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James Ball
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Birth: 1620, England
Death: unknown
Virginia, USA

James Ball immigrated to Westmoreland-Stafford County, VA on 23 Nov 1654 with 19 other immigrants. He was Catholic and was transported by John Drayton. This was a time of great discrimination against Catholics in Maryland and Virginia, and oppressed Catholics tended to rely on each other. James chose immigrate to the most religiously tolerant area of Virginia which had been founded by an espoused Catholic, Giles Brent. Brent was recruiting Catholic colonists for his settlement in Virginia which, Brent hoped, would provide refuge from most of the religious persecution rampant in both England and colonial America at that time. Since most colonists emigrated from the port nearest their place of origin, it is likely that the original English home of immigrant James Ball was in the Severn River Valley area near Bristol, England.

James Ball married a lady named Catherine and they had at least one son named John Ball I (b. 1670).

In 1676, James Ball evacuated to the Brent Settlement in Aquia Creek, Stafford County, due to increasing tension with Native Americans. It is approximately six miles southwest of the area where John Ball acquired his second land grant in 1699/1700, on Dogue Run in present-day Fairfax County.

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

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  John Ball (1670 - 1722)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Debra Polly
Record added: Apr 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89170714

- Debra Polly
 Added: Apr. 26, 2012

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