David Banks Sickels

David Banks Sickels

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 19 Jul 1918 (aged 81)
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
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David Banks Sickels Dies. Civil War Correspondent and Author Was 81 Years Old.
Special to the New York Times.

PATTERSON, N. J., July 19--David Banks Sickels, a Civil War correspondent and author, died here today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Andrew Derrom, 463 Ellison Street. He was born in 1837 and resided in Paterson for many years.

From 1866 to 1870 Mr. Sickels acted as fiscal agent for the State of Arkansas, and from 1876 to 1881 as diplomatic representative of Siam and Actin Consul of the Netherlands.

In 1882 he and Lyman W. Griggs founded the American Surety Company, but in 1906 he retired from business to engage in literary work.

The New York Times
July 29, 1918
Obit provided by Becky Jamison
David Banks Sickels, author; born at New York, February 8, 1837; to Dr. John and Hester Ann (Elsworth) Sickels; educated by private tutors; graduated Kennett Square Institute, Pennsylvania, as civil engineer which profession he followed for several years. War correspondent for Eastern and Western newspapers during Civil War; appointed a.-d.-c. on staff of governor of Arkansas, 1870 with rank of Colonel; was intimate friend of General Sheridan; member and represented banking firm of Clark, Walcott & Company. abroad several years; fiscal agent State of Arkansas, 1866 - 70; traveled extensively in Far East and was diplomatic representative of the U.S. to Siam, 1876 - 81; also acting consul of Royal Netherlands Government; with Lyman W. Briggs, founded the American Surety Company, 1882, of which was 1st secretary, then treasurer and vice president until retired, 1906, to engage in literary work; now vice president 23rd Ward Bank of New York, which he organized; treasurer Universal Trust Company. Lecturer on Oriental subjects and Eastern religions. Member Society American Authors, Holland Society, Pall Text Society (London), Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Historical Society (Sioux City, Iowa), Friends Society (San Francisco), St. John's Guild, Chinese Guild (Hong Kong), life member Y.M.C.A. (parent society), Mason (lodge and chapter). Clubs: Lotos (executive treasurer), Authors, Quaint (New York), Republican (Harlem), Young Men's Republican (president), Winnisook, Junior Constitutional (London), Author: Leaves of the Lotos, 1896; Land of the Lotos, 1899. Home: 41 W. 124th St., Office: 215 W. 125th St., New York.

-Who's Who In America by John W. Leonard, Albert Nelson Marquis
David Banks Sickels, banker; born New York, February 8, 1837; son of John and Hester Ann (Elsworth Sickels; educated by private tutors and at Kennett Square Institute, Pennsylvania; War correspondent for Eastern and Western newspapers, during Civil War; appointed a.-d.-c. on staff of government of Arkansas, 1870, with rank of lieutenant Colonel; diplomatic representative of U. S. to Siam, 1876-81; returned to New York, 1882, and with Lyman W. Briggs founded American Surety Company, of which he is now vice president and treasurer; receiver Harlem River Bank; director Union Dime Savings Institute; director and treasurer Universal Trust Company, etc. Author: Leaves of the Lotus, or, Life and Scenes in the Far East, 1899, Residence: 49 W. 119th St. Office: 100 Broadway, New York.
"Who knows we have not lived before
In forms that felt delight and pain?
If death is not the open door
Through which we pass to life again?"

--- David Banks Sickels
I'm certain Doc would approve if I leave you with these words of friendship by David Banks Sickles:

"There are no friends like the old friends
And none so good and true;
We greet them when we meet them,
As roses greet the dew;
No other friends are dearer.
Though born of kindred mold;
We love, we trust the new ones-
We treasure most the old."

Check out this blog by Becky Jamison about David Banks Sickels.

David Banks Sickels was a Stock broker, American Diplomat and Author.

Described as 5 ft 5 inches tall, David Banks Sickels had a high forehead, blue eyes, medium nose, small mouth, small chin, brown hair, light complexion and an oval face. While he was United States Diplomat at the consulate in Bangkok, he shipped a Siamese cat, the first ever in the United States, as a gift for First Lady Lucy Hayes because he had heard she loved cats.

Mr, Sickels was admitted to the Holland Society in New York on December 7, 1888.

To My Wife

But still my heart can scarce rejoice,
Because thou art not here.

Few are the pleasures unalloyed,
With some unwelcome present ill,
That comes the glowing heart to chill;

So in my breast there is a void,
Thy smile alone can fill.

David Banks Sickels
David B Sickels
New York, State Census, 1855
Name: David B Sickels
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1855
Event Place: E.D. 4, Ward 9, New York City, New York, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Relationship to Head of Household: Child
Birth Year (Estimated): 1837
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
John Sickels Self M 62
Hester Ann Sickels Wife F 60
Elenor N Sickels Child F 22
Catherin Sickels Child F 20
Hester Ann Sickels Child F 27
David B Sickels Child M 18
Catherin Sickels Mother F 87
Cathin Mcdin*Te Servant F 22
Family Number: 241 , Line Number: 18 , GS Film number: 1018656 , Digital Folder Number: 005207157 , Image Number: 00229

"New York, State Census, 1855," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K67Q-6HV : accessed 02 Nov 2014), David B Sickels in household of John Sickels, E.D. 4, Ward 9, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing Secretary of State; FHL microfilm 1018656. familysearch.org

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Banks Sickels (8 Feb 1837–19 Jul 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 66987258, citing Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Rhonda (contributor 46869790) .