Ester Bethilda Mathilda Ball

29 May 1862–6 March 1906 (Age 43)
Buncombe, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Ester Bethilda Mathilda

When Ester Bethilda Mathilda Ball was born on 29 May 1862, in Buncombe, North Carolina, United States, her father, Reuben Raphael Ball, was 35 and her mother, Didema Mary Sams, was 33. She married John Ellis Ball on 12 February 1880, in Madison, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She lived in Township 3 Bull Creek, Madison, North Carolina, United States in 1870 and Asheville Township, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States in 1900. She died on 6 March 1906, at the age of 43.

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Family Time Line

John Ellis Ball
Ester Bethilda Mathilda Ball
Marriage: 12 February 1880
Eldia Jane Ball
Gillie Ball
Julia Ball
Leota Ball
Bonnie Ball

Spouse and Children

12 February 1880
Madison, North Carolina, United States


    Eldia Jane Ball


    Gillie Ball


    Julia Ball


    Leota Ball



+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    Marcus A. Ball


    H. Rebecca J. Ball


    Elizabeth T Ball


    James Augustus. Ball


    John Parm Ball


+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1865 · Battle of Bentonville

Age 3

The Battle of Bentonville took place in Johnston, North Carolina from March 19, 1865- March 21, 1865. It was considered the bloodiest battle of North Carolina, with around 4,000 casualties.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 13

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Bathilda Ball in household of Reubin R Ball, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mathilda Ball in household of James E Ball, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bertha Ball in entry for Julia Ball, "North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930"

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