Gen. Robert Lenox Banks

6 March 1828–7 November 1898 (Age 70)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States

The Life of Robert Lenox

When Gen. Robert Lenox Banks was born on 6 March 1828, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, his father, William Banks, was 46 and his mother, Isabella Henderson Lennox, was 39. He married Emma Rathbone Turner on 21 April 1857. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in New York City, New York County, New York, United States in 1850. He died on 7 November 1898, in Albany, Albany, New York, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Colonie, Albany, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Gen. Robert Lenox Banks
Emma Rathbone Turner
Marriage: 21 April 1857
Robert Lenox Banks
Erastus Corning Banks

Spouse and Children

21 April 1857


    Robert Lenox Banks


    Erastus Corning Banks


Parents and Siblings



    Charlotte Lenox Banks


    Robert Lenox Banks



    Maria Banks


    James Lenox Banks


World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 2

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

Age 35

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on the slope of a hillside or by a riverbank, from northern Middle English banke (from Old Danish banke). The final -s may occasionally represent a plural form, but it is most commonly an arbitrary addition made after the main period of surname formation, perhaps under the influence of patronymic forms with a possessive -s.2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruacháin ‘descendant of Bruachán’, a byname for a large-bellied person. The English form was chosen because of a mistaken association of the Gaelic name with bruach ‘bank’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Robert Lenox Banks, "New York State Census, 1892"
  • Robert L Banks, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Robert Banks in household of Isabella Banks, "United States Census, 1850"

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