William Ballard LENOIR (1775-1852)
HOUSE, 11th General Assembly, 1815-17; representing Roane County. Born in Wilkes County, N.C., Sept. 1, 1775; son of Gen. William and Ann (BALLARD) LENOIR. As to schooling, described as having "all the advantageous possible in that day." Married in 1802 to Elizabeth AVERY, daughter of Waightstill AVERY and wife who had been Mrs. FRANKS.; children--Albert Sobieski, Louise Caroline, Isaac Thomas, Leah Adeline, Myra Ann, William, Waightstill Avery, Walter Franklin, Elizabeth Martha, Benjamin Ballard, Israel Pickens, and Julia J. Came to Tennessee in 1810 and settled in portion of Roane County which later was included in Loudon County; acquired an estate of five thousand acres on which Lenoir City grew up; engaged in farming, milling, surveying, and manufacture of cotton yarns. Appointed a trustee of East Tennessee College, Knoxville, Knox County, 1820. Justice of the peace; surveyor for state in Hiwassee District; appointed postmaster at Lenoir City, by President James Madison and held post until death. Member Baptist Church. Died in Roane County Dec. 14, 1852; buried in family graveyard, Lenoir City. Father of Isaac Thomas LENOIR, sometime member of Tenn. General Assembly.
Sources: Lenoir, History of Sweetwater Valley, 182-98, 370-71; Wells, History of Roane County, 235; Hickerson, Happy Valley, 165, 161; Loudon County Tombstone Records, 100; University of Tennessee Record, I (1898), pp. 100, 248.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Tennessee State Library and Archives.