Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Banta Family History


History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 732.
[Nicholas County] [Carlisle City and Precinct]

ABRAM BANTA, farmer, P. O. Carlisle, youngest son of Henry Banta's (see
Peter Banta's history); he was born April 18, 1805, and attended school
about three months, during which time he received his theoretical
education. He remained with his parents until in the year 1839, when he
came to the farm upon which he now resides. He was married in 1828, to
Miss Dorcas Hedges, born July 28, 1806, to James and Annie (Forman)
Hedges, who were heirs in the famous "Hedges Estate." The Bantas and
Hedges are among the early settlers in the "Region" and noted for their
longevity. Mr. Banta is the father of eight children, all of whom grew
to maturity. They were: Scythia A., born Dec. 24, 1829, was wife of
Samuel Fulton, and James H., born Aug. 14, 1831; both are residing at
Ridge Farm, Vermillion County, Ill.; Margaret L., born May 28, 1833, wife
of Thomas Campbell, residing in Headquarters Precinct; Andrew J. died a
prisoner at Camp Morton, Aug. 20, 1864, aged twenty-nine years, Sarah F.,
born April 4, 1830, died March 19, 1877, leaving one child, Nannie; J. M.,
the father, Edwin Collins, engaged in business at Carlisle, William F.,
born May 28, 1841; farming in Edgar County, Ill.; Elizabeth, a twin sister
to William F., wife of Lon Campbell, of Carlisle; Amie Marie, born Aug. 9,
1847, wife of Henry Bogart, of Vermillion County, Ind. The parents are
vigorous old people, highly esteemed citizens of the community in which
they live and with their family belong to the Christian Church.

Banta Hedges Forman Fulton Campbell Bogart
Vermillion-IL Edgar-IL

History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 732.
[Nicholas County] [Carlisle City and Precinct]

JUDGE A. J. BANTA, Judge of the County and Quarterly Courts, P. O.
Carlisle, was born in Bourbon County, Aug. 2, 1824 (see Peter Banta's
history); he received a common school education, assisting his father
until the year 1842, when he engaged in farming on his own account,
removing to Nicholas County in February, 1846. He was married on Oct. 5,
1846, in Flat Rock, to Elizabeth Johnson of Bourbon County; where she was
born in November 1824, to John and Lettie (Call) Johnson, natives of
Bourbon. Her parents both died in 1833 of cholera. By this union there
have been four children, two of whom died in their infancy; those living
are: Letitia J., wife of M. A. Glenn, a farmer of Nicholas; and John P.,
farming in Bates County, Mo. Mr. Banta and family are of the Christian
faith, religiously, and Democratic politically. He was Sheriff of the
county at the breaking out of the late war, but was compelled by order of
the Federal troops to relinquish his office, which proved disastrously
to him in a financial point of view. He espoused the cause of the
Confederacy, enlisting in 1862 in the 9th Kentucky Regiment, was made First
Lieutenant of Company B., but on account of bad health was appointed to
the commissary department for general supplies for the Southern Army,
in which he served until the close of the war, when he returned home and
engaged in farming and distilling. He is now engaged in various other
pursuits besides his judicial duties.

The photograph above is of the Banta one-room school in rural Nicholas County, Ky.
The little community of Banta covered an area on both sides of U.S. 68 near the original Gallows Hill Road. According to Wanda Hamm Dotson, Banta was believed to be named for one of the children of Andy Jackson Banta, who came to Nicholas County with his wife and children by horse and wagon from Missouri over 100 years ago.

Banta School-Circa 1921
I would love to have the names of each student in this photograph!!
My paternal grandmother was Willie Lee Hawkins
My paternal great grandparents were Marion Francis and Ella Mae Banta Hawkins. My great, great grandparents were Anderson Henry and Kiziah Minerva Soper Banta.
Kiziah's parents were Elizabeth Boardman, she married Henry Soper.


Breeze said...

I am doing some genealogical research on the parents of Elizabeth Johnson who married Andrew Banta. I also came across the article (I don't remember how I found it) you posted about Judge Banta- that's how I found the names of John Johnson and Lettie Call. Do you know anything about that couple?

Kym said...

I found the article on the KY Genweb site.
I dont have any info on Lettie Call or John Johnson.
I also gathered a lot of my Banta info from the Harrison, Scott and Bourbon County, Kentucky History book at the local library.
The History of Nicholas County Ky has quite a bit of Banta genealogy as well.