Transcript:Chapman, Chas. C. History of La Porte County, Indiana/William A. Banks


William A. Banks

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Wm.. A. Banks was born in Schoharie county, N. Y., Oct. 28, 1836, and is a son of Orren and Olive (Brown) Banks, also natives of New York. His early life was spent on a farm, and in 1845 he accompanied his parents to this county. He engaged in the mercantile business in Hobart, Ind., for three years. He has been married three times, the first time in 1856, to Mary Ellis, by whom he had one child, now deceased; second time to Miss Miriam Chandler in 1860; they had one child, Laura; third and last time to Miss Rebecca J. Crane, a native of this county, and they have had 2 children, Edith and Cora. Mr. Banks has been eminently successful as a farmer and stock-raiser, and now owns 400 acres of land. During the late war he speculated extensively in sheep. He is now a breeder of fine cattle and horses; keeps a dairy, selling most of his butter in La Porte. He is also Trustee for Scipio tp.