Ball, Mason

Ball, Mason a Baptist minister, was born in West Boylston, Mass., Sept. 20, 1798, and was a graduate of Union College in the class of 1828. During the years 1830-31, he acted as an agent of the American Baptist Missionary Union, and in 1832-33 supplied churches in New Bedford, Middleborough, and Bellingham, Mass. He was ordained in his native place, Sept. 26, 1833, and preached at Amherst, Mass., from the time of his ordination until Oct. 20, 1836. On closing his engagement with the Church in Amherst, he became pastor of the Church in Princeton, Mass., where he remained until March, 1841, and then removed to Amherst, N. H., where he was pastor three years, 1841-44. He then accepted a call to Southborough, Mass., and subsequently returned to Amherst, Mass., both these pastorates covering a period of about six years (1844-50). His last pastorate was in Wilmington, Vt., continuing from Sept. 7, 1851, to Aug. 7, 1853. He removed to Amherst, Mass., in 1853, where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred in 1874. (J. C. S.)

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