John Ball II was born circa 1620 in England to John Ball (1590-1665) and died 10 February 1676 Battle of Lancaster of Indian Attack. He married Elizabeth Pierce (1624-1655) 1643 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Fox (1625-1676) 3 October 1665 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.


Immigration to America

John Ball was born circa 1620 at England, possible the Wiltshire area. He immigrated to America about 1650 with his father John Ball (1590-1665). The first evidence of them in America is when John Ball is admitted a freeman on 22 May 1650, but we can't verify if this refers to the father or the son. I assume it is the son, since the father appeared to have been an early settler of Concord, MA.

Watertown Founders Monument

Watertown Founders Monument

He is listed on Watertown Founders Monument, commemorating the first settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. The town was first known as Saltonstall Plantation, one of the earliest of the Massachusetts Bay Colony settlements. Founded in early 1630 by a group of settlers led by Richard Saltonstall and George Phillips, it was officially incorporated that same year. The alternate spelling "Waterton" is seen in some early documents.

1676 Lancaster Indian Attack

It appears that John was one of the first three settlers of Lancaster, MA as early as 1653. This would explain why so little is found of him in the Watertown records. John Ball sold his farm in Watertown 21 October 1665.

Lancaster was originally called Nashaway, when is was purchased from Sholan, sachem of the Nashaways by Thomas King and others and comprised a tract eight miles wide by ten miles long. John Ball, Richard Linton, and Lawrence waters were sent to make preparations for the rest of the company. In the year 1644, there were but two dwellings in the place, occupied by Ball, Linton and Waters.

John , his second wife, and son Joseph (age 6) were slain in the attack upon the town (Lancaster) by Indians and two other children were taken into captivity (Esther, Abigail). The battle occurred on 20 Feb 1676 as part of King Philip's War.

Marriage and Family

1st Marriage: Elizabeth Pierce

He married first Elizabeth Pierce (1624-1655), daughter of John Pierce and Elizabeth (????).1 His wife became violently insane, which fact doubtless accounts for the apprenticing of the children.

  1. John Ball (1644-1722)
  2. Mary Ball (1651-1692) - after enduring a troubled childhood, and becoming a ward of the state, she finally found stability in the home of a Scottish immigrant William Munroe (1625-1718) and had 10 children by him, a notable posterity.
  3. Sarah Ball (1654-)
  4. Esther Ball (1655-)

2nd Marriage: Elizabeth Fox

John Ball married second Elizabeth Fox (1625-1676), daughter of Thomas Fox, on 3 October 1665 at Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; "3 of the 8 mo."


Offspring of John Ball II and Elizabeth Pierce (1624-1655)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Ball (1644-1722) 1644 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 8 May 1722 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Sarah Bullard (1645-1722)
Mary Ball (1651-1692) 1651 Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1 August 1692 Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Michael Bacon Jr (c1640-)
William Munroe (1625-1718)
Sarah Ball (1654-)
Esther Ball (1655-)

Offspring of John Ball II and Elizabeth Fox (1625-1676)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Abigail Ball (1658-)
Mary Ball (1667-)
Joseph Ball (1669-1676)


Offspring of John Ball (1590-1665) and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Ball (1620-1675) 1620 England 10 February 1676 Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Elizabeth Pierce (1624-1655)
Elizabeth Fox (1625-1676)

Research Notes

  • New England Families: Genealogical Memorials... by William R Cutter, Vol I, pg 449. (Free on Google Books.)
  • John Ball is the patriarch of one of two Ball Families that immigrated to Massachusetts in the early 1600's. The other unrelated immigrant is Nathaniel Ball (1625-1705).
  • Frank D. Warren and Mrs. George H. Ball, compilers, The Descendants of John Ball of Watertown, Massachusetts 1630-1635 (Boston, MA: Planographed by Spaulding Moss Co., 1932).
  • Historical Society of Watertown, compiler, Watertown RecordsComprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Lands Grants and Possessions also the Proprietors' Book and the First Book and Supplement of Births Deaths and Marriages (Watertown, MA: Press of Fred G. Barker, 1894-1906 (4 volumes)), p. 27.
  • Henry S. Nourse, compiler, The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643-1850 (Lancaster, MA: Town of Lancaster, 1890), p. 16.
  • Letter from Diane Rapaport (Lexington MA) to David G. Ball (North Vancouver BC Canada), 28 August 2006; Personal Library of David G. Ball (North Vancouver, BC, Canada), Republication with permission of the author.

DNA Research Project

Comment by DGB: According to yDNA testing of descendants of this John Ball of Watertown and Nathaniel Ball of Concord, they were not related. They had been recorded as brothers in genealogies as early as Farmer's work in 1829. End of comment.

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