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George Reed and the Ball Family
by Darla Marbut
Published with her Permission
The William Valentine Ball homestead
Pictured below is Martha Ball Porter, b. Dec 31, 1886, wrote this story
to follow when she was 81
years old. She is writing what she remembers about James Tucker and George Reed,
Uncle Jim's (James Tucker) daughter Sis (Marada Catherine who married Edward S. Wallen) and her family lived with him, Laura, Ollie, and Alice were my closest school girl friends until long after we were grown.
Uncle Jim asked me if I knew he and my Pappy (George Reed) fought together in the Civil War. I said I didn't. He said he always knew my Pappy was a fine honest young fellow with a big heart, but just how big a heart he had, he hadn't known until he met him on the battlefield. We had fought all day and it was getting near nightfall, we were being sent back behind the battle lines to get some beans, hardtack and black coffee. We had nothing to eat all day and our tongues were almost hanging out from thirst. Our canteens had been dry for a long time. I was so tired all I could do to put one foot in front of the other. I thought I would give a dollar for that cup of coffee, but my greatest concern was about my son Richard. I yelled at your Pappy have you seen Dick? He answered that he had and that he had just passed him coming up. I wanted to know if he was all right and George said he was. We were about even by that time but we were not allowed to stop. Your Pappy asked me if I wanted a cup of hot coffee. I could have shouted Glory Hallerluyer. Your Pappy gave me his hot black coffee and took my empty tin cup.
Then my Pappy (George Reed) told that while marching back to get his ration he had heard a hail from the line on his left. Someone asked him if he wanted a drink. He was very thirsty. It was Dick Tucker, with his plate of beans and hardtack and a tin cup of coffee. He was also carrying one of his boots. In crossing the creek he had seen a pool of water and filled his boot with water. He filled Papa's tin cup as they passed. Pappy said that was the best water I ever tasted even though it was muddy and tasted of dirty socks and feet. James Tucker and George Reed welded a friendship that lasted through all their lives. To me (Martha above) that is a story I have cherished all my life.
Thanks to Jim Ball and Patsy Ball Pettigrew for sharing this letter Martha wrote many years ago. Shared by Darla Ball Gaede Marbut.
Martha Ball Porter on the right b. Dec 31, 1886
George Reed was a son of Alfred and Mary Frances (Phillips) Reed. Alfred married third Louisa (Bristow) Simpson. Louisa was my great-great grandmother. Ref: Donna Haddock Cooper. Click below to read about her family on the link given at the bottom of the page.
George Reed, mentioned above married Narcissa West in Warrick Co., IN, on October 04, 1865, and second Sarah Elizabeth Garrett October 30, 1878 in Barry Co., MO.
Elizabeth was first married to William Valentine Ball, in Webster Co., MO, March 25, 1863, and they are the ancestors of Darla Marbut.
Descendants of William Valentine Ball
The Ball grave is located in Washburn Prairie Cemetery, Washburn, Barry Co., MO. From the photo files of Darla Marbut
W1illiam Valentine Ball 1845 - 1936 b: February 08, 1845 in Kentucky d: February 03, 1936 in Barry Co., Missouri +Sarah Elizabeth Garrett 1845 - 1936 b: February 28, 1845 in Talladego Co., Alabama d: February 03, 1936 in Barry Co., Missouri m: March 25, 1863 in Webster Co., MO
2 James Elbert Allen Ball 1863 - 1943 b: January 16, 1863 in Wright Co., Missouri d: July 14, 1943 in Barry County, MO +Sarah Emma Faulkner 1866 - 1945 b: January 26, 1866 in Carroll Co., Arkansas d: December 28, 1945 in Barry County, MO m: December 02, 1884 in Barry Co., Missouri
2 Nancy Ball 1866 - b: May 26, 1866
2 John Benjamin Ball 1868 - b: March 29, 1868
2 Finas Newton Ball 1871 - 1956 b: May 23, 1871 in Barry County, Missouri d: March 30, 1956 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Munsey Cemetery, Barry Co., MO +Dolly Jane Tucker 1875 - 1964 b: June 27, 1875 in Barry County, Missouri d: May 21, 1964 in Cassville, Barry Co., MO Burial: Munsey Cemetery, Barry Co., MO m: November 09, 1892 in Barry County, Missouri
2 William Silas Ball 1874 - 1960 b: November 09, 1874 in Barry County, MO d: February 12, 1960 in Barry County, MO +Jennie Lurania Skelton 1878 - 1964 b: February 11, 1878 in Barry County, MO d: December 17, 1964 in Barry County, MO m: April 24, 1894 in Indian Territory - Cherokee Nation
John Ben Ball with hat on - From the photo files of Darla Marbut
Elbert and Susan (Faulkner) Ball - From the photo files of Darla Marbut - owner of the photo is Georgia Ball Farwell
William Silas Ball and his wife Jennie Skelton - From the photo files of Darla Marbut
From the family research files of Darla Marbut: Sarah Elizabeth Garrett was born Feb 28, 1845 in Talladego Co., Alabama, and she was the daughter of Jasper Newton and Louisa Bridgeman Garrett. The family moved from Talladega County, Alabama around 1842 to 50 miles from Atlanta, Georgia. In about 1850 they moved to Grove Springs, Wright Co., MO. It is believed that Sarah Elizabeth Garrett married William Valentine Ball on March 25th, 1863. William "Billy" Valentine was only 17 years old and needed his Motherís consent to marry, which she wouldnít give. A Ball family researcher, Georgia Ball Farwell, relates that the law was if a young couple was expecting a child they didnít have to have parental consent to marry. Therefore, their first children James Elbert Allen Ball was born a little too soon. Probably the reason a marriage record could not be located for them in Wright Co., MO was the courthouse burned during the Civil War and they had to go to a neighboring county to be married, so their marriage license was filed in Webster Co., MO.
The family story is that when they were first married they lived with Billyís mother. Billy was too young so he didnít join the regular Army during the Civil War but joined the Militia. He enrolled June 10, 1863 at Marshfield, Mo., 6th Prov. Regt. Militia, Co. D and C by Major McMahan under General Holland. This outfit was called Regt E. M. M. Co. C. Later Billy enrolled on Oct 2, 1864 under Capt Wood at Leabanon, MO and left the service Nov 20, 1864. William Valentine Ball was assigned to other outfits due to special assignments.
Between 1864 and about 1868 they moved to Arkansas maybe Benton Co., AR, and lived near Bentonville because their only daughter Nancy was born there. She died August 16, 1866 in Arkansas. It is thought that Billy probably had some relatives there. Another child, John Benjamin Ball, was born March 29, 1868 in Arkansas. Sometime between then and 1871 they had moved to Jasper Co., MO, were another son was born, Finas Newton Ball, on May 23, 1871. From there they moved to Barry Co., MO where their fourth son, William Silas Ball was born Nov 9, 1874. William Valentine Ball and Sarah Elizabeth Garrett Ball then lived in Barry Co., Missouri for the rest of their lives.
William Valentine Ball and his wife Sarah homesteaded land in Barry Co., MO and it is believed to have been located in Township 21N Range 27 W Section 12. And according to a 1909 Barry County, MO Atlas, George Reed owned land in this section along with other people who were also connected to these families. They were Ben Stansberry, 80 acres; James Elbert, Allen Ball, 160 acres; James Wesley Reed, 75 acres; George Custer, 120 acres; and Clay Dennis, 40 acres.
A section of land is 640 acres section and since George Reed had 165 acres, he had about a fourth of a section. Darla Marbut stated that the reason she pointed out the land that George Reed owned in 1909, is because a part of that 165 acres was originally William Valentine Ballís. This land was near Reed Hollow or Pine Hollow off Roaring River not too far from the Munsey Cemetery at Eagle Rock, MO.
Sarah and William had settled there on the land mentioned above and was making improvements but hard times came and they needed income so William Ball went to work for a man named Adcock in Washburn, MO. Williamís brother James Ball also worked for Adcock in Washburn. William loved to hunt and that is what he was doing when he hemorrhaged and died April 28, 1875. It is thought he had TB. He was buried in the Washburn Prairie Cemetery.
Williamís death left Sarah with 4 little boys and she had very little for them to live on. She managed the best she could by raising corn for corn meal that they took to the head of Roaring River to the mill. The first year after William died they raised a patch of rye. They ran sheep on the rye in the winter. In the spring she shut them off and when the rye was ripe they would cut, clean, and take it to be ground for rye flour so she could make bread. Sarah traded a feather bed to some people for a Jersey cow. They lived the first winter on rye bread and milk. They managed on their homestead until Oct 30, 1878 when Sarah married her second husband George Reed.
A family researcher, Fredaline Cooper Horner, told the story that George Reedís first wife, Narcissus West, died May 18, 1877 after having a baby. George really needed help with the baby and the large family he had, and Sarah was having a difficult time, too, so they married Oct 30, 1878 and combined their families. George had 6 children and Sarah had 4. Georgeís small baby, Amos Reed who was born when his wife had died, and he also died that following July in the year of 1879. Georgeís daughter, Sarah Caroline Reed was the only girl and she died young, too.
According to homestead regulations, land that was homesteaded, had to be lived on for 10 years, then a claim could make on it and legal papers could then be filed for ownership, this was called "proving up the claim". So George and Sarah moved to Sarahís place to "prove up" on the land they had been farming or improving. They said the winter that they moved to Sarahís place it was so cold that Roaring River froze over where they crossed. Then the next winter it was so warm they couldnít butcher their hogs at Christmas time.
George Reed and Sarah had three daughters together, Mary, Rachel and Martha. They prospered and were well thought of in the community. George became the Justice of the Peace for the area. They said Sarah worked hard and even took her knitting to church to work on while she listened to the sermon. Since she gave away the mittens and gloves to the preacher, I guess he didnít mind. Her son John thought she gave the prettiest ones away.
George Reed died the first of June 24, 1921 and was buried at the Munsey Cemetery with a military marker as he was in the Civil War, 24th Regiment Missouri Infantry. Sarah died at the old age of nearly 91 on February 3, 1936 and is buried beside her second husband, George Reed, in the Munsey Cemetery, War Eagle Rock, Missouri.
From Darla Marbut's family and the Georgia Farwell photo files - George and Sarah E. (Garrett) (Ball) Reed with their family, Mary on left, then Rachel and then Martha.
The gravestone of Narcisus M. wife of George Reed, Haddock Cemetery, Eagle Rock, MO
Munsey Cemetery, George Reed's gravestone
Descendants of George C. Reed
1 George C. Reed 1842 - 1921 b: November 07, 1842 in Barry Co., Missouri d: June 24, 1921 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Munsey Cemetery, near Roaring River, Barry Co., MO +Narcissa West b: September 30, 1847 d: May 18, 1877 in Eagle Rock, Barry County, MO Burial: Old Haddock Cemetery near Eagle Rock, Barry Co., MO m: October 04, 1865 in Warrick Co., IN
2 James Wesley Reed 1866 - 1933 b: August 07, 1866 in Indiana d: May 29, 1933 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, Barry Co., MO +Bethena Roller 1873 - 1950 b: October 1873 in Barry Co., Missouri d: 1950 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, Barry Co., MO m: October 05, 1890 in Barry Co., Missouri
2 Ellis Reed 1868 - 1868 b: January 08, 1868 in Barry County, MO d: January 26, 1868 in Barry County, MO
2 John H. Reed 1869 - 1869 b: October 08, 1869 in Barry County, MO d: October 08, 1869 in Barry County, MO
2 William Alfred Reed 1870 - b: April 03, 1870 in Barry County, MO d: in Barry County, MO +May Annie 1895 - 1986 b: March 03, 1895 d: June 14, 1986 in Barry County, MO Burial: Chitwood Cemetery, Barry County, MO
2 Sarah Caroline Reed 1873 - 1892 b: December 10, 1873 in Barry County, MO d: January 1892 in Barry County, MO
2 Amos Reed 1877 - 1879 b: March 17, 1877 in Barry County, MO d: July 04, 1879 in Barry County, MO
*2nd Wife of George C. Reed: +Sarah Elizabeth Garrett 1845 - 1936 b: February 28, 1845 in Talladego Co., Alabama d: February 03, 1936 in Barry Co., Missouri md: October 30, 1878 in Barry County, MO
2 Mary Frances Reed 1880 - 1933 b: February 28, 1880 in Barry County, MO d: August 05, 1933 +Cox 1880 - b: Abt. 1880 *2nd Husband of Mary Frances Reed: +Thomas Loronzo Plummer 1853 - 1925 b: July 21, 1853 in Dyersburg, Dyer Co., Tennessee d: October 13, 1925 in Jonesboro, Craighead Co., AR m: January 15, 1900 in Green Forest, Carroll Co., AR
2 Rachel Louise Reed 1882 - 1962 b: February 01, 1882 in Barry County, MO d: January 11, 1962 in Barry County, MO +Dock Goins 1872 - 1921 b: October 27, 1872 in Indiana d: December 26, 1921 in Barry County, MO m: January 30, 1900 in Barry Co., Missouri. Burial: Seligman Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO
2 Martha Reed 1886 - b: December 31, 1886 in Barry County, MO +Orth Porter 1886 - b: Abt. 1886
Mary daughter of George and Sarah Reed is lady in the back and George Plummer Mary's husband.
From the family and photo files of Darla Marbut
pictured here are unknown in the photo. May have been girls who worked in the
telephone office for George and Mary in Ava, MO. Mary and George Plummer married
in Green Forest, Carroll Co., AR, on January 15, 1900.
Below is George and Sarah Reed at their home in Seligman, Barry Co., MO. George and Sarah are buried at Munsey Cemetery.
From the family research files of Darla Marbut and the photo files of Georgia (Ball) Farwell. Dock was the son of Absalom and Margaret (Babb) Goins of Seligman, MO. Darla stated that Rachel was her Great Grandfather Finas Ball's half sister. She was the daughter of George and Sarah Elizabeth Garrett (Ball) Reed. In Finas Ball's obituary it stated that Rebecca Louise Reed, Goins, Frazier lived in Grove, OK and she was buried there. Finas Ball was Rachel's half brother.
Descendants of Finas Newton Ball
1 Finas Newton Ball b: May 23, 1871 in Barry County, Missouri d: March 30, 1956 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Munsey Cemetery, Barry Co., MO +Dollie Jane Tucker b: June 27, 1875 in Barry County, Missouri m: November 09, 1892 in Barry County, Missouri d: May 21, 1964 in Cassville, Barry Co., MO Burial: Munsey Cemetery, Barry Co., MO
2 Ball b: Abt. 1893 in Barry County, Missouri
2 Truman Ball aka: Eldon b: March 17, 1895 in Barry County, Missouri
2 Charles Elmon Ball b: May 26, 1896 in Eagle Rock, Barry Co., MO d: June 25, 1974 in Barry County, Missouri +Ora Mae Prior b: April 04, 1896 in Butterfield, Barry Co., Missouri m: January 14, 1915 in Eagle Rock, Barry County, MO d: March 28, 1993 in Barry County, Missouri
2 Edward Ball b: October 31, 1897 in Barry County, Missouri d: August 25, 1979 +Dora Buchannan b: Abt. 1897 m: October 30, 1919 *2nd Wife of Edward Ball: +Lorena Margaret Carter b: December 17, 1913 in Barry Co., Missouri m: October 26, 1928
2 Ethel Oman Ball b: April 12, 1900 in Barry County, Missouri +Edith Pansy Carter b: Abt. 1900
2 Edna Sara Ball b: June 04, 1901 in Barry County, Missouri d: April 06, 1902
2 Maye Louisia Ball b: May 04, 1904 in Barry County, Missouri d: February 01, 1921
2 Frances Elizabeth Ball b: December 31, 1905 in Barry County, Missouri +Elmer Cooper b: Abt. 1905
2 Norman Finas Ball b: June 07, 1907 in Barry Co., Missouri +Maudie M. b: Abt. 1914 in Louisana m: Abt. 1930 in Barry Co., MO
2 Alvis George Ball b: January 10, 1909 in Barry County, Missouri d: May 30, 1936 in Barry County, Missouri +Bertie Clora Skelton b: June 14, 1911 in Barry County, Missouri m: January 13, 1930 in Barry Co., MO d: March 28, 1990 in Barry County, Missouri
2 Martha Rebecca Ball b: January 03, 1911 in Barry County, Missouri d: December 29, 1915
2 Elva Lourane Ball b: March 19, 1913 in Barry County, Missouri d: October 11, 1920 in Barry County, Missouri Burial: Munsey Cemetery, Barry Co., MO
Descendants of James Wesley Reed
1 James Wesley Reed b: August 07, 1866 in Warrick Co., Indiana d: May 29, 1933 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, Barry Co., MO +Bethena Roller b: October 1873 in Barry Co., Missouri m: October 05, 1890 in Barry Co., Missouri d: September 1950 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, Barry Co., MO
2 Jessie M. Reed b: August 17, 1891 in Barry County, MO d: October 24, 1912 in Barry County, MO +Arthur Willis Maloney b: August 25, 1886 in Barry County, MO m: August 22, 1912 in Barry Co., Missouri d: April 02, 1965 in Barry County, MO -He was the son of Samuel Houston & Martha (Tate) Maloney
2 James W. Reed b: September 1896 in Barry County, MO +Ireta b: Abt. 1899 in Missouri m: Bef. 1920 in Barry Co., MO
2 Verga Narcissus Reed b: January 22, 1901 in Barry Co., Missouri d: in Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, Barry Co., MO +Grant Monroe Aldridge b: November 17, 1892 in Barry Co., Missouri m: January 22, 1921 in Baltimore Co., MD d: August 15, 1974 in Barry Co., Missouri -They had a son named Elrey Grant Aldridge who married Margaret Elinore Haddock, daughter of Samuel Virgil and Frona Joy (Carlin) Haddock
2 George A. Reed b: May 26, 1904 in Barry Co., MO d: March 31, 1966 in Barry Co., MO Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, Barry Co., MO +Leneve b: July 21, 1911 m: Abt. 1931 in Barry Co., MO d: December 05, 1979 in Barry Co., MO Burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter, Barry Co., MO
2 Goldie L. Reed b: 1905 in Barry County, Missouri d: 1967 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Russell Cemetery, Barry Co., MO +Jessie Floyd Garner aka: Floyd b: August 1890 in Barry Co., Missouri m: Abt. 1925 in Barry Co., Missouri d: 1963 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: Russell Cemetery, Barry Co., MO
2 Pierce E. Reed b: Abt. 1917 in Barry Co., MO
For more reading go to these links given below.
William Simpson was born in Warrick Co., IN, died because they lived near where she lived when she was first married. William H. & Louisa (Bristow) Simpson Louisa was the third wife of Alfred Reed, who was the father of the above mentioned George Reed. Louisa's husband had died in MO, and so she went back to Warrick County after his death and there married Alfred Reed and they moved to Barry County where he'd already been living. He was her second husband. After Alfred Reed died, Louisa moved to Van Buren County, AR and married a Mr. Allred. He was her third husband. After he died she moved to LeFlore Co., OK where she died. Her burial place is unknown but her probable burial spot is in Hontubby Cemetery, next to her son William Green Simpson. Living also in LeFlore County were several of the Reed children as well as some of the Simpson children. Her daughter America Simpson and her husband Elijah Bailey were also there in LeFlore.
Another page that has more on the Tucker family and their connection to the Haddock family is this one: Tucker Families of Benton County, AR - Listed are Nora Bell (Haddock) & Charles Kennion Tucker of Benton Co., AR and family. Nora Bell was the daughter of Richard Ransom Haddock and his wife Sarah Browning. She was the grand daughter of Charles and Susan (Meyers) Rumbaugh Haddock.
The Easley Family of Eagle Rock, Barry Co., MO, and their connection to many of the early families of that area. The Easley family had many connections to the early settlers of Barry County, especially to the Eagle Rock, Roaring River, and Munsey areas of Barry County. Darla Marbut's work on this area is without a doubt far above what is usually seen in genealogy publications.
The Tucker Families of Barry Co., MO They were a large family and had many connections to the Eagle Rock area as well as to Roaring River and Munsey areas. Darla Marbut's expellant work on the Tucker family brings them into being for all of us. Her photos of this family are certainly a treasure, too.
Eagle Rock, Barry Co., MO, Study - This page has a lot of data about Eagle Rock in the early days and also mentions the Easley family connections to other families in the area. Darla Marbut's study on Eagle Rock is a vital part of what we know and understand about that part of Barry County, MO.
Barry County Stories - Page One - by Darla Marbut - There is some Easley data on this page.
Rachel Reed and Dock Goins - by Darla Marbut. The cabin where they lived and some family photos are featured on this page.
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