Almira Hamilton

26 March 1851–9 December 1926 (Age 75)
Henry, Illinois, United States

The Life of Almira

When Almira Hamilton was born on 26 March 1851, in Henry, Illinois, United States, her father, Alexander B Hamilton, was 32 and her mother, Sara Jane Aby, was 25. She married Benjamin Sylvanius Ball in 1869, in Warren, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Rock Island Township, Canadian, Oklahoma Territory, United States in 1900 and Virginia Township, Warren, Iowa, United States in 1910. She died on 9 December 1926, in New Virginia, Warren, Iowa, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in New Virginia, Warren, Iowa, United States.

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Benjamin Sylvanius Ball
Almira Hamilton
Marriage: 1869
Myrtle Eleanore Ball
Freddie Ball
George Warren Ball
Jed Emmett Ball
Effie Evadar Ball
Iva May Ball
Lena Ball
Lena Ball
Lula Ball

Spouse and Children

Warren, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 5

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 6

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 20

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from what is now a deserted village in the parish of Barkby, Leicestershire. This is named from Old English hamel ‘crooked’ + dūn ‘hill’. Hamilton near Glasgow was founded by the Hamiltons and named after them. In Ireland, this name may have replaced Hamill in a few cases. It has also been used as the equivalent of the Irish (Cork) name Ó hUrmholtaigh.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Almira Ball in household of Benjamin S Ball, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Almeiry Beacham in household of Nathan Beacham, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Almira Ball in household of Benjamin S Ball, "Iowa State Census, 1885"

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