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William H. Bantz
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1841
Maryland, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1918

Name: Bantz, William H.
Rank: Cpl.
Conflict: Civil War
Side: Union
Type of Unit: Infantry
Name of Unit: 47th Missouri
Company: H

William's Death Certificate list his occupation as Ex-Mayor. The 1900 US Census also shows William as Mayor of Ste. Genevieve. In addition to being a mayor, he was also a probate judge.

Corporal, Company K
47th Missouri Infantry Regiment
J. Felix St. James G.A.R. Post # 326

On 2 September 1864, William H. Bantz enlisted in the Union Army at the age of twenty-three. At the time of his enlistment his occupation was listed as a farmer. His eyes were blue and had dark hair a fair complexion and was five feet and eleven inches tall. He was appointed Corporal on 6 September 1864 and remained a corporal until the date of his discharge.

Company K was stationed in Ste. Genevieve at the time of the General Sterling Price raid in September and October 1864. In December they were sent to Nashville, TN to help protect Nashville from General Hood's Army of Tennessee. They arrived to late and were stationed in Columbia and Pulaski Tennessee to guard railroad bridges.

From his obituary in the 5 January 1918 Ste. Genevieve Fairplay newspaper.

William H. Bantz, one of Ste. Genevieve's best known citizens, died at his home in this city Tuesday night, January 1, 1918, at 8 o'clock, after a long lingering illness, he contracted pneumonia last Friday which caused his death, aged 76 years, 9 months and 25 days.

William H. Bantz was born at Frederick, Maryland, March 6, 1842, and was the son of Meinrod J. and Mary A. (Harding) Bantz. They came to Missouri in 1848 and located in Ste. Genevieve County. At age of 10 years he ws sent to Frederick, Maryland where he entered Frederick College and remained four years. He then returned to Ste. Genevieve and attended the Academy at this place. In 1863 he was appointed enrolling officer for the northern part of Ste. Genevieve Co. and in September 1864 he enlisted in Company K Forty-seventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry, United States Army, and was honorably discharged at the close of enlistment. He then returned to his farm and remained until 1876 when he moved to town and married Mrs. Bennie D. Madison, nee Beltrann. He served as judge of the Probate Court from 1882 until 1886, and served as Mayor of Ste. Genevieve.

He is survived by his faithful wife, and adopted daughter, Pearl, Mrs. Clovis Govreau, 2 sisters, Miss Ellen Bantz and Mrs. Fannie Vion, of Ste. Genevieve, and one brother, Harry Bantz, of Los Angeles, California.

The deceased was a good man, a kind neighbor and was respected by all who knew him. In later years he suffered much with sickness to which he finally succumbed, but he bore his afflictions with true Christian fortitude. He was a member of the G.A.R.

The funeral was held from the Catholic Church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and the remains were laid to rest in the Valle Spring Cemetery.

(Information provided by Gary Scheel)
Family links: 
  Nimrod J. Bantz (1801 - 1878)
  Mary A. Harding Bantz (1808 - 1874)
  Bennina D. Beltrami Bantz (1845 - 1931)*
  William H. Bantz (1841 - 1918)
  Arthur Bantz (1844 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Valle Spring Cemetery
Sainte Genevieve
Ste. Genevieve County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Scott Reed
Record added: Jan 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24096571
William H. Bantz
Added by: Gary Scheel
William H. Bantz
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- Judy Mayberry Belford
 Added: Jun. 23, 2010
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- Scott Reed
 Added: May. 23, 2010

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