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Joseph Ball, Sr.

Birthplace: Virginia
Death: Died in Northumberland, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. William Ball of Millenbeck; Margaret Ball and Margaret Downman
Husband of Mary Ball; Mary Ball and Mary Mottram
Father of Mary Ball; Joseph Ball, Jr., Col; William Ball; Spencer Ball; Richard Ball and 2 others
Brother of Richard Ball, of Lancaster, VA; John Ball; Richard Ball, of Lancaster, VA; Margaret Downman Chinn (Ball); Col. William Ball, of "Millenbeck" and 5 others
Half brother of Col. William Ball, of "Millenbeck"

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About Joseph Ball, Sr.

Joseph Ball

  • Born Oct 15, 1680 VA
  • Died Sep 11, 1721 Northumberland Co. VA
  • Parents: William Ball of Millenbeck, Margaret Williamson
  • Married: Mary Spencer


Joseph Ball became guardian of Sydney Mottrom, son of Spencer Mottrom, 1671-1698?, and younger brother of the wife, Mary, of Joseph's son, Spencer Ball.

Joseph's uncle, Joseph Ball, 1649-1711, son of William Ball, had a daughter Mary with his second wife. This daughter, Mary Ball, 1708-1789, was President George Washington's mother.


The Joseph Ball who married Mary Spencer was the older Joseph's nephew. The young Joseph's grandfather, Col. Wm. Ball and Mary Spencer's father, Col. Nicholas Spencer were quite good friends. For a long time I confused the two Joseph's until last summer when I visited Northumberland Co., Virginia. The records show that between the Washington's and the descendants of Joseph Ball & Mary Spencer there was a second cousin relationship. Hope this helps


  1. Church, Randolph W., Asst. Reference Librarian, Library of the University of Virginia, undated Report of the contents of the Fox Family Bible, on library letterhead, typed circa 1933, Fox Family Collection no. 3262, box 1888.
  2. "Mottrom-Wright-Spencer-Ariss-Buckner," Wm. & Mary Coll. Quarterly Hist. Mag., ser. 1, 17:53-59, 1908.
  3. Hayden, Horace E., "Ball Family", Virginia Genealogies...., Wilkes-Barre PA, 1891, p.65-66.
  4. McKenzie, Colonial Families of the United States, 2:43-44.
  5. William & Mary Coll. Quart. Hist. Mag., 1s21:103, 1912-13.
  6. Lewis of Warner Hall: The History of a Family. Page 795. "Ball Family."


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Joseph Ball, Sr.'s Timeline

October 15, 1680
October 16, 1680
Lancaster, Virginia
Age 27
March 10, 1713
Age 32
September 11, 1721
Age 40
Northumberland, Virginia
June 7, 1927
Age 40
June 8, 1927
Age 40
January 14, 1983
Age 40