Larcom / Balch Connection

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My connection to the Balch family begins seven generations ago when Cornelius Larcom (1653-1747) [my 7th great grandfather] married Abigail Balch (1663-1706).

The book, Genealogy of the Balch Family in America by Galusha Burchard Balch (available to read on Google Books) shows the marriage as February 8, 1680-81. Abigail was his first wife. They had four children, all boys: Jonathan (March 8, 1690-1); Cornelius (February 15, 1697-8); Benjamin (February 6, 1699-1700); and David (October 28, 1701) [David is my 6th great grandfather.]

You’ll notice in this 17th century map of Beverly (which also came from the book Genealogy of the Balch Family in America), which was drawn by Samuel W. Balch, that Larcom’s corner (Cornelius’ father, Mordecai Larcom’s (1629-1712) property) is located in the upper right hand region of Beverly Farms. You can also see other surnames that are connected to the Larcom name by marriage at some point: Haskell, West, Herrick, Lovett, Woodbury, & Baker.

Cornelius & Abigail bought the old John West estate near West Beach, what I now call the Cornelius Larcom estate. I have written a previous post about it here.

Mordecai and his son Cornelius are our earliest documented settlers in America. There is speculation that Mordecai’s father might be William Larcom (Latcome); however, I have yet to find any proof on his emigration or any actual records of his life before America.

The Larcom and Balch families were practically neighbors during this time, which makes complete sense as to why Abigail & Cornelius wed.

The history of the Balch family is fascinating, and one that I take pride in as part of my heritage. Benjamin Balch (1628-1714) was Abigail Balch’s father, and is my 8th great-grandfather. He lived in the home his father, John Balch (1579-1648) built – which still stands today. John Balch gained title to the land on November 11, 1635, through the “Thousand Acre Grant” and was living on this property by 1636. I have written a previous post about the house here.

John Balch was born in Bridgewater, Somerset, England in 1579. He and his first wife, Margaret, were part of a group sent to New England by the Dorchester Company to establish a fishing industry. The Dorchester Company first landed in Weymouth in 1623, then moved north to Gloucester in 1624, but the settlement there was not successful. When the company was recalled to England, the Balches, Roger Conant, John Woodbury, Peter Palfry, and others stayed in Massachusetts and moved south to Naumkeg, now Salem, in 1626. – From historicbeverly.net

I was fortunate to attend a Balch reunion in Beverly, Massachusetts in 2010 with my granddaddy, Edward J. Larcom (1927-2013) and my father Edward T. Larcom (1948-present). We “met” Benjamin Balch’s character, had a lovely lunch and toured the Balch house.

 

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8 Comments
  • Nolan Larcom
    April 12, 2018

    Hey Jen! Just wanted to say thank you so much for putting this website together. I have a deep interest for researching the Larcom family history and it has led me down many different avenues. I would love to talk to you about it sometime.

    Thanks again,
    – Nolan Larcom

    • Jen Larcom
      April 2, 2019

      Hi Nolan! I’m sorry that I haven’t gotten back to you sooner! It has been a year since this comment and exactly that long since I’ve logged into the website. How exciting that you live in Tampa! I grew up there. I’d love to talk Larcom stuff with you sometime. ~Jen

      • Lee Lrwis
        January 10, 2021

        Hi there Jen. Just found out I’m a direct descendant if David Larcom. I’m sitting at West Beach as I write this. Entirely coincidence. Have lived in the Farms for 20 years without knowing my heritage. So nice to find you!!

  • Jacquelin Lemieux-Bokor
    June 16, 2019

    Hello Jen,

    We own the Old John West estate that Abigail and Cornelius bought at 918 Hale Street in Beverly Farms. I have an original photo and an amazing story about the house to share with you. My husband and I are both artists as well. I would love to speak with you! Thank you for your blog and the history of your family!

    Jacqueline Lemieux-Bokor

    • Lee Lewis
      January 10, 2021

      Hello Jacquelin, I, like Jen, am a direct descendant of Cornelius Larcom. I just found this out on Ancestry yesterday! I’ve lived in Beverly Farms for 20 years now, exquisitely happily, without knowing my family had roots here. Tomorrow, I will go look for the Larcoms in the Farms cemetery. But I’m very intrigued with the picture and amazing story you have about the John West estate and would love if you would share it with me.

  • Rebecca Larcom Veasman
    January 16, 2020

    Thanks for the research you’ve done. My family’s been trying to put together what they can, but we don’t have all the information. My grandfather was a rascal. He married there times. Each time to a younger woman and changed his birth date for each. In the case of my grandmother, he didn’t want her parents to know how old he was. She was wife number 2 and needed permission to get married, since she was only 17.
    I do have records of Mordecai and Cornelius, but I’m not sure where your line separated from mine. Do you have an Edward John somewhere in you line as a brother of one of your ancesters?

  • Les Haskell
    November 13, 2020

    The first Haskells to come to this continent from England landed in Beverly (actually Salem at the time) around 1635. My 8th great-grandfather, William Haskell (1618-1693), was about 17 at the time and landed there with most of his family. Here are some notes from haskellfamilyhistory.com:

    “William Haskell, in the company of his brother and sister, Roger and Joan, his step-father and mother, John and Elinor Stone, and perhaps two sons of John Stone’s previous marriage, sailed from England probably in the spring of 1635 and settled in the Basse River section (Cape Ann side, now Beverly) of Salem, Massachusetts.”

    He married Mary Tybott in 1643 and moved to Gloucester in 1645 His house from 1652 still stands there and is actually a bed and breakfast now (www.williamhaskellhouse.com). My direct paternal line stayed in Gloucester a few generations and then moved to Newbury/Newburyport until it moved up to Maine around 1900 (my great great grandfather, George Whitfield Haskell).

    I see a couple of Haskells on the map you have here. And some Stones, and other names the Haskells are connected to by marriage (Dodge, Woodbury to Roger’s line, and Larcom to the youngest brother Mark). Mark Haskell may not have come over with his brothers and sister and the Stones because he may have been obligated to finish an apprenticeship back in England.

  • Lee Lewis
    January 10, 2021

    Hello Jacquelin, I, like Jen, am a direct descendant of Cornelius Larcom. I just found this out on Ancestry yesterday! I’ve lived in Beverly Farms for 20 years now, exquisitely happily, without knowing my family had roots here. Tomorrow, I will go look for the Larcoms in the Farms cemetery. But I’m very intrigued with the picture and amazing story you have about the John West estate and would love if you would share it with me.

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