(Col.) William Ball
(#3 in Hayden)
b. 2 Jan/June 1641 England*(*Hayden had two different dates)
d. Sep. 30, 1694, Millenbeck, Lancaster Co.,Virginia
buried: St Marys White Chapel, Lancaster Co., Virginia
?1m. Margaret Williamson
1666 (family tradition but debated by Hayden)
b. about 1645 Bay View, Northumberland, VA
d. 25 June 1695
dau. of James Williamson, of Rappahannock Co., VA (debated by Hayden)
2m. Miss Harris, of "Bay View", abt 1674 (this date
doesn't make sense)
3m. Margaret Downman, 1675
(this date doesn't make sense)
her father: Rawleigh Downman
|Capt. William Ball #6
||b. 12 Spt 1676 Lancaster, VA#
||d. Mar 1744-5
will date. Aug. 14, 1744#
|m. Hannah Heale (Hayden wrote Beale) (d. before 1744)#
|Richard Ball||b. abt 1677#
||m. Sarah Young#
|James Ball||b. 1678 Stafford Co., VA#
||d. Oct 13, 1754
||1m. Elizabeth Howson 15 Jun 1699#
2m. Mary (Conway) Dangerfield 16 Apr 1707 (dau. of Ed. Conway)#
3m. Mary Anne (Betrand) Ballandine 25 Apr. 1742#
||b. 15 Oct 1680#
||d. 11 Sep 1721
||1m. Mary Spencer#
|George Ball||b. 1683 Lancaster Co., VA#
||d. 8 Sep 1746
2m. Grace Waddy#
|Samuel Ball||b. 26 Sep 1686#||d.1751||m. 25 Nov. 1717 Ann Taylor#
|?Margarete Ball||b. 12 Mar16||d.||m. #not listed in the will
|David Ball||b. Sept 26, 1686#
||d. s. p. 14 Dec, 1732
||1m. Mary ______
2m. Ellen Heale 29 May 1727
|Stretchley Ball||b. 1690 White Chapel, Lancaster, VA#
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 Rappahandock 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 wih 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 Northamptionshire 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 Rappahandock 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 - http://www.vanygenealogy.com/ball.htm]
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
Bible was 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]
1670- 1740 - Various Ball family members served as Burgess of
Lancaster County, VA
1680 , Oct 25 - William Ball Sr. writes his last will and testamony.
"In the name of God, Amen, I William Ball of ye County of Lancaster in Rapp. being, Praised be God, in good & perfect health both of Body and Minde doe make & 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 his Assurance of ye pardon and Remission of all my sins through ye death & merits of Jesus Christ my Savior & Redeemer and my body to ye Earth from when it Came to be Decently Intered and for my Worldly Estate my just Debts & final Rights first is Charged I give & Dispose as foll:
Item. I give and Devise
my Land & Plantation whereon I Live, Express in two pattens
containing five hundred forty acres to my Sone William Ball
and his heirs forever never ye less it is my will & Pleasure
yt my loving wife Hannah Ball be & Remaine in full
possession thereof together with all household goods &
Servants both Christians & Negrowes with ye............of
Cattle of all Kinda excepting what is pticularly bequeathed out
of wch never ye less not to be Delivered till
ye....................of her rights for & During her natural
life provided she soe long Remaine a Widdow and therefore it is
my will and pleasure that what shall remaine in her possession
be Inventoryed & Valued by her Selfe & my two sons
between them themselves to ge [together?] and if She Should
Marry againe She may then Enjoy on her pporionable parts
according to Law.
Item, For ye Other part of my Estate Consisting Chiefly in Merchandiseing goods & Debts it is my Will and Pleasure ye same alsoe be Inventoryed & Valued as before and that she my s'd wife Likewise enjoy 1/3 part thereafter and that ye Remainder, together with what shall be Over and above her 3rd part of household goods, servants & Cattle of all Kinds & Not hereby pticularly bequeathed bee soone After ye termination of her Right thereby lymitted Divided into parts, there whereof I give and bequeath to my Son William Ball and his heirs forever & ye other two parts to my son Joseph Ball & his heirs forever their part of Marchantdizeing goods & Depts to be forthwith Delivered. Item, I give and Devise my land in ye freshes of Rappk. Cont'g by patent 1600 acres to my two sons William and Joseph and to each to their heirs forever to be equally Divided between them wihtout any Advantage of Survivorship if either of them should decese before Demission. Item, I give and Bequeath to my son William and his heirs my two negroes Called Tame & Katie and his Wife & to my sone Joseph and his heirs my negro Tony & Dinah his wife, the Negro Girle & her negro boy James to my wife to dispose of between my two sons of their Children & noe other wise when her Rights shall Determine Either by death or Marryage. Item, I give unto my sons William and Joseph Whatsoever Either of them stands indepted to me upon Acco. in my book.
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 Several 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.
ed. note: It is interesting to me that he is Willing a good number of negroe slaves and "white servants" These are probably indentured servants who still own a debt for passage. This is the first instance I've seen this kind of inheritance. Inheriting slaves continues until 1865.
white servants included 6: Luke Dickson, Thomas Alderton, Cox Scotch, Robin +++, James Casady and Sarah
negro slaves included 21: Robin, Dyner (f), Dadoe(f)Samo, Tom, Mary, Dominy, Kate(f), + another boy and "girlie", Nany(f), Jack, Poll(f), Hannah(f), Betty(f), Tom, Betty(f), mulatto child, Coll(f), Betty2(f), Bess(f).
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 illegitimite 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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