Abram Mckee Banks – obituary leads to knowledge

I came across an obit that had a photo on it and I took a screen print of it.

obit - A McKee Banks - Nov 1976 - Virginia
Obituary for A. McKee Banks

I looked for a family tree to tell his relates about the obit and photo but I did not find a tree so I created a family tree for Abram, to hold his obit.
I started adding records and one was for a school (1930 census) where he was a student.

I did a search on the name of the school and found lots of information.
Information that I did not know about and would not have looked for, if not for the obit.

So an obituary can lead to new knowledge.
Here is the text file I created using the information off of the obit.

A McKee Banks
age 74
[Abram Mckee Banks]

born: Abt. 1902

died: Nov 1976 Wednesday
in Bowling Green

wife: Mrs Mary B Banks – Bowling Green [Bowling Green, Caroline, Virginia, USA]

a brother: Rev D. H. Banks – Culpepper

several nieces
37 years as
vocational agricultural teacher
with Caroline County schools

grad: Virginia State College

past president of Caroline County chapter of the school’s alumni association

burial St John’s Baptist Church cemetery
Fredericksburg, Virginia
The Free Lance Star
Nov 26, 1976

on this Ancestry dot com tree:

obit - A McKee Banks - Nov 1976 - Virginia
Obituary for A. McKee Banks


1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Abram Mc Banks
Birth Year: abt 1903
Gender: Male
Race: Negro (Black)
Birthplace: Virginia
Marital status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Pupil
Home in 1930: Matoaca, Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
Map of Home: View Map
institution: Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute
Family Number: 15
Attended School: Yes
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father’s Birthplace: Virginia
Mother’s Birthplace: Virginia
Able to Speak English: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Abram Mc Banks 27


The 1930 school called: “Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute”  was later renamed to:

Abram McKee Banks - school - blog
a link result to search for “Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute

Abram McKee Banks - school 2 - blog

another web site: http://www.vsu.edu/about/history/history-vsu.php

I did a search and found many for sites with information about the school.


I hope this post will give you information that you can use for your own family tree.

Thank You

Jose from Clarkston and Covert, Michigan

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