Banister was born about 1814 in Anglezark to Robert Mangnall (JM018) and Jane Darbishire (JM019). At the time of the 1841 Census he was living with his father and siblings at Latham’s in Rivington and was working as an agricultural labourer, presumably on his father’s land.

Banister married Mary in 1848 and they had at least the following children:

  • Robert ( ), born1849;
  • John (FM250), born 1850;
  • Joseph (FM027), born about 1855.

By the time of the 1851 Census Banister, now aged 36, and family had moved to 1 Norris Fold, Anderton where they lodged on the farm of John Nightingale. Banister worked as a servant and farm labourer, Mary as a dairy servant.

The 1861 Census shows that Banister had moved to his own lodgings at Land in Rivington very close to his widower father. He was now 47 years old and still working as an agricultural labourer.Their son Robert is recorded as being in the household of Banister’s father.

The 1871 Census reveals that Banister was now working as a bread baker and living with his family at Orrell Farm in Turton. He was now 57 years old. Joseph was still living at home, was aged 16 but the census does not show an occupation for him.

Banister had moved to 31 Hough Lane, Turton by the time of the 1881 Census and was working as an “Agent for cattle food”. He was now 67 years old and a widower, Mary had died in 1879.

Banister died in 1888 and was buried at Christ Church, Walmsley on the 25th August 1888.

[Last updated 24 Dec 2009]