Bantings and Thompsons

I can’t help but notice how many Thompsons are married to Bantings. Now I count 3 different Thompson families married to Bantings in a fairly tight timeframe. Does anyone know of a connection between the 3 Thompson families?

We have Thomas Banting = Isabella Thompson m.1822 Westmoreland then the Canada connection

Then  Ernest W Banting = Georgina Thompson m.? This Thompson family possibly originally  from Cumbria UK, via London but living in Ontario Canada

And of course Charles Banting = Susanah Thompson m.1806 Ireland then Canada

I simply throw this into the melting pot of ideas as we seek all these early connections, so we can all keep our eyes open!


  1. Robert on April 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I have another one.  Cyril Henry Banting married Isabella Thompson in Eastleigh on 4th June 1923.

  2. helenbanham on April 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Robert
    Now that is very interesting, let’s make sure Bob from Canada picks that one up. Do you know of a possible DNA male candidate from your cluster who might be willing to test? I am sure we can find some funding. Over the years we have spoken of trying to sort out this family and this may just give us the opportunity. I am going to start feeding in data from your group in the next couple of weeks. If I need some info can I get back to you?
    Cheers Helen

    • Robert on April 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Sorry, no males that I know of.  My mother in law was an only child and her father Cyril Henry was the only surviving boy.  His father Charles William had, as far as I know, two brothers, John H and Clement but I don’t know anything about their lives or any descendants.

  3. Bob on April 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Canada is common to a number. Starting with Charles Banting and Susannah Thompson one of their sons was Robert Thompson. Then in the next generation William Thompson, father of Sir Fred named a son William Thompson. It goes on to others. Most of this line is proven by DNA tests back to Ballyfin Ireland. This can be found on under the Banting surname. DNA testing may be the answer to connecting these disperate groups of Bantings.

  4. helenbanham on April 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Do you have any idea where Isabella was born who married Cyril?

    • Robert on April 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      I don’t know for sure where Isabella was born but almost certainly Eastleigh.  Her father worked on the railways there around the time of her birth.

      • helenbanham on April 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Thanks for that Robert, it’s just another intriguing connection! Going to put out some posts on your cluster next week and see if we can make some sense of things. Going to the archive this week do you want any look ups?

  5. Froglegs12 on April 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    My husband is a descendant of Charles Banting…his grandmother was Mary Louise Banting, daughter of Benjamin Wesley Norris Banting, son of Lt Col Robert Thompson Banting, son of Charles Banting.

  6. helenbanham on April 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for that, just another question, does the Wesley name refer to the fact that they were Wesleyan Methodists, as some of the other Bantings in Canada are?

  7. Terry Smith on March 18, 2015 at 10:01 am

    … and another one. James BANTING m. Anne THOMPSON.They had at least one child named Susan Sarah BANTING who married Edward BELL on 18 Feb 1868 in Tecumseth Twp. Simcoe Co., Ont.

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