Biography of Charles V. Banbury
North Central Ohio Biographies

Charles V. Banbury. A substantial citizen and dependable business man of Knox County is Charles V. Banbury, who is interested in the lumber business at Danville. He was born in Jefferson Township, Knox County, Feb. 14, 1873, the son of John C. and Eliza (Colwell) Banbury.

John C. Banbury was a native of Union Township, and a member of one of the first families who settled in Knox County, his father being a native of England. John C. Banbury volunteered for service during the Civil War but was rejected on account of physical disability. He died in 1893 and is buried in Chapel Cemetery. His wife, a native of Cornwall, England, died in 1895. Mr. Banbury was a charter member of Danville Lodge, F. and A. M. He was successful and widely known as a buyer and shipper of stock and was thus engaged for more than 20 years. He shipped mainly from Loudonville to the New York markets. To John C. and Eliza (Colwell) Banbury were born the following children: Clarence, deceased; Ella, married Squire McKee, a Civil War veteran; Hattie, married Charles Rice, both deceased; Cleon R., lives at Tekamah, Neb.; Inez, and William, both deceased; Laura, married William McNamara, lives at Danville; Emma, married Calvin Stout, lives at Danville; Lulu, deceased, was the wife of W. L. Ross, of Akron; Effie, married Judson Loney, lives at Danville; Charles V., the subject of this sketch; Colwell Fletcher, deceased; and Harry, deceased, married Della Workman, daughter of B. B. Workman, of Danville.

Charles V. Banbury was educated in the district school at Harrisburg. He remained on his father's farm until 1896 and at that time purchased a grain elevator at Greer, Ohio, which he successfully operated for 20 years, when he moved to Danville, in 1918. He purchased the lumber and grain business of N. H. Hunter, and he now has associated with him in the business his son, Clyde Banbury. They also handle builders supplies. Mr. Banbury is interested in the raising of pure bred Shropshire sheep, and has imported stock from Scotland and Canada. Sheep from the Banbury farm was awarded the grand champion prize at the Ohio State fair in 1928, and received first award at the Knox County fair in 1930. This well improved farm of 400 acres adjoins the city of Danville.

In 1896 Mr. Banbury married Miss Eva I. Priest, the daughter of Mark and Rachael Priest, both deceased. They were well known residents of Wooster. To Mr. and Mrs. Banbury were born five children: Clyde, lives at Danville, married Annabelle Sheoles, and they have a daughter, Harriett Ann; Clifford, Albert Milton, and Howard, all at home; and Ada, who died at the age of 23 years.

Mr. Banbury has served as a member of the city council of Danville for the past eight years and has also, for many years, been a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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