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Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.

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Nancy Banister, born abt 1836
Charles Banister, born abt 1833
W.H. Banister, born abt 1845
Lucey Banister, born 1846

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X5TR-BF3 : accessed 21 February 2015), J. Bannister, 24 Sep 1857; citing Botetourt Co., Virginia, reference it 3 p 108 ln 33; FHL microfilm 2,056,974.

So far as we have been able to determine, James Bannister was a free man as the son of Oliver Bannister who is listed as a free colored head of household and mulatto in the 1809-1810 Virginia census, at which time James would have been 17 years of age and not listed as a head of household.  No other information is known about Oliver Banister/Bannister excepting that a sizeable number of African-American men in Virginia tobacco industry, like Lott Carey, were able to buy their freedom and that of families from some owners but by law required to enter into indentured agreements with White enterprises or families. 

James Bannister/Banister was the father of Nancy Lee Banister, born abt. 1825 via her mother Rose (Carter) Lee, born 1788). when Rose was about 37 years of age.   It seems likely that Rose (Carter) Lee listed as a free head of household on the 1810 Virginia Census  entered into a family relationship with James Bannister around year 1823-1824; and they lived in Chesterfield County likely on or near the Banister Family tobacco enterprises giving birth to three children.                                                                   

Our conclusions are that father and son likely worked in the tobacco industry as skilled labor in the tobacco counties of Virginia including Chesterfield, Bedford and Botetourt where he apparently was born and died in Botetourt County Poor House as a free man of color in 1857.  

J. Bannister
Virginia, Deaths and Burials
Name:J. Bannister
Gender:Male
Death Date:24 Sep 1857
Death Place:Botetourt Co., Virginia
Age:65
Birth Date:1792
Birthplace:Botetourt
Race:Black
Marital Status:Widowed

 

James Bannister/Banister also apparently had a first family relationship with a wife named Nancey by which he fathered at least five children.

 
 Household:
 Name RelationMarital StatusGenderRaceAgeBirthplaceOccupationFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
 Shepherd TALIAFERRO  Self  M  Male  B  50  VA  Works In Tob. Factory  VA  VA 
 Lucey TALIAFERRO  Wife  M  Female  B  25  VA  Keeping House  VA  VA 
 Delphia TALIAFERRO  Dau  S  Female  B  18  VA  Works In Tob. Factory  VA  VA 
 Lily TALIAFERRO  Dau  S  Female  B  11  VA  Works In Tob. Factory  VA  VA 
 Joseph TALIAFERRO  Son  S  Male  B  9  VA  Works In Tob. Factory  VA  VA 
 Mary TALIAFERRO  Dau  S  Female  B  7  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 Cassie TALIAFERRO  Dau  S  Female  B  6  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 William TALIAFERRO  Son  S  Male  B  4  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 Cinderella TALIAFERRO  Dau  S  Female  B  3  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 Henry TALIAFERRO  Son  S  Male  B  1  VA  At Home  VA  VA 
 David BANISTER  BroL  W  Male  B  38  VA  Laborer  VA  VA 
 Nancey BANISTER  MotherL  W  Female  B  55  VA  House Servant  VA  VA 

 

Source Information:
 
 Census PlaceLynchburg, Campbell, Virginia
 Family History Library Film  1255359
 NA Film Number  T9-1359
 Page Number  343D      

 

Lucey Banister, born 1846  was likely the daughter of James Banister and Nancey Banister born about 1810 and brother to other siblings on left menu and relative data listed below. 

                                                          

 

 

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