Family:Joseph Ball and Mary Unknown (1)

Facts and Events
Marriage[1] Abt 1707 Lancaster, Virginia, United States
24 Dec 1713 Virginia, USA
27 Jun 1716 Virginia, USA
14 Aug 1747 Virginia, USA
24 Dec 1789 Virginia, USA
29 Jul 1723 Virginia, USA

There has been considerable discussion regarding the identity of the second wife of Col. Joseph Ball. She has been identified as Mary MONTAGUE (i.e. the "Widow Mary Johnson") on various sites throughout the internet, but based upon a thorough investigation by the "House of Montague" Society, this appears to be in error. It appears more likely that Joseph Ball's second wife was a Mary Bennett. Refer to the talk page on Joseph Ball for a complete detailing of the sources and rationale for this issue.

From "Seldens of Virginia vol 1", from

9 COL. JOSEPH2 BALL (William1) was born in England, May 24, or 25, 1649. He came with his parents to Virginia in infancy. His estate was in Lancaster County, and was called "Epping Forest." He married, first, it is stated in England, about 1675, Elizabeth Rogers, or Romney, daughter of William Romney of London. She may have been a widow. She died prior to 1703. His second wife was Mary Johnson, a widow, of Lancaster County, Virginia, whom he married 1707-08. She was born in England and died in Lancaster County, Virginia. Her daughter, Mary Ball, was the mother of General Washington. Colonel Joseph Ball was a man of prominence in Lancaster County, a lieutenant, colonel, and vestryman of the church. He died at his estate, "Epping Forest," in June, 1711. His will is dated the 25th of that month, and was probated July 11 of the same year.

  Children (by first wife): 
 i  Hannah, married Raleigh Travers. 
ii  Elizabeth, married Rev. John Carnagie. 

iii Esther, married, before 1703, Raleigh Chinn; died

iv  Anne, married Col. Edwin Conway. 
 v  Joseph, born in Virginia, March 11, 1689; married 
    December 3, 1709, Frances Ravenscroft; died January 
    10, 1760. 
 (by second wife): 
vi  Mary, born 1707-08: married March 6, 1730, Augustine 
    Washington (see Washington Family, No. 3); 
    died August 25, 1789, aged eighty-two.
  1. Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009), p. 1.

    Grandparents of George Washington through daughter Mary. Joseph Ball, m. c. 1707-8 (post 6 Feb 1707) to Mrs. Mary (___) Johnson, very likiely she was the Mary Bennett of West Chester, England who m. William Johnson of Norwich, Middlesex Co., Va. 10 Feb 1688/9 and was prob. a near kinswoman of a Thomas Bennett of WEstmoreland Co., living 1738/9.