Elizabeth Bannister

Female7 November 1746–3 December 1831

Brief Life History of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Bannister was born on 7 November 1746, in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Capt. Seth Bannister, was 37 and her mother, Frances Hinds, was 32. She married Simeon Olds on 1 April 1773, in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 3 December 1831, in Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 85.

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Simeon Olds
Elizabeth Bannister
Marriage: 1 April 1773
Joshua Olds
Betsey Olds
Lydia Olds
Seth Banister Olds
Solomon Francis Olds

Sources (8)

  • Elizebeth Banister, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Elisabeth Olds in entry for Joshua Olds, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Elisabeth in entry for Solomon Francis Olds, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 April 1773Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children (6)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (6)


    Age 30

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1776 · The Declaration to the King

    Age 30

    """At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""


    Age 45

    Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): from Old French banaste, banastre ‘covering for a cart or wagon; basket’, i.e. a large wicker container. In the 12th century a Norman family of this name had estates in Orne, Normandy, and in England. Ricardus Banastre appears in charters relating to the Earls of Chester c. 1120–29. With what sense the Norman surname was acquired is unknown. It can hardly have been occupational, contrary to Reaney's view that it denoted a basket maker. It is possible that many or even all of the later bearers of the surname were descended from this knightly family. However, several men with this surname in the 14th-century Poll Tax Returns are described as servants or agricultural laborers, while Ricardus Banastr', recorded in 1381 was a butcher. It is conceivable that these men took their name from Middle English banastre, a borrowing of the French word, and that it referred to a basket or hamper they used in their work. Alternatively, they may have belonged to branches of the knightly family that had fallen in the social scale. The term denoting a stair rail is unconnected with this name; it was not used before the 17th century.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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