According to a genealogy contact (Leslie Nutbrown) in Quebec a check of the 1815-1879 birth records in Quebec do not list a Maria BALL. There is a Sarah Ball born in 1850 in Compton, daughter of Thomas BALL and Mary BRADY. I subsequently found both of her names “Sarah Maria” listed on the birth record of one of her children.
She married William KERR 11 March 1873 in St. John’s Anglican Church Waterville, Quebec and they had three children, Frederick James b. 1874, Bertha Eliza b. 1874 and Homer William b. 1881. Homer was my grandfather.
She died young at age 37 on 18 November 1887 leaving behind her husband and three young children, ages 13, 11 and 6.
Young Bertha was sent to live with her Boston BALL relatives and lost touch with the rest of the family. Family stories say she moved west to Idaho (?) after her marriage but this has not been confirmed.
I wish to learn more about the BALL family in Quebec, Ireland and Boston.
If anyone has a connection (no matter how remote) to this family please comment below.
[This post is part of the Smile for the Camera, 21st Edition Carnival by footnoteMaven at Shades of the Departed]