginia. He married Mildred "Milly" Lavender about 1795. They lived in Burke (later McDowell) County, North Carolina.

    Joseph died after January 1855 in McDowell County.

    4. Thomas Ballew was born about 1771 in Amherst County, Virginia. He was in Edgefield County, South Carolina in 1792 and apparently moved from there. Noting further is known.

    There was probably another young daughter who was living with the widowed Elizabeth in 1790 in Edgefield County, South Carolina. There may have been other children who are unknown.

    Sources: ?

    James S. Hamlin, Leonard and William Ballew of Henrico County, Virginia and their Descendants (Alexandria, Virginia: James S. Hamlin, 2004), 260.

    Hamlin, 260.

    Hamlin, 260

    Hamlin, 261.

    Hamlin, 263.

    Lucy Lavender file, no. W.8025, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications Files, micropublication M804, roll 1530 (Washington: National Archives). Lucy was Lucy Ballew Lavender, daughter of Thomas and widow of Charles Lavender.

    Lucy Lavender file, no. W.8025, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications Files, micropublication M804, roll 1530 (Washington: National Archives). In an affidavit Elizabeth Dougherty says she moved from Virginia to Edgefield District, South Carolina and that old Mr. Ballew, father- in- law of Charles Lavender was also living in the same District.

    Eliz. Berliew (Elizabeth Ballew) household, 1790 U.S. Census, Edgefield County, Ninety Six District, South Carolina. 1 male under 16, 2 females, 1 slave.

    Edgefield County, South Carolina Deed Bk 7:287-288. 12 March 1792, Thomas Bellew to Charles Lavender, a horse and working tools.
  • Change Date: 8 Feb 2015 at 15:59:35

    Father: Leonard Ballew III b: 1680 in Henrico County, Virginia
    Mother: Susanna Goode b: 1687 in Henrico County, Virginia

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Mary Edmunds b: 13 May 1733 in Amherst County, Virgnia
    • Note:
      Marriage based on a 27 Jun 1776 deed where Thomas & wife Elizabeth sold 150a
      [Deeds of Amherst Co 1761-1807]
    1. Has No Children John Ballew b: 1758
    2. Has No Children Lucinda Ballew b: 1766
    3. Has Children Joseph Ballew b: 1770 in Virginia
    4. Has No Children Thomas Ballew Jr b: 1771
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