Mary Jane Ball

4 April 1869–20 February 1915 (Age 45)
Meigs, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Mary Jane

When Mary Jane Ball was born on 4 April 1869, in Meigs, Tennessee, United States, her father, Thomas Terrell Ball, was 27 and her mother, Nancy Ann Shipley, was 21. She married Samuel Elworth Murray on 13 October 1887, in McMinn, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Civil District 1, McMinn, Tennessee, United States in 1910. She died on 20 February 1915, in McMinn, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 45, and was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Meigs, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Elworth Murray
Mary Jane Ball
Marriage: 13 October 1887
Grover Cleveland Murray
William Hugh Murray
Lennie Mae Murray
Isabelle Murray
Gilbert Tate Murray
Franklin Bee Murray
Annie Juanita Murray
Austin Harman Murray

Spouse and Children

13 October 1887
McMinn, Tennessee, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Terrell Ball


    Nancy Ann Shipley




+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 9

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 13

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

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)

  • Mary Jane Ball in household of Thos T Ball, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary J Murray in household of Samuel Murray, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary J Murray in household of Samuel E Murray, "United States Census, 1910"

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