(Col.) William Ball
b. about 1603 England
d. will dated 15 Oct., 1680, Millenbeck, Lancaster Co.,Virginia
buried: 8 Nov 1680 St Marys White Chapel, Lancaster Co., Virginia
m. Hannah Atherold
2 Jul 1638 London, Eng
b. about 1614/15 (?Wiltshire, England)
d. 25 June 1695
her father: Thomas Atherold, of Stafford Co., England
mother: Mary Vesey
|Children with Hannah Atherold|
|?Richard Ball||b. abt 1646
||d. died young||m. Mary Kensey (dau. of Hugh Kensey)
|Richard Ball#||b. 1639 Eng
||d. 1676-77 Richmond, VA
||m. Elizabeth Linton(dau fo Moses Linton and Mary)
|Capt. William Ball#||b. 2 Jan 1640/4 Eng.
||d. 9/30/1694 in Lancaster Co., VA||1m. Margaret
Williamson 1666 (dau. James Williamson of Rappahannock Co., VA)
2m. Miss Harris of "Bay View". Northumberland Co., VA abt 1674
3m. Margarete Downman 1675 (dau. Rawleigh Downman)
Pres. George Washington)
|b. 25 May1649 Lancaster Co., VA||d. 11 Jun 1711 Oakley, Lancaster, Virginia||1m. Elizabeth Romney
2m. Mrs Mary (Montague) Johnson PA
|Hannah Ball#||b.12 Mar1650||d.||m. Captain David Fox, 22 July1670|
There is still a good deal of debate about the father of William Ball. Joseph Ball Jr., (son of Joseph, grandson of William) apparently did some research on his family while living in England and tracked down a line through available material to a Ball of Barkham and Wokingham in Berkshire, England. The Records that he was using were compromised by the Great Fire of London in 1666 that burned almost 2/3 of the city and many many earlier records. We still have problems filling in the gaps due to this loss. This is line is being challenged by several researchers who say that the correct ancestor of William of Mellenbeck should be a Dr. Richard Ball of London. See the article of Peter Walne under Richard Ball.
Col. William Ball (1615) is one of the 'founding fathers" of
Jamestowne, VA (1607-1670)
[ "Genealogies of Va. Families, Vol 1" : "William & Mary Quarterly] I find this particular statement to be in conflict with his dates of birth. he certainly was not in Jamestown in 1607 and probably didn't arrive here until after 1650. He certainly was an early settler of Virginia on the rappahannock River in St Mary's Parish.
He was a soldier "under Fairfax" and served in the Royal Army and took part in the (English) Civil Wars, remaining true to the Royal standards and serving faithfully under the banners of the ill-fated King Charles. He was probably present at the battles of Naseby and Marston Moor. When the Royal Army was defeated, Colonel Ball lost the greater part of his considerable estates. In company with other Royalists, he fled to Virginia, the most loyal of the king's possessions, and last to surrender to Cromwell's authority.
Colonel William Ball probably had a brother in Virginia. Col. Ball did not apply for a land grant until at least 8 years after arriving in 1650. It is thought that he was waiting out the bad times at home and planned to return with the Stuarts when they were returned to the Throne. He seems, however, to have operated a vessel between England and Virginia during this time. He first appears in the Colonial records as a Merchant, probably a tobacco merchant.
After 1660, Col. William Ball took an active part in the religious, political and social life of Virginia. In 1660, he was a member of a court to make a treaty with the Indians and to establish a boundary for the occupation of land by the white men. He first received the title of Colonel in 1672, the year he was the County Lieutenant of Lancaster. If you held such a rank, you may have earned it as a member of the General Court of Virginia.
This august and aristocratic body was always composed of the class known at that time as 'gentlemen,' men of wealth, family and influence, and whose official station added much to their influence. They, with the Governor, formed the executive council, who dispensed the entire patronage of the colony in the way of official appointment, at the same time that each individual himself was himself commissioned 'Colonel' by Royal authority...The Governor was Lieutenant-General, the Councilors, Lieutenants of Counties with the title of Colonel, and in counties where a Concillor resided, some other person was appointed with rank of Major.
From 1670 until his death in 1680 he was a member of the Burgesses of Lancaster County. He eventually became a planter and on January 18, 1663, received a grant of land on Narrow Neck Creek in Lancaster County. Four years later, he received a joint grant of 1600 acres in the County of Rappahannock on the north side of the river of the same name together with Thomas Chetwood. A few months later he acquired 300 acres of rich bottom land adjoining the estate of Daniel Fox. who later became the Colonel's son-in-law.
He built a beautiful Georgian mansion on his Lancaster County estate, which he named Millenbeck, probably after some place in Warwickshire or Northamptonshire in England. The estate was held for four successive generations by the William Balls and played a prominent part in Virginia's history. "
1657 - William Ball came to the colonies with his family in 1657. He
settled on the Rappahannock River in St Mary's Parish. The "Millenbeck
Plantation" was located near the mouth of the Corotoman River in what
is now Lancaster County, VA.[Diane Curko, VANY -
1650 - There is a rather long and detail history written by Mrs.
Elizabeth Lewis Neale about the St. Mary's White Chapel in Lancaster
County, Virginia. Some of the names connected to this church
include David Fox, Ralaigh Downman, John Washington of Westmoreland
County, as well as a good deal of information on the Ball family.
given by Rawleigh Downman, of
Belle Isle, in 1838. The beautiful circular Communion
railing remains as in olden days, but the brick aisles have been
planked and carpeted, as has the chancel, and fitted up with modern
furniture. The old Communion table is still in the vestry room.
It once stood in the chancel, and was covered with a green velvet cover
with a gilt fringe, and in the center was the Ball coat-of-arms in
bas-relief and done in gilt. This was sold years ago to one of
the Downmans, whose maternal ancestor was a Ball. "
"In the churchyard are a number of old
tombs of massive marble, bearing dates in the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries. Nearly all of the oldes are
inscribed with the name of Ball. The first is David Ball, seventh son of William Ball, Mary Ann Ball,
daughter of Rev. John Betrand, Jesse Ball, Mary Ball, daughter of Edwin
Conway, and James Ball, her husband; Fanny, daughter of Rawleigh
Downman, of Lettuce, third wife of James Ball and daughter of Richard
Lee, of Ditchley.
These names show that this church counted
among her numbers names of old Virginia Aristocrates of the sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries. Among the Churchmen of the eighteenth
century we will mention, Chinn,
Downman, Carter, Ball, Mitchell, Lee, Lewis, Ewell, McCarty, Towles,
Chowning, Sneads, Pierce, Robinson and Chilton. ...
In the corner of the churchyard ... Col. William Ball, who came to this
county from England in 1650, settled at the mouth of Corrotoman
River, bringing his family. He died in 1669, leaving two sons and
one daughter, Hannah, who married
Daniel Fox. William left eight sons. Joseph left no
male issue, but General George
Washington is his grandson by his youngest daughter, Mary.
Mary Ball, grandmother of Washington,
lies buried at "Epping Forest," five miles from the church, and a
handsome oil picture of her adorns the walls of the court-room at
Lancaster, county seat. None of Col. William Ball's children are
buried at the church, but his grandchildren and their
descendants. Joseph Ball
married a Miss Ravenscroft, of England, and settled in
London. He was brother of Mary
Ball, who was the mother of Washington. He only daughter,
Fannie married Raleigh Downman, of Morattico; Fannie, who married Col.
James Ball, of Beaudley, and Mr. Raleigh Downman, of Belle Isle.
" [Lewis pp. 308-312]
1639 - There are opposing theories as to whether Richard born to Wm and Hannah survived. Some have found records of an infant death. Some have found records of Richard marrying. It could be that both are true. I have other families where a child of the same name died as and infant and a later birth was named the same. Not being named in a will as is indicated in the 1680 will does not necessarily mean that Richard was not his son and provided for in some other way or at an earlier time and still living.
1670- 1740 - Various Ball family members served as Burgess of
Lancaster County, VA
1680 , Oct 25 - William Ball writes his last will and testamony.
In the name of God, Amen, I William Ball of ye County of
Lancastr in Rapp being Praised be god in good & pfect health both
of Body and minde doe make and Ordaine this my Last Will and Testament
in Manner and form following (vis) Imp"et I bequeath my Soule to god
Almighty my maker and Creator in full Assurance of ye pardon and
Remission of all my sins Through ye heath & merits of Jesus Christ
my only Savior and Redeemer and my body to ye Earth from Whence it Came
to be Decently Intered and for my Worldly Estate my Just Debts and
funerall Rights first is Charged I giev and Dispose as foll: Item I
giev and Devise my Land and Plantation whereon I Lived Expresst in two
pattents Containing five hundred & forty Acres to my Sone William
Ball and his heirs forever never ye les it is my Will and Pleasure yt
my Loving Wife Hannah Ball be
and Remaine in Full possession thereof together with all housefolde
goods and Servants both Christians and Negrowes wth ye +++ of
Cattle of all kinds Excepting What is pticularly bequeathed out of it
wch never ye less is not to be Delivered till ye +++ of her rights for
and During her natural Life pvided she soe long Remained A Widdow and
therefore it is my Will and pleasure that what shall remain in her
possession be Inventoryed and Vallued by her Selfe and my two Sons
Between them them selves to ge (together) and if She Should Marry
againe She may then Enjow on +++ her pporconable parte according to
Law. Item, for he Other
part of my Estate Consisting Cheifly in Marchantdiseing goods and Debts
it is my will and pleasure ye same alsoe be Inventoried and Vallued as
before and she my s'd Wife Likewise Enjoy one third part thereof and
that ye Remainder togeather with what shall be Over and Above her third
part of household goods servants and Cattle of all Kinds & not
hereby pticularly bequeathed bee Soone After ye termination of her
Right herebby lymitted Devide into five parts three Whereof I give and
Bequeath to my Son Willam Ball
& his heirs forever lymitted Devided into five parts to my Son Joseph Ball & his heirs
forever their part of Marchantdiseing goods & Debts to be forthwth
Delivered. Item, I give
and Devise my land in ye freshes of Rappk Cont'g by pattent 1600 Acres
to my two Sons William and Joseph
and to each of there heires forever to be equally Divided between them
without any Advantage of Survivorshiipp if either of them should decese
before Demission, Item,
I give and Bequeath to my Son William
and his heires my two Negroes Called Tame and Katie his Wife and to my son Joseph and his heires my Negro
Tony and Dinah his wife, the Negro Girle Bess and ye negro boy James to
my wife to Dispose of between my two sons or their Children, and noe
other Wise When her Rights shall Determine Either by Death or
Marryage. Item I
givenunto my two Sons William
and Joseph Whatsoever Either
of them stands Indepted to me upon Acco in my book. Item, I give unto my Daughter
Hannah now ye Wife of Capt David ffox only five shillings Sterling
Which is an Overplus both of her portion and Deserts. Item, I hereby nominate &
Appointe my two sons William and Joseph Executors of
this my Last Will and testament to act together in all things in ye
Ordering and Disposing of ye Estate According to the true Intent and
meaning thereof by a due pformance of ye Severall Exceptions pvisoes
and Limitations therein contained hereby Renouncing all former Wills
& declare this to be my last Will and testament by Witnessing the
same wh, my hand Seale this 5th day of Octr. 1680, and in the 2 and
thirtieth year of our Sovereigne Lord King Charles ye Second.
William Ball (L.)
Sealed and Delivered in presence of us Thomas Everewet, John Mottby, per signo Probat Fuit Humoi Testmt in Cur Com Lancast Decimo Die Novembris Ao Domi 1680 pr Saemt Thomas Everest et John Mottby Jur in Cur. Test John Stretchly Clk. True copy test. Jno Stretchly. [Hayden p. 53-54]
In the name of God, Amen, I Capt Wm
Ball of ye Paarish of ST. Mary's White Almighty God for the same
and considering the frailty of this life being but a blast I doe
make this my Last will and Testament in Manner and form following
hereby revoking and making Void all other will or Wills Formerly by me
made sealed or Published. First I give my soule to God That gave
it me and Commit my body to the Earth to be buried in decent order at
the Discreation of my Executors hereafet named I hope and true
confidence that I shall have a joyful Resurrection at the Last day
through the merrits of my most dear and Precious Redeemer the Lord
Jesus Christ. I give unto my Dr. Wife all and every part of this
two hundred seven acres of land whereon I now Live will all the housing
and appurtenances thereunto belonging and also my mill hereon
standing during her Natural life and also full Power to plant make and
manure for her own use a Plantation if she Please on every other
Paarcel of Land hereafter by me hereby given and then they be under the
tuition ofmy sons William and richar, and that whenever the siad mill
be out of repaire my will is that my asaid sons William Ball and
Richard Ball giev their assistance to mend repaire or new build her and
that they be paid for their paines as the mill earnes it. I give
unto my said sons William Ball and Richard Ball all my tract of Land
Lyeing in this Next to Richard Cundiffs being about nine hundred and
Fifty acres to Equally divided between them Provided they aquit all
their right which they or either of them may Possibly have of in and to
that Divident of Land in Richmond County next above perpetua Creek
being about one thousand acres on whihc my Quarter Plantation now is
unto their two brother Joseph Ball and
George Ball then I doe give unto my said sons William Ball and Richard Ball to them their heirs
forever all and every part of the above said Nine hundred and fifty
acres of Land Lying in this neck next Richard Cundiffs as aforesaid but
if my said two sons William Ball
and Richard Ball molest their two said Brothers Joseph Ball and George Ball in their Quiet
Possession at any time or times hereafter either them or their heirs in
the said one thousand acres of Land at Perpetua Creek where my Quarter
now is that I then do hereby give my
said two sons Joseph Ball and George Ball and their heirs all
and every part and Parcel of that nine Hundred and Fifty acres before
hereby given unto my said two sons
William Ball and Richard Ball as aforesaid. I give unto my two sons Joseph Ball and George Ball
to them and their heirs all and every part and parcel of Devident of
land in Richmond whereon my quarter now is neqr the had of Perpetua
Creek to be Equally Divided between them. I give unto my
four sons (viz) James Ball, David Ball, Streichley Ball and Samuel Ball to them and their heirs
forever all and every part of my uper Devident of Land being sixteen
hundred Acres more or less Lying in Richmond County above Mr James
Harrisons to be equally divided Between them. I give unto my dear
Daughter Margaret Ball to her and her heirs
forever all that and every part and parcell of that Devident whereupn m
mother Lives at the mouth of Corratomon being about three hundred acres
and fifty Acres more to bee laid out of my ajoyning Devident next to
the plantation that James Wood lives on only reserving to my dear one
third part of all the sider made thereon clear of all charge making
cask. I give unot my said son
William Ball a man servt named Luke Dickson and a negro man
named Robin and a negro woman named Dyner and my silver Tumbler and a
Punch cup at mother's when xhe is dead. I give to my son Richard Ball a
man servt called Thomas Alderton and a negro woman called Daoe and
Silver Mustard pott. I give to my dear wife three negroes call
Sambo, Tom and Mary and three English or white servants at my Quarter i
Richmond County Called Robin +++ James Canady and Sarah and a silv er
salt siller, Tankard and Drinking Cup of Silver and which of my Cups
she shall make Choice of. I give to my son James Ball Two slaves
called Dominy and Kate and a boy a girle. I give to my son Joseph a Girle slave call
Nany. I give to my Daughter Margaret Ball two slave called
Sarah. I give unto my
son Samuell Ball a Girle slave called Dolf. The rest of my
white servants and slaves not before hereby given-being Cox Scotch, Tom
Betty and her molatto Child, three negro women called Dolf and Betty
and Bess at Mothers. I give unto my three eldest sons viz William
Ball Richard Ball and James Ball in Consideration that they be at the
charge of bringing up and maintaining their dear Mother. And the
residue of all my Estate whereon had found or being not before hereby
given I give to be equally Devided between my dear children here named James, Joseph, David, George, Margaret,
Stretchley and Samuel after their mothers Decease but my will is
that my dear wife have the use of it all During her Natural Life.
I doe make and ordaine my son William
Ball and my son Richard Ball the Executrs of this my Last will
and Testament and my loving Brothers Capt David Fox and my loving
friens Mr. George Heale and Mr Edwin Conway the overseers of this my
last will and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set
my hand andd Seale this 28th day of September Ao 1694. William Ball,
(Seale) Signed Sealed and Published in Presence of Abraham Taylor,
George Hinch, Edwin Conway. Probat fuit &c Quarto Die No bris
Ao Domi 1694, pr Sacrament Abraham Taylor &c &c Test John
Cop: Test Thos Edwards C L C [Hayden p. 53-54]
In the name of God, Amen, I, Hannah Ball, widow and relict of Coll. William Ball late of the County of Lancaster, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament.
2. I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Hannah, one negro or Mulatto girl named ................, being increase of a negro woman named Bess given unto me by husband, Coll. William Ball.
3. I give and bequeath unto my grandson William Ball one negro woman named Bess.
4. My grandson James Ball.
5. My daughter Hannah Fox and Grandson William Ball executors.
I set my seal in the year of our Lord 1695-June 25.
1698 July to Aug - William Ball, as executor of Capt. Wm. Ball, deceased for a debt, files suit against the estate of Henry Bell and the executor Richard Bell(this sometimes spelled Ball).
1710- William Ball was Appointed Colonel in the Militia by Governor Spotswood.
Coats-of-Arms in Virgnia, "William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Papers," Vol. 1, No. 3. (Jan., 1893), pp. 167-171.
JOSEPH BALL: Will, Lancaster, 1711. Seal bears I.B., and a merchants' mark.
Elizabeth 2d Dauter was Bornd 4h day of Feby 1680 about Sunrise & weighd 11 lbs. Baptzd at St Marys Sunday 15 May Mrs Margaret Ball, Mrs Elizabeth Rogers & Captain Ball standing for her.
Joseph Youngest son born Friday 28 Novr 1690 & Christnd at home on 10th Decr Mr Robt Carter & Mr Joseph Ball Godfathrs & Mrs Judith Carter Godmother.
REGISTER OF ST. JAMES NORTHAN PARISH, GOOCHLAND COUNTY.
John Payne and Anne Chichester, Anne Ball, b. Feb. 16, 1769.
William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Papers, Vol.
1, No. 3. (Jan., 1893), pp. 156-157.
LANCASTER COUNTY RECORDS.
Lancaster County, Virginia Court Records - 1671
"Att a court helde for ye County of Lancaster Nov. ye 8th
Ano Dni 1671 at ye Cort house there
Mr Will Ball Sen Mr Bryan Stott
Mr George Wale Mr Robt Beckenham
Mr Tho. Hayne Mr Will Ball, Jun.
Mr Robt Griggs Mr Tho. Marshall
Mr Dan: Harrison
Itt manifestly appearinge to yis Cort severale of its members
Capt. William Ball and his wife Margaret Williamson had a daughter, Margaret Ball who married Rawleigh Downman. When Rawleigh Downman died Margaret became involved with Rawleigh Chinn. Its hard to tell from the timing but this may have been one of several affairs that Rawleigh Chinn had. Rawleigh's first marriage to Joseph Ball's daughter Esther collapsed and Rawleigh has three illegitimate children with Margaret Ball Downman, Esther's first cousin according to the researchers of the Ball Library. [Ball Library. 12/1/02]
1740- 1743 List of Vestrymen in St. Mary's Parish, before the union of the parishes, from 1739 to 1756, and of both parishes after the union. by David Ball. (minister)
In 1786, Cyrus Griffin is appointed to attend the Episcopal Convention in Richmond, and James Ball to attend the examination of the Rev. Edward Jones at the court-house. For what purpose and of what character that examination was, is not certainly known, but it is believed to have been a kind of trial under a canon of Virginia. Thus ends the vestry-book. [Mead. "Old Church Records of Virginia." Vol. 1 -2. Vol 2 online by Walker, Ruth. "Old Church Records of Virginia." part 2. http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?ball::va::13769.html]
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