Biography copied and Adapted from History of Francestown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Mark Balch (March 30, 1820 - December 16, 1879) was born in New Boston, New Hampshire to William and Abigail (Johnson) Balch. "Most of his boyhood and youth…was spent at school. He fitted for college at the Francestown Academy, an excellent school, and although he never carried into execution his design of attending college, yet the advantages he enjoyed for study were very fair and had been well improved, and he bcame a very fair scholar, and even after his school-days were ended he continued his studies, and through life was a reading, thoughtful, studious man (History of Francestown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire)."
"After quitting school (Mark) engaged in the tanning business with his father for a time, but feeling an inclination for commercial pursuits he went to Manchester in 1860 and engaged in the hardware trade with Mr. John B. Varick. After several years spent in this place he returned to Francestown, and succeeded Mr. Paul H. Bixby, as cashier of the First National Bank of Francestown. He filled this station up to the year preceding his death, when he retired (History of Francestown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire)."
Marriage & Family:
"He was married May 2, 1850 to Laurilla H., daughter of Peter F. and Lucy H. Farnham, of Francestown. Mrs. Balch's ancestors were among the early colonists of Massachusetts. Her paternal ancestors were from Andover, in that State, and in the maternal line the Deans played an important part in the history of Dedham, Raynham and adjacent towns. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Balch was not blessed with issue (History of Francestown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire)."
End of Life:
"(Mark) Balch's lungs were never strong, and about two years preceding his demise, consumption was developed, which resulted in his death, December 16, 1879 (History of Francestown, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire)."
Genealogy of Mark:
Father: William Balch
Wife1: Laurilla H. Farnham
Married: May 2, 1850