Submitted By: Angella
All of the following information was found in the Banks Family File at the Adair County Public Library, Genealogy Room. There were several difficult-to-read, handwritten notes by an unknown researcher that contained quite a bit of useful information on Vandiver, his wives, and his children. I have compiled the information here. Take it for what it is worth to you as the researcher is unknown. (Some of it is easily verifiable, some may not be—I am in no way purporting all of this information to be accurate, I am just reporting my findings. A question mark--?—beside anything means I had a hard time making out what was written on the original source)
Vandiver Banks, Sr.
- Possibly a native of Maryland
- Born: 12/25/1766?
- Died: 9/19/1855?, Adair County, in testate
- Married: 1) Elizabeth Woolford, born: VA, died: 9/22/1822?, Adair Co.
- 11 children: Vandiver & John—both moved to AZ—and others
- Was a wealthy man of his time and left good records of his family. On December 1, 1817, Vandiver Banks is given permission to erect a warehouse for the inspection of tobacco on his land on the north side of Green River about 50 yards below the landing at said Banks Ferry (from Adair County Court Records)
- Married: 2) Phoebe Moore, 4/21/1824, Green Co, KY, "She says she is 45"
- Adair Co Deed Books:
- 1831—Vandiver Banks, Sr. & Phoebe, his wife, to John Banks, 205 acres
- 1834—Vandiver Banks, Sr. & Phoebe, his wife, to Solomon Bailey, 190 acres
- 1834—Vandiver Banks, Sr., & Phoebe, his wife, to Clement Banks, 210 acres
- October 5, 1835. Vandiver Banks deceased in testate, and Phoebe Banks, his widow, is admitted as Administratrix making bond for $5000 with Jacob W. and Clement P. (sons) as co-administrators. (The amount of this bond indicates considerable property.)
- December 7, 1835. The dower of Phoebe Banks, widow of Vandiver Banks, dec’d wishes her dower in the land and slaves of the said dec’d laid off to her and same is ordered done.
- April 17, 1837. Vandiver Banks of McDonough Co., Ill. Grants power of atty to Mr. John Banks, also of McDonough Co, Ill to attend my property in the state of Ky. Vandiver Banks and Loraner Banks, his wife, who relinquishes her dower right in the said property in the State of Ky.
- May 29, 1837. Phoebe Banks, widow of Vandiver, dec’d, and Henry White and Rachel (Banks), his wife, Jesse Watson and Ellender (Banks), his wife, Clement P Banks, John Banks, Vandiver Banks, and Martin W. Banks, heirs to said Vandiver, dec’d, to Jacob W. Banks. The said Vandiver, dec’d, in his lifetime gave to said Jacob W. Banks a tract of land 204 acres on Butler’s Creek, a branch of Green River, but had not invested the title to said land.