He received a very limited district school education when a lad of but fifteen, began life for himself.
Having a natural mechanical turn of mind, he engaged to learn the carpenter's trade; this he followed as a journeyman until twenty-five years of age, when by the financial failure of others, he lost what he had earned. After his marriage, he began life anew, this time as boss or contractor of carpentry jobs which he succeeded in and followed the business over forty years. He also conducted a farm, and during forty years by hard and industrious work and practice of strict economy, he amassed a fortune of over $40,000 and now owns over some 590 acres of land. On June 7, 1842, David purchased Lot #8 on Beaver St.,Bernville, Berne from John W. St. John and wife Sally. On March 11, 1843 (two months after he married) he purchased/recieved 76 acres of land in Town of Berne from his father, John P Ball according to the Index of Deeds and Mortgages. From Robert Ball's Workbook we learn that David worked with his brother Robert as a carpenter from 1834 to 1842.
Marriage & Children
- Caroline Ball, wife of Hiram Wilsey
- Christiana Ball, wife of Luzene Deitz
- Catherine Ball, wife of John D. White
- Ephraim Ball whose wife is Esterloa Delemarter 
- Theodora Ball, wife of Dr. Wallace E. Deitz of Berne
David Ball died on June 8, 1898. He and wife Louise are buried in the Berne-Beaverdam Cemetery.
- Landmarks of Albany County, NY, Edited by Amasa J. Parker, Albany, NY