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Isabell Muir "Bell" Banks Anderson
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Birth: Feb. 27, 1862
Petersburg City
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 10, 1932
Wilson County
North Carolina, USA

Isabell "Bell" Muir Banks was born 1862 in Petersburg, VA, the youngest of 3 known surviving children (2 girls/1 boy) born to Capt. Robert R. Banks, CSA and his wife, Isabell M. Pae.

She is the direct descendant of Scottish immigrants on both sides of her family tree, being the paternal grandchild of Thomas Banks (1785-1853) and wife Margaret of Scotland; and maternal grandchild of James Valence Pae (1793-1865) and wife Catherine Allen of Scotland. Both families settled in the Richmond-Petersburg area of Virgina. Her maternal grandfather was a Richmond iron merchant who produced arms for the Confederacy. There is a confederate application for a presidential pardon by James Pae that was written in July 5, 1865 (about a month before his death), that mentions his factory being burnt down during the war and proclaims his allegiance to the United States.

Bell's father was a prosperous farmer/merchant in Petersburg who served with Company E, VA 12th, "Petersburg Rifleman". He was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville (April 27-May 6, 1863) and his heroics were mentioned in report of Brig. Gen. William Mahone, C. S. Army, commanding brigade: "Among the gallant spirits who were seriously wounded, Captain [Robert R.] Banks, Company E, Twelfth Virginia Infantry, must be mentioned. He fell among the foremost in the skirmish fight of his regiment on the turnpike, May 1, and was at the time commanding our advance guard. His conduct on this occasion was beautifully heroic."

Bell was just 9 years old when her father died in 1871 at age 43. Her widowed mother remained on the family farm in Dinwiddie County raising her 3 children.

It is not known how Bell and Dr. William S. Anderson met, but in about 1897, the 35-year old became his 3rd wife. She would be mother to 3 of his sons: James Banks Anderson (1899-1941), Lt. Robert Banks Anderson (1893-1918), and Jesse Staton Anderson (1895-1953).

Bell was widowed in 1927 when her husband died at age 82. She survived him less than 5 years, passing in 1932 at age 70.
Family links: 
  Robert R. Banks (1823 - 1871)
  William Staton Anderson (1845 - 1927)
  Robert Banks Anderson (1893 - 1918)*
  Jesse Staton Anderson (1895 - 1953)*
  James Banks Anderson (1899 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Maplewood Cemetery
Wilson County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Apr 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68665087
Isabell Muir Bell <i>Banks</i> Anderson
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Isabell Muir Bell <i>Banks</i> Anderson
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