Name: Mary Montague
Birth: in England
Death: 1721 1
Little is known of Mary Johnson Ball, the mother of Mary Ball, other than the fact of her
English birth and the supposition that she was descended from the Montagues. She was
a widow with two children, Elizabeth and John Johnson, when she became housekeeper
for Joseph Ball. Many are the romantic fancies that have been woven about her name without
the least fact to support them. That she was good and true and worthy to be the mother of
such a woman as Mary Ball Washington and the grandmother of such a hero as General Washington
is sufficient for us. Her name will live when many of royal blood are forgotten.
After the death of Mr. Ball, Mary Johnson Ball became the wife of Captain Richard Hewes,
a vestrynam of St Stephen's parish, Northumberland, and removed to this parish with her three
children, John and Elizabeth Johnson, and Mary Ball, who had not reached her fifth birthday.
Captain Hewes died in 1713, and she followed him to the other world when Mary Ball was
Her will, which was unearthed by G. W. Beale of more recent years, is dated December 17, 1721.
It was made at St. Stephens parish and mentions Mary Ball, John Johnson, and her daughter,
Elizabeth Bonim (Mrs. Samuel Bonim). John Johnson and George Eskridge are named as executors.
John Johnson did not long survive his mother, for his will was probated on February 22, 1726,
in Westmoreland. He left all that his stepfather had given him in Stafford County to Mary Ball, and
a young dappled-gray riding horse besides. Mary was then just eighteen.
Father: Peter Montague b: 1631 in Nansemond, Suffolk Co, Va
Mother: Maria Minor b: 1642
- Elizabeth Johnson
- John Johnson
Joseph Ball b: 24 MAY 1649 in England
- Mary Ball b: 1708 in "Epping Forest", Lancaster Co, VA
Richard (Captain) Hewes
- Abbrev: "Mount Vernon by Minnie Kendall Lowther
"MOUNT VERNON, ITS CHILDREN, ITS ROMANCES, ITS ALLIED FAMILIES AND MANSIONS" by Minnie Kendall Lowther
(contributed by Marcia Hovenden)