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EDMOND AND LUCY BAYS BINGHAM
The Edmond Bingham log home that now stands in the IN University Mathers
Museum is a reminder of the Bingham family who came from southern VA to Greene Co (IN) during the late 1820s. Dot Anderson described the 18x26 foot cabin as the most common log house design in IN. "It had its roots in 16th century England and formed the basic building unit throughout America wherever settlers from the British Isles lived." Click here to see picture of this log cabin.
Old Granddaddy Edmond Bingham who built the cabin, was born in VA in 1774 and died in Center Township, 10/23/1852. He was the ancestor to the well-known
Bingham family of Greene Co (IN). He was the apparent son of William Bingham whose first land record was made on Buck Island Creek, Surry Co, NC.
Edmond had a son, Frederick, when he married Lucy Bays in 1795, Pittsylvania Co, VA. Besides Frederick, Edmond's children were Sarah, Elizabeth, Martha, Nancy Jane and Lucy (twins), and Edmond II. The children all married in VA and all, but Sarah, came to Greene Co. Frederick, Elizabeth, and Martha came with Edmond and Lucy, and then Nancy Jane, Lucy, and I apparently came after the 1830 census.
Frederick married Obedience Farmer and their children were Hiram, Eliza Ann, Alfred and Edmond III. Frederick died 3/4/1859 and is buried in the Bingham Cemetery. Edmond I and Lucy are probably buried there, without a monument. Lucy was born in 1774 and died after April, 1857.
Elizabeth, the 2nd daughter of Edmond, married Jonas Uland I on 8/16/1813. Jonas served in Capt Townes Co of the VA Militia in 1814. Children of
Elizabeth and Jonas were John, the oldest, Lucy Ann, William, Jonas II, Sarah, James N, Elizabeth, and Fatha Ann. Jonas I died at Poplar Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Elizabeth, his widow proceeded to Greene Co. In 1836, Elizabeth married James Buffalo and they had 2 children, Mary Anna and Bryant. Elizabeth died in 1846.
Martha, the 3rd daughter of Edmond, married Josiah Shields. Martha died 10/14/1859 and Josiah died 10/4/1863. Both are buried in the Workman Cemetery.
Martha and Josiah raised 8 children: Lucy, Vincent, Obedience, Elizabeth, William, John, Pleasant, and Thomas.
Nancy Jane married Greenberry Haynes in Patrick Co, VA. They had 9 children, 4 born in Patrick Co and 5 born near Solsberry, IN. The children were: Lucy A, Susan, Elizabeth, James A, Maletha, Matilda, Louisa, William J and
Greenberry II. Greenberry I died 10/26/1865 and Martha died 2/16/1876. Both are buried in Mason City, IL.
Lucy, the other twin, married William Bays in Halifax Co, VA. They are buried in the Bingham Cemetery. Their known children were Sarah, Rachel, Agnes, Jane, Fanny, and James.
Edmond and Lucy's 2nd son was Edmond II, who married Nancy Keller in Patrick Co, VA. They had 6 children: Mary Ann, Adeline, William, Lucy Jane, Edmond III, and George W. Edmond II died in 1857 in VanBuren Twp, Monroe Co, where he owned land in Section 33.
The writer of this sketch now living in Kansas is a 3rd grgrandson of Edmond and Lucy. There are many descendants still living in the Greene Co area. (Submitted by: Mr Charles 0 Carter, Jr. History of Greene Co 1885-1989)
Edmond Bingham purchased land on 9/21/1795 in Pittsylvania Co, VA (Pittsylvania Co, VA Bk 10 p225)
Edmond Bingham sold 203 acres of land on Byrd Creek in 1797. He bought 63 acres of land on New River 12/21/1801 which he sold on 10/21/1805. (The Bingham Family by Thelma L Bingham, 7/25/1983)
Among the many old settlers in the locality we will name Edmond & Frederick Bingham.
Among the first weddings were William Doolen and Eliza Bingham.
Old Frederick Bingham built a house and afterwards he worked for many years, making little mills at the place where, Mr Abram Young now loves.
John W Bingham Sr member of the firm Bingham Holtsclaw was born in the twp and Co where he now resides in 1857 and is a son of Edmond & Ellen (Olinger) Bingham who were natives of the Old Dominion from whence they removed to IN at an early date. John married Hester Holtsclaw in 1877. Three children born to them Flossie E (deceased), Howard C, & Flossie E. Mr Bingham is one of the progressive and prominent young men of our count and is well liked.
Old F Bingham was one of the earliest millers at Rock Bluff, Center Twp. (History of Greene & Sullivan Cos, IN 1884 p322)(Early History of Greene Co, by Uncle Jack Baber, p73-74)
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