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Agnes Balch (Somerville)

Birthplace: Province of Maryland
Death: 1716 (65-66)
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
Place of Burial: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Unknown Somerville, ENG-MD and Unknown Unknown
Wife of Thomas Balch
Mother of Hezekiah Balch; Robert Balch and John Houston

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About Agnes Balch


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  • Balch genealogica (1907)
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  • The second emigrant, John Balch "of Maryland," who came from County Somerset, crossed over to Maryland in 1658,(86) not to escape political or religious persecution but to improve his fortune. According to family traditions his immediate relations supported the Parliament during the Civil War, while more remote kinsmen fought for King Charles.(87) The 30th of December, 1663, he assigned his right to fifty acres, to which he was entitled from the Province for having paid his own transportation to Maryland, to John Floyde. To that instrument John Balch made his mark, being sick at the time, like Colonel Ninian Beall when he made his
  • Pg.95
  • mark to his last will and testament,(88) but he could both read and write.(89) He was born probably before 1635. In England he belonged to the Presbyterian Wing of the English Church.(90) In Maryland
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  • he married Catharine Cleland of a Scottish family,
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  • and left two sons who were brought up in the Presbyterian faith.(91)
    • 1. I. Thomas Balch.
    • 1. II. Robert Balch.(92)
  • As the descendants of John Balch "of Maryland" were brought up in Presbyterianism in Maryland and not in Episcopacy, to which their kinsmen in England returned when it was re-established by the Act of Uniformity in 1662, it would seem that the Presbyterian form of church government was more in accord with the greater political freedom that then prevailed in the English colonies than in England itself. In other words that Presbyterianism was closer than Episcopacy to the Dem-
  • Pg.98
  • ocratic spirit of individualism that obtained in the colonies. Or as Dryden expressed the essence of Presbyterianism in an uncomplimentary way in his "Hind and Panther": — .... etc.
  • The elder of these two sons, Thomas Balch, who was born about 1660, was of a restive and impulsive disposition, .... etc.
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  • After returning to Maryland, Thomas Balch(96) married Agnes Somerville, and died in 1730.
  • They had one son :
  • 2. I. Hezekiah Balch. He was brought up in the Presbyterian faith, and received from his father
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  • what was for those days a good education. At the end of 1720 he was appointed administrator of the estate of William Jenkins. The record of this runs thus: .... etc.
  • He married twice; first Martha Bloomer, and second Sarah __,(98) By his first wife he had two sons, born in Saint George's Parish, Maryland:
    • 3. I. James Balch, born December 5th, 1714.
    • 3. II. John Balch, born January 23d, 1715-1716."
  • By his second wife he had two sons and one daughter, born in Saint George's Parish, Maryland, of whom nothing is known except the dates of their births:
    • 3. III. Thomas Balch, born November 15th, 1717.
    • 3. IV. Hezekiah Balch, born March 6th, 1721.
    • 3. V. Mary Balch, born October 2d, 1725.
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Agnes Balch's Timeline

Province of Maryland
Maryland, United States
Deer Creek, Baltimore County, Province of Pennsylvania
January 23, 1716
Age 66
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
St. George' Protestant Church, Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States