Biography of Frank W. Ball

Ball, Frank W., was born in Le Roy, November 7, 1862, a son of Samuel A. and Falla (Sherman) Ball. The family are of English descent; John Ball settling in Watertown, Mass., in 1630, later moving to Concord. and the Ball family of New England are descendants from this family. About 1,500 persons came over at the same time. His son John was killed in King Philip's war, September 10, 1675. Joseph Ball was chosen hog constable of Worcester, Mass., in 1765, when fifteen years old, also in 1777; tithiugman in 1778, and 1780; surveyor of highways and collector of taxes in 1780-81; deer reeve in 1781; and received one vote for lieutenant-governor at a meeting of the freeholders and inhabitants of Worcester, Mass., in 1780. There were but fifty-three votes cast He was on the muster roll of a company of minute and militia men, which marched from Worcester to Cambridge on the alarm of April 19, 1775. John Adams, another ancestor, made the first purchase of land in Ontario county, N. Y., consisting of 1,200 acres; they were among the very first settlers of that county. The grandfather, Isaac Ball, was a farmer and an early settler in Ontario county, in 1796. Samuel A. Ball, his son, came to Genesee county from Adams Basin in 1852, and settled in Le Roy. He was a painter by trade, which he worked at during the summer and in a saw mill in the winter; this he followed up till about 1862, when he went to work for A. T. Drake, grocer, as clerk, and worked his way along, saving his earnings and in 1871 formed a partnership with C. H. Briscoe, the firm being Ball & Briscoe, which continued until 1873, in Churchville, Monroe county. Mr. Ball sold out his interest and returned to Le Roy and opened a store of his own, which he continued successfully until his death, which occurred on December 9, 1887. He was a valued citizen and a good business man. His widow survives, with three children: Jennie M., Frank W. and Charles H. Frank W. was educated in the district schools and Le Roy Academic Institute and in 1876 entered his father's store; since his father's death the business has been carried on under the estate, witn Frank W. as manager, who is a thorough business man and has one of the best stocked stores in the village, with a fine trade. He is now serving his second term as trustee of the village and has been justice of the peace for four years. He is treasurer and trustee of the Presbyterian church; treasurer and trustee of Le Roy Chemical and Hose Co. for eight years; treasurer Firemen's Benevolent Association five years; treasurer of the Republican Club three years; secretary of the E. K. 0. R. nine years; commander of the K. 0. T. M. two years; and is identified with other societies of Le Roy. He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. In 1885 Mr. Ball married Mary R. Gillett; they have two children: Helen G. and Mary E.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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