March 19, 2014

Julia Worden Ball

Julia was the first of Sarah Camp (Gorton) Worden's children to pass away - in 1919.  Although most likely a step-daughter, I felt she was treasured as a daughter in all ways, remembered equally in Sarah's will.

Her obituary was in The Courier, Brookfield, New York, October 8, 1919:

 "This community is again called to mourn the loss of one of its old and highly esteemed residents in the death of Mrs. Julia A. Ball, which occurred Saturday evening, October 4th, at about 10 o'clock.  The deceased had been in failing health the past two years, but was able to be around. Last Tuesday night, she fell and broke her hip, which was a contributing cause of her death.

Her parents were Deloss A. Worden and Polly Franklin and she was born in this village, July 15, 1840.  She was married to Charles H. Ball October 22, 1857, and was always a resident here.  She united with the Baptist church of this place 42 years ago and was a member of the choir for over 50 years.  Always a generous giver of her time and means to the church, she will be greatly missed, not only by the church and her husband, who is left alone, but by a large circle of friends and acquaintances throughout this section.  

She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. H. C. Burhyte.  The funeral will be held from the Baptist church this afternoon at one o'clock, Rev. Frank Malleson of Burlington Flats conducting the service.  Burial in the cemetery at Sweets.

The stepbrothers, Orson and Oscar were not mentioned, not sharing a common parent with her.  To me, this is further evidence that Sarah was not Julia's natural mother.

Her husband, Charles, lived until 1925, although he was often sickly according to many newspaper references among the "social" news.  His obituary appeared in the Waterville Times on October 30, 1925:

"Charles H. Ball, an esteemed resident of this village, passed away Wednesday afternoon, death being due to infirmities of old age.  He was a member of the Baptist church, a devoted Christian.  Frail in health,he bore his afflictions patiently.
Mr. Ball was the son of Silas and Ann Bartlett Ball, and was born in Waterville December 14, 1935 (sic 1835).  October 22, 1957 (sic 1857), he was married to Julia Worden, who passed away October 5, 1919.  Since that time, he has been cared for by his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Bentley.  
He is survived by Mrs. S. W. Bentley and Mrs. O. W. Burhyte of Sanquoit.  Funeral services were conducted at his home he loved Friday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. A. A. Sturgeon.  Burial at Sweet's Corners."

I have not yet found the burial place, Sweet's Corners.  Could anyone help with that? 

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