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BALLARD, Bland, pioneer, born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 16 October 1761; died in Shelby County, Kentucky, 5 September 1853. When eighteen years old he joined a band of emigrants to Kentucky, then the battleground of advancing civilization, and was prominent in the Indian warfare of the time. As a major of Kentucky volunteers he led an expedition against the British and Indians at the River Raisin, in Michigan, in 1814, where he was wounded and taken prisoner. He was for several terms a member of the Kentucky legislature. Ballard County, Kentucky, and Blandville, its capital, commemorate his services during the early history of the state.
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