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John Banks (1779 - 1834)

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John Banks
Born in Wilmot, Annapolis Co. Nova Scotiamap
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Husband of — married 9 Sep 1811 (to 1834) in Wilmot Twp, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
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Died in Wilmot, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
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John was born in 1779. He was the son of Joshua Banks and Dorothy Craft. He married Polly, daughter of Joel Farnsworth, 9 Sep 1811,and lived on the mountain above Hampton and died 1838. She m 2nd Deacon Hall, a soldier of Wellington's army, and d. 1888, aged 95. He passed away in 1834. (Chute family, xiii).

Notes Annapolis County Probate Will Books, Volume 2 249. Page 217, R: 6 Jun 1834: LWT of John BANKS of Township of Wilmot dated 6 May 1834. Brother: James BANKS. Wife: Mary. Children: William, Henry, James, Margaret, Maria, Elizabeth and Mary Eliza. Page 358, R: 23 Jan 1841: Letters of Guardianship: Henry BANKS, minor above 14 years son of late John BANKS of Wilmot names Joseph HALL as guardian. Estate Folio B61 (1834). filmed after Estate Folio B53: Letters of Guardianship: on 23 Jan 1841 he was 17 years old, mother had remarried Joseph HALL.

Married 9 Sep 1811, John BANKS, AND, Mary FARNSWORTH. See source for five children. (Wilmot Township Book, page 94) John BANKS, born about 1779, died 1834, son of Joshua BANKS and Dorothea CRAFT. (IGI: 1933, 1999 submissions) Married (no date) John BANKS, born 1780, son of Joshua BANKS, AND, Polly FARNSWORTH, daughter of Joel FARNSWORTH. John died in 1838. Mary married (2nd) Deacon HALL, widower. (The Genealogies of The Chute Family in America (1894), Banks Family, by Wm. E. Chute, page xiii)


i Deacon Wiliam, June 17, 1812;m. (1st) Rachel Elliott,daughter of William Elliott (2nd) Mary Foster, born Wilmot, Annapolis Co., N.S. d. 8 Sep 1875, Hampton, Annapolis Co., N.S. (Age 63 years) 7 children

ii Thomas Handley, May 22, 1814; m. Armanilla Marshall.daughter of William, d. Aft 1881 (Age 68 years) 6 children

iii Ann, (May 2, 1816-Feb. 26, 1819);

iv Abigail, (Sept. 18, 1819-March 11,1820);

v Margaret, Feb. 5, 1820-1888; m Rev. Henry Achilles (Archelaus)

vi Maria, Sept, 1822; m Wm. H. Roach 2 Arche Burns Jr.;5 or 6 children

vii Henry, 1825 m 1 Rebecca Vidito, 3 sons, 2 Rebecca Hoffmann;

viii James, 1828 m 1 Elizabeth Banks, daughter of Timothy, 2 daughters 2 Balcomb; 3 children

ix Elizabeth b. 12 Feb 1831, Port Lorne, Annapolis Co., N.S.m Samuel Judson Balcom, son of Reuben , d. 1 Nov 1928, Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co., N.S. (Age 97 years)

x Mary Eliza, 1833 m Weston Johnson, son of Uriah Johnson, 4 children


MARRIAGE RECORDS OF ANNAPOLIS and DIGBY COUNTIES, NOVA SCOTIA compiled and contributed by Wayne W. Walker, Ottawa, Ontario

Wm. E. Chute, A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: with some account of the family in Great Britain and Ireland with an account of forty allied families gathered from the most authentic sources (Salem, Mass: self published, 1894),, online; 29 September 2015; xiii; John Banks

  • p. xi gives date as 1777 and her name as Dorothy Craft
  • gives year of birth as 1780

J. Furber Marshall, A Banks Family of Nova Scotia, The Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly, Volume 7, Number 2, p.179, June 1977.

From Janetta Dexter's "Pioneers on the Mountain", PANS MG4 Vol. 293 #2:, Janetta Dexter, (Public Archives of Nova Scotia, MG4 Vol. 293 #2.) , 30 Jul 2007.

W. A. Calnek, A. W. Savary, ed., History of the County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia Including Old Port Royal & Acadia, p. ,473 (1897) Global Heritage Press, pdf.

"Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), John Banks in entry for Mary E Johnson, 12 Aug 1906; citing Boston,,Massachusetts, 305, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,224,941.

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