16 Jul 1814
Will Book 17 pg 407
Essex County, Virginia
William Ball dec and Robert Ball are defendants – We the undersigned appointed Commissioners therein _ Do Report that being attended by a surveyor we divided the land whereon William Ball decd formerly lived into nine equal parts having had regard to quality as well as quantity – One, of which we allotted to each of the parties entitled thereto agreeably to the said Decretal Order as follows, Viz _ Lot No. 1 containing 8 acres to Richd. Ball _ Lot No. 2 containing 30 Acres to John Jones & Elizabeth his wife, Lot No. 3 containing 35 Acres to George Ball _ Lot No. 4 containing 32 acres to Archibald Ball, Lot No. 5 containing 32 acres to the infants Hugh & Elizabeth Cox _ your Commissioners beg leave to state as their opinion, that this lot cannot be subdivided agreeably to your order without material injury to the said infants _ It was therefore left entire, which is respectfully submitted _ Lot No. 6 containing 32 acres to John Ball _ Lot No. 7 containing 42 acres to William Ball Lot No. 8 containing 44 acres to the infant Elizabeth Ball, Lot No. 9 containing 53 acres to Robert Ball, as will fully appear by the within plot. All which is respectfully submitted. Given under our hands this 16th July 1814.
H. W. Latane
§ The plot refered to, in the above Report recorded upon the succeeding
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William Ball, son of John Ball, Sr. and Patience Reeves, died intestate but the above Chancery Case details legacies to his children and heirs.