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Lawrence b. 1754 DAR STATUS UPDATE
Posted by: Cynthia Forde (ID *****2046) Date: September 28, 2004 at 10:37:21
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For Daughters of Lawrence Bankston b. 1754 who have filed on him for membership in the DAR - I have an update; as of today he is reinstated as an official Rev. War Soldier. DAR is no longer accepting applications citing McCall-Tidwell or Knight for Rev. service. If you apply for Lawrence cite the following:
I have a copy of microfilm records to substantiate that Lawrence Bankston was a Revutionary Soldier apart from the Knight and McCall's references that are no longer accepted by the N.S.D.A.R. I can send you a hard copy by mail if you give me a specific person that should receive it.

Documentation: Georgia Department of Archives and History Microfilm, Drawer X5, Box 19.
1832 Georgia Land Lotteries (on microfilm), p. 9 (in the order they appeared on the microfilm).
37th Battalion: Lawrence Banckston (sic) RS
The letters RS behind Lawrence's name stands for Revolutionary War Soldier.

Also, I have a copy of the pages from Robert S. Davis' Jr.'s book, "Research in Georgia" about the Georgia Land Lotteries, their rules and who was entitled to draw in the lotteries.

Note: We are lucky that Wilkes County has these land lottery records. Only fifteen GA counites have any of their lottery records. Wilkes County has the most complete records of these counties. The State of Georgia lists only the entire state for entitled Lotteries drawers for the 1805 land lottery. The only records they have for later lotteries, 1807, 1820, 1821, 1827 and the two in 1832 are the names of lottery WINNERS from the land grants themselves. Since Lawrence Bankston did not win any land in the 1832 land lotteries it is lucky that we have the Wilkes County list of entitled drawers that prove Lawrence was a Revolutionary War Soldier. The Lottery records do not say what unit he served in during the Revolution. The person making the lottery list only needed answers to the questions required by th e Lottery Law. (see Davis' book). The questions were such as: "Was he a GA resident for three years? Was he single or married? Was he a veteran and from which war?, etc. "

Also in File II, which is an index of names that appear in Loose Documents that the Archives holds... under Lawrence Bankston, there is the DAR application for Ruth Blair, who was Georgia's second official Historian and Director of the Georgia Department of Archives and History from 1925 to 1936. She was a descendant of Lawrence Bankston. The only problem with her DAR application was that she cited Knight's book as her proof which is now not accepted as proof. The application was done in 1935.

Lawrence Bankston's Land Grants are headright grants and not Bounty grants. Because we know Lawrence Bankston was in Wilkes County, Ga ca. 1785, he most likely served in North Carolina.

I have a hard copy of the entire 37th battalion microfilm records. If you want a scanned cc of this page - e-mail me at rebjar@direcway.com

Kindest Regards,
Cynthia


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