I, like many of you, didn’t know the Balch family. I, however, did know their great-great-grandchildren, Betty Clark Pontz and Ron Clark. Betty asked if I would write an article on Newton A. Balch, her great-great-grandfather on her mother’s side, and I agreed. This article is written from Betty’s account, photos, written material and the Balch family tree dating back to 1579.
Keeping track of the family tree has been important since the time of Abraham. Most people at that time didn’t read or write. The practice of verbally repeating the family tree to younger members of the family was necessary so they would know how to trace their lineage, and would pass this practice on to their children.