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Saturday, January 29, 2011

BALCH of Massachusetts -- Surname Saturday

The Balch line is another very old family from Massachusetts. If you have this line and wish to share information, please write. My direct lines are in green.

Descendants of JOHN BALCH

Generation No. 1

1.  JOHN BALCH was born Abt. 1605, and died May 15, 1648 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts (Bass River).  He married (1) ANNIS / AGNES PATCH in Salem / Cape Ann, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She died Bef. November 24, 1657.  He married (2) MARGART / MARGERY LOVETT? Bef. 1628 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts
     
Children of JOHN BALCH and MARGART/ LOVETT? were:
2.                i.    BENJAMIN BALCH, b. 1629, Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. April 10, 1706.
                  ii.    JOHN BALCH, b. 1631, Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. June 16, 1662; m. MARY CONANT.
                 iii.    FREEBORN BALCH, b. 1634, Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. August 19, 1657, (Prob.) England.
  
Generation No. 2

2.  BENJAMIN BALCH (JOHN) was born 1629 in Sagamoreship of Naumkeag, Salem, Massachusetts, and died April 10, 1706.  He married (1) SARAH GARDNER Abt. 1650 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of THOMAS GARDNER and (__). She was born 1631 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died April 05, 1686 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  He married (2) ABIGAIL (MAVERICK) CLARKE February 05, 1688/89.  She was born 1637, and died January 01, 1689/90.  He married (3) GRACE MALLETT March 15, 1691/92 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts
     
Children of BENJAMIN BALCH and SARAH GARDNER were:
                   i.    SAMUEL BALCH, b. May 1651, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. October 14, 1723, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) MARTHA BUTMAN; m. (2) MARTHA NEWMARCH, October 27, 1675, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
3.               ii.    BENJAMIN BALCH, b. 1653, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. 1698, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 iii.    JOHN BALCH, b. 1654, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. November 19, 1738, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. HANNAH VEREN.
                 iv.    JOSEPH BALCH, b. 1658, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. September 16, 1675, Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts   (Battle of Bloody Brook).
4.               v.    FREEBORN BALCH, b. August 09, 1660, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. June 12, 1729, Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 vi.    SARAH BALCH, b. 1661, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. Bef. 1717; m. (1) MR. GARDINER; m. (2) JAMES PATCH, December 24, 1680, Beverly / Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                vii.    ABIGAIL BALCH, b. 1663, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. April 30, 1706; m. CORNELIUS LARKUM, February 08, 1680/81, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
5.            viii.    RUTH BALCH, b. 1665, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 ix.    MARY BALCH, b. Abt. April 10, 1670, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. March 12, 1736/37; m. NATHANIEL STONE, March 26, 1689, Beverly / Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                  x.    JONATHAN BALCH, b. Abt. April 10, 1670, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 xi.    DAVID BALCH, b. Abt. July 09, 1671, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. April 07, 1690, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
  
Generation No. 3

3.  BENJAMIN BALCH (BENJAMIN, JOHN) was born 1653 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1698 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  He married ELIZABETH WOODBURY October 11, 1674 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts
     
Child of BENJAMIN BALCH and ELIZABETH WOODBURY was:
                   i.    ANNA BALCH, d. August 23, 1726, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) EDWARD RICH; d. March 23, 1694/95, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (2) NATHANIEL WALLIS; b. Abt. 1670; d. Bet. March 07, 1749/50 - April 01, 1762, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.


4.  FREEBORN BALCH (BENJAMIN, JOHN) was born August 09, 1660 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died June 12, 1729 in Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  He married (1) MIRIAM MOULTON Aft. November 13, 1682 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of ROBERT MOULTON and ABIGAIL GOAD.  She was born January 1658/59 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1688.  He married (2) MALLIS (__) February 20, 1688/89 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.    He married (3) ELIZABETH FAIRFIELD April 30, 1690 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of WALTER FAIRFIELD and SARAH SKIPPERWAY.  She was born August 09, 1666, and died January 31, 1736/37.
     
Children of FREEBORN BALCH and MIRIAM MOULTON were:
                   i.    MERRIAM BALCH, b. August 02, 1683, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. July 24, 1743, Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) RICHARD FOWLER, February 22, 1704/05, Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (2) EZIKIEL DAY, Abt. November 1719, Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                  ii.    FREEBORN BALCH, b. November 25, 1685, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. March 1770, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) SUSANNA WOLISTON, June 19, 1712, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Bef. March 04, 1736/37; m. (2) MARY HUBBARD, March 04, 1736/37, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 iii.    BENJAMIN BALCH, b. April 17, 1688, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. January 28, 1740/41; m. MARY PRENTICE, January 04, 1711/12, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; b. January 04, 1678/79, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; d. January 28, 1741/42, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.


5.  RUTH BALCH (BENJAMIN, JOHN) was born 1665 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  She married JOSEPH DRINKER Bef. 1684 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts
     
Children of RUTH BALCH and JOSEPH DRINKER were:
                   i.    JOSEPH DRINKER, b. July 29, 1684, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                  ii.    PHILIP DRINKER, b. January 12, 1685/86, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 iii.    JOHN DRINKER, b. September 15, 1688, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

6 comments:

dee-burris said...

How interesting. I have these Balches in my family tree also, but have a different date of birth for John (1577/1579). Also have his year of immigration to the US as 1624.

I descend from John's son Edward (m Mary Calle)-->John (m Catherine Clelland)-->Thomas (m Agnes Somerville)-->Hezekiah (m Martha Bloomer)--> Colonel James Balch (m Ann Goodwyn)-->Elizabeth (m James Samuel Ashmore).

James and Elizabeth's son, Joshua Bloomer Ashmore, was the one who moved the family from Maryland to Tennessee, and finally to Pope Co., AR.

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks Dee for commenting, I'll have to check out my dates. Also, I love your post today on the Brannon family, great photos too.

Heather Rojo said...

Yahoo for the Balches! My line goes like this... and everyone in the direct line was born in Beverly (except the original John and my Mom was born in Ipswich- but Dad was born in Beverly) including me!
1. John Balch and Margery
2. Benjamin Balch and Sarah Gardner
3. Mary Balch and Nathaniel Stone
4. Josiah Stone and Dorithy Fuller
5. Josiah Stone and Martha Ashby
6. Capt. Josiah Stone and Susanna Hix
7. Eunice Stone and Peter Hoogerzeil
8. Peter Hoogerzeil and Mary Etta Healey
9. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil and Arthur Hitchings
10. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings and Stanley Elmer Allen
11. Phyllis Allen and John Wilkinson (my parents)
12, Me

Barbara Poole said...

Heather, we both have Benjamin and Sarah Gardner, then I have three more direct male lines, so I have a lot of Balch! Thanks for your list, I'm saving it in my FTM notes section.

Donald said...

Dee,

You might of mixed the New England and Maryland Balches together with John, John in Maryland was born 1630ish, John in Mass, was born late 1500s (1577-1600).

Both John Balches were from Somerset, England area, but there has not been any documentation that link the US Balches back to the UK Balches, from my research. John Balch, New England, I have found one document from his son Benjamin, who says he is from Horton, which is a small village near Somerset. How they are related is still a mystery to me, but I am looking.

A good reference for the Arkansas Balches is Balch Genealogica, which is from the Maryland Balch Family written by Thomas Willing Balch, dated 1907. A good reference for the New England Balches is Genealogy of the Balch Families in America by Galusa B. Balch, dated 1897.

Donald said...

All,

My tree looks like this.

1. John Balch and Margery Lovett (New England Balch Family)
2. Benjamin Balch and Sarah Gardner
3. John Balch and Hannah Veren
4. Israel Balch and Ruth Dodge
5. Joshua Balch and Joanna Williams
6. Israel Balch Sr and Hannah Kimball
7. John Balch Sr and Lydia Reed
8. John Balch Jr and Julia Ann Pond
9. Lowell Levi Balch and Lucina H.
10. Elerie Austin Balch and Annetta (Etta) M Parker Lockwood
11. Harvey Edward Balch and Edna Cynthia Stevens
12. Ivan Stanley Balch and Marion Elizabeth Thompson
13. Donald Lee Balch and Isobel Louise Johnson
14. James Ivan Balch