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Tunstall BANKS
Nancy M. __?__
NOTE:  there's a possibility here that Tunstall had just one wife, who was lying about both her age and her marriage year in the 1850 census, but I'm going to take the census records at face value and go with two wives, both named Nancy.  Also, if Tunstall had been a widower in 1840, it would explain why he doesn't clearly show up as head-of-household in the 1840 census (i.e., he and his three young children would presumably have been living with other kin).
Husband:  Tunstall BANKS
Birth:  10 Apr 1807, Culpeper Co., VA
Death:  8 Nov 1863, Saline Co., AR
Father:  Baylor BANKS (1755-1815)
Mother:  Anna SLAUGHTER (1760-1818) Lawrence3, Robert2, Robert1
Marriage-1:  29 Jan 1833, Clark Co., AR
Wife-1:  Nancy STROOPE
Birth:  ca. 1811
Death:  1839-42, presumably in AR

Nancy's parents might be:
Father:  Jacob STROOPE
Mother:  Elizabeth __?__

Marriage-2:  1842
Wife-2:  Nancy M. __?__
Birth:  1821/2, LA
Death:  1850-60, presumably in Saline Co., AR 

"M." may be Nancy's middle initial or the first letter of her maiden name.

Children with Nancy STROOPE born in AR:
1.  Mildred Ann BANKS, b. 1835/6
2.  Richard Tunstall BANKS, b. 25 Dec 1838; d. 21 Aug 1898
3.  Mary E. BANKS, b. 1839/40
Children with Nancy M. __?__:
4.  John J. BANKS, b. 6 May 1846 or 1844
5.  Buena Vista BANKS, b. 1846-48
6.  William Henry BANKS, b. 1849; d. aft. 1920

John's tombstone may say 1846, but the censuses say 1844.

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1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  c1990.  Arkansas Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Precision Indexing Publ., Bountiful, UT (online at Ancestry.com):
Banks, Tunstall Stroope, Nancy 29 Jan 1833 Clark County

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  one L? T. BANKS in Pope Co. and two T. BANKS in Benton Co., but no "Tunstall Banks" indexed in Arkansas no BANK/BANKS, at all, in Clark Co. or Saline Co.

3.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #46 of 85):  District of Saline, Saline Co., AR, Roll M432_30, p. 108A, 328/340, enumerated 24 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
328 340 Tunstall Banks 44 M W Farmer 900 Virginia 1842  
    Nancy M 28 F W     Louisiana M  
    Mildred A 14 F W     Arkansas S /
    Richard 12 M W     "   /
    Mary E 10 F W     "   /
    John J  6 M W     "   /
    Buena Vista  4 F W     "    
    William H  1 M W     "    
Column 10 is supposed to be a yes or no question:  Was person married within the year?  But this enumerator appears to have asked each couple what year they were married and don't we wish that had been the standard question for the 1850 census!  However, Tunstall and Nancy STROOPE were married in 1833, so the only thing I can figure is either 1) Nancy STROOPE lied about her marriage year to support her lie about her age or 2) Tunstall married a second, younger Nancy in 1842.  Without evidence disproving the latter, I don't see how we can not accept, at least tentatively, that Tunstall married twice.  (Column 11 asks: Did person attend school within the year?)

4.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 9):  Collegeville P.O., Hurricane Twp., Saline Co., AR, Roll M653_50, p. 622, PN 70, 452/452, enumerated 4 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
Tunstall Banks 53 M   farmer 1200 1500 Virginia
Millared    " 22 F         Arkansas
Mary E      " 19 F         "
John J      " 16 M         "
Buena Vista " 12 M         "
William H   " 10 M         "

5.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):

6.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #27 of 52):  Caddo Twp., Clark Co., AR, Roll T9_40, p. 441C, PN 27, SD 2, ED 32, enumerated 12 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤()
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 21 24 25 26
252 Stroope Rittie W F 63     / Keep House   AR    
  _______ Fannie W F 40 Dau /       AR AR AR
  Stafford Minerva W F 16 Niece /     / AR AR AR
  Banks John W M 28 Boarder /   Farmer   AR AR AR
"Rittie" STROOPE is Aretta (PIPPIN) STROOPE, John's future mother-in-law.

7.  Louise Pecquet du Bellet.  1907.  Some Prominent Virginia Families.  4 vols.  J.P. Bell Co., Lynchburg, VA (online at Ancestry.com):  SLAUGHTER genealogy.

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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