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Sources of "Genius and mental illness run in the Raymond FAmily"

John Balch emigrant early 17th century.  Family were prosperous yeoman

farmers and gentry Somerset County, England, from 11th century.  ACtive

in local government and schools.  John married in England Margery Lovell/

Lovett/Levitt of unknown identity.  John was a staunch though not

fanatical Puritan and a founder of Salem, MA and of his church.  He was

good at arbitration and negotiation and actively used these skills in the

leadership roles he played.  



i---John (He and Freeborn are often confused) married Mary Conant,

i      daughter of Puritan clergyman and one of the leaders of the 

i      original Cape Anne colony,  They had one daughter.  John 

i      was drowned while trying to cross the river near home in a

i      storm in 1662, and his one daughter Mary died 1663. His widow

i      then remarried a Dodge.


i---Freeborn disappeared.  May have returned to England or died on a 

i      ship while returning to England.  Ten years later his self-styled

i      executor, possibly an employer or creditor, settled his estate,

i      signed his share of his father's land to Benjamin, the deed 

i      temporarily allowed for the possibility that Freeborn might not

i      be dead, and it was finalized two years later.  



i----Benjamin Balch m daughter of Thomas Gardner

                    i  m 2 widow of Damaris Shattuck, a prominent Quaker

                    i        of a dour Quaker family. (What was 

                    i        the attraction?)


             Freeborn Balch



   i                        i               i                     i

   i                        i               i                     i

   i                        i         Freeborn                    i

   i                        i               i                to Emily 

   i                        i               i              Green Balch

  Tabitha Balch    Abigail Balch      John a farmer         (see below)      

       m                  m          died in an insane

  Paul Raymond     Daniel Raymond         asylum

       i                  i

       i                  i

       i              to Barb Petty



   William Raymond m Mercy Davis (see below)



                   i       (Begin chain of first cousin marriages)


      i                      i                                i

      i                      i                                i

   Asa Raymond         Lucy Raymond                    Daniel Raymond

      m                   m                                   i

 --Huldah Rice         Hezekiah Walker                 ----------

   (see below)               i                         i         i

       i                     i              An extr successful   i

       i                     i              inventor and         i

       i                     i              entrepreneur,        i

       i                     i              meandered around     i

       i                     i              Canada               i

       i                     i                  ------------------

       i                     i                  i                i

       i                    Tabitha Walker m Asa Raymond    Amos Raymond

   to Carl Flegal,                         i                     i

 tracing genius and                        i                     i

 mental health problems            Henry Morgan Raymond m Almira Raymond

 in Raymond family                                      i


                             i                    Marion Frances Raymond

                             i           Spent her daughter's childhood

                         Willie          in house behind locked doors and

                    Supposed to have     windows constantly convinced 

                    been a genius,       someone dangerous was outside 

                    drowned age 19       trying to get in; may be one of

                                         two of my mother's grandparents

                                         to die in Northampton State

                                         Psychiatric Hospital (at age

                                         60 with little previous family

                                         history of death before old

                                         age and no subsequent history of




                                                  My grandmother

                                                 Extremely bright, 

                                                 intense, high strung,

                                                 strong-willed, phobia

                                                 prone, taught herself

                                                 to read age 3.



                                                  i             i

                                              my aunt         my mother

                                             i            strongly appears

                                             i           to have had

                                             i           depression when I

                                    my cousin Joe        was a child.

                                    member of Mensa           i

                                    perfect score on SAT      i

                                    schizoid and odd,         My brother

                                    pleasant but changeable   me treated

                                    and a bit egomaniacal,    for anxiety

                                   patented a high tech       disorders

                                   invention, now heads a     and

                                   start-up firm trying to   depression.

                                   market it, travels alot.          

Emigrant Edmund Rice, a land speculator in semi-feudal l7th century

Southeastern England, where such attitudes to land and behavior were

distinctly odd, and backwoods MA, he repeatedly after a long period of

being qutie statidfied with his good positions and further prospects in

the land speculation business, and achieved status and respect in the

community, as he had leadership ability, got fed up with everyone and

everything in that place and abruptly moved to another place just like it,

often founding another new town.  No matter where he was, in England or a

tiny backwoods Massachusetts village, he bought, sold and traded land like

he thought he was at the New York Stock Exchange, and typically

accumulated both land and wealth rapidly.  He married Thomasine Frost,

whose family can be at the least said to have been emotionally intense. 

Rice's are characteristically extremely bright.  


  i           i       i      i                             

  i      Nathaniel  Henry  Samuel   --Carl's and my Rice lines picked

  i           i              i        up an entire flock of similar birds

 to Myrrha -  ------------------------on their common route of

genius -                              migration

Mensa membership and                  from Sudbury, MA, and toward our

mental illness run                    Raymond lines.  These birds were 

in her family,                        Dolor Davis birds, and George

incl manic depression                 Hubbard of Connecticut

and no DAvis, Hubbard                 (> John > Jonathan) birds.  THey

or Raymond blood.                     formed a whole large extremely

    i                                 inbred clan, with a marked interest

    i                                 in missionary work in general and

Mental illness particularly panic     in Africa in particular.  Whole

disorder seems to be in several groups   flocks of them flew right across

of Rice lines including atleast two      the Atlantic.  

lines of descent from Edmund.                          i

Uncertain who the group on Kentucky                    i

descended from.  Though Rice and                       i

his allied families were characteristically            i

extremely migratory birds.                     Mercy Davis 

I've heard from about two dozen of                m

them.                                          William Raymond, above.

I came across a branch of the Dolor Davis family six generations removed

from Dolor Davis by a brother of Carl's and my SAmuel, that is so like my

mother, aunt, grandmother, cousin Joe who belongs to Mensa and is head of

a high-tech start-up company to market the innovation he invented, and me,

that I looked to see if perhaps they were more closely related.  This

group of families formed a closely related inbred clan.

Ethan Davis Sr, or Squire Ethan, "like his father, he was an extensive land owner. He seems tohave been born with a propensity for trading in real estate, in live stock, or in anything in which he could indulge his taste for speculation. His dealings in cattle often occasioned remarks and now and then were the basis of jokes." And I can't even find Edmund Rice ancestry for him. It could be there; I have only his direct line of descent; just no obvious inbreeding. He would seem to have inherited it from Dolor Davis. "He was quite rigid in business affairs, but tried to render to all their just dues...his charities wre considerable...though inclined to austerity, he was never unkind, and was an excellent neigbor, a steadfast friend," etc. Many of Dolor DAvis's descendents were cited as equalling is record for moving about. It wasn't that he was a carpenter; it was in the DAvis constitution. They wre migratory birds. EThan DAvis married Sarah Hubbard, who was a perfectly inbred member of the Rice/Davis/Hubbard clan. They had a son, Rev. Elnathan Davis, a Congregationalist (not Baptist) minister at HOldern, a missionary to South Africa, which he resigned over a difference about infant baptism, home missionary work in Indiana and Michigan, worked for the American Peace Society, was an officer for them. Also an officer for American Missionary Society. He preached against social evils he perceived, like alcohol and slavery. He was said to be cheerful, congenial, and popular, and outspoken in his views. "A granddaughter of Ethan Davis, Sr, ...severl years ago went to one of the territories alone, and took up a quarter section of prairie land, and, far from friends, with only one neighbor, and that more than one mile away, lived there alone for eight months in order to secure her title. Having accomplished that, and being very much afraid of her only neighbor, who was, in her opinion, a barbarian, she made haste to get back among civilized people. Though she confesses that one experiment of the kind is sufficient, she is still given to travel and looking about the country." Three of Ethan's eight children besides Elnathan were missionaries to Africa, and large numbers of the rest of the clan did the stint in Africa thing, too. And of course, I had to have a relative executed in the Salem witch trials as a witch, too. "It was sometime before 1690 that John Willard married Margaret Knight of Salem Village. Willard's origins, like those of most of the other witches we have investigated, are frustratingly obscure. Circumstantial evidence liks him to Majr Simon Willard, one of the most prominent Massachusetts land speculators, town founders, and politicians of the mid-seventeenth cnetury: for a time during his youth John Willar4dd lived in Lancaster, where Major Willard owned a trading post (indeed, it was to Lancaster that he fled when accused of witchraft in 1692); in the 1680's, moreover, he resided with his wife in Groton, a town founded by Simon Willard; and he was frequently associated, in his land dealings in both communities, with men known to be Simon Willard's sons. But published family histories have suppressed all reference to the man [an alternative explanation is he was a son of Simon Willard's brother who kept farther east], and the best efforts of local historians and genealogists have failed to establish his precise connection to Simon Willard. If he was a relative -- perhaps even a son?--of this rich and prominent man, he was an obscure and somehow ill-favored one [I've actually not known too many families that include people centrally involved in the Salem Witch trials to admit being related to that person]. "Her kinfolks' uneasiness about John Willard must have been intenssified when it became clear that he was interested in land speculation as well as in farming. In March, 1690, with three partners, he purchased from the widow of George Corwin a large tract of land--"by estimation four or five hundred acres," as the deed rather vaguely has it, lying just north of the Salme Village line. I the succeeding months at least two substantial portions of this tract were sold off to new purchasers." The Wilkins family that John Willard married into particularly resented everything to do with the emerging capitalist economy that threatened the survival of the small farmers of Salem Village. The Witch Trials were partly about resistance to the development of capitalism and the end of their semi-feudal, traditional way of life. They also stuck particularly vigorously to the notion shared by most of the faction of Salem Village that they belonged to that one's place was in the socio-economic stratum to which one was born, and the related belief that a family should hang onto its land and not sell it. The Wilkins' were among the staunchest members of the "anti-Parris" faction, and were themselves, en masse, among the principal accusers against John Willard. More information is contained in testimony against him at trial. When John Willard lived at Groton, according to Willard and Knight relatives and in-laws, one morning his wife came running over to the farm where two sons of Simon Willard lived, I think with a wife who was sister to John's wife. She said her husband had beaten her very badly for no reason, then spent the night hiding in a small space under the stairs! Come morning, he suddenly got up and ran out of the house and up a large hill at a speed she found not within normal strength, and was gone. Two of the Willard men went to find him (notice their immediate concern for his welfare, which supports he was close kin), and found him wandering in a state of complete distraction. And nothing was said about him being drunk, a common problem. Willard's Salem in-laws were out to get him, but in among the usual possession of people by proxy and reports of black magic, was an emphasis on wandering in a state of distraction and also making odd noises and howls, not contained in testimony against any other suspected witches. Another direct ancestor of mine, Phillip English, was targeted for the same reason; he was a wealthy merchant of Salem Town whose Quaker affiliation and connections made him an attractive target for these people who thought that "wrong thinking" came from the Devil and that people who thought wrongly were by definition witches. "The experiences of Salem Village in the late l7th century had made one thing only to clear; no one could count on ending his career adhe had begun it. It is no accident that the events of 1692 were set off when some young peopl ebecame interested in fortune telling:...and they had turned to these occult rituals for a single purpose: to predict the future course of their own lives, and particularly the identity and occupatiosn of their future husbands. ...five of these girls, remember, lived in two Village househods--those of Samuel Parris and Thomas Putnam, Jr.--that were experiencing with partiuclar intensity the consequences of social dislocation. Thie girls' divinations were a specific reaction to urgent fears which obsessed their own families and which to a degree preoccupied the entire community. AFer all, the identity of their furure husbands --"what trade their sweethearts houdl be of'--would determine their own future status." ..."It is striking how many of the accused witches from the Salem Village area had careers which testified to the power of unfamilar economic forces to alter and reshape a life. The accused were, in many cases, people who had not bee born to their 1692 standing, high or low, but who had reached it through force of circumstance, in the course of lives characterized by economic as well as geographic flux. John Willard, Alexander Osborne, Daniel Andrew, and REbecca Nurse, for example, were all outsiders who had moved both IN and UP." Mental illness also seriously afflicted the family of Emily Greene Balch, an extremely intelligent and quite remarkable Boston woman who, after becoming a Quaker, taught economics at a university early in this century, participated in the international peace movement as well as the settlement house movement that my grandmother, Helen Lowe, also participated in, and in 1946 she won a Nobel Peace Prize. She was an intense woman who took herself extremely seriously. Her Balch lineage is Emily - Francis Vergnies - John - Nathaniel - William - Freeborn - Benjamin - John the emigrant. In other words, hers is a third line of descent from Benjamin's son Freeborn. Here is her family record; (From Improper Bostonian) Joseph Balch of Newburyport MA, a wealthy marine insurance ageent and "a rather severe and reticent man", married twice. By the first wife hehad 5 daughters and a son. Nothing on them. By his second wife, Ann Lathrop Noyes, who was an extremely strict and exacating woman who when she lived with Emily's family had them all on strict schedules and rules for everything, and who was descended from Nicholas Noyes clergical critter of Salem witch trials above, someone never too kind to repentant sinners and liked to eat accused witches for breakfast, Joseph Balch had Eunice Ann, who never married and became the Balch children's Aunt Nanny, John, who after a brilliant college career permanently "lost his mind", and Francis Vergnies Balch, b Boston, 2/3/1839, d Jamaica Plain 2/4/1898, a brilliant and quiet man with very frail health, looks a bit wild and disheveled as well as intense in his picture, was a prominent Boston attorney and worked for a U.S. Senator at one point very early in his career. I thought that both of Emily's parents wre Congregationalist ministers, too. That's, BOTH of them. Dr. Frances Vergnies Noyes, sister of Ann Lathrop (Noyes) Balch, of Newburyport MA, an easy going doctor, married someone not identified who died when Nelly was 17. He had Nelly (Ellen Maria) Noyes, b 1837, d 1884, who became Emily's mother, Catherine Porter Noyes d 1924, and others. Nelly was emotional, quick-tempered, and prone at times to night-time panic attacks, and developed a horror of Evangelical Christianity after being exposed to it at "Uncle Withington's house". Francis Vergnies Balch married Nelly Noyes, and they had Emily Greene Balch, Bessie, Annie, three other girls, and a boy. Annie had a "nervous breakdown" which is an old mythological term for an acute disabling episode of mental illness, often depression, and Bessie had repeated "nervous breakdowns" and often wasn't in sound mental health. Emily seemed fine but showed signs that she wasn't quite. She was a very intense person in looks, manner, manner of speaking and actions, she took herself extremely seriously, she thought herself plain (poor self image) and never married. She had ordinary good looks; her best physical features were things she may not have seen in the mirror; she projected intellect, emotional intensity and New England good breeding - and she dressed the part, in a modestly and properly attractive way. One thing that strikes me is that this fifth or so cousin of my grandmother was very like her in both intellect and personality. See my grandmother's biography . Genius was said to run in my Raymond line. I don't know from how far back. It, too, may have been a Balch trait. One thing I noticed while zeroxing town records is that of 16 Raymonds and Balches who died in Salem before 1850, two died of intemperance. Alcoholism is a common consequence of untreated depression and anxiety disorders, and untreated mental illness is the most frequent cause of alcoholism. I suspect Alcoholics Anonymous works because its twelve steps read like a basic how-to guide of how to cope with mental illness! I also had some deaths from "nervous fever" jump out at me. My sister's husband has a particularly high-strung family group where someone died of "nervous fever".
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