The Banks family links to the Inglefield family with the marriage of Cornelius Inglefield & Jane Banks.


  1. John BANKS (1st).
    1. John BANKS (2nd).
      1. John BANKS (3rd).
        1. John BANKS (4th).
          1. William BANKS (b. 2/8/1793) m. Mary SCOTT (b. 4/17/1789, d. 12/22/1873 in Knoxville, Marion County, IA, Bur: Breckenridge Cemetery, Knoxville, Marion County, IA) of Ayrshire, Scotland. Emigrated to NY when son John was 1½ years old. Mary Scott’s father died on journey to USA. William opened a shoe shop in NYC, stayed for 12 years. About 1831 move to Zanesville, OH where relatives resided. Then move to Athens Co., OH. Relatives named Masheter live there now [from Banks Memoir].
            1. Jane BANKS (b. 3/1/1816 in Ireland, d. 12/28/1875 in Knoxville, Marion Co., Iowa), m. Cornelius INGLEFIELD, son of James & Elizabeth [IGI], (b: 10/19/1818 in Winchester, Hampshire, England [IGI], d: 4/8/1890 in Knoxville, Marion Co., IA, Immigration: Dec 1837 New York City).
              1. Mary Elizabeth INGLEFIELD, m. Samuel Parker AYRES.
                1. Mabel AYRES, m. Burton E. LANGWORTHY.
                  1. Thayer L. LANGWORTHY, m. Rhoda M. BENTLEY.
              2. Sadie H. INGLEFIELD, m. Roderick W. AYRES.
            2. John BANKS (5th) (b. Meath Co., IRE, 7/4/1818). In 1849, went to California to mine for gold. Taught in Knoxville school.
              1. William (Addison) BANKS, four years older than John 6th.
              2. Alfred (John) BANKS.
              3. John (Edwin) BANKS (6th) writer (living in January 1942).
                1. Eleanore BANKS (eldest daughter).
                2. Edwin Philip BANKS & Virginia ___ (both living 8/15/1975, Boulder, CO).
                3. Alfred Banks.
            3. Elizabeth BANKS (b. abt 1814 in Ireland) m. 11 MAR 1838 in Muskingum County, OH to James MASHETER, b. abt. 1804 in England.


Columbia township, Meigs County, Ohio
(No. 4.)SCHEDULE of the whole number of persons within the division allotted to

Name of county, city, ward, town, township, parish, precinct, hundred or districtNAMES OF HEADS OF FAMILIESFREE WHITE PERSONS, INCLUDING HEADS OF FAMILIES
Under 5 5 & under 10 10 & under 15 15 & under 20 20 & under 30 30 & under 40 40 & under 50 50 & under 60 60 & under 70 70 & under 80 80 & under 90 90 & under 100 100 & upwards Under 5 5 & under 10 10 & under 15 15 & under 20 20 & under 30 30 & under 40 40 & under 50 50 & under 60 60 & under 70 70 & under 80 80 & under 90 90 & under 100 100 & upwards
Columbia Township Meigs County William Banks 2 . 1 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . . 1 1 2 . 1 . . . . . .
  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Census: 1840; Census place: Columbia, Meigs, Ohio.


State: County: Free Inhabitants in Page No. Supervisor's Dist. No. Enumeration Dist. No. Enumerator: Date:
OH Meigs ?????? (Columbia Tp.) . . . E. Button, Ass't Marshal 25th Day of November, 1850
Line # House Visit # Family # NAME on 6/1/1850 AGE at
Last Bday
SEX COLOR PROFESSION Value Real PLACE OF BIRTH Mo. if mar. within yr Attend School yr # Over 20 illiterate Condition
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
18 126 126 William Banks 52 M   Farmer 1400 Ireland        
19     Mary Ann " 59 F       Ireland        
20     Maria " 25 F       NY        
21     Sarah " 25 F       NY        
22     Robert " 19 M   Farming   NY        
23     James " 17 M       NY        



1942 Jan 18, Denver 664 Fillmore St.
Given to Knoxville Public Library by Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Banks, Boulder, CO

Memoir No. John Banks 5th.

John Banks was born in County Meath, Ireland on July 4, 1818. He was the fifth John Banks in succession except for his father, whose name was William. The first grandson born to me could be named John Banks, 8th.

County Meath, now a part of Eire, was and is mostly Roman Catholic. The Banks family was Protestant, bringing their religion with them from England.

The Banks ancestors came from Wiltshire, England where they had been farm owners for as far back as we know of. In the time of Cromwell they with five other families decided to go to Ireland to take over land of dispossessed natives who had been beaten in the rebellion against England. The six families sold their properties and put all the proceeds into the hands of one of them. He was commissioned to buy land in Ireland in the names of the different families. This fellow bought the real estate but all in his own name. When the others arrived in the new country they found themselves with no title to land and had to turn to other occupations. The Banks family became shoemakers. At that time shoemaking was a complete art; machines had not touched the trade. For a time three generations of men in the line sat on benches and made shoes in the shop.

Together at hand labor these men talked, argued and told tales of ancestral happenings. Thus was developed some of that intellectual ability that all descendants following seem to have inherited.

Some incidents of those times have come down to us.

When Britain was gathering her forces to defeat Napoleon three cousins of my grandfather were placed in a cavalry regiment who on their way passed in parade through the main street of Dublin. These soldiers were all over six feet tall, the cousins were said to be near seven feet. Before the reviewing stand they all stood up in the saddle, making an imposing sight.

Of the three brothers two were killed the first day of the battle of waterloo and one was wounded (June 18, 1815). We have a snuff box that was carved from a broken cannon wheel by this cousin as he lay wounded on the battleground.

Another legacy of the Irish stay is a satin dancing slipper such as was worn by the ladies of that time. This should pass to Eleanore as the oldest daughter.

One of our relatives of the Irish day was a handsome young woman who loved dancing. In her haste one evening to get ready she pulled on a pair of stockings not yet dry from the wash. A bad cold resulted which caused her death. Father was always particular that my sisters put on only dry stockings.

The local name of our Village in Ireland was Beggar’s Bridge. A beggar once had come to the place, was taken in as the Irish do and given food and shelter until his death. The old coat left by him seemed to ragged and dirty for use and was thrown out for the winter onto a bush in the yard. Came springtime and some passerby saw a glitter from the coat. The family was called and together the coat was taken down and shaken from its contents. Enough in gold coin resulted to construct a new bridge over the town creek. The official name of this place is Rochfortbridge (Droichead Chaislean Loiste, in Gaelic). I hope someday some child of mine will visit the village and enquire about the Banks family of other times. (His son Edwin Philip and wife Virginia did so on August 13, 1975, but talked with no one who could recall anything about a Banks family in the area.)

NOTE: This site has more about the beggar fable: http://rochfortbridge.wetpaint.com. Google Map: Rochfortbridge

Beggars Bridge had a number of Protestant families. During the time of the Irish rebellion there were many conflicts between Catholic and Protestant groups. Some were plain massacres.

The Banks people were always noted for goodwill and good nature. A neighboring wholly Catholic village arranged once for the extermination of the Protestant part of Beggars Bridge. A friend of our great-grandfather (John Banks 4th?) told him of it. Instead of informing the Protestant fold this ancestor undertook to allay the danger himself. In the early hour of the arranged day he started out alone along the road to meet the posse. As he came near them some were for killing him at once to start the day, but others insisted on hearing him first. His appeal for charitableness so moved them that they gave up the intended slaughter and went home reflective and sobered. So goes the story; but the Irish are like that.

The Banks family was six generations in Ireland. There was no inter-marriage with Celtic fold and they kept the purely Scott-English blood. Tradition has come down to us that our forbears in Ireland were noted, “For intellectual ability and lack of common sense.” Aunt Clara has interpreted this as meaning that they were too honest to acquire much of riches and too generous to retain it.

My grandfather (William) married a young woman from Ayrshire, Scotland, Mary Scott by name. She was an estimable person, strong in body, mind and soul. Much of our ability and grace of character descends from her.

When father was a year and a half old the Banks family decided to immigrate to America. They all made ready even the old Great-grandfather Scott, who died on the voyage and was buried at sea. They had but little money, probably, but enough to pay the passage on a sailing vessel to the new land. It took six weeks to make the trip.

They decided to stop in New York City and there opened a shoe shop staying in that place for some 12 years. Of the New York stay father told me but little. One that I remember was of the unintended offence given to a colored man who was a friendly caller at the shop. As the man came in grandfather looking up suggested that it was growing a little cloudy. The colored man took it as an offensive reference to his color. He seemed to never forget it.

When father was 13 years old (ca 1831), the family moved to Zanesville, OH where relatives had preceded them. They stayed here for several years and seemed to be doing well.

The family again moved this time to a farm in Athens County, Ohio. We have relatives there still with the name of Masheter.

When at Pittsburgh many years later I called on Catherine Parsons and her family. Aunt Catherine, as we called her, was a first cousin of my father and, as an orphan, had been brought up with him. Before my leaving Aunt Catherine kissed me good-bye in memory of my father who had loved her. She lived to 101 years, keeping all of her faculties and doing her own work.

In early 1849 a company of 21 men, of which father (aged about 30) was one left for California to seek gold. He wrote a diary of the trip there of which I have the original.


… that I was expected to die early. He always to me, partly because of this, was very gentle. Mother said it was also due to my being named for him.

Father was not born to the farm only in part acquired the spirit of it. Will early assumed that the plan and direction of work. He loved work, hard work, and was early at it unto seven days a week. When Will was 18 and I 14, we became responsible for the 300-acre farm.

Father was well built. A stocky, strong man, 5’5” tall. He had a fine forehead and other features, black hair and blue eyes. There was a tradition of Norman French blood in family. He had a very pleasing countenance and was almost always good natured and cheerful. The man held the respect of every one and the love of many.

To help out in the family expense father taught in the Knoxville school some terms, boarding at home and walking the six miles each way, each day. He was liked as teacher in method and discipline.

For general knowledge and art in conversation I have never met his equal. He had read widely, remembered well and taught much. As a storyteller he had all the gifts of the Oriental, could entertain and inform. He never hesitated in delivery and could improvise where memory did not provide. As they were mostly made up stories or stories condensed from others this did not matter.

Father could have gone on someplace in politics if mother had not objected. The Republicans who ran the state wanted him to represent them in Washington. IN a money way the position would have cost more than it returned. As township trustee her served for some 25 years and was followed by Will.

A sect led by John Walker and known as Separatist rose in Ireland while the family was there. They were strongly Calvinistic, believed entirely in the “election” theory and were very strict about family and private religious observances. Every night before retiring a chapter from the Bible was read and all knelt at our chairs while father led in prayer. The prayers were long and had many Bible references. No meal was begun without asking a blessing.

Father deeply loved his children and would have rejoiced in grandchildren.

In mechanical ways John Banks showed impressive considerable ability. To my son Alfred and Brother Alfred this trait seemed to be passed on.

mary ann scott banks
Mary Ann Scott Banks (scanned photo printout from Delphine Nelson)

jane banks inglefield
Jane Banks Inglefield (scanned photo printout from Delphine Nelson)

mary elizabeth inglefield
Mary Elizabeth Inglefield Ayres (scanned photo printout from Delphine Nelson)

1880 Census - Knoxville, Marion, Iowa
John BANKS	Self 	 M 	 M 	 W 	 61 	 IRE 	 Farmer IRE 	 IRE 
Cynthia BANKS	Wife 	 M 	 F 	 W 	 45 	 CT  Keeping House CT 	 CT 
Clara J. BANKS	Dau 	 S 	 F 	 W 	 18 	 IA 	  	 IRE 	 CT 
William A. BANKS Son 	 S 	 M 	 W 	 16 	 CT 	  	 IRE 	 CT 
Sarah M. BANKS	Dau 	 S 	 F 	 W 	 14 	 IA 	  	 IRE 	 CT 
John E. BANKS	Son 	 S 	 M 	 W 	 12 	 IA 	  	 IRE 	 CT 
Alfred J. BANKS Son 	 S 	 M 	 W 	 8 	 IA 	  	 IRE 	 CT 
Charles H. BANKS Son 	 S 	 M 	 W 	 2 	 IA 	  	 IRE 	 CT 
Michael BEAVER Other 	 S 	 M 	 W 	 28 	 IA 	 Farms 	 OH 	 ---