Wesley Johnson Banks

Wesley Johnson Banks

Birth
Grant County, Kentucky, USA
Death 24 Aug 1913 (aged 88)
Appanoose County, Iowa, USA
Burial Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 138384254 · View Source
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Centerville Daily Citizen
August 25, 1913

Wesley J. Banks, Appanoose county's only survivor of the Mexican war and a well known and highly respected citizen, died Sunday noon at his home five miles southwest of Centerville, aged 88 years and 27 days. Mr. Banks, who had been an invalid for thirteen years as the result of a fall, was taken Saturday night with a severe cramping of the bowels, and while morphine was administered to deaden the pain, he never recovered consciousness.

Uncle Wesley Banks, as he was generally called was a real son of the American Revolution, and also had relatives who served in the War of 1812, and was a relative of Gen. Banks of Massachusetts. Mr. Banks was strongly patriotic and it was his request that the Grand Army and Spanish-American war veterans attend his funeral. The services were held this afternoon at l:30 o'clock, at his late home conducted by Rev. J. H. Carr, of the Christian church and the old soldiers and the D.A.R. attended. The remains were laid to rest in Oakland cemetery.

Mr. Banks was born in Grant county, Ky. July 28, 1825. His father died when Wesley was 14, and at the breaking out of the Mexican war he enlisted and was a corporal of Co. A. First Indiana Infantry. Later he drove across the plains and returning to Indiana in 1852 he married Nancy Wells Talbott, and they came to Appanoose county in 1864. There were eight children of whom four are dead Mr. Banks died December 18, 1896, and is is buried at Oakland cemetery.

The living children are four sons, W. E. of Cleveland, Ohio; D. W.; T. V. and F. T. of this vicinity.


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  • Created by: Elsetta Mae
  • Added: 6 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 138384254
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wesley Johnson Banks (28 Jul 1825–24 Aug 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 138384254, citing Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Elsetta Mae (contributor 46841053) .