Edward Hyde Ball1,2,3

ID# 9457, (1825 - 1878)
FatherJoseph Ball4,5,6,7 (30 Apr 1787 - 2 Mar 1888)
MotherEsther Nye4,5,6,7 (19 Dec 1790 - 22 Mar 1878)

Key Events:

Birth: 29 May 1825, Ogden, Monroe Co., New York8,9,10
Marriage: Sarah Euselia Cobb, 26 Aug 184711,12,13
Death: 7 Sep 1878, Milwaukee, Wisconsin14,9
Burial: Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin15

Spouse:Sarah Euselia Cobb (1821 - 30 Mar 1897)
     Children:

  • Elizabeth Church Ball39,40,41 (abt Jan 1850 - 1927)
  • Helen F. Ball40,42,41 (16 Mar 1852 - 11 Oct 1920)
  • Sarah Esther Ball40,42,43 (1853 - 1945)
  • Edward Henry Ball40,42,41 (12 Nov 1857 - 23 Aug 1912)
  • Mary C. Ball42,41 (1860 - 1913)
ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Edward Hyde Ball was born on 29 May 1825 in Ogden, Monroe Co., New York.8,9,10
     He was probably one of the two males under age 5 listed in the household of his father, Joseph Ball, in the 1830 Federal Census of Ogden, Monroe Co., New York.16 He was probably one of the two males age 10 to15 listed in the household of his father in the 1840 Federal Census of Ogden, Monroe Co., New York.17
     He attended public schools and one year at a select school.4 He worked at the store of Church & Ball in Spencerport, one of the largest mercantile establishments in western New York in his youth. He continued there seven years before moving west.4
     Edward moved to Wisconsin in 1846 to open his own business.4 He opened a store in East Troy. Being on the frontier he had to extend credit to the settlers who depended on their crops for their income, but "won a substantial measure of success." He was the postmaster for the town, presumably in his store, from 21 May 1849 until 23 Jun 1853.4,18,19,20
     Edward married Sarah Euselia Cobb, daughter of Dr. John Cobb and Sarah Robbins, on 26 Aug 1847.11,12,13
     They appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of East Troy, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, enumerated 1 Aug 1850, reporting real estate valued at $1,000. Their daughter Elizabeth was listed as living with them, as were Albert Ball, relationship unknown, age 18 and listed as a clerk, and Isaac Bangs, age 19 and also listed as a clerk.3
     Edward and Sarah appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of East Troy, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, enumerated 20 Jul 1860, reporting real estate valued at $16,500 and personal estate of $500. Their children Elizabeth, Helen, Sarah and Edward were listed as living with them, as were Ann McKake, age 20 from Ireland, a domestic servant, and Mary Brownlee, age 14 from Canada, with no occupation listed.21
     Edward sold his business in East Troy and he and Sarah moved to Milwaukee in 1862, living at 360 Milwaukee St.22,23
     He and John R. Goodrich joined the wholesale grocery business of John A. Dutcher, at 103 and 105 E. Water St.. The firm was then known as Dutcher, Ball, and Goodrich.24,25,26 The firm moved to 301 & 303 East Water St. about 1865.27
     Edward registered for the draft for the Civil War, appearing on the register dated in Jun 1863, while living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reporting he was employed as grocer.28
     The family moved to 496 Jefferson St. about 1863 and to 594 Jefferson St. about 1865.29,30
     They moved to 610 Jefferson St. about 1867, where the family lived for many years.31
     About 1870 Dutcher withdrew from the firm and went into the stove business. The grocery firm was known after that as Ball and Goodrich until about 1884, with Edward's widow taking his place after his death. About 1885 Goodrich found a new partner and the firm was then known as Goodrich & Wagner.32,33
     Edward and Sarah appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin, enumerated 1 Jun 1870, reporting real estate valued at $15,000 and personal estate of $100,000. Their children Elizabeth, Helen, Sarah, Edward and Mary were listed as living with them, as were two domestic servants, Ellen O'Connel, age 20 from Massachusetts, and Kate O'Malley, age 25 from Wisconsin.34
     Edward left a will dated 31 Aug 1878 stating he was of Milwaukee, in which he left his sister, Catherine Gott, for her lifetime the use of premises she occupied in New York and $150 per year, his brother Albert $200 per year for his life, and all his other property to his wife. He appointed John W. Dennison of Whitewater, Wisconsin, and Benjamin K. Miller of Milwaukee as executors.35
     Edward died on 7 Sep 1878 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at age 53.14,9 He was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin.15
     His will was probated on 12 Oct 1878 by the County Court in Milwaukee Co.36
     An inventory of his estate was filed on 31 Mar 1879 showing a total value of his property as $106,000. It listed his residence, valued at $10,000; his furniture, library, four horses, three carriages, two sleighs, and equipment at $5,000; a parcel in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin valued at $12,000; his 5/8 share of the firm of Ball & Goodrich, valued at $16,800; cash and credits in the firm at $45,000; a half interest in property in Monroe Co., New York on which his father was living, estimated at $600; and various notes due him, stock and other items.37
     The final settlement of the estate was filed on 7 Oct 1879. The executors had received $83,400 as recorded in the inventory (excluding the real estate) and had collected an additional $2,200 in interest. They had paid out $11,600 to the widow for burial expenses, settlement of debts, and living expenses; $3,700 to pay off the mortgage on the Wauwatosa property; $325 to the brother and sister; $1,000 commission to one of them, and a small amount on probate expenses, leaving a balance of $68,700. The court approved the accounting, ordered that all real and personal property remaining be assigned to the widow, and dismissed the executors.38

Citations

  1. [S7808] Bruce, History of Milwaukee City and County, II:16, shows name as Edward Hyde Ball.
  2. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 114922332, Edward Hyde Ball, includes tombstone photo showing same.
  3. [S7788] Edward H. Ball household, 1850 U.S. Census, Walworth Co., Wisconsin.
  4. [S7808] Bruce, History of Milwaukee City and County, II:16.
  5. [S7798] Edward H. Ball, Milwaukee Co. Wisconsin loose probate records, will shows Catherine Gott of Spencerport New York as his sister; inventory includes property in Ogden, New York where Joseph Ball then lived.
  6. [S7800] Vital Records of Lee Massachusetts, pg 12, shows Catherine, daughter of Joseph and Esther Ball.
  7. [S7801] Joseph Ball household, 1875 New York State Census, Monroe Co., New York, Ogden, shows household of Joseph and Ester Ball with Catherine Gott, shown as a widow and Joseph's daughter.
  8. [S7808] Bruce, History of Milwaukee City and County, II:16, shows date, town, county, and state.
  9. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 114922332, Edward Hyde Ball, shows date and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  10. [S7788] Edward H. Ball household, 1850 U.S. Census, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, shows age 24 and state.
  11. [S7808] Bruce, History of Milwaukee City and County, II:19, shows date.
  12. [S7788] Edward H. Ball household, 1850 U.S. Census, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  13. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 114922402, Sarah E. Cobb Ball, and includes tombstone photo showing her as his wife.
  14. [S7798] Edward H. Ball, Milwaukee Co. Wisconsin loose probate records, petition to probate will, 4 Sep 1878, shows date.
  15. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 114922332, Edward Hyde Ball, includes tombstone photo.
  16. [S7803] Joseph Ball household, 1830 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  17. [S7804] Joseph Ball household, 1840 U.S. Census, Monroe Co., New York.
  18. [S7788] Edward H. Ball household, 1850 U.S. Census, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, shows occupation as merchant.
  19. [S7789] Edward H. Ball household, 1860 U.S. Census, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, shows occupation as merchant.
  20. [S7802] East Troy, Wisconsin, Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971, shows date of his appointment and that of his replacement.
  21. [S7789] Edward H. Ball household, 1860 U.S. Census, Walworth Co., Wisconsin.
  22. [S7808] Bruce, History of Milwaukee City and County, II:16, shows year.
  23. [S7793] Milwaukee City Directory, 1862, pg 32.
  24. [S7793] Milwaukee City Directory, 1862, pg 84, shows new firm and address.
  25. [S7794] Umberhine's Milwaukee City Business Directory, 1861, pg 25, Dutcher at that address.
  26. [S7791] Edward Ball household, 1870 U.S. Census, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin, shows occupation as wh. grocer.
  27. [S7795] Edwards' Annual Directory of Milwaukee, 1865, pg 190.
  28. [S7790] Edward H. Ball, Civil War Draft Registrations Records.
  29. [S7793] Milwaukee City Directory, 1863, pg 17.
  30. [S7795] Edwards' Annual Directory of Milwaukee, 1865, pg 167.
  31. [S7795] Edwards' Annual Directory of Milwaukee, 1867, pg 133.
  32. [S7796] Milwaukee City Directory, 1870-71, pg 57 shows Ball & Goodrich; pg 105 shows Dutcher.
  33. [S7797] Wright's Directory of Milwaukee, 1884, pg 82 shows Ball & Goodrich; 1885 pg 266 shows the new firm.
  34. [S7791] Edward Ball household, 1870 U.S. Census, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin.
  35. [S7798] Edward H. Ball, Milwaukee Co. Wisconsin loose probate records, will.
  36. [S7798] Edward H. Ball, Milwaukee Co. Wisconsin loose probate records, order 12 Oct 1878.
  37. [S7798] Edward H. Ball, Milwaukee Co. Wisconsin loose probate records, inventory 31 Mar 1879.
  38. [S7798] Edward H. Ball, Milwaukee Co. Wisconsin loose probate records, widow's receipt 4 Oct 1879, settlement 7 Oct 1879; order same date.
  39. [S7788] Edward H. Ball household, 1850 U.S. Census, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  40. [S7789] Edward H. Ball household, 1860 U.S. Census, Walworth Co., Wisconsin, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  41. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 46.
  42. [S7791] Edward Ball household, 1870 U.S. Census, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  43. [S7808] Bruce, History of Milwaukee City and County, II:15.