“Georgia’s decision in 1861 to leave the United States had far-reaching and unintended consequences for all Georgians . . . and indeed all Southerners.”4 The consequences of the subsequent war that began 12 April 1861, touched the lives of Jacob and Catherine Bankston, and all of their children — with death, physical and mental losses and economic misery.
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Jacob and Catherine’s youngest daughter, Delilah (called Lila) Bankston, married on 6 November 1859 in Henry County, Georgia to William J. Smith5, and they and their young daughter (not named at the time) were living with her parents in 1860 in Henry County, Georgia. Jacob Bankston’s real estate was valued at $750 and his personal estate at $339. He owned no slaves.
Their eldest daughter, Sarah Elizabeth “Betsy” Bankston, who married Thomas V. Pelt, a wheelwright, in 1848, was living nearby in 1860 with their four young children. Pelt had no real estate listed. His personal property was valued at $1,000, probably the value of his tools and equipment for his business. He owned no slaves.
Jackson [Georgia] Argus – Week of January 18, 1895
Thomas V. Pelt and Betsy BankstonBetsy Bankston’s husband, Thomas V. Pelt, joined Co. G of the 63rd Regiment Georgia Infantry, CSA as a private (later a sergeant). He was killed while on picket duty at the Battle of Kennesaw on June 27, 1864, leaving her with six children ranging in ages from one to 13. He was about 49 years old when he died.
John E. Bankston and Sarah E. Dawson
John E. Bankston, OBITUARY (Middle Ga. Argus – Week of May 12, 1890)
William M. Bankston and Mary G. Mays
Isaac Jinks Jr. and Martha Bankston
Isaac Jinks Jr. drew his annual pension from 1897 to 1903. He died in September of 1903. His widow, Martha M., then applied for a widow’s pension, filling out a “Widow’s Affidavit” noting she was 68 years old and “suffer with my head and general break down.” The only property she owned was 15 acres in Henry County and it was sold to pay old debts, burial expenses (of her husband) and the physician. The land was sold for $350. Also included in the file is the physician’s statement that he was paid $350 for his services pertaining to Isaac Jinks’ final illness.
Mrs. Martha Jinks Passed Away Wednesday Evening
William J. Smith and Lila Bankston
Sifting through the ashes of this one family’s history brings the names and places to life and greatly enhances what little genealogical information we had about them. Additionally, it uncovered yet another Bankston.