He received a very limited district school education when a lad of but fifteen, began life for himself.
Having a natural mechanical turn of mind, he engaged to learn the carpenter's trade; this he followed as a journeyman until twenty-five years of age, when by the financial failure of others, he lost what he had earned. After his marriage, he began life anew, this time as boss or contractor of carpentry jobs which he succeeded in and followed the business over forty years. He also conducted a farm, and during forty years by hard and industrious work and practice of strict economy, he amassed a fortune of over $40,000 and now owns over some 590 acres of land. On June 7, 1842, David purchased Lot #8 on Beaver St.,Bernville, Berne from John W. St. John and wife Sally. On March 11, 1843 (two months after he married) he purchased/recieved 76 acres of land in Town of Berne from his father, John P Ball according to the Index of Deeds and Mortgages. From Robert Ball's Workbook we learn that David worked with his brother Robert as a carpenter from 1834 to 1842.
Marriage & Children
- Caroline Ball, wife of Hiram Wilsey
- Christiana Ball, wife of Luzene Deitz
- Catherine Ball, wife of John D. White
- Ephraim Ball whose wife is Esterloa Delemarter 
- Theodora Ball, wife of Dr. Wallace E. Deitz of Berne
David Ball died on June 8, 1898. He and wife Louise are buried in the Berne-Beaverdam Cemetery.
DEITZ—At Amityyille, L. I., Thursday, April 26, 1928 Dr. Wallace E. Deitz, aged about 70 years. Funeral services will be held from the Lutheran church, Berne, on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
- Altamont Enterprise - April 27, 1928
Ball, David, was born in the town of Berne in December, 1817.
His grandfather was a native of Berne and his parents were immigrants to America from Switzer-land.
John Peter Ball, the father, was also a native of Berne, born in 1788, and spent his life as a farmer. Once while plowing in his field, during the war of 1812, he was suddenly confronted by Indians and taken prisoner on his own horse; after being gone some time he persuaded the Indians to release him and he returned home with his horse unharmed. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Ephraim Bogardus, and their children were Robert, Ephraim and David. He died in 1865 and his wife survived him several years and died when seventy-eight years of age.
Mr. Ball is one of the leading farmers of the town of Berne. He received a very limited district school education and when a lad of but fifteen, began life for himself. Having a natural mechanical turn of mind, he engaged to learn the carpenter's trade; this he followed as a journeyman until twenty-five years of age, when by the financial failure of others, he lost what he had earned. He then married and began life anew, this time as boss or contractor of carpentry jobs, which he succeeded in and followed the business over forty years. In connection with this business he also conducted a farm, and during forty years (from the time he was thirty-five years of age) by hard and industrious work and practice of strict economy, he amassed a fortune of over §40,000; from time to time he has added to his real estate possessions, until he now owns some 590 acres, his homestead containing 200 acres. I'Vn- many years he vi'as an extensive sheep grower, turning off large wool clips. Mr. Ball was elected commissioner of highways and filled the office for nine consecutive years. His wife was Louise M., daughter of Peter Reinhart, and they had live children: Caroline (wife of Hiram Wilsey), Christana (wife of Luzene Deitz), Catharine (wife of John D. White), Ephraim, and Theodora (wife of Dr. Wallace K. Deitz of Berne); Ephraim resides on the home farm and assists in its management. His wife was Esterloa Delemarter, and they have two children: Louisa and Mertie.
Wallace E. Deitz M.D.
1856 - 1928
Theodora E. Ball
1866 - 1920
Berne and Beaverdam Cemetery
1861 - 1884
1863 - 1887
Berne and Beaverdam Cemetery
Other wives of Wallace E. Deitz
- Landmarks of Albany County, NY, Edited by Amasa J. Parker, Albany, NY