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  • ID: I1987
  • Name: Eligah MARCHBANKS
  • Surname: Marchbanks
  • Given Name: Eligah
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 31 Oct 1797 in probably Overton County, Tennessee
  • Death: 16 Dec 1867 in Monroe County, Mississippi
  • _UID: 2F4B574E1A64324888B7C241DC7C41A19326
  • Note:
    1830 Southern District, Fayette County, Alabama (page 203):
    Elijah Marchbanks
    1 male 30-40
    1 female 20-30
    1 female 5-10
    4 females under 5

    1840 Southern District, Fayette County, Alabama (page ):

    1850 Eastern Division, Monroe County, Mississippi (page 43-A):
    Dwelling #576, Family #600, Enumeration date: 7 Nov 1850
    Real Estate Value $1440
    Marchbanks, Elijah 53 M W Farmer TN
    Marchbanks, Mary A. 48 F W SC
    Marchbanks, William 19 M W AL
    Marchbanks, James 18 M W AL
    Marchbanks, Frances 15 F W AL
    Marchbanks, Martha 13 F W AL
    Marchbanks, Margaret 11 F W AL
    Dwelling #576, Family #601
    Barton, Mary A. 24 F W AL
    Barton, James S. 2 M W MS

    The Marchbanks Family History relates that Mary Adeline and Elijah endured a horrible traged y when most of their children died during a malaria outbreak in Monroe County. The family his tory further states that Elijah and Mary Adeline, as a result of this catastrophe, abandone d their home at "The Walnut Tree" site and moved about 1.5 miles up The Wolf Road where the y built a second home. The only child known to have survived this family disaster was their d aughter, Mary Ann. William, however, also must have survived this 1853 malaria outbreak as h e prepared a last will and testament dated July 20th, 1861. William?s will, in addition to gi ving all his land (280 acres approximately) and all other possessions to Elijah and Mary Adel ine, named Elijah as executor. (10) Further evidence that more than one of Mary Adeline an d Elijah?s children may have outlived this malaria onslaught is the statement in the Marchban ks Family History that Elijah gave each of his children "large numbers of Negroes when they m arried." Elijah, in addition to his political service, was a very successful farmer. While s till residing in Alabama, he farmed about 80 acres ? and likely almost a section ? of land. ( 11) After migrating to Monroe County, Mississippi, Elijah farmed about 360 acres of land. (12 ) His agricultural accomplishments resulted in the Marchbanks Family History describing him a s "wealthy." Elijah continued to live in his second home on The Wolf Road in Monroe County u ntil his death. While a search has yet to discover his will, legal documents filed re Mary Ad eline?s estate state that Elijah died on or about December 16, 1867. (13) Mary Adeline, pres umably, also resided in their second home until her death in about September 1877. (14) Th e appraisers report of Mary Adeline?s estate listed a wide assortment of household furnishing s, none of which was individually valued at more than $20 each. The most valuable entry was $ 160 for the cotton crop "now growing." The second most valuable item ? and the one most amusi ng to me, but one that also underscores the value of livestock in a farming operation ? "On e Mule @ $25.00" ? i.e. this lone mule was worth more than any of Mary Adeline?s household go ods. Elijah and Mary Adeline, along with their children who died in the malaria epidemic, ar e buried in the Marchbanks Cemetery located one mile south of Cockerham Bridge on Wolf Road , East Buttahatchee. They are listed as Elijah MARCHBANKS; M. S. MARCHBANKS; G. M. MARCHBANKS ; J. R. MARCHBANKS; W. B. MARCHBANKS; F. E. MARCHBANKS; Margaret MARCHBANKS (followed by th e word SULLIVAN). There are no dates for any of these MARCHBANKS family members. (15) Photog raphs have been taken of the Marchbanks Cemetery < ies/marchbanks.html>. Several graves have stones only (i.e. no engravings). Two grave markers , those for the MARCHBANKS family members, are identified. One reads: "In Memorem. G. M. Marc hbanks, J. P. Marchbanks, W. B. Marchbanks, F. E. Marchbanks, M. S. Marchbanks, Margaret S. M archbanks." The other stone reads: "Parents. Elijah Marchbanks, Mary A. Marchbanks." (16) Th e marker for the MARCHBANKS children is further described as "a tall marble shaft with the in itials of the Marchbanks children who died about 1853 in the malaria epidemic." (17) Elija h MARCHBANKS can be adequately summed up by the following quote: "In [the] Monroe County, Mis sissippi, records there are references to his civic duties during the years he lived there. I t is regrettable that more is not known of this fine man and his family." (18) Hopefully, th is account of Mary Adeline and Elijah MARCHBANKS and their family will result in there now be ing more awareness of these folks I am honored to have as my treasured family members.
  • Change Date: 26 Mar 2004 at 19:44:02

    Father: William MARCHBANKS Jr.
    Mother: Jennie Jane YOUNG

    Marriage 1 Mary Adaline BANKHEAD b: in Union County, South Carolina
    • Married: ABT 1824 in Marion County, Alabama
    1. Has No Children Jane Caroline MARCHBANKS b: ABT 1824 in Alabama
    2. Has Children Mary Ann MARCHBANKS b: ABT 1826 in Alabama
    3. Has No Children William B. MARCHBANKS b: ABT 1830 in Alabama
    4. Has No Children James P. MARCHBANKS b: ABT 1832 in Alabama
    5. Has No Children Frances E. MARCHBANKS b: ABT 1835 in Alabama
    6. Has No Children Martha MARCHBANKS b: ABT 1837 in Alabama
    7. Has No Children Margaret S. MARCHBANKS b: ABT 1839 in Alabama
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