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Ruth Royce

Female 1645 - Aft 1690  (> 45 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Ruth Royce was born on 7 Dec 1645 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut; died after 19 Feb 1690.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Bef 5 Jun 1695

    Notes:

    Quite a few online sources have Ruth Royce's death date as 19 Feb 1690 (or 1689). This probably derives from E. B. Huntington's 1884 Genealogical Memoir of the Lo-Lathrop Family in This Country (citation details below):

    "[John Lothrop] died, as the Wallingford records show, Aug 25, 1688, Æt. 44. Ruth, his widow, in Feb. 19, 1689-90, drew lot no. 4, in the distribution of that date."

    In other words, 19 Feb 1690 is merely the last date on which Ruth Royce shows up in the records, but the qualifier "after" has fallen off that date in some transmissions.

    In fact, as Huntington does not note but Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700 does, by 19 Feb 1690 Ruth Royce was not only the widow of John Lothrop; she was also the wife of Abraham Doolittle, who she had married on 12 Feb 1689. They were each other's second spouses. Doolittle subsequently married Elizabeth Thorp on 5 Jun 1695, so Ruth has to have died between 19 Feb 1690 and that date.

    Ruth married John Lathrop on 15 Dec 1669. John (son of Samuel Lathrop and Elizabeth Scudder) was born before 7 Dec 1645 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; died on 25 Aug 1688 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 2. Ruth Lathrop  Descendancy chart to this point died on 10 Aug 1750 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Ruth Lathrop Descendancy chart to this point (1.Ruth1) died on 10 Aug 1750 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut.

    Ruth married Samuel Post on 17 Mar 1698. Samuel (son of John Post and Hester Hyde) was born on 8 Mar 1668 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died on 25 Apr 1735 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 3. Ruth Post  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 15 Oct 1711 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died on 11 Aug 1796 in Bennington, Bennington, Vermont; was buried in Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Bennington, Vermont.


Generation: 3

  1. 3.  Ruth Post Descendancy chart to this point (2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 15 Oct 1711 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died on 11 Aug 1796 in Bennington, Bennington, Vermont; was buried in Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Bennington, Vermont.

    Ruth married Deacon Joseph Bingham on 25 Nov 1731 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. Deacon (son of Sgt. Thomas Bingham and Hannah Backus) was born on 4 Jun 1709 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died on 4 Nov 1787 in Bennington, Bennington, Vermont; was buried in Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Bennington, Vermont. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 4. Joseph Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 14 Apr 1738 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 4.  Joseph Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 14 Apr 1738 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 16 Apr 1738, Franklin, New London, Connecticut

    Notes:

    From The Bingham Family in the United States, citation details below:

    Joseph's birth on 14 Apr 1738 was recorded in the Norwich records, but he was baptized on 16 Apr in the Franklin church. He grew up in the Franklin section of Norwich and may have served in the militia in the French and Indian War. When he was twenty-one he married Rachel Ween 5 Jul 1759. In 1760, their first child was born and the birth recorded in the Norwich records under the name James. Joseph's other children's births are not recorded in Norwich and other records have not been found to document Joseph's life after 1760. Neither are there records for James. However, it is known that Joseph's parents moved to Charlemont MA in 1760 and to Bennington VT between 1773 and 1779 and that Joseph's son, Jeremiah 2nd, was an apprentice in Bennington in 1777.

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    A document at familysearch.org claims that "Joseph served in the French and Indian war as a Quartermaster of a troop of horses, fifth regiment in May 1757. He was Cornet in Oct 1761, and Lieutenant in Oct 1764."

    "The town of Bennington voted each year from 1768 to 1771 to aid Joseph who has been under confinement. This Joseph, wife Rachel, and their named children were warned out of Bennington in 1768. The town discussed moving Joseph back to Norwich and to try to recover costs from Norwich in 1770. The town, again, voted assistance for the doctoring, nursing, and board for Joseph in 1771." [Early Vermont Settlers to 1784, citation details below.]

    The town records of Charlemont, Massachusetts show payments in Dec 1773 to "Joseph Bingham, for work at the Road 6/ [shillings/pence], Calvin Bingham, for work at the Road 13/6, Daniel Kinsley, for work at the Road 30/6." If these Binghams are ours, this would be more likely to be this Joseph, as his father Joseph was 64 in 1773.

    Joseph married Rachel Ween on 5 Jul 1759 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. Rachel was born in in of Norwich, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 5. Jeremiah Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born about 1761 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died in 1813.


Generation: 5

  1. 5.  Jeremiah Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born about 1761 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut; died in 1813.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 17 Apr 1760, Norwich, New London, Connecticut

    Notes:

    From The Bingham Family in the United States, citation details below:

    Jeremiah was born in the Franklin section of Norwich, New London Co CT where his parents, Joseph and Rachel Ween Bingham, then lived. Based upon his date of entry into military service, he was probably born on 17 Apr 1760, but the Norwich records cite the name James, and not Jeremiah. [PNH: see note below.] By 1776 Jeremiah was apprenticed to Henry Baldridge in Bennington VT, but when the army recruiting sergeant came to Bennington, Jeremiah broke his apprentice agreement and joined the army. He served his first thirty-four months in Maj. Allen's company of Col. Rufus Putnam's MA regiment of the Continental Line, 20 Feb 1777 to 31 Dec 1779. He signed up for another year and a month, consequently, his final date of service was 31 Jan 1781. He would have been almost twenty-one when he was discharged. Jeremiah returned to Bennington where he stayed until about 1784 and then followed his uncle Jeremiah to Cornwall, Addison Co VT.

    Jeremiah married in Cornwall, Mary Ives, 27 Nov 1786. The next month, they purchased nearly four acres adjoining their house lot. Near the end of 1788 when Jeremiah received his back military pay, he bought twenty-five acres from Edward Harris. This deed is most intriguing as it also recorded Harris's gift of five acres to Joseph Bingham. Joseph could have been Jeremiah's father or brother.

    The births of Jeremiah and Mary's first three children were recorded in Cornwall, but not the births of the other children. The 1800 U.S. census for Cornwall credited the family with three boys under 10, one girl under 10, and one girl 10-16. The family was also enumerated in Cornwall in 1810. Several Cornwall deeds between 1789 amd 1793 indicate that Jeremiah sold portions of his twenty-five acres. In 1794, he bought thirty-four acres from Jared Ives, but sold it five months later in 1795. That deed was the last record for Jeremiah in Cornwall. His pension application file contains a statement by his uncle Jeremiah of Cornwall that he lived "here" in 1806 and his son, Aaron, stated that he died in 1813 during the late war with England.

    Mary, his wife, married second, Abner Whipple, about 1820. Jeremiah's sons Reuben, Lucius and Jeremiah lived in Ontario, Canada in the late 1820, but by 1840 they had returned to the U.S. and all three lived in Knox Co IL. Son Jeremiah moved on to IA in 1845 where his mother Mary died.

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    We are a little skeptical about Donna Bingham Munger's assertion that "[b]ased upon his date of entry into military service, he was probably born on 17 Apr 1760", since, as Munger observes, "the Norwich records [for a Bingham birth on that date] cite the name James, and not Jeremiah." It seems clear from records cited by Munger herself that James Bingham was a separate individual. We find it entirely plausible that Jeremiah was born in 1761, was an apprentice at fifteen, and ran away to join the army at approximately sixteen.

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    Some online sites state that this Jeremiah Bingham fought in the War of 1812 as well as in the Revolution. We believe this is based on a misreading of son Aaron's 1849 statement, referred to in our entry for Jeremiah Bingham's wife Mary Ives, that Jeremiah "died during the late war with England in 1813." It seems clear that Aaron was merely noting the period of history during which his father died, not claiming that he father actually fought in that war. Most notably, after their mother's death, Aaron Bingham and his brothers Jeremiah, Joseph, and Lucius Augustus Bingham put a great deal of energy into proving their father's Revolutionary War service in order to obtain their portions of their mother's pension. If their father had also fought in the second war with England, this surely would have been mentioned in their various statements about his military history.

    Jeremiah may, however, have been a recruiter during the war of 1812. Via Barbara Nielsen, we have a photocopy of a Federal Bureau of Pensions form, undated but clearly produced between 1900 and 1909, since the pre-printed date line on top of the document reads "Washington, D.C., 190__". The top of the document is a form letter aimed at persons who have written to the Bureau in search of information about an ancestor's service in the Revolution or the War of 1812, and it requests that the correspondent please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and return it. The form at the bottom has been filled out by one Perry P. Young, requesting information about the service of this Jeremiah Bingham, and in the "additional information" space, Young writes that "family tradition" says that Jeremiah Bingham was a recruiter for the war of 1812. Young also states as a matter of fact that three of Jeremiah's sons, Calvin, Perry, and Joseph, fought in that war.

    Jeremiah married Mary Ives on 27 Nov 1786 in Cornwall, Addison, Vermont. Mary (daughter of Enos Ives and Anne Cook) was born on 25 Apr 1766 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut; died on 15 Feb 1845 in Pottawattamie, Iowa. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 6. Lucius Augustus Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 1 Sep 1804 in Cornwall, Addison, Vermont; died on 11 Mar 1857 in Little Sioux, Harrison, Iowa.
    2. 7. Jeremiah Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 15 Jun 1806 in Cornwall, Addison, Vermont; died on 6 May 1890 in Payson, Utah, Utah.


Generation: 6

  1. 6.  Lucius Augustus Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 1 Sep 1804 in Cornwall, Addison, Vermont; died on 11 Mar 1857 in Little Sioux, Harrison, Iowa.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1 Sep 1804, Vergennes, Addison, Vermont
    • Alternate birth: 7 Sep 1804, Vergennes, Addison, Vermont
    • Alternate birth: 27 Sep 1804, Vergennes, Addison, Vermont
    • Alternate death: 11 Apr 1857, Iowa

    Notes:

    From The Bingham Family in the United States, citation details below:

    With his brothers Reuben and Jeremiah 2nd Jr., and his mother and her second husband, Abner Whipple, Lucius Augustus and his family moved west to near Brockville, Upper Canada about 1829. None of them appeared on the NY 1830 Federal census. The group remained in Canada until the late 1830s when they decided to embrace the Mormon religion and moved to Henderson, Knox Co IL, near Nauvoo. They may have passed through Oswego Co NY where brother Aaron lived. Lucius, Reuben, and Jeremiah 2nd Jr. were all enumerated on the IL 1840 U.S. census. By 1850, part of the group had moved on to near Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co IA, but it is not clear what happened to Lucius Augustus. He was not named on the IA 1850 Federal census, but his oldest son was. There is also a record of a child born to him and second wife Rebecca White at Harrison Co IA in 1853. Instead of going on to Utah, Lucius Augustus remained in IA and died in 1857.

    Lucius married Sarah Stone in 1826 in Fowler, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, New York. Sarah (daughter of Josiah Stone and Sarah Darby) was born in 1804 in Londonderry, Rockingham, New Hampshire; died in 1849 in Pottawattamie, Iowa. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 8. Calvin Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 7 Sep 1827 in Fowler, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, New York; died on 27 May 1883 in St. David, Cochise, Arizona; was buried in St. David Cemetery, St. David, Cochise, Arizona.

    Lucius married Rebecca White after 1850. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 9. Mary Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born in 1853 in Little Sioux, Harrison, Iowa.

  2. 7.  Jeremiah BinghamJeremiah Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 15 Jun 1806 in Cornwall, Addison, Vermont; died on 6 May 1890 in Payson, Utah, Utah.


Generation: 7

  1. 8.  Calvin BinghamCalvin Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 7 Sep 1827 in Fowler, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, New York; died on 27 May 1883 in St. David, Cochise, Arizona; was buried in St. David Cemetery, St. David, Cochise, Arizona.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 27 Sep 1827, Fowler, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, New York
    • Alternate death: 29 May 1883, St. David, Cochise, Arizona

    Notes:

    A memoir of his daughter Mary Elizabeth Bingham, by her daughter Barbara Ann Phelps, calls him "Calvin Perry Bingham."

    From The Bingham Family in the United States, citation details below:

    Calvin and his family were with the earliest Mormon groups to move across America. The oldest child of Lucius Augustus, Calvin was born in NY, lived in Upper Canada as a child, and by 1840 when he was thirteen, lived with the Mormon group in Henderson, Knox Co IL. About 1848, probably in IA after the Mormons moved to Pottawattamie Co, Calvin married Elizabeth Lucretia Thorn. He, his wife and her entire family, mother and siblings lived in one household in 1850.

    Between 1853 and 1867, Calvin and his family lived in several different UT settlements. They then lived for about ten years in Montpelier, Bear Lake Co ID before returning to Box Elder Co UT by 1880. After Calvin died in AZ in 1883, wife Elizabeth moved to Vernal, Uintah Co UT where she lived with grown children William and Alice in 1900.

    Posted to ancestry.com by user NORDSEEKER, with the remark: "This account was written by their great grandson, Wes Martin. I don't know where he got all the information, but I found it typed on the back of a family group sheet in his genealogy book."

    "Calvin Bingham was the son of Lucius and Sarah Stone Bingham. He was born Sept. 7, 1827 in Fowler, St. Lawrence County, New York. He was the oldest of eight children: four brothers--Benjamin, Augustus, Perry, and Prosper-- and three sisters: Emeline, Lucy, and MaryJane.

    "His mother died about 1849. His father remarried but never came west to Utah. Calvin was baptized into the Mormon church at the age of seventeen in Bannock County, Illinois in 1844.

    "Elizabeth Lucretia Thorn was the daughter of Ashael and Sarah Lester Thorn, born in Monrovia, Cayuga county, New York on March 25, 1832. She was the second child in a family of ten: three boys--William L., Richard, and Isaac, and seven girls--Maryann, Sarah, Nancy, Lydia, Abigale, Barbara Ann, and Elizabeth Lucretia. Her mother died about 1852 and her father re-married Elizabeth Lusk, a widow. They came west with his family.

    "Calvin and Elizabeth were married December 18, 1848 in Pottawatamie, Iowa. Sarah and Calvin were born to them here. In 1853 they and several other members of the Thorn family moved west to Utah settleing in the West Weber area (now known as Uintah). Their third child, Mary Elizabeth, was born here. While living in Uintah, Calvin was called to serve in Col. Johnson's army. They were among the saints that made the move south--leaving their homes to be burned if necessary. On returning they settled in Farmington, Utah, where Lucy Melissa, their fourth child, was born. Later they moved to Three Mile Creek which is now known as Perry, Utah. In about 1857, the Ashael Thorn family moved here too and they built their homes near each other. Barbara Ann, their fifth child was born here. Three years later in 1860 they moved to Hyrum, Utah.

    "Being among the first settlers in Hyrum, they took an active part in civic and church activities. Calvin became the first Bishop of Hyrum and was loved and remembered by people for a great many years. Two more children were born to them here, Anna Marie and Ashael.

    "In 1865 they were called to settle the Bear Lake, Idaho area. They settled in Montpelier where due to very harsh winters, they lost their crops. Very discouraged, they returned to Hyrum, Utah. Their son, William Augustus, was born here in Montpelier.

    "About 1868 they returned to Montpelier. Elizabeth taught the first school in town--teaching out of their small log home. Another daughter, Lydia Emeline, was born to them here. Later, they built a large home on the banks of the creek that ran through town. Their last two children were born here--Orissa Vilate and Alice. Orissa Vilate died at nine months old. Also at this residence, their daughter, Lucy Melissa Bigham Williams, died after giving birth to a baby girl. She was only eighteen years old. This two week old baby girl was raised by her grandparents, Calvin and Elizabeth.

    "In 1878, the Binghams, their married son and daughters, and a large group of other people left Montpelier intending to go to Arizona and settle an area there. But upon reaching Salem, Utah, they decided to stop there for a year or so. The Perry Bingham family and the Robert H. Williams family were among those that settled in Salem for that short time. In 1880, with several other families including the Alonzo Bingham family, Calvin and Elizabeth headed for Arizona again. They stopped in St. Johns, Arizona where their daughter, Anna Marie and husband William were living. They stayed there until 1891 when they moved to St. David, Arizona. Arriving on Christmas Day, they joined others of the original group who had settled that area and started up a freighting business. This business engaged in the freight business between Benson, Tombstone and Bisbee. Although Calvin was a blacksmith by trade, he found freighting more profitable. So he bought a team of large horses to go with the team he already had, and followed this occupation for a little more than a year.

    "Calvin Bingham left his home with a wagon loaded with freight for Bisbee, about 56 miles from St. David. On the following day, May 27,1883, while going down a steep grade, his freight wagon upset pinning him under the wagon and causing his death.

    "His body was brought home by three men from his ward. Funeral services were held in the ward at St. David May 29, 1883. Speakers were Patriarch P.C. Merrill, President David P. Kimball, J.H. Martineau, Bishop Henry Horn, and S.B. Merrill, who all spoke highly of the integrity, faithfullness and honesty of Calvin. After the death of her husband, Elizabeth Lucretia Bingham, with her family consisting of the younger children Ashael, William, Emeline, Lucy Jane, a grand-daughter, and Alice moved to Mesa, Arizona where her three oldest children, Clarinda, Mary Elizabeth Phelps, and Calvin Perry Bingham lived. She had only been there a short time when another sorrow came into her life. Ashael, then 23 years old, had an appendicitis attack and died just four months after his father's death.

    "The family spent three years in Mesa and then returned to their former home in Montpelier, Idaho. Then in 1888 they moved to Vernal, Utah where Lucretia spent the remainder of her life. She was a faithful LDS woman and worked in the Relief Society organization. While in Montpelier she had been called to work among the sick and dying. She helped make burial clothes and to dress and lay out the dead. She underwent many hardships of the early pioneers. She learned to be thrifty and to economize so she could feed and clothe her family. It is said that when she bought a piece of calico, she would tear a quilt block from it for the quilt she was making. She made very nice quilts that were the envy of her friends and neighbors. Thread was expensive, so she would ravel out cloth to sew her blocks together with. She taught her 11 children to be thrifty and industrious too. She passed away at her home in Vernal Nov. 28, 1903 as a result of a heart attack."

    Calvin married Elizabeth Lucretia Thorne on 18 Dec 1848 in Big Pigeon, Pottawattamie, Iowa. Elizabeth (daughter of Ashal Enoch Thorne and Sarah Lester) was born on 25 Mar 1832 in Moravia, Cayuga, New York; died on 28 Nov 1903 in Vernal, Uintah, Utah; was buried in Vernal Memorial Park, Vernal, Uintah, Utah. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 10. Sarah Clarinda Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 6 Sep 1850 in Big Pigeon, Pottawattamie, Iowa; died on 23 Dec 1927 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    2. 11. Calvin Perry Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 28 Jan 1852.
    3. 12. Mary Elizabeth Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 25 Dec 1853 in East Weber, Weber, Utah; died on 14 Nov 1933 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    4. 13. Lucy Melissa Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 19 May 1856 in Farmington, Davis, Utah.
    5. 14. Barbara Ann Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 26 Aug 1858 in Perry, Box Elder, Utah.
    6. 15. Anna Mariah Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 28 Jun 1860 in Hyrum, Cache, Utah.
    7. 16. Ashel Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 20 Nov 1863 in Hyrum, Cache, Utah; died on 27 Sep 1883.
    8. 17. William Augustus Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 16 Aug 1867 in Hyrum, Cache, Utah.
    9. 18. Lydia Emeline Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 25 Feb 1870 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.
    10. 19. Orissa Vilate Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 29 Sep 1873 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died on 23 Jan 1874 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.
    11. 20. Alice Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 20 Nov 1875 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.

  2. 9.  Mary Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born in 1853 in Little Sioux, Harrison, Iowa.


Generation: 8

  1. 10.  Sarah Clarinda BinghamSarah Clarinda Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 6 Sep 1850 in Big Pigeon, Pottawattamie, Iowa; died on 23 Dec 1927 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Sarah married Hyrum Smith Phelps on 25 Sep 1866 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho. Hyrum (son of Morris Charles Phelps and Sarah Thompson) was born on 26 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; died on 23 Apr 1926 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 11.  Calvin Perry Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 28 Jan 1852.

  3. 12.  Mary Elizabeth BinghamMary Elizabeth Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 25 Dec 1853 in East Weber, Weber, Utah; died on 14 Nov 1933 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 17 Nov 1933, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona

    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.

    Mary married Hyrum Smith Phelps on 8 Sep 1873 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Hyrum (son of Morris Charles Phelps and Sarah Thompson) was born on 26 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; died on 23 Apr 1926 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 21. Mary Lauretta Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 17 Aug 1874 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.
    2. 22. Lucyette Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 9 Jan 1876 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died on 6 Jan 1905 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    3. 23. Barbara Ann Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 26 Aug 1877 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died on 31 Jan 1957 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    4. 24. Gove Edwin Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 2 Dec 1878 in Lees Ferry, Coconino, Arizona; died on 23 Jul 1941 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    5. 25. Harriet Emeline Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 12 Mar 1881 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died on 6 Feb 1974 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    6. 26. Orson Ashael Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 24 Jun 1882 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died on 24 Jul 1953 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    7. 27. Lester Leo Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 2 Sep 1883 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died on 15 May 1885 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    8. 28. Yuma Letitia Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 11 Apr 1885 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died on 11 Aug 1885 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    9. 29. Amy Dorothy Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 7 Sep 1887 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died on 11 Jan 1951 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    10. 30. Grace Darling Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 10 Jul 1889 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    11. 31. Esther Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 12 Sep 1890 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died on 15 Dec 1985 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
    12. 32. Clara Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 1 Oct 1893 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    13. 33. Martha Gertrude Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 28 Jul 1895 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died in Oct 1982 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    14. 34. Wilford Woodruff Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 13 Dec 1896 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died on 22 Jun 1979 in Santa Monica, California.

  4. 13.  Lucy Melissa Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 19 May 1856 in Farmington, Davis, Utah.

  5. 14.  Barbara Ann Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 26 Aug 1858 in Perry, Box Elder, Utah.

  6. 15.  Anna Mariah Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 28 Jun 1860 in Hyrum, Cache, Utah.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 28 Jun 1862, Hyrum, Cache, Utah


  7. 16.  Ashel Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 20 Nov 1863 in Hyrum, Cache, Utah; died on 27 Sep 1883.

  8. 17.  William Augustus Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 16 Aug 1867 in Hyrum, Cache, Utah.

  9. 18.  Lydia Emeline Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 25 Feb 1870 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.

  10. 19.  Orissa Vilate Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 29 Sep 1873 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died on 23 Jan 1874 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.

  11. 20.  Alice Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (8.Calvin7, 6.Lucius6, 5.Jeremiah5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Ruth3, 2.Ruth2, 1.Ruth1) was born on 20 Nov 1875 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.