Our Township before 1822 was originally part of Sandusky Township. A petition dated March 1 1822 was submitted to Sandusky County Commissioners to be set apart as a new township. The petition read as follows:
“This petition of the undersigned , residents of Sandusky County, Sandusky Township, prays, that they with the others residents of said township labor under many serious difficulties and disadvantages in consequence of the distance they have to go to the place of holding general elections. In fact, the great bounds of said township and the distance public officers reside from each other tends greatly to retard public business, particularly as it relates to the business of the township. Under these circumstances your petitioners therefore pray, that you would direct a new township to be laid out embracing township four range fifteen, your petitioners will ever pray.”
1st of March, 1822.
N.B. And your petitioners also pray that the township be called Ball’s township.
Asa B. Gavit
The petition was granted and the first election was held at the house of David Chambers on the first Monday of April 1822.
The Township was named to honor Colonel Ball a commander of a squadron whose famous victory July 30, 1813 occurred in Ballville Township. Colonel James V. Ball and his squadron were rushed northward towards Fort Stephenson. Along the first road through the Township and at the present site of Oakwood Cemetery, the squadron was unexpectedly fired upon by Indians. Colonel Ball ordered and led the charge into the Indians. During the battle, he narrowly missed a blow of a tomahawk which missed his back and buried itself into the saddle of his horse. The battle ended without the lost of one soldier and eleven Indians slain. A large elm tree at the site of the skirmish stood with eleven hacks in the bark as a memorial to the battle.