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John Coming Ball

Male 1714 - 1764  (50 years)


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  • Name John Coming Ball 
    Born 1714  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Oct 1764 
    Person ID I601451  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2015 

    Father Elias Ball,   b. 1675, Stockentine Parish, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1751, Charleston, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Harleston,   b. 1678, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1721, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 1698  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F597083  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Catherine Gendron,   b. Abt 1720,   d. 23 Sep 1755  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married 1742 
    Children 
     1. Elias Ball,   b. Abt 1743,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth Ball,   b. Abt 1745,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Catherine Ball,   b. Abt 1746,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ann Ball,   b. Abt 1748,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F598274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Judith Boisseau,   b. Abt 1720,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1756 
    Children 
     1. John Coming Ball,   b. Abt 1760,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Eleanor Ball,   b. 1765,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F598275  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Coming Ball (1714-1764). Son of Elias Ball; son-in-law of John
      Gendron (1690-1754); father-in-law of Keating Simons, Benjamin Smith
      (1735-1790), and Henry Smith (1727-1780); brother-in-law of John Ashby
      (1698-1729), George Austin, Philip Dawes, John Gendron (d.1755), Henry
      Laurens (1724-1792), and John Vicaridge.

      John Coming Ball was born in South Carolina, the younger and favorite
      son of Elias Ball by his first wife, Elizabeth Harleston. Following his
      mother's death in 1720, he was sent to Charleston for schooling, where he
      studied arithmatic under a Mr. Newberry and took dancing lessons. He wed
      Catherine Gendron, daughter of John Gendron and Elizabeth Mazyck, in
      1742. Four of their six children reached maturity: Elias, Elizabeth (m.
      Henry Smith), Catherine (m. Benjamin Smith), and Ann (m. Richard Waring).
      Catherine Gendron Ball died 23 September 1755, and 10 months later Ball
      married Judith Boisseau, a widow, by whom he had five children. Of these,
      only John Coming and Eleanor (m. 1st John Wilson, 2nd Keating Simons),
      born six months after her father's death, survived.
      Ball inherited 1,270 acres at Three Mile Head and 800 acres in Hell
      Hole Swamp from his father, purchased 8,889 acres himself, and obtained a
      3,500 acre grant. These lands were located in the parishes of St. James
      Santee, St. John Berkely, and St. Stephen in the vicinity of the eastern
      branch of the Cooper River and Hell Hole and Wambaw swamps. In addition,
      he and his brother-in-law Henry Laurens entered into a plantation
      partnership and bought 3,000 acres in Wambaw Swamp.
      From Hyde Park, his 600 acre resident plantation on the eastern branch
      of the Cooper River, Ball managed his own tremendous holdings, supervised
      the operations of the Wambaw partnership, and maintained a close watch on
      the actions of the overseer at Laurens' Mepkin. In conjunction with his
      planting, he had an interest in two schooners, the WAMBAW and the
      SPEEDWELL. Considering the magnitude of his planting responsibilities, it
      is understandable that he found little time for public duties. He was
      elected to the Commons House in 1751 from St. John Berkely, but as had
      his father, he declined to serve. In 1738 he was admitted to the South
      Carolina Society.
      At the time of his death 4 October 1765 John Coming Ball was a highly
      successful planter as indicated by the acreage he owned.