David Riley Banta was born at Princeton, Indiana on April 17, 1829.
His parents were Isaac and Eliza (Barker) Banta. He married Margaret
Jane Keith, daughter of Burden and Polly Ann (Crane) Keith, on August 12,
1851 in Hunt County, Texas. Polly Ann was born in Marion County,
Arkansas on June 23, 1833.
He and Margaret Jane were the parents of five children. She died on June 12, 1895 and lies in an unmarked grave in the Lone Grove Cemetery in Llano County. David died at Voca on May 31, 1917 and is buried there.
On June 6, 1861, David Banta enlisted in The Lone Star Guards. In the early 1890's, he sold his Burnet County land and moved to Lampasas as Universalist minister. His daughter, Belle Liverman said later that this was a bad move. Soon after the death of Margaret in 1895, he was homeless. In his application for a Confederate pension in 1903, he stated, "I have no permanent residence-live with friends and children."
During his last years he worked on his memoirs. His brother, Captain William Banta published Twenty-Seven Years on the Texas Frontier, but David's work was destroyed in a fire which also destroyed the home of his daughter, Alice.
Children of David and Margaret Jane were:
1. Franklin Pierce, born in 1852 and married Mollie Stuart.
2. Roxy Ellen, born in 1855 and married Louis W. Jackson.
3. George Washington, born in 1857, and married to Mary Ann Ogle.
4. Isaac Burden (1859-1878)
5. William Ellis (1861-1898)
6. Oliver Wilson, born in 1863 and married Rose Ogle. His memoirs, more that 40 years after his death, were published under the title, Mountain Man of the 1880's-in the Spring issue of Old West Magazine.
7. Lydia, born in 1866 and married to J. E. "Wild John" Davis
8. Alice, born 1868 and married Miller Keith
9. Belle, burn 1869m married W. N. Liverman
10. David Charlie (1871-1878)
11. Margaret Eliza, David's twin, born December 25, 1871, married A. D. "Gus" Liverman.