BANKS FAMILY Franklin Co. Riverton, NE
Researched and compiled by Floyd E BETHKE Douglasville, GA

Samuel Banks was born at Brownstone, Indiana on 3 May 1852. He died 31 December 1939 in Yuma, Colorado. He was the youngest son of John and Mahalia Banks. He moved to Omaha, Nebraska with his parents in 1865. Later he moved to Riverton, Franklin Co., Nebraska. On 14 January 1877 he married May Bell Coates in Riverton, Franklin Co., Nebraska. They had three sons and five daughters, two of whom precedes their father in death.1 One son died in infancy and one daughter at the age of 20 years. They moved to Yuma, Colorado on 1 August 1910. May's twin sister Jennie Coates Burrows lived south of Yuma. May Belle Coates was a daughter of Thomas Coates, born 12 May 1857 at Shanesville, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. May Belle Banks died 27 February 1935 in Yuma. Her twin sister died 9 June 1935.

Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 7 March 1935.

Mrs. Samuel M. Banks died at the family home in this city Wednesday Feb. 27, 1935 at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 15 days. The funeral was held at the Ritchey Funeral Parlor Friday afternoon 1 March, Rev. H. C. Alley officiating and the interment was at the Yuma Cemetery. May Belle Coates was born 12 May 1857 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coates at Shanesville, Ohio. Shortly after her birth her parents moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she and her twin sister attended school and grew into womanhood. She was married 14 Jan. 1877 at Riverton, Nebraska to Samuel M. Banks. To this union eight children were born, one son dying in infancy and one daughter at the age of 20 years. She with her family moved to Yuma, Colorado August 1, 1910. Here they homesteaded about 12 miles south of this city, where they weathered the hardships of pioneer life. For several years she had been in railing (sic) health. Sunday Feb. 21, she suffered a stroke and departed this life 27 Feb. She was truly and sincerely Christian and especially manifested her faith in God in the last days of her conscious life. She was been a member of the Methodist Church since 1907. She leaves her faithful husband, Samuel of Yuma; her twin sister Mrs. Jennie Burrows living south of Yuma and six children - Fred A. and Fornie A. and Mrs. Mary Bannick of Yuma, Mrs. Merl Kelso of Fort Morgan, Mrs. Flossie Wyatt of Denver and Mrs. Bernice Grid of Denver. There are 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. 2

Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 4 Jan. 1940.

Funeral services for Samuel M. Banks, who expired Sunday at his home in Yuma after a prolonged illness, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Ritchey Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. J. E. Canady. Burial was in the Yuma Cemetery. He was past 87 years of age. Samuel M. Banks was born at Brownstone, Indiana on 3 May 1852. He was the youngest son of John and Mahalia Banks. He moved in 1865 with his parents to Omaha, Nebraska , where he spent several years and then moved to Riverton, Nebraska. On January 14, 1877, lie was married to May Bell Coates and to this union were born three sons and five daughters, two of whom preceded their father in death. His wife died on February 27, 1935. He is survived by four daughters and two sons - Fred A. Banks, Pete Banks and Mrs H. L. Bannick of Yuma, Mrs. James E. Wyatt and Mrs Ray J. Ellis of Denver and Mrs. F. C. Kelso of Yampa; also 17 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 3

1. i. Minnie Banks was born ca. 1879 and lived in Riverton, Nebraska in 1880
  Henry Lewis Bannick died 5 March 1955 in Denver.4 She probably died
  ca. 1899.
2. ii. Fred Abner Banks was born 14 November 1879 in Riverton, Nebraska. He
  lived in Riverton in 1900.5 He died 23 December 1943 in Dayton,
  Washington. He was buried in the Otis Cemetery, Colorado. He married
  Leona Mary Duby at Smith Center, Yates Co., Kansas on 10 November
  1904. She was born 30 July 1888 in Kansas. She died 26 April 1930 at the
  Colorado State Hospital in Denver. She was buried in the Otis Cemetery.
  They had eight children; Adolph, child, Edna, Blanche, Lucille, Frederick,
  Isadore and Neoma Banks all of Yuma. One son Adolph died in infancy.
  Edna, Neoma and Isadore Banks lived in Vancouver, Washington in 1944.
  Fred lived in Portland, Oregon in 1944. Blanche lived in Dayton,
  Washington in 1944 and Lucille lived in Stratton in 1944.
 

Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 1 May 1930, Leona Mary Banks died 26 April 1930 at the Colorado State Hospital Denver at the age of 41 years, 9 months and 4 days. Funeral services were held form the family residence 19 miles southwest of Yuma Monday afternoon and the interment was in the Otis Cemetery. Leona Mary Duby was born 30 July 1888, in the state of Kansas. She was married to Frank A. Banks at Smith Center, Kansas on November 10, 1904. To this union were born seven children of whom six survive, four girls and two boys Mrs. Ray Bruce, Mrs. O. B. Bailiff, Lucile, Frederick, Isadore and Neoma Banks, all of Yuma. One son, Adolph, died in infancy. Leona was a loving wife and mother who made many friends. She leaves her husband and six children; her mother; four sisters and three brothers, all in Canada. Owing to the fact of such a distance they were unable to attend the funeral.6

Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 6 Jan. 1944. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the Ritchey Funeral Home by Rev. H. A. Crichett of the Methodist Church, for Fred A. Banks, who died while visiting with his children at Dayton, Washington. He was buried by the side of his wife in the Otis Cemetery. Fred Abner Banks was born at Riverton, Nebraska Nov. 14, 1879 to Samuel M. and May Bell Banks and departed this life December 23, 1943 at Dayton, Washington at the age of 64 years, 1 month and 19 days. He spent his childhood and school days near his birthplace and was married to Leona Mary Duby at Smith Center, Kansas. To this union were born eight children, two small infants dying soon after birth. Surviving are Edna, Neoma and Isadore of Vancouver, Washington, Fred of Portland, Oregon, Blanche of Dayton, Washington and Lucille of Stratton; a brother, Peter of Yuma and four sisters, Mr. J. E. Wyatt and Mrs. Ray J. Ellis both of Denver, Mrs. H. L. Bannick of Yuma and Mrs. F. C. Kelso of Yampa and eight grandchildren. Shortly after his marriage he moved with his wife to the Dominion of Canada where they remained for seven years after which they moved to a farm 12 miles southwest of Yuma and resided there until the death of his beloved wife in the years of 1930. lIe the moved to Yuma.7


  i. Adolph Banks was born in 1900s. He died in infancy.
  ii. Child Banks was born 1900s and died young.
  iii. Edna Banks was born 1900s. Edna Banks lived in Vancouver,
    Washington in 1944. She married Ray Bruce or O. B. Bailiff. Olie
    Bailiff was born 12 December 1898 and died May 1986 in
    Vancouver, Clark Co., Washington 98686. [535-01-8871 Wa].
  iv. Neoma Banks was born 1900s. Neoma Banks lived in Vancouver,
    Washington in 1944. Neoma Bjornsen was born 3 March 1905, died
    18 July 1996 98011 in Kirkland, King Co.,
    Washington. [531-40-6454 Wa] issued between 1957 and 1959.
  v. Isadore Banks was born 1900s. Isadore Banks lived in Vancouver,
    Washington in 1944. Isadore Banks was born 10 June 1897 and died
    December 1966 71457 in Natchitoches, Natchitoches, LA.
    [434-18-4111 La] issued before 1951; ISADORE BANKS 12 Nov
    1907 6 Oct 1991 20002 (Washington, Washington, DC) (No
    Location Given) 577-12-2122 D. C. Before 1951; ISADORE
    BANKS 28 Jan 190824 Sep 1992 35804 (No Location Given) (No
    Location Given) 264-38-1617 Fla Before 1951; ISADORE BANKS5 (sic)
    Sep 1906 27 Mar 1995 29042 (Denmark, Bamberg, SC) (No
    Location Given) 247-24-4498 S. C. Before 1951
  vi. Lucille Banks was born 1900s. Lucille lived in Stratton in 1944
  vii. Fred Banks was born 1900s. He was probably not born 17 June
    1906 and died 16 March 1993 Watsonville, Santa Cruz Co.,
    California 95076.8 Fred lived in Portland, Oregon in 1944.
  viii. Blanche Banks was born 12 May 1906 died 2 October 1993 99328. 9
    Blanche lived in Dayton, Washington in 1944. She married Ray
    Bruce or O. B. Bailiff. Blanche Bruce was born 12 May 1906 and
    died 2 Oct. 1993 in Dayton, Columbia, Washington 99328.
    Raymond Bruce was born 5 September 1900 and died November
    1978 in Washougal, Clark Co., Washington 98671. Raymond Bruce
    was born 22 August 1926 and died 8 June 1994 in Pasco, Franklin
    Co., Washington 99301.
3. iii Fornie A. Banks was born 22 May 1885 in Riverton, Nebraska the third of
seven children. He died 17 May 1968 in Yuma, Colorado. He married Ruth
Shanklin in 1916.10 There were no children born to this union.

 
  Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 23 May 1968.
  Funeral services for F. A. Pete Banks was held Monday afternoon, at the Yuma
  Methodist Church with Rev. Frank Harvey Officiating. Interment was made in the Yuma
  Cemetery. He died last Friday in the Yuma hospital and would have observed his 88th
  birthday May 22. F. A. Peter Banks was born 22 May 1885 to Samuel M. and May
  Bell Coates Banks and departed this life 17 May 1968. He was born at Riverton,
  Nebraska, the third of seven children. He attended school there and was a young man
  came to Colorado with his family and homesteaded southwest of Yuma. He worked
  with many of the early ranchers and was well known as a good horseman and cattleman.
  He was married to Ruth Shanklin in 1916. Although there were no children born to this
  union he was great friend to many childrne (sic) and loved them dearly. He will be sadly
  missed by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Bannick of Yuma and Mrs. Merl Kelso and her husband
  Furness of Denver.11
4. iv. Mrs. Flossie Banks (James E.) Wyatt of Denver was born November 1887
  in Nebraska. She died before 1968. A Florence Wyatt was born 25
  November 1917 and died 13 November 1993 65251 with a Colorado ss
  number. James Wyatt was born 6 March 1888 and died Gainer 1973 in
  17220 with a Colorado ss number. Another James Wyatt was born 2 April
  1916 and died 16 February 1911 85033 with an Colorado ss number. Mrs.
  J. E. Wyatt lived in Denver in 1944.
5. v. Bernice Banks was born April 1889 in Nebraska. Bernice Grid or Mrs.
  Bernice (Ray J.) Ellis of Denver. She died before 1968. Mrs. Ray J. Ellis
  lived in Denver in 1944. in 1920 Raymond J. Ellis age 37 born in Colorado
  lived in Denver with his wife Margaret A. age 33 born in Nebraska and
  their daughter Wahimita A. age 10 born in Colorado. 12
6. vi. Mary Phoebe Banks was born 10 February 1892 in Riverton, Nebraska.
  She died 7 May 1979 in Yuma, Colorado. She married Henry Lewis
  Bannick, son of Claud D. and Anna Bannick on 25 June 1912 in Atlanta,
  Cass Co., Iowa. Henry Lewis Bannick died 5 March 1955 in Denver. They
  had one son; James.

 
  Yuma Pioneer, 17 May 1979, Mary P. Bannick Buried Friday.
  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, May 11 for
  Mary Bannick, who died suddenly Monday, May 7 at the Yuma District Hospital at the
  age of 87. Interment was made in the Yuma cemetery. Mary P. Bannick was born on
  February 10, 1892 at Riverton, Nebraska to Samuel M. Banks and May Bell (Coats)
  Banks. Her childhood was spent in Nebraska and Kansas, and she joined the Methodist
  church near Smith Center, Kansas in the year 1909. She moved with her parents to
  Colorado in 1910 in the vicinity of Yuma. She was married to H. L. Bannick (Hank) in
  the early spring of 1912. Born to this union was one son, James C. Bannick, who died in a
  truck accident at Omaha, Nebraska in 1935. Mary ran a creamery in Yuma for many
  years and operated a photo studio in Yuma for ten years, moving with her husband to
  Denver in 1944. Hank passed away in Denver on March 5,1955. Three sisters and
  two brothers have also preceded Mrs. Bannick in death. Her survivors include one
  sister, Merle Kelso and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.13
  James Bannick was born 9 December 1912. James died 23
  December 1935 in a truck accident.
6. vi Merl Banks was born 15 January 1894 probably in Nebraska. Mrs. Merl
(F. C.) Kelso lived in Yampa in 1939 and in Fort Morgan, Morgan Co.
Colorado in 1935. Furness Kelso was born 15 May 1892 and had a
Colorado social security number. Furness Kelso died in Denver on
December 1969.14 Merl Kelso died April 1987 in Denver.15
She lived in Yampa, Routt Co., Colorado in 1944.
They had children; Alta M., Erma L., Ora R. and Mary L., and probably Furness C., Jr. 16
 
i. Alta M. Kelso was born ca. 1910 in Colorado.
ii. Erma L. Kelso was born ca. 1911 in Colorado.
iii. Ora R. Kelso was born ca. 1915 in Colorado
iv. Mary L. Kelso was born ca. 1917 in Colorado.
v. Furness C. Kelso, Jr. 17 was born 29 December 1924
  probably in Colorado and had a railroad social security
  number. He died 15 July 1993 with a Lakewood, Jefferson
   

 

FOOTNOTES to BANKS FAMILY History

11880 Neb Franklin Washington 4-40-4-23, Samuel Banks 23 In, May 20 Ia, Minnie I Neb; 1900 Neb Franklin Franklin 17-54-9-84, S. M. Banks May 1854 In, May B. May 1851 Oh, Fornie May 1884 Neb., Flory Nov. 1887 Neb., Vernice April 1889 Neb., Phoebe Jan. 1891 Neb., Merle Feb. 1895 Neb., Dallas Burrous n March 1882 Neb.

2Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 7 March 1935, Mrs. Samuel M. Banks.

3Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 4 Jan. 1940, Samuel M. Banks.

41880 Neb Franklin Washington 4-40-4-23, Samuel Banks 23 In, May 20 Ia, Minnie I Neb; 1900 Neb Franklin Franklin 17-54-9-84, S. M. Banks May 1854 In, May B. May 1857 Oh, Fornie May 1884 Neb., Flory Nov. 1887 Neb., Vernice April 1889 Neb., Phoebe Jan. 1891 Neb., Merle Feb. 1895 Neb., Dallas Burrous n March 1882 Neb.

51900 Nebraska Franklin Washington Riverton 17-54-1-60, Fred Banks Nov. 1879 Neb with Oney Bedford.

6Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 1 May 1930, Leona Mary Banks, transcribed by Pat Oestman.

7Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 6 Jan. 1944, F. A. Banks, transcribed by Pat Oestman.

8GenRef ss index; Fred Banks, [540-10-1120 Or], Il June 1906, 16 March 1993, 95076.

9Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 6 Jan. 1944, F. A. Banks, transcribed by Pat Oestman.

10not in Yuma Co., Colorado nor in Nebraska; check Smith Center, Yates Co., Kansas.

11Yuma Pioneer, Thurs., 23 May 1968, F. A. Pete Banks.

121920 Colorado Denver Denver 14-2104-69, Raymond J. Ellis 37 Co. Margaret N. 33 Neb, Wahimita 10 Co.

13Yuma Pioneer, 17 May 1979, Mary P. Bannick..

14Telephone calls 21 Nov. 1997, to Fairmount Cemetery 399-0692, Crown Hill 233-4611, Highland 451-6674, Riverside Cemetery 399-0692, Mt. Olivet 425-9511, not buried in any of them; Telephone calls to Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 18 Feb. 1998, 161-0111, not there; Chapel Hill 233-4611, 1969 records not there; Eastlawn 771-4636 not listed, Evergreen 451-6674; Evergreen 674-7750 not listed; Hampden Memorial Garden 771-4636 not listed; Golden Hill 237-0573 (Jewish) not listed; Golden 219-1435 not listed; Mt. Lindo 315-6975; GenRef ss index, Furness Kelso, [522-28-3025 CoIo], 15 May 1892, Dec. 1969, 80226.

15Telephone calls 21 Nov. 1997, to Fairmount Cemetery 399-0692, Crown Hill 233-4611, Highland 451-6674, Riverside Cemetery 399-0692, Mt. Olivet 425-9511, not buried in any of them; Telephone calls to Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 18 Feb. 1998, 761-0117, not there; Chapel Hill 233-4611, 1969 records not there; Eastlawn 771-4636 not listed, Evergreen 451-6674; Evergreen 614-7750 not listed; Hampden Memorial Gardein 77I-4636 not listed; Golden Hill 237-0573 (Jewish,) not listed; GenRef ss index, Merl Kelso, [521-96-5798 Colo], 1894, April 1987 80226.

161920 Colorado Washington 34-221-15-10, Furness C. Kelso Ia, Merl 14. 24 Neb., Alta M. 9 Neb, Erma L. 8 Neb, Ora R. 4 Co, May L. 2 Co; Denver City Directories, Furness and Furness Jr.

171920 Colorado Washington 34-221-15-10, Furness C. Kelso Ia, Merl I. 24 Neb., Alta M. 9 Neb, Erma L. 8 Neb, Ora R. 4 Co, May L. 2 Co; Denver City Directories, Furness and Furness Jr.