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Mary Ball Washington, born Mary Ball (November 30, 1708 – August 26, 1789), was the second wife of Augustine Washington, a planter in Virginia, and the mother of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and five other children.
- "Epping Forest" was a not place name until 1843, decades after the death of Mary Ball, and long after her birthplace had passed out of the Ball family. It is not even clear whether she ever stepped foot in Lancaster County after she was a mere toddler. She was raised by her guardian George Eskridge in Westmoreland County, which is where she most likely met her husband, Augustine Washington, and probably where she was married. It is thought she named her son George after her guardian, George Eskridge. Eskridge was a prominent attorney and Burgess. She was not married in Lancaster County. She lived her last years in her house in Fredericksburg (an independent city) where she died of cancer shortly before George Washington was inaugurated. She did not die at Mt. Vernon, and there is no evidence she ever even visited there. The few surviving letters between Mary Ball Washington and her son George Washington portray a strained and difficult relationship. Though George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, he was raised at Ferry Farm in Stafford County. When his mother grew older and complained constantly about money problems, he bought her a house in Fredericksburg where she spent the remainder of her years.Citation needed
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009), p. 1.
Mother of George Washington. Mary Ball, Lancaster Co., Va. c. 1707-Fredericksburg, VA. 25 Aug 1789. m. Augustine Washington 6 Mar 1731.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Mary Ball Washington, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
- Hill, p. 47.
- Cukro, p. 44-45 (#22).
- Will Abstract of Joseph Ball, in Lee, Ida J. Abstracts Lancaster County, Virginia, Wills, 1653-1800. (Richmond: Dietz Press, 1959).
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BALL, Joseph,. Psh. St. Mary's White Chapel. Will. 25 June 1711. Rec. 11 July 1711.
Wife Mary; son Joseph; daus. Hannah Travers; Anne Conway; Esther Chinn; Elizabeth Cornegie; Mary Ball; Eliza Johnson (dau. of his wife), dau. Mary, 400 acres of land in Richmond county; grandson James Cornegie (not 21) acknowledges gift to son Joseph Ball, and daus. Hannah Travers, Anne Conway and Esther Chinn made 11 Feb. 1707; Overseer John Hagan; negroes formerly belonging to Jon. Carnegie, decd. Extr. Joseph Ball. Wits. Geo. Finch, Elizabeth Finch, Margaret Miller, Joseph Taylor. W.B. 10, p. 88.
[Identifies the father of Mary Ball.]