Frances Jane Ball

Female 1844 - 1931


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  • Name  Frances Jane Ball  [1
    Born  08 May 1844  Townline, Wayne Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender  Female 
    Residence  Abt 1924  22 Canton SW, Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • ||Jane lived with her daughter Esther Culp, in Grand Rapids, the last years of her life. It appears that she moved to Grand Rapids about 1924 and lived at 22 Canton SW (1925-1926); 24 Canton SW (1927); 15 Canton SW (1928); 25 LaBelle SW (1929); and 36 Labelle SW in 1931.

      It is interesting to note that William C. Bryant lived at 24 Canton SW in 1926, at the same time in the same house as his third wife's grandmother and aunt. William was married to his fourth wife at that time.
    Buried  Mar 1931  Cass City, Tuscola Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died  02 Mar 1931  Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • According to Verl Meredith, his grandmother Jane Darling lived to be about 102 years old. This is an error as Jane's daughter claimed reimbursement for burial and death expenses on November 24, 1931.

      Obituary (Grand Rapids Press - March 3, 1931)
      Mrs. Frances Darling, aged 88 passed away March 2, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Esther Culp, 36 LaBelle SW. The body was removed to Greenhoe's Home for Funerals. Services will be held in the chapel Tuesday night at 8 o'clock. Burial at Cass City, MI.

      Death Record: March 2, 1931, age 88 years, 9 months, 24 days; died in Grand Rapids; arteriosclerosis; b. New York; father, John Ball, b. England; mother, Caroline Horn, b. New York.
      ~D-011

      The undertaker was George Bettis, Sparta, Michigan.
    Notes 
    • Jane Ball is listed as the mother of Sarah (Harrison) Meredith on Sarah's death record. The Harrison children in 1880 are listed as children of Francis Playford. Her marriage record found in Branch County confirms her name is Francis Jane Ball.

      In the 1900 census, Jane indicates she is the mother of seven children and seven are alive in 1900.
    Person ID  I1850  Bryant
    Last Modified  23 Jan 2005 

    Father  John A. Ball,   b. 1809, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1873, Branch Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Caroline Augustine Horn,   b. 06 Jul 1820, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jul 1910, California Twp, Branch Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1836  Newark, Essex Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID  F261  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Wells Harrison,   b. Nov 1834, probably, Hillsdale Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1877, West Olive, Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  22 Mar 1860  Ovid Twp, Branch Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Wells Harrison, age 22 of Ovid Township & Frances Jane Ball, age 17 of Algansee Township
      Married at ovid 22 March 1860
      Witnesses were B. F. Conklin of Coldwater and Meary J. Conklin of Ovid. Marriage was performed by Jas. D. Conklin, J.P. & recorded 20 Apr 1860.
      ~M-001, M-004
    Children 
     1. Caroline E. Harrison,   b. Jul 1861, California Twp, Branch Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Sarah M. Harrison,   b. 29 May 1866, Kinderhook, Branch Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 May 1921, Charlevoix, Charlevoix Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Charlotte M. Harrison,   b. 06 Feb 1869, Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1928, Caro, Tuscola Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. William H. Harrison,   b. 1871, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Almira May Harrison,   b. 09 Dec 1872, Olive Twp, Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Esther A. Harrison,   b. 25 Sep 1875, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F201  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Joseph Playford,   b. 1840, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1879, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  28 May 1879  Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Uriah Playford,   b. 26 Jul 1880, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F259  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Alpheus O. Darling,   b. Jun 1854, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1918, Central Lake, Antrim Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  26 Mar 1888  Cass City, Tuscola Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    • Cass City, Alpheus Darling, 33, of Ellington, b. New York, parents William Darling and Mary Brott, (married "none" times previous) to Jane Playforth, 43, of Elkland, b. NY, father John Ball, mother Caroline Horn (married 2 times previous). Date of license March 24, 1888. Married by Rev. J.H. McCune.
      Witnesses Freeman B. and Harriet E. Ridgway of Cass City, by Rev JH McClune or McCune.
    Family ID  F260  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 08 May 1844 - Townline, Wayne Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Mar 1860 - Ovid Twp, Branch Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 May 1879 - Ottawa Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Mar 1888 - Cass City, Tuscola Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1924 - 22 Canton SW, Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Mar 1931 - Cass City, Tuscola Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 02 Mar 1931 - Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S98] Charlevoix Co, MI, Death Recor, Charlevoix County Clerk, Death record of Sarah Meredith; May 21, 1921.

    2. [S107] 1900 US Census, Benzie Co, MI, ED 4; Sheet 9 - "May 1843" age 54 in 1900..

    3. [S128] Jane Darling, Widows Pension F, Gives May 8, 1844 at Townline, Wayne County, New York..

    4. [S128] Jane Darling, Widows Pension F.

    5. [S128] Jane Darling, Widows Pension F, Application for Reimbursement; Esther Culp.

    6. [S133] Kent Co, MI, Vital Records, Death Records; Book 12, p.15; Frances J. Darling.

    7. [S109] Branch Co, Historical Society, Branch County Historical Society Membership, (Coldwater, MI: Branch County Historical Society, 1979), p.70.

    8. [S103] Branch Co, MI, Marr. Records, Branch County Clerk, (Coldwater, MI), p.414;#1983.

    9. [S107] 1900 US Census, Benzie Co, MI, ED 4; Sheet 9 "married 11 years".

    10. [S130] Tuscola Co, MI, Marriage Records, Record #53.


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