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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JACOB BALL, a native of Owen County, Ky., was born March 16, 1839, and is a son of Jacob and Eliza (Shelton) Ball. Jacob Ball, Sr., was born in Virginia, and came to Kentucky at an early day. He was a farmer and a soldier of the war of 1812, under Gen. Harrison, and was severely wounded in one of the battles of that war; he died in Owen County, March 31, 1870. Jacob Ball, the grandfather of Jacob, Jr., was born in Dublin, Ireland, came to America when a boy, and settled in Virginia; later immigrated to Kentucky. He was a soldier in the Revolution, under Gen. Washington. Eliza (Shelton) Ball was born in Owen County, Ky., and was a daughter of James and Mary Shelton. She died July 21, 1874. Daniel Shelton was born in Culpeper, Ireland, immigrated to America, where he was a farmer, was also a soldier of the Revolution, and severely wounded in one of the battles. Jacob Ball, Jr., married Miss Elizabeth Ford, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Johnson) Ford, in 1861. James Ford was a native of Scott County, and was a boatman on the Kentucky River in his early days; he died in Owen County in 1884. Mr. Ball has four children, viz.: Mary J., Sarah F., Eliza and Leonora. Mr. and Mrs. Ball are members of the Baptist Church, and politically Mr. Ball is a Democrat. He has made farming his occupation and now owns 255 acres, worth $20 per acre. They are a highly respected family in Owen County.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in the Owen County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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