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BALLARD Burial
« on: Sunday 26 August 18 20:49 BST (UK) »

Seeking any information regarding the death/burial of James Alderton BALLARD.  I don't know his birth/baptism details, but he married in Gorleston in 1797 and had nine children between 1797 and 1812.

His will was written in September 1817 and probate was granted in November 1822.  His will refers to him as "mariner" of Gorleston.

I'm just returning to my research on this individual after a gap of a good many years and have found some (very!) rough notes in my file to the effect that he may have been serving on board the revenue cutter HMS Ranger which went down with all 29 crew off Happisburgh on 13th October 1822.  My notes show a burial date of 22nd October 1822 - but no location - and that his eldest son (also James Alderton BALLARD) may also have been a member of the crew.  Unfortunately, I don't have a note of any sources for the above!

If anyone can help, I would be most grateful.

Pennie
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Re: BALLARD Burial
« Reply #1 on: Monday 27 August 18 03:46 BST (UK) »
I can't help with a burial, however this article about the destruction of the Ranger states that the first mate was "Mr Bellard" (also called "Mr Ballard" later in the article). One of the survivors (there were 8 in all who were not actually on the boat when it broke apart) was Joseph BALLARD.

Norfolk Chronicle, Saturday, October 19, 1822, Vol. LIII, Issue 2744, p.3

The article is quite long so I won't transcribe it, but I could send you a copy if you don't have access.

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Re: BALLARD Burial
« Reply #2 on: Monday 27 August 18 03:58 BST (UK) »
This may be the source of your information -

"BALLARD - on the 8th inst., at Gorleston, Suffolk, aged 85, Mary, relict of the late James Ballard, Esq., who with his son, and the greater part of the crew, were drowned in the month of October, 1822, by the sinking of the "Ranger" Revenue Cutter, off Hasbro' - a tremendous gale blowing at the time."

Norfolk News, Saturday, July 19, 1862

Also printed in the Norfolk Chronicle, Saturday, July 19, 1862

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Re: BALLARD Burial
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 28 August 18 17:50 BST (UK) »
Thanks so much for all that.  I'm not sure whether that was my original source for my notes, but I've managed to find online and print a copy of the Norfolk Chronicle article - makes fascinating and sad reading.

Actually, quite a sad story.  James BALLARD had four sons and five daughters.  His first two sons (both baptised as James Alderton BALLARD) died in infancy and so the third one was given the same name (James was obviously desperate for a son to carry on the family name), then father and son die in the same tragedy

Interestingly, the Alderton and Ballard names have been carried on down the family - my 2xgreat-uncle was James Alderton Ballard SYRETT!

Many thanks again for your help - and still hoping to locate James's burial.

Pennie
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