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 Elisha Banks

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Elisha Banks

  • Birth 14 Nov 1829 New York, USA
  • Death 22 Mar 1909 Roxbury, McPherson County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Roxbury, McPherson County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 33373775

Elisha Banks was born Nov. 14, 1829 in Schoharie Co., NY, to Orin Banks (1803-1857; farmer) and Olive Brown (1805-1887). Elisha's maternal grandfather, William Brown, served as a colonel in General George Washington's Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. At the time of the 1850 U.S. Census, Banks was a 21-year-old laborer who worked on the Alonzo B. Thurber Farm in Scipio Twp., LaPorte Co., IN. Later that year, on Oct. 30th, Banks married Miss Elizabeth Sharp (1830-1892), daughter of Thomas Sharp (1789-1838) and Elizabeth Haymond (1798-1873) in La Porte Co., IN. Together they had the following children: Lewis J. (1851-1857), William N. (1853-1854), Benson Leroy (1855-1916), Orin Laverne "Verne" (1858-1927), and Francis "Frank" M. (1861-1893). Elisha and Elizabeth and their two children Benson and Verne lived in Hobert Twp., Lake Co., IN (P.O. – Crown Point) at the time of the 1860 U.S. Census.

Four years later, Elisha was drafted into service with Co. B, 38TH IND INF where he served eight full months before mustering out with the rest of the regiment in Louisville, KY on July 15, 1865. Banks was stricken with scurvy near Raleigh, NC in 1865 during Sherman's Carolina Campaign and "lost all his teeth" as a result, according to his biography in "Portrait and Biographical Record of Dickinson, Saline, McPherson and Marion County Residents" (1893).

In 1873, the Bankses established a 160-acre farm in Roxbury, Gypsum Creek Twp., McPherson Co., KS. On July 28, 1890, seventeen years after relocating to Kansas, Elisha applied for a veteran's pension (app. #887,439; cert. #647,593 – Kansas). His 1893 biography, written a year after his wife Elizabeth died, states, "Mr. Banks has taken a decided interest in the local political aspect, and is a staunch Republican, he has never been an officeseeker, leaving that to others who have less individual affairs than himself to take charge of. He is a supporter of the Gospel, being deeply interested in religious affairs." Banks passed away at age 79 on March 22, 1909 and is buried in Valley View Cemetery, E. Smokey Valley Rd., Roxbury, McPherson Co., KS. Elisha's second wife, Alice Maria (1857-1943), 28 years his junior at the time of his death, applied for a widow's pension on Sept. 21, 1909 (app. #927,515; cert. #836,541 – Kansas).


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  • Created by: Traie Shelhart
  • Added: 29 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33373775
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elisha Banks (14 Nov 1829–22 Mar 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33373775, citing Valley View Memorial Cemetery, Roxbury, McPherson County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Traie Shelhart (contributor 47087352) .