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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Elliott Hawes Ball, superintendent Central Division of the Frisco Railroad, was born in Chenango County, N. Y., August 29, 1836, and is the son of Charles Wilkinson and Harriet (Hawes) Ball, natives of New York State. The paternal grandfather rendered honorable service in the war for Independence, and made a home afterward in Chenango County, N. Y. The grandfather Hawes was a native of Scotland, and both grandfathers were farmers by occupation. Elliott H. Ball was reared on his father’s farm, and at the age of eighteen accepted work on the Lake Shore & Erie Railroad, at Ashtabula, Ohio, whither his father had removed from New York. He assisted in grading and in building the first railroad bridge at that place; afterward worked on the Michigan Central until 1864, then on the Illinois Central until 1870, when he came to Peirce City, and accepted a position with the Frisco Railroad, where he has remained ever since. In Jackson, Mich., he married Miss Ellen Lindley, who died in that State, leaving one son, Frank Ball, who is now a conductor on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Mr. Ball chose for his second wife Mrs. Mary Ball, nee Sittler. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., K. of P., and is a charter member of Lodge No. 113. He is a Master Mason, and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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