| Background: Records show the Ballard name as having ancient beginnings in Kent, The Ballards owned Sapington Manor from the time of Henry IV , until that of Philip and Mary. Robert Ballard butler of Richard II, received from his sovereign the manor of West Combe. In the reign of Henry VI , Thomas Ballard, of Horton Parva, was one of the sheriffs of Kent. The Ballards of Worcester and Evesham bear on old Worcestershire name, Philip Ballard who Was mayor of Evesham in 1664 was buried in Evesham church in 1670 , Martin Ballard was mayor of the same town in 1676. The mayor of Worcester in 1723 was William Ballard. Ballard is an ancient English name that was represented six centuries ago in Cambridgeshire, Hunts and other counties including Kent.
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