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Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
Death: between October 22, 1873 and October 22, 1875 (56-58)
Own House on Jones farm, Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place of Burial: Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of William Banks, Snr, SV/PROG and Sarah Banks, SM/PROG
Husband of Clara BANKS, b1 and Susanna Banks
Father of Maria Elizabeth Banks; Mary Ann HARMAN; Sarah Ann BANKS; Louisa Armstrong; James Henry Banks and 12 others
Brother of William Banks, Jr.

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About James BANKS The Albany Graveyard Research Project Surnames beginning with B Name: James BANKS Age: 58 years Location: Bathurst (St John's)



No Information on BANKS in C. Pama's Heraldry of South African Families/Coats of Arms, crests, ancestry by A. A. Balkema, Cape Town, 1972.

The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa by Harold Edward Hockly, 2nd edition, Reprinted September 1966, The Rustica Press, Pty., Ltd., Wynberg, Cape.

BANKS, William, 25; James's party; Arrived on ship Weymouth; wife Sarah, 22; family: James, 2, [This is the James Banks in this profile], William, 3 months.

The 1820 Settler Handbook, A new list of the 1820 settlers. How to trace your settler roots. M. D. Nash. 1987, Chameleon Press CC, Diep River.

BANKS, William, 23. Wife Sarah, 22, Children: James, 2, [This is the James Banks in this profile], William. James's party.

Y. DROST, 1 NOV 2008


1820 Settler, arrived aged 2 with parents William and Sarah, and brother William.


KAB/MOOC/7/1/236/64 OF 1875 - James BANKS. Will. S/S Wife Clara.

Filed 9 DEC 1875

James BANKS and wife Clara, residing at Collet's Farm near Bathurst in the district of Albany, Cape of Good Hope, married in community of property, on 10 APR 1846.

James gives to his wife Clara all his real estate during her natural life and immediately after her decease or second marriage I give my estate to my two daughters Mary Ann and Sarah Ann and to all other children of us born hereafter, in equal shares, and to their heirs. I give my personal estate and effects to my wife Clara for her use as before and upon her death or second marriage to all my children in equal shares.

Ditto for Clara.

We appoint each other as Executors of our estate together with Samuel HAYES, Blacksmith of Bathurst.

Signed with an X by James and Clara BANKS

Witnessed by James Barr... and John DELL or BELL


We, residing on one of the locations alloted to James's Party of Settlers near Bathurst, have made a Will on 10 APR 1846 make this codicil and where we devised all our real estate to each other, the survivor of us, hereby revoke the said devise to our daughters Mary Ann and Sarah Ann, and upon the death of the later survivor, give to our two sons James Henry and Jeremiah and to other sons if any all our real estate in equal shares, and to our daughters Mary Ann, Sarah Ann and Louisa and our daughters if any who shall hereafter be born, and their heirs a sum of money payable from our said estate if it were appraised at our decease or second marriage to be of the same value as was given to the former proprieters ie. James RANDALL deceased and James JONES, Esquire or the same value of the parts of it left in our estate.

Signed on 9 JAN 1854 at Bathurst by James BANKS and Clara BANKS with an X.

Witnesses: James BARROW and Francis P. FLEMING

[Note: No mention of Maria Elizabeth BANKS]

Added by Y. DROST, 24 MAR 2014


KAB/MOOC/LEER/6/9/487/3594 James BANKS. Death Notice. Died 1873.


Born in England (Unknown)

Father: William BANKS

Mother: Sarah BANKS born NN

Age at death: 56 years


Married (was widower) to Susanna BANKS born NN, the surviving spouse

Previous spouse and approximate date of death: Clara BANKS born NN, died 16 NOV 1857

Date of death: 22 OCT 1873 [Since the DN was filed in 1903, the year may be incorrect as the year differs from the gravestone which says 1875]

Died at Own house on Jones Farm, Bathurst

Children of James BANKS with first wife, Clara:-


Maria Elizabeth

Mary Ann

Sarah Ann


James Henry (Deceased)

All Majors

Children of James BANKS with second wife, Susanna:-

William George

Martha Jane

Charles John

Alice Jane

Benetta May

All Majors

Deceased left a Will

Deceased left Landed and movable property.

Signed at Grahamstown on 17 OCT 1903 by Jeremiah BANKS, son.

Added by Y. DROST, 17 MAR 2014


KAB/MOOC/LEER/13/1/1/1469/44 Remarks on Liquidation and Distribution accounts for James and Clara BANKS. 1905.

Office of the Master of the Supreme Court, Cape Town

Remarks on accounts lodged to which the Master of the Supreme Court requests immediate attention.


1. Divisional Council valuation of the landed property brought up in the account should be furnished.

2. The Executors commission on the asset brought up in the account should be computed at 1 1/2 % only.

3. Vouchers should be furnished in support of the items brought against the estate.

4. The account is long overdue. Unless the Executors furnishes me with the approval of the heirs in writing to the account as framed the commission will have to be expunged.

5. When and where did James Henry BANKS die and who is the Executor of his estate.



1. The Farm Jones Party bought for £500 and allotment James Party No. 3 & C is Valued at £200.

2. A/c amended and commission charged at 1 1/2%.

3. All vouchers furnished except acquittances from heirs which I cannot obtain unless property is sold.

4. Heirs will not approve of a/c, can I sell the property? Jeremiah BANKS is ... and will pay his share into the estate but ... L. B. BOLD? ... of James Henry BANKS, will not pay but offers security if I ....share of property to him.

5. In Kapiland near King Williams Town in 4 FEB 1877 (in pencil just above the date is another date of 5-1-77). Mr. L. B. BOLD? Attorney of Grahamstown is Executor.

Added by Y. DROST, 24 MAR 2014


KAB/CO/4118/B30 dated 5 APR 1861 - James BANKS requests immigration for children.

Bathurst 3 MAR 1861

The Acting Colonial Secretary Cape Town


I am desirous of a permit for 4 of my children now in England to join me.

Will you have the kindness to forward me the ... forms to fill up for return of post to ...

Sir, Your obedient Servant, James BANKS (Schoolmaster).

[NOTE: Which 4 children is James referring to?]

Added by Y. DROST, 24 MAR 2014


"South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004," images, FamilySearch (,44975802,49887301,49891401 : accessed 16 Jul 2014), South Africa > Cape of Good Hope > Grahamstown, Bathurst, St John the Evangelist > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1829-1849 > image 51 of 108; citing William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.



Father of Sarah Ann ELLIOTT born BANKS

Added by Y. DROST, 4 MAY 2016


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James BANKS's Timeline

October 17, 1817
Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
September 17, 1840
Age 22
District Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 11, 1841
Age 23
District Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
February 2, 1845
Age 27
District Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 30, 1847
Age 29
District Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 13, 1849
Age 31
District Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
April 11, 1852
Age 34
District Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 6, 1854
Age 36
District Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
October 28, 1857
Age 40
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa