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George Ball (c. 1776–1812)


Ball and Bushrod Washington corresponded regarding the former's sale of his Gloucester County lands.


George Ball was an attorney who lived in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. In April 1797 he purchased (on partial credit) 400 acres of land in Gloucester County from George Washington. Unable to pay off the debt to Washington’s estate, he sold the tract to Burwell Bassett Jr. in 1805. Ball died in 1812.


"From George Washington to Thomas Parker, 7 February 1793," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Presidential Series, vol. 12, 16 January 1793 – 31 May 1793, ed. Christine Sternberg Patrick and John C. Pinheiro. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005, pp. 110–111.]

"From George Washington to George Ball, 6 March 1797," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 1, 4 March 1797 – 30 December 1797, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 7–9.]

George Ball to Executors of George Washington’s Estate, 3 November 1805, Papers of George Washington (W685), Reel 2, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia.

A Guide to the Papers of Notable Virginia Families, 1763-1866, Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville (Archival Resources of the Virginias).

George Ball in Virginia, Spotsylvania County Records, 17211800 (

Virginia Argus (Richmond), 21 December 1812, page 1, column 2 (