Rev. 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 Osdol, 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.