Name: John Banks
Birth: ABT. 1802 in North Carolina
DNA TEST RESULTS
A descendant of John Banks here underwent DNA testing in 2005 of the male Y-chromosome. This chromosome is passed almost unchanged from a father to his biological sons.
Because this John Banks family DNA profile matches closely matches 10 other Banks family profiles, John shares a common Banks ancestor with all these American families sometime after the Middle Ages, but the exact relationship is not clear at this point.
The first related family is that of John Gold Banks, who married in Wilkes Co., NC and was the progenitor of a large s.e. Kentucky Banks family. The second is that of William Banks, b. abt 1777, in NC and who was the progenitor of the other large s.e. Kentucky family. The third is the family of Wesley Banks who also married in Wilkes Co. before moving to South Carolina abt 1800. [These first three are closely related to each other but not so much so to the other Bankses] The fourth is the Banks family of De Kalb Co., Tenn. headed by Joseph Banks, b. abt 1800 in NC. The fifth is the family described by Mrs. Frances Storey in her book Grandpap's Family which originated with a David Banks in southern Virginia in the mid-1700s. The sixth grouping consists of additional Buncombe Co., N. Carolina families and one branch that went to Gilmer Co., Georgia. The 7th is the Pleasant Banks family of early 1800s Abbeville and Pleasant Cos., SC. The 8th is the Solomon Banks family that moved from Pendleton Dist., SC in early 1800s to Franklin Co., Tenn. The 9th is the Andrew Jackson Banks (b. abt 1824) family of Wayne Co., Tenn. and Izard Co., Arkansas. The final one is the Levi Banks family of early 1800s, Abbeville Co., SC.
Results obtained by the Barrett DNA surname project shows that these Banks families are extremely closely related to Barrett families traced to at least the 1700s. In addition, a descendant of a Frank Barrett born abt. 1800 in Virginia is a perfect match at 37 markers to one of the tested Bankses. This perfectly matching Banks shares a mutation at a slow-mutating marker with the Barretts. This change is absent in the rest of the Bankses and some other surnamed families. This combination of findings suggests strongly the Barretts and that Banks branch share a common ancestor, and the ancestor was thus likely a Banks since all the Barretts have this odd value, but only one of the Bankses. The Barretts had lived in Co. Mayo, Ireland, before their migration to the U.S., with Barretts with this same DNA profile still living there today. So there is also a suggestion that the Banks family described here also had origins in western Ireland.
For detailed information on this sample and on the All Banks DNA and Compilation project, use the link provided above.
An old bible (no longer available) listed the children of John's grandson Squire Banks. On top of the list was written Wilkes Co., NC. This may indicate the family was earlier in that county. Without seeing the handwriting, it also cannot be ruled out that this was a modern entry.
Birth info from 1850 census.
1830 census Buncombe Co., NC. (p 287) 3rd Div. or Rgt. John Banks head of household.
White males: (2) less than 5 yrs, (1) 5-10, (1) 20-30
White females: (1) less than 5 yrs, (1) 5-10, (1) 20-30
In 1833, Yancey Co. was created from Buncombe Co. and one other county.
The John Bankses in the 1840 census of North Carolina do not match the information for John in the other censuses. There was a "Jo. Banks" listed on p 180 of Buncombe Co. who has not been identified, but only the name and Jo.'s age match -- some children are missing if this is the same John as being discussed here.
1850 census Yancey Co., NC. (p 461) John Banks, WM 48, cooper, b. NC. Living w/him: wife Margaret and children Matilda, Jackson, Squire, Joseph, George and Thomas.
1860 census Cocke Co., TN. (p 395) Dist 8. John Banks, WM 45, laborer, personal estate $40, b. NC. Living w/him: wife Kisiah and son Thomas. Also present: Matilda McMahon, WF 16, b. NC, and George M. McMahon, 10, b. NC and Margaret Shanahan, WF 54, b. NC.
1870 census Cocke Co., TN. (p 379) P.O. Wornsburg. John Banks, WM 54, farmer, real estate $150, personal estate $100, b. NC. Living w/him: wife Margaret.
[Some caution has to be used because of the widely variant ages listed in the censuses. Poor quality of information is not rare in census entries.]Because the profile matches closely matches 5 other Banks family profiles. Joseph shares a common ancestor with all these American families sometime after the Middle Ages, but the exact relationship is not clear at this point.
The first family is that of John Gold Banks, who married in Wilkes Co., NC and was the progenitor of another large s.e. Kentucky Banks family. The second is that of William Banks, b. abt 1777, in NC and who was the progenitor of the other large s.e. Kentucky family. The third is the family of Wesley Banks who also married in Wilkes Co. before moving to South Carolina abt 1800. The fourth is a Banks family of Buncombe Co., NC head by John Banks, b. abt 1802. The fifth is the family described by Mrs. Frances Storey in her book Grandpap's Family which originated with a James Banks in southern Virginia in the 1700s. Additional testing from other Banks families should provide better understanding of relationships which are unknown at present. All these 6 families are closely related, but they are also unrelated in modern times to 18 other Banks family groupings of the U.S. and Britain who have been tested.
Margaret Runnion b: ABT. 1798 in North Carolina
- Matilda Catharine Banks b: ABT. 1825 in North Carolina
- Andrew Jackson Banks b: ABT. 1828 in North Carolina
- Esquire Banks b: ABT. 1830 in Buncombe Co., North Carolina
- Joseph H. Banks b: ABT. 1832 in North Carolina
- George W. Banks b: ABT. 1835 in North Carolina or Tennessee
- Thomas S. Banks b: ABT. 1836 in North Carolina