Some of the first
families in Shelby Co., were those in the Low Dutch Tract that
straddles Henry Co. It was about 10,000 acres purchased from
Squire Boone in 1784. Settlement became permanent in 1786. A
town: Banta Town came into existence, which was later changed
Families included: Comingore, Vories, Shuck, Banta,
Vanisdal, Demaree (Demarest), Bank, Montfort, Mason, Spade,
Cozine, Cosart, and Brewer. The spelling varied somewhat at
the time and over time.
I am related to Banta, Demarest, Montfort and Brewer.
Many of these families came from Holland in the mid 1600s to
New York and then New Jersey and the Hudson Valley. A cluster
of them combined with some French families went next to
Pennsylvania and then down to Harrodsville, Kentucky and
finally to Shelby County. Some moved on to Indiana and
Missouri after that. My Bantas ended up in California some
Ralph J. Turner, fourth
great grandson of Abraham Banta.