JOHN AND CATHERINE
Our immigrant Balch ancestor,
(b. 1630-31, a Presbyterian) arrived in Maryland from County Somerset England in
approximately 1658. John decided to come to the new world for fortune.
He settled in Deer Creek, Lord Baltimore's Maryland Colony. Within a year he married
daughter of a Scottish family in 1659. Catherine and John had two sons, Thomas
Balch and Robert Balch (no other information about Robert is known).
THOMAS AND AGNES
Their son, Thomas
Balch (born about 1660; died 1730), was a
restless and impulsive adventurer, who in his early 20s chose to
travel to Somersetshire England where he served as Captain of the rebellion
troops of James Scott/1st Duke of Monmouth during Scott's attempt to
seize the English throne of King James II. After defeat at the the
disastrous final battle at
Sedgemoor, July 5,1685, Thomas sailed,
disguised, from Bristol to Annapolis Maryland in 1685. He married
with whom he only one known son
HEZEKIAH AND MARTHA
Thomas and Agnes' son
Hezekiah and Martha Balch also had sons named
James Balch and
January 23, 1715-16. Martha died sometime during or after the birth of
son John. By his second wife Sarah whose last name is unknown to
me, Hezekiah had two more sons and a daughter.
was born on
December 5, 1714 at St. George's Parish, MD.
traveled to England and the "Low Countries" in 1732 (about 17 years
of age). He returned to Maryland and married Eastern Shore
resident Anne Goodwyn in 1737.
In 1743 they settled in Harford County, MD in the Deer Creek area.
Anne and James had 12 children. Anne died in 1760. In
1769 James moved the family to Mecklenburg area of NC. James
died three years after the death of his beloved son
Rev. Hezekiah James Balch
(1746-1776, unmarried, Princeton graduate, Presbyterian minister,
enjoyed writing poetry, one of the writers of the Mecklenburg
Declaration of Independence May 20, 1775.)
John Balch (b. 1715-16) traveled to England and the
"Low Countries" in 1732 (about 17 years of age). He returned
to Maryland and married Anne Goodwyn in 1737. In 1743 they
settled in Harford County, MD in the Deer Creek area.
Anne died in 1760. John moved the family to Mecklenburg area
of NC. John died three years after the death of his beloved
son Hezekiah James (1746-1776, unmarried, who enjoyed writing
Per Balch Genealogica by Thomas Willing
Balch (See Google books)
and ANNE GOODWYN/GOODWIN BALCH
They had a number of children:
Mary Balch, born March 7th, 1738
Elizabeth Balch, b. 4/25/1740.
Hezekiah James Balch, b. 1746, d.1776
Stephen Bloomer Balch,
James Balch, born December 25th, 1750
William Goodwyn Balch, b.1751 d. 10/14/1822
John Balch, born 1760.
born July 20, 1758 in Deer Creek Maryland; Died 1838 in
Bedford Co. TN. Buried in Thompson Cemetery, Bedford County,
and ANNE PATTON BALCH
Our direct line ancestor AMOS BALCH married ANNE PATTON in
1782 in either NC or TN. She was the daughter of SAMUEL PATTON and she was
born on December 1st in 1760 and died April 5, 1824.
Amos traveled with his parents from his birth home in Deer Creek, Maryland to
North Carolina, to Eastern Tennessee, and ultimately to Kentucky. Amos was
a Presbyterian. Though blind in one eye and exempt from service, Amos
volunteered for Revolutionary War service. He served 9 months
and applied for a pension in 1812. For more on his Revolutionary War
http://balchipedia.wikidot.com/amosbalch and to see a transcription of
his pension filing see:
Per Genealogy of the Balch Families in
America By Galusha Burchard Balch:
I truly rejoice that you live in a state
where the curse of slavery dare not show its head, and where republican
principles prevail. With regard to myself, I still teach school
not far from Lexington (Tenn.). I still board at Mr. Wadley's. I enjoy
tolerable health for a person of my age. I expect to continue my school
till the middle of August next."
In a letter dated March 9, 1834, he wrote the
following to his son, Alfred Moore : "
Children of AMOS BALCH and ANN PATTON are:
JOHN BLOOMER BALCH, b. 19
Jul 1795, Possibly KY;
d. 24 Apr 1864, Sardis, Panola Co.,
MS; m. SARAH COOK,
15 Jan 1817, TN or KY.
- and -
ANN BALCH, b. 22 Nov 1785.
BARBARA BALCH, b. 06 Feb 1788; m. JOSEPH ALEXANDER.
RHODA BALCH, b. 28 Oct 1790; d. 1859.
MARGARET (PEGGY) BALCH, b. 20 Mar 1793.
ALFRED MOORE BALCH, b. 23 Jan 1798; d. 02 Dec 1856.
SAMUEL PATTON BALCH, b. 07 Sep 1800; d. 1877.
JAMES CALVIN BALCH, b. 19 Apr 1803; d. Apr 1857.
and SARAH COOK BALCH
In mid January of 1817, John married Sarah Cook who was born in 1801, so she
was about 16 years old. Sarah only lived till 1852. They had 10
John Bloomer Balch was a farmer in Tennessee until 1840. At that time he
moved to Panola County, Mississippi where he lived until his death 24 years
later. John was an old line Whig who deeply regretted Mississippi's
secession. All of his sons served in the
confederate army during the Civil War.
JOHN COLWELL BALCH, b. 18 Apr 1826, Desoto
Co., MS; d. 15 Jan 1883, Rufus,
Jackson Co., AR; m. MARY CAROLINE BAKER,
9 Sep 1847, Desoto Co., MS.
John Colwell Balch and his family lived in Poinsett County,
AR and then Jackson County, AR in 1861. Two years
after his brother, Minos, John Colwell enlisted in the
confederate army in 1863 under General Sterling Price.
They had 10 children, 6 born at Vicksburg, MS and 4 at
Rufus, AK. In 1881 on Christmas Day, John married his
second wife, the Widow Eliza Smith.
b. 28 Nov 1818; d. 1864, Never
RUFUS COLWELL BALCH, b. 20 Jan
1819 in Bedford County, TN. He ultimately moved
to Little Rock, AR. Rufus married Elinor P. Wootten in MS.
A farmer, they had 5 children and attended the Baptist
Church where he served as a Deacon. Per the Genealogy of the
Balch Families in America by Galusha Burchard Balch, Rufus
was a man of "proverbial honesty and sturdy mold (page
484)." He started as a Private in the Confederate Army
in 1862, but rose to the level of Captain of Calvary and
served until May 1865. For several terms, he served as
a Justice of the Peace.
MARY ANN BALCH,
b. 1821; d. 18701; m. A. BAKER.
b. 1822; d. Nov 1886.
MINOS NEWTON BALCH, b. 11 Nov
1823; d. 07 Jun 1885.
Minos married Mary Baker in 1850. They had 2 children,
son Marcellus (Sell; Selly) and daughter Mary E. His
wife died in 1853, perhaps at or soon after childbirth.
Marcellus was born 27 July 1852; Mary E. 1853. So,
Minos married again... in 1856 to Mary Elander and they
lived in Poinsett County, AK in 1858. They had 5
children, Margaret, John, Emily J., William Roscoe, and Mary
C. They moved to Jackson County, AR. In
1861 Minos enlisted in the Confederate Army, serving in the
ambulance corps. His group was surrendered in April
1865 at Goldsboro, NC.
b. 14 Apr 1827.
ELIZA TENNESSEE BALCH,
in Madison County, MS. Eliza's attempts at
having a stable family were very problematic as her first
two husbands died after they only had one child together.
First she married a Mr. Brown with whom she had one child, a
daughter named Sarah Brown. Mr. Brown passed away
before they had any other children. The daughter Sarah
Brown ultimately married a T. B. Rogers and lived in
Janesville, IL. Then Eliza married a Mr. Edwards and
they had one child; and again her husband died after just
one child, named Mary! Eliza then moved to IL and
married her third husband, Mr. Wily Matthews in August of
1871. They had two daughters together, Maud and
Gertrude. Wily and Eliza moved the family to Nebraska.
and MARY CAROLINE BAKER BALCH
John farmed in Cache, Arkansas. John and Mary Baker Balch had many
JONAS HENRY "LUMP" BALCH, b. 22
Dec 1858, Vicksburg,
Warren Co., MS; d. 16 Mar 1902; m. MARGARET
28 Jul 1878; b. Arkansas.
RUFUS G. BALCH.
MARY ELIZABETH BALCH.
JEFFIE D. BALCH.
JOHN MINOS BALCH.
BAKER FRANKLIN BALCH.
WILLIAM RUSSELL BALCH.
"LUMP" & MARGARET ALICE CRABTREE BALCH
Second from Left, Middle Row,
Jonas Henry "Lump" Balch
Third from Left, Back Row, is likely second wife, Mary O. Balch.
Girl holding vase between parents is Myrtle May Balch (age 11)
3 small children in picture are likely Mary/Jonas' children rather than
Jonas Balch, nicknamed "Lump" was born December
22nd in 1858 in Vicksburg, Warren County, MS. He died 16 March
1902. Lump was married twice. First to our line,
Margaret Alice Crabtree, daughter of John Crabtree. Margaret
evidently died prior to 1895, when Lump then married Mary O. LNU.
1900 Census for Jonas and Margaret Balch,
Rickwoods Townships, District 56, Jackson County, AR taken in June
Jonas H. Balch is listed as married to a "Mary O."
who is 24 years of age to his 41. They have been married 5
years, so this appears to be his 2nd wife. Following children
by previous marriage, to Margaret Alice Crabtree Balch:
1) Bradford Henry Balch, age 19 now
2) Corina, age 13, born Oct 1886 - See picture below
10, born June 1889
- See picture below
4) Mirtle/Myrtle, age 9 born May 5, 1891 (d.
1963) (small Photo as adult)
See picture below with her sisters and stepsisters
Grace/Gracy age 7, born April 1893 - See picture below
Children by his second wife, Mary are:
5 AND 6) Twins Idell & Roell Balch, born Jan 1896, ages
4. This is a picture
and see group picture below with her sisters and
7) Gertha BALCH, born Feb 1898, age 2.
Here is a picture of Gertha
as adult; also see group picture below:
Also in the household is Ashley Strathy,
(Mary O. last name is Strathy?) and Robert Hatcher, a
Jonas is listed as born in MS to MS-born parents.
The children are born in AR to an AR born mom. Jonas is a
farmer. All can read and write.
Other children not
listed in this Census but believed to be those of
Jonas Balch are: Elmina/Elmira
and Marcellus Guthrie Balch.
GROUP PICTURE OF JONAS'
and IONA FRANCIS MOSER BALCH
Henry Bradford Balch, son of Jonas, was born
on December 28 in 1880 in Arkansas. He died in Mount
Pleasant, AR. He married Iona Francis Moser who was born
in Mt. Pleasant, AR 26
May 1882 and died Nov 1968 per the SSDI.
Bradford and Iona
Balch's Wedding Photo
Uncle Tom lived about 2 miles from his grandparents, Henry
Bradford and Iona Balch. They would play cards together
often and Henry Grandpa Balch would light a big Aladdin lantern
and would say, "We'll play till we burn one bottle of it!" Tom
says that his grandfather was a "good man, a caring man" who
loved his family greatly. He would spoil Iona, even doing
most of the cooking, which he did very well. He could make
pretty biscuits and gravy and the biscuits would always be
perfectly browned on top. Grandmama Balch, Iona, was a very
happy woman who laughed often. Sometimes she would ask
Uncle Tom to put drops of water in her eyes, and he did it.
Henry Bradford was an insurance salesman for Modern Woodsmen of
America and he served as a Justice of the Peace. At one
point he owned a car that had a turtle back. Uncle Tom
relays the story that he was hunting with another person and
they shot a raccoon with a tagged ear. Grandpa Balch told
us that we were in trouble and told us to send the tag into the
game and fish commission so they could track it. Dad, on
the other hand, cleaned the coon the next morning and told us
not to send it in. We did anyway and got a letter back
telling us the coon had traveled hundreds of miles! Also,
Grandpa Balch had a dog named Shorty. Around his property
was a chain linked fence that was bordered at the bottom with
2x4s. Grandpa Balch would tell Shorty to go walk around
the fence and he would - on the boards everytime! Ah,
another memory! Uncle Tom was jumped on by two boys, Bobby
Gene Rudolph and a Thompson boy, and failed to fight back.
Grandpa Balch was not pleased and told Tom, whom he called "Bub"
that he would be take a persimmon switch to Bub if he did not
fight back. So, Tom went to the boys and fought them -
giving one a bloody nose and both of them bruises. Grandpa
was pleased with Tom defending himself and hugged his neck.
Front, Seated L to R:
Bradford Henry and Iona Balch with their firstborn, Lanceford
2nd Row on Right: Laura Balch
Others unknown at this time.
Children of HENRY BRADFORD and IONA MOSER BALCH are:
BALCH, b. 26 Jun 1909, Arkansas; d. 08 May 1988, Batesville,
AR; m. WILLIAM EARL "BILL" EVANS, about 1927; b. 22 Feb
1900, Arkansas; d. Apr 1977, Batesville, AR.
JACOB HENDERSON "JAKE" BALCH, b. abt. 1905.
WILLIAM W. BALCH,
b. 10/19/1905; d.
findagrave site, the inscription on stone is:
"son of Henry B. and Ionah, husband of Myrtle K."
LANCEFORD BALCH, b. Abt. 1915,
died 14 Jan 1944 overseas. Killed in New Britain
Island. He was artillery man and took a direct hit. His
burial is at Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.
Pvt. Lanceford H. Balch is listed on
Izard County War Memorial.
Uncle Tom called Lanceford, Uncle "Lancy."
CHALMUS NEWTON BALCH, b. 12 Feb 1921, Mount Pleasant, AR; d.
12 Apr 2006, Batesville, AR, age 85; m. EVA LNU.
Chalmus buried at Roselawn Cemetery in Batesville, AK.
He served in WWI in the Army. Member of Mount Pleasant
Presbyterian Church. Retired from General Motors.
See his obituary below.
Bradford Henry Balch's WWII and WWI draft
1910 Census for Henry
and Iona Balch, West side of Barren Fork Township on Cushman
Road, Izard County, AR taken April 28th 1910:
Living with the Balch family on their farm is
Iona's mom, Mary J. Moser, who is a widow at age 48. She
is listed as having only one child, daughter Iona.
Henry and Iona have been married 7 years and have 3 living
children from 4 pregnancies. Sons are Jacob H., age 6,
William W, age 4, and daughter Lucille who is 6 months old.
All are listed as born in Arkansas.
1920 Census for Henry
and Iona Balch, Barren Fork Township, Izard County, AR taken in
This household, headed by Henry B. Balch,
contains Henry age 38, wife Iona 39, Jakie H. 15, Willie W. 14,
Lucille 11, and Lanceford 5. Also with them is a servant
P. Crosby 24. Henry is listed as being born to a
Tennessee-born father. All other listings are for
Arkansas. Henry, Jakie and Willie are all working the
1930 Census for Henry
and Iona Balch, Barren Fork Township, Izard County, AR taken
April 2nd, 1930:
Henry owns his home which is valued at about
$1500 and he is listed as working as a merchant for a general
store. He and Iona are 50, having married when they were
21 years of age. Living with them is son Lanceford H, age
15, and Chalmus, age 9. All are listed as being born in
Arkansas to AK-born parents. All are able to read and
write and the boys are attending school in 1930.
NOTE: Pvt. Lanceford H.
Balch was killed in action during WWII while on New Britain
Island. The date was 14 January 1944. He was the
artillery man for his unit and took a direct hit. He is
buried in the Manila American Cemetery in the
The walking cane of his grandfather, Henry Bradford Balch,
is owned by my Uncle Tom today. Grandpa Balch whittled the
cane personally and it has the initials H.B. carved in the
underside of the handle. Tom is very proud of owning this cane from his
is the proud owner of his Grandmama's, Iona Moser Balch, large
black iron pot in which she often made soap and lard. She
would begin the long and slow process of rendering down the
fatback to white fat and then took the cracklings out first and
made corn bread cracklings from the fat. Uncle Tom loved a meal
of fresh cornbread, milk, peas and potatoes!
Lucille M. Balch married WILLIAM
to see the Balch/Evans family tree webpage
OBITUARY OF Chalmus Balch
Published: Thursday, April
13, 2006 Batesville Daily Guard
Chalmus Newton Balch, 85, of Batesville died Wednesday,
April 12, 2006, in Batesville.
Born Feb. 12, 1921, in Mount Pleasant, he was the son of
Bradford and Iona F. Moser Balch. He served in the U.S. Army
during World War II. He was retired from General
Motors and was a member of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Balch; his
parents; three brothers, Jacob Balch, Bill Balch and
Lanceford Balch; and a sister, Lucille Evans.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Willis-Hays
Funeral Service Chapel in Batesville with Elvis Sneathern
officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Balch, Larry Balch, Glen
Balch, Greg Sneathern, Kevin Sneathern and Larry Don Evans.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight. Memorials
may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, P.O. Box 13,
Mount Pleasant, AR 72561. To sign the online register
book, visit www.willis-haysfs.com .
Balch Family Papers, a history of the Philadelphia branch of
the Balch family which traces it roots back to Stephen
Bloomer Balch (1747-1833) born in Deer Creek, MD, brother of
Hezekiah James Balch (see above), clergyman and signer of
the Mecklenberg Declaration of Independence.
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From Dave Ball:
14 Balch Children
who are identified by this card:
gathering at Henry Leurs on a Christmas Day. Faustine had GB in
his high chair sitting alone and he was crying.
Can you identify the people?
and Faustine Balch