Thursday, August 7, 2014

Old Planters Reunion, Beverly, Massachusetts 26 – 28 September 2014

The Balch House, Beverly, Massachusetts

Are you descended of Beverly’s 17th century “Old Planters”?   Some of the first men to settle the North Shore of Massachusetts were Roger Conant, John Woodbury, William Trask, John Balch and Peter Palfrey, Walter Knight, William Allen, Thomas Gray, Tohn Tylly, Thomas Gardner, Richard Norman, William Jeffrey, and Captain William Trask.  These settlers were here before the Endicott and Winthrop groups arrived in Massachusetts.

If you are descended from these families, or are interested in early settlers in Beverly, you might want to join this conference and explore the history of the Old Planters.  There will be a Friday night networking dinner, lectures, walking tours, visits to First Period Houses and more.  On Saturday, September 27 there will be meetings of both the BALCH and WOODBURY family associations.


The new Balch Genealogy by Robin Balch Hodgkins will be available at the Reunion.  Order by calling 978-922-1186 or send a check to the Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915  Hardcover copy $100/$80 members,  Flashdrive copy $40/ $32 members. Registered attendees of the Old Planter reunion will receive 10% off the purchase price.

Registration Form:

Balch Family Genealogy at Facebook:

Books about the Old Planters:

The Old Planters of Beverly in Massachusetts and the Thousand Acre Grant of 1635, by Alice Gertrude Lapham, 1930

Ryal Side from the Early Days of Salem Colony, by Calvin P. Pierce, 1931

Genealogy of the Balch Families in America, by Galusha B. Balch  (this is the book Robin Balch Hodkins has just updated, see above)

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