RELATION TO GEORGE WASHINGTON

 

 

 

     We are related to George Washington through his mother Mary Ball,  William Ball of Wilshire England had six sons;  one was Alling (our ancestor). Another brother was Col. William Ball,  who settled in St. Mary’s Parish, Lancaster Co. Virginia.  William Married Hannah Atherald of London, England.  They had four children.

 

Richard Ball

 

William Ball,   Had eight sons and a daughter.

 

Joseph Ball,  Born 1649,  Died  1711

 

Hannah Ball,  Born 1649,  Died 1711,  Married Daniel Fox.

 

 

 

Joseph Ball,  1649-1711    Married Mary Johnson who died 1728    They had two children;

 

Joseph Ball

 

Mary Ball  Born 1707  Died 1789 (Mother of George Washington)

 

 

 

Mary Ball,  1707-1789  Married Augustine Washington  1730 

 

George Washington,  Born February 22 1732  Died December 14 1799  George Washington married Martha Dandridge  widow of   Daniel Parke Custis.

 

 

 

MARY BALL

 

     The love story of the mother of George Washington.  Mary Ball who afterward became the mother of George Washington was born early in the eighteen century,  her parents having emigrated to this country from England only a few years earlier.  Her girlhood was not materially different from that of the average pioneer child in the wilderness,  and spinning  and the other arts which she learned were  such as were acquired  also by her playmates.   The marriage of miss Ball to Augustine Washington attracted not a little attention in the countryside for  two reasons,  the age of the bride and the fact that the groom was a widower.  In those days marriage were usually contracted when the girls were mere children,  and the bride of  24  was naturally looked upon as an exception to custom. The engagement of Mary and Augustine was of short duration and the spring wedding which followed was one of the events of the year in Virginias social life.  There was no bridal tour, but instead the young couple journeyed to the estate of the bridegroom ,which enjoyed the distinction of being the largest  Plantation in  Westmorland County.  It is only fair, of course, to presume that the bride was beautiful,  but we have also the authority for is of an old letter, the writer of which designates her as the comeliest maiden, she knows,  and grows very enthusiastic in expressions of admiration for her flaxen hair, blue eyes and cheeks, like May blossoms.  Nor was the love story of the Virginia maiden devoid of the always, desired tinge of romance, for the tradition has it that the dashing Augustine gained a realization of her charms as she nursed him back to health after he had been seriously injured by the upsetting of the carriage before home of his future bride. 

The friendship inaugurated on that  interested occasion speedily ripened  into mutual love.   Relieved of her husband when George  was but eleven years of age and with four younger children to be cared for,  she discharged the responsibilities thus sadly devoted upon her with scrupulous fidelity and firmness.

 

 

 

 

Mary Ball,  Mother of George  Washington.