|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1755|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 1839|
Hannah Balch was born to Rev. Thomas and Mary (Sumner) Balch in Dedham, Massuchusetts. She was the seventh child and youngest daughter of eight children that reached adult age in the Balch family.
On April 22, 1777, she married Rev. Jabez Chickering in Dedham, Massachusetts. They had six children who were raised in Dedham.
1. Lucy (1778–1796), no record of marriage.
2. Joseph (1780–1844), m1. Betsey Vase (White); m2. Sarah (Holt)
3. Jabez (1782–1826), m. Dorothy (Alleyne)
4. Elizabeth (1785–1863), m. Samuel Gay
5. Thomas (1788–1816), m. Susanna (Swift)
6. Hannah (1802–1876), m. John Briggs
Her father is cited in the town history pages... "Rev. Thomas Balch was graduated from Harvard in 1735 and became a minister of the Congregational Church. In 1736 he was ordained pastor of South Church, Dedham, MA. He was deservedly highly esteemed for he was a man of talents and intellectual attainments. He was orthodox and highly regarded as a preacher. In 1744, he was a Chaplain in the Expedition against Cape Breton during the French and Indian War."
Hannah's great great granddaughter Mary Virginia Lynch wrote about her generational grandparents and families ... "Mary Ann Chickering's Great Grandfather was Rev. Thomas Balch, born in 1711, was graduated from Harvard in the class of 1734 and received the honorary degree of M.A. from Yale University in 1741. He was the first minister of South Parish, Dedham Mass. He served this church as pastor from 1734 to 1774. His daughter Hannah was married in 1777 to her father's successor, Rev. Jabez Chickering. Their son, Lieutenant Thomas Balch Chickering married Susanna Swift. He fought in the war of 1812 and died in service at Louisville, Ky, in 1816, leaving one child, Mary Ann who was given a good education by her mother who sent her to private school in Philadelphia, where she was fitted for teaching. She secured a position in Wheeling, WV. Her mother accompanied her on the long trip west. It was here that she married Mr. Craig Ritchie."
The Balch line goes back to early New England families: (1) John arrived from England to Salem, Massachusetts in 1624, m. Margery (Lovett). (2) Benjamin, first male child born in Massachusetts Bay Colony, m. Sarah (Gardner). (3) Freeborn, m. Miriam (Moulton). (4) Benjamin, m. Mary (Prentice). (5) Thomas, m. Mary (Sumner) (6) Hannah, m. Jabez Chickering. (7) Thomas Chickering, m. Susanna Swift
The Chickering line also goes back to early New England families. It is as follows: (1) Simon of Wrentham, England, m. Prudence (Fiske). (2) Nathaniel arriving in Massachusetts in 1660 from England; m2. Lydia (Fisher). (3) Nathaniel, m. Deborah (Wight). (4) Joseph, m. Rebecca (Newell). (5) Jabez, m. Hannah (Balch). (6) Thomas, m. Susanna Swift
This Chickering line is also connected to one of the earliest Watertown, Massachusetts families. Rebecca Newell was the daughter of Hannah (Fisher) Newell, who was the daughter of Rebecca (Woodward) Fisher (1647-1727). This Rebecca Woodward, was born in Watertown to George and Mary (Gibbson) Woodward. George (1621-1676) and his father Richard (1589-1665) were some of the original settlers of Watertown in 1635 with their names appearing on the earliest town property maps. Rebecca Woodward's husband, Thomas Fisher (1643-1706), was also born in Watertown in 1643 to Thomas Sr. (1604-1688) and Elizabeth Fisher (1611-1652), both having been born in England prior to settling in Watertown.
Thomas Balch (1711 - 1774)
Mary Sumner Balch (1717 - 1798)
Jabez Chickering (1753 - 1812)
Joseph Chickering (1780 - 1844)*
Jabez Chickering (1782 - 1826)*
Elizabeth Chickering Gay (1785 - 1863)*
Benjamin Balch (1743 - 1815)*
Hannah Balch Chickering (1755 - 1839)
Old Parish Cemetery
Created by: Kline Lynch
Record added: Oct 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99611454