*This page is currently undergoing construction*
Vistus Balch (Feb. 18, 1799 - Oct. 25, 1884) was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts to Joseph and Mary (Watson) Balch.
Vistus Balch first appears as an engraver in Utica NY where he worked largely for the book publisher W Williams of that place He was also for a time a member of the engraving firm of Balch Rawdon & Co of Albany NY About 1880 he left Utica for New York with Samuel Stiles and under the firm name of Balch & Stiles they did considerable work in the latter city Over his own name Balch engraved plates for the New York Mirror and a large number of portraits and book illustrations for the publishers He worked in line and his plates possess merit Balch drew upon stone about 1825 a very creditable portrait of Dr Samuel L Mitchell which was published by Imbert the pioneer lithographer of New York City
Genealogy of Vistus:
Father: Joseph Balch
Mother: Mary Watson
Wife1: Rachel Buel Wells
Married: February 1828
Wife2: "Widow of Dr. Saunders of Boston "
Wife3: Margaret Dockstader
1. William Vistus