William Banks Sr

Brief Life History of William

When William Banks Sr was born on 25 January 1796, in Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, William Banks, was 44 and his mother, Anne Fields, was 43. He married Elizabeth Taylor about 2 May 1822, in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Tettenhall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom in 1841 and Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1852. In 1838, at the age of 42, his occupation is listed as labourer in Kingswood, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom. He died on 25 September 1868, in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Spanish Fork City Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Banks Sr
Elizabeth Taylor
Marriage: about 2 May 1822
Eliza Hannah Banks
Elizabeth Banks
Emma Banks
Ann Banks
Sarah Banks
Mary Ann Banks
John Banks
William Banks Jr.

Sources (61)

  • William Banks, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • William Banks en el registro de William Banks, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Banks, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"

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Name Meaning

English: variant of Bank 5, with excrescent -s. 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.

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’. Compare Bank 6.

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

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The William Banks Family Journey to Zion

On a spring day in 1849 — (March 12th, to be exact) — William and Elizabeth (Elizabeth Taylor) Banks, and their two daughters (Elizabeth and Sarah) and two sons (John and William) along with a company …

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