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James Patton Balch (July 25, 1798-June 29, 1879) was the son of John and Barbara (Patton) Balch. Little is known about the life of James but he apparently lived and died in Jefferson County, Tennessee. He married Polly Russell on August 22, 1820; they had no children.
In Galusha Balch's book he describes James Patton this way;
"He was a man of untiring energy and decision of character"