The New England Ball Project - 6 Brothers Myth

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uploaded by Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton on September 7, 2012

Most Ball families in North America have heard that they were related to President George Washington. Highly likely the six brothers legend was created to provide a way for a New England Ball descendant to have a shot at making that connection. By the time of the fable's appearance in the Union Record in 1902 there had been very little New England "Ball" genealogy published (Bradley with his Coat of Arms theory relating Alling Ball to William of VA, Nicholas Ball for the Block Island clan, and some other general compendiums like Bond for Watertown MA and Savage and Farmer summarizing a wider New England area, for example), so the proposition was quite plausible at the time.

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