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Eliza Blackford

BALL. -- On Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1878, at 2:30 A. M. at the residence of her son, Erasmus Ball, Esq., in Valparaiso, Ind., MRS. ELIZA BLACKFORD BALL, widow of the late Dr. Seneca Ball of this place.

The subject of the above notice, Eliza Blackford, was born in Warren county, Ohio, near Lebanon, on the 28th of September, 1806, and at the time of her death, had nearly completed her 72d year. She was the last survivor of a family of ten children, two of whom were younger than herself. At the age of twenty two, on the 6th of September, 1828, she was married to Seneca Ball, then residing in LaFayette, in this state, and engaged in mercantile business, and who was himself formerly of Warren county, Ohio. In 1831 they went on a visit to their former home in Ohio, expecting to remove to LaPorte, in this state; but while there, exaggerated rumors of the Sauk war having reached them, they deferred their removal until the fall of 1832, when they came to LaPorte, and were among the first settlers there.

On Christmas day, 1836, they came to Valparaiso. They resided in this place without interruption until 1868, when in March of that year they removed with their two daughters and their families to Iola, Kansas. In the fall of 1874, Dr. Ball having in the meantime lost his health and became very infirm, they returned to Valparaiso and resided with their son, Erasmus Ball.

Three children were born to them, two daughters and one son. One of these, Mrs. Cornelia Talcott, died a few years since in Kansas. The others survive. Dr. Ball died Oct. 4th, 1875.

Mrs. Ball made a public profession of her faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized in the Presbyterian church of Valparaiso, under the ministry of the Rev. James C. Brown, on the 3d day of April, 1842. The church had been organized in 1840, and the name of Mrs. Ball is the 38th on its roll of members. At her death she had been more than thirty-six years a believer in Christ, about thirty years of which were spent in the communion of the Presbyterian church of this place. She was a steadfast Christian, loving her Savior, his church and his worship. She was greatly beloved by a large circle of acquaintances and will be sadly missed by them.

The funeral services were held at the residence of E. Ball, Esq., Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and were conducted by her pastor, Rev. R. Beer, a large number of citizens being in attendance. Her remains were conducted to the new cemetery and deposited beside those of her deceased husband, to await the resurrection of the just.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: August 15, 1878
Volume Number: 22
Issue Number: 33
Page: 3
Column(s): 9

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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