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Margaret Ball Downman
Birth: Sep. 29, 1694
Lancaster County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1758
Richmond County
Virginia, USA

Margaret Ball was the daughter of Captain William Ball II and Margaret Williamson. Born about 1679 in Lancaster County Virginia, she was a contemporary of her cousins Mary Ball (mother of George Washington) and Esther Ball (spouse of Rawleigh Chinn). Margaret married Rawleigh Downman and had two boys, Rawleigh and William. After her husband died, Margaret began having an affair with Rawleigh Chinn, the husband of her cousin Esther Ball.

Esther and Rawleigh had several children but at some point their marriage began to fall apart, and Esther claimed that Rawleigh beat her and threw her out of the family home. She filed a court proceeding against Rawleigh where she raised these accusations. Rawleigh and Esther eventually divorced, which was highly unusual at the time.

Margaret proceeded to have three boys with Rawleigh. The first boy, Charles was born in 1723 when Margaret was in her 40s. Christopher and Elijah were born around 1725. When the boys were young they all went by the last name Downman. However after their father Rawleigh died and named them in his will as his "godsons", all three of the boys took the surname Chinn. They all inherited under their father's will.

In 1728, 1729, 1730 and 1731, Margaret was cited in several court proceedings for committing adultery with Rawleigh and for having children out of wedlock. In 1732 Margaret was found guilty of fornication and fined. The same jury decided that she could not be guilty of adultery since she was single.

Rawleigh and Margaret continued their love affair until his death in about 1741. Margaret lived an additional 18 years. After her death, Charles, Elijah and Christopher moved to the Middleburg area of Virginia, to live on the lands inherited from their father Rawleigh Chinn.

Family links: 
  William Ball (1641 - 1694)
  Hannah Atherold Ball (1615 - 1695)
  Rawleigh Chinn (1684 - 1741)
  William Downman (1717 - 1765)*
  Rawleigh Downman (1719 - 1781)*
  Charles Downman Chinn (1723 - 1788)*
  Christopher Downman Chinn (1725 - 1770)*
  Elijah Downman Chinn (1727 - 1771)*
  William Ball (1641 - 1694)**
  Joseph Ball (1649 - 1711)**
  Hannah Ball Fox (1650 - 1709)**
  Richard Ball (1675 - 1726)**
  James Ball (1678 - 1754)**
  George Ball (1683 - 1746)**
  Samuel Ball (1686 - 1751)**
  David Ball (1686 - 1732)**
  Margaret Ball Downman (1694 - 1758)
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Pamkf
Record added: Jul 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 113365655

To my sixth Great Grandmother. I'm glad that you were able to find love after the death of your first husband.
- Pamkf
 Added: Nov. 7, 2015
My 10th great grandmother.
- Betty Evans
 Added: Jun. 19, 2015

- Jim & Bonnie Grisham
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