Elma Bell Banner

30 September 1882–7 August 1970 (Age 87)
Watauga, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Elma Bell

When Elma Bell Banner was born on 30 September 1882, in Watauga, North Carolina, United States, her father, Michael Banner, was 26 and her mother, Luzeena Zena Luther, was 25. She married James Carroll Grimsley on 13 August 1898, in Elk Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Swink, Otero, Colorado, United States in 1910 and Election Precinct 21, Otero, Colorado, United States in 1940. She died on 7 August 1970, in Rocky Ford, Otero, Colorado, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Rocky Ford, Otero, Colorado, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Carroll Grimsley
Elma Bell Banner
Marriage: 13 August 1898
Victoria Isabelle Grimsley
Harry Luther Grimsley
Howard William Grimsley
Mildred Evelyn Grimsley
Ruth Caroline Grimsley
Carl Russell Grimsley
Gerald Grimsley
Geraldine Grimsley
Imogene Grimsley

Spouse and Children

13 August 1898
Elk Township, Watauga, North Carolina, United States




    Howard William Grimsley


    Mildred Evelyn Grimsley


    Ruth Caroline Grimsley


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1897 · First Bill for Women Suffrage

Age 15

In 1897, Senator J.L. Hyatt introduced the woman suffrage bill in North Carolina. The bill did not make it past the committee.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 24

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

1 English (Midlands): metonymic occupational name for a standard bearer, from Anglo-Norman French banere ‘flag’, ‘ensign’ ( see Bannerman ).2 German: occupational name for a standard bearer, Middle High German banier, Middle Low German banner, from French bannière ‘flag’, ‘standard’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Elma B Grimsley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Elma Banner in household of Michael Banner, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Elma Grimsley in household of James C Grimsley, "United States Census, 1910"

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