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Edward Payson Bancroft
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Birth: Mar. 1, 1829
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1904
Washtenaw County
Michigan, USA

Excerpts from Mrs. Bancroft's Obituary
The Emporia [Kansas] Gazette, 12 Jul 1906, Thur, Page 4

Mr. Bancroft, who had been living at Detroit, had gone to Chelsea for a short visit when he died of heart failure in the home of a relative. Mr. Bancroft married Mary B. Millspaugh there in 1853. In February 1857 they moved to Emporia where Mr. Bancroft engaged in the real estate business. With his brother, Asa R. Bancroft, he erected the first four houses on the townsite of Emporia. He joined the Army at the beginning of the Civil war as a lieutenant of the Eighth Kansas, and afterward was promoted to major by which title he was known here.

The E.P. Bancrofts were among the wealthiest families in Emporia in the early days and Major Bancroft held many places of honor and responsibility. He was a member of the Board of Regents of the Normal school land granted it by the state. As the money from these sales was not required at once by the school, Mr. Bancroft used the money to erect the building now known as the Jay block during a boom. The boom broke shortly afterward; Major Bancroft was ruined financially, and he could not repay the money in the school fund. As a result, he was convicted of a felony and sentenced to a term in the penitentiary, although everyone here regarded this affair as a misfortune rather than a crime on the part of Major Bancroft. Mrs. Bancroft went to Leavenworth when he husband was taken there and lived there until he was pardoned.

It is to the credit of the Bancrofts that their misfortune made no difference in their standing in the community here and on their return from Leavenworth took the same place in a social way that they held before the major was convicted.

They left there in 1881 for Chihuahua, Mexico. Later they returned to Detroit.

The Oakland [California] Tribune, 07 Jan 1905, Sat, Page 11



Berkeley, January 7--News has just been received of the death on Christmas day of Major E.P. Bancroft, a pioneer resident of Berkeley, and whose fame was general throughout this part of the State.

Major E.P. Bancroft was past post commander of Lookout Mountain Post, No. 88, Grand Army of the Republic. He died from a sudden attack of apoplexy in Grass Lake, Mich. The deceased was spending Christmas with friends at the time of his attack and was apparently in good health. He was aged 77 years and leaves a widow.

The late Major Bancroft was one of the best known men in this city. Coming here in 1890, he opened Bancroft's Berkeley book store, the first general stationery and book store in this city. He continued in the book business until 1901, when he sold out to F.E. Sadler.

Serving with distinction through the Civil war, winning the title of Major Bancroft at once took a prominent place among the veterans, not only of this city, but also of Oakland. He was made post commander and held that place for several years, becoming the past post commander. Since 1901 he has spent most of the time traveling around the country with his wife. The remains were shipped to his home in Detroit, Mich., for burial.
Family links: 
  Timothy Bancroft (1792 - 1880)
  Matilda Rand Bancroft (1798 - 1856)
  Mary B. Millspaugh Bancroft (1830 - 1906)
  Louisa Bancroft Gilbert (1817 - 1888)*
  Wilder Bancroft (1821 - 1903)*
  Edward Payson Bancroft (1829 - 1904)
  Asa Rand Bancroft (1835 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
Norvell Cemetery
Jackson County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Deb Hayes-Wolfe
Record added: May 07, 2007
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Edward Payson Bancroft
Added by: Deb Hayes-Wolfe
Edward Payson Bancroft
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