John Thomas Bankston, Sr

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John Thomas Bankston, Sr

The Reverend John BANKSTON was born in Guildford County North Carolina on MAY 8, 1760. Rev. BANKSTON was a Revolutionary War soldier and early settler of Gwinnett County, Georgia. From the Furman University Library, the 1836 obituary in the Spartanburg Baptist Association (1886):
"...being of a serious turn of mind, his father placed him in a school under an eminent Baptist minister, believing him destined for the Gospel ministry. Under the guidance and instruction of this good man, he acquired knowledge rapidly. He was a close student. He soared above the allurements that too often lure young men astray and made books his highest pleasure. His mind was eventually turned to the study of theology, which was the absorbing topic of his thoughts during the last year he was in school.
Towards the close of the Revolutionary War, when he had attained the military age, he enrolled and served among the illustrious patriots of the Revolution.
After peace was declared, he married Miss Mary Lanier of Pitt County, North Carolina and in a few years afterwards moved to the Spartanburg District South Carolina near Buck Creek Church on the Pacelot River, where he soon became an influential member and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel (around 1790). He was the pastor of Buck Creek and other churches in the county. He was subsequently a member of the Bethlehem Church and represented that church in the Bethel Association in 1812. The records of that church show that he was invited to preach to that church. Later he became a member of the Mount Zion church, while an arm of Bethlehem and was by the records the first and only delegate to represent that church at the Association in 1818. His name is prominently mentioned on the old church books of Wolf Creek and Boiling Spring.
In 1822, he removed to Gwinnett County Georgia where he labored among the different Baptist churches for over ten years and his plain and successful manner of preaching created for him the name of a "successful man of God" in his ministerial work. His labors ended on earth on the 23rd of February 1838 when he had reached his 78th year of his age. His wife, Mrs. Mary BANKSTON survived him many years and died in her 90th year. She was a woman of excellent Christian character and a devoted mother and wife."
The Rev. John BANKSTON is identified as arriving in Spartanburg, South Carolina in late 1780's. He was first a pastor at Buck Creek Church and appears on the 1800 Spartanburg Census.
His pastoral duties moved him to Grove Church, Columbia County Georgia (near Augusta) in 1808 until 1816. In 1817, he is in Warren County Georgia (Warrenton, Georgia west of Augusta).
In 1822, he moved to Gwinnett County, Georgia. In 1825-26 he is the pastor of the Sweetwater Church in Gwinnett County. A son, Rev. Joseph BANKSTON, is identified as a minister in the 1830 at the Yellow River Primitive Baptist Association. This son Rev. Joseph moved to Coweta County Georgia in 1829 and later moved to Coosa County Alabama.
The mother -- Mary Lanier -- died in 1857 at the home of her son -- the Rev. Joseph BANKSTON in Coosa County, Alabama.
John and Mary Lanier BANKSTON had the following five children:
1. Lawrence BANKSTON 1783- 2. Cynthia BANKSTON 3. Joseph BANKSTON 1792 4. Nathan BANKSTON 5. John BANKSTON, Jr. 1800- 6. Lanier BANKSTON
The Rev. John BANKSTON met and married Mary Lanier at the close of the American Revolution in 1784 in Greensboro North Carolina. With young wife Mary Lanier, John BANKSTON took up preaching the Gospel in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The Rev. John BANKSTON and Kinchen Rambo founded the Friendship Baptist Church in Gwinnett County Georgia in the 1820's. Kinchen was also a descendants of Peter Gunnarson Rambo. Lars Bengtsson (Lawrence BANKSTON) had married Peter Gunnarson Rambo's daughter Gertrude in 1668 in what would become Philadelphia. The families would reunite at the Friendship Church in Gwinnett County 140 years later


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  • Maintained by: Gayle Hennington Van Horn.
  • Originally Created by: Bud
  • Added: 8 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68060955
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Thomas Bankston, Sr (8 May 1760–23 Feb 1838), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68060955, citing Lanier-Bankston Cemetery, Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Gayle Hennington Van Horn. (contributor 46834516) .