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: 1.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms2343

Biographical/Historical Note

John Banks (1797-1870), banker, merchant, and planter primarily resided in Elbert and Muscogee Counties, Georgia. 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 papers include indentures and legal documents, but mainly 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.


Arranged by record type.

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.
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 2343. 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


Series 1: Genealogy (includes related correspondence)

1Series 1 Genealogy (includes related correspondence)

Series 2: Correspondence

1Series 2 Correspondence
Subseries 2A Personal Correspondence, 1848-1929 March
Personal Correspondence, 1848-1851
Personal correspondence, 1853-1855
Personal correspondence, 1859 March
Personal correspondence, 1861 June
Personal correspondence, 1861 October
Personal correspondence, 1861 December
Personal correspondence, 1861 Undated
Personal correspondence, 1862 July
Personal correspondence, 1863 June
Personal correspondence, 1863 November
Personal correspondence, 1864 March
Personal correspondence, 1864 April
Personal correspondence, 1864 June
Personal correspondence, 1864 July
Personal correspondence, 1865 January
Personal correspondence, 1865 March
Personal correspondence, 1867 January
Personal correspondence, 1867 April
Personal correspondence, 1870 February
Personal correspondence, 1875 December
Personal correspondence, 1885 May
Personal correspondence, 1885 July
Personal correspondence, 1885 December
Personal correspondence, 1891 June
Personal correspondence, 1891 December
Personal correspondence, 1893 June
Personal correspondence, 1898 August
Personal correspondence, 1903 August
Personal correspondence, 1904 January
Personal correspondence, 1904 September
Personal correspondence, 1905 January
Personal correspondence, 1906 April
Personal correspondence, 1909 July
Personal correspondence, 1909 August
Personal correspondence, 1926 Undated
Personal correspondence, 1929 March
Personal correspondence, Undated
Personal correspondence Fragments

Subseries 2B: Business Correspondence, 1847 March-1908 November

138ABusiness correspondence, 1847 March
39Business correspondence, 1860 February
40Business correspondence, 1860 June
41Business correspondence, 1860 September
42Business correspondence, 1868 August
43Business correspondence, 1874 October
44Business correspondence, 1874 December
45Business correspondence, 1876 November
46Business correspondence, 1877 September
47Business correspondence, 1877 October
48Business correspondence, 1877 November
49Business correspondence, 1877 December
50Business correspondence, 1879 February
51Business correspondence, 1879 March
52Business correspondence, 1879 May
53Business correspondence, 1879 July
54Business correspondence, 1879 August
55Business correspondence, 1881 August
56Business correspondence, 1881 December
57Business correspondence, 1882 January
58Business correspondence, 1882 February
59Business correspondence, 1882 July
60Business correspondence, 1882 August
61Business correspondence, 1882 November
62Business correspondence, 1883 March
63Business correspondence, 1885 February
64Business correspondence, 1885 July
65Business correspondence, 1885 September
66Business correspondence, 1887 October
67Business correspondence, 1892 March
68Business correspondence, 1892 April
69Business correspondence, 1892 October
70Business correspondence, 1892 November
71Personal correspondence, 1896 November
72Personal correspondence, 1898 December
73Personal correspondence, 1908 November
21Empty envelopes

Series 3: Indentures, 1840-1906

22Indenture, 1840
3Indenture, 1847
4Indenture, 1849
5Indenture, 1868
6Indenture, 1872
7Indenture, 1874
8Indenture, 1877
9Indentures, 1879
10Indenture, 1885
11Indentures, 1886
12Indenture, 1888
13Indentures, 1897
14Indentures, 1898
15Indenture, 1900
16Indenture, 1905
17Indenture, 1906

Series 4: Financial and legal files, 1830-1898

218Land grant, 1830
19Land grants, 1832
20Land grant, 1834
21Land grants, 1836
22Land grant, 1843
23Land grant, 1848
24Land grants Fragments
25Legal documents, miscellaneous
27Military document
30Receipts, 1872
31Receipts, 1873
32Receipts, 1874
33Receipts, 1875
34Receipts, 1876
35Receipts, 1877
36Receipts, 1878
37Receipts, 1879
38Receipts, 1882
39Receipts, 1886
40Receipts, 1887
41Receipts, 1892
42Receipts, 1895
43Receipts, 1896
44Receipts, 1897
45Receipts, 1898
46Receipts, Undated
47Stock certificate
48Will of John Banks
3Family Bible