William Brockman Bankhead

William Brockman Bankhead

by Paul F. Goodridge

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Overview

The Bankhead family is one of the most interesting and influential families in American history. William Brockman Bankhead’s heritage was traced to sixteen family branches established by each of his individual great great-grandparents. Family connections to numerous events in American history and relationship to prominent individuals challenge the imagination. Family branches first had close connections to monarchs of England and Scotland. Here families lost sizeable estates during England’s Civil Wars and forced from their homes by Oliver Cromwell. Prominent colonial connections include marriages to relatives of Presidents Madison and Jefferson.

Throughout American history this family demonstrated valiant patriotism and military service. In South Carolina they were members of local militia units that achieved many Patriot victories culminating in British surrender at Yorktown. In Tennessee they joined militia units supporting Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. William’s father was wounded while serving in the Civil War from 1861 through 1864. Another family branch serving in the South Carolina legislature opposed succession, even to the point of killing another man in a duel. This family would lose two sons to the war. William’s brother Henry served in the Spanish American War.
The Bankhead family settled in Northwest Alabama in the early 1830’s. They were major plantation owners and became Alabama’s most prominent political family. For fifty-nine consecutive years there was at least one Bankhead serving in the United States Congress. They were responsible for legislation that benefited the average American and left a lasting legacy on American history that we still enjoy.
The family established the first Department of History and Archives in this country. William played for the first Alabama football team and was the first team captain. William’s first marriage ended in tragedy with the death of his beautiful wife following childbirth. William had two daughters; Tallulah a famous actress and Eugenia a socialite. These girls led life styles outside the expected norm of their day.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151435185
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/02/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Paul is a retired widower living in Merrimack, New Hampshire. His maternal grandparents emigrated from Ireland becoming small farmers in western New York State. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Scotland via Nova Scotia. Paul’s interest in genealogical research began with the challenge of unraveling his own heritage. Research included time in local county court houses as well as travel to the original family home steads as these locations became known. He shared the excitement of new discoveries with his children, as well as his mother who had lost both of her parents at a very young age.

Today Paul lives in New Hampshire close to six of his ten children as well as many of his 27 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Youth sports have always been one of Paul’s greatest passions and he enjoys attending games when his grand-children are playing. His son Tim has been the school’s varsity basketball coach for the past sixteen years with outstanding success. Paul enjoys working with Tim and these young men.
Paul held a variety of Operations Management positions for manufacturing companies during his early career. He later worked as a consultant for software development in a number of different interesting business environments. His professional experience provided an opportunity to work in both many United States and International locations. After retirement, Paul and his wife Marie traveled to many of the historical and scenic areas of this country. Seeking out new and different places, especially those with a connection to American history, continues as one of Paul’s major interests.

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