Genealogy of the Balch Families in America

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E. Putnam., 1897 - 553 pages
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This is a good, but old (1897), reference for those researching their Balch genealogy.

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Page 46 - We, the subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage and promise that we will, to the utmost of our power, at the risque of our lives and fortunes, with arms oppose the hostile proceedings of the British fleets and armies against the United American Colonies.
Page 46 - We the Subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage, and promise, that we will, to the utmost of our Power, at the Risque of our Lives and Fortunes, with ARMS oppose the Hostile Proceedings of the British Fleets and Armies against the United American COLONIES.
Page xx - The hundred is governed by an high constable or bailiff, and formerly there was regularly held in it the hundred court for the trial of causes, though now fallen into disuse. In some of the more northern counties these hundreds are called wapentakes1 (22).
Page 29 - Grace theirin to look And when the Bell for him doth toal May God have mearcy on his Sole.
Page 7 - ... farme and one yoake of oxen one third of my yong Cattell & mare Coalt one fourth of my houshould goods & halfe of all the yong aple trees vndispost of and one Cowe I gyve to Freeborne Balch my yongest sonne one fourth pt of my ffarme one youke of oxen & one Cow I bred vp for him one third of the yong Cattell || & one third of the mare || & one fourth of my houshould goods & halfe the yong Aple trees betwixt him & his brother John equallie to be diuided & further my will is that Annis my wife...
Page xxiv - Walrond, and Henry Greynfield, "tendering the virtuous education of youth in literature and godly learning, whereby the same youth so brought up should better know their duty as well to God as the King's Majesty (note here the almost unconscious statement of the truth by making the sovereign the representative of the nation) and for divers and other honest and godly considerations...
Page xix - ... but it has been described to be "as much as was sufficient to the cultivation of one plough, whence our term of plough-land." "The Carucata, which is also to be interpreted the plough-land, was as much arable as could be managed with one plough and the beasts belonging thereto in a year; having meadow, pasture, and houses for the house-holders and cattle belonging to it...
Page 7 - I, Thomas Ruck of Boston, being sick & weak in Body but in perfect memory doe make this my last will. That my wife, Elizabeth Ruck, shall have all my Estate in Lands, House, debts, goods & movables of what quality & quantity soever, for life. After the decease of my said wife, my will is, that the said Estate be equally divided by my three Children, John Ruck, Samuel Ruck & Joanna, the wife of Henry Farnam, amonge themselves, & my will is, that my dau. Joanna Farnams third part shall bee Enjoyed...
Page 94 - I certify the foregoing to be true abstracts from the Record Index to the Revolutionary War Archives deposited in this office. Witness the Seal of the Commonwealth (SEAL) (Signed) WM.
Page 7 - Akres of meadowe wth some pt of the barne to lay in her fruits and halfe of the great fruit trees for & during the life of the said Annis Itm I gyve vnto my said wife my best bed wth all...

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