personal and memorable things that we have unearthed relating to the Bankert/ Banker/Bankard families
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Arrival in America
On August 23, 1728, Captain John Coultas' ship Mortonhouse reached Philadelphia after a long voyage from the Dutch port of Rotterdam that included a stop at the port of Deal on the southeast coast of England near the entrance to the English Channel. Among the 205 men, women, and children on board was Christofel Bankert, his wife, Anna Eva (Shriver [? According to family tradition]), four of their five daughters (Maria Salome, Juliana, Anna Margaretha, and Margaretha Elenora), and one surviving son, Johann Jacob, who was born in 1717. Another daughter, Anna Maria, came to America later, in 1752.
Christofel and his family were from Wachenheim, a small town in the Rheinland- Palatinate. Born around 1680, in 1695 Christofel was considered a "servant" and "day laborer," later a "tenant" on the farm of Dr. Emrich of Spire in Wachenheim. He owned a house that was burned down in time of war. In 1718 he was a tenant on the farm of Baron von Sax, a successor of Dr. Emrich.
The above pictures of Wachenheim were taken by Van Sauter during a trip to Germany in 2004. One of the residents pointed out the stretch of town wall that serves as the back wall of the Dr. Emrich building, that was probably a residence. The building itself fronted on what was later known as Banhof Street, No. 95. Christofel's property that burned was on what was known as Lang Alley, which is about a block up from the Emrich site. Lang Alley runs perpendicular to Banhof Street. What was 95 Banhof has been plastered over and new windows installed, making it look quite modern. The back of the house, however, is quite medieval. The house next to Dr. Emrich's bears a sign indicating it was built in the 1600s.
Settlement in America
After the family’s arrival in Philadelphia, all records concerning Christofel disappear. His family, including his daughters and sons-in-law, moved to southcentral Pennsylvania, settling on “Digges’ Choice” in the region between Hanover and York. Christofel’s wife, Anna Eva, shows up as a sponsor for her grandchildren in baptismal records in that area.
By the late 1730s and mid 1740s, Johann Jacob appears in records relating to land in Digges Choice. In 1751 he set his sights south, purchasing acreage in what is now the Union Mills area of northcentral Maryland. His will divided his property between his four oldest sons and oldest daughter. Portions of his property – his “plantation,” including his mill property – were put up for sale in the late 1790’s, leading to a long court battle between the purchasers, Andrew and David Shriver, and Johann Jacob’s children.
Johann Jacob Bankert’s Family
Johann Jacob Bankert married Esther Sell in 1742. They had 14 children, 7 sons and 7 daughters. Six of each survived to adulthood and are mentioned in Johann Jacob’s will.
After Johann Jacob Bankert’s death in 1789, and the finalization of the sale of his property in 1797, most of his children and their descendants remained in the Frederick/Carroll County and Baltimore, Maryland and York/Adams County, Pennsylvania region.
Johann Jacob's middle son, Christopher, sold his inheritance in 1803/1804, and apparently moved out to Ohio with his children, primarily to Butler, Warren, and Montgomery Counties. They settled near, and often intermarried with, a number of other Maryland and Pennsylvania families, such as Butt, Barkelow, Bachman, Selby, Catrow, Keister, Kercher, Kemp, Gebhart, Dotterer, Long, Lucas, Deardoff [or Deardorff], Morningstar, Erb, Nail, Rohrer, Selby, Sell, Stull, and Yingling, some of the same families they had intermarried with in the East. Click here for more information on the Ohio Bankers.
The Family Name
The family name has gone through a number of variations, right from the very beginning. The Mortonhouse passenger list has it as "Bencker," although some of the transcriptions of that list render it "Benker" or "Benders."
Johann Jacob's surname was rendered "Banker" in his 1783 will and on a 1794 map of Maryland showing the location of his mill, "Benker" on his headstone at St. Mary's Cemetery in Silver Run, MD, and "Bankert" in many of the legal documents surrounding the sale of his estate.
Christopher, Johann Jacob’s son, is listed as “Bankard” in the 1790 and 1800 federal censuses of Frederick County, Maryland, and “Bankerd” in the legal documents of the sale of his inherited estate in 1803. The family that moved to Ohio was noted “Bankard” at first, but it was quickly changed to Banker in further documentation.
of the name that are current in the Pennsylvania-Maryland region
include Banker, Bankert, Bankart, Bankard, Bankerd, and Bangert.
In Ohio it is currently almost always Banker.
Who We Are
We are descendants of various parts of the Banker/Bankert/Bankard line. We welcome any additional information, photographs, etc., that will help us in our research. Please contact us with any questions or further information:
Roberta Banker Stein:firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan A. Bankert: email@example.com
Brian McDermott: FDBrian1233@aol.com
Miriam Russell Banker: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a new e-mail address for the Bankert Family Roundtable: email@example.com