He, his wife, and their son Joseph were killed by Indians, and their daughters Esther and Abigail taken into captivity, in the Lancaster massacre of 10 Feb 1675/76.3

John/2 Ball

M, #6699, (circa 1620 - 10 February 1675/76)
Father-Candidate*John/1 Ball1,2 b. c 1585, d. 1 Nov 1655
Custom index:Philip's War (1675-76)
Last Edited:18 Aug 2017

Children with Elizabeth/2 Peirce:

  • Sarah/3 Ball4 b. 8 Sep 1641, d. after 14 Aug 1691
  • John/3 Ball4 b. 1644, d. 8 May 1722
  • Mary/3 Ball4 b. circa 1651
  • Esther/3 Ball4 b. 1655
  • Abigail/3 Ball4 b. 20 Apr 1658

Child with Elizabeth/2 Fox:

John/2 Ball was born in England circa 1620.2 A tailor and farmer, he married (1), by 1644, Elizabeth/2 Peirce (as her family spelled the surname) of Watertown, Massachusetts, daughter of John/1 Peirce and Elizabeth (–?–), with whom he had 5 children.1,4
     "About the year 1655-6, his wife became violently insane, which fact doubtless accounts for the apprenticing of his children as follows:— John Jr. and Mary or marie (aged 5 years) on Jan. 3, 1656, to John Pierce Sr; Sarah (aged 2 years) on Dec. 9, 1656, to Richard Gale; on Aug. 3, 1658, he apprenticed two other children (aged 3 years and 6 months respectively). … "Says Bond, "She (wife) was insane in 1660, and probably had been thus some time. She gave much annoyance to her family and neighbors. [See Reg. of Deeds, vol. iii., p. 81.]"4
     "Elizabeth Ball of Watertown excused her 'severall disorderly carriages against both her husband and her neighbors' in 1657 because 'her husband neglects her in suffering her to want necessary supplies and allsoe did kick her.' Though the court counseled kindliness, love, and helpfulness in view of 'her disturbed mind,' Elizabeth and John were back eighteen months later. This time she had also scratched and punched her father's face."5
     Elizabeth Ball died by 1665, when John married (2), on 3 Oct at Watertown, Elizabeth/2 Fox, daughter of Thomas/1 Fox and Rebecca (–?–), with whom he had one son.6,4 21 Oct 1665, he sold William Perry his farm in Watertown (purchased of John Lawrence), and went to Lancaster.7
     In 1671 John Ball complained to the Middlesex County Court that Michael Bacon of Woburn, his daughter Mary's master, had impregnated her. Bacon was arrested but escaped from jail. Mary fled to Rhode Island but later returned and married, 1686, John Sawyer of Lancaster.8
     John Ball, his wife, and their son Joseph were killed by Indians, and their daughters Esther and Abigail taken into captivity, in the Lancaster massacre of 10 Feb 1675/76.3,9 His estate was administered by his son John, a weaver of Watertown, 1 Feb 1677/78.7

     Since John/1 Ball the emigrant lived at both Watertown and Concord, early researchers, as far back as Farmer (1829), assumed he was the father of both John (/2?) Ball of Watertown and Nathaniel (/2?) Ball of Concord. As David G. Ball points out, however, "He may have been the father of one, but according to preliminary yDNA testing, not both." Testing of descendants of both the younger men has shown they were not related.
     Nathaniel lived at Concord, was made freeman at the same time as the emigrant, and named a son John; all of which makes him, in my judgment, the better candidate to have been a son of the emigrant. Regardless, I have left both younger men numbered as descendants (/2) of the emigrant for convenience in identifying the many Ball descendants who share common given names.10

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S83] Henry Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:11, John (1.) Ball.
  2. [S1093] Ball and Warren, John Ball of Watertown, 1, John (1.) Ball.
  3. [S130] Henry S. Nourse, Lancaster Records, 16, lists of massacre victims.
  4. [S1093] Ball and Warren, John Ball of Watertown, 1, John (2.) Ball.
  5. [S1755] Roger Thompson, Sex in Middlesex, 117.
  6. [S254] Watertown Records, 27, John Ball senior/Elizabeth Fox m.
  7. [S83] Bond, Watertown Genealogies, 1:11, John (3.) Ball.
  8. [S1755] Roger Thompson, Sex in Middlesex, 26, 207.
  9. [S1093] Ball and Warren, John Ball of Watertown, 1, John (2.) Ball: 20 Feb.
  10. [S2115] David G. Ball, "The New England Ball Project.