Franklin E Ball

19 July 1865–10 November 1934 (Age 69)
Wayne Township, Cass, Michigan, United States

The Life of Franklin E

When Franklin E Ball was born on 19 July 1865, in Wayne Township, Cass, Michigan, United States, his father, Israel C Ball, was 50 and his mother, Martha Ann Mosher, was 37. He married Ida E. Stark on 28 August 1889, in Dowagiac, Cass, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States in 1910. He died on 10 November 1934, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Franklin E Ball
Ida E. Stark
Marriage: 28 August 1889
Owen M. Ball

Spouse and Children

28 August 1889
Dowagiac, Cass, Michigan, United States


    Owen M. Ball


Parents and Siblings

    Israel C Ball


    Martha Ann Mosher




    Billie Ball


    William R Ball


    Frances J Ball


    Miranda Isaphone Ball


    Alice Ball


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 1

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.
1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

Age 2

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 
1885 · The World's First Skyscraper

Age 20

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

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)

  • Franklin Ball in household of Isreal Ball, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Frank E Ball, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Frank E Ball, "United States Census, 1920"

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