Name: Benjamin BALSER
Birth: ABT. 1791
Death: 18 FEB 1873 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
Mary E. Polly POTTER b: 1788 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
4 SEP 1809
in Rockbridge Co. Va.
We learn from Deed Book JJ/301, Rockbridge County Court House, that when Mary and Benjamin reached their late seventies, they deeded all their land over to their daughter Sally and her husband John Sensabaugh. This included "a tract of about 40 acres lying along the foot of North Mountain, it being all the land owned by Benjamin Balser, Sr. This land is not to be sold during the natural lives of either Benjamin or "Polly" (Mary's nickname), his wife. John Sensabaugh agrees and obligates himself to support Benjamin and Mary Balser during their natural lives and to defray all necessary expenses that may be
incurred by the said obligation and also to defray their funeral expenses."
Benjamin Balser, Sr.
1 April 1867 Polly Balser
Mary Balser died shortly after this indenture was written - between 1867 and 1870 - as she does not appear in the 1870 Census. Benjamin lingered on and died at the age of 83 years on 18 February 1873. They had both lived a full and active life, during which they saw many changes taken place in the country, and in Virginia. During the Civil War, the Valley was a highway of marching armies and an almost constant battlefield, from the beginning to the end. Yet less than a generationg later, through hard work and the passage of time, all was prosperous again in the Valley of Virginia.
- Joshua BALSER b: ABT. 1811 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- Susan Ann BALSER b: ABT. 1812 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- Jacob BALSER b: ABT. 1814 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- James BALSER b: 1815 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- Jane BALSER b: 16 NOV 1817 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- Catherine Lucinda BALSER b: ABT. 1821 in Va.
- Sallie BALSER b: JAN 1822 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- Elizabeth BALSER b: 12 MAR 1824
- John E. BALSER b: ABT. 1825 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- Samuel BALSER b: 29 JUL 1827 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- Benjamin Franklin Jr. BALSER b: ABT. 1830 in Rockbridge Co. Va.
- Mary Ann BALSER b: ABT. 1832 in Rockbridge Co. Va.