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  • ID: I1514
  • Name: William Ball
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1615 in Wokingham, England 1
  • Death: 11/ / 1680 in Millenbeck, Lancaster Co, VA
  • Note:
    Colonel William Ball (1615) Born in England and educated
    in or about London. Evidence shows that he was married
    July 2, 1638, to Miss Hannah Atherall or Atherold, the daugher
    of Thomas Atherold. He probably left England soon after the
    death of King Charles I., about 1650. He had studied law in
    England, and later interpreted the principles of Common Law
    for fellow Virginia colonists. 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. He 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 when the Stuarts 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,
    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 is 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 Councillor resided, some other person was
    appointed with rank of Major." (Introduction to Vo. I. Calendar Papers,
    by Palmer) It is probable that Colonel was not a member of the General
    Court, since his name does not appear as a member of the General
    Court, but, was a Colonel of Foot or Horse and not County Lieutenant.
    He was doubtless Presiding Magistrate and Colonel Commander of the
    County. He served on various committees in Lancaster County from
    1675-7. He was presiding member of various courts held in Lancaster
    County. On March 28, 1675-6 he and Lieutenant-Colonel John Carter
    were empowered by the General Assembly of Virginia to mobilize
    men and horses to defend the colony against Indians. Their leader
    was Nathaniel Bacon. On August 14, 1677, he was present at a meeting
    to discuss taxes being imposed by the General Assembly to put down
    Bacon's rebellion. 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 Narrrow
    Neck Creek in Lancaster County. Four years (apparently after promotion
    to Major) 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. The estate was held for
    four successive generations by William Balls and played a
    prominent part in Virginia history. Colonel Ball was a zealous
    supporter of the Virginia branch of the Church of England. He and
    John Washington were wardens of Christ Church, Lancaster County.

    Taken from article by Anne Moeller (
    appearing in RootsWeb, quoting from book by Earl L.W. Heck,
    ": COLONEL WILLIAM BALL of VIRGINIA The Great-Grandfather
    of Washington " as provided by "Larry Chesebro,"

    Ida J. Lee, _Abstracts of Lancaster County, VA, Wills 1653-1800_
    (Baltimore, 1973), p. 6: "Ball, William. Will. 5 Oct. 1680. Rec. 11 Nov.
    1680. To son Wm. Ball, my plantation, 2 patents of 540 acres. Wife
    Hannah; son Joseph Ball Patent of 1600 acres in Rappa. Co., Dau. Hannah,
    wife of Capt. David Fox only 5 shillings sterling, which is an
    overpayment both of her portion and deserts. Extrs. Sons William and
    Joseph. Wits. Thos. Everest, Jno. Mottly. W.B. 5, p. 70." Capt. William
    Ball II calls David Fox "brother" in his will 1694.
    Source of Will reference: Kathleen Much

    Father: William Ball b: in Wiltshire, England
    Mother: Dorthy Tuttle

    Marriage 1 Hannah Atherold b: 1615
    • Married: 2 JUL 1638 in London, England 1
    1. Has Children William (Capt) Ball b: 2 JUN 1641 in England
    2. Has No Children Richard Ball
    3. Has Children Joseph Ball b: 24 MAY 1649 in England
    4. Has No Children Hannah Ball b: 12 MAR 1650 in England

    1. Abbrev: Genealogy of Southern Families, Ancestry Database
      Genealogy of Southern Families, Ancestry Database
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