Asenath Melvina Robinson Banker

Female14 November 1822–18 July 1887

Brief Life History of Asenath Melvina Robinson

When Asenath Melvina Robinson Banker was born on 14 November 1822, in Plattsburgh, Clinton, New York, United States, her father, Platt Newcomb Banker, was 26 and her mother, Thankful Marshall, was 19. She married Homer Duncan on 7 November 1841, in Chateaugay, Chateaugay, Franklin, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850 and Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 18 July 1887, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Homer Duncan
Asenath Melvina Robinson Banker
Marriage: 7 November 1841
Julie Emily Duncan
John Chapman Duncan
William Platt Duncan
Pamelia Asenath Duncan
Lydia Maria Banker Duncan
Homer Putnam Duncan
Mary Nellie Putnam Duncan
Lillian Isabel Duncan
Emma Jane Duncan
Don Delemore Duncan

Sources (50)

  • Asenath Duncan in household of Homer Duncan, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah Trippess, "United States Western States Marriage Index"
  • Asenath R, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    7 November 1841Chateaugay, Chateaugay, Franklin, New York, United States
  • Children (10)

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    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 3

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 5

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


    Age 24

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    English: from Middle English banker, banc(o)ur, bankquer, bankert ‘covering of tapestry or other fabric for a bench, couch, or chair; ornamental hanging’, possibly a nickname or occupational name for someone who made or sold such things.

    English: occupational name possibly from Middle English benker, seemingly ‘maker of benches’ but recorded only in names.

    English: perhaps a variant of Bunker .

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

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    Story Highlight


    SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF ASENATH MELVINA ROBINSON BANKER, A UTAH PIONEER OF 1848. (Prepared by her Daughter, Emma J. D. Strong, June 1, 1930.) Just another short chapter dealing with the founding of Ut …

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