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.
William Ball, Had eight sons
and a daughter.
Joseph Ball, Born 1649, Died
Hannah Ball, Born 1649, Died 1711,
Married Daniel Fox.
Joseph Ball, 1649-1711 Married Mary Johnson who died 1728 They had two children;
Mary Ball Born 1707 Died 1789 (Mother of George Washington)
Mary Ball, 1707-1789 Married Augustine Washington
22 1732 Died December 14 1799 George Washington married Martha
Dandridge widow of Daniel Parke Custis.
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
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.
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.
Mother of George