Col. Charles E. Balch

Charles Edward Balch (March 17, 1834 - October 18, 1884) was born in Greenfield, New Hampshire to Mason and Hannah (Holt) Balch. In addition to Charles there was a half-brother, Mason Holmes, and a half-sister named Mary Ann [1] from another marriage to Sabina Holmes. Charles' father was a farmer so he would have spent his early years growing up on a farm. His education was acquired at the "district school" and at Francestown Academy.


In 1852, at the age of eighteen, Charles began work, as a bookkeeper, at the Manchester, New Hampshire dry goods store of Otis Barton & Company. Charles would remain at Otis Barton for two years until he moved on to the Manchester Bank and Manchester Savings Bank. In 1865 the Manchester National Bank (MNB) took the place of the original Manchester Bank and Charles was elected cashier. Charles would go on to be a bank trustee (for 21 years [1]), an elected member of MNB's investing committee, a director and member of the finance committee for the New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company and a treasurer of the Gas-Light Company.

Charles acquired the military title of Colonel during a two year stint on the staff of Governor Natt Head [3]. What role Charles played during his tenure, on Gov. Head's staff, is unclear. Charles' other involvements were with organizations like the Franklin Street Society [4]. The Franklin Street Society was a Congregationalist church organization and Charles is said to have "contributed liberally to its advancement [1]."

Marriage & Family:

On July 30, 1867 Charles married Emeline R. Brooks the daughter of the Reverend Nahum Brooks [1]. Emeline and Charles would have no children during their marriage. During his life and career Charles apparently amassed sufficient wealth to build a nice mansion that was located at 1799 Elm Street in Manchester, NH [5]. The Balch Mansion, designed by James T. Fanning, was still occupied by Charles' wife Emeline as late as 1894 [5], ten years after Charles death in October of 1884.


Geneaology of Charles:

Father: Mason
Mother: Hannah Holt

Wife: Emeline R. Brooks
Married: July 30, 1867


1. No Children

Geni Profile & Tree:

Charles E. Balch

Primary Sources/Links:

Genealogy of the Balch Families in America - By: Galusha B. Balch [1]

Manchester: A Brief Record of Its Past and a Picture of its Present - By: Maurice D. Clarke [2]

Publications - Portraits of Legislators On State House Third Floor [3]

Genealogical and family history of the state of New Hampshire: a ..., Volume 4 [4]

New Hampshire homes: photographic views of city, village, summer, and farm... [5]

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