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MS Am 800.11

Ball, Josiah, 1742-1835. Josiah Ball family papers, 1732-1857: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 800.11
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ball, Josiah, 1742-1835.
Title: Josiah Ball family papers,
Date(s): 1732-1857.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily manuscript legal documents of Josiah Ball of Milford, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Charles H. Taylor; received: 1928 March 27.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Josiah Ball Family Papers, 1732-1857 (MS Am 800.11). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Josiah Ball (1742-1835) was a farmer born at Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts in 1742. He was the son of Josiah Ball (1712/13-1791) and Rachel Corbett Ball (1717-1757). He married Sarah Palmer (1744-1791) and after her death married Sarah Tilton in 1799. He died on March 11, 1835 at Milford, Massachusetts at the age of 92.
Some of the Ball family genealogy pertinent to these documents are:
[Source: The New England Ball Project: http://www.newenglandballproject.com ]


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Scope and Contents

Manuscript legal documents including deeds, receipts, contracts, plot plan maps, and a mortgage, all related to the Ball family, concerning property in and around Mendon and Milford, Massachusetts. Primarily the papers of Josiah Ball (1742-1835), who is often referred to in these documents as Josiah Ball Jr., his father was Josiah Ball Sr. (1712/13-1791). Also includes a few personal papers such as Josiah Ball's autograph manuscript record of births and deaths in his family and a few family letters.

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