|Publisher:||The West Alabamian|
|Place of publication:||Carrollton, Alabama|
|Date of publication:||1886|
The burning occurred on Sunday night September 27, 1886. As we learn, from a preliminary investigation before A.P. Billups Esq., three negroes, Harry Kirk, Ben Fort, and Abram Hinton, entered into a conspiracy to rob Mr. Ball of some money which they learned he had recieved a day or two before. Knowing that Mr. Ball was absent attending the Union Association, it was agreed they meet at a given point on Sunday night and proceed to carry out their plot. They entered the house by breaking open a window and failing to find the money, robbed the house of a lot of clothing, blankets, a pistol, groceries and several little items, and then took the can of oil and poured it out in the house and set fire to it by which the house and that remained was entirely consumed. Suspicion soon pointed to the individuals named. They were arrested and are now in jail to await the action of the Grand Jury. Abram Hinton and Ben Fort have made confessions.
Burning of Amos A Ball’s Home. 1886, 10, The West Alabamian, pg.1