John William Ball

15 October 1846–7 August 1914 (Age 67)
Galena, Delaware, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of John William

When John William Ball was born on 15 October 1846, in Galena, Delaware, Ohio, United States, his father, David Austin Ball, was 36 and his mother, Mary Ann Tompkins, was 33. He married Eliza Catherine Johnston on 2 November 1870, in Humboldt, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Petrolia, Humboldt, California, United States in 1880 and Pony, Madison, Montana, United States in 1900. He died on 7 August 1914, in Dillon, Beaverhead, Montana, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Beaverhead, Montana, United States.

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Family Time Line

John William Ball
Eliza Catherine Johnston
Marriage: 2 November 1870
Cressie J. Ball
Margaret Ann Ball
Charles Ball
Catherine Johnston Ball
Mary E Ball
John Austin Ball
William Cozine Ball
Jennie Frank Ball
Gertrude A. Ball

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 November 1870Humboldt, California, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 14
    Historical Boundaries 1860: Nebraska Territory, United States 1861: Dakota Territory, United States 1863: Idaho Territory, United States 1864: Madison, Idaho Territory, United States 1864: Madison, Montana Territory, United States 1889: Madison, Montana, United States
    Age 17
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    Age 19
    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    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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    Sources (19)

    • John Ball in entry for Jennie Ball Duncan, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • John Ball in household of Mary Ball, "United States Census, 1850"
    • John W. Ball in entry for Andrew Duncan and Jennie B. Johnston, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"

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