Descendants of Daniel Banta

Submitted by Ardath Blue


Generation No. 1

1. Daniel8 Banta (Hendrick H.7, Hendrick Hendricke6, Hendrick Epkese5, Epke Jacobse4, Jacob Epkese3, Epke Luuesz2, Lieuwe te1) was born 1765 in Somerset, New Jersey, and died December 15, 1827 in Pleasant, Switzerland Co., IN. He married Anna Seever June 05, 1784 in Lincoln, Mercer Co., KY. She was born November 02, 1759 in Conewago, PA, and died June 10, 1829.

More About Daniel Banta:
Fact 1: Pleasant Cemetery, Switzerland Co., IN

Notes for Anna Seever:


This famous woman was first married to S.(Peter Jr.) Duree, in the State of Virginia, in the year 1771, and remained in that State till 1777-8, when Duree and his wife joined a small company of emigrants and "struck" for the territory-Kentucky-and landed safely at a place then called Lime Stone, now Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky. Remaining here a short time, they broke ground for a settlement about eight miles from the fort. Having made the necessary preparations, Duree, his wife and three children, and an unmarried sister and two young brothers of his wife, attended by a small guard, went ahead of the other families to build a cabin. As soon as they reached the location selected they went to work, and at the end of three days had a cabin up and finished, which was to answer for dwelling-house and fort. The guard now returned to Lime Stone to conduct out the other families. On the fourth morning Duree and his two brothers-in-law went a short distance from the cabin to cut a block to make a mortar to "bruise" their corn in, and were attacked by the savages; at the first fire one of the young men was killed on the spot, and Duree himself received a ball through his chest, inflicting a mortal wound, notwithstanding he ran to the cabin door before he fell. The other young man was cut off from the cabin by a  fleet-footed Indian and tomahawked. Duree's sister, hearing the fuss, ran to the door and was shot dead. Duree's wife saw the whole tragedy through a port hole, with her three little children at her side. The Indians, either becoming alarmed at something or supposing they had killed all the "pale faces" disappeared without breaking into the cabin. Duree's wife dragged her dying husband into the cabin and used every effort in her power to stop the blood which was flowing copiously from the wound; every other remedy failing, she literally corked the artifice of the wound with her handkerchief. Duree revived sufficiently to entreat his wife to take the children and flee to the fort, telling her that he was bound to die and that she could be of no further service to him. As the poor woman stood gazing at her dying husband, surrounded by death on every side, her three little children clinging to her, and he pointing to the door and uttering with feeble voice: "Save yourself and the children, go, go!"-the conflict was short but terrible-the awful decision was made. Now let us drop the curtain while the sad parting takes place, while the faithful wife turns her back on her dying husband forever-not for her own life, but for her children. Having made up her mind to try to reach the fort, she mounted one child on her shoulders, taking another in her arms and the third at her side, was soon flying with all possible speed along the blazed way towards Lime Stone, distance about eight miles. A blinding storm of rain and sleet setting in, she soon lost the trace and wandered in the trackless wilderness till late in the evening, when she again discovered the blazed track, and although she had traveled all day she found herself not more than a mile from the bloody scene from which she was fleeing. She had gone but a short distance, however, when she met the other families coming out to join them, and told them the sad story. While they were parleying over what was best to be done the Indians raised the war whoop in the distance. It appears they were on the track of Duree's wife, and in a few minutes more she would have been murdered with her helpless babes, without mercy. The men saw the situation at a glance; to make a stand there in the wilderness with the women and children was out of the question, hence they cut their packs from the horses and let them fall to the ground, and mounting the women and children, the race back to the fort commenced in good earnest; the horses, maddened by fierce yells of the redskins, went tearing through the thick undergrowth, lacerating the lower limbs of their riders badly, besides which no accidents occurred, and they all reached the fort safely. The next morning they sent out a force sufficiently strong to drive back the Indians and bury their dead. A few years afterwards the brave and somewhat reckless Capt. Dan Banta met the widow Duree; having heard of her fame, she exactly suited him. It is enough to say he courted and married her, and bravely did she stand by him while he played a conspicuous part in reclaiming Shelby County, Kentucky from the wildness of nature. Daniel Banta died DEC. 15, 1827.

(Note by Ardath Blue)
Some records give Anna's maiden name as Shuck and Shafer. There seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to what it actually was but from an unpublished narrative by Martha Miller, a Shuck researcher I have the following:

Agnes and Anna (1759-1829)
Comments by Martha Miller

ANNA SHUCK. The Banta Genealogy page 95 states, "Daniel Banta married Anna Shuck, widow of Peter Duree, who was born Nov. 2, 1759 and died June 10, 1829." This Daniel was a brother of Cornelius Banta who married Magdelena Shuck Duree, widow of Peter's brother, Henry Duree. Peter Duree was killed by Indians in March 1781 (Low Dutch Company history, pages 16-17). These Banta and Duree connections with the Shucks are circumstantial evidence that the widow Anna Duree 's maiden name was Shuck. The Conewago baptisms for Peter and Anna Duree's two children are inconclusive evidence. Both baptisms (1775 and 1778) spell her maiden name as "Seever." Perhaps the most compelling circumstantial evidence is that Daniel Banta and Anna Duree were married in Lincoln Co. on the same day (June 5, 1784) that his nephew, Henry Banta, married Sarah Shuck. Squire R.H. Shuck in his 1903 memorandum mentioned only two of his aunts (not three) as married to Bantas -- and it is clear the two Bantas were Cornelius and Henry (he calls Henry Peter, but states he lived in Bourbon Co.). If this widow Anna Duree was a daughter of Andrew Shuck, then she was for some reason left out of her father's will. The Hannah Batess named in the will is occasionally interpreted as Hannah (Anna) Banta, but this ignores her recorded marriage (see #9 above). There might be some conflict with Anna Banta's Nov. 2, 1759 birth date and Mathias Shuck's 1759 birth date. The descendants of Peter Duree and Daniel Banta are given in the Banta Genealogy under # 504 and 492. There really was an Anna Seever. There was no Anna Shuck in the line of Andrew Shuck.

AGNES SHUCK. According to the Banta Genealogy page 94, "Cornelius Banta married first, Magdelena Shuck, widow of Samuel [Henry] Duree; second, her sister Agnes Shuck; and third, a widow, Nancy Van Nice, who survived him. His first two wives were sisters of William Shuck, who married Mary Banta; another sister, Sally, married Henry Banta." If this Agnes Shuck existed, then she was for some reason left out of her father's will (Cornelius' first wife was still living in 1803). Futhermore, I have never noted any other record of the Cornelius Banta - Agnes Shuck marriage.

Subsequent Information and Comments
The evidence and concensus seems to be that this was Anna Seever.

The Banta Genealogy, in another section on page 61, shows the children of 163 WYNTIE4 BANTA who married Aug. 5, 1774 to Samuel Durie. These children include the following:

504--PETRUS DURIE,5 b. July 13, 1754, m. Antie Seever.
ISSUE. Baptized at Conewago.
1561--SAMUEL DURIE,6 bp. June 15, 1775.
1562--WYNTIE DURIE,6 bp. Jan. 14, 1778.
Thus, TMB provides the ammunition for his self-contradiction vis a vis page 95.

FS-IGI online 05DEC1999 has following records. These are apparently user-submissions, not extractions of original, primary records. I have not checked these to determine or verify any underlying primary source(s).

"Annie SEEVER Birth 2 Nov 1759 New Jersey Marriage Daniel BANTA Batch number F600440 Sheet: 87 Source Call No. 1553694" This is apparently a user-submission of some kind, not an original records extraction.

"Anna SEEVER Birth: 2 Nov 1759 Of, Conewago,Adams,Pennsylvania; Marriage: Petrus Durie; Batch number: 5027594 Sheet 41 Source Call No. 1553870" This is apparently a user-submission of some kind, not an original records extraction.

Those Conewago Baptism records of children are: FS-IGI online 18NOV1999 - All user-submitted entries. A bunch of others also show up (I did not copy) which show her as "Anntie" or "Antie" Seever (Strange since PA - Conewago Dutch Reformed Church, Straban Twp., Adams Co., PA have been extracted in FS Batch C510761 but do not show any surname Duree⁄variants. Christening records 1769-1793 Source Call No.: 00200338)

"Samuel Duree Christening: 18 Jun 1775 Conewago, Adams [Co.], Pennsylvania;
Parents: Father: Petrus Durie; Mother: Anna Seever; Batch number: 5027594,
Sheet: 41; Source Call No. 1553870"

"Wyntie Duree Christening: 14 Jan 1778 Conewago, Adams [Co.], Pennsylvania;
Parents: Father: Petrus Durie; Mother: Anna Seever; Batch number: 5027162,
Sheet: 36; Source Call No. 1553840"

"Wyntie Duree Birth: 5 Dec 1777 Of, Salem,Adams,Indiana; Parents: Father: Petres Durie; Mother: Anna Seever; Batch number: 5027649, Sheet: 11; Source Call No. 1553870" Since this has the birth place all screwed up, this is in doubt.

There is an IGI entry, apparently user-submitted (i.e. not original record extraction) that shows: "Petrus DURIE Marriage Anna SEEVER Abt 1774 Of, Conewago, Adams, Pennsylvania Batch number 5027594 Sheet 41 Source Call No. 1553870" I have not checked the underlying source. However, since it doesn't give an exact date, probably not compelling.

Mathias Shuck was Andrew's first son and in his Revolutionary War Pension Application papers stated he was born in 1759 in New Jersey but couldn't remember the month.

The "Conewago" mentioned is at Adams Co., Pennsylvania and was the location of a colony of Low Dutch settlers before their move the Henry⁄Shelby Co. KY. Adams Co. formed in 1800 from York Co.

If a child of Peter Duree and Anna was baptized in 1775 and if she (i.e. "Anna Shuck" as reported by Banta) were born in 1759 (November 2), that means she would have been married at 15 or 16. Don't know where he got the date of 2 November 1759.

There is has been no evidence that Andrew Shuck or his children were at Conewago.

The "Agnes Shuck" which T.M. Banta refers to is probably Agnes Durie, whom Cornelius Banta married 10 July 1825 at Washington Co., Indiana. Since Cornelius would have been older (between 60 and 75), it is presumed Agnes would have been near that age and this would have been a second marriage for her as well. However, no record of a first marriage has (yet) been found.

The full passage from T.M. Banta, pg. 95: is:
"491. CORNELIUS5 BANTA married first, Magdalena Shuck, widow of Samuel Duree; second, her sister Agnes Shuck; and third, a widow, Nancy Van Nice, who survived him. His first two wifes were sisters of William Shuck, who married 1446 Mary Banta; another sister, Sally, married 1439 Henry Banta. He was in the Revolutionary War. He owned a large farm covering the present site of Pleasureville, Henry County, Kentucky, and lived there until his son, Peter W., removed to Indiana and settled about four miles from Madison, when he followed him, and lived for a short time near Canaan. He died about 1835."

The above Madison, Indiana is in Jefferson County; Canaan, Indiana is in Jefferson County. Jefferson is one county east of Washington (separated by Scott Co.); Jefferson borders Ripley, Switzerland, Jennings and Scott Co.

A marriage record for Cornelius Banta and an Agnes Durie was found among the following sources:
Indiana Marriages to 1850 online:
"BANTA CORNELIUS DURES AGNES WASHINGTON 7-10-1825" Marriages--Indiana to 1850:
"Banta, Cornelius married Duree, Agnes on Jul 10 1825 in Washington County, Indiana"

It appears the above was the Agnes TMB was referring to. However, Cornelius would have been rather old in 1825: at least 60, possibly as old as 75. I have found nothing to indicate whether Duree was a married name name of Agnes, but given her likely age to match with Cornelius, that is likely.

T.M. Banta - Index pg. 387 has no mention of any Agnes Duree⁄Durie. This adds weight to the conclusion that the above 1825 marriage of Agnes Duree was to THIS Cornelius Banta (TMB# 491). (Still not absolutely, positively proven that this Agnes Duree could NOT have been Shuck as TMB claimed.)

T.M. Banta attributes all children to first wife (Magdalena Shuck). There is, however, a problem with this. The few birth dates of the children reported by Banta range from 1772 to 1804 -- a range of 32 years! Apparently, this has not been questioned. The 1772 birth is Jacob; the next date reported for the birth of a child is is 1783. I am guessing that Jacob's birth probably should be 1782 or 1792. Also, Jacob's wife Phebe Fallis' birth date is shown by TMB as 4 April 1793; their marriage 1810.

FS-AF online 15NOV1999 gives Cornelius' death as 15 Dec 1827 @ Canaan, Jefferson Co., IN. Does not give any children. Naturally, no source of the data is shown.

AIS Census Indices at show:
In 1820 a "Cornelius Bonta" in census Jefferson Co. IN pg. 292
In 1830 a "Cornelius Bontee" in census Washington County IN pg. 326

Children of Daniel Banta and Anna Seever are:
+2 i. Henry D.9 Banta, born January 28, 1785 in Henry Co., KY; died January 21, 1867 in Switzerland Co., IN.
 3 ii. Daniel Banta, Jr., born 1787. He married Elizabeth Le Compte.
 4 iii. Jacob Banta, born 1789; died in Salem, IN.
Notes for Jacob Banta: Jacob had at least one son.
 5 iv. Rachel Banta, born February 26, 1792; died June 02, 1869. She married Isaac Le Compte; born March 18, 1788 in Henry Co., KY; died December 21, 1824 in Macon Co., MO.
 6 v. Peter S. Banta, born 1794. He married Kate List.
 7 vi. John Banta, born 1796. He married Nancy List.
 8 vii. Anna Banta, born 1798. She married George Holcroft.
 9 viii. Mary Banta, born 1800. She married (1) John Faught. She married (2) Baxter.

Generation No. 2

2. Henry D.9 Banta (Daniel8, Hendrick H.7, Hendrick Hendricke6, Hendrick Epkese5, Epke Jacobse4, Jacob Epkese3, Epke Luuesz2, Lieuwe te1) was born January 28, 1785 in Henry Co., KY, and died January 21, 1867 in Switzerland Co., IN. He married Eleanor Van Arsdale June 23, 1803, daughter of Simon Van Arsdale and Rachel Banta. She was born May 04, 1786 in Henry Co., KY, and died April 27, 1879 in Switzerland Co., IN.

Notes for Henry D. Banta:
Rev. Henry D. BANTA was born in Henry County, Ky., in 1785, and was a son of Daniel and Anna Banta, the latter probably born in Kentucky, both of German descent. Our subject married Eleanor VAN ARSDALE, and after six children had been born to them (viz: Anna, Rachel, Daniel, Isaac, Jacob, and Jane), removed to and settled in Pleasant Township, this county, in 1816. In that township he lived eight years, after which he removed to Craig Township, where he lived till his death, January 21, 1867. Mrs. Banta died April 22, 1879, at the age of nearly ninty-three years. Mr. Banta labored in the ministry of the Baptist Church forty years. He was ordained in 1830. He served in the war of 1812-15. He was the father of thirteen children, viz: Anna, Rachel, Daniel, Isaac, Jacob, Mary, Jane, Abraham, Mary, John, Henry, Ellen, Nancy. "History of Switzerland County Indiana 1885" Chicago: Weakley, Harraman & Co., Publishers. 1885

REV. HENRY D. BANTA married his first cousin, ELEANOR VAN ARSDALE, daughter of Rachel Banta and Simon Van Arsdale, on June 23, 1803. He was born in Kentucky, and removed across the Ohio into Switzerland County, Indiana, prior to the War of 1812. He enlisted, and served from April to August, 1813, as a ranger under Captain W. Dunn. He was a farmer. For many years he officiated as a minister of the Baptist denomination-"old school"-declining all pay for his services. He died Jan. 21, 1867. His widow survived him more than twelve years, dying April 22, 1879. A sketch of his life, and that of his wife, written by his son, was published in a local paper in 1878; it is given in full, and is a quaint narrative of the pioneer life in which so may of the Bantas participated;

Notes for Eleanor Van Arsdale: 


Mrs. Eleanor Banta-a brief sketch of her life-narrow escape from the Indians-hard times-Rev. Henry D. Banta, one of the early pioneer preachers of Switzerland County, Indiana-interesting allusions to early times. Vevay, Indiana, May 4, 1878: Editor "Reveille": Having some time since promising you that I would give you a short history of the life of one of the oldest settlers of this county, viz., that of my mother, Eleanor Banta, I therefore proceed to redeem that promise, and as much as possible will give it in her own language. She was born in Ketcham Station, or Fort, in Shelby County, Kentucky on May 4, 1786, and of course is 92 years old to-day, this being her birthday, and therefore as suitable a time as any for such history. When she was nine days old the Indians drove her mother, with the other women in the Fort, six miles back to the nearest settlement at that time, and they had to retreat in the night for fear of being shot down or tomahawked and scalped by the Indians, as she was afterwards informed by her parents. She resided in that section of the country until after her marriage. She married Henry D. Banta, and lived with him until his death, which occurred at the age of 81 years, they having lived together 64 years. Many of your readers will recollect him as the old regular Baptist preacher. Being a regular Old School Baptist, he never did, or would, receive a salary for preaching, believing it to be wrong to do so. He preached regularly, as health permitted, for 41 years and 6 months, both in this State and Kentucky. He was pastor of Four-mile Church in Kentucky for years, and pastor of the Baptist Church in Vevay for 7 years; was pastor of Brushy Fork, Grant's Creek and other churches-I know not how long. His membership was in Bethel Church, in Craig Township, for 41 years and 6 months, all of which time he was the regular pastor of the same up to the time of his death. He was buried in Bethel Cemetery. But I have left the history that I commenced writing, and have given part of that of another. I know, however, that your readers will pardon the digression and I will return to the subject upon which I started out- that of the history of Eleanor Banta.

She says:

"My parents told me that the morning I was born one of my uncles was shot near the Fort, and the woods around the Fort was full of Indians. They were driven off, however, and we had peace for a spell again. We remained in that section of the country until the year 1817, then moved to the State of Indiana, County of Switzerland, in Pleasant Township, near or perhaps on the farm now know as the George Hotchkiss farm. There we erected the first horse-mill in the settlement, which for many years was called the Old Dutch Settlement. We had to pay $4 per bushel for salt then, and carry it in sacks on the backs of mules from the salt licks, or furnaces, as they sometimes called them in Kentucky, and we had to pay in proportion for may other things. Before we built the horse-mill we had to grind all of our corn on hand-mills. They were a very simply constructed affair. The hopper, as it was called, would be a portion of a trunk of a large tree, two or three feet in diameter and three or four feet high; one end of this block would be chopped out or burned out deep enough to receive the mill-stones; the bottom stone would be securely fastened in this hopper, and a small hole cut in the side of the hopper, just at the top of the bed stone, and a small spout attached to carry off the meal; the top stone, or runner as you would call it now, had two holes in it, one in the center to receive the grain to be ground, the other near one side, in which was placed an upright pole, two or two and a half inches thick; the top end of the pole was placed into a timber or beam overhead for that purpose, and the operator would take hold of this pole and turn it round, much the same as the apothecary would his pestle in a medicine mortar, turning with one hand and feeding the mill with the other at the same time. Many and many times I have ground my meal on the hand-mill, and that was the way we got all our corn ground in those days. for we had no wheat then. If we had wheat, we had no mills but the hand-mills to grind it on, and I think they made bad flour."

"I recollect of hearing my parents tell that my uncle Samuel Duree and his brother and his brother's wife were out some little distance from the house, and two uncles were cutting a tree for the purpose of building a hand-mill, when they were surprised by the Indians and fired upon, and all three fell mortally wounded and died in a few minutes. Dear me, folks now-days know nothing about trouble and hard times, for the Indians would frequently come into the settlements of nights and kill the milch cows and cut out a slice or chunk from their hams, leave the balance for an aggravation to the owners. Talk about hard times, you know nothing about it. After the Indians were driven from the country, so there was not so much danger, I used to take my little spinning wheel and go many times of nights and spin flax and tow by the light of the brush heap fires that my husband was burning in the clearing."

"In 1825 we moved from the Dutch Settlement to Craig Township. We bought 173 acres of land from George Craig, one mile from the Ohio River, now known as the farms of the Widow Elizabeth Banta and Zachariah Cotton. There we remained until the year 1840, when we moved to Vevay, and remained in the vicinity of Vevay eight years; then moved to the neighborhood of Allensville, in Cotton Township and remained there nine years, and then moved back to Craig Township, near Braytown, on the farm now occupied; by Dallas F. Banta; remained there until the death of my husband."

"I am now living with my son-in-law and daughter, Justus Thiebaud and Mary Thiebaud, on the Ohio River, three miles below Vevay. I live half of the time with my son and daughter-in-law, Jacob and Sarah Banta." She was the mother of thirteen children, and raised twelve of them to have families, one died at the age of two years-leaving six girls and six boys. Now there remain but six children, viz.: Daniel, Jacob, Abraham, Mary Thiebaud, John W., and Eleanor Beach. She has had ninety-one grandchildren and eighty-one great grand-children. She reads well without glasses, having her second sight, but prefers glasses for steady reading. She says she can sew very well and knit just as good as ever, but not quite so fast. Takes great pleasure in reading the Bible and Spurgeon's Sermons, and is a good Scripturian for one of her age. She has been a faithful member of the Bethel Church ever since its organization, which is now upwards of fifty years. Her health is very good, and she retains her mind remarkably well for a person of her extreme age. Respectfully, (signed) J. W. Banta


Among the early revivals of religion may be named one which commenced in Craig Township of Switzerland County, Indiana under the preaching of Revs. Henry D. Banta and John Graham. They had preached in several neighborhoods in that township, frequently at the house of Mr. Thiebaud, and those persons who were to receive the ordinance of baptism were to meet at Mr. Thiebaud's, on the bank of the Ohio River, there to be baptized. An incident may be very appropriately related here to show the depravity of the human heart: At a time when several persons were to receive baptism, and the minister was wading out to ascertain the depth of water, and condition of the bottom, a person standing by seized a good sized dog by the neck and threw it into the water near the minister, exclaiming, "There is one of your congregation baptized."

Children of Henry Banta and Eleanor Van Arsdale are:
 10 i. Anna10 Banta, born June 05, 1804; died May 03, 1833. She married George Voiles.
 11 ii. Rachel Banta, born November 30, 1805. She married Elijah Matthews.
+12 iii. Daniel H. Banta, born November 27, 1807; died August 02, 1885.
+13 iv. Isaac Vauter Banta, born December 22, 1809 in KY; died October 19, 1863 in Switzerland Co, Ind.
+14 v. Jacob Banta, born February 07, 1812; died January 14, 1888.
 15 vi. Mary Banta, born June 24, 1814; died August 25, 1816.
 16 vii. Jane Banta, born September 13, 1816 in Switzerland Co., IN; died January 18, 1887. She married Robert T. Weaver.
 17 viii. Abraham Banta, born April 30, 1818. He married Cynthia Garner.
 18 ix. Mary Banta, born July 13, 1820. She married Justi Thiebaud.
Notes for Justi Thiebaud:
Justi THIEBAUD, retired farmer, Vevay. The old and successful veteran farmer whose name introduces this sketch was born in Switzerland July 7, 1813. His parents, Frederick L. and Harriet (PATER) Thiebaud, were also natives of Switzerland, the father born October 4, 1767, the mother April 15, 1777. They immigrated to America in 1817, locating in Craig Township, where they resided upon a farm till their respective deaths; the father's occurring December 24, 1846; the mother's June 7, 1844. They raised seven children, accumulated considerable property and were active consistent members of the Baptist Church. Justi Thiebaud has followed farming all his life. He was married June 6, 1839, to Miss Mary BANTA, who was born in Pleasant Township July 13, 1820, and by this happy union there were ten children: Harriet E., born April 6, 1840; Emily J., May 10, 1842; Frederick, August 14, 1844; Henry D., September 1, 1846, died June 14, 1863; Mary A., November 23, 1848; Charles, July 19, 1851; Benjamin F., December 28, 1853; Rodolph, May 28,1856; Alice A., September 18, 1858; Morton D., April 7, 1861. Mr. Thiebaud retired from farming in the fall of 1882, and moved to Vevay, leaving 440 acres of valuable land in Craig Township. He and his estimable wife are members of the Baptist Church, and are peacefully enjoying the well earned reward of their long lives of self-sacrifice and industry. "The History of Switzerland County, Indiana 1885," Weakley, Harraman & Co., Publishers. 1885.
+19 x. John W. Banta, born July 13, 1823 in Pleasant Twp., Switzerland Co., IN.
+20 xi. Henry D. Banta, born April 16, 1825; died October 16, 1856.
21 xii. Eleanor Banta, born December 05, 1827. She married Dennis Beach.
+22 xiii. Nancy Banta, born August 24, 1831; died September 04, 1856.

Generation No. 3

12. Daniel H.10 Banta (Henry D.9, Daniel8, Hendrick H.7, Hendrick Hendricke6, Hendrick Epkese5, Epke Jacobse4, Jacob Epkese3, Epke Luuesz2, Lieuwe te1) was born November 27, 1807, and died August 02, 1885. He married (1) Priscilla Wheeler Davidson. He married (2) Eliza Roberts Abt. 1832. She was born April 17, 1811, and died January 31, 1864.

Notes for Daniel H. Banta: 
DANIEL H. BANTA married ELIZA ROBERTS, who was born, Ohio, April 17, 1811, and died Jan. 31, 1864. He then married Pricilla (Wheeler) Davidson. He had children by both wives. He was a Universlist minister in Indiana. July 1860 census of Washington Twp of Decatur County shows Daniel H. Banta, 52 years old, Minister, and wife Eliza, housewife. They had $6000 real estate value and $1500 personal property value. The 1882 Atlas of Decatur County, Indiana shows Old Settlers including Daniel Banty age 73.

Children of Daniel Banta and Eliza Roberts are:
23 i. Erastus L.11 Banta, died March 15, 1835.
24 ii. John R. Banta. He married Martha Snyder.
25 iii. Sarah Ellen Banta, died July 04, 1837.
26 iv. Henry D. Banta. He married Charlotte Franklin.
Notes for Henry D. Banta:
He was Captain of Co. I, 89th Indiana Regiment during the Civil 
War, and resigned Jan. 28, 1863. He was accidentally killed at Helena.
27 v. Merida J. Banta, born January 14, 1833; died January 10, 1881.
Notes for Merida J. Banta:
Enlisted 5-26-1864 in 134th B. 4-17-1811
Indiana Regiment, as sergeant. D. 11-26-1857
He was a merchant afterwards.
28 vi. Nancy Jane Banta, born Abt. 1838; died January 17, 1876. She married (1) Michael Earlywine December 17, 1854. She married (2) George W. Wheeler March 28, 1863.
Notes for Nancy Jane Banta:
Nancy Jane Banta, daughter of Daniel H. Banta and Eliza Roberts was born in Switzerland County, Indiana (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints records show her born c1835) According to 1870 census in Clay Township of Howard County, Indiana she is listed as 32 years old. This would make her birth year c1838. If true she would have married her first husband, Michael G. Earlywine, when only 16 years old. Her second husband, George W. Wheeler, was listed in the 1870 Clay Township, Howard County, Indiana census as 26 years old. Nancy Jane Banta married Michael G. Earlywine in Rush County, Indiana on December 17, 1854. She had three sons by him:

13. Isaac Vauter10 Banta (Henry D.9, Daniel8, Hendrick H.7, Hendrick Hendricke6, Hendrick Epkese5, Epke Jacobse4, Jacob Epkese3, Epke Luuesz2, Lieuwe te1) was born December 22, 1809 in KY, and died October 19, 1863 in Switzerland Co, Ind. He married Elizabeth Roberts November 21, 1831 in Switzerland Co, Ind, daughter of William Roberts and Martha Shepherd. She was born November 17, 1812 in Campbell Co., KY, and died September 12, 1904 in Switzerland Co, Ind.

Children of Isaac Banta and Elizabeth Roberts are:
29 i. Lafayette11 Banta.
30 ii. George Washington Banta.
31 iii. Mary Banta.
32 iv. Ira M. Banta.
33 v. Mahala Jane Banta1, born January 12, 1840 in Switzerland Co., IN1; died May 17, 18831. She met Thomas T. Wakefield1 August 26, 1856 in Switzerland Co., IN1; born January 28, 1837 in OH1,2.
Notes for Thomas T. Wakefield:
1860 Switzerland Co., IN census, Craig Twp., page 175
Thomas Wakefield 24 farmer OH
Mahala J. 22 IN
Eliza A. 3 IN
James J. 1 IN
34 vi. Martha Ellen Banta.
35 vii. William Henry Banta.
36 viii. James Buchanan Banta.
37 ix. Andrew Baker Banta.
38 x. Merit H. Banta.
39 xi. Julia Ann Banta.
40 xii. John Francis Banta.
41 xiii. Eliza E. Banta3, born May 04, 1845 in Switzerland Co, Ind; died January 12, 1938 in Kosciusko Co., IN. She married Daniel W. Konkle3 September 17, 1865 in Switzerland Co, Ind; born December 08, 1844 in Switzerland Co, Ind3; died March 19, 1889 in Switzerland Co, Ind3.
More About Daniel W. Konkle:
Age at death (2): 44
Burial: Zion Chapel "Tater Bug" Cemetery, Craig Twp., Switzerland Co., IN3

14. Jacob10 Banta (Henry D.9, Daniel8, Hendrick H.7, Hendrick Hendricke6, Hendrick Epkese5, Epke Jacobse4, Jacob Epkese3, Epke Luuesz2, Lieuwe te1)4 was born February 07, 18124, and died January 14, 18884. He married Sarah Ferris4 August 29, 18334. She was born May 12, 18144, and died August 20, 18924.

Notes for Jacob Banta:
Jacob BANTA, farmer, Craig Township, son of Rev. Henry D. Banta, was born in Trimble County, Ky., February 7, 1812, and was four years old when his parents came to Switzerland County. He was married in 1833 to Sarah, daughter of Isaac and Susan FERRIS, and at once located on his present farm. He began life with a capital of $250. He owns at present 184 acres of good land.He served three years on the board of commissioners. Nine children have been born to him, all living, viz: Isaac, Mary J., Susan, Ellen, Sarah O., Eliza, Emma, Henry and Mitchel. Mr. and Mrs. Banta are acceptable members of the Christian Church, with which they have been connected since 1850.
"History of Switzerland County Indiana 1885" Chicago: Weakley, Harraman & Co., Publishers. 1885

Children of Jacob Banta and Sarah Ferris are:

42 i. Isaac F.11 Banta4, born September 15, 18344.
43 ii. Mary Jane Banta4, born October 07, 18364.
44 iii. Susannah Banta5, born March 24, 1840 in IN5; died September 03, 1894 6. She married Jacob J. Wakefield7 Aft. 1850 8; born October 24, 1829 in OH9; died December 23, 1869 in Switzerland Co., IN9.
More About Susannah Banta:
Burial: McKay Cemetery, Switzerland Co., IN
More About Jacob J. Wakefield:
Burial: McKay Cemetery, Switzerland Co., IN
45 iv. Eleanor Banta10, born March 27, 1842 10.
46 v. Sarah Olive Banta10, born April 28, 1847 10.
47 vi. Elize Banta10, born January 27, 1849 10.
48 vii. Emma Banta10, born October 21, 1850 10.
49 viii. Henry Banta10, born October 07, 1853 10.
50 ix. Mitchell Banta10, born December 21, 1857 10.

19. John W.10 Banta (Henry D.9, Daniel8, Hendrick H.7, Hendrick Hendricke6, Hendrick Epkese5, Epke Jacobse4, Jacob Epkese3, Epke Luuesz2, Lieuwe te1) was born July 13, 1823 in Pleasant Twp., Switzerland Co., IN. He married (1) Nancy Ferris September 09, 1841. She was born June 07, 1825 in KY, and died June 26, 1846. He married (2) Martha A. Vance Kyle June 30, 1847. She was born February 04, 1818 in Lexington, KY.

Notes for John W. Banta:
John W. BANTA, insurance and real estate agent, Vevay, office with Works & Schroeder, was born in Pleasant Township July 13, 1823, and received a common school education. His parents Henry D. and Eleanor (VAN OSDOL) Banta, were born in Henry County, Ky., the former January 28, 1785, the latter May 4, 1786. They moved to Indiana and followed farming all their lives, the father dying January 21, 1867, the mother April 27, 1879. Mr. John W. Banta was raised on a farm. He was married, September 9, 1841, to Miss Nancy FERRIS, who was born in Kentucky June 7, 1825. By this union were born two children: Henry D., August 31, 1842, and Dallas F., born August 27, 1844. Mrs. Banta died June 26, 1846, and our subject was married June 30, 1847 to Mrs. Martha A. (VANCE) KYLE, who was born in Lexington, Ky., February 4, 1818. Four children were born of this marriage: Alice, born October 11, 1848 (now Mrs. J.D. WORKS); Thomas S., born January 27, 1852, now in California; Ida, born October 23, 1855; Lula, born February 27, 1859 (now Mrs. DALMAZZO). Mr. Banta farmed up to 1842. He then learned the carpenter's trade in Vevay, and continued in that business up to 1872. He then engaged in his present occupation. He was justice of the peace in Vevay and has been a member of Indiana Lodge No. 126, I.O.O.F., for over thirty years and is a member of Naomi Encampment No. 13, also Degree of Rebecca. Mr. Banta has been a temperance man all his life. he and his estimable wife are members of the Universalist Church. "History of Switzerland County Indiana 1885" Chicago: Weakley, Harraman & Co., Publishers. 1885

Children of John Banta and Nancy Ferris are:
51 i. Henry D.11 Banta, born August 31, 1842. He married Hattie Gelson October 04, 1865; born October 04, 1849 in Cleveland, OH.
Notes for Henry D. Banta:
BANTA, Capt. Henry D.
Posted by Ruth Hoggatt <> on Mon, 30 Mar 1998 Surname: BANTA, GELSON
Capt. Henry D. BANTA, farmer, was born in Craig Township August 31, 1842. Capt. Banta, in addition to farming, learned the cabinet-maker's trade, but has given his attention chiefly to farming. He enlisted, July 22, 1861, in Company A, Third Regiment Indiana Cavalry and was elected sergeant. He served three years, came home and raised Company E, One Hundred and Forty-Sixth Indiana Infantry and was elected captain, and served over seven months in that capacity. The Captain was wounded five times, in the hands, arms and scalp. In one hand-to-hand struggle he made a miraculous escape, after being badly punished at Poolsville. In about one year thereafter, in a charge, his horse fell through a bridge at Morton's Ford, Rappahannock River, in September, 1863, by which he sustained injuries, and he also received a severe sun-stroke at Stephenson's Station, in Virginia, and from this he has never recovered. He carried many burdens for weak, private soldiers, and he participated in many bloody conflicts, which sowed the seed for aches and pains that have troubled him ever since. Capt. Banta was married, October 4, 1865, to Miss Hattie Gelson, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, born October 4, 1849. Unto them have been born nine children, May, Alice, Nannie, Harry, Jacob G., Thomas J., Benjamin, Janie and Sadie. Mr. Banta is liberal in his religious views. He has always been a Republican, and never took a dram of whisky or beer in his life. He is a man of a warm, kind nature and generous impulses, always liberal in his support of those in need. He is a good neighbor, a kind husband and an indulgent father. Mrs. Banta is a member of the Episcopal Church. "History of Switzerland County Indiana 1885" Chicago: Weakley, Harraman & Co., Publishers. 1885
52 ii. Dallas F. Banta, born August 27, 1844.

Children of John Banta and Martha Kyle are:
53 i. Alice11 Banta, born October 11, 1848. She married J. D. Works.
54 ii. Thomas S. Banta, born January 27, 1852. He married Adelia Baker February 06, 1877; born November 28, 1858 in IL.
Notes for Thomas S. Banta:
Thomas S. BANTA, river pilot, Vevay, was born January 27, 1852, and received a common school education. Mr. Banta's early life was spent principally in clerking in stores at which he continued up to January 1, 1877, at which time he went upon the river as steersman and worked for three years. He was married, February 6, 1877, to Miss Adelia BAKER, a native of Illinois, born November 28, 1858, and one child, Clarence L., is the result of this marriage. In 1880, Mr. Banta was licensed pilot, and holds a captain's license from Cincinnati to New Orleans. He is a member of the Phoenix Lodge I.O.O. F. Mrs. Banta is a member of the Presbyterian Church. "History of Switzerland County Indiana 1885" Chicago:Weakley, Harraman & Co., Publishers. 1885
55 iii. Ida Banta, born October 23, 1855.
56 iv. Lula Banta, born February 27, 1859. She married Dalmazzo.

20. Henry D.10 Banta (Henry D.9, Daniel8, Hendrick H.7, Hendrick Hendricke6, Hendrick Epkese5, Epke Jacobse4, Jacob Epkese3, Epke Luuesz2, Lieuwe te1) was born April 16, 1825, and died October 16, 1856. He married Harriet Todd, daughter of James Todd and Rebecca Roberts. She was born Abt. 1825.

Children of Henry Banta and Harriet Todd are:
57 i. Mary E.11 Banta, born Abt. 1847.
58 ii. Samantha Banta, born Abt. 1849.

22. Nancy10 Banta (Henry D.9, Daniel8, Hendrick H.7, Hendrick Hendricke6, Hendrick Epkese5, Epke Jacobse4, Jacob Epkese3, Epke Luuesz2, Lieuwe te1) was born August 24, 1831, and died September 04, 1856. She married John Jessup.

Child of Nancy Banta and John Jessup is:
59 i. Olive A.11 Jessup, born 1856 in Decatur Co., IN; died Bef. April 07, 1913 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN. She married Thomas J. Pavy11 December 09, 1879; born June 26, 1853; died December 14, 1929 in Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN.
More About Olive A. Jessup:
Burial: April 07, 1913, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN, Sec. 48, Lot 695
Notes for Thomas J. Pavy:
I have his death certificate that was sent to me by Gayle Swoik on Oct. 28, 2000. Ardath Blue

I have in the 1920 Marion County, In census :
716 East 27th, Indianapolis, Marion County
Pavey, Thomas J. 66 years b. IN
Pavey, Jesse M. 31 years daughter all dau b. IN
Sula R., 29 years, daughter
Ruth B. 23 years, daughter

From Mike Little

Marriage Info provided by "lookup" Ruth Dorrel ( April 10, 2002
Thomas T. Pavey -> Olive A. Jesup, December 9, 1879 Book L pp 235, Decatur Co.

From Gayle Swoik
More About Thomas J. Pavy:
Burial: December 17, 1929, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN, Section 48; Lot 695


1. Ella Jean Gammons, granddaughter of Ellison Hill McClanahan and Jeanie Ella Wakefield McClanahan (Info obtained from James Wakefield of Madison, IN).

2. 1850 Census Switzerland Co., IN.

3. Joseph E. Konkle, 1619 Corby Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617.

4. Wendy Temple, wife of grandson of Serena Wakefield Temple..

5. Ella Jean Gammons, granddaughter of Ellison Hill McClanahan and Jeanie Ella Wakefield McClanahan (Info obtained from James Wakefield of Madison, IN).

6. Wendy Temple, wife of grandson of Serena Wakefield Temple..

7. Ella Jean Gammons, granddaughter of Ellison Hill McClanahan and Jeanie Ella Wakefield McClanahan (Info obtained from James Wakefield of Madison, IN).

8. 1850 Census Switzerland Co., IN.

9. Ella Jean Gammons, granddaughter of Ellison Hill McClanahan and Jeanie Ella Wakefield McClanahan (Info obtained from James Wakefield of Madison, IN).

10. Wendy Temple, wife of grandson of Serena Wakefield Temple..

11. Death certificate.