Ball, John Peter (1775)

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Born in Berne 2 Aug 1775 son of George Ball ca. 1740 and Elisabetha Dietz (1745)[1]


He spent his life as a farmer.[2]

According to a story in Landmarks of Albany County, once while plowing in his field, during the war of 1812, he was suddenly confronted by Indians and taken prisoner, he was returned unharmed.[2]. This is undoubtedly a family legend rather than fact. There was no Indian activity of note in Albany County in the 19th Century.

Marriage & Children

He married the Elizabeth, a daughter of Ephraim Bogardus[2]
. According to his bible she was the Widow Elizabeth Flayman at the time of her marriage. Her first husband has been identified as David Flayman. [3] Among their children were:


He died in 1862, his wife survived him by several years and died in 1865 when 85 years of age.[4]

Additional Media


  1. Berne Historical Project
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Landmarks of Albany County, NY, Edited by Amasa J. Parker, Albany, NY
  3. Berne Historical Project
  4. Dutch Settlers Society transcription of Berne stones