John Balch, San Jacinto veteran, was born September 6, 1812 in Greene County, Tennessee. He and his brother came to Texas from Maryland in April, 1835, and on October 7, John joined the army. He participated in the Storming and Capture of Bexar as part of John York's Company in December, 1835, and fought at the historic Battle of San Jacinto under Alfred H. Wyly on April 21, 1836. After San Jacinto, Balch left the service and married Elizabeth Rogers in Nacogdoches County on January 21, 1841. He was awarded a land grant for his service to the Republic and used this to acquire property in Dallas County around the springs between Mesquite and Kleberg. He moved to the town of Chireno in Nacogdoches County later in life and died there on June 3, 1900. He was buried in Cove Springs Cemetery in Nacogdoches.