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A Guide to the Papers of Bonnie S. Ball 1960-1996 Bonnie S. Ball, A Guide to the Papers of 2014.1.4

A Guide to the Papers of Bonnie S. Ball 1960-1996

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Roanoke Public Libraries
Accession Number 2014.1.4


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A Guide to the Papers of Bonnie S. Ball
Physical Characteristics
1 record storage box

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Bonnie S. Ball, Accession #2014.1.4, Roanoke Public Libraries, Roanoke, VA

Acquisition Information

Donor unknown

Biographical Note

Bonnie Sage was born on December 17, 1901 near Stickleysville, Virginia. She was the fourth of thirteen children. Bonnie later became a teacher and taught all over Virginia and adjoining states. During her teaching career, she met and married Palmer Ball. After 33 years of teaching, Bonnie retired to Big Stone Gap, Virginia. She was a member of several historical societies, the DAR, UDC, was a correspondent for several papers and publications, she published several books, and participated in church activities. Mrs. Ball passed away on May 11, 1996 at the age of 95. She was a well-known and respected genealogist.

Scope and Content

The Bonnie S. Ball collection comprises 1 record storage box. The collection is made up of handwritten notes by Ball, all done on standard notebook paper; genealogical charts; an 8x12 scrapbook contains various church photos, both in color and black and white. This collection dates mainly from the late 1950s through the early 1980s.


Documents are arranged based upon original order.

Contents List

Papers of Bonnie S. Ball
Box: 1
  • Folder 1
    Tribute article to Bonnie Ball written by Gladys Stallard for the Appalachian Quarterly 1996.12
  • Folder 2
    Correspondence from Jean Patterson of Tennessee requesting genealogical information on the Bramlett Family of Bedford County, Virginia. Includes Ball's research notes. 1972.1.22
  • Folder 3
    Correspondence from Ann Ryan of San Clemente, California requesting genealogical information on the Chapman Family. Includes Ball's research notes. undated
  • Folder 4
    Correspondence from Florence Cates of Kingman, Kansas regarding genealogical research of the Cates, Hess, Cunningham, Trumbo, Rinker and Cleveland Families. Includes Ball's research notes. 1962-1969
  • Folder 5
    Correspondence from Mary Neal Routzhon of Harlan, Kentucky requesting genealogical information on the Coulson Family. Includes Ball's research notes. 1960-1973
  • Folder 6
    Correspondence from Sybil Barker regarding the Sage Family. Includes genealogical charts for the Sage, Barker and Cornett Families. 1972.11.15
  • Folder 7
    Notes on the Cox Family undated
  • Folder 8
    Correspondence from E. Cutchenson of Atlanta, Georgia requesting information on the Delp-Rhudy Family 1984.3.19
  • Folder 9
    General Index of Marriages for Scott County, Virginia 1800s-1930s
  • Folder 10
    Notes on Francisco Family research for wills. undated
  • Folder 11
    Notes on the Gaddy Family for Ruth Maxwell of Tennessee 1978
  • Folder 12
    Miscellaneous records compiled on the Glass Family undated
  • Folder 13
    Correspondence from Mrs. Paul Murff of Floydada, Texas requesting genealogical information on the Gwin (Gwyne) Family. Includes Ball's research notes. 1969.3.16
  • Folder 15
    Notes on the Hale Family undated
  • Folder 16
    Correspondence from Mrs. Robert E. Spencer of Sonoma, California requesting genealogical information on the Harding Family. 1984.2.14
  • Folder 17
    Notes on research of the Haven Family undated
  • Folder 18
    Correspondence with J.B. Havens of Stafford, Texas. Includes Ball's research notes. 1970s
  • Folder 19
    Notes on Jones Family research 1950s-1960s
  • Folder 20
    Notes on Lohr Family research undated
  • Folder 21
    Notes on Martin Family research undated
  • Folder 22
    Notes on Moore Family research undated
  • Folder 23
    Notes on Ott Family research undated
  • Folder 24
    Notes and correspondence on the Sayer (Sawyer) Family 1960s
  • Folder 25
    Notes on Stealy Family research undated
  • Folder 26
    Notes, correspondence and genealogical charts on the Todd Family. undated
  • Folder 27
    Notes on Grayson County, Virginia undated
  • Folder 28
    Notes on Wright Family research undated
  • Folder 29
    Notes on Tazewell County, Virginia undated
  • Folder 30
    Notes on Smyth and Washington Counties, Virginia undated
  • Folder 31
    Notes on Wise County, Virginia undated
  • Folder 32
    Records from Rowan County, North Carolina containing information on earliest settlers undated
  • Folder 33
    Grayson County Historical Society Newsletters 1983
  • Folder 34
    1850 Census of Mercer County, Virginia, 1810 Census of Giles County, Virginia and Index of non-military service in the American Revolution in Western Virginia. undated
  • Folder 35
    Three notebooks containing information on censuses, land records and marriage records for various Virginia counties undated
  • Folder 36
    Index of Border Settlers of Northwestern Virginia, 1765-1795 undated
  • Folder 37
    List of first settlers of Jamestown, Virginia. undated
  • Folder 38
    Scrapbook of various Virginia church histories with photographs. undated