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Ann Nancy Brashears Ball
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Birth: Sep. 26, 1729
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1816
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA

Ann was the daughter of Robert Cager Brashears and Charity Dowell Brashears. She married Moses Ball Sr on 23 Jun 1745 in Prince George's County, MD. They had children:

John (b. 1746) m. Mary Ann Thrift
Moses Ball, Jr. (1748) m. Mary Ann Hardin
Robert (b. 1750 d. 1776) -- never married
George (b. 1752) m. Elizabeth Tunnell
Bazil (b. 1751 d.) m. Belinda Unknown and had children
Anne (b. 1753 d. July 19, 1812) never married
James (b. 1755) married Unk. and had 4 children
Sabilla (b. 1857 d. January 4, 1817) never married

Moses' name, wife and children's names and dates are in the Ball Bible which has been given to the Historical Society of Virginia in Arlington.

Moses and Nancy Ann lived on Four Mile Run adjoining that of George Washington, Also, according to existing records, they did surveying together and had business dealings. General Washington mentions Moses Ball in his diary several times. Friday, April 22, 1785, he states: "Took an early breakfast at Abbington and accompanied by Dr. Stewart and Lund Washington and having sent for Moses Ball, who attended, I went to the corner of the above land." Here follows a description of a survey in which one of his servants, William, a chain carrier, fell and broke his knee pan and there was much difficulty in getting him home.

In another diary entry, dated May 16, 1786, George Washington states: "When I returned home found Moses Ball and his son John and William Carlin here; the first having his effects under execution wanted to borrow money to redeem them; I lent him Ten Pounds for this purpose." When making his will, Moses didn't forget this loan.


"The Ball Family of the Potomac (1654-2004)" by Doris LeClerc Ball, PH.D. and George L. Ball, M.S.

"The Ball Family of Southwest Virginia" by Palmer R. Ball (1933)

"Ball Family History" by Joan Huseman Ball (1980)
A very important piece of history about this family is found in the Will of Moses Ball, Sr.


Fairfax County, Virginia
Will Book F, No.1, p. 176
15, December 1786
15 October 1792

In the name of God, Amen, fifteenth day of December, in the year of Our Lord God, One thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, I, MOSES BALL, being in perfect memory, thanks be to Almighty God, and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this transitory life and that it is appointed once for all men to die, do make, constitute and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, revoking and disannuling by these presents all and every other Will or Wills heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing and this only is to be taken for my last Will and no other.

And first I recommend my soul unto the hands of God in whom and through the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and beleive assuredly to be saved and to have full remission of all my sins and that my soul with my body at the general day of resurrection Shall rise again with joy.

Firstly, I recommend my body to the grave to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named, and as for the settling of my temporal Estate and such Goods, Chattles, and Debts which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I do order, give and dispose in manner and form following:
That is to say, First, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, JOHN BALL, twenty five acres of land, beginning on the south side of Four Mile Run at the White Oak of General Washington's, thence with Washington's line to Alexander's line and the meanders of Long Branch Westwardly until the quantity of twenty-five acres is made then with a Southerly line from the Long Branch to said line of Alexander.

Secondly, I desire that the remaining part of my land may be in the possession of my dearly beloved wife, ANN BALL during her natural life to be at her discretion during her widowhood but in case she marries, then the said land is to be disposed of at the discretion of my Executors, and the profits arising therefrom to be equally divided among my surviving children after my just debts is paid (my son JOHN excepted).

Thirdly, I desire that my Executors as soon as possible pay to his Excellency, General Washington, the sum of ten pounds with interest, a sum I borrowed from him and William Carlin, security for which to secure Mr. Carlin I had to give him an Instrument of Writing mentioning two Cows and Earlings, the only intending the sum said of ten pounds to be made out of the aforesaid cattle in case he (Mr. Carlin) should be obliged to pay General Washington, th above mentioned sum of ten pounds.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my well loved daughter SIBILA BALL, one bed and furniture as it stands at the decease of her mother agreeable to the conditions of the land.

Fifthly, and lastly I desire that my son, JOHN BALL and Mr Joseph Birch, to be the only and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, and I do by these presents revoke and disannul all and every other Wil or Wills, Legacy or legacies heretofore by me made or done, acknowledging THIS AND NO OTHER to be my last Will and Testament; as witness I have here unto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

(Signed) Moses Ball (Seal)

Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged in the presence of
Elijah Wood
William Culberhouse
Chloe Culberhouse (X) her mark

At a court held in Fairfax County, Virginia, 17th September 1792, this Will was presented in Court and proved by the Oath of Elijah Wood. And at a Court held for the said county 15th October 1792, it was further proved by the Oath of William Culberhouse and ordered to be recorded.

Signed, F.W. Richardson, Clerk

Source: "The Ball Family of Southwest Virginia" by Palmer R. Ball (1933) pages 3-4
Ancestral File

name: Ann (Nancy) BRASHEARS
gender: Female
birth: 26 Sep 1729
Calvert Co., MD
death: 30 Nov 1816
Arlington, Prince William, VA
afn: 1W38-Z9
father: Robert BRASHEARS (AFN: 1W3B-N1 )
father: Samuel Junior BRASHEAR ; JR. (AFN: 1ZDQ-Q3 )
mother: Charity DOWELL (AFN: 1W3B-P6 )
mother: Elizabeth BRASHEARS (AFN: 1ZDQ-R8 )
Marriages (1)
spouse: Moses BALL ;SR. (AFN: 1W38-X4 )
marriage: 27 Jun 1745
Fairfax Or, Arlington County, Virginia
children (12)

child 1: Robert BALL (AFN: 1W3B-CG )
gender: Male
birth 10 Apr 1750
Alexandria, Fairfax Co., Virginia
death 12 Oct 1776

child 2: Sabilia BALL (AFN: 272D-BN8 )
gender: Female
birth Abt 1759
Fairfax Co., VA
death 4 Jan 1817

child 3: George BALL ;[Captain] (AFN: 1W38-SF )
gender: Male
birth 1743
Fairfax Or, Alexandria, County, Virginia
death 24 Dec 1825
Ewing, Lee, Virginia

child 4: Sabilla BALL (AFN: 1W3B-H5 )
gender: Female
birth 1760
, Fairfax Co., Virginia
death 4 Jan 1817

child 5: Brizil BALL (AFN: 26CX-S0L )
gender: Male
birth 1751
, , Fairfax, Virigina
death Bef 1835
Alexandria, Arlington Co, Virigina

child 6: William Carlin BALL (AFN: 29CR-5WF )
gender: Male
birth Abt 1764
, Fairfax Co., Virginia
death Dead

child 7: John BALL (AFN: 1W3B-94 )
gender: Male
birth 25 Jul 1746
, Fairfax, VA
death 14 Dec 1814
Of Arlington, Arlington, Virginia
burial Dec 1814
Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, (Old Ball Cem.)

child 8: Anne BALL (AFN: 1W3B-G0 )
gender: Female
birth 26 Oct 1757
, Fairfax, VA
death 19 Jul 1812

child 9: Moses BALL ;JR. (AFN: 1W3B-B9 )
gender: Male
birth 1748
Beech Creek, Fairfax Co., Virginia
death 15 Dec 1831
Hawkins Co., Hawkins Co., Tennessee

child 10: Bazil BALL (AFN: 1W3B-DM )
gender: Male
birth 1751
, Fairfax, VA
death 1835
Alexandria, Arlington County

child 11: James BALL (AFN: 1W3B-FS )
gender: Male
birth 7 Apr 1755
St Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia
death 1783

child 12: Philip BALL (AFN: 29CR-4XG )
gender: Male
birth Abt 1766
, Prince Georges, Maryland
death Abt 1815

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This person's information was combined while in Ancestral File. The following submitters of the information may or may not agree with the combining of the information: CECILIA CALLOWAY/BURNS/ (2067095) DANNIE/BRASHEAR/ (2080513) MARVA DIANE/BEARD/ (2113707) ALEA/BEITO/ (2145665) JACK/LAWSON/ (2171407) JAMES FREDERICK/SHAFFER III/ (2180791) A ELDEN/BALL/ (2181145) BARRY & RUBY/WELLS/ (2205395) NORMAN R/BARBER/ (2229518) WANDA S/THOMAS/ (2238507) DALLAS ALBERT/JOHNSON/ (2264551) TERRY N./GRUMBLES (2334507) STANLEY GORDON/SMITH/ (2486258) KAREN/CLIFFORD/ (2661637) CARLOS LEON HALE JR/STEPHANIE/WINGO/ (2663273)

Source Citation
"Ancestral File v4.19," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 September 2012), entry for Ann (Nancy) BRASHEARS.
Pedigree Resource File

name: Ann Nancy Brashear
gender: Female
birth: 26 SEP 1729
Prince George County, Maryland
death: 30 NOV 1816
Prince William County, Maryland
afn: 3JZF-6T6
Marriages (1)
spouse: Moses Ball , Sr. (AFN: 3JZF-4TT )
marriage: 23 JUN 1745
Prince George County, Maryland
children (8)

child 1: Moses Ball , Jr. (AFN: 3JXH-MR6 )
gender: Male
birth 1748
Fairfax County, Virginia
birth ABT. 1748
Fairfax County, Virginia
death AFT. 15 DEC 1831
Hawkins County, Tennessee
death 15 DEC 1831
Hawkins County, Tennessee

child 2: George Ball (AFN: 3JZC-RJ0 )
gender: Male
birth 1752
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia
death 24 DEC 1825
Russell County, Virginia

child 3: Basil Ball (AFN: 3JZF-G1L )
gender: Male
birth 1754
Fairfax County, Virginia
death BEF. 1835
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia

child 4: Sabilla Ball (AFN: 3JZF-MQS )
gender: Female
birth ABT. 1762
Fairfax County, Virginia
death 4 JAN 1817

child 5: Anne Ball (AFN: 3JZF-J76 )
gender: Female
birth 26 OCT 1757
Fairfax County, Virginia
death 18 JUN 1812

child 6: John Ball (AFN: 3JZF-8HG )
gender: Male
birth 25 JUL 1746
Fairfax County, Virginia
death 14 DEC 1814

child 7: Robert Ball (AFN: 3JZF-CXN )
gender: Male
birth 10 APR 1750
Fairfax County, Virginia
death 12 OCT 1776

child 8: James Ball (AFN: 3JZF-KN2 )
gender: Male
birth 1758
Fairfax County, Virginia
death 1793

submitter: hgpoynor2711784
submitter: gpoynor2711783
submission date: 01 Apr 2000
submission id: MM9R-7QC
person count: 2,974

-source: Ron Myers

Source Citation
"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (http://familys
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Family links: 
  Robert Cager Brashears (1704 - 1782)
  Charity Dowell Brashears (1711 - 1787)
  Moses Ball (1717 - 1792)
  John Ball (1746 - 1814)*
  Moses Ball (1748 - 1831)*
  George Ball (1752 - 1825)*
  James Ball (1755 - 1783)*
  Sabilla Ball (1761 - 1817)*
  Ann Nancy Brashears Ball (1729 - 1816)
  Robert Samuel Brashears (1731 - 1816)*
  Zaza Brashear (1747 - 1817)*
*Calculated relationship
Ball-Carlin Family Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
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Originally Created by: Debra Polly
Record added: Apr 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87870351
Ann Nancy <i>Brashears</i> Ball
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