Ballentine Family

First Generation

George Ballentine was born about 1635, and died about 1702. He is mentioned in Lower Norfolk Co. court record book C, p. 55, 4 Feb. 1652/53, as "George Valentine servant of Christopher Burrow decd. having three more years to serve". By June, 1662 he had married Frances Yates, daughter of John and Joan Yates, and widow of Richard Markham. John Yates was a ship's carpenter, and was in Lower Norfolk County by 1636. Frances had married Richard Markham in 1657, but was left a widow with a baby son, John Markham, at Richard's death in 1660.

Second Generation

Children of George Ballentine and Frances Yates
Frances Ballentine (ca. 1664-1720) m. Henry Deale
George Ballentine (ca. 1663-1733), wife's name unknown
Thomas Ballentine m. Sarah ??
William Ballentine m. Elizabeth??
John Ballentine (?-1733)
Alexander Ballentine (?-1715) m. Margaret ??
Richard Ballentine
Daniel Ballentine (?-ca. 1753)
David Ballentine (?-1753), wife's name unknown
Mary Ballentine (?-ca. 1736) m. Roger Hodges (?-1716)
Dorothy Ballentine m. John Creekmore (?-ca. 1711)

Third Generation

Children of George Ballentine Jr. and his wife
George Ballentine
Mary Ballentine m. ?? Deale
Frances Ballentine m. Samuel Cherry
Susan Ballentine m. ?? Bishop
Dorothy Ballentine m. ?? Tucker


Children of David Ballentine and his wife
Paul Ballentine (?-1754) m. Ann Cawson
David Ballentine
Peter Ballentine
Samuel Ballentine
Mary Ballentine m. ?? Deford

Note: I have no proof yet that the Paul Ballentine who is named as David's son in his will is the same Paul Ballentine who married Ann Cawson. The dates are reasonable, i.e. David was old enough to have a son who was married in 1736. David's will leaves a parcel of land to his son Samuel, and use of his "houses and land and plantation not before given away" to his son David and then to his heirs, but if David Jr. were to die without issue, then this land goes to David Sr's son Peter. There is a further contingency that if Peter also dies without issue, then this land goes to Samuel. Thus neither David Jr. nor Peter has a family yet. In contrast, their brother Paul receives no land and seemingly a token inheritance of 20 shillings cash, suggesting to me that Paul may already have married and received his share of the family land some years earlier. There are of course alternative explanations, and it is possible that the Paul Ballentine who married Ann Cawson is a different person altogether. However, I have found no evidence as yet for another Ballentine family in this area of the age of George Ballentine Sr., and I suspect that my Paul is therefore George's grandson in any case.

Fourth Generation

Children of Paul Ballentine and Ann Cawson
Jonas Ballentine
Abigail Ballentine
Kezia Ballentine
Ann Ballentine
Betty Ballentine
Paul Ballentine
Church Ballentine (1752-1804) m. Julia Fleming (1752-1823)

Fifth Generation

Children of Church Ballentine and Julia Fleming
Margaret Ballentine (1783-1869) m. 1) Jesse Sikes, 2) Maximilian Cuthrell (1793-1883)
Mason Ballentine (1786-1808); Mayson in at least one record
Mary Ballentine (1789-1815)
Cawson Fleming Ballentine (1792-?)
Ann Ballentine (1794-?) m. William Hobday

Was Julia Fleming's mother a Mason or Mayson? This family liked to use family surnames as given names, and I haven't found any links between the Mason family of Norfolk and the Ballentines that look promising. I haven't been able to find Julia's parents yet, and I am therefore wondering if Mason Ballentine got his name from her ancestors.

Church and Julia married in Southampton Co. VA on 5 Sep 1782, but I haven't found any other documentation to tie them to that county. There is a hint of a connection to a Fleming family in Gloucester Co. VA, however. Can anyone help me with this?

I also have no information on Margaret's first husband, Jesse Sikes. They married in Norfolk in 1804. What happened to him? Did they have children?


Collection of Unrecorded Wills, Norfolk Co VA 1711-1800, compiled and published by Elizabeth B. Wingo

Alice Granbery Walter chart, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Family Ties, LDS Pedigree File no. 1202 and no. 1203

Norfolk VA marriage bonds

Mary Eliza Chinn Brown's family Bible

Additional Resources

Becky Bonner's home page also has connections to this family

as does the home page of George Ballentine

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Elizabeth Harris,