Ann Bodley, formerly Ball

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Ann Bodley (Cary), formerly Ball

Also Known As: "Anne Carew", "Ann Ball", "Anne Bodley"
Birthplace: Bristol, Gloucester, England
Death: June 1611 (46-55)
Bristol, Avon, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Cary, the elder and Joan Cary
Wife of Nicholas Ball, MP and Sir Thomas Bodley, MP
Mother of Elizabeth Ball
Sister of Martha Cary; Christopher Cary; Infant Cary and Martha Cary
Half sister of William Cary, Lord High Sheriff & Mayor of Bristol; Richard Cary, II; Lettice Mellen; Mary Cary, oldest; Mary Cary, younger and 4 others

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About Ann Bodley, formerly Ball


From A Who's Who of Tudor Women

(1564-June 1611) Ann Cary was the daughter of Richard Cary (1515-June 1570), a wealthy Bristol merchant, and Joan Holton. She married Nicholas Ball (d. March 1586), a pilchard merchant of Totnes, Devon, who was M.P. for Totnes in 1584 and mayor in 1586. His house in Totnes is still standing. She is said to have had several children by him, the youngest a daughter, Elizabeth (1585-September 28, 1659). On June 19, 1586, the recently widowed Ann Ball married Thomas Bodley (March 2, 1545-January 29, 1613). Although they had no children, they had a happy marriage that lasted for twenty-four years. Bodley was resident ambassador to the United Provinces from December 1588 until early 1597 and Ann was issued a safe conduct on May 29, 1589 to take ship to join him. It is not clear how long she resided with him in the Hague. Following his return to England, Bodley devoted himself to restoring the university library at Oxford, which opened in 1602. He was knighted in 1604, making Ann Lady Bodley. Biography: Bodley wrote his autobiography in 1608. Portrait: monument in St. Bartholomew-the-Less

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Ann Bodley, formerly Ball's Timeline

Bristol, Gloucester, England
Totnes, Devon, United Kingdom
June 1611
Age 51
Bristol, Avon, England