John Bankes
(Abt 1534-1579)


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Margery Masterson

John Bankes 2

  • Born: Abt 1534, Lancastershire, England
  • Marriage: Margery Masterson about 1559 in Winnington, Chestershire, England
  • Died: 1579, Ashford, Kent, England about age 45

bullet  General Notes:

Possible parents:
Simon Banke & the daughter of Robert Caterton

Have also seen mother's last name listed as Jones
From Genealogical Gleanings in England:

The earliest recorded pedigree of the Bankes (Banke, Banks, Banckes) family of England relates to the ancient Yorkshire family seated at Bank Newton in Craven in the West Riding of that country and who trace a descent from Simon Banke, who married the daughter and heiress of Robert de Catherton and held jure uxoris the above named manor. Although Simon appears as the head of this, the oldest line in respect to a recorded pedigree, it is not certain that this branch represents the original stock, for in one of the Harleian MSS. there appears the arms of Bankes of Bank Newton amongst those of "The Knight and Gentlemen of the Countre of York as served King Edward the First in Scotland and elsewhere." A family of this name resided in Richmondshire (one of the sub-divisions of the county of York), before the time of Simon Banke of Bank Newton, for in the Subsidy Rolls of Edward I, we have a William del Banke paying a subsidy at Richmond, and Henry fil. Robert del Banke paying subsidy at Marske in Richmondshire; also a Richard del Banke at Fremington in Richmondshire in 1300 paying a subsidy. A Robert del Banks was sworn to give evidence in 1320 concerning the foundation of the Chantry of Pateley Bridge (Speight, Nidderdale and the Garden of the Nidd, passim). It seems, however, that most of the branches of this family in England either trace by recorded herald visitations or by other equally established means, to this Craven stock or to the Lancashire county Bankses who are undoubtedly an offshoot of the York line through migration to the adjoining shire. All the arms of the other Banks families are merely variants of the Bank Newton coat, viz.: sable, a cross or, between four fleur-de-lis argent. The cross in one is engrailed, in another is surcharged, in another becomes ermine, while one shield has a canton, and another substitutes two eagle heads for two fleur-de-lis. This seems to show a common descent from the simple original of the Bank Newton stock. The crests of course differ in each branch.


John married Margery Masterson, daughter of Thomas Masterson and Margaret Smith, about 1559 in Winnington, Chestershire, England. (Margery Masterson was born about 1539 in Winnington, Cheshire, England and died in Ashford, Kent, England.)

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