Colonel William Ball

1615–7 November 1680 (Age 65)
Middlesex, England

The Life of William

When Colonel William Ball was born in 1615, in Middlesex, England, his father, Symond Ball, was 18 and his mother, Elizabeth Cole, was 17. He married Hannah Atherold on 2 July 1638, in London, England. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He immigrated to Virginia, British Colonial America in 1650 and lived in England, United Kingdom in 1638. His occupation is listed as member of the house of burgesses from 1668 until 1676 and again from 1676 to 1677. in Virginia, British Colonial America. He died on 7 November 1680, in Millenbeck, Lancaster, Virginia, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Saint Marys White Chapel, Lancaster, Virginia, United States.

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Colonel William Ball
Hannah Atherold
Marriage: 2 July 1638
Richard Ball
Capt William Ball
Joseph Ball
Hannah Ball

Spouse and Children

2 July 1638
London, England


Parents and Siblings

    Symond Ball


    Elizabeth Cole




World Events (2)

1620 · The Pilgrims Board the Mayflower

Age 5

"The Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in search of religious freedom in the New World in September 1620. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers, 40 of whom called themselves ""Saints."" After two stormy months at sea, the ship reached the New World. Nearly half of the group died during their first winter due to malnutrition and the harsh New England winter."
1642 · The English Civil War

Age 27

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a short, fat person, from Middle English bal(le) ‘ball’ (Old English ball, Old Norse bǫllr).2 English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a knoll or rounded hill, from the same Middle English word, bal(le), used in this sense.3 English: from the Old Norse personal name Balle, derived either from ballr ‘dangerous’ or bǫllr ‘ball’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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The life of William Ball in America

The facts collected for this life overview were found on the internet from various sources. All were derived from documented transactions while doing business as a land purchaser as an English Merchan …

Sources (3)

  • William Ball, "Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007"
  • Ball Surname Y DNA Study - Y-DNA Classic Chart
  • Nelson, A.J. Virginia Lineages, Letters and Memories. Sarasota, FL: Privately published by author, 1984.

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