Descendants of Mary Louise nee Rudge Banks

The following is a genealogy of the descendants of Mary Louise nee RUDGE BANKS, daughter of John and Louisa nee MITCHELL RUDGE, who migrated from France by way of North Carolina to Savannah, GA. The following is based on oral interviews with surviving members, primary documents (e.g. census records) and newspaper accounts.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The local Savannah Rotary Club will unveil and dedicate a bronze historical marker in honor of the founder of their Club, 5. John Sherer Banks, on Monday, November 16, 2015, at 2:15 PM at the Bonaventure Cemetery Banks-Payne gravesite (Section A, Lot 5). The date is close to the 100th anniversary of Mr. Banks' death. Please contact Dave Rudge (david.rudge@wmich.edu) if you are interested in attending.


First Generation


1. Marie Louise1 RUDGE. She was born the daughter of John and Louisa nee MITCHELL RUDGE on 23 Jan 1851 in Nantes, Loire Atlantique, France. She died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 18 Apr 1906 at 116 Duffy East, Savannah, Chatham Co., GA and was buried on 19 Apr 1906 in the Laural Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co., GA. In census records her occupation is listed as "keeping house". She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA.

RECORD OF BIRTH: "Those present were told that the father had said he would not sign [his name] until after he had read it. Howette. Ferier. Bosnose. [No.] 33. The year eighteen hundred fifty-one, the twenty fifth of January at 11 a.m. Before the undersigned, Frederier Huette, assistant and registrar, delegated by the Mayor of Nantes, Knight of the Legion of Honor, has appeared Mrs. Besnoce, not employed, thirty-nine years old, living by the gulf. She told us that on the twenty third of the month at eight in the morning, Mrs. Louisa Mitchel, not employed, twenty nine years old, wife for nine years of John Rudge, an engineer, twenty eight years old, gave birth and was truly living near the gulf. The child was of the female sex, as was shown to us. She named the child, Louisa. These statements of declaration and presentation were made in the requested presence of Mr. Joshuron Francois Besnose, commercial assistant, forty eight years old, living near by & Benoit Bounanauncy, contractor, fifty four years old, and from Versailles, friends that declared and signed their agreement with us on the present document. After reading this, she has shown us the child and I have approved. family Besnoce. Besnones. Benoit Bounanauncy. J. Huette." A copy of the original record is located here.

Marie Louise migrated from France with her family, arriving in the port of New York on 6 Nov 1858 aboard the ship Wm. Frothingham, which set sail from Le Havre, France. She is mentioned in the 1860 census entry for her parents in Wilmington, New Hanover Co. NC, where she is identified as being nine years old and born in France.

According to a membership application submitted to the United Daughters of the Confederacy submitted by her niece, Kate Irma nee RUDGE GRIFFITH, the family migrated to Columbia, Richmond Co. SC after the death of her father in 1860. It is unclear where they lived during the Civil War, but Marie Louise must have returned to Wilmington, New Hanover Co. NC by 18 Aug 1866, when she, her mother and brother joined the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church (Front Street Station M.E. Church South). All three are included as members on subsequent lists of church members dated Nov 1869 and 1870, the latter mentioning that Marie Louise and her mother were "removed by certificate in Feb 1873". (Marie Louise is referred to by her married name in the latter two.)

On 7 Sep 1868, Marie Louise married John Withenbury BANKS, son of Capt. John S. BANKS & Louisa Sailor WITHENBURY in Wilmington, New Hanover Co. NC. He was born on 14 Aug 1846 in Wilmington, New Hanover Co. NC. He died of "complications of the grip" on 4 Dec 1899 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA and was buried on 5 Dec 1899 in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. The Wilmington 1870 census identifies his occupation a "lightman; later census records identify him as "working in a sawmill" and a lumber inspector. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in Company I, 10th Regiment, NC Light Artillery, Confederate Army. He was also a member St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA.

MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT "MARRIED. In this city, on Monday, the 9th inst., by Rev. J. H. Dally, Mr. JOHN BANKS to Miss MARIE LOUISE RUDGE." (Wed. 9 Sep 1868 Wilmington Morning Star, p. 3.)

Marie Louise and her husband are listed as members of her mother-in-law, Louisa nee WITHENBURY BANKS' household in the 1870 Census for Wilmington, New Hanover Co. NC. Her mother is also included in this entry.

CENSUS RECORD: 1870 Census for Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC: Banks, Louisa age 60, occupation: keeping house; Banks, Charles age 30, occupant; Albert age 18 Clerk in Office; Banks, John age 23 Lighman; Banks, Mary L. age 19 keeping house; Banks, Robert E. age 1; Rodger, Louisa age 48 white, no occupant; Smith, Harriet age 24 black, house servant; Potter, Charlotte age 15 black, house servant. [Note "Louisa Rodger" in this record is a reference to Louisa nee MITCHELL RUDGE, Marie Louise's mother]

Marie Louise and her family migrated to GA by 1873, when she and her mother were removed by certificate from their church in Wilmington, noted above. Her daughter, Kathleen Lovett Banks, was baptized at the Lutheran Church of the Ascencion in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA on 5 Jun 1877. The family appears in the 1880 census for Baxley, Appling Co. GA taken 21 Jun 1880 where John BANKS is mentioned as working at a sawmill. They then migrated back to Savannah, Chatham Co. GA, probably as early as 1883 when her mother Louisa nee MITCHELL RUDGE is listed in the city directory for that year as a housekeeper. In any event, they definitely arrived by 1898, as John is mentioned in the Savannah City Directory for that year.

OBITUARY - "Death of John W. Banks. His Funeral Will Take Place This Afternoon. Mr. John W. Banks died yesterday at his residence, No. 111 Duffy street, west, after a short illness. He was taken ill last Thursday with the grip, and death resulted from its complications. Mr. Banks was one of the best known lumber inspectors in Savannah. He was a native of Washington, N. C., and was 53 years old. he was a veteran of the Civil War. He had been a resident of Savannah twenty-nine years. He leaves a wife and seven children, two sons and five daughters. His funeral will take place this afternoon at 4 o'clock from his late residence. Rev. J. L. Scully of St. Paul's Episcopal Church will officiate." (Savannah Morning News 5 Dec 1899); SECOND OBITUARY: "DEATH OF MR. JOHN BANKS. A Native and for Many Years a Resident of Wilmington. [Savannah News, Dec 5th.] Mr. John Banks died yesterday at his residence, No. 11 Duffy street, west, after a short illness. He was taken ill last Thursday with the grip, and death resulted from its complications. Mr. Banks was one of the best known lumber inspectors in Savannah. He was a native of Washington, N.C. and was 53 years old. He was a veteran of the Civil War. He had been a resident of Savannah twenty-nine years. He leaves a wife and seven children, two sons and five daughters. His funeral will take place this afternoon at 4 o'clock from his late residence. Rev. J. L. Scully, of St. Paul's Episcopal church, will officiate. [Mr. Banks was a native of Wilmington—not Washington, N.C. and resided here until he went to Georgia, some twenty-odd years since, finally locating in Savannah. He was a son of the late Capt. John Banks and a brother of Mrs. H. H. Munson and of Mr. W. W. Banks, of this city. He has two other brothers living in Georgia.-STAR]" (7 Dec 1899 The Wilmington Morning Star (Wilmington, NC) p. 1; 8 Dec 1899 The Weekly Star (Wilmington, NC) p. 2)

OBITUARY - "Mrs. Marie Louise Banks. After an illness of three months, Mrs. Marie Louise Banks, widow of the late John W. Banks, died at 6 o'clock yesterday morning. She was born at Nantes, France, Jan. 23, 1851, and moved to this country when a girl. She resided in Wilmington, N.C. for a number of years, where she married Mr. John W. Banks. During the illness of the deceased she was surrounded by her children and friends who administered to her every want and nursed her tenderly and faithfully to the end. Mrs. Banks was a devout member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Louisa Rudge; a brother, Mr. J. W. Rudge of Monroe, N.C., and seven children, all residents of this city. They are Mrs. Robert J. Warrick, Mrs. Walter W. Metzger, Mrs. John M. Blaine, Mrs. J. Kaufmann, Miss Georgia Banks, and two sons, Messrs. Robert E. and John E. Banks. The funeral will take place this afternoon from the home of the deceased, No. 116 Duffy street east, at 4:30 o'clock. The interment will be in the family lot in Laurel Grove Cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Gilbert Ottmann, rector of St. Paul's Church. A quartette consisting of Mrs. Percy Wickenberg, Miss Eleanor Allen, Mr. R. C. Thomson and Mr. J. B. Goodman will sing the following hymns, which were favorites of the deceased: At the home, "Asleep in Jesus" and "Nearer, My God to Thee," at the grave, "Abide With Me" and "The Christian's Good Night." The following gentlemen will act as pallbearers: Mr. J. A. Thomas, Mr. G. W. Register, Mr. Harry T. Kramer, Mr. Samuel Payne, Mr. Thomas Warrick, and Mr. William K. Metzger." (Savannah Morning News 19 Apr 1906).

Mary Louisa RUDGE and John W. BANKS had the following children:

	2	i.	Robert Edward2 BANKS (1869 1936)
	3	ii.	Jennie L.2 BANKS (1870 1918)
		iii.	Marie Louise2 BANKS. She was born on 1 Jan 1871 and died on
 			9 Jan 1871 in Wilmington, New Hanover Co. NC). She is  buried 
			in the Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover Co. NC.
	4	iv.	Kathleen Lovett2 BANKS (1875 1941)
	5	v.	John Sherer2 BANKS (1879 1915)
	6	vi.	Florence M.2 BANKS (1882 1962)
	7	vii.	Maud Clara2 BANKS (1886 1887)
		viii.	Maggie2 BANKS. She was born in Jan 1887 and died on
 			May 1887 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA). She is  buried 
			in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA.
	8	ix.	Georgina Mae2 BANKS (1888-1911)
		x.	Marie Lilian2 BANKS. She was born in 10 Sep 1889. She died on 2 Jul
			1890 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA and was buried on 3 
			Jul 1890 in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA.


Second Generation


2. Robert Edward2 BANKS (Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born ca. 1869 in Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC. He died on 28 Sep 1936 at the Oglethorpe Sanitarium and was buried on 29 Sep 1936 in Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He was a recorder for the Allee Temple Home and a Shriner. Robert started off as a clerk for the Savannah, Florida and Western Railway (S.F.& W.), formerly known as the Atlantic Gulf Railroad and later as the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

In the 1888 city directory for Savannah, Chatham Co. GA is is identified as a clerk working for the S.F.& W. Railway.

He married Tillie Marie KRAMER [Lillie Marie CREAMER?], the daughter of Harry and Mary Kramer, on 22 Apr 1896 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA (Chatham Co. Marriage Records Book K p. 503), who according to the 1920 census was born ca. 1878 in GA. She was born ca. May 1876 in Georiga and died ca. 1965.

Robert Edwards Banks and his wife are included in the 1930 census for Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He is also mentioned in the 1930 and 1932 city directories for Savannah, "recorder Alee Temple Home", residing at 1814 Abercorn.

OBITUARY: "Death Comes to Alee's Recorder. [photo] ROBERT E. BANKS, Whose funeral will be held this afternoon. ROBERT E. BANKS DIED AT MIDNIGHT. ILL LESS THAN A WEEK. He Was Many Years Recorder of the Alee Temple. Robert E. Banks 16 1/2 East Thirty-seventh street, for many years recorder of the Alee Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and widely known in Georgia, died this morning at 12:10 o'clock in a local hospital after an illness of less than a week. Mr. Banks suffered a stroke last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was taken to a hospital. His condition was thought somewhat improved but his illness was such that his recovery from the first seemed doubtful. Mr. Banks had been secretary and treasurer of the Benefit Association of Alee Temple. Of Savannah Shriners he was probably the most widely known in the state. He gave years of zealous service to the Shrine and had served as recorder under a number of potentates, all of whom valued his contributions to the Shrine. Mr. Banks was also a member of Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F and A. M. and a member of Hull Memorial Church. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Neill K. Banks and Robert E. Banks, Jr.; one daughter, Mrs. Orrie E. Bright, and three sisters, Mrs. John M. Blain and Mrs. Walter E. Metzger of Savannah, and Mrs. J. A. Kaufman, of Jacksonville, Fla. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Orrie E. Bright, in Gordonston, being conducted by Rev. Dr. A. L. Patterson, pastor of Hull Memorial Church. Burial will be in Bonaventure Cemetery. Only this past year Mr. Banks represented the potentate of Alee Temple in attending the Imperial Council of the Shrine on the west coast. He was regarded with affection not only in the ranks of his fellow Shriners but among a large circle of friends here and elsewhere." (28 Sep 1936 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 10)

FUNERAL NOTICES: "The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Banks and family are invited to attend the funeral of Mr. Banks from the residence of his daughter Mrs. Orrie E. Bright in Gordonston this Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment Bonaventure Cemetery" (29 Sep 1936 Savannah Morning News p. 2); "Robert E. Banks. Funeral services for Robert E. Banks, 16 1/2 East Thirty-seventh street, who died early Monday morning after a short illness were held yesterday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Orrie E. Bright in Gordonston. Rev. A. L. Patterson, D.D., pastor of Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Bonaventure Cemetery." (30 Sep 1936 Savannah Morning News p. 2); "FUNERAL SERVICE TODAY FOR SHRINE SECRETARY. Savannah, Ga., Sept. 28 (AP) - Funeral services for Robert E. Banks, recorder of the Alee Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine here for a number of years, who died early this morning at his residence here, will take place at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Orrie E. Bright, in Gordonston. The Rev. A. L. Patterson, D.D., pastor of the Hull Memorial Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Bonaventure cemetery. Mr. Banks was stricken ill Tuesday night, and from that time until his passing his condition remained critical. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Neill K. Banks, and Robert E. Banks Jr.; one daughter, Mrs. Orrie Bright, and three sisters, Mrs. John M. Blain and Mrs. Walter W. Metzger of Savannah, and Mrs. J. A. Kaufmann of Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Banks was secretary and treasurer of the Benefit assocation of the Alee Temple and also a member of Solomons Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons. " (29 Sep 1936 Augusta Chronicle p. A4)

OBITUARY: "Mrs. R. E. Banks. Mrs. Tillie Kramer Banks, 92, widow of Robert E. Banks, died at 7 a.m. in Guggenheimer Memorial Hospital. Born in Savannah, Ga., she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kramer. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and for the past few years had made her home with a granddaughter, Mrs. Wililam [sic] S. Williams of 1628 Dogwood Lane. She is survived by two sons, Neill K. Banks of New York, and Robert E. Banks of Atlanta; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Diuguid Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements here. Funeral services will be conducted at St. John's Episcopal Church in Savannah with burial in Bonaventure Cemetery there." (Aug 13); "Mrs. Tillie K. Banks. Mrs. Tillie K. Banks, 92, died Thursday night at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. William S. Williams of Lynchburg, Va., with whom she made her home. She was a native of Savannah and the widow of Robert E. Banks. She was a member of St. John's Church. Surviving are two sons, Neil K. Banks of New York City and Robert E. Banks of Atlanta, seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Fox and Weeks Funeral Home is in charge." (14 Aug 1952 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 2)

Robert Edward BANKS and Tillie Marie KRAMER had the following children:

	

		i.	Robert Edward3 BANKS. He was born ca. Jan 1897 and died on 28 Apr 1898. He is buried in the Laurel Grove Cemetery.
	9	ii.	Marie3 BANKS (1899 1957)
	10	iii.	Neill Kramer3 BANKS (1903 1979)
	11	iv.	Robert Edward3 BANKS (1913 1980)


3. Jennie L.2 BANKS (Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born ca. 1870 in Georgia. She died on 1 Mar 1918 in St. Joseph's Hospital and was buried on 2 Mar 1918 in the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. She first married Robert J. WARRICK, son of Robert J. and Mary J. Warrick, on 16 Jan 1894 at St. Paul's Church in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA (Book J, p. 355 of Chatham Co. GA Marriages). He was born ca 1869. He died on 25 May 1910 in Cambridge, OH and was buried on 28 May 1910 in the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He was a district manager for Germania Life.

OBITUARY: "AUCTIONEER DEAD. Colonel R. J. Warrick of Bowman Reality Company Expires Suddenly. Shortly after auctioneering at a lot sale in a new addition at Cambridge, Ohio, Robert J. Warrick of Savannah, Ga., aged 37, was found dead near the Baltimore and Ohio tracks at that place by trainmen Thursday afternoon. He had asked to be relieved after about two hours of auctioneering, saying he was sick at his stomach. An examination showed he had a burst blood vessel. He had arrived at Cambridge in the afternoon after a hurried trip from Texas, where his wife had just undergone an extreme surgical operation. Colonel Warrick was the general auctioneer of the Bowman Reality Company of Huntington, W. Va., and had charge of the sale of lots in Eastland last month. During his stay in Marysville he made a host of friends, who will regret to learn of his death. He was a typical Southerner, a polished gentleman and a capable business man." (30 May 1910 The Public Ledger (Maysville, Kentucky) p. 1); SECOND OBITUARY: "R. J. Warrick. News was received in Savannah yesterday of the sudden death of R. J. Warrick, at his home in Cambridge, O. Wednesday afternoon from an attack of acute indigestion. The remains will be brought here for interment. The funeral will take place from the home of his wife, No. 7 Duffy street, east, at 4:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Mr. Warrick was a native of Savannah and was 40 years of age. Only last Saturday he visited Savannah and was then in good health. He was in the real estate business in Cambridge and during Wednesday morning had conducted a land sale. For several years he was in the real estate business here. He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother Mrs. Mary J. Warrick, one brother Thomas Warrick, and one sister, Mrs. T. P. Sain, of Sandersville. R. L. Bowman, president of the company which employed Mr. Warrick, will accompany the remains here." (27 May 1910 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 5)

Jennie L. BANKS and Robert J. WARRICK had the following children:

	12	i.	Norman Banks3 WARRICK (1905 1955)
	13	ii.	Karl W.3 WARRICK (1900 1937)

Jennie second married Herman HALSTEAD on 15 Sep 1913 at St. Paul's Church, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA (Book Z, p. 141 of Chatham Co. GA Marriages). He was born on 25 Dec 1873 in England. He continues to be included in Savannah City Directories through 1921, after the death of his wife.

OBITUARY: "Mrs. Jennie Halstead. Mrs. Jennie Halstead, aged [?]7, of 123 West Gwinnett street, died early this morning after an illness of five months. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. John N. Blaine, Mrs. Walter Metzler and Mrs. Jule Kauffmann; one brother, Robert E. Banks; two sons, Norman B. and Karl W. Warrick." (1 Mar 1918 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 8, column 6)

FUNERAL NOTICES: "Halstead.- The friends and relatives of Mrs. Jennie Warrick Halstead and family are invited to attend her funeral from No. 123 West Gwinnett St. West this Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment private." (2 Mar 1918 Savannah Morning News p. 2); "Funeral of Mrs. Jennie Halstead.- The funeral of Mrs. Jennie Warrick Halstead, who died early Friday morning, was held yesterday morning at 11:00 from the residence of her sister, Mrs. J. M. Blaine No. 123 West Gwinnett Street. Interment was private in Laurel Grove Cemetery." (3 Mar 1918 Savannah Morning News p. 2)


4. Kathleen Lovett2 BANKS (Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born on 2 May 1875 in Georgia. She was baptized on 5 Jun 1877 at the Lutheran Church of the Ascencion, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. She died 1 Jul 1941 and is buried at the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. In a census record is indicated as working as a cashier for "B. H. Levy & Bro.".

Kathleen Lovett married Walter Wallace METZGER, son of William Washington and Marion D. Metzger, on 14 Feb 1900 in St. Paul's Church, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA (Book N, p. 211 of Chatham Co. GA Marriages). He was born on 15 Mar 1875 in GA. He died on 3 Feb 1954 in Chatham Co. GA and is buried in the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He was a bookkeeper for R. Van Keuren & Co. and a jeweler. Both appear in the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Savannah, GA, along with their two children.

OBITUARY: "[photo] SUCCUMBS- Walter W Metzger, retired jeweler, who died yesterday after a brief illness. Brief Illness Is Fatal to W. W. Metzger. Walter W Metzger, 78, died yesterday after a short illness. A charter member of the Rotary club, he had served as its sergeant-at-arms since 1914. A jeweler, Mr. Metzger retired some years ago. On Jan. 12 he was honored by the Rotary Club and presented with a plaque in recognition of his long service. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harold Rogers, Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. R. P. Stedeford, Jacksonville, Fla.; three sisters, Miss Alice Metzger and Miss Nellie Metzger, both of Savannah, and Mrs. Whitney Woods, Atlanta; one brother, George Metzger, Atlanta; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Fox and Weeks Funeral Home." (4 Feb 1954 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 28); "Walter W. Metzger. Walter W. Metzger who died Wednesday at the age of 78 after a brief illness was something in the nature of an institution in the community and in the Rotary Club of Savannah, an organization which he served as sergeant-at-arms for 40 years. In business circles he was long and favorably known as an officer first with the firm of Van Kuren, then of Maier & Berkele for many years, and for a brief while with its successor, Barclay's Inc. He retired from the latter business when it ceased operations several years ago. A native of this city, he received his early education in the public schools and entered business as a youth. Among his patrons and fellow jewelers he became noteworthy as an expert in his profession who possessed an unquestioned integrity. Through the years he made a host of friends among those who consulted him in connection with gifts for the newly married and at Christmastime. No man in Georgia was better known among Rotarians. In the local club he served as sergeant-of-arms so long that when successive boards of directors of the Savannah Rotary annually chose their members, it was traditionally taken for granted that Walter Metzger would succeed himself. The local club was chartered on January 13, 1914, and among the 34 original members, composed of some of Savannah's leading business and professional men, Mr. Metzger was one. Of the original 34 his death leaves four in the club today: Fred A. Davis, Dr. J. William Hesse, Sydney Levy and Luke Pettus. Walter Metzger was a man of abiding cheerfulness; and in all his daily relationships he was never known to say an unkind thing about a fellow mortal. Always willing to serve a friend, ever willing and efficiently prepared to carry out whatever duties were assigned him, he won a host of friends and admirers throughout his long and useful life. One of the leading mottoes of Rotary is "Service Above Self." That principle was a guiding star of this good and worthy citizen. The Morning News joins his fellow members of Rotary, his friends in other fields, and the members of his family in saluting his memory with a fervent, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"" (5 Feb 1954 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 6)

FUNERAL NOTICE: "Walter W. Metzger. Funeral services for Walter W. Metzger, who died Wednesday, will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Fox and Weeks Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Ernest Risley, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church. Burial was in Bonaventure Cemetery. Pallbearers will be George Ball, Dr. John G. Zirkle, Arthur Jeffords, Joseph Pape, Leon Smith, and Walter Sheffield. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred A. Davis, Dr. J. W. Hess Sr., S. H. Levy, Luke Pettus, Alvin Schwab, Lester Harris, Orrie Bright, Alvin Greenly, R. Bruce Worrell and Ralph Metzger." (5 Feb 1954 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 2); "Walter W. Metzger. Funeral services for Walter W. Metzger, who died Wednesday, were held yesterday at the Fox and Weeks Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Ernest Risley, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church. Burial was in Bonaventure Cemetery." (6 Feb 1954 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 2)

Kathleen Lovett BANKS and Walter Wallace METZGER had the following children:

	14	i.	Kathleen L.3 METZGER. (1901 1978)
	15	ii.	Louise Alice3 METZGER. (1910 1968)


5. John Sherer2 BANKS (Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born 22 Apr 1879 in Glenmore, Ware Co. Georgia. He died at his home on 21 Nov 1915 and was buried on 22 Nov 1915 in the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He owned the Banks Music Company. He was the first president of the Savannah Rotary Club and a Mason. Here are a couple of photographs of him taken from obituaries.

John S. Banks married Mayme PAYNE, daughter of Samuel and Augusta nee - Payne, on 12 Oct 1904 at the First Baptist Church of Savannah, Chatham Co. GA (Book Q, p. 464 of Chatham Co. GA Marriages). She was born ca. 1883 in Georgia. She died on 29 Sep 1966 at the Victory Drive Convalescent Home in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA and was buried on 30 Sep 1966 in the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA.

OBITUARY: "JOHN S. BANKS IS CLAIMED BY DEATH. ORGANIZED ROTARY CLUB. Had Been in Failing Health for Several Months. John S. Banks, president of the Banks Music Company, and honorary president of the Rotary Club of Savannah, died at 9 o'clock yesterday morning. He had been in failing health for some months. The funeral will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon from the residence, No. 515 Bolton street, east. The Rev. W. Moore Scott, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will conduct the services. Interment will be in Bonaventure Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be selected from the various Masonic bodies of which the deceased was a member. Members of the Rotary Club will attend in a body. Mr. Banks was born in Glenmore, Ga. on April 12, 1879. For a number of years he was manager of the Phillips & Crew Piano agency in Savannah. He bought out the company and started in business for himself on the first of last January under the name of the Banks Music Company. He was elected president of the Rotary Club on Jan. 1, 1914, and served in that capacity until last spring when he resigned because of ill health. He organized the club and was the moving spirit in its affairs until his health became poor. He was elected honorary president and director for life, when he retired from the active presidency. He was a member of Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. and A. M.; Georgia Chapter No. 1. R. A. M.; Palestine Commandery, K.T. A. and A. Scottish Rite; Alee Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Richard J. Nunn Consistory; Myrtle Lodge No. 6, K. of P.; the Savannah Board of Trade and the Piano Dealers' Association of America. Besides his widow, he is survived by a brother, Robert E. Banks, and four sisters, Mrs. Herman Halstead, Mrs. Walter W. Metzger, Mrs. John M. Blain and Mrs. J. A. Kauffmann [sic], all of Savannah. President Bank inaugerated in Savannah the Georgia Products Day; he was active in the revived movement for the Road to Tybee; he organized the Rotary Club of Augusta, and was a consistent and energetic booster of Savannah. President C.C. Beck of the Rotary Club has requested all members of the club to assemble at Gwinnett and Habersham streets at 2:45 o'clock this afternoon to go in a body to the funeral. There will be a street car at that corner in which Rotarians will go to the cemetery. Rotarians have expressed their feelings over Mr. Bank's death in the language of James Whitcomb Riley: 'I cannot say, and will not say, That he is dead, he is just gone away, With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land.' Members of Palestine Commandery will attend in a body. (22 Nov 1915 Savannah Morning News); SECOND OBITUARY: "Died Yesterday. Mr. John S. Banks. MASONIC RITES FOR MR. BANKS. MANY ORGANIZATIONS OF WHICH HE WAS A MEMBER REPRESENTED. Memorial Service by Rotarians. (The weekly dinner of the Rotary Club tomorrow afternoon will be in the nature of a memorial service to Mr. John S. Banks, the first president of the organization. There will be no prepared address for this occasion, but each member who wishes to do so will be given an opportunity to pay a tribute of respect to his memory. The regular address, which was to have been heard tomorrow, will be delivered at the meeting of the club next week.) The funeral of Mr. John S. Banks, who died yesterday, was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, from the residence, No. 515 Bolton street east. Rev. W. Moore Scott, D.D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church, conducted the services, which were largely attended by the members of the family and scores of friends, many of whom were from fraternal organizations of which Mr. Banks was a member. The members of the Rotary Club, which Mr. Banks was largely instrumental in organizing, assembled at Gwinnett and Habersham streets at 2:45 o'clock and attended the funeral as a body. The club was largely represented. Masonic Rites. Palestine Commandery, Knights Templar, of which Mr. Banks was a member, had charge of the services at the grave, in Bonaventure Cemetery. Mr. Banks was buried with the Masonic Rites of the Knights Templar. The various other fraternal organizations of which he was a member were represented at the funeral. There were many handsome floral tributes from the organizations and individuals. The pallbearers were: Honorary-Messrs. J. P. Wheless, W. D. Jones, Henry Levy, W. M. Davant, E.H. Abrahams. Active-Dr. R.V. Harris, Messrs. C.V. Snedeker, Jr., C. E. Donnelly, J. H. Mendes, S. N. Harris, R. W. Riser, F. W. Shafer, Col. R. H. Colding. The Designs. Beautiful designs were sent by the different organizations of Savannah. The Rotary Club's was the emblem of the club, a wheel in white roses and white chrysanthemums. The Rotary Club of Augusta also sent an emblem of pink roses and white chrysanthemums. Alee Temple and the patrol sent reproductions of their emblems in flowers. The Scottish Rite sent a double triangle. Myrtle Lodge No. 6 sent a large pillow with "K." of "P." in the middle of red roses. Philips & Crew sent an enormous cross and crown of roses. The Georgia chapter sent a pillow with the Royal Arch emblem. Numerous bouquets of roses, chrysanthemums and carnations and many Easter lilies were sent by friends. His Career. Mr. Banks dies at his home, No. 515 Bolton street east, yesterday morning at 9 o'clock. Although he had been in failing health for several months, his death was a shock to his friends and the members of his family. Mr. Banks was president of the Banks Music Company and honorary president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. He was a native of Glenmore and was 36 years of age. A Singer. Although Mr. Banks was known to many Savannahians through his business relations, he was also known to a great many because of his splendid musical ability. As a vocalist he ranked high in music circles. He sang on many occasions in Savannah and it was a pleasure at all times to hear him. He was for a time a member of the choir at First Presbyterian church and for several years he had charge of the music in the Sunday school of that church. His singing at the annual banquets of the St. Andrews' Society was a feature of these occasions for years. His disposition was of that happy and sunny character which made it a pleasure to be counted among his friends. For several years he was a manager of the Phillips & Crew piano agency in Savannah. He bought out this concern and started in business for himself on the first of last January under the name of the Banks Music Company. His Rotary Record. Mr. Banks was elected president of the Rotary Club in January of last year and served faithfully until last spring when he resigned because of ill health. Mr. Banks was a member of Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. and A. M.; Georgia Chapter No. 1. R. A. M.; Palestine Commandery, K.T. A. and A. Scottish Rite; Alee Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Richard J. Nunn Consistory; Myrtle Lodge No. 6, K. of P.; the Savannah Board of Trade and the Piano Dealers' Association of America. He was active in the revived movement for the road to Tybee and was enthusiastic in his work for Savannah. Besides his widow, he is survived by a brother, Mr. R. E. Banks, and four sisters, Mrs. Herman Halstead, Mrs. J. M. Blain, Mrs. J. A. Kauffman and Mrs. Walter W. Metzger." (22 Nov 1915 Savannah Press)

FUNERAL NOTICE: "Banks- The friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Banks and family are invited to attend the funeral of the former from the residence 515 Bolton Street East at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Bonaventure." (22 Nov 1915 Savannah Morning News p. 2)

LETTER WRITTEN IN HONOR OF HIM: "John S. Banks. That he was energetic, progressive personally likeable and one of the best known of the younger business men of Savannah but inadequately describes John S. Banks whose death occurred yesterday. He was public spirited, was always ready and glad to do what he could for the interest of Savannah and his passing removes a man of whom it may be said that he was a good citizen. He will be remembered specially for the part he played in the organization of the Rotary Club of which he was the first president an office for which on account of his personality he was unusually well fitted. Expressions of appreciation on the part of members of the club indicate very clearly how much of his success must be considered as the result of his efforts. That his death will be greatly regretted need hardly be said and regret is felt by all the more because his life ended while he was yet a young man with the hope at least of many more years of usefulness." (22 Nov 1915 Savannah Morning News p. 6)

After the death of her husband, Mamie nee Payne BANKS went to live with her parents and is listed with them in the 1920 and 1930 US censuses for Savannah, GA. She is also included in the 1930 and 1932 city directories for Savannah, Chatham Co. GA.

OBITUARY: "Mrs. Mamie Payne Banks, 84, died yesterday at the Victory Drive Convalescent Home. She was the widow of John Scherer Banks and was a member of the Baptist Church. A native of Augusta, she had lived most of her life in Savannah. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Sipple's Mortuary is in charge. " (Savannah Morning News 30 Sep 1966)

John S. BANKS and Mamie PAYNE did not have children.


6. Florence M.2 BANKS (Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born ca. 1882 in Georgia and died on 4 Jan 1962 in Chatham Co. GA. She is buried in the Laurel Grove Cemetery (North), Savannah, GA. She married John Miller BLAIN, son of John Gill BLAIN & Alice MILLER, on 9 Apr 1901 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA (Book O, p. 73 of Chatham Co. GA Marriages). He was born on 6 Apr 1879 in Columbus, OH. He died of a heart attack on 27 Jan 1937 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA and was buried on 28 Jan 1937 in the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He worked as a secretary and later a treasurer for Flynn-Harris-Bullard Naval Stores Co. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: "Blain is made officer Flynn, Harris, Bullard. Savannahian elected Secretary, Treasurer and Director. At a meeting of the stockholders of the Flynn-Harris-Bullard Company, naval stores factors in Jacksonville yesterday, John M. Blain, for the past six years resident manager of Savannah, was elected secretary and treasurer of the company and was placed on the board of directors. News of the promotion of the Savannah man was received yesterday afternoon in telegrams from Jacksonville and excited considerable interest in naval stores circles. Remain in Savannah. The promotion of Mr. Blain does not mean he will leave Savannah. He is to retain his place as resident manager, performing duties of that office in addition to those of secretary and treasurer. In the latter office he succeeds John E. Harris of Jacksonville, who while giving up his active place of secretary and treasurer, retains his place on the board of directors. Long service. Mr. Blain has been with the Flynn-Harris-Bullard Company and the organizations that preceded it for the past twenty-five years. He has worked his way up from a junior clerkship to the present place. His friends in Savannah and throughout this section will be pleased to hear of his promotion in the directory and one of the most important offices in the gift of the directors. The Officers. The officers of the Flynn-Harris-Bullard Company chosen at the annual meeting in Jacksonville yesterday are as follows: Chairman of the Board-D. M. Flynn, Jacksonville. President-Walter Ray, Jacksonville. Vice President-H. L. Richmond, Jacksonville. Vice President-A .L. Brogden, Jacksonville. Secretary and Treasurer-John M. Blain, Savannah. Assistant Treasurer-T. J. Rooney, Jacksonville. Directors. The directors elected by the stockholders yesterday are as follows: W. Roy Powell, Wake Forest N.C...John M. Blain, Savannah..."

Florence and her husband are mentioned in the 1930 census, which indicates her nephew Norman B. Warrick was living with them. They are also included in the 1930 and 1932 city directories for Savannah, Chatham Co. GA.

OBITUARY: "JOHN M. BLAIN DIES SUDDENLY. His Funeral Will Be Held at 3 o'Clock Today. The funeral of John Mills Blain, prominent Savannahian, who died suddenly yesterday morning at his residence, 123 West Gwinnett street, will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence with Rev. George Oliver Taylor, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Laurel Grove Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Eugene Tart, Robert Register, Julius Schwartz, Jr., W. T. Holt, Herbert Moller and E. A. Linley. Mr. Blain was a native of Columbus, Ohio, having been born there April 6, 1879. He was the only son of the late John Gill Blain and Alice Miller Blain, and had resided here for a number of years, during which he formed a large circle of friends. He had for the past number of years been connected in the naval stores business in Savannah. Mr. Blain had been in ill health for the past few years and died from an acute heart attack yesterday morning at 6:45 o'clock. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Florence Banks Blain, and three sisters, Mrs. George Melton of Columbia, S.C.; Miss Ellen Blain of Columbia, and Mrs. Edward A. Fall of Rutherford, N.J." (28 Jan 1937 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 11)

FUNERAL NOTICES: "The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. John Miller Blain and family are invited to attend the funeral of Mr. Blain from the residence No. 123 West Gwinnett St. this Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment: Laurel Grove Cemetery" (28 Jan 1937 Savannah Morning News p. 2); "John Miller Blain. The funeral of John Miller Blain, who died suddenly Wednesday morning, took place yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence at 123 West Gwinett street, with Rev. George Oliver Taylor, Pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial was in Laurel Grove Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Eugene Tart, Robert and John Register, Paul Barringer, Julius Schwartz, Jr., W. T. Holt, Herbert Muller and E. A. Liney." (29 Jan 1937 Savannah Morning News p. 2)

Florence second married Walter Manning TURNER on 4 Sep 1943 in the District of Columbia. He was born on 6 Sep 1894 in South Carolina and died on 15 Sep 1979 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. He is buried in the Macedonia Cemetery, Macclenny, Baker Co. FL. He was a corporal in WW I.

OBITUARY: "Mrs. Florrie Turner. Mrs. Florrie Banks Blain Turner of 123 W. Gwinnett St., died yesterday afternoon at Oglethorpe Sanatorium after a short illness. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors are her husband, Walter M. Turner; a sister, Mrs. J. A. Kaufmann of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Henderson Brothers Funeral Home is in charge." (5 Jan 1962 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 2)


7. Maude Clara2 BANKS (Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born 15 Dec 1886 in Georgia, died on 19 Jun 1963 and is buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. She married Julius W. KAUFMANN, son of Julius A. Kaufmann and Adele -, on 11 Oct 1905 at St. Paul's Church, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA (Book R, p. 344 of Chatham Co. GA Marriages). He was born 27 Apr 1885 in Georgia and worked as a manager of a steamboat. Julius died on 22 Feb 1958 and is buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. They had the following children:

	16	i.	Arey Louise3 KAUFMANN (1909-)
	17	ii.	Julius W.3 KAUFMANN, Jr. (1911-1997)
	18	iii.	Marion3 KAUFMANN (1914-1992)
	19	iv.	Margaretha3 KAUFMANN (1915-2004)


8. Georgina Mae2 BANKS (Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born ca. 1888 in Georgia. She died on 17 Sep 1911 in Asheville, Buncombe Co. NC and was buried on 18 Sep 1911 in the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. She married William F. ANTHONY of Charlotte NC on 6 Jul 1908 in Putnam Co. FL.

OBITUARY: "Mrs. William F. Anthony. The friends of Mrs. William F. Anthony, who was Miss Georgia [sic] Banks of this city, will learn with regret of her death, which occurred yesterday morning at 5 o'clock in Asheville, N.C. after a lingering illness. She was surrounded by members of her family who were at her bedside daily, untiring in their attention and devotion since she went there in March in hope of restoring her health. While her death was not a surprise to her family and friends because of her condition becoming so critical the last week it came as a distinct shock. Mrs. Anthony was a native of this city and lived here until July 1908, when she was married to William F. Anthony of Charlotte, N. C. Since her marriage she made her home in Jacksonville. She was 23 years of age. Besides her husband the decease leaves four sisters, Mrs. R. J. Warrick, Mrs. W. W. Metzger, Mrs. John W. Blaine, Mrs. Jule Kaufman, and two brothers, Robert E. and John S. Banks, all of this city. The remains will arrive this morning and will be taken in charge to the home of her sister No. 402 West Thirty-Seventh street. Funeral arrangements will be made after the arrival of the body." (Savannah Morning News 18 Sep 1911).


Third Generation


9. Marie3 BANKS (Robert E.2; Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born ca. 1899 in Georgia. She died on 28 Jul 1957 in Chatham Co. GA and was buried in the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. She married Orrie Edward BRIGHT, son of Andrew J. and Irman nee Paschall Bright, ca. 1921. He was born on 12 Mar 1900 in GA. He died on 10 Oct 1981 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He was a lawyer with a firm called "Cobb & Bright".

OBITUARY: "Mrs. Marie Banks Bright. Mrs. Marie Banks Bright of Vernon View died yesterday at a local hospital after a short illness. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and a native of Savannah. Survivors include her husband, Orrie E. Bright Sr.; a son, O. Edward Bright Jr.; a daughter, Mrs. William S. Williams of Lynchburg, Va.; her mother, Mrs. R. E. Banks Sr., of Savannah; two brothers, Neill K. Banks of DePue, Ill., and Robert E. Banks Jr., of Atlanta; six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Fox and Weeks Funeral Home." (29 Jul 1957 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 2)

Marie BANKS and Orrie E. BRIGHT had the following children:

	20	i.	Orrie Edward4 BRIGHT Jr. ( 1922 1971)
	21	ii.	Marie BRIGHT (1926-) 

10. Neill Kramer3 BANKS (Robert E.2; Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born ca. 1904 in Georgia and died on 2 Jun 1979 in Gloucester, Essex Co. MA. He married Sara NEVILLE, daughter of Charles and Lula Davis Neville, ca. 1929. She was born on 22 Jul 1904 in GA. She died on 4 Oct 1994 in Gloucester, Essex Co. MA.

OBITUARY: "Neill Banks, was chief of zinc firm. Neill K. Banks, 76, of R732 Washington St., husband of Sara (Neville) Banks, died Saturday morning at Addison Gilbert Hospital. Mr. Banks was born in Atlanta, Ga., May 20, 1903, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Banks. He attended local schools in Atlanta as well as one year in Georgia Tech. He then attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1926 and served in the Navy until 1929. He worked for the New Jersey Zinc Co., the largest zinc company in the world, for 40 years, attaining the position of vice president of manufacturing. During his career with New Jersey Zinc, he also became president of the Texas Zinc Mineral Corporation of Colorado for four years. Before the outbreak of World War II, he was called up for active duty by the Navy and served as a skipper of the USS Florikan. Upon his retirement in 1968, Mr. Banks moved to Gloucester. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Neill K. Banks Jr.; a daughter, Susan Earnest of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren, Keaken [sic] Banks, Lansing Banks and Pamela Banks, all of Gloucester; Jeffery Earnest and Michael Earnest, both of New Mexico; a brother, Robert Banks of Cullowee, N.C. and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by the James C. Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Ave." (4 Jun 1979 Daily Times (Gloucester, MA) p. 13.); "DIED. BANKS-In Gloucester, June 2, 1979, Neill K. Banks, 76, of R732 Washington St., husband of Sara (Neville) Banks. Funeral arrangements are being made by the James C. Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St."; "NEILL KRAMER BANKS '26. LCdr. Neill Kramer Banks, USNR (Ret.) died on 2 June 1979 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. At his request, his ashes were scattered in Ipswich Bay later in the month. Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Georgia, he had attended Georgia Tech for one year prior to receiving his appointment. At the Naval Academy he was an outstanding varsity football player. His first sea duty was with the ROCHESTER in the Second Nicaraguan Campaign and in December of 1926 he served as a Marine platoon commander in a landing party sent ashore at Bragman's Bluff at the request of the Nicaraguan government. He resigned his commission in 1928 and for a number of years was employed in the mining and milling industry, working for the New Jersey Zinc Company, the largest zinc company in the world, for 40 years, and attaining the position of vice president of manufacturing. During his career with New Jersey Zinc, he also became president of the Texas Zinc Mineral Corporation of Colorado for four years. He was recalled to active duty during World War II and first served at the submarine base in New London, then placed in commission and took command of FLORIKAN, a the submarine repair shop. Among the operations which she carried out in the Pacific was an attempt to salvage the Japanese submarine I-7, which had been grounded by her crew south of Kiska Harbor. Their attempts to scuttle the submarine were incomplete, the after half remaining intact in a hundred feet of water. Seven divers entered the bulk, recovering valuable documents and personal papers of value in intelligence work. Returned to inactive duty in 1945, he was transferred to the retired list in 1955 and retired from his civilian firm in 1968, whereupon he moved to Gloucester. He is survived by his widow, Sara, 732 Washington St., Annisquam, MA 01930; a son, a daughter, a brother and five grandchildren."; "BANKS, NEILL KRAMER '26 (LCDR USNR RET), 2 June 1979, Gloucester, MA. Bill Pryor sent the sad news that Neill Banks had died in Gloucester, MA, on 2 June. Sara is living at 732 Washington Street, Annisquam, MA 01930. Neill's ashes were scattered as Ipswich Bay. Their son, Neill Jr., owns and operates a metal fabricating plant in Gloucester and lives nearby; daughter Susan Earnest lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Class extends deepest sympathy to Sara and their children."

Neill Kramer BANKS and Sara NEVILLE had the following children:

	22	i.	Neill Kramer4 BANKS Jr. (1930-2005)
		ii.	Alexander Stevens4 BANKS. He was born 17 Aug 1936 in PA and died on 30 Jul 1940 in York Co. VA. He is buried in the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA.
	23	iii.	Susan Allison4 BANKS (1941-1998)

11. Robert Edward3 BANKS Jr. (Robert E.2; Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born on 10 Apr 1913 in Savannah, Georgia and died on 15 Nov 1980 in Fulton Co. GA. He first married Louise Burton BLAGDON, daughter of Wendell Phillips and Louise nee - Blagdon, on 26 Oct 1938 in New York City, NY. She was born on 16 Jul 1912 in New York, NY. She first married Franklin Butler Lord Jr., and after divorcing Robert Edwards Banks on 26 Oct 1938, she third married Dabney Longhorne. She died on 1 Aug 1971 in Aiken Co. SC.

OBITUARY: "Mrs. Louise B. Langhorne. AIKEN - Mrs. Louise Blagdon Langhorne of Vero Beach, Fla., daughter of Mrs. George L. Wrenn of Aiken, died Sunday at the Aiken County hospital. Survivors include her mother; a daughter, Mrs. George Reiger of New York, N.Y.; two sons, Wendell B. Banks of Charleston, S.C., Robert B. Banks of Atlanta, Ga.; and a sister, Mrs. Francis H. Burr of South Hamilton, Mass. Funeral services will be private." (2 Aug 1971 Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, GA) Section B, Page 3)

Robert Edward BANKS Jr. and Louise Burton nee Blagdon Lord had children.

Robert Edward Banks Jr. second married Helen (Helga) Maria WEINER. She was born 15 Apr 1920 in Brno, Czechoslovakia and died on 28 Jan 2010 in Altanta, Fulton Co. GA.

OBITUARY: "BANKS, Helen HELEN MARIA BANKS Helen Maria Banks died on Thursday January 28, 2010, at the age of 89. She was born Helga Maria Weiner in Brno, Czechoslovakia, on April 15, 1920, the 3rd of 3 sisters. After secondary school, as WWII was beginning, she left Brno to study hotel management in Lausanne, and then took refuge in London. She married Anthony Vernon (nee Kurt Piowaty) in England. They emigrated to the US in 1940, and settled in Atlanta in 1945. Their daughter Sheryl was born in 1946, and their son Andrew in 1948. Helen's 2 sisters survived the Holocaust and joined her in Atlanta, but many of her family, including her mother, were murdered in the Nazi death camps. In 1954 Helen divorced and began working at the Georgian Clinic for Alcoholism, ultimately becoming a senior administrator. In 1963 she married Robert E. Banks, and the next two decades were the happiest of her life. They built a joyful home where the three sisters' families were often together. Helen later worked at Emory's Candler School of Theology in the pastoral care program. In 1975 she and Robert moved to the mountains of N. Carolina. He died in 1981, and Helen returned to Atlanta, working at The Hub Counselling Center. Her sisters died in 1977 and 2002. In 1995 she moved to Campbellstone Apartments in Buckhead. She built a great friendship with her companion, Vickie Turner, and they shared their lives until her death. She is survived by a daughter Dr. Sheryl Thacker of Atlanta, a son Dr. Andrew Vernon of Snellville, three grandchildren David, Benjamin, and Anna Vernon, a stepdaughter Barbara Reiger of Locustville Va, two stepsons Robert Banks Jr of Amarillo TX and Wendell Banks of Newark OH, a cousin Doris Perlhefter Rauch of Washington DC, a great niece and nephew Amy Steiner Nadler and Evan Steiner, and a great-grandnephew Aidan Gabriel Nadler. Funeral services will be held at Crestlawn Memorial Park on Sunday Jan 31 at 2pm. " (31 Jan 2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA))


12. Norman Banks3 WARRICK (Jennie L.2 BANKS, Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born on 31 Oct 1895 in GA and died on 4 Oct 1955 in Chatham Co., GA. He is buried in the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He served as a private in the Nineteenth Company, Fifth Battalion, 157th Depot Brigade of the U.S. Army during World War I, from 9 Sep 1918 to 1 Feb 1919. Norman Banks appears in the 1930 census entry for his aunt (Florence M. nee Banks Blain) and is identified as a clerk at a naval store. He is also present in the 1940 census for Savannah, Chatham Co. GA, identified as a salesman and a nephew of the head of the household, but precisely who the head of the household is is not clear.

OBITUARY: "Norman Banks Warrick. Norman Banks Warrick died last night at the residence of his aunt, Mrs. Walter M. Turner, 123 W. Gwinnett St., after a brief illness. He is also survived by another aunt, Mrs. J. A. Kaufmann of Jacksonville, Fla. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Henderson Brothers Funeral Home." (5 Oct 1955 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 2)


13. Karl W.3 WARRICK (Jennie L.2 BANKS, Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born ca. 1900 in GA and died on 15 Oct 1937 in Demino, NM. He is buried in the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. In a 1930 census entry for Fort Bayard, Grant Co. NM he is indicated as having a wife named "Lulu".

OBITUARY: "Karl W. Warrick. Funeral services for Karl W. Warrick, who died Friday in Deming, N. M., will take place this morning at 11 o'clock at the chapel of Henderson Brothers. The Rev. S. E. McGlohon, retired Episcopal minister will officiate and burial will be in Laurel Grove Cemetery." (20 Oct 1937 Savannah Morning News p. 2)


14. Kathleen L.3 METZGER ( Kathleen Lovett2 BANKS, Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born on 11 Apr 1901 in GA and died on 2 Feb 1978 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. She is buried at the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. Kathleen L. married Harold Parkhurst ROGERS, son of Edward G. and Sarah C. Rogers, ca. 1925. He was born on 9 Dec 1899 in GA and died on 18 Aug 1975 in Duval Co. FL. They appear in the 1930 census for Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co. NC. They had no children.


15. Louise Alice3 METZGER ( Kathleen Lovett2 BANKS, Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born ca. 1910 in GA. She died in Mar 1968 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. According to the 1930 city directory for Savannah was a stenographer. She married Robert Pettyjohn STEDEFORD, son of Walter G. and Catherine C. Stedeford, on 17 Oct 1934 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. After her death, Robert remarried. He died 9 Jan 1995. Louise A. Metzger and Robert Pettyjohn Stedeford had children.


16. Arey Louise3 KAUFMANN ((Maude C.2 BANKS;Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born ca. 1909 in GA and died on 2 May 1968 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. She married Robert Stark Hariot WHITE ca. 1932. He was born on 20 Jan 1908 and died on 1 Dec 1972 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. They had children.


17. Julius W.3 KAUFMANN ((Maud C.2 BANKS;Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born on 16 Feb 1911 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA and died on 17 August 1997 in Ponte Verdra Beach, Saint Johns Co, FL. He first married Elizabeth WILSON. They had children.

He second married Laura Thelma HINELY, daughter of Jacob Frederick and Laura F. Palma nee Wisenbaker Hinely, on 10 Feb 1984.

OBITUARY:"KAUFMANN - Jule Kaufmann, Jr., 86 of Ponte Vedra Beach, passed away Sunday August 17, 1997 at his home. He was born February 16, 1911 in Savannah, GA. Mr. Kaufmann was the owner of Kaufmann Shipping Company until 1979 and had also been the owner of St. John's Import and Export Company from 1954 to 1995. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a member of the Retired Officer's Association. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; his son, Jule III; his sister, Margaretha Haynes, and three grandchildren, Champ, Mitch and Mike Kaufmann. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 20, 1997 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, Jacksonville Beach is in charge of arrangements."


18. Marion3 KAUFMANN ((Maude C.2 BANKS;Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born on 3 Jan 1914 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. She died on 30 Mar 1992 in Hesperus, La Plata CO.

Marion first married William Emmett COLEMAN, son of Frank George and Mary Frances nee Howell Coleman. He was born ca. 1911 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. He died on 17 Jan 1958 in Miami, Dade Co. FL. They had children. They were divorced in 1939.

Marion second married Hal FULENWIDER, Jr, son of Hal and Lellie nee - Fulenweider. He was born on 5 Oct 1911 in Alabama and died on 1 Jan 1983 in Duval Co. FL.


19. Margaretha 3 KAUFMANN ((Maude C.2 BANKS;Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born on 4 Oct 1915 in Savannah, Chatham Co. GA and died on 1 May 2004 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL. She married Caldwell HAYNES, Jr., son of Caldwell and Mary Elms nee Davidson Haynes. He was born 30 Aug 1916 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL and died on 13 Aug 2002 in Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL.

OBITUARY: "Caldwell "Chick" Haynes, Jr. HAYNES. Caldwell "Chick" Haynes, Jr. passed away August 13, 2002. He was born in Jacksonville, August 30, 1916. He lived here his entire life. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School and The University of Florida, "Chick" received a commission in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Arena during WWII. Having remained in the Naval Reserve, he answered his country's call again during the Korean Conflict. "Chick" worked 40 years in the insurance agency of Haynes, Peters and Bond Co., founded by his grandfather in 1877. He was very active in his community and charitable affairs both in Jacksonville and Cashiers, NC and was loved by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Margaretha Kaufmann Haynes; children, Hank Haynes (wife, Billie), Jayne Burbridge (husband, Ben), Margo Bliss (husband, Lewis) and 9 grandchildren. Memorial services will be held 11 AM Friday, August 16, 2002 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Rev. Mary Rosendahl and Rev. Barnum McCartney officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd Church, Cashiers, NC, or Hospice of NE FL. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. is in charge of arrangements." (16 Aug 2002, The Times-Union, Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL, Page B-2, Column 3)

OBITUARY: "HAYNES. Margaretha K. "Maude" Haynes, age 87, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2004. A native of Jacksonville, she was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Mrs. Haynes loved playing bridge and was blessed with many wonderful friends in both Jacksonville and Cashiers, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Caldwell "Chick" Haynes. Survivors include a son, Hank Haynes (wife Billie); 2 daughters, Jayne (Burbrdige) (husband Ben) & Margo Bliss (husband Lewis) and several grandchildren. Memorial funeral services will be held 2 PM Thursday, May 6, 2004 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Ave. with The Rev. R. Leigh Spruill officiating. HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. is handling arrangements." (6 May 2004, The Times-Union, Jacksonville, Duval Co. FL)

Margaretha KAUFMANN and Caldwell HAYNES Jr. had children.


Fourth Generation


20. Orrie Edward4 BRIGHT Jr. (Marie3 BANKS; Robert E.2; Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born on 7 Apr 1922 in Georgia. He died on 1 Dec 1971 and is buried at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Savannah, Chatham Co. GA. He married Nancy NICHOLS, daughter of Max Montague and Mary nee Molgohon Nichols. She was born on 18 May 1923 in Savannah, GA. She died on 3 Dec 2005 in Brooklet, Bulloch Co. GA. Orrie Edward Jr. and Nancy Nichols had children.

OBITUARY: "Tournament Champ. Golf Pro Bright Is Dead at 49. Savannah golf champion Orrie Edward Bright Jr. died Wednesday at Memorial Medical Center after a long illness. He was 49. The former course professional was a three time winner of the Savannah Golf Club Tournament in 1947, 1949 and 1955; winner of the Muny Tournament in 1949 and 1950, and the 1951 Stevenson Memorial, 1956 Chatham County Open and 1950 General Oglethorpe tournaments. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and lived at 712 E. 52nd St. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Nichols Bright; a son, Edward Neill Bright; two daughters, Mrs. Nicholas Rimed and Miss Mary Frances Bright; his father, Orrie Edward Bright, all of Savannah, and a sister, Mrs. William S. Williams of Lynchburg, Va. Fox and Weeks Funeral Home is in charge." (2 Dec 1971 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 2); "Orrie E. Bright Jr. Orrin Edward Bright Jr., 49, noted amateur golfer, died Wednesday at Memorial Medical Center after a long illness. He won the Savannah Golf Club Tournament in 1947, 1949 and 1955 and the Muny Tournament in 1949, 1950, and 1951. He also won the 1951 Stevenson Memorial, the 1956 Chatham County Open, and the 1950 General Oglethorpe Tournament. The resident of 712 E. 52nd St. was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Nichols Bright; a son, Edward Neill Bright; two daughters, Mrs. Nicholas Rimed and Miss Mary Frances Bright; his father, Orrie Edward Bright and a sister, Mrs. William S. Williams of Lynchburg, Va. He was a member of the Savannah Real Estate Board, treasurer of Prestige Furniture Co. and had served as a captain in the infantry in World War II. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Fox and Weeks Funeral Home is in charge." (3 Dec 1971 Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA) p. 2)


21. Marie4 BRIGHT (Marie3 BANKS; Robert E.2; Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born ca. 1926 in Georgia. She married William Swinney WILLIAMS in Savannah, Chathm Co. GA ca. Apr 1949.


22. Neill Kramer4 BANKS Jr. (Neill Kramer3; Robert E.2; Marie Louise1 RUDGE). He was born on 10 Mar 1930 in Savannah, Chatham Co. Georgia. He died on 21 Sep 2005 in Gloucester, Essex Co. MA. He was the President of a metal manufacturing firm. Neill Kramer Jr. was married and had children.

OBITUARY: "Bomco Grieves the Loss of Its President, Pete Banks. Gloucester, October 17, 2005. Neill Kramer "Pete" Banks, Jr., 75, died peacefully at his home in Gloucester, MA on Wednesday, September 21, 2005. Born on March 10, 1930 in Savannah, GA, he was the son of the late Sara Neville Banks and Neill Kramer Banks. Pete was well-known as the president of Bomco, Inc., an innovative metal manufacturing firm with nearly 100 employees and over 7,000 different production items including metal formed parts for aerospace and industry, glass-to-metal seal assemblies and wire handling accessories. Pete loved this business and the daily challenges it presented particularly when a job appeared impossible due to its technical nature. He had a keen interest in each of his employees and helped create a work environment with employee training and benefits which had made Bomco, Inc. not only a highly respected employer but also a recognized leader in the metal forming industry. Pete graduated cum laude from the Kent School in Connecticut in 1948. He went on, with a full Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship, to graduate from Cornell University in New York in 1953 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Pete then spent three years in the U.S. Navy, serving as an electronics material officer and later as a navigator aboard a destroyer. In 1956, Pete along with his wife Ann moved to North Bennington, VT. There, he worked as a production manager for the Warren Wire Co., of Pownall, VT where he came into contact with the fledgling business of Bomco Pressed Metal and Spinning Co., of Gloucester. Fascinated with the metal spinning process, he joined the company and moved to Gloucester in 1960. Pete became president of the newly incorporated Bomco, Inc. During the 1960s and 70s, in addition to running a business and raising a family, Banks was an active member of the Gloucester business community serving on industrial development, bank and hospital boards. He was also instrumental in gaining passage of a bill preserving the natural beauty of Cape Ann. Pete loved to spend time aboard his 1924 Crosby Yawl sailboat, "Spindrift," and rarely missed a year of sailing to Maine. He was an avid reader and was well-versed in world events and situations. He is survived by his children Deaken Knight Banks, Lansing Decamp Banks, Pamela Banks and four grandchildren. Edited with permission of the Gloucester Daily Times. A memorial service was held on Saturday, October 1, at the Bomco facilities that Pete Banks loved as his second home. Family, employees, community and school friends celebrated Pete Bank’s life in an outdoor service that was followed by a luncheon on a cloudless and warm October day." (Bomco News Fall 2005 Page 1 of 3 http://bomco.com/fall05.htm 3/15/2010)


23. Susan Allison4 BANKS (Neill Kramer3; Robert E.2; Marie Louise1 RUDGE). She was born on 4 Aug 1941 in Palmerton, Carbon Co. PA. She died on 3 Dec 1998 in Alburquerque, Bernalillo Co. NM.

OBITUARY: "Susan Banks-Duran, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, December 3, 1998, following a lifelong battle with diabetes. She is survived by her husband, Jim Duran of Albuquerque; brother, Peter Banks and sister-in-law, Ann Banks of Gloucester, MA; sons, Jeff and daughter-in-law, April of Denver, CO and Michael and daughter-in-law, Diane of Albuquerque; step-son, Tom of Santa Fe; niece, Pam; and nephews, Deaken and Lansing Banks, all of Gloucester, MA. She was preceded in death by parents, Sara N. and Neill K. Banks. Susan was born August 4, 1941 in Palmerton, PA. Susan was the former owner/operator of The Birdwatcher Boutique in Albuquerque's Old Town and also had pursued careers as a department store manager and realtor. She was known for her strength and courage throughout all of the year she struggled with diabetes, and for the inspiration she provided for others. A Memorial service will be Monday, 7:30 p.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas Road NE, with Father Jack Riesling of Dubuque, IA, a close friend of the family, officiating. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Lovelace Medical Center, attention Kidney Dialysis Unit, 5400 Gibson Blvd. SE 87108. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE." (6 Dec 1998 Albuquerque Journal)


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