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Jacob Ball, U.E.[1,2,3]

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Title  Lieut. 
Suffix  U.E. 
Birth  9 Mar 1731/32  Berne, Albany Co., New York 
Christened  20 Mar 1732/33  Sp. Jacob Endes and Elisabeth Sophia   [4,5,6
Sex  Male 
Died  8 Feb 1810  Grimbsy, buried Locust Grove Farm and then moved to St. Marks Church, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario  [7,8,9
Person ID  I0356  Default Tree 
Last Modified  22 Jan 2007 
Father  Peter\Johan Ball 
Mother  Anna Margaretha 
Group Sheet  F083  Default Tree 
Family 1  Maria Elizabeth MANN, b. 6 Oct 1737, Berne, Albany Co., New York 
Married  1753  banns of 4 November 1753  [10,11
 1. Peter Mann Ball, U.E., b. 24 Feb 1755, Berne, Albany Co., New York
 2. Jacob Ball, U.E., b. 15 Dec 1756, Albany Co., New York
 3. Martha, b. 1758
 4. John Washington Ball U.E., b. 1760, Albany Co., New York
 5. Dorothea Ball, U.E., b. 20 Nov 1762, Mohawk Valley, New York
 6. Jacob Henry Ball U.E., b. 1759
 7. George Alexander Ball U.E., b. 25 Jul 1764, Albany Co., New York
 8. Maria Ball, U.E., b. 31 May 1769, Albany Co., New York
 9. Margaret Sophia Ball, U.E., b. 13 Nov 1771, Berne, Albany Co., New York
 10. Elizabeth Ball, U.E., b. 11 Feb 1775, Albany Co., New York
 11. Catharine Elizabeth Ball, U.E., b. 16 Dec 1777, Albany Co., New York
Group Sheet  F079  Default Tree 
  • !Jacob lived at Renssealer's Manor (20 miles from Albany, NY). He had l00 acres
    for which he paid l/10 of profits instead of leasing. He cleared land, built
    frame house, a barn and a potash works. He stayed on the farm until 1778
    although subject to fines and imprisonment. In 1778 he left the farm and
    joined Butler's Rangers as a lt. If it had not been for Colonel Butler and his
    Rangers, Canada might have been part of the new United States of America. Fort
    Niagara, on the east side of the Niagara River, was held by the British and
    served as a rendez-vous for Loyalists civilians and Rangers alike. From that
    point, they eventually crossed the river to Niagara, then known as Butlersburg.
    Before 1776 Niagara Township had been settled by a very few white men and
    numerous Mississauga Indians; but in the next four years many UEL crossed the
    river on rafts made from their wagons. They removed the wheels, caulked the
    floorboards and slid them into the river, thus transporting the wheels,
    families and what possessions they still had to the west side, called Upper
    Canada. Some, who had been aristocrats before the war, became poor,
    hard-working pioneers here. Their journey from their homes in the Mohawk
    Valley to Fort Niagara was hazardous, not only because of the treat of rebels
    ready to kill them as traitors, but also because of unfriendly Indians. Land
    was acquired from the Mississaugas by the Crown and allotted to the
    UEL's. Jacob was given about 1000 acres at Niagara -
    During the war of 1812 Locust Grove was devastated. On May 27, 1813,
    the American forces invaded and captured Niagara, and one of the engagements was
    fought on Ball's field, with the ladies looking on from the windows of the
    house. The house, stables and barns of both Jacob and Peter Ball were
    completely destroyed. Also, a quantity of valuables which had been sent there
    for safe-keeping was lost. Loses included also the potash works valued at 700
    pounds, fifteen horses, thirty head of cattle, and thirty hogs, besides the
    farm utensils. Mrs. Ball fled on foot to Thorold carrying a child and a small
    bundle of food anc lothes.
    After the war, claimed 946 pound sterling from the US for losses etc. He
    received 452 pounds sterling. Butler's Rangers were disbanded in 1784.

    Jacob helped establish the Niagara Library along with John Young, John Willson
    and many more.
    !(Bio. Sketches of Loyalists of American Revolution by Palmer)

    !In 1795 in the district of Nassau (Niagara), Jacob was a Justice of the Common
    Pleas (Justice of Peace). (History of Niagara by Janet
    From "The Ball Family of Niagara, U.E.L." ---------
    Jacob's wife and son, during the revolution, were bound by a Bond of 200 pounds
    to quit the premises (Renssealers's Manor) by June 1784. The lands he had in
    Schoharie "was some he had from his elder brother who is now in possession."
    Jacob Ball Sr. went on to state that in Niagara he had 200 acres on the 4 mile
    and 3 mile creeks, Newark (Niagara), also 600 acres in Grantham and in 1787 was
    for the 1200 acres remaining due him. He had a wife and 6 children. He was
    granted land in Grimsby Twp., Caistor Twp. and probably in other Twps. He and
    his wife Maria Elizabeth Mann lie buried at their Niagara Farm "Locust Grove"

    The land in Grantham was in concession X, -- lotss 6, 7, 10, ll, 14, 15.
    Other lands were: Thorold Twp. lot 3 = 100 acres
    1802 Caistor twp. lot 9 con 7 also lot 11,20,21
    Caistor Twp. lot 15 con 7
    1797 Niagara Twp. lot 335 & 333 and 862 acres.
    inherited Grantham Twp lot 6, 7, 20, 11 con X April 1809
    Jacob Ball "the younger"(Jr. m. to Madalene Zelloner), on 18 Mar 1802 granted
    land in lot 6, Thorold
    Twp for the use "of burying ground and for Church or Chapel of Lutheran and
    Presbyterian persuasion...". The church built was the German Church with St.
    Peter's Anglican Church built close by. The first burial in Lakeview cemetery
    was in 1886, and in 1926 many graves were transferred from St. Peters graveyard
    to Lakeview when the old ground was partially flooded for the Welland
    Canal. Jacob Ball lived on lot 6 and his son Henry C. Ball is said to
    have given the land and stone for St. Peter's Church. Henry C. Ball also
    built the first school house in Thorold in 1799 or 1820, of stone; the
    first teacher was Mr. Rattray

    !Source: Bio Sketches
    of Loyalists of American Revolution by Palmer History of Niagara
    The Ball Family of Niagara U.E.L.
    Annals of the Forty
    Ancestral Tree by Anne Marie Brennan Regehr
    The Loyalists in Ontario by Reid
    The St. Catharines Standard 29 Nov 1986 pp15 col.3
Sources  1. [S03520]   eckert1.FTW
"Date of Import: Nov 15, 2000"
2. [S08560]   ball2000.FTW
"Date of Import: Jul 18, 2000"
3. [S12897]   BallFam.FTW
"Date of Import: Nov 15, 2000"
4. [S03520]   eckert1.FTW
"Date of Import: Nov 15, 2000"
5. [S08560]   ball2000.FTW
"Date of Import: Jul 18, 2000"
6. [S12897]   BallFam.FTW
"Date of Import: Nov 15, 2000"
7. [S03520]   eckert1.FTW
"Date of Import: Nov 15, 2000"
8. [S08560]   ball2000.FTW
"Date of Import: Jul 18, 2000"
9. [S12897]   BallFam.FTW
"Date of Import: Nov 15, 2000"
10. [S01421]   Schoharie Refrence Checkbook, Banns
"4 November 1753"
11. [S03520]   eckert1.FTW
"Date of Import: Nov 15, 2000"
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