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George Lovell Banks Research

Research page for George L. Banks.

Personal Facts

  • Birth: 13 Oct 1839 (Find A Grave, Connelley, Duncan, Chapman). In Lake County, Ohio (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley).
  • Medal of Honor awarded: 28 Sep 1897 (Civil War MOH recipients)
  • Religion: Presbyterian (Connelley).
  • Death: 20 Aug 1924 (Find A Grave)

Family Facts


Orin and Olive (Brown) Banks (Chapman, Connelley)
    Natives of Schoharie County, N. Y (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley).
    Orin born 25 Jan 1803 (Duncan). Born in 1800 (Connelley)
    Olive born 12 Mar 1805 (Duncan). Born in 1803 (Connelley)
    Orin of Scots-Irish ancestry (Chapman, Duncan)
    Orin was a farmer (Connelley).
    Orin was a member of the Democratic Party, until the formation of the Republican Party, at which time he joined that party (Connelley).
    Orin served in various township office in Lake County, Indiana (Connelley).     Olive of English ancestry (Chapman, Duncan)
    Married in 1823 (Chapman, Duncan). In Schoharie County, N. Y (Connelley)
    Orin and Olive were members of the Baptist Church. Orin was a church deacon. (Connelley)
    Orin died 29 Oct 1857 (Chapman, Duncan) in Lake Co., IN (Duncan). Died in 1856 (Connelley)
    Olive died 27 Jan 1887 (Chapman, Duncan) in Lake Co., IN (Duncan)


Had 11 siblings (Chapman), 8 of whom were still alive in 1888 (Chapman).
    Charles, Morgan, Elisha, Parley, Mary C. (wife of Balser Keith), William A., Nathaniel P., Sarah L. (wife of William Adams). (Chapman)
    Charles of Salina KS, Elisha of McPherson KS, Parley of Lake Co. IN, Mary C. (wife of Simon White) of LaPorte Co. IN, Nathaniel P. of Lake Co. IN, Sarah L. (wife of W. B. Adams) of Montgomery Co. KS. (Duncan)
    Betsey, wife of Major Atkins, died in Lake County, Indiana, 1866, her husband having long survived her and having been a farmer and capitalist of influence. Charles W., a lawyer, died 1907, Chambers County, Texas. Morgan, farmer and merchant, died in McPherson County, Kansas, 1890. Elisha, representative farmer in McPherson County KS, died 1906. Parley A. retired farmer, resides Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana. Mary C. first married Balsar Keith, a farmer, near Union Mills, Indiana, and after his death she became the wife of Simon White, likewise a prosperous farmer of LaPorte County, Indiana. He likewise is deceased and his widow now resides at LaPorte, that county. William A., died LaPorte, Indiana, 1903, served six years as postmaster of that city, leading importer of live stock in that section of IN. George L., was the next in order of birth. The next two children were sons, both died in infancy. Nathaniel P. president of a bank, Hobart, Lake County, IN. Sarah Lavina wife of W. B. Adams, resides Dearing, Montgomery County, KS, Mr. Adams is vice president of a bank. (Connelley)


Wife 1: Miss Olive "Ollie" Chandler (Chapman, Duncan). Olive W. Chandler (Connelley, Kansas)
    Married on 9 October 1864 to George Banks. (Chapman, Duncan). On 8 October (Connelley). Married 38 years (Duncan). Married in Lake County, Indiana (Kansas)
    Born in Caledonia County, VT, in Aug 1842.(Chapman). Caledonia County, VT, on 25 Aug 1842 (Duncan). A native of Vermont (Kansas).
    Mother's parents were "Thomas P. and Betsy Chandler" (Chapman). Thomas P. Chandler and Betsy Woodmanse (Duncan). Betsy was deceased by 1888 (Chapman). Parents from Vermont (Duncan).
    Died while living on the farm near Bolton, Montgomery, Kansas (Connelley).
    Died on 12 December 1902 (Duncan). In 1902 (Connelley).
Wife 2: Helen J. Clarkson Shoemaker, widow of Phillip "Philo" Shoemaker (Connelley, Clarkson). She was still living in 1918 (Connelley). Seemed to be still alive in 1932 (second source).
    Married in 1904.


From wife 1: William N., of Montgomery County, Kan., Charles B., and Arthur A. (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley). Were all in Montgomery Co. Kansas in 1903 (Duncan).

Employment Facts

  • In public schools in Lake and LaPorte counties to the age of 17. (Connelley). Farmed with his father to that age (Connelley).
  • Worked in a sawmill at St. Anthony Falls in what would become part of Minneapolis, at age 17, beginning in 1856. (Connelley)
  • Worked in the timber industry in the woods of northern Michigan in 1857. (Connelley).
  • Returned to Lake County, Indiana before 1860 and worked digging drainage ditches, and then as a clerk in a grocery store and a dry-goods store (Connelley).
  • Farmer (Kansas State Library, Duncan, Kansas). Began farming in Lake County, IN just before the civil war (1861) (Connelley). Continued farming in Indiana after the war (Connelley). Listed on the censuses of 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 as a farmer.
  • First clerk of school district No. 91 in Montgomery County, KS (Fawn Creek Twp.) (Duncan)
  • Hotel owner in Angola, Indiana (starting Dec 1886, remaining "only a short time.", Duncan) (to spring 1887, Chapman, Connelley)
  • Real Estate and Loan businessman, beginning in 1903 with his return to Independence, KS (Connelley, Kansas State Library)
  • Received $100 per day from oil wells on his property, the greatest of any farmer in Kansas. (Paint)
  • Director and the secretary of the Jefferson State Bank, at Jefferson, Montgomery, Kansas (Connelley, town location: 37.109511,-95.762131).


Company C, 15th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
    Enlisted: 6 June 1861 (Chapman, Duncan)
    Discharged (mustered out): 25 June 1864 (Muster out card, Duncan, Connelley), 28 June 1864 (Chapman)
    Commanding: George D. Wagner (Duncan), then a colonel.


  • Western Virginia Campaign 6–17 July 1861, including the Battle of Rich Mountain on 11 July 1861 (38.865983,-79.934100). Department of the Ohio, Schleich's Brigade under Brig. Gen. Newton Schleich.
  • Elkwater Valley, skirmishes with Lee's army at Camp Elkwater on 9-14 September 1861 (38.628618,-80.027315). The 14th Indiana was in battle to the east at the Battle of Cheat Mountain (38.621817,-79.880683). In the Cheat Mountain District (1st Infantry Brigade) under Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Reynolds. (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley)
  • Battle of Greenbrier River on 3 October 1861 (38.537713,-79.772865). In the Cheat Mountain District (1st Infantry Brigade) under Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Reynolds. (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley)
  • Battle of Shiloh on 6–7 April 1862, southwestern Tennessee (35.150791,-88.321809). In Maj. Gen. Buell's reinforcing Army of the Ohio, 6th Div., 21st brigade. The 6th Division under Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Wood was the last to arrive at Shiloh. (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley)
  • Siege of Corinth (First Battle of Corinth) from 29 April to 30 May 1862 (34.935044,-88.520392). Under Maj. Gen. Buell's Army of the Ohio, 6th Div., 21st brigade.
  • Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, 8 October 1862 (37.675218,-84.971018). Under Maj. Gen. Buell's Army of the Ohio, II Corps (Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden), 6th Div., 21st brigade. The II Corp was in reserve, and so had only 2 killed and 4 wounded. (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley)
  • The Battle of Stones River, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 31 December 1862 to 2 January 1863. The 15th Indiana was in the Left Wing of the move to Murfreesboro under Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden, First Division (Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Wood), 2nd brigade. (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley as "Murfreesboro")
  • Took part in the Tullahoma Campaign to route CSA troops from mountain passes in middle Tennessee. Army of the Cumberland, XXI Corps, 1st Division, 2nd Brigade.
  • As part of Rosecrans's army, took part in the Chickamauga Campaign, including the Battle of Chickamauga (Connelley). Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans, XXI Corps (Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Crittenden), First Division (Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Wood), 2nd brigade.
  • Took part in the Siege of Chattanooga, 24 September – 23 November, and the Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign 23–27 November, including the Battle of Orchard Knob 23–24 November and the Battle of Missionary Ridge, 25 November. Banks was wounded 3 times climbing Missionary Ridge (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley), and was later awarded the Medal of Honor. He was color sergeant, and his flag was the first on the parapet atop the Ridge. Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, IV Corps (Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger), 2nd Division (Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan), 2nd Brigade.
  • Battle of Charleston, TN on 28 December 1863. Confederates attack a wagon train of the Army of the Ohio moving north to reinforce the Union troops in Knoxville (Duncan).
  • However, Connelley states that he was wounded and incapacitated from November 1863 until 14 January 1864.
  • Battle of Dandridge, TN, on 17 January 1863. Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, IV Corps (Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger), 2nd Division (Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan), 2nd Brigade (Duncan).

Events at Missionary Ridge

Service and Fraternal Facts


Helped to organize the first school district (No.91) in Fawn Creek Township, Montgomery County, Kansas (Duncan, Connelley)
Financed and supervised the building of a school in Fawn Creek, named "The Banks School House" in his honor (Duncan, Connelley). Former location: 37.015537,-95.728900
Acted as the first clerk of the school district (Duncan)
Was a member of the school board (Connelley).


Party: Republican (Chapman, Duncan, Connelley)

Justice of the Peace in Fawn Creek for two terms (Chapman), which was 6 years (Connelley). Retired from that office in 1882 (Connelley).

Fawn Creek Township Trustee sometime after 1872 (Chapman, Connelley gives start after retiring from JOP position in 1882)

Filled all offices in Fawn Creek Township (Duncan).

Kansas State representative from Montgomery County for two terms, 1905 to 1907 (Connelley and below)
Kansas State representative: Banks, George L.
Born: October 13, 1839 in Lake County, Indiana. [in error]
Died: August 20, 1924 in Independence, Kansas.
Occupation: Farmer/Real Estate and Loan businessman
Town: Independence
County: Montgomery
Party: Republican
District: 30
Chamber: House 1905, 1907, SS1908

Fraternal Orders

Member of I. O. O. F. (Odd Fellows) in Michigan (Chapman)
    Member of "subordinate lodge" Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Kansas, 1903 (Duncan, Connelley)
Member of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)
    In Michigan belonged to Joseph Rice Post No. 282 at Camden, MI (Chapman).
    Was a member of McPherson Post No. 4 in Independence, KS. In 1903 was commander of Southeast Kansas Association (Duncan, Connelley).
    Junior Vice Department Commander of the Department of Kansas G.A.R in 1913, Post No. 4 Independence (Journal of the 32nd Annual Encampment 1913, Connelley)
Member of Anti Horse Thief Association (in 1903, Duncan, Connelley)


  • Lake County, Ohio — Parents moved to Ohio in 1836 (Chapman). 1840 census.
  • Laporte County, Indiana (Center Township) — 1845 (Chapman, Connelley). 1850 census.
  • Lake County, Indiana — George was 14 (Chapman), so after Oct 1853.
  • St. Anthony, Minnesota (aka St. Anthony Falls, today the Minneapolis neighborhood of St. Anthony West).
  • Northern Michigan, 1857
  • Lake County, Indiana — 1860 census.
  • (Civil War)
  • Lake County, Indiana — returned home from the war on 9 Oct 1864 (Chapman). 1870 census.
  • Fawn Creek Township, Montgomery County, Kansas, 1871 (Kansas, Connelley), May 1871 (Duncan), or 1872 (Chapman). He bought 160 acres in the township by preemption claim (Homestead Act of 1862). Remained for 15 years (Duncan), or 16 years (Connelley). 1880 census.
  • Angola, Indiana, Fall 1886 (Connelley), December 1886 (Duncan, Kansas). Exchanged his hotel in Angola for the farm property in Michigan (Connelley).
  • Camden Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan, Spring 1887 (Chapman, Kansas). Also owned 80 acres of land in Muskegon County, and town property in Camden, MI. (Chapman). Remained 6 years (Duncan, Connelley).
  • Montgomery County, Kansas, (farm) approx. 1892-1894 ("two years", Connelley).
  • Independence, Montgomery, Kansas, (in town) 1892-1895 (Duncan), 1894-1896 ("two years", Connelley)
  • Montgomery County, Kansas, (farm) 1895 (Duncan), 1896-1903 (Connelley). Section 8, township 33S, range 15E (Independence Township), where he owned 160 acres (a quarter section, likely the NW quarter where oil fields are present, or the SW adjacent to Section 17) (Duncan). Centroid of section: 37.1895197,-95.7924580. He also owned 80 acres (two quarter quarters) in Section 17 of the same township. (Duncan) Centroid of section: 37.1750350,-95.7924172. 1900 census.
  • 417 North Fifth Street, Independence, Montgomery, Kansas. 1903 (Connelley), before 1910 (Census). Was living there in 1918 (Connelley). Probably moved to town due to the death of his first wife. 1910 census, 1920 census.
  • Concurrently to the above home, he owned a 240 acre farm near Bolton, KS (Connelley). This is most likely the 160 acres in section 8 and the 80 acres in section 17 mentioned by Duncan above. (town location: 37.157715,-95.806913). He also owned 160 acres south of Dearing, KS, and 300 acres in Chambers County, Texas (all Connelley). His brother Charles died in Chambers County in 1910, so this last may have been his land.

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