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The Balch Genealogy, 46, 56, 57, 61, 71, subscribers to, 2, 

14 ; illustrations in, 46, 72 : price of, 72. 
Balch coat of arms. 3, 75. 
( !oat armor, its use and abuse, 3, 75. 
Qualifications of a freeman, 4. 
Notes, 1. 16, 24,60. 

The " Old Planters " (of Salem) by David M. Balch, t>, 20. 
Gleanings. From English records, 15: from Essex county 

records, 15, 54. 
Queries, 16, 24, 42, 54. 
Sketches of 

Frank \V. Balch of Chicago, (with portrait) IT, 41. 

Samuel A. Balch. 26. 

GalushaB. Balch. M. D. (with portrait), 34. 

Rev. Stephen Bloomer Balch and Rev. Tims. Bloomer 

Theodore E. Balch, 51. 

Sarah (Balch) Braman (with portrait), 53. 

Notices of 

Bazalael Balch 41, John Balch 2::, .!. (i. Whittier 25, 
74, Txov. Simon Bradstreet 60, Philip and Mary Eng- 
lish 63, Ebenezer Balch 47. 

Maryland Balches, 13. 

Balch military records, 17. 41. 42. 

Ancient Eclipses, 30. 

Patriotic hereditary societies. 36. 

Loyalists. 36, 60. 

First mail route in Vermont, 37. 

Balch graduates Harvard University, 12. 

Longelivity, 13. 

Revolutionary events. 1 1. 

From diary «»(' Ebenezer Balch, 1752,47. 

A.ngier family, 54. 

How our ancestors lived. 64. Obituary, • ',:'.. 

Leafs from the Balch Genealogy, 67-70. 

John Balch Homestead, 1633, 7:'.. 


i , ink W Balch, it, autograph of Thomas Blucker, 22, Whipple bouse at Ipswich, 
FohnG Whittier, 25, ancient Ltndall gravestone, 31. page In short hand from 
Hi',- diary "i Cap! Henrv Dow, 1689. :i'-'. flalusha B. Balch. 33, (Jen. ivael Putnam, 
,■ W olf uen al i'omfrel •". Stephen Hewill a>id wife, Hi, old I'illsbur) house, 
Newbury \:> Sarafl Balch Braman 53, thjv. Bradstreet. 53. histomb,59 English 
bouse at Salem, 02, n imental Uanvers, 76. Haurael W. Balch, 72. 


NOV 2 4 1952 3 l 

Balch Xeattets. 

VOL. I. JULY, 1895. NO. I. 

With this number we begin the issue of a series of Leaf- 
lets which will be continued monthly. The design of this 
publication is to preserve in an easily accessible form Hems 
relating to the Batches, of whatever family. The subscrip- 
tion price will he one dollar per annum, payable in advance. 

Dr. Galusha B. Balch, the historian of the family, has 
agreed to contribute liberally from the store of genealogical 
and historical matter he has collected while preparing the 
genealogy of the family. 

// is not intended that this monthly publication will in any 
case take the place of the genealogy r , hut rather that it shall 
supplement that and he a repository for data which cannot, 
on account of lack of space or for other reasons, he included 
in that work. 

At the end of the year a title page and list of contents will 
he sent to subscribers. 

In older that this project may prove successful, it i- neces- 
sary that every person receiving a copy of this, the initial 
number, send their dollar at once to the publisher. 

Queries, and interesting items pertaining to the family, 
notices of births, marriages and deaths, descents from unce* 
tors who served in the Revolution or other wars, whether 
such ancestor wa- a Balch or not, are requested. 

Entered .it tin- p. o. at Salem, Mass., a- -«■ I class matter. 



Orders for one or more copies of the Balch Genealogy 
have Ween received from the following named persons: 
Frederick Balch, \V. Somerville. 

(First order received.) 
Charles V. Chapin, Providence. 
Alfred B. Balch, Formosa. 
Mrs. S. E. Genthier, Waldoboro. 
Mrs. M. E. Dickey, Lyndeboro. 
Mrs. John Flett, New Brunswick. 
Joseph McClure, Ft. Worth. 
Mrs. Benj. Hale, Newburyport. 
Miss Laura O. Balch, Youngstown. 
Mrs. A. K. Dufur, Dufur. 
Charles N. Balch, North Tbetford. 
Joseph B. Cloudman, Lancaster. 
Jude H. Balch, Janesville. 
Frank B. Balch, Providence. 
Frank T. Balch, Boston. 
Wm. S. Balch, Saratoga Springs. 
Henry F. Balch, Minneapolis. 
Laura M. Ely, Lowell. 
Joseph C. Balch, Bronson. 
John B. Blood, Schenectady. 
Miss Nancy E. Balch, New Haven. 
C. L. Balch, New York. 
Mrs. E. F. Balch, Salem. 
R. Curtis Balch, Oshtemo. 
Mrs. Geo. P. Balch, Newburyport. 
John H. Balch, Newburyport. 
Joseph Balch, Providence. 
Gardner P. Balch, Swampseott. 
Wm. D. Balch, Boston. 
Wm. D. Balch, Charles City. 
John A. Balch, San Francisco. 

(To be continued.) 



Dr. Balch writes, replying to an enquiry regarding the 
Balch coat of arms : 

' Your letter of inquiry regarding the Balch Arms lias been 
referred to me. The cost of the arms suitable for framing 
will depend upon the artist. Such a coat of arms would 
have to be hand work. The coat of arms, as it will be in the 
book, will be a lithograph. 

There is no good authority lor the crests that have been 
used. For the arms there is good authority, and it is de- 
scribed as follows: "Barry of six, or ami azure; on a 
bend, engrailed, gules, three spears' heads argent.*' 

American Heraldica, by E. De V. Vermont, gives the 
arms in colors. 

In the Genealogy, when published, will he a chapter on 
the name, the family in England, and the arms." 


Comparitively little is known in this county of the rights 
involved in the use of coat armor. People frequently, with- 
out intention of doing wrong, adopt the heraldic insignia of 
some family of the same name, and imagine that similarity 
in name is all that is required to prove their right to bear 
such arms. The use of coat armor is based upon entirely 
natural grounds. Only descendants of the first grantee may 
use the arms granted, and this use is restricted to male de- 
scendants, of the name, except that a wife may use her 
deceased husband's arms or an unmarried woman her father's 
.•inns, iu certain form. The male children of an "heiress" 
may quarter her paternal arms with their own. The use of 
coat armor under the rides of heraldry shows that the bearer 
is a descendant of some especial family and his quartering^ 
represent marriages of his ancestors with the female repre- 
sentatives of certain families. If one brother of several, is 
granted coat armor the right descends to his heirs but not to 
his brothers' heirs. 

Families of the same name often hear entirely different 
coat armor. The motto is according to personal fancy. 
Ladies should not use crests, such right being reserved to 

male members of the family. The reason of this is obvious. 
The use of coat armor to which one is not entitled is simply 
publishing a lie to all beholders. The English are as apt to 
wrongfully use coat armor as Americans and with far less 


The Balch Leaflets. 

Published 1 ithlj at Salem, Mass., 

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All communications should be addressed 
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Balch Family History. 

Attention is called to the proposal 
to publish a (ieuealo^y of the Balch 
Family which lias been prepared by 
Dr. Balch. If you have not received 
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The price will be $5. 


Under this heading will be insert. 
••(I queries of a genealogical or his. 
torical nature. 

1. What is meant by " Freeman" 
in early colonial times? 

A Freeman, in the earlj days of the col 
onies, was our who held the right of, fran- 
chise. No one wa- allowed that right 
without first becoming a member of the 
Church. The Laws were madebj a quo- 
rum of the "Assistants" or "Magistrates" 
sent out and commissioned by the com 
pany in London which held the charter. 
'the law compelling church membership 
w.i- passed by the Assistants in 1631. In 
1676 Ave sixths of tin- people of Boston 
were non voters because thej were not 
church members, ami were shut out from 

anj participation in tin- local gover ent. 

— Boston Transcript. 


Joseph Balch, of '-Salem Farms," 
was one of those slain at Bloody 
Brook, is Sept , 1675. lie was a 
member of the command of ('apt. 
Thomas Lothrop, which was styled 
the " flower of Essex." 

This expression, " flower of Es- 
sex, "' proved a stumbling block to 
the correspondent of the Boston 
Sunday Herald; as she recently, 
in describing the doings of the wo- 
man's club in Beverly, Mass. .known 
as the Lothrop Club, said it " was 
named forCapt. Lothrop, who com- 
manded the good ship ' Flower of 
Essex: " 

The genealogist often encounters 
on the records quaint phrases and 
entries which excite his sense of 
humor; for instance, under date of 
22 April, 1769, the worthy pastor 
of tin' church in Middleton, Mass , 
entered upon his list of deaths, 
"Cornet Francis Peabody- — burst — 
and supposed mortified." If is pre- 
sumed that- such .-in accident would 
cause most persons to "die of nior- 
licat ion." 

Historic Storms 

Is the title of a book which contains 
a history of the great storms, hot waves, 
dark days, etc., during the past three 

It is a "mighty" interesting 
book. $1.50 

The following article from the able pen of David M. Balch 
was published in the 8al€m Gazette, May 10, 1877. 


Chief among the few who, after the failure of the fishing 
enterprise at Cape Ann, and the embarkation of the colonists 
for England, slill remained in the vicinity, and established 
themselves in the wilds of Naumkeag late in the autumn of 
1626, were the four friends whom history designates the "old 
planters." These men were Roger Consult, governor of the 
abandoned colony, John Woodbury, John Balch and Peter 
Palfrey. I mention them in the order in which they have 
Keen always quoted, as it evidently denotes their rank or 
standing in the enterprise; for they were all men of energy 
and intelligence, on whom the projectors of the colony seemed 
to have pinned their faith for its success. The Rev. Mr. 
White ( pastor of the Dorchester merchants, who organized 
the "Dorchester Company," which planted at Cape Ann) 
wrote to Conant after his removal to Naumkeag that he was 
"grieved in Spirit that so good a work should be suffered to 
fall to the ground;" urging Conanl not to desert the busi- 
ness , and promising that, if himself and John Woodbury, 
John Balch, and Peter Palfrey, would stay at Naumkeag and 
give timely not i.-e thereof, he would provide a patent for 
them, and semi them whatever they should write for, either 
men, provisions or goods to trade with the Indians." And afterwards, when the " Dorchester Company" had sold 
out to the "Massachusetts BayCo."and it- Pioneer Governor 
John Endecotl had firmly established his colony, and Salem 
had become a thriving town, it is these tour "old planters" 
who received the large grants of land at the head of Bass river 
fortheir portion, who granl and lay out farms for the rapidly 
increasing population, and are among tin' foremost in the 
management of the affairs of the settlement. 

So, late in the fall of 1626, these four established themselves 
on the northeastern side of the pleasant peninsula, then cov- 


ered with dense woods on which the City of Salem now stands, 
about sixteen miles from their abandoned settlement of Cape 

Ann. The few Indians, whom pestilence had spared, in the 
once populous country of the Xaumkcags , received them with 
joy as allies and friends. They brought with them boats, 
arms, and supplies of all kinds, built themselves snug huts 
and passed the winter in comfort and plenty, supporting them- 
selves by hunting and fishing, and no doubt well assisted by 
their Indian friends. That Cape Ann was left utterly de- 
serted at this time is very improbable ; it could be plainly seen 
from their new abode and was distant but a few hours coast- 
wise by boat or canoe; there was a frame building there of 
considerable size and other property which demanded care. 
Visits to the spot were no doubt frequent, and probably one 
or two servants of the Company, of whom several remained 
behind, were left in charge. It is also probable that this win- 
ter or the ensuing spring a fort, that is a log - hut surrounded 
by a stockade, w T as built near a swamp in the narrowest part 
of the peninsula, nearly a mile from their habitations; this 
fort was quite near what is now the corner of Lynde and 
Sewall streets, and was intended to protect themselves and 
their allies against " Tarrentines," hostile Indians, whom they 
feared . 

Conant and Batch had their wives with them ; and the for- 
mer at least one child, his son Lot, who was born in 1624 
probably at Nantasket. During the two years that elapsed 
between the landing at Naumkeag, and the arrival of John 
Endecott and his party, several other persons are mentioned 
as residents there, either permanent or otherwise : amongst 
these are Thomas Gardner, ("a plain Trask, William Allen, 
and several others; the minister, John Lyford, with his fam- 
ily, dwelt there for a while, but soon removed to Virginia. 
Probably at no time prior to 1628 did the number of residents 
exceed twenty, of whom but four or five were women. 

Hut those who desire a full account of the "old planters 
and their doings can do no better than read, in the first vol- 
ume of the Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, the 

papers of Geo. D. Phippen, which they will find very in- 
structive and entertaining ; I give the preceding very succinct 
outline of this interesting subject merely as an introduction 
to the argument which I shall presently submit. 

John Endecott, when he landed on the (5th of September, 
1628, found the planters well established; cultivating their 
fields of maize in common with the Indians; Conant had a 
frame building, built, probably, by Alienor Norman, who 
were carpenters by trade. Endicott says that his party, 
added to those then present in Nanmkeag, made a total of 
about titty. Then Roger Conant Hist learned that himself, 
his associates, and their efforts had been transferred to a new 
company, the "Massachusetts Bay," by which John Endicott 
was empowered to act as governor, and that he was super- 

A dozen colonists can easily support themselves where fifty 
would suffer. The new comers brought with them insnfti- 
cient supplies, manifold wants, and the seeds of disease. 

The winter of 1628-29 was one of sickness and want ; it is 
stated that many of their number died before the spring. The 
sad scenes of the Puritans' first winter at Plymouth were re- 
peated in Naumkeag. 

But early summer brought "the fleet" with abundant sup- 
plies, and emigrants by the hundred, and the colony was 
firmly established. The town of Salem was incorporated and 
named early in July 1629. Each succeeding season brought 
fresh strength. Settlements were made about Boston Bay, 
and in the intervening territory. Thus was formed one of 
the great nuclei or rather point of radiation, whence New 
England and the United States have been peopled. 

A mong the earlier settlers, probably in 1630, came one 
Jeoffrie Massey; a man of considerable ability who soon be- 
came prominent in the affairs of the infant town. 

Two of the original planters, Conant and Baleh, and the 
early settler Massey, had sons born unto them at a very early 
date. These were named Roger Conant, Jr., Benjamin 
Baleh, John Massey. Conant, by the family record, died in 

early manhood ; the others saw their eightieth year. For these 
three men there has been claimed for half a century at least, 
by their descendants, by antiquarians and by partisans, now 
one thing ami now another. I>ut all hinging on one point, pri- 
ority of birth. The subject has never to my knowledge been 
fairly argued : has never had all the evidence, now attainable, 
brought together and thoroughly discussed. This is what 1 
purpose to do in this paper, and let my readers sit in judgment 
upon it. Asa matter of local history, I hope it will interest, 
some not immediately concerned ; and a score or more of cor- 
respondents, to whom I will mail copies of the print, I know 
it will interest. 

First, then, let me deal with John Massey's claim, for that 
is most easily disposed of. lie puts it forward himself and I 
insert it here verbatim. 

'The petition of Jno Massey to the Inhabitants of the to wne 
of Salem, now met together, March 8th, Ki85-6. Your peti- 
tioner being the Ancientest planter and oldest man now living 
in Salem, that was horn here, being by the long weaknes of 
his aged parents now deceased. Reduced to great Straits, 
and brought very low in Estate having many Small Children 
to maintain ; the only son whom he hopes would have been a 
Comfort and Support in his old age, having been (by the prov- 
idence of God) almost blind for this many years; Doth 
Humbly Request that liberty may be granted vnto him to 
keep a boat on this Side the ferry for the Easier and Readier 
transportation of all persons Early and late as well towne 
dwellers as Strangers, who shall bane occasion at any tyine to 
pass that way; which Request if the Towne shall please to 
grant it will much Incoredge Strangers as well as others who 
haue much Retarded in their business to their great prejudice 
and damage by a long stay at the ferry waiting for a boat; 
and haue many atvme Chosen rather to trauail live or six 
miles about than pass that way; the granting ol what is de- 
sired will also be very acceptable to many in this Towne and 
will Exceedingly oblige your poor petitioner, 

John Massey." 

( '/'</ /.. continued.) 

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NOV 2 4 1352 3 1 

JSalcb Xcattcts. 

PDBLisnED at Salem, Mash., m v.v.w Putnam, it tl per innom. 
VOL. I. AUGUST, 1S95. NO. 2. 

< .n! in a, (i from pag< 8.) 

His petition was granted and begot the ferry. How old 
was this "Ancient est planter " and oldest town born man at 
this date? We have happily on record a sworn deposition 
of the greatest genealogical importance, which I will also in- 
s'ert verbatim. 

"The Testimony of John Massey, Senior of Salem, in ye 
County of Essex In ye Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in 
New England aged 75 yens, doc Testify that I know Capt. 
William Trask deceased and that hoe set up ye first Corne 
mill that was erected In Salem :in<l what vpland belonded to 
ye above sayd Mi II pond was accounted to be proper Righl 
:iik1 possessed by him and his successors to this very day, 
and now a Pulling Mill standing upon ye same water." 

John Massey Sen'r. 

'The Testimony of Benjamin Balch, Sen'r of the Towne 
of Beverly In the county of Essex, &c, aged about 77 years 
of age due Testify licit I know Capt. William Trask Deceas- 
ed that he erected ye first corn mill in Salem had ye improve- 
ment of a considerable parcel of land to make ye pond, and 
I neuer heard of any molestation that the abovesaid Capt. 
Trask or any of his successors had in the Improvements of 
it to this day. BENJ \min BaLCH." 

'Tin- above named .John Massey and Benjamin Balch per- 
sonally appeared before us the subscribers, Two of her Maj- 
esties Justices of ye peace for ye Comity of Esses and made 


oath to ye truth of ye above written Evidences respectively 
in Salem April 1«>, L706. Jonathan Uorwine. 

Jos. Waloott. 
Examined per Stephen Sewall, Recorder." 

This deposition fixes the date of the birth of two of the 
three competitors beyond doubt. Massey's in the spring of 
1(531; Batch's early in 1<>2'.». They were selected as being 
two of the oldest men in (he settlement, and knowing they 
were to be .summoned, would have been careful to fix and 
state their aire with exactness. There arc moreover al least 
a dozen other depositions of Massey's at different periods of 
his life, all perfectly concordant in fixing his birth about 
April, 1631. It seems almost incredible that a man at fifty- 
four should be the solo survivor of the children born in two 
years in a population of at least three hundred residents in 
Salem at that date; but such must be the fact. It exhibits 
very forcibly the character of the settlement at this early 
period ; composed mostly of fishermen, tradesmen, artisans 
and adventurers, many of whom were young, enterprising, 
and unmarried ; and of persons of maimer years who had 
brought over their half grown families from England. Prob- 
ably prior to 1631 or 32 but few children were born in Sa- 
lem and few of these reached maturity. But few single 
women emigrated. It is so in all new settlements, even at 
the present day; unless a colonist brings a wife with him, 
it is a very difficult matter for him to get one. 

In 1704 the First Church voted Massey an old Bible, "he 
being considered the first town born child." 

So he was ///'-// living, Roger Conant, Jr., whose birth 
antedates Massey's, had been dead thirty years. And Ben- 
jamin Balch, two years older than Massey by his, Massey's. 
own admission, was at that lime a citizen of Beverly, and 
moreover was not born in Salem at all, but before the town 
came into existence; we thus see that Massev's claim and 
what was claimed for him is quite correct. 

Roger Con ant's claim. It is claimed for Roger Conant, Jr., 


thiil he was the first bora child in Salem; let us sec how the 
evidence supports this claim. First of all I will stale that I 
decidedly object to the dale 1626 being so persistently print- 
ed in connection with Conant's name. This has been done 
so long and so freely that many who should know better r<-- 
gjird ii as veritable history. The public may as well know- 
that this date is purely assumed. There is not an atom of 
evidence, real or presumptive, or any tradition of worth, 1»> 
indicate that Conant was born in 1625, 1626, 1027 or 1628. 

What do we really know of Roger Conant, Jr.? very little 
indeed. The Probate, Registry of Deeds, County Court, 
and Salem Town Records do not mention his name; we have 
no record of his birth, his baptism, his marriage or his death : 
there is no deposition by him on record, nor do we meet 
with his name in any deed. This is why faulty reasoning lias 
placed his birth in 1626, and kept it there. Alter weeks of 
search I am constrained to admit that we must rest content 
with Conant's meagre record, which may probably never be 
augmented. It is simply this from the Book of Grants of 
Salem. "The 21st of the 11 month, 1639," "John Wood- 
bury, William Hathorne, Jeffrey Massey, Mr. Conant. Grant- 
ed to Roger Conant the Sonne ofRoge Conant: being the first 
borne child in Salem 20 acres of Land." 

From the Records of Baptisms of the Firsl Church, "1662; 
3 mo. 20 John son of Rog. Conant." 

On the fly leaf of an old Bible now in possession of ('has. 
\Y. Palfray of this city stands written, evidently by the 
widow : 'The 15 of June 1672, my husband Roger Conant 
died*" This is undoubtedly genuine, and we may accept it 
as the true date ot his death. 

Who was the wife of Roger Conant, Jr.? 1 am inclined 
to think that she was Elizabeth, a daughter of Rev. Win. 
Walton, of the plantation on Marhlehcad side ; but it is not 
really known. When was Roger Conant, Jr.. born? Spe- 
cious reasoning led long ago to the faulty and untenable con- 
clusion that he was horn in 1626, ju*»t lifter the planters 


landed : and this date has been so often printed in connection 
with liia name that many regard it as proven and genuine 
history. I have stated above that it is purely assumed ; and 
might jusl as well be 1<>27 or 1(>2<S for all evidence to the 

The tact is, all our difficulty in fixing the date of the birth 
of the three claimants and proving their claims correct , has 
arisen from (he tact that those who have argued the matter 
have not kept close to their text. The land grant fixes the 
date <il' Conant's birth beyond all question. The Selectmen 
of Salem in 1659 did not admit residents to the town and 
grant them land without circumspection; they kept a Book 
of Records with exactness and stated therein concisely to 
whom they had given lands, for what, and when ; their rec- 
ord states that Roger Conant, Jr., was the first born child in 
Salem, and I accept that record as true. 

When did Salem come into existence'/ The town was in- 
corporated in the latter part of June, 1(12!), and received its 
name 'prior to July 24th of the same year. The name is sig- 
nificant. It was no doubt suggested l>v Mr. Higginson, the 

Do •' * 

pastor, who had just arrived with "the licet," in token of the 
reconciliation and agreement between the old planters and 
the new. For when on Sept. 6th, 1628, Endicott landed at 
Naumkeag, presented his credentials as Governor, and Co- 
nant found himself, in spite of all promises superseded, him- 
self and followers literally sold, and incorporated in a new 
colony, with a different charter and conflicting interests, his 
disappointment and chagrin were no doubt severe and the 
other planters and residents were affected according to their 
various temperaments. They might have seceded in a body. 
They might have made things very uncomfortable for the 
newcomers. But Conant bears the reputation of a M pious, 
sober, and prudent gentleman ;" resigning all his long cher- 
ished hopes of eventually governing a powerful and growing 
colony, he seems to have calmly accepted his subordinate 

position and to have exerted his noble and self-siicrilicing 


spirit, for thf maintenance of peace. The sickness and suf- 
fering of the ensuing winter brought (lie old and new colonists 
into closer contact and diminished the ill feeling between 
them; ami early summer finds them agreed to work together 
tor the common good. Hence the name of the new born 
town, Salem, meaning Peace. 

Now as Salem was incorporated and named in .Inly, l<!2i), 
and we have the within record of the Selectmen in 1639 that 
Roger Conant, Jr., was the first child born in Salem, his 
birth must necessarily have been subsequent to duly, L629. 

For if as has been so often gratuitously stated he were ac- 
tually horn in 1626, then was he horn at a dale when neither 
Salem, nor the colony which founded Salem, existed corpo- 
rate, or by name : then, like the children, probably born at 
Cape Ann, he was a born resident in the Dorchester Compa- 
ny's domains; then he was no more entitled to a land grant 
from Salem, or to be recorded as born in Salem, than his 
brother Lot, Peregrine White or Seaborn Cotton. 

Hut if, as being born in l(i2l! on tin 1 soil subsequently 
called Salem, her Select men had adjudged him entitled to a 
hind grant, then they would have so stated it in the record, 
for, sis the records now stands, there would have been in 
that case another claimant, some first town born child or 
other, to dispute his title. And again, if we gratuitously 
assume 1626 as lie' date of Roger Conant's birth, the dale of 
the land grant 1639 has no significance; but if, as is pre- 
sumptively the fact, we consider him born in the autumn of 
L629 it becomes very significant. The town had just com- 
pleted its first decade ami the first born his tenth birthday. 
What more proper, than the grant of land at this time, to fix 
the date of his birth in the memory of his fellow townsmen? 

tlence I consider Roger Conant, dr., tin; firsl born child 
in corporate Salem, and the date of his birth early in the 
autumn of 1 629. 

To hi continued.} 

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R. J. Batch, Seneca, Missouri. 

Thomas Willing Balch, 1412 Spruce street, Philadelphia, 

Miss Albina Balch, Lcrna, Ills. 
J. R. Balch, Weaverville, Oal. 
Albert V. Balch, Weyauwega, Wis. 
Karl O. Balch, Lunenburg, Vt. 
George R. Balch, Cincinnati, Ohio. 
E. E. Balch, Omaha, Neb. 

Geo. \\\ Balch, 123 Produce Exchange, New York, N. Y. 
John A. Balch, Antrim, N. II. 
L. C. Balch, Lillle Rock, Ark. 
Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass. 
Mrs. M. E. Dickey, Lyndeboro, N. II. 
Lewis Balch, M. D., Albany, N. Y. 
Milton Balch, Jackson, N. Y. 
OiTin Balch, Poplar Grove, 111. 
William II. Balch, Gran, N. Y. 
A red C. Balch, Kalamazoo, Mich. 
C. I. Balch, Kalamazoo, Mich. 
J. K. P. Balch, 4f> Maple street, Maiden, Mass. 
George II. Hudson, Pittsburgh, N. Y. 
J. Harvey Mathes, Memphis, Teiin. 
George P. Balch, 185 High street, Newburyport, Mass. 
Mrs. (). II. Altbrd, Brookline, Mass. 
Hiram 'P. Balch, 2 Greenleaf street, Newburyport, Mass. 
Francis E. Abbot, l! Larch street, Cambridge, Mass. 
Mrs. Eugene Griswold, 16th ami Rhode Island streets, 
San Francisco, Oal. 
George K. Harmon, 122 Summer street, Boston, Mass. 
Miss Louisa S. Balch, 56 Oak street, Lowell, Muss. 
Henry (i. Balch, Laramie, Wyo. 
Mrs. Mary F. Flanders, Crystal Lake, III. 

( \ few ni these order more than one copy, it Is hoped that a- man; as can afford to 
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Thomas Balche, the elder, of Cote, in the parish of Mar- 

'«*•• Win dated L8 April, 1594, proved 22 June, 1504 
by iv I id Alicea. 

Mentions unmarried son Thomas; son Robert; daughters 
Mary, Anno, Francis and Avis Balche, each £20. ScWer 
children minors. 

Wife Avis. P O n /r 


William Mellows, and wife Sarah, of Scituate, sell lo Beni 
Balch of Sc.ti.ate, weaver, land in Beverly, bounding on land 
of Joseph Balch, deceased, father of said Benj. 8 May 
6 ' Vol.4 1, 239, Deeds. 

Benj. Balch of Scituate, weaver, to William Prince of 
Beverly, land in Beverly bounding on land which James Ta V - 
lor lately bought of Balch. 12 May, 1725. 

Vol. 44, 22!i, Deeds. 
David >ilch, tanner, and Ajiron Easty, of Topsfield, buy 
° fJohn . » nomas and Joseph Symonds, Elizabeth Symonds 
>.;...,,,! Stone, mason, and wife Sarah formerly Symonds, all 
of Salem, and children of James and Elizabeth (Browning) 
bymonds, land in Topsfield. 6 April, 1725. 

Inland Ober, of Beverly, lo Elizabeth hi, daughter and 
wife <4 John Balch. 15 May, 1701. 

Re"j- Balch, t„ Mary, late wife of my brother John Bald, 
deceased, and now wile of William Dodge, the younger! 
lo Jan., 166S. ° 

Edward Rainsford, of Boxbury, and Wife Abigail, dau*h- 
^"fBenj. Balch, Senior, to Nathaniel Wallace, of Be verlv 
her share in estate. 22 Nov. 1705. 



Balch. — Information wanted regarding Edward Balch, 
Acting Ensign U. S. N., 1863-4. 

James A. Balch, Captain 5th III. Cav. 
Armory O. Balch, 2d Lieutenant 36th U. S. Colored 
In tan try. 

Isaac A. Balch, 1st Lieutenant 33d Missouri Infantry. 
James A. Batch, 2d Lieutenant 1st Oregon Infantry. 

Address, Dr. G. B. Balghs. 

Yonkcra, N. V. 

Hunt. — Wanted information regarding names of two broth- 
crs of Dr. Japhet Hunt. He was born in 1711 and lived in 
Berkshire and Hampden Counties, Mass. The brothers at 
" no great distance." Nephews are known to have been (J id- 
eon, Seth and John of one family, and Peletiah of the other. 


On in II. Balch, Mannsville, N. Y., Post No. 345, G. A. R. 
has been appointed aid-de-eamp upon the staff of Department 
Commander Edward J. Atkinson. He served during the 
war in the 1 17th regiment N. Y. Vols. 

General A. W. Greely, son of John Balch Greely, is trav- 
eling in Europe. 

Mr. and Mrs. \Y . S. Balch, who for forty years had charge 
of houses at Saratoga Springs, are still catering to the pub- 
lic, for the eleventh season, at Balch House, near the Springs. 

James R. Balch. Died April ID, 1895, at Weaverville, 
Cal., .lames Ripley Balch, son of Dr. Horatio Gates and 
Harriet Turner ( McLellan) Balch. He was born at Lubec, 
Maine, November 22, L831. He left a widow and five 

Our iHwi mniiiicr will bo of particular Interest to the Southern rauillleu of Batches. 

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Mr. Balch, whose portrait we present in this number, was 
born in Providence, R. I.. 1 Sept., is 11, but was taken to 
Boston in 1843 by his parents and educated at Gideon 
Thayer's Chauncey Hall School, and at Willeston Seminary 
at East Hampton, Mass. He returned to Boston in 1861 and 
enlisted from thai place, 1 Sept. (mustered 12 Sept.), 1862, as 
a private in Co. F, 41th M. V. M., a nine months' regiment, 
commanded by 
Col. Francis E. 
Lee, and saw 
service princi- 
pally in North 
Carolina under 
Gen. If o s t e r. 
He was honor- 
ably discharged 
18 June, 1862, 
and engaged in 
the coal trade 
which business 
he still contin- 
ue-, lie was 
married on the 
1!» April, 1S7G, 
to Miss Lucy 
Kndworth Ellis, 

daughter of ( Jen. Ellis, of Onondaga, N. Y., and has had three 
children, two daughters and a son, of whom one, Isabella 
Ellis Balch, alone survives, the others having died in infancy. 
Mr. Balch is deeply interested in the history of the family. 




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As it is the intention to preserve the types of the Balch 
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l-'ram Land Offito of Maryland. 
"I John Baltch do assign over unto John Lloyd all my 
right title and interest of one Right due unto me for my 


transportation in this Province, as witness my band this 30th 
day tit* December 1 663." 

The mark of X John Baltoh." 

Witness, Dan'l Jenifer. 

From the same records is a granl for a tract of land called 
•• Balch's Abode" 36 acres, lying in Baltimore Co. (now 
Harford Co.), on the north side of Doer Creek, surveyed for 
John Batch, the 1st Oct., 1738, and patented to him the 14th 
Dec. 1739. 

From /In Superior Court Records of Baltimon Co. 

On the 2d of November, 1743, there was a conveyance of* 
a tract of land called " Bond's Hope " to James Balch 1 > \ 
Jacob Giles and Isaac Webster. That was then Baltimore 
Co., New Harford. 

The terms on which colonists could acquire land in Mary- 
land varied at different periods, being wholly in the discretion 
of the proprietory, who changed them from time to time in 
the way thai he thought would promote the prosperity of the 

In IGliS, the year in which John Balch assigns over unto 
John Lloyd all his right, title and interest of one right due 
him for his transportation (of himself) into the province, 
any one transporting live men, between the ages of 1 6 and 
"><>, into the colony, was allowed 1000 acres, for which he 
paid no purchase money, hut was required to pay a yearly 
rent of 20 shillings. If he transported less than five, he 
was to get for sell, wife and man servant one hundred acres 
for each, and for every child under 1G, and for every maid 
under 40, he was entitled to fifty acres for each, he paying a 
nominal yearly rent of 12 pence for every fifty acres. A 
man transporting himself alone, as John Balch probably did, 
would get under these terms one hundred acres. This " one 
right," as he calls it, that is, the right due to one person for 
transporting himself into the colony, he could assign to 
whom he pleased for a consideration to be fixed upon by 
themselves. This was, in Balch"- case, before he had taken 
up the land, hence he assigned over unto Lloyd the right to 
take up the land, but not the land itself. 


(Continm d from pagt /•'>.) 

Benjamin Balch's claim. If the Land Grant Book had 
stated thai Roger Conant, Jr., was the first horn child in 
Salem, in the colony 01 in Naumkeag, I would admit it with- 
out question. And if the Balch record and traditions had 
claimed that Benjamin Balch was the first horn child in Sa- 
lem. I wonld not waste my time in fruitless search, and 
strive to straighten by argument such a crooked assertion. 
But his claim is nothing of the sort. Traditions among his 
descendants dating back to his day, and committed to writ- 
ing May 31, 17(10, when a son of his (John, horn 1054, died 
1738) had been dead hut a few years, claim for Benjamin 
Balch that he was the first born male child in the Mass. Bay 
Colony. Evidence both real and presumptive confirm the 
truth of this statement. 

When was he horn? From the valuable deposition given 
above with Massey's we learn that he was about 77 years of 
age in April, 170(5; the " about " or " thereabouts " of depo- 
sitions refers to the odd months and almost invariably denotes 
surplus; that is, a man will call himself 45 until nearly 4(5 
and so on. The above deposition warrants us in placing 
Balch's birth anywhere between October, 1628, and April, 

In May, 1(548, the "old planter " John Balch, died aged 
nearly <ii> years. In his will he names his eldest son Benja- 
min and his wife Annis his executors. This indicates that 
while Benjamin was old enough to settle and manage the es- 
tate, he was not yet quite of age. 

Again, he marries about L650, Sarah, daughter of Thomas 
Gardner; and in those early days it seems to have been the 
custom to marry soon after attaining one's majority, but 
rarely before if. 

Moreover the I radii ions that have come down to the pres- 
ent day through his descendants arc; entitled to great credit 
for several reasons. They are derived from a worthy source. 
Roger Conant outlived his old friend and associate John 


Balch more than thirty years, and passed all this time n near 
neighbor to his son Benjamin ; he saw his, Benjamin's, fam- 
ily of eleven children grow up, and several of them marry 
and have children of their own before he died in his 89th 
year. The settlement nt Bass River was :i small one, and 
the residents there thrown very much together and thoroughly 
acquainted with each other's affairs. In those days of little 
learning and few hooks the old were reverenced and esteem- 
ed, as repositories of experience and information. No doubt 
the people of Bass River had heard a hundred times from the 
old Governor's mouth a circumstanial account of the early set- 
tlement and knew all the minutiae of the history of the " old 
planters." This is why the record states Benjamin Balch's 
claim so exactly, and why his and Con ant's do not interfere. 

The record I have several times referred to is published 
verbatim in Vol 4, page 127 of the Essex Institute Historical 
Collections. This record and other traditions are also enti- 
tled to credit from the fact that they have passed through 
very few mouths. Three lives in direct succession and over- 
lapping one another connect the days of Governor Endicotl 
with our own. 

Benj. Balch, born 1628-29, died 1708, aged -so. 

Win. Balch, his grandson, born 17<)4, died 1792, aged 88. 

Benj. Balch, his grandson, born 17*4, died I860, aged < s <». 

From the latter, who was my grandfather, and from his 
brother William who died in 1862, aged ( .»">, I have heard 
many stories of their ancestors, and know that one doubt of 
the fact stated in the record never crossed their minds. 

The "Mass, Bay" Company were granted a charter March 
111, 1628 ; they soon after purchased the rights and improve- 
ments of the " Dorchester," and sent over Endicott with men 
and provisions to make a beginning. lie arrived as stated 
Sept. (!, 1628, and from that date the "planters" would con- 
sider themselves as belonging to the "Masschusetts " Colony. 
Their charter was not signed and confirmed until March, 
1829. Now for a child to be born on Salem soil, and not in 
Salem, but yet in the "Mass. Hay" colony, he must have 


been born sometime between Sept., L628 and July, 1629. 

Tradition, oral and written, sworn evidence in court, and 
evidence presumptive and circumstantial, all point to Benja- 
min Balcli as the only one who t'nllils these conditions. 

Hence 1 place his birth in the earliest months of 1 < > 2 U , 
and from '*> to 8 months before that of Roger Conant, Jr. 

There is no existing evidence that he is not the first horn 
in the colony : hut as the Balch record says distinctively 
male child, and has been found very correct otherwise, we 
may conclude that a female was horn probably late in lt>28 ; 
she may have died in infancy, or in extreme old age; the 
specification of the word male in the above is the only hint 
we have of such an existence. 

So by the simple process of keeping - close to the letter of 
the records, I have removed all contradictions, and proved, 
by the use of attested material, the claims of the several 
claimants correct. It is hut fair to assume that the Selectmen 
of Salem, in the year of grace, 1G39, knew what they were 
about and meant what they recorded ; we should he careful 
not to make them and their records ridiculous hv moulding 
them clumsily into preconceived and baseless theories. I 
have been less diffuse in many places than I could have 
wished, for want of space, but will he happy at any time to 
discuss any disputed point. If I shall have succeeded in 
substituting for the false assumed date ll>2(>, what I believe 
to be the true one, 1629, for Roger Conant's birth, my satis- 
faction will l>e commensurate with tho labor involved. 

David M. Balch. 
May 3d, 1878. 

^-r*«- /ir*-*^ S~f-£. Ct^ r .<i5^s?> 

<^t>- *S%* /^&- 

Laul royal secretarj of Massachusetts Bay, appointed 1771. Born in Charlestown, 
1719 . died in London, 1788. 
1 1 1 - daughter Lucy, married Gen. I tenry Knoz "i t he American Army. 










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Prof. Frank Arthur Hatch suc- 
ceeds Professor Savage at the Nor- 
wich University, in the chair of 
history and political economy. 
Professor Balch is a graduate of 
Dartmouth, class of L894. North- 
field, F/., A'< ws. 

The Visitors' Guide to Salem, 
published by the Essex Institute, is 
undoubtedly the best example of 
what, a guide book should be that 
the writer has ever seen. Illustra- 
tions are numerous and the book 
is a concise history of Salem as 
well as a guide. Dan vers, for- 
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is devoted to Hawthorne. Sent, 
postpaid, upon receipt of thirty 

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The will of Mara Balch of Auies- 
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\n\ queries upon anj subject inserted 
ii properlj prepared. 

The family record nf James Rus- 

sell Put nam. of Conn., who mar- 
ried Sophia Ann Perkins of Tenn.. 
and had a son .lames Mercicr, who 
married Mary Spearing, is needed. 

Who was Thankful Putnam, who 
married Isaac < Irane? 

Who was Peter C. Putnam of 
Norway. Me., in L848? 

Also William D. Putnam, a 
teacher in that place in L852. 

Wanted information concerning 
Col. Clark Putnam, said to have 
been born in Conn., and to have 
had a son. John 15. Putnam. 

Who was Elizabeth Putnam, who 
married Winthrop Gray? Among 
her children were Harriet, born in 
Newburyport, 1 July, 1809 and died 
1871 ; also Mary, who married 
Alanson Bruceof Norton, and died 
Dure. Nov.. 1892, leaving a son 
Joseph, of Stoneham. 

Wanted, the family record of 11. 
A. Putnam, of Hudson, Mich. 

Wanted, addresses of Put nams 
anywhere, everywhere, and of per- 
sons id' Putnam descent. 

In a list of persons who settled 
at Machias.Me., in 1 7t',."> . occurs the 
name of Joseph />'"/<•//, who was he? 

Who was Samuel Balch men- 
tioned below? 

" lb-re after follows the list of 
such of the Canada Soldiers as be- 
long to the aforesaid Society, to- 
gether with the names of such as 
have appeared and paid the charge 
of Petitioning, viz. 

Fist of Soldiers and their Repre- 
sentatives. « 

ForCapt. W" Raymant appeared 
Josiah Batchelder. 

For Ens. Samuel Balch appeared 
Samuel Balch. 

From extracts of first book of 
Records Of Proprietors of the 
Townships lying on the North 

Branch of Piscatagnoag River." 

See Maine Hist, "//</ Genl Regis- 
ter, Vol. I.i'. 246. 

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The record of his life has proved r curious case of genea- 
logical investigation. Samuel Albert Balch died in San 
Francisco. Cal., May 14, 1895, aged 66 years, 11 months 
and ."> days. He was the eldest son of Sylvanus of Coneord, 
Vermont. Early in the preparation of the Balch Genealogy . 
Samuel Albeit was reported by his brother as a bachelor, 
engaged in mining in California and that he had been 
engaged in the ice business in New York city. 

In the spring of 1893, George II. Smallev of New York 
commenced a search for his father-in-law, whose name he 
gave as Samuel S. Balch. Mr. Smalley looked in the New- 
York city directory and finding the son of Dr. (i. B. Balch, 
with a similar name, called upon him at, his office and ac- 
quainted him with such facts as he could. However, neither 
Mr. Smalley or his wife were able to tell when or where Mr. 
Balch was born, or to <;ive the names of any of his relatives; 
but thev gave his occupation the same as that given by his 
brother, John Weather by Balch, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. 

In the early part of 1894, Mr. Balch suddenly appeared at 
Mr. Smalley's home. He staid in New York a few days 
and then went away to visit Iriends. On his return he was 
shown a letter from Dr. G. B. Balch, which suggested that 
Mr. Smallev's father-in-law was the son of Sylvanus Balch 
of Concord. Yt. On reading the letter he said that he was 
the man referred to and that Dr. Balch had traced up the 
right family. He took the letters and said that he would go 
up and see the doctor, but was next heard from some six 
weeks later by a brief note, enclosed with some photographs 
in an envelope, postmarked Portland, Oregon. The note 
stated that the photographs were of relatives living in the 
west, but gave no names and did not give his address. 

The following notice of the death of Samuel A. Balch, was 
printed in the San Francisco Chronicle and sent to Dr. Balch 
by a correspondent ill Tacoma, Wash. Through it, Mrs. 


Smalley first Learned of her father's death although three 
months had passed. 

"In this city, May 11, Samuel A. Balch, beloved uncle of 
William II. Tilton, a native of Vermont, aged 66 years, 11 
months and ;"> days. (Vermont and New Hampshire papers 
please copy.) Funeral (Thursday), at 10 o'clock, 20 Fifth 
Street. Interment Odd Fellows' Cemetery." — San Francisco 
Chronicle, May 16, 1895. 

If you are not a subscriber, this copy is sent you as a 
sample, and is an invitation to subscribe. 


Communicated by Galusha /!. Balch, .'/. It. 


.John Balch, of Keene, New Hampshire, enlisted in 1759, 
in Captain Bayley's company. 

Thomas Balch, of Dedham, was a member of Captain Bacon's 
company in an expedition to Crown Point, New York, and 
died at Albany, September 2!), 1756. 

Benjamin Balch, of Scituate, Mass., was a lieutenant in 
Capt. Abel Keen's company, Colonel .Joseph Thatcher's reg- 
iment, in the expedition to Crown Point in 175(5. He mis 
also a lieutenant in Colonel Frye's regiment in the expe- 
dition to Fort William Henry in 1757 and was at the capitu- 
lation. Whether he was in the .Massacre that followed or 
died soon after is not known. Plymouth County records 
of December of that year show the administration on his es- 

I have seen the name Benjamin Lovett Balch as in the 
French and Indian war. It should have been Benjamin 
Balch Lovett.* His mother was Mercy, daughter of Benja- 
min and Mary (Leach) Balch of Beverly. She married 
John Lovett, Jr. They lived in Beverly. 

• He served from 18 Feb., t" 19 Dec., 1766, In Capt. Andrew Poller's company. 


Among those who enlisted 25 Fel>., 1760, for the campaign 
in Canada, was David Balch of Topsfield, aged 10, and son 
of John Balch. — Muss. Archives. 

The company commanded by Capt. Andrew Fuller of 
Middleton, Mass.. enlisted in April, 175<i. contained several 
Beverly men, among them Benjamin Balch who was then 
aired is. and was born in Beverly. — Mass. Archives. 94, 2<>1. 

i;i;\ OI.L'TIONliY WAR. 

Jonathan Belden Balch, Hartford, Conn., private, second 
regiment, ninth company, Connecticut. 

Joseph Balch. Hartford, Conn., was drummer hoy in a 
Connecticut regiment and is said to have been at the battle 
on Long Island. 

John Balch, of Keene, who served in the French and 
Indian war, was a member of the foot company of Keene, in 
1773. He served three years during the Revolution in 
Captain William Ellis' company, third New Hampshire. 

John Balch, Jr., son of the above, enlisted as a private in 
Captain Gregg's company, in 1777. 

Caleb Balch, of Keene, N. H., served in the eighth com- 
pany of Colonel Reed's regiment. This regiment was at 
Bunker Hill. In 1780 he was a member of Capt. Ephraim 
Stone's company. 

Cyrus Balch, son of Caleb of Keene, served in Captain 
Ephraim Stone's company 1780 to 17<S2. 

Rev. Benjamin Balch. of Danvers, was at Lexington, a 
lieutenant in Captain Putnam's company, afterwards chap- 
lain on board the frigates Boston and Alliance. See " Mili- 
tary and Naval Annals of Danvers." 

.John Balch, Mansfield, Connecticut, 1st Connecticut, Benja- 
min Throop's company, 1777. Served three; years, was in 
battle at Stoney Point, N. Y. lie was pensioned in 1818. 

Israel Balch enlisted in 4th Connecticut, July 8, 1780. He 
also served two months in Major Bockus' regiment of 
Light Horse in 1 77<>. 


Barzillai Balch, of Mansfield, Conn., joined ('apt. James 
Dana's company in April, 1780. 

Hart Balch, ofKeene, X. 1 1., enlisted in Capt. William 
Walker's company, Colonel Reed's regiment, New I [ampshire, 
Apr. 23, 1 7 7 o , discharged Aug. 9, 177"). Enlisted in Capt. 
Gil mon's company, June 29, 1777, and served one year and 
ten months. Enlisted in 1st New Hampshire, April 24, 
1781, for three years from Dublin, N. 11. 

Thomas Balch, son of Rev. Benjamin of Danvers, served 
with father on the frigates Alliance and Boston. Also on 
hoard the privateer Hannibal, was taken prisoner and im- 
prisoned in the Jersey prison ship. 

Benjamin Balch, jr., son of Rev. Benjamin, served in the 
navy with his father. 

Rev. Hezekiah James Balch, of North Carolina, was one of 
the committee that drew up and signed the celebrated Meck- 
linburg Declaration of Independence, May 20, 177"). 

Joseph Balch was captain of a company in Colonel Craft's 
regiment of artillery, as appears by company rolls on rile 
among Mass. Archives, dated from Jan. 27, 1771! to Jan. 1, 

Rev. Stephen Bloomer was the captain of a company of 
Maryland troops in the Revolution. 


In this number we are able to present an unusual number 
of excellent illustrations. Mr. Balch is a merchant in 
Chicago; the Whittier portraits are not those usually seen ; 
the old Whipple house is a good example of the houses built 
by the first settlers in New England; the Lindall gravestone 
is unique and most artis'ticly done, although rather grewsome ; 
the page of short hand is from an old diary ; the autograph is 
that of the last Royal secretary of Massachusetts and of he 
who carried Gen. Gage's commands to the First Provincial 
Congress to dissolve. 



Samuel YV. Balch, ofYonkers, N. Y., read a paper before 
the American Association for the Advancement of Science 
at Spriugfield, Mass., on "Chronology and Ancient Eclipses." 
It was in part as follows : 

Ancient eclipses identified l>y calculation afford the start- 
ing point in the accurate mapping out of Greek and Roman 
chronology. During the thousand years of history which it 
is the purpose of this paper to consider there were upwards 
of 4000 eclipses, all of which are calculated and given in the 
monumental work by Oppolzes of Berlin. But of all those 
4000 eclipses hardly a score have been recorded and are of 
service in chronology. 

The date of the Persian war has been ascertained by the 
eclipse of the sun in B. C. 480, and the commencement of 
the Peloponnesian war has been fixed in B. C, 431 by 
three eclipses. History states that the wars were fifty years 
apart. The eclipses show that the interval was exactly forty- 

Most interesting of all the old eclipses was that which was 
seen by Agathocles on the day following his escape from the 
harbor of Syracuse. It is famous especially because it is the 
oldest record which states that the stars appeared, and we 
know that the King of Sicily saw it as total. It was on 
August 14, 15. C. 310. 

It will help to impress one with the accuracy of astronom- 
ical calculation and convey some idea of the lapse of time 
if I state that from that day to this the rotation of the earth 
has turned Sicily toward the sun exactly 805,018 times. If 
a man had begun at the time of that early eclipse to lay aside 
a dollar a day and had lived to keep it up week days, Sun- 
days and holidays from then till now, he would still be 
nearly $200,000 short of amassing a, million. One can take 
this statement as his mind inclines, either as an illustration of 
the brevity of historic time or of the vastness ol a million. 

Through the dropping of ten days from the calendar by 


Pope Gregory in L582, attention was called to an error 
which had been gradually accumulating since the council of 
Nice which met in .">'2"> to settle upon what posterity should 
believe and to regulate the church calendar. Either the 
council or Pope Gregory was wrong in their tinkering with 
the calendar, for ten days' omission corrected it back to the 
century preceding the convening of the council. We must 
now accept the calendar as the bungling of Julius Csssar of 
Augustus and Pope Gregory has made it, for it has been too 
long intrenched in our histories to be changed. — -Springfield 
< Mass.) f a ion . 




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Dr. Balcb who i> so well known to members of the Balch 
families in America, as the family historian, is fifty-six years 
of age having been born at Plattsburg, N. Y.. Feb. 6, L839. 
Hr is the youngest <>(' Alvah Burchard and Mary ( Mo Ar- 
thur) Balch and a lineal descendant of John Balch one of the 
pioneers of the old Puritan town of Salem. 

His early life was spent on his father's farm and the foun- 
dation of his education obtained in the district school. Later 
he attended Plattsburg Academy, taught school himself, and 
in the meantime began the study of medicine under Dr. L. F. 
Bidwell. His medical studies were continued at the Berk- 
shire Medical College under the instruction of the two Chi Ids, 
father and son, and later at the College of Physicians and Sur- 
geons. Columbia College, X. Y., whence he graduated in 
1860. Saranac, N. Y. was the chosen field of the young 
physician but as his practice there was insufficient for his am- 
bition he removed to North Lawrence, N. Y., where he 
was at the outbreak of the Civil war. On the 9th of Oct., 
1868 he had married Harriet Cornelia daughter of Truman 
Bishop and Mary Ann (Austin) Andrews, of Richmond, 
Masss., who, however, was born at Addison in New York. 
Dr. Balch was commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the 98th 
\. V. Vol. Inf., 24th Oct., 1861 and with his regiment joined 
the army of the Potomac under McClellan. After the taking 
of Yorktown he was assigned to special hospital service and 
his name will be recalled with gratitude by many Union sol- 
diers who came under his charge during the period he hud 
charge of the S. S. State of Maine, conveying the sick to 

Having contracted typho- malaria fever he resigned and re- 
tired to Sheffield, Mass., to recruit his health and establish a 
practice, but in Dec, ltftio he again accepted a commission as 
A-st. Surgeon this time in the 2d N. Y. Veteran Cavalry and 
was soon in active service in the Red River campaign. In 


1864 he was always at the front with the regiment being the 
only surgeon in the command, and, on account of the perilous 
duty the regiment was railed upon to perform, frequently ex- 
posed to death by bullet. At one time his health was so shat- 
tered, he was unable to mount his horse unaided. He was 
with the regiment until mustered out, * Nov.. L865, having 
during the last year or the war served in Florida, and Ala- 

Col. M. H. Chysler, the commander of the regiment paid 
the Doctor deserved tribute in a letter written in 1880 and in 
which he say- "yon never shrank from danger; yon were a 
fearless and efficient officer." 

After the war lii< health being shattered Dr. Balch estab- 
lished himself in the drug business at Plattsburg but in 1868 
was burned out. Nevertheless he continued the business till 
187^ when he removed to Yonker-and again began the active 
practise of medicine. From 1876 to L878 lie was health of- 
ficer and made the health department of Vonkeis. which he 
organized, the best in the state. 

Me has been active in charitable and society work beine- 
the chief spirit in both the Westchester Medical Society and 
the Vonkeis Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. 
He i- a .Mason, and member of the G. A. R., and for seven 
years commander of Horatio Seymour Post. He is a Presby- 
terian, and a Republican. At the present time he is librarian 
and curator of the Vonkcrs Historical Society and Library 
Association of which he was one of the organizers. 

For many years he has been gathering the materials for the 
history of the Balch families in America. Thousands of 
letters have been written and an immense amount of time 
and patience has been required to compile the very extensive 
history which is now ottered to the family. 

Dr. Balch has three children living, Samuel Weed, born in 
L862, Harriet Elizabeth, born in 1*7<) and Margaret Alice 
born in 1875. 

See page 46. 



Few of the name of Balch have taken advantage of serv- 
ice of their ancestors to join the Sons or Daughters of 
the American Revolution, or the Sons, or Daughters, of the 

A casual examination of lists at hand show l»nt two mem- 
bers, viz., John K. 1*. Balch, of Lyons, Iowa, and Miss 
Harriet C. Balch, of Providence, R. I. 

On pages '11 to 30 will be found :i partial list 1 of Balches 
from the New England States, who served in the American 
armies during the Revolution. Every Balch who can, and 
there are very many, should join one of the above societies. 

The requirements for admission are all practically alike 
and cover service in the military or naval service, privateer- 
ing as owner or sailor, service on Committees of Safety, to 
raise troops, and any responsible civil capacity. But serv- 
ice as selectmen and other town offices does not qualify. 
The ancestor may lie through the mother as well as the fa- 
ther. Thus, as in the fourth generation of ancestry, one has 
eight ancestors, four of whom are males, and as in the major- 
ity of cases one obtains eligibility through the great grand 
parent, investigation usually shows at least one ancestor con- 
ferring eligibilitv. This is "lineal descent," as the tennis 
used in the society constitutions. Collateral descent is barred, 
and always has been in the Sons of the American Revolution 
or in the Daughters of the Revolution. Therefore the local 
membership being of the same quality, membership in those 
societies should be preferred. Ultimately when the New 
York societies and a few unimportant chapters can down their 
quarrels, the various societies may be united, as they should 
be. The genera] administration of the I). A. R. is prefer- 
able to that of the D. R., more equal representation obtain- 
ing in the former than the latter*. 


The name of Balch is not mentioned by Sabine in his ex- 
haustive history of the American Loyalists. 

Information concerning any Balch who was a Tory or 
Loyalist during the Revolution will be appreciated. 

'The Dame does nol occur "" V Y. rolls, 
See page 46. 



From the History of Warren, N~. II. 

"But the strangest thing thai happened this year [1776] 
was the appointment of John Balch 'to ride post ' through 
all the northern country and through our mountain hamlet of 
course. lie was appointed by the aforesaid Committee of 
Safety, and was to set out from Portsmouth on Saturday 
morning and ride to Haverhill by way of Conway and Plym- 
outh, thence down the Connecticut river to Charlestown and 
Keene, and to Portsmouth again in fourteen days, and was 
to receive seventy hard silver dollars, or their equivalent. 
for every three months service. For the whole seven long 
years of the revolutionary war John Balch rode post. 

We are told that one night the storm and darkness overtook 
him in the woods this side of Plymouth. All the long, black 
hours he stopped in one of our old ' hotels,'' and only came 
riding past Steven Merrills' just as the rising sun was flash- 
ing across the water-falls and sending the night's mists down 
the glen. Hut most often he came to Warren in the bright 
forenoon, when the woods were cheerful and the rough clear- 
ings inviting. As he dashed along the stony bridle path he 
would blow a blast on his post born, rousing the old wood 
and waking the echoes. Then he would laugh to see what 
a turn out there would be from the log cabins ; the good man 
and his wife, all the flaxen headed children, and even the cat 
and dog, the geese, turkey and chickens, and sometimes the 
old horse, cow and hog, each seeming eager to know why 

Johny Balch, blowing a blast both loud ami shrill 
Dashed through the woods and galloped down the hill, 

But most generally the family wanted to hear the news and 

the jolly post rider was nothing loth to give it." 

New Hampshire Town Papers, Vol. xxi. p. 319. Show 
that .John Balch's Contract as Post- Rider was made on the 
27th day of July, 1781. Revolutionary War Rolls show that 
in 1777 he was in the army fighting for liberty. 

Timothy Balch, John's brother, was appointed Post- 
Rider on the loth day of June, 1 7 <s 5 , and carried the mail 
between Portsmouth, X. H., and Brattleboro, \'t. This was 
the first mail route in Vermont. 

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BY J. I. \\ AK1>. 1>. 1>. 

I refer to Stephen Bloomer Balch, D.D., and his son 
Thomas Bloomer Balch, D.D. The former died only a few 
years alter the .Methodist Protestant Church was organized 
in Georgetown, D. C, hut from the date of its organization 

to the time of his death, he was an ardent friend of the 
young church, and gave it his sympathy and aided it by 
his powerful influence; and his son. who long survived 
him, took so active a part in encouraging and preaching 
and writing for the Methodist Protestants, that he became 
as much identified with them as he could be without leav- 
ing his own denomination, to which he was faithful and 
devoted, like his father before him. I regard him as the La 
Fayette of the Methodist Protestant Church. Both seemed 
to love the Methodist Protestant brethren because of the 
principles they had espoused, and were willing to uphold 
and maintain at great sacrifice, and also because they found 
among their ministers and people so many congenial spirits. 
I shall devote this paper more especially to some account of 
the father, as one of the intimate friends of my own father, 
from whose lips I received most of the information I have 
concerning him that has not been published. From what 
has been often published I shall repeat some things which 
my father's personal knowledge of the grand old divine as 
given to me confirms, and add some things that my father 
told me of him which have never been made public before, 
but will, I am sure, be entertaining to the reader. 

Stephen Bloomer Baluh was born on Deer Creek, near 
Baltimore, Maryland. April, 1747. and removed when a 
boy to North Carolina. lie graduated a! Princeton College, 
New Jersey, in 1774, and after leaving college took charge 
of a school in Calvert County, Maryland, where he re- 
mained four year-. He was licensed to preach in 1771) and 
returned to North Carolina. 

It is related of him that while on his journey to Calvert, 
County, on reaching Philadelphia he found himself short of 
funds, and knew no person in the city. He determined, 
however, to call for what he needed at the hotel, and, as a 


last resort, to show his testimonials as an evidence that he 
was worthy to be trusted. The next morning as he was 
walking the crowded street, sad and dejected, he noticed a 
person who seemed to look ;it him scrutinizing]}' and who, 
before he had reached the hotel came to him. stating that he 
wa-> a merchant from North Carolina, and desiring to know 
if he had not relatives there. Upon learning that he had, 
the merchant said, "Well, they have shown me great kind- 
ness lately, and perhaps I can now pay hack some of it by 
aiding von." This led Mr. Balch to disclose his need, and 
the stranger gladly supplied it. 

The Revolutionary War being in progress while Mr. Balch 
taught in Calvert County, the pupils of his academy were 
kept in military training and ready at any time to exchange 
their books for muskets. 

After his return to North Carolina, where he endured 
many privations in missionary work, he was one night be- 
lated in a strange neighborhood and received a hospitable 
welcome in the house of General Williams. Being weary, 
hefsoon retired. The general entering his room said: 

"I must inform you that I allow no one who is not a Whig 
to sleep under my roof." 

"Then let me rest in peace," said Mr. Balch, "for I was 
educated under Dr. Witherspoon, one of the signer- of the 
Declaration of Independence." 

In 1780 he removed to Georgetown, D. C, then but a 
village, and a very unpromising field for his missionary la- 
bors, lie preached in a rented room to a very few people. 
There were only seven persons including himself who joined 
in the first celebration of the Lord's Supper. He. however, 
persevered in his work there until his church on Bridge 
street became one of the most noted and useful in the Pres- 
byterian connection. He was also instrumental in organiz- 
ing several other churches within the bounds of the Synod 
of Baltimore, one of them in the city of Frederick. 

\\ hen my father. Ulysses Ward, was a youth, he went 
from his native place near Rockville, Maryland, to learn his 
trade, brick-laying, in Georgetown, and there he was, after 
some years (in 1*1<>). married by Parson Balch, with whom 
he was on most intimate terms, although al that time a mem- 
ber of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Parson Balch was 
known :is the preacher that married more couples than any 
other of his day and many amusing incident- are told ol 
marriage-scenes under his mini-try. 1 -hall not stop now to 


relate those which I have heard, or I should transgress 
proper limits for this paper. But to illustrate the character- 
istic Eacetiousness of Parson Balcli I must not omit an inci- 
dent of another kind. After n while my parents became 
Methodists, and my father was licensed to exhort. The next 
time Parson Balch met him he was resolved to tease him 
a little, and in his own peculiar humorous manner, thus ac- 
costed him : 

"Well, Ulysses; well, well, CTIysses, they tell me news; 
they tell me that yon have joined the Methodists !" 

"Yes, Father Balch," replied my father, "it is even so." 

"And, Ulysses, they tell me furthermore thai the Metho- 
dists have made a preacher of yon ! ha, ha, ha !" 

"No, Father Balch, not exactly a preacher, hut only an ex- 

"An ex-hort-er ! Ha! ha I ha! Well, well, Ulysses, and 
so you do ex-hort, do you?" 

"Occasionally, Father Balch." 

"And pray tell me, Ulysses, how long do you ex-hortf" 

"Well, Father Balch, sometimes half an hour, but rarely 
more than fifteen minutes." 

"Well, Ulysses, I'll tell you just what I think, and that is, 
that you might, by bare possibility, talk good sense for about 
fifteen minutes, and no more. Excuse me, Ulysses, but I 
can't help laughing a1 the idea of your being made a preach- 
er or even an ex-hort-er. Ha! ha! ha! But then I'll just 
tell you these Methodists are (pardon me; an ignorant set 
any way. Why, the other day 1 was passing the meeting- 
house where old Father was leading a class, and I was 

curious enough to open the door and listen awhile. An old 
sister had just spoken of her trials and sorrows, and the old 
man said to her, "Well, never mind, sister: only be faithful 
and after a few more trials God'll take you up yonder, where 
yon shall wear a crown and a sce\)-treel" 'That's just what he 
said, Ulysses, ;is sure as we are here; he said BCep-tree. 
Oh, they're an ignorant set, and no mistake, Ulysses, Why. 
even the good old John Wesley himself hardly understood 
the plan of Siilv&sheum exactly aright until tin 1 good Lord 
took him home to heaven and revealed it to him fully." 

"Well, then. Father Balch, you do think John Wesley 
found his way to heaven?" 

"Verily I do, Ulysses, verily I do; and many of his fol- 
lowers, no doubt, will reach that happy home just as surely 
as any good Presbyterian ever did." 


This anecdote I have heard my father tell many times, 
and say that it well illustrated the pleasantry of the dear old 
parson. Of course he was joking in what he said that 
seemed to hear down upon his Methodist brethren. He had 
a warm heart toward all Christians and spent a long life in 
earnest efforts to save souls. His love tor the Methodist 
Protestant Chnrch has already been referred to. When the 
early reformers of Methodist polity were ejected from the 
mother church, Parson Balch was quick to offer them 
the use of his church. '/Come and organize in my church," 
said he ; "we live in a free country." lie died September 
22, 1833, in the eighty-seventh year of his aire. So it is 
inscribed on the marble slab that covers his remains, re- 
moved from their original place in front of the old Bridge 
Street Church (where the inarch of material improvement 
caused the Presbyterians to build a new church in a more 
suitable part of the town) to their present resting-place in 
the beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery, where the founder, the 
philanthropic William W. Corcoran, an intimate personal 
friend of the deceased, caused a tablet to be erected in mem- 
ory of him. Writing to the son, Mr. Corcoran said, "I 
knew your father from my boyhood, and the sentiments ol 
profound esteem with which at that early period I regarded 
him. were undiminished at the close of his protracted and 
most exemplary life.'" Mr. Corcoran has done many nobie 
deeds, but never one reflecting more credit upon him than 
this tribute to one of Cod's faithful servants. 


Mrs. F. II. Thompson of Waterbury, Conn., writes that 
the name Barzillai should be Bazalael, see page 21). Bazalael 
Balch was her grandfather. A daughter of Bazalael Balch, 
Mrs. Mary B. Standish, is living in Springville, \. Y. 

It is an interesting fact that over a score of the daughters 
of Revolutionary soldiers are on the National pension rolls. 


Frank W. Balch of Chicago married a granddaughter of 
Gen. Ellis, a daughter of James M. Ellis of Syracuse. Her 
full name is Lucy Cudworth Ellis. See page 17. 

See page 46. 



July 4. 1865. Andrew Balch of Tupsfield, died over :i 
week ago, over 60 years of age, leaves a brother and 2 sisters. 

March 23, 1864, Wednesday. Rebecca Balch died on 
Sabbath afternoon and was buried yesterday. She lived in 
Topsfield and was the only child of a widowed mother. She 
was past 26 years of age. 

From Diary of Mary Endicott of Danvers, Mass. 

Wanted — ancestry of Joseph Balch of Bradford, Mass. He 
married Caroline R. Williams of Newburyport and had Jos. 
W., who died in Boston, 11 Jan., 1891, a3t. 71, and whose 
second wife was Agnes L. Greene. 

Hakrison Elleky. 

28 State street, Boston. 

Army order 

Head Quarters, Boston, July 1, 1777. 

Captain Balch. To march on friday at 12 o'clock. 
That they prepare Two four Pound Brass Cannon with thir- 
teen Pounds of Powder, etc. 

By order of Col. Paul Revere. 

Ordered to tire Salute July 3, 1777, in Congress street. 
(Boston. ) 


William, 1724, Francis Vergnies, 1859, 

Thomas, 1733, David Moore, 1859 (scientific 

Benjamin, 1 762, school ) , 

Benjamin, 17H3, Chas. Carroll, 1862, 

Samuel, 1782, Edwin Swift, 1878, 

.John. L855, Franklin Greene, 188*, 

Thomas Willing, 1890. 
Total 12. 

See page 46. 



It! of the 9 th month 1635. 
Captain Trask 1 Are appoyntecl Overseers 
(La)yera John Woodbnrj and Layers out of Lois of 
out of <( Mr. Conant ^ground for this precinct of 

(L) and Joffry Massy 
I John Balch 

Salem, l>nt are to have direc- 
tions from V towne where 

they shall lay y m out, And in Leiwe of y 1 ' paynes they are to 

have Id. the acre for small lotts and 10s the hundred for 
greater lotts rightly and exactly laid onl and hounded; any 
3 of these may doe the vvorke. 

At a town meeting at Salem held Nov. 11, 1(>39, John 
Bnleh was one of the three appointed to look after the 


Ebenezer Balch 5 of Hartfort, Ct. , had nine children. The 
average age of himself and children was nearly 84 years. 
Two were between 70 and 75 years, two between 75 and 80: 
two between 80 and 85 : two between 90 and 95 : and two 
between 90 and 100. 


The American < ommander ;u the r.:itil»- ol Bunker mil, 17 June, 1778; [born 1 1 ■ 
Danvers, Mass., 7 Jan. 1717-18; died In Brooklj a, ct., J9 May, 1780, 



1, 1 7 7 » '» American flag of 13 stripes and crosses of St. 

George and St. Andrew, on a blue field, first 
unfurled over Washington's army :it Cambridge. 
Same day British bombarded and burnt Nor- 
folk, Va. 
Free negroes first enlisted in army. 

2, 1777 Second engagement at Trenton, N". J. 

2. 1788 Georgia ratified the Constitution. 

3, 1777 Battle of Princeton. 

9, 1778 Conn, ratftied the Constution. 
10, 1777 Engagement at Fogland ferry, R. I. 
14, 17S4 Congress ratified Treaty of Peace. 
17. 1777 Battle of Kingsbridge, X. v. 
17. 1781 Battle of Cowpens, S. C. 

There were many smaller events which occurred 
this month. 


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ezer Balch. Mr. Case is a grandson of Joseph Balch, who 
died 5 Dec, 1855. 

Ebenezer Balch was son of Joseph Balch, and was born 
in Boston, 14 May, 1728; died in Hartford, 28 April, 1808. 
His number in the genealogy is 70. 

The diary is a small duodecimo MSS.,and gives us a very 
good insight of the religions fervor of the time. 

No. 5. 

Hartford on fryday October y 1 " 27, 1752. I Rcc' 1 a Letter 
from my Brother Tim Informing me y* our Dear Mother 
who Lived in Boston was very Sick & y e same day y l I Rec d 
y e letter I sett out from home to go to visit my mother in her 
sickness and on Lord's day y e 2 ( J th of October I arrived att 
Boston Butt unto my Great Sorrow, as soon as had y e oppor- 
tunity to ask after my dear Mother 1 Rec d y e heavy tidings 
of my dear mother's who Departed this life : Lord's day 
Morning October ye 22 d , 1752. About one or two of y e 
Clock. Butt I trust through y e free Grace of God she did 
then Begin and Everlasting Salvation of Rest with God in 
Glory; and that what is her dear Surviving Child r ens loss 
Is Infinitely her Gaine & that she is Gone from a world of 
Sin & Sorrow to a world of joy and Comfort where y 1 ' weary 
are at rest : & where y e Blessed Inhabitants do not Say they 
are Sick — oh dear lord Sanetirie Unto me thy poor Creature 
this holy Dispensation of thy Divine Providence in y c Removal 



of my dear Parent By Death, oh y< I may follow her wherin 
She followed Christ, and oh y 1 I may meet her at y e right 
hand of Christ att y c Great day : and spend and Eternity 
with her in Blessing & Prais(ing) of y e Lord : forever & Ever 
Amen & Amen. 

(2; Hartford November y c 17 th 17">2. Being fryday My 
Dear wife through y e Goodness of God was Carryed Safe 
through y' 1 Peril of Child Bearing (about sun down) and on 
Lord's day Nov'' y e 19 th I had y e opportunity of offering up 
my dear Babe unto y c Lord In Baptism, Nameing of it 
(Mary) oh that y e dear babe may live and be a Blessing in 
its day and Generation. And oh that I may be Enabled to live 
in a faithful Discharge of my duty to my Dear Children if it 
should Please God: to spair onr lives unto us Unlill they 
arrive to years of Understanding oh that I may be Enabled 
Both By Precept and Example to teach them Early y e ways 
of true Religion & Vertue Hartford: November 14, 1754. 
Being thirsday My Dear wife was Carried Safe through y e 
Perils of Child bearing — between y e hours of 6 & 7 In y e 
Evening of said day And On Lord's day Nov 1 ' 17 I had 
y e opportunity of offering up my dear babe unto y e Lord 
In Baptism and naimed — Jonathan Belding . . . oh that 
(3) my My dear Son may Live to be a Great Blessing in 
its day and Generation oh that it may be Sanctified unto 
y e Lord from the womb. 

Hartford Saturday, April y e 3 d , 1756. About 7 Clock 
Att Even 1 " it Pleased a Holy and Righteous God In his All 
Sovereign Providence to Remove from me (his Poor Sinful 
Creature) my Dear & Beloved wife by y e Awful Stroak of 
Death after a Long & tedious & Distressing Sickness of 
aboutt 4 months Confinement ; oh, that my heart may be 
sulibly affected with this awfull stroak of God's Holy afflict- 
ing hand, oh Dear Lord teach me whatt thou wouldest have 
me Learn by this awfull Rebuke of thy holy Providence oh 
that I may not be Stupid & Senseless Under Divine Correx- 
tions & Chastisements. 

(To be continued.) 










Since that time it has much changed, having been In a great measure filled In. 



Deacon T. E. Balch was horn Jan. 13, 1832, at Lyme 
Centre, N. II., and early in life became a member of the 
Baptist church of that place. Shortly alter he became of 
age he entered the employ of the American Tract Society as 
colporter in New England. Alter his marriage he established 
his residence in Hopkinton, N. II., and united with the Bap- 
tist church there by letter. He served it in various positions 
of responsibility. During the latter part of his residence 
there he was one of the deacons During almost the entire 
I iir of Deacon Balch lie was identified with the interests of 
the denomination in his native state, being director of the 
convention, and a liberal contributor to all its religions work. 
He was deeply interested in Colby Academy at New London, 
N. II., and for many years was a member of its Board of 
Trustees. After leaving the employ of the Tract Society, 
he became connected with the Watchman, more especially 
with its advertising and business department. Leaving the 
Watchman, he succeeded in raising the endowment of Colby 
Academy, and then became associated with Dr. G. W. Gard- 
ner in the University, at Pella, Iowa, having its finances and 
business management especially in charge. He subsequently 
was appointed by the Home Mission Society to a similar po- 
sition in connection with the Roger Williams' University, 
Nashville, Tenn. Retiring from this position, he resumed 
his connection with The Watchman, which he continued until 
his death. He served his fellow men in many public ways ; 
he had formed a large acquaintance, and with his cordial 
manners and transparent sincerity made many friends. While 
thrifty and prudent in the management of his personal affairs, 
he was a liberal giver, and his quiet charities were many. In 
the church he was especially watchful of its financial interests, 
and as a treasurer, would never allow the date of payment 
of the pastor's salary to pass, whether the money was in the 
treasury or not. He was methodical in his ways, consci- 
entious in a high degree, a noble, God-fearing man. — Watch- 



daughter of John and Eunice (Bartlett) Balch, was born 
at East Bradford, Mass., December 21, 1790, and died at 
Georgetown, Mass., February 8, 1893. She married Rev. 
Isaac Braman, of Georgetown, in 1837. They had no chil- 
dren, and she was left a widow in 1856. She retained her 
faculties remarkably, and was a most delightful and agree- 
able conversationalist. 

Her memory was very accurate, and she could recall inci- 
dents in her early life and tell them in a most entertaining 
manner. She held a reception upon her 102d birthday, and 
over one hundred persons paid her their compliments. She 
was cheerful and in good health. About two weeks later 
when walking across the room she fell, breaking her right 
arm near the shoulder. This accident upset her whole phys- 
ical system and she rapidly failed and died at the ripe old 
age of 102 years, 1 month and 18 days. 

Mr. Joseph Balch of Providence writes us : "I notice that 
you say on page 36 of the Nov. -Dec. Leaflets that very few 
of the Balches have joined the various Societies of the Revo- 
lution. To help complete your records I will say that I have 
been a member of the R. I. Society Sons of the American 
Revolution for several years, claiming descent from the Cap- 
tain Joseph Balch mentioned by you on page 42 of the Leaf- 
lets. Gov. Charles Warren Lippitt of Rhode Island is also 
a member, claiming membership, among other ancestors, from 
the same Captain Joseph Balch, his great-great-grandfather. 

An interesting fact in connection with the name Joseph in 
our branch of the family, is that my son Joseph Balch, born 
Nov. 13, 1890, is the sixth of the same name, in direct line, 
in succession, and the seventh in a direct line from John 
Balch, one of the founders of Salem. I imagine that six con- 
secutive generations of the same name is unusual in the Uni- 
ted States. While this may not be especiall}' valuable in- 
formation to the world at large, it will undoubtedly be 
interesting to the readers of the ' Balch Leaflets. '" 





Jerusha Balch, warned from Danvers, May, 1760. 

Freeborn Balch unci wife Mary, and children Hille, Abi- 
gail, Eunice Wesley Perkins, J. John, are warned from 
Bradford, March, 1771. 

["Warning" was a resort of towns to prevent any new 
comers ever being put " on the town " for support. Every 
new arrival was pretty sure to have a warning served on him 
no matter wdiat his social or worldly condition was. The 
records are valuable in showim*; dates of migration.! 

A male child born to Sarah Balch at Beverly, Nov., 1776. 
Father unknown. Court of Sessions. 


Information wanted regarding Archelaus Balch, a member 
of Capt. Nathaniel Gage's company of minute men, Lexing- 
ton Alarm list, from Bradford, Mass., April 19, 1775. 


William* Angier of Dedham, England, died 1620. His 
second wife was Josan. 

Children : 

William, will proved 1623. 
Judith, married Edmund Sherman, of Dedham. 
Elizabeth, under twenty in 1620. 
Benjamin, " " " 

John Angier, son of William, was a clothier of Dedham, 
co. Essex, England ; he married Ann Sherman, whose will 
was proved in 1625. 

* John Rogers of Colchester, a brother of i:<\. Vith'l Rogers of Ipswich, n. k., 
in Ills will, 1638, mentions his brother-in-law Edmond Anger of Dedham, olothier. 
ESdmond Anger married Bridget, daughter of Rev. John Rogers of Dedham, ami 
had John, Samuel, Bridget and Mary. 


Bis will dated L9 .Ian., 1623, proved is Feb., 1623-4, 
mentions Ins daughter Mary, wife of Nathaniel Sparhawk, 

ami their daughter Anne. 

1 The will of Henry Sherman, proved 1590, mentions chil- 
dren Henry, who married Susan Hills; Edmund, who mar- 
ried, first, Anne Pollers and married, second, Ann Clarke; 
Robert and John. Henry Sherman, Sr., had two wives ; the 
first, Ai^nes, died 1580, and the second, Margery, survived 
her husband. Edmund Sherman, son of Henry, had a daugh- 
ter Mary, who married Bacon, and a daughter Ann, by each 
wife ; probably the elder Ann is the one who married John 
A.ngier, while the younger married Richard Backler.] 
Children : 

John, of Cambridge, Mass., died 1<!77. Formerly a 
minister at Denton near Manchester. 



Mary, died in Cambridge, Mass., 25 Jan., 1643-4; 
married Nathaniel, son of Lewis and Elizabeth (Bayning) 
Sparhawk, who died 28 June, 1647. By his first wife 
he had Nathaniel ; Anne, married Deacon John Cooper ; 
Mary, married Capt. Wm. Symmes ; Esther, married 
Capt. Samuel Adams; Samuel, died young. 

Edmund Angier, son of William, settled in Cambridge, 
prior to 1636. He was a grocer or woolen draper, and died 
4 March, 1691-2, aged 80. His wife was Ruth Ames (born 
161il), daughter of Rev. William Ames, of Norwich and 
Rotterdam, by his wife Joan Fletcher, who came to America 
in 1637. She died 3 July, 1656, and he married, second, 
12 June, 1657, Anna, daughter of Christopher Batt, of New- 
bury, who died 3 Oct., 1688, aged 57. 
Children : 

John, horn 21 Aug., 1645; died 2 Jan., 1647-8. 
Ruth, born 28 Sept., 1647; married 2* June, 1671, 
Rev. Sam'l Cheever, of Marblehead. 

John, born 22 April, 1649; died young. 


Ephraim, horn 1652; died, unmarried, 16 January, 

Samuel, horn 17 March, 1654—5; minister at Water- 
town and Rehohoth; H. C. 1673; died 1719. 

John, horn 2 June, 1656 ; died 25 Jan., 1657-8. 

Edmund, horn 20 Sept., 1659; died young. 

Anna, born 9 Dec., 1660; died 23 January, 1690-1, 

Mary, baptized 10 May, 1663; died young. 

John, baptized 15 May, 1664; died 3 July, 1664. 

Nathaniel, baptized 14 May, 1665 ; died young. 

Elizabeth, baptized 22 Sept., 1667 ; married 29 Oct., 
1691, Rev. Jona. Pierpont, of Reading. 

Mary, married John March, of Newbury. 

Sarah, married 13 Dec, 1698, Rev. Christopher Tap- 
pan, of Newbury. 

See Waters' Gleanings, Essex Institute Historical Collections, Paige's 
History oj Cambridge. 


Yonkers, N. Y., March 25, 1896. 
This is to certify that I have received printer's proofs of 
the first four generations of the Balch Family Genealogy, 
and find that satisfactory progress is being made in printing 
the book, and the publisher, Mr. Eben Putnam, is carrying 
out faithfully his promises to subscribers as far as I know. 


Galusha B. Balch, 
Compiler of the Balch Genealogy. 
[Since the above was signed the fifth and great part of the 
sixth generations have been set up in type.] 

Andrew Balch and Rebecca Balch, of Topsiield, died in 
1864 and 65. Who were their parents? Have they descend- 
ants? G. B. Balch, Yonkers, N. Y. 



Iii order that no misunderstanding may occur the publisher 
wishes it distinctly understood that the price of the book to 

all who have not subscribed, or who do not conform, with the 
terms of the circular under which the;/ nun/ Intra subscribed, 
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There are some score of subscribers who have neglected to 
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Do not overlook this, for it will mean disappointment later. 
Few realize the cheap price for which they are to get an ex- 
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It is not expected (from the very limited edition which is 
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natures are printed and the type distributed), that more than 
50 to 75 copies will be purchasable by non-subscribers. This 
means that within a few years the book will only appear for 
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is no exception to the average run of family histories. The 
publisher has urged the family for over a year to subscribe 
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enough to meet the cost. Remember, if you have already 
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Shows the house wherein the scene oJ the story, "Dr. Grimshawe's Secret," bj Nathaniel 
llau thorne, \\ a - laid.) 



A new Golden Cross Co mmandery was instituted at Grove- 
land, Saturday evening, April 4, 1896, by Organizer Mrs. 
II. T. Balch of Newburyport and her assistants. 

The .spelling of names often gets changed. For example : 
John Balch 3 married Hannah Veren. Oue of their great grand- 

sons was named Varion, which I presume should have been 
' Wren." One family changed the spelling of the name to 

A correspondent writes : " Abigail, daughter of Freeborn, 5 
married James Christie, a Loyalist, and they went to New 
Brunswick. Some of her descendants came to the U. S., 
and fought in the Union army during the civil war. This is 
the nearest to a Balch being a Loyalist that I have ever 

There is an old diary in the collections of the Topsfield 
Historical Society, kept by David Balch of Topsfield for 
many years, the latter part of the last century. 

That the early generations of Balches were law-abiding, 
peaceful citizens, is evident from the fact that from the be- 
ginning of the Essex County Court Records in 1636, to 1660, 
the name does not occur in any capacity, as principal or wit- 
ness, with two exceptions, those being the settlements of es- 
tates of John and Annis Balch. This is a remarkable record 
for those days, very remarkable ! 


Next to Winthrop and Endicott, none of the early govern- 
ors of Massachusetts Bay, are as well known to us as Brad- 
street. He was a very remarkable man, firm and just, and 
very sagacious. lie was born in March, 1603, at Horbling, 
co. Lincoln, England, the son of Simon Bradstreet. 

He was a graduate of Cambridge, came with Winthrop in 
1630, and was annually elected an assistant for forty-eight 
years thereafter. Governor 1679-86, 1689-92. 

He married, first, Ann, daughter of Gov. Thomas Dudley, 
who died at Andovei . His second wife was Ann, widow of 
Capt. Joseph Gardner, and daughter of Emanuel Downing. 
He died 27 March, 1697. 



In order that a liberal representation of Balcfa portraits may 
appear in the Genealogy, the very lowest prices consistent 
with good work have been offered to subscribers. The illus- 
trations printed in the Leaflets are not intended as samples 

of the $15 cuts. Samples will be sent upon application. 

As the plate will belong to the person ordering the por- 
trait inserted, and as it can be printed from by any good 
printer, it will prove a very satisfactory investment. Most 
genealogies contain trom ten to thirty portraits; it would 
seem as it" as liberal a representation could be had of Balches. 

It is due to posterity that the JSdlch type be preserved. 
The price for full page portraits is $15, or by the photogra- 
vure process, $25. Send your photograph, or that of some 
member of your family, to Eben Putnam, Salem, Mass . 
with order for reproduction. 


Mrs. M. E. Dickey writes: "I would be glad to have por- 
traits of my father and myself inserted in the book, had we 
the means ; but there are relatives who might if they only 
thought so, and who have abundance of this world's goods. 
I was glad to receive the Doctor's photograph as I have had 
a desire to see him ever since he commenced the work. 1 
should almost have known he was a Balch had I not seen his 
signature; he resembles our family very closely in look and 
and build." 


On account of the very few subscriptions received for the 
Leaflets, which have so far entailed a considerable loss upon 
the publisher, the Leaflets will hereafter appear quarterly. 
The full number of pages will be printed, but a quarterly issue 
will permit of a better opportunity of gathering material and 
lessen expense. 



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Philip English was one of the great merchants of Salem in 
the olden days. 

He was a Jersey man, bavins been horn in the Isle of Jer- 
sey and baptized at Trinity Parish 30 .lime, 1651, as the son 
of Jean L'Anglois and most likely of good family as his 
sponsors were Sir Phillipe and Lady De Carteret. The name 
does not elsewhere occur on Trinity records until a late 

English came to Salem about 1G70, very likely with an 
elder brother, one Clement English, and entered the service 
of the ilollingu'orths, a wealthy mercantile family of Salem, 
and Virginia, Soon he married Mary Ho llinff worth and set 
up for himself in business as well as housekeeping. 

At the time of the witchcraft excitement in Salem, mistress 
English was "cryed out upon," and daring her husband's 
absence arrested, the house and warehouse being, at the same 
time, sacked by the mob. 

Upon the return of Philip, he, after various troubles and 
adventures, succeeded in escaping, and did not return till the 
utter folly of the whole business had been realized. He was 
a stanch Episcopalian, although his wife was a Puritan. 

The old house shown here was torn down some years ago. 


At Wakefield, Jan. 12, 1896, Theodore E. Balch, (54 
years. See page 51. 

At West Somerville, March 15, 180(5, Frederick Balch, 
78 yrs., 6 mos., 7 dys. 

At North Thetford, Vermont, February 29, 1896, Mrs. 
Julia A., wife of Charles Newton Balch, aged 49 y. 6 m. and 
27 days; also, March 15, 1896, Julia May, daughter of 
Charles Newton Balch, aged 11 y. 7 in. IS day-. 



Aii interesting study is that relating to the domestic life 
of our ancestors in old England. 

The present class of English country gentlemen is the out- 
come of three centuries of constant development. 

Three hundred years ago the country squire was more often 
than otherwise a man of brutal and sensual pleasures, little 
education, poor morals, bigoted to the extreme, alive to his 
own interests and regardless of all others. The picture drawn 
by Macaulay and by Hubert Hall of the life and times of the 
landed class of England, then, is not one to dwell upon with 
pride. The yeomanry, a far more important andprivileged class 
then than now, were of better morals, and of more value to 
the country than the gentleman or noble. The latter, if a court- 
ier, was most likely a rake and the women were sunk to a 
degree of infamy hardly possible to conceive. 

The destruction of the influence of the church of Rome was 
a terrible blow to the morals of the nation and not till the 
great Puritanical movement stopped the further degeneration 
of private and public morals, did affairs improve. The Pur- 
itans were mostly of the middle class and yeomanry, but 
numbered many persons of gentle blood. The gradual divis- 
ion of estates and multiplication of families constantly oper- 
ated to add to the ranks of yeomen, as the increase of wealth 
by trade, on the other hand, brought new families to the fore. 

How then did the country gentleman and yeoman of the 
sixteenth century live? His house was often quite strongly 
fortified. The lower story at least was built of stone or rub- 
ble and the upper of heavy timber. Many gables and corners 
gave a certain beauty to the architecture. 

Frequently there was a large hall in which were often to 
be found farming implements as well as weapons of war and 
the chase, and here too was held the manorial court, it the 
proprietor was lord of the manor, and all gatherings of like 
nature. About the room were bung tapestries and across the 
beams supporting the roof were sometimes placed boards to 


form :i rough loft. There was r chamber iD the second story 
where the family slept and chambers downstairs for the re- 
tainers and servants as well as offices. Sometimes the re- 
ception room was a breakfast and sleeping apartment as well, 
so occupied by the master of the house and his entire family. 
Large open tire-places gave opportunity for ventilation and 
heat. The houses of the greater gentry were more elaborately 
arranged and perhaps there was more privacy, but the greater 
number of retainers and quests to be housed must have caused 
an equal crowding and inconvenience. 

The early houses of the first settlers of New England al- 
lowed more opportunities for privacy and decency than those 
of the lesser country gentlemen in the old country at the 
close of the sixteenth century ; but even here servants of both 
sexes shared a common loft, and, apparently, not infrequently 
the same bed, although the hand of church and justice was 
severe against all infringements of the dictates of morality. 

The style of overhanging second story, so often seen here, 
was brought from England and was particularly well adapted 
for purposes of defence against Indian attack. 

The furniture of the rooms was scant and of heavy and 
substantial material, grotesquely and often beautifully carved. 
Household articles, such as feather-beds, kitchen utensils, 
etc., were bequeathed in wills, showing that those articles of 
furniture were highly valued. So, too, with wearing apparel. 

The ordinary meal consisted of but two, three or four 
dishes, broth, boiled or fried meats, fish and pudding, the 
last eaten first; fish formerly followed the meat. Confections 
were highly esteemed. The commoner sort of people relied 
upon salt fish and salt beef, particularly at such periods of 
the year when pasturage could not be obtained for the herds. 
Meats of all kinds, beef, mutton, lamb, venison, pork, were 
in general use, also poultry and game birds. Eggs and milk 
were used freely. As coffee and tea were unknown, wines, 
ales and beer were commonly drunk at all meals, of course 
beerbeinir the most used. In New England, beer was in a 
great measure supplanted by cider as soon as the orchards could 


provide that refreshing drink. Meats were fried in oil, and 
the table garnished upon festive occasions with rosemary. 
Marriages, at one time celebrated with great pomp and at great 
expense, gradually came to be done as privately and quietly as 
possible, a custom long continued by the people of New Eng- 

The manners like the times were rough and coarse ; but 
the Puritans were far above the rest of the people in morals 
and education, which in the middle of the sixteenth century 
had taken great strides in advance. 

From the hasty sketch here given, drawn from original 
sources, the manner of living as practised in the sixteenth 
century can be roughly realized and some idea obtained as to 
the habits and customs of the immediate ancestors of the 
early settlers of New England. 


The old saying that "One man's meat is another man's 
poison," is aptly illustrated in a true story entitled, "All a 
Matter of Taste," in the April number of "Chatterbox." 
Both little and big folks will find instruction and amusement 
in the doings of an African king, who liked to eat ants. 'The 
Treasures of San Antonio," an illustrated story of adventure 
in search of buried treasures, by F. Russell, will prove of 
absorbing interest to the youths of the family, while the lit- 
tle ones are sure to find delight in "The Young Wanderers," 
and "A Bird's Cradle," about the nests of different birds. 

"Old Customs of St. Valentine's Day," with illustrations, 
will interest every member of the family from grandma to 
the toddlers, and "The Story of Nelson," will catch the fancy 
of the boys. 

In its April number, "Chatterbox" more than substanti- 
ates its claim to the foremost rank among periodicals for 
young and old. (" Ciiatterhox," 50 cents a year or 3 
months for 10 cents ; Estes & Lauiuat, Publishers, Boston, 

f^We present herewith a few sample pages of the Geneal- 
ogy (see pp. 67-70). 


44 Ruth 4 , 1). Oct. C. 1687; d. y. 

45* Joshua 4 , i». Nov. •"». 1688; d. 

46* Caleb*, b. Oct 14. 1689; d. uummerof 177.".. 

47* David'. 1>. Oct. 1, 1691; <!. Sept. 25, 1769. 

48 Joanna 4 , bapt. Nov. 20, 1692; d. y. 

49 Roger 4 , 1). .Inly 14 1693; d. y. 

He was a carpenter or "housewright," and also a fanner. 
Hi' was admitted to full communion, in the first parish church 
of Beverly, June 2, 1680. March 23, 1686-7, his wife Han- 
nah was also admitted to full communion. On May 19, 1680, 
he was made a freeman. lie held the following offices : 
March 15, 1682-3, Surveyor of highways; March 15, 1685-6, 
Tythingman ; Dec. 9, 1690, Grand Juryman ; 1698, Tything- 
man ; 1694, Sergeant ; 1694, Constable; 1695 to 1699, Select- 
man ; 1700, Ensign ; 1705, Lieutenant; 1711, Representative. 

.lust a month before his death, his long- ^vill was drawn up 
and signed. His son Caleb was named as sole executor. It 
notes minutely the provisions for the widow; and among 
other privileges it specifies "also y e Liberty of Gathering so 
many Beans in y e field as she may have occasion of for her 
own use both for summer and winter'" [It seems Beverly did 
not neglect her staple even in those early days]. "Twenty 
bushels of Good Indian Corn five bushels of Malt Two hun- 
dred Pounds of Beef Out of which Quarter of y e Beast She 
Pleaseth to have it. Two Barrell of Cyder, with Apples Suf- 
ficient for her use, and fifteen pounds of flax from y'' Swingle.'" 
"To keep for her use both Summer and Winter Two Cows & 
four sheep" "y L ' Service of my Indian Woman Called Quando 
& y e Privelege of a Horse to Ride upon for her necessary occa- 

The will mentions sons Caleb, Joshua, Israel, David, grand- 
son Andrew son of John deceased, daughters Sarah Richard- 
son, Hannah Leach, and grandchildren of his daughter Rebecca 
Dodge, deceased. 

Among other things the inventory mentions, 1 Negro man 
value £95, and 1 Old Indian Woman £18. He died Nov. 
19, 1738, and his wife soon followed March 7, 1738-9. His 

Fourth Generation. 

20. Martha, 4 daughter of 5 Samuel 3 and Martha [New- 
march] Balch, was born in Beverly, Sept. 13, 1076, and mar- 
ried about 1008 to Thomas Hovey, of Ipswich [now Topsfield]. 
Nothing further is known concerning her. 

21. Samuel, 4 eldest son of 5 Samuel 3 and Martha [New- 
march] Balch, was born in Beverly, May 16, 1678, and died 
in the same town in 1754. He married first, September 23, 
1702, Eleanor, daughter of William and Martha Cleves. 
She died Dec. 12, 1708, aged 30 years. Three children were 
born in Beverly. 

60 Martha,"' 1>. Aug. 14, 1703; d. March 5, 1703-4. 

61 Thomas, 5 b. Aug. 15, 1705; d. unm. abroad in 1728. 

62 Samuel, 5 !). June 1,1707; drowned in Exeter river Oct. 12.1728, unm. 

He married second, Sept. 3, 1710, Mary, widow of Jonathan 

Baker, of Salem. Their children were as follows : 

63* Josiah, 5 bapt. Oct. 28, 1711. 

64 Ebenezer, 5 bapt. Jan. 24, 1713-14 ; d. May 15, 1714. 

65* Maktiia, 5 bapt. Oct. 30, 1715. 

66* Nathaniel, 6 born Oct. 13, 1717. 

He was a deacon in the church in Beverly, a mariner, and 

later in life a farmer. 

22. Joseph, 4 son of 5 Samuel 3 and Martha [Newmarch] 

Balch, was born in Beverly, April 26, 1680, and drowned 

December 9, 1732. He married in Boston, October 23, 1712, 

Mary, daughter of Timothy and Deborah Osgood, of Ando- 

ver. She was born February 11, 1690, and died in Boston 

Oct. 22, 1752. They had six children, all born in Boston. 

67* JOSEPH, 8 b. Jan. 13, 1714-15; d. unm. Aug. 20, 1738. 

68* MABY, 6 b. March 4, 1710-17. 

69« Deborah, 8 i>. Sept. 8, 1719. 

70* EBENBZEB, 6 1). May 14, 172:!; <1. April 28, 1808. 



and Sarah Balch were married by Eben Pemberton, March :'>. 
1711-12, according to the Boston records. These give the 
following children of Richard and Sarah: John, b. Aug. 29, 
1713, d. Sept. 17, 1713; Sarah, b. July 10, 1714 ; John, b. 
Oct. 11, 1716. 

45. Joshua, 1 son of 7 John 1 and Hannah [Veren] Balch, 
was born in Beverly, Nov. 5, 1088. November 11, 1725, he 
married Rebecca Brown of Boston. The ceremony was per- 
formed by Rev. Thomas Foxcraft, pastor of the First Church, 
Boston. By her he had two children and possibly more, but 
beyond the record of the birth of these two nothing has been 
learned regarding Joshua and his family. 

107 Rebecca, 5 b. in Boston, Sept. 19, 1727. 

108 Caleb, 5 b. in Boston, Oct. 2, 1729. 

46. Caleb, 4 son of 7 John 3 and Hannah [Veren] Balch 
was born in Beverly, October 14, 1089, and died in the same 

town in the summer of 1775. He 
f~/i Jiy ysrt P P always resided upon his father's 
/ CJ T-0/\_ , f arm [ n N or th Beverly, which he 

He was first married February 21, 1739-40, to Jerusha Por- 
ter of Salem, who was the mother of his live children. 

109* Hannah, 5 b. May 3, 1741. 

110 Jerusha, 6 b. June 19, 174:;, <1. y. 

111 Sabah, 5 b. Apr. 27. 174'.. d. unm. in 1775. 
112* Caleb, 5 b. June 7, 1747, d. Jan. 19, 1820. 
113* Ann.' 1). Dec. 31,1748. 

Caleb, 4 married second, October 7, 1753, Mary Felton, of 
Dan vers, who outlived him. She was born in March, 1721-2. 

47. David, 4 son of 7 John :; and Hannah [Veren] Balch, 
was born in Beverly, Oct. 1, 1091, and died in Topsfield, Sep- 
tember 25, 1769. He was married April 29, 1713, to Hannah, 
daughter of Thomas and Sarah [Wallis] Perkins. She was 
born February 10, 1692-3, and died in Topsfield, January 1, 
1747-8. They had three sons. 


121 John, 5 b. Sept. 8, 1722; d. y. 

122 ./ 1 : !:.•'■ 1). Jan. 16, 172-3-4; d. y. 

123 ELIZABETH, 6 b. .March 2, 1725-6; d. y. 

He was married second, January 23, 1736-7, to Mary Hub- 
bard, who died in 1753, without issue. His third wife, Mrs. 
Sarah Dodge, was married to him November 5, 1753. She 
died before him, without issue, and at the time of his death 
only two of his children were living. He was a cordwainer 
by trade, and lived in Boston some fifteen years. Upon the 
death of his father, in 1729, he removed to Beverly, and 
thereafter resided on his portion of the inheritance. 

52. Benjamin, 4 son of 9 Freeborn 3 and Mirriam [Moul- 
ton] Balch, was born in Beverly, April 17, 1688. He was 
married in Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 4, 1710-11, to 

« Mary, daughter of Solo- 

^^"<3^t^c4^.<vvv/vo /^/^^C mon," and his wife, Hep- 

ziba [Dunn] Prentice. 
There are records of but two children. 

124* Thomas, 5 b. Oct. 17, 1711; d. June S, 1774. 
125* Maky/'I). June 4, 1714; d. April 29, 1782. 

Benjamin was a blacksmith, and lived in Charlestown, Mas- 
sachusetts. After his father's death he returned with his 
family to the house built by his father, near Wenham line, 
and lived in it with his brother Freeborn. The following is 
taken from the Essex county records: March 3, 1730-31* 
Benjamin Balch, of Beverly, and Mary, his wife, for £143, 
sell to John Conant his part of house, barn, cyder mill, &c, 
" according to y e division made with my brother, Freeborn 
Balch, of the estate of our father, Freeborn, deceased." 

A gravestone still standing in the old Cambridge cemetery, 
opposite the college, is inscribed as follows: "Here lyes 
Buried y e Body of Mrs. Mary Balch, wife to Mr. Benjamin 
Baleh, who Departed this life Jan. 28, Anno Dom., 1741-2, in 
the 64th year of her age." She was born January 4, 1678-9. 

53. Skipper, 4 son of 9 Freeborn 3 and Elizabeth [Fair- 
field] Balch, was born in Beverly, July 25, 1692, and died in 

NOV 2 4 1952 3 1 

UBalcb Xcaflets. 

VOL. I. June, L897. NOS. LI & L2. 

si per annum. Published at Salem, Maes., by Eben Putnam. 

Bantered at Post Office at Salem aa Secoud Class matter. 


The full title of this excellent work is " Genealogy of the 
Balch families in America by Galusha B. Balch, M. 1)..'' Sa- 
lem. 1897. Eben Putnam, Publislier. 

The opening pages, 32 in all, are devoted to a description 

of the name, its origin, etc., and some account of the family 
in England together with a careful study of the former ac- 
counts of the English origin of the family, and linally the 
author of this part. Mr. W. L. Balch of Roxbury, without 
prejudice, has placed before the reader the presumed line of 
descent of John Balch from the ancient family of Balch in 

This chapter forms one of the most valuable features of 
the hook, and will be of equal interest to every one of the 
name whether of the New England family or not. The first 
three generations of the family take no less than ±1 pages, 
and of course each later generation absorbs more and more 
space. The fourth generation calls for 14 pages, the fifth 
20, the sixth \'l pages, the seventh 83 pages, the eighth 
which is divided into four branches, no less than 1-54 pages, 
and the ninth 100 pages, the tenth calls for but 25 pages and 
the eleventh but two. 

It will thus be sven that Liberal representation has been 
given to the descendants of John Balch, and as nearly as 
possible every important event in the life history of indi- 
viduals lias been chronicled. 

The issue of daughters as well as sons has been re- 
funded, and the marriages of children. 

The book is not only a genealogical but a biographical 
record of the Balch families in America. 

The Southern family is fully described and T « » pages are 
devoted to that interesting but comparatively small family. 
In all there are .Ysd pages. 


Samuel VV. 


(Continued from first page.) 

The remainder of the book is taken up with accounts of 
tin' families of the name who arc of Later emigrant stock than 
the two main families, or whose position in the main stock 
can not be determined. However, these arc hut few as there 
seems to have been among all members of the family a worthy 
pride in their ancestry and thus the chain of descent has 
hern preserved no matter how scattered the different tribes. 
The index is thorough. Every name is located on the page 
where it occurs and everj name in the genealogy lias its in- 
dividual number. The index of marriages is complete. A 
minute's time is all that is required to find the place of every 
individual mentioned in the hook. Too much praise cannot 
be expended on a good index and this index is such a one. 

The illustrations are numerous and good. Several have 
been inserted at the sole expense of the publisher, others by 
members of the families interested, and thus a fairly repre- 
sentative gallery of Balches appear in the book. It is to be 
regretted that more of the descendants of the emigrant 
Balches did not exert themselves to thus perpetuate the por- 
traits of themselves and their ancestors. Among the illus- 
trations is the old Balch homestead in Beverly, built 1638, 
will of John Balch, crest and coat of arms of the Somerset 
Balches and that used in America, and a map of Somerset- 
shire. Among the portraits are those of the compiler, his son 
S. W. Balch who has had the care of the work while in press, 
of Albert V. Balch, Rev. William Stevens Balch, Isaac 
Denny Balch, William Balch, Col. George T. Balch, John 
Balch, William Skinner Balch, Dr. Joseph Balch, C. L. Balch, 
Allen B. Balch, Frank W. Balch, Mrs. Lucy Balch Braman, 
Nathaniel Balch, Wm. L. Balch, John Balch, Joseph Balch, 
Joseph W. Balch, George II. Balch, J. k. I*. Balch, Wm. S. 
Balch, will of the emigrant John Balch, a group of college 
girls and others. A score or more fac simile autographs appear 
in the text. The date of the publication of the hook is placed 
for the loth June and as fast as copies come from the binder in 
whose hands the book now is, will be delivered to those who 
have paid their subscriptions, or to others niton receipt of the 
price of the book, which is *7.o0. 

Sold only by Eben Putnam, Box 5, Danvers, Mass. Send 
money order or c/ierjw. 


I* r ice of the Genealogy. 

The Genealogy will be supplied, until the greater number 
of the copies printed are exhausted, at the price of #7.50, or 
in binding other than cloth at prices sufficient to pay the 

cost of more expensive binding, the cost of which will be 
quoted upon application. Any style of binding may be 

To advance subscribers the cost is $5, less the ad- 
vance payment. Subscribers who have paid the whole of 
their subscription may obtain at the same low rate an equal 
number of copies at the price of #5 per copy, which places 
them on the same plane with those advance subscribers who 
paid but the 50 per cent, called for by the subscription con- 
tract. This offer is however but a temporary one and must 
be availed of immediately. 

The Illustrations in the Balch Genealogy. 

Mrs. W. B. Weeden writes "Enclosed please find the 
proof picture of Dr. Balch. It is far better than I supposed 
it would be on account of the light coloring." 

The above is testimony to the care of the publisher in get- 
ting the best results from the photographs sent him for il- 

The Delay. 

The publisher regrets the delay in the appearance of the 
book yet it has resulted in great advantage to subscribers, 
inasmuch as the compiler lias had ample opportunity to re- 
arrange some families and obtain additional data from per- 
sons who had delayed to the last minute. The book has been 
practically rewritten since March, ISHti, when the publisher 
returned to the compiler all Mss. not then actually needed by 
the printer. The illness and complete prostration of Dr. 
Balch, for a time, caused the work of revising proofs to fall 
mostly on his son. It will thus be seen that the publisher is 
not responsible for the delay, and the causes for the delay 
were such that it is presumed subscribers will readily over- 
look it. 

balgh leaflets. 

The John Raloh Homestead, .1633. 
Copies of the reproduction of the Balch house which 
appears in the book may be obtained on paper suitable for 
framing, at 25 cents each. 

( Oat of Arms. 

Illustrated prints of the Balch coat of arms suitable foi 
framing $1. 


A full set of the Balch Leaflets will he sent to any person 
sending the publisher 50 cents. Every Balch should have 
David M. Balch's article entitled " Old Planters," which is 
an argument regarding the first born child in Salem. 
Illustrations in this Issue. 

We print the portrait of Samuel W. Balch, son of Dr. 
Balch, as we consider it probable that many of the trihe who 
may not be able to buy the book which he has had a hand 
in preparing, may yet be interested in the portrait of one who 
has done much to make the hook a success; also an illustra- 
tion of the monument erected on the old Training Field at 

g^^There are 586 pages in the IJalch Genealogy and 
thirty illustrations. 

The Leaflets. 

This issue is the last of the Balch Leaflets. Little or no 
interest was aroused in the family and it was thought best to 
retain this last issue until the announcement of the genealogy 
could he made. There has been a considerable loss in the 
publication of the Leallets. which, added to the small sub- 
scription list for the Genealogy of the family is somewhat 
discouraging, but the publisher has faith that there will he 
pride enough in the family to prevent a permanent loss on 
account of the book. The publisher wishes it distinctly un- 
derstood that he alone has borne the full cost of printing the 
hook and the Leaflets and that therefore the only chance of 
reimbursement for his loss in this undertaking lies in the sale 
of copies of the Balch Genealogy. 

Few persons realize the cost of genealogical hooks which 
is greater than the ordinary run of printed hooks. 

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