Birth Name: Ernest Banks
Date of Birth: January 30, 1931
Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Date of Death: January 23, 2015
Place of Death: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Ernie Banks, nicknamed “Mr. Cub” and “Mr. Sunshine,” was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a shortstop and first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, between 1953 and 1971.
Ernie was the son of Essie Vanessa (Durden) and Eddie Lee Banks. He was married to Liz Ellzey, until his death. He had three children with his former wife Eloyce Johnson; and a daughter with Liz.
Ernie’s paternal grandparents were named Samuel/Sam Edgar/A. Banks and Frances McCoy. Sam was born in Georgia. Frances was born in Virginia.
Ernie’s maternal grandfather was Derry/Darry Durden (the son of Curtis Durden and Lucinda Bayliss). Derry was born in Louisiana. Curtis was the son of Moore Durden and Mariah/Majiah. Lucinda was the daughter of Amos Bayliss and Adaline.
Ernie’s maternal grandmother was Julie/Julia Ann Harden (the daughter of Jordan Harden and Lydia Ann Price). Julie was born in Louisiana.
Ernie was a second cousin of footballer player O. J. Simpson. Their maternal grandfathers were siblings.
Obituary of Ernie Banks – http://www.findagrave.com
Eddie’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Ernie’s father – https://familysearch.org
Ernie’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ernie’s maternal grandfather, Derry/Darry Durden, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org