Ball, John (2)
Ball, John a Puritan divine, was born in 1585, at Cassington, in Oxfordshire. He studied at Brazennose College, Oxford, and was admitted to holy orders, and passed his life in poverty on a small cure at Whitmore, Staffordshire, to which was united the care of a school. He died in 1640. His Catechism had gone through fourteen editions before the year 1632, and has had the singular lot of being translated into Turkish. His Treatise on Faith (Lond. 1632, 4to) also passed through many editions. He published also The
Power of Godliness and other treatises (Lond. 1657, fol.) See Rose, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, 1:108.