Manuscript Collection


Ball Family



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Accession 774

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

52 microfiche



Historical Note

The Ball Family was established in South Carolina in 1698 with the arrival of the emigrant Isaac Ball (ca. 1675-1751). His first wife was Elizabeth Harleston (d. 1720). His son, Elias Ball (1709-1786), married Lydia Chicken, the widow of Capt. George Chicken (d. 1746), who was the son of George Chicken (d. 1727). Members of the Ball family owned numerous plantations in the Berkeley County area. John Ball (1760-1817), son of Elias Ball (1709-1786), owned Kensington, Comingtee, Strawberry, and other properties; among his children were: Isaac Ball (1785-1825); William James Ball (1787-1808); and John Ball (1782- 1834), who married first Elizabeth Bryan, and secondly, Ann Simons (1776-1840). William James Ball (1821-1891) was the son of Isaac Ball (1785-1825). The Ball family was related to the Harleston family through several intermarriages; the Bond family was related to the Harlestons and Balls through the marriage of Sarah Harleston and Dr. William Read (1754- 1845), who was the son of James Read and Rebecca Bond (1730-ca. 1786). *Historical Note is a copy of the Note produced by The South Carolina Historical Society which contains the originals as Ball family papers, 1631-1895, SCHS 1134.00.

Scope and Content Note

The Ball Family Papers consists of 52 microfiche that covers the operation of several plantations on the Cooper River in the Berkeley County area in South Carolina. The Ball Family Papers consist of correspondence, legal documents, wills and estate papers, plantation papers and slave records, accounts, receipts, genealogical material, plats, and other items pertaining to the Ball family and related families. The collection also includes the papers of John Ball (1760-1817), William James Ball (1787-1808), Ann Simons Ball (1776-1840), John Ball (1782-1834), and William James Ball (1821-1891), as well as the journal (1715-1716) of Captain George Chicken (d. 1727). Also included are releases (1645-1646) to John and Edward Harleston of England, and the epitaph (ca. 1699) of James Bond (d. 1699) of England.

Additional Notes

The original Ball Family Papers are housed at the South Carolina Historical Society as Ball family papers, 1631-1895, SCHS 1134.00. The Pettus Archives contain microfiche copies.


The Ball Family Papers microfiche were purchased from the South Carolina Historical Society on February 1, 1991.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Ball Family Papers - Accession 774

LC Subject Headings

Ball family; Bond family; Harleston family; Deas, Anne Simons, 1845-1928. Recollections of the Ball family of South Carolina and the Comingtee Plantation; Plantations--South Carolina--Berkeley County; Slave records--South Carolina--Berkeley County; African Americans--South Carolina--Berkeley County; South Carolina--History--Sources