At this time there are ten male Banister participants who have been confirmed as genetic matches on all markers with the DNA testing. This is a very big accomplishment and is very exciting.
In the 1800 census Balaam is listed in Abbeville, South Carolina. Sometime after 1800 Burrell Banister migrates from Virginia to Abbeville and later to Indiana. Balaam seemed to be more adventureous and went to Jackson County, Georgia around 1809 and by 1810 he was in Warren County, Kentucky.
In 1820 Balaam had gone to Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. At this time I do not know his wife's name or all of their children.
Laban/Laborn Banister who was born around 1801 in Tennessee is a mystery. Two individuals who have been tested from this line are a match to the Burrell & Balaam lines.
Also, Jarret Banister is an exact match to the Burrell, Balaam & Laban lines. Jarrett was from Union/Edgefield County, South Carolina, served in the War of 1812 and migrated to Georgia.
Another confirmation of genetic DNA match to Burrell, Balaam, Jarret & Laban is Edward Wesley Banister b.1819-SC, d. 1912-AL. Some of his descendants migrated to Forney, Kaufman County, Texas.
John Thomas Banister (b. 4-16-1840-Abbeville, SC, d. 4-18-1913-Mt. Vernon, Franklin Co, TX) is also related to the above Banister's. He married Susan Madeira. They migrated to Hopkins County, Texas and are found in the 1880 census records. (Hopkins County is close to Red River County, Texas where my Banister's migrated from Louisiana around 1867.) The information I have received from this participant was John's father was Thomas (1807-1862) who married Becky Hadden? Thomas' father was Mattison Banister.
At this time we do not know our common ancestor. However, we are hopeful with additional male Banisters participating we will be able to find more genetic cousins and find our common ancestor/ancestors.