Encompassing the ancestors and
descendants of the Banner family of
Delaware county, NY and those of
Grace Russell, wife of Charles Ferris
Banner of Tully, NY.

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Welcome to Banner's Beanery! What's a beanery? Its a cheap restaurant by definition but to me it became that place where you could sit, relax and stay awhile with family and friends. My Aunt Joan always answered the phone with the salutation, "Banner's Beanery!" So come in and stay awhile.

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What's New:

July 23, 2014:

The Fabius Historical Society

   On Monday, Aug 4th at 7PM, the Fabius Historical Society will meet at the Fabius Community Center (7786 Main St., Rt.80). Helen DeHaan will provide first-hand knowledge concerning the Cortland King's Daughters Children's Home. Former Fabius residents, Clarence and Hazel Banner, ran the home for many years. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the program.
   Helen visited the Tully Area Historical Society about year ago looking for some information and I had the great joy of meeting with her. She had recently had a reunion of many of the home's residents and had accumulated a treasure trove of pictures, memories and information from them about their life there. Included were remembrances of Clarence and Hazel. I was overwhelmed by all the work she had done. You won't be disappointed.

Mar 23, 2014:

Betty's 2013 "In a Nutshell" is Here

   Betty just finished her year in review newsletter for 2013 & early 2014. She gives an annual review of what has happened in the Frank & Betty Banner family over the course of the previous year. It's a great read and includes several new pictures of the family. Login to see all her previous newsletters and the most recent one HERE.


Mar 21, 2014:

Rare Historical Photos in Color:
   In Dick Eastman's March 21st e-newsletter, he had an article about "Colorized Historical Photos" and included was this slideshow (with music) from that mesmerized me. Hope it will do the same to you. (Videos can enlarged to fullscreen by clicking the box icon at the end of the video progress bar).

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3 (More photos, though most not colorized. They are still a poignant and thought-provoking walk through history none-the-less.)


Part 4 (Newly released video of colorized historical photos)


Jan 22, 2014:

   It's been a long time since I've edited the front page of the Banner Family website and I apologize for that. 2013 has been a year of both loss and gain for us as you can see in the "Latest News" column.
   I have not worked on the Banner genealogy since last spring as I've been doing research for a couple of unrelated people. Sometimes you have more luck if you leave "the family" alone for awhile. The hope being that when you return back to them that it will be with new enthusiasm.
   In the spring of 2013, I took a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It's the largest family history library in the world (compliments of the Church of Latter-day Saints). I was well-prepared and had created research sheets and a list of my most troublesome brick walls. I was able to successfully break thru 2 out of the 10 walls I had and I thought that was pretty good. Both of them were on the Russell side of the family. There is nothing better than that "eureka moment" when you've been stumped for so long.
   Drop me a line with news you might have. Everything counts.


Latest News

19 Oct 2015 - Berte (Banner) Olsen emails me with another addition to her growing family. Linnea Fosseli Olsen born on Oct 9, 2015 weighing in at 7lbs and 19.3in long. Congratulations to Marius Olsen and Guro Andersen.
Linnea Fosseli Olsen, Oct 2015 Linnea Fosseli Olsen
b. 9 Oct 2015
28 Mar 2015 - Congratulations to Derek Young and Erin Donahue on the birth of their twins, Aiden Jerome & Nora Kathleen on Mar 4, 2015. And you are off to the races!
Young Twins, Mar 2015 Nora Kathleen & Aiden Jerome Young
b. 4 Mar 2015
11 Feb 2015 - I have received information this morning that Linda (Banner) McCray passed away last night in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse. Our thoughts are with her family. You may read her obituary HERE on this website or on the Butler-Badman Funeral Home website or on's Obituary Page.
Linda (Banner) McCray Linda (Banner) McCray
17 Dec 2014 - Berte (Banner) Olsen emailed to announce the birth of Oliver Zuna Olsen, the son of Kjell & Lillian Olsen & a brother to Thea Kristin. Congratulations. What a great Christmas present.
Oliver Zuna Olsen, Dec 2014 Oliver Zuna Olsen
b. 14 Dec 2014
15 Sep 2014 - Frank A. Banner passed away at home last evening among his loving family. His burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Preble at 1pm on Saturday, Sep 20th. Following his burial there will be a memorial service at 3pm at the Grace Christian Fellowship, 1250 Fisher Ave, Cortland, NY. His complete obituary is available HERE on this website or see his page here at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home website.
Frank A. Banner Frank Adelbert Banner
13 Jul 2014 - Berte (Banner) Olsen emailed today to announce the birth of a new great-granddaughter, Lilly Olsen. Born yesterday to her grandson, Marius Olsen and his fiance, Guro Andersen. Congratulations to all!
Lilly Olsen, 2014 Lilly Olsen
b. 12 Jul 2014

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Pictures (Click to enlarge)

    Fred & Berte (Banner) Olsen Family (2014):

Fred & Berte (Banner) Olsen family


    David & Jackie (Banner) Brown Family (July 2014):

David & Jackie Brown family, July 2014


    Ole & Paula (Banner) Gustafson Family (July 2014):

Ole & Paula Gustafson family, July 2014


    Descendants of Adelbert Banner & Lottie Ainsworth (Summer 2010):

Reunion Pic 1


    Descendants of Samuel Townsend Banner & Anna Alvira Ainsworth (Summer 2010):

Reunion Pic 2



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  1.  John (388)
  2.  William (184)
  3.  Samuel (153)
  4.  Thomas (153)
  5.  Joseph (140)
  6.  James (113)
  7.  Robert (87)
  8.  Benjamin (80)
  9.  Henry (68)
 10. David (66)
  1.  Mary (327)
  2.  Elizabeth (263)
  3.  Sarah (193)
  4.  Hannah (131)
  5.  Anna (93)
  6.  Abigail (78)
  7.  Maria (58)
  8.  Margaret (56)
  9.  Ann (51)
 10. Lydia (49)

27 Nov 2015.
Jonathan DEMING - 1661 (354 )
Thomas DEMING - 1679 (336 )
Abigail SAWIN - 1686 (329 )
David WEBB - 1687 (328 )
Mary BASS - 1691 (324 )
Mary TAINTER - 1703 (312 )
Mary NEWELL - 1833 (182 )
Katherine Ann PADDOCK - 1845 (170 )
Geneva M. CHARLTON - 1919 (96 )
William R. STRINGFIELD - 1928 (87 )
27 Nov 2015.
Sarah NEWHALL - 1693 (322 )
Johann Jacob MAUL - 1783 (232 )
Martha BROWN - 1799 (216 )
Ruth MARSHALL - 1816 (199 )
Jacob HÄRTER - 1825 (190 )
Robert Seafert MCCALLA - 1973 (42 )
Kenneth E. BANNER - 2010 (5 )