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Stephen Bloomer Balch
Birth: Apr. 5, 1747
Deer Creek
Harford County
Maryland, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 1833
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Presbyterian Minister, Educator, Revolutionary War Officer. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1774 and became head of the Lower Marlborough Academy in Calvert County, Maryland. During the Revolution he served as a Captain and led a charge of students on missions that harassed the British along the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River, a strategy that the more famous Joshua Barney would copy during the War of 1812. In 1780, Balch established Georgetown Presbyterian Church, which was the second church in Georgetown (now part of Washington, DC). He also served as headmaster of the Columbian Academy in Georgetown. (bio by: Fred Sanford) 
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Beall Balch (1747 - 1827)*
  Harriet Balch Macomb (1783 - 1869)*
  Thomas Bloomer Balch (1793 - 1878)*
  Anna Eleanora Balch Wilson (1799 - 1883)*
  Eliza Marie Balch Tustin (1802 - 1883)*
  Jane Whann Balch Williamson (1805 - 1884)*
*Calculated relationship
To the memory of
who died September 22nd 1833
in the 87th year of his Age.
He was the founder of this church,
and for more than half a century
its revered Pastor.
He planted the Gospel in this town,
and his exemple was for many years
a light to its inhabitants.
He being dead yet speaketh.
His children have erected this tablet, to record
the virtue of the dead and the gratitude of the living.

[Bronze plate]:
Revolutionary / Soldier / 1775-1783. / State Historical Committee / District of Columbia / Daughters
of the American Revolution.

[Bronze plate added in 2007].
Stephen Bloomer Balch was the revered pastor
of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church from
1780 to 1833. He also attained acclaim as a
leader in Georgetown civic and cultural affairs,
most notably as the founding principal of the
Columbian Academy and as a co-founder of the
Columbian Library. Earlier he served as a
captain in the Revolutionary Army from 1775
to 1777. This site was restored in 2007 by
members of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church.
Oak Hill Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Chapel Hill, Lot 632 1/4
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bernie A.
Record added: May 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14448211
Stephen Bloomer Balch
Added by: George Seitz
Stephen Bloomer Balch
Added by: Fred Sanford
Stephen Bloomer Balch
Added by: Fred Sanford
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Looked all over Calvert county but found no marker to him. A big home builder though must have known about him - his development off Lower Marlboro Rd named the entrance road Academy Way. The school was at the end of the road at the top of the hill a few ...(Read more)
- Southern Md Sam
 Added: Dec. 27, 2016
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- Linda Davis
 Added: Sep. 22, 2016

 Added: Sep. 13, 2016
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