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Near Catonsville in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Robert Bannaky

 
 
Robert Bannaky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 1, 2014
1. Robert Bannaky Marker
Inscription.  This plaque commemorates Robert Bannaky, the colonial African American father and farmer. He purchased this historic land in 1737, with the sale of 7,000 pounds of tobacco. Robert was from Guinea (present day Ghana/Nigeria region of Africa), where he had been abducted, enslaved, and then sold in the colony of Maryland. When he gained his freedom, he married Mary Bannaky, eldest daughter of Bannaka (A former slave who was originally an African prince) and Molly Welsh (A former English Milkmaid).

This site was Robert and Mary Bannaky's second farm; their first was 'Timber Point', a 25-acre lot in the vicinity of Elkridge. A highly skilled farmer, Robert's tobacco profits there, enabled him to buy this 100-acre parcel of the Richard Gist estate known as 'Stout', providing a larger homestead for his growing family. The original parcel , varied in terrain and rich in natural resources, extended across the National Road to the Patapsco River. Robert Bannaky included the name of his six-year old son, Benjamin, on the deed of sale, this securing the freedom of his children into perpetuity. Robert Bannaky worked and developed the farmstead
Robert Bannaky Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 1, 2014
2. Robert Bannaky Marker
until his death in 1759, when the property passed on to his son, Benjamin Banneker, a renown[ed] author, astronomer, and surveyor of the Federal Territory.

The foresight, ingenuity, and hard work of Robert Bannaky, is the founding origin of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgriculture.
 
Location. 39° 16.188′ N, 76° 46.523′ W. Marker is near Catonsville, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker can be reached from Oella Avenue. Marker is in Benjamin Banneker Historical Park at 300 Oella Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Catonsville MD 21228, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin Banneker (within shouting distance of this marker); 20th Anniversary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stone Farmhouse (about 400 feet away); Banneker's Orchard (about 400 feet away); Banneker's Cabin (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Benjamin Banneker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edges of Earth's Crust Collided Here (approx. 0.9 miles away); The George Ellicott House (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Catonsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia: Benjamin Banneker. (Submitted on September 7, 2015.)
2. Wikipedia: Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Baltimore County, Maryland
The Plow image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 1, 2014
3. The Plow
Close-up of image on marker
. (Submitted on September 7, 2015.)
 
Bannaka Family Tree<br>1683-1854 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 1, 2014
4. Bannaka Family Tree
1683-1854
From a display in the Benjamin Banneker Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,796 times since then and 259 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 3, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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