Excerpts from a petition signed by Mr. John Balch October 29, 1849, is among the files of Memorials and Petitions, Archives, Texas State Library:
"Your petitioner first came to Texas in the Spring of 1835 and enlisted on the 7th of October 1835 in Fannin's Company - afterward York's, and was discharged Dec the 14th 1835 or thereabouts by York and Burleson having aided in the storming of San Antonio. This discharge was handed to Major Leander Smith at Harrisburg to be recorded.... Your petitioner also joined the army at Mill Creek, on its retreat from the West, and was a member of Capt. Wylys Company which had previously organized at Harrisburg, continued in said company and was in the Battle of San Jacinto and afterwards discharged. Before this last enlistment he had joined a Company under Dimmitt with the view of joining Houston at Gonzales, but Houston had retreated, and the Company narrowly escaping from the Mexicans dispersed, afterwards reorganizing under Wyly as above mentioned."
Mr. Balch, born in Tennessee, in 1812,was married to Elizabeth Rogers in Nacogdoches County January 21, 1841. This was about six years after arriving in Texas. Mrs. Balch was born in 1826 and died in 1893. Mr. Balch died in the latter part of the year 1900 while a member of the Texas Veterans Association. He was buried in the cemetery at Cove Springs, about twelve miles east of Nacogdoches.
Elizabeth Rogers Balch (1826 - 1893)
Cove Springs Cemetery
Created by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
Record added: Apr 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36045007