Ball, Madison

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Madison M.[1] Ball was born on July 12, 1841 to John W. Ball (B. Mar 20, 1801, D. June 5, 1873) and Maria Sternburg (B. Sept 3, 1807, D. Nov 22, 1871).[2] He was the middle child of seven and the only boy.[2]

Marriage & Children

In about 1872, he married Hester Secor Shafer, who was born in October of 1849 to Francis F. Shafer and Rebecca Van Zandt Secor.[2]

They had the following children:


He was a school teacher and taught in the village school for twenty-seven terms. He was also an active member of the Charles McCulloch post #645, G.A.R.[3]

Military Service

91st Infantry Battle Flag

Name: Madison Ball
Residence at Enlistment: Berne[4]
Place of Birth: Berne, NY[4]
Date of Birth: 12 July 1841[4]
Names of Parents: John (Ball) and Mariah Sternburg[4]
Marital Status: Single[4]
Occupation: Farmer[4]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[4]
Enlistment Date: 30 Nov 1861
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 91st Infantry
Company: Company K
Promotion Date: 16 Dec 1861
Promotion Rank: Corporal
Promotion Date: 15 Sep 1864
Promotion Rank: Full Privateate (Reduced to ranks)
Muster Out Date: 3 Dec 1864[4]
Muster Out Place:
Additional Remarks: Enlisted as a Private on 30 November 1861 at the age of 20. [5]

"Wounded on left thigh at the battle of Donalsonville July 13th 1863 Discharged at the term of service Dec. 3rd 1864 P.O. Bern Albany Co N.Y." [4]

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


Madison Ball died on September 9, 1922 at Berne, NY and his wife Hester died on November 30, 1933 and they were both buried at the Beaverdam Cemetery in Berne.[2]

Madison Ball marker at the Berne and Beaverdam cemetery, Berne, NY. Photo courtesy of Thomas Dunne


Albany Evening News, Friday, December 1, 1933
BALL—Entered into rest at Berne, N.Y. Nov. 30, 1933, in her 85th year, Hester Secor Shafer, widow of the late Madison Ball. Funeral services private on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at her late residence. Friends may call Saturday evening. Interment in Beaverdam Cemetery.

Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

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


  1. Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Altamont Enterprise
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  5. Ancestry Military Databases