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.