I hope that you can help me. My problem is the absence of every Banister family except Mattison from approximately 1810 to approximately 1828. None of the others were found named in a will, a land plat (since the land records of Abbeville burned), the census, or any records of surrounding counties, i.e. Pendleton, Lauren, Edgefield, Elbert, or Franklin Counties. That time gap should raise lots of "red flags" for those looking to establish proven lineages. If it were just Thomas, Sr., the census taker may have missed a family or two, but in this case it seems he missed all of them if they were in Abbeville. If so, why wasn't a Revolutionary War veteran named in a legal document or two ?
Our line is that of James Allen Banister, Sr. and we live in Greenwood, SC. Since William Banister of Pendleton, 1790, lived adjacent to Eli Davis, who had married Frances Bannister on February 18, 1782, in Fauquier County, Virginia, it seems that he was the first Banister to arrive from Virginia. But he left before 1810; additionally, it seems the William in the 1810 census was not the same as the William Banester living in Abbeville in 1830, who seems to have died before 1840 and the William of 1840 was yet another William. (Open to comments and rebuttals.)
Furthermore, Samuel Post is very interesting to me. He lived on Rosses Creek near Lowndesville, Abbeville County, SC. Later, Daniel Firman Freeland was the postmaster of Lowndesville from February 16, 1852, until Christian V. Barnes became postmaster on November 29, 1859, and Daniel's sister had married Eugene Post in Warren County, NJ, where Daniel was also born. Furthermore, his great grandmother had been a Post as well, marrying Johannis Vreeland in Essex County, NJ. His grandmother was Betty Lyon from Fairfield, Connecticut and the Lyon family as well as the Bushnell family settled in southern Abbeville and northern Edgefield counties very close to one another. (Thomas Jefferson Lyon married Margaret Carson Wideman, daughter of Leonard and Sarah Carson Patterson Wideman.) As for Samuel Post's wife and the other Bell marriages in Pennsylvania, as reported to another person's post on the "Post Family" forum, they all occurred within about 70 miles of one another in Chester and Lancaster Counties, and many of those Bells and collateral families went to Augusta County, Virginia, and then moved down the Great Wagon Road through Rowan, Mecklenburg/Lincoln Counties of NC, into York County and into Abbeville County, SC. Maybe we can figure out the Banisters and the Posts, too.
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