Alex Bankhead

1837 - 10 Jan 1902


Alex Bankhead

1837 - 10 Jan 1902
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A Short History of Alex Bankhead Alex Bankhead was born in North Carolina in 1837. He came to Utah with the Bankhead Family in 1848. It has been said by people living in Draper, Utah that he was the son of Nancy. He had a brother Sam. George Bankhead's home in Draper was cared for by Nancy and the t
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Alex Bankhead


Spanish Fork City Cemetery

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Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah
United States


May 28, 2011

Spanish Fork City Cemetery

January 1, 1970

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Short History of Alexander Bankhead

Contributor: PKristineHurd Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

A Short History of Alex Bankhead Alex Bankhead was born in North Carolina in 1837. He came to Utah with the Bankhead Family in 1848. It has been said by people living in Draper, Utah that he was the son of Nancy. He had a brother Sam. George Bankhead's home in Draper was cared for by Nancy and the two boys, Alex and Sam who were there a great deal. Later, Alex was sold to Abraham Owen Smoot who took him to Provo, Utah. Some of A.O. Smoot's family say their grandfather had other colored help. After they received their freedom, Alex lived in Spanish Fork where he married Miranda who belonged to the Redds. Alex stood five seven and although he was very thin, he had a round jovial face and walked very erect. Alex and Miranda lived in a small cottage that was very well kept. It had a pole fence and a gate made of three inch lumber around the home. Alex built a board walk from the gate to the home, as Miranda was very particular about her home. Alex owned a small farm in what was known as "River Bottoms" and during the season when farm work could be accomplished, he would take his team and wagon and go to the farm each day to work. During the winter he worked as a helper in "Henry Humbles' Blacksmith Shop.:" Alex and Rindy were highly respected by everyone. One Halloween, the boys of the town decided to play a joke on Alex. They acquired some bottles of clothes bluing from Zebedee Coltrin who made and sold bluing. After dark they went to the stable where Alex kept his horses and painted one of them blue and then tried to turn the horse out into the street. but the horse refused to go. When Alex realized it was his own horse, he took soap and water and scrubbed the bluing from its' coat. As a result of the joke each boy received a severe reprimand, not only from their fathers but from other citizens. Alex was a kind man and could not understand why the boys had chosen to play a joke on him. Both of these good people were member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Maude Jex Park whose parents lived not far from the Bankhead's had this to say: "Uncle Alex" as we called him, worked in Grandpa William Jexs' Broom Factory. I remember watching him tie the brooms on to the handles, and then hand them to the next man who did the sewing. My folks always raised a good garden and plenty of fruit. As a child, my chore was to pick a syrup bucket of strawberries or whatever fruit was ripe and take it to the Bankhead's. I attended the funeral of Alex with my mother and father. From that time on, each Decoration Day, we would clean around the graves of Uncle Alex and Aunt Rindy. And then Kate Dowley and I would pick wild flowers and decorate the graves. As long as I lived in Spanish Fork, we decorated the graves all summer. My Dad kept the lettering on the headboards bright and readable. Sometimes I wonder if there was even a stone maker cut up for them and if anyone ever thinks of them." The following letter was written by A.O. Smoot in 1897, during the semi-centennial pioneer celebration. There is an old colored man, Alexander Bankhead, living in this city, who came to Utah in September 1848. The old man called upon me this morning and stated he was very anxious to visit the Jubilee as a pioneer, and I assure you I would be glad to have him do so, as he is one of the "whitest colored man" living. If you will forward to him the necessary blanks for him to fill out and return, I will arrange to have them promptly attending to and returned. Alex and his wife Rindy attained the celebration and were honored as pioneers of Utah. Alex died January 20, 1902, notice of death give the cause as paralytic stoke. She is buried in Spanish Fork Cemetery. Rindy pass away January 2, 1902 of breast cancer and was also buried in the Spanish Fork Cemetery. In all my research, I have never heard one unkind thing about her. She was a wonderful American citizen.

Life timeline of Alex Bankhead

Alex Bankhead was born in 1837
Alex Bankhead was 3 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
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Alex Bankhead was 22 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
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Alex Bankhead was 23 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
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Alex Bankhead was 42 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
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Alex Bankhead was 52 years old when The Eiffel Tower is officially opened. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
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Alex Bankhead was 56 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
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Alex Bankhead died on 10 Jan 1902 at the age of 65
Grave record for Alex Bankhead (1837 - 10 Jan 1902), BillionGraves Record 1219 Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States