Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Mary Ball

Female 1708 - 1789  (~ 80 years)


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  • Name Mary Ball  [1
    Born Nov 1708  "Epping Forest", Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 25 Aug 1789  King George County, Virginia now Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Fredericksburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I22506  Tree1
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 

    Father Joseph Ball,   b. 24 May 1649, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1711, "Epping Forest", Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Bennett,   b. 1665, West Chester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1721, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1708  Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14736  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Augustine Washington,   b. 1694, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1743, "Ferry Farm", King George County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1731  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George Gen. Washington,   b. 22 Feb 1732, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1799, Mt Vernon, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     2. Elizabeth "Betty" Washington,   b. 20 Jun 1733, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1797, 'Mill Brook' Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
     3. Samuel Washington,   b. 16 Nov 1734, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1781, Harewood, Berkeley County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)  [natural]
     4. John Augustine Washington,   b. 13 Jan 1736, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1787, Bushfield, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
     5. Charles Washington,   b. 2 May 1738, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1799, Charleston, Jefferson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
     6. Mildred Washington,   b. 21 Jun 1739, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1740, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F14722  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Daughter of Joseph Ball

      Mary was born at "Epping Forest" in Lancaster County, and was left an orphan at the age of 12. Between that time and the day of her marriage to Augustine Washington (when she was 23) she had lived with two prominent Westmoreland County families, the George Eskridges and the Samuel Bonums. George Eskridge, a kindly guardian, was like a real father to Mary and it is believed that she later named her first-born child after him.

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      1654-1800 Westmoreland County, Virginia Wills [Augusta B. Fothergill]; Page 85
      BONAM, SAMUEL, St. Stephen's Parish Northumberland
      Co. 6 Dec. 1726; 22 Feb. 1726/7.
      Son Samuel all my land;
      my bro. Daniel Bonam a ring;
      to Samuel son of George Haydon 1 cow calf;
      my sister in law Mary Ball a riding horse;
      wife Elizabeth and the child she goes with;
      my children to the care of my uncle George Eskridge until of age.

      mm note, SIL is Mary Ball b 1708
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~vastaffo/majorpeterhedgman.htm
      URL title: Major Peter Hedgman
      Note:
      Writing from Ferry Farm, her home in the present County of Stafford, Mrs. Mary Ball Washington (1708-1789), then the widow of Captain Augustine Washington (1694-1743), informed her half-brother, Joseph Ball, Esq., (1689-1760) then residing at Stratford, England, of the situation of some of their relatives. She concludes her letter thus: "Mr. Daniel and his wife and family is well. Cozen Hannah has been married and lost her husband. She had only one child, a boy. Pray give my Love to Sister Ball and Mr. DOWNMAN and his Lady and I am Dear Brother, Your Loving Sister, Mary Washington." The letter was docketed as received on July 2, 1760.
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      James Hughes 2006-05-21 18:36:21
      A Geanealogy of the Glassell Family , Page 79

      In the name of God, Amen. I, Mary Washington, of Fredericksburg, in the county of Spottsylvania, being in good health, but calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, and willing to dispose of what remains of my worldly estate, do make and publish this my last will, recommending my soul into the hands of my Creator, hoping for a remission of all my sins, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind. I dispose of all my worldly estate as follows:

      Imprimis. I give to my son, General George Washington, all my lands on Accokeck Run, in the county of Stafford, and also my negro boy George, to him and his heirs forever; also my best bed, bedstead, and Virginia cloth curtains (the same that stand in my best room), my quilted blue and white quilt and my best dressing glass.

      Item. I give and devise to my son, Charles Washington, my negro man Tom, to him and his assigns forever.

      Item. I give and devise to my daughter, Betty Lewis, my phaeton and bay horse.

      Item. I give and devise to my daughter-in-law, Hannah Washington, my purple cloth cloak, lined with shag.

      Item. I give and devise to my grandson, Corbin Washington, my negro wench, Old Bet, my riding chair, and two black horses, to him and his assigns forever.

      Item. I give and devise to my grandson, Fielding Lewis, my negro man Frederick, to him and his assigns forever; also eight silver teaspoons, half my crockeryware, and the blue and white tea china, walnut bookcase, oval table, one bed, one bed spread, one pr. sheets, one pr. blankets and white cotton counterpaine, two tablecloths, six red leather chairs, half of my pewter, one half of my iron kitchen furniture.

      Item. I give and devise to my grandson, Lawrence Lewis, my negro wench Lydia, to him and his assigns forever.

      Item. I give and devise to my granddaughter, Bettie Carter, my negro woman little Bet, and her future increase, to her and her assigns forever; also my largest looking glass, my walnut writing desk, with drawers, a square dining table, one bed, bedstead, bolster, one pillow, one blanket, and pr. sheets, white Virginia cloth counterpaine and purple curtains, my red and white tea china, teaspoons, and the other half of pewter, crockeryware and the remainder of my kitchen furniture.

      Item. I give to my grandson, George Washington, my next best dressing glass, one bedstead, bed, bolster, one pillow, one pair sheets, one blanket and counterpaine.

      Item. I devise all my wearing apparel to be equally divided between my granddaughters, Betty Carter, Fanny Ball and Milly Washington: but should my daughter, Betty Lewis, fancy any one, two or three articles thereof she is to have them before any division thereof.

      Lastly--I nominate and appoint my said son, Gen. George Washington, executor of this my last will, and as I owe few or no debts, I direct my executor to give no security, nor to appraise my estate; but desire the same may be allotted to my devisees with as little trouble and delay as may be, desiring their acceptance thereof as all the token I now have to give to them of my love for them.

      In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day of May, 1788.

      [SEAL.] MARY WASHINGTON.

      Signed, sealed and published in our presence, and signed by us in the presence of the said Mary Washington at her desire.

      | JAMES MERCER, Witnesses:| JOSEPH WALKER,

      | JOHN FERNEYHOUGH.

      This will is printed in the His. Mag., June, 1866, Vol. X., 196, and a fac-simile, too small to be easily read, is published in the Mag. Am. His. XVII., 192.
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes
      A Geanealogy of the Glassell Family , Page 102
      Note:
      "Rawleigh Downman was married to Frances Ball on Tuesday, the 23d of October, 1750, about half an hour after nine o'clock in ye morning, in Westham Church, by the Rev. Mr. Wyatt, Vicar of Westham, in ye County of Essex." He studied law at the Temple, England. He brought his family to Lanc'r County, Virginia., 1765; lived, died and was buried, with his wife and dau. Millian, at Morattico. The marriage between Mr. and Mrs. D. was strongly opposed by Mr. Ball for some years, but amicable arranged, as the following letter from J. B.'s letter book shows:

      "STRATFORD BY LONDON Jan 16 1749 Mr Rawleigh Downman, Sir, as your affection & my Daughter's for Each other has been so Constant so Long If you think Good to come over hither, I will oppose your Marrying of her no Longer; but upon Condition that you will let her Stay here with her mother as Long as her Mother Lives, who is now in the seventieth year of her age, and very Infirm, and if her Daughter who is her only Child, in whom she is wrapt up should Leave her it would be her Death.

      I am Your hble Servt JOSEPH BALL. To Mr Rawleigh Downman at Mr Wm Downman's upon Rappahannock River, Virginia."

      In a letter, Apr. 2, 1780, from Mr. D. to his son Joseph B., then at the Temple, London, he speaks of his houses in "Ball's Court," London, and states that he had not heard from his son "for three years," owing doubtless to the war then waging.

      Children (DOWNMAN), from the Family Bible:

      145. i. MARGARET,5 "Born on Saturday ye 23d day of Novber 1751. Old stile about half an hour (35 m) after 2 o'clock in the morning and was Christened the 2d of Decber following by the Rev Mr Wyatt. Sponsors Mr Thos. Ravenscroft, Mrs Frances Ball her grand mother and Mrs Atthaws. Died of small pox 30th of March 1758."

      146. ii. SARAH, "born January the first 1754 new stile about a quarter of an hour after 9 o'clock in the Morning and was Baptized the 27th by the Rev Mr Wyatt Sponsors Mr George Goodwin Mrs Eliz Cheslyn & Miss Sarah Newman. Died of Small pox 7th of March 1758 and were both Buried in West Ham Church yard at the East end of the Church."

      + 147. iii. JOSEPH BALL, b. Feb. 20, 1756; d. --; m. Jan. 30, 1779,
      + Olivia Payne.

      148. iv. FRANCES, "born May the fourth, 1758"; m. --, Colonel James Ball, of Bewdley, 127.

      149. v. MILLION, "born May ye third 1760. about two o'clock in ye morning and was Baptized ye 27th following by ye Rev Mr Wyatt. Her sponsors were Mr Wm Cheslyn Junr. Mrs Ball her grand mother, and Mrs How.

      Had the Measles Nov 1761"

      + 150. vi. RAWLEIGH WILLIAM, "born ye tenth of March, 1762"; d. Dec. 24,
      + 1838;

      m. (I.) May 29, 1783, Priscilla Chinn; (II.) March 31, 1814, Cordelia

      Gilmour; (III.) Aug. 15, 1816, Lucy S. Campbell; (IV.) Ang. 19, 1830,

      Eliza Currie.
      ===
      1713-1749 Northumberland County, Virginia Wills-Admin; [Lewis & Booker]; Page 177
      Hewes, Mary, of St. Stephen's Parish
      W. W. 17 December 1720---W. P. 19 July 1721
      Daughter Mary Ball-one negro woman to be purchased for her out of my estate by my executors, and to be delivered to her at the age of eighteen years. If the said Mary Ball should die with-out lawfull issue, the said negro to return to my son John Johnson.
      Daughter Mary Ball-two gold rings, one being a large hoop and the other a stone ring, and one young mare(' formerly gave her the said mare by word of mouth). I also give her sufficient furniture for the bed her father Joseph Ball left her vizt: one suit of good curtains and vallens, one rugg, one quilt, one pair blankets, also two Diaper table cloths marked M.B.,one dozen of Diaper napkins, two towells, six plates, two pewter dishes, two basons, one large iron pott, one frying pan, one old trunk, one young Paceing horse, and a good silk plush side saddle to be purchased by my executors.
      Daughter Elizabeth Bonam-one suit of white and black callicoe, being part of my own wearing apparrel.
      Rest of my wearing apparrel to my daughter Mary Ball, and she to be under the tutlidge of Capt. George Eskridge during her minority.
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      1713-1749 Northumberland County, Virginia Wills-Admin; [Lewis & Booker]; Page 177a
      Johnson, John of St. Stephen's Parish
      W.W. 1 October 1720---W.P. 19 July 1721
      Sister Mary Ball-all my land in Stafford County which my father in law Richard Hewes gave me, to her and the lawfully begott heirs of her body, and for want of such issue to my mother Mary Hewes and her her and assigns.
      Mother Mary Hewes-the rest of my estate, and she to be my sole executrix,
      Witness: Benjamin Bussel, Margaret Mattocks, and David Straughan
      Administration granted George Eskridge, the executrix being dead
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.rootsweb.com/~vastaffo/rentroll1723.htm
      URL title: A Quit Rent Roll of 1723
      Note:
      In 1723 Colonel William Fitzhugh (circa 1685-1713) had been dead ten years. Richard Hews (Hues) died testate in Northumberland County in 1714 and bequeathed this land in Stafford County to his step-son, John Johnson. The latter had also died testate in 1721 and bequeathed the land to his half-sister, Mary Ball (circa 1708-1789) (who married Captain Augustine Washington on March 6, 1731) and in whose name it should have been listed in 1723. By her last will and Testament Mrs. Mary (Ball) Washington bequeathed this 600 acres on Accakeek Creek to her son, General George Washington and some few years later he gave it to his nephew, Robert Lewis, Esq., who sold it. Major Lawrence Washington (1659-1698) by will bequeathed to his only daughter Mildred Washington "all my land in Stafford County, lying upon Hunting Creek... by estimation 2,500 acres to her and her heirs forever." Mildred married John Lewis (169?-1718) and shortly after his death, Colonel Roger Gregory of King and Queen! County and thus this land should have been in the name of Mildred Gregory on the 1723 quit rent roll. In 1726 Colonel and Mrs. Gregory conveyed this property to her brother, Captain Augustine Washington and the Mount Vernon mansion stands upon this tract.
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      1751-1761 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book E; [William Armstrong Crozier];
      June 17, 1752. Lawrence Washington of Fairfax Co., Gent., to his brother, George Washington, of King Geo. Co., Gent. Deed of Gift. All rights, titles, interests, etc., sd. Laurence Washington (as heir at law unto Augustine Washington, late of King Geo. Co., Gent., Decd.), in Lotts Nos. 33, 34 and 40 in the town of Fredericksburg. Witnesses, Mary Washington, Martha Posey, W. Fairfax, Saml. Washington, John Washington, Charles Washington. July 7, 1752.

  • Sources 
    1. [S78] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. III, from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

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