In the 1850 US Federal Census for Union, Johnson, Indiana, John Peter Banta is a 28-year-old farmer with real estate worth $4,000. He and his 30-year-old wife Mary Ann Brewer have in their household their sons, 5-year-old John E and 2-year-old Daniel A, and two tanners, 19-year David Burgen and 24-year-old Robert Cline. The relationship of the latter two to the Bantas is unknown by me. In the 1860 US Federal Census for Franklin, Johnson, Indiana, 38-year-old farmer John Peter Banta has prospered in the 10 years since the last census as he now owns real estate worth $10,325 and personal property worth $3,000. He and his 40-year-old wife Mary A have in their household their children, 15-year-old John E, 12-year-old Daniel A, 10-year-old George C, 7-year-old David W and 3-year-old Mary, and 22-year-old Sarah B Carnine recorded as a domestic. The Franklin Democrat, Friday, December 22, 1893, Volume XXXIV, Number 24, page 1 column 5 John E. Banta, of Hopewell, died at his home Friday night of cancer of the lower intestines after a short illness. Mr. Banta was well-known throughout Johnson county and was forty eight years old. He was born on the farm on which he died and had never lived outside of the Hopewell neighborhood. In 1870 he was married to Miss Margaret LaGrange. He has for many years been an active member of the Presbyterian church and will be greatly missed by them. He was buried Sunday, the services being conducted by Rev. E. I. Davies, of the Hopewell church. A large number from this city attended the funeral. The Franklin Democrat, Friday, December 22, 1893, Volume XXXIV, Number 24, page 6 column 2 PROVIDENCE - John E. Banta died last week on Thursday and was buried in the Hopewell cemetery on last Sunday. He leaves a daughter to mourn his loss. Doctor Payne's of Franklin held a postmortem examination on the body of John E. Banta last Saturday. The deceased died from the effect of a cancer of the bowels.