Aphia (Bangs) Knowles/ Edward (Banges) Bangs & Rebecca Hobart (Pollock Ancestry)


Apphia (Bangs) Knowles / Edward (Banges) Bangs & Rebecca Hobart (Pollock Ancestry)


Ancestors of

Apphia (Bangs) Knowles


Decendants of

Edward (Banges) Bangs

& Rebecca Hobart

of England

Bangs name goes back to Isle of Man.

    by Karolyn Rae Roberts



Other sources: 1. Plymouth Colony Its History and People 1620-1691, by Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Ancestry Pub., Salt Lake City, 1986. 2 . Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, #29, Bangs Family Papers, Yarmouthport, MA C W Swift Publishers and Printers, 1917



Richard Bangs d1586 Norwich,England - mMargaret ? d1592 St. Martins,Coslaney,England (Bangs Family Papers from the Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, Yarmouthport, MA, CW Swift, Publishers and Printers; The Register Press 1917, courtesy of Sue Andrews) Child of Richard & Margaret was John Bangs.


John Bangs (Son of Richard & Margaret Bangs) bNorwich,England - d2/11/1632 Hempstead,Essex,England - m1586 Jane Chevis (Death-Marraige: Bangs Family Papers from the Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, Yarmouthport, MA, CW Swift, Publishers and printers, The Register Press, 1917, from Sue Andrews.) Children of John & Jane were Edward Bangs, Sarah Bangs, Jonathan Bangs, Lydia Bangs, Hannah Bangs, & Apphia Bangs.


EB - Edward (Banges) Bangs (Son of John & Jane Bangs) b10/28/1591 Panfield,Essex,England - Christening: 10/28/1591 Panfield,Essex,England - d2/16/1678 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - m2/1677 Eastham,Plymouth,Barnstable,MA 1Rebecca Hobart (Daughter of Edmund Hobart & Margaret Dewe/Dewey) - b12/29/1611 Wymondham,Norfolk,England - Christened: 12/29/1611 Hingham,Norfolk,England - d1679 Eastham,Plymouth,Barnstable,MA - Burial: Hingham,Norfolk,MA - Edward was an Innkeeper at Eastham, MA (MA Marriages) - m2Lydia Hicks (Daughter of Robert & Margaret Hicks; Plymouth Colony by Stratton) - Lydia arrived in 1623 on the Anne with her mother, Margaret, and brother Samuel to join her father, Robert Hicks. (Plymouth Colony,Stratton) - Child of Edward & Lydia was John Bangs b about 1635 - m1/23/1660 Hannah Smalley


Edward was one of the original purchasers of what is now Barnstable County in 1640. [Freeman 1:152] He moved from Plymouth to Nausett about 1644 [Freeman 1:173]. He was appointed on 24 Feb 1652 to lay out route from Sandwich to Plymouth [Freeman 1:206]. Elected town treasurer of Eastham on 2 June 1646 [Freeman 2:356] for 19 years [Freeman 2:414]. Selectman of Eastham 1665-1667 (2 yrs) [Freeman 2:414]. He came over in the Ann in 1623, and it is said he was from Chichester. He superintended the building of the first vessel lauched at Plymouth, a bark of 40 or 50 tons. He was deputy for several years. He came to Eastham in 1644, and died in the winter of 1677-8, ae. 86. [Freeman 1:639] In the passenger listing for the Ann, given in Cape Cod Series 1:84, he is listed as Edward Bangs, from Panfield, Essex Co., Shipwright.With him on the Ann were Mrs. Lydia Bangs, Jonathan, and John. Sources: [Freeman] :History of Cape Cod:The Annals of Barnstable County and of its Several Towns.Frederick Freeman; Parnassus Imprints, Yarmouth Port, Mass.; 1965. Two Volumes. !Baptism-Parentage: From J.Brian Smith (E-mail message). !Will: Dated Oct 19, 1677. Left dau. Apphia 4 pounds (other)


EDWARD BANGS, came in the Ann, 1623 (Genealogical register of Plymouth families) Ann & Little James, the vessels parted company at sea; the ANN arrived the latter part of June, and the LITTLE JAMES some week or ten days later; part of the number were the wives and children of persons already in the Colony The ship Anne arrived in Plymouth in July, 1623 accompanied by the Little James, bringing new settlers along with many of the wives and children that had been left behind in Leyden when the Mayflower departed in 1620. EDWARD BANGS is listed as one of the passengers. (EMIGRANT ANCESTORS, John Camden Hotten)


Edward Bangs, supposed to be the first American ancestor of all who bear the name of Bangs (Banges) in this country, came from England in the Anne, one of the first three vessels which arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The other two were the Mayflower and the Fortune. The passengers in these three vessels are commonly called the Pilgrims, as they united in forming the Colonial Government, and shared in the division of the colonial lands. The Mayflower arrived in December, 1620; the Fortune in November, 1621; the Anne in July, 1623. In the year 1623 a division of their lands was made by the Plymouth colonists. Among these is the name of Bangs, (no Christian name being given,) to whom four acres are assigned. The portion of Bangswas one of the allotments which are described as lying on the other side of town, toward the Eel River.  In 1627, at a public court, it was agreed to divide the stockof the settlement, by lot, among the companies of the three ships, the Mayflower, the Fortune, and the Anne. The settlers were divided into twelve companies, and lots were drawn. Edward Bangs was in the twelfth, with twelve other persons. In 1627 a second division of lands was made, of twenty acres to each family, in addition to the former apportionment; Edward Bangss name is in the list of the six layersout.Such are a few traces of the American progenitor of the family, to be found in The Old Colony Records.Slight as they appear, to American minds they have a higher significance than any aristocratic heraldry of the old World. In 1644, Edward Bangs moved with his family to a new settlement on Cape Cod, at or near the spot where the Pilgrims first set foot on land previous to their final landing at Plymouth. This settlement was afterward named Eastham. The place where the new settlers located themselves is supposed to be that part of Harwich which is now called Brewster, as the descendants of Edward Bangs for several generations were interred in the burial-ground of Brewster, where some of their tombstones still remain, bearing legible inscriptions. Edward Bangs was probably buried there, but no vestige of his grave remains. He died in 1678, aged eighty-six years. His descendants are scattered over the United States. I believe,writes one of them, that the Bangses have generally been active and useful men. I know many who have filled important civil, military, and ecclesiastical offices.* The name is still familiar on Cape Cod, in Boston, and other parts of Massachusetts, in New [2] Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. Mementos of its Pilgrim honor are preserved with reverent care. * [3] (Life and Times of Nathan Bangs by Abel Stevens)


The Founding of Eastham - An undated list probably made in the 1640s shows that the freemen there were Thomas Prence, John Doane, Edward Bangs, Nicholas Snow, John Jenkins, Josiah Cooke, Samuel Hicks, John Smalley, Joseph Rogers, and Richard Higginson,. On the 3rd of March 1644/45 the General Court granted to the Plymouth Church or those that goe to dwell at Nosett,all the land between sea and sea from the Purchasors bounds at Naumskeckett to the Hering Brooke at Billingsgate.The court on June 2, 1646 order that Nawsettbe made a township, and Samuel Hicks was appointed as constable. On June 7, 1651, the court ordered the name of the town of Nauset to be changed to Eastham. (Plymouth Colony, Its History & People 1620-1691 by Eugene Aubrey Stratton)


WILL OF MR. EDWARD BANGS. This 19 of October 1677. I, Edward Banges, aged 86 years, being well stricken in years and not knowing the day and houre when God may call mee hence, yett being in health and prfect memory doe leave this as my Last Will and Testiment. first I make my son Jonathan my whole and sole Executor to whom I give all my purchased land at Namskekett, and that way lying between Namskekett and Satucket brook, and I doe give him of meddow land lying next to meddow granted to Govr Prence, bounded by a ditch running from the upland toward the creek two acres and an half, be it more or lesse, bounded at the other end by a creek and I give him all my purchased land att Pocomett and all privilieges thereunto belonging, and I give him an acre and an half of meddow, lying at a place called the acars; also one acree lying att the harbours mouth. Also I give him a a prcell of up and down meddow lying att Rock harbour which I had in exchange of John Done. Also all those thinges which I have att his house, I give unto him; secondly, I give to my son John that twenty acrees of upland at Pochett that hee hath built upon; and five acres more adjoining to it to run from end to end, and I give him that land which I have at Pochett Island, and two acrees of meddow that lyeth att the boat meddow next to that which he bought of Daniell Cole, and three-quarters of an acree at the head of the boate meddow; Thirdly I give uto my son Joshua the house that I lived in and all the housing belonging to it, and twenty-eight acrees of land adjoining to it that lyeth near it, and I give him three acrees of meddow att the Boate meddow, lying att the Sandey Banks and one acre of meddow that lyeth att the Boate meddow, which is called the salt house acree. Also four acrees of meddow lying at the heade of Black-fish creek, likewise I give to Joshua fourteen acres of upland that lyeth at Pochett, next to the land of Jonathan Sparrow, fourthly I give to my son Jonathans oldest son Edward Banges twenty-five acres of upland lying att Pochett field, be it more of lesse, Also I give unto him one acree of meddow att Rocke harboure, att the heade of the meddow next to Leiftenant Rogers, and half an acre of meddow lying at Great Namscekett which I bought of Daniell Cole, fifley I give unto my daughters, viz.: my daughter Howes, my daughter Higgens, my daughter Done, my daughter Hall, my daughter Merricke, and my daughter Atwood, four pounds apiece att my decease, and I give to my grandchildren, viz.: the children of my daughter Rebecka deceased four pounds att my decease, only with this proviso respecting the legacyes given to these my daughters and grandchildren, that the Estate left att my decease doe amount to soo much, otherwise what is left be equally divided amongst them, the grandchildren to have a seaventh prte and heer unto I do sett my hande and seale. EDWARD BANGES. Signed and sealed in the prsence and a seale of us JOHN FREEMAN. THOMAS CROSBEY. The last Will and Testiment of Edward Banges Sein. deceased, above written, was exhibeted unto the Court of his Matie helde att Plymouth in New England the flft day of March Anno Dom, one thousand six hundred seventy and seven (78) on the oath of Mr. John Freeman above named and Mr. Thomas Crosbey, and order by the said Court to be entered as above written. PLYMOUTH ss. November 21, 1873. The foregoing is a true copy from Plymouth Colony Records of Wills, Book 3, Part 2, Page 106. WM. S. DANFORTH, Reg. (History and Genealogy of the Bangs Family in America, Dean Dudley, 1896)

  •   EB1 - Joshua Bangs babt1618 England (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB2 - Johnathon Bangs babt1624 England (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB3 - Lydia Bangs babt1626 England (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB4 - Bethia Bangs babt1630 England (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB5 - Mercy Bangs babt1634 England (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB6 - Rebecca Bangs b1635 Plymouth,Plymouth,MA - d10/19/1677 Eastham,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records) - m10/28/1654 Jonathan Sparrow (Son of Richard & Pandora Sparrow) (Plymouth Colony by Stratton, p356) - d3/21/1707 Jonathan later married Hannah (Prence) Mayo and then Sarah (Lewis) Cobb. (Plymouth Colony by Stratton, p356) The Richard Sparrow house is one of the oldest remaining in Plymouth today. (Plymouth Colony by Stratton, p357)Rebecca& Jonathan had Rebecca Bangs. (Online)
  •   EB7 - Sarah Bangs b1638 Eastham,Plymouth,Barnstable,MA - d2/28/1682 Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records) - m1656 Thomas Howes babt1626 - d11/20/1676. Children of Sarah & Thomas were Rebecca Howes, Thomas Howes, Jonathan Howes, & Sarah Howes. (Online)
  •   EB8 - Johnathan Bangs b1640 Plymouth,Plymouth,MA - d11/9/1728 Brewster,Barnstable,MA - m7/16/1664 Eastham,Barnstable,MA 1Mary Mayo (StepDaughter of John Sunderland, mother was Mary) - b1645 - d6/1711 - m1/11/1710 Barnstable,MA 2Sarah ? -d1719 - (Gravestone) m 7/23/1720 Barnstable,MA 3Ruth Young Cole (Ancestral Records) Burial: Brewster,MA with two wives. In 1658, at age eighteen, he became an ensign of a military company, his father gave him a horse with equipment. In 1670, he is recorded as a sergeant; in 1675 a lieutenant; and again in 1690 an ensign. The title of captain is on his tombstone in the old burying ground at Brewster. Johnathan inherited his fathers lands between Sautucket river and Namskeket. He was a Selectman of Eastham three years and in 1674, 76 and 82, 83, 87 and 88 he was Deputy to the Old Colony Court; and, in 1692, Rep. to the General Court at Boston. He was also some time Town Treasurer of Eastham. Was Deputy (of Eastham) for Several Years, and representative for many years. [Freeman 1:639] Captain Jonathan Bangs seal was a Moors head couped at the shoulders, having on it a cap of maintenance, etc., as described in the sketch of Edward Bangs, the pilgrim. This was the Bankes crest as blazoned by Burke in his heraldry of the Commoners of England. (History and Genealogy of the Bangs Family in America, Dean Dudley, 1896) Marriage: Will of John Sunderland [MD 17:99]: The daughter of my wifeMary, wife of Jonathan BangsMarriage: Shurtleff 8:56 (Records of Eastham): Jonathan Banges and Mary Mayo were marryed the 16th day of July, 1664.Also contains burths of children Edward, Rebeckah, Jonathan, and death of Jonath. Intention(Mrs.Ruth Young): MD 28:111
  •   EB81 - Edward Bangs b9/30/1665 - d5/22/1746- m. Ruth ?
  •   EB811 - Joshua Bangs b1685 (Online)
  •   EB812 - Ebenezer Bangs (Online)
  •   EB813 - Rebecca Bangs (Online)
  •   EB814 - Jonathan Bangs (Online)
  •   EB815 - Mercy Bangs (Online)
  •   EB816 - Edward Bangs b1694 - d6/3/1756 (Online)
  •   EB817 - Ruth Bangs b1699 (Online)
  •   EB82 - Rebecca Bangs b2/1/1667 (Online)
  •   EB83 - Jonathan Bangs b5/11/1670 - d5/11/1670 (Online)
  •   EB84 - Mary Bangs b1671- (Online)
  •   EB85 - Jonathan Bangs b5/4/16734 - m.??? (Online)
  •   EB851 - Jonathan Bangs b12/1698
  •   EB852 ? Bangs (Online)
  •   EB86 - Hannah Bangs b1676 (Online)
  •   EB87 - Thomas Bangs b5/1678 (Online)
  •   EB88 - Samuel Bangs b7/12/1680 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - d6/11/1750 Harwich,Barnstable,MA - m1/13/1703/04 Harwich,Barnstable,MA (Samuels mother was Mary Mayo) - m1/13/1705 Harwich,Barnstable,MA Mary Hinckley (Daughter of Samuel Hinckley & Sarah Pope) b7/22/1678 Barnstable,Barnstable,MA - d1/7/1741 Harwich,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records) m4/1/1742 2Mary Rider (Ancestral Records) b5/2/1711 - d4/12/1734 (Online)
  •   EB881 - Joseph Bangs b1/30/1713 of the town of Harwich,Barnstable,Cape Cod,MA - dHe died in Phillipss Patent, in the State of New York, in 1757.(Life& Times of Nathan Bangs) - m9/18/1735 Harwich,Barnstable,MA Thankful Hamblen (Daughter of Ebenezer Hamblin & Thankful Hamblen) b8/6/1715 Barnstable,Barnstable,MA - (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811 - Lemuel Bangs b12/31/1739 Harwich,Barnstable,MA- Commissary in French War, Adjutant of the Revolutionary War - d5/9/1824 Portageville,Livingston,NY - mabt1763 Fairfield,CT 1Hannah Hall b1743 Harwich,Barnstable,MA - (Ancestral Records) - m Of Ridgefield Co.,CT 2Rebecca Keeler (Daughter of Elijah & Sarah Keeler) - d in Upper Canada - Lemuel Bangs, himself, was an honest, intelligent, stalwart blacksmith, teacher, & surveyor and a staunch Churchman withal, member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, notwithstanding the Puritanic traditions of his family. He relieved the toils of his laborious craft by a habitual devotion to books, and acquired sufficient mathematical knowledge to become a successful surveyor, an art which he taught his son Nathan. In 1809, the family moved to upper (Life& Times of Nathan Bangs) Children of Lemuel & Hannah Hall were Richard, Phebe, Sarah, Lemuel, Eliakin, & Sarah. Children of Lemuel& Rebecca were Joseph, Nathan, Elijah, John, Hannah, Priscilla, Heman, Eleanor, & Edward. (Ancestral Records)
  •   Another son, Heman Bangs, writes: My father, Lemuel Bangs, was from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was a commissary in the old French war, an adjutant in the war of the Revolution, and fought for the independence of his country. I have sat at his feet, when a little boy, for hours, hearing his war stories; his graphic account of Tories and Cowboys interested me exceedingly. I conceived a perfect abhorrence for both, and such a love for the Whigs of those days, and the freedom of my country, as has never cooled in my heart to this day. The education of my father was above the mediocrity of his times. He was a great reader during his whole life, and his memory was so tenacious that he retained what he read. One instance I give you. He sat once, in his old age, hearing his son Nathan preach. In his ardor or haste Nathan made an incorrect quotation from an English author. My father noticed it at once, and spoke right out to him, before the congregation, making the necessary correction. He had taught school and surveyed lands, but his business properly was that of a blacksmith. He married for his first wife a Miss Hall, by whom he had five children, all of whom are dead. His second wife was Rebecca Keeler, of Ridgefield, County. They had nine children, seven of whom experienced religion young and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church; four sons becoming preachers. They have all gone home to heaven but one sister and myself. My father was strongly attached to the Protestant Episcopal Church, and all his children were baptized in that Church. When the Methodists first came into his neighborhood he was bitterly opposed to them; and although most of his children joined them, he would not consent to hear them preach, because they were uneducated. But the old mans prejudices were overthrown when his son Nathan came down from Canada a Methodist preacher. He consented to allow him to preach in his house, because he thought Nathan had some sense and learning. From this time he went frequently to hear them. He was a man of strict integrity and truth; and in the new country to which he moved with his family in 1793, I have known him frequently to call the scattered neighbors together and read prayers and a sermon for them, and when the preacher was absent or sick he would read the liturgy in the church. He found redemption in the blood of Christ when he was about seventy years of age, lived many years afterward, and died in the faith.* (He never joined the Methodist Church. The reasons he gave were his age, and the similarity of the doctrines of the two Churches.) He was a candid and shrewd judge of preaching. I remember well what a cross it was, when I first began to preach before him. My mother was a noble woman; with little of this worlds goods, she kept her children comfortable in a new and poor country, and lived to see eight of them grow up to mans estate; all, but one, members of the Church, and half of them ministers of the Gospel. In 1809 the family moved into Upper Canada, where she died in the faith, as I have been informed.(Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   THE VILLAGE PARSON The family papers before me afford but few glimpses of the domestic life at Fairfield: but these all show that it was virtuous and happy; of the genuine type of the New England life of that, and, it may be added, of our day. The father, after the labors of the anvil, spends the long winter evenings in his favorite recreation of reading; he instructs Nathan, apparently his most hopeful child, in matters of learning, especially in the mathematics of surveying; he teaches him the lessons of the Bible, and trains him in the habit of reading it through once a year. He holds the family group spellbound, late into the night, by the story of his adventures in the old French war and the Revolution; and fails not to inspire them with enthusiastic love of Washington and their country, and with detestation of all tories and traitors. The parsonof the village occasionally appears in the circle. Nathan recites the Church Catechism to him on Sunday afternoons. I owe,he writes, much of that religious bias by which my mind was afterward swayed, to this fact.The parson, however, did not come up to his ideal of an apostle. He was very kindly disposed toward the young people of his parish; he approved of their dancing parties, and favored the village fiddler. The latter was sometimes permitted to perform in the parsonage while the youth of the parish tripped it on the light fantastic toe;and the few village churchmen often drank to excess,and were given to card playing. At pastoral visitationsto the Bangs family, the fiddler and the young men and maidens of the parish would close the evening in the highest spirits under the smiles of the indulgent parson; while the latter, and the equally indulgent blacksmith, would conduct elaborate arguments among the older guests in defense of the happiness and hilarity of the young people. The young people,”concluded the parson, must have some amusement, and they may as well have this as any other. Thus was I taught in my youth,wrote Nathan in later years.THE BAPTIST PASTOR The Baptist preacher of the village, a very different character, occasionally sat in the family group at the winter evening hearth. He was a good, pious man, though of small abilities as a preacher,writes Mr. Bangs. The impression of his conversation and preaching has never been effaced from my mind. I think I can see him now, very aged, with a long visage, few teeth, strong voice, and quaint wit.His preaching was home-directed and often alarming. He was fond of colloquial theological discussions, and held many a sturdy argument with the blacksmith on the succession,episcopacy, and baptism; exciting the curiosity and wonder of the school-boy, and usually bringing the debate to such a conclusion as left both preacher and blacksmith claiming the victory. (Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   EB88111 - Richard Bangs b8/1/1764 Stratford,Fairfield,CT - d4/5/1847 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88112 - Phebe Bangs b9/5/1767 Stratford,Fairfield,CT (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88113 - Sarah Bangs b4/25/1766 Stratford,Fairfield,CT (Ancestral Records)(Must have died young)
  •   EB88114 - Lemuel Hamblin Bangs b2/14/1767 Stratford,Fairfield,CT (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88115 - Eliakin Bangs b7/25/1768 Stratford,Fairfield,CT - 1838 - Buried: Philadelphia,PA (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88116 - Sarah Bangs 3/7/1774 Ridgefield,Fairfield,CT - 5/3/1831 Portageville,Livingston,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88117 - Joseph Bangs b4/25/1776 Stratford,Fairfield,CT - d1/7/1848 Tecumseh,Lenawee,MI (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88119 - Nathan Bangs, D.D. - b5/2/1778 Stratford,Fairfield,CT - d5/3/1862 New York,NY,NY (Ancestral Records) - Nathan had the skills of a surveyor. - m4/23/1806 Edwardsburgh, Upper ? Mary Bolton b12/23/11787 Terrebonne,Terrebonne,Quebec - d5/16/1864 New York,NY,NY (Ancestral Records) Ordained by the famous Bishop Francis Asbury. (Life & Times of Nathan Bangs) Nathan also helped set the Book Conern publishing house to operating with all the equipment it needed to do the job. SUNDAY SCHOOLS - About a year before the close of his present appointment he assisted in founding another of the great interests of his denomination: the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church,which was destined to become a mighty auxiliary to the Book Concern by the publication of juvenile volumes and periodicals. Sunday Schools had already been generally introduced into the Methodist Societies. (Life & Times of Nathan Bangs) Head of the 18 representatives of the NY Conference to the 1828 General Conference of the Methodist Church. (Life& Times of Nathan Bangs) First editor of the Quarterly Review. (Life & Times of Nathan Bangs) ELECTED PRESIDENT OF WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY - Dr. Bangs .. On the 20th of January, 1841, he was elected President of the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. He doubted his qualification for a collegiate chair; for though he had been an assiduous student, and was somewhat acquainted with the Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and French languages, and competent to teach the Moral and Intellectual Sciences, he possessed no knowledge of collegiate discipline. (Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  • THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NATHAN BANGS by Abel Stevens, CHAPTER 1 - IMPORTANCE OF HIS SERVICES TO THE CHURCH - Dr. Nathan Bangs was not only a public but a representative man, in the Methodist Episcopal Church, for more than half a century. During nearly sixty years he appeared almost constantly in its pulpits. He was the founder of its periodical literature, and of its Conference courseof ministerial study, and one of the founders of its present system of educational institutions. He was the first missionary secretary appointed by its General Conference, the first clerical editor of its General Conference newspaper press, the first editor of its Quarterly Review, and, for many years, the chief editor of its Monthly Magazine and its book publications. He may be pronounced the principal founder of the American literature of Methodism; a literature now remarkable for its extent, and of no inconsiderable intrinsic value. Besides his innumerable miscellaneous writings for its periodicals, he wrote more volumes in defense or illustration of his denomination than any other man. He became its recognized historian. He was one of the founders of its Missionary Society, he wrote the Constitution and first Circular Appeal of that great cause, and through sixteen years, prior to the organization of its secretaryship as a salaried function, he labored indefatigably and gratuitously for the society, as its vice- president, secretary, or treasurer. During more than twenty years he wrote all its Annual Reports. After his appointment as its resident secretary he devoted to it his entire energies, conducting its correspondence, seeking missionaries for it, planning its mission fields, pleading for it in the Churches, and representing it in the Conferences. It will be monumental of his memory if all lands to which its beneficent agency may extend, and if no other public service could be attributed to him, this alone would render him a principal historic character of American Methodism, if not, indeed, of American Protestantism. He was, withal, a man of profound piety, of universal charity, and much and admirable individuality. GROWTH OF METHODISM DURING HIS PUBLIC LIFE - When he began his public career, Methodism reported, in all the New World, about eighty-six thousand communicants and three hundred and fifty preachers; at the time of his death they amounted to more than two and a half millions of communicants and thirteen thousand traveling preachers.* Few men, if any, have longer or more successfully labored to promote those great interests of the denomination which have given it consolidation and permanence. If greater men have, especially in his latter years of comparative retirement, more actively represented it, no one, in our day, has embodied in himself more of its history, no one has linked so much of its past with its present. It has been justly said that he ranks next to Asbury in historical importance in his Church. Twice did his brethren offer him the Episcopal chair, which Asbury had so ably occupied, and he would probably have been elevated to it had not his characteristic self-distrust, and the conviction that he could be more useful in his literary labors, interfered. The services of such a man merit public commemoration. His history is a public property, and can hardly fail to be alike interesting and instructive. (Chap. 1 of Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   HIS CHILDHOODWhen Nathan was about four years old, the family moved from Stratford to the parish of Poquanock, in the town of Fairfield, near Bridgeport, Connecticut. In an autobiographical sketch he records that his earliest recollection was his passage to this new home. His second remembrance was characteristic of the New England life of that day; it was of his first walk from home to the district school, with a Bible in his hand. He could read it; and it was to be the text-book, not only of his school days, but of his whole life. He had an avidity for knowledge; but the severity of the village schoolmaster excited in him an aversion to the school. The boys were flogged most unmercifully for every little fault.He acknowledges, however, that he himself was naturally irritable, and that it was owing to the determination of his mother, a most sensible, resolute woman,that he endured. (Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  • THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NATHAN BANGS by Abel Stevens - PREFACE - Dr. Bangs was repeatedly advised in his latter years, by his official and other associates, that a record of his life would be important for his Church, if not for himself; and that he should not fail to leave, at his death, such notes of the momentous ecclesiastical measures in which he had shared as might aid in their historical illustration. ENDNOTES (1) Compare Minutes of Methodist Episcopal Church, 1801,with Schems Ecclesiastical Year-Book, 1860.The estimate, in the text, includes the West India Islands and the British North American Provinces. (2_ Genealogical Account of the Family,prepared by T. Dwight Bangs, Esq., of Lima, N. Y. See Life of Rev. John Bangs,Appendix. (3) In Worcester, Mass,, the family of Edward D. Bangs, late Secretary of State, preserves the family coat of arms,of very curious workmanship, and other relics.
  •   EB881191 -Nancy Bangs b4/25/1807 Montreal,Quebec - d6/1807 Ontario,Canada (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB881192 - Lemuel Bangs b3/26/1809 Stamford,Delaware,NY - d1895 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB881193 - William McKendree Bangs b12/15/1810 NY,NY,NY - d9/5/1852 (Ancestral Records) - DEATH OF A SON - Serene and beautiful were these declining years; but the tranquil and radiant picture had also its shades. On Sept. 7, 1852, he writes: Yesterday, at about four oclock A.M., my son, William McKendree, died in great peace of mind, in the forty-second year of his age and the twenty-second of his itinerant ministry. I felt the stroke most sensibly, but was comforted in the belief that he had gone to his rest. Such saint-like patience he exhibited through all his sickness, such meekness and humility as I scarcely ever witnessed, and he truly fell asleep in Jesus; for so peaceful was his death, not a struggle or groan escaping him, that the bystanders did not perceive the moment when the spirit fled. It does not become me to say much of his excellencies or of his defects; but thus much I may say, that, in the judgment of all who knew him, he was a man of undoubted piety, a close student, of an acute, comprehensive mind, always retiring in his manners, and unobtrusive in his conduct.Sept. 9 - Yesterday his obsequies were attended in a very solemn and appropriate manner, his friends and mine manifesting the most tender sympathy. O how consoling it is to have such friends at such a time! After his corpse was deposited in the earth I felt in a great measure relieved, and could say, The Lord gave; and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Rev. Dr. Sprague has devoted several pages of his Annals of the American Pulpitto the memory of William McKendree Bangs. Rev. Dr. McClintock says in that sketch: He possessed rare powers of investigation, of analysis, and of reasoning. He had a remarkable command of the English language, and selected his words with great taste and judgment. Whether conversing familiarly with his friends, discussing some difficult abstract question, preaching to a congregation, or addressing a throne of grace, his style was remarkably adapted to the subject and the occasion. His sermons were clear, systematic, easy to be understood, neither encumbered with extraneous matter, nor disfigured by learned pedantry. They were characterized by a beautiful simplicity, and bore the impress altogether of a great mind. His manner in the pulpit was solemn and dignified, expressive of a deep sense of his responsibility to God for the souls committed to his charge. Among his friends he was social and communicative, but among strangers he was reserved, and not inclined to make new acquaintances. He was kind and affectionate, very conscientious, and a devout and sincere Christian. His talents, learning, and piety would have placed him in eminent positions in the Church had his health been equal to the efforts necessary to sustain them. No critical mind can examine his articles in the Methodist Quarterly Review for 1836 and 1837 without becoming convinced that the Methodist Church lost, in the death of William McKendree Bangs, one of the noblest intellects ever committed to its care. His criticisms on Richard Watsons Institutes show an acuteness and comprehen- siveness of the highest order. He was eminently fitted to be a theologian, and, with good health and longer life, he would probably have become a standard authority in Divinity among his brethren. Bishop Heddings opinion of his capacity, formed upon these writings, was most flattering. The bishop pronounced him the ablest theological thinker in the denomination.(Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   EB881194   Nathan Bangs b10/21/1813 Sharon,CT - d12/17/1856 NY(Life& Times of Nathan Bangs) - d - mSusan O. ? - d3/25/1852 - Nathan was a prominent business member, that of Bangs, Brother, & Co.
  • DEATH OF SUSAN O. BANGS - March 25, 1852 - Yesterday I attended the funeral of Susan O. Bangs, wife of my son Nathan. What a loss has he sustained in the death of such a wife! She was one of the best of mothers in training her children, as well as the best of wives. She professed religion and joined the Church about three years since, and though she enjoyed peace with God, yet her faith was feeble, and she often trembled in view of death. She lingered some time with consumption, and shortly before her death the great desire of her heart was granted. Some of her Christian friends were singing the hymn beginning, O thou God of my salvation, My redeemer from all sin! When they came to the words, Angels now are hovring round us, Unperceived amid the throng; Wondring at the love that crowns us, Glad to join our holy song: Hallelujah, Love and praise to Christ belong! though she had been scarcely able to articulate a word intelligibly, her countenance suddenly lit up with a heavenly radiance, she waved her emaciated hand, and broke forth in a song of holy triumph, shouting Victory, victory, victory, in the blood of the Lamb! After she calmed down a little she called her two eldest children (boys, the only ones able to understand her) and gave them her dying charge, then addressed her weeping husband and all the friends present, and gave directions respecting her funeral. In this peaceful frame of mind she remained until she died, once giving intimation that she saw the spirit of her little child who had died about a year since, and she sunk sweetly into the arms of death without a struggle or a groan. I praise God for giving me this testimony among so many others of the power of religion.(Life& Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   DEATH OF ANOTHER SON. The next domestic event noticed in his journals is one of the shades of the serene picture. My dear son Nathan died on the 17th of December, 1856. I was with him much of the time during his sickness, and of course witnessed his sufferings, and could but sympathize with his sorrowing wife. He was, indeed, a remarkable child in some respects, for I do not remember of his ever having given me a cross word, but until he set up business for himself my word was his law.The following obituary, written by Rev. Dr. Foster, gives a true account of his character, conversion, and death. He was born October 21, 1813, in Sharon, Connecticut, and died of erysipelas on the 17th of December, in the city of New York. Though naturally of a most amiable and lovely character, and scrupulously careful in the observance of all the requirements of an elevated standard of morality - one of the best of sons, kindest of husbands, and most upright of citizens - it was not until August, 1855, in the forty-second year of his age, that he made a profession of religion. Always gentle and quiet in his disposition, regular in his habits, and punctual in attendance upon the public worship of God, his religious life was scarcely, in its external manifestations, attended with any observable change. The marked change was in his interior experience. His soul was brought into living, conscious communion with God, and he was enabled to feel that he was a child of God and an heir of heaven. A short time before his death he remarked to his father, I have been under a gloom for three or four days, but now all is peace and tranquillity, and I am perfectly resigned to the will of God. This was his dying testimony, as he shortly afterward became incapable of communicating with those who watched mournfully about his dying bed. The large class of intelligent gentlemen connected with the book trade in its various departments throughout the country will long cherish his memory as a most worthy member of their fraternity, and as an ornament of the great business firm of which he was a prominent member, that of Bangs, Brother, & Co. His funeral was numerously attended by a thoughtful and sorrowing public.The death of this son was a severe blow to the father. He bore the fathers name and honored it in the business world in the highest department of mercantile life, the book trade. At the sixty-fifth Annual Trade Sale ex-Mayor James Harper, of the house of Harper& Brothers, addressed the assemblage respecting the deceased. We all,he said, knew him, and not only respected him in our business relations, but we cherished the highest esteem for him personally as a true-hearted man. I knew him intimately for many years; my associations with him are now hallowed by his death. The recollection of them saddens me, especially on an occasion like the present, when I see so many old friends and familiar faces. Most of us now present were also here in September last, a little more than six months ago. Our deceased friend was here among us. Successive trade sales have made us long familiar with his tall, active form — his straight forward, manly look — his energetic business capacities. His courteous and amiable demeanor. At each sale we had been welcomed by the hearty, frank grasp of a true hand, always acting from a warm, true heart. That hand now lies cold in death. He was in the prime of vigorous manhood, dearly beloved by his family and friends, endeared to them by many domestic virtues. Possessed of rare tact, energy, and perseverance, and of a high sense of justice and honor, he was an ornament to our trade. God, in his all-wise providence, has seen fit to suddenly remove him from among us. Let us fondly cherish the memory of our deceased friend. Let us also cherish it worthily, by resolving that our intercourse with one another shall be kindly and amicable, so that if before we meet again death should remove another from among us, our remembrance of the departed one may be as kindly and pleasant as our remembrance now is of our late esteemed friend and brother, Nathan Bangs, Jr.Resolutions of respect for his memory were also passed on this occasion. His funeral sermon by Bishop Janes (Life& Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   EB881195 - Mary Eliza Bangs b10/31/1815 Rhinebeck,Dutchess,NY (Life & Times of Nathan Bangs) - d10/21/. - DEATH OF A DAUGHTER. On the 21st of October he lost by death his daughter, Mary Eliza Bangs - one of the dearest of his children. One of her intimate friends * writes: She was born at Rhinebeck, N.Y. October 31,1815 and from her infancy may be said to have been a child of God, for at her baptism such a heavenly influence rested upon those assembled that the Rev. Freeborn Garrettson, who baptized her remarked, I had such nearness to God while praying for that infant that I believe the Lord regenerated her soul in the baptismal rite. During her early childhood she evinced great seriousness of thought, ofttimes surprising her parents with the depth of her remarks on religious subjects, causing them to feel that their little daughter was indeed a child of rare excellence and aquirements. When she was in her thirteenth year she felt the need of a direct witness of the Spirit that she was indeed born again. She sought the Lord with all her heart, and was most powerfully blessed with the assurance of her adoption. To use her own expression, I felt that all within and without praised the Lord the most high; even the trees of the grove seemed to break forth in rejoicing. From that time until her death she never lost the witness that she was a child of God. A short time after her conversion her mothers health became feeble, and, young as she was, she manifested so much stability of character, united with mature judgment, that her parents felt he hesitancy in confiding to her the culture and training, to a great degree, of the younger children, and thus early she was taught the lesson of self-sacrifice, which so eminently characterized her through life. Added to this charge, the wife of a beloved brother died, leaving an infant son, who was placed under her care, and upon whom she bestowed all the affection and attentions of a mother. A few years elapsed when a second brother met with the same bereavement, and two more motherless children were added to her cherishing care, at her own request. Hers was indeed a love which knew no burdens, for at the death of the wife of her third brother the dying mother gave her infant to Mary, thus proving the strong confidence her whole family had in her capacity and affection. Thus was the life of our beloved friend spent in doing good. In the Sabbath-school, the Bible class, and the Class and prayer-meeting, she was always listened to with the deepest interest. She was collected, serious, yet cheerful. Her surprising gift in addressing the throne of grace often led her father to call upon her to conduct the religious devotions of family worship. Her paternal uncle remarked on the day of her death that he had never known her to speak ill of a human being. She had been so long taught in the school of self-sacrifice, that she seemed to have an abiding resignation to the will of her heavenly Father, and when called to part by death with one after another of her brothers and sisters, she would say, I must resign them; I must not murmur; he who loves me knows what is best, and we ought, as Christians, under every circumstance of life, to learn to say, Good is the will of the Lord. For several years her health seemed to decline, but she continued to administer to the comfort and happiness of all around her, in entire forgetfulness of self, and when urged to take less care of others and more of herself, would reply, I shall soon be better; it is only temporary. On the morning of her death we found she was fast sinking. She remarked, How weak and helpless we are when sickness takes hold of us. We repeated the words, But Jesus does make a dying bed feel soft as downy pillows are. She turned to the friend addressing her, and asked, Do you think I am dying ? She replied, Dear Mary, you will soon be in the celestial city; you are going home to die no more. Do you think so? was the calm and significant reply. I am willing, for the Lord always knows what is best for me, and his will, not mine, be done. A little while after another friend came to her bedside, and commenced repeating, Though I walk through the valley and shadow of death, etc. Mary took up the words of the verse, and repeated them several times, laying great stress on the words, his rod and his staff, they comfort me. An hour or two after she said she had such a view of her future home that she felt she would soon be with her Lord and Saviour. To her afflicted mother she said, Dont weep for me; it wont be long; you will soon come. She asked for her sister, and putting her arm around her neck, as if to leave some parting wish, said, Dear Rebecca, live only for heaven. I know you are striving, but go on. About one hour before her death her uncle, Rev. Heman Bangs, approached the bed, and taking herpar hand, said, My dear child, if Jesus is precious to you now, press my hand. She made an effort to speak, and, her lips being moistened, replied distinctly, O yes, yes; unspeakably so. She then sank into a sweet repose, and seemed conversing with some invisible friend, and would answer, Yes, O yes. We scarcely knew when the spirit left the body; it did not seem like death, but a transition from God on earth to God in heaven. I do not know,writes the afflicted father, that I ever had a greater struggle of soul than I had during her sickness, it seeming impossible to resign her up to death. Indeed, she was so entwinedpar around my heart that it seemed like cutting its strings asunder to surrender her to the grave. I accordingly now pleaded earnestly with God in prayer that he would, if possible consistently with his will, spare her valuable life, and I sometimes persuaded myself to believe she would recover; butpar when I saw that all hope of this was fled, I cheerfully resigned her up to God; and when her breath was gone, I shouted out, Glory to God in the highest! I could hardly refrain from so doing, for I felt that I had another jewel in the Saviours crown. We all miss her indeed, but there is nothing gloomy about her departure, as her whole life, and more especially her sickness and death, were surrounded with a halo of glory, so that the recollections of her life and death are all pleasant, grateful, and delightful.(Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   EB881196 - Elijah Keeler Bangs b7/12/1817 NY,NY,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB881197 - Grace Shatwell Bangs b6/30/1819 NY,NY,NY - d12/23/1847 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB881198 - Susan Cornelia Bangs b4/17/1821 NY,NY,NY - d12/12/1822 NY,NY,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB881199 - Joseph Henry Bangs b1/17/1823 NY,NY,NY - d5/29/1860 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88119(10) - Rebecca Bangs b6/17/1825 NY,NY,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88119(11) - Francis Nehemiah Bangs b2/23/1828 NY,NY,NY (Ancestral Records) - d1886 (Poet& Bio of the Famous poet (John Kendrick Bangs) One of the most prominent lawyers In New York.  Same source  - m3/12/1855 NYC,NY,NY Frances Amelia Bull (Daughter of Mordecai & Mary Bull) b11/4/1837 Troy,Rensselaer,NY - d8/23/1868 Yonkers,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88119(11)1 - Francis Sedgwick Bangs b12/7/1855 NYC,NY,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88119(11)2 - William Nathan Bangs b3/31/1859 Yonkers,Westchester,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88119(11)3 - John Kendrick Bangs b5/27/1862 Yonkers,Westchester,NY - m3/3/1886 NYC,NY,NY Agnes Hyde babt1865 NYC,NY,NY (Ancestral Records) - BANGS, John Kendrick, author, was born in Yonkers, N.Y., May 27, 1862; son of Francis Nehemiah and Amelia Frances (Bull) Bangs; grandson of Nathan Bangs, D.D., and a descendant of Edward Bangs, who came from England on the Anne,landing at Plymouth, Mass., in July, 1623. He was graduated from the school of political science, Columbia college, in 1883, and studied law, 1883-84. He began his literary career as a contributor to Life in 1883, was associate editor of that paper, 1884-88, and in 1888 became editor of the humorous department of the periodicals published by Harper& Brothers. He became editor of the Drawer in 1888, of Literary Notes in July, 1898; of Literature in January, 1899, and editor of Harpers Weekly in December, 1899. He was Democratic candidate for mayor of Yonkers, N.Y., in 1894; was made president of the Halstead school, Yonkers, N.Y., in 1896, and was vice-president of the Yonkers board of education in 1897. He is the author of: Roger Camerden(1887); New Waggings of Old Tales(1887); The Lorgnette(1887); Katherine(1888); Mephistopheles(1889); Tiddledywinks Tales(1891); The TiddledywinksPoetry Book(1892); In Camp with a Tin Soldier(1892); Half Hours with Jimmie-boy(1893); Coffee and Repartee(1893); Three Weeks in Politics(1894); The Water Ghost(1894); Chum to Chum Papers (1894); The Idiot(1895); The Invention of the Idiot(1895); Mr. Bonaparte of Corsica(1895); The Remarkable Adventures of Sandboys(1895); The Paradise Club(1896); The Mantel-Piece Minstrels(1896); The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces(1896); A Rebellious Heroine(1896); A House-Boat on the Styx(1896); Toppletons Client(1897); The Pursuit of the House-Boat(1897); Paste Jewels(1898); Ghosts I have Met(1898); Peeps at People(1898); A Prophecy and a Plea(1898); The Idiot at Home(1809); The Enchanted Typewriter(1899); The Dreamers, a Club(1899); Cobwebs From a Library Corner(1899). (The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume I, A, Bangs, Nathan)
  •   Poem of Johns
  •   Today, whatever may may annoy,
    The word for me is joy, just simple joy;
    The joy of life;
    The joy of children and of wife;
    The joy of bright blue skies;
    The joy of rain; the glad surprise
    Of twinkling stars that shine at night;
    The joy of winged things upon their flight;
    The joy of noonday, and the tried True joyousness of eventide;
    The joy of labor and of mirth;
    The joy of air, and sea, and earth-
    The countless joys that ever flow from Him
    Whose vast beneficence doth dim
    The lustrous gifts divine upon our way.
    Whateer there be of sorrow

    Ill put off till tomorrow,
    And when tomorrow comes, why then
    Twill be today and joy again!
  •   John Kendrick Bangs  (The Shining Light, Apr,May,June, 2016, Part 11, June 12, 2016)
  •   EB88119(11)31 - John Kendrick Bangs b4/4/1888 Yonkers,Westchester,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88119(11)32 - Sedgwick Bangs b2/13/1890 Yonkers,Westchester,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88119(11)33 - Harold Russell Bangs b5/30/1891 Yonkers,Westchester,NY
  •   EB88119(11)34 - Frances Hyde Bangs b6/29/1892 Yonkers,Westchester,NY (Bangs Family Papers: Yale Univ.) - d1964 - m 1Grace Allen Peaboby - m1932 2Geraldine Hall - m1952 3Dorothy (Dottie) Barney, widow of Danford Barney.

Francis Hyde Bangs, the son of John Kendrick and Agnes Hyde Bangs, was born in Yonkers, New York, on June 29, 1892. Yale Univ. graduated in 1915, B.A. in English. Columbia Univ., M.A. in English & Education, 1916. At St. Pauls, Bangs taught English and coached the hockey team. In 1917, Bangs enlisted as a private in the Yale Mobile Hospital Unit under the American Expeditionary Force, WWI in France, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant, discharge in 1919. In France he served as Assoc. Commandant of the Faculty of Letters, Univ. of Toulouse for the American Student Detachment, received a certificate from the Univ. for a special program of courses in French Culture. In 1919-1920 Bangs took courses in English and Comparative Literature in the School of Philosophy at Columbia, but left without a degree. A member of the English Dept. at Yale, coached the freshman and varsity hockey teams. 1926-1930 he was on the English faculty of the Univ. of Buffalo. Resigned from Univ. of Buffalo in 1930 to devote full time to the biography of his father. In 1933 he became co-owner, with his brother Harold, of the York Press Co., the publisher of the weekly papers The Old York Transcript (York Village, Maine) and the Wells-Ogunquit Compass. He wrote under the name of John Fust.He married Geraldine Hall in 1932, a prominent New York socialite and patron of the arts and opera. They separated soon after their marriage, Joan Hall Bangs, was born of this marriage. In 1935 he joined the boys school at Avon Old Farms, Avon, CT, as head of the English Dept., a position which he held until 1941. In 1942 Bangs was appointed head of the English Dept. at The Gunnery School in Washington, CT. In 1949, he returned to independent research and work on a never-to-be-published autobiography. In 1952, he married long-time friend Dorothy DottieBarney, the widow of writer-artist-photographer Danford Barney. Living in Ogunquit, where Bangs spent much of his time hunting and fishing, they remained married until her death in 1961. Francis Hyde Bangs died in 1964. (Bangs Family Papers: Yale Univ.)

EB88119(11)341 - Joan Hall Bangs (Mother was Geraldine Hall) . (Bangs Family Papers: Yale Univ.)

  •   EB8811(10) - Capt. Elijah Keeler Bangs - b6/4/1780 Stratford,Fairfield,CT - d9/13/1856 (Ancestral Records)Philadelphia,Philadelphia,PA - m10/29/1807 Philadelphia,Philadelphia,PA Esther Stackhouse (Daughter of Amos Stackhouse & Mary Powell) b10/17/1787 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA - d9/27/1819 Philadelphia,Philadelphia,PA (Ancestral Files) - SEA ADVENTURES OF HIS BROTHER - In November of the same year he(brother Nathan) turned southward as far as Virginia. On his route he paused in Philadelphia to see one of his brothers, the only one who remained out of the Church. I lodged,he says, in Philadelphia with my brother, Captain Elijah K. Bangs. This brother has been a seaman ever since he was about sixteen years of age. Indeed, before my father moved from Bridgeport, Conn., when he was but eleven years of age, Elijah went as a cabinboy, at his own request, on a voyage to the West Indies. Though he afterward removed with us to Stamford, Delaware Co., N. Y., yet such were his predilections for a seafaring life that he never was contented until he obtained his fathers consent to go to sea again. Accordingly, when about sixteen years of age he left his fathers house, went to Philadelphia, embarked as a common sailor, and has continued the life of a seaman ever since. He rose, however, so rapidly that in his twenty-first year of age he took the command of a ship for the East Indies, and has made several voyages to that country. When I was stationed in New York city, in 1811, he put into that harbor, where I saw him after an absence of fifteen years. How different were our conditions! Since we had seen each other I had experienced religion, and had been for about ten years preaching the Gospel in different parts of the country; while he had been a sailor, had risen to command, had been almost to every part of the world in quest of the riches that perish with the using, and yet had not obtained that after which he had so laboriously sought. But I had forsaken the pursuit of worldly good to obtain an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, and had so far obtained the object of my pursuit as to have, as I believed, a well-grounded hope of possessing this inheritance. There was, therefore, but little congeniality of views between us in these respects, notwithstanding we felt and loved as brothers in the flesh. In the beginning of the troubles between our country and Great Britain, which terminated in the war of 1812, he was first taken by a British cruiser under the Orders in Council and carried to a British port; but the Court of Admiralty acquitted him because it was proved that he had left the American port before the Orders were promulgated. The first day after leaving the English harbor he was boarded by a French cruiser, taken to Dunkirk in France, and his ship and cargo were condemned under the Milan Decree because he had suffered his flag to be denationalized, as they called it, that is, to be taken by the English. What injustice was this! But it was the decree of a tyrant, and must be enforced. A short time before he sailed my brother had married his second wife, a Quaker lady of Philadelphia, and had her with him. They were detained as prisoners in Dunkirk for about two years. Here their eldest son was born. At the time I saw him in New York harbor he had a new ship, built as a fast sailor, with a view to elude the chase of cruisers; but I told him he would probably fall into the hands of one or the other of the belligerents. On his arrival in France he wrote me, stating that although he had been chased twice by the British he had eluded their pursuit, and had arrived safely at Bordeaux. He exchanged his freight for a cargo of French brandy, and on his return voyage, near the banks of Newfoundland, was taken by a British man-of-war, carried to Halifax, in Nova Scotia, and ship and cargo were condemned for having traded with the French. Not long after this, in another ship, he was wrecked on the coast of Holland, and in the mean time lost his estimable wife, by which four children were left motherless. After various vicissitudes of good and ill luck he was finally forced to abandon that and all other employments by an obstinate and, it seems, an incurable attack of rheumatism, by which he has been confined to his room, and much of the time to his bed, not able even to walk, for seven or eight years. In this state of decrepitude I found him. I conversed with him much on religion, but seemingly with no effect. I left him with a prayer to God in his behalf — that he may be saved. He is now living with his daughter Rebecca, an amiable woman, who has an estimable husband.(Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   EB8811(11) - Rev. John Bangs b8/8/1781 Stratford,Fairfield,CT - d2/4/1849 (Ancestral Records) - m1/2/1804 1Mary Rickey - m10/6/1845 2 Arenusa Palmer of Harpersfield,NY
  •   JOHN BANGS (Brother of Nathan Bangs) BANGS, JOHN (1781-1849), son of Lemuel Bangs and Rebecca Keeler, was born in Stratford, Conn. As a boy of eleven he moved with his family to Stamford, Delaware Co., N. Y. He became apprenticed to a blacksmith and followed this trade until his children were well grown. He married twice: Mary Rickey, of Harpersfield, N. Y., Jan. 2, 1804, and, following her death, Mrs. Arenusa Palmer, of Maryland, Otsego Co., N. Y., Oct. 6, 1845. Ordained a deacon in 1815 in Albany by Bishop Asbury, Bangs did not seek admission to the New York Conference until 1819; in 1821, he was granted full membership and ordained elder. Assigned first to the Sharon (N. Y.) Circuit, then to the Jefferson Circuit, he continued throughout the following quarter of a century to serve circuits in the northwestern portion of the New York Conference. John Bangss contribution to Methodism is impressive. While he did not achieve the notice accorded his famous brothers, Nathan and Heman, he made an imprint upon the upper end of the New York and lower end of the Troy Conferences which considerably exceeded theirs. At least seven presently existing churches can trace their origins to societies which John Bangs formed, and as many more claim him as their founder. He contributed three sons to the ministry: John D. Bangs, Nathan H. Bangs, and one other. For forty years he was an active promoter of Camp Meetings. It was while dealing with a company of rowdies at such a meeting that he suffered a blow on the head which nearly cost him his life, necessitating a supernumerary relationship in the conference for most of his remaining years. From: The Encyclopedia of World Methodism, William R. Phinney, using Apostle to the Mountainsan essay by himself, information from the Autobiography of Rev. John Bangs, New York, 1846. (THE METHODIST PREACHER Containing Twenty-Eight Sermons On Doctrinal and Practical Subjects By Bishop Hedding, Dr. Fisk, Dr. Bangs, Dr. Durbin And Other Ministers Of The Methodist Episcopal Church)
  •   EB8811(11)1 - John D. Bangs
  •   EB8811(11)2 - Rev. Nathan H. Bangs
  •   EB8811(11)3 - Rev. ?Edward Bangs
  •   EB8811(12) - Hannah Bangs b1786 Stratford,Fairfield,CT - d9/6/1786 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(13) - ? Bangs
  •   EB8811(14) - Rev. Heman Bangs b4/15/1790 Fairfield,Fairfield,CT - d11/2/1869 New Haven,New Haven,CT - m8/20/1811 Stamford,Delaware,NY Sally Burritt b8/3/1789 Danby,Fairfield,CT - d8/19/1864 New Haven,New Haven,CT (Ancestral Records) One of 18 representatives from the NY Conference to the 1828 General Conference (Life& Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   THE METHODIST PREACHER Containing Twenty-Eight Sermons On Doctrinal and Practical Subjects By Bishop Hedding, Dr. Fisk, Dr. Bangs, Dr. Durbin And Other Ministers Of The Methodist Episcopal Church - HEMAN BANGS (Brother of Nathan Bangs) BANGS, HEMAN (1790-1869), American minister, eminent in the M. E. Church, during its formative years, was born in Fairfield, Conn., in April, 1790. He united with the New York Conference in 1815, and served in the work of the ministry for fifty-four consecutive years. Thirty-three of these were in the pastorate; three years he was agent of the Wesleyan University of Middletown, Conn. and eighteen years he was presiding elder. Most of his life was spent in or about New York City and New Haven. He was among the first to advocate and to assist in the organization of the Missionary Society of the M. E. Church. He also was a strong protagonist of education in the church and temperance reform engaged much of his time and effort. Bishop Edmund Janes, who conducted the funeral of Heman Bangs said: In every position he filled he was equal to the responsibilities imposed upon him. As a preacher he was peculiar to himself, he imitated no one; nobody could anticipate his sermons; they were original, always connected, short, and eminently practical. At times he would seem to bring the whole heavens down, overwhelming his audience with an emotion and power, altogether superhuman. As a pastor he excelled.Heman Bangs died in New Haven, Conn., on Nov. 2, 1869 and his death is recorded as Having been one of great peace and triumph.From: The Encyclopedia of World Methodism, N. B. H. using information from the Simpson Cyclopaedia. 1878}
  •   CHARACTER AS A PREACHER His brother, Rev. Heman Bangs, writes to me: I joined the Church when he (brother Nathan) was on our (Delaware) circuit, in 1808; he was esteemed a powerful preacher. I remember that at a quarterly meeting, after the presiding elder had preached, he rose and began to exhort; in a few minutes the power of his word was like an electrical shock, and the whole assembly rose simultaneously to their feet. He had a notion that it was my duty to preach, and wrote me a long letter about it, especially cautioning me not to marry, as that would interfere with the itinerant work. I was fearful myself that I should have to preach, but determined not to do so if I could avoid it and yet save my soul. I was wishing to be a local preacher, but not an itinerant. I drew the inference from his letter, that a wife would be a sure barrier to the traveling ministry; so I determined to marry as soon as I could, and did take a wife three months after I was twenty-one years old. His letter so vexed me that I would not read it a second time for a long while, and yet I thought so much of it that I kept it for fifty years; but it is now mislaid; I cannot put my hand upon it. Nathan and myself have ever lived in sweet fellowship; independent in our own opinions, we often differed, but never quarreled; he afforded me many profitable reflections by judicious criticisms when I was young in the ministry.His life-long friend, Rev. Dr. Samuel Luckey, became acquainted with him on this circuit, and describes him as then a man of mark among his brethren — not an elocutionist, not equal to others in rhetorical or oratorical attractions in the pulpit, but pre-eminent for the vigor and breadth of his mind and the intellectual power of his preaching. It showed, to the more discriminating portion of his hearers, a peculiarity in the character of the preachers mind, by which he was distinguished from all others about him, and indicated imminence in his work as a minister. His mind was evidently accustomed to elaborate thought. His mode of preaching was scarcely known among Methodist preachers before his day, and was, in the estimation of his best hearers, an indication of that originality and independence of mind, which, in a young man, promises distinction. And there was a something about him — a moral and mental superiority — which impressed all observers that he was to be a prince and a great man in Israel. (Life & Times of Nathan Bangs)
  •   EB8811(14)1 - Rebecca Ann Bangs b7/6/1812 Sidney,Delaware,NY - d1/24/1814 Sidney,Delaware,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)2 - Heman Bangs b4/6/1814 Sidney,Delaware,NY - d4/8/1814 Sidney,Delaware,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)3 - Sarah Bangs b11/1/1815 Kortright,Delaware,NY - d11/1/1815 Kortright,Delaware,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)4 - Aaron Coke Bangs b11/1/1815 Kortright,Delaware,NY - d10/9/1837 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)5 - Mary Bangs b2/15/1818 Newburgh,Orange,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)6 - Rachel Ann Wisner Bangs b11/1/1820 Warwick,Orange,NY - d6/4/1867 Wesson,Copiah,Mississippi (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)7 - Stephen Beekman Bangs b3/15/1823 New York City,NY,NY - d3/21/1846 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)8 - Elizabeth Clark Bangs b2/3/1825 New Rochelle,Westchester,NY (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)9 - Sarah Jane Bangs b12/8/1827 New Haven,New Haven,CT (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(14)(10) - Rebecca Harper Bangs b10/1/1830 New York City,NY,NY - d9/20/1831 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8811(15) - Eleanor Bangs b11/3/1793 Stamford,Delaware,NY - d9/3/1849 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB8812 - David Bangs b11/29/1747 Harwich,Barnstable,MA - d4/4/1802 Vermont,Windham,Wilmington- m9/23/1731 Harwich,Barnstable,MA Eunice Stone (Daughter of Nathaniel Stone & Reliance Hinckley) (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB88121 - Isaiah Bangs b11/29/1747 Barnstable,Harwich,MA - d4/25/1838 Warwick,Franklin,MA - m7/30/1772 Hingham,Plymouth,MA Leah Vining II (RV1736 of Descendants of Robert Vining) (Daughter of George B. Vining & Ruth Darby) b11/13/1750 Norton,Bristol,MA - d12/17/1828 Warwick,Franklin,MA (Ancestral Records)
  •   (Leah Vining is in the Ancestral Line of Karolyn Rae (Amerson) Roberts through Grandmother Susianna Vining)
  •   EB881211 - Elizabeth Bangs (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB881212 - Kezia Bangs b7/22/1777 Warwick,MA - d11/4/1860 - m4/29/1804 Joseph Kinsman (Son of Daniel & Abigail Kinsman) b8/14/1782 Hubbardston,MA - d11/24/1863 - Settled in Heath,MA and in 1826, removed to Shrewsbury,Rutland,VT. (Book of The Kinsman Family by Lucy W. Stickney, p132)
  •   EB882 - Mary Bangs b5/2/1711 - d4/12/1734 - m5/30/1728 Harwich,Barnstable,MA John King b1706 - d1748/1750 (Online) Children of Mary& John were Isaac King, Melatiah King, & Samuel King.
  •   EB89 - Mercy Bangs b1/7/1682 (Online)
  •   EB8(10) - Elizabeth Bangs b1685 (Online)
  •   EB8(11) - Sarah Bangs b1687- d4/2/1759 - m. Benjamin Collins b2/6/1687 - d12/23/1756. Children of Sarah& Benjamin were Ruth Collins, Richard Collings, Lydia Collings, Benjamin Collings, Jonathan Collings, Sarah Collins, Hannah Collings, Mary Collings, Joseph Collings, & Sylvanus Collings. (Online)
  •   EB8(12) - Lydia Bangs b1689- m. Shubael Hinckley on 1712 (Online)
  •   EB9 - Lydia Bangs b1642 Eastham,Plymouth,Barnstable,MA - d2/13/1706 Eastham,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records) - m12/24/1661 1Benjamin Higgins d12/1689 (Online) Selectman of Eastham, 1688 for 1 yr [Freeman 2:414]- m 2Nicholas Snow (Online) - Children of Lydia & Benjamin were Ichabod Higgins, Richard Higgins, Joshua Higgins, Lydia Higgins, Isaac Higgins, Samuel Higgins, & Benjamin Higgins.
  •   EB(10) - Hannah Bangs b1644 Plymouth/Eastham,MA - d1677 Plymouth,Plymouth,MA (Ancestral Records) - m4/30/1662 Eastham,Barnstable,MA John Doane (Son of John Doane; Plymouth Colony by Stratton) d3/15/1708 - John also married Rebecca Pettee later. (Plymouth Colony by Stratton) (Freemans Hist.of Cape Cod, 2:379) (Children of Hannah & John were John Doane (1) , John Doane (2) , Ann Doane, Rebecca Doane, Isaac Doane, Samuel Doane, David Doane, & Hannah Doane.
  •   EB(11) - Joshua Bangs b1646/47 Plymouth,Plymouth,MA - d1/14/1710 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - m12/1/1669 Eastham,Barnstable,MA Hannah Scudder - Buried: Cove Burying Gnd,Eastham,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(12) - Bethia Bangs b5/28/1650 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - d10/15/1696 Harwich,Barnstable,MA - mGershom Hall d10/31/1732 (Online) - Buried: Hall Burying Grd.,Dennis,MA (Ancestral Records) Children of Bethia & Gershom were Samuel Hall, Bethiah Hall, Edward Hall, Jonathan Hall, & Mercy Hall. (Online)
  •   EB(13) - Mercy Bangs (Twin to Apphia) b10/15/1651 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - d12/28/1670 Taunton,Bristol,MA (Ancestral Records) - m12/28/1670 Eastham,Barnstable,MA Stephen Merrick/Myrick (Son of William Merrick; Plymouth Colony by Stratton, p327) b5/12/1646 - d1705 - Mercy & Apphia were twins and must have had a double wedding according to the dates. Stephen Merrick was their child. (Online)
  •   EB(14) - Apphia Bangs(Twin to Mercy Bangs) b10/15/1651 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - d6/12/1722 Eastham,MA - m m12/28/1670 Eastham,Barnstable,Cape Cod,MA1John R. Knowles b1641 Plymouth,MA - d6/3/1675 Taunton,MA (Records of Dawn Kurth) - m6/1676 Eastham,Barnstable,MA 2Stephen Atwood, Jr. on 3/6/1677 (Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33) - m 3Joseph Atwood - Mercy& Apphia were twins and must have had a double wedding according to the dates. Children of Apphia & John were Stephen Atwood, Michael Atwood, Eleazer Atwood, Joseph Atwood, Hannah Atwood, Apphia Atwood, Joshua Atwood,& Thomas Atwood. (Online)
  •   EB(14)1 - Edward Knowles (JK111) b7/10/1671 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - d11/16/1740 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - m2/27/1699 Eastham,Barnstable,MA 1Ann Ridley (Daughter of Mark Ridley) b1671 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - m2/27/1711 2Sarah Elkins - babt1675 Salem,MA - d2/28/1753 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - Burial: Cove Burying Ground,Eastham,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(14)2 - John Knowles, Jr. (JK112 ) b7/10/1673 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - d11/3/1757 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - m12/28/1693 Eastham,MA 1Mary or Margery Sears (Daughter of Paul Sears b2/8/1637 Marblehead,Essex,MA - d2/20/1707 Yarmouth,Barnstable,Cape Cod,MA - m1658 Yarmouth,Barnstable,Cape Cod,MA & Deborah Willard b9/14/1645 Scituate,Plymouth,MA - d5/13/1721 Yarmouth,Barnstable,Cape Cod,MA) Marys line goes back to Henry III of England) b10/24/1672 Yarmouth,Barnstable,Cape Cod,MA - d11/7/1775 Eastham,Barnstable,MA (Files of Dawn Kurth) - Burial: Cove Burying Ground (Rootsweb Files) m5/61746 2Mrs. Rebecca Chauncy bEastham, MA (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(14)3 - Rebecca Knowles (JK113) b3/2/1674 Eastham,Barnstable,MA - d3/4/1758 Yarmouth,Barnstable,MA - m11/18/1709 Of Eastham,Barnstable,MA Mehitable Tobey b1701 Yormouth,Barnstable,MA - d7/29/1769 Yarmouth,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(14)31 - Thomas Tobey b1704 Yarmouth,Barnstable,MA - dbef 8/9/1791 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(14)32 - Rebecca Tobey b1707 Yarmouth,Barnstable,MA - d3/7/1786 Yarmouth,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(14)33 - Desire Tobey b1707 Yarmouth,Barnstable,MA - d7/28/1781 (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(14)34 - Seth Tobey babt1716 Yarmouth,Barnstable,MA - d8/31/1801 Yarmouth,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(14)4 - Deborah Knowles (JK114) b3/2/1674 Eastham,Barnstable,MA (Ancestral Records)
  •   EB(14)5 - ? Knowles (JK115) b3/2/1674 Eastham,Barnstable,MA (Twins?) (Ancestral Records)




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