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FIRST REUNION AND 
ORGANIZATION OF THE 

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BY THE DESCENDANTS OF 

JOHN BALCH 

ONE OF THE "OLD PLANTERS" OF NAUMKEAG, NOW 
SALEM, BEVERLY, AND NORTH BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS 






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jfirst Reunion anb (J^rgamjation 
of tfje palci) Jfamilp Association 

ON Thursday, June 29, 1905, at the invitation 
of the Old Planters Society of New England, 
more than fifty descendants of John Balch 
met on the land granted to him in 1635, at 
the old Balch homestead, corner of Cabot and Balch 
Streets, North Beverly, Mass., and a family association was 
organized by the choice of the following officers : 

President 
Galusha B. Balch, M.D., 136 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, N. Y. 

Vice-President 
George W. Balch, 656 Jefferson Ave., Detroit, Mich. 

Secretary 
William Lincoln Balch, 406 Ruggles St. (Back Bay P. O.), 
Boston, Mass. 

There was a very pleasant informal gathering and 
reception, including a basket luncheon, in the orchard of 
the old place, the more formal exercises being opened 
by an address of welcome by Dr. Frank A. Gardner, of 
the Old Planters Society, introducing Dr. Galusha B. 
Balch, the historian of the family, who, more than any 
other individual, had made the gathering possible by an 
expenditure of time, labor, and money in years of genea- 
logical research that only the satisfaction attending a good 
work well done can ever compensate. Dr. Balch pre- 
siding, the officers above named were chosen. 



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Prayer was offered by the Reverend H. J. White, 
pastor of the P irst Baptist Church of Beverly. 

Frank A. Gardner, M.D., of Salem, Vice-President 
of the Old Planters Society, next made a very interesting 
historical address, detailing the sequence of events which 
brought John Balch and his associates to this particular 
spot. 

George W. Balch, Esq., of Detroit, Mich., then read 
a lengthv and instructive paper upon the Balch family and 
its characteristic traits of steadfast probity and patriotism. 
He was followed by Francis Noyes Balch, Esq., of 
Boston, who dwelt upon the significance of the close 
interweaving of the threads of descent by which the 
present representatives of all the first settlers of New 
England are now connected by three-fold cords, and then 
warned his hearers — as the descendants of an immigrant 
who, at the end of a long life of faithful endeavor, was 
" worth" only some $500 or $600 in worldly goods, aside 
from the land that had been given him — not to pride them- 
selves too much upon unmixed blood or an assumed 
superiority to those other immigrants who are still coming 
to this country by the thousand, animated by the same 
ambitions and cherishing the same high hopes that induced 
John Balch to try his fortunes in a new world. 

Samuel W. Balch, Esq., of New York City, son of 
Dr. Balch, who had already contributed largely to the 
success of the meeting by the preparation of elaborate 
genealogical " family trees" of the main stem of the Balch 
tribe and its branches, closed the exercises of the day 
by reading a clever and ingenious paper on " Heredity," in 
which he supplemented and reinforced the general line of 
thought of the preceding speaker. 

The fcjllowing list of persons of the Balch name or 
blood who were present is very likely imperfect, and the 
secretary would like to have his attention called i(j any 

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error or omission noted. The numbers prefixed to the 
names refer to those in Dr. Balch's history of the family : 

Descendant of (5) Dea Samuel, (21) Dea Samuel, 

(66) Nathaniel 

(603-1272- ) Mrs. Daisie Balch Waite, St. Johnsbury, 

Vt., 33 Pembroke St., Boston, Mass. 

Descendants of (5) Dea Samuel, (22) Joseph, (70) Ebenezer 

(625- - ) Galusha B. Balch, M.D., i36Warburton 

Ave., Yonkers, N. Y. 

(625-1294- ) Mr. and Mrs. Samuel W. Balch and three 

young sons, Samuel Andrews, Thomas 
Vickroy, and William Atlee Balch, 67 
Wall St., New York (h. Montclair, 
N. J.). 

Descendants of (6) Benjamin, (31) Joseph, (91) Benjamin, 
(168) Captain Hart 

(670-1333- ) Francis E. Balch, 6 Washburn St., Water- 

town, Mass. Represented by his son 
(2042), who was present. 

(670-1333-2042) Frederic H. Balch, 6 Washburn St., Water- 
town, Mass. 

(670-1333-2043) Mrs. Addie Balch Richardson, 6 Palfrey St., 

Watertown, Mass. 
Carl Balch Richardson, 6 Palfrey St., Water- 
town, Mass. 

(672-1337- ) John H. Balch, 181 High St., Newbury- 

port, Mass. Represented by his son 
(2049), who was present. 

(672—1337-2049) John H. Balch, Jr., 62 Washington St., 

Newburyport, Mass. 

(673-1345- ) Mrs. Helen Burton Balch Fowler, 1 64 High 

St., Newburyport, Mass. 

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Descendants of (6) Benjamin, (31) Joseph, (91) Benjamin, 
(170) Nathaniel, (334) Captain Nathaniel 

(679-1346- ) Mr. and Mrs. V^'illiam Lincoln Balch, 3 

Austin St., Back Bay, Boston, Mass. 

Descendant of (6) Benjamin, (31) Joseph, (9«) Benjamin, 
(172) Captain Joseph 

(681-1349-2052) Miss Mary Howard Balch, 272 Benefit 

St., Providence, R. I. 

Descendant of (6) Benjamin, (33) Abigail 

Mrs. Henry W. Wilkinson, 168 Bowen 
St., Providence, R. I. 

Descendant ok (7) John, (39) John, (97) Andrew, 
(100) John, (175) John 
(687-1359-2059) Miss Edith Maria Balch, 135 Orange St., 

Chelsea, Mass. 

Descendants of (7) John, (39) John, (97) Andrew, 
(179) Lieutenant Benjamin 

(71 1-1429-2146) Alfred C. Balch, 227 South Sixth St., Phila- 
delphia, Pa. (h. Lansdowne, Pa.). 
(741-1480- ) Karl O. Balch, Lunenburg, Vt. 

Descendants of (7) John, (40) Israel, (103) Joshua 

(393~ - ) ^'^s Amelia S. Knight, Providence, R. I. 

(193- - ) Mrs. Francis A. Foster, i Quincy Park, 

Beverly. 
(153- _ ) Mrs. S. J. Foster, 265 Lafayette St., Salem, 

Mass. 
(193- - ) Mrs. William James Kavanagh, 26 Prospect 

Ave., Winthrop, Mass. 
(193- _ ) Leslie B. Grant, 30 Ridgevvay St., Lynn, 

Mass. 

(Descendants of John Balch Grant.) 
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(822-1603- ) Mr. and Mrs. William H. Balch, 365 

Main St., Stoneham, Mass. 

(838-1612- ) Mrs. Henry G. Gowing, 23 Yale Ave., 

Wakefield, Mass. 

(838-1613- ) Miss Annie Gertrude Balch, 23 Yale Ave., 

Wakefield, Mass. 

Descendants of (7) John, (47) David, (115) John 

(926-1666-2323) Miss Grace W. Balch, 434 Westford St., 

Lowell, Mass. 
(942-1710-2355) Miss Estella E. Balch, Johnson, Vt., 

Thompson's Island, Boston, Mass. 
(946-171 1-2555) J°^" N^i^ Balch, Kennebunkport, Me. 
(960-1734- ) Ossian E. Balch, 28 East Brookline St., 

Boston, Mass. 
(974— — ) Benjamin Johnson Balch, Topsfield, Mass. 

(Senior Balch present.) 

Descendants of (9) Freeborn, (52) Benjamin, 
(51) Freeborn 

(1000— — ) Elizabeth Genthner, Waldoboro, Me. 

(1000- - ) Mrs. Herbert A. Hastings, 56 Walnut St., 

Somerville, Mass. 
Miss Gladys Balch Hastings, 56 Walnut 

St., Somerville, Mass. 

(Descendants of (233) Wesley Perkins 
Balch.) 
(1004- - ) Mrs. Elizabeth L. Tuttle, 66 Chestnut 

St., Boston, Mass. 
(1007- - ) Miss Elizabeth A. Balch, 92 Charles St., 

Boston, Mass. 

Descendants of (9) Freeborn, (52) Benjamin, (124) Rev. 

Thomas 

( 1 027-1 799-239 1 ) Mrs. Ida Balch Yoe, Syracuse, N. Y. 
(1069- — ) George W. Balch, 656 Jefferson Ave., 

Detroit, Mich. 

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(^1069-1839- ) Mrs. Elizabeth Balch Ranney, 130 Alfred 

St., Detroit, Mich. 
(124- - ) Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Torrey, Man- 

chester, Mass. 

Descendants of (9) Freeborn, (58) Rev. William, 
(127) Dea William 

(1085- - ) Mrs. Ann Mary Balch Pemberton and 

husband, Mr. Luther K. Pemberton, 
Groveland, Mass. 

Descendants OF (9) Freeborn, (58) Rev. William, 

(131) Nathaniel 

(i 145-1899- ) Miss Anne L. Balch, Prince St., Jamaica 

Plain, Mass. 
(1145-1903- ) Mr. and Mrs. Francis N. Balch, 52 Eliot 

St., Jamaica Plain, Mass. 
(II 51- - ) Miss Laura A. Balch, 232 High St., Ncvv- 

buryport, Mass. 
(11 54- - ) Mrs. Mary Nelson Balch Blood, 232 High 

St., Newburyport, Mass. 
John Balch Blood, 232 High St., New- 
buryport, Mass. 

Bcniamin Balch Dodge, Beverly, Mass., 
born in the old house. 

Mrs. Mary Ann Bowden, residing in the 
old Balch homestead. 

Mrs. Mary A. Lufkin, residing in the old 
Balch homestead. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Herrick, Bev- 
erly. 

Mrs. Frank Foster, Beverly. 

Mrs. Foster, Salem. 

Mrs. W. W. Bartlctt, Roxbury. 

Mrs. Lucy Carr. 



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Others present with Dr. Frank A. Gardner, who 
opened the proceedings, were his mother, Mrs. S. W. 

Gardner, and his daughter. Miss Pauline Gardner. Miss 
Lucie M. Gardner is Secretary of the Old Planters 
Society, to whom the thanks of all present are due. Sid- 
ney Perley, editor of the Essex Antiquarian^ was also present. 

It is hoped that the many pleasant acquaintances thus 
begun may not be allowed to drop, but that interest in the 
Association and its purposes will greatly increase. Any 
suggestions to that end will be gladly welcomed. 

Notices of the occasion, of varying degrees of length 
and correctness, appeared in the Boston Globe^ Transcript^ 
and Record of Thursday evening, June 29 ; the Boston 
Advertiser^ Post^ and Herald of Friday morning, June 30 ; 
and the Beverly Times of Friday evening, June 30, the 
accounts in the last two mentioned being the longer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM LINCOLN BALCH, 

Secretary. 

Boston, July i, 1905. 



?|erebitp 

By SAMUEL W. BALCH 

67 WALL STREET, NEW YORK 



Every genealogical investigation opens a new avenue of 
approach in the study of the operation of the laws of life 
along lines of descent. Heredity is well understood to be a 
tremendous force, and a right understanding and conscien- 

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tious regard for its laws is of enormous importance in the 
progress of mankind. 

The Balch genealogy has not been a work of as great 
a magnitude as that of some other families, but I believe 
that as to male lines of descent the family may take par- 
donable pride in the possession of a work that is unusu- 
ally complete. Although the individual records have been 
unavoidably brief, they are sufficient to emphasize the fact 
that inheritance has an irresistible force which too often 
results in misery and extermination, but which, if intelli- 
gently directed, can be made a power for progress and 
human welfare. 

About two thousand five hundred descendants of John 
Balch bearing his name were enumerated and named 
when the book was published ten years ago. A close 
watch of directories since that time has added but two 
small families who are supposed to be his descendants, but 
the connection is not clearly established. One of the families 
commencing with William D. Balch, published as detached 
in the book, because found while the manuscript was with 
the printer, is descended from Allen Balch. This leaves 
four detached families : the ill-fated Danforth Balch, who 
crossed the plains in 1847, ^'^^ staked his claim on what 
has since become a part of Portland, Oregon ; Israel/' 
Balch, whose descendants are hidden awav in the little 
harnlet of Plymouth Union, Vermont ; a family of Co- 
shocton, Ohio; and a family with brothers and sisters in 
Cleveland, Ohio, Brockton and Leominster, Massachu- 
setts. 

The census along ma|e lines shows an increase from 
gcneratiijn to generation, with the exception of the first 
two and the incomplete generations after the eighth, in 
almost exactly the ratio of two. A close estimate of the 
whole number of descendants might therefore be made 
by doubling the exponent and calculating each generation 

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from the preceding by a ratio of four. This gives a total 
of one hundred and thirty-five thousand descendants of 
John Balch. All of these are also descended from his 
wife, Margery, and from Benjamin, his only son leaving 
descendants. Most of them, including all on male lines, 
are also descended from Benjamin's first wife, Sarah, 
daughter of Thomas Gardner, overseer of the first Cape 
Ann plantation. The descendants of four of your old 
planters could easily divide between them the present pop- 
ulation of Boston, but for the fact that owing to inter- 
marriage the present New England representatives run 
back to each of the old planters on several lines, thereby 
reducing the actual number of descendants. 

We commonly regard ourselves as half of each of our 
parents and one-fourth of each of our grandparents. The 
survivors of the eighth generation are each the one-one- 
hundred-and-twenty-eighth part of John Balch. The 
ninth generation are each the one-two-hundred-and-fifty- 
sixth part. The tenth, eleventh, and twelfth generations 
are respectively the one-five-hundredth, the one-one-thou- 
sandth, and the one-two-thousandth part — seemingly small 
fractions, looking only at the denominators. But how 
about the numerators ? Half of a parent in each of four 
children doubles the parent in his children. One-fourth in 
each of sixteen grandchildren adds four more. The one 
hundred and thirty-five thousand in the numerators of the 
smaller fractions swell the total to five hundred and twelve 
John Balches and double this number for Benjamin, who 
is one generation nearer. These figures need no allow- 
ances because of intermarriage, since the effect of such is 
balanced in the numerators and the denominators. Allow- 
ing fifty years to an individual gives John Balch two 
thousand five hundred years to his credit and five thou- 
sand to Benjamin, with more to come as long as the human 
race shall endure. 

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The chart which I have prepared shows graphically the 
hereditary character of longevity and virility. The eye can 
readily find the branches in which lives are notably long, 
and contrast them with other branches in which the length 
of life averages much less. Again, it is easy to find branches 
which leaf out vigorously, and others in which each genera- 
tion leaves but a single descendant to represent it in the next 
one for several successive generations. It is the children ot 
large families that in turn have large families of their own. 

An effort has been made to ascertain the older ones 
among the descendants now living, and I have prepared the 
following list of those over seventy-five. 

(716) Almira A, Balch Rowell*, Brookline, Mass., 94. 
(ySjf) Emilia Abigail Balch*, Stapleton, N, Y,, 89. 
(j%-]d) Natilie C. Balch Freeman", Matawan, N. J., 87. 
(1509) Philander Balch', Elgin, 111,, 86. 

(606) Emelinc Balch Leason" (d. July 31, 1905), 86. 
(725) James Britton Balch% Maine, N, Y., 86. 

(957) Mrs. Elizabeth Balch Philips% Watertown, N. Y., 84. 

(607) Harriet Celeste Balch, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., 83. 
(151 I j Albert Balch^ Oleander, Cal. , 82. 

(1073) Mrs. Abigail Balch Carleton" -^d, July 14, 1905), 82. 

(727) Doctor Franklin Balch, Binghamton, N. Y. 

(1337) John Hiram Balch", Newburyport, Mass., 81. 

(730) John Wetherby Balch", St. Johnsbury, Vt., 81. 

(608 j Frederick A. Balch, Meilsville,Wis. (d. July 3, 1905), 81. 

(974) Benjamin Johnson Balch", Topsfield, Mass., 79. 

(1123) Miss Lucy Hodge Balch", Newburyport, Mass., 79. 

(623) Albert Vcstus Balch^ Weyauwega, Wis., 77. 

(988) Walter Byron Balch", Lawrence, Mass., 77. 

(I 178) Joseph Balch^ Frankfort, N. Y., 76. 

Although John Balch lived to be only sixty-nine, a 
tendency to a much greater age seems to have been char- 
acteristic of the stock from which he came and was trans- 
mitted to his descendants. His son Benjamin lived to his 

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eighty-sixth year, and recent arrivals from Somersetshire 
have the same story of long-lived ancestry. Ruth Balch, 
reported in the book as a descendant of John, but now 
believed to come independently from the English stock, 
was the mother of Edward Drinker, of Philadelphia, who 
lived to be one hundred and one, America's first cente- 
narian. A family in Detroit, with a different spelling 
of the name, reports five generations living at one time in 
Somersetshire, and Henry Balch, of Westchester, New 
York City, who was born at Bruton, in Somersetshire, has 
passed his seventy-seventh birthday. 

The tremendous force of inheritance is by no means 
random in its action, although interspersed with so many 
seeming exceptions that the transmission of no characteristic 
can be considered certain. In the union of forces there is 
apparently usually a struggle in which the stronger ele- 
ments succeed. All life has its weak as well as strong 
parts, and this is nature's way of repairing defects if the 
opportunity be given in the union of natures not too closely 
allied. It is like my children's two sets of picture blocks, 
each with many defective faces, but by building from the 
two sets almost perfect pictures can be constructed. 
Manifestly this would not be possible if both sets were de- 
fective in the same particulars, or if they were quite un- 
like. The outcome of the Eastern war emphasizes this 
point to my mind. It is the overpowering of an empire 
whose individuals have long unbroken life-histories by a 
hybrid island tribe. The English stock from which we 
have sprung owes its strength to its hybrid character, its 
successive conquest by Dane and Norman, and subsequent 
mingling of conquered and conquering people. 

The penalty of violation of the laws of heredity is ex- 
termination. Whether or not you are to leave descendants 
depends on whether these laws are kept. The pruning 
back is most relentless. 

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John Balch left three children, — two were cut off in 
early manhood, — but for that the family might have been 
three times the size. Half of Benjamin's children nature 
deemed unfit. This cut down the actual to one-sixth of 
the potential. In the third generation the family was again 
halved, making one-twelfth, and so on each generation, till 
from the eighth we have but one in two hundred survivors 
of nature's pruning. The force of natural selection has 
been as though twenty million had been placed on proba- 
tion, and nature had said to nineteen million, nine hundred 
thousand, '^ weighed and found wanting." These forces 
of natural selection have graduallv changed the type. These 
faces before me do nut mirror the average appearance of 
the faces that thronged these roads two hundred years ago. 
You have but to glance through the pictures in the book to 
assure yourselves of that. Up to the eighth generation a 
distinctly British type of face prevails ; beyond, the face is 
as distinctly American. Nature insists that her laws be 
kept, and only by meeting her ways can there be hope of 
the eternal life which this world has to offer. 



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By FRANCIS N. BALCH 

5a ILIOT ITBEIT, JAMAICA PLAIN, MASl. 

Ladies and Gentlemen : 

Our good friend. Dr. (iardner, who is a Balch, and 
who has proved himself worthy to be one, is actually able 
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not " quorum pars fui" at least " qua fnei pars fuerunt^" 
undoubtedly called on me to speak to you to-day, first 
because I was a Balch — which I admit is a good reason 
as far as it goes — and second because I was a lawyer. Dr. 
Gardner probably supposes that now, as in the days of the 
immortal Daniel, lawyers made their living by open- 
mouthed eloquence. But we have changed all that, and 
nowadays lawyers make their money by keeping their 
mouths shut. So I am no orator. 

Not only no orator, but I have been furnished with no 
subject-matter, and no popular toast, such as " The Ladies" 
or " Our Country," has been assigned to me to hang witti- 
cisms on and give an automatic point to my remarks. 
Accordingly I shall have to speak as best I can on nothing 
in particular. 

This is a family gathering and genealogy would seem 
to be the appropriate subject, but, unfortunately, I have no 
head for genealogy. I am something in the condition of 
the man who visited the insane asylum. A respectable- 
looking old gentleman approached him and said, " Sir, I am 
Julius Caesar !" The visitor expressed polite acquiescence. 
As he was leaving, the same old gentleman came up and 
said, " Sir, let me introduce myself as Napoleon Bona- 
parte." This time the visitor could not suppress some sur- 
prise, and said, " But only just now you told mc you were 
Julius Caesar." " Quite right," said the old gentleman, 
" but that was by a different mother." That is about as far 
as my genealogical knowledge goes. But yesterday I looked 
myself up in Dr. Galusha Balch's big book and I find I 
am properly described as the son of Francis V. 8, son of 
Joseph 7, the son of John 6, the son of Nathaniel 5, the 
son of William 4, the son of Freeborn 3, the son of Ben- 
jamin 2, the son of John i. And if that is not a good 
introduction to the Balch family, besides sounding almost 
Biblical, then I don't know what is. 

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A cousin of mine, not on the Balch side, unlike nie, 
took such an interest in genealogy that he made it his pro- 
fession and is now a pursuivant or a herald or a king-at- 
arms or something of the sort in the Heralds' College at 
London. His knowlege of genealogy is not confined to 
Old England, but, as might be expected of a Newburyport 
man, he has a wide acquaintance with New England fami- 
hes. He once told me some interesting results of his 
studies, most of which I have forgotten. But I remember 
two which struck me, and illustrate clearly the real truth 
that we New Englanders not so much consist of families 
as constitute a family. For instance, he said, if I remem- 
ber correctly, that the New Englanders, in the ten genera- 
tions or so they have been here, have intermarried about 
three times. Of course, )ou understand, this is not an 
exact statement, only a rough approximation to a fact. 
Perhaps vou do not understand what I mean. I mean that 
each New England line of descent mav be said on the 
average to connect with every other line through about 
three different intermarriages. Any one of us could prob- 
ablv, if all New England genealogies were worked out, 
show connection with any other Yankee he chose by any 
one of about three different points of connection. To 
illustrate further, imagine a line of strings hanging loose 
from a stick. Each string represents a line of descent. 
These strings are constantly, as marriage goes on, knotted 
together as they would be in making a net, but each time 
to a different thread in rotation, say, though, of course, in 
practice the rotation is not artificial or perfect but only 
such as chance produces. Well, every thread has now 
been knotted to every other thread at least three times on 
the average, although there are only ten knots in each 
thread. This is not at all an exact figure, because actually 
each thread in the network after each knot (that is, 
marriage) splits into as many resultant threads as there 

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are fertile children. But it will serve to bring out my 
meaning. 

Of course, if new threads — that is, new blood, new 
families — were constantly being introduced, this would not 
happen. It shows how closely interrelated we New Eng- 
landcrs are. The other statement of my cousin's which I 
recall is this. He says that probably the two extremes of 
the pure Anglo-Saxon race, the two pure Anglo-Saxons 
who, in the course of all this time, have drifted farthest 
apart, in India, let us say, and in Tennessee, just for illus- 
tration, are about thirty-third cousins to each other. Ot 
course, thirty-third cousins are pretty distant relatives. 
Even a Scotch Highlander never counted kin so far. And 
the statement may not seem to you striking. But to me it 
is very striking. We do not often stop to realize, as this 
makes me do, in what a literal and broad sense we are all 
one family here. 

Now I shall break off the thread of what I have been 
saying and turn to a different line of thought. But perhaps 
before I am through I shall be able to bring the threads of 
my discourse together again. 

I do not think it is decent for a man to speak at a 
gathering of John Balch's descendants without saying some- 
thing of John Balch, but my contribution is very small. 

Last autumn I was at work in the Salem Probate Court 
and took the occasion to look up the probate of his estate. 
His will is given by Dr. Galusha Balch in the Genealogy, 
but the inventory of his property is not, and I have before 
me a literal copy of so much of it as I could read — for in 
large part it was illegible. I will read it to you — not the 
whole of it, but such parts as seem interesting and charac- 
teristic — and I think you will find it interesting, with the 
old house standing right behind you here, to reconstruct 
before your mind's eye, with the help of this minute list of 
John Balch's possessions, the homestead as it must have 

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been at his death in 1649, with its '* oxsen" and " steares," 
its " 9 ackers of wheatc and 6 of indiane," its " frute- 
trces in orchard," its " 3 hides a-dressinge," — out by the 
back-door there somewhere, probably, — its " 2 old chists," 
its " bras pan, 2 bras cettles, a little bras pott &c 2 iron 
cettles," its '' one warmeinge pan," its " bead-seads," 
" bolisters," " bead-coverings," and " shates" and " pil- 
lobehres," also its '■^ cheavse-pres," its invaluable " fowlinge- 
peece," and indispensable ^'- cannoe." Notice that, last but 
not least, "■ several bookes" are combined in a single item 
with " one calfe" — ^ bound with calf" as it were. Strange 
to sav, he appears to have had no rum, which often cuts 
such a figure in our old records — but who can tell what is 
hidden in those illegible lines ? I want you to notice the 
way the broad English accent comes out in the frequent 
lapses into pseudo-phonetic spelling — doubtless " sheets" 
were spelled " shates," " cheese" " cheayse," and " bed" 
" bead" or '^ bade," because they were so pronounced. But 
1 don't see much trace of Somersetshire dialect in it. I 
believe that is characterized by a softening of S's into Z's, 
R's into H's, etc., is it not ? Perhaps the scrivener of his 
inventory was not from the same shire as John Balch. 

(With this and similar comment the speaker read ex- 
tracts from the inventory of John Balch's estate, the whole 
of which is printed hereafter. He then continued as 
follows :) 

Now I have had the curiosity to take up these items 
one by one and give their values in modern money. Of 
course, it is a very rough process indeed, and my guess 
might perhaps be doubled or halved, but I believe that, ex- 
clusive of the land, which 1 suppose he got for nothing, 
John Balch's worldly wealth at the end of a prosperous 
life, counting in the crops standing on the ground and all 
his possessions down to " 2 old sheets," amounted to some 
five ur six hundred dollars gross — about enough to enable 

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him to squeeze by Ellis Island if he had delayed his coming 
till our day. 

We see clearly that he was in truth an " immigrant" — 
not merely the grand-sounding " immigrant-ancestor," but 
just an immigrant, turning his back for one reason or other 
on home conditions which did not suit him, and fleeing, 
almost penniless, but prepared to win his way and found a 
new home, to the new country of hope. 

Now I want to break off my thread once more and 
prove I really am a lawyer by asking you a question. 

What is the justification for such a gathering as this ? 
Of course, I leave out the pleasure of the outing and of 
meeting each other. I mean, why do we get together to 
celebrate the fact that we are all descended from this same 
old immigrant ? In the light of what I said about the 
New England blood it is clear that in all probability we 
are related to one another in several other ways than 
through him. Why should we be proud to say John Balch 
or Peter Palfrey or John Woodbury was our great-great- 
great, etc., -grandfather ten generations back ? Doubtless 
they were fine, stalwart, adventurous men. But every day 
the steamers land on our shores thousands of fine, stalwart, 
adventurous men, certainly immigrants and potentially an- 
cestors, who seek this country with the same high hopes, 
the same noble discontent with oppressive home conditions, 
which the old planters showed, but no one seeks them out 
to do them honor. 

I grew up with an idea, caught I don't know where, 
certainly not from my father or mother, certainly not from 
my school or college, perhaps from the air of old Boston, 
that the " real Americans," as we fondly call ourselves, 
were the rightful leaders and rightful owners of New 
England ; that the Irish and Italians and the other nations 
whose successive waves have so changed the old city were 
intruders discreetly to be steered clear of, natural inferiors 

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in ability, in religion, in morals, in wealth — above all, 
natural, social, and political inferiors. Not that I ever 
formulated any of this, but I fear that was my subcon- 
scious feeling. I fear it is the subconscious feeling of a 
very large number of New Englanders indeed. 

Now, that is not right. It is totally incorrect. For a 
comparison of religions I leave every one to make for 
himself, or try to make, I would say, for in mv belief it 
cannot be made. For ability anv law\er who has measured 
himself against a wittv Irishman, an\' business man who 
has measured himself against a keen Jew, any artist who 
has measured himself against a subtle Italian, anv scientific 
student who has measured himself against a hard-thinking 
German, will tell vou, I fancv, that the Yankee has no 
monopoly. If an Irishman were speaking to you now in- 
stead of a Yankee, you would hear something worth 
listening to. 

For wealth, I grant you, the Yankee still has the best 
of it, but a glance is enough to show he must look to his 
laurels. Another generation or two, possibly, the lead may 
last, but I think no longer. 

For morals and for social and political qualities I wish 
to expand a little. 

In accordance with those ideas of mine I have spoken 
of, I felt that the old Yankee blood held all the virtue ex- 
tant, and that the corruption of politics and of business 
and of personal morals was the work of the " ignorant 
foreigner," the " Irish politician," the " flood of immi- 
grants." This is absolutely not so — in Boston, at any rate. 

To take politics and business. For the past five years 
I have been more or less deep in so-called " reform" work 
in politics, which has opened my eyes a bit. Now it is a 
fact that for out-and-out slick, smooth, political corruption 
you can give me your straight Yankee with a fine old name 
that takes you right back to cocked hats and knee-breeches. 

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Also it is my deliberate conviction that, making due allow- 
ances for opportunity, there is more real good citizenship 
in the North End than there is in the Back Bay. At all 
events, our immigrant North-Enders do not howl that the 
country is being sent to the dogs by the foreigners, and then 
do nothing about it ; they do not sulk at home and refrain 
from voting because their candidates are not always elected ; 
they do not wave away all interest in public affairs and 
duties and go fishing on election day with the mere remark 
that politics is a dirty business. No ! They do their level 
best to understand public needs and do their political duty 
so far as their light goes. If that light is not very bright, 
— or, at least, if it does not continually get brighter, — whose 
fault is it ? — theirs or ours ? 

And in business I think our immigrants' business code 
of morals is more likely to reform our Yankee code than 
vice versa. 

Now for the social side. There, it seems to me, is the 
gravest danger for us New Englanders. Shall we hang to- 
gether in a clannish spirit ? Shall we go on weaving our 
network of blood, without introducing new strands of 
German, Irish, English, Scotch, Italian, until we are all 
related to one another not three times over but thirty times 
over ? We can, but there is a penalty. We have only to 
look around our dear old New England a very little way, 
with our eyes really open, to see what will happen to us if 
we do. Down on Martha's Vineyard is a little settlement 
of fine old New England blood, all cousins, I believe, and 
all deaf mutes. In the back country towns where a few 
fine old names comprise all the families, however numer- 
ous, a little observation shows, along with strong represen- 
tations of all that we like to think of as typically New 
England, the degeneration of nerves, the lax moral code, 
and the poor physique that come with the decay of a race. 
And this is not in any one town or section, but generally. 

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In the city it is more masked, but you can see it. Is it 
solely mince pie or the strenuous life that makes the New 
Englander figure in the funny papers as a nervous dyspep- 
tic ? No ! It is the dry rot of isolated blood. I tell you 
signs arc not wanting that if the fine old New England 
blood despises the ignorant foreigner and stands aloof from 
him, there will soon be another interesting example of a 
fine old stock — and our Planters' stock is a fine old stock, 
and a sturdy stock — making a pathetic and unedifying end. 
The "\'ankee of the future, the Yankee that is to possess 
our dear old New England and the farms we have aban- 
doned, to build up and purifv our cities, develop our 
industries, solve our problems — this new Yankee will not 
be Irish, he will not be Jew, he will not be an Italian, or a 
'' Polack" — but in my mind it is absolutely certain he will 
not be a pure and unalloyed descendant of the Old Planters. 
But he will, I hope, be based upon the old stock. That is 
the kind of "graft" — and the onh kind — New England 
needs. The New Yankee must and will have much new 
blood and many names strange to old New England ears, 
but he must have the Old Yankee's stamina, his ingenuity, 
his fundamental instinct for freedom, his oaken hardihood, 
and at least a share of his irritating history-making con- 
science. 

Now I am ready to answer my own question of *' What 
is the justification of such meetings as these ?" \i thev are 
to foster pride of blood in the wrong sense, if they are to 
stimulate a clannish spirit, if they are to pufF us up with a 
sense of long descent from an " ancestor," and make us 
gather up the hems of our garments from such as are not 
blessed with the like, then they are not justified. 

If they are to remind us that we arc the custodians of 
certain fine traditions, that as representatives of pioneers 
and ten enlightened generations we have larger responsi- 
bilities than more recent comers, and, finally, if they remind 

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us that we, like Pat and Hans and Luigi, are come from 
poor immigrants, and that they can get along without us as 
well as we can get along without them, that wc are the 
warp but they are the woof in the splendid fabric of New 
England's future, then I think that is the justification for 
these meetings — that and the pleasure of meeting one an- 
other — and our justification for thanking Dr. Gardner for 
getting up such a successful gathering. 

A true inventory of " the lands, and goods cattell & 
chattels of John Balch late of Salem deceased," prized by 
us, whose names are underwritten : 



Imprimis ***** 

Item * * dwellinge house & barn 

It. one farme of meddovv & upland containing 210 
ackers 

It. 9 ackers of wheate 

It. 6 ackers of Indians 

It. one acker of * * oates 

It. 2 acres of * * pease, barley & hemp 

It. 3 yehoke of oxsen of 10, 11 & 12, each yoke 

It. yehoke of steares 

It. 3 cowes & two heifers 

It. Two yearlinge heifers 

It. one yehreling mare fole 

It. wheeles, chaines & yokes with other implements of 
husbandrie 

It. Frute trees in the orchard 

It. 5 yehrds & ^ of broadcloth 

It. I I yehrds of serge 

It. 22 yehrds * * 

It. I 3 yehrds of cottin cloth 

It. 2 feather beads, 2 bolisters & 2 pillows 

It. one pair of shats 

It. Two bead coverings 

It. one Rugg 

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one bead & bolster 

one blanket & covering 

one pair of sheets 

4 shetes ic j4 

2 pillowbehres 

6 napkins 

2 Beadseads 

2 tables 7s, 2 trouks 6s, one chest 58 

one warmeinge pan 

yehrne, flakes & hemp>e 

chares & stoles 

I 2 bushels of indian come 

4 bushells of make 

one iron spit & 3 chges (? kegs) 

Toobes & barrells & other wooden ware 

Three hides a-dressinge 

Two old chists 2s, Tooles & old iron is 

I bras pan & 2 bras cettles 

a little bras pott & 2 iron potts 

Pewter los, one cannoe 10s 

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22 acres of meddow 
added to the inventory by 
Benjamin Balch, Executor 

22 2mo., 1648. 



THE BALCH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 



By GEORGE W. BALCH 

DETROIT, MICH. 



At a gathering of this kind, the precursor of many to 
follow, let us hope, a statement more especially concerning 
the origin of the family seems to be in order. This, as 
the result of painstaking search, undertaken several years 
ago, verified at the time by collateral testimony of satisfac- 
tory character, I venture now to offer, believing the same 
to be generally correct : 

John Balch,* the great progenitor of the family, arrived 
in America in September, 1623. He belonged to a very 
ancient family which had, at least from the eleventh to 
near the eighteenth century, inhabited the county of Somer- 
setshire, in the west of England. In 1066 the name was 
rendered Balchman. 

John Balch was born in 1362, was in 1392 made 
Sheriff of Somersetshire, and died in 1420. 

George Balch was born in 1398, died in 1468, and 

* Some twenty years ago there was published at Bridgewater, England, a book 
entitled " Tom Balch, "which dealt with the period of the Monmouth Rebellion, 
and which purported to give an account of the exploits of the young man named, 
with others of the family, in that contest. The story told is undoubtedly somewhat 
apocryphal in character, but is probably founded on a modicum of fact. 

The Monmouth Rebellion attained its greatest force in Somersetshire. The 
Duke was acknowledged in form by the Mayor and Aldermen of Bridgewater, and 
that region was made the battle-ground, as it was afterwards the field of Judge 
JeflFreys's terrible visitation, when doing the work of vengeance for his master, King 
James II., on the occasion of his judicial " circuit of blood." The story of "Tom 
Balch" as told is highly moral and religious in tone. It is worthy of mention here 
as confirmatory of the existence and as showing the standing of the family at the 
period named. 

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was the founder of the family seat at St. Audries, near 
Bridgewater, which continued as such to the end of the 
eighteenth century. 

The successive male members of the family of whom 
we have record were: James, born in 1428; John, 
1466; Henry, 1469; George, 1499; Henry, 1504-, 
George, 1536; George, 1575 or 1577; ^"'^ John, after- 
wards the Beverly planter, 1579. 

Early in the seventeenth century Sir Ferdinando Gorges, 
who was born in Somersetshire about 1566, and who had 
served in the Spanish wars and thus presumably acquired 
a taste for adventure, conceived the idea of erecting a 
dominion in North America, of which he should become, 
under the English Crown, the miniature sovereign. The 
story of his success in obtaining territorial grants, his re- 
buffs, and his ever-changing fortunes is told in the history 
of the time. But no substantial results looking to the estab- 
lishment of a permanent colony for the material develop- 
ment of the country within the proper bounds of Gorges's 
supposed grants ensued from his efforts. AVhat might have 
been accomplished by a man who undoubtedly possessed 
a genius for adventures of the kind, had not the whims of 
a monarch and the machinations of numberless enemies at 
court kept him at home, it is impossible to state. 

Accounts of the country, given by returning travellers, 
had not been particularly effective in securing emigration 
of the more desirable classes. The trials and privations 
experienced by the Plymouth colonists were not reassuring, 
while the revelries, amounting to positive sacrilege, prac- 
tised by those who had at a later period found lodgement 
at Wessigussett, had not only scandali/.ed the English 
name, but tended to intimidate those who were inclined to 
seek other climes on account of religious persecutions at 
home, (jorges undoubtedly saw that there must be a new 
departure ; a better class of emigrants must be secured, and 

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at least one colony representing something of the condi- 
tions of English life must be established in the territory 
covered by his grant. 

Representations of this character being made to King 
James, that monarch's favor was at once secured. The 
King became the direct patron of an expedition whose or- 
ganization and whose membership was to represent more 
nearly the State and the Church of England than any of its 
predecessors. It was to be especially commissioned by the 
English Primate, and the intended colonists were to be 
composed only of persons supposed to be useful in an en- 
tirely new country. There were to be farmers, mechanics 
of various kinds, traders, etc., with a fair representation of 
the orthodox clergy, but there were to be no drones. To 
what extent Gorges's knowledge of John Balch's character, 
both being of Somersetshire, worked in causing the latter 
to join the expedition is problematical. 

The causes heretofore mentioned still kept the elder 
Gorges at home, and Robert, his son, was made commander 
of the expedition. It set sail from Plymouth, England, in 
July, and arrived on the Massachusetts coast in September, 
1623. Charles Francis Adams, in his admirable recent 
publication, " Three Episodes of Massachusetts History," 
has given a detailed account of the circumstances which 
eventuated in the practical failure and the abandonment 
by young Gorges of the scheme whose inception had 
received encouragement so exalted. Disintegration was 
rapid. Some departed for Virginia, others sought refuge 
farther north, on the coast of Maine, where an incipient 
colony already existed, while many returned to England 
with Gorges. There were some, however, who had evi- 
dently burned the bridges behind them, and Roger Conant, 
John Woodbury, John Balch, and Peter Palfrey, " names," 
as has been said, " to be remembered," were of these 
" men made of sterner stufF," who were, after all, in their 

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own wav, under Divine guidance, destined to work out the 
original purpose for which the pretentious expedition had 
in the first instance been exploited. 

Without being able to trace the individual wanderings, 
or to place the habitations of all of these men during the 
succeeding three years, we know that John Balch, with his 
wife, Margery, found lodgement at first on Cape Ann, and 
that the four persons named reached Salem in 1626, con- 
structed there permanent homes, and became in that year 
the founders of that ancient town. Living thus in an 
unknown and unmapped country, in a political condition 
amounting to expatriation, the courage, persistence, and 
fidelity of these men excite our admiration, and it is to be 
regretted that their exertions in marking out the highways 
and the by-ways of the future city, the parent, so to speak, 
of many others in a great Commonwealth, should re(;eivc 
so little reward, materially or otherwise ; and that those 
who, coming two or three years later, clothed as they were 
by regal power and authority, should have so overshadowed 
their modestly conceived achievements as to not only 
deprive them of many of its legitimate fruits, but render 
even their names unknown and unrecognized for many 
succeeding years. 

Obscured as these pioneers were by the glamour of offi- 
cial belongings, the average historian has trodden only in 
beaten paths in recording the earlier events in Massachu- 
setts history. Research by painstaking local authority, 
prompted by the desire so conspicuously manifested in New 
England, as shown by the institution of numerous historical 
and genealogical societies, to establish correct history, has to 
a great extent supplied the deficiencies of the ordinary his- 
torian ; and we have through that instrumentality come to 
know much of interest as to individual families and in the 
correction and elaboration of history that would otherwise 
have been to us a sealed book. 

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The " History of Essex County" and kindred authorities 
give evidence of the characters of these pioneers, and par- 
ticularly of the estimation in which John Balch was held. 
He had at home acquired a fair education for the times. 
He and his wife were of firm orthodox religious faith, and as 
such became original members of the first church of Salem, 
which was established early in the history of the town. 

He held various offices of trust, frequently acted in a 
magisterial capacity as arbitrator or umpire, and in like 
character was, as Mr. Adams informs us, once sent as a 
conservator or mediator to a neighboring community whose 
turbulence and sacrilegious orgies were hurtful to the reli- 
gious welfare of the neighborhood. He was the principal 
land surveyor, and was denominated a worthy and useful 
citizen. His first wife, Margery, or Margaret, by whom 
three sons were born, having died, he married Annis, 
or Agnes, Patch. Benjamin, the eldest son, was born in 
1629, John in 1630, and Freeborn in 1631. It was 
claimed for Benjamin that he was the first male white 
child born in the colony of Massachusetts Bay, for, be'it 
understood, the community of which Conant, Woodbury, 
Balch, and Palfrey had become the founders was, in fact, 
the first place settled, and thereafter continuously occupied, 
by Europeans on the shores or in the territory directly con- 
tiguous to Boston Bay, and is fairly entitled to the distinc- 
tion of being called the progenitor, so to speak, of the 
multitude of cities, towns, villages, and hamlets that now 
occupy the soil of that grand old Commonwealth ; and, by 
the same token, Benjamin Balch aforesaid is entitled to 
the distinction attributed to him as above. It is true that 
the distinction has been claimed for the son of one Massey, 
but the error thereof is conclusively proven in the fact 
clearly shown after careful investigation that Balch's birth 
antedated Massey's by two years. 

John Balch continued to reside at Salem until, receiving 

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a grant of two hundred acres of land, he remo\ed to Bass 
River (Beverly) in 1638. He died there in 1648. His 
will has been preserved intact and is a curious memento of 
a time marked by paucity of wealth and luxury and prac- 
tices of extreme economy. His house at Bass River still 
occupies the original location, and is said to be intact in 
many of its interior arrangements. 

Benjamin Balch, born, as stated, in 1629, married 
Sarah Gardner, daughter of Thomas Gardner, merchant, 
and granddaughter of Thomas Gardner, overseer of the 
former plantation on Cape Ann. They had four sons : 
Samuel, born in 1 651, married Mary Newmarch ; John, 
born in 1654, married Hannah Denning; Joseph, born in 
1658, was killed by Indians in the Battle of Bloody Brook 
in 1675. 

Freeborn, youngest son of Benjamin and Sarah Balch, 
was born August 9, 1660, died June 11, 1729. He first 
married, in 1681, Miriam, daughter of Robert Moulton, 
of Salem, and had three children : Miriam, born in 1681 ; 
Freeborn and Benjamin, born in 1688; and by Elizabeth 
Fairfield, his second wife, had six children, of whom the 
youngest was the well-known preacher and patriot. Rev. 
William Balch, of Bradford, who was born in 1704 and 
died in 1792, and also Mary,* born in 1703 and died in 
1786, who married Rev. Paine Wingate. 

Benjamin, son of Freeborn and Miriam Balch, was born 



* Mary, daughter of Freeborn Balch, married Rev. Paine Wingate, who was 
born in 1703 and died at Amesbury in 1786. They liad twelve children, of 
whom the sixth, Paine, was born in 1739 and died in 1838. 

This son graduated at Harvard in 1759. He first preached at Hampton Falls, 
New Hampshire, but abandoned the pulpit for the law, and became successively 
member of Congress, United States Senator, and Judge of the Supreme Court of 
New Hampshire. 

He married Eunice, siiter of Timothy Pickering, Secretary of War in Wash- 
ington's first administration. Their combined ages lacked only one year of two 
hundred years. 

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April 17, 1688, and married, January 4, 1710, Mary, 
daughter of Solomon and Hepzibah Dunton Prentice. 
They resided at Charlestown, Massachusetts, where, on 
October 17, 1711, Thomas, afterwards the noted minister 
of Dedham, and on June 4, 1714, Mary (died in 1782) 
were born. The latter married Isaac Brown and had four 
sons and six daughters. 

The advent of Thomas Balch marks a most interesting 
period of the family history. We have only slight knowl- 
edge of his youth, beyond the fact that the family was in 
straightened circumstances, necessitating his individual 
exertion in the acquirement of the excellent fundamental 
and college education received by him. He graduated at 
Harvard in 1733, completed studies for the ministry, and 
was settled in 1736 as minister of the Congregational 
Church at South Dedham. He married, October 11, 1737, 
Mary (born in 171 7), daughter of Edward Sumner, a 
prominent citizen and wealthy landowner of Roxbury, 
Massachusetts. 

The Sumner family in social standing marked the best 
of Massachusetts people of the time, while their stalwart 
characteristics made decided impress on the political affairs 
ot the Commonwealth throughout the succeeding critical 
period of its history, extending through and long after the 
Revolutionary War. Increase Sumner, nephew of Mrs. 
Balch, became in 1797 Governor of the Commonwealth, 
and died in 1799. Mrs. Balch survived for nearly a quarter 
of a century the death of her husband, always the central 
figure of a high social circle, and a cultivated and pious 
woman. She died in i 798, in her eighty-first year. 

Of the character of the Rev. Thomas Balch, of Dedham, 
tried by the usual standard, it seems almost impossible to 
speak too highly. The records of the South Church, over 
which he presided for thirty-eight years, kept with the most 
punctilious care with respect to every function performed 

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bv himself or bv his substitutes in case of temporary absence, 
show alike the methodical habits of the man and his con- 
scientious regard for the duty imposed bv his priestly office. 
Whether in recording births, marriages, baptisms, etc., there 
are no evidences of neglect, and hence the volume published 
by the Dedham Historical Societv containing them has be- 
come a most interesting and valuable adjunct to the history 
of that place and its environment. Nor was he lacking in 
the duties of citizenship. There are abundant evidences 
of his patriotic ardor. His services for sixteen months as 
chaplain of the Massachusetts contingent furnished at the 
siege of Louisburg, 1744-5,* of which he gives a particular 
account, a position taken at the " request of the Committee 
of War" and assumed by him " bv the consent of his 
Parish," betokens his patriotic instincts ; and when, two 
years later, his eldest son became a member of Captain 
Bacon's (Dedham) Company, in an expedition to Crown 
Point (Lake Champlain), in the so-called Second French 
War, in which his young life was sacrificed, the tail 
measure of contribution expected of him to his country's 
cause seems to have been filled ; and we shall find that the 
virtue of patriotism was transmitted in no uncertain quan- 
titv to sons who signalized the same by many years of 
devoted and continuous services covering the entire Revolu- 
tionarv period. 

Rev. Thomas Balch was named in the list of litrrnti of 



* Having an inclination and being desired by the Committee of War to attend 
the army as one of the chaplains in the expedition against Cape Breton, I accord- 
ingly obtained the consent of my people on March 1 1, 1744, and on the 13th 
took leave of my family and people. Arrived in safety and health at Canso on the 
second of April. Sailed from Canso to Cape Breton on April a9th, entered into 
Chappeourouge Bay on the next morning, and soon after went on shore. The siege 
of Louisburg continued until June 17th, on which day we entered and took posses- 
sion of that strong and important pbce upon terms of capitulation. Sailed from 
Louisburg for New England July I Ith, arrived safely at Boston on the 27th of said 
month, 1745 — ^"' ^"'^ 

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his day. He guided a large number of young men in their 
theological studies. " As a Christian he was widely and 
deservedly esteemed ; as a minister he was wise to win 
souls to Christ, and ranked high as a preacher." 

He died January 8, 1774. Mr. Cutler in his diary, 
January 13, 1774, says: "This day the Reverend Mr. 
Balch was interred. The Parish buried him in a very 
honorable manner. Eight ministers were appointed as 
pall-bearers, and four under-bearers or porters. He was 
carried from his own house to the Meeting-house. The 
Rev. Mr. Dunbar prayed, then two hymns in the Funeral 
Thoughts were sung ; then the Rev. Mr. Payson prayed. 
The coffin was opened and all the people had an oppor- 
tunity to see the corpse, after which the funeral procession 
began and was very long. The Sexton went first, then 
the Church, then the body, then the mourners and friends, 
then the parish, then strangers." 

Note. — An original portrait of this excellent man and 
preacher, supposed to have been painted about the year 
1760, is in the possession of Dr. Briggs, Marlborough 
Street, Boston. Its preservation has been perfect. The 
fine face is impressive. It was taken in surplice with the 
usual ministerial insignia. 

Parentage so marked in all that so nearly constitutes 
human perfection most happily bore fruit in sons who were 
imbued with decidedly patriotic impulses, and daughters 
whose many accomplishments and Christian virtues made 
the parsonage and the family home the centre of cultivated 
social life in Dedham for many years. 

All that we know of the eldest son, Thomas, born in 
1738, is contained in the following record made by the faith- 
ful preacher in the Dedham church book : " September 29, 
1756. Died at Albany, my dear son Thomas, being 

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eighteen years and eighteen days old. He was on his 
return from Lake George, being of Captain Bacon's 
Company in an expedition to Crown Point. He died of 
camp-disorder." 

Mary, born in 1740, married, September 7, 1766, 
Reyerend Manasseh Cutler. The Life of Mr. Cutler, 
published by Robt. Clarke & Co., Cincinnati, 1888, com- 
piled and edited by his grandchildren, William Parker 
Cutler and Miss Julia P. Cutler, of Marietta, Ohio, is full 
of interest to all claiming family kinship. No word of ours 
can add anything to the estimation, both public and private, 
in which the memory of that great man is held. Endowed 
with the full measure of sense attributable to the genus 
Yankee of olden time, tempered in early life by inherent 
high moral and religious principles, reinforced, if possible, 
by early dedication to the ministry of the gospel, his life 
was a constant contribution to moral worth and religious 
growth, wherein his influence abounded ; and whether as 
schoolmaster, merchant, minister of the gospel, scientist, 
politician, patriot, or in Congressional life, he met accept- 
ably every requirement, and in each sphere of action in 
which his versatility of genius successively placed him he not 
only acquitted himself with honor, but achie\ed much for 
the public welfare. 

The impress of his genius, piety, and practical common- 
sense, in many of the provisions of the famous Ordinance of 
1787, not the least of which is the portion thereof relating 
to the encouragement of religion, morality, and education as 
being necessary to good government, should endear his 
memory to all. While Mr. Cutler did not take up his 
permanent home in the West, his two sons, Ephraim and 
Jarvis, became prominent and most useful citizens of Ohio. 
Two granddaughters of Manasseh Cutler, Miss Julia P. 
Cutler and Mrs. Dawes, are living at Marietta, Ohio, 
worthy descendants of an honorable ancestry. 

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Dr. Cutler has been described as being of fine figure, 
courtly manner, and having a benevolent, genial, and hand- 
some face. His manner was of the old-style courtly type, 
his courtesy dignified, afFable, and alluring, comporting well 
with habits of free hospitality. His talented wife was 
small in figure, handsome, and a pronounced brunette. 
Her virtues, pleasing manners, piety, and benevolence fitted 
well her position as a parson's wife. She died November 
2, 1 8 15. Dr. Cutler died seven and a half years later, 
July 28, 1823. 

Elizabeth Balch, born in 1746, married in 1766 
Jonathan Dean, of Dedham, member of an old and highly 
honorable New England family. They reared a numerous 
family and died at advanced ages. Jonathan Dean died 
September 8, 1805, aged seventy-five years, and his wife 
died September 15, 1820, aged seventy-four years, leaving 
many descendants in South Dedham. 

Lucy Balch married Rev. Moses Everett, of Dorchester, 
on November 24, 1774, who was the brother of Judge 
Oliver Everett and uncle of the distinguished scholar and 
statesman, Edward Everett. She died about two years after 
marriage, leaving an only son, Moses Everett, who grad- 
uated at Harvard in i 796, and who emigrated to Ohio early 
in this century and died there unmarried. 

Rev. Moses Everett was born in Dedham July 15, 
I 750. He was prepared for college by Rev. Thomas Balch 
and graduated at Harvard in i 7 7 i . He entered the ministry, 
after preparation therefor by his father-in-law, Rev. Thomas 
Balch, and was settled over the church in Dorchester in 
1 774. After eighteen years' acceptable and useful pastorate 
he requested dismission on account of declining health. 
He was elected a representative to the General Court for 
Dorchester in 1 793, and was commissioned a special Justice 
of the Court of Common Pleas. In i 808 he was appointed 
to fill the vacancy on the bench occasioned by the death 

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of his brother, Oliver Everett (father of the late Hon. 
Edward Everett). He died March 25, 1813. 

Irene Balch married Dr. Elijah Hewins, of Sharon, a 
well-known phvsician and member of a prominent New 
England family. She died in 1815. 

Hannah Balch married, in 1777, Rev. Jabez Chickering, 
the successor of her father as pastor of the South Church. 
He died March 12, 1812,111 his Hftv-ninth year. Rev. 
Joseph Chickering, their son, was minister first at Woburn, 
then at Phillipston. His son was the late Rev. John W. 
Chickering, formerly settled at Portland, Maine, and later 
a most useful follower of Christ in various religious callings. 
He took great interest in foreign missions and was ever 
ready in any good work. A daughter of Rev. Jabez and 
Hannah Chickering married Dr. Briggs; whom she survived 
and whose descendants are well known in and about 
Boston. 

Of the services of Rev. Jabez Chickering and his prede- 
cessor, Rev. Thomas Balch, who successively occupied the 
pulpit of the South Dedham Church from 1736 to 1812, 
a Dedham historian says : '-*■ The successful labors of these 
two ministers in a period of seventy-five years were pro- 
ductive of peace. No quarrel or discord is known to 
have existed worthy of notice. A more unequivocal evi- 
dence of their merit and of the religious and good moral 
health of this people cannot be given. Both of these 
gentlemen were respected by their people and professional 
brethren." This is indeed high praise. 

Thomas Balch (the second), " so named to bear up the 
name of my dear son Thomas, deceased," as the faithful 
preacher and chronicler records his birth in the church 
register, was born in 1761, and was a \i)ung man who, 
having the advantage of training such as his excellent 
paternal home artorded,and surrounded bv cultivated women, 
as were his sisters, with connections with such nun as 

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Cutler, Dean, and Everett, gave promise of an honorable 
future. His education was undertaken, after the death of 
his father, by Manasseh Cutler, who also taught him the 
art of navigation. He had scarcely reached the age of 
thirteen when the death of his father occurred, which event 
was soon followed by mutterings of impending warfare. 

He joined the militia at a very early age. His name as 
corporal of a Dedham company of troops was enrolled 
when he was under seventeen years of age, and he was 
thenceforward, to 1 780, constantly employed in the mili- 
tary service. In that year an arrangement was made wirh 
one Captain Edwards for a voyage to Bilbao, Spain. 
When only a i'ew days out his vessel fell in with the 
British 50-gun ship Chatham and was captured. Sub- 
sequently the Chatham captured another American vessel 
from a southern port which, unhappily, had both small-pox 
and yellow fever raging on board. The two captured 
crews were inhumanely compelled to occupy the same ship. 
The result was the diffusion of these terrible diseases 
among all the prisoners. Young Thomas fell a victim to 
the fever after arrival at Halifax, having nearly recovered 
therefrom on the first attack, but subsequently suffered 
relapse. His remains were interred at Halifax in an 
unknown grave. 

Having thus traced the lineal descent of our branch of 
the family to and including the fifth generation, from John 
Balch to the Beverly planter, in regular succession with- 
out running the same into unnecessary prolixity, but, to 
the contrary, having omitted therefrom everything except- 
ing certain essentials necessary to continuity that are con- 
tained in the many historical and genealogical works to 
be found in abundance in New England libraries, we may 
possibly be excused for now calling attention to the high 
standard of excellence with respect to the mental, moral, 
and religious worth exhibited in the case of each. 

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In tracing the life-work of Rev. Thomas Balch and 
his excellent wife we have been particularly struck with 
the high characteristics of both, marking, as we believe, 
the highest standard, whether considered morallv or so- 
cially, of the New England habitant of the time. Whatever 
of affluence they possessed beyond the somewhat meagre 
pay of a New England pastor probably accrued to the 
family through Mrs. Balch, who was the daughter of a 
wealthy man. Otherwise its pecuniary resources must have 
been limited, and yet we know that ever) one of the eight 
children received more than average educational accom- 
plishments ; and we further know that these were acquired, 
in the case of the sons, largely from indi\idual earnings, 
and so also to a considerable extent in the case ot the 
daughters of the family. 

Benjamin, while yet at Harvard, taught the village 
school at certain seasons of the year, while both Mary and 
Elizabeth successively were also teachers in the same 
school. 

Nathaniel Ames's (elder brother of Fisher Ames) diary 
gives evidence of the attractiveness of the parsonage to the 
young male society element of Dedham, some passages in 
which, withal, indicating that the young man was consider- 
ably impressed by iMary, the eldest daughter, who after- 
wards married young Cutler. A niece of Mrs. Balch, 
Polly Sumner, at the time a miss of eighteen, and who was 
an inmate of the parsonage, seems, however, to have quite 
captured the then callow youth of twenty years. He refers 
to her as the " adorable P. S." being present at a fashionable 
ball, of which he gives an account. 

If other evidence of the attractions of the daughters of 
the family and their religious, moral, and social culture 
were lacking, the exceptionally good marriages contracted 
by each would certainly supply the deficiency. There 
can be no doubt of the absolute purity of the social, moral, 

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and religious atmosphere pervading the Dedham parsonage 
then and afterwards during the seventy-five years of its 
continuous occupancy by members of the Balch family of 
the fifth generation. 

Rev. Benjamin Balch was born at Dedham in 1743. 
The story of his early life can easily be told in surround- 
ings such as have been related in the foregoing. He entered 
at Harvard College when he was sixteen years old, and 
graduated therefrom at twenty in 1763. His positive 
natural characteristics were tempered by high moral and 
religious surroundings, well fitting him for the ministry, to 
which he was early dedicated. He taught the village 
school in the winter of 1762-3, and perhaps previously, 
as an aid to his maintenance at Harvard, making frequent 
passages between Dedham and Cambridge meanwhile. 

On his graduation he was promptly fitted for his future 
calling by his father, and soon after took a temporary 
engagement at Scarboro, continuing thereafter in simular 
employment, possibly at first as a mere licentiate, until 
about the year 1764, when we find him preaching at 
Machias, as told in the following interesting letter written 
by the late Major Jervis, son of Dr. Cutler, and recently 
furnished us through the courtesy of Miss Julia P. Cutler, 
of Marietta, Ohio. The letter is written to Judge Eph- 
raim Cutler : 

" EvANSviLLE, Ind., Dec. 30, 1841. 
" Dear Brother : 

'• I have forwarded you one of our papers in which you will see 
an article from Cooper's * Naval History." The hero in that article 
is nearly connected with our family. You, most likely, remember 
all about it, but lest you do not, I will tell you now what I remem- 
ber about the matter. Our uncle. Rev. Benjamin Balch, was 
preaching at Machias and fell in love with Miss O'Brien, sister to 
Jeremiah O'Brien, whom he married. She was a beautiful little 
Irish woman, spoke broad Irish, but in such a pleasant way as to 

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delight those who heard her speak. 1 recollect her as vividlv, and 
more so than any of those old ancient people. Thev were settled 
at Danvers New Mills, and many is the time I ran away there to 
play with my cousins." 

As indicated above, he was married to this estimable 
young woman about one year after his graduation from 
Harvard, and seems to have returned to Scarboro, where, 
on October 2, 1765, their first child, Thomas, was born. 
We next find him, in the spring of 1767, at Mendon, 
Massachusetts, where he was under a temporary engage- 
ment of a few weeks, probably on trial, with a view to 
permanent incumbency of the pulpit there. This resulted 
in his formal settlement over the church at Mendon (South 
Precinct), his formal ordination occurring on September 
14, 1 768, preceded, however, by several months' " supply" 
in the same year of that pulpit. 

♦'Mendon, South Precinct, Feby. 14, 1768. 
" We, the subscribers for ourselves and heirs do promise to give 
to Mr. Benj. Balch the sums hereafter expressed, provided he will 
settle with us in the ministry for said precinct, the same hereafter 
mentioned to be by us paid yearly until the above said Mr. Balch 
hath got himself a farm and then the sums mentioned to cease, and 
then we promise, as above, that we will do all the work on his farm 
that shall be thought needful in order to the produce thereof until 
such time as that his salary shall be raised to such a sum and paid as 
shall be thought sufficient for his maintenance, said sum not to be 
thought sufficient less than ^50. As witness our hands this day 
and date above written." 

Subscriptions under this agreement were in products of 
the farm, led by one Benoni Hcnson, a prominent parish- 
ioner, whose yearly donation consisted of two bushels 
Indian corn, two bushels rye, twenty pounds pork, twenty 
pounds beef, ten pounds butter, and twenty pounds cheese, 
contributions in each case being in kind, and in none is 

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money mentioned as a consideration. Continuing under 
this agreement for a period of five years, until 1773, in 
consequence of the claim made by the minister that the 
wood for family use should be delivered at his door, con- 
tention ensued, which speedily ripened into a considerable 
" church quarrel," eventuating in his withdrawal from the 
Mendon parish. 

Leaving Mendon as stated, the Rev. Benjamin Balch 
first preached for a time at Clapboard Trees, near Dedham, 
but soon after removed to Danvers New Mills (Danvers- 
port), which, for the succeeding eleven years, became the 
place of family residence. 

The political condition of the country became greatly 
disturbed. The exactions of the Crown on American colo- 
nists had progressed rapidly from bad to worse. Public 
discontent, owing to new schemes of taxation by the home 
government, was everywhere prevalent. There was no 
well-defined purpose of separation at that period, but resist- 
ance within their supposed rights had become a determined 
purpose on the part of the colonists. In the absence of a 
numerous press, the stump and the pulpit naturally became 
then, as now and ever since, under like conditions, the 
means of concentrating, exposing, and exploiting public 
sentiment. The Episcopal clergy, true to the affinity with 
the Established Church of England, hesitated in outspoken 
denunciation of British methods, but those of Presbyterian 
or Congregational leanings were practically unanimous in 
sympathy with the popular cause, and thus became potent 
factors in cementing public opinion, as they also became 
powerful allies to those outspoken patriots, like Adams, 
Warren, and others, who not only formulated but gave 
direction to measures intended to secure better treatment 
by the British King. 

In this crisis there was no uncertainty with respect to 
the position of the young preacher of Mendon. He was 

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outspoken in loyalty to the people's cause. The " History 
of Danvers," in illustration of the all-pervading spirit, says : 
" The zeal of these times may be learned by the fact that 
March 6, 1775, the Third Alarm list chose its officers as 
follows : 

" Captain, Deacon Edward Putnam, 
Lieutenant, Rev. Benjamin Balch, 
Ensign, Deacon Tarrant Putnam." 

This was six weeks before the Battle of Lexington, on 
which occasion he was certainly under arms, for we find in 
the archives of the Capitol at Boston the muster roll of the 
Danvers Company, in which the reverend gentleman, as a 
member thereof, is duly credited with services rendered.* 

On October 6, 1775, we find his name entered as 
chaplain of Colonel Ephraim Doolittle's regiment, f in camp 

* Muster roll of Alarm Company in Danvers, commanded by Capt. Edmund 
Putnam, who marched in defence of the country on the 19th of April, 1775. 

Edmund Putnam, Captain 

Benjamin Balch, Lieutenant 1 Pay, /^c) 2s. id. 

T. Putnam, Ensign J- Days service, a. 

Benj. Putnam, Sergeant 1 Miles travelled, 40. 

Benj. Porter, Sergeant 

On March 14, 1776, Capt. Edmund Putnam made oath as to correctness of 
this roll and compared with the original by Josiah Johnson and £. Starkweather, 
Committee. 

f Field officers : 

Col. Ephraim Doolittle, from Petersham. 

Lieutenant Col. Benj. Holden, from Princetown. 

Major Willard Morr, from Paxton (was killed at Bunker Hill, 

June 17). 
Staff officers : 

Chap. Rev. Benj. Balch, from Danvers. 

Adjutant J. Woodward, from Westminster. 

Quar. Master Benj. Howard, from Shrewsbury. 

Surgeon Enoch Dole, from Lancaster. 

Mate Nathan Burnap, from Hupkinston. 

In camp on Winter Hill, Oct. 6, 177$. 

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at Winter Hill. At this time his family had increased to 
five children, and constant eft'ort was requisite to keep the 
wolf from the family door. This was accomplished only 
by his meagre pay as chaplain and such other employ as 
came from occasional supply of vacant pulpits when not 
thus employed as chaplain, either in the army or navy, but 
his energies never relaxed in the endeavor by every means 
to forward the cause of the people against the now open 
enemy. He preached for a while in Boston, but outside of 
the regular duties was most active in and among the nu- 
merous camps in ministerial work and in the encourage- 
ment of the cause generally. In this service he was joined 
by Rev. Manasseh Cutler, who also was most earnest in 
the good work. They frequently exchanged pulpits and 
places, as is shown by the numerous entries in the diary kept 
by Dr. Cutler, extracts from which are published in the 
" Life" of the latter, and others have come to us from un- 
published manuscript in the hands of his descendants, all 
showing conclusively that both he and Cutler were most 
earnest and active in every patriotic work. 

The Rev. Benjamin was also employed in sea-service 
at about this time, being attached as chaplain to the frigate 
Hancock and other vessels going on short cruises, but in 
consequence of the irregular manner in which the records 
of naval vessels employed in the Massachusetts Bay State 
service were kept at the time, we are unable to give the 
names of ships, previous to 1778, on which he was 
thus engaged. He seemed to have been out of public 
employment in the summer of 1778, and was then tem- 
porarily supplying the pulpit of Rev. Mr. Hitchcock, at 
Beverly. Being a resident of the town of Danvers, he 
became in May or June of 1778 a conscript at a draft for 
soldiers held in that place. The family exchequer was then 
at its lowest ebb. Twins had, the year before, been added 
to his already well-filled household, increasing the number 

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of his children to seven. The story of his previous services 
to the public and his present pecuniary condition is best 
told in a petition presented bv him to the General Council 
at Boston praving for relief from the draft aforesaid, the 
original of which, in the reverend gentleman's own hand- 
writing, may be found on hie at the State-House in Boston. 
This we give in full, as follows : 

•• To the Hon'"'* the Councill and Hon' House of Representa- 
tives of the State of Massachusetts Bay. 

"The Petition of Benjamin Balch humbly sheweth that your 
Petitioner has from the Commencement of the War, been employed 
as Chaplain either in the Army or Navy, excepting some Intervals 
of short duration and is still ready and willing to serve his country 
in the same capacity should a door open for it ; and which for 
several Months past he has been wishing for, which time he has 
improved in preaching to vacant congregations, which vealds him a 
Scanty Pittance for the support of himseH and Wife and Seven Small 
Children ; notwithstanding which the Militia officers of the Town of 
Danvers have drafted your Petitioner to go as a Common Soldier 
into the Army, or to pay a heavy fine, which will greatly distress 
his family. 

" Therefore your Petitioner humbly prays that the Hon'"'* Court 
will be pleased to give such orders for his relief as they in their 
Wisdom and goodness shall see meet. 

" And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray, &c. 

(Signed) " Benj-^ Balch. 

" Boston, June 6"", 1778." 

While this petition sccnis to have been acted on 
adversely by the Council, probably for fear of public dis- 
content from exceptions being made in any case, his 
prayer for employment other than that ot a common 
soldier whereon to support his family seems to have 
been granted soon after, for in October following his 

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name appears among the staft officers of the frigate 
Boston.* 

Rev. Benjamin Balch's eldest son, Thomas, was at this 
time thirteen years of age, and his second son, Benjamin, 
was about eleven years old. It has come down through 
traditions of the family that these two sons went with their 
father on cruises, being thus employed as powder-boys, or 
" monkeys," as such were sometimes designated, but being 
under age, the two were, on one occasion at least, entered 
as one man and drew pay as such. The name of the ship 
in which the father was chaplain and the boys as above 
then served has escaped memory, but in looking over the 
roster of the frigate Boston, under the date of December 
1, 1778, we find the name of Benjamin Balchf entered 
as " landsman," from which we conclude that the name of 
the younger son only was entered, and that the Boston was 
the vessel to which three members of the family together 
were at one time attached in the service of their country. 

This expedient was undoubtedly resorted to in conse- 
quence of the hardship of the times, compelling every 
possible means of sustaining the family to be utilized, a 
sad commentary on the evils of war, but also giving addi- 
tional evidence of the determination of the people to main- 
tain their rights. The years 1779, 1780, and 1781 covered 

* The frigate Boston was officered as follows : 

Samuel Tucker Commander 

David Phipps 1st Lieutenant 

Hezekiel Welsh 2nd Lieutenant 

Benjamin Bates 3rd Lieutenant 

Wm. Pearson Master 

Seth Buxton Capt. Marines 

Jere. Reed ist Lieut. Marines 

Wm. Cooper and do. do. 

Thos. Burns Surgeon 

Benj. Balch Chaplain 

"I" Thi» young man was born January 5, I 768, and continued to follow the sea 
until he was drowned, April 10, 1809. 

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a most important period in the history of Rev. Benjamin 
Balch's naval services. 

He continued to ser\c in the frigate Boston under the 
valiant Tucker during most, if not all, the succeeding year 
( I 779), which is tantamount to saying, in view of the valor, 
aggressiveness, and consummate ability of that naval officer, 
that those on board were most actively employed. Tucker 
was first, last, and all the time aggressive and a fighter. He 
made during the spring and summer of 1779 several 
remarkably successful cruises. During the month of June 
alone he captured no less than seven prizes, of which six 
were armed vessels. Of these the most important was 
the Pole, a frigate of 200 tons burden, mounting 24 guns, 
and the sloop-of-war Thorn, of 16 guns. The Pole was 
sold for ;^i 03,000, and the sale of her coal and provisions 
subsequently increased the amount to ;^ 120,000. 

The frigate Boston fell into the hands of the British on 
May II, 1780, by the surrender of General Lincoln at 
Charleston, when the vessels in harbor were also included 
in the capitulation, but it is not known that the Rev. Ben- 
jamin Balch, or any of his family, were at that time attached 
to her. He became attached as chaplain to the new frigate 
Alliance,* said to have been the first frigate actually owned 



*The frigate Alliance was of great renown in the Revolution, in that respect 
ranking with the Constitution in the War of 1 8 12 or the Kearsarge in the War of 
the Rebellion. 

She was swift and was easily handled, but it is said her interior arrangement 
was sonriewhat awkward. The ship was known to have made upward of fourteen 
knots an hour and on one occasion crossed the Atlantic in twenty-three days. 

The Continental Congress caused several frigates to be built during the year 
1778, of which the Alliance was the first. Shipwrights of sufficient means to 
undertake alone the work of building vessels of the required class were not numer- 
ous, while, on account of the depreciated currency and the uncertainty of political 
affair*, there was always a scarcity of bidders for the construction of Govern- 
ment ships. 

John Hackett, a shipbuilder of Salisbury, undertook the construction of the 
Alliance, and, being unable to find others to join him, completed her alone during 
the year. 

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by the Continental Congress, probably in the latter part of 
that year, on which his sons, as before stated, also served. 
We are able through a number of affidavits, which were 
made at Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1820, to fortify 
the claim of Thomas, the eldest son, for a United States 
Government pension, to arrive at the main facts incident 
to the employment. Otherwise family traditions are relied 
upon. These affidavits are as follows : 

"Thomas Balch, aged fifty-six years or thereabouts, declares on 
oath (third Monday of September, 1820, before the Circuit Court 
in Newburyport) that he served in the Navy of the United States 
in the War of the Revolution in the frigate Boston, commanded by 
Captain McNeil, several months, and afterwards, in the summer of 
1780 or in the course of that year, he enlisted and served on board 
the private armed ship Hannibal, of twenty-five guns, commanded 
by Captain Jeremiah O'Brien, of Marblehead, and in the latter part 
of that year was taken prisoner by the British and imprisoned in the 
Jersey prison ship at New Yoric, and, as nearly as he can now recol- 
lect, in the month of September of that vear was, with several other 
prisoners, exchanged, and immediately afterwards arrived at Boston 
and there enlisted on board the United States frigate Alliance, Cap- 
tain James Barry, in the month of December of that year. Sailed 
in her for France in the spring of 1780, and continued on board as 

which occasion Lafayette was a passenger. In consequence of an unfortunate selec- 
tion by her commander of an unruly and mutinous if not treasonable crew, the 
Alliance, on her first voyage, came near falling into the enemy's hands. 

It is a curious fact, in connection with our family, that Richard Hackett, son 
of John Hackett, who also continued the business of shipbuilding after his father's 
decease, became the husband of Martha, daughter of the Rev. Benjamin Balch, 
in 1806. 

Soon after the close of the war the Aftiance, with other frigates of the United 
States Government, was sold to private parties. She was refitted and afterwards 
made several East Indian voyages in the merchant service. 

From the " History of Salisbury :" "This village had the honor of one of the 
most skiltul naval architects of New England at the time of the Revolution, a true 
patriot and prominent in every matter of public welfare. As a builder of the first 
frigate (Alliance) for the Continental Congress he will live in the history of the 
nation. After the refusal of other noted shipwrights to join him in the undertaking, 
he fearlessly contracted to build her, etc." 

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a mariner until her return to Boston, about December, 1781. That 
on the passage home he was on board said frigate when she was en- 
gaged with and captured a British ship and a brig off Halifax, after 
a severe engagement. That he was discharged from said frigate at 
Boston, 1781." 

•« I, Phcebe White, wife of Henry White, Esq., of Beverly, on 
oath, do testify that I was intimately acquainted with the Rev. Ben- 
jamin Balch and his wife, Joanna, from 1775 to 1784, and that in 
the year 1781 I frequently conversed with her respecting the ab- 
sence of her husband and her son, Thomas Balch, then on a cruise 
in the ship Alliance, James Barry, commander. The said Benjamin 
was at that time chaplain of the said ship, and on the return ot the 
ship I saw the said Benjamin and his wife, and he, the said Benja- 
min, stated that he and his son, Thomas Balch, had been very much 
exposed, had had a severe engagement, and that the conduct ot his 
son was becoming a mariner." 

Note. — It must be remembered that these affidavits were 
taken with especial reference to the application of Thomas, 
the eldest son, for a pension. Benjamin, the younger 
son, died in 1809. 

"1, loseph O'Brien, of Newburyport, on oath, testify that I am 
well acquainted with the Thomas Balch who is now making appli- 
cation for a pension ; have known him since he was a child. . . . 
His father married my sister, and 1 had a brother who was on board 
the Boston as a midshipman. Said Balch's father was chaplain. . ." 

In the much to be regretted absence of the reverend 
gentleman's own account of services rendered on the occa- 
sion of his employment on this and other ships, as before 
stated, we are compelled to rely on traditions thereof, such as 
have come down through so many years of family changes, 
with all the uncertainties so common with respect to details 
pertaining to the history of events thus perpetuated. But it 
is said that on the occasion of the engagement between the 
Alliance and the two vessels referred to in the affidavit of 

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Thomas Balch, the reverend father, forgetting for the 
moment the usual place and sphere of the " cloth" and 
impelled only by the desperate circumstances in which the 
Alliance was placed at one time, through the dying out of 
the wind and being then exposed to the raking fire of one 
of the vessels, seized such firearms as came most handy 
and did good execution on the enemy. He is said to have 
received the appellation of the " fighting parson" from this 
engagement. After the fray it is said that he searched 
the ship in greatest anxiety for his son, and finding him 
unharmed gave expression of his thanks to God therefor. 
The events in which the Rev. Benjamin was concerned 
the succeeding year we will not undertake to give for the 
reasons stated, but it is known that he was actively em- 
ployed until peace was declared early in the year 1783. 

About one year afterwards the Rev. Benjamin Balch 
and family removed from Danvers to Barrington, New 
Hampshire, from whence he had received a call, and where 
he was installed as pastor of the Congregational church 
August 25, 1784, and which relation he maintained for 
nearly thirty-two years. He died there May 4, 18 16. He 
occupied the pulpit to within two or three days of his 
death, which occurred suddenly, on occasion of his taking 
leave of the old parsonage, his failing health and faculties 
having incapacitated him for further ministerial service. 

There is something pathetic in the circumstances of 
his taking leave of the old parsonage in which he had so 
long resided, and where a large family had been reared, 
educated, and from whence all had been sent out into the 
world. It is related that, after visiting the parsonage for 
the last time, he set out on foot to the house of his 
daughter, about two miles distant, which had been arranged 
by his congregation for his future home, and had nearly 
reached there when he was seen to walk unsteadily and to 
sit down by the wayside, where he died. 

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It is pleasant here to note the perfect peace that char- 
acterized his long ministry at Harrington, and the consid- 
eration and kindness that was there shown him by his 
congregation, bv reason of his patriotic devotion to his 
country and the Cjodly service rendered by him to his 
people. 

Thus we have traced, in the main features only, the 
career of this patriotic son of Massachusetts ; and who 
shall say that he did not '■'■ act well his part" ? A lineal 
descendant of the firstborn of her soil, he was an American 
in the highest sense, and as such redeemed every obligation 
of fealty to the country in time of her need. Born of a 
parentage than which none was better, socially or morally 
considered, he honored the same by a life of probity and 
honorable living. Dedicated to the Church, his life was a 
constant contribution to the religious and moral betterment 
of society. 

His achievements as a minister and a patriot, while 
perhaps characterized by modesty and unostentation, were 
nevertheless earnest, painstaking, and fruitful of the best 
results. Living in a time whose rush of events compelled 
every citizen to quickly take position for or against the 
cause of freedom, he became first, last, and all the time a 
staunch republican, and he affiliated with none who failed 
Ui draw inspiration from the same ftnintain, as is shown 
bv his constant companionship with nun of uiKt)ui\ocal 
patriotism — men who, undoubtedly having prescience of 
something attainable in their political well-being somewhat 
akin to their spiritual aspirations, but devoid of a prototype 
or model, seemed to be guided by Divine light in its final 
attainment. 

The disposition, at present so manifest, to bring to 
light the earnest labors and achievements of the host of 
patriots who contributed so much to the cause amid modest 
surroundings, and whose names in consequence have not 

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been preserved on history's pages, is one of the happy 
signs of the times. Nothing can be more contributive to 
the perpetuation of patriotic impulses, nor have a greater 
tendency to render the form of government that these men 
worked out and placed in successful operation stable and 
enduring. In this view, and with the design of contributing 
something to a purpose so laudable, the foregoing record 
has been prepared. 

The sterling qualities of this Revolutionary patriot is 
further shown in the fact that during all the years of politi- 
cal strife, which had their beginning almost at the birth of 
his firstborn, and which were productive from the start of 
social as well as religious disintegration in communities, 
together with hardships of living such as at this time are 
difficult to realize, he succeeded in rearing a large family in 
a most creditable manner. He had twelve children, of 
whom ten reached mature and even extreme old age. 
Benjamin (born in 1 768) was a shipmaster, and was drowned 
at sea when forty-one years of age, and Joseph, the young- 
est, died in infancy. Three only, Jeremiah, Hannah, 
and Joseph, were born at the Barrington parsonage. 

The presence of the revered father and intelligent and 
affectionate mother served to make the old parsonage the 
Mecca towards which the eyes of all the children turned for 
many years. Aided by the educated paternal head of the 
house, who, in accord with the practice of the times, de- 
voted much time to the education of his children, together 
with such facilities as the village school afforded, each and 
every one received good fundamental learning and some 
high educational training ; and as a further tribute to the 
character of this man and his excellent wife, and in a 
manner also accentuating the influence of an honorable 
existence and, in every wav, correct living, it may be 
said, without equivocation, that in every instance these 
children fully redeemed the pledge of good citizenship, 

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which is rhe proper inheritance of good parentage and an 
honorable ancestry. Mrs. (Joanna O'Brien) Balch died 
at Barrington, New Hampshire, September, 1820. 



The Children of Rev, Benjamin and Joanna Balch. 



Thomas Balch, 


born 1765 


Benjamin Balch, born 1768 


Mary, 


♦• 1770 


John, " I77.a 


William, 


" 1775 


George Washington, " '7 77 


Horatio Gates, 


" 1777 


Joanna, " 1780 


Martha, 


" 1783 


Jeremiah, " 1 785 


Hannah, 


♦« 1791 


Joseph, " 1794 




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OFFICERS : 1905— 1906 



PRESIDENT 

GALUSHA B. BALCH, M.D. 

I}6 VV'ARBL'RTON AVENUB 

YONKERS, N. V. 



VICE-PRESIDENT 

GEORGE W. BALCH 

656 Jefferson Avenub 
DETROIT, MICH. 



TREASURER 

ALFRED C. BALCH 

127 South Sixth Street 
PHILADELPHIA, PA. 



COUNSEL 

FRANCIS N. BALCH 
60 State Street 
BOSTON, MASS. 



SECRETARY 

WILLIAM LINCOLN BALCH 
8 Franklin Chambers 
Cleaves Street 
BOSTON, MASS. 






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Boston, November i, 1906. 

HE second reunion of the Balch Family 
Association was held on Wednesday, 
August ist, 1906, at the Pavilion, Salem 
Willows, Mass., with a very gratifying 
attendance. Shortly after 10 A.M. mem- 
bers were met at the Boston and Maine Railroad station in 
Salem by the President and Secretary of the Association 
and Dr. Frank A. Gardner of the Old Planters Society. 
Two parties of forty members each were formed. One, 
headed by Dr. Galusha B. Balch, took a trip by trolley to 
North Beverly, where a group photograph was taken in 
front of the old John Balch homestead, while the other, 
under the guidance of Dr. Gardner, proceeded to view 
the interesting sights of the Witch City, passing through 
Norman, Summer, Broad, Cambridge, Essex, North, Fed- 
eral, Washington, Essex, Central, Charter, Liberty, Essex, 
Union, Derby, and Turner streets. Among the places seen 
were : The old Pickering Mansion, Witch House, North 
Bridge monument. Court House, Town House Square, old 
Custom House, Grimshaw House, Charter Street Burying 
Ground, Essex Institute, Hawthorne's birthplace, the 
Custom House, where he worked, the Derby Mansion and 
the " House of Seven Gables." 



SECOND REUNION OF THE 

Between 12.30 and 1 o'clock all assembled for luncheon 
at the Pavilion, and at 2,20 President Galusha B. Balch 
called to order in the upper hall a business meeting, which 
was opened with prayer by the Reverend William H. Savary 
of Grovcland, Mass., a descendant of John Balch. 

The Secretary's repon for the preceding year, which is 
appended, was read and adopted. The roll of those who 
had signified their intention to be present was then called, 
and one hundred and twenty-four persons — Balches by birth, 
marriage or descent — responded to their names or were 
added to the roll. 

The question of an assessment was taken up and dis- 
cussed, and a proposition that adult male members pay a 
registration fee of $1 and women and children one of 50 
cents only was opposed by a lady member, and thereupon 
withdrawn. 

Dr. Gardner of the Old Planters, from his experience 
with similar organizations, advised an active membership 
fee of $1 per annum, a contributing membership fee of $5, 
and a life membership fee of $25. 

This suggestion was put in the form of a formal motion 
by Mr. William Hoyt Balch of Boston, and carried unan- 
imously, and it was voted that the first payment be made 
to the Secretary. Those whose names are marked by a 
star in the appended list of those present thereupon paid 
their dues for 1906. Any error or omission discovered in 
the list should be reported to the Secretary. 

The proposed purchase and preservation of the old 
John Balch Homestead on North Beverly was then con- 
sidered, the Secretary reading extracts from a preliminary 
report on the property made by the Counsel of the Associa- 
tion, Francis Noyes Balch, Esq., of iioston. 

President Balch thought that the place should he bought 
by the Association, by subscription, and that all Balch 
descendants should be solicited to purchase shares. It was 

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also his opinion that the City of Beverly should be requested 
to take charge of the old house and grounds as a public 
park, released from all taxation. Dr. Balch suggests that 
the place be called Old Planters Park. 

Dr. Gardner, an officer of the Old Planters Society, 
welcomed the Park idea, and said that the present is the 
time to act, and see how such a suggestion will be met. 

Mr. William Hoyt Balch of Boston moved that a com- 
mittee of three, of which the Counsel of the Association 
shall be one, be appointed by the President, with full power 
to act for the Association in taking such measures as may 
be necessary to incorporate for the purpose of purchasing 
and holding the old homestead property. 

This motion was carried, and the President appointed as 
the Committee: Chairman, William Hoyt Balch; counsel, 
Francis Noyes Balch; secretary, William Lincoln Balch, all 
of Boston. 

A motion was made and adopted that the present offi- 
cers receive the hearty thanks of the Association, and be 
re-elected for another year. 

Dr. Gardner expressed the hope that the Association 
might be able to secure the old homestead, and hold its next 
gathering there. It is the oldest house in Beverly, and 
should be made a depository of Balch relics and a shrine 
for the pilgrimages of Balch descendants. He promised 
the co-operation of the Old Planters Society, and invited 
the Balches to meet next year with the Gardner family, as 
all descendants of John Balch are also descendants of 
Thomas Gardner. 

The question of the frequency of Association gather- 
ings was then taken up. Mr. William Hoyt Balch thought, 
from his knowledge of societies of somewhat similar char- 
acter, that once in three years is often enough to call such 
meetings. 



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Mr. Arthur G. Sawyer of Milton favored annual meet- 
ings. Indeed, he would like to attend such gatherings as 
the present as often as once in six months. 

Dr. Gardner thought that, to ensure continued interest, 
triennial gatherings would be found sufficiently frequent. 

As a result of the debate it was : 

Voted, that a meeting of the Association be held next 
year, at the call of the officers, at the Old Balch Home- 
stead if possible, and thereafter once in three years. 

Adjourned. 

Since the Reunion, the Secretary has received further 
delayed replies from invited members who could not be 
present, including Major-General Adolphus W. Greely, 
U.S.A., commanding the Department of the Pacific, who 
wrote : 

" I very much regret that my duties in San Francisco were ot 
such an exacting character as to oblige mc to neglect my personal 
mail — otherwise I should have sent a word of greeting to my 
assembled kinsmen on August i." 

The Secretary has also received and been gratified by 
assurances that a thoroughly " good time" was enjoyed by 
all present, and hopes that next year's assemblage may be 
much larger and more successful still. 

WILLIAM LINCOLN BALCH 

Secretary. 



BALCH FAMILY ASSOCIATION 



^ecretarp'g ^Report 

for 1905^6 

Salem, August i, 1906. 
Ladies and Gentlemen : 

Little more than a year since the Balch Family Associ- 
ation was organized at a gathering held at the old John 
Balch Homestead in North Beverly at the invitation of the 
Old Planters Society. Five hundred invitations were sent 
out, and about fifty descendants of John Balch assembled. 
A President, Vice-President, and Secretary were chosen 
by vote, and the President subsequently appointed a Treas- 
urer and a legal adviser. 

The Treasurer, although without a treasury, very 
generously printed a handsome pamphlet report of the 
proceedings of that first meeting, and copies were mailed 
to a large number of Balch descendants and also to 
numerous public libraries, genealogical and historical socie- 
ties, etc., many of which, — including the Library of 
Congress and the Smithsonian Institution at Washington — 
acknowledged their receipt and placed them on their 
shelves. Those who would like to purchase copies of that 
report, containing a fine view of the old Balch Homestead, 
can obtain them here now. 

Early this season, a movement for the present meeting 
was begun, and the Secretary sent out nearly two hundred 
circular letters of enquiry to those who had shown an 
interest in the family and its history. The most distant 
points sent to were New Brunswick, Honolulu and Ber- 
muda. The responses received were two to one in favor 
of a gathering at this time and place, and the Treasurer, 

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besides making a generous cash contribution, again at his 
own expense provided a thousand printed invitations and 
envelopes, and also a thousand post-cards planned by our 
President, who is the family historian, designed to elicit 
additional facts and figures for the genealogy. The Secre- 
tary, as his share of the expenses, paid the postage on these 
preliminary letters and circulars. 

The invitations were responded to in the same ratio as 
in the previous year, and about one-tenth of some thousand 
persons invited sent in acceptances. 

As was stated at last year's meeting, the last survivor 
of the seventh generation of John Balch's descendants 
lived to see the first day of the 20th century. Those of 
the eighth generation who remain are in advanced years, 
but many of them, it is a pleasure to know, still hale and 
active. Last year we had with us Mr. Benjamin Johnson 
Balch of Topsfield, almost eighty years of age, and our 
Vice-President, Mr. George W. Balch of Detroit, who is 
seventy-four. This year we have Mrs. Almira Balch 
Rowell, of Brookline, Mass, who is ninety-five, and Mr. 
Daniel Stickney Balch, nearly seventy-five, has come from 
Lyons, Iowa, to be present here with his younger sister. 
Miss Sarah Helen Balch of Groveland, who is only seventy. 

It is noticeable that it is not the younger ones — those 
upon whom will devolve the duty of carrying on this 
organization, if it is to live — who show the greatest inter- 
est in the family, and in the preservation of its most 
valued relic, the John Balch Homestead. 

While nothing definite has been done in that direction, 
it is the earnest desire of your officers that some practical 
step be taken, before it is too late, to ensure the pres- 
ervation of that ancient landmark. During the past year 
the Secretary has ncned in the public prints numerous 
accounts of family gatherings similar to ours. While most 
ot these family associations would appear to be numeri- 

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cally and financially stronger than ours, none, certainly, 
has a more picturesque and interesting "old homestead" to 
rally about, and we ought to be alive to our opportunity 
and our duty to preserve it to posterity. It is, we believe, 
the oldest dwelling in this country that has been continu- 
ously occupied by descendants of the pioneer builder 

One of the Balch descendants, David Moore Balch, a 
native of this city of Salem and many years a resident, 
but now living at Coronado, California, writes as follows: 

"June 20, 1906. 

"I hope Balches enough may be found to make the gathering 
at Salem Willows a success. Personally, nothing would give me 
greater pleasure than to assist, if it were possible, but a journey 
across the continent for that purpose is not to be thought of : con- 
sequently I must confine myself to wishing a most enjoyable day to 
all present. 

" The idea — with whomever it originated — of buying the old 
homestead to be held as family property, is excellent, and to the 
credit of its originator. The price should not be high, and there 
should certainly be enough of us found ready to contribute our 
mites for such a purpose. Let the matter be debated at the meeting. 

"The Balches — and a few other allied families — descending as 
they all do from Thomas Gardner, undoubtedly the first Deputy 
Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony — or rather, of the 
nucleus that expanded into that colony — may be considered as 
among the pioneers of the pioneers in the settlement of the chiefest 
part of the United States." 

If our own mites cannot be collected in sufficient 
amount to buy the old homestead, it has been suggested 
that the cities of Beverly and Salem and their historical 
and antiquarian societies should be induced to take part in 
the matter and assume perpetual care of the Balch home- 
stead as a place of historic interest. One of the officers 
of one of these societies has expressed the opinion that, if 
we show that we are in earnest by taking some definite step, 

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there will be found manv public-spirited persons outside of 
our body ready to give their aid. 

An interesting report on the Balch Homestead title 
has been prepared by our counsel, Francis N. Balch, Esq., 
for the information of this Association. 

A number of representatives of antiquarian institutions 
were invited to meet with us today, some of whom were 
unable to be present, and letters of regret have been 
received from General Francis H. Applcton, President of 
the Essex Institute of Salem, Mr. Sidney Perley of the 
Essex jlntiquorian^ Salem, and Mr. A. A. Galloupe of 
Beverly. But we have with us the Vice-President and the 
Secretary of the Old Planters Societv — Dr. Frank A. 
Gardner and Miss Lucie A'l. Gardner — whose advice and 
assistance have been most valuable. 

Among the Balch descendants who wrote regretting 
their inability to attend were Hon. Charles Warren Lipp- 
iit, ex-Governor of Rhode Island, and Dr. A. W. Balch, 
and familv, of the United States Naval Aledical School, at 
Washington, D. C. 

A few of those who could not come sent contributions 
toward the expenses of the gathering, and others expressed 
a desire to pay any necessary assessment for that purpose. 

The whole amount contributed by members aggre- 
gated $29.50, and this has been expended by the Secretary 
for postage, badges, and the use of this hall. 

The Association now owes nothing, and has nothing, 
and whatever action this meeting may take requiring ex- 
penditure should be accompanied by measures for raising 
the needed funds. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM LINCOLN BALCH, 

Secretary. 



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BALCH FAMILY ASSOCIAIION 

a Wt of ^mm^ant^ of 

Present and enrolled at the Second Reunion, at Salem, 
August 1st, 1906. 

The numbers in sub-headings and prefixed to names 
are those used to designate lines of descent in Dr. Balch's 
Genealogy. 

The stars prefixed to names indicate those who have 
paid annual dues for 1906. 



I.— SAMUEL. 

(5) Samuel (21-63-134-277-556-1179), Andrew J. 

(1937) Mr. and Mrs. George A. Balch, 223 Howard Avenue, 

Utica, N. Y. 
(2451) Miss Marguerite Balch, 223 Howard Ave., Utica, N. Y. 

(5) Samuel (21-66-143-292-606), Emeline B. Leason 
(606) Miss Ida E. Leason, Sheboygan, Wis. 

(5) Samuel (22-70-150-304), Gustavus 

(621) ^Joseph Henry Balch, 17 West Montgomery St., Johns- 
town, N. Y. 

(5) Samuel (22-70-153-309), Alvah B. 

(625) *Galusha B. Balch, M.D., 136 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, 
N. Y. 

(1294) *Samuel W. Balch (67 Wall St., N. Y. C), Mont- 

clair, N. J. 

(1295) *Dr. H. Elizabeth Balch, State Hospital, Flatbush, L. I., 

N. Y. 

(5) Samuel (23-78), Deborah Dodge 

(78) *Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Balch Dodge, 388 Cabot St. 
Beverly, Mass. 

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*Mrs. John Perley Stone, 228 Rantoul St., Beverly, 

Mass. 
*Mrs. Horace E. Durgin, Wenham, Mass. 

James Clinton Durgin, Melrose Highlands, Mass. 

Mrs. Sadie L. Riddle, 5 Chestnut St., Beverlv, Mass. 

Ralph L. Riddle, 5 Chestnut St. Beverly, Mass. 

Edward F. Caswell, 5 Chestnut St., Beverly, Mass. 



II.— BENJAMIN. 

(6) Benjamin (31-91-168-333-663), Nathan 

(1314) *Mr. and *Mrs. Edson D. Sawyer, Milton (Hyde 
Park P. O.), Mass. 
*Esther M. Sawyer, Milton (Hyde Park P. O.), Mass. 
*Leita L. Sawyer, Milton (Hyde Park P. O,), Mass. 
(1314) *Mr. and ^i^Mrs. Arthur G. Sawyer, Milton (Mattapan 
P. O.), Mass. 
Roger E Sawyer, Milton (Mattapan P. O.), Mass. 

(6) Benjamin (31-91-168-333-670), Er 

('33') ^I"' Edwin C. Farwell, 10 Pine St., Hyde Park, Mass. 

Miss Minnie G. Farwell, 10 Pine St., Hyde Park, Mass. 

(1331) Mr. and Mrs. George Balch Pierce, 11 Lincoln St., 

Hyde Park, Mass. 
(2039) *George L. Balch, 24 Parker St., Watertown, Mass. 
Fanny E. Balch, 24 Parker St., Watertown, Mass. 
(2042) Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Horace Balch, 6 Washburn St., 

Watertown, Mass. 
(2477) Wilfred Vcysey Balch, 6 Washburn St., Watertown, 
Mass. 
Paul Conant Balch, 6 Washburn St., Watertown, Mass. 
Ruth Balch, 6 Washburn St., Watertown, Mass. 
Horace Er Balch, 6 Washburn St., Watertown, Mass. 

(6) Benjamin (31-91-168-333-672), James Parker 

(1341) *Mrs. George P. Balch, 185 High St., Newburyport, 
Mass. 

(6) Benjamin (31-91-170-334), Capt. Nathaniel 

(1346) *Mr. and Mrs. William Lincoln Balch, 8 Cleaves St., 

Boston, Mass. 
('347) *Miss Kate Balch, Tewkesbury, Mass. 
(1348) Mr. and =;=Mrs. J. Albert Simpson, East Milton, Mass. 

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III.— JOHN. 

(7) John (39-97-1 77-357-70i), John 

(1403) *Frank Ceylon Place, 128 Margaret St., Plattsburg, N. Y. 

(1405) *Mrs. William L. Whitcomb, 4 Arcadia St., North Cam- 

bridge, Mass. 

(1406) Mrs. William L. Buker, 20 Oliver St., Everett, Mass. 

(7) John (39-97-369-712), Abner 

(2146) *Mr. and *Mrs. Alfred C. Balch (227 S. Sixth St., 

Philadelphia), Lansdovvne, Pa. 
(2524) *Walter B. Balch, Lansdowne, Pa. 

^Frederick S. Balch, Lansdowne, Pa. 
*Bertram S, Balch, Lansdowne, Pa. 
(1434) Mrs. Theodore F, Hovey, 62 Harvard St., Brooklinc, 

Mass. 
(1437) *Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mortimer Balch, 633 Main St., 
Wakefield, Mass. 

(1443) *Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Alden Balch, 8 Edith Ave., 

Everett, Mass. 
*Frank Anderson Balch, 8 Edith Avenue., Everett, Mass. 

(1444) Mrs. Almira Balch Rowell, 62 Harvard St., Brookline, 

Mass. 

(7) John (40-100-181 ), John 

Augustus W. Balch, Pennsylvania Avenue, Matamoras, 
Pa. 

(7) John (40-103-187-390-804), John 

(2271) *Percy L Balch, 23 Irving Street, Cambridge, Mass. 
*Mrs. Amy Moulton Balch, 23 Irving St., Cambridge, 
Mass. 

(7) John (40-103-1 87-374-806-1 574), Lowell Levi 

(2291) Mrs. Charles Cowdrey, Windsor, Vt. 

Allan Whitney Covvdrey, Windsor, Vt. 

(7) John (40-103-191-407-838), Theodore E. 

(16 1 2) Mrs. Mary Ellen Balch Gowing, 23 Yale Ave., Wake- 
field, Mass. 
(161 3) Miss Annie Gertrude Balch, 23 Yale Avenue, Wakefield, 

Mass. 

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(7) John (40-103-191-408-849), John H. 

(849) Mrs. John H. Balch, 22 Abbot Road, Wellcsley Hills, 
Mass. 

(1622) Miss Gretchcn Balch, 22 Abbott Road, Wellesley Hills, 

Mass. 

(1623) John Balch, 22 Abbott Road, Wellesley Hills, Mass. 

(1624) Clarkson Balch, 22 Abbott Road, Wellesley Hills, Mass. 

(7) John (40-103-193), Betsey Grant 

(193) *Mrs. Catherine Grant Simmons, 128 Fayette St., Lynn, 

Mass. 
(193) *Mrs. William James Kavanagh, 26 Prospect Ave., Win- 
throp, Mass. 
Leslie B. Grant, 30 Ridgeway Street, Lynn, Mass. 
John Herbert Grant, 30 Ridgeway Street, Lynn, Mass. 
(193) *Mrs. S. J. Foster, 265 Lafayette St., Salem, Mass. 
(193) Mrs. Francis A. Foster, 1 Quincy Park, Beverly, Mass. 
Harold Foster, I Quincy Park, Beverly, Mass. 

(7) John (40-103-287-396-822), William 

(1603) *Mr. and *Mrs. William Hoyt Balch, 365 Main St., 

Stoneham, Mass. 
*Miss Frances Putman Balch, 365 Main St., Stoneham, 

Mass. 
*William Balch, 365 Main Street, Stoneham, Mass. 

(7) John (47-1 15-220-440-926), Nehemiah 
(2323) *Miss Grace W. Balch, 434 Westford St., Lowell, Mass. 

(7) John (47-115-222-447-942), Abigail 

(1710) Almon Balch, Hyde Park, Vermont. 

(2355) Miss Estclla E. Balch, P. O. Box i486, Boston, Mass. 

(7) John (47-115-222-447-950), Hannah 
(950) *Miss Hannah Haseltine, Lexington, Mass. 

(7) John (47-1 1 5-222-452-955), Margaret D. 
(955) Mrs. Estella O. Nay, 13 Jay Street, Cambridge, Mass. 

(7) John (47-1 1 5-222-452-960), Ezra D. 

(1734) *Mr. and Mrs. Ossian E. Balch, 28 East Brooklinc St., 

Boston, Mass. 
(2375) lister W. Balch, 28 E. Brooklinc St., Boston, Mass. 
Glenn A. Balch, 28 East Brooklinc St., Boston, Mass. 

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IV.— FREEBORN. 

(9) Freeborn (51-1 17-232-446-987), Asahel Adams 

(1779) *Miss Louise Shattuck Balch, 1 Cherry St., Haverhill, 
Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (51-1 i 7-232-464-980), Warren Banford 
(980) Harriet Priest Balch, 309 Broadway, Lawrence, Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (5 i-i i 7-233-472-1000), Sarah Elizabeth 

(1000) Mr. and =i=Mrs. Herbert A. Hastings, 56 Walnut St., 
Somerville, Mass. 
*Miss Gladys Balch Hastings, 56 Walnut St., Somerville, 
Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (5 i-i i 7-236-480), Wesley Perkins 

(1004) *Mrs. Elizabeth L. Tuttle, 66 Chestnut St., Boston, Mass. 
(1004) ^'^G. Wesley Pettes, Custom House, Boston, Mass. 

'i^Miss F. Helen Pettes, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass. 
(1007) *Miss Elizabeth A. Balch, 92 Charles St., Boston, Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (52-124-238), Mary Cutler 

(238) Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Torrey, Manchester, Mass. 
Rev. and Mrs. Temple Cutler, Ipswich, Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (52-124-239-493-1047), Mary W. Hackett 

(1047) Miss Mary Wadsworth Hackett, 74 Highland Avenue, 
Newtonville, Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (52-124-239-498-1065), Henry C. 

(1836) *Edward Crawford Balch, 167 Spring St., New York, 
N. Y. 
*Mrs. Kate L. Balch, Maplewood, N. J. 
Everett P. Balch, Maplewood, N. J. 

(9) Freeborn (58-127-250-505), Thomas H. 

(1077) *Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Tenney Balch, 11 Greenleaf St., 

Newburyport, Mass. 

(1078) ^Charles Thomas Balch, Groveland, Mass. 

(1848) Mrs. Leonard Parker Balch, 287 Main St., Amesbury, 

Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (58-127-235-509), Louisa Savary 
(509) ^Rev. William H. Savary, Groveland, Mass. 

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(9) Freeborn (58-127-250-505-1082), Gardner P. 

(1082) *Gardner Pickird Balch, 16 Montvicw St., \^'est Rox- 
bury, Mass. 
*Sophia George Balch, 16 Momview St., West Roxbury, 
Mass. 

(1853) Malcolm Williams Balch, 16 Montview St., West Rox- 
bury, Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (58-127-250-505-1082), Ann Mary 

(1087) Mr. and Mrs. Luther K. Pemberton, 29 Gardner St., 
Grovcland, Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (58-127-253-513), Moses Phippen 

(1106) Mrs. George Phippen Balch, 373 Chatham St., Lynn, 
Mass. 
*Mr. and Mrs. John Steele Balch, 392 Western Ave., 

Lynn, Mass. 
*George James Balch, 392 Western Ave., Lynn, Mass. 
John ClifFord Balch, 392 Western Avenue, Lynn, Mass. 

(1113) Mrs. Clara R. Turner, Somerville, Mass. 

(1114) *Louis Lauriat Balch, 193 1 Madison Ave., New York, 

N. Y. 
*David R. Balch, 1931 Madison Ave., New York, N. Y. 
*Philip L. Balch, 1 93 I Madison Ave., New York, N. Y. 

(9) Freeborn (58-127-254), Polly 
(254) Mrs. Francis Jacques, Bradford, Mass. 

(9) Freeborn (58-131-265-546-1160), William Heman 

(1164) *Daniel Stickney Balch, 115 7th Street, Lyons, Iowa. 
(I 166) *Sarah Helen Balch, 166 Main St., Grovcland, Mass. 



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THIRD REUNION 

OF THE 




AT BEVERLY, MASS ACHUSETTS 

THURSDAY : AUGUST FIRST : NINETEEN HUNDRED AND SEVEN 



THIRD REUNION 



OF THE 



(Qalcf) ^amilp Q^sgociation 




AT BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS 

THURSDAY, AUGUST FIRST, NINETEEN HUNDRED AND SEVEN 



OFFICERS: 1907— 1908 

President : 

GALUSHA B. BALCH. M. D. 
136 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, N. Y. 

Vice-Presidents : 
GEORGE W. BALCH. Detroit, Mich. 

JOSEPH BALCH. Dedliam. Mass. 

FRANCIS N. BALCH. Jamaica Plain. Mass. 

GARDNER P. BALCH, West Roxbury. Mass. 

HARRY R. COFFIN. Brookline, Mass. 
Major H. H. CLAY. Galesburg. III. 

JOHN BALCH. Milton. Mass. 

WILLIAM H. BALCH. Stoncham. Mass. 

ALFRED C. BALCH, Philadelphia, Pa. 

E. F. STONE. Somervillc. Mass. 
Secretary : 
WILLIAM LINCOLN BALCH. 8 Cleaves St.. Boston. Mass. 



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Boston, November i, 1907. 

I HE Balch Family Association held its 
third reunion at Beverly and North 
Beverly on Thursday, August ist, 1907, 
with an attendance of about eighty 
members, most of whom visited and 
lunched on the grounds of the Old 
Homestead before assembling at the 
business meeting, which was held shortly after two o'clock 
in the Parish House of the First Church, Federal Street, 
Beverly. 

The President, Dr. Galusha B. Balch of Yonkers, 
N. Y., presided and introduced the Hon. S. Harvey Dow, 
Mayor of Beverly, who welcomed the visitors to the city 
in a few appropriate remarks. 

Gardner P. Balch of West Roxbury read a short 
address, stating the purposes and expectation of the 
gathering, which is appended. 

The Secretary then read his report for the past year, 
which was accepted and placed on file, and will be found 
on another page. 

The report recited an invitation to the Association 
to appoint a representative committee to attend Glouces- 
ter's celebration on August 15th, and the Secretary was 
chosen as that representative, and attended with Mrs. 



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Balch. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Torrey of Manchester, 
members of the Association, also attended, as members 
of the Old Planters Society. 

Miss Lucie M. Gardner of Salem, Secretary of the 
Old Planters Society, laid before the meeting a program 
of the Gardner reunion to be held at Salem and West 
Peabody on August 14th, and invited all Balches to 
attend. 

The chair appointed as a committee on nomination 
and election of officers Messrs. William H. Balch, Alfred 
C. Balch, and Franklin Balch, who retired and subse- 
quently reported the following ticket, which was duly 
elected, the Secretary being directed to cast a blanket 
ballot : 

President : Galusha B. Balch, M. D., Yonkers, N. Y. 

Secretary and Treasurer: William Lincoln Balch, 
Boston. 

Vice-Presidents : George W. Balch, Detroit, IMich. ; 
Major H. H. Clay, Galesburg, 111. ; Joseph Balch, Dedham, 
Mass.; John Balch, Milton, Mass.; Francis N. Balch, 
Jamaica Plain, Mass. ; William H. Balch, Stoneham, 
Mass.; Gardner P. Balch, West Roxbury, Mass.; Alfred 
C. Balch, Philadelphia ; Harry R. Coffin, Brookline, Mass. ; 
E. F. Stone, Somerville, Mass. 

The Chairman of the Committee on the Old Home- 
stead, W. H. Balch, reported as follows : 

The present conditions of real estate in Beverly, particularly 
that part where the old homestead is located, have increased the 
vahiation of this property. This has made it difficult for the 
present owners to place a price on the place. Personal sentiment 
of the present holder, Mrs. Lufkin, whose old home it is, and 
who looks upon any proposition to purchase the land with 
sorrow, has further increased the obstacles in the way of your 
committee. 

We therefore refrain from Riving values in this report, 
but make a supplemental report pivinR them, which will go to 
those who have been willing to contribute. The response to the 

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call for pledges for money resulted in pledges to the amount of 
$900. This, while very encouraging to the committee, is still inade- 
quate for the purpose. 

The committee desires to thank Mrs. William Lincoln Balch 
for her very efficient work on this matter in interesting the most 
prominent and influential members of the family in this vicinity. 
Without her timely assistance the committee would have been 
unable to do much. 

When some of the more prominent members of the family 
became interested it made the prospect of success of our pro- 
ject much brighter. Two informal meetings have been held 
by those interested, one just previous to this meeting and one 
several days ago in Boston. These meetings have been very 
helpful and as a result it was decided to change the committee 
as follows: Chairman, Mr. Joseph Balch; Mr. A. C. Balch, 
Mr. Franklin Balch, Mr. Harry R. Coffin, Mr. Francis N. 
Balch. This is a strong committee and will undoubtedly accom- 
plish good results, but your hearty support is required to assist. 
While the pledges of contributors were very good, the amount 
is still entirely too small for the purpose and your continued 
help is absolutely necessary to the success of the work. 



It was voted to discharge the committee from further 
consideration of the matter in their charge, and the chair 
appointed the above mentioned members as a new com- 
mittee on the purchase of the Old Homestead. 

Mr. E. F. Stone of Somerville, Mass., said that 
some of his boyhood days had been spent in the old house, 
and he hoped that the Association might purchase it. 

His remarks called out comments from Mrs. S. W. 
Balch of Montclair, N. J., and Gardner P. Balch of West 
Roxbury. 

In answer to a question from Mr. Stone, Francis N. 
Balch, a member of both the original and new committees, 
who had examined into the title of the Old Homestead 
estate, stated that conditions were such that no definite 
statements as to the valuation or price of the property 
could be made at present. He moved the following reso- 
lution, which was unanimously adopted : 

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RESOLVED: That the members of the Balch 
Family Association, assembled at their third annual meet- 
ing, desire to thank Mrs. Lufkin for her true New Eng- 
land hospitality on three successive years to all of the 
Balch blood renewing acquaintance with the old home- 
stead now occupied by her ; and for the care shown 
by her in the preservation of the historic building in 
her charge. 



Votes of thanks to Dr. Gardner of the Old Planters 
Society, to Mayor Dow and to the ofBcers of the Beverly 
First Parish, were unanimously adopted. 

Mrs. Samuel W. Balch of Montclair, N, J., moved 
that a committee of ladies be appointed to have charge 
of the entertainment at subsequent gatherings of the As- 
sociation and procure a caterer, and the following named 
ladies were appointed as that committee: Mrs. Benjamin 
Balch Dodge, Beverly; Mrs. Gardner P. Balch, West 
Roxbury; Mrs. Ela Balch Simpson, East Milton; Mrs. 
William H. Balch, Stoneham; Mrs. Lillian Balch Mason, 
Newton Centre, Mass. 

Mr. Edson D. Sawyer of Hyde Park reopened the 
question of annual meetings, speaking in favor of 
rescinding the vote of last year which ordered triennial 
gatherings after 1907. He moved that a general meeting 
of the Association be held next year. 

Remarks were made by the Secretary and by Mr. 
Franklin Balch of Topsfield and Boston. 

Miss Grace W. Balch of Lowell said that she had 
prolonged her vacation of five weeks in order to be 
I)resent on this occasion, and she moved that the next 
rciniion be held in the last week of June. 

Mr. W. II. Balch moved an amendment to this motion 
which was adopted, and it was 

VOTED That the Association may hold a meeting 
at a date and place to be decided by liic Secretary, ap- 
proximately a year from the present meeting. 

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Miss Grace W. Balch of Lowell was then called to the 
platform and read some verses entitled "The Old 
Planters." 

A vote of thanks to the officers and one to Miss Lucie 
M. Gardner of the Old Planters Society for the invitation 
to the Gardner reunion conveyed hy her were unanimously 
adopted, and the meeting adjourned. 

All interested are reminded that active mcmhcrsliip 
is $1 per annum, contributing membership $5, and life 
membership $25. 

Illustrated accounts of the Reunion were printed in 
the morning editions of the Boston Herald, Journal and 
Globe of August 2d, and short notices in the evening 
editions of the Beverly Times of August ist and the I>os- 
ton Transcript, Advertiser-Record, Traveler, and Am- 
erican of August 2d. A finely illustrated account of the 
Association and the Old Homestead appeared in the 
"North Shore Reminder" of July 27th. 

^arbner |3icfaarb IBaUi) 

Mr. President and Members of the Balch Family 
Association: 

We are met together to-day in this old town, the 
earliest home of our family in America, in the hope and 
expectation of taking some definite, practical steps to 
perpetuate this Association by ensuring the preservation 
of the John Balch Homestead. 

The names of Jamestown, Plymouth and Salem arc 
known wherever American history is known, but Beverly, 
as an original and an integral part of the Sagamorcship 
of Naumkeag, afterwards called Salem, from which this 
city was set apart as a town in 1668, though not so well 
known perhaps, is joint heir to all the honor, if not all 
the fame, of the Witch City itself. 

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Beverly may well be proud of its history, and we are 
proud of it, and are encouraged to believe that this civic 
pride will, if properly appealed to, aid us to transmute our 
purpose from words into deeds. 

That purpose is the preservation to posterity 
of the Old Balch Homestead as a public as 
well as a family memorial. The ancient dwell- 
ing is, and always has been, in possession of 
some of John Balch's descendants. We do not wish to 
alienate, but rather to confirm and enlarge that family 
ownership, and we solicit the financial assistance, not only 
of every Balch descendant, but of the people of Beverly, 
through their City Government and Historical Society. 

The Balch house, the oldest structure in Beverly, 
is already one of its most noted landmarks. We wish to 
repair it and preserve it, and eventually restore it as 
nearly as possible to its original appearance, and provide 
for its care as long as its venerable framework can be 
held together. 

The local Historical Society has, in furtherance of 
its objects, stocked one of Beverly's ancient dwellings 
with interesting relics of colonial days, and in the same 
manner, and in the same spirit, each of the rooms of 
the Balch house might in time be devoted to the reception 
of memorials of the four main branches of our family. 
There are many such articles in existence which, no doubt, 
would be loaned or donated by their possessors for such 
a purpose. 

We desire to do all this in no narrow or selfish spirit. 
While we wish to perpetuate a memorial to our common 
ancestor, John Balch, we arc also desirous that it should 
serve equally as a memorial to those others who, with him. 
were known as the "Old Planters" of this town, and that 
such a memorial shall be called "Old Planters Park." 

John Balch was neither a Pilgrim nor a Puritan, but 
a Pioneer. He was, there is more reason to suppose, a 

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type of those other adventurous men of Somerset and 
Devon — Drake, Raleigh and Gorges — with whose son, 
Captain Robert Gorges, he set sail for the New World. 

He was a prototype of the sturdy, steadfast men and 
women who soon followed and colonized this Atlantic 
coast, and the archetype, and one of the ancestors, of 
those who pushed that colonization beyond two ranges of 
lofty mountains, until it established itself in its power 
upon the mighty Pacific — forever to remain. 

Whatever may have been the motives of such men in 
leaving the old England for a New — whether you call them 
invaders and conquerors, or refugees and immigrants — 
whether you choose to class them with Christopher 
Columbus, the wool-comber of Genoa, or with his modern 
compatriots, the barber and the fruit-pedler and the boot- 
black of our cities — it is certain that in their footsteps 
have always followed industry, progress, and education, 
and the redemption of a continent from a savage wilder- 
ness to the highest condition of civilization and culture 
ever yet attained on earth. They were men worthy of all 
honor, and it is our birthright, our privilege and our 
duty to see that it is duly bestowed, 

Secretary's 3l^eport 

Beverly, August i, 1907. 

To the President and Members of the Balch Family 
Association: 
The Secretary's report of the proceedings of the 
meeting held at Salem Willows on this date last year, to- 
gether with a report of the Old Homestead Committee, 
was printed and circulated last Fall, and surplus copies 
are here on hand for any who may desire them. The first 
year 500 invitations were sent out by the Old Planters 

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Society, last year I sent out nearly looo, and this year 
more than 1200. While effort was made to record the 
names of all present at the previous meetings, it is 
known that some were missed. For this occasion cards 
have been provided, on which every Balch descendant 
and relative present is earnestly requested to write full 
name and address, and, if possible, line of descent from 
John Balch. 

The subscription blank attached to the Homestead 
Committee's report was reprinted with the circulars of 
invitation to the present gathering, but through an error 
in furnishing copy to the printer, the denomination of the 
so-called shares was stated to be $10 instead of $5. Blanks 
of both these issues have been returned filled out with 
conditional subscriptions to the aggregate amount of $900. 
None of these subscriptions, of course, have been paid in, 
but, if they should be called for, the certificates issued as 
receipts should be made uniform as to the denomination of 
shares. The Homestead Committee will make you a 
separate report. 

Besides the movement to raise a Homestead pur- 
chase fund among Balch descendants, a petition has 
been numerously signed by our membership, asking the 
co-operation of the city of Beverly, and in response His 
Honor the Mayor and other Beverly city officials have 
kindly consented to meet with us to-day. 

A marked growth in general interest in our Asso- 
ciation and its aims has been shown by the numerous 
inquiries received from Balch descendants and others, 
and it is evident that much of this interest was aroused 
by the selection of Boston's Old Home Week as the date 
of our gathering. The Boston Committee of One Thou- 
sand mailed the Mayor's invitations to our whole mem- 
bership outside of Massachusetts, and also furnished 
printed slips calling attention to this Reunion, which 
were sent to newspapers in the West and in other localities 
where descendants of John Balch are numerous. 

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You will remember that at our last year's meeting Dr. 
Gardner of the Old Planters Society suggested that the 
Balch and Gardner family reunions be held in conjunction 
this year, and it was desired that we should meet on con- 
secutive days. This proposal we would have been glad 
to carry out, but it proved impracticable. We voted 
last year to meet in this town for this occasion. The 
Gardner Reunion will be held at Salem on the 14th of 
this month, and, as we are often reminded that all our 
Balches are Gardners, they will no doubt be welcome. 

On the following day, Thursday, August 15, the 
citizens of Gloucester are to dedicate a Memorial Bronze 
Tablet at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, to the memory of 
the men who there founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony 
in 1623. As this was the colony joined by our ancestor, 
John Balch, our Association has been invited to send a rep- 
resentative committee to the celebration, and I have in- 
formed the Gloucester committee that it will be chosen at 
this meeting. 

During the year from August i, 1906, to July 31, 
1907, both inclusive, the Secretary has received and ex- 
pended the following sums : 

Receipts.— Annual dues, 1906, ^6^; 1907. $15; 1908, 
$1. Cash donations from two members. $20. Total, $99. 

Expenditures. — Paid the Treasurer on account of 
printing and mailing the Reports for 1906, $60. Paid for 
printing 1500 envc.opes and printing and mailing 1250 in- 
vitations to this meeting. $20.13. Paid for badges for this 
occasion, $9.30. IMisccllancous stationery and stamps, 
$5.07. Total, $94.50. Balance on hand, $4.50- 

While all are cordially welcome to these gatherings, 
those who will pay the dollar annual due are doubly so, as 
that is the only income we have for current expenses. Both 
this year and last we have been able to meet necessary 
expenses only by voluntary donations from one or two 
generous and enthusiastic members. 

WILLIAM LINCOLN BALCH. 
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3rf)e ©lb ^lant^rsi 

Read by .Miss Grace \V. Balch 

Whenever the people of old Essex meet, 
The multiplex web of their kindred to greet. 
We find that they all, in speech or in chant, 
The poet and the orator both, will descant 

On the famous Old Planters of Beverly. 
And so it is meet that we answer accord 
To the question oft asked by the folk from abroad — 

"What was it that they planted so cleverly ?" 

When first they set foot on these rock-guarded coasts — 
Wild beasts for companions, wild rednien for hosts — 
There was scanty supply of flesh or of fish, 
A little parched corn was their sole breakfast dish, 

And with famine they struggled distressfully. 
And only relief from their hunger they found 
When pods from old England they put in the ground — 

And 'twas beans that they planted successfully ! 

So let it be known to our friends from the West 

That, long before Boston acquired a zest 

For leguminous diet of national fame, 

And, as Beantown, rejoiced in that picturesque name 

That the humorists draw on so heavily, 
The food for a people was planted right here ! 
Their secret of power is equally clear — 

The original Beantown was Beverly! 

Then give to the Planters all praise for their toil ! 
The roots of a nation they set in this soil 
Have spread o'er a continent mighty and grand 
And filled all the earth with the fame of a land 
That was dim in the twilight of mystery. 
Reborn, it is fresh with the power of youth, 
And stands for Progression, for Freedom and Truth ! — 
May its Planters live long in all history. — W. T.. B. 

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^ JLi&t of |3alct) Besiccnbantfii 

Present at the Third Reunion, at Beverly and Nortli 
Beverly, August ist, 1907. 

The numbers in sub-headings and prefixed to names 
are those used to designate lines of descent in Dr. Balch's 
Genealogy. 



"\ I.— (5) SAMUEL. 

(22-63-134-281-576), Royal Tyler. 
(1207) Miss Ruth Elise Kellogg, 310 South 5th St., E., Mis- 
soula, Mont. 

(22-63-134-284), Abigail Towle. 
(284) Mrs. M. A. Goddard, 33 Lawrence St., Cambridgcport, 
Mass. 
Mr. and Mrs. Jere T. Sanborn, (Bo.x 149), Franklin, 

N. H. 

(22-70- 1 50-305 ) , Cornelia. 
Mrs. George Coates, Beaman, Grundy Co., Iowa. 
Miss Florence Coates, Beaman, Grundy Co., Iowa. 

(22-70-153-309), Alvah B. 
(625) Galusha B. Balch, M. D., 136 Warburton Ave., Yonkcrs, 

N. Y. 
(1294) I^Ir. and Mrs. Samuel W. Balch, (67 Wall St., N. Y.). 
Montclair, N. J. 

(23-78), Deborah Dodge. 
Mrs. Mary A. Lufkin, Balch and Cabot Sts., North 

Beverly, Mass. 
Mrs. Addie F. Herrick, 56 Cabot St., Beverly, Mass. 
Miss Myrtle D. Herrick, 56 Cabot St., Beverly, Mass. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Balch Dodge, 388 Cabot St., 

Beverly, Mass. 
E. F. Stone, no Bartlett St.. Winter Hill, Somerville, 

Mass. 
John Perley Stone, 228 Rantoul St., Beverly, Mass. 
Mrs. Horace E. Durgin, Wcnliam, Mass. 
Mrs. Sadie L, Riddle, 5 Chestnut St., Beverly, Mass. 

II.— (6) BENJAMIN. 
(3 1 -91 -168-333-663), Nathan. 

(1314) Mr. and Mrs. Edson D. Sawyer, Brush Hill Road, Hyde 
Park, Mass. 
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Sawyer, Mattapan, Mass. 
Roger E. Sawyer, Mattapan, Mass. 

(31-91-168-333-664-1308), Louisa Clay. 
Major Hiland H. Clay, R. F. D. No. 5, Galesburg, 111. 

(31-91-168-333-672), James Parker. 

(1337) Mrs. John H. Balch, 181 High St., Newburyport, Mass. 
(2049) John H. Balch, Jr., 62 Washington S*^., Newburyport, 

Mass. 
(1341) Mrs. George P. Balch, 1S5 High St., Newburyport, 

Mass. 

(31-91-168-333-673), Jacob A. 

(•345) Mrs. Helen Balch Fowler, 164 High St., Newburyport, 
Mass. 

(3 1 -91 -170-334), Captain Nathaniel. 

(1346) Mr. and Mrs. William Lincoln Balch, 8 Cleaves St., 

Boston. 

(1347) Miss Kate Balch, Tewksbury, Mass. 

(1348) Mr. and Mrs. J. Albert Simpson, 652 Adams St., East 

Milton, Mass. 

III.-(7) JOHN. 

(39-97-177-701), John. 
(1406) Mrs. William L. Buker, 20 Oliver St., Everett, Mass. 
Harold Buker, 20 Oliver St., Everett, Mass. 
Gordon Buker, 20 Oliver St., Everett, Mass. 

(39-97-369-712), Abner. 
(2146) Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Balch, (227 So. 6th, Pliiia), 
Lansdowne, Pa. 

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(2524) Walter B. Balch, Lansdownc, Pa. 

Frederick S. Balch, Lansdownc, Pa. 

Bertram S. Balch, Lansdownc, Pa. 

Miss Gisela F. Maykels. 
(1443) Alfred Alden Balch, 8 Edith Ave., Everett, Mass. 

Frank Anderson Balch, 8 Edith Ave., Everett, Mass. 

(40-103-187-390-804), John. 

(2270) Mrs. Lillian Balch Mason, 107 Homer St., Newton 

Centre, Mass. 

(2271) Percy I. Balch, 1223 Vermont Ave., Washington, D. C. 
Mrs. Amy Moulton Balch, 63, The Laclede, Washington, 

D. C. 

(40-103-193), Betsey Grant. 

Mrs. Catherine Grant Simmons, 128 Fayette St., Lynn, 

Mass. 
Mrs. William James Kavanagh, 70 Prospect Ave., Win- 

throp, Mass. 
Mrs. Francis A. Foster, 10 Quincy Park, Beverly, Mass. 
Mrs. Minnie F. Quirk, i Budleigh Ave., North Beverly, 

Mass. 

(40-103-287-396-822), William. 

(1603) Mr. and Mrs. William Hoyt Balch, 43 Maple St., Stone- 
ham, Mass. 
Miss Frances Putnam Balch, 43 Maple St., Stoneham, 
Mass. 

(47-115-220-449-926), Nehemiah. 

(2323) Miss Grace W. Balch, 117 Third St., Lowell, Mass. 

(47-115-222-444-932-1638), Edwin K 
(2338) Miss Ina M. Balch, (Box 17a), Middletown, Ct. 

(47-115-222-446-942-1710), Almon. 
(2355) Miss Estella E. Balch, (Box i486), Boston, Mass. 
(47-115-222-447-950), Hannah. 
Miss Hannah Haseltinc, Middle St., Lexington, Mass. 

(47-115-222-452-955), Margaret D. 
Dr. Clarence A. Brackett, 738 Ocean Ave., Revere, 

Mass. 
Mrs. Estella O. Nay, 13 Jay St., Cambridge, Mass, 

(47-115-222-452-957), Elizabeth C. Phillips. 
George Henry Phillips, 122 Main St., Watertown, N. Y. 

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(47-115-222-452-960), Ezra D. 

(1734) Ossian E. Balch, 28 East Brookline St., Boston, Mass. 
(2375) Lester W. Balch, 28 East Brookline St., Boston, Mass. 
Glenn A. Balch, 28 East Brookline St., Boston, Mass. 

(47-115-226-458-974), Benjamin Johnson. 
(1769) Franklin Balch, 35 Congress St., Boston. 

IV.— (9) FREEBORN. 
(52-124-238), Mary Cutler. 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Torrey, Manchester, Mass. 

(52-124-239-492-1039), Hannah Gillmor. 

Mrs. A. C. Dillingham, Naval Training Station, Newport, 
R. I. 

(58-127-250-505), Thomas H. 

(1082) Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Pickard Balch, 16 Montview St., 
West Roxbury, Mass. 

(1853) Malcolm Williams Balch, 16 Montview St., West Rox- 
bury, Mass. 

(58-127-253-51 1-1097), Catharine Duncan Nairne. 

Bessie Duncan Nairne, 205 Park Place, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Harriette Duncan Nairne, 205 Park Place, Brooklyn, 

N. Y. 
Lillian Penchoen, 70 Boulevard, Westfield, N. J. 

(58-130-257-524-1119), William C. 
(1875) Walter Hamilton Balch, 7 Thane, St., Dorchester, Mass. 

(58-130-257-542-1127), Hannah Stone. 
Harry R. Coffin, 7 Congress St., Boston, Mass. 

(58-131-261-532-1138), Joseph W. 
(1894) Joseph Balch, 53 State St., Boston. 
(1896) John Balch, 119 Milk St., Boston. 

(58-131-261-532-1145), Francis V. 
(1903) Francis N. Balch, 60 State St., Boston. 

(58-131-261-542), John 

(1151) Miss Laura A. Balch, 232 High St., Ncwburyport, Mass. 
(1154) Mrs. Mary N. Blood, 232 High St., Newburyport, Mass. 



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