My mother also was in direct contact with some grandchildren of Marshall Luther Ball. As I undderstand the correspondence, much iformation came from the Marshall Luther Ball bible. From this information, I believe, may have come the list of Luther Ball's children:
1) James Luther Ball (b. 9 Oct 1827)
2) Esther Elizabeth Ann Ball (b. 20 Dec 1828, d.Aug 1829)
3) Eliza Ball (b. 30 Oct 1830, d. 4 Nov 1830)
4) Sophia Ball (b. 29 Oct 1831, d. 4 Nov 1831)
5) Elizabeth Susan Ball (b. 22 Mar 1833, d. 15 Nov 1838)
6) William Thomas Paradise Ball (b. 6 Feb 1835, d. 16 Feb 1838)
With the passing of so many of these children at such a young age, the Luther Ball himself passing away on 9 May 1835, must have been quite tragic on this family.
Phillip Plonk Coulter Jr. (b. 1928, d.?) provided my mom with a very thorough family tree starting from John Ball. I also have a pretty good lineage of esther Wilson Wheeler. Through Sir William Ball (1615-1680), the English immigrant, the Ball's trace back to Guy DeBalliol (early French form for Ball) who came to England with William 'The Conqueror' during the Norman invasion of England. Being a Ball descendant, I find it interesting that much of the storyline behind the movie 'Braveheart' had to do with the Balliol (Ball) family, as King John II Balliol of Scotland was taken prisoner by Edward II of England, which eventually was the spark that set off the Scottish Wars of Independence. Richard the Bruce, who scored a major victory for Scotland, was also King John II Balliol's cousin, and Sir William Wallace's daughter married his nephew William Ball.
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