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John Ball (1779-1838)

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John Ball (1779-1838), civil engineer of Exeter

1839 Died. 'About twelve months ago Mr. John Ball, civil engineer of Exeter, left his home for the purpose of attending to some business at Cork. He stayed some time in London, and was there on the 12th of June, 1838. He never reached his destination in Ireland. From his habits it is supposed that he took up his abode in some one of the smaller coffee houses in town, and that he might have died there; and having in his possession about £40, it thought that the parties with whom he may have lodged, tempted by the money, took no care to trace out his connections. He had a red pocket book with black ribbon tied round it, containing papers, &c, by which he might have been identified - his age was about 60.'[1]

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  1. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 15 June 1839