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For the William & Mary site, a tract of 330 acres was purchased for £170 from Captain Thomas Ballard on December 20, 1693. Ballard has no other direct connection to William & Mary. The College's boundary stones marked those lands.

Material in the Special Collections Research Center

(There may be family seals of the family in printed books of heraldry in Swem Library's general stacks.)

Material at the Virginia Historical Society

  • Lee Family Papers, 1638-1867. Section 101. Call Number: Mss1 L51 f 223-234. A decision (copy), 1720, of the Court of James City County, regarding land owned by George Barker; a deed (copy), 1674, of Thomas Ludwell to Thomas Ballard for 330 acres in James City County (witnessed by Robert Beverley, William Cole, Francis Kirkman, and Otho Thorpe).
  • Lee Family Papers, 1638-1867. Section 156. Call Number: Mss1 L51 f 653-656. Contains notes, n.d., concerning land in James City County, Va., given to the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va., by the Virginia General Assembly; orders (copy made by Thomas Ballard and recorded by Robert Hubbard), 1652, of the commissioners (i.e., Richard Bennett, William Claiborne, and Edmund Curtis) appointed by the Protectorate for the reduction of Virginia; and a commission (incomplete), 1715, given by George I, King of Great Britain, to the Earl of Orkney to continue serving as Governor of Virginia.


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A note about the contents of this site

This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.