Family legend confirmed?

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So based on the "family legends" thread from last week, I decided to chase down my family's supposed George Washington connection.  I seem to have confirmed that we're direct descendants of his mother's half-sister Esther Ball Chinn.  I would love it if someone else could take a peek and either poke holes in my story or suggest sources to help me improve it.  Any takers?

Relationship Finder- George Washington and Margaret Jett

in The Tree House by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Pilot (171k points)

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Beginning with your grandmother, you need to add valid sources to each profile to confirm the relationships. Other online trees are not a source, especially private family trees from paid sites.

As you source each profile and prove a relationship, go to the edit tab and mark that relationship as confident. Sourcing is the only way to be sure.
by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Thanks!  We're absolutely confident of the first several generations; my mother has original source documentation that we need to get uploaded. (She has tons of family history information- original documents, letters, family bibles, etc.)  We're cleaning up profiles from a GEDCOM file loaded up by someone else.  Esther Ball's son is already sourced.  It's the middle section (Edwards) that needs a little more attention, I think.

@Lisa

I'm sure you'll get there! Best of luck.

@Susan

Thanks for the star! blush

+4 votes
Ah, connecting to George Washington through the Ball surname...

I have that name in my ancestry as well, and one dream I'd like to realize is exactly how my line of the Ball family connects to George Washington.

Stupid brick walls.
by D. Botkin G2G6 Mach 3 (34.3k points)

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