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Newton Birdsell "Melvin" Banker
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1846
Ossining
Westchester County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 2, 1910
Stillwater
Payne County
Oklahoma, USA

Melvin Banker, known as Newton Birdsell Banker for most of his adult life [Melvin Banker in the 1860 Census; Melvin Banker and Melvin T. Banker on his military records; Newton B. Banker in the 1880 Census; Melvin Banker, Melvin M. Banker, and Melvin T. Banker in his pension records; Newton Adrian Birdsell Banker according to family legend, and Melvin Melville as his stage name], was born at Sing Sing (now Ossining), Westchester County,15 New York, April 3, 1846; died at the Youst Hotel, Stillwater, Oklahoma, November 2, 1910; buried in the far NW corner of Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater, Oklahoma, November 3, 1910. [His grave did not have a marker until the fall/early winter of 2006, when through the efforts of historian Mahlon G. Erickson and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, a US government marker was placed at his grave.]

He married first Anna Eliz Howser. She was born in New York, about 1852-53; living in 1890.

He married second at Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan, July 19, 1895, Emma J. DeForest, born in Ohio about 1856.

He married third at Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, July 4, 1905, Ida J. Lee Custer, widow of William C. Custer. Ida died of cerebral apoplexy at St. Louis, Missouri, January 16, 1931; buried at Jonesboro, Illinois.

Melvin T. Banker enlisted first in the Civil War at Sing Sing, New York, as a Private in Company I, 95th New York Regiment, US Volunteer Infantry, on January 6, 1862. At his enlistment, he was 16 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches, light complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and by occupation a farmer. He was present in April, May, and June 1862; sick in camp hospital in July and August 1862; and absent sick in September & October 1862. He received his certificate of disability for discharge due to serofuler (sic) and chronic rheumatism, though but 16 years old, at USA General Hospital, York, PA, September 19, 1862. He was discharged at Baltimore, MD, on September 30, 1862.

Melvin Banker enrolled again in the Civil War, at Andover, Massachusetts, as a Private in Company E, 26th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, on February 20, 1864. He was mustered in as a private at Boston, MA, on February 20, 1864; present May to August 1864; absent Sept. & Oct. 1864; absent Nov. & Dec., prisoner of war since October 26, 1864, while as guard to forage train. He was a prisoner of war through February 28, 1865; absent, March and April 1865, at parole camp, Annapolis, Md; and mustered out May 25, 1865. POW records have him as Melvin Bankers, captured at Newtown, VA, October 26, 1864; admitted to hospital at Richmond, VA, with constipation on January 27, 1865; paroled at Aikens Landing, VA, on February 17, 1865; admitted to hospital at Annapolis, MD, February 19, 1865; and furloughed March 2, 1865, for 30 days. He was honorably discharged (his second discharge) at Ladies Home General Hospital, New York City, NY, May 25, 1865.

Newton Birdsell Banker was ordained as a minister in both the Baptist and Methodist Churches. After serving as a minister, the family occupation became musical entertainment. The Melville show included both parents and their eleven children. They owned one of the first showboats on the Ohio River, the Melville Floating Theatre. The Melville show-name was chosen after their first son, Melvin and their company was the Melville Dramatic Company.

His obituary reads: "M. Melville (N. B. Banker), age 64 years. An advance agent for the "Lost in Society's Whirl" (entertainment) company. Died Wednesday at the Youst Hotel in Stillwater (Oklahoma), buried, at Fairlawn Cemetery (Stillwater, Oklahoma). Real name Banker, Melville probably a stage name. Had two discharges from the army having served in the Civil War. Ordination papers of Baptist and Methodist Churches. Wife Ida Melville of 7914 Ivy Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri." Alias M. Melville and Melvin Banker. "Milville Banker", buried November 3, 1910.

Melvin and Anna had eleven children:
A. Melvin Adriance Banker, b. 1869, d. 1950
B. Kitty Banker, b. 1871, d. 1939
C. Mamie Drewcella Banker, b. 1872, d. 1936
D. Jennie W. Banker, b. ca. 1875-76, liv. 1940
E. Frederick Joe Banker, b. 1879, d. before 1936
F. Alice Banker, b. after 1880, liv. 1940
G. Morgan Banker, b. after 1880, d. before 1936
H. Howard A. Banker, b. after 1880, liv. 1936
I. Bertrand Andrew Banker-Melville, b. 1886, d. 1948
J. Harry M. Banker, b. ca 1887-1888, liv. 1910, d. before 1936
K. LaVerna Banker, b. 1890, liv. 1936
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ida Lee Standard Banker (1860 - 1931)
 
 Children:
  Kathryn Everly Banker Smith (1871 - 1939)*
  Mamie Drewcella Banker Lesser (1872 - 1936)*
  Bertrand Andrew Banker-Melville (1885 - 1948)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Buried: 11/03/1910
 
Burial:
Fairlawn Cemetery
Stillwater
Payne County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Blk-4, Lot 9
 
Maintained by: Jim Dugan
Originally Created by: DonZas
Record added: Mar 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10669120
Newton Birdsell Melvin Banker
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Newton Birdsell Melvin Banker
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