New DNA Evidence

Discards Widely Held Family Ties


A bit of family history related to Virginia and our Banks family: William Banks was our immigrant ancestor. He purchased 1200 acres of Mantapike lands prior to 1690 and settled there. He appears to have come to Virginia with means and was a slaveholder and property owner from his earliest days in the colony.

His English origins are a mystery, although DNA evidence has now conclusively established that he was of the same family as a Richard Banks of a generation earlier who had immigrated from London to Massachusetts. We have all loved hearing the story that William may have been a son of Sir John Bankes of Corfe Castle and brother of Sir Ralph Bankes of Kingston Lacey in England, but it is all but certain he was not it is not impossible, however, that he was related to this family.