Thursday, June 19, 2008


Bannister, David

The East Liverpool Tribune

David Bannister, an aged colored man, residing on Second street, died Thursday afternoon (May 4, 1899.

Mr. Bannister was well known all over the city, for his integrity, congenial spirit and beautiful Southern manners.

Deceased was born at Lexington, Va., and up to the close of the war lived as a slave upon the plantation of Col. Bannister, on Bannister river, a tributary of the James river. He was the head house servant.

He came to East Liverpool on July 3, 1882, just one day before the famous Sciota disaster, bringing with hom many flattering testimonials of character and honesty. Mr. Bannister enjoyed the respect and good will of many of the very best families in the city, in whose employ he proved efficient and careful above all, and was an extremely good, law abiding citizen.

The only remaining member of his family is a son, Calvin, of Pittsburg, though he leaves a wife and step-daughter, Cordelia Jones.

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