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700-Year Old Parish Church in Bingham, England, where Bingham ancestors
 are buried and may be linked to Frederick Bingham's family, although that has never been proven.
 The tomb of Sir Richard de Bingham is pictured with his coat of arms,
 representing three silver yokes for carrying water, an apparent link to The Crusades.

17th Century Bingham British Colonists to The New World

Frederick Bingham's family ancestors lived in Connecticut in the 1650s (more than 120 years prior to the American Revolution). The family emigrated from Sheffield, in South Yorkshire, England.

 The family name in South Yorkshire and North Nottingham may date back to 1263 A.D. (King Henry III) to Ralph Bugge de Bingham. The geographic name Bingham adopted by Bugge was used prior to the feudal Nottinghamshire property holding of Bingham Manor or Bingham Hundred. The term "Bingham" or "Byngham" reportedly originated in the fifth century and assigned by William The Conquerer in 1086 A.D. * The Bingham ancestors also include a real-life "Sheriff of Nottingham" , the same position in the ballad of "Robin Hood." The rich family history includes stories of sheep ranching and wool production, multi-generations of church leadership around and after the Puritan movement, colonization of Connecticut, service to the American cause in the Revolutionary War in Vermont, a French and Indian War commander, knights and nobility, and honing fine English cutlery.

* Donna Bingham Munger, a professional geneologist on the Bingham Association official website, identifies two English Bingham families and doubts they are directly related. One evolved from Dorset, England, and another is from Nottinghamshire, England. She and other family researchers indicate support for this unproven link to Nottinghamshire and Sir Ralph Bugge de Bingham. (Copyright 1996, The Bingham Association, Updated 2000). But she stresses that no actual geneologic link can be made. Geneological information on this website before 1554  A.D. (Thomas Bingham II) is from Bob Barton's research and others, and questionably links the American Binghams to Melcombe Bingham in Dorset, England.

Bingham Family Tree

1800s: Bingham Sheep

Alonzo L. Bingham was reportedly among the foremost breeders of Merino Sheep in Connecticut, beginning with imports from Spain in 1846. Prior to that, he was a major importer and breeder of sheep from France.

Right, The ancestors of  Alonzo  Bingham and Louisa L. Stockwell date to prior to the United States Revolutionary War. So far all ancestors discovered after 1700 and posted at right are in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

1776: Revolutionary War

Jeremiah Bingham reportedly fought in the Revolutionary War and reportedly played a prominent role in the "Battle of Bennington." The battle was an early decisive victory for the rebels and is credited with leading to French involvement for the Americans and victory in the later Battles of Saratoga.

His father, Lt. Joseph D. Bingham cammanded a company in the French and Indian War. Joseph Bingham was a church deacon. ***

The lieutenant's father and mother were born in New London County, Connecticut in 1667 and 1675 respectfully.

British Colonial Connecticut, circa 1650

The second tree shows the 16th and 17th Century ancestors of Thomas Bingham V. Deacon Thomas Bingham, labeled Thomas Bingham IV, and his mother, Ann Fenton, emigrated to Connecticut from England between 1651 and 1659. They settled in Saybrook and he was one of the first 35 residents of Norwich (1661), and later Windham (1700) where he was named deacon of a new church. Windham property  was made available to colonists including the Binghams when it was willed to Norwich settlers by the son of "Uncas", the Mohican chief in 1678.

17th Century Makers of Cutlery

Sheffield was designated by Parliament as a major center for the manufacture of knives, scissors and other cutlery. The Deacon's father, who apparently died in England, was a Sheffield knife maker and had the registered mark of the merged letters TB for "Thomas Bingham." He is labeled Thomas Bingham III on this chart. His mother's second husband, William Backus, was also a Sheffield, England, knife maker. The mark was a W over a B, according to the Bingham Association. 

1532: Sheffield Binghams

The Bingham Family dates back to at least to 1532 Sheffield, Yorkshire, England with the first of five generations of "Thomas Binghams."

Sir Bingham

No matter which of two English Binghams that this family links to, there are knights and manors in the history.

The final tree shows the unconfirmed ancestors of Thomas Bingham I which led to three generations of Robert Binghams. The earliest two (Robert Bingham I and Robert Bingham II) carried the title of "Robert Sir Bingham van Melcombe" from Dorset, England. The earliest died in "Bingham, Dorset, England."

The Sheriff of Nottingham (circa 1300)

The link to Dorset Binghams is persuasively rebuffed by Geneologist Donna Bingham Munger but she and her colleagues point to a more likely 13th Century tie to other knights who owned "Bingham Manor" in Nottinghamshire: Sir Richard de Bingham (knighted in 1284), son of the first Bingham, Sir Ralph Bugge de Bingham.

Sir Richard de Bingham performed many functions in Nottingham. He was a judge (justice of gaol delivery), a verderer (who holds court on Royal forest land issues), a member of parliament (knight of the shire) and he recruited 1,500 men for King Edward's war in Scotland.

But this sounds like something right out of the mythical Robin Hood.  It seems that Sir Richard de Bingham served as "Sheriff of Nottingham."

This is the same position and perhaps the same century as portrayed in the Robin Hood legend. However, Wikipedia generally does not list Sheriff Bingham  among the real-life role models for the legend.

*** . Description Taken from the Vermont Family and Geneology History  Attached to Asaph White (1747 - 1828)  Thomas Bingham (1642 - 1730)

** The Delphia-Cummings family has French Canadian roots beginning with Louis Delphia in 1837 and John Cummings in 1838.

* Donna Bingham Munger, Bingham Association official website, identified possible early Binghams that can not be linked with direct geneology.  

Ancestors of Elonzo Bingham


Emigration from England to America
Ancestors of Thomas Bingham V

Possible 15th Century links to Bingham Manor
Ancestors of Thomas Bingham I

The Sheriff of Nottingham
Sir Richard de Bingham


 Barbara Hudson's Mystery Parents

Barbara Hudson (Bingham), the mother of Robin Bingham (Ganders), was born to Dale Hudson and Thelma Verity.  But family members like Robin learned little about her grandmother and grandfather and much of what she was told by her mother has proved to be false. Robin was told her grandmother died during birth to her mother, that they were related to Native Americans and her grandfather died in World War II.  This is all false.

Indications are that Thelma Verity gave birth to Barbara when she was 16 years old in Marion, Ohio.  The father was Dale Hudson, an electric welder born in Michigan who was about 20 years old. They married on January 24, 1935. Within five years, they were divorced. In 1940, he would enlist in the Army and serve during World War II and survive. Barbara was passed among Dale's family members to be raised. Young Barbara lived with Dale's mother, Mae, at least until she was four years old.  Thelma Verity was married three more times and lived in Ohio until 1994 without having any apparent contact with her only child.  In the mid-1950s, she was married for the fourth time to Franklin Russell Tite, according to Jeff Rahrig, a nephew of Thelma's who lives in Elryia, Ohio. Rahrig said he was extremely fond of his Aunt Thelma as well as his Uncle Franklin. Her name at the time of her death was Thelma Tite. Dale Hudson lived until 1963 and also apparently had no contact with his first child.

Right: Photo of Thelma Verity (Hudson)(Tite), perhaps near the time of the birth of her only child, Barbara Hudson.
 Circa 1935-45. Courtesy of Jeff Rahrig

Thelma Hudson, in the 1940s
 Barbara Hudson had English and German Roots

Above, The father of Samuel Hudson was born in England. His mother was born in Ohio, so the marriage was likely in the colonies.
Others in the chart above, including those marked "Unknown" are all in Indiana,Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Right, Joseph and Lucretia Verity have parents born in Yorkshire,England (Thomas Verity and Ann Newbold.) The Whiteoak, Verity and Newbold families all emigrated from England. Emigration to the United States appears to have happened around 1806-1837.

Bowersmith (and Geringer families) date back to Germany before 1730.

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