Biography of Andrew Bannister
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Bannister, Andrew, farmer and retired weaver and mill overseer, is a son of William and Mary Bannister, and was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, March 16, 1825. He came to this country in 1844 and settled in Fall River, Mass., where he learned the weaver's trade in the White Mill. Afterward he followed this trade in New Bedford and in Biddeford and Saco, Me., but finally returned to Fall River and for seven years was a loom fixer in the Massasoit Mill owned by Dr. Durfee. In 1860 he became overseer of a cotton mill in Dighton, near Fall River, and in 1861 accepted a similar position in the Eagle Mill in Taunton, where he remained twelve years. In 1873 he came to New Bedford as second overseer of Wamsutta Mill No. 3, where he also remained about twelve years, after which he engaged in farming in Dartmouth. In 1893 he moved to a farm at Acushnet, New Bedford, where he has since resided. In politics Mr. Bannister is a Republican. He was a foundation member and one of the first wardens of St. James Episcopal Church, on the corner of County and Linden streets, New Bedford, and one of its building committee. In January, 1847, he married Charlotte, daughter of John Warren, a native of Scotland, and of their nine children three are living, viz.: John W., Mary (Mrs. George Spencer), and Sophia (Mrs. Hiram Hime), all of New Bedford.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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