John Balch was one of the men sent to New England by the Dorchester Company to settle a fishing colony that started on Cape Ann and relocated to Salem on the Bass River Side that would become Beverly.
The three sons of John Balch:
- Benjamin was born about 1629 and married three times. His first wife was Sarah Gardner, who died April 5, 1686. His second wife was Abigail Clarke, who died January 1, 1690, aged about 55 years. His third wife was Grace Mallett.
- John was born about 1631 and married Mary Conant, daughter of immigrant Roger Conant. She would marry William Dodge, Jr. after John's death.
- Freeborn was born about 1634 and by January 20, 1658, he was presumed dead as his estate was being administered by Walter Price of Salem and Benjamin is purchasing the land Freeborn inherited from their father unless "the abovesaid Freeborn Balch appear to be alive."
|The front side of the house|
|The back of the house|
|The first room corner|
|The first room fireplace|
|This room was added for son, Benjamin and his family. That included his 13 children! This fireplace was modified in the 1700s to include a dutch oven.|
|The other side of the second room|
|The bedroom above the first room - portraits are of Nathaniel & Mary (Fletcher) Balch. Nathaniel was the 4th great-grandson of immigrant John Balch.|
|The other side of the bedroom over the first room|
|The corner of the bedroom - 1640 chest and old book box with a Balch Bible. A cutout reveals the bricks used for insulation. They were made from the abundant clay in the area.|
|Mary Conant Balch was the son of John Balch, Jr. This is the other upstairs bedroom.|
|Mary's room - one of the tiniest colonial beds that I've seen.|
Mary (Balch) Stone
Ruth (Stone) Morgan
Martha (Morgan) Yates
Gilbert W. Yates
Estes G. Yates
Linona Alice Yates - my grandmother