Banks family papers

Banks family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Banks family
Creator: Banks, Daniel Watkins, 1833-1864
Creator: Banks, Edward Sims, 1834-1900
Creator: Banks, Elbert Augustine, 1840-1902
Creator: Banks, John, 1797-1870
Creator: Banks, Richard Eugene, 1838-1864
Creator: Banks, Susan Martha, 1835-1893
Creator: Banks, Willis Dunston, 1830-1864
Creator: Peacock, G. J., (Gideon James), d. 1913.
Creator: Yonge, Sarah Lucy Banks, 1842-1928
Title: Banks family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1860-1889
Dates: 1818-1923
Quantity: 1.6 Linear feet (4 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms1571

Biographical/Historical Note

John Banks (1797-1870), banker, merchant, and planter, primarily resided in Elbert and Muscogee Counties, Georgia. He married Sarah Watkins in 1828. Children included Willis Dunston (1830-1864), George Young (1831-1887), Daniel Watkins (1833-1864), Edward Sims (1834-1900), Susan Martha (1835-1893), Richard Eugene (1838-1864), Elbert Augustine (1840-1902), Sarah Lucy (1842-1928) married Edward Willis Yonge (d. 1919), and Anne Virginia Josephine (1844-1906) who married Gideon James Peacock (d. 1913).


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of the Banks family of Elbert and Muscogee Counties, Georgia from 1818-1923. The collection minutely includes indentures and legal documents, but it consists mainly of correspondence between family members. Early letters are addressed to John Banks and concern business activities.

Most of the Civil War correspondence is addressed to either Sarah Lucy or John Banks and primarily includes letters from Willis Dunston and Daniel Watkins with a few from George Young and Richard Eugene; all part of the 39th Alabama Infantry Regiment. The letters describe battles and fighting at Falls Church, Virginia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Lookout Mountain, Tybee Island, and the retreat from Atlanta, Georgia. Other topics discussed include troop movements, marches, causalities, problems with deserters, and the lack of supplies. Some letters also discuss farm management during the war, financial problems, and cotton sales. After the death of Willis Dunston, Daniel Watkins, and Richard Eugene in 1864 the correspondence (1864-1865) consists of letters of condolence to John Banks.

Later correspondence (1870-1923 with gaps) contains letters to E.A. (Elbert Augustine) Banks in New York City, mainly from G.J. (Gideon James) Peacock concerning family news, cotton sales, farm management, and land sales in Georgia. Other correspondents include Edward Sims Banks and Susan Martha Banks.


Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.


Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Chattanooga, Battle of, Chattanooga, Tenn., 1863.
Confederate States of America. Army. Alabama Infantry Regiment, 39th.
Cotton trade--Georgia.
Elbert County (Ga.)
Falls Church (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Farm management--Georgia.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Lookout Mountain, Battle of, Tenn., 1863.
Muscogee County (Ga.)
Real estate business--Georgia.
Soldiers--Georgia.
Tennessee--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Tybee Island (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Banks family papers. MS 1571. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Banks family papers, 1830-1909.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Family Papers

BoxFolder
11Family papers (genealogy, last will, estate records, etc)
 

Correspondence from 1818 to 1859

BoxFolder
121818
31821
41822
51827
61829
71830
81831
91832
101835
111836
121838
131838
141839
151840
161841
171842
181845
191846
201847
211848
221849
231850
241851
251852
261854
271855
281856
291857
301858
311859
 

Correspondence from 1860 to 1882

BoxFolder
211860
21861
31862
41863
51864
61865
71867
81870
91871
101872
111874
121875
131876
141877
151878
161879
171880
181881
191882
 

Correspondence from 1883 to 1930

BoxFolder
311883
21884
31885
41886
51887
61888
71889
81893
91894
101897
111898
121907
131923
141930
 

Undated Correspondence

BoxFolder
41-12Undated