|Birth: ||Dec. 7, 1819|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1907|
Received by findagrave contributor: wvy (#46555353)
He was son of William and Marcy (Harvey) Ball, and born Dec. 7, 1819, in Canada near Sherbrooke. His parents were from Mass. In 1836 they removed to Ohio, where, while making a home in the wilderness for the family, he studied systematically evenings until ten o'clock, under the guidance of his mother, and when twenty years of age commenced teaching. Rev. Ransom Dunn, holding meetings in the schoolhouse, said to him, "Do you think it reasonable and right to serve God?" "Most certainly." "Then you will serve God of course," said the preacher, and passed on. The appeal to reason prevailed, where other appeals had failed.
After about two years at Farmington Academy, he spent two years more at Grand River Institute, and preached occasionally in the vicinity, receiving license to preach from the Ashtabula Q. M. in 1843. The next year he went to Ontario, Can. to teach but was kept constantly at preaching for more than a year. He then attended the Biblical School at Whitestown,(NY) graduating in 1847.
The following year, he was married to Maria L. Bensly and entered upon a three years' pastorate at Chester, OH. A part of this time he was principal of Geauga Seminary, and numbered James A. Garfield among his pupils. In 1851, he went to Buffalo, NY to plant a church. After four years he settled with the Roger Williams church, Providence, R.I. In 1870 he became New York editor of the "Morning Star," and the next year editor of the "Baptist Union." In 1877, he returned to Buffalo.
Rev. Ball has always been a diligent student and an indefatigable worker. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Bates College, ME. He has published several small books of merit, and written extensively for the
religious and secular press. As a preacher he is argumentative, pungent and direct; as a pastor, sympathetic and helpful. He has had a wide influence in the denomination, having served as Trustee of Storer College from the foundation and of Hillsdale College also, except one term; and being now  a member of
the Foreign Mission and Conference Boards. In 1886 he visited the General Baptists of England, under appointment of the General Conference. His daughter Julia is a graduate of Packer College, Brooklyn, NY, and Ella J., since completing the Classical Course at Hillsdale College, has been eight years lady principal of Pike Seminary, N.Y.
---from "Cyclopedia of Free Baptists," pub. 1889, by Burgess and Ward.
Maria L. Benchley Ball (1820 - 1891)
Julia Ball (1855 - 1922)*
Ella Ball (1857 - 1931)*
Forest Lawn Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Section 3
Created by: Jay Boone
Record added: Aug 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75436277
A noted preacher, educator, editor, and pastor of the Freewill Baptist denomination in Ohio, NY, and RI.Rest in peace.|
winnie vance yandell
Added: May. 12, 2013