Col. William BALL
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He was an Immigrant to VA in 1647 or 57. He owned Millenbreck Estate in Lancaster Co. VA on Rappahannock River. He was a member of Burgesses of Lancaster Co, a soldier under Sir Thomas Fairfax; a Major, then a Col. Commander of his county by Royal Authority. He was also a presiding magistrate.

His wife Hannah ATHERALL ( also seen as ATHEROLD was born in 1619 in London, Middlesex CO., England. She died 25 June 1695 Millenbeck, Lancaster, VA. She was the daughter of Thomas ATHEROLD and Mary HARVEY. Hannah and William were married 2 July 1638 in London, London, England.

There has been much debate about his English Ancestry.

Ancestral File Number: 9GSH-ZS

William Ball the immigrant was in Virginia by 1653. In 1663 he patented 300 acres in Narrow Neck (now called Ball Point) on the west side of Corrotoman River. He was a Col. of militia, a chief justice of the county court, and a Burgess. Settled at mouth of Corrotoman River, Lancaster Co. VA. Appears on land records 30 Sep 1667, as Major Wm. Ball. In March 1675 Col. William Ball of Lancaster Co. VA was employed by the Virginia Assembly to impress men, houses, etc. for defense of the colony against the Indians. Born ca 1615. Probably educated in London, Eng., and studied law there. Nothing is known of his early life. Based on a letter written by a Ball family member, Hayden believed he married 2 Jul 1638 in London.
He was spoken as a soldier in 'Cheshire Visitation', under Fairfax. There is evidence that he served in Royal Army in Civil Wars under Charles III. He was present at the battles of Naseby and Marston Moor. In defeat he lost the greater part of his estates, and fled to Virginia ca 1650 after the death of Charles III.
1650 - to Virginia.
16__ - he operated vessel 'Merchant' between England and Virginia.
1658 - 7 Dec, exec. of est . of John Edwards, by whom he was given power to sell, and gave share in ship 'Susan', and to make returns to Spencer Pigott of Duke's Place, London.
16__ - He probably was a tobacco merchant transporting it to England and selling it there.
1660 - Member of council to make treaty with the Indians and set boundary of white mans' settlement.
1661 - His name was still in Northumberland Co. (Eng.?) records as merchant.
1663 - 18 Jan grant, Narrow Neck Creek, Lancaster Co., Va.,
1667 - He was a Major. With Thomas Chetwood received grant of 1600 acres in Rappahannock Co., on North side of the Rappahannock River. A few months later received grant of 300 acres adjoining Daniel Fox (this was rich cotton land).
16__ -In Lancaster Co., Va., built ' Millenbeck', which was probably named after some place in Warwickshire or North Hamptonshire.
16__ - He made many trips to London as was common for planters versed in business. He went to London to sell his neighbors tobacco.
1672 - Col. was active in Lancaster Co., Va., administration. 19 Mar paid as Co. Lt. for Lancaster Co., 500 lbs. of tobacco.
1675-77 - Lancaster Co., Va., was given various commissions.
1675-76 - 28 Mar, he and Lt. Col. John Carter lead defense against Nathaniel Bacon.
16__ - Presiding member of various courts.
1677 - 14 Aug, with neighbor John Washington urged people to tax to put down Bacon.
1670-80 - Member of Burgesses of Lancaster Co.
1680 - He died Nov at 'Millenbeck'.

His will dated 15 Oct 1680, proved Nov 1680. ( His wife lived at 'Millenbeck' with son William, she died 1695, will was dated 25 Jun 1695. He was a Warden of Christ Church, Lancaster Co., Church of England. At the time of his death he owned 2000 acres in Lancaster and Rappa Counties. 'Millenbeck' comprised 540 acres.

Colonel William Ball (1615) and Hannah Atherall (Atherold)
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 daughter 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 with 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 ii 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, 16777, 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.

Washington by Earl L. W. Heck, published and sold by Sydney
Wm. Dutton, 103, Newgate Street, London, E. C.1. MCMXXVIII,
(on file at National Genealogical Society Library, 4527 17th
Street North, Arlington, VA)

Will of William Ball
In the name of God, Amen, I William Ball of ye County of Lancaster in Rapp. being, Praised be God, in good & perfect health both of body and mind doe make & Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and form following (vis) Imp'et I bequeath my Soul to God Almighty my maker and Creator in his Assurance of ye pardon and Remission of all my sins through ye death & merits of Jesus Christ my Savior & Redeemer and my body to ye Earth from when it Came to be Decently Interned and for my Worldly Estate my just Debts & final Rights first is Charged I give & Dispose as follows:

Item. I give and Devise my Land & Plantation whereon I Live, Express in two patterns containing 540 acres to my Son William Ball and his heirs forever never ye less it is my will & Pleasure that my loving wife Hannah Ball be & remain in full possession thereof together with all household goods & Servants both Christians & Negroes with ye............of Cattle of all kind excepting what is particularly bequeathed out of which never ye less not to be delivered till ye.....of her rights for & during her natural life provided she so long remain a widow and therefore it is my will and pleasure that what shall remain in her possession be inventoried & valued by herself & my two sons between them themselves to be [together?] and if she should marry again She may then enjoy on her aportionable parts according to Law.

Item, For ye Other part of my Estate Consisting Chiefly in Merchandising goods & Debts it is my Will and Pleasure ye same also be Inventoried & valued as before and that she my s'd wife Likewise enjoy 1/3 part thereafter and that ye remainder together with what shall be over and above her 3rd part of household goods, servants & cattle of all kinds & Not hereby particularly bequeathed be soon after ye termination of her right thereby limited divided into parts, there where of I give and bequeath to my Son William Ball and his heirs forever & ye other two parts to my son Joseph Ball & his heirs forever their part of merchandising goods & Depts to be forthwith Delivered.

Item, I give and Devise my land in ye freshes of Rappk. Cont'g by patent 1600 acres to my two sons William and Joseph and to each to their heirs forever to be equally Divided between them without any Advantage of Survivorship if either of them should decease before Demission.

Item, I give and Bequeath to my son William and his heirs my two negroes Called Tame & Katie and his wife & to my son Joseph and his heirs my negroes Tony & Dinah his wife, the Negro Girl & her Negro boy James to my wife to dispose of between my two sons of their Children & noe otherwise when her rights shall Determine Either by death or Marriage.

Item, I give unto my sons William and Joseph Whatsoever Either of them stands indepted to me upon Acco. in my book.

Item, I hereby nominate & Appointe my two sons William and Joseph Executors of this my Last Will and Testament to act together in all things in ye Ordering and disposing of ye Estate according to the true Intent and meaning thereof by a due performance of ye Several Exceptions pvisoes and Limitations therein contained hereby Renouncing all former Wills & declare this to be my last Will and testament by Witnessing the same wh, my hand

Seale this 5th day of Octr. 1680, and in the 2 and thirtieth year of our Sovereigne Lord King Charles ye Second.


From the book, Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock & Essex Co VA page 15. Library of Congress number F232 .E7 W5 1983x is the following information. "1673 Capt. WM BALL Lancaster County, married Margaret, dau of James Williamson Book D no. 5 page 289." (actual date is 26 Mar 1673) This is further proven by her will and also an article in the William and Mary Quarterly on the Williamson and Rossier families. Will was written 6 FEb 1697 and she died, 9 Feb 1708/1709.

1. William BALL Colonel was born in 1615 in London England. He immigrated in 1657 to Rappahannock River, VA. He died in Nov 1680 in Millenbeck, Lancaster Co, VA. He signed a will on 25 Jun 1695 in Millenbeck, Lancaster Co VA. He has Ancestor Chart number 50-02/60-04. He was buried in Millenbeck, Lancaster Co VA. Immigrated about 1650 after Charles I death. Hardy page 30 says, 'Col William Ball, came to the Colony in 1657; he was a descendant of William Ball, Lord of the manor of Barkham, who died in 1480' He was married to Hannah ATHEROLD (daughter of Thomas ATHEROLD and Mary HARVEY) on 2 Jul 1638 in London, England. Hannah ATHEROLD was born in 1616 in Burgh, Suffolk, England. She died on 25 Jun 1695 in Millenbeck, Lancaster Co, VA. She has Ancestor Chart number 50-03/60-05. She was buried in Millenbeck, Lancaster Co VA. William BALL Colonel and Hannah ATHEROLD had the following children:
+2 i. Richard BALL.
+3 ii. William BALL Captain.
+4 iii. Joseph BALL Colonel.
+5 iv. Hannah BALL.