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Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Ball-Carlin Cemetery
 
The Ball-Carlin Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin Vincent, April 21, 2012
1. The Ball-Carlin Cemetery Marker
 
Inscription. Here between 1766 and 1908 were buried members of the Ball and Carlin families. In 1742 John Ball was granted 166 acres in this area and in 1748 his brother Moses Ball was granted 91 adjoining acres, now the site of Doctor’s Hospital. They were cousins of George Washington who acquired an adjoining tract along Four Mile Run in 1785. After John Ball’s death in 1766, his estate was sold to William Carlin who was one of Washington’s tailors. Fragments of the original Ball-Carlin log house are within the walls of the house at 5620 3rd Street South. About 1800 Carlin built a log house that still stands at 5512 North Carlin Springs Road. In present Glencarlyn Park his descendants operated “Carlin Springs”, a popular resort during 1872-1884.
 
Erected by Arlington County, Virginia.
 
Location. 38° 51.79′ N, 77° 7.55′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 South Kensington Street, Arlington VA 22204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carlin Community Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); John Ball House (within shouting distance of this marker); Moses Ball Grant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carlin Springs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Glencarlyn Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Mary Carlin House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington's Survey Marker (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Bailey’s Crossroads (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
 
Gravestones in the Ball-Carlin Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin Vincent, July 7, 2012
2. Gravestones in the Ball-Carlin Cemetery
These gravestones in the corner of the Ball-Carlin Cemetery are not located at the actual grave sites but were moved to the corner of the cemetery.
 

 
More about this marker. The statement on the marker that John and Moses Ball were cousins of George Washington is probably inaccurate. Although George Washington's mother's maiden name was Ball, there is no evidence that she was related to this Ball family.
 
Corner of Ball-Carlin Cemetery next to library Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin Vincent, July 7, 2012
3. Corner of Ball-Carlin Cemetery next to library
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 376 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on May 15, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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