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Source: 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana JH Beadle, Chicago: HH Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers
Jacob C. BANTA, farmer, Waveland, was born in Mercer Co, Ky, July 14, 1817, and is the son of Garrett and Lana Banta. His parents were natives in Ky; his grandfather, Peter Banta, was a pioneer settler in the state of Ky. The old loghouse built by his grandfather, in which he and his father were both born stood still four years ago in a good state of preservation. His maternal grandparents came to Ky. from New Jersey in the early settlement of the country. The earliest legend respecting the Banta family is that the great, great, great grandfather of the subject of this sketch was of Dutch descent, his wife of the French, and that their descendants came to America in the time of its early colonization. His mother's people were originally from Germany. He was married in 1838 to Sarah W. Bingham, daughter of Joseph and Sophia (Janes) Bingham, pioneer settlers of Virginia. By this union, he has 9 children: Sophia, married to James Owen; Mary L. married to William T. Davis; Sarah F, married to Richard A. Watson, deceased; Joseph H, Laney E, deceased; John m, married to Amanda Pitman; and Charles W. Charles W. and Joseph H. remain at home. Joseph H. was a member of the Howard Township Home Guards. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Waveland. he has all through his life preferred home to the honors of office. He has a farm of 160 acres, mostly, cleared and fairly stocked.
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