JOHN BALCH, was born about 1605  in England. and died between 15 May and 28 Jun 1648 in Salem, Essex Co., MA. Savage thought he was probably from the area of Bridgewater in County Somersetshire in England. John Balch arrived in New England very early, around 1623, possibly with Robert Gorges to the infant settlement at Cape Ann or perhaps Nantasket. When the project at Cape Ann failed to prosper he removed with Roger Conant, Thomas Gardner and others to settle at Bass River, the earliest incarnation of Salem, MA. On 19 Oct 1630 he requested admission as freeman at Salem and took the freeman's oath on 18 May 1631. 
His first wife, and the mother of his children was MARGARET ______.  She was one of the first members of Higginson's Church.
He married second Annis/Agnes____, whom he named in his will of 15 May 164, "...Annis Balch my loveing wife....".
He signed his will on 15 May 1648 and it was proved on 28 Jun 1648. Witnesses were Peter Palfrey, Nicholas Patch and Jefferie Massey. He named his wife Annis and his eldest son Benjamin executors of his estate and John Porter and William Woodbury as the overseers.
To Annis he left "...the Roome newly built...", along with 20 acres of land (4 acres to be "in till" and four acres of meadow), the use of half of the "...greate fruit trees...', and a place in the barn to store the harvest. In addition he gave her one quarter of his household goods, his best bed and all the "...convenience furniture thereunto belonging...", that is, the linnens, pillows, covers etc.. He also left her two cows "...by name Reddie and Cherie..." and "...one yearling heaffer...". He continued with directions to his sons concerning their treatment and obligations to their stepmother "...soe long as my said wife may live..." which included Benjamin and John each tilling and sowing two of the four acres of tilled land left her for the period of seven years.After that period his son Benjamin to do all the tilling and sowing himself.
To his eldest son Benjamin he gave one half of the farm, two yolk of oxen, one third of the young cattle and mare colt, one quarter of the household goods and upon his stepmother's decease her share of the fruit trees.
To his second son John he gave one quarter of his farm, a yolk of oxen, one third of his young cattle and mare colt, one quarter of his household goods, one half of all the young apple trees remaining undisposed of (that is, one quarter of the whole) and one cow.
To his youngest son Freeborn he bequeathed one quarter of his farm, 1 yoke of oxen and a cow "...I bred up for him...". Freeborn also recieved one third part of the young cattle and the mare colt, one quarter of the household goods and one quarter of the young apple trees.
To each his wife and three sons he gave a quarter of "all my corne growing upon the ground". The term 'corn' to be taken as meaning all of the types of grain that were growing on the farm. In the inventory of his estate it is seen that growing at that time were 9 acres of wheat, 6 acres of indian (corn), 2 acres of barley and one acre of some type of grain whose name apparently could not be deciphered, possibly rye. Interestingly no matter what type of grain was growing all types were valued at one pound per acre. Also on the inventory were 12 bushels of indian corn and 4 bushels of barley malt. The malt would strongly suggest that they didn't rely upon an outside brewer for at least a part of the ale that they consumed. There was no mention of wheat, milled flour or corn meal in the inventory. In fact the only food item mentioned was "chease & chease pres, 1li.
His estate totaled 220 Pounds, 13 shillings and 4 pence.
BENJAMIN BALCH, was b. about 1628, in Salem, Essex Co., MA, and d. 31 Jan. 1714/1715, in Salem, Essex Co., MA.
Benjamin married abt. 1650 (1) SARAH GARDNER, The dau. of THOMAS GARDNER of Salem and his unknown first wife. Sarah was born in Salem about 1630 to 1631[2/V2, p.731-737] and died on 15 Apr 1686 in Salem.[3/V2p.371] She was named in her father's will and recieved an inheritance of fifteen pounds.
Benjamin married (2) Abigail Clarke 5 Feb 1688/1689, at Marblehead, Essex Co., MA.[1/V2p.230] She died on 1 Jan 1690 in Beverly [3/V.2:371]. Benjamin married (3) Grace Mallett on 15 MAR 1691/1692 at Beverly, Essex Co., MA. There was no issue from his marriage to (2) Abigail Clark and two children from his (3) marriage.
CHILDREN by (3) Grace Mallett:
"The Great Migration Begins,", Robert Charles Anderson, NEHGS: For Benjamin Balch, it says he m 1 about 1650 Sarah Gardner, who d. at Beverly 5 April 1686; he m 2 Marblehead 5 Feb. 1688/9 Abigail Clarke who d. at Beverly 1 Jan 1690, and m. 3 Beverly 15 March 1691/2 Grace Mallett
A GENEALOGICAL DICTIONARY OF NEW ENGLAND", Vol.2, p. 230, Savage
SAMUEL BALCH Sr, b. 1650-1651 Beverly, Essex Co., MA,[3/V2:371] was baptized on 10 Apr 1670 in Beverly[3/V1:35] d. 14 Oct 1723 Beverly.[3/V.2:371] Married 27 Oct 1675 in Beverly, Essex Co., MA to MARTHA NEWMARCHE, dau of JOHN NEWMARCHE and MARTHA GOULD. Martha b. 1653 in Beverly and d. 07 Jul 1720 in Beverly.[3/V.2:27]
BENJAMIN BALCH Sr., b. 29 Mar 1682 Beverly, Essex Co., MA,[3/V.1:33] and d. 08 Jan 1749/50 Beverly, Essex Co., MA.[3/V.2:371] Benjamin m. on 27 Jun 1705 to MERCY LEACH in Beverly, Essex Co., MA[3/V2:32]. She was b. Abt 1685 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA., the daughter of JOHN LEACH.
DEBORAH BALCH, b. 20 Aug 1720 Beverly, Essex Co., MA,[3/V1:33] and d. Bef 1792, probably in Beverly. She m. on 13 Apr 1743 in Beverly to JONATHAN DODGE Jr., the son of JONATHAN DODGE SR. and JERSHUA WOODBURY