3. Elizabeth WILLIAMSON1,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21 was born about 1762. Family folklore says the family came from Virginia. She lived with her parents in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, Linn's station in 1781. Father and brother James were massacred by Indians in July 1782 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, Linn's station. 10-year-old brother John was made prisoner by Indians in July 1782 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, Linn's station. She lived in KY, Shelby Co., Tyler's station in 1787. Elizabeth died on 12 January 1827 in KY, Shelby Co.. She was buried in January 1827 in KY, Shelby Co.. She was buried reinterrment 1855 in KY, Franklin Co., Frankfort, Frankfort Cemetery.13 Commended for her heroism and reinterred with her husband. She and Bland Ballard were married just a few months after her father and brother James were massacred and her 10-year-old brother John was taken prisoner. It is possible that at this time, Elizabeth and Bland took in her mother and siblings, as her family had nowhere to stay after the massacre.
It is still not known if Ruth Williamson was her niece or sister. Elizabeth's nephew, John Whitaker Williamson, writes that they were sisters. Ruth's obituary, however, states that Elizabeth was her aunt. Ruth's obituary also states that she stayed with Elizabeth and Bland after Ruth's family was massacred or taken prisoner by Indians.
In letters written by her nephew, John Whitaker Williamson, he states that in 1782, Elizabeth moved from Linn’s Station to Tyler’s Station on Tick Creek in Shelby Co., KY after her marriage. It was there that the Ballard Massacre (her husband’s family) took place.
A different locale and timeline is written in Buffalo Bill Cody's book, "Story of the Wild West." In his version he states, "There was a small settlement at Tyler, composed exclusively of Virginians, among the families being that of Captain Williamson's, a gentleman frequently mentioned in Kentucky history. He had a daughter, Elizabeth, famed throughout the district for her beauty, but no less for her heroic disposition, displayed on more than one occasion, when an attack was threatened by the Indians. Young Ballard fell in love with Miss Williamson, directly after his settlement at Tyler [in 1782], and after a brief courtship the two were married. Soon after this happy consummation of their loves, young Ballard erected a log cabin about half a mile from the stockade that surrounded Tyler and here he settled with his pretty bride..."
The book also gives an example of Elizabeth's bravery, which happened during the Ballard massacre. Her husband "boldly sallied out and made a rush for the woods that were near at hand, bidding his wife to remain in the cabin and to signal him, as occasion offered, the position of the Indians. He moved from tree to tree, always keeping the Indians at such a distance that they could not rush upon him before he could reload his gun after firing, and being an excellent marksman he kept up a kind of running fight around his cabin until he had killed seven of the Indians without receiving any injury himself. During all this time Mrs. Ballard showed the greatest coolness, appearing at the door or window time and again to signal the position of the enemy, and occasionally to speak to her husband as he came within the sound of her voice."
The book also states, "For many years Major Ballard and his heroic wife continued to live in the quiet house so bravely defended by them. He died on his farm...and was buried on the old homestead beside his wife, who had preceded him to the grave many years before. The legislature of Kentucky, in the winter of 1853-54, passed an act to honor the bodies of Major Ballard and his wife, in pursuance of which in the following summer they were taken up and re-interred at a public funeral attended by the members of the legislature and many other prominent persons, in the State cemetery at Frankfort, where they repose beside those of Daniel Boone."
Elizabeth WILLIAMSON and Bland Williams BALLARD were married on 9 September 1782 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, Tyler's station. Bland Williams BALLARD1,12,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35 was born on 16 October 1761 in VA, Spotsylvania Co., Fredericksburg. He was a heroic Kentucky pioneer, Indian fighter, and state legislator. He decided at an early age to protect settlers from Indian attacks. His family removed to KY near the Falls of the Ohio (later Louisville) in 1779.
He served in militia as scout in George Rogers Clark's second Chillicothe expedition on 4 November 1782 in OH. In November 1782, Clark gathered over a thousand men, including Kentucky militia, at the mouth of the Licking River. Heading for the Ohio Shawnee towns of Piqua and Chillicothe, Clark sent out scouts, including Bland Ballard. He then sent one of his commanders, John Floyd, ahead with 300 men but again, as earlier in August, the alarm had been given. The Indians had fled, with no opposition, leaving their towns and supplies behind. The towns and provisions were then burned, including over 10,000 bushels of corn. After four days spent scouring the surrounding woods, Clark and his army returned home.
Signed a mining agreement on 2 November 1810 in KY, Shelby Co. The agreement reads:
Note that the above named James Bradshaw and for the use of his name in the body of the within obligation is done with consent and approbation of us, the undersigned.
Was wounded on 21 Jan 1813. Was again shot, this time severely, in the hip, on 22 Jan, and taken prisoner. The prisoners were first marched to Fort Malden (Amhurstberg), which was near the mouth of the Detroit River in Essex Co., Ontario, Canada.. From a journal written by one of the American prisoners: "...the other prisoners were treated very inhumanely. The first night, they were put in a wood-yard; the rain commenced early in the night, and put out all their fires. In this manner they passed a tedious night, wet, and benumbed with cold. From this place they were taken to a cold warehouse, still deprived of fire, with their clothes and blankets frozen, and nothing to eat but a little bread. In this wretched condition they continued two days and three nights!"
Managed to escape and make his way back to Kentucky. From the "History of Franklin County, Kentucky": "After the slaughter, the few men who returned straggled in one at a time...by June. ...Ballard's was the only county in Kentucky which was named after a survivor of the massacre..."
It is presumed, but not proven, that he traveled into Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, and from there to Kentucky by the Ohio River.
His brother-in-law John Williamson was captured and burnt at the stake by the Indians in the same battle. He received a gunshot wound in the hip during the River Raisin battle on 22 January 1813 in MI, Wayne Co., near Detroit. He suffered from the effects of this wound for the rest of his life. He died on 5 September 1853 in KY, Shelby Co.. Bland was buried in September 1853 in KY, Shelby Co.. In 1855 he was re-interred from in KY, Franklin Co., Frankfort, Frankfort Cemetery to in KY, Franklin Co., Frankfort, Frankfort Cemetery.
In the fall of 1787 he moved his family from Linn’s station to Tyler’s station on Tick Creek in (the future) Shelby Co., KY. On March 31, 1788 he was a survivor of the Tick Creek (Ballard) Massacre in which his father, stepmother, two brothers, and a half-sister were killed.
In 1789 was shown on the tax records for Jefferson Co., KY as having "4 horses and cattle", but no slaves.
In 1795 was shown on the Shelby Co., KY tax records as having 0 slaves, 3 horses and 20 cattle, plus 100 acres on Bullskin watercourse. At the same time he was shown as having the following property in Jefferson Co., KY: 600 acres on Pond Creek, 325 acres on Pond Creek, and 325 acres on Harrod's Creek.
In November 1810, he signed a pact with 8 other men to search for the famous lost silver mine of John Smith in Kentucky. If the mine was found, the pact spelled out the distribution of the money. The mine was never found.
Elected to the KY General Assembly in 1800, 1803, and 1805.
Mentioned in a Louisville, KY newspaper on 15 Dec 1827:
Ballard Co., KY was named in his honor in 1842, as were many towns.
His middle name was taken from his mother's maiden name.
The Bland Ballard name has continued down the Williamson and related family lines in the context of "Bland", "Blan", and "Bladen".
Elizabeth WILLIAMSON and Bland Williams BALLARD had the following children: