Reverend Dr. John Monro Banister

From AlabamaMosaic: Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
 A Priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church for 61 Years

Born:March 14, 1818, Petersburg, VA
Died:March 29, 1907, Huntsville, AL


•  "BANISTER, JOHN MONRO, Episcopal minister, was born March 14, 1818, at Petersburg, Va., and died March 29, 1907, at Huntsville; son of John Monro and Mary Burton Augusta (Boiling) Banister, of Petersburg and later of Sussex County, Va., the former a graduate of Princeton university; grandson of Col. John and Anne (Blair) Banister, who lived at his suburban home 'Battersea' near Petersburg, educated in England and 'bred to the law' at the Temple, returned to Virginia, and was elected to the house of burgesses from Dinwiddie County, 1765, and served until the end of the colonial period, was a member of the Virginia Revolutionary conventions, and after the formation of the State government was a member of the assembly, and of the continental congress, March 1778-1779, and was lieutenant-colonel, Virginia state troops under Gen. Lawson and actively engaged during the invasion of the state by Arnold and Phillips, and of Robert and Mary (Burton) Boiling, of 'Center Hill,' Petersburg, Va. Mr. Banister was educated in private schools near his father's plantation and in Petersburg, and graduated from Princeton university as valedictorian 1840. He studied law under Judge Lomax of Fredericksburg, Va., and was admitted to the bar in 1842, but did not practice. Under the influence of Rev. Nicholas H. Cobbs, later bishop of the diocese of Alabama, he studied for the Episcopal ministry, taking a course of theology at the Virginia seminary from which he was graduated in 1846; ordained deacon in that year by Rev. William Meade. D. D., bishop of Virginia, ordained priest in 1848 by the same bishop and became assistant minister of St. Paul's church, Richmond. 1846-48; removed to Alabama and became rector of Trinity church, Demopolis, 1849-50; rector St. Paul's church, Greensboro, 1850-60; rector church of the nativity, Huntsville, 1860-1906, rector emeritus of that church from 1906 until his death. The degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by William and Mary college, 1869. He was a Democrat. Married: February 1, 1848, at 'Kingston,' the country home of her Parents, to Mary Louise, daughter of William Henry and Anne (Withers) Broadnax, the former a lawyer and planter who lived near Petersburg. Children: 1. Robert Boiling, m. Corrilla Nations; 2. John Monro, jr., U. S. Army, m. (1) Alice White; (2) Maude Edmondson, of Omaha, Neb.; 3. Anne Withers; : Mary Louise, m. Sterling S. Lanier, of Birmingham; 5. William Broadnax, surgeon V. S. army, m. Mary Caroline Noltenius, of Texas City, Texas; 6. Augusta Boiling, m. Robert Slaughter, of Lynchburg, Va.; 7. Blair, m. Marion Glass of Lynchburg; 8. Ellen Gordon, m. Gustav Stalling, of Lynchburg; 9. Reginald-, resides at Woodward. Last residence: Huntsville." - Alabama Biography

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•  Alabama Biography - History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, by Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, © 1921, p.87

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