COL IN THE CIVIL WAR REST IN PEACE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
Bio by Phil Wirey: His father was Baylor Banks of King and Queen Co., VA and his mother was Anna Slaughter of VA. His grandfather was Tunstall Banks who was an American Revolution captain of the 7th Division of Militia in Virginia. Lawrence was referred to as Colonel Lawrence Banks it is believed from his service in the Alabama State Militia. His brother was John Field Banks, who served in the War of 1812 where he enlisted in Capt. William F. Gray's Company of Militia and then moved to Alabama via Tennessee about 1828 where he originally worked as a tanner, later became a pharmacist in Somerville, and was then postmaster at Lacey's Springs. Lawrence first married Isabella James and was living in Triana in Madison County at the time of his wedding. Lawrence was a justice of the peace in Morgan County during the time period of 1830 thru 1841. In April of 1834 in Madison County, Lawrence remarried Margaret Noble. On the 1850 Census he is shown as a merchant and in his home residing is a L. Sheppard, teacher, and John Matthews, Methodist Minister who served the Decatur Methodist Church in 1850. In 1860, Lawrence was the worshipful master of the Decatur Masonic Lodge. Before the Civil War he was a mill owner. His home which was on the corner of Railroad and Church Street in Decatur was burned in the Civil War in 1864 by Union soldiers. He then lived at a house facing Bank Street at Vine Street. This is probably where he painted the glass map of Decatur after surveying the town in 1870. After the war he is listed as being the most prominent member of the Methodist Church which then met in a log cabin after the church was burned during the war. He is also listed as a retail merchant and is last seen on the 1880 Census living with his two daughters where he is a junior agent and one of his daughters, Lorena, is seen as a teacher probably later teaching at the Lafayette Street School that in 1883 was built on Canal Street close to where the Odd Fellows Lodge and school had stood prior to the war. His son was Dr. William Henry Banks, physician who served in the 7th Alabama Calvary as a surgeon, was on the City Council in 1882, and is said to have laid out the Decatur City Cemetery along with William W. Littlejohn.
Margaret Jarret Noble Banks
1813–1861 (m. 1834)