United States District Attorney, Union Civil War Officer. Born in New York at Harlem, he moved to Cincinnati and studied law while working as a clerk in the law office of Salmon P. Chase. He was admitted to the bar and entered into the practice of law as a partner to Chase in 1832. Ball became a prominent lawyer, tried several cases involving fugitive slaves, and supported the abolition movement. George Hoadley became a third partner in the firm in 1849. In 1850, he proposed a charter for the village of Clifton, near Cincinnati, to become incorporated as a city. He was elected as Clifton's first mayor. He later became United States District Attorney for Southern Ohio. A supporter of the Union during the Civil War, he helped to raise a company of volunteers in 1861 that were recruited from the Clifton area and became known as the "Valley Guards". While also serving as the Mayor of Clifton, he was elected as the company's Captain and offered the unit to serve in the Union Army. The company was attached to the 2nd Kentucky Infantry as Company E. Ball resigned as Mayor on June 9, 1862, was commissioned as a Captain in the Regular Army, and assigned as an Aide-de-Camp to General John E. Wool, commander of the Middle Department. After the war, he resumed his legal profession with his law partners and served in that capacity until he retired in 1885. He died at his residence in Glendale, Ohio when he was 76 years old. His father, Flamen Ball Sr., was a graduate of Yale College in 1787. His grandfather, Reverend Eliphalet Ball, was a Presbyterian minister in New York. His uncle, John Ball, was an officer in the Revolutionary War under Colonel Wynkoop. Ballston in Saratoga County, New York is named for his grandfather.
Evelina Candler Ball
1810–1864 (m. 1829)