William Ball

William John Ball (1859 - 1937)

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William John Ball
Born in Kingsbridge, Devon, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 14 Dec 1879 in Southampton, Hampshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Kingsbridge, Devon, Englandmap
Profile manager: Ros Haywood private message [send private message]
Profile last modified 31 May 2018 | Created 28 May 2011
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William Ball was born in England.

These are just some of the things which happened or were invented/discovered during William's life
1859: Birth of William John BALL to John BALL and Eliza ELLIOTT[1]
1861 Census: living at Bignall's Court, Kingsbridge with parents/siblings; age 2[2]
1863 Football Association founded
1865 Salvation Army founded
1866 Nobel invents dynamite
1868 Traffic lights invented
1868 Tungsten steel invented
1868 Gladstone becomes Prime Minister
1870 Primary education becomes compulsory
1871 Trade Unions legalised
1871 census: living with parents/siblings in Kingsbridge; age 11[3]
1872 Licensing hours introduced
1873 Glidden invents barbed wire
1874 Factory Act introduced
1874 Disraeli becomes Prime Minister for the second time
1875 Submarine invented
1876 Bell invents the telephone
1876 Edison invents the phonograph
1877 Boer Wars
1878 Edison invents electric lamp
1879: Marriage to Bertha DAMRELL in Southampton on 14 December[4]
1880 Education Act - schooling compulsory for 5-10 year olds
1880: Death of mother-in-law Jane (Ball) Damerell
1880: Daughter born: Clara Ellen
1881 Census: shipwright's labourer, living with wife/baby in Guildford Street, Southampton; aged 21[5]
1882: Daughter born: Florence Annie
1884 Charles Parson patents the steam turbine
1884 Carl Benz builds single-cylinder motor car
1884: Son born: Ernest Harry
1886 Gottleib Daimler builds the world's first four-wheeled motor vehicle
1887 Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee
1887 Berliner invents the gramophone
1887 Hertz invents radar
1887: Son born: Francis John
1888 Dunlop patents pneumatic tyre
1888: Son born: Alfred Eli
1889 Eiffel Tower built
1889 Cordite invented
1890: Son born: Frederick James
1890: Death of father John Ball
1891 Census: labourer, living with wife/children in Barrack Street, Dodbrooke; age 31[6]
1892 Electric oven invented
1892 Shop Hours Act limits 74 hours per week for under 18s
1893 Zip fastener invented
1893: Daughter born: Edith May
1895 Gillette invents safety razor
1895 Rontgen discovers x-rays
1896: Son born: Walter Harold
1897 Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
1897 Son born: William Hubert
1898 First photograph using artificial light
1899 Johnson patents the bicycle frame
1899 Thurman patents the motor-driven vacuum cleaner
1899 Second Boer War
1899 Aspirin invented
1899: Son born: Wilfred Norman
1900 Zeppelin invented
1901 Queen Victoria dies - Edward VII becomes king
1901 First successful radio transmission
1901 Census: labourer, living with wife/children at 7 Devon Square, Kingsbridge; age 41[7]
1902 Lie detector invented
1902 Neon light invented
1902 Birth of the teddy bear
1903 Crayons invented
1903 Wright Brothers invent first gas-motor and manned airplane
1904 Tractor invented
1904: Death of father-in-law Henry Damerell
1904 Teabags invented
1906 Kellogg invents cornflakes
1907 Bakelite invented
1907 Colour photography invented
1908 Cellophane invented
1908: Death of mother Eliza (Elliott) Ball
1909 Instant coffee invented
1909: Death of wife Bertha DAMRELL of acute lobar pneumonia
1910 Edison demonstrated the first talking motion picture
1910 King George V becomes king on the death of his father
1911 Census: living with children at 7 Devon Square, Kingsbridge; age 51[8]
1911-1912 Strikes by seamen, dock and transport workers
1911: National Insurance Act provides sickness and unemployment benefits
1912 SS Titanic sinks
1912 First tank patented by Australian
1913 Panama Canal opened
1913: Death of child: Francis John
1913 Jacobs invents the bra
1913 Crossword puzzle invented
1914-1918 World War One
1914 Gas mask invented
1915 Pyrex invented
1915: Death of child: Alfred Eli in Battle of Loos
1916 David Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister
1916 Radio tuners invented
1916 Stainless steel invented
1917: Death of child: Walter Harold in Battle of Arras
1917 USA enters the war
1918 Vote for women over 30
1919 Pop-up toaster invented
1919 Short-wave radio invented
1920 Ireland divided into Northern Ireland and Ireland
1920 Tommy gun patented
1921 First robot built
1921 Census - no information yet
1922 Insulin invented
1922 First 3-D movie released
1923 Birdseye invents frozen food
1927 Aerosol can patented
1928 Women over 21 get the vote
1928 Fleming discovers penicillin
1931 Great Depression (UK)
1932 George V makes first Christmas broadcast on radio
1935 King George V's Silver Jubilee
1936 George V dies, Edward VIII abdicates, George VI accedes
1937: Death of William John Ball age 78 of bronchopneumonia and cardiac failure[9]


  1. Birth certificate held by Ros Haywood
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7TF-F7Q : 11 December 2017), William Ball in household of John Ball, Kingsbridge, Devonshire, England; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5BM-X69 : 11 December 2017), William J Ball in entry for John Ball, 1871.
  4. Marriage certificate held by Ros Haywood
  5. "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q274-5X82 : 13 December 2017), William J Ball, Southampton St Mary, Hampshire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 40, Piece/Folio 1207/94, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,547.
  6. "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WCR2-VN2 : 10 December 2017), William J Ball, Dodbrooke, Devon, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Devon county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  7. "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSWZ-G4S : 8 April 2016), William J Ball, Kingsbridge And Dodbrooke, Devonshire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing West Alvington subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  8. "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XW9Z-WVM : 2 August 2017), John Ball, Kingsbridge And Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devonshire, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  9. Death certificate held by Ros Haywood


Entered by Ros Haywood, May 28, 2011

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