Enoch Ball

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1888

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1888

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

1838-1909

By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

Enoch was born in 1838 at Ketley Bank, nr Oakengates, Shropshire to parents Samuel Ball and Ann Guy. Samuel was a shoemaker.

Enoch was converted at the age of 13.

The 1851 census shows Enoch working in the coal mine.

Ministry

His obituary in the Newport press says: ‘ The Rev E Ball gave his whole life to the ministry, in which he was a useful and honoured figure. He had a peculiarly sweet disposition, and was a typical Primitive Methodist. He was an eloquent preacher, and his discourses on evangelistic truth were always attentively listened to. The reverend gentleman was a good platform orator, and had always raised his voice on behalf of Liberalism, of which he was a staunch supporter.

Family

Enoch married Sarah Vines (1838-1929) in the spring of 1864 at Fairfield, Gloucestershire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • Edith (1865-1936) - married Edwin Ambrose Charles, a Liberal Party agent
  • Annie (1866-1877)
  • Edgar (1867-1945) – a PM Minister
  • Charles Sturges (b1872) - a PM Minister; emigrated to New York in 1905
  • Samuel Archibald (1874-1901) – a clerk
  • Maria Ethelwyn (1876-1953) - married Edward Langley, a coal weigher at colliery (1911)
  • William Clement (1877-1956) – a PM Minister
  • Lucy Emiline (1880-1961) - married Thomas Shadrach Carter, a dairyman

Enoch died on 3 October 1909. He passed away just as he was about to start a Harvest Festival service at Blaenavon, Monmouthshire.

Circuits

  • 1856 St Day
  • 1859 Penzance
  • 1861 Stroud
  • 1863 Bristol
  • 1865 Hereford
  • 1867 Newtown
  • 1870 St Molton
  • 1872 Stroud
  • 1874 Radstock
  • 1877 Hereford
  • 1882 Halifax ll
  • 1884 Cross keys
  • 1887 Newport, Monmouth
  • 1890 Liverpool l
  • 1893 Church Gresley
  • 1896 Hereford
  • 1900 Abertillery
  • 1905 Newport (Sup)

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1888 (portrait); 1910/319

PM Minutes 1910/15

W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

This page was added by Geoff Dickinson on 10/07/2013.