Maria Banks

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 29/08/2020

Maria Banks



Maria was born in Newbury she was the daughter of John and Catherine Keys (nee Brown) who were married on the 21st October 1813 in Albury Oxfordshire. John was born c1785 in Bucklebury and was a Plumber and Glazier and Catherine was born c1788.

Maria had at least 4 siblings, Sarah Ann c1813, John c1816, Eliza c1821 and Harriet c1826.

Her parents and older sister Sarah Ann were recorded living at Clark’s Buildings (west side of Bartholomew Street) Newbury in 1815.

When Maria was about 3 years old her mother passed away, she was buried on the 8th April 1835 at St Nicolas Newbury.

In 1841 her father John and her siblings, John, Eliza and Harriet were living in Bartholomew Street Newbury but Maria was not living at home at this time she was recorded living in St Mary Hill Newbury (possibly a school).

In 1851 Maria was back home living with her father John and her brother John, in Bartholomew Street.

She married Robert Banks in Newbury in 1853. Robert was born c1825 in Norfolk and was a Commercial Clerk.

Maria and Robert had the following children:

Robert 1854

Alice Maud c1856

Eleanor 1857

Francis Eyre 1859

The 1861 census records Maria and Robert living in Bethnal Green London with their children, Alice, Eleanor and Francis.

Maria died aged 29 on the 27th September 1861 she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 30th September.

Her brother John died aged 39 in 1855 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 8th October

Her father died aged 82 in 1863 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 4th March.

Her husband Robert remarried in Bethnal Green in 1864, his second wife was Lucy Davey, they had the following children:

Lucy 1864

Twins Florence Keene and Amy Osbiston 1867

Sarah Elizabeth 1869

Robert died aged 67 on the 25th May 1892 in Hackney.

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