He married Helen Smith on the 26th October 1805 in Torryburn, both of this parish.
They had three children that we know of:
He was a seaman, and died on January 25th, 1837 according to his gravestone in the churchyard at Torryburn church:
His gravestone is next to that of his son David Balfour's first wife, Mary Paterson who died twelve years later.
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): 26/10/1805 John Balfour married Helen Smith, Torryburn GROS 458/00 0002
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 15/05/1811 James Balfour (to John Balfour, Helen Smith), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0002
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 15/06/1817 David Balfour (to John Balfour, Helen Smith), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0002
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 06/06/1779 John Balfour (to Robert Balfour, Helen Nichol), Torryburn GROS 458/0020 0252
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Marriage 6/10/1804 John Balfour to Christian Fotheringham GROS 458/0020 0516
Torryburn Jurors 1851 from http://www.fifefhs.org/
Box SC21/23/11 of Dunfermline Sheriff Court gives a list of West Fife Jurors for the year 1851, and the listing also gives their date of birth or age, which is useful in tracing their descent. They were either Special Jurors - who held heritable property of annual rent of £100 or personal property of £1000 or Common Jurors, possessors of heritable property of the yearly value of £5, or personal property of £200.
BALFOUR, JOHN: smith Low Torry (scored out, 'removed to forth Iron Works')
LAWSON, JAMES: farmer, Walkmill (b 1820)
NICOL, WILLLIAM: grocer, Low Torry (b 1808)