Interred identified by headstone or marker number (see map).
GWB means a comment written by George Washington Ball, found in his manuscript collection at the Virginia Historical Society, and titled Paper No. 2. He consistently spelled Burges with one final s.
Postscript means another comment written by G. W. Ball, directed to his daughters as additions and corrections to Paper No. 2. Both of these papers were written in 1909.
In 1860, Alfred B. Carter was a 34 year old farmer, living in Fauquier County. He was married to Elizabeth H. Carter, and they had 2 children, Alfred B., 7 years old, and Lavinia H., 5 years old.1 It is not known why the census enumerator wrote Elizabeth’s middle initial as “H” when according to their marriage record in Fauquier County, Elizabeth C. Randolph and Alfred Carter were married 18 of November 1851.2
GWB: Grave No. 1 is that of a child (still born & without a name) of Mrs. Elizabeth C. Randolph of “The Grove” interred here about the year 1866 or 1867. Postscript: In grave No. 1, copy it as set down in Papers No. 1 and No. 2, without a name. Being “still born” and only an hour or two old, that is sufficient, without it’s father’s name which I deprecate appearing in any manner whatever in connexion [sic] with this family having suffered enough through him already.
John Mortimer, 50 years old, lived with Alfred B. Carter in 1860.3 His occupation was M.D. His death was not recorded in the Loudoun or Fauquier county death registers, but there is death notice for him in the Alexandria Gazette, 11 November 1867: “DIED. Nov. 2d. at Springwood, near Leesburg, Va., of typhoid fever, John Fauntleroy Mortimer, of Fauquier Co.”4
GWB: No. 2 is an Adult Grave, that of Dr. John Fauntleroy Mortimer, CSA, Great grandson of Dr. Charles Mortimer, the Revolutionary Patriot who though born in England was the Family Physician, Friend and Attendant at the death of Mary Washington.
3. MILDRED THORNTON consort of WILLIAM M. THOMPSON & daughter of Col Burgess and Frances Ball born October 22nd A. D. 1786 died May 5th A. D. 1854 aged 67 years 6 months & 12 days Mildred Ball was the second wife of William Mills Thompson. They were married 26 May 1820 in Loudoun County5, but lived in Culpeper County, Virginia until 1831.6 Mildred’s death was reported to Loudoun authorities by her son-in law, R. C. Littleton. He said she died in May 1854, was born at Meadow Land, but didn’t report the names of her parents. She was the consort of William M. Thomson, deceased.7 The newspaper provided a little more information:
DIED, May 5th 1854 at the residence of her son-in-law, R. C. Littleton, near Bloomfield, Loudoun County, Va. after a protracted illness, Mrs. MILDRED T. THOMPSON, in the sixty-eighth year of her age. Thus has another sufferer been relieved by the hand of death, has closed her eyes upon things of earth, to open them upon the bright realities of eternity. A kinder and more affectionate lady never lived, and as she was in life beloved and respected, so she was in death mourned and lamented. The deceased had been a member of the Episcopal Church for many years.8
GWB: Mildred Thornton Ball, oldest child of Colonel Burges Ball of the Revolution and Frances Thornton Washington, the niece of General Washington and wife of the foregoing William Mills Thompson.
William Thompson was the son of an immigrant, also named William Thompson, and his wife Frances Mills.9 William Mills. Thompson was married twice, first to Catherine (Kitty) W. Broaddus, who died in 1819,10 and second to Mildred T. Ball. Four children were born of the first marriage, and three of the second. William M. Thompson and Mildred Ball were the parents of Catherine Mildred, George Washington, and Margaret Ann Thompson.11
William Mills Thompson did not serve in the War of 1812. According to his daughter, Catherine Littleton, “He was perfectly stiff in one of his lower limbs from his youth, brought on from inflammatory rheumatism. Therefore, was exempt from Military duty.12
Sometime after removing from Culpeper County, where Mr. Thompson served on the vestry of St. Marks Parish,13 the Thompsons returned to Leesburg. He died within 6 years. His funeral was preached 19 September 1837, by Rev. George Adie, at Mr. Ball’s near Big Spring.14 GWB: William Mills Thompson, Father of Richard W. Thompson, Secretary U. S. Navy under Garfield and husband of No. 4 [sic].
Two years after the death of Burgess Ball, his widow Frances Washington Ball married a medical Doctor, Francis Peyton, 7 April 1802.15 They had one child, Adelaide, born 1803, died 1805.16 Notes from the guardian account for Burgess Ball’s children show that Dr. Peyton was active in running the farm that had been inherited by his wife.17 Dr. Peyton wrote his will 14 Oct 1807, but rather than dying a natural death he “was assassinated near Leesburg, Va., Dec. 5, 1808, by a Mr. Littlejohn, son of Rev. Mr. L.”18 In January 1809 John Cartnail was paid $2.00 for digging grave No. 1.19 The name of the cemetery was not given, but it had to be Springwood, or the Ball Burial Ground. William Thompson died before Francis Peyton, but his remains were probably moved there after the death of his wife.
GWB: Doctor Francis H. Peyton.
Postscript: In Grave No. 5, copy as given. Name only without comment for reasons that had best remain untold.
Fayette Ball, born 20 April 1791, died XXXX, was the fifth child and third son of Burgess Ball and Frances Washington. He was married twice. His first wife was Frances Williams. They did not have any children who lived to maturity. Two young girls were in his household when the 1820 census data was compiled.20 Mary Thomson Mason became Fayette Ball’s second wife on 6 April 1819.
In 1829 Fayette Ball purchased a new home on a hill east of Leesburg from Wilson J. Drish, a local carpenter.21 This property was known in the family as “The Hill.”22 Today it is called Dadona Manor, the former home of General George C. Marshall. Fayette Ball lived at The Hill only 3 years before his early death, at 43 years, on 8 May 1834.23
Unfortunately, Fayette had not finished paying for the new house before he died. Drish assigned the note to William Cline, who brought suit against the estate, and the minor heir, George Washington Ball, in 1836.24 The property had to be sold to pay the debt.
When he died, the Alexandria Gazette published the following: “DIED, Suddenly, in Leesburg, on Thursday evening last, FAYETTE BALL, Esq. – a gentleman of high standing, and possessed of the confidence and esteem of all.”25
GWB: LaFayette Ball Prot�g� and namesake by Washington’s request of LaFayette then a Prisoner in an Austrian Dungeon – served through the War of 1812 as a Volunteer under his brother. His name [was] improperly contracted into “Fayette.”
GWB: Grave of Frances Williams 1st wife of LaFayette Ball, daughter of Major Genl. James Williams, Capt. through the Revolution and Major of all the Virginia troops in the War of 1812.
The second wife of Fayette Ball has the earliest, most ornate grave marker in this cemetery. Because her husband predeceased her, and her son was very young, the monument was undoubtedly placed over her grave by her well-to-do Mason relatives. Unfortunately, it has been vandalized and pieces are missing.
When her husband died, Mary was appointed to administer his estate. When she died, three years later, 13 April 1837,28 Richard C. Mason, her brother, was made administrator of Fayette Ball’s estate and guardian of their minor child and heir, George Washington Ball.29 Taking care of one estate must have been enough for R. C. Mason. He did not come forward after the death of his sister, so her estate was committed to the sheriff for administration.30
The Alexandria Gazette published just a brief notice of her passing: “In Leesburg, on the 13th inst., Mrs. Mary T. Ball, consort of the late Fayette Ball, Esq.”31
GWB: Grave of Mary Thomson Mason, Granddaughter of George Mason of Gunston, author of the Bill of Rights, 2nd wife of LaFayette Ball.
This George Washington Ball (1789-1815) was the second son of Burgess and Frances Ball to receive the name. An earlier son, born 1784, died 1785, was also named in honor of the first President.32
Washington, and his younger brother Fayette were under the care of a guardian, Leven Luckett, after the death of their father. They were mentioned several times in accounts recorded by their guardians. Fayette attended “Charlotte Hall,” but there wasn’t any cash paid for Washington’s tuition. He was paid “money for his own use,” “expenses while in Alexandria” “Expenses for bringing Fayette from Charlotte Hall,” and “to defray the expense of Securing harvest,” in 1807.33
Sergt. George W. Ball’s name is on the Index to the War of 1812 Pay Roll and Muster Rolls.34 His commission as Captain, Troop of Cavalry, 2nd Division, Militia, was signed in Richmond, Virginia 3 July 1811. It was recorded in Loudoun County by John Littlejohn, 26 October 1811.35 He was probably away from Leesburg during most of the War of 1812, but returned when he became sick. George Washington Ball wrote a will, 25 February 1815.36 From it, one can tell that he was responsible for raising his younger brothers and sisters after his mother’s death. By his will, Washington turned over the care of his youngest sisters to his older, unmarried sister, Mildred T. Ball and his brother Fayette Ball. The will was presented in court in April and October 1815, but not finalized or recorded for 45 years, on 9 January 1860, with no explanation as to why. The following excerpt may explain:
It is my wish that the remains of my deceased father, if practicable shall be removed to the family buying ground at the expense of my estate, but should that not be practicable, then it is my desire that a neat tombstone be erected over the grave in which they now lie, and that it be protected by a wall around it; it is also my desire that the family burial ground be inclosed [sic] with a stone wall at the expense of my estates. In the Kindred feeling which dictates these requests my executrix and executors will find a sufficient motive for their prompt execution.37
His nephew and name sake, George Washington Ball probably took the will to court to have it attested and recorded before he began restoration of the Ball family cemetery. GWB: Grave of Captain George Washington Ball, U. S. A. who raised in 1812 a Company of Volunteer Cavalry served at its head throughout the war and died at its close, in the winter of 1815 of Diphtheria then prevalent in the Army.
Frances Thornton Washington was the daughter of Charles Washington and Mildred Thornton, of Frederick (later Jefferson) County, Virginia. She was born 7 April 1763 in Stafford County, Virginia and died in February 1815, near Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia. She and Burgess Ball were married 7 April 1781.38
Their first child, daughter Mary Washington Ball was born 17 February 1783.39 She died in infancy, as did their first son, George Washington Ball, 1784-1785. These two children are not likely buried in the Ball family cemetery because their parents Burgess and Frances Ball did not live in Loudoun when the children were born.
Considering that their father was frequently away from home during the Revolutionary War, then died when all 6 of their children were under age, Frances Ball must have been a strong figure in the lives of her children. After the death of their father, Burgess, Frances Ball married Dr. Francis Peyton, 7 April 1802, in Loudoun County.40 He was killed in 1808, so Frances was again responsible for her children. In 1810 she was head of her household with 3 sons and 3 daughters living at home.41
GWB: Grave of Frances Thornton Washington of “Springwood” niece of General Washington and widow of Colonel Burges Ball of the Revolution (my grandmother).
Elizabeth Ball was the oldest daughter of Burgess Ball. Born in 1772, she was the daughter of his first wife, Mary Chichester. Elizabeth married Armistead Long, 22 June 1793. “MARRIED – In Fredericksburg on Saturday, Mr. Armistead Long to Miss Betsey Ball, daughter of Col. Burges(s) Ball.”42 After marriage they lived Culpeper and Loudoun counties.43
Armistead Long was a member of Burgess Ball’s regiment during the Revolutionary War. After the war he was manager of a farm for Ball. “Only a few years had elapsed when he found himself General Manager of Col. Ball’s entire business and in love with his daughter, who was a lady of high culture and noble character, and whom he married.”44 Armistead Long was a justice of the peace, and named a commissioner in chancery suit Loudoun County in 1806.45 This confirms that the family was in Loudoun when Elizabeth Ball Long died.
GWB: Grave of Elizabeth Burges Ball daughter of Colonel Burges Ball by his 1st marriage with Mary Chichester; and wife of Colonel Armistead Long of the Revolution (with two of her children in the same grave with her).
GWB: George Washington Ball – Infant son of LaFayette Ball and Mary Thomson Mason.
GWB: Mary Frances Ball, infant daughter of the same parents.
Nannie Ball was born 18 January 1865 in Fluvanna County, Virginia.46 Her family had moved south, to stay behind confederate lines during the Civil War. She died 17 August 1948 in Upperville, Virginia.47 She was married 18 September 1901 at Christ Episcopal Church, Georgetown, DC, to Joseph S. Baughman, a medical doctor from Iowa. They were the parents of two children, but only their daughter, Mary, lived to maturity. Dr. Baughman died 19 December 1935 in Burlington, Iowa.48 After living in Iowa for several years, Nannie returned to Virginia.
Nannie Ball-Baughman was an independent woman for her day. She had a business outside the home, and may have been one of the first women to use a hyphenated surname. In 1905, she was listed in the DC City Directory as “Nanny R. Ball-Baughman, osteopathic physician, [office] 902 F nw, [home] 3070 Q nw.”49
Graveside services for Mrs. Nannie Randolph Ball Baughman, 84, were conducted in the family plot at “Springwood” burying ground of the Balls–near Leesburg, Monday. The Rev. J. Manly Cobb, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, Leesburg, officiated. Mrs. Baughman died May 7, after a long illness. She was a daughter of the late George Washington Ball and Mary Beverley Randolph Ball and widow of Dr. J. S. Baughman, of Burlington, Iowa, where she resided many years.
Mrs. Baughman was born in Fluvanna County, Va., January 18, 1864 [sic] during the War between the States. She was the third great niece of George Washington, also a cousin.
Mrs. Baughman was a life member of the Episcopal Church and a past regent of the daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mary Ball Baughman Ball, of Arlington and Upperville.50
Even though her name is spelled Laudonia on her headstone, correspondence between family members shows her name as Landon or Landonia. Mary B. R. Ball had a sister named Landon Randolph Minor. Perhaps she named her daughter in honor of her sister.
Landonia Minor Ball and William F. Hill, of Henderson, North Carolina were married 27 August 1890 in Washington, DC. They did not have any children. All during their marriage, the Hills lived with G. W. Ball at 3070 Q St., NW, Washington, DC.51 Mr. Hill’s occupation was clerk and draftsman for the US Navy.52 Landonia was a homemaker. The Hills were found in the census returns and city directories for Washington DC from 1905-1933.53
Elizabeth Carter Ball was born 23 April 186254 in Virginia and died 17 November 1929 in Washington, DC.55 It is not known when or where she married Giles Cook Lane. According to the census in 1910 they had been married 9 years. She didn’t have any children, and her occupation was “none.”56 Even though she is identified as married, and used the surname Lane, her husband did not live in Washington during most of their married life.57
Giles C. Lane, a physician, lived at 3070 Q St. in 1905. In 1808 Elizabeth Lane lived there, but not her husband. In 1919 “Mrs. Eliz. C. Lane, clerk, treasury” lived on Q St. In 1925 her residence was 1314 Conn Ave. By 1929 she was back at Q St, and her occupation was clerk.58
Even though they didn’t live together, the Lanes maintained contact through correspondence. Many of his letters, written to Elizabeth, and sometimes her sisters, are in the Ball manuscript collection at the Virginia Historical Society. Unfortunately, the letters she wrote to him are not part of the collection. In 1930 (after Elizabeth’s death) G. C. Lane wrote from Western State Hospital in Staunton, Va. He professed his love for her, and was sorry that he could not provide for her.59
Elizabeth C. B. Lane wrote her will in 1922. She devised everything she owned, including the ‘Washington Relics’ and letters, to her two sisters, Landon M. B. Hill and Nanny Randolph Ball Baughman. In a codicil dated 4 March 1927, the daughters of Nanny Baughman and R. T. Mason Ball, deceased, were added to the list of heirs. The will and codicil were presented for probate 30 May 1930 by Mary B. Ball in Westmoreland County, Virginia.60
GWB: No. 16 Space promised Miss Baynton Turner Mason of “Okeley” on her death bed in 1856 and still reserved incase her surviving relations & friends should consent to the removal of her remains.
Mary Ball was the oldest daughter of G. Washington and Mary Beverley Randolph Ball. She was born in May 185661 and died 29 October 1922.62 She didn’t marry and lived with her father in Washington, DC, until he died. The house belonged to her sister-in-law (widow of Mason Ball) who allowed Mary to continue to live at 3070 Q Street, Northwest, until her death in 1922.
In 1880 Mary lived with her mother, brothers and sisters in the Cedar Run District of Fauquier County. Her occupation was teacher.63 On the 1900 census she did not identify any occupation.64 Her name appears in the 1905 DC city directory, but without an occupation.65 Mary may have had a problem that today would be considered a “disability.” Correspondence and notes in G.W. Ball’s manuscript papers make reference to her inability to support herself.66
C. F. Ball, the eldest son of George Washington and Mary Randolph Ball, lived most of his life in Fauquier County. He didn’t marry until he was 46 years old. When he married Elizabeth Scott, 24 Jun 1896 in Fauquier, Charles was described as “of Washington.”67 Information from the marriage register said his birthplace was Fauquier, residence was Chicago, and occupation was fertilizer agent.68 In 1900 Charles and Bessie lived with her father, John M. Scott.69 Charles Ball’s occupation was guano agent. In 1910 Charles was a farmer, head of his household, still living in the Upperville area of Fauquier County.70 He and Bessie had one son, Mason Fitzhugh Ball. Bessie Scott Ball (1864-1954) and Mason F. Ball (1897-1958) are buried in the Ivy Hill Cemetery, Upperville.71
Mason, as he was called by his sisters, was the third son of George Washington and Mary B. R. Ball. He was born 16 May 1857 in Loudoun County, and died 19 August 1913 in at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia.72 R. T. M. Ball was married to Cornelia Winder, 4 November 1907 and they had one daughter, Janet Randolph Ball, born 1909.73
Mason was a career navy officer. At the time of his death he was Pay Director, attached to the navy pay office at Baltimore, Maryland. He entered the Navy as an assistant pay master in June 1880. During the Spanish-American War he served on board the Cincinnati until 8 July 1898. From February 1903 to December 1904 he was paymaster for the Pacific Fleet, on board the cruiser New York. Later he was purchasing pay officer at Philadelphia, Newport, and Baltimore.74
The house at 3070 Q Street, NW Washington, DC was owned by Mason Ball. In his will (written about 1911) he made provision for his dependent or indigent sisters to have use of the house and his share of the interest from the estate known as “Oakenden” in Fauquier county, Virginia.75
GWB: Space reserved for Pay Director Richard Thomson Mason Ball U.S.N. should he die in this country and desire it.
No. 17� adjoining No. 17 is a vacant space for the interment of the widow and children of pay master T. M. Ball should such a need at any time arise! It adjoins No. 17 the space marked reserved for him. [Numbers supplied by GWB changed over time].
George Washington Ball was the only child of Fayette and Mary Thomson Mason Ball who lived to maturity. As an adult, he became the patriarch of the Ball Family Cemetery, and made it his business to bring his wife and their children together in their final resting place. George Washington Ball was instrumental in finding the remains of Colonel Burgess Ball, and organizing the Sons of the American Revolution to commemorate his burial place.
Washington Ball, born 19 February 1828, might have been born in the new house, on “The Hill,”76 but his father didn’t execute a deed for that property until 1829. Washington certainly lived at The Hill as a young boy, until the property was sold. At the death of his father, Washington inherited all of the lands owned by Fayette Ball. Because he was still an minor, the court appointed Richard C. Mason, his uncle, as his guardian to oversee financial operation of the estate. Washington couldn’t take control of his inheritance until he became an adult, at age 21.
On 10 June 1850 George Washington Ball and Mary Beverly Randolph were married in Fauquier County.77 They immediately established themselves in Loudoun. They lived there when the census data was collected, 18 September 1850.78 He was a farmer with $47,000 worth of real estate, but no personal property (typical of a young, recently married couple). The Balls were blessed with 8 healthy children who lived to maturity. All of them are interred in the Ball Burial Ground.
G. Washington Ball is credited with building the “bulk of the present structure, circa 1840-1850” known as Springwood. It was used as a residence and girls’ boarding school. During the Civil War, General Lee held a military conference in the dining hall.79
When the Civil War began George Washington Ball served for awhile, but was sent home due to poor health. One daughter, Nannie Ball, was born in 1865, in Fluvanna County, while the family was “refugeeing,” behind southern lines.80 After the war, the family returned to Loudoun where Washington tried to continue life as a farmer. Unfortunately, the ravages of war ruined many families, and the Balls were no exception. G. Washington found it very difficult to be a successful farmer. He rented parts of the farm81, and tried to protect it with a homestead exemption82; but in the end, had to sell all of it to pay debts.83
After this the Ball family moved to Fauquier County84, where Mary B. R. Ball had inherited land from her father’s estate; then to Alexandria, and finally to Washington, DC. Mary B. R. Ball died while the family lived in Alexandria. G. Washington and his unmarried daughters moved to Washington. As early as 1895, G. Washington Ball gave his occupation as “genealogist.”85 On the census schedule of 1900 his occupation was “Clerk, government.”86 One has to suspect that his heart was with family history, even though his checks came from the government. George Washington Ball lived at 3070 Q Street, NW, until his death in 1912. He was active in several issues, as seen by the many times his name appears in the online index to the Historical Washington Post87. When he died, several newspapers printed his obituary.
George W. Ball Dead. Aged Confederate Veteran Expires at Home of Daughter Here. George Washington, Ball, 84 years old, a veteran of the Confederate army, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Miss Mary R. Ball, 3070 Q street northwest. Death was due to his advanced age. Mr. Ball was born in Virginia, and during the civil war contributed large sums of money to the Confederate cause. He is survived by five children–Miss Mary R. Ball, Mrs. William F. Hill, Mrs. G. C. Low [sic] Mrs. William D. Bowman, [sic] and Pay Director Ball, of the United States navy.88
The Evening Star added a little more information and demonstrated his interest in his heritage:
G. W. BALL DIES, AGED 85 Was a Great-Great-Grandson of George Washington’s Mother. G.W. Ball, great-great-grandson of Mary Ball, mother of George Washington, died at his home, 3070 Q Street, northwest, last night. He was eighty-five years old. Funeral services will be held from the house Friday and interment will take place at Leesburg, Va. the same day. Mary Ball, mother of George Washington, was a widow with children when she married George Washington’s father. Mr. Ball had been a resident of Washington for a great part of his long life, but had property in Virginia. He was one of the eldest of the alumni of Episcopal High School, near Alexandria, graduating from there in 1840. His surviving children are Mason Ball, pay director, U.S.N., Miss Mary Ball, Mrs. W. C. Hill and Mrs. G. V. Lane.89
GWB: Space reserved for myself Capt. G. Washington Ball C.S.A. (ADC to General Richard Griffith of Mississippi).
Mary Beverley Ball was a strong, healthy woman. She gave birth to eleven children (three died as infants). To not die as a result of childbirth, when there were 11 opportunities, was unusual during the era of her life. We have to assume that Mary was educated and involved in the operation of the girls boarding school established by her husband at Springwood. She was head of the family when they removed to Fauquier County.90 When her father died, Mary inherited land, and was called upon to help administer his estate. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church.
At the time of her death, Mary Ball was buried in the Randolph family plot in Fauquier County. This is the same place her son Burgess Ball had been buried. Her long obituary, from an unidentified newspaper extols her virtues as a Christian Woman.91 Her obituary from the Alexandria Gazette was copied and printed in the Loudoun newspaper:
MRS. MARY B. BALL, wife of Mr. George W. Ball, formerly of “Springwood,” Loudoun county, died at her residence on Prince St., in this city, last night after a long illness. Mrs Ball, with her family, came to live in this city about ten years ago and, during her sojourn here, made many friends who will regret to hear of her death. Alexandria Gazette of Thursday. Mrs. Ball was a daughter of Captain Chas. Randolph, of Fauquier, and was an estimable Christian lady. She had many friends in this town and county, where she was well known.92
GWB: Grave of Mrs Mary Beverly Randolph Ball, removed from Eastern View “Graveyard” near “Oakenden” and re-interred here in the year ( ) day of ( ) 18-- by Charles Hammerly.
Robert R. Ball was the youngest son of G. Washington and Mary B. R. Ball. He was born 16 June 1860 and died 5 October 1897, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, DC. He married Ann Magill Fauntleroy, 25 November 1891. They were the parents of two boys, Thomas Fauntleroy Ball and Robert Randolph Ball.
In Memoriam Doctor Robert Randolph Ball, Captain and Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Army, died of consumption on the 5th of October, 1897, at the Army Hospital in Washington, City; where he had been placed, but a few days previous to his death, in the unconscious extremity of mortal illness. He was born in 1860, in Loudoun County, Va., at “Springwood,” the ancestral homestead of his father, Captain G. Washington Ball, a double relative of the Pater Patricae. His mother was Mary Beverly Randolph, eldest daughter of the late Captain Charles Carter Randolph of Fauquier County, Virginia, and first cousin of Bishop Alfred Magill Randolph. At the end of the Civil War, which ravaged and ruined so many opulent and elegant Virginia homes, Randolph Ball was one of a numerous family of young children requiring maintenance and education. While yet a youth, he entered the Medical College of Virginia, at Richmond, where, in due course, he graduated; and after practicing his Profession to obtain the ability to refund the pittance which had enabled him to take his College course, he went before the Army Board for admission to the Medical Corps of the U. S. Army; and he, and only one other, of the Ninety who were examined, passed the severe ordeal and entered the Army. After fifteen years of arduous and unremitted service in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific coast States, he was stationed at Fort Adams, Rhode Island; which was his Post of duty at the time of his death. In 1891, doctor Ball married Ann Magill – eldest daughter of Judge Thomas T. Fauntleroy of the Supreme Court of Virginia; who, with two little Boys and his venerated Father & family, and a widespread Virginia Kindred, survive him, to mourn the death of a model Husband, Father, Son and Brother; – cut down in the early prime of a noble manhood and an honorable, useful and successful career. From his youth, Dr. Ball was a member of the Episcopal Church; and, to add greater honor to his name than man could give him, he lived and died fearing God and trusting in the merit and mediation of his crucified and risen Redeemer! T. T. Fauntleroy St. Louis – Missouri
GWB: Dr. Robert Randolph Ball (Capt. U.S.A.) Interred by Mr. Hammerly in 1897.
GWB: Space reserved for his widow Ann Fauntleroy Ball
GWB: Space reserved for his three children should they desire: of whom one is buried at Oatlands, but could be moved.
GWB: No. 25 Infant son of G. Washington Ball and Mary Beverly Randolph of “The Grove.”
Little is known about the short life of this Burges Ball. In 1870, as a 16 year old boy he was “at home” with his family, probably helping on the farm.93 Information on the 1880 census said he was 26 years old, and his occupation was Teacher.94 A notice of his death was published in the Leesburg newspaper: DIED – Ball, At Warrenton, Va., on Dec. 26th of inflamation [sic] of the brain, after an illness of only nine days. Burgess, second son of Geo. W. and Mary Randolph Ball, aged 26 years.95
GWB: No. 26 Remains of Burges Ball Jr. Removed from “Eastern View” by Mr. Hammerly and re- interred here on the same day with those of his mother.
A PATRIOT OF LIBERTY IN THE REVOLUTION
ERECTED BY THE WILL OF MISS VIRGINIA M. LONG
Burgess Ball was only 6 months old when his father died. His grandfather, Major James Ball, provided for Burgess by devising land, all over northern Virginia to Burgess, when he came of age.
I give to my Grand Son Burgess Ball all my lands in King George, Spotsilviania and Stafford Counties during his Natural life & at his decease I give it to his child or children as he shall think fit and to their heirs….I do appoint my Son Exr of this my last will and testament and guardian to my grandson Burgess Ball and my will is that my estate be not appraised. In witness my hand and seal this 15th day of July 1754.96
When he arrived at age, Burgess Ball was well established in Stafford County. He turned 21 in 1770, and by 1773 he had sold 670 acres to Peter Hansborough.97 The tax lists for that county are not complete, but we can tell that Burgess paid taxes for two while males, 53 blacks, and 21 horses in 1783. In 1788 and 1789, he paid taxes on his slaves and horses, but tax for himself was not reported on any of the extant lists.98 In 1790 he again paid taxes for two white males, 30 slaves, 12 horses, a coach and a phaeton. Because of the coach and phateton, it is highly probable that Burgess Ball and his family lived in Stafford County in 1790. As an adult, Burgess owned property in Stafford, Culpeper, Fauquier, and Loudoun counties, Virginia; and received military bounty land in Kentucky.
There is a story about Burgess Ball and “Traveler’s Rest,” a house and property he inherited from his grandfather, in They Called Stafford Home.
Burgess was an ardent supporter of the American cause during the Revolution. In 1776 he served as Captain in the 5th Regiment of Virginia. That same year he raised, clothed, and equipped a regiment of infantry for the Continental Line. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Virginia Regiment, Infantry of the Continental Army in 1777. His grandson [George Washington Ball] later wrote of him, “At the close of the war, shattered in health and fortune, he returned to his old Homestead near Fredericksburg, Virginia, where in the exercise of the unbounded hospitality that had ever characterized the well-known and most appropriately named ‘Traveler’s Rest,’ the remainder of his once princely fortune soon melted away….99
By 1794 Burgess Ball and his family were living in Loudoun County.100 His first wife, Mary Chichester, died before he came to Loudoun. Considering that the Washingtons owned land nearly adjacent to the Balls in Stafford County, that is probably where Burgess married his second wife, Mary Frances Washington in 1781. The Balls made their home in a simple house, on a knoll, near the Big Spring, north of Leesburg, Virginia. Less than 10 years after moving to Loudoun County, Colonel Ball died, and was buried in the very old graveyard, surrounding the ‘Chapel of Ease’ of the Episcopal Church.
GWB: Space reserved for Memorial Pillar to Col. Burges Ball, of the Revolution: For which will now be substituted by the Congress a monument far more costly and more worthy of the man to stand in “LaFayette Square” in Washington City.
GWB: No. 28 Space reserved for a coloured faithful servant Mollie Young, sixty years of age who had been and will remain till death a member of the Spingwood Family.
Postscript: In Grave No. 28 (adjoining Frances Wharton on the South, should any of you survive “Mollie Young,” have her interred (by Mr. Hammerly or by his successor) in charge of the Graveyard: This having been promised her several years ago, and she being worthy of it for her fidelity to the family, in spite of her colour. Tell Mr. Hammerly that in burying her there he must dig the graves the ordinary regulation distance apart, neither closer, nor wider. A Tombstone (if I’m ever able to put one) will account for her colour by telling that she was abandoning all the joys of so called “Freedom” until death a faithful slave in the “Springwood Family.”
The only time this person was found in Loudoun County records was on the 1860 census schedule.101 She was 16 years old, single, born in Spotsylvania County, and lived with the family of G. Washington Ball. Her occupation was listed as Sempstriss [seamstress]. She wasn’t found in 1870, so may have died before that census enumeration.
GWB: Frances Wharton a faithful white nurse of the little children during the war – whose dying request was that she might be buried with the Family she loved.
Loudoun records don’t reveal a Joseph “Sherbe” but a Joseph Shirb lived there and was 40-50 years old in 1840.102 He was probably the same man as Joseph Shorbe, who paid personal property taxes 1826-1843. Mary Shorbe, administratrix of Joseph was responsible for his taxes in 1844, so we may assume that Joseph died and was buried in the Ball Family Cemetery in 1844.
GWB: Joseph Sherbe a Gallant Revolutionary Soldier under Colonel Burges Ball and after his death a valued overseer and Farm manager for his son (my Father LaFayette Ball). Buried here like Frances Wharton at his own request.
MH: This Joseph Shirb/Shorbe was too young to have served in the Revolution. More likely, he served in the War of 1812, under Capt. Burgess Ball, son of Colonel Burgess Ball.
6Culpeper County, Va. personal property taxes, LVA microfilm #90 (1803-1823) & #91 (1824-1836). Names are arranged semi-alphabetically, no page numbers. Wm. M. Thomson lived in District A, owned several slaves and horses.
12Unsigned letter in the papers of G. W. Ball, mss1 B21051, entry 1440. Virginia Historical Society. Most likely written by Catherine (Thompson) Littleton because it begins “My father William Mills Thompson” then mentions her brothers and sisters, and “Mr. L’s middle name.”
100Loudoun Co., Va., personal property tax lists, Library of Virginia microfilm #229 (1787-1797) and #230 (1798-1812). Burgess Ball paid taxes for himself and slaves from 1794 through 1800. After that taxes were assessed on his estate. The list for 1793 was too faint to read.
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