Individual Details

Esther Hester Ballard

(1632 - 1717)

Esther Ballard sailed from London to New England in 1635, on the James with a younger brother and their parents. She was 2 years old in 1635. The family lived first in Massachusetts. At about age 18 Esther married Joseph Jenckes in Providence, RI on Nov 6, 1652. On this, her marriage day, Esther was one of 4 people fined for wearing silver or silver lace- really. She was probably dressed up for wedding and wearing a pretty silver necklace, maybe given to her by her mom. In the early days of New England wearing silver was a crime for plain citizens, those making less than 200 pounds , odd but true. Esther and Joseph had at least three children, one of them Joseph Jenckes, future long term Gov'r of Rhode Island.


ArrivalJuly 13, 1635on the James
MarriageNovember 30, 1652Rhode Island, British America - Joseph Jenckes
CivilNovember 30, 1652Fined for wearing silver lace
Death1717Pawtucket, British America
BurialPawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, United States


SpouseJoseph Jenckes (1632 - 1717)
ChildJoseph Jenckes (1656 - 1740)
ChildElizabeth Jenckes (1658 - 1740)
ChildWilliam Jenckes (1675 - 1765)
ChildNathaniel Jenckes (1663 - 1723)
ChildJoanna Jenckes (1672 - 1756)
FatherWilliam Ballard (1603 - 1639)
MotherElizabeth Unknown Ballard (1609 - 1695)