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 Hendrick “Henry” Banta

Hendrick “Henry” Banta

Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Death 14 Oct 1805 (aged 86)
Shelby County, Kentucky, USA
Burial North Pleasureville, Henry County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 57504575 · View Source
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Served Committee of Observation, York Co., PA
Married 1st Rachel Brewer on 12 Aug 1738 and 2nd Antjin Anna Demaree in 1751.
Hendrick "Father Henry" Banta, son of Hendrickse Banta and Goertje (Gertrude) Albertse Terhune, was born 9 Dec 1718 at Hacensack, Bergen County, NJ and died 14 Oct 1805 at George Bergen's farm [now the Dutch Tract Cemetery} in Shelby County, Kentucky (Henry County KY Historical Society).

He married Rachel Brewer (also spelled Brouwer) 12 Aug 1738 at the Dutch Reformed Church in Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey. They had six children and Rachel died age 32 on 3 Dec 1749. Henry married second to Antjin "Annie" Demaree on 24 Jan 1751 in the Dutch Church in New York. They became parents of fifteen more children. Henry's oldest son, also named Hendrick, died of smallpox in 1740, and the daughter-in-law was killed less than a year later by a falling tree, leaving nine orphan children - the youngest only six months old. Their grandfather, Henry Banta and his second wife, Annie Demareee, raised those children too.

Henry and family moved from Bergen Co NJ to Somerset Co NJ, where he was an Elder of the church at Bedminster 25 Oct 1758.

Ten years later, Henry and Annie and their children moved with the Dutch group to Conewego Colony near present-day Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Henry was a leader in the Conewego group, and was elected a member of the York County Committee at a meeting 16 December 1774. The York and Berkeley co militias were among the first to respond to the call of the Continental Congress to march to Washington's aid at the siege of Boston in July 1774. The cabin where this large family lived, across the road from the Low Dutch Cemetery in the Conewago valley. is still inhabited in 2013.

There are several men named Henry Banta, but at the time of removal to Kentucky around 1780, this Hendrick "Father Henry" Banta was fathering twenty-one children, three of whom died in infancy. Five of Hendrick's twelve children were under 12 years of age. Five or six of his sons were married, two of whom, Samuel and Peterius, remained for awhile in Pennsylvania, as did his three married daughters. Henry's family, who accompanied him in this toilsome, dangerous journey of several months' duration, consisted of his wife and twelve children, five of whom were under twelve years of age, and nineteen grandchildren, almost all of whom were under twelve years of age. 

(much of this info is from "The Banta Genealogy" by T. M. Banta )
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  • Created by: Robert Adlet
  • Added: 23 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57504575
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hendrick “Henry” Banta (9 Dec 1718–14 Oct 1805), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57504575, citing Dutch Tract Cemetery, North Pleasureville, Henry County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Robert Adlet (contributor 47013499) .