Ball, Enoch (1838-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1888
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1888
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

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

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