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 Moses Ball, Sr

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Moses Ball, Sr

  • Birth 2 May 1717 Stafford County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 3 Sep 1792 Glencarlyn, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 36788166

Arlington County Pioneer (previously known as Fairfax County, District of Columbia & Alexandria County)

Land patent, 1748: 91 acres between John Ball (brother) on the north and Simon Pearson & George Washington on the south on Four Mile Run. It included current site of Nova Community Hospital.

Some researchers have the mistaken idea that Moses Ball is buried at the Ball Family Burying Ground in Clarendon, Arlington VA. "The Ball Family Burying Ground sits on land acquired by John Ball in 1796, four years after Moses Ball died...evidence strongly indicates that Moses Ball was buried in the Ball-Carlin Cemetery near Four Mile Run...the cemetery is within a few yards of the land that Moses acquired in 1748 and on which he died." Dr. Doris Ball, co-author The Ball Family of the Potomac, 1654-2004 (600 pages)

"Moses Ball was buried on his farm, which was afterwards known as Carlins, near what is now known as Glen Carlin, a part of his farm." (letter written by Clara Ball, Washington DC, 13 Dec 1897, to Mary Lillie Ball. Clara & Mary Ball were granddaughters of Moses Ball. The letter is in possession of Mary Beth Ryan Winkler, descendant from Rev Dabney Ball line.)

Parents: John Ball (1670-1722) & Winifred Williams of Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co VA. (Stafford Co created in 1664 from Westmoreland Co VA)

Will of John Ball, 14 Nov 1722: "I bequeath unto my son Moses Ball all the land and plantation and water mill that belongth to me on the north side of Great Hunting Creek to him and his heirs lawfully begotten....."

Grandfather: James Ball, who immigrated to Westmoreland Co VA (now Fairfax Co VA) in 1654. (Ref: "Ball Family of the Potomac, 1654-2004")

Wife: Ann (Nancy) Brashears Ball (1729-1816)

8 Children:
1. Ensign John Ball (1746-1814) m. Mary Ann Thrift
2. Moses Ball Jr (1748-1832) m. Mary Ann Hardin
3. Robert Ball (1750-1776)
4. Basil (Bazil) Ball (1751-1835) m. Belinda (Lindy) unk
5. Capt George Ball (1753-1825) m. Elizabeth Tunnell
6. Lt James Ball (1755-) never married
7. Ann Ball (1757-1812) never married
8. Sabilla Ball (1762-1817) never married

Neighbor of General George Washington who bought Washington Forest (1200 acres) adjoining Ball's property on Four Mile Run in Carlin Springs area in 1775. (

Surveyor for George Washington.
In 1785 he (& other local landowners) surveyed boundaries adjacent to George Washington's property known as Washington Forest.

After Moses died, his widow, son Basil and daughters probably remained at the home until they died or lost the property by foreclosure in 1818 to Richard Kirby. (Basil Ball & Richard Kirby were neighbors in the 1820 census)

Note: Arlington County was part of Fairfax Co in 1792. It belonged to the District of Columbia until 1846 when it was returned to the state of Virginia. It became part of Alexandria County in 1847 before ending up as Arlington County in 1920.

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  • Created by: Janet LaMotte
  • Added: 6 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36788166
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Moses Ball, Sr (2 May 1717–3 Sep 1792), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36788166, citing Ball-Carlin Family Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Janet LaMotte (contributor 46988542) .