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  • John Banner

    John Banner, 3/21/1801 - 8/29/1888, married to Virginia Moore (11/28/1805 - 6/17/1891), both are buried at the Old Methodist Cemetery on S. Main Street. From the Surry County Heritage Book I: "John Banner, Sr. was born on March 21, 1801, near old Germanton in the county of Stokes. He received a good education at the Germanton Acacemy. After leaving school he entered the merchantile business, adding to this farming. In bothe these vocations he was remarkably successful. On December 22, 1825, he married Virginia, daughter of William and Mary (Polly) Martin Moore of Stokes County. Soon after, he was appointed deputy sheriff of the county. Before completing his term as deputy sheriff, his superior business qualifications and honestly had gained for him such popularity that he was elected to the General Assembly in 1829 and served his people so faithfully and well that he was returned to the next session by an increasing majority. This political experience satisfied his political ambitions, and he could never be induced to enter the arena again. In 1859, he moved to Surry County, bought a farm on the Ararat River near Mt. Airy and here he spent the remainder of his life. He was known as the largest land and slave owner in the county. He was a gentleman born; a leader in the community; the first Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge in Mt. Airy; and a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church. He adhered to this faith with tenacity until his death. For many years he was a ruling elder in the church at Mt. Airy. At his home of the Banner Plantation, now known as "Bannertown" , on the morning of August 29, 1888, after three years in invalidism from a stroke, John Banner, Sr. "rested from his labors.""
  • Constantine "Conse" Banner

    Constantine "Conse" Banner
  • young Jim Banner

    young Jim Banner
  • Rachel Banner Moore

    Rachel Banner Moore wife of Frank Moore
  • Granny Banner, Aunt Jeanie, Jim Banner, Jesse Banner, Delia Banner, Sarah Banner, Gertrude "Trudie" Prather Young

    Granny Banner, Aunt Jeanie, Jim Banner, Jesse Banner, Delia Banner, Sarah Banner, Gertrude "Trudie" Prather Young in tobacco fields on the Banner farm
  • Floyd Allen, Dr. Constantine Banner, Will Bunker

    Floyd Allen, Dr. Constantine Banner, Will Bunker
  • John Banner and Mary Virginia Moore Banner

    John Banner 3/21/1801 - 8/29/1888 and Mary Virginia Moore Banner 11/28/1805 - 6/17/1891
  • Virginia Banner and Jesse Banner

    Virginia Banner and Jesse Banner going to school. The W.C. Banner house is in the background
  • Sarah Banner, Marie Hale

    Sarah Banner, Marie Hale
  • John L. Banner

    John L. Banner Board of Director for Workmen's Federal Savings and Loan Association
  • Emma Prather Gilmer memoirs

    memoir written by Emma Prather Gilmer. Parents: Rebecca Banner and Thomas William Prather who were married in 1859. Maternal grandparents were Elisha Banner and Mary Eliza Banner. Paternal grandparents were Thomas Franklin Prather and Charity Briggs and they were married in Stokes County but moved to Surry County. Emma married William Franklin "Dixie" Gilmer on 11/12/1883.
  • Sarah Banner feeding the chickens on the Banner farm

    Sarah Banner feeding the chickens on the Banner farm
  • Banner family history compiled by Alma Banner Bivens

    Banner family history compiled by Alma Banner Bivens
  • sitting front: Mary Ann Davie Martin, Harriet Lowe Brown, *Myrtle "Sis" Foy Hennis back: Betty Gronnemyer Wise, *Elizabeth Banner, Margaret Caldwell Herndon, *Beverly Banner Bivens Olive, *Alma Hines Mitchell Names with asterisk * are from Mount Airy

    sitting front: Mary Ann Davie Martin, Harriet Lowe Brown, *Myrtle "Sis" Foy Hennis back: Betty Gronnemyer Wise, *Elizabeth Banner, Margaret Caldwell Herndon, *Beverly Banner Bivens Olive, *Alma Hines Mitchell Names with asterisk * are from Mount Airy
  • Mary Virginia Banner

    Mary Virginia Banner carrying spring water
  • Arthur Swain Mitchell (1881/82 - 1945) Anne Lee Banner (1887 - 1967)

    Arthur Swain Mitchell (1881/82 - 1945) Anne Lee Banner (1887 - 1967) Parents of Kathleen Banner Mitchell Rozendal and John Mitchell Banner
  • Virginia Banner

    Virginia Banner feeding the bird dog puppies on the Banner farm
  • Virginia Banner and Dr. Roy Mitchell

    Virginia Banner and Dr. Roy Mitchell
  • photograph of Cordelia Hines Banner

    photograph of Cordelia Hines Banner
  • photograph of Cordelia Hines Banner, Emma Hines Young

    photograph of photograph of Cordelia Hines Banner, wife of W.C. Banner and Emma Hines Young, wife of John A Young of Greensboro NC
  • photograph of Malinda Hoosier Banner Davis

    photograph of Malinda Hoosier Banner Davis, Born - June 25, 1829, Mt. Airy, N. C., Died - May 14, 1936, Jackson, Michigan, slave to James Hollingsworth family, taken on her 100th birthday
  • Banner Family

    Items related to the Banner Family in Surry County, NC
  • 1928 Mount Airy High School diploma with class list for Sue May Hendren

    1928 Mount Airy High School diploma for Sue May Hendren including class list with 33 graduates
  • photograph of Ernest Sherwood Hendren in his later years

    photograph of Ernest Sherwood Hendren in his later years from granddaughter Sherry Banner: Ernest Sherwood Hendren October 13, 1881 – January 21, 1976 “I don’t have much specific biographical information about my grandfather…He was a graduate of Wake Forest College and at some point in his work life, he was Superintendent of Schools for Surry County, NC as well as head of that county’s Civilian Conservation Corps. His nick-name among his peers was “The Professor.” He was a master checkers player, once playing (and I THINK, beating?) the world champion. He and his dear wife, my grandmother, Hattie Heeth Hendren, were long-time residents of Mount Airy living on Franklin Street. (The house is now gone.) His love for his wife was as deep and committed as any love I have ever witnessed. He was a true family man, a banjo player, a gardener, a bee-keeper, a story-teller… a joy to know and love.
  • photograph of Ernest Sherwood Hendren as a young man

    photograph of Ernest Sherwood Hendren as a young man from granddaughter Sherry Banner: Ernest Sherwood Hendren October 13, 1881 – January 21, 1976 “I don’t have much specific biographical information about my grandfather…He was a graduate of Wake Forest College and at some point in his work life, he was Superintendent of Schools for Surry County, NC as well as head of that county’s Civilian Conservation Corps. His nick-name among his peers was “The Professor.” He was a master checkers player, once playing (and I THINK, beating?) the world champion. He and his dear wife, my grandmother, Hattie Heeth Hendren, were long-time residents of Mount Airy living on Franklin Street. (The house is now gone.) His love for his wife was as deep and committed as any love I have ever witnessed. He was a true family man, a banjo player, a gardener, a bee-keeper, a story-teller… a joy to know and love.