Horace Balch

2 January 1810–1898 (Age 87)
Tully, Tully, Onondaga, New York, United States

The Life of Horace

When Horace Balch was born on 2 January 1810, in Tully, Tully, Onondaga, New York, United States, his father, Stephen Balch, was 22 and his mother, Polly Cynthia Terrill, was 19. He married Mary Manning on 6 February 1832. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. He lived in Chase, Kansas, United States in 1875 and Washington Township, Anderson, Kansas, United States in 1880. He died in 1898, in Oleander, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Washington Colony Cemetery, Fresno, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Horace Balch
Mary Manning
Marriage: 6 February 1832
George Balch
Lucinda Balch
Emily Balch
Matilda Balch
Mary Annie Balch
Lucy Jane Balch

Spouse and Children


    Mary Manning


6 February 1832


    George Balch


    Lucinda Balch


    Emily Balch


    Matilda Balch


    Mary Annie Balch


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings





    Diantha Balch


    Phoebe Balch



+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 17

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 26

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

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)

  • Horace Black, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Morace Balch, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Horace Balch, "Kansas State Census, 1875"

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