Ballswton was platted in 1848 by Samuel Ball, and named for him. A post office was established at Ballstown in 1844, and remained in operation until 1904.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ballstown, Indiana
- Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3.
...named for Samuel Ball, who platted the village on May 15, 1848.
- "Ripley County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 November 2015.