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Laura Serena (Bass) Ball (1844 - 1917)

Laura Serena (Serena) Ball formerly Bass
Born in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 1860 in Rapides Louisianamap
Died in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Apr 2010
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This profile won Profile of the Week the Second Week of December 2014.



Serena was a kind and generous woman, loved by all who knew her. She used many of the Indian medicinal remedies for curing ailments of her family and friends. While John was away during the Civil War, Serena remained on the old Ball home place at Cotile (now Hemphill) with her two small children. Her near neighbors were the Parker family. Several of the family remembered the Jayhawkers[1] chasing a young Parker boy through the woods, finally leaving him for dead. Serena rescued the young boy, took him to her house where she tried to nurse him. Serena's efforts were in vain, as the boy died. She built a coffin and buried him nearby, thus the beginning of the Ball Cemetery. Zoey Ball Gaspard remembered this story as well, as did Annie (Garland) Parker.

The Balls lived in Rapides and Vernon Parish all their lives. They are buried in the Ball Cemetery near Hot Wells (Rapides), Louisiana [2]. The Ball Cemetery is located near the old Ball home place where Serena lived during the war.


  1. As the Civil war continued, the "jayhawker" term came to be used by Confederates as a derogatory term for any troops from Kansas, but the term also had different meanings in different parts of the country. In Arkansas, the term was used by Confederate Arkansans as an epithet for any marauder, robber, or thief (regardless of Union or Confederate affiliation). In Louisiana, the term was used to describe anti-Confederate guerrillas, as well as free-booting bands of draft dodgers and deserters.
  2. Laura Serena Bass Ball memorial, Find A Grave. Maintained by: SFC USA RET Duffie & Kat. Originally Created by: zzyzx1947. Record added: Oct 21, 2007. Find A Grave Memorial# 22351579


  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 May 2016), Laura Bass in household of James Bass, Rapides parish, Rapides, Louisiana, United States; citing family 524, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 December 2014), Serena Ball in household of J W Ball, , Rapides, Louisiana, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population,"; p. 19, household ID 136, NARA microfilm publication M653; NARA microfilm publication M653. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803,423.
  • "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 December 2014), Serenie Ball in household of John W Ball, Hineston, Rapides, Louisiana, United States, 38; citing sheet 565D, film number 0466, NARA microfilm publication T9, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,254,466.
  • "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 December 2014), Serina Ball, Police Jury Ward 7, Rapides, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 93, sheet 13A, family 240, NARA microfilm publication T624, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1,374,540.


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Very good, and absolutely fascinating. Well done.
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