Guests are invited to climb up the steep steps to explore the house’s second story construction from the late 1700s, stroll on the grounds or sit in the swing or rocking chairs on the back porch. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit our ancestral home where Ralph and Rachel Jones Banks settled when they moved with Granddaddy Thomas Banks and their children after the Revolutionary War.

Come celebrate our heritage. Get in touch with our roots and get to know the present-day family members!


*****Please fill out the reservation form on the last page of this newsletter, whether or not you plan to attend the 2007 Biennial  Reunion events. Mail it to Annette Jackson as soon as possible so we will know how many people to expect. This is a good time to update our mailing list. Thanks, George P. Banks.


******Also. If you have not paid family dues of $10 for 2006-2007, Tom Wilkinson would love to hear from you at 501 North Randolph Avenue, Eufaula, Al. 36027. His phone number if 334/687-4682.

 (Money from the treasury (dues and fees) is used to pay the reservation fee and supper at the Elberton United Methodist Church for Friday night; make our annual donation to the Coldwater United Methodist Church and pay for lunches there. Add to that, the $500 donation to the Hernando  Memorial Cemetery to help repair damages from vandalism, and the printing and postage for the 550 Banks Family Association newsletters.)



SPORTS NEWS by George P. Banks, (864)  574-0190


1.     Tom Banks Jr. –All American Center at Auburn, All Pro with St. Louis Cardinals, member of Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame. His father was Tom Banks Sr., who an All Southeastern Conference Guard at Auburn. Tom Jr. and Tom Sr. were the first father and son to play in the Senior Bowl. They are descendants of Ralph Banks Jr. and Elizabeth Maxwell Banks.

2.   Leroy Jordan—All American Linebacker from Alabama, All Pro with the Dallas    Cowboys, member of the Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. Leroy is married to Mary Haywood Banks who is a descendant of Willis Banks and Mary Gray Banks.

3.       Frank Selvey, husband of Barbara Banks Selvey, All American Basketball at

Furman University at Greenville, S.C.- led the nation in scoring. Scored 100 points in a game against Newberry College. Played pro with the LA Lakers,- member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.


(If anyone wishes to contribute to this list of sports heroes, send information to George P. Banks at 106 Shannon Drive, Spartanburg, S.C. (29301-3814)



Motels –

Holiday Inn Express, 970 Elbert Street, Elberton, Ga.30635 (706-283-8811 or FAX (706) 283-8811;

Days Inn, 302 Elbert Street, Elberton, Ga. 30635 (706) 283-2300 or FAX (706) 283-2500; Jolise Inn, 929 Elbert Street, Elberton, Ga. 30635 (706);

Ramada Limited Royston, 841 Hart Street, Royston, Ga. 30662 (Royston Bypass) (706) 246-0256.


          Why not combine the reunion weekend with a family vacation before or after. There are two Georgia State Parks along Hartwell Lake (Tugaloo State Park in Lavonia, Ga., (706) 356-4362) and Hart State Park near Hartwell, call 1-(706) 376-8756); and Richard B. Russell State Park on the shores of Lake Russell and the Savannah River have fully furnished cabins and all kinds of water sports, picnicking, walking trails and beautiful, restful scenery. Richard B. Russell is the closest to Elberton, and those who are interested in golf will have that choice. For more information, call the park at 706-213-2045; Golf Course (706) 283-6000.  For more information about cabins for rent in Georgia, call Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, 1-800-864-7275 or email www.GeorgiaState For more information on Tee Times and Golf Packages, 1-800-434-0982 or email





          Jim and Martha’s oldest daughter, Meaghan, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and got her master’s degree from Brown University in 2005. She is working as an editor’s assistant at a publishing firm south of San Francisco. Their youngest daughter MacKensie is a sophomore at Stanford. She earned a 3.95 GPA her first year, which is better than anyone in her family has done before.  Jim said, “I thought that was a good story to tell you because it was a demonstration of the good Banks genes, but my wife informs me that intelligence is inherited from the mother. What do I know?”



Her new address is 220 B Terrell Road, Franklin, NC. However, she would rather receive her mail at her office, c/o Caldwell Banker/DSA, 400 Porter Street, Franklin, NC, 28734.

          Also, Abigail announced the birth of a grandaughter, Sedona Abbey Stratford on November 4, 2006 at 12.23 a.m. at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Na. Her mother is Shipley Sullivan Dennison Stratford. The Dennisons also have a grandson, Kyle Andrew Dunn, born to Mary Robin Dunn in Tampa, Fla. on January 30, 1999. 



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