An American Family History

The Balch Family


John Balch was born about 1579 in England.

John and Margery's children included:
Elizabeth Balch Knowlton (married William Knowlton),
Benjamin Balch (1628, married Sarah Gardner),
John Balch (1630, married Mary Conant),
Freeborn Balch (1631).

John died in June, 1648.

Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

Benjamin Balch was was born 1628 in Naumkeg in Sagamoreship which became Salem. His father was John Balch.

His first wife was Sarah Gardner.

Deacon Samuel Balch (1651, married Martha Newmarch and Martha Butman),
Benjamin Balch (1653, married E),
John Balch (1654, married Mary Conant),
Joseph Balch (1658),
Freeborn Balch (1660, married Elizabeth Fairfield),
Sarah Balch (1661, married James Patch),
Abigail Balch (1663, married Cornelius Larcom),
Ruth Balch (1665),
Mary Balch (1667, married Nathaniel Stone),
Jonathan Balch (1670), and
David Balch (1671).

Sarah died on April 5, 1686.

He married Abigail, widow of Matthew Clarke of Marblehead on February 5, 1689. Abigail died on January 1, 1690.

He married, Grace Mallet on March 15, 169/92.

Deborah Balch (1692, married William Raymond), and
Lydia Balch (1695, married Samuel Bowles).

He refused to have his children baptized until they chose to have this done.

He gave food and a night's lodging to a lost and hungry stranger and was arrested, convicted, and fined for doing so.
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Samuel Balch was born in May, 1651 in Beverly, Essex County Massachusetts. His parents were Benjamin Balch and Sarah Gardner.

Samuel married Martha Newmarch on October 27, 1675.

Martha Balch
Samuel Balch
Joseph Balch
Benjamin Balch
John Balch
Phebe Balch
Peter Balch
Cornelius Balch (1687),
Abigail Balch
Thomas Balch
It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

Cornelius Balch was born on May 1, 1687. He was the son of Samuel Balch and Martha Newmarch. He was a cooper.

In 1711 he married Mary Shaw. They had two children.

Mary Balch (1714/15), and
Cornelius Balch (1717/18).

The widow, Mary Balch, married Michael Dwinnell on February 5, 1753.

A cooper makes wooden barrels and casks.


Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.


David Balch was born in Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts on October 1, 1691. He was the son of John Balch and Hannah Veren.

He married Hannah Perkins on April 29, 1713. Hannah was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah [Wallis] Perkins.

Hannah and David's children included:

David Balch
John Balch
Joshua Balch

David married Ester Dwinell on November 14, 1752. She was born May 1, 1720. She was a daughter of Thomas and Mary [Perkins] Dwinell of Topsfield.

David died in Topsfield on September 25, 1769.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

John Balch was born in Topsfield on November 2, 1716. He was the son of David Balch and Hannah Perkins (Thomas, Thomas). John was a tanner and currier.

He married Rebecca Smith on June 17, 1740 She was the daughter of Samuel Balch and Rebecca Smith.

David Balch (1740/41, married Esther Estey),
John Balch (1742),
Samuel Balch (1743/44),
Robert Balch (1745),
Hannah Balch (1747),
Cornelius Balch (1749),
William Balch (1752),
Roger Balch (1755), and
Rebecca Balch (1753).

A tanner treats animal skins to produce leather. After the tanning process, the currier dresses, finishes and colors the tanned hide.


Early American Colonists and pioneers had to make everything necessary for daily life and skilled craftsmen were essential.


Cornelius Balch was born in Topsfield, November 26, 1749. He was the son of John Balch and Rebecca Smith.

He married Mehitable Gould o April 4, 1771. Mehitable was the daughter of Jacob and Kezia [Gould] Dwinell.

Cornelius and Mehitable's children included:

Abigail Balch (1771),
Richard Balch (1774), and
Mehitable Balch (1778).

After Cornelius died Mehitable married Amos Nelson of Rowley on November 7, 1799.





from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs by William Richard Cutter

Benjamin Balch, who was born in the "Sagamoreship of Naumkeag" during the severe winter of 1628-9, and who, according to family tradition, was the first white male child born in the Massachusetts Bay colony.

The first wife of Benjamin was Sarah Gardner, who bore him eleven children. She was eldest daughter of Thomas Gardner, the overseer of the first Cape Ann colony of planters.

Benjamin Balch was eldest son of John and Margary Balch. John Balch came to America in September, 1623, with a colony in charge of Captain Robert Gorges, son of Sir Fernando Gorges, who had a large grant of land in New England which he wished to colonize.



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