A Guide to the Ball Family Genealogical Chart, n.d. Ball Family Genealogical Chart OM 005

A Guide to the Ball Family Genealogical Chart, n.d.

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Thomas Balch Library
Collection Number OM 005


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Repository
Thomas Balch Library
Accession number
OM 005
Title
Ball Family Genealogical Chart n.d.
Extent
3 items
Collector
Gary Slaughter, Knoxville MD
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains three charts of various sizes depicting genealogies of several Ball families.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open for research

Use Restrictions

See alternate formats.

Preferred Citation

Ball Family Genealogical Chart (OM 005), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

Gary Slaughter, Knoxville MD

Alternative Form Available

here is a use copy of the largest of the three manuscripts.

Accruals

1993.0003

Biographical Information

Several Ball lines existed in and around Virginia in America's early days. While it is nearly certain that the several lines all have English roots, they did not all come from the same colonist, or even the same family.

The most prominent line is that of Colonel William Ball I (1615-1680) of London, England who immigrated with his wife Hannah Atherold (d, 1695) and two of their three children, Joseph (b. 1649), and Hannah (b. 1650), in 1650 and settled in Lancaster County, VA as planters and eventually merchants. Colonel William II (1641-1694) was only nine when he and his parents left for the colonies. Colonel William I, Hannah, and their three children continued to live, work, and thrive in Northern, VA for several generations becoming one of the leading families in America's early years.

Confusion exists between the location of William I's home and that of his son, William II. They both died in Lancaster County, VA. It is believed William I had settled at the mouth of the Corotoman River in Lancaster County, VA by 1663. William II is usually associated with the Millenbeck estate on the Rappahannock River in Rappahannock County, VA.

Colonel Burgess Ball (1749-1800) was the great great grandson of Colonel William Ball I, and a resident of Leesburg VA. He was also an aide-de-camp to General Washington in the Revolutionary War. Washington's mother was a granddaughter of Colonel William I. Besides the Washingtons, the Balls intermarried with other families in and around Virginia. Hannah, the eldest daughter of Colonel William I, married Captain David Fox (1647-1669). The Foxes were a prominent family in 17th and 18th century Virginia. Other families include the Conways, Taylors, Taliaferros, and Chinns.

Captain Alling Ball of New Haven, CT and his wife Dorothy (d. 1690) whose name appears on the William Ball chart are hard to place in relation to William Ball I. Some sources decided they must be brothers though little or no evidence is given. The same mystery exists between Francis Ball (d. 1648) and William Ball I. Furthermore, conclusive evidence is yet to be found linking Alling and Francis Ball in any sort of kinship. Whether or not he had brothers in the colonies, the descendents of William Ball I were the most well-known and studied.

Another line is that of Edward (d. 1726) and Kezia Ball. Less is known about Edward and his family except for the names and some dates of their 13 children who appear on his family pedigree.

James Ball and his wife Ann (Nancy) (d.1822) were the founders of another Ball line. They resided in Fauquier County, VA where they leased land on which to build a home, and raise their ten children. James was an apple farmer by trade; his orchard stood on the same piece of property. Sheltial Ball (1780-1836), James and Nancy's fourth child and first son was the first of the family to settle in St. Louis County, MO in 1834. A year later, Sheltial's brother, James Jr. (1787-1852) followed him to Missouri as did their younger sister Nancy (1792-1855) with her husband, William Ellis. John Ball (1790-1838) with his wife Elizabeth Ellis (1790-1852) ended up in St. Louis County, MO probably around this same time though their date of arrival is uncertain. The rest of James and Nancy's children remained in or around Fauquier County, VA.

John (1670-1722) and Winifred Ball were of Stafford County, VA. Their son Moses Ball Sr. (1717-1792) settled in Fairfax County, VA. Moses Ball Sr.'s children and grandchildren eventually made their way to Southwest Virginia. His son, Moses Ball Jr., settled in Hawkins County, Tennessee, while others of the family established roots in Kentucky.

Scope and Content

This collection contains three charts of various sizes depicting genealogies of several Ball families. All of them are fraying and yellowing around the edges. All three charts are hand printed, the smaller two on onion skin paper, while the largest is on card stock. There is also a copy of the William Ball chart in the collection.

The William Ball chart begins with Colonel William Ball I and traces his progeny down to 8 generations. Captain Alling Ball and Francis Ball appear at the top of the chart though the connection between any of the three is doubtful.

The Edward Ball chart records two distinct Ball lines with no apparent relation between the two. The first line begins with the family of Edward (d. 1726) and Kezia Ball and their thirteen children. Five more generations from the children are recorded.

The second line begins with James Ball and ends with his grandchildren. Confusion exists regarding his birth and death dates; some sources indicate 1744-1784, while others claim 1754-1794. This James Ball does appear, however, on the William Ball chart mentioned above. On that chart his father is not recorded but his uncles, William and James Ball, are. Additionally, James' descendents down to several generations are recorded on the William Ball chart.

The John Ball chart spans ten generations. The latest family member is Elizabeth Ball (b. 1932), in the line of George Ball of the third generation from John Ball.

Adjunct Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Ball Family Genealogical Chart (OM 005), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Ball: Genealogy and Family History. Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Ball, Helen, compiler. The Burgess Ball Family of Loudoun County, VA. Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Ball, Palmer R., compiler. The Ball Family of Southwest Virginia: Genealogy of Some of the Descendants of Moses Ball of Fairfax County. Virginia: The Cumberlandcrafters, 1933.

Hayden, Rev. Horace Edwin. Virginia Genealogies. Pennsylvania: Wilkes-Barre, 1891. Reprint, Baltimore: Clearfield Company, 1992.

Genealogies of Virginia Families. Vol. 1. "Taylor's Quarterly: Historical and Genealogical Magazine." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1981.

Family Search: Family and Genealogy Research, www.familysearch.org.


Other Finding Aid

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Other Finding Aid

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Bibliography

Ball Family Genealogical Chart (OM 005), Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Ball: Genealogy and Family History. Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Ball, Helen, compiler. The Burgess Ball Family of Loudoun County, VA. Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

Ball, Palmer R., compiler. The Ball Family of Southwest Virginia: Genealogy of Some of the Descendants of Moses Ball of Fairfax County. Virginia: The Cumberlandcrafters, 1933.

Hayden, Rev. Horace Edwin. Virginia Genealogies. Pennsylvania: Wilkes-Barre, 1891. Reprint, Baltimore: Clearfield Company, 1992.

Genealogies of Virginia Families. Vol. 1. "Taylor's Quarterly: Historical and Genealogical Magazine." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1981.

Family Search: Family and Genealogy Research, www.familysearch.org.


Contents List

Oversized Box 1
  • Folder 1: Ball Family Genealogical Chart, Copy of the William Ball chart, 3 rolled charts