John Randolph Banks

John Randolph Banks

Birth
Conway, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 24 Jun 1869 (aged 29)
Sunderland, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Sunderland, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 126649883 · View Source
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John Randolph Banks was the son of Orlando Whitney and Caroline Stewart, who died in childbirth. John’s birth name was Franklin Orlando Whitney. His name was changed when adopted by John S Banks and Emily E Piper.

He married Julia M Dunklee on 27 Feb 1861. Their children were Nettie Clara, Edgar James, and Laura Martha, who died shortly after her father. Their son, Edgar James Banks, was the famed professor, author, and archaeologist, who discovered the white statue of King David, and who inspired the Indiana Jones character.

John Randolph Banks suffered ill health after serving in the Union Army during the Civil War in Louisiana. His older half-brother, Alfred Whitney, was a gunmaker at the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts

He never saw his birth father after 1850, when Orlando Whitney and many of his older half-siblings migrated to Texas. His oldest half-sister was Ann Whitney, a pioneer school teacher, who died 9 July 1867 while bravely protecting her students during an Indian raid on a log schoolhouse on the Leon River in northeastern Hamilton County, Texas.


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  • Created by: James Bianco
  • Added: 20 Mar 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 126649883
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Randolph Banks (8 Jan 1840–24 Jun 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126649883, citing Riverside Cemetery, Sunderland, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by James Bianco (contributor 47745493) .