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Timothy H. Ball Collection
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Reprocessed by: Benjamin Clark, October 2005

Biographical Note:

Timothy H. Ball was born on 16 February 1826 in Massachusetts. He grew up in a relatively affluent family, his father being a lawyer and his family having, according to Ball, a strong pedigree. He spent time as a child in Massachusetts, Georgia, and Indiana. He finally settled in Crown Point in Lake County, Indiana where he remained for the rest of his life. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at Franklin College in 1850 and attended Newton Theological Institution near Boston, graduating in 1863. Ball is recognized as the essential historian of Lake County. In addition to his scholarship on history, Ball also served as a Baptist minister in Crown Point and surrounding areas. He published thirteen books and six pamphlets containing history, poetry, genealogy and theology; he also published maps, one of which is contained in this collection.  T.H. Ball died 20 November 1913 at the age of eighty-eight.


Ancestry Library. 1880 Census. 20 Oct. 2005 
Ball, Timothy H. ed. Encyclopedia of Genealogy and Biography of Lake County, Indiana, with a
          compendium of history: 1834—1904. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1904
“Obituary of T.H. Ball.” Proceedings of the Eighty-second Anniversary of the Indiana Baptist
          Convention, 1914. 84.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains correspondence between T.H. Ball and his friends and family, a map of Lake County, Indiana, and a speech that Ball delivered at a Masonic meeting. The correspondence is both of a personal and professional nature.

Box and Folder or Item Listing:


1. Correspondence, map, and speech, 1840-1884

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:

1 folder

Collection Dates:


Hubert Hawkins


This collection is open for research.



Reproduction Rights:

Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.  Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.

Alternate Formats:

Related Holdings:

This collection is a photocopy; the originals are property of Lake County Historical Society   

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options