John Banks collection

John Banks collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Banks, John, 1797-1870
Title: John Banks collection
Dates: 1830-1865
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet 1 box
Coll. Number: ms2540

Biographical/Historical Note

John Banks (1797-1870) was a banker, merchant, and planter who resided in Elbert and Muscogee County, Georgia. He is the son of Ralph and Rachel Jones Banks.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of an autobiography of John Banks written sporadically from 1830-1865. His autobiography outlines his boyhood and family background; service in the Seminole Indian Wars in 1818 in Florida; his involvement in various mercantile businesses in Elbert and Henry counties; his presidency in the Planters & Mechanics' Bank in Columbus; ownership in the Howard Manufacturing Company (textile) in Columbus; the Civil War and his sons', Daniel Watkins, Richard Eugene, and Willis Dunston service in the Confederate Army; and Sherman's march through Georgia. The collection also includes the Banks family bible containing births, deaths, and marriages, and two published works on the Banks and Winstanley families' genealogy.

Index Terms

Banks and banking--Georgia.
Banks family
Banks, Daniel Watkins, 1833-1864
Banks, Richard Eugene, 1838-1864
Banks, Willis Dunston, 1830-1864
Columbus (Ga.)
Elbert County (Ga.)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Henry County (Ga.)
Howard Manufacturing Company (Columbus, Ga.).
Muscogee County (Ga.)
Planters' & Mechanics' Bank (Columbus, Ga.).
Seminole War, 1st, 1817-1818.
Sherman's March to the Sea.
Textile industry--Georgia.
Winstanley family

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 note

John Banks collection, ms2540, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Banks family papers, ms1571 and ms2343.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11John M. Banks diary, 1830-1865
2Ralph and Rachel Jones family Bible
3Historical notes on Winstanley Family, part 1
4Historical notes on Bankes family, Part 2
5Photographs of Banks cemetery in Elbert County, Georgia (2)
6Family Association meeting, Granville County, North Carolina