Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

John Wesley "Wes" Ball

Male 1888 - 1916  (27 years)


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  • Name John Wesley "Wes" Ball 
    Born 9 Oct 1888  Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Interesting accident 
    Occupation 1911  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Operator - Telephone 
    Religion 1911  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Presbyterian 
    Misfortune 30 Mar 1916  Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    killed by accidental electric shock 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-194849 
    Died 30 Mar 1916  Drumbo, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Cause: Cause: Accidental Electrical Shock 
    Buried 2 Apr 1916  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I194849  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Father Osborne Thomas Ball,   b. 21 Apr 1862, Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1943, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Jennifer Almera Varcoe,   b. 4 Dec 1862, Roseneath, Northumberland Co.., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1964, Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1884  Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F186685  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Oct 1888 - Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Operator - Telephone - 1911 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - killed by accidental electric shock - 30 Mar 1916 - Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Apr 1916 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Terribly Sad Occurrence
      John Wesley Ball of Ayr Electrocuted at Drumbo Power House

      This community was sensibly shocked on Thursday last when it was announced over the wires that John Wesley Ball, a popular young electrician in the joint employ of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission and the Corporation of Ayr, had been electrocuted at the Drumbo Power House. It appears that "Wes," as young Ball was known among his companions, had been sent out to hunt up the cause of some trouble on the line. His investigations led him to enter the power house at Drumbo. Here he proceeded to adjust some fuses and was instantly enveloped in a sheet of flame, his body falling over a live wire.

      His companion, Mr. W. G. Barr, who is in charge of the Drumbo power house, at once seized a pole and shoved the body off the wire. Life, however, was extinct. He was burned on the calf and thigh of the left leg and on the right foot and the right arm. The hair was also burned from one side of his head. A doctor was called but nothing could be done and an inquest was not deemed necessary. The mortal remains of the unfortunate young man, who was in his 29th year, were brought to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Ball, Swan St., on Friday afternoon, burial being made in the Ayr cemetery on Sunday. The funeral was very largely attended, the whole country side showing their esteem of the deceased and their sympathy for the bereaved by attending en masse. Rev. J. J. Brown conducted the services, in which he was assisted by Rev. Dr. Thomson. The pall bearers were - Messrs. C. Falconer, W. [illegible], R. Mueder, A. Ball [?], O. Ball, [illegible].

      Ayr News, April 6, 1916

  • Sources 
    1. [S1282] Census - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - 1911, pg 1.

    2. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 25344 (1916), John Wesley Bell.

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      [veteran's poppy] Ball/ Osborne Thomas Ball/ born April 21, 1862/ died Jan. 7, 1943/ his wife/ Jennifer A. Varcoe/ In Her 102nd year/ born Dec. 4, 1862/ died Aug. 28, 1964/ John Wesley Ball/ born Oct. 9, 1888/ died Mar. 30, 1916

    4. [S619] News - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr News (1897- ), "Mrs. O. T. Ball passes in her 102nd year," Sep 3 1964 pg 1.

    5. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name: Jamifer Almera Varcoe Age: 21 Birth Date: abt 1863 Birth Place: Canada Marriage Date: 6 Feb 1884 Marriage County or District: Northumberland Father: John Varcoe Mother: Ursula Varcoe Spouse: Osbourne Ball Spouse's Age: 21 Spouse Birth Date: abt 1863 Spouse Birth Place: Canada Spouse Father: William Ball Spouse Mother: Jane Ball