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James Bankhead and Families of South Carolina

Updated February 2, 2010

Much of this family history begins with the period just prior to the American Revolutionary War beginning with James Bankhead and Elizabeth Black in Upper South Carolina and their descendants. You will find connecting families of Greer, Kent, McCurdy, Hollis, McClure,and Guyton, Marion and Peden in South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi; Schmidt and Loeppke in North Dakota and McClain in Iowa and Alberta, Canada.
Other families include McDonald, Stormont, Gladden, Weir, Wylie, Smith and Campbell, centered in Fairfield, Chester, York and Union Counties of South Carolina. Jennings, McMillan, Stroman, Barton, Pooser and Schaumloffell in Orangeburg and Barnwell areas of South Carolina. Stowe, Hulsey, Browning, Cawthon, and Tabor, Amick, Hardy, and Williams families were in South Carolina and Georgia.
As the descendants have increased, so have the names included in this family history. You will find descendants of Winebrenner, VanStavern, Bauguess, Shumate, Beamer and McMann in Virginia and West Virginia. North Dakota, Russia, Germany and Minnesota families are descendants of Schmidt, Opp, Rothacker, Loeppke, Ahner, Toews and Moser. Mexico and Texas families are descendants of Rodriguez, Ramirez and Ornelas.
I am grateful to all those who have shared their data and corrected some of my information. I try to keep an updated tree on the site shown at Roots web.
This is a work in progress. Please notify me of any errors.

We do have three separate James Bankhead in Chester and Fairfield SC area.
James Bankhead 1738/1742 died 1798 married Elizabeth Black. We have located these graves at Bullock Creek Presbyterian, York,SC.
This family history is mainly concerning their descendants.
Others have traced the family history of the following:
James Bankhead born 1748 died 1821 married Mary Hatfield.
James Bankhead who died 1805/06 married Elizabeth McGarity.
All of these have been listed by others in the Bankhead Family Genealogy at
Some of us think that they were possibly all first cousins with a grandfather named James. Hence, all having the same first name.

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