Posted by: Beth | October 16, 2017

MRIN-19B Caroline Ball

Caroline Ball was a twin to Emeline and born on June 16, 1861 near Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. The twins were the first two of thirteen children born to Robert Gore Ball and Susan Jane Brock. The family lived in Randolph Township with Bloomington as the nearest post office in the 1860 census, this is most likely where the twins were born. In 1866, when she was around five years of age, the family moved to just outside of Foosland, Champaign County, Illinois where they built their family farm. Caroline was one of the earliest residents in Brown Township. At age 19 she married King David Boyd on *January 2, 1881. They had nine children and sadly had to suffer the loss of twin boys in infancy. They raised their family around the Foosland/Brown Township area. Caroline was about 68 years old when she became a widow. After the death of her husband, Caroline spent the last two years of her life with her brother-in-law, Dr. Loren Lewis in Carlinville, keeping house for him and with her daughter, Emma, in Chicago. Caroline died on February 19, 1934 at age 72 in the Cook County Hospital in Chicago after a surgery for malignant cancer a week earlier. She was buried next to her husband in the Mount Hope Cemetery

*The state of Illinois has their marriage recorded as 31 Dec 1880, which may be the date that they obtained their marriage license. I have not seen the original marriage license.

King David Boyd was born December 5, 1850 in Kentucky to William A. Boyd (1823-1904) and Mary Ann Hudgens (1825-1909). Shortly after he was born his family moved to Illinois where he grew up, met his wife, raised his family and spent the rest of his life. He was a farmer by trade. He died at age 78 on January 21, 1929 in Foosland from throat cancer. He was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Foosland.

King David and Caroline had nine children; Ella Bertha Boyd (1881-1957), Nellie Mae Boyd (1883-1934), William Robert Boyd (1885-1958), Emeline “Emma” Boyd (1888-1977), Walter David Boyd (1890-1976), Stanley E. Boyd (1898-1964), Russell Gordon Boyd (1899-1976), *Earl Boyd, and *Beryl/Merle Boyd

*Earl and Beryl/Merle were twin boys who died in infancy. Caroline’s obituary names one boy as Beryl while King David’s obit names him as Merle. As of yet, no burial, obituaries/notices or vital records are known. The 1900 census states that all 7 of Caroline’s children were living, and all are accounted for, the 1910 census states that 7 of her 9 children were living, so their birth/death occurred between those dates 1900-1910


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