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|+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.
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:
AN OLD PIONEER
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:
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
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
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
stone would be securely fastened in this hopper, and a small hole cut
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
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
|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.
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.
|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.
|30||ii.||George Washington 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
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.
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
1894 6. She married Jacob
J. Wakefield7 Aft. 1850 8; born October 24, 1829 in OH9; died December
23, 1869 in Switzerland
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.|
|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 <email@example.com> 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.|
|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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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