|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,
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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