1881 HISTORY OF SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Inter-State Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois, 1881



Page 794

J. A. BALL, section twenty-one, was born in Madison county, Kentucky, July 5, 1800; his parents were John and Nancy (Adams) Ball, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of North Carolina. they moved to Madison county, Kentucky, in 1792, where they lived thirty years on a farm; father died on the old homestead in Virginia while on a visit there. In 1829, the mother of the subject of this sketch moved to this county, where she died in 1845, at her son's house. James A. was twenty-five years of age when he came to this county, and bought three hundred and twenty acres of land, before the township was named. December 2, 1828, he married Sarah E. Henderson, who was born in Tennessee in 1811, and they had two children, Clarissa Jane, James H. Mr. B. lost his wife in 1832; he married again, this time Marinda Davis, who was born in South Carolina, in 1800; she died in 1855, and for his third wife, Mr. Ball married Melissa Morrison, who was born in Ohio in 1840. By this marriage there were two children, John M., and Fannie M. In 1840, Mr. Ball settled on his present farm, where he now owns two hundred and ten acres of land. He has been justice of the peace seven years, and also assistant county judge. he fought in the Winnebago war under T. M. Neal, and in 1831, in the Black Hawk war, as First Lieutenant under Captain Morris sixty days, and in 1832, he again served in that war sixty days, as Captain under Major Thomas Long. In politics, he was a Democrat.


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