John Balch of Maryland - Alternate Information

With regard to the origins of John Balch of colonial Maryland and other early information on him, it should be noted that much of the information published about him cannot be corroborated with records by current researchers. The assertion that he was from Ilchester and the son of Edward and Mary "Callo" cannot be solidly proven. While that John may have been of the right age, there were other John Balches born around the same who were also candidates.

For example, there was a John Balch baptized in Stoke sub Hamdon in Feb 1633/64 who was the son of James Balch. This John had a brother named Hezekiah who died young. Researchers of the Maryland Balch family will well recognize the names James and Hezekiah.

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