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Earnest Ira Ball (1883 - 1939)

Earnest Ira (Ernest) Ball
Born in Bloomingburg, Paint Township, Fayette, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Died at age 56 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Earnest Ira Ball, 1883-1939, was the husband of Lela Mae Mehlberth. They had four children. [1]

Earnest was the son of Theodore and Ellen Ball.

In 1900, they Ball family lived on Main Street, in Bloomingburg, Paint Township, Fayette, Ohio. They owned their house with a mortgage. All members of the household could read and write. All were born in Ohio. The family included

  • Theodore Ball, 62, born (Nov) 1838, parents born in New Jersey, a grocer, who had been married forty years
  • Ellen H., wife, 62, b. Dec. 1838, father b, Ohio; mother b. MD, had had six children, all of whom were living
  • Gertie A., daughter, 21, b. 1879
  • Earnest, son, 17, b. Feb. 1883, grocery salesman [2]

Earnest Ira Ball was born on 7 February 1883 in Bloomingburg, Paint Township, Fayette, Ohio. He registered for the WWI Draft on 12 September 1919 in Columbus, Ohio. Ball, 35, was married to Lela. They resided at 1523 Main, Columbus, Ohio. He worked as a clerk for A.P. Strader, 1513 E. Main, Columbus. Ball was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and brown hair. [3]

In 1920, the Ball family lived in a rented house at 1441 Kent Ave., Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. The family included

  • Earnest Ball, 36, born in Ohio (parents b. Ohio), a grocery clerk
  • Lela Ball Wife 28 Ohio (parents b. Ohio)
  • Charles Ball Son 7 Ohio, in school
  • Nedra Ball Daughter 6 Ohio, in school
  • Maxine Ball Daughter 3 Ohio [4]

In 930, the Balla lived in their rented house at 1207 Sullivan Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Their rent was $28 per month. All members of the household were born in Ohio, as were their parents. The family included

  • Earnest I Ball, 47, a street rail car conductor, who married at age 28
  • Lela M Ball, Wife, 38, married at age 19
  • Charles A Ball Son, 17, filling station serviceman
  • Nedra E Ball Daughter, 16, in school
  • Earnest I Ball Jr. Son, 7, in school
  • Laura M Ball Daughter, 14 , in school [5]

The Ball home at 1207 Sullivan Ave., Columbus, Ohio was built in 1900. It is a three bedroom, two storey, clapboard house with 1120sf. The house was sold as a fixer in 2020 for $40K. [6]

Earnest Ball died, aged 56 years and four days, on 11 February 1939 at University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. He had had an operation on 2 February. Cause of death was intestinal perforation, peritonitis, and pneumonia. His wife, Lela Ball, was the informant to his death. They resided at 241 W. Park Ave., Columbus. Earnest, a street car operator, was the son of Theodore Ball and Ellen Friend (both born in Ohio). [7] [8]

The Ball home at 241 W. Park Ave., Columbus, Ohio was built in 1908. It is a two storey, woodframe, clapboard house. It is now (and possibly in 1939 when he died) a duplex. [9]

Ernest I. Ball, 1883-11 February 1939, is buried at Bloomingburg Cemetery, Bloomingburg, Ohio. Also buried there are Ernest’s wife, Lela,Mae Ball (1891-1984); his parents, Theodore F. Ball (1838-1905) and Ellen H. Friend (1838-1929); an aunt, Adelia C. Ball (1850-1865); and an uncle, John C. Ball, a Civil War veteran, who died in 1878; and grandparents, Moses Ball (1801-1891) and Jane Campbell (1809-1894). [10] NOTE: his name appears in error as Ernest L. Ball on his FaG profile, but the image of the grave marker shows Ernest I. Ball.

Ernest’s great-grandparents, Isaac Ball (1776-1825) and Sally Ball (1778-1816) are buried in Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield New Jersey. They donated the land (5 acres) for this cemetery, to the Presbyterian Society in about 1810. Their son, Moses, born in NJ, settled in Bloomingburg, Ohio.


  1. Family Tree, with sources (
  2. "United States Census, 1900", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 January 2022), Theodore Ball, 1900.
  3. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2021), Ernest Ira Ball, 1917-1918.
  4. United States Census, 1920, database with images, FamilySearch, Ernest Ball, Columbus Ward 5, Franklin, Ohio, United States; citing ED 93, sheet 4B, line 54, family 86, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1381; FHL microfilm 1,821,381.
  5. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 January 2022), Earnest I Ball, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 228, sheet 1A, line 14, family 5, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1798; FHL microfilm 2,341,532.
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  7. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 March 2021), Earnet Ball, 11 Feb 1939; citing Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, reference fn 9277; FHL microfilm 2,023,677.
  8. "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 March 2021), Earnest Ball, 11 Feb 1939; citing Death, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States, source ID 1939 fn 637, County courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 2,032,867.
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  10. Find A Grave: Memorial #82823408 with associated link, and independent name search at Bloomingburg Cemetery

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