After the war he married in Culpeper, but soon moved to Loudoun Co., where he worked as overseer for several years. On Dec. 11, 1788 he was issued a Virginia land warrent for 200 acres in Kentucky, but he did not move to the KY land. Around 1790/91 he moved to Fluvanna Co., VA, where he lived until late 1809, when he and his second wife moved to Nicholas Co., KY. While living in KY, he applied for a pension, which was granted under the Act of 1818, with payment starting 2 Oct. 1818. After the act was revised, William was dropped from the rolls, probably because he owned land. While still a resident of KY, he bought land in Wayne Co., IN, where a son and a son-in-law had moved, but he did not move there until after 1820. Shortly after the move, his second wife died, and he married his third wife in Wayne Co. William Ballenger signed his will 20 March, 1825; it was proved 25 July of the same year. His grave marker is a crudely engraved field stone which we found just recently in the Williamsburg, IN Cemetery - the same cemetery where three of his sons are buried. The cemetery is located only a mile or so from his Wayne Co. farm, but the stone has escaped notice because it is small, and contains only the following information: "W + B/ AE 68 - 1825"



Service: William Ballenger entered service in Culpeper Co., VA and served as a sergeant in the Continental army in the 10th Virginia Regiment which was later "reduced" to the 6th Regiment, because they had lost so many men. William served for exactly 3 years starting 10 Jan. 1777 - with some of the time spent in a hospital, for unknown reasons [smallpox?]. His term of service included the hard winter at Valley Forge.