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Henderson Widener Ball
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Birth: Nov. 28, 1822
Wayne County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1911
Kosciusko County
Indiana, USA

State of Indiana Death Records indicate that Henderson died in Seward Twp, Kosciusko County, Indiana.


The ministry is considered the most holy calling to which man can direct his attention. The idea of God, without which idea implanted in the human breast life would be despair, is the most sacred of all our possessions. From savage tribes to civilized peoples the hope of immortality is the star that guides through the stormy sea of life. That hope alone renders life worth living, providing only that it is lived according to the gospel. It is such a life that the subject of this memorial has lived and is yet living, at the age of eighty years. He was born in Wayne county, Indiana, September 28, 1822, and is the child of William D. and Margaret (Widner) Ball. The Ball family is of mixed Irish and English descent and hails from the Old Dominion, where William D. was reared and educated. When he reached the age of fifteen years he removed with his father to east Tennessee, but in 1819 the family came to Wayne county, Indiana, though William D. had preceded his father there three years, coming on in 1816, the same year Indiana was admitted to statehood. At that time many portions were wholly unsettled and were very wild, the heavy timber stretching away hundreds of miles with scarcely a clearing and the Indians and wild animals contending for supremacy.

William D. had married before coming here and upon his arrival had entered eighty acres in Wayne county from the government, a tract without a stick cut on it and covered with an impenetrable forest of heavy trees, Indian trails ran through the woods in every direction. He went to work and cleared off a spot for a rude log cabin and erected it with the help of the few nearest neighbors. Slowly the forest disappeared before the ax of the farmer and crops of grain took the place of the trees. In time the old log cabin was replaced with a better structure, and steadily the pioneer period, became a thing of the past. He remained in that county until 1837 and then sold out and moved to Delaware county, where he entered one hundred and twenty acres from the government and again prepared to dear off the timber. He remained on this farm with his family until the autumn of 1851, when he again sold out and came to Fulton county and bought sixty acres, partly cleared, and erected a substantial frame house thereon. There the father and mother passed the remainder of their days, the former dying in 1870 and the latter in 1863.

The father was an honest, enterprising and industrious man, and had the respect of everybody. He was a member of the Dunkard church. To him and wife nine children were born as fol1ows: John, Calvin, William, Margaret, Henderson, Mary A., Thomas, Aaron and Harriet. Only four of these are living, Henderson, Thomas, Aaron and Harriet, aged respectively seventy-nine, seventy-four, seventy-two and seventy years. Henderson remained on his father's farm until he was twenty years old, attending the district schools and working during the summers on the farm. On September 6, 1842, he married Miss Charity, daughter of James and Sarah (Lumpkin) Ball. To this union two children were born: Sarah J., who died at the age of ten years; and Nancy E., who died in infancy. Upon the death of his first wife Mr. Ball married Freeia Lumpkin and by her has thirteen children: Melvina, born September 25, 1846, died aged six years; Martha A., born November 8, 1847, became the wife of William R. Williams; Lewis Cass, born December 12, 1848, is single and lives with his father; William E., born. April 1, 1850, died in infancy; James O., born September 16, 1851, deceased; Charity M., born July 19, 1853, became the wife of Calvin Noyer and resides in Akron, Indiana; John Milton, born February 27, 1855, married Jennie Meredith and lives in Franklin township; Catherine, born December 18, 1856, is; the wife of George Swick and lives near Akron; Thomas E., born June 25, 1858, married Laura Robinson and resides in Seward township; Laura Alice, born May 24, 1860, became the wife of Almondo Gast and lived in Akron until her death; Diantha V., born February 27, 1862, became the wife of Henry Meredith and lives in Franklin township; Jennie G., born June 1, 1864, is single and resides at home with her father; Robert Nelson, born May 3, 1867, married Miss Hilda Hammon and resides in Anderson. Indiana.

Henderson Ball, the subject, grew to maturity on his father's farm. When eighteen years of age he became impressed with the story of the gospels and began to study for the ministry. He was duly licensed in 1840 and was placed in charge of a circuit at once, his first charge being seven miles west of his present place. He remained in active service for twenty-one years. During that time he baptised about two hundred persons, married about one hundred couples, filled appointments at thirty, twenty-four, twenty, twenty-one, fifteen and seven miles distance, preached in one hundred and five different houses and many times in some of the houses, traveled through all sorts of weather, at one time making a ride of thirty miles when the thermometer registered twenty-five degrees below zero at eleven o'clock in the morning. The Baptist church to which he belonged and for which he labored was greatly benefited by his learning, piety, eloquence and tireless energy in the cause of the Master.

He is a stalwart member of society and the friend of all reforms. He served as notary public for thirty-five years, during which time he has written much of the legal work for all persons in this portion of the county. He has voted with the Republican party since its organization in 1856. He has been spoken of often in connection with the legislature, and during the Rebellion was frequently threatened by the Knights of the Golden Circle for his outspoken and loyal utterances. His son Aaron served as a private in the Federal army. Mr. Ball is specially distinguished by his honesty, firmness of character, piety and intelligence. He is widely known and has the unlimited confidence and respect of everybody.

Progressive Men and Women of Kosciusko County, Indiana
B. F. Bowen, Publisher
Logansport, Indiana

Family links: 
  William Dyer Ball (1791 - 1870)
  Margaret Weidner Ball (1790 - 1863)
  Charity Lumpkin Ball (1827 - 1845)*
  Freela Inola Lumpkin Ball (1824 - 1914)*
  Nancy Ellen Ball (1845 - 1845)*
  Martha Ann Ball Williams (1847 - 1932)*
  Lewis Cass Ball (1848 - 1936)*
  Charity Margaret Ball Noyer (1854 - 1937)*
  John Milton Ball (1855 - 1928)*
  Freela Catherine Ball Swick (1856 - 1954)*
  Thomas Elza Ball (1858 - 1952)*
  Laura Ball Gast (1860 - 1884)*
  Viola Diantha Ball Meredith (1862 - 1935)*
  Jennie Ball (1864 - 1950)*
  Calvin Morgan Ball (1816 - 1901)*
  Henderson Widener Ball (1822 - 1911)
*Calculated relationship
Akron IOOF Cemetery
Fulton County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Gast Mausoleum
Created by: Robin Carr-Morcombe
Record added: Feb 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65315015
Henderson Widener Ball
Added by: cotus hutchison
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Rest in peace Reverend Ball. Thank you for your service in the ministry.
 Added: Dec. 28, 2012

- Deborah Sigrist
 Added: Dec. 13, 2012

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