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Winifred Lawrence (Williams)

Also Known As: "Ball"
Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Charles, Maryland
Death: 1751 (57-65)
Stafford or Fairfax, VA, United States
Place of Burial: Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Williams and Ann Williams
Wife of John Ball, of Stafford & Fairfax and Benjamin Lawrence
Mother of Thomas Ball; George Ball; Sinah Ball; John Ball, II; Moses Ball, Sr. and 5 others
Sister of Margaret Williams

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About Winifred Lawrence

Winifred was a young Welsh heiress who inherited more than 1,000 acres of land and as estate valued at almost 3,000 lbs. when her father died in 1703, which would have been desirable to any prospective husband since marriageable young women were scarce in colonial America. Winifred was Catholic like her father, and wealthy. Since there was so much discrimination against Catholics at that time, both in Maryland and Virginia, marriage to a Catholic would have been a matter of security as well as a personal preference.

John and Winifred (Williams) Ball married 9 Mar 1713/4

Notes for Winifred Williams: Abt.1695 her father received patents on 200 acres of land in Charles Co., MD. across the Potomac river from her residence in VA that she and John later sold. Young Welsh heiress Winifred Williams was the daughter of William Williams of Lanterman, Charles Co., MD. He was a native of Wales.


Children of John Ball, I & Sinah:

  • v. Mary Ball, b. Abt. 1698; m. John Jackson.
  • vi. Dinah (Sinah) Ball , b. 1704.
  • vii. Martha, b. 1708.
  • viii. Ann Ball, b. 1712; m. Samuel Haws.
  • ix. Thomas Ball, b. 1703


Childdren of John Ball, I & Winifred Williams:

•5. Ann Ball 1712-after 1722 (inherited 590 acres, with her sister Martha, on both sides of Piney Branch) •6. John Ball II 1714-1766 m. Elizabeth Payne, Margaret Williams (inherited his father's dwelling plantation and all his land on south side of Great Hunting Creek) •7. Moses Ball 1717-1792 m. Nancy Ann Brashears (inherited all the land, plantation and water mill on the north side of Great Hunting Creek) •8. George Ball 1720-1801 m. Keziah Ann Hanson (inherited the remainder of the tract, including 2 plantations, that James Ball was living on) Moved to Ewing, Lee Co VA.

On March 9, 1714 Winifred Williams Ball and John Ball sold land in Charles County, Maryland, that had previously belonged to Winifred's father, William Williams Jr. This suggests that Ann Williams, mother of Winifred who handled her husband's estate, had probably died by then.

From her husband's Will: "I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife all my Estate but what is already given, after all my honest and lawful debts be paid, to which all my stock off cattle and all my stock of horses and mares and all my household stuff of what sort soever and all my Tobacco both at home and abroad and all my debts both of Tobacco and Moneys belonging to or appertaining to me, as witness my hand and seal this 14th day of August in the year of our Lord 1722. I doe appoint my loving and dear wife Winifred Ball my lawful and whole executrix of this my last will and testament and I do desire captain Simon Peirson to assist my wife in her Executorship." Signed John Ball. Probate 14 Nov 1722 Stafford Co., VA.

In 1723, Winifred Ball (widow) conveyed 106 acres on Dogue Run to George Mason. This was land she had inherited from her father, William Williams. In 1741, Winifred Lawrence and Moses Ball (son of John Ball I) of Truro Parish, Prince William Co (later Fairfax Co) leased 30 acres of land to John West

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Winifred Lawrence's Timeline

Charles, Maryland
Age 13
Hunting Creek, Fairfax County, Province of Virginia
Age 19
Stafford County, Virginia, United States
Age 24
Stafford County, Province of Virginia
Age 24
May 2, 1717
Age 27
Stafford County, Province of Virginia
Age 29
Stafford, Virginia
Age 30
Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
Age 32
Stafford County, Virginia, United States