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Mary Elizabeth Bingham

Mary Elizabeth Bingham

Female 1853 - 1933  (79 years)

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  • Name Mary Elizabeth Bingham  [1
    Born 25 Dec 1853  East Weber, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Nov 1933  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Alternate death 17 Nov 1933  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I6468  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 27 May 2016 

    Father Calvin Bingham,   b. 7 Sep 1827, Fowler, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1883, St. David, Cochise, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Lucretia Thorne,   b. 25 Mar 1832, Moravia, Cayuga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1903, Vernal, Uintah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1848  Big Pigeon, Pottawattamie, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F644  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hyrum Smith Phelps,   b. 26 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1926, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1873  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Children 
     1. Mary Lauretta Phelps,   b. 17 Aug 1874, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Lucyette Phelps,   b. 9 Jan 1876, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1905, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
    +3. Barbara Ann Phelps,   b. 26 Aug 1877, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1957, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. Gove Edwin Phelps,   b. 2 Dec 1878, Lees Ferry, Coconino, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1941, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     5. Harriet Emeline Phelps,   b. 12 Mar 1881, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1974, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     6. Orson Ashael Phelps,   b. 24 Jun 1882, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1953, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     7. Lester Leo Phelps,   b. 2 Sep 1883, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     8. Yuma Letitia Phelps,   b. 11 Apr 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Amy Dorothy Phelps,   b. 7 Sep 1887, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1951, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     10. Grace Darling Phelps,   b. 10 Jul 1889, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Esther Phelps,   b. 12 Sep 1890, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1985, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     12. Clara Phelps,   b. 1 Oct 1893, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Martha Gertrude Phelps,   b. 28 Jul 1895, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1982, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     14. Wilford Woodruff Phelps,   b. 13 Dec 1896, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1979, Santa Monica, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F626  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Mary Elizabeth Bingham
    Mary Elizabeth Bingham

  • Notes 
    • Died of diabetes.

      "Mary Elizabeth Bingham Phelps," by her daughter Barbara Ann Phelps Allen:

      Mother was born on Christmas day, 1853, the daughter of Calvin Perry and Lucretia Thorne Bingham. Her early life was as useful and busy as were her later years. She worked out some, and also helped her grandfather Ashael Thorne make butter and cheese plus other work to be done on a farm.

      When she was a young lady, she earned money to buy herself a nice yellow calico dress with black dots in it and thought it most beautiful. She, like Father, loved to dance and said often after they had danced until after midnight, a crowd would get into a sleigh and ride until daylight.

      She had quite a number of boy friends, one in particular she liked real well, It was while she was keeping company with him that she married Father (Hyrum Smith Phelps) as a plural wife. She said she didn't know why she did it, but supposed it was meant to be that way.

      At the time she married they lived in Montpelier, Idaho, but the winters were too severe so they moved to Mesa, Arizona after three daughters had been born, Laurett, Lucy and Barbara. Laurett died of diphtheria before they left Idaho.

      The journey to Arizona was a long hard one, especially for mother, as she was in her last months of pregnancy. The company laid over three days at Lee's Ferry because of her condition, and on the third day, Dec. 2, 1878 her oldest son, Gove Edward, was born. They arrived in Mesa Jan. 17, 1879. Mesa was practically a desert when they arrived and they lived in tents the first three months until Father and his sons could make adobes to build a house.

      The first one was a long three-room house. Mother lived in one end and Aunt Clarinda the other. The center room was used for awhile to store corn and grain, and later Grandma Bingham lived there awhile. While she lived there, he son Ashael died.

      In 1881 Father built a home on the corner of First Avenue and Hibbert Street for Aunt Clarinda. This house was a T-shape with a porch on two sides, had a shingle roof and dirt floors. It still stands today [1953] but has been improved. Mother had the long house then to herself. It was here that Hattie, Orson and Yuma were born. The federal officers had been after Father and Mother for plural marriage, and Father was arrested. He was sent to Yuma, Arizona Penitentiary for three months. Mother was taken to the home of Ed Jones in Lehi. She stayed there until just before Yuma was born, then went to her mother.

      Father bought or traded and got eighty acres one mile east of town and built another home for Aunt Clarinda who had a family of boys and moved mother to the home on First Avenue and Hibbert because she had mostly girls. Here Grace, who lived only a few weeks, Amy, Esther, Clara and Gertrude were born.

      After Aunt Clarinda moved to the ranch, Mother was allotted a few cows for her support. It was Gove's job to drive the cows to and from the pasture, and he often rode a cow called Puso. I remember we had a lot of grief because the cows would often get out of the corral and get into Brother Hibbert's place at night, and he would come and awake mother and say ugly things to her. We milked some of the cows that were brought from Montpelier. When Esther was a few months old, Father went on a mission to the Southern States.

      Mother lived in this home until 1895 when Father sold it and built her a nice brick house on the eighty acres. Wilford, Mother's fourteenth child, was born here. He was the pride and joy of the family. Father used to call him the little prophet. He is four months younger than my oldest son, Ashael. Mother practically raised him with Wilford. They were like brothers.

      While living in this home Mother's greatest sorrow came when Lucy died. At the time she was confined to her bed with a sore leg, and couldn't go see Lucy during her sickness. Lucy had developed blood poison after the birth of her fourth child and namesake, Lucy. Brother Calvin was surely good to mother during Lucy's sickness; he would come three times a day to keep her informed of Lucy's condition. Sometimes he would call at midnight. Lucy died Jan. 6, 1905. Mother took little Lucy and raised her as her own.

      Because of Father's age and the boys married and gone, he found he couldn't do the work on the ranch, so he sold to a Mr. Fraser and moved onto twenty acres on Home Lane. He built mother the nicest home she had had and built two houses in town on Sirrine, one for Aunt Clarinda and one to rent. As age kept creeping, he found he had to stop work altogether, so he sold the twenty acres and moved Mother in the house he built to rent. Here they spent their last days. Father died April 23, 1926, after having been gored in the belly by a bull. Mother died 17 November, 1933 from the effects of diabetes.

      Mother was a wonderful mother to her family, a typical Bingham, the most unselfish and generous person to be found. She always went without for her family. I've seen her many times skim the cream off the milk and give it to father and she would use the skim milk. She didn't go out very often, having 14 children, two babies most of the time. One May Day she sent us on ahead to a picnic. Amy was the baby. Lucy and I took her and the other children on; Mother came later. When we took Amy to her, the baby didn't recognize Mother and began to scream. It was the first time she had seen Mother in her dress-up clothes. Amy cried with hunger, so Mother had to go home and change her dress so Amy would nurse.

      Mother had inflammatory rheumatism while Amy was a baby. At that time there was an epidemic of some kind of fever, and Aunt Clarinda's oldest son, Hyrum, had it. Father had to be with him until he died. Lucy and I, with Grandma Sarah Phelps had to take care of Mother and the baby. She suffered something awful. Her legs were swollen twice their size, and she couldn't bear to be moved. After Hyrum died and Father came to help take care of Mother, he and Grandma decided to get her up on an open bottom chair and steam her. They got her on the chair, but it was cruel what she suffered during the ordeal, and the sad part was that no good came from it. She finally got well.

      Mother was quite spiritual. A number of times things happened and it was made known to her before hand. One time she was troubled and went into the bedroom to pray. As she came out, she said just above the door she heard the sweetest music she had ever heard, and as the music died away, a peaceful feeling came over her and she was comforted.

      Very few people suffered as much as Mother. One time she and sister Annie went into the field to glean wheat, and they came in contact with poison weeds and their legs broke out with sores. Mother's was the worst. Both her legs were solid sores from her knees to the soles of her feet. It took weeks for them to heal. Every summer for several years at the same time, her legs would break out with the same kind of sores, but each year they would he more mild. This was a few weeks before Grace was born; after that her legs caused her a lot of misery. There were quite a few other things that caused a lot of suffering that I'll not take time to mention, besides giving birth to 14 children without the aid of a doctor or having something done to ease the pain.

      Mother was a good Latter-day Saint. She always donated liberally, paid her tithing and fast offerings. When she began paying, she saved all her statements from the dairy so she would know how much she owed, and at the end of the year, she owed a few cents more than ten dollars. I don't know how she managed to live. She had a few hens, but they didn't lay any eggs until the price went down to ten cents a dozen. Lucy was the main stay of the family. Hattie and I worked some. When either of us earned any money, it was turned over to Mother. Not a cent did we use for ourselves without her telling us to. She would shine our heavy shoes with stove soot. We were quite large before we could afford dress shoes. We weren't the only poor people, however; most everyone was alike

      We had a happy home, Mother made it so. Our home was a house of prayer. We had family prayer night and morning, and I think that had everything to do with the spirit of our home. I know I speak for all of the family when I say I am thankful for wonderful parents and what they did for us.

  • Sources 
    1. [S119] Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen, by Gerald R. Fuller. Esther Fuller Dial, ed. The Andrew Lee Allen Family Organization, 1952.

    2. [S123] Barbara Ann Phelps Allen, "Mary Elizabeth Bingham Phelps.".

    3. [S1297] The Bingham Family in the United States: The Descendants of Thomas Bingham of Connecticut by Donna Bingham Munger. New York: The Bingham Association, 1996.

    4. [S113] Iowa, Pottawattamie County, Annotated Record of US Census, 1850, on Ancestry.com.

    5. [S1297] The Bingham Family in the United States: The Descendants of Thomas Bingham of Connecticut by Donna Bingham Munger. New York: The Bingham Association, 1996., year only.

    6. [S124] Hyrum Smith Phelps, "Autobiography of Hyrum Smith Phelps.".