I don’t think anyone will ever prove how Samuel Ball made so much money, enough to buy many tracts of land on and off Oak Island. Nobody I’ve heard has mentioned this possibility which to me makes a lot of sense: Samuel Ball knew someone that was a privateer. Could have even been a neighbor living on Oak Island. Ball went out on ocean raids with the privateer and was paid handsomely with the stolen booty. He could never tell the truth about it, so claimed his cabbage growing business was the source.