Friday, February 19, 2016

Updating 2009: The Ballinger Family

The Ballinger Family: [cont'd]

Third Generation

12.  Josiah Ballinger (Josiah-2, Henry-1) was born on 24 Nov 1728 in Monacacy, Prince George's Co., Maryland. He died about Apr 1798 at the age of 69 in Frederick Co., Virginia.
Josiah Ballinger and Elizabeth [Ballinger] were married before 1759 in Frederick Co., Virginia. Elizabeth [Ballinger] was born (date unknown).
Josiah Ballinger and Elizabeth [Ballinger] had the following child:

           15              i.   Patience Ballinger, born abt 1759, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Jacob Smith, 17 Aug 1776, Hopewell MM, Frederick Co., Virginia; died 23 Mar 1835, Beavercreek Twp., Green Co., Ohio.

13.  Sarah Ballinger (Josiah-2, Henry-1) was born on 27 Nov 1731 in Frederick Co., Virginia.2627 She died on 27 Jul 1770 at the age of 38 in Frederick Co., Virginia.1
Sarah Ballinger and Evan Rogers were married on 15 Apr 1749 in Hopewell MM, Opeckan, Frederick Co., Virginia.1,28 Evan Rogers2931, son of John Rogers and Ellen Pugh, was born on 21 Jun 1722 in North Wales, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania.2829 He signed a will on 12 Aug 1805 in Frederick Co., Virginia.32 He died in Nov 1805 at the age of 83 in Frederick Co., Virginia.28 Evan had his estate probated on 2 Dec 1805 in Frederick Co., Virginia.29,32 [will proved] Evan Rogers was the third child of John and Ellen Pugh Rogers born in 1722 at North Wales, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. He came to Middle Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia in the early 1740s.
The marriage between Evan Rogers and Sarah Ballinger probably at Hopewell Meeting in 1749 attracted a "Who's Who" list of western Frederick County Quakers. Ballingers, Wrights, Pughs, Rogerses and other related families were well represented. It was one of the earliest recorded marriages in Frederick County.

Evan was a devout Quaker. He was a leader in the Quaker community and his name appears on the deed for the land upon which the Hopewell Meeting House was built. Evan Rogers organized the Bear Garden Meeting on Mill Branch Creek in 1767 as a satellite of the Back Creek and Hopewell Meetings. The Meeting was to accommodate the Hampshire Co. Quakers who had to travel rough mountain terrain. Meetings were generally held in private homes, although there is a reference to a meeting house on Jacob Jenkins' land. He was overseer at the Back Creek Meeting near present-day Gainesboro. The available records tend to show that Evan maintained complete neutrality during the Revolutionary War in keeping with the Quaker faith. Rogers was among the Quakers who refused to pay taxes to help defray the costs of the war. He was, however, willingly pay taxes for everything else.

[The Quakers were unpopular with other county residents. They stuck to their beliefs, were considered stubborn, treated women as equals, and were shrewd businessmen. They were frugal, resourceful, helpful to one another, and provided for their own. The Quakers were equally relentless in enforcing their rules and disowned those who violated the creed.

George Washington spoke out about exempting the Quakers from military service: "Let them alone, for you can not induce them to fight for or against us. They are harmless, peaceable, and industrious people who will produce meat and bread, and if they will not sell it to us we can take it, if we need it. We need bread and meat as much as we need Soldiers." It is possible, according to 'Hopewell Friends History', that the speech was delivered at Winchester.]

The earliest recorded grant for Evan Rogers was a 220 acre Fairfax grant on both sides of Back Creek surveyed by John Mauzy on 25 April 1751. This was probably the land on which the Rogers family built their log cabin.

Evan, Sarah and their three children were received at Fairfax Meeting near Waterford in Loudon Co., Virginia on a certificate from Hopewell on 29 January 1757, as was brother Owen and his family. This probably resulted from the Indian attacks in the area at that time. George Washington had written a letter [dated Winchester, 22 April 1756] to Governor Dinwiddie expressing his concern that area forts might fall to the Indians and the settlers would be forced to flee. Owen was granted a certificate of transfer back to Hopewell on 29 April 1758 and Evan's was granted 27 May 1758. Apparently the Indian threat had subsided sufficiently for the two brothers to return home.

The Rogers family was residing on the western slope of Timber Ridge, in upper Mill Branch Valley, when Sarah died one day after giving birth to twin girls on 26 July 1770. She was 49 years old. Eleanor, one of the twins, died shortly after her mother.

Evan acquired more land over the next several years. The following purchases are recorded in the Northern Neck Grant Deed Books: 50 acres on both sides of Back Creek in Frederick County on 19 December 1777 [#12244, NN Grants Q, p. 246], 320 acres on the waters of Isaacs Creek and the Great Cacepon in Frederick and Hampshire Counties on 16 May 1780 [#12245, NN Grants S, p. 33], 265 acres on the drains of Sleepy Creek in Frederick Co. on 1 November 1780 [#12246, NN Grants S, p. 309], and 170 acres on the drains of Brush Creek in Frederick County on 1 November 1780 [#12247, NN Grants S, p. 310-311]. Evan also claimed his father's 1754 surveyed grant of 114 acres for son John in 1777.

Evan probably built a log cabin on the 1751 grant near Bear Creek, less than a mile northeast of present-day Gainsboro. He also lived for a time in Hampshire Co., where in 1767, the Bear Garden Monthly Meeting at his home.

On 31 March 1787, Evan Rogers was assessed for one white male 16-21, 3 horses, mares, colts or mules, and 2 head of cattle.

Evan sold the Hampshire Co. land in 1802 to Frederick Buzzard, who developed a German settlement in the area after the Revolutionary War. Rogers moved back to Frederick Co., where he died in 1805.

Sarah Ballinger died on 27 July 1770 following the birth of twin girls. She probably died from complications from the birth. Sarah was 49 and already the mother of nine children. Evan died in the late fall or early winter of 1805, as his will was proved 2 December of that year. Although there is no record of the burial place of Evan and Sarah Rogers, it is believed they were interned in unmarked graves in the Back Creek Quaker Cemetery [Gainesboro] or at Bear Garden.

In his will Evan stipulated that his land holdings be sold and the proceeds divided among some of his children and grandchildren. Many of his children and grandchildren had migrated to Ohio, so this was probably the easiest way for Evan to make bequeaths to his family. In accordance with his father's wishes, John Rogers, executor for his father's estate, sold the 1762 acre land grant on Back Creek to John McCool on 6 July 1807. [Frederick Co. Deed Book 30, p. 423.]

It is ironic that, being such a devout Quaker, Evan had five of his surviving children disowned by the Society of Friends for marrying contrary to discipline [non-Quakers]!
Evan Rogers and Sarah Ballinger had the following children:

           16              i.   John Rogers, born 31 Oct 1750, near Back Creek, Frederck Co., Virginia; married Maria Magdelene Rinker, 30 Oct 1787, Frederick Co., Virginia; died abt Nov 1826, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia.

           17             ii.   Josiah Rogers, born 7 Jan 1752, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Alice Brock, 5 Jul 1788, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; died aft 1807, Belmont Co., Ohio.

                            iii.   Robert Rogers was born on 16 Jul 1754 in Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia.29,33 [Alternate date:16 Sep 1754 in Kerns] He died on 16 Sep 1755 at the age of 1 in Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia.29,33 [Alternate date:16 July 1755 in Kerns.]

           18            iv.   Evan Rogers Jr., born 31 Aug 1756, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Sarah [Sally] Pugh, 7 Jul 1777, Frederick Co., Virginia; died bef 1805, Frederick Co., Virginia.

           19             v.   Mary Rogers, born 20 Feb 1759, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; married James Campbell, 27 Jan 1790, Frederick Co., Virginia; died bef 23 Sep 1806, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia.

           20            vi.   Elizabeth Rogers, born 13 Nov 1761, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Jonathan Pickering, 1 Oct 1798, Frederick Co., Virginia; died aft 1804, Belmont Co., Ohio.

           21           vii.   Owen Rogers, born 20 Dec 1763, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Eleanor Nelson, 1 Sep 1798, Frederick Co., Virginia; died bef 1805, Frederick Co., Virginia.

           22          viii.   Sidney Rogers, born 18 Dec 1765, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Miller Spencer, 20 Oct 1801, Frederick Co., Virginia.

           23            ix.   James Rogers, born 19 Mar 1768, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Rhoda Adams, 7 Dec 1799, Frederick Co., Virginia; died 17 Nov 1804, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia.

           24             x.   Sarah Rogers, born 26 Jul 1770, Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Elisha Ellis, 10 Dec 1794, Back Creek, Frederick Co., Virginia; married Robert Williams, abt 3 Apr 1806, probably Belmont Co., Ohio.

                            xi.   Elenor Rogers was born on 26 Jul 1770 in Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia.34 She died after 26 Jul 1770 at the age of 0 in Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia.29,34 [Died in infancy shortly after her mother's death.]

14.  James Ballinger (Josiah-2, Henry-1) was born on 28 Jul 1735 in Frederick Co., Virginia.35 He died on 1 May 1799 at the age of 63 in Jefferson Co., Tennessee.35
James Ballinger and Lydia Taylor were married on 3 May 1762 in Frederick Co., Virginia.35 Lydia Taylor, daughter of Jacob Taylor and Ann Andrews, was born on 29 Feb 1743/4. She was also known as Lydia Ballinger.35
 
Sources:
 
        1. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America (Emma Barrett Reeves, Nacogdoches, Texas, c 1977).
        2. Dave Hyatt, Ballinger-L@rootsweb.com, Subject: Henry Ballinger, Listserve: Rootsweb (3 August 2001, Original Date, 29 April 1998).
        3. Family History: Pennsylvania Genealogies #1: Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families II, Hi-So, The Family of Thomas Olive of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and of Burlington County, New Jersey [p. 534], Url: Genealogy.com.
        4. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America, p. 1 [Gives birthplace as Benninghamshire].
        5. Sarah Downham, Ballinger Mailing List, Subject: Ballingers-Hardings, Listserve: Rootsweb (18 March 2001, Original Date, 23 February 2000), Gives Charleton Kings as possible birthplace.
        6. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America, p. xxi.
        7. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America, p. 1.
        8. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America, 1, will proved: 10 April 1733.
        9. Sarah Downham, Ballinger Mailing List, Subject: Ballingers-Hardings, Listserve: Rootsweb.
        10. Compiler: unknown, LDS Ancestral File Family Group Record for Henry Ballinger [AFN:4X46-K7] & Mary Harding [AFN: 4X46-LD], Version: 4.19 (17 March 2001).
        11. Katie's Ballinger/Harding Family.
        12. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America, p. 4.
        13. Grace L. Tracey and John P. Dern, Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland 1721-1743 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1987), p. 186.
        14. Stewart Baldwin, The American Genealogist: Quaker Marriage Certificates (July / October 1997), p. 235.
        15. Wilmer L. Kerns, Frederick County, Virginia: Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley 1730-1830 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1995), p. 152.
        16. Jerry Ferren, James Wright and Mary Bowater, Recipient: Terry Prall, Address: tprall@desoto.net, Author E-mail: jferren1@cs.com (30 April 1999), p. 7.
        17. Grace L. Tracey and John P. Dern, Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland 1721-1743.
        18. Compiler: John Walter Wayland and a Joint Committee of Hopell Friends, Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia; records of Hopwell Monthly Meetings and meetings reporting to Hopewell; two hundred years of history and genealogy, compiled from official records and published by a Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1975).
        19. C.E. Schildknecht, editor, Monocacy and Catocin: Some Early Settlers of Frederick and Carroll Counties, MD and Adams County, PA and Descendants c 1725-1985, Vol. I (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: C.E. Schildknecht       , 1985).
        20. Compiler: J. Estelle Stewart King, Abstracts of Wills, Inventories, and Administrations Accounts of Frederick County, Virginia (unknown, Scottsdale, AZ, 1961), p. 10.
        21. Grace L. Tracey and John P. Dern, Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland 1721-1743, p. 79.
        22. Stewart Baldwin, The American Genealogist: Quaker Marriage Certificates, p. 236.
        23. Wilmer L. Kerns, Frederick County, Virginia: Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley 1730-1830, p. 151.
        24. Stewart Baldwin, The American Genealogist: Quaker Marriage Certificates.
        25. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America, p.1.
        26. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America, p. 11.
        27. Grace Kelso Garner & Ralph L. Triplett, Early Births Western Frederick County, Virginia and Eastern Hampshire County, West Virginianty, West Virginia (unknown, unknown, 1976), p. 11.
        28. Wilmer L. Kerns, Frederick County, Virginia: Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley 1730-1830, p. 134.
        29. Col. Sidney Rogers, Rogers Family, Record Type: genealogy, Subject: Rogers Family of Frederick Co., VA, Author Address: Gainsboro, VA, File Number: none (received July 2003).
        30. Netti Schreiner-Yantis & Florence Speakman Love, compiler, The Personal Property Tax Lists for the Year 1787 for Frederick County, Virginia [also for Winchester Town] (Springfield, Virginia: Genealogical Books in Print   , 1987).
        31. Wilmer L. Kerns, Frederick County, Virginia: Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley 1730-1830.
        32. Compiler: M. N. Kangas & D. E. Payne, Frederick County, Virginia Wills and Administrations 1795-1816 (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1983), p. 69.
        33. Wilmer L. Kerns, Frederick County, Virginia: Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley 1730-1830, p. 135.
        34. Wilmer L. Kerns, Frederick County, Virginia: Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley 1730-1830, p. 136.
        35. Emma Barrett Reeves, Three Centuries of Ballingers in America, p. 12.
 
Note: Names highlighted in green are direct-line ancestors. Josiah Ballinger's wife, Mary Wright is shown as the daughter of Thomas Wright and Mary Bowater. Conflicting research exists on Mary's maiden name. She  could be Mary Davis rather than Bowater. More work needs to be done on her.

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