Mary Fidelia Ball

26 September 1840–14 February 1897 (Age 56)
Warwick, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Mary Fidelia

When Mary Fidelia Ball was born on 26 September 1840, in Warwick, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Henry Ball II, was 48 and her mother, Elmira Barrus, was 40. She married Henry H Holbrook on 5 May 1860, in Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in California, United States in 1897. She died on 14 February 1897, in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

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Henry H Holbrook
Mary Fidelia Ball
Marriage: 5 May 1860
Fremont H Holbrook

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5 May 1860
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 6

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 8

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 17

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

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 F Ball in household of Henry Ball, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"
  • Mary F Ball, "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961"
  • Mary P. Ball Holbrook in entry for F.h. Holbrook, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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