Ball, John H.

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY
John Harrison Ball


John Harrison Ball was born on January 6, 1840, the son of John Peter Ball ( 27 Feb 1816-18 Sept 1892)[1] and Anna Barbara Bogardus (16 Jan 1821-14 Jan 1905)[1] .

John Harrison[2] Ball was from Berne.[2]

Marriage & Children

He married Martha Wilson[3], born Feb. 1845, a daughter of William Wilson and his wife, Mary Ann on June 30, 1866 at the Lutheran Church in Berne. They had the following children:

  • Carrie L. Ball born August 22, 1867, married Leslie Cook[3]
  • Anna B. Ball born in 1873, married Herbert Swart[3]
  • Minnie A. Ball born in September of 1875, married Clifford K. Bouton[3]

His Life

He was a farmer in Berne for his entire life and highly respected in his community. He was also a dedicated member of the Lutheran Church there. He was an active member of the Charles McCulloch Post No. 645, G.A.R., and was an elected officer within that organization. [4]

Military Service

Residence: Berne[5]
Place of Birth: Berne[5]
Date of Birth: 6 Jan 1840?[5]
Names of Parents: Peter (Ball) and Barbara Bogardus[5]
Enlistment Date: 31 Oct 1862 [6]
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY [6]
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 177th Infantry[6]
Company: Company G[6]
Deserted on: 1 Dec 1862[6]
Deserted at: Albany, NY [6]
Enlistment Date: 15 Jan 1864[7]
Enlistment Place: Elkhart, Illinois [7]
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: Illinois
Regiment: 64th Infantry
Company: Company H
Muster Out Date: 11 Jul 1865[7]
Muster Out Place: Louisville, KY[7]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 27 [7] "Discharged July 16th 1865 P.O. Address Bern Albany Co N.Y."[5]

Born in Berne, NY, Age 19, Laborer, Black eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, 5’6” tall. [8]

Sources Used: 1865 census Berne, Albany Co., NY;, American Civil War Soldiers and Civil War Pension Index; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War.


John died at his home in Berne on February 23, 1914 and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne. His wife died on February 4, 1930 at the home of her son-in-law in Rensselaerville. [4] She is presumably buried beside her husband.


Altamont Enterprise, Altamont, NY, March 13, 1914
JOHN H. BALL John H. Ball passed away at his home in Berne, February 23, at the age of seventy years. He had been in poor health for some time and his death was the result of a continued illness of nearly five months. He was born on a farm near Berne and his entire life was spent in the town of Berne, excepting two and one half years that he served in the civil war, under General W.T. Sherman. He was a faithful member of the Lutheran church, of Berne, having been a member for nearly fifty years. The funeral was held at his late residence, Thursday, February 26. An excellent discourse was given by his pastor from these words that he chose before his death: “ For we know that, if your earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.” He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Leslie Cook of Berne, Mrs. Herbert Swart and Mrs. Minnie Bouton of Rensselaerville, also three grandchildren. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery, Berne.

ALTAMONT ENTERPRISE, Friday, February 7, 1930 Mrs. Martha Ball, widow of the late John Ball, passed into the life beyond on Tuesday morning, February 4th. She had been in failing health for some time and was a great care to her son-in-law, Herbert Swart and granddaughter Josephine Swart, who so untiringly care for her until the last. Mrs. Ball was an old and faithful member of the Lutheran church and although unable to attend services the last few years will be much missed. Had she lived a few days more she would have been 85 years of age. She is surivived by one daughter, Mrs. Leslie Cook and three grandchildren, Rev. Olney Cook, Miss Josephine Swart and Russell Bouton to mourn her death.

Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


  1. 1.0 1.1 Berne
  2. 2.0 2.1 Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886]], W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
  4. 4.0 4.1 Altamont Enterprise
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York, Regimental Rosters
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Ancestry Military Databases
  8. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases