William Lee Ball

Brief Life History of William Lee

When William Lee Ball was born on 22 April 1844, in Honaker, Russell, Virginia, United States, his father, John Tunnell Ball, was 31 and his mother, Margaret Sarah Honaker, was 27. He married Louisa Jane Kanady on 15 January 1872, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1880 and Saline Township, Woods, Oklahoma, United States in 1900. He registered for military service in 1861. His occupation is listed as speculator in Indian Territory, United States. He died on 5 October 1912, in Jet, Alfalfa, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Thrawl Cemetery, Jet, Alfalfa, Oklahoma, United States.

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William Lee Ball
Louisa Jane Kanady
Marriage: 15 January 1872
William Orson Ball
Sarah Louisa Jane Ball
Elnora Elizabeth Ball
Rosa May Ball
Maude Barrella Ball
Cleopatra Ball
Lillie Hortense Ball

Sources (21)

  • Wm L Balt, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William L. Ball - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: William Lee Ball
  • William L Ball, "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995"

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U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Historical Boundaries: 1850: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States* 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States *Renamed Salt Lake in 1868

1862 · The Battle of Fredericksburg

The Battle of Fredericksburg involved 200,000 troops with General Ambrose Burnside of the army of the Potomac against General Lee’s Army of the North.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English bal, ball(e) ‘ball, sphere, globe, round body’ (Old French balle or Old English beall(a)), a nickname for a short, obese person.

English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a knoll or rounded hill, from the same Middle English word, bal(le) as in 1 above, but applied topographically.

English: from a Middle English adjective ball (weak form balle) in the sense ‘bald’, from ball ‘white streak, bald place’.

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

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In the spring of 1878 my nephew Balford Bramble Owens and I started for Salt Lake City, Utah to see my brother William and to investigate the gospel. The morning I left my father’s house there were …

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