Born: 29 Aug 1824, Aschbach, Bas-Rhin, France
Died: 16 Jan 1910, North Creek, Putnam Co., OH
Born: 16 June 1828, Belgium
Died: 26 Dec 1895, North Creek, Putnam Co., OH
Both are interred in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Creek, Putnam Co., OH
Ferdinand Ball was born on August 25, 1825, in Germany, and was the son of Barney and Mary M. Ball. Ferdinand came with his parents to America at the age of five years.
They settled in Stark county, Ohio. Barney and Mary M. Ball were farmers and were early pioneers of that county. they had thirteen children: Barney, Jr.; George; Mathias;
John; Ferdinand; Caroline; Eva, who lives in Henry county, Ohio; Mary who lives in Defiance county; Elizabeth, who lives in Washington, D.C. The first six children named are
deceased, and Magdalene is also deceased and three others who are not now a matter of record.
Ferdinad Ball, the father of John Ball, was educated in Carroll and Seneca counties. In Carroll county he grew to manhood and married. He learned the blacksmith trade and
was an expert at this trade. His parents, Barney and Mary M. Ball, came from Stark county to Seneca county, where they farmed for a time and then moved to Carroll county.
Later they came to Putnam county, Ohio, together with John Ball's father, Ferdinand, after his marriage. They settled on a farm of forty acres in section 7, of Palmer township.
Barney Ball and wife died on this farm and Ferdinand, their son, farmed this forty acres. He also had a blacksmith shop on the farm and followed this trade along with farming.
He, subsequently, increased this forty acres by hard work and rigid economy to nearly two hundred acres, all of which lay in Palmer township. He also had a farm of forty acres
in Monro township, Putnam county. He followed farming all of his life and retire"".
Ferdinand Ball, who settled in this county with his parents, Barnhard and Mary M. (Phillips) Ball was born in France, August 25, 1824. His wife, Emeline, daughter of Henry and
Susannah (Lellinger) Graas, was born in Belgium, June 16, 1828, and they were married at Massillon, Ohio, May 13, 1851. They have a family of eight children: Henry, born March 23, 1852;
John, January 20, 1854; Mary E., September 5, 1855; George F., October 24, 1857; William, August 28, 1860; Catharine, July 21, 1862; Susan, April 18,1864; Martin, Octobe 19, 1868. He served
in the war of the Rebellion. He is a blacksmith and farmer. Address, North Creek, Putnam county, Ohio."