Bland Ballard Chapter

Eminence, Kentucky

Gertrude Sewell, Regent

Wanda Perkins, Vice Regent

Wanda Perkins, Chaplain

Virginia Bryant Ford Petrey, Recording Secretary

Virginia Bryant Ford Petrey, Corresponding Secretary

Rose Helen Douglas Murry, Treasurer

Carla Gerding, Registrar



Updated January 12, 2019

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With love of country and pride in ancestry, twelve patriotic women of Henry County, on August 1, 1923, organized the Bland Ballard Chapter NSDAR, thus to link the past and present. The name Bland Ballard was chosen to honor the name of one of Kentucky's real heroes, one who gave his life so that Americans might be free, and that Kentucky might become a peaceful state instead of an Indian hunting ground.


Bland Ballard was a sergeant in the Revolutionary War and was massacred by the Indians at a fort on Tick Creek in 1788.


The organizing Regent was Mrs. Justice Price and the State Regent was Mrs. William K. Rhodes. Mrs. Price almost doubled the membership the first year.


One of the first outstanding patriotic acts of the chapter was to unveil a marker near the spot, on Tick Creek, where Bland Ballard and others were massacred. Six direct descendants were present at the unveiling of the marker, including Mrs. Sara Hayden Gaines, then 83 years old, and a great-great-granddaughter of Bland Ballard.