Spencer Banks
and Elizabeth Branson

Spencer Banks b about 1877 Letcher Co KY d Saturday, 13 Feb 1909 killed by his brother, Harrison Banks; buried Banks Cemetery, Letcher Co KY; s/o Elijah Banks and Elizabeth Burton Lucas. Spencer Banks m. 14 Sept 1895 to Elizabeth Branson b 21 Jan 1879 d 13 Jan 1918; buried Asher and Branson Cemetery, Letcher Co KY (on the hill at home of Ted Asher); d/o Hezekiah Branson and Sarah Unknown. Children of Spencer Banks and Elizabeth Branson;

1. Leonard Branson Banks b Aug 1896 KY m. Maudie Grimes

2. Roberta Banks b Mar 1898 Letcher Co KY m. John Flannery

3. Bradley Banks b 11 Feb 1900 (or 12 Feb 1899) Letcher Co KY d 21 Apr 1947 Knott Co KY in a coal mining accident crushed by a slate fall; buried Sassafras, Knott Co KY; m. (1) Mallie Dixon; m. (2) Isma Cornett b about 1904 d 30 May 1984 Perry Co KY; d/o John Dixon Cornett and Surrilda Ritchie. Isma Cornett m. (1) Edgar Perkins b about 1898 d 16 Nov 1977 Perry Co KY; s/o Leonard Perkins

4. Herbert Banks b 26 Sept 1901 Gander, Letcher Co KY d 10 Sept 1968 Letcher Co KY; buried Burton Hill Cemetery, Letcher Co KY; m. 10 Aug 1920 David, Letcher Co KY to Vina Caudill b 20 Oct 1900 David, Letcher Co KY d 8 Nov 1973 Letcher Co KY; buried Burton Hill Cemetery, Letcher, Letcher Co KY. Children of Herbert Banks and Vina Caudill;

i. Herbert Banks b 6 Feb 1923 Carbon Glow, Letcher Co KY d 27 Aug 1924 Carbon Glow, Letcher Co KY; buried Back Cemetery, Letcher Co KY.

ii. Mallie Banks b about 1922 d 27 May 2010 Letcher Manor Nursing Home, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; m. Charles Hobbs.

5. John Banks b about 1903


Spencer Banks heard Hettie Stamper Banks screaming and ran to the house to save her life. Harrison Banks was drunk and waving a gun around and Hettie's face was bloody. Spencer grabbed the gun and ran from the house with it. As he got to the gate, Harrison Banks threw a big rock and hit Spencer in the head with it crushing his skull. Harrison Banks' big bull dog also ran after Spencer and attacked and gravely injured him. He died soon after the attacks.

9 years later, Spencer Banks' wife, Elizabeth Branson Banks was accidentally killed by a train when she thought she was avoiding an oncoming train and stepped into the tracks of a train that hit her from the back. From the William "Bill" Banks Family Story, by William Banks.


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