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Guide to the Balch Family Papers, 1815-1936

Collection number: MC 68

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About the Balch family

The Balch family first came to America in 1623 and resided in northern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The best known member of the family was the author Elizabeth Arabella Balch (1851-1934), daughter of Wesley P. (1794-1856) and Elizabeth Balch (1815-1892). E.A. Balch wrote Glimpses of Old English Homes (1890), and two other works are attributed to her: Mustard Leaves, or Glimpse of London Society (1885), and An Author’s Love (1889).

About the Balch Family Papers

The Balch family papers contain correspondence, legal documents, photographs, and genealogical notes. The papers include brief correspondence between E.A. Balch and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Balch Family Papers, 1815-1936, MC 68, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation, W. Dennis Chesley (Accession number: 7917)

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence, 1815-1935

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Rebecca Battle (d. 1820), wife of Wesley P. Balch, and her brother Hezekiah Battelle, 1815-1821 (11 letters)

Box 1, Folder 2 Wesley P. Balch (1794-1856) and Elizabeth Ann Picard Jones Brackett Balch (1815-1892), his third wife, with various family members, 1847-1856 (8 letters)

Box 1, Folder 3 Elizabeth Arabella Balch (1851-1934), daughter of Wesley and Elizabeth, with various family members (mainly concerning genealogy), 1902-1932 (10 letters)

Box 1, Folder 4 Sarah Battelle to Rebecca Battle, 1815; William Henry Balch to Mary Elizabeth Balch, 1849 (2 letters)

Box 1, Folder 5 Miscellaneous correspondence, mainly regarding Balch family genealogy, 1897-1935 (4 letters)

Box 1, Folder 6 Miscellaneous correspondence, includes: Oliver Wendell Holmes and Ezra Stearns (N.H. Secretary of State), 1852, 1891, and 1898 (9 pieces)

Series II: Manuscripts, 1913-1923

Box 1, Folder 7 Poems: Hezekiah Battelle, Rebecca Battle, and C.L. Dalend, 1913
Box 1, Folder 8 Poems: E.A. Balch, undated
Box 1, Folder 9 Accounts: Wesley P. Balch, account book, 1833-1852; Balch House Trust account, 1922-1923
Box 1, Folder 10 Poems: E.A. Balch, undated

Series III: Legal Documents, 1818-1933

Box 1, Folder 11 Wills: W.P. Balch 1854, 1855 and 1857 inventory of estate); E. Balch 1888; and E.A. Balch 1933
Box 1, Folder 12 Survey plan of house lot, 1818
Box 1, Folder 13 Land deeds and agreements: Seigniory of Perthuis in Montreal, Quebec, 1841-1930
Box 1, Folder 14 Contract agreement between Thomas Brackett/Charles Kendall and William Varney to build a house, undated

Series IV: Materials about the Balch family, undated

Box 1, Folder 15 Genealogical notes
Box 1, Folder 16 Genealogical notes: Morse, Jones, Drew, Balch, and Gleason families
Box 1, Folder 17 Genealogical notes: Jones, Gleason, Balch, and Baker families
Box 1, Folder 18 Genealogical notes: Balch family
Box 1, Folder 19 Newspaper clippings, etc., 1894-1937

Series V: Photographs, 1850s-1902

Box 1, Envelope 1 Ella Adelaide Brackett Richardson (1840-1880), her daughter. Sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 2 Ella A. Richardson, sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 3 Ella, with a baby. Daguerreotype, 2 x 3
Box 1, Envelope 4 Franklin Richardson (1835-1880), Ella’s husband, with sons. Daguerreotype, 2 x 3
Box 1, Envelope 5 David Thomas Richardson (b.1873), son of Franklin and Ella, sepia, 4 x 5
Box 1, Envelope 6 William Henry Balch (1849-1911), son of Elizabeth and Wesley Balch, as a boy. Oval, sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 7 William Henry Balch as a man. Oval, sepia, 3 x 5
Box 1, Envelope 8 Elizabeth Balch as a baby. Oval, b/w 4 x 5
Box 1, Envelope 9 Elizabeth Arabella Balch, aged 17, 1868. Sepia, 1 x 2
Box 1, Envelope 10 Elizabeth Arabella Balch, feathered hat, N.Y. Postcard, sepia, 3 x 5
Box 1, Envelope 11 Elizabeth Arabella Balch, with parasol, sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 12 Elizabeth Arabella Balch, with group in hayrack, bluetoned, 3 x 3
Box 1, Envelope 13 Elizabeth Arabella Balch, with group, reading, by Washburn, Lowell, Massachusetts, sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 14 Elizabeth Arabella Balch, with snowy background, sepia, 3 x 3
Box 1, Envelope 15 Elizabeth Arabella Balch in boat (includes negative), sepia, 4 x 5
Box 1, Envelope 16 Elizabeth Arabella Balch reading book, outdoors, b/w, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 17 Elizabeth Arabella Balch looking at camera, book in hand, outdoors, b/w, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 18 Elizabeth Arabella Balch in long dress, shawl, sitting in a rocking chair next to a window, sepia, 3 x 3
Box 1, Envelope 19 Elizabeth Arabella Balch in long dress, shawl, in front of mirror sepia, 3 x 3
Box 1, Envelope 20 Kingston Market, March 25, 1902, sepia, 3.5 x 3.5
Box 1, Envelope 21 Gateway, foliage, house, sepia, 3 x 3
Box 1, Envelope 22 Brick building, native, sepia, 3 x 3
Box 1, Envelope 23 Young native with sugar cane, sepia, 3 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 24 Mr. Baxter with fish, on boat, sepia, 4 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 25 Adams, Charles Francis (1807-1886), sepia, 3 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 26 Andrews, John Albion (1818-1867), sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 27 Douglas, Stephen A., sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 28 Seward, William, sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 29 House in Medfield, Mass. Birthplace of EAB, sepia, 3 x 5
Box 1, Envelope 30 Home of Sophia (Gleeson) and Benjamin Jones, b/w, 3 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 31 House, b/w, 3 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 32 House, b/w, 3 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 33 Unknown man, dressed in Civil War uniform, Brady’s National Photographic Portrait Galleries, sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 34 Different unknown man (somewhat resembles U.S. Grant), dressed in Civil War uniform, sepia, 2 x 4
Box 1, Envelope 35 Unknown man, with horses (sepia, 3 x 3)
Box 1, Envelope 36 Elizabeth Ann Pickard Jones Brackett Balch (1815-1892), sepia, 4 x 6
Box 1, Envelope 37 William Henry Richardson (1868-1886), son of Franklin and Ella, by Morrill, Lowell, Massachusetts, sepia, 4 x 6
Box 1, Envelope 38 Jamaica, 1902: Group by thatched hut, sepia, 5 x 6
Box 1, Envelope 39 Tree in H.C. Morse yard, Nashua, NH, sepia, 4 x 5
Box 1, Envelope 40 William Henry Balch and Julia Elliott Balch, his wife, both 4 x 7
Box 1, Envelope 41 Sketch of “Ye Olde Homestead on South Hill” in pen and ink, sepia, 4 x 8

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