Our Balch line from Maryland has several families who came from Mississippi to Texas.Two notable ones, Hezekiah B. Balch and his brother John T. Balch came from the Vicksburg area in about 1836 to join the battle for Texas independence... fought with Houston, etc. Their familes settled in the Chireno, Texas area, Nacogdoches, county. Another family, that of Samuel Patton Balch Jr. moved over from Tippah County, MS to Coryell County, Texas in about 1866-67. There are others who moved to Texas, but most are believed to have come from Illinois, Tennessee, or Arkansas. One noted family, that of William Balch came from Tennessee, via Illinois or Kentucky in 1848 with the Peter's Colony setlers and homesteaded and farmed in the area south of Dallas/Fort Worth... founded the town of Alvarado. Another, John Mitchell Balch, a Presbyterian Minister came from Illinois via Arkansas, to the area that is now Balch Springs (near Dallas)about 1878.He owned land that included the springs for which Balch Springs is named.He lived there for only a short period before returning to Illinois.
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