Helen W Balch

21 February 1863–
Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, United States

The Life of Helen W

When Helen W Balch was born on 21 February 1863, in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, United States, her father, William Skinner Balch, was 49 and her mother, Vesta Ann Child, was 26. She lived in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States for about 20 years. She was buried in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Skinner Balch
1813–1895
Vesta Ann Child
1836–1910
Carrie V Balch
1860–
Helen W Balch
1863–
Lillie Balch
1865–1869

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World Events (8)

1865

Age 2

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1865 · The Assassination of a President

Age 2

"While attending the play ""Our American Cousin"" in Ford's Theatre, actor John Wilkes Booth climbed up the stairs to the suite that President Abraham Lincoln and his wife resided. Once inside the suite Booth pulled out his pistol and shot The President in the head. In critical condition The President was carried out of the theatre for urgent medical attention. Unfortunately, Lincoln died the following day. Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated, and his death caused a period of national mourning both in the North and South."
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 33

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English balch, belch ‘balk’, ‘beam’ (Old English bælc, balca), possibly denoting someone who lived in a house with a roof beam rather than in a simple hut; alternatively it may have been a nickname for a man built like a tree trunk, i.e. one of stocky, heavy build.2 English: nickname from Middle English balche, belche ‘swelling’ (Old English bælc(e)). This was probably chiefly given in the sense ‘swelling pride’, ‘overweening arrogance’, but it can also mean ‘eructation’, ‘belch’ and may therefore in some cases have been acquired by a man given to belching.3 Welsh: from the adjective balch, which has a range of meanings—‘ fine’, ‘splendid’, ‘proud’, ‘arrogant’, ‘glad’—but the predominant meaning is ‘proud’ and from this the family name probably derives.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Helen Balch in household of Carrie W Harvey, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Helen J Balch in household of Vesta A Balch, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Nelly W Balch in household of William S Balch, "New York State Census, 1875"

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