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 BINGAMAN  Brothers - Henry, William and their clans

John George Bingaman was born 11 Nov 1803 in Lower Mahanoy, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA. He died 19 Oct 1847 in Union Grove, Whiteside, Illinois, USA and was buried 1847 in Buffalo, Ogle, Illinois, USA. John married Margaret Sarber.

George Bingaman is the son of Johannes and Anna Kerstetter Bingaman and was born Nov 11, 1803.
He married Margaret Sarber in 1825 and the Bingaman family consisting of seven children, left Lower Mahanoy Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania in big covered wagons, and arrived in Chambers Grove, Lima Township, Carroll County, Illinois May, 1841. George and Margaret had three more children before George's death in 1847 at age 44. Hunters, mistaking his coonskin cap for a squirrel, and hearing his horse, shot him.
George's father, John, was a "Hessian" soldier hired by the British during the Revolutionary war. He was captured by George Washington Christmas night at Trenton, a battle commemorated by the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware. John settled in Northumberland County Pennsylvania around 1790. (bio by: Dennis Lawrence) 

George Bingaman and his wife, Margaret Sarber Bingaman, were both born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, the former November 13, 1803, and the latter January 29, 1803.  They were married in 1825.  In the fall of 1841 they came west and settled at Chambers Grove where Mr. Bingaman bought 700 acres of land.  On October 19, 1847, while driving along the road in the timber in Whiteside county, Mt. Bingaman was accidentally shot by a man who was shooting at quail in the brush.  He lived but a few hours.  Thus Mrs. Bingaman was left a widow with a large family, the youngest but an infant.  But with the heroic courage of the pioneer mother, she kept her family together and lived to see them all grown and settled in life.  Her last years were spent in Polo, where she died July 11, 1894.  The eldest son, John, 19, shared the care of the farm with his mother, sisters and brothers and afterwards became a leading and successful farmer in the community

Margaret Sarber was born 2 Jun 1803 in Pennsylvania, USA. She died 31 Jul 1884 in Ogle, Illinois, USA and was buried 1884 in Buffalo, Ogle, Illinois, USA. Margaret married John George Bingaman. Margaret resided 6 1850 in Lima, Carroll, Illinois. She resided 7 1880 in Lima, Carroll, Illinois, United States.

George and Margaret are buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Ogle County, Illinois.Some time back information came to my (Carroll County Genealogy trails ) attention that George & Margaret Bingaman were actually buried at Fairmont Cemetery in Ogle County and they are also suppose to have been bured at the Carroll County Champers Grove Cemetery. This can't be proven or disproved as the names are listed in both cemeteries.

In 1850 Carroll County, Illinois Margaret is 47, John 24, George 20, Elias 18, Louisa 16, Henry 14, Mary 13, Joseph 8, James 5, and Wm.3.

Of their many children, George, Henry, and William came to Yuma County.

They lived in Carroll County, Illinois at the same time as the GASHAW family, and both families were in commerce there -So there must have been a connection of some kind.


In 1870 Carroll County, Illinois Henry 35, Ruth 28, have Eliza Jane 11, Laura A. 7 Flora M. 5, and Walter 3.

Laura Long is in 1940 Kossuth County, Iowa - widowed, 77. A Laura A. Long born 1863, dying April 1, 1944 is in Riverview Cemetery, Algona, Kossuth County.

In 1880 they have Walter 13, and have added Ada 5, Oscar 3, and G..C. 1.

Walter's obituary said "Addie"  Rubens was living in Princeton, British Columbia.

One tree said Henry married Ruth Ann Vredenburgh, born 1/30/1841 in Wayne County, NY .

Arthur Warren cash-claimed two quarters in 5N 46W in 1891.

and Flora Bingaman a quarter in 1891 two miles south, next to Henry Bingaman's quarter in 1892, and William Bingaman's in 1891, and John Bingaman's 1890 cash quarter and 1895 "tree claim".  Flora Warren got a tree claim quarter in 1895 adjoining.

Ruth Bingaman died in Denver October 26, 1895.

Oscar was in Yuma in 1900, born October 1871  Brothers Guy E. December 1879 and George H. August 1880, all born in Illinois,  are with their widowed father Henry Bingaman,  March 1836 in Pennsylvania

Arthur Warren is in 1900 Denver, a teamster. born June 1854 in Illinois, with Flora M., December 1864 Illinois, Alice M. May 1889 , Henry S, August 1891, Albida R. February 1893, and Howard , January 1900.  All kids born in Colorado.

June 15, 1900

In 1910 Jefferson County he's Arthur S. Warren 55, Illinois, invalid

In 1920 Flora, widowed, is in Denver.  Howard F., 20, a wirer for an electrical company, is with her.

She's still in Denver in 1930, and her brother Oscar Bingaman is with her.

A Henry Stanley Warren registered for WWI in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, saying he was an electrician, married., born August 12, 1891 at Fort Logan, Colorado

California Death Index has Henry Warren dying in Kern County June 5, 1945, mother's maiden name Bingman.


1899 Yuma Pioneer "County Commissioner Bingaman was on the sick list Friday and Saturday of last week."

The Eckley Centennial book said "the 1899 Old Settlers picnic was held at Will Bingaman's - he had a large house ",   That must have been his cash claim on the north county line, next to brother Henry.  Will later moved to Yuma, and his homestead was a small soddie..

June 1900

September 1901 "The Bingamans received a telegram Tuesday stating that County Commissioner Henry Bingaman was seriously ill and not expected to live.  His son, Oscar, and his brother, William, left on the first train and are with him at the hospital in Denver."

October 4, 1901 "The G. A. R. will hold a memorial service Sunday morning in honor of their deceased comrade, the late Henry A. Bingaman. Service conducted by Rev. C. C. Rarick in the M. E. church."

December 1901 in Yuma the personal property of the late Henry A. Bingaman was sold, consisting of two fat cows, one old cow, twenty-one cows, eight one-year-old steers, twelve one-year-old heifers, two pony mares, one black mare and colt, one roan horse, one sorrel horse, two two-year-ol horse, wagon, harness, hay rack, mower and twenty-one calves.  Oscar Bingaman, Administrator
SOURCE: Dixon Evening Telegraph, Apr 7, 1938 p. 1, c. 3.

OBIT: Walter Bingamen of Polo Passes Away. Polo, April 7. - Walter Bingamen, 71, passed away this morning at 12:10 o'clock following a heart attack and an illness of about two weeks. Mr.  Bingamen had lived in this vicinity for the past 18 years where he had been a meat merchant and farmer.

 He was born March, 1867 near Brookville, the son of Henry and Ruth Bingamen. On July 12, 1897 he was married to Miss Minnie Hoffman who survives. He also leaves to mourn his passing two daughters Miss Iola at home and Mrs. Chester Ackerman of Savanna, four grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Laura Long of Algona, IA., Mrs. Flora Warren of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Addie Rubens of Princeton, British Columbia and two brothers George and Oscar of Denver. One daughter, Leota, preceded him in death.

 He was a member of Modern Woodman lodge. 

Funeral services will be held at the home Saturday afternoon at 1:30 with Rev. Carl Kammeyer in charge and burial will be in Chamber's Grove cemetery.



The George who married Mary "Fredumburgh" December 12, 1850 in Ogle County. probably is Henry and William's brother.

In 1860 Carroll County, Illinois George "Bingman" is 33, Mary 31, Henry 10, John 7, Elias 4, Joseph seven months.

In 1870 Carroll County Geo. and Mary have John 16, Elias 14, Fanny 5, and Lily 1.


 Lanark - Carroll County Illinois -There are two deed book entries for Fletcher Hutton owning railside lots west of Broad Street on Carroll; one in the first block and one in the second block. In the first block within memory of some there was an elevator and it would have been next to where George Crofton’s Feed Mill was located beside the present day fire department building. The two buildings may have formed the nucleus for that early day grain business. Fire destroyed what was described as an “old and unoccupied” elevator in August of 1908. It had been owned by the late David Wolf. The elevator was unused but the feed mill had been in use and continued so for many years. However, a warehouse, elevator, what have you, was also in the second block where the Carroll Service lumberyard and office is today on the north side of West Carroll St. The deed records show a tripling in price of the lots from the time of Hutton’s ownership until George Bingaman bought it in 1868-1869.  An 1893 plat book of Lanark also plainly lists a structure of note on this location about on the northwest corner of Boyd and Carroll. Perhaps we can assume then that the first elevator to serve was the one destroyed by fire in 1908, it being close by the depot and the second block location was built shortly after as more permanent buildings were put up, probably before the 1868 ownership of George Bingaman.

Brookville sent over many of its residents who became Lanark’s first settlers. The Bingamans were just one such a family to migrate when Lanark became a reality.

An account of leading merchants in the 1870s noted George Bingaman as having inaugurated a grain trade with livestock in 1868. He was not the largest able dealer which should commend him to the public.” Andy Tomlinson, well-known fixture about town, sub-let a room from George in 1870 and advertised the sale of a new fuel - COKE-COKE-COKE.

August 11, 1868 the Mt. Carroll newspaper reported that “enterprising Lanark was doing considerable in the way of improvements” among which was named the building of a large new elevator.

In 1873 grain dealers were selling property right and left. Bingaman had sold out to Henry B. Puterbaugh, old-time Cherry Grove farmer and stockman. Perhaps the vast amounts of shipping being done gave the investors a quick return on their money. Briefly in 1875 the partnership of “Bailey and Strevell” were mentioned at the “Big” east side elevator.  H. B. Puterbaugh bought out this elevator now also (1875) with George Bingaman renting it from him, making a move over from the west side, and with J. R. Bingaman evolving as the manager, it was reported.


In 1880 Carroll County they have Fannie 15, John 26, married to Ella 22, and their son Charlie seven months.

In 1900 John and Eliza are in Kossuth County, Iowa, with Pearl 15, and John's sister Martina 15.

In 1910 John and Eliza are in Kossuth County, Iowa (Algona is in Kossuth County) with daughter Pearl and her husband Herb McDonald

In 1920 Cass County, Nebraska John is 67, Eliza 61, and living with them are daughter Eva P 35 an35, her husband Fred Bush 33, and son George Bush 16.


In 1964 at the Yuma County Historical Society meeting "A picture of the first Old Settlers Day, held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Eckman in1 889, was shown. It was started b five women, Mrs. Blystone, Mrs. Hayatt, Mrs Henry Bingaman and Mrs. William Bingaman."

 This Yuma County George might be Henry's son G.C. in the 1880 census. 

1902 "Claud Bingaman is having another building put up on the back of his lot.  George Bingaman is doing the carpenter work."

1903 "George Bingaman has thrown up his job with the Lake Land and Cattle company and Preston Stephens has taken the plae."

1909 "George Bingaman is working on the Mownson ranch." 

1904 George Bingaman was a delegate to the Republican convention.

There was a  George H.  who married Voda Jellison in Wray in 1905 and the McKean residence and moved to Wheeler Washington.

1909 "Mr. and Mrs. George Bingaman of Fort Morgan are down on a visit with Yuma friends and relatives."

1910 Fort Morgan George H. 28 and Voda E. 26 have Dean E. 2.

1917 "Mrs. George Bingaman of the west part of the state visited old friends in Wray over Sunday, she being the guest of Mrs. E.P. Houck.  Mrs. Bingaman was formerly Miss Voda McKean of Wray."

George Henry Bingaman registered for WWI in Adams County, saying he was born July 19, 1881 a racnh foreman near Hartsel, Park County, but Voda lived in Adams County.

They're in Park County in 1920 with Dean, and in 1930 are on a ranch in Converse County, Wyoming

 George died in Yolo County California February 21, 1950, and Voda in Yolo County December 22, 1960.  The record has birth of March 30, 1884.

Oscar and Matie, both 34, are in Denver in 1910,  Oscar a tramway conductor

In 1930 and 1940 Oscar, widowed is living with sister Flora, also widowed, in Denver.



In 1880 Carroll County Illinois William 33 and Elenor 20 have Claude 1.  Margaret Bingaman, mother 77, is living with them

William in 1891 cash-claimed a quarter in section 3, 5N 46W, in the far north part of the county.  the following paragraph describes his failed claim closer to Yuma, and the next paragraph describes the one very near Yuma.

I William Bingaman, being duly sworn, makes affidavit to the following statement in regard to my first homestead entry, for the East quarter of Section Twenty seven, in Township Three north, of range Forty eight west of the 6th P.M., at the local land office at Akron, Colorado, December 19, 1892, application No. 786; Some time in May 1893, I with my family made settlement on said land for the purpose of making a home for myself and family and lived on the said land continuously for about two years, and during that time built a good frame house 16 X 24 with L 12 X 14, and such other buildings that would be necessary to shelter stock, also put down a well, and windmill, and water tank.  I put about sixty acres under cultivation for two years in succession, on account of the magnesia being to close to the surface the soil was unproductive and it was impossible to raise any crops on the land and the drought during the period of 1893, 1894 and 1895 it was impossible to remain on my land any longer, or the reason that it was impossible to make a living, and therefore was compelled to abandon my claim to seek a living somewhere else, I did not relinquish or abandon my claim for any valuable consideration.
REWORDED FROM FINAL AFFIDAVIT: William built his house in Sec. 4 T.  1 N, R. 47 W. in June 1906, and began living there in March 1907.  Thirty acres in the NW1/4SW1/4 is cultivated, 20 acres in the NE1/4SW1/4, 20 acres in the SE1/4SW1/4 and 40 acres in the SW1/4SW1/4. The balance is pasture. Between 1907 and 1912 I cultivated 110 acres, but cannot give the number of acres of grain. I have a 20 ft. by 24 ft. 1 1/2 story frame house, with shingled roof. It is boxed and drop sided, with cement foundation, it is lath and plastered, it has 2 outside doors, 13 windows, and 8 rooms.  It is completely painted. The barn is 24 ft. by 44 ft, with shingled roof, it is constructed of 12 foot posts, and has a cement foundation. Out buildings include a 8 X 10 foot frame shed, 14 X 16 foot frame grainery with shingled roof and cement foundation,, 12 X 14 foot hen house with cement foundation, three corn cribs, one frame and two wire, two hog lots, a hog house, and 8 X 8 foot coal shed. There is a well and windmill, tank and pump.  The land is all fenced and cross fenced with 2 and 3 strand wire fence.  The value of the improvements is $1,200.

Eleanor Chloe Marks Bingaman - thanks to the Bingaman family.


In 1900 Yuma William Bingaman 53, and Elna 40, have Claude 21, Margerete 19, Bryont 16, Wray 6, and Beatrice 2.

William - might be a different one -  in 1913 homesteaded a quarter in 4, 1N 47 W' (very near Yuma)

Very near that, in 1914 Claude R. homesteaded two quarters. and Bryant B. homesteaded a quarter in 1911.



1904 "William Bingaman is having a barn built."

1904 "Guy Bingaman, of the Crenshaw ranch, is reported on the sick list."

1904 "Rev. C.R. Bingaman preached to the Yuma people Sunday Even.

 Guy Elmer Bingaman died June 20, 1904 in Yuma.,

and Henry died in 1901

1908 "Joseph Bingaman of Polo, Ill., is out on a visit with his brother, William Bingaman, and family.  It has been thirteen years since he visited here, and says he sees wonderful changes in our country since then."

In 1930 Englewood Colorado, William Bingaman 83 and Eleanor 70, both born in Illinois, have Beatrice Tuckett, divorced, 30, with Eleanor 11 and Birdie 9 born in California. James Chestnut, a grandson 5 is also with them.


December 21, 1917

Frank A. Collyer and Beatrice F. Bingaman had Eleanor Aldene Collyer on November 15, 1918 - she died as Eleanor A. Graham in August 2001..

1920 "Mrs. A. E. Collyer, of Pomona, California, arrived the latter part of alst week, and is a guest at the home of her son, Frank Collyer."
1921 "Mr. and Mrs. Frank Collyer, who had been residing at Pomona, California during the past few months, returned to Yuma last Friday."

Beatrice Fern Collyer married Edward L. Tuckett on February 15, 1925, recorded in Denver.
Beatrice and Edward divorced in Denver October 2, 1928.

In 1940 Denver, Beatrice Tuckett is 40, with daughter Birda Riedel 19 aqn edher husband Alvin J. Riedel 22. Hope is 3,a nd Gloria is eleven months old.

1944 "A letter from Mrs. J.K. Tuckett of Lake Tahoe, California to Earl Fritts brigs news of her son Keith (Amos K. Tuckett) ...a sergeant in the field artillery, and went to the Pacific last month... He had been stationed in New Guinea.."

In 1967 "Mr and Mrs. Bryant Bingaman and Mrs. Beatrice Bingaman Tuckett and her daughter came from Denver."

Beatrice, born August 20, 1898, died in Clark County, Nevada June 4, 1989.


Bryant B. Bingaman and Elvria Wagner, both of King County, Washington, married in Seattle on Ausugt 29, 1912. Wienesses were Charles and Alice Leonard.
Bryant B. Bingaman filed for divorce from Elvira Bingaman in Yuma County in 1915

In 1918 Seattle, Mrs. Elvria Bingaman is a cook, living at 10106 Piek.

Alvira Bingaman married Harry Wells on November 4, 1915, recorded in Adams County, Colorado.
This is a different one, daughter of Martin Bingaman and Lydia Ickenberry,.

Bryant B. Bingaman registered for WWI in Sterling, saying he was born May 24, 1883.  In 1920 He and Cora M. 34 have Thelma M. 3 in Yuma.

In 1930 all three are in Denver, where Bryant is a mechanic at a coal company.

In 1940 Bryant and Cora are in Superior, Boulder County, where Bryant is a coal miner.
Services for Mrs. Cora M Bingaman, 82, of Lakewood, were held Tues April 2 in Denver. Interment was made in Yuma, Saturday April 6.

Mrs. Bingaman died March 30 at her home. Cora Higgins was born May 17, 1885 in Nelson, Nebraska. She taught school in Nebraska and Yuma for ten years, and homesteaded east of Yuma in 1909.

She was married to Bryant B. Bingaman of Yuma at Benkelman, Nebraska February 19, 1915. Their daughter, Mrs. Thelma Fouts was born east of Yuma. They lived in the Denver area for the past 46 years.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Fouts of Lakewood; two brothers Homer Higgins of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the late Glen Higgins of Tucson AZ, who died the same day after receiving word of his sister's death; four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The Yuma Pioneer Thursday April 4, 1968 
Funeral services for Bryant Barber Bingaman, a local pioneer, were held last Monday in Howard's Berkeley Park Chapel in Denver.

Bingaman was buried in Yuma following committal service by Rev. Hershal A Bauer.

Bingaman, 86, died in Denver July 17 after a short illness. He was born at Polo, Illinois on May 24, 1883. He and his parents, William and Eleanor Bingaman came to this community by covered wagon in 1887. He homesteaded southeast of Yuma. He was married to Cora M Higgins, who was teaching school in Schramm, February 19, 1915.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother , Claude, and a sister Margaret. Surviving him are a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Fouts of Lakewood, a brother Ray of Glendale, CA, two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Tuckett of Arvada and Mrs Rosamond Hall of Mesa.

The Yuma Pioneer July 24, 1969 


Claude Robert Bingaman married Elizabeth Hodge August 15, 1905 in Denver.

Elizabeth was in Carroll County, Missouri in 1880, nine months old, with George 33 and Tabitha 29 Hodge. George is 12, Naomi 11, Emily E. 6, Laura 4,a nd Charles 2.

In 1900 Chicago, George Hodge is a laborer, born Sept 1845 in England, with "Barbara" July 1849 England, George W. Sept 1867 England, Edward Dec 1881 Missourik, Bertram Dec 1883 Iowa, Lester Jan 1886 Missouri, Laura July 1876 Missouri, Lizzie Sept 1879 Missouri, and Elsa Oct 1889 Missouri.

May 4, 1917
Elsie M. Hodge married William F. Haas on February 14, 1910, recorded in Denver.
Laura May Hodge married Charles Ray Fortney on January 10, 1935, recorded in Denver.

Tabitha Hodge 1849-1930 is buried in Wheat Ridge, Colorado # 28827386.
She was with daughter Laura M. Wright, age 54 in Denver in 1930. John H. Wright is 62

A brief move to Idaho Springs help sister Margaret Bingaman briefly regain health from tuberculosis This is Claude and wife Elizabeth outside the house in Idaho Springs, Colorado


1901 "Claud Bingaman and his mother are expected to return in a few days.  Miss Maggie will remain in Idaho Springs for some time yet."

House destroyed after a tornado. Wife Elizabeth was sitting in a chair when the tornado hit and it picked her and the chair up and placed them in the street.

1915 "C.R. Bingaman will preach at the Methodist church next Sunday, both morning and evening."

William and Eleanor Chloe MARKS Bingaman homestead near Yuma

These are the Bingaman's in the Original section, plot 61

Bingaman Claude 1946
Bingaman Dorothy 1927
Bingaman Elizabeth 1921
Bingaman Infant Dau. of C.W 1913
October 31, 1913 "The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs Claude Bingaman died Saturday. The funeral services were held Sunday at the home of the sorrowing parents, Rev. E. G. Ingraham officiating. Interment was in the Yuma cemetery."

Bingaman Infant of C.W. 1919
Bingaman Infant Son of C.. 1906
Bingaman Mildred 1921
Bingaman infant of C.W. 1914

And these are in Original, Plot 88

Bingaman Bryant B. 1969
Bingaman Cora M. (Higgins) 1968
Bingaman Eleanor Chloe 1935

November 21, 1935 Bingaman William 1936

April 16, 1936  

Bingaman Guy Elmer 1904

January 22, 1904

Bingaman Margaret E. 1902

August 18, 1905

Elizabeth is buried in the Yuma Cemetery 1879-1921 # 48448369.

June 9, 1921 Claude Bingaman married Cassa C. Baty February 4, 1935

Claud Bingaman probate was in Jefferson County May 5, 1947

Dean E. Bingaman 18  married Ruth E. Whitsett 17 in Brighton November 1, 1925

February 25, 1965
April 11, 1968
July 24, 1969
Ray's wife Zetta was in Yuma in 1910 with her parents William and Katherine Shaw.

August 13, 1915.

1917 Yuma "Ray Bingaman is building a home for himself and wife in Geer's addition, north of the track."

1962 Yuma "Ray Bingaman, in a visit to the Pioneer office, says he left Yuma 41 years ago and often had to take a second look last week to identify old friends. While living here he was a carpenter for the Hoch Lumber Company, and is now a superintendent at Kaiser Steel in L.os Angeles.

Zetta B. BIngaman, mother Reahm, father Shaw, born August 16, 1896 in Missouri, died Dec 21, 1985 in Los Angeles County.


In 1930 Denver, Ray Chestnut is 28, Peggy 24.

In 1940 Englewood, Eleanor Chestnut is 34, divorced, with Jimmy 15.

Ray Chestnut 1901-1966 is buried in Littleton.

Jimmie C. Chestnut 1924-1982 is buried in Littleton, Colorado # 139773152. He was born Sept 12, 1923 in Denver to Ray Chestnut and "Petty Bingman"

In 1975 Mesa, Colorado (Near Grand Junction) Charles J. (E.P), and in 1977 Charles J. & Elenor are living at Mesa.

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