Minnie Jewel Gritton

10 February 1894–30 August 1976 (Age 82)
Monroe, Missouri, United States

The Life of Minnie Jewel

When Minnie Jewel Gritton was born on 10 February 1894, in Monroe, Missouri, United States, her father, Charles Jackson “Bud” Gritton, was 38 and her mother, Georgia Ann Dry, was 36. She married Ernest Ball on 23 November 1914, in Monroe, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Union Township, Monroe, Missouri, United States for about 20 years and Saling Township, Audrain, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 30 August 1976, in Centralia, Boone, Missouri, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Centralia, Boone, Missouri, United States.

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Ernest Ball
Minnie Jewel Gritton
Marriage: 23 November 1914
Morris Wayne Ball
Della Fae Ball
Anna Margaret Ball
Maurine Eunice Ball

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23 November 1914
Monroe, Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 10

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 22

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Gretton. One in Northamptonshire is named from Old English grēot ‘gravel’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Gretton in Shropshire is named from Old English grēoten ‘gravelly’ + tūn, while Gretton, Gloucestershire, is ‘farmstead (tūn) near Greet (Old English grēote ‘gravelly place’)’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Jewell Ball in household of Earnest Ball, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Minnie ? Ball in household of Earnest Ball, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Jewell Ball in household of Ernest Ball, "United States Census, 1940"

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