Family Correspondence


The information published here is a collection from various websites.

Some of this information is based upon research in progress and

and has not necessarily been proven or finalized.


Welcome to our family pages.  We are Jay Funk and Barbra Ballard Funk and these pages are a labor of love for our children and the reset of the family.  These pages are simply an attempt to research and document where our families have come from, plus any other interesting tid-bits.

Questions or Comments or Additions or Corrections?

Please eMail :


  Ballard Family History Webpage 




thru ~1630


~1630 - 1776


1776 - 1869


1888 to present




From: Brooks Ballard
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2016 7:49 AM
Subject: Johnathan Moore Ballard
Saw your web page for Moore Family History.
My name is Brooks Ballard from the Ballard Family Augusta Maine descendants of Ephraim and Martha Moore Ballard.
We have had Johnathan and Margaretta Blight marriage certificate dated November 7, 1853 in our family most likely since they were married. We also have a few of Johnathan's Navy Sword and other things he collected as he traveled while in the Navy.
Though you might like to see it.
Brooks Ballard


From: Patrick Turbin
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2016 6:51 PM
Subject: Ballard Family

Hi I just found your site on the web. My name is Patrick Turbin and my mothers maiden name was Mary Ballard. William of Andover is my 9th Great Grandfather. His son John 8th, He has connections with the Salem witch trials. Sherebiah 7th, Sherebiah 6th, Luke 5th, Norman 4th, Luke 3rd, James Norman 2nd, and Frank Lee Ballard my Grandfather. I have Lukes family Bible with some info in it about  some of the relatives marriage dates and death dates and where they are buried. I believe starting with Norman the family moved to Dundas Ontario Canada. My Great Grandfather James Norman moved back to the States around 1900 to Kansas City where he was a Pattern Maker for the Railroad Shops. When my Grandpa was about 9 they moved to Stevens Point Wisconsin to work in the Railroad shop there. I live in Wis. Rapids about 20 miles from there.



Heather Phillips
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: direct descendant

hello i am a direct descendant of the ballard line and was wanting to talk to someone if available please msg me back. thank you

my mother was michele o'keefe. her parents were lawerence okeefe and louise leclair. louise's parents were adrian francis leclair and adelaid johnston. adelaids parents were albert elmer johnsston and ethel parks. her parents were elizabeth mcguire and phillip a parks. phillips parents were mathew parks and apsilla ballard. 


From: Les Cloniger
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 4:14 PM
Subject: Ballard Family

Hi, my name is Les Cloninger, son of Everett Leslie Cloninger, son of Lizzie Ballard, my grandmother. I was looking thru your website and saw all the neat material you have compiled. Great job!!! I am 80 now and I remember some of the people you have mentioned. I live in Powell, Wy and we hope to go to the Granny Yates gathering nest summer. Hope you will be there. Best Regards, Les



From: jeff ....
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 11:29 AM
Subject: Forrest Ballard

I recently attended the Yates Family Reunion North of Bozeman. A woman named Shirley Sedivy compiled an extensive geneology of Granny Yates. She has it that Forrest worked at the Lewis & Clark Caverns as a seasonal employee. Do you know any thing more along those lines? While I was in Montana I visited the caverns and was really impressed with the development. In the days Forrest might have worked there, in summers during high school or after he graduated, it had to be a very primitive site, much the same as it always had been. But the CCC developed the cave interior with steps and lighting. There are photos at the visitor center of a young work force. I wondered if he might actually be in one of those photos. I do enjoy that part of the US. My mother was raised on a ranch at Gallatin Gateway, East of town on what is now Yonder Rd, about a mile off Cottonwood. I had not been to MT in 45 years and had never seen the ranch. It was a very rewarding trip. I want it to be an annual excursion. We'll see. Thanks.

Jeff ....
Arkansas City, KS


From: Debbie Lund

Sent: Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:41 PM

Subject: Family Website



I was on the Ballard Family Tree website and I am Gussie Ballard Smith oldest grandchild, Debbie OHern Lund.  My mother is Gussie & Bud Smith oldest daughter, Penny Blanche.  My mom is really into the family history and would have more information on the children of George &

Lillie Ballards and their families.    My grandmother, Gussie, is 88 and will be 89 this year and still going strong.  Her brother, Tom, is the

only other sibling that is still alive.  I believe that you are a granddaughter to my great uncle Forest if I followed everything correctly.  My grandma has talked of him often and she also has the photo of him on his horse, Eagle.  Anyhow, my mom's email is, I will also let her know the name of the website so she can look.  It is very interesting to read all of the family history!!!


Debbie Lund



Reagan ....
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 8:36 PM
Subject: Family Website


Hello Jay,


Thank you for creating this website.  I found some information on my grandmother, Jane Adele Ballard (married name Judd) who was the 11th child of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ballard.  She died this year in her home in Arkansas City, KS surrounded by family of four sons and a dozen or more grandchildren.



"Elizabeth W. "Lizzie" BALLARD
Birth:        January 30, 1878  in St Louis, Jefferson Co., MT
Marriage: Henry Lafayette Cloninger of Gallatin Valley on May 23, 1900
                 Henry was born September 15, 1878 in Missouri & died November 17, 1966
Children:  1) Carrie Mae                born March 31, 1901
                 2) Everett Leslie             born June 11, 1903
                 3) Alton Kenneth "Ken"  born July 6, 1905,
                 4) James Henry              born August 24, 1907
                 5) Daniel                        born October 14, 1909          
                 6) Lowell Frances          born ~1913
                 7) Elizabeth "Betty"        born ~1915
                 8) Dorothy Merle           born ~1917
                 9) Fredrick Wilson         born ~1919
                 10) Wayne Carrol          born ~1921
                 11) Jane Adele               born ~1925  - died 2011"


We were inspired by my grandmother's passing to create our own family tree.  So far there are 50 people added. The hard work will be tracing back through time.  I'm sure you know all about that!


Thanks again,
Reagan .... 



From: Glow Johnson

Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2011 3:50 PM

To: Subject:

Ballard Family Tree


Hello. I am researching my family - likewise to give to my adult children as a gift. I am finding Rebecca Ballard married to Dr. John Henry Woodcock married 1818 in Huntsville, Alabama and then living in Mobile, Alabama 1840 - 1865). Rebecca Ballard( my gg grandmother) is the daughter of Rebecca Taylor and Walter Ballard, Walter being the son of Elizabeth Clopton and William Ballard. These families seem to be from North Carolina and Virginia. John Henry Woodcock (my gg grandfather) (born 1798) seems to be from Pennsylvania. Does this fit into the research that you are completing? Thanking you. Gloria (retired Kindergarten teacher!)


P.S. I did find a picture of a young man around 1934 named "Cousin Lou" on a vacation in Galveston Texas, if that is of any value. Just on the chance.



From: jeff ....

Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 9:19 AM

Subject: Re: Ballard Family Tree Website

Jay: One other correction - Jane Adele birth year was 1924, 06-23. 


From: jeff ....

Sent: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:01 PM

Subject: Ballard Family Tree Website


I am a grandson of Elizabeth Ballard Cloninger. I have visited your website and was so excited to find photos of Lizzie as a young girl and woman. I have a photo of my mother, Jane Adele Cloninger as a toddler with her 10 siblings in front of the log cabin that shows Uncles Will and Fred etal at Radersburg on your website. I would like to add a correction and an addition. Lizzie actually died in Wichita, KS at Jane Cloninger Judd and Kenneth Judd's house while visiting there. Additionally, Jane Adele Cloninger Judd died October 15, 2011 at her home in Arkansas City, KS. I have heard so many stories about the place/names in your site from the time I can first remember, Radersburg, Three Forks, Gallatin Gateway, Bozeman, .... Holler, etc. There is a story Jane told of a murder over a fenceline by one of her uncles up in the Holler. At any rate I so appreciate your effort. Jeff ....


Mon 1/24/2011 8:16 AM


Mary K. Ballard (20 April 1808-30 March 1853)


For many years I have been trying to identify the above inscription which appears in the Fossett Bible which belonged to my GG grandparents, John Fossett and Susan McIntyre. The Fossetts and McIntyres livee in Bristol, Lincoln, Maine.   I am quite sure Mary K. Ballard  was Susan's sister.  Susan and Mary  would be children of Robert McIntyre, born 27 June 1779, and Nancy Russell.

           Alvin F. Gamage, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.