|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1853|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 6, 1928|
Fred Ball, a well-known farmer in this community, was born on December 16, 1853, in Genesee County, New York, and is the son of William and Elizabeth (Cann) Ball, both natives of England, who came to America prior to their marriage which was solemnized in New York. William Ball was a farmer by occupation and engaged in this vocation subsequent to his establishing a residence in Flint, Genesee county, Michigan, in 1866. He was the father of thirteen children, all of whom are living, with the exception of one, and all are residents of Michigan, with the exception of two, William and Arch, who live in Washington and Redlands, California, respectively.
Fred Ball received a limited education in the common schools, as it devolved on him to assist in the support of the family. In 1873, he located in Montcalm county, where he was employed in the woods and saw-mills of the locality. Following his marriage, he purchased forty acres of land not far from a tract of forty acres which his wife owned, later adding seventy acres to the west of the other land. Ninety acres of this property is cleared and under cultivation and is devoted to general farming and stock raising. The uncleared portion of this well-regulated place contains a lake near which is established the summer camp of the family, the entire place being known as the "Oak Hill Farm." In nation politics, Fred Ball is a Democrat, while in local elections he votes independently. He has held school offices ever since the school was established and has also been assessor since that time. Fraternally, he is a member of the Ball Camp, Modern Woodmen of America, the camp being named in his honor, and of which he has been treasurer since its inception, in 1898. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as well as of the Daughters of Rebekah, of which his wife is also a member.
On April 26, 1876, in Montcalm county, Fred Ball and Ella Wilcox were united in marriage, and to their union seven children were born, as follow: Myrtle E., who was born on August 25, 1877, married Walter Davis, of Flushing, Genesee county, Michigan, and they have three children, Laura, Mabel, and Edna; Edna L., was born on October 20, 1879, and married Herman Wager, now deceased; they had one child, Helen; Ora L., September 11, 1881, and married Ella Nellis; their home is in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Frank E., September 5, 1883, married Eva Rapp; they have one child, Ora; Leon F., May 16, 1892; Lloyd J., March 5, 1896, and married Bina Hinkley, and Arza W., September 3, 1898. Ella (Wilcox) Ball was born on May 5, 1839, in Greenville, Montcalm county, and is the daughter of Joseph and Lucy A. (Kingsley) Wilcox, both natives of New York, who located in Langston, Montcalm county, in 1865.
(Information taken from "History of Montcalm County, Michigan" by John W. Dasef, 1916)
William Ball (1823 - 1904)
Elizabeth Cann Ball (1829 - 1888)
Ella Wilcox Ball (1859 - 1949)
Myrtle Eva Ball Davis (1877 - 1958)*
Ora Lecter Ball (1881 - 1953)*
Leon F Ball (1892 - 1979)*
Lloyd Joseph Ball (1896 - 1952)*
Arza W Ball (1898 - 1974)*
Maintained by: Jeremy Ball
Originally Created by: Harry Moyles
Record added: Feb 26, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6218731