William Ball

14 May 1786–31 August 1873
North Meols, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

When William Ball was christened on 14 May 1786, in North Meols, Lancashire, England, his father, Robert Ball, was 54 and his mother, Anne Jump, was 46. He married Sarah Howard on 16 November 1807, in North Meols, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in North Meols, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom in 1841. He died on 31 August 1873, in Southport, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 87, and was buried in Southport, Lancashire, England.

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Family Time Line

William Ball
Sarah Howard
Marriage: 16 November 1807
Ann Ball
Alice Ball
Robert Ball
Thomas Ball
Mary Ball
Mary Ball
Jane Ball
Peter Ball
Sarah Ball

Spouse and Children

16 November 1807
North Meols, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom


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Parents and Siblings

    Robert Ball


    Anne Jump




    William Ball


    James Ball


    Peter Ball


    Alice Ball


    Ann Ball


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.
1789 · The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

"Former slave Olaudah Equiano settled in London and published his autobiography titled ""The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano."" Equiano learned to read and write and converted to Christianity. His autobiography is one of the oldest published works by an African-American writer."

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a short, fat person, from Middle English bal(le) ‘ball’ (Old English ball, Old Norse bǫllr).2 English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a knoll or rounded hill, from the same Middle English word, bal(le), used in this sense.3 English: from the Old Norse personal name Balle, derived either from ballr ‘dangerous’ or bǫllr ‘ball’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Ball, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • William Ball in entry for Thomas Ball, "England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910"
  • William Ball in entry for Mary Ball, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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