Baptisms at Wigan Church, in the Year 1811
|Infant’s Name and Seniority.||Father’s Name, Abode, and Profession.||Mother’s Name and Descent.||Born.||Baptised.|
|Henry, fifth son of||Henry Ball of Standish, Farmer||Betty his Wife, Daughter of John & Ellen Ormishaw||13th of June||28th of June|
[Copy of the Baptismal Register for Wigan All Saints. Obtained at the Taylor Gallery, Family History Shop, Wigan in February 2007. Microfilm Reference MF 1A 6/3]
The only other record we currently have for Henry is the 1841 census, in which he is listed as age 25. This is a five-year discrepancy and may indicate that a first Henry died and that another son, born five years later, was named Henry. However a search of the baptismal records has only turned up one Henry; therefore it is assumed that no record was kept of his age as an adult.
Although this baptismal record indicates that Henry was a fifth son, we only know of three older brothers. The baptismal record for Daniel, born two years later, also lists Daniel as a fifth son. It is possible that Henry was actually the fourth son, or that a son died between 1811 and 1813.