John Rogers Balch - Providence & Worcester Railroad

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John Rogers Balch (Aug. 27, 1808 - Oct. 25, 1886) was born in Providence, Rhode Island to John Rogers and Saphira (Packard) Balch [2]. John would attend public and private schools in Providence until he was fourteen. At fourteen John began working with Cook & Brown, Cotton merchants, and would remain there for 23 years until its dissolution [2].

In 1845 John would move on to work with the Providence and Worcester Railroad (P&W). On May 17, 1847 John would become the assistant treasurer to the P&W and later be elevated to the treasurer position. It was during his time with the P&W that John signed the stock certificate that is shown with this article.


John is said to have belonged initially to the Whig party and eventually the newly formed Republican party….(this page remains under construction)

Genealogy of John:

Father: John Rogers Balch
Mother: Saphira Packard

Wife: Elizabeth C. Lawton
Married: Unknown


1. Ellen Elizabeth
2. Collins Lawton
3. John Lawton

Geni Profile & Tree:

Geni: John Rogers Balch

Primary Sources/Links:

Ebay: 1874 Providence & Worcester Railroad Stock RN-T4 (Image Source) [1]

Genealogy of the Balch Families in America - By: Galusha B. Balch [2]

The Official railway guide: North American freight service edition By American Association of Passenger Traffic Officers, National Railway Publication Co., Philadelphia [3]

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