The Ball Family History

The 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.

One 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 Mary 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.

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 LawrenceJesse 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.
 
The Family of John Ball & Ann Vowles
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.

What follows is material about nine of the children of John & Ann Ball.  Material relating to their First Child, Robert, is found after that

Mary, the Second Child of John & Ann Ball
Mary Ball was baptized in Winford on January 16, 1820.  She is not found with her family in the Census of 1841, indicating that she may have been either married or deceased by then.
John, the Third Child of John & Ann Ball
John Ball was baptized in Winford on September 1, 1822.  In 1850, he married Charlotte Read (1824-1888).  John and Charlotte had seven children:  Mercy, Charles, George, Ellen, Alfred, Hannah, and Eli.  John Ball passed away in dundry in 1906.
  • Mercy Ball was born in Winford in 1850, and passed away three years later.
  • Charles Ball was born in Winford in 1851.  In 1870, he left England for the coalmines of Ohio and Iowa, in the United States.  Because he was in movement at the time, Charles is not found in the United States Census of 1870.  Around 1875, Charles Ball must have married, but the details of this marriage remain unknown.  However, two children were born to this brief union: John Henry in 1875; and Anna in 1878.  The first time Charles appears in any American document is in the census of 1880, working as a coalminer in What Cheer, Iowa.  He identifies his marital status as Single.  On August 17, 1882, Charles married Anna Lee (1855-1938) in What Cheer.  The Iowa State Census of 1885 finds Charles still in What Cheer; with him are his wife and three children: John, Annie and Ellen.  The next document which tells us about the life of Charles Ball is the Iowa State Census of 1895.  By then, Charles and Anna were living in Mystic, Iowa.  Six children are also listed in the home: John, Anna, Ellen, Fred, Jessie, and Mercie.  The United States Census of 1900 is quite similar, with the absence of daughter Anna.  By 1910, Charles and Anna were living with children John, Fred, and Mercie.  Also with them, however, was a Charles Russell, identified as a son-in-law, but widowed.  In the census of 1920, Charles and Anna were still in Mystic, living with three children, John, Fred, and Mercie.  Also found in the home was a grandson, Charles Snelling.  In 1925, the Charles Ball family completed the Iowa State Census one more time. The most important aspect of this document is that each participant was required to list the names of his or her parents.  Charles Ball identifies his parents as John Ball and Charlotte Read, proving his connection to the family.  Also living with Charles and his wife, Anna, are two sons, John and Fred, and grandson, Charles Snelling.  The final census in which Charles appears is the United States Census of 1930.  He passed away in 1935, three years before his wife.  They are laid to rest together in Highland Cemetery, in Mystic.
    • John Henry Ball was born in Ohio on August 14, 1875, but lived most of his life in the area of Mystic, Iowa.  On March 6, 1912, he married Margaret (Maggie) Frost (1884-1931) in Mystic.  This marriage ended in divorce between 1915 and 1920.  There is, however, some mystery surrounding this marriage.  By 1920, the couple had separated.  According to the census of that year, Maggie lived in Mystic with a one-year old adopted daughter named Rubie V. Ball.  What is not clear is whether this child was adopted by John and Maggie Ball before their separation, or solely by Maggie afterwards.  In 1922, Maggie remarried (to Charles Henry Blackburn), and moved to Callaway County, Missouri.  The census of 1930 records Charles and Maggie Blackburn, and daughter, Virginia Ball Blackburn.  In 1931, Maggie was murdered by a spurned lover.  The article that appeared in the local newspaper states that the couple was raising Virginia, but had never formally adopted her.  No further record can be found of Rubie Virginia Ball Blackburn.  John Ball continued to live with his parents, and brother Fred, in Mystic, as recorded in the census of 1930, and of 1940.  John Henry Ball passed away in Mystic in 1957, and is buried near his parents.
    • Anna (or Annie) Ball was bon in Ohio around 1878.  She is found with her family for the censuses of 1885 and 1895, but not in 1900.  This would indicate that she had either married or passed away between 1895 and 1900.
    • Ella (or Ellen) Ball was born in Keokuk County, Ohio on June 30, 1883.  On April 16, 1902, she married John Snelling (b. 1873), and had one son, Charles.  By the time of the 1930 census, Ella was married to Ogden Howard (1891-1965), and living in Mystic.  Ella Howard passed away in Chicago on June 15, 1972.
      • Charles William Snelling was born in Missouri on December 15, 1906.  According to the census of 1930, Charles lived in the home of his mother and step-father in Mystic.  Like his step-father, Charles worked as a mechanic.  Also living in the home is Lucille Snelling, wife of Charles.  By 1931, Charles and Lucille had one son, Robert.  The exact fate of Lucille is unknown, but Charles did marry for a second time, on May 7, 1939, to Pearl Agnes Walker (1915-1996).  Charles Snelling passed away in California on July 20, 1985.
        • Robert Loyal Snelling was born in Missouri in 1931.  With his wife, Ronalda, he would have one daughter, Kimberly Sue Snelling.
    • Fred Ball was born in Mystic, Iowa on October 30, 1885.  On October 8, 1911, he married Mildred Izeta Shaw.  According to the Iowa State Census of 1915, Fred was still married.  By 1920, however, he was divorced.  The census of 1930 finds Fred still living with his parents; the census of 1940 finds him with his brother, John Henry.  Before 1942, Fred married Lois G. Astroth (1893-1977).  In 1942, when Fred completed a World War Two Draft Registration card, they were living in Rock Island, Illinois.  Fred Ball passed away there in 1949. He and Lois are buried together in Highland Cemetery in Mystic.
    • Jessie Ball was born in Mystic on March 26, 1889.  She is found with the family in the Iowa State Census of 1895, and the United States Census of 1900.  On October 16, 1907, she married Charles Russell.  Sadly, Jessie Russell passed away five months later, on March 13, 1909.  She is buried near her parents in Mystic.
    • Mercie Ball was born in Mystic on April 26, 1892.  She married Everett E. Truby (1893-1982) in Mystic around 1924.  By 1930, the couple had moved to Akron, Ohio, where they would spend the remainder of their lives.  Mercie Truby passed away in Akron on November 11, 1979. 
  • George Ball was born in Winford in 1854.
  • Ellen Ball was born in Winford in 1857.  In 1876, she married Charles Horler (1854-1924).  Census returns tell us that this couple moved often, and had eleven children: Mabel Ellen, Charles, Edith Emily, William, George Henry, John, Lottie, Alfred, Harry, Herbert, and Robert Edward.  By the mid-1890’s, Ellen and Charles Horler had come to live in the area around Little Wenlock, Shropshire, England.  It would be near here that Ellen Horler passed away on November 1, 1924.  At the time, she lived at the All Labour in Vain Inn at Horsehay.   The family of Ellen and Charles Horler is found in the photograph to the right.  In the back row are John, William, Ede, Charles, Mabel, George, and Alfred. Seated are Charles, with son Harry, and Ellen, with son Herbert. This photo was taken around 1898, before Robert Edward was born.
    • Mabel Ellen Horler was born in Croydon, Surrey, England on September 1, 1878.  In 1908, Mabel left England for the United States.  Like her uncle, Charles Ball, Mabel came to live in Mystic, Iowa.  It was here that she married William Metcalfe, and had three children: Jennie, William, and Robert.  Mabel Ellen Metcalfe passed away in Centerville, Iowa on June 15, 1966.
      • Jennie Ada Metcalfe was born in Mystic on March 7, 1911.  On September 2, 1928, she married John Merle Ducey (1907-1993) and had six children: Barbara Ellen, James Richard, Pamela Kay, Kathryn Ann, John Patrick, and William Michael Ducey.  Jennie Ducey passed away in 1991.
      • William Charles Metcalfe was born in Mystic on July 28, 1914.  He married Marie Tague (1919-2010) on December 26, 1937.  They would raise two sons: William Harry and Kenneth Lee Metcalfe.  William Metcalfe passed away on April 4, 2003.
      • Robert A. Metcalfe was born in Mystic on April 10, 1916.  He married Evelyn Lavina Dicks (1919-2009) in Centerville on May 18, 1940.  They had two sons, Gary and Ronald Metcalfe.  Robert Metcalfe passed away on March 4, 1985.
    • Charles Horler was born in Tidworth, Hampshire, England on February 22, 1880.  Like his uncle, Charles was a coalminer.  He, too, moved to the United States, eventually settling in Kewanee, Illinois.  With his wife, Jennie, Charles raised two children: Frances and Laurence.  Another son, Charles, Jr, died as a child.  Charles Horler passed away in Rochester, New York in 1970.
      • Frances Horler was born in Illinois in 1910.  She spent her entire career in the field of education, teaching at the high school and university level.  She passed away in Kewanee on August 2, 2012, aged 101.
      • Laurence Robert (Larry) Horler was born in Kewanee on October 8, 1912.  He and his wife, Dorothy (1917-1997), lived in Napa, California. Larry Horler passed away there on April 30, 2000.
    • Edith Emily (Ede) Horler was born in Tidworth, Hampshire in 1882.  In 1910, she married George H. Medlicott (1888-1963). Together, they would have seven children: Daisy May, Leonard John, George Henry, Mabel Ellen, Alfred, Charles Desmond, and Edith.  Ede Medlicott passed away in Wenlock, Shropshire in 1943.
      • Daisy May Medlicott was born on March 10, 1911 in Madeley, Shropshire.  In 1940, she married George W. Chilton.  Together, they would have one son, John W. D. Chilton.  Daisy May Chilton passed away in 1993.
      • Leonard John Medlicott was born in Madeley in 1912.  With his wife, Muriel, he raised one daughter, Joy.  Leonard Medlicott passed away in 1998.
      • George Henry Medlicott was born in Madeley in 1917, and passed away in Wrekin, Shropshire in 1986.
      • Mabel Medlicott was born in Madeley in 1919.  She married Joseph C. Darlington in 1939; they were tha parents of Patricia and Leslie.  Mabel Darlington passed away in 2003.
      • Alfred Medlicott was born in Madeley in 1921.  He married Lily Attwell (1912-2000) in 1950.
      • Charles Desmond Medlicott was born in Madeley in 1923.  With his wife, Joyce Wagg, he raised one son, Allan.  Charles Medlicott passed away in Wrekin in 1998.
      • Edith Medlicott, who was born in Madeley in 1926, married Roy C. Martin in 1945.  They are the parents of Gary Martin.
    • William Horler was born in Tidworth, Hampshire in 1884, and passed away in Wellington, Shropshire in 1962.  He never married.
    • George Henry Horler was born in Longbridge, Wiltshire, England in 1885.  He married Lillian Maud Collier (1887-1974) in Madeley, Shropshire in 1910.  They would have a family of ten:  Mabel Violet, Olive Irene, Charles, Margaret, Lottie, Edith, George, Herbert, Charles and John.  George Henry Horler passed away in Wellington in 1956.
      • Mabel Violet Horler was born in Horsehay, Shropshire on July 9, 1909.  In 1936, she married John E. B. Sheward, with whom she would have three daughters: Jennifer, Mabel, and Gillian.  Mabel Sheward passed away in Wrekin in 1987.
      • Olive Irene Horler was born in Horsehay on June 30, 1910.  In 1934, she married Eddie Reginald Edwards (1903-1975). After Eddie passed away, Olive married for a second time, to Thomas D. Ball in 1975.  Olive Irene Ball passed away in Shrewsbury in 1985.
      • Charles W. Horler was born in Madeley in 1911, and passed away there in 1914.
      • Margaret Elizabeth Horler was born in Madeley in 1912.  In 1934, she married John Thomas Groucott (1907-1975).  Together they would have two sons, John and David.  Margaret Groucott passed away in 1979.
      • Lottie E. Horler was born in Madeley in 1914, and died a year later.
      • Edith Nellie Horler was born in Madeley in 1915.  She married David J. Elcock (1912-1981) in 1937.  The Elcocks had two sons, Geoffrey and John.  Edith Nellie Elcock passed away in 1980.
      • George Henry Horler was born in 1917. He married Ivy Kitson in 1950, and had three children: Leslie, Keith, and Celia.  Goerge Henry Horler passed away in 1975.
      • Herbert Horler was born in 1918.  He married Mary Williams in 1948, and had two children: Derek and Marion.  Herbert Horler passed away in 2001.
      • Charles Dennis Horler was born in Wellington, Shropshire in 1920.  He passed away in 1978.
      • John R. Horler was born in Madeley in 1925.  He married Vera Jones, and had a daughter named Heather.
    • John Horler was born in Dundry, Somerset in 1888.  With his wife, Martha Howells, he had eleven children:  Jack, Dorothea, Phyllis, Josephine, George, Elsie, Harry, Emily, Sydney, Albert, and Frank.  John Horler passed away Wellington in 1936.
      • Jack Horler was born in Madeley in 1914.  With his wife Nona Florence Swift (1919-1997), whom he married in 1942, he had one daughter, Maureen.  Jack Horler passed away in 1996.
      • Dorothea Horler was born in 1915.  She married Fred Hall in Birmingham, and had one daughter, Ann.  Dorothea Hall passed away in 1960.
      • Phyllis Marcelle Horler was born in Madeley in 1917.  She first married John Albert Weeks Howard (1915-1954) in 1940, and had two sons, Graham and Michael. In 1956 she married Reginald Gilbert Formoy (1928-1990), and had one daughter, Julie. Phyllis Formoy passed away in Grennwich, London in 1970.
      • Josephine Horler was born in Madeley in 1919.  She married Ernest H. Robinson in 1941, and had one son, Anthony.
      • George Horler was born in Madeley in 1921, and passed away in 1981.
      • Elsie Horler was born in Madeley in 1922.  She married Theo King in 1945.
      • Harry Horler was born in Madeley in 1923.
      • Emily B. Horler was born in Madeley in 1925.  In 1944, she married Charles E. Yeoman.
      • Sydney Horler was born in Madeley in 1926.  He passed away in Wrekin, Shropshire in 1987.
      • Albert Horler was born in Madeley in 1928.  He passed away in Shrewsbury in 1992.
      • Frank Horler was born in Madeley in 1930.  He passed away in Wellington, Shropshire in 1960.
    • Lotty Horler was born in Toot Baldon, Oxfordshire, England in 1890; and passed away in Madeley, Shropshire in 1896.
    • Alfred Horler was born in Horsehay, Shropshire in 1891.  In 1913, he married Annie Jones (1888-1962) in Rochdale, Lancashire.  Together, they had six children: Vera, Charles Henry, John Alfred, Helen, Robert Edward, and Sydney.  Alfred Horler passed away in Rochdale in 1955.
      • Vera Horler was born in Rochdale in 1914.  She first married Thomas Edward Coulthard in 1935.  Later, in 1950, she married Stavro Lemonofides.  They had one son, John.  Vera Lemonofides passed away in Rochdale in 1985.
      • Charles Henry Horler was born in 1915.  He married Constance Meadowcroft in Rochdale in 1936.  They would have no children. Charles Horler passed away in 1992.
      • John Alfred Horler was born in Rochdale in 1916.  In 1939, he married Mabel Townley (1918-1999).  They had two children, Wendy and Robert.  John Alfred Horler passed away in 2001.
      • Helen Horler was born in Rochdale in 1920.  She married Austin McBride (1915-1977) in 1938, and had three children: Margaret, Austin, and Michael.  Helen McBride passed away in Manchester in 1982.
      • Robert Edward (Bob) Horler was born in Rochdale in 1922.  He first married Ethel Dorman, and had two sons, Kenneth and Victor.  Later he married Vera Brody (1924-2008).  Bob Horler passed away in Melbourne, Australia in 2008.
      • Sydney Horler was born in Rochdale in 1930.  With his wife, Lilian, he had two children, Marilyn and Peter. Sydney Horler passed away in Rochdale in 1966.
    • Harry Horler was born in Horsehay in 1894.  He is found living with his family for the Census of 1891 and 1911.  He is named as one of two beneficiaries of his mother's will in 1925.  He is identified as a Licensed Victualler at the All Labour in Vain Inn.  Harry died in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1977.
    • Herbert Horler was born in Horsehay in 1897.  He passed away in Birmingham in 1964.
    • Robert Edward Horler was born in Horsehay in 1900. In 1925, he left England for the United States. Upon his arrival, he identified his final destination as the home of his sister, Mabel, in Mystic, Iowa.  Two years later, however, he returned to England. In 1930, he married Margaret Mary Davies (1909-2005).  Robert Edward Horler passed away in 1959.
      • The census of 1911 identifies another grandchild of Charles and Ellen Horler: Lottie Jemima Horler.  Although it is unclear who her parents are, Lottie Jemima Horler was born on January 17, 1905.  In 1925, she married John Woolley (1900-1970). Together, they had three children: John, Charles, and Alison.  Lottie Woolley passed away in Wrekin in 1986.
  • Alfred Ball was born in Winford in 1861.  In 1881, he was married to Emma Read (1859-1931).  They were the parents of Alfred Charles, Charlotte Emma, Tom, Arthur George, and Edith Elizabeth Ball.  In 1903, Alfred Ball travelled to Canada, with his eldest son, Alfred Charles.  Within a year, however, both men had returned to England.  Alfred passed away in Weston Super Mare, Somerset in 1943.
    • Alfred Charles Ball (1882-1955), and his wife Rosina Hillman, were the parents of eight children: Nellie, Maisie, Beatrice Lottie, Alfred John, Elizabeth, Edith, Tom, and Charles Ball.
      • Nellie Ball was born in Dundry, Somerset in 1905.
      • Maisie Ball was born in Dundry on December 16, 1906.  In 1938, she married Tom Counsell (1904-1989) and had five children: David, Anthony, Jeremy, Margaret, and Rosamund Counsell.  Maisie Counsell passed away in Bristol in 1992.
      • Beatrice Lottie Ball was born in Stanton Drew, Somerset on December 30, 1908.  She married Edwin Robin Hale (1905-1984) in 1937, and had three children: Mavis, Sheila, and Glennis.  Beatrice Hale passed away in Weston in 1992.
      • Alfred John Ball was born on February 8, 1912.  He passed away in Bristol in 1979.
      • Elizabeth E. Ball was born in 1914.
      • Edith M. Ball was born in 1916.
      • Tom Ball was born in 1919.
      • Charles Ball was born in 1921.
    • Charlotte Emma Ball was born in Winford in 1888.
    • Tom Ball was born in Winford in 1890.  He was killed in action  on November 3, 1915 while fighting in Belgium during World War One.  Tom Ball is buried in Kennek Chateau Military Cemetery in Belgium.
    • Arthur George Ball was born in Winford in 1898; he passed away in Bristol in 1966.
    • Edith Elizabeth Ball was born in Winford in 1901.  She passed away in 1920.
  • Hannah Ball was born in Winford in 1864.
  • Eli Ball was born in Winford in 1868.  In 1884, he married Emma Lawrence.  Eli and his wife moved to Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales, where his daughter, Gertrude Elizabeth Ball, was born in 1891.
Thomas, the Fourth Child of John & Ann Ball
Thomas Ball was baptized in Winford on March 20, 1825.  He is not found with his family in the Census of 1841, indicating that he was most likely deceased by then.
David, the Fifth Child of John & Ann Ball
David Ball was baptized in Winford on August 26, 1827.  Like some of his cousins in the Ball Family, David moved to Wales to seek employment.  In 1868, he married Maria Bird (1822-1882) in Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, Wales.  They would have no children.  By 1881, David and Maria had moved to Blunsdon, Wiltshire, England.  Following the death of Maria, David remarried to Jane Hunt-Titcomb (1859-1930). They were married on November 24, 1883 in St. Leonard's Church, Broad Blunsdon Wiltshire.  David and Jane had two children, Jesse and Mary Ann.  David Ball passed away in Blunsdon in 1911.
  • Jesse Ball was born in Blunsdon in 1884, and passed away in the same area in 1959.
  • Mary Ann Ball was born in Blunsdon on April 20, 1886.  In 1924, she married James A. Hart (1890-1931).  They would have two sons, James, Jr and Thomas.  Following the death of her first husband, Mary Ann married Benjamin Henry Hayden (1883-1968) in Blunsdon in 1938.  Mary Ann passed away in Swindon, Wiltshire in 1975.
William, the Sixth Child of John & Ann Ball
William Ball was baptized in Winford on November 19, 1829.  He is found living with his parents for the censuses of 1841, 1851, and 1861.  Following the death of his father, William continued to live with his mother, as is seen in the censuses of 1871 and 1881. William Ball passed away in Winford in 1890. He never married.
Ann, the Seventh Child of John & Ann Ball
Ann Ball (photographed right, with her husband) was born in the Parish of Winford in 1832.  On October 3, 1852, she married James Wedlake (1825-1904).  Together, they raised three children: Sarah Ann, Eliza, and William.  Ann Wedlake passed away in Winford in 1904.
  • Sarah Ann Wedlake was born in Winford in 1853.  On August 5, 1877, she married William Loxton (1852-1894).  They had one child, a son named Herbert James.  Following her husband's death, Sarah Ann married for a second time, to John Bennett.  Sarah Ann Bennett passed away in Long Ashton, Somerset in 1933.  She and John Bennett had no children.
    • Herbert James Loxton was born in Bedminster on April 13, 1882, and passed away there on January 22, 1883.
  • Eliza Wedlake was born in Winford in 1854.  She married George Dight (1852-1926) in Bristol on October 5, 1873.  They would have a family of nine children: Thomas James; William George; Arthur William; Mabel Lucy; Rosa Ann; George Henry; Florence Mary; Albert John; and Nellie Sarah Dight.  Eliza Dight passed away in Bristol in 1918.
    • Thomas James Dight was born in Dowlais, Glamorgan Wales in 1874.  In 1893, Thomas left England, and moved to the area near Albany, New York.  In 1900, he married Mary Helen Robinson, and had a son, George P. Dight.  Thomas Dight died in New York sometime before 1910.
      • George P. Dight was born in Niskayuna, New York on July 6, 1901.  In 1931, he married Dorothy Peek in Schenectady, and spent his entire life in the same part of New York.  He passed away in Watervliet, New York in March of 1975.
    • William George Dight was born in Bedminster, Somerset in 1876, and passed away there two years later.
    • Arthur William Dight was born in Bedminster in 1878.  He died in Bristol in 1934.  He never married.
    • Mabel Lucy Dight was born in Bedminster in 1881.  In 1906, she married William George Grimmer (1885-1952).  They would have a family of seven children: Albert William, Norah Rosina, Clifford Woodrow, George, William, Lillian, and Doris Grimmer.  In 1911, the Grimmer family emigrated to New Jersey; but in 1917, they moved again, this time to Toronto, Ontario.  It would be in Toronto that Mabel and Bill Grimmer established a home at 43 Cardiff Road.  Bill passed away in Toronto on March 3, 1952; Mabel passed away there on August 6, 1960.  They are buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.
      • Albert William Grimmer was born in Bedminster in 1907.  He passed away in Toronto on July 18, 1928.  At the time, he was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
      • Norah Rosina Grimmer was born in Bristol in 1909.  She married Leslie Morton, and raised three children: Kenneth, Ruth, and Joyce.
      • Clifford Woodrow Grimmer was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 17, 1913, and raised in Toronto.  He married Phyllis May Blacklock (1914-2000) in Toronto.  In 1943, Clifford and Phyllis returned to New Jersey, where they would raise their children:  Melvin, Glenda, William, and Bonnie.  Clifford Grimmer passed away in New Jersey in 1990.
      • William Grimmer was stillborn in Toronto on June 22, 1918.  He is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
      • Lillian Grimmer was born in Toronto on September 21, 1919.  On March 4, 1945, she married D'Arcy Allen Kirton (1907-1997).  They would have one son, Ken.  Lillian Kirton passed away in Newmarket, Ontario on January 13, 1996.
      • Doris Grimmer was born in Toronto on June 19, 1922.  With her husband, George Mosher, she raised two children, Dean and Sharon Mosher.  Doris Mosher passed away in St. Albert, Alberta on August 2, 1999.
    • Rosa Ann Dight was born in Bristol on April 23, 1883.  On July 31, 1904, she married Cecil Ethelbert Pernell Carey (1881-1957).  Together, they would have five children:  Leonard Edward; Harold Leslie; Rosa Catherine; Elsie May; and James.  In 1921, the Carey family emigrated to Canada, eventually settling in British Columbia. Rosa Carey passed away in Victoria, British Columbia on October 21, 1966.
      • Leonard Edward Carey was born in Bridgewater, Somerset on April 29, 1911, and passed away in Chilliwack, British Columbia on December 3, 1957.
      • Harold Leslie Carey was born in Bridgewater on October 17, 1913.  He married Doris Vivienne Currie (1915-1978), and raised his family.  Harold passed away in Chilliwack on May 25, 1999.
      • Rosa Catherine Carey was born in Bridgewater, Somerset on February 19, 1916.  In 1937, in Chilliwack, she married Ernest Alfred Morford (1916-2009), and raised four children: Wayne, Jim, Judy, and Cathy. Rosa passed away in New Westminster, British Columbia on May 6, 1979.
      • Elsie May Carey was born in Bridgewater, Somerset on August 4, 1920.  She married Howard Barker, and had six children: Brenda, Diana, Judy, Trish, Richard, and Dennis. Elsie Barker passed away in Chilliwack on December 15, 2001.
      • James (Jim) Carey was born after the family arrived in Canada.
    • George Henry Dight was born in Bedminster in 1885, and died as an infant.
    • Florence Mary Dight was born in Bristol on February 4, 1887.  She married Albert E. Thomas in 1911, and had two children: Reginald and Mildred.
      • Reginald A. Thomas was born in Bedminster in 1912; he passed away in Bristol in 1936.
      • Mildred Florence Thomas was born in Bedminster on August 10, 1917.  In 1946, she married Thomas Lewis Mereweather (1913-1982).  They had one son, John T. Mereweather. Mildred Mereweather passed away in Bristol in 1979.
    • Albert John Dight was born in Bedminster in 1889.  In 1913, Albert sailed to New York, then settled in Marion, New Jersey.  By 1917, when Albert completed his draft registration card, he had married Grace Louisa Chapman (1889-1968)  In 1919, Albert and Grace moved to England, taking with them their daughter, Grace.  In 1923, Albert and Grace would add a second child, Raymond.  Albert John Dight died in Bristol in 1955.
      • Grace Florence Dight was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on January 24, 1918.  After she moved to England with her parents, she married Alec Frank Bacon (1920-1986) in 1945.  (On July 4, 1947, Frank Bacon had the family name legally changed from Bacon to Anders.)  Grace and Frank had two children, Alec and Lorraine.  Grace Anders passed away in North Somerset in 2003.
      • Raymond George Dight was born in Bristol in 1923.  He was killed on active duty while serving in the Royal Air force in Singapore, on November 25, 1945. 
    • Nellie Sarah Dight was born in Bristol on September 13, 1893.  She married James A. Thompson in 1916, and had three children: Nellie, Phyllis, and James.  Nellie Thompson passed away in Bristol in 1987.
      • Nellie G. Thompson was born in Bristol in 1917.  In 1944, she married Charles Underwood Nicholls (1921-2001), and had two children: Janet and Malcolm Nicholls.
  • William Wedlake was born in Winford in 1856.  In 1882, he married Charlotte Yeates.  William and Charlotte had three sons (James, Herbert Henry, and Sidney), and also an adopted daughter, Doris Miles.  William Wedlake passed away in Long Ashton in 1935.
    • James Wedlake was born in Congresbury, Somerset in 1883.  In 1903, he married Hannah Elizabeth Lovell Cleaves (1880-1972). Together, they had two children, William and Gladys.  James Wedlake died in Bath in 1964.
      • William James (Bill) Wedlake was born in Camerton, Somerset on January 12, 1904.  Bill became an amateur archaeologist of some fame.  In the 1930s he took part in the excavations at the Meare Lake Village and later became foreman to St George Gray at Combe Beacon and Burrow Mump. During the pre-war excavations at Maiden Castle, Dorset, Bill was the foreman and assistant to Sir Mortimer Wheeler, and he later worked with Wheeler on many other sites in England and northern France. While working for the Admiralty in Bath from 1940 until his retirement in 1972, Wedlake excavated the Romano-British settlement at Camerton, and in 1947 founded the Camerton Excavation Club to carry out work around Bath. His last major excavation was the Romano-British temple at Nettleton, near Bath, Avon.  Bill Wedlake passed away in Bath in July of 1989.
      • Gladys May Wedlake was born in Camerton on April 17, 1908.  She married James Lewis (1907-1953) in 1929.  They had one daughter, Margaret.  Gladys Lewis passed away in Bath in 1981.
    • Herbert Henry Wedlake was born in Congresbury in 1885.  In 1904, Herbert left England, and sailed to Canada, settling in the area near North Battleford, Saskatchewan.  On December 19, 1912, he married Maria Collins (1892-1973). They were the parents of three children: Herbert George, Elsie May, and William James Wedlake.
      • Herbert George Wedlake was born in North Battleford on September 21, 1917.  On June 23, 1942, he married Elva McIntyre (1921-2010).  They would have a family of four daughters: Carrol, Margaret, Shirley, and Heather.  Herbert Wedlake passed away in Atikokan, Ontario in 1992.
      • Elsie May Wedlake was born November 10, 1919.  On December 19, 1946, she married Samuel James McIlwaine (1919-2005).  They were the parents of Barbara, John, and James.  Elsie McIlwaine passed away in Chilliwack, British Columbia on January 10, 1977.
      • William James Wedlake was born on December 4, 1921 and passed away on December 21, 1976.
    • Sidney Wedlake was born in Chewstoke, Somerset in 1888.  He married Ellen Kate Sims in 1910, and had one daughter, Joyce Ellen.  Sidney Wedlake died at the Pensford Colliery in Stanton Drew, Somerset on May 23, 1941.
      • Joyce Ellen Wedlake was born on February 8, 1913.  She married Ernest Thomas Padfield (1910-1990) in 1936.  They had two daughters, Wendy and Irene.  Joyce Padfield passed away in Bath in 2005.
    • Doris Miles was born Doris Miles Wade in Southsea, Hampshire, England on May 24, 1898.  In both the census of 1901 and 1911, she is found living with William and Charlotte Wedlake, identified as an adopted daughter, Doris Miles.  She married Charles Godfrey Hale (1901-1976) in Winford on July 2, 1920. Doris and Charles had two children, Margaret and Godfrey. Doris Hale passed away in South Glamorgan, Wales in 1978.
George, the Eighth Child of John & Ann Ball
George Ball was baptized in Winford on December 7, 1834.  On March 26, 1864, he married Penelope Sheppard (1843-1887).  Together, George and Penelope would have eight children: Amy, George, Emily Ann, Joseph, William, James, Robert, and Frank.    In 1892, following Penelope's death, George Ball married for a second time, to Martha Satchell (1836-1925).  George Ball passed away in Bristol in 1897.
  • Amy Ball was born in Long Ashton, Somerset on January 11, 1866.  In 1892, she married Moses Brock (1862-1909).  They had one son, Gilbert.  Amy Brock married for a second time, to William Moxham, in 1915.  Amy Moxham passed away in Weston Super Mare in 1950.
    • Gilbert Brock was born in Long Ashton in 1893.  On December 27, 1919, he married Sarah Henrietta Townshend (1895-1983).  They had no children.  Gilbert Brock passed away on June 2, 1926.
  • George Ball, Jr. was born in Long Ashton in 1868.  For a period of time, George served in the Royal Navy, as recorded in the Census of 1891.  He married Daisy Beatrice Barnes (1878-1943) in 1900, and had a daughter, Doris Daisy Ball.
    • Doris Daisy Ball was born on January 7, 1901.  She married John Ernest England in 1924 (although they would divorce in 1933).  They had one daughter, Rosemary England.  In 1942, Doris married for a second time, to Herbert Christopher Fothergill (1898-1973). Doris Fothergill passed away in 1996.
  • Emily Ann Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1871.  In 1898, she married Theodore Tom Barnes (1872-1956).  They would have a family of four children:  Letitia Levina, Arnold Leslie, Lionel Clifford, and Delia Christine.  Emily Ann Barnes died in Weston Super Mare in 1946.
    • Letitia Levina Barnes was born in 1899, and passed away in 1924.
    • Arnold Leslie Barnes was born in 1900.  He married Gladys Wait in Weston in 1941.  Arnold Barnes passed away in Weston in 1968.
    • Lionel Clifford Barnes was born in Long Ashton on March 23, 1902.  He married Ivy May Tonkin (1906-1996) in 1930.  Lionel Barnes passed away in Bristol in 1981.
    • Delia Christine Barnes was born in Long Ashton in 1904.  With her husband, Frederick R. Hill, whom she married in 1936, she had one child, Philip C. Hill.  Delia Hill passed away in 1947.
  • Joseph Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1873.  In 1895, he married Minnie Stokes (1873-1963).  Together, Joseph and Minnie raised five children:  Ivy, Beatrice Mary, William George, Amy, and Lydia.  Joseph Ball passed away in 1961.
    • Ivy Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1896.
    • Beatrice Mary Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1898.
    • William George Ball was born in Long Ashton on December 31, 1899.  He married Beatrice May Jenkins (1900-1981) in 1937.  Together, they had one son, Graham Stewart Ball.  William George Ball passed away in 1982.
      • Graham Stewart Ball was born on May 28, 1939.  He married Mary Helen Gapper on April 1, 1967, and had two children, Adrian Graham and Michelle Robyn.  Graham Ball passed away in 1993.
    • Amy Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1903.
    • Lydia Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1905.
  • William Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1875.  It would seem that William also served in the Royal Navy as the Census of 1901 finds him as a patient in the Royal Naval Hospital at Alverstoke, Hampshire.
  • James Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1877.
  • Robert Ball was born in Long Ashton on June 13, 1879.  He married Elizabeth Lydia Trimby (1883-1960) in Bristol in 1904.  They would have four children: Arthur Leonard, Stewart, Ivy Lydia, and Sydney Raymond Ball.  In 1921, the family of Robert Ball left England, and emigrated to Australia.  They arrived in Sydney on board the S.S. Berrima on April 30, 1921.  Robert Ball passed away Stanwell Park, Sydney on December 25, 1929.
    • Arthur Leonard (Len) Ball was born in Bristol on August 20, 1906.  He married Ella Margaret Henley-White (1911-1979) in Sydney on September 2, 1927.  They had two sons, Ronald and Robert. Len Ball passed away in Sydney on February 8, 1978.
    • Stewart Ball was born in Bristol on June 9, 1909.  In 1939, he married Dorothy May Lindsay, but they divorced three years later.  In 1943, Stewart married Sheila Margaret Phillpott (1916-2011), and had two daughters, Suzanne and Jennifer. Stewart Ball passed away in Sydney in 1990.
    • Ivy Lydia Ball was born in Bristol in 1916.  In 1938, she married Gordon Stephan (1917-1985).  They had one son, Gordon.  Ivy Stephan passed away in 1971.
    • Sydney Raymond (Ray) Ball was born in Sydney in 1925.  With his wife, Eileen May Fox, he raised a family of three: Gregory, Maureen, and Robert. Ray Ball passed away in 2007.
  • Frank Ball was born in Long Ashton on April 5, 1882.  Like his brothers George and William, Frank Ball also served in the Royal Navy: the Census of 1901 finds him as a crewmember onboard HMS Trafalgar.  On 5 April 1921, Frank married Lilian Mary Perry (1896-1988), and had four children: Emily Rose, Marguerite Joan, Peter, and William.  (Frank also raised Violet Ann Daniels (1917-1996), Lilian's daughter from an earlier marriage.)  Frank Ball passed away in 1973.
    • Emily Rose Ball was born in Long Ashton on October 17, 1921.  In 1940, she married William C. Crago (1913-1990), and had a son, Roger W. Crago. Emily Crago passed away in Weston in 1999.
    • Marguerite Joan Ball was born in Long Ashton on December 11, 1922.  In 1945, she married Oliver Joseph Hammond (1919-1970).  Soon after their marriage, Oliver brought his wife to his native United States, and settled in Maryland.  It was here that they raised a family of six children: David Joseph, John, Raymond, Jeannette, Daniel, and Deanna. Marguerite Hammond passed away in Hampstead, Maryland on November 3, 2010.
    • Peter Ball was born in Bristol in 1927.
    • William Ball was born in Long Ashton in 1928. 
Hannah, the Ninth Child of John & Ann Ball
Hannah Ball was baptized in Winford on October 14, 1838.  In 1872, she married Albert Wyatt (1842-1883) in Clifton, England.  Hannah and Albert had four children: Alice Maud Mary, Ada Frances, Albert John, and William James.  Hannah Wyatt passed away in Bedminster in 1891.
  • Alice Maud Mary Wyatt was born in Bedminster in 1875.  In 1903, she married her cousin David Ball, son of Robert.  More is found about her below.
  • Ada Frances Wyatt was born in Bedminster in 1876.  In 1901, she married William Chant (1874-1962).  William and Ada would have a family of one, a daughter named Mable.  Ada Chant passed away in Kingswood, Gloucestershire in 1952.
    • Mabel Chant was born in Bristol on February 24, 1907.  In 1925, she married John Thomas Miles (1906-1904), and had four children:  John, Stanley, Lilian, and Royston.  In 1942, Mabel married for a second time, to William Fred Batt (1898-1961).  Mabel Batt passed away in Bristol in 1987.
      • John Thomas Miles was born in Bristol on July 1, 1925, and passed away in 1983.
      • Stanley Miles was born in Keynsham, Somerset in 1927.  With his wife, Kathleen, he had four children: Linda, Stephen, Diane, and Richard.
      • Lilian Miles was born in Keynsham in 1929, and passed away in 1930.
      • Royston Arthur Miles was born in Keynsham on October 7, 1931.  He passed away in Bristol in 1994.
  • Albert John Wyatt was born in Bedminster in 1880.  He was killed on December 15, 1901, in Bloemfontein, South Africa while fighting in the Boer War.
  • William James Wyatt was born in Bedminster in 1882.  In 1903, he married Ellen Ettree (1881-1950).  Before her marriage, Ellen had two children (Elsie May, born in 1902; and Katie, born in 1903) who were raised as part of the Wyatt family.  By 1911, William and Ellen lived in Pontypridd, Glamorgan where they raised their family of five children: Elsie May, Katie, Albert, Sidney, and Lilly.  William James Wyatt passed away in Pontypridd in 1961.
    • Elsie May Wyatt was born in Long Ashton in 1902. She is found living with her family in Pontypridd in 1911.
    • Katie Wyatt was born in Long Ashton in 1903.  She, too, is found living with the family for the census of 1911.
    • Albert Wyatt was born in Long Ashton on November 11, 1905, and passed away in Pontypridd in 1986.
    • Sidney Wyatt was born in Pontypridd on April 3, 1909.  He married Hilda Llewellyn in 1936, and had one son, Harry.  Sidney Wyatt passed away in Pontypridd in 1974.
    • Lilly Wyatt was born in Pontypridd in 1910.
Joseph, the Tenth Child of John & Ann Ball
Joseph Ball was born in the Parish of Winford in 1840.  In 1864, he married Eliza Lawrence (1837-1924) in Bristol.  Joseph and Eliza had six children:  George, Henrietta, Emma, Alice, Mercy, and Elizabeth.  Joseph Ball passed away in Long Ashton in 1925.
  • George Ball was born in Bishopsworth around 1862 or 1863.
  • Henrietta Ball was born in Bedminster in 1865.  She married Charles Williams (1861-1949) in Bedminster in 1889.  Henrietta and Charles had four children: Elizabeth Ann, Frances, Charles, and Joseph John.  Henrietta Williams passed away in Weston in 1943.
  • Emma (aka Emily) Ball was born in Bishopsworth in 1867.
  • Alice Ball was born in Bishopsworth in 1870.
  • Mercy Ellen Ball was born in Bishopsworth on February 29, 1872.  In 1891, she married George John Tomkings (1869-1932).  Together, they had three children: William, Frank and Ivy.  Mercy Tomkings passed away in Bristol in 1971, at the age of 99.
    • William George Tomkings was born in Dundry, Somerset in 1891.  He married Ivy Lilian Hawkins (1897-1988) in 1918, and had a family of three children: George, Henry, and Iris.  William George Tomkings passed away in Bristol in 1954.
      • George Tomkings was born in Bristol in 1920.  With his wfie, Peggy, he had two children, Stephen and Jennifer.  George Tomkings passed away in 1966.
      • Henry Frank Tomkings was born on July 29, 1922 in Bristol.  He passed away in Penzance, Cornwall in 2001.
      • Iris Tomkings was born in Bristol in 1928.  With her husband, Joseph Williams, she had three children: Iris, Sandra, and Paul Williams.
    • Frank Ernest Tomkings was born in Blagdon, Somerset in 1893.  In 1931, he married Florence Alice Reynolds (1904-1993).  Togethery, they had three children: Wilfred, Mercy, and Arthur. Frank Tomkings passed away in 1951.
      • Wilfred Tomkings was born in 1932, and died as an infant.
      • Mercy Tomkings married Denis Hacker, and had three children: Jill, Stephen, and Glenn.
      • Arthur Tomkings first married Marlene Jenkins and had two children, Tracy and David. Later, Arthur remarried, to Joy Brain.
    • Ivy Elizabeth Tomkings was born in Lambeth, London, England in 1904.  She married Percy E. Lloyd in 1929, and had two children, Beryl and Alec.
      • Alec Edwin Lloyd was born in 1935. With his wife, Patricia, he had three children: Wayne, Timothy, and Stephen.  Alec Lloyd passed away in 1972.
  • Elizabeth L. Ball was born in Bishopsworth in 1879.



The Family of Robert Ball
Robert Ball was born September 6, 1817 in the parish of Dundry.  On August 21, 1855, he married Mary 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.

  • Caroline Cooksley was born in 1825 and died in 1832.
  • George Cooksley, Jr. was born in 1827.  In 1868, he married Susan Hall (1827-1888), but they had no children.  George Cooksley, Jr. passed away in 1886.
  • John Cooksley was born in 1831.  He first married Martha Tovey (1827-1862) in 1852, and had three children:  Benjamin (1854-1901), James Henry (1858-1902), and Hephzibah Mary (1858-1904).  Following the death of Martha, John married Mary Ann Drury (1839-1908) in 1872, and had three more children:  Alfred John (1873-1954), Edith May (1878-1958), and Edward Albert (1880-1882).  John Cooksley died in 1885.
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 right), 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.”  Two of the three sons of Robert and Mary Ann Ball, David and Harry, continued to live in the area around Bristol.

The Family of David 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 James  Ball.

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.
  • Mabel Rosina Hockey was born in Bristol on July 2, 1905.  She married Denis Daniel Murphy (1901-1984) in 1937, and had two daughters:  Margaret and Sheila.  Mabel passed away in Bristol on April 11, 1996.
    • Margaret married Kenneth L. Banwell, and had two sons, Timothy James & Richard John Banwell.
    • Sheila first married Leonard Calvert, and had one son, Paul.  Sheila is now married to Robert Williams.
  • Charles David Hockey was born in Bristol on March 1, 1907, and passed away there in 1984.  He never married.
  • Frederick Robert Hockey was born in Bristol on August 2, 1911, and passed away there on September 25, 1984.  He was the husband of Lydia Taylor, and the father of Gillian.
  • Harry James Hockey was born in Bristol on March 12, 1915, and passed away there on November 10, 1991.  He never married.
  • Lilian May Hockey was born in Bristol on September 22, 1918, and passed away there in 1971.  She was the mother of Michael J. Hockey.
    • Michael Hockey married Jill Fowler.  They are the parents of Sarah Jane Hockey.
  • Albert Edward Hockey was born in Bristol on November 8, 1920, and passed away there on February 28, 1989.  He and his wife, Dorothy Edna Ind (1925-2002), were the parents of Alan Edward and Gary Paul Hockey. 
    • Alan Hockey married Rosemary Joy Didcott.  They are the parents of Charlotte and Christian Hockey, and the grandparents of Izzy Mae and Daisy.
William 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.
  • William Robert Ball was born in Bristol on April 15, 1917.  He married Barbara Reeks in 1953.  Together they had three children: Terence, Patricia, and Valerie.  William passed away in 1993.
    • Terry Ball and his partner Anne Beckett are the parents of Shelley, and grandparents of Ila.
    • Patricia Ball married Royden Bourne.  They are the parents of Jayson, Richard, Ryan, and Shaun, and the grandparents of Connor.
  • Rosina Caroline (Rose) Ball was born in Bristol on May 11, 1923.  In 1945, she married David John A. Blundell (1915-1997).  They had two children, Alan and Elaine.  Rose Blundell passed away in June of 2013.
    • Elaine Blundell married Graham Baré.  They are the parents of Michelle and Jenna.
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.
Herbert Henry Ball was born in 1904 and passed away in 1905.

The Family of Harry James Ball Ball

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.

  • Francis Henry (Harry) Ball was born in Bristol on November 19, 1911.  In 1936, Harry married Gladys E. Pratt (1914-1965), and moved to Yorkshire.  Harry passed away in Scarborough, Yorkshire in November of 1987.
  • Sylvia Beatrice Ball was born in Bristol on November 17, 1912.  In 1934, she married Joseph Alfred Barnard-Hopkins (1908-2000).  They had two children: a daughter, Josephine, and a son, Paul.  Sylvia passed away in Weston Super Mare in 1993.
    • Josephine (Josie) Barnarnd-Hopkins married Edgar Cole in 1961.  Today, they live south of Bristol.
    • Paul Barnard-Hopkins married Julia Pocock (1952-1999) in 1971.  They had two children, Mark and Lisa.
  • Lionel George Ball was born in Bristol on January 16, 1914.  He married Ivy Lilian Budd (1919-2005) in Bristol in 1939.  Lionel and Ivy had three daughters: Valerie, Geraldine, and Margaret.  Lionel passed away in Bristol in 1989.
    • Valerie June Ball was born in Bristol on May 4, 1940.  In 1960, she married Dudley Wallace Hooper (1934-1964).  Together, they had one son, Michael Dudley Hooper.  Valerie passed away in Bristol in November of 1985.
  • Jack W. Ball was born in Bristol in 1915, and passed away one year later.
  • Leslie Norman Ball was born in Bristol in 1920.  In 1949, he married Lilian Elsie Osborne (1924-1970).  They had one daughter, Susan.  Les passed away in Manchester in 2006.
  • Douglas James Ball was born in Bristol on July 4, 1921.  In 1942, he married Peggy Scattergood, and had a daughter, Caroline.  After his first marriage ended, Douglas married Peggy Irene Britton (1925-2003) in 1949.  They had one daughter, Rita.  Douglas Ball passed away in 2004.
    • Caroline was raised by her maternal grandparents, and retained the family name, Scattergood.  In the 1960's, Caroline dance with the Tiller Girls in London.  It was here that she met her husband, Roy Sone.  Although they later divorced, they had a daughter, Tracy Sone.
    • Rita married Philip Patch, and had a son, David.  Rita is now married to Robert Sirl.
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.
  • Lillian Ida Ball was born in Bristol on September 24, 1912.  She and her husband, Harold Webb (1912-1980), were married in 1936.  They had one son, Robin Webb.  Lillian passed away in 2002.
    • Robin and his wife Pamela are the parents of Christopher Webb.
  • Herbert Harry Ball, twin of Lillian, was also born on September 24, 1912.  With his wife, Edith Mary Roberts (1915-2003), whom he married in 1938, he raised two sons, Robert and Michael.  Herbert passed away in 1993.
    • Robert and his wife Valerie are the parents of Bernice, Stephen, and Angela Ball.
    • Michael and his wife Carole are the parents of Gary and Deborah Ball.
  • Iris Flora Ball was born January 11, 1915.  In 1936, she married Frederick Francis John Staddon (1913-1990).  Together they had four children: Geraldine, John, Gillian, and Yvonne Staddon.  Iris Staddon passed away in 1994.
    • Yvonne and her husband, Robert Hart, are the parents of Steven, Sharon, and Samantha Hart.
    • Geraldine and her husband, Robert Winters, are the parents of Lisa and Vanessa Winters.
    • John was born in Bristol in 1944.  In 1967, he married Rachel Derrick.  They had no children.  John passed away in Bristol in 1992.
    • Gillian married Royston Harris (1942-2006).  They had no children.
  • Raymond Frederick Ball was born in Bristol on March 10, 1918.  In 1945, he married Betty Bave (1922-1998).  They had one daughter, Linda Ball.  Raymond passed away in Bristol in 1976.
  • Leonard Frank was born on February 1, 1921.  In 1948, he married Sybil Joan Milton (1922-1986). They had one daughter, Cynthia Ball.  Leonard passed away on March 6, 1988.
    • Cynthia and her husband, Brian Withyman, had three children:  David, Simon, and Anne-Marie
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.
  • Frederick James Ball, known to the family as Freddy,  was born in Bristol on May 16, 1920.  On December 19, 1942, he married Doreen Marguerite Duncombe (1919-1999), from whom he later divorced.  They had no children. Freddy Ball continud to live in the family home at 15 Ashton Road until he passed away in 2000.
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.
  • Keith Leslie Thomas was born in Bristol on April 25, 1923.  He married Doreen Bertha Cowley (1919-1973) in Bristol in 1946.  Together, they had one daughter, Gillian.  In 1982, Keith married again, to Jean Duckett (nee Maynard).  Keith Thomas passed away in Bristol in 2005.
  • June Wadsworth was born in Bristol on June 30, 1929.  On April 11, 1962, June married Hedley James (Jim) Williams.  Jim Williams was a pilot in the Royal Navy.  He was killed on April 9, 1968 while attempting a dangerous training maneuver in the South China Sea.  June Williams passed away in Bristol in 1983.  June and Jim had no children.
  • Herbert William (Bill) Wadsworth was born in Bristol in 1930.  In 1955, he married Margaret Wood.  Bill and Margaret had four children: twin daughters Jacqueline and Susan, and sons David and Richard.
    • Jacqueline and her husband, Ralph Dunn, are the parents of Frances Susan and Catherine Jane Dunn.
    • Susan and her partner, Hugh McCann, are the parents of Hugh Owen McCann.
    • David and his wife Sarah are the parents of Emma Joan, James William, and Hannah Margaret Wadsworth.
    • Richard and his wife Emma are the parents of Tycho and Laya Wadsworth.

 
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.



The Life and Career of Herbert Henry Ball
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. The 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, The 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 & Mail.

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!

 
Herb began in politics by serving on the Board of Education for North Toronto.  Next, he served as both an Auditor and (in 1911) a Councilman for the City of North Toronto.  In 1912, North Toronto was annexed by the City of Toronto.

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:
  • Select Committee to consider the Rules of the House, March 14, 1929 - March 26, 1929
  • Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization, February 15, 1928 - April 3, 1928
  • Standing Committee on Municipal Law, February 15, 1928 - April 3, 1928
  • Standing Committee on Private Bills, February 15, 1928 - April 3, 1928
  • Standing Committee on Municipal Law, February 9, 1927 - April 5, 1927
  • Standing Committee on Private Bills, February 9, 1927 - April 5, 1927
  • Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization, February 9, 1927 - April 5, 1927
  • Standing Committee on Private Bills, February 5, 1929 - March 28, 1929
  • Standing Committee on Municipal Law, February 5, 1929 - March 28, 1929
  • Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization, February 5, 1929 - March 28, 1929

 
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.

 
The King's Printer was appointed by the Governor in Council to act as the Deputy Minister for the Department of Public Printing and Stationery. This person was in charge of printing or reproducing documents, the sale of government publications, and the distribution of government stationery.  An example of such a document is found below.

 
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).



The Family of Herbert Henry and Mary Ann Ball
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.


 
Mary Ann Ball died on July 1, 1924, as a result of arterio sclerosis.  As can be seen in this obituary, Herb Ball died on February 26, 1943.

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.
  • Herbert Thomas Stocker was born in Chicago on April 26, 1915.  He married Helen Little on October 3, 1952, and had one daughter, Patricia.  She is married to Ronald Miller; they have one daughter, Catherine.  Herb Stocker passed away in Toronto on September 11, 1967.
  • Wanda Mary Stocker was born in Toronto on April 5, 1920.  She married John Douglas Holmwood (1916-1977) on December 14, 1940.  John and Wanda Holmwood lived in Barrie, but had no children.  Wanda Holmwood passed away on May 4, 1996. She and her husband are laid to rest together 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 Henry Ball
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.
 
  • Herb Ball was born in Toronto in 1925.  Like his father, Herb Ball also served his country, as a soldier in World War Two. For many years, Herb and his wife, Kathelene (nee Fox), lived in Ajax, Ontario where they raised three children:  Lucille, Robert, and Steven Ball. Herb passed away in Ajax in 1984.
    • Lucille Ball married Robert (Bob) Hutchinson; they are the parents of Karen and Rick.  Rick and his wife Melissa are the parents of Blake, Cole, Trent and Jillian.
    • Robert (Bob) Ball married Maxine Tully.  Together, they had three children: Doug, Brian, and Jennifer.  Doug and his wife Trista are the parents of Austin.
    • Steven George Ball (1956-2011) married Janice Bradley, and had four children:  Raymond, Michelle, Chris, and Katie.
 

 
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.
 

  • Elisabeth B. Ball married John Helsdon, and had two children:  Margaret (Peg) and John.  Elisabeth died in Orchard Park in 1985.
    • Peg is married to Steven Scheele, and lives in Colorado.  Together, they have two sons, Michael and Karl.
    • John is married to Dolores Matuszak, and lives in Rapid City, South Dakota, near his daughters, Karen and Kristin.
  • Corinne Eleanore married Charles Louis Teschner, and had one son, Charles Louis Teschner, Jr.  Corinne died in Cleveland in 1987.
    • Charles Teschner, Jr. and his wife Ingrid live in Connecticut.

 
Child Seven: Winnifred Mildred Ball
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.
  • Daphne Knowlton married James Elmer Gosley on February 23, 1946.  (The article found to the left appeared in the Toronto Daily Star on Monday February 18, 1946.)  They lived in Scarborough, where they raised their three children:  Paul, Miriam, and Colleen.  Jim Gosley passed away in Scarborough on April 29, 1983.  Daphne passed away there on December 28, 1991.
    • Miriam is the mother of David McAllister.  David, and his wife Jennifer, are the parents of David James McAllister.
    • Colleen is the mother of David and Nicole Stinson.

 
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.
  • Mary Elmore married John Ray Smithies (1921-1989) on October 4, 1951.  They lived in Barrie, Ontario, where they raised their son, John Wallace Smithies.  Mary Smithies passed away in Barrie on October 9, 1976.  Mary and John are laid to rest together in Barrie Union Cemetery.  John Smithies, Jr. has a daughter, Olivia Jennifer, and a son, Christopher David Smithies.
  • Joan Elmore married Frederick Eberlin (1932-2004), and had two children, Cameron and Lisa.  Cameron and his wife, Tracy, have four children:  Stephanie, Sarah, Shannon, and Samantha.  They live in Holland Landing, Ontario.  Lisa and her husband, Peter Dollery, have three children:  Ryan, Alexandra, and Kelly.  Joan Eberlin passed away on March 5, 2002.  Joan and Fred are laid to rest together in Elgin Mills 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.
  • Lorraine married Ray Gemmill.  She is the mother of Sharon, Brian, Karen and Kathy.  Sharon and her husband Lloyd Moore are the parents of James and Deborah, and the grandparents of Jacob, Andrew, Matthew, Robert, and Jessica.  Brian and his wife Theresa are the parents of Nicole, Sonya, Mari, and Bronwen, and the grandparents of Robbie, McKenzie, Zachary, Benjamin, Kira, and Gabrielle.  Lorraine now lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
  • Eileen married Roy Shinniman, and lived in Orangeville, Ontario.  There, they raised their family of five:  Carol, Pat, Frank, Steven, and Peggy.  Carol is the mother of Larry, Stanley, and Shaun; and the grandmother of Elaine, Deanna, Danielle, and Nicole.  Pat is the mother of Cynthia, Wesley, and Mark; and the grandmother of Logan, Avery, and Jamie.  Eileen passed away in 1969.
  • Helen married John Lamb, and lived for many years in Durham, Ontario.  Here they raised their family of five: Barbara, Bruce, Bob, David, and Terry.  One son, John, died in infancy.  Barbara (1955-2012) was the mother of Carrie and Christopher, and the grandmother of Alexis and Joshua.  Bruce is the father of Jackie, John, and Jeremy, and the grandfather of Ciara.  Bob is the father of Pamela, Joseph, and Nathan.  David is the father of Brendan, Collin and Garrett.  Terry is the father of Coleson and Cylis.  Helen passed away in 1979.
  • Jack married Lois McConnell, and had three children:  Linda, Wayne, and Tracy.  Wayne and his wife, Mariana, are the parents of Andrew and Michael.  Tracy and her husband, Kelly, are the parents of Robyn and Tara.  Jack passed away in 2003.
  • Bob and his wife Marty had five children:  Michael, Robert, Lori, David, and Darren.  Lori is the mother of Krista and Kaillie.  David and his wife, Angela, are the parents of Shelby, Abigail,, and Alyssa.  Darren and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of Charlotte and Alexandra.  Bob passed away in 1992.



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