main focus of the material that follows is to tell the story of Herbert
Henry Ball (1863-1943), and his descendants. The material that comes
first, however, outlines the ancestry of Herbert Henry Ball as thoroughly
as possible. (The direct line of his ancestry is identified by bold
text.) As part of the story of Herbert Henry Ball, expanded material
is included on his immediate family: his parents, Robert Ball and
Mary Ann Cooksley; his brothers David and Harry James; his half-brother,
George Cooksley; and the family of his wife, Mary Ann Martin.
|The known history of the Ball Family can be traced to the arrival of William Ball at the village of Winford, in Somerset, England. (William Ball was most likely born near Stanton Drew in the 1680's, and probably the son of William Ball and Hannah Beale.) The village of Winford, about 8 miles/13 kilometres south of Bristol in the Chew Valley, has a long history. The Domesday Book (1086) names the village Wenfrod. An even earlier reference (1065) identifies the community as Wunfrod, a name with Celtic origins: winn and frud meaning bright or white stream.|
of the most important sites in the village of Winford is the Church of
the Blessed Virgin Mary & St Peter. The church dates from the
15th Century, was rebuilt in 1796, restored in 1820, with further improvements
made in the 19th century. On April 5, 1708,
William Ball married
Bullock (or Ballock) in this church. The parish records of the
Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St Peter tell us a great deal about
the Ball Family. William and Mary Ball had at least
six children, all of whom were baptized in the Church of the Blessed Virgin
Mary & St Peter: Rachel (b.1709); Edward (b.1712); Martha (1714-1737);
John (1716-1718); Mary (b. 1720); and John, who was born in 1726.
(Photo courtesy of Alan Blundell)
|On October 16, 1746, John Ball married Jenney Williams (1728-1807), of Winford. They had at least twelve children, all of whom were baptized in Winford: Richard (1749-1816); George (1753-1773); John (b. 1755); William (b. 1758); Isaac (1761-1847); Jesse (1763-1842); Louise (b. 1765); James (b. 1768); Joel (b. 1770); Job (1772-1835); Jenny (b. 1774); and Hannah (b. 1776). For many years, John Ball served as the Clerk of the Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St Peter. His name is found on many of the baptismal, marriage, and burial records of the church. John passed away in May of 1784, and is buried in the church cemetery.|
|Jesse Ball married Mary Tovey on July 27, 1788. Mary was born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire in 1756, the eldest of nine children born to William Tovey and Mary Lawrence. Jesse and Mary Ball had a family of at least five sons, each of whom was baptized in Winford: Robert (1789-1810); John (1792-1868); Jesse (1795-1812); Stephen (1797-1871); and George (1803-1854). Mary Ball died in Winford in April of 1837. Jesse Ball died in Felton on October 24, 1842. According to his death certificate, the Cause of Death was Visitation of God.|
|John Ball was baptized in the parish of Winford, on February 10, 1792. On November 30, 1815, he married Ann Vowles in St. James Church, Bristol. She had been born in the nearby parish of Dundry, on May 15, 1796, one of the nine children of John Vowles (1765-1844) and Mary Sampson (1770-1860). Tracing the events in the lives of John and Ann Ball is possible to do through census and church records. Census records tell us that in 1841, John and Ann Ball lived in the village of Felton. By 1851, they had moved to the village of Barrow Common, where they would live for the remainder of their lives. Church records tell us that John and Ann Ball had a family of ten children: Robert, Mary, John, Thomas, David, William, Ann, George, Hannah, and Joseph. John Ball died on September 4, 1868, at the age of 75. He is buried in Winford. Ann, however, is found both in the census of 1871 and 1881, still living at Barrow Common. She died there on January 4, 1887, aged 91. She is buried in Dundry.|
To learn more about the siblings of Robert Ball, go the John Ball Family History.
|Robert Ball was born September
6, 1817 in the parish of Dundry. On August 21, 1855, he married
Ann Cooksley. In 1861, Robert and Mary Ann Ball
lived in Bedminster, in the home of his mother-in-law, Mary Cooksley.
(The district of Bedminster was located south of the town of Bristol; today,
it is a part of suburban Bristol, located just east of Bristol International
Airport.) By 1861, they had two children: David (born December 10,
1855); and Emily Elizabeth (born August 22, 1860). Robert
listed his occupation at the time as a Hay Dealer.
From 1869 until 1883, Robert Ball was a Publican, managing a public house called the Globe Cellar, located at 25 Nicholas Street, Bristol. The 1871 census records Robert and Mary Ann Ball as living here with their children David, Herbert Henry (born September 9, 1863), and Harry James (born in 1867). Their daughter, Emily Elizabeth, died on August 1, 1865.
|Mary Ann Cooksley was born in 1832,
the daughter of George Cooksley, a milk dealer, and Mary Derrick.
George, son of John Cooksley and Joan Nyatt, was born in
Dundry on March 10, 1798; Mary was born there in 1799. George and
Mary were married in Bristol on September 7, 1824. George passed
away in Dundry on November 29, 1844. Following the death of her husband,
Mary supported herself and her family as a Dairywoman, until her own death
on February 16, 1875.
In addition to their daughter Mary Ann, George and Mary Cooksley had three other children: Caroline, George, Jr., and John.
|By the time of the 1881 census, Robert and Mary Ann lived at 6 Wellington Street in Bristol, with their two youngest sons, Herbert and Harry, but they still managed the Globe Cellar Tavern. In 1883, Robert became the manager of the Masonic Arms Tavern (pictured left), located at 72 Thunderbolt Street, Bristol. It was at 6 Wellington Street that Mary Ann died from “congestion of the brain” on August 15, 1885. On February 22, 1887 Robert Ball passed away there of “heart disease and senile decay.” Robert and Mary Ann are buried in the graveyard of the parish church in Dundry, along with their daughter Emily Elizabeth. (Photograph, right, courtesy of Alan Blundell, a great-great-grandson of Robert and Mary Ann Ball.)|
|David Ball (sometimes known as
David Sidney Ball) married Ann Johanna Gleeson (1858-1901) on December
9, 1878. According to the census of 1881, the David Ball family lived
at 17 King Street, Bristol, and David worked as a Corn Porter. The
census of 1891 shows that the family had moved to 4 Bloomsbury Street,
Bristol, with David working as Dock Labourer. By 1901,
the David Ball family lived at 12 Cannon Street, Bristol, and David listed
his occupation as a bricklayer. David and Ann Ball had five children:
Emily Elizabeth, Frederick Robert, Rosina Ada, William Robert, and Harry
Following the death of his wife Ann in 1901, David Ball remarried in 1903. His second wife was Alice Maud Mary Wyatt, who was born in Bedminster in 1875. She was the daughter of Albert Wyatt and his wife, Hannah Ball. (Hannah was the younger sister of Robert Ball, thus Alice Wyatt and David Ball were first cousins.) The final census in which David Ball appears is that of 1911. By that time the family lived at 3 Crown Terrace, Temple, Bristol. David Ball passed away in Bristol on October 5, 1912. Alice Ball (who had remarried, to William Allen, in 1920) died in Bristol on June 4, 1954. David and Alice Ball had two sons: Albert John and Herbert Henry Ball.
|Emily Elizabeth Ball was born in Bristol on December 26, 1878. By 1901, she is found working as a servant in Wales. She married John Williams in Cardiff, Wales in 1915, but divorced in 1924. Emily and her husband had no children. She passed away in Bristol on March 2, 1942.|
|Frederick Robert Ball was born in Bristol in 1881, and died at the age of 18, in 1899.|
|Rosina Ada Ball was born in Bristol
in 1884. The Census of 1901 sees Rosina living in the Bristol Union
Workhouse, Stapleton. With her is her son, Robert Ball, who had been
born in the workhouse on November 19, 1900. Rosina and Robert would
leave the workhouse on May 1st 1901, but what happens to Robert after that
time is unknown. On February 25, 1905, she married Joseph Charles
Hockey (1878-1944). Together, Rosina and Joseph raised six children.
Rosina passed away in 1960.
Robert Ball was born in Bristol in 1888. He is found with his parents
for the census of 1891 and 1901. For the census of 1911, he is found
living with his sister, Rosina Hockey. He identified his occupation
as Railway Carter. By 1914, he lived at 77 Essex Street, with
his brother Harry. On October 23, 1915, he married Mary Caroline
Lovell (1889-1967). Together, they had one son and one daughter,
William Robert and Rosina Caroline Ball. William Ball passed away
in Bristol in 1923.
|Harry James Ball was born in Bristol on August 22, 1892. In 1914, when Harry Ball completed papers of attestation for the British army, he listed his next of kin as his sister, Emily Elizabeth, who lived in Cardiff, Wales. He also stated that at the time he lived at 77 Essex Street in Bristol, with his brother William. Harry still lived at 77 Essex Street on August 8, 1921, when he married Florence Violet Russell (1904-1997). They had two children, David Henry Ball (1921-1997) and Gerald Ball (1936-2002), neither of whom married.|
|Albert John Ball was born Albert John Wyatt on June 13, 1902. Following his mother's marriage to David Ball, he took on that surname. He is found with his parents in the census of 1911, but no record of him exists after that.|
|Herbert Henry Ball was born in 1904 and passed away in 1905.|
|Harry James Ball was born in Bedminster and was baptized there on December 22, 1867. He is found with his parents for both the census of 1871 and 1881. On December 5, 1886, he married Elizabeth Derrick (1868-1956). Like his father, Harry worked as a Publican, a Licensed Victualler and a Beer Retailer. According to the census of 1891, Harry and Elizabeth managed the Masonic Hotel, while his family lived on North Street in Bedminster. By 1896, Harry and Elizabeth had moved to the Coopers Arms located at Ashton Gate in Bristol. Records show that Harry managed the Coopers Arms until 1928. He died in Long Ashton, Bristol on July 2, 1933. Harry James & Elizabeth Ball had four children: Henry George, Herbert James, Frederick William, and Lillian Ida Ball.|
|As this photograph -taken in front of the Coopers Arms - makes clear, the family of Harry and Elizabeth Ball were willing to serve their country. During World War One, all three of the Ball brothers served in the military. From left to right are Harry, Henry, Elizabeth, Ida, Herbert, and Frederick Ball|
|Henry George Ball was born in Bristol
in 1887. As early as 1906, Henry thought of emigrating to Canada, so he
sailed there, and lived in Toronto with his uncle, Herbert Henry Ball.
A year later, however, he returned to Bristol. In April of 1910,
Henry went back to Canada, this time accompanied by his younger brother,
Herbert James. The two lived in Toronto, and even played for a local
soccer team called the Pioneers Soccer Club. In November, 1910, the
two brothers returned to Bristol, arriving home on December 3, 1910.
Around this time, the two brothers began to play for the Bristol City Football
Club. A short time later, Henry married Florence Rosina Bacon (1891-1943).
It is interesting to note that Florence Rosina was the daughter of Francis
Noot (Frank) Bacon. He was one of the directors of the Bristol City
Football Club, as well as the interim manger from October, 1910 until January,
1911. Moreover, Frank Bacon was also a publican, the manager of the
Masonic Hotel from 1897 until 1918. Not surprisingly, then, Henry
and Florence turned their hands to the same business: according to the
Census of 1911, Henry and Florence Ball operated the General Elliott Hotel
located at 73 East Street, Bedminster.
In March of 1925, Henry again sailed to Canada, and again identified his contact as his Uncle Herbert, in Toronto. According to the papers that he completed at the time, his wife and children would follow him at a later date. In November of 1925, however, Henry returned to England. On his arrival he stated that it was his intention to remain in England. Henry George and Florence Ball had six children: Harry, Sylvia, Lionel, Jack, Leslie, and Douglas Ball. Henry George Ball passed away in Bristol in 1949.
|Herbert James Ball was born in
Bristol on March 5, 1889. As described above, he spent a short period
of time living in Toronto, but decided to return to Bristol. He married
Lilly Rosina Ball (1890-1952), in 1911, and had five children: Lillian,
Herbert, Iris, Raymond, and Leonard. Herbert James was a professional
footballer (soccer player) for Bristol City, but passed away at the young
age of 34.
|Frederick William Ball was born
in 1892. On November 19, 1917 he married Althea Lyall (1889-1951),
who was known to the family as Olive. At the time of his marriage,
Fred was a Corporal in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Following the war,
Fred and Olive lived at 15 Ashton Road, where they raised their son, Frederick
James Ball. Fred supported his family by working as a caretaker at
the Coroners' Court building. Frederick William Ball passed away
in Bristol on September 5, 1961.
|Lillian Ida Ball was born on January
14, 1898. On March 12, 1921, she married Ernest Leslie Thomas (1901-1967).
Together, they had one son, Keith Leslie Thomas. For a brief period
of time, in 1925-26, the Thomas family also movd to Toronto, and lived
near Herbert Henry Ball. However, the marriage between Ida and Leslie
Thomas ended in divorce, so Ida and Keith returned to Bristol. In 1926,
Ida married Walter Wadsworth (1890-1951). Walter was a professional footballer
who played first for Liverpool, but later for Bristol City, the same team
that Herbert James Ball had played for. Together, Ida and Walter
would have two children: June and Herbert William Wadsworth.
Ida passed away in Bristol in 1972.
|Not only did the children of Harry Ball spend time in Toronto with their Uncle Herbert, but Herbert Ball also spent time in Bristol. This photograph of the two brothers together was taken in August of 1916, when Herb Ball had sailed to England.|
|Before she married Robert Ball, Mary Ann Cooksley had a child out of wedlock. This child was George Cooksley, born in Bishopsworth, Bedminster on June 16, 1851. In 1861, George Cooksley - as well as the Robert Ball family - lived with his grandmother, Mary Cooksley. In 1871, the Robert Ball family had moved to a new location, but George continued to live with his grandmother. When he turned 21, George joined the army, and eventually rose to become a Sergeant of the Royal Artillery. In 1883, however, he was granted a medical discharge due to rheumatism and an enlarged heart. After his discharge, he lived in his mother's home, until her death. At that time, 1885, he received an inheritance of £300.00. He also moved to Gloucester, where he lived until his death. That death, sadly, came on January 19, 1902, when he was found dead in his bed by the landlady of his rooming house. An inquest was held, and it was determined that he died of heart failure. One witness at the inquest was his half-brother, Harry James Ball. Harry made it clear that he was aiding his half-brother financially, as was another half-brother, Herbert Henry Ball. George Cooksley was buried in Gloucester.|
|Herbert Henry Ball was born
in the Parish of Bishopsworth, Somerset, England on September 9, 1863;
he was baptized in St. Peter Church, Bishopsworth on November 15, 1863.
On October 24, 1885 he married Mary Ann Martin in Bristol. [Follow
this link to learn more about the Martin
Family] Not long after their marriage, Herb and Mary Ann Ball
made the decision to leave England for Canada. On July 19, 1886,
they bordered the Dominion Line passenger ship Montreal in Liverpool.
Thirty-two days later, on August 20, 1886, after passing through Belfast,
Ireland, they arrived at the port of Quebec. From there, they made
their way overland to Toronto.
Herb and Mary Ann initially made their home at 18 Camden Street, Toronto. Herb found employment as a clerk for George F. Sproule, “Manufacturer and Importer of Frames, Mouldings, Fine Art and Fancy Goods” located at 134 Yonge Street. By the 1890's, however, Herb and his family had moved to 1817 Yonge Street (see below), in an area known as Davisville, just north of Toronto. Herb had also made a dramatic career change.
|Sometime in the early 1890's, Herb
Ball became a journalist for The Toronto World newspaper.
Toronto World was founded as a liberal newspaper in 1880, but in 1892
it came under the direction of William Findlay Maclean (1854-1929), and
became a very conservative newspaper. Like its longtime publisher,
World was in favour of public railways and utilities and Canadian nationalism.
During its run, The World was often referred to as the most
colourful of the numerous Toronto dailies since it often printed stories
that the other newspapers would not print or would place in obscure spots.
For most of its existence, though, The World operated in a precarious
financial position until it was forced to cease printing in 1921. TheToronto
World was eventually absorbed into the present-day Toronto Globe
Herb Ball joined The World in the early 1890's (about the same time it came under the control of William Findlay Maclean). He remained with the newspaper until it terminated operation in 1921. During that time, he rose through its ranks to become financial editor.
|It was from his position as a journalist that Herbert Ball would launch his third and final career in Canada, that of politician. The article found here is from the Toronto Daily Star, dated Tuesday January 5, 1904. In that year, a debate raged as to whether or not York County would prohibit alcohol. As the son and brother of tavern keepers, it is not difficult to imagine his position, a position he apparently held with some passion!|
Although not elected to that position until 1915, and in that office until 1919, Herb ran for Alderman of his new city as early as 1912. The article found to the left is from The Toronto Daily Star, dated Saturday December 28, 1912. In it, Herb clearly lays out his political platform. The article to the right is from the Toronto World, dated Monday December 30, 1918.
Finally, in 1926, Herbert ran as a Conservative in the Toronto-Eglinton riding in the Ontario General Election. The leader of the Conservative Party was George Howard Ferguson. On the morning of Thursday December 2, 1926, Herbert was able to read the following on page 13 of the Toronto Daily Star:
|Despite the fact that he was a
member of the Ferguson government for only three years, Herbert was apparently
quite busy, as he served in the following Parliamentary Committees:
|In 1929, Herb could have run for re-election, but chose not to. This decision, however, was not without controversy. Herb was challengd for his seat by fellow Conservative, Alvin Coulter Mclean. Rather than split the party, Herb stepped aside. It was rumoured by members of the Liberal Party that Herb Ball decided to forgo his safe seat in return for a political favour from the party. Fuel was added to this fire when, on January 29, 1930 it was announced that Herb Ball had been granted the patronage position of King's Printer.|
To the Liberals it seemed obvious that Herbert Ball had surrendered his safe Conservative seat as a political favour, and now he had received his reward. Following the defeat of the Conservative government of George Stewart Henry (successor to Ferguson) in 1934, Herbert Ball seems to have been one of the people most in the gun sites of the new, Liberal government of Mitchell Hepburn. This is made clear in the interview recorded here in the Toronto Daily Star of Wednesday February 27, 1935:
|Even as late as 1937, high ranking members of the Liberal party went out of their way to indicate that the appointment of Herbert Ball to the position of King's Printer was wrong, and that the Liberals were right to terminate him. During an actual parliamentary debate, Harry Nixon (who would himself serve briefly as Premier in 1943) accused the previous Conservative government of political favourtism by putting civil servants into important jobs, specifically stating: “And Herb Ball, what qualifications did he have to be King's Printer?” (Toronto Daily Star, Tuesday March 28, 1937).|
|Herbert Henry and Mary Ann Ball
had nine children, three of whom died young (Emily, Herbert Percival, and
Irene Emily), and six of whom lived to adulthood (Edith Elizabeth, Ernest
George Henry, Herbert Eldridge, Winnifred Mildred, Hilda Marion, and Colston
Robert). They raised this family in their home at 1817 Yonge Street,
Toronto. (Today, an Ethan Allen Department Store is at this location.)
On March 19, 1930, Herbert Ball remarried. His second wife was born Alice May Jennings, on September 20, 1873. (By 1930, however, she was a widow; her legal name was Alice Muston.) They lived at the Ball home until Herbert's death in 1943. Alice Ball died on October 18, 1945.
Herbert Henry and Mary Ann Ball are laid to rest together in Mount Pleasant Cemetery with two of their children, Irene Emily and Edith.
|Child One: Edith Elizabeth Ball
Edith Ball was born on May 10, 1887. On October 14, 1914, she married Frank Stocker (1889-1965) in Toronto. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Chicago, Illinois, where Frank worked as a carpenter. Within a few years, however, they returned to Toronto, and for many years they lived at 1821 Yonge Street, next door to her parents. Here they raised their two children, Herbert Thomas and Wanda Mary Stocker. Edith Stocker passed away on March 18, 1950, and is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
|Child Two: Emily Ball
Emily Ball was born on July 1, 1888, and lived for only 16 days. She is buried with her brother, Herbert Percival, in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
|Child Three: Herbert Percival Ball
Herbert Percival Ball was born on June 18, 1889, and lived for only 2 days, the result of a premature birth. He is buried with his sister in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
|Child Four: Irene Emily Ball
Irene Ball was born on May 10, 1890, and passed away on August 22, 1907. She is buried with her parents in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
|Child Five: Ernest George
Ernest Ball (left) was born on November 26, 1891. On January 26, 1915, he completed his Papers of Attestation, and joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. On May 13, 1915, as part of the 19th Battalion, he sailed from Montreal to England onboard the S.S. Scandinavian. In England, he received further training before being sent to active duty, arriving in Boulogne, France on September 14, 1915. In June of 1916, Ernie was sent temporarily to England to recover from a gunshot wound received at the front, before returning to active duty in France. He left France in March of 1919, and spent two more months in England. On June 2, 1919, Ernie left Liverpool onboard the S.S. Lapland, and arrived in Halifax seven days later. He was discharged from the Canadian army in Toronto on June 11, 1919, as part of Canada's General Demobilization after the War. Upon his discharge from the army, he returned to live in Toronto, and worked as an electrical engineer. On December 11, 1923, he married Florence May Holmes. The daughter of John William and Selina Holmes, Florence had been born in Derbyshire, England on May 22, 1900. Ernie and Florence Ball had one son, Herbert Henry Ball. Ernie Ball passed away on May 14, 1939; Florence Ball passed away on March 7, 1956. They are laid to rest in Prospect Cemetery.
|Child Six: Herbert Eldridge Ball
Herbert Ball was born on July 17, 1893. On April 18, 1915, Herb completed his Papers of Attestation, and joined the Canadian army. Like his brother, he served with the 19th Battalion, and on May 13, 1915, he sailed from Montreal to England onboard the S. S. Scandinavian. He had enlisted as a private, but received a battlefield commission, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on May 14, 1916. On July 5, 1916, this was made a permanent promotion. On July 22, 1916, he was seriously wounded by multiple grenade explosions. During his seven-month convalescence, he was actually able to travel home to Canada (when this photo appeared in the Toronto Daily Star). It was during this time that he married Verna Ethel Warrington of Toronto. After returning to England, Herb also spent time in Bristol, with his uncle, Harry Ball. He returned to active duty in England in May of 1917, before rejoining the 19th Battalion in June of 1918. He returned to Canada on May 13, 1919, and was discharged from the Canadian army on May 24, 1919, as part of Canada's General Demobilization after the War.
Upon his discharge from the army, Herb returned
to Toronto. Here he rejoined his wife Verna, as well as daughter
Elisabeth, who was born in 1917. In 1920, Herb and Verna had a second
daughter, Corinne. After his return to civilian life, Herb worked for the
Customs and Excise Department of Revenue Canada. In 1929, his job
saw him relocated to Buffalo, New York. By 1945, Herb was back in
Toronto: he and his wife lived at 272 O'Connor Drive, until he passed
away on July 12, 1956. At that time, Verna moved to the town of Orchard
Park, just south of Buffalo, to live with her daughter, Elisabeth.
Verna Ball died there in 1977.
|Child Seven: Winnifred Mildred
Winnifred Ball was born on October 28, 1897. On August 2, 1921, she married Cecil Henry (Bud) Knowlton (1891-1948). They lived in Toronto, where they raised their daughter, Daphne Juanita. Winnifred passed away on May 3, 1973. They are laid to rest together in Pine Hills Cemetery.
|Child Eight: Hilda Marion Ball
Hilda Ball was born on August 2, 1899. In 1920, she married Oliver Wallace Elmore (1897-1968). They lived in Toronto, where they raised their daughters, Mary Irene and Joan. Hilda passed away on March 26, 1955. They are laid to rest together in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
|Child Nine: Colston Robert Ball
Colston Robert Ball was born on July 22, 1905. On May 26, 1928, he married Gladys Holmes (1909-1964). (She was the younger sister of Florence Holmes, Mrs. Ernie Ball.) They lived in Toronto, and Orangeville, Ontario, where they raised their five children: Lorraine, Eileen, Helen, John (Jack), and Robert (Bob) Ball. Gladys passed away on May 18, 1964; Colston Ball passed away on December 12, 1969. They are laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery.