From a 1905 biography by J M Guinn
ABRAHAM R. BALL. A veteran of the Civil war, Mr. Ball has an army record of which he may well feel proud. Not many men would reenlist in the service after being honorably discharged on account of physical disability, but in the case of Mr. Ball the first taste of war was just enough to spur him on, and as soon as he was able to pass the examination he again went to the front, taking part in the memorable march of Sherman through Georgia. Since the war he has been engaged in tilling the soil, meeting with excellent success in his undertakings.
Born June 22, 1839, Mr. Ball is a son of Willis and Achsah (Kinsley) Ball, the former born near Bowling Green, Ky. At an early age he removed with his parents to Indiana, where he subsequently engaged in farming, later following the same vocation in Iowa. His death occurred in Peoria, Ill. Mr. Ball was a lineal descendant of Col. William Ball, who was a brother of George Washington's mother. The chart containing this valuable information is in the possession of A. R. Ball and is prized as one of his most valued possessions. Mrs. Ball was born in Indiana, a daughter of John Kinsley, the latter a native of New York state who migrated to Indiana, where he was for years engaged in tilling the soil.
Abraham R. Ball is the youngest son in a family of six children. His boyhood and youth were spent in the state of his nativity, but at the age of sixteen he went to Iowa, where he secured employment on a "farm, making his home with his parents until attaining his majority. On starting out in life for himself he worked on farms in Iowa and also engaged in breaking oxen for neighboring farmers. Later he purchased and improved a farm of his own near Osceola, where he was living in 1862, the year of his enlistment in Company H, Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Later he was taken ill and was finally given his honorable discharge, it being thought that he was in such poor health that it would be impossible for him to remain in the service. A few weeks at home, however, made a new man of him and soon afterward he reenlisted in Company G, Thirteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and in this company he served until the close of the war. He was at the front most of the time, being with Sherman during the Atlanta campaign. After the, fall of the Confederacy Mr. Ball remained with his army corps until the grand review at Washington, when he returned to his home in Iowa and there he followed farming until 1884, when he disposed of his farm and came to California.
On arriving here he located in Fresno county, purchasing forty acres of land upon which he took up his old occupation of farming. Later he sold that place and bought the ranch that has since been his home. This consists of two hundred and fifty acres and is devoted to grain and general farming. From time to time Mr. Ball has added to his first purchase, until at the present writing he and his sons, Isaac and Harry, own nearly two sections of land, being among the most extensive farmers in this section of the county. The ranch is equipped with modern appliances, including a combined harvester and other labor-saving machinery.
While residing in Iowa Abraham R. Ball was united in marriage with Miss Mary Fouche, who was born in Indiana and is a descendant of one of the oldest families of that state. This union has been blessed by the birth of the following children: Delia, became Mrs. David Ash, of Iowa; Isaac at home; Harry, also at home; and Achsah, became Mrs. James Sherwood.
Years ago Mr. Ball was made a Mason and he is also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, being a member of the Atlanta Post of Fresno. Politically a Democrat, he is at all times actively interested in the welfare of his party. Self-made in every sense of the word, he is to be congratulated on the success he has made of his opportunities, as he started without a dollar. Both he and his estimable wife are highly respected for their many excellent traits of character, and that they may live long and enjoy years of happiness is the wish of a large circle of sincere friends.
Abraham originally established a store in Sanger, but eventually traded the business for 250 acres of land on Friant Road, later known as the Ball Ranch.
1880USC Washington, Warren, IA -
Abraham R(euban) Ball H 41 M B IN F VA M NY Farming,
Mary (Ann) (nee Fouche) W 40 M B IN F/M KY,
Cora (Adell) (md Ashe) D17 S B IA,
(Achsan) Ella (Eleanor) (md James W Sherwood) D15 B IA,
Isaac (Roscoe) S11 B IA,
Henry (Willis) S8 B IA
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