William Umney Bannard, the first member of the family of whom we have definite information, was born in England, and emigrated with his family to America, in the early part of the nineteenth century. Children: John; William referred to below; Alfred.
Rev. William Bannard, son of William Umney Bannard, was born in England, and died in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He was brought to this country by his father,
and after preparing for the Presbyterian ministry became pastor of the Madison
Avenue Presbyterian Church, corner of Twenty-ninth
street, which he served faithfully and acceptably
more than twenty years. He then resigned
in order to accept a call to Kingsboro, New York, which he resigned in turn in order to go to Salem, New Jersey, where
he remained until his retirement, when he went to live in Philadelphia.
He married Frances, daughter of William Heath. Children:
1. William Newell, married Mary Blanchard, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
children: William Newell Jr., and Margaret.
2. Horace Brown. 3. Arthur
Umney. 4. Charles Heath, married Eliza
Clement, of Salem, New Jersey; children: Charles Heath Jr. and Margaret C.
(III) Horace Brown, son of Rev. William and Frances (Heath) Bannard, was born in New York City, July 29, 1851. For his early education he was sent to the New York City public schools, and after preparing for college, in Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Massachusetts, he entered Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with the class of 1871. He then took up the study of engineering, and in 1872 obtained a position with the West Jersey railroad, and later in the engineering department of the Jersey City office of the Pennsylvania railroad. In 1876 he was chosen city engineer of Rahway in order that he might revise the city street assessments. During 1879 and 1880 he was in Harrisburg as one of the engineers on the Pennsylvania canal. From 1880 to 1886, he was in the Camden office of the West Jersey railroad, and in 1886 he came to Long Branch as chief engineer of the Long Branch railroad. In politics Mr. Bannard is a Republican. For ten years he was an officer in the grand lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, state of New Jersey. He is a member of Asbury Lodge, No. 142; Standard Chapter, No. 35; Corean Commandery, No. 15, Knights Templar, Asbury Park, New Jersey; A. A. Scottish Rite, Valley of Jersey City, thirty-second degree; and Tall Cedars of Lebanon, No. 9. He is a member of the Monmouth Club, of Asbury Park, and of the Asbury Park Wheelmen. He married Eliza Garnet, daughter of William L. and Eleanor R. (Davenport) Jones. She was born in 1844, and died July 15, 1899. Her father, William Llewellyn ap John, who took the surname Jones, was born in Somerville, New Jersey. Children: William Heath and Llewellyn Jones, both referred to below; Horace Brown Jr., born August 9, 1879.
William Heath, son of Horace Brown and Eliza Garnet (Jones) Bannard, was born
in Plainfield, New Jersey, February 16, 1875. He prepared for college in the Long Branch high school, and in the Princeton preparatory
school, and graduated from Princeton
University in the class
of 1898. He then became physical
director in Northwestern University, at Evanston,
Illinois, where he remained for one year, when
he took up the study of law with Hon. Frederick Parker, but gave this up a short
while afterwards in order to become a partner in a furniture firm at Asbury Park, with Walter
W. Davis, after whose death Mr. Bannard continued the business alone. March 2, 1909, Mr. Bannard was appointed by President
Roosevelt as postmaster for four years of Asbury
Bannard is a Republican, and for eighteen months has been councilman at large
of Asbury Park,
and for some time also chairman of the Republican city committee. He is a member of Asbury Lodge, No. 142, Free
and Accepted Masons; Lodge No. 128, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks;
Court Neptune, No. 166, Foresters of America, and of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows. He is also a member of the
Monmouth Club, and in religion is a Presbyterian. He married in Asbury Park,
October 23, 1901, Elizabeth, daughter of Lybrand and Melvina (Stout) Sill, who
was the only child of her parents, and was born at Asbury Park, April 8, 1876. Children:
Janet Still, born July 11, 1902; Homes, December 31, 1905; William Heath
Jr., October 12, 1909.
(IV) Llewellyn Jones, son of Horace Brown and Eliza Garnet (Jones) Bannard, was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, February 1, 1875, and is a twin with his brother, William Heath. He was educated in the public schools and the Princeton preparatory school, after which, since 1899, he devoted himself to the interests of the Bannard Furniture Company at Asbury Park until 1909, when he was appointed general sales superintendent to Butler Brothers of New York City. In politics Mr. Bannard is an independent, and from conviction a member of the Long Branch Presbyterian Church. He married in Brooklyn, New York, November 9, 1902, Katheryn, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Agnes (Smith) Cornwell, who was born in Tuckahoe, New Jersey, February 16, 1880. Children of Andrew and Elizabeth Agnes (Smith) Cornwell: Jacob S. C., married Edith Hersey; Anna; Katheryn; Andrew Jr. Children of Llewellyn Jones and Katheryn (Cornwell) Bannard: Hugh Janeway, born September 2, 1903; Muriel, April 10, 1905.