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  • ID: I40568
  • Name: Linn Banks
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 23 JAN 1784 in Culpeper Co., Virginia
  • Death: 13 JAN 1842 in near Wolftown, Madison Co., Virginia
  • Note:
    bur. at Vale Evergreen near Graves Mill, Madison Co., VA.
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    Birth info from his tombstone and Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971, 1971, p 548.
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    The 1790 and 1800 censuses of Virginia have been lost. His father was in that portion of Culpeper Co., VA that was cut off to form Madison Co.
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    In 1806, Linn was a student at William and Mary College. (Mrs. P.W. Hiden, "Adam Banks of Stafford Co., VA", Tyler's Quarterly, vol 15, p 248)--no source cited)
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    Linn studied law and was admitted to the bar in Madison Co., VA, 10 Apr 1809. (Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971, GPO, 1971, p 548)
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    On 3 Apr 1809, Linn Banks and Polly Henderson were witnesses to the will of Elizabeth Harvey. (Will Abstracts of Madison County, Virginia (1793-1813) [Books 1-2]& Abstracts of Marriage Bonds (1793-1800) by Sparacio, 1986, citing Bk 2, p 209 He & Blakey Eddins became administrators of the estate.)
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    Linn was possibly living with his father in the 1810 census of Madison Co., VA (1) white male 26-45 (p 376)
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    On 2 Apr 1811, Wake Co., NC, Linn Banks married Eliza Saunders. (Wake Co., NC Marriages (bonds) and International Genealogical Index, batch M5106002, p 2898 - extraction of county marriage records) Theophilus Hunt was bondsman.
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    On 20 Jun 1811, Linn Banks of Madison Co. to Robert Strngfellow of Orange Co., VA for 120 lbs. in execution of a trust deed to him by John Sampson dtd 26 Jun 1809. Linn had advertised in the Virginia Herald in Fredericksburg 20 Jun 1811 for sale at the Crooked Run Mill adjoining the property bounded by Robert Pallory, Robert Paul and Philip Slaughter. Stringfellow was the highest bidder. Witnesses were Thomas Miller Jr., John Pannell and John Sampson Jr. (Culpeper Co., VA Deed Bk EE, p 277. LDS reel 30955)
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    In the will of his father, Adam Banks, Linn was left part of the land (bounding his own land) which Adam was leaving to his wife during her life. Linn was also to get 8 slaves. Charles Hume and Linn were named executors of the will, which carried trustee functions over Joel Banks' share and over investment of shares for other heirs. In an Oct 1816 court, executorship was awarded to Linn and to Charles Hume though the will was contested by Adam's son Joel. (Madison Co., VA Will Bk 3, p 295, 390 and 480)
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    According to a letter by Linn's nephew, William Adam Banks, Linn and wife lived with his father Adam after the marriage, making an addition to the old home built by Adam (which Adam willed to Linn). The same William A. Banks describes Linn's estate, Vale Evergreen as "..one of the loveliest spots I have ever seen, having had the finest collection of Exotics and roses and other environments to make it seem an earthly Paradise." (The Lea Family in Nelson County, Virginia, by R. F. Lea, 1945, p 91)
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    Linn served in the War of 1812 (Yowell's History of Madison County, Virginia, p 68)
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    On 21 Aug 1820, at the division of estate of Linn's brother, Gerard J. Banks, Linn received one lot as guardian for infant Robt. Alexander [Adam? intended] Banks [Linn's nephew]. (Madison Co., VA Will Book 4, p 42)
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    1820 census Madison Co., VA (p 101) Linn Banks head of household
    White males: less than 10 yrs (1), 16-18 (1), 18-26 (2), 26-45 (2)
    White females: less than 10 yrs (2), 16-26 (2), 45 yrs and older (1)
    Slaves: (35); (17) in household engaged in agriculture
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    Linn was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1812-38 and for 20 years was speaker. (Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971, GPO, 1971, p 548)
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    As speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Linn hosted Genl. Lafayette when he visited Virginia in 1825. (Mrs. P. W. Hiden, "Adam Banks of Stafford Co., VA", Tyler's Quarterly, vol 15, p 248--no source cited) William Adam Banks (The Lea Family in Nelson County, Virginia, by R.F. Lea, 1945, p 91) gives the date as 1836. He seems to give details of the event and was at the time part of the Linn Banks family...so info is probably more reliable.
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    1830 census Madison Co., VA (p 3) Linn Banks head of household.
    White males: 40-50 (1)
    White females: 30-40 (1), 60-70 (1), 80-90 (1)
    Slaves: (43)
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    Apparently in the late 1830s-early 1840s, Linn took charge of the education of his nephew William Adam Banks, and William joined Linn at Christmas either in Washington or Richmond (The Lea Family in Nelson County, Virginia, by R. F. Lea, 1945, p 91)
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    1840 census Madison Co., VA (p 305) Linn Banks head of household.
    White males: 50-60 (1)
    White females: 50-60 (1)
    Slaves: (47)
    (17) in household engaged in agriculture
    (1) in manufacturing and trade
    (1) learned professions/engineers
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    Linn was elected as a Democrat to the 25th-27th Congresses (1838-41); he had to surrender his seat to William Smith in Dec 1841, who had contested the election. Linn then returned to his law practice and served as a colonel in the Virginia militia. He drowned while trying to cross the Conway River. (Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971, GPO, 1971, p 548). Mrs. Hiden indicates he was canvassing during an election campaign when he drowned accidentally.
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    On 16 Nov 1812, Linn Banks of Madison Co., VA wrote his will. He left all property to wife Eliza J. H. Banks. She was designated executrix and Charles Hume executor. The will was proved 27 Jan 184`2. Linn B. Saunders produced a power of attorney from Eliza by oath of William T. Banks. So administration was granted to Saunders 28 Apr 1842. (Madison Co., VA Will Bk 7, p 162. LDS reel 32572)
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    In 1851, the late Linn Banks's farm had 2239 acres. (Source not recorded)
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    Death/burial info from his tombstone and Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774, 1971, p 548.
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    No children




    Father: Adam Banks b: 1742 in Orange Co., Virginia
    Mother: Gracey James b: BEF. 1753

    Marriage 1 Eliza Jane Hunter Sanders b: ABT. 1782 in North Carolina
    • Married: 2 APR 1811 in Wake Co., North Carolina
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