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Mary Jane Yarbrough Banks
Birth: Aug., 1823
Elbert County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 1902
Habersham County
Georgia, USA

Mary Yarbrough Banks, wife of James Russell Banks. Mary was the daughter of Groves Yarbrough and Martha Langston Yarbrough who lived near McFarlin Road on land given as a headright to Revolutionary soldier James Yarbrough, the father of Groves, who died in an Indian Massacre there in 1792. Martha's parents were Rev. Nathan Langston and wife Catherine Smith of Union, South Carolina. Nathan also served in the Revolutionary War, and was the son of Absolam Langston of the French and Indian War and Christian Bennett of the Virginia Bennetts tracing back to Richard Bennett of Jamestowne. Russell died in the Civil War in 1864 leaving Mary to raise children 1. Martha Elizabeth Banks, 2. William Russell Banks, 3. Jane Banks, 4. Sara Evelyn Banks, Nancy Catherine Banks, 6. Thomas Marion Banks. She is buried next to the monument of her husband Russell Banks, near the family homestead at Currahee Mountain in what is now Stephens County, Georgia,and what was then Habersham County.
From handwritten notes of granddaughter Retha Jane Acree in the back of her book Banks of Elbert. Civil War Records: Russell Banks enlisted as a private 9-1-1863 at Athens, Georgia. He served until his death of fever at Kingston, Bartow County, Georgia 3-27-1864. He was at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Company I, 66th Regiment.

Russell Banks was born 12-10-1819 Habersham County, Georgia and married Mary Yarbrough 10-9-1850. She was born 2-2-1825 in Franklin County, Georgia, and died 5-6-1898. The children of Russell and Mary Yarbrough Banks were: 1. Jane, married Lewis Terrell [uncle of Dr. Terrell of Toccoa, Georgia]; 2. Sarah Evelyn, married Allan A. Acree [brother of James Knox Acree and Georgia DeLura Acree below]; 3. Nancy Catherine, married James Knox Acree 10-25-1877.[She was born 1-7-1860 and died 4-29-1919. James Knox Acree was born 1-12-1853 and died 4-29-1923, Stephens County, Georgia. Child: Retha Acree born 9-21-1891, married 12-22-1914 in Stephens County, Georgia to Zack Martin who was born 1-22-1888 Franklin County, Georgia.]; 4. Thomas Marion Banks married first Georgia DeLura Acree, second Sarah Thomason. [Note: three Acree siblings married three Banks siblings. The families lived near each other at Currahee Mountain, Habersham/now Stephens County, Georgia. The house of Russell Banks and Mary Yarbrough Banks still stands less than a quarter mile from the house of James Knox Acree and wife Nancy Catherine Banks, which in turn is about a quarter mile from the house of Nancy's younger brother Thomas Marion Banks. The Banks Cemetery where the Russell Banks obelisk and Mary Banks grave rests is less than a hundred yards from the house of Russell and Mary.]
Family links: 
  Groves Yarbrough (1776 - 1857)
  Martha Langston Yarbrough (1786 - 1859)
  James Russell Banks (1819 - 1864)*
  Emily Jane Banks Terrell (1854 - 1919)*
  Sarah Evelyn Banks Acree (1857 - 1923)*
  Nancy Catherine Banks Acree (1860 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Banks Family Cemetery
Stephens County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D...
Record added: Dec 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62443382
Mary Jane <i>Yarbrough</i> Banks
Added by: Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D.
Mary Jane <i>Yarbrough</i> Banks
Added by: Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D.
Mary Jane <i>Yarbrough</i> Banks
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 Added: Jul. 20, 2011
My great great grandmother Mary Yarbrough Banks, who raised her children after the death of her beloved husband Russell Banks, during the Civil War. A Christian woman of strength and integrity, whose legacy lives on in her descendants.
- Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D.
 Added: Feb. 2, 2011
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