September 10, 1803 - January 31, 1885
Forefather of The Original Banister Shoes
President of Banister & Son Company from 1845 to 1857 ~ Father of James A. Banister
"Now I come to speak of myself in the first person,
dedicating my remarks to my son,
James Albert (Banister).
'My Dear Son James:
As you have often expressed a desire that I would write out a history of my commencement in life,
and what I know of my ancestry, I have agreed to your wishes, and endeavored to comply with wishes
in stating what I know of my ancestors in the foregoing. It is not much I know, and not flattering what
I do know. But when I now come to speak of myself, if I speak in a manner that seems to you, bragging too
much, rub it out, and couch it in language more modest and becoming for a humble mechanic, without
culture of refinement and education. (I was always called a brag).'"
-Isaac Banister, Founding Father of Banister Shoes
REMINISCES OF A LIFE OF SEVENTY FIVE YEARS
By Isaac Banister
Born: September 10,1803; Died: January 31, 1885
(I) Isaac Banister was born September 10, 1803 in the town of Durpark, Orange County, and State of New York. His (My) father was Elijah Banister, who married Mary King, daughter of Martin King, of German extraction. I know nothing further of him than that he was a carpenter by trade, a lover of dogs and guns and a great deer hunter. He died in Pennsylvania at the advanced age of 107 years.
My grandfather (George), the father of my father, went to Ohio soon after I was born, and there died at the age of 90 or more years of age. His wife (my grandmother) was a small woman of the Puritan stock of Connecticut. Her name was Lucy or Lucinda Barlow. She died in Orange County, New York State, at the age of 83. A strictly religious woman, she did not go with her husband, but remained with her children, of whom she had four sons and two daughters, (the latter being) the eldest and youngest. The eldest (daughter) was her first child. She married at an early age to a James Brice, a "scoth" school master, schoolteachers were then called. Brice held a commission in the British army before he left home for America. He had a large family of children, nine or ten, mostly males. He migrated to Canada with his whole family about the year 1805, and I understood he received 90 acres of land, a piece for his boys and 200 for himself and wife, as bounty for settling in that country. Since that time I have not even heard from them. The youngest sister never married.
My grandfather, George, was called an Englishman, or the son of an Englishman. There was an English family came over to the New England states about the time, one settled in Rhode Island, one in Massachusetts, and another in Connecticut. My father has told me that he never knew where his father was born. George Banister was about 40 years of age when (my father) Eljiah was born in 1779. He fought through the Revolution in the army as a scout on the frontier line and was counted a formidable foe to Britain and the Tories. The leading trait of his character was independence and self-reliance. He was kind and generous to a fault. He was, in my opinion (from what I can learn, for I never saw him as I remember of) an English aristocrat, without any estate or great learning. He was physically a full and complete man, though not fat or corpulent. His weight was about 200 pounds avoirdupois1, nearly six feet in his moccasins (they did not wear boots at that time) and was called a handsome man. He was a musician, a fiddler by profession, and woodchopper by trade. A working man in general, he never would work by the day or month, only occasionally a day for the accommodation of a neighbor. When he worked, he took a job and would do two or three days' wages in a day, or he did not want the job.
Scuffing or fighting was the principal part-time recreation. In those days it was an amusement; he never engaged in it, though he liked to see it or was on hand to see fair play. If any unfair advantage were taken by one party over the other, he would step in and part them. He loved to fight the Indians, but he would not let white men fight unless they fought fair, and when one was whipped, or owned to being whipped, the battle must stop where it was. "For," he said, "some folk don't know when they are licked and some think they're licked while they have the best of the battle. But when a man thinks he is whipped, he is, in his opinion, licked. The victor has no right to an opinion to the contrary, for the vanquished owns it." He was once present when two stout, rugged fellows were quarreling, and began to clinch in for a fight. He took one in either hand and held them apart till they settled the dispute amicably, without a blow; and they thanked him most cordially for his kindness in showing them it was a misunderstanding.
WILL: Isaac Banister; Potsdam, St Lawrence co., NY
Surname: Banister, Banister, Wilcox, Carpenter, Wells
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St. Lawrence co NY Will Book Vol. 4 page 122
Written: January 6 1853
Recorded: March 28 1853
At a Surrogate's Court held at the Surrogates Office in the Village of Potsdam
in & for the County of St. Lawrence, on the twenty eighth day of March A.D.
1853. Present B.G. Batavia, Surrogate
In the matter of the proof of the last will & testament of Isaac Banister,
This being the return day of the citation heretofore foundin this matter proof
is made by affadavits ____ to the satisfaction of the Court of s______ by
publication in the state paper six weeks upon Isaac I? Banister and Mary, wife
of Lewis Wilcox heirs residing out of the State of New York, and personally
more than eight days heretofore upon Byron Carpenter and Arvilla his wife, and
Simeon Wells Special Guardian for Mary Wells, Jasper Wells, Lucinda Banister &
Ira Banister _____ heirs residing in said County of St. Lawrence, and on
application of Melinda Banister the widow of said deceased, and no one
apposing the Will of said deceased is admitted to probate and is proved by the
testimony of James Noble and James Banister the two subscribing witnesses
thereto, which said will & the proofs & examinations taken thereon are in the
words & figures following that is to say:
Copy of Will
The lastWill and Testament of Isaac Banister of the town of Edwards, County of
St. Lawrence and State of New York
I, Isaac Banister considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of
sound mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God for the same) do make and
publish this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following
(which is to say)
First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Milinda Banister and my two
youngest children, Lousinda Banister and Ira Banister my Homestead, containing
forty one acres of land be the same inv__dless as described in a deed dated
the sixteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight (deeded
from Daniel Melvimick to Isaac Banister) together with all singular ___
___vitaments and appertenances thereunto belonging to his and her heirs and
assigns forever, accompanied with a deed from said Isaac Banister bearing ___
date with this last will and testament to said Melinda Banister.
I further give and bequeath unto my four eldest children--Isaac J. Banister,
Betsey E. Wells, Arvilla Carpenter and Mary Wilcox, their heirs and assigns
all that certain piece or parcel of land situate in the town of Edwards,
County of St. Lawrence and State of New York described in a deed given from
Joseph Pitcairn to Isaac Banister dated the twenty sixth day of April in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six containing fifty
four acres three hundredths of an acre of land ______ ___ _____ Beloved wife
And lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate,
goods and chattels, of what kind and nature soever I give and bequeath the
same to my said beloved wife Melinda Banister whom I hereby appoint Executrix
of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me
In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the sixth day of
January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty
three. Isaac Banister,
The above instrument contained in one sheet was now here subscribed by Isaac
Banister the testator in the presence of each of us, and was at the same time
declared by him to be his last will and testament and __ at his request sign
our names hereto as attesting witnesses.
James Noble, residing in Edwards, St. Lawrence County
James Banister, residing in Edwards, St. Lawrence County
Isaac Bannister, 1858
BIRTH 10 sep 1803 * Thompsonville, Sullivan County, New York, USA
DEATH 31 Jan 1885 * Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
BURIAL Fairmount Cemetery * Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
MEMORIAL ID 181244185
s/o Elijah Banister (1779-1886)* & Mary (nee King) Banister.
Cynthia Braid (should be “Baird”) Banister
* Isaac's father, Elijah, lived to the advanced age 107 years old. He died in Pennsylvania.
Above: "In 1845, Isaac Bannister (sic) began business, and founded the firm which subsequently, under the title of Bannister* & Tichenor, has done so much to lace Newark in the forefront of those places which produce the very finest grades of workmanship. The firm was awarded the only medal of merit
given by the Vienna Exhibition Universelle (1873) for their class of goods."
~ History of Essex County
IN EAST NEWARK – A School-house on the
M.E. Church lot.
One lot 56 feet front by 150 deep in South Orange, adjoining the M.E. Church lot.
One house 78 Warren street, corner of Soaring.
Also one house and lot 281 (?) Railroad avenue, suitable for store and large boarding-house. Possession given December 1st.
Enquire of I. Banister,
170 Market st.
For sale of property. This morning the suit of Isaac Bannister, appellant, and James Stansborough, appellee, was tried. Mr. Stansborough sues Mr. Banister to recover $100, which he alleges the latter agreed to pay him for services rendered in furnishing a substitute. The appellant denies the allegation and claims that it was a business transaction involving the sale of real estate. Several witnesses were called and either dismissed or non-suits entered.
At a meeting of the voters of the 7 Ward on Tuesday evening, the following persons were elected as delegates to the City Convention: Silas S. Williams, Isaac Banister, John M. Jacobus, Fredrick Miller, Thomas Gay, William Shove, August Greenwald, J.G. Harrison. The following is the Committee to nominate a Ward ticket: T. Grey, S.S. Williams, A. Greenwald. The Committee to confer with 11 Ward to nominate candidate for the Assembly is composed of N.F. Blanchard, S. S. Williams, T. Frey.
First Will of Isaac Banister - March 28, 1853
Second Will of Isaac Banister
Name Probate Date Probate County
Isaac Banister 18 Jan 1884 Essex
Isaac Banister 13 Nov 1885 Essex
Isaac Banister 12 Feb 1885 Essex
"He told me one day at evening, (when he came home, after leaving me at picking stones and building a stone fence), that I had made but a poor show of a day's work for a boy 16 years old. He said to me, "You must earn your own living." I said then in my inmost, "It shan't cost you much more, hereafter, to bring me up; I will bring myself up, or I'll go down alone.”
- Isaac Banister speaking of his father, Elijah
Gravesite for Isaac Banister
Gravesite for Cynthia Banister
Cynthia Banister, 1887
Isaac Banister, 1885
Elijah Banister, 1861
George Banister, 1888
Above: U.S. Census showing Isaac Banister, Jr.: age 24
Below: U.S. Census showing Isaac Banister, Sr.: age 77