Baptisms at Wigan Church, in the Year 1808
|Infant’s Name and Seniority.||Father’s Name, Abode, and Profession.||Mother’s Name and Descent.||Born.||Baptised.|
|James, third son of||Henry Ball of Standish, Farmer||Betty his Wife, Daughter of John & Ellen Ormshaw||15th of June||29th 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]
Later census records put James Ball’s birth year at 1809. It is possible that this James died in childhood and Henry & Betty named their next son James. However a thorough review of the baptismal records at All Saints has only turned up one James Ball. Therefore it is assumed James as an adult did not know his exact age.