Emeline Bannister

Female1870–before 1965

Brief Life History of Emeline

When Emeline Bannister was born in 1870, her father, David Bannister, was 34 and her mother, Rebecca Leonard, was 27. She lived in Tiny, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada for about 10 years. She died before 1965.

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David Bannister
Rebecca Leonard
George Banister
Charles Bannister
John Bannister
Emeline Bannister
Maria Catherine Bannister

Sources (4)

  • Emeline Cole in household of Frank Cole, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Emeline Bannister, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • Emeline Mcwatters, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"

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World Events (6)


Age 1

British Columbia joins the confederation.

1883 · Mining Boom

Age 13

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.

1906 · Hydro-Electric of Ontario

Age 36

Ontario Hydro was established in 1906. It is the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.

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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