John BALL, christened 2 May 1819 died 21 December 1890, started off working the land like his father before him and his father before that. Then, in his late thirties, he transferred to the sea and was listed as a Mariner in all the censuses from 1851 onwards. But it didn't end there - he was not the only one.
His stepson, Thomas Damerell ELLIOTT, became a sailor in his early twenties, then became a bargeman in his fifties, and a merchant seaman in his sixties.
The two World Wars managed to interrupt this 'family business', until John's grandson married a woman descended from coastguards, and his great-great-granddaughter married a man descended from shipwrights.
And I have always loved the sea...