Vistus Balch - Engraver

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*Copied and Adapted from: American Engravers Upon Copper and Steel: Biographical sketches, illustrated ... By David McNeely Stauffer, Mantle Fielding*

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

Children:

1. None

Wife2: "Widow of Dr. Saunders of Boston [2]"
Married: Unknown

Children:

1. None

Wife3: Margaret Dockstader
Married: Unknown

Children:

1. William Vistus


Primary Sources/Links:

American Engravers Upon Copper and Steel: Biographical sketches, illustrated ... By David McNeely Stauffer, Mantle Fielding[1]

Genealogy of the Balch Families in America By Galusha Burchard Balch[2]

Ancestry.com/Rootsweb - Vistus Balch[3]

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