Ball, Enoch (1838-1909)
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
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