Pages 555 & 556




John Balliet, grandson of Stephen and Magdalena Burkhalter Balliet, and son of Stephen Balliet and his wife, Susan Iherie, was born Nov. 13, 1819 at Ballietsville, North Whitehall township, Lehigh Co., and remained during boyhood at the home of his parents.   After limited advantages of education he entered the Lehigh Charcoal Furnace, owned by his father, and in various capacities made his services valuable while becoming familiar with the business.  In connection with his brothers, Paul and Aaron, he ultimately became owner of the property, and later its superintendent.  He afterward made East Penn Township, Carbon County, his residence, in connection with the position of superintendent of the East Penn Charcoal Furnace.  After its partial destruction by a freshet it was rebuilt, and subsequently leased by Mr. Balliet, who for many years operated it successfully.  Aside from these interests, he is the owner of a planing mill and lumber-yard, and largely engaged in real estate operations, and the erection and improvement of buildings.  He is a considerable land-holder, and the possessor of many farms under successful cultivation.  He removed to Bowmansville, where he has large interests, in 1872, and which for many years was his residence.  Mr. Balliet was united in marriage to Amanda Rehrig of East Penn Township, to whom were born children: Isabella (Mrs. Victor Bowman), Alice Emma (deceased), Lewis F, Emma Jenetta (Mrs. John Semmel), Amanda Sabina (deceased), John William, Benjamin Matthias (deceased), Martha Sophia, Harry Charles, and Charles David (deceased).


Mr. Balliet is in politics a Republican, but not a strong partisan.  He is a director of the Slatington Bank, and one of the shareholders in the Lehigh Furnace, at Allentown, and the Lehigh Valley Furnace, at Coplay.  He is also, with his brothers, interested in extensive iron-ore beds in Lehigh County.














The History of the Counties of Lehigh & Carbon, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,


Alfred Mathews & Austin N. Hungerford

Published in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1884


Transcribed from the original in 2005


Lisa Weierbach



Web page by

Jack Sterling

March 2005