Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties
Gerrard BallBef 1688 - Aft 1762 (> 76 years)
Name Gerrard Ball Birth Bef 1688 Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Gender Male Death Aft 1762 Anne Arundel County, Maryland Person ID I70690 Tree1 Last Modified 24 Mar 2023
Father Unknown Ball, b. Bef 1664 d. Bef 1691, Westmoreland County, Virginia (Age < 27 years) Relationship natural Mother Female King, b. Abt 1668, Stafford County, Virginia Relationship natural Family ID F28529 Group Sheet | Family Chart
1691-1692 Westmoreland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1 [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 29 [25 June 1691]
Robt. King on behalf·and as 'prochein amy to ·Gerrard Ball infant vs Jno. Landman. (in Chancery). Mr. Ross informs the Court that King and·Landman have agreed between themselves that the suite bee dismist for that Landman assumed to enter into bond with sureties on Saturday come fourtnight to deliver what he has of the orphan's estate mentioned in King's bill.
VIRGINIA NORTHERN NECK LAND GRANTS 1694-1742 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray, 1987 Genealogical Publishing Co. Baltimore
3-214; Thomas Dodson died seized of 200 A. in Westmoreland Co. Granted John Hull 8 oct 1650. Edward ffranklin and Ralph Spellman of said Co. presented to Escheat by Peticon to R't Hon'ble Thomas Lord Culpeper Barron of Thorsway then Gov. of Virginia; 23 Aug 1680. No Grant obtained but ffranklin and Spellman sold to Robert King of said Co. who by Will. 25 Sept 1693, gave to Robert Ball and Gerrard Ball of Westmoreland Co. Certficate by James Westcomb Cl'k of said Co. Grant to Robert and Gerrard Ball. On Potowmack R. adj. John Earle ..... 1708
1703-1705 Westmoreland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 4 [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 243A
William Smith did sweare that he had good right to claime lands for the importation of four persons into this Colony, Gerrard Ball, Agnes Robinson, Tho. Fitzgerrald, Tho. Fitzharris, and assigned them to Mr. George Eskridge.
=== Research notes from Edward White
WD 3-378-80 11/13/1705, red 11/28/1705 Gerrard Ball of Md. To Robert Sparrow of Westmoreland "100 acres in Cople Parish, part of a patent granted to William Walker, late of this county, deceased, and by the last will and testament bequeathed to WILLIAM WALKER his son who sold 100 acres to Samuel Earle" who sold to Thomas Duran whose will passed it to Ball. "[B]ounden by land of William Bayly being part of the said patent, on the land of Robert Bennett and William Garland and on the head of Blyses' Creek . . ." [This is the same land sold to Earle by Walker in 1672. A later deed on 7/7/1706 indicate it passed to Richard Hap[r]wood.]
1701-1707 Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds-Wills No. 3; [Antient Press]; Page 378-80. 13 Nov. 1705.
Gerrard Ball of the Province of Maryland to Robert Sparrow of Westmoreland County. For a valuable consideration.
100 acres in Cople Parish, part of a patent granted to William Walker late of this county, deceased, and by the last will and testament of William Walker bequeathed to William Walker his son who sold 100 acres to Samuel Earle and the land was by Saml. Earle sold unto Thomas Duran[t] and by Duran by his last will and testament  bequeathed unto Ball ... bounden on the land of William Bayly being part of the said patent, on the land of Robert Bennet and William Garland and on the head of Blises' Creek
Wit: James Grahame, James Lamkin.
28 Nov. 1705. Acknowledged by Gerrard Ball.
1707-1709 Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds-Wills No. 4; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 201-04. 4 March 1708 . Gerrard Ball of Maryland to George Eskridge of Westmoreland County. For £76 sterling. 100 acres, one half of a patent granted to John Hull 8 Oct. 1650 which 200 acres was by deed from the Proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia granted to Robert Ball and Gerrard Ball as escheat from Thomas Dodson 20 Jan. 1708 ... the said 100 acres being the uppermost part of the 200 acres ... bounded by the lowermost part in the possession of Robert and lands now in the possession of Jeremiah Garland, the lands of John Critcher and James Coleman.
Wit: Robert Sparrow, Robert Ball, James Coleman.
27 April 1709. Acknowledged by Robert Ball by virtue of a power of attorney from his brother Gerrard Ball.
4 March 1708 . Gerrard Ball of Maryland appoint my brother Robt. Ball my attorney to acknowledge deed of 100 acres unto George Eskridge.
Wit: Robert Sparrow, James Coleman.
27 April 1709. Proved by the witnesses.
1707-1709 Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds-Wills No. 4; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 204-07. 9 [29?] March 1709. Robert Ball of Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, to George Eskridge of same. For 3500 pounds of tobacco. 100 acres in Yeocomico Neck now in the possession of Thomas Jenkins ... westerly on a branch of a creek that issueth out of Yeocomico formerly called Ward's Creek ... southerly on a gutt commonly called the Indian Cabin cove and the land formerly in the possession of Nathl. Garland, easterly on the land late of Richard Holding, northerly on the land of Thomas Bonam now in the occupation of John King.
Wit: James Coleman, Thos: Bonam.
29 March 1709. Seizin delivered to George Eskridge.
27 April 1709. Acknowledged by Robert Ball. Danl. McCarty by virtue of a power of attorney from Sarah Ball relinquished her right of dower.
29 March 1709. Sarah Ball, wife of Robert Ball of Cople
Parish, Westmoreland County, appoint Mr. Danl. McCarty my attorney to acknowledge my title of dower of 100 acres to
Wit: James Coleman, Thos. Bonam.
29 April 1709. Proved by the witnesses.
1723-1726 Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds & Will Book 8, Part 1 [Antient Press]; Page 5
IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen I ROBERT BALL of Cople Parish in Westmoreland County in the Colony of Virginia being desirous to settle my affaires in order before I leace this world. & finding myself to draw near my expected time being sick and weak of body but of sound & perfect mind & memory praised be God for it, do make this my last Will & Testament utterly revokeing makeing void & of none effect all other Wills by me formerly made, ratifieing & confirming this & no other to he my last Will & Testament in manner & form following, First of all, having thro the meritts & mediation of every blessed Redeemer made my peace with God, I recommend my Soul into the hands of its wise Creator and comitt my body to the ground to be decently buried and as touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased the Lord to bestow upon me. I bequeath & dispose of as followeth
Imprs, My Will & desire is that all & singular my just debts be paid & satisfied by my Exrs hereafter named
Item, I give & bequeath unto my Son, ROBERT BALL, all my Land & Dwelling House in YEOCOMOCO NECK to him & his heires & assignes for ever, but in case he dies before he comes of age, to my Son, GEORGE BALL, to him and his heires for ever
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son. GEORGE BALL, two thousand pounds of tc,haccc. to be paid out of my- Estate when ne comes at age by my Executor.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son, EMANUEL BALL, one feather bed & furniture, Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son, GERRARD BALL, one two year old Heifer
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter. SARAH BALL. one feather bod & furniture. All the rest of my movable Estate, I give & bequeath unto my dear and loving Wife and my two Children. DANIEL & BENONI BALL and the Child she is bigg with if born alive to be equally divided amongst them.
Item I give and bequeath unto RALPH ELSTON my new Kersey Coat & Breeches
And Lastly. I nominate & appoint my Brother. GERRARD BALL in MARYLAND, my full sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. whom I desire to take the charge & care of my three Sons, ROBERT, GEORGE and EMANUEL & bring them up till they arrive to the age of eighteen years. In case my Brother refuses to take them, my desire is that they may be bound to some trade by an Order of Court. My will & desire is that my Plantacon be not worked with more than two or three labouring hands. In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seal this Twenty Ninth day of May Anno Dmi. 1723
Signed Seal'd & declared in the presence of
JOHN CRUTCHER ROBERT BALL
RALPH ELSTON. SAMUEL EARLE JUNR,
Westmoreland ss, At a Court held for the said County the 27th day of November 1723 This last Will & Testament of ROBERT BALL was presented in Court by GERRARD BALL.. his Executor. and being proved by the Oaths of the wittnesses thereto is admitted to Record. And the Probate or the Administracon &c. referrId to a further consultation thereon to be had by the Court
Test THO: SORRELL, Cl
Recordat nono die Xbris, 1723.
1723-1726 Westmoreland County, Virginia Deeds & Will Book 8, Part 1 [Antient Press]; Page 17
Westmoreland ss, At a Court held for the said County the 27th day of May 1724
Upon the mocon of GEORGE ESERIDGE, Gentl. Administracon with the Will annexed of ROBERT BALL is granted the said ESKRIDGE, GERRARD BALL, the Exr. living on the Eastern Shoar and not being willing to undertake the burthen of the execucon thereof.; And SARAH, Relict of the said ROBERT, not moving for such administracon as is above menconed
Test THO: SORRELL, Cl
Recordat 8th die Juny 1724
Dr. William Fisher 3.81 A Page 2274.0.0 £308.5.8 Jul 11 1720
of Anne Arundel County.
List of debts: Joseph Chew, John Constant, Madam Rachell Smith, Samuell Maccubin, John Goldsberry, Jeremiah Chapman, Richard Hall, Thomas Ratclif, ElisabethPearce, Nehemiah Brikhead, Sr., Gerrard Hopkins, Elisabeth Hutchins, Sr.,Abraham Brikhead, Edward Reynolds, Thomas Richardson, John Powell, Franciss Tayler, John Hutton, Thomas Lingan, Mr. Edward Butler (dead), Edward Carter, Hennry Eden, John Chalk, James Mauldin, Marry 'tenth, William Deale, Jacob Holland, John Scriviner, Thomas Stocket, Richard Rake, John Brooks, WilliamGardiner, Madam Dorothy Smith, John Stewart, John Darumple, Robertt Gott (in the swamp), Christopher Vernon, Francis Wilkinson, Madam Sarah Hall, James Dorsey, Ann Demillion, Gerrard Ball, Hennry Chew, Francis Hollondshead, William Grace, Richard Scrivener, William Harry, Josiah Willson, Jr. (executor of Josiah Willson Sr.), Jacob Holland, John Hutton, John Lang, Francis Neighbours, Jacob Duhaduway.
Payments to: Daniell Dulany for Job Mathews (apothecary in London), Daniell Dulany, Samuell Harrison, Ellias Roberts, Robert Solliers, John Giles (planter), William Chapman for Mr. Phill. Smith (merchant in London), Turner Wooten, Thomas White, John Cooke, Pattrick Sympson, Edward Mobberly, John Giles (merchant at West River), Robertt Franklin.
Executor: William Smith.
William Fisher (chyrurgeon) 6.22 A AA Jul 10 1724
Received from: William Nickolls, Gerrard Ball, seaborn Tucker, John Ward, RobertWells, John Walters, Daniel Brown, John Anderson, Daniel Mackee on account of John Cragg (dead), Peter Febitor, Henry Attwood, James Stone, William Kidd,
Executor: William Smith.
Job Hunt 18.234 A CA £503.9.0 £32.10.3 Jul 6 1741
Received from: Joseph Adams (merchant in London).
Payments to: Edward Reynolds, Thomas Reynolds, William Black (merchant in London), Gerrard Ball, Dr. Johns, Thomas Wilkinson, John Prindewell, Richard Branscomb, John Williams, Thomas Rhodes, Benjamin Johns, Daniel Dulany, Esq.
Administrators: Sarah Hunt (Quaker), Job Hunt (Quaker).
Thomas Holland 20.65 A CA £1565.16.1 £401.13.8 Feb 29 1743
The amount of the accounts also included #17061.
Received from: Hugh Taylor.
Payments to: Dr. John Hambleton, Thomas Wells, Philip Holt paid to John Holt, John Gordon, Thomas Ireland, Jr. & Co., Richard Bennett, Esq. paid to Daniel Dulany, Esq. in part of deceased's bond with Mr. William Holland, Francis Holland, Richard Chew per Gerrard Ball paid to Sarah Benson Bond, Mr. John Wardrop per William Rogers paid to Richard Stallings, Michael. Linchfield, Mr. Samuel Smith (of Anne Arundel County) paid to John Dowell, Commissioners of
Loan Office, Francis Holland for a legacy left him by his grandfather Col. William Holland.
Executrix: Sarah Freeland, wife of Robert Freeland.
John Elliot Browne 20.499 A AA £387.2.2 £280.10.4 Nov 3 1744
The amount of the inventory also included #4560. The amount of the accounts also
Received from: Charles Rogers.
Payments to: Gerrard Ball, William Chapman, William Simmons, Edward Thirsby, Dr. John Hamilton, William Fisher, George Simmons, John Galloway, Eacharia Maccubbin, Rev. Mr. Peter Tushan per Rev. Mr. Jacob Henderson, David Weems, Ephraim Cover, Loan Office paid by George Simmons.
Administratrix: Elisabeth Browne (widow).
http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=214&last=&g_p=G3&co llection=NN Grant
Title Ball, Robert.
Publication 10 December 1708.
Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
Note Location: Westmoreland County.
Grantee(s): Ball, Robert and Ball, Gerrard.
Description: 200 acres escheat land. Formerly granted to John Hull, dated Octr. 8th, 1650. Abutting north and etly. upon Potomac River &c.
Source: Northern Neck Grants No. 3, 1703-1710, p. 214 (Reel 288).
VA NN Grants 3, p. 214
Library of Virginia Digital Collection:
Land Office Grants, Northern Neck Series
Marguritte Lady Culpeper Thomas Lord ffairfax and Catherine his Wife Proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia To all to whom this Present Writing shall come Send Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting Whereas Robert Ball & Gerrard Ball of ye County of Westmoreland have set forth to our .... that Thomas Dodson Dycd Seiz'd of two hundred Acres of Land in ye sa: County first Granted to John Hull by patent dated ye 8th: day of October 1650 And left no heirs behind him nor did Dispose thereof by Will whereupon ye same Escheats to us ye sd: proprietors which sd: Land upon ye Death of ye sd: Dodson was .... Edward ffranklin & Ralph Spellman of ye sd: County presented to Escheat as appears by their peticon To ye Rt: Hon:ble Thomas Lord Culpeper Barron of Thorsway ye then Gov[ernor] of Virg[inia] dated ye 23d day of August 1680 And thereupon an Inquisicon found but no grant Ever Obtain'd for ye same since ye Date of ye sd: Peticon but by ye sd: ffranklin & Spellman Sold & Assign'd to Robert King of ye sd: County Who by his last Will in Writing dated ye 25th: day of Sept: 1693 Gove ye sd: Land to the said Robert & Gerrard Ball whereupon a Certificate according to ye Rules of ye Office Issued to make ye same publick w:ch being Return'd w:th Endorsmt: under the hand of James Westcomb Clk of ye sd: County Certifying that ye same was Duly published And no p[er]son appearing to Dispute ye Title to ye sd: Escheat And ye sd: Robert Ball & Gerrard Ball having moved to be preferr'd to our Grant for ye same Know Yee therefore that we for & in Consideracon of ye Composicon to us paid & the Annuall Rent hereafter Reserved Have Granted made over & Confirmed & by these p[re]sents Do Grant make over & Confirm unto the said Robert Ball & Gerrard Ball all our Right Title Interest Claim & Demand of in & to ye sd: two hundred Acres of Land to us belonging or appertaining by Virtue of ye sd: Escheat the sd: Land Scituate Lying & being in ye County of Westmoreland Aforesd: And Bounded According to ye sd: Patent as followeth Vizt Abutting North & Easterly upon Patowmack River Southerly upon a Marsh or pond of Water Westerly into ye Main Woods, North West upon ye Land of John Earle Together With all Rights Members & Appurtenances thereunto belonging Royall Mines Excepted And the Full third part of all Lead Copper Tinn Coals & Iron Mines that shall be found thereon To have and to Hold the sd: two hundred Acres of Land Together with all Rights Profitts & Benefitts to ye same belonging or in any wise appertaining Except before Excepted To them the said Robert Ball & Gerrard Ball their Heirs & Assignes for Ever They the sd: Robert Ball & Gerrard Ball their heirs & Assigns therefore Yielding and Paying to us our heirs And Assignes Or to the Certain Attorney or Attorneys of Us ye sd: Propriet[or]s Or to ye Certain Attorney or Attorneys Of Our Heirs and Assignes Propriet[or]s of ye sd: Northern Neck Yearly & every Year on ye ffeast of St: Michaell the Arch Angell ye ffee Rent of one Shilling Sterling Money for Every fifty Acres of Land hereby Granted Provided That if the sd: Robert Ball & Gerrard Ball their Heirs & Assignes shall not pay the before reserved Annuall Rent so that the Same or any part thereof shall be behind or unpaid by the space of two whole Years after the same Shall become due if Lawfully Demanded that then it Shall & may be Lawfull for us our heirs & Assignes Certain Attorneys or Agents into ye above Granted p[re]mises to ReEnter & hold ye same so as if this Grant had never Passed. Given at our Office in Lancaster County within our sd: Proprietory under our Seale Witness our Agent and Attorney fully Authoriz'd thereto Dated the ____ day of ____ in the Seventh Year of ye Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne by ye Grace of God of England Scotland ffrance & Ireland Queen Defend:r of the ffaith &c. Annoq... Dom:... 1708.
Robert Ball & Gerrard Ball their Escheat Deed for 200 Acres of Land in Westmoreland County