John Balch

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ChartsAncestors of William Jerome Pierce
John Balch, son of Benjamin Balch and Sarah Gardner, was born at Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 1654.1,2 He died at Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 19 November 1738.1,3

John married Hannah Verin, daughter of Philip Verin and Joanna (…), at Beverly 23 December 1674.1,4,3,5

John Balch's year of birth is based on several depositions, one of which was,
The deposition of John Balch (son to Benjamin Balch), age 16 years or thereabouts that he saw Wm. Barnes, Mr. Thorndik's man coming out of Goodin Lambert's house at ye window on ye last day of ye weeke wch was before ye General trayning when they trayned at Beverly. Taken upon oath 28, & 9 mo 1670.

He was a carpenter or "housewright" and a farmer. He was admitted to full communion in the church at Beverly, 2 Jun 1680, and Hannah was admitted 23 Mar 1686/7.

He was made freeman 19 May 1680 and served in several offices throughout his long life:
15 Mar 1682/3, Surveyor of highways
15 Mar 1685/6, Tythingman
9 Dec 1690, Grand Juryman
1693, Tythingman
1694, Sergeant & Constable
1695 to 1699, Selectman
1700, Ensign
1705, Lieutenant
1711, Representative

John and Hannah were married 64 years, and lived on a portion of his grandfather's grant. One deed from his father recorded 25 Apr 1692, reads:
Benjamin Balch yeoman of Beverly to son John, etc. half my 40 acres where he now dwelleth, his portion to be next the country road, and the land to be equally divided between my two sons Samuel and John.

He drew up his will about a month before he died and made detailed provisions for Hannah. Among other provisions were included:
...also ye Liberty of Gathering so many Beans in ye field as she may have occasion of for her own use both for summer and winter;
Twenty bushels of Good Indian Corn five bushels of Malt;
Two hundred Pounds of Beef out of which Quarter of ye Beast She Pleaseth to have it;
Two Barrell of Cyder, with Apples Sufficient for her use, and fifteen pounds of flax from ye Swingle;
To keep for her use both Summer and Winter Two Cows & four sheep;
Service of my Indian Woman Called Quando & ye Privelege of a Horse to Ride upon for her necessary occasions.

The will mentions sons Caleb, Joshua, Israel, David, grandson Andrew son of John, deceased, daughters Sarah Richardson, Hannah Leach and grandchildren of his daughter, Rebecca, deceased. Among other items, the inventory included: one Negro man, £95 and one Old Indian Woman £18

The extensive provisions for Hannah came to naught however, for she died only about 4 1/2 months later.6


Hannah Verin b. bt 1650 - 1656, d. 7 Mar 1738/39
  • Rebecca Balch3 b. abt. 1675
  • Hannah Balch+3 b. abt. 1676, d. aft. Apr 1739
  • John Balch3 b. Nov 1677, d. 27 Apr 1679
  • John Balch3 b. abt. 1679, d. abt. 1723
  • Israel Balch3 b. 3 Sep 1681, d. 1758
  • Sarah Balch3 b. 21 Mar 1682/83
  • Joshua Balch3 b. 1684
  • Joanna Balch3 b. 1686
  • Ruth Balch3 b. 6 Oct 1687
  • Joshua Balch3 b. 5 Nov 1688
  • Caleb Balch3 b. 14 Oct 1689
  • David Balch3 b. 1 Oct 1691
  • Joanna Balch3 b. 20 Nov 1692
  • Roger Balch3 b. 14 Jul 1693
This person was last edited on21 Nov 2015


  1. [S24] Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes: Volume I: Dawes and Allied Families (n. p., 1943), 1:72-75, further cited as Ferris, Dawes-Gates I.
  2. [S644] Galusha B. Balch, Genealogy of the Balch Families in America (Salem, Massachusetts: Eben Putnam, 1897), 9-11, further cited as Balch, Balch Families in America.
  3. [S644] Balch, Balch Families in America, 15-18.
  4. [S1253] John B. Threlfall, "The Verin Family of Salem, Massachusetts," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 131 (April 1977): 100-112, further cited as Threlfall, "Verin Family."
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 73, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S644] Balch, Balch Families in America, 15-16.