Guy Ball

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Guy Ball, son of Joseph Ball and Mary (…), was born probably shortly before his baptism at St. Mary, Rotherhithe, London, England, 2 July 1674 (he was 41 in the 1715 census).1,2,3 He died before 21 April 1722,3 when he was buried at Christ Church Parish, Barbados.2

Guy married Catherine Duboys, daughter of Thomas Duboys and Katharine Gillhampton, about 1704.3,4

On 8 June 1704 Guy Ball first appears on the abstracted records of Barbados:
Guy Ball of St. Michael and Catherine his wife to Benjamin Matson, Settlement of the Guinea plantation, St. John, 317 acres, bounding on lands of Gen. Codrington, together with a Mill, etc., and slaves in consideration of marriage already solemnized between said Guy and Catherine, formerly C. Duboys, spinster, daughter of Thomas Duboys deceased and of £3000 currency received with her, upon trust for the said Guy for life, then for Catherine for life, then to the first and other sons in tail.

On 1 June 1708, he is described as of London, merchant, when he sells to Edward Lascelles of London, Merchant, the Netherlands plantation in St. Philip's Parish, Barbados, 250 acres, and the Guinea Plantation in St. John's Parish, subject to a jointure of £400 in favour of Catherine, wife of Guy Ball.

By 29 April 1712, he is in Christ Church Parish when he sells to John Spooner of St. Michael, gentleman, 10 acres in Christ Church, which is a portion of the estate of Guy Ball.

In 1714 he is shown as Guy Ball, Esquire, of Christ Church when, on 7 July when he buys from Alex Cunningham, Chief Marshal of the Court of Common Pleas for St. Michael, two parcels of 17 acres 3 roods 36 perches and of 18 acres 3 roods 10 perches in St.John's. On 20 July he sells 2 1/2 acres in St. John to James Drinkwater of St. John.

In the 1715 census of Barbados, Guy and his family were recorded in Christ Church Parish:
     The Honorable Guy Ball Esq., age 41
     Katherine Ball his Lady, 27
     Richard Ball his son, 7
     Katherine Ball his daughter, 6
     Joseph Ball his son, 4
     Mary Ball his daughter, 9 months

By 1718, he is styled as the Honorable Guy Ball of Christ Church in a series of sales:

On 20 December 1718, he sells a parcel [not described] to Edward Lovell of St. James;

On 7 September 1720 he sells:
10 acres in St. Joseph to John Mills of St. Andrews;
10 acres in St. Joseph to Richard Alder of that place;
10 acres in St. Joseph to John Lewis;
10 acres in St. Jospeh to Capt John Swan;
10 acres in St. Joseph to John Cobham.

On 20 July 1720 , he sells 105 acres in St. Thomas to the Honorable Edmund Sutton of St. Michael for £2100.

After his death, Bridget Walrond of St. John, spinster, gave a lease to Catherine Ball of Christ Church, widow and executrix of the will of the Honorable Guy Ball, deceased, for four years of land in St. John.2,5

Guy left a will dated 20 November 1719, and recorded 30 April 1720 which included:
to wife, household goods, furniture and plate, chariot and six coach-horses;
to son Joseph at 21, £2000;
to daughter Catherine at 21 or marriage, £2000;
executors: wife, father-in-law Joseph Hole, and friends Major General Maxwell and Ralph Weeks, £50 each;
Residue to son Richard, a minor;
directing that the sons be bred in England.

Witnesses: Faithful Adams, A Reid, Robert Warren

While Guy identified his father-in-law as Joseph Hole, Hole was actually the step-father of Catherine Duboys/Dubois, having married her widowed mother in January 1702/3.2,6


Catherine Duboys b. 1688
  • Richard Ball2 b. 1707
  • Katherine Ball2 b. 1709
  • Joseph Ball2 b. 19 Dec 1711, d. bef. 19 Apr 1743
  • Thomas Ball2 b. 3 Aug 1713
  • Mary Ball2 b. 14 Feb 1715, d. bef. 24 Mar 1742
  • George Ball2 b. 7 Apr 1716
  • Frances Ball+2 b. 2 Mar 1717/18, d. 18 May 1761
  • Benjamin Ball2 b. May 1719
This person was last edited on21 Apr 2023


  1. [S2111], London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, (on-line database), Provo, Utah:, Operations, 2010, St Mary, Rotherhithe, Composite register: baptisms Mar 1674 - Jan 1698/9, marriages Apr 1674 - Jan 1698/9, burials Mar 1674 - Jan 1698/9, P71/MRY/008. Original data: 1538-1812 Church of England Parish Registers, London, England: London Metropolitan Archives, further cited as Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.
  2. [S406] "Ball of Barbados," Genealogies of Barbados Families From Caribbeana and The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, James C. Brandow, editor (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1983, 135-144, at 135-144; originally published, The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society II (1934): 188-, further cited as "Ball of Barbados."
  3. [S934] Richard K. Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales: For Twelve Generations(Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007), 125, further cited as Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales.
  4. [S406] "Ball of Barbados," 143.
  5. [S2652] Department of Archives, Black Rock, Barbados, "A Census of the Island of Barbados, West Indies 1715: with the names and ages of all the white Inhabitants of the Island arranged under their several Parishes," 25, FHL microfilm 1162149, img 505, further cited as Barbados Census, 1715.
  6. [S413] Joanne McRee Sanders, Barbados Records: Marriages 1643-1800, 2 volumes (Houston, Texas: Sanders Historical Publications, 1982), 1:103, further cited as Sanders, Barbados Marriages.