ABT 1736 - Lancaster, VA
BEF 6 JAN 1794 - Richmond, VA
Williamson BallWilliamson Ball >> Milly Ball >> John Sydnor >> Nancy Sydnor >> Fairfax Lewis >> Orah Lewis >> Marvin George >> Maida George
Williamson married first to Ann Beale but she died soon after and no children are thought to have come from their union. He remarried soon after to a daughter of William or Richard Glascock, first name unknown. (A cousin of Williamson, also named Williamson married a Glascock resulting in some confusing records.) With this second wife he had two daughters, Milly and Elizabeth. Williamson was again widowed and married finally to Priscilla Churchill, widow of another of Williamson's cousins Richard Spann.
Williamson wrote his will on November 27th, 1787. He left to his daughter Milly the four slaves she already had in her possession and one more male slave or the equivalent money to buy one plus she received 20£ worth of house keeping items from his estate. He also left equivalent numbers of slaves to his daughters Elizabeth, Priscilla, Lucy and Margaret. Margaret also received 100£ "because she is the youngest." He left all of his land and one half of his slaves to his son Harrison along with his best household furniture. Harrison must not have yet been of age because Williamson appointed Landon Carter of Sabine Hall as his guardian and asked that his son be properly educated, brought up in the Episcopal Church, "and endeavor to make him a useful member of society."
The will of Williamson Ball was proven in Richmond County Court on January 6th, 1794 and an inventory was ordered on his estate, taken June 24th of that year. Fifty-five slaves were listed by name. His livestock included eight horses, seven yoke of oxen, five cows with calves, 63 other cattle, 45 sheep, 34 young hogs and six sows with pigs. His home contained six sets of andirons (indicating his home may have had six fireplaces. Other items in the estate included blacksmith tools, two arm chairs, 34 sets of silverware, a still and a chariot with harness.
- Richmond County Wills & Inventories Vol. 8. Pg. 166.
- Richmond County Wills & Inventories Vol. 9. Pg. 40.
- Thompson, Sydnor "Sydnor of Virginia" Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine. 20.1 (1970). Print.
- Wright, F. Edward. Richmond County, Virginia: Marriage References and Family Relationships 1692-1800. Colonial Roots, 2015. pg. 10.
- Dorman, John F. Adventurers of Purse and Person : Virginia 1607-1624/5: Volume Three Families R-Z. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co, 2007. Print. Pg. 662.