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Manson Lafayette Banks, M.D.
Birth: May 19, 1831
Death: January 9, 1908
Parents: Gerard Banks, Jr. and Melinda Smith Banks
Marriage: 1. Sophronia Bridges, 2. Emily Flora Fenn

Emily Flora Fenn Banks
Birth: April 4, 1839

Death: February 17, 1914
Parents: Levi Fenn and Elizabeth Graham Fenn
Marriage: Manson Lafayette Banks

Children: James Edgar Banks, Henry Fenn Banks, Sophronia Annette Banks, Albert Alexander Banks, Manson Lafayette Banks, Jr., Harriet Elizabeth Banks, Mary Floyd Banks


Manson Lafayette Banks, M.D. was born on May 19, 1831 to Gerard Banks, Jr. and Melinda Smith Banks.  He was a student at Zion Seminary School for some years between 1847 and 1859. The 1850 Simpson County , Mississippi Census, lists him as a 19 year old student apparently living alone.  He attended Washington University , College of Medicine , St. Louis , Missouri and also studied for one year at the University of Louisiana Medical . He apprenticed with Dr. G.J.D. Funches of Westville , MS .  Then he returned to Columbia to practice and thus became one of the first – if not the first – medical school graduate physician to practice there.

Manson was rejected for military service in the Civil War, but served as a civilian doctor at Vicksburg .  He first married Sophronia Bridges, who died of child bed fever following the birth of their first child in 1860.  In 1861, he married Emily Flora Fenn. They had a home on North Main Street in Columbia and he maintained an office in a frame building on the property.

When it became necessary to cut down his practice, he moved his office into a small building in the front yard of his home. Later when he had ceased to practice he allowed a transient and his son to sleep in the office one night and a charcoal heater caused the building to catch fire. While the man and his son escaped without injury the building, his books, all of his records and instruments were lost.

Manson Lafayette Banks, M.D. died January 9, 1908.  He is buried in the City Cemetery , Columbia , Mississippi .

Emily Flora Fenn was born April 4, 1939 to Levi & Elizabeth (Graham) Fenn.  On February 13, 1861 at age 21, Emily Flora Fenn married Manson Lafayette Banks, M.D.Emily Fenn Banks died February 17, 1914.  She  is buried in the City Cemetery , Columbia , Mississippi .The following pictures were taken on Manson & Emily Banks' wedding day.

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