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Banks Henderson Birchfield and Smith surname

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Banks Henderson Birchfield and Smith surname
Posted: 02/05/2014 - 10:49 pm
John H (always thought it was Henry, but he had a son, Jr, who's middle name was Hughey) Banks was born 27 Nov 1868 in either TN or NC (census' don't agree).  On his death certificate, it lists his father as James Banks, and unknown mother.  John H Banks married 9 Dec 1893 in Cocke County, TN Harriet Elizabeth Henderson (Birchfield) daughter of Benjamin Henderson (Birchfield) (1838-1918) and Mary Matilda Smith (1850-1927).  Apparently the Hendersons flip flopped on surname, some going by Birchfield, some by Henderson.    John H banks died 5 April 1923 in Buffalo, Union Co., SC and is buried in Browns Chapel Cemetery in Pacolet, Spartanburg Co., SC.
James Banks was listed as being born in 1841.  I know nothing more of him, except he would be my great-great-grandfather.  I have heard stories that James or John or both worked as loggers for the railroad.  On the 1910 Census for Cocke County, John is listed as a farmer and worked on a logging crew.  Also oral family history says that the unknown Banks ancestor arrived from the 'old country' in Philadelphia, PA at some point, and they worked south working as loggers.
Benjamin Henderson Birchfield was the son of Thomas Birchfield b 1795 and Mary Polly Henderson b 1805.  Some say they were never married, some say they married in 1870.  They had 11 children, James, John, Harriet Elizabeth, Andrew Jackson, Joseph B, S J, Delia (Dolly), Maybelle, Matilda Ellen, Louisa D and Laura L.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Sandy Banks Rosenkrans