|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1820|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1888|
son of George Voiles and Anna (Banta) Voiles. Husband of Elizabeth (Walker) Bantau. He was left orphaned at an early age and probably was raised by his grandfather, Henry Banta, a minister. He probably assumed the name Banta and changed the spelling. He was a minister and on the first board of trustees of Texas Christian University. Was president and part owner of Thorps Springs College in Throp Springs, Hood County, Texas
The Gospel Advocate
Wedensday, September 12, 1888
H D Bantau
H D Bantau departed this life near Weatherford, Texas on the 10th of Auguat in the 68th year of his life. Elder Bantau was born in 1821, commenced preaching when about 18 years old and was ordained to the ministry before he was tehwnt-one, He was a native of Tennessee and preached in that state, Kenducky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas before he moved to Texas. A portion of 1858 and '59, he and Elder Reese Jones edited and published the Gospel Hearld in Manchester, Tenn. In 1866 he published The Hearld of Truth in Desoto. Ill. In '68 he returned to Tennessee and preached in Union City and vicinity till the year 1870 when his health was so much imparied tht by advice of physicians he moved to Texas.
When he reached New Orleans he had such severe hemmorrhages from his lungs, his life was despaired of. He settled in Waco in 1870 and preached there one year. The next year he divided his labors between Waco and White Rock.
In 1872 he purchased the Thorp Springs school property, now known as "Add Ran College" and was principal of the school one year, when it passed into the hand of the Clark brothers.
He then bought a farm nine miles north of Cleburne and spent three years farming and preaching.
In 1876 he sold his farm and moved to Palo Pinto county. In 1877 he was called by the church in Weatherford to labor for them, and from that time till his death his work has been in this neighborhood.
His services have been highly appreciated and many can truly testify, that they have been abundantly blessed by his labors.
He had one debate with a Baptist preacher and about thrity persons - most of them Baptists, joined the chruch of Christ in a short time.
In 1850 Bro Bantau married Miss Mary Walker and eight children were born to them. Some of them crossed the river before him, but sister Bantau and five children linger behind to suffer the bereavement.
Elder B, was a sound on all the innovations that curse the churches, but his kind and respectful manner, made him warm friends in all classes. During his last days he was visited and cared for by a large number of friends, who did all they could to alleviate his sufferings.
Before his departure he could have said truly, "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith and now I am ready to be offered up and the time of my departure is at hand and from henceforth a crown of righteousness is laid up for me by the Lord, the righteous judge, and not for me only, but for all them also who love his appearing"
"I heard a voice from heaven saying, blessed are the dead that died in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the spirit, they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."
"As David said of Abner, a prince and a great man is fallen in Israel"
Bro Bantau's spirit has taken its flight from this world and though dead he yet lives.
B A Howard
Henry Day Bantau is my great-great grandfather. I have done extensive genealogy research into the Bantau family.
Anna J. Banta Voiles (1804 - 1833)
George Washington Voiles (1799 - ____)
Elizabeth Walker Bantau (1830 - 1908)*
Charles H Bantau (1852 - 1880)*
George Washington Gibbs Bantau (1859 - 1930)*
Tolbert Fanning Bantau (1861 - 1890)*
Paul Patrick Bantau (1870 - 1936)*
City Greenwood Cemetery
Created by: Kaye Vernon
Record added: Aug 07, 2009
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