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Michael Joseph Banks

Michael Joseph Banks, physician, was born July 27, 1857, in Tallapoosa County; son of Dr. Wilson L. and Parmela (Bulger) Banks, the former a native of Chambers County, born March 24, 1832, and died September 30, 1890; grandson of Joseph and Mary (Briscoe) Banks, the former, born June 6, 1811, in Dublin, Ireland, came with his parents to America in 1818, settling in Georgia, moved to Alabama in Tallapoosa County, and died in 1863, and of Gen. M. J. and Parmela (Donald) Bulger, the former a native of Columbia, South Carolina, born February 13, 1806; great-grandson of Joseph and Margaret Banks, Sr., the former was born in Ireland in 1779, and died in Alabama in 1856, and of Pierce and Annie (Adams) Bulger; great-great-grand-son of John and Jane Banks, the former, born 1758, in Dublin, Ireland, died in 1833, and was buried in Bride's Churchyard, Dublin, Ireland, and of Mike Bulger, a native of Ireland, and the brother of Lord John Bulger. The progenitor of the family in America, Mike Bulger, came to this country with Baron DeKalb to join the Revolution, remained a member of his staff as long as DeKalb lived, and was by his side when the latter was killed at Camden.

Dr. Banks was reared in Tallapoosa County, attending the common schools there, and later took up the study of medicine in the Atlanta Medical College. He was graduated M. D., 1889, and began to practice medicine the following year at Jackson's Gap, where he has continued a successful practice. He is a Democrat, and a Missionary Baptist.

(1) in 1880, Beulah Henderson of Jackson's Gap, who died in 1893;
(2) in 1895, Vada Burroughs of Dadeville, who died in 1899;
(3) January, 1903, Linnie Shank, of Glass.

Children, by first marriage:
1. Lula;
2. Esther;
3. Graves, deceased;
4. Ruth;
5. Joseph T.;
6. Wilson L.;
7. Beulah.
By third marriage:
8. Dona.

Jackson's Gap.

Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, LL.D., Volume III,
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Compnay, Chicago, 1921

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