Catherine Balch

5 February 1795–
Maryland, United States

The Life of Catherine

When Catherine Balch was born on 5 February 1795, in Maryland, United States, her father, John Balch, was 34 and her mother, Barbara L Patton, was 44.

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John Balch
1760–1849
Barbara L Patton
1751–1857
Ann Balch
1789–
Balch
1789–
Betsy Balch
1793–
Catherine Balch
1795–
Rachael Patton Balch
1796–1877
James Patton Balch
1798–1879
Barbara Thompson Balch
1799–
Rachael Patton Balch
1799–

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World Events (3)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 5

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1803

Age 8

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1803 · The U.S doubles in size

Age 8

The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.

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.

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