Portraits of Pioneers: Peter Banks (1846 – 1893)

Portraits of Pioneers: Peter Banks (1846 – 1893)

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Peter Banks

29 Jun 1846 —  1893 (aged 46–47)


The following is an excerpt from a book published by Chapman Brothers, 1884.

Peter Banks, farmer, section 26, Flynn Township, was born June 29, 1846, in Caithness Shire, in the north of Scotland, and is the son of James and Georgiana (Sinclair) Banks, both natives of Scotland. He grew to manhood among the Scottish “braes and tarns” and remained in his native land two years after he obtained majority. He then emigrated to America, and for a time was a resident of Middlesex Co., Can., coming thence to Lapeer Co., Mich., where he remained but a brief period. He went next to Toronto, Ont., where he was married July 14, 1873, to Annie Nicholson, a native of Scotland and daughter of William and Isabella (Nichols) Nicholson. She was 22 years of age when she came with her two sisters to Canada, where she was married soon after. Mr. and Mrs. Banks have seven children, born in the order named: Georgiana, June 28, 1874; James A., July 9, 1875; Margaret E., Sept. 16, 1876; Minnie C., May 24, 1878; Jessie, Sept. 16, 1879; Annie, June 1, 1881; William John, Oct. 28, 1882.

Soon after marriage, Mr. Banks rented a farm in the township of Eckfrid, Middlesex Co., Ont., where he operated until his removal to Michigan, in October, 1879, when he located on 80 acres of land in Flynn Township, of which he became the proprietor by purchase. This has since been the home of the family and there is now 35 acres of the place under creditable cultivation. In political belief Mr. Banks favors the views of the Republican element. In religious sentiment he and his wife are Presbyterians.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Sanilac County; Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Citizens of the County. Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1884.

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One Reply to “Portraits of Pioneers: Peter Banks (1846 – 1893)”

  1. Thanks for publishing Peter’s bio. We are very proud that Peter and Anna were pioneers to the area.

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