James Banks


James Banks was born during the latter part of the seventeenth century. He probably was born in Ireland and came to America with army units destined for garrison duty in New York.

In February 1722, he was commissioned "lieutenant of fuzileers" in place of Henry Holland.

His will, filed a decade later, called him a gentleman of Albany and stated that he owned property and had family in New Jersey. It mentioned family in Ireland. He had a house and lot near the fort in Schenectady.

In November 1727, he witnessed the christening of the daughter of Johannes Vanderheyden at the Albany Dutch church. He witnesssed several other baptisms at the church during the 1720s.

In September 1729, he witnessed the will of a Schenectady neighbor.

James Banks filed a will in March 1732. At that time, identified himself as a "gentleman" of Albany. It noted his acquaintances including the widow of fellow officer John Price. The will passed probate the following August.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of James Banks is CAP biography number 7199. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/10/08