Welcome to Ballard County, Kentucky
County History

         Part of the Jackson Purchase, an area Andrew Jackson purchased from the Chickasaw Indians and added to the state in 1818, Ballard County was formed from portions of McCracken and Hickman Counties in 1842. The county was named for Capt. Bland Ballard, born in Virginia about 1760. Capt. Ballard came to Kentucky in 1779 and was a scout for George Rogers Clark's Ohio expedition in 1780 and '82. He took part in the Wabash campaign of 1786, and in the battles of Fallen Timbers, 1793; Tippecanoe, 1811; and, River Raisin, 1813. Capt. Ballard also served in the Kentucky Legislature for five terms. See Collins' 1874 History of Ballard County.

         Blandville was the County Seat for 40 years until the Courthouse burned. Then, in 1882, the County Seat was moved to Wycliffe, named for Col. Charles A. Wickliffe, legislator, Confederate officer, and nephew and namesake of Kentucky's fifteenth governor. Sources: Kentucky Atlas and Gazateer and Kentucky Historical Society.

         Other notable places, past and present, in Ballard County include: Bandana, Barlow, East Cairo, Filmore, Fort Jefferson, Hazlewood PO, Hinkleville, Kevil, La Centre, Lovelaceville, Monkey's Eyebrow, Ogden PO, Oscar, and Slater PO.

         Places once in Ballard County and now in Carlisle County, taken from Ballard County on May 3, 1886, include: Arlington,  Berkeley, Cunningham, Kirbyville, Laketon, Milburn, and Rudd PO.

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This site created September 30, 2007;
Last updated:January 30, 2018
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         What's New?

  Old Salem School 01/30/18
  Newspaper Clippings 12/31/17
  Wright and Richardson ca 1818  03/29/17
  New material added to Ballard church histories and pastors. 01/01/17
  Save our Landmark - Wickliffe First Methodist Church. (facebook page on the project) 05/21/16
  Family Group Sheet Isaac and Sarilda Johnson 02/27/16
  Biography: John C. Womble  03/31/15
  ELLIOTT, Alonzo Monroe d. 1962  03/21/15
  Houston Surname  10/26/14
  Don Simmons Books online  08/16/14
  Biographies at My Genealogy Hound  01/06/14
  Added Myers & France to Surname List  06/19/13
  Ballard Co., Masonic Lodges   05/18/13
  Brick Wall: RICHARDSON & WRIGHT  03/23/13
  Note on Sarah Jane Hutcheson (Hutcherson) 02/15/13
  John Bluford Lane & Jane Elaine (McCutcheon) Lane photo  2/4/13
  George Robert Purdy  01/06/13
  1940 Ballard Co. Census Online  10/27/12
  David Gibson Steinbeck & Mary Bell Unsell, Parents of Jewel S. Steinbeck Carter 05/29/12
  1859 Tax Book S of Mayfield 05/12/12
  1859 Tax Book N of Mayfield 05/05/12
  Herman L. Wallace & Alma Lee Farrow 05/01/12
  William and Mary Floro 1843-1870  04/30/12
  1847 KY State Register Ballard Info 04/28/12
  1857 Tax Book S of Mayfield 04/28/12
  1857 Tax Book N of Mayfield 04/13/12
  1856 Tax Book N of Mayfield 04/7/12
  1856 Tax Book S of Mayfield  04/04/12
  1853 Tax Book S of Mayfield  03/29/12

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