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George Hatfield Banks

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George Hatfield Banks (1828-1891), tin-plate manufacturer, of Banks and Co (of Pontymister)

1828 Born at Liverpool the son of Thomas Morris Banks

1841 Living at Netherfield Road, Walton-on-the-Hill, Everton, Lancs.: Thomas Banks (age c45), Merchant. With Mary Banks (age c40) and Jane Banks (age c15), George Banks (age c12), and Thomas Banks (age c6). And Emily Banks (age c8). Two servants.[1]

1851 Living at Pontymister House, Risca, Mon.: Thomas Lewis (age 39 born Newport, Mon), Tin-plate manufacturer. Also his brother-in-law George H. Banks (age 22 born Liverpool), Tin-plate manufacturer. Two servants.[2]

1855 April 25th. Married(1) Miss Lewis. 'The vale of Risca was the scene of very general rejoicings Wednesday last, in celebration of the alliance of George Banks Esq., of the Pontymister Works, to Miss Lewis, third daughter of D. Lewis, Esq., of Llanbeder, Carmarthenshire, a relative of John and Thomas Lewis, proprietors of tin works in this part of the county.....Nine carriages conveyed the party to the residence of David Morris, Esq., (who had performed the interesting duty of "giving away the bride")' [3]

1868 November 5th. Married(2) Mary Ann Hyam. 'George Hatfield Banks, Esq., of Pontymister, Monmouthshire, to Mary Ann Hyam, eldest daughter of the late B. Price Hyam Esq, of Monmouth.'[4][5]

1871 Mention of Mr. George Hatfield Banks, manager of naphtha works situated on the Ebbw.[6]


1900 Report [7]

...The Pontymister Corps came into existence in October, 1859, when at a largely attended meeting at the Rolling Mill Inn about 50 men joined the old 3rd Monmouth Rifle Volunteers. The two gentlemen mainly instrumental in starting the company were Captain George Hatfield Banks and his brother, Lieutenant Tom Banks, proprietors of the Pontymister Tin Works, who entered life and soul into the work. On the night of the inception of the company the following non-commissioned officers were appointed:— Ensign John Morris Morgan, chemical works; Sergeant John Miles, owner of the Pontymister Foundry; Sergeant John Edwards, manager of the chemical works; Sergeant Tom Vaughan, cashier at the Pontymister Tin Works; and Sergeant Philip David, mechanic aL the Pontymister Tin Works. ...



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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 Census
  2. 1851 Census
  3. Monmouthshire Merlin - Friday 27 April 1855
  4. County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertiser… 14th November 1868
  5. Monmouthshire Merlin 7th November 1868
  6. Monmouthshire Merlin 6th January 1871
  7. South Wales Daily News - Friday 05 January 1900