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Nelson Green Ball
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Birth: Apr. 28, 1827
Forest County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 14, 1890
Pithole City
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA

Nelson Green Ball Sr.
April 28, 1827-October 14, 1890

Nelson Ball was born in East Hickory, Forest County, Pa., and died at the age of 63 years, 5 monthes and 16 days. He was one of the old land-marks of Forest County. He was the son of Isaac and Sally Manross Ball. When he arrived at the age of maturity he entered into a co-partnership with his father in 1848 and built grist mill at East Hickory. In the year 1860 he bought his father's interest in the mill and also portions of the farm containing the buildings, etc.. In the year 1863 he bought his father's interest in the mill and also that portion of the farm containing the buildings, etc. After the death of his father he bought the remaider of the farm lying on the east side of Hickory Creek. In 1885 he sold the grist mill and farm to Thomas Jefferson Bowman and removed to Bear Lake, Pa. A few years later he bought the Clinton Ball farm on Pithole, which was once the famous oil farm in Pithole's palmiest days, where he resided to his demise. He was engaged in farming and lumbering in his early life and was always succesful in his many business enterprises. By his social intercourse and aimable disposition he drew about him hosts of friends wherever he went. He was married to Martha I. Hunter, a daughter of the late William P. Hunter of Tionesta. To them five sons and three daughters were born, namely: John Wesley, Isaac Homer, Austin Fletcher, (murdered at Louisville, Kentucky)Clifford and William Napolean, Mrs. Sally Gorman; Jenny, now Mrs. Zahnizer and Aurilla, the youngest daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Ball were members of the Free Methodist Church, where they were endowed with many spiritual blessings and he built up in the most holy faith. For many years they were members of the Methodist Church till about ten years ago when they united with the F.M. Church. Mr. Ball had been a sufferer from kidney disease for nearly twelve years making life for him almost a burden, yet he was ever cheerful, and seldom a murmur escaped his lips, his sufferings were borne with a christian fortitude and with resignation that foretold a well spent christian life, and when the ministering angel came to welcome his spirit across the swelling billows of Jordan, he called the partner of his life to his couch and bid her good-bye, and as he was looked upon by his entire family who stood by his bed side weeping, in a loud distinct voice requested the to "Praise the Lord", and closed his eyes in death, showing them to all present that it was good to die in the Lord, Rev. J. Barnhart will conduct the funeral services at East Hickory at 1pm, today, after which after which the remain will be laid to rest in that cemetery at this place.

NELSON G. BALL, farmer, P. O. Pit Hole City, Venango Co., Penn., was born in what is now Hickory township, Forest Co., Penn., April 28, 1832, and is a son of Isaac and Sally (Manross) Ball, natives of Vermont, and among the pioneers of what is now Forest county, locating first in what is now Harmony township. Here the father conducted a saw-mill for a time, which was erected by George Siggins, but afterward came to Hickory township, and here engaged in lumbering. In 1832 he located in Balltown, built a saw-mill and commenced lumbering. Here he resided ten years, and then returned to Hickory township, where he erected a saw and grist-mill, which he conducted until his death. He had ten children: Fidelia (Mrs. John Gilson), Harriet (Mrs. Robert Hiner), Clinton, Isaac, Sally (Mrs. James Y. Siggins), Lavina (Mrs. Clark Bean), David, Nelson G., Julia (Mrs. William Richardson) and William. Nelson G. Ball was reared in Forest county, and conducted a grist-mill at East Hickory for twenty-three years; he then engaged in farming, and resided in Hickory township until 1885, when he removed to Columbus township, Warren county, and there remained until the spring of 1886, when he removed to Allegheny township, Venango Co., Penn., where be now resides. His wife, nee Martha Hunter, daughter of William and Sally (Range) Hunter, is a granddaughter of Poland Hunter, a pioneer of Forest county. Mr. and Mrs. Ball have had seven children: J. Wesley, Homer, Austin (deceased), Sally (Mrs. J. Gorman), Jennie (Mrs. Jacob Zahniser), William and Rilla. Mr. Ball is a member of the Free Methodist Church. Politically he is an advocate of prohibition.

Source: Page(s) 942-943, Chapter 15 Biographical Sketches - Tionesta Township and Borough of Tionesta
Hickory and Harmony Townships
History of Counties of McKean, Elk and Forest, Pennsylvania.
Chicago, J.H. Beers & Co., 1890.
Transcribed December 2005 by Nathan Zipfel for the Forest County Genealogy Project
Published 2005 by the Forest County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project
Family links: 
  Isaac Ball (1787 - 1865)
  Sarah Manross Ball (1792 - 1853)
  Martha I Hunter Ball Peters Bimber (1830 - 1911)
  Martha I. Hunter Ball (1830 - 1911)*
  Isaac Homer Ball (1856 - 1916)*
  Austin Fletcher Ball (1858 - 1884)*
  Sarah Hannah Ball Gorman Albaugh Schwab (1860 - 1952)*
  William Napoleon Ball (1863 - 1939)*
  Nelson Green Ball (1874 - 1874)*
  Phidelia Gilson (1815 - 1895)*
  Clinton Manross Ball (1817 - 1893)*
  Isaac Ball (1818 - 1878)*
  Sarah Ball Siggins (1820 - 1907)*
  Lovina L. Ball Bean (1821 - 1874)*
  David Isaac Ball (1825 - 1886)*
  Nelson Green Ball (1827 - 1890)
  Julia Ball Richardson (1829 - 1909)*
  William Wallace Ball (1831 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside East Hickory Cemetery
East Hickory
Forest County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: Christine Matha
Originally Created by: Ted K
Record added: Jun 18, 2006
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Nelson Green Ball
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My grandmother was born Ruth Holly Ball. Nelson's parents are my 3rd Great-Grandparents.
- Mark Grafe
 Added: Mar. 25, 2015
Great Grandfather, I never knew you, but thank you for your legacy.
- Colonel James A. Ball
 Added: Aug. 8, 2012

- Lanie
 Added: Nov. 17, 2011
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