Fonds - Robert N. Ball fonds

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Robert N. Ball fonds

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formerly part of F 267 of Archives of Ontario

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  • 1908-1920 (Creation)
    Ball, Robert Notman

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1 cm textual records

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(6 April 1861 - 7 October 1935)

Biographical history

Robert Notman Ball was born on April 6th 1861 in Port Dover, Ontario and was a Woodstock, Ontario lawyer, Crown Attorney, and Clerk of the Peace in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was married in Toronto on September 4th 1889 to Margaret King Harvey and would have four children: Mildred, Robert N. Jr., William and Margaret. He lived at 419 Drew Street.

His father, Francis Ramsay Ball, was also a lawyer and Crown Attorney, beginning practice at an early age in 1850. Within a few years he went into partnership with a Mr. Carroll. The Firm would later be known as Ball & Beard, Ball & Matheson, and then Ball & Ball, with A.S. Ball becoming junior partner. After dissolution of this partnership, the firm name stood the same, with his son R.N. Ball, becoming junior partner. Francis R. Ball is also known for being the prosecuting attorney at the Reginal Birchall trial in 1890. Robert N. Ball’s son, Robert N. Jr. was mill manager at Oxford Knitting Co. Ltd.

Robert N. Ball was also a trustee of L.B. Denton and Company and would provide management of the Company in 1914, as part of an Estate Settlement. He passed away on October 7th, 1935 at the age of 74 and is buried in the Woodstock Presbyterian Cemetery.

Custodial history

The records were part of those attributed to L.B. Denton and Company that were in the custody of the Oxford County Court House, in Woodstock, and transferred to the Archives of Ontario in 1974. In October 2019, the Archives of Ontario transferred the records to the Oxford County Archives.

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The fonds consists of personal and business records of Robert N. Ball.

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The records are in good condition.

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The Oxford County Archives received the records from the Archives of Ontario in October 2019.


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  • English

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The fonds is open to publish research. However, please contact the archivist responsible for the records regarding access, as some materials may be too fragile to handle. The Archives will make every effort to supply reference copies where feasible.

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Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

The Archivist has the right to restrict reproduction if the material is in a fragile condition.

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An item level description is available for researchers. Please contact Archives Staff for further information.

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No further accruals are likely.

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Formerly listed as Fonds F 267 of the Archives of Ontario. These records were removed from COA150, as it was felt they didn’t related to the day to day operations of L.B. Denton Company, and were organized as their own Fonds.

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