He probably was of New England background. A future silversmith named Joseph Balch was born in Hartford, Connecticut in February 1760. Thus, he would have been a son of Ebeneezer and his second wife Lois Belden Balch. His father was a silversmith and clockmaker.
Joseph is said to have served in the Revolutionary army as a drummer boy.
In June 1784, an Albany newspaper advertized that Balch & Fryer had "opened a shop near the north gate, for the purpose of carrying on the gold and silversmith's business." However, his Albany sojourn appears to have lasted but a decade.
In 1786, he married Mary Watson in Weathersfield, Connecticut . Their family included seven children.
By 1794, he had re-located to Williamstown, Massachuesetts.
In 1810, he removed to Johnstown, New York where he died in December 1855.
Family-based resources noted that Joseph Balch "was a thorough Christian and gentleman. His memory was retentive and he was always abreast of the times. His faculties he retained to the last."
Sources: The brief Albany life of Joseph Balch has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted 4/20/13; updated 7/22/13