The Binkleys

Although I do not descend directly from a Binkley line, the family intersects with my genealogy at two points. First, my grandmother’s sister, Edna Ehrstine (1895-1978), married Arlie Taylor Binkley (1891-1957). Second, in the same generation, my grandfather’s half-brother, Samuel Pleasant Hodson (November 30, 1889-November 13, 1961), married March 4, 1914, Grace Mae Binkley (November 21, 1889-February 25, 1962).

At least forty variants of the surname are reported during its first century in North America. The name is believed to be of Alemanic origin, probably as Binggelli.

For me, the Binkley story centers on a small grandfather clock that used to sit at the top of the farmhouse stairway. Aunt Edna told me the clock had been carried “across the Allegheny Mountains in a Conestoga wagon, from the place where Conestoga wagons originated.” A letter from my Edna’s daughter Orpha Justiss added, “I have a drop-front desk that came to Ohio with the clock. It was also upstairs at the farm. We also have some blue dishes.” In a postscript, she adds, “We have a journal with entries starting around 1732-34, possibly from a mill or general store and may have belonged to Johnson Binkley.”

Orpha’s sister, Wilma Creager, inherited the clock itself, and her husband Ralph traced it to a Lancaster clockmaker circa 1774 and a museum catalogue with an identical model, stating it was the only one of its kind in existence. Ralph wrote back, telling them otherwise.

At some point, grandfather clocks fell from fashion, and this one was placed flat in a loft in the barn. Several generations later, it was found, covered with grime, and brought down. Inside the door, the Binkley lineage was recorded, beginning with Samuel Binkley Sr. born in 1776. Much of the following material draws on that list, which Orpha copied, saying, “This information was in mother’s papers written on notebook paper.”

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In an aside, another Orpha, from an Amish-Mennonite family, told me the Lancaster County custom is for a mother named Naomi to name a daughter Orpha, who in turn names a daughter Ruth. Thus, in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, the name Orpha is drawn from Orpah in the Book of Ruth. When I related this to my cousin, noting that her mother’s middle name was Naomi, she was startled: she had given one of her daughters the middle name of Ruth, not knowing why.

Binkley is a prolific surname in Colonial Pennsylvania and prominent in Lancaster County. Among the Palatine passenger lists are Mennonites Hans Michael Pingley (on the ship Billander, or Oliver, 1735), and Peter Pinckly/Petter Pinkelie, 32, and Hans Pinckele/Hance Pinkelie, 41, (on the Princess Augusta, 1736), presumed to be three brothers; also Hance Pinckelie [Jr.], 18, and Petter Pinckley, 28, also aboard the Princess Augusta; Johannes Binackel (on the Robert and Alice, 1737); .Johannes Binackle (1742, on the Robert and Alice); John Peter Binckli (1750, on the Brotherhood); and Jacob Bincklie (1772, on the Hope). Not all of these were Mennonite. In Lancaster County, the surname shows up in Lutheran or German Reformed records or as Revolutionary War solders. One researcher, looking at Census records 1783-1784 (Virginia) and 1790 Pennsylvania and North Carolina, found eighteen Binkley households (including spelling variants). As a result, sorting them out and making accurate connections can become quite difficult.

What follows incorporates the Montgomery County “clock list,” augmented from other sources. Finally, in attempting to determine the Binkley relationship of Johnson Binkley (1808-1892) and his wife Elizabeth Binkley (1804-1874), I now come across an online posting by Duane and Rachael Elizabeth Binkley that leads back from Johnson’s wife to Peter Binggeli, who married Magdalene Spring in 1656 in Switzerland. Her ancestry as she reports it demonstrates how the Lancaster Mennonite families were often related; several of the surnames connect later through my Ehrstine family.

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First generation:

PETER BINGGELI marries Magdalene SPRING on April 28, 1656, in Switzerland.

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Second generation:

CHRISTIAN BINGGELI (October 10, 1669, Guggisberg, Canton Bern-circa 1713, Canton Bern);  marries Elizabeth BERG on October 20, 1693.

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Third generation:

JOHN (Johannes or Hans) BINKLEY (1695-1757), emigrant to Pennsylvania, listed variously between 1712 and 1719.

This Binkley line being largely Mennonite and, later, Dunkard. It settled in Lampeter, Manheim, and Manor townships near the present city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then known as Old Hickory. The family bacame widely scattered over the United States. A Binkley graveyard is on the farm of Paris Herr, Manor Township, Lancaster County (between Millersville and Safe Harbor).

He arrived with Jacob Boehm (Beam, in later Ohio spellings), Herr, Miley, Benjamin Whitner, Jacob Haines, Jonas Yoner, the Rohrers, and the Kneislys (”all of whom settled in the same part of Lancaster County, Pa.,” and related by later marriages), as well as Felix Landis.

John Binkley was married to Barbara LANDIS (born about 1695), daughter of Hans Landis and Maria Sonreiter. His father-in-law transferred land in Lancaster County in 1718 or 1723.

He settled on Mill Creek, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he bought (another?) tract in 1731 and died intestate, 1757, and while an earlier will has been located, it was never proved in court. (Son Felix is also reported buying, in 1731, 113 acres and 96 perches; however, his mother’s year of birth makes this connection unlikely.)

John Binkley and Barbara Landis had these known children:

  1. John killed by fall from a horse shortly before his wedding day.
  2. Felix, who built flouring mill three miles east of Lancaster, 1767 {at Millport, on Mill Creek—his descendents kept the property until John Binkley sold it in 1820}; he married Miss Ann Mylin (or Miley) [see Lancaster Mennonite Heritage, January 1988, page 23]; he died many years before his widow did.
  3. Christian (1738-1805), who was a miller yet gained fame for building Binkley’s Bridge over the Conestoga to connect Lampeter and Manheim townships.
  4. Henry (1745-1776). He marries Fanconia HERR (1747-). Their children include David Binkley, whose daughter marries the second Johnson Binkley below. Franconia – also known as Fanny, Frena, or Fronica – descends from David HERR (1722-1771) and Barbara HERSHEY; Abraham Herr (1700-1785) and Anna MILLER (ca 1700-); and Mennonite Bishop Hans Herr (1639-1725) and Elizabeth Mylin KENDIG (1639-1730).
  5. Ann, who married Richard Janson (a Hollander also called Yanson and later Johnson); no children.

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Fourth generation:

FELIX A. BINKLEY and Ann Mylin had three children:

  1. John inherited the mill and 50 acres of land
  2. JOHNSON BINKLEY, born May 23, 1766, said to be named for a “Hollander,” Richard Janson (also called Yanson and later Johnson—who married Ann, the only daughter of John Binkley – thus, his “uncle”); Johnson Binkely inherited the farm of nearly 200 acres and married Elizabeth HAINES, daughter of Samuel Haines and Mary Yoner {herself the only child of Jonas Yoner}. Johnson Binkley died January 28, 1813.
  3. Ann

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Felix’s son, John Binkley, died suddenly on January 28, 1813 (age 46); he had four children:

  1. Samuel
  2. Felix
  3. Mary
  4. Ann

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The fourth generation also includes DAVID BINKLEY (1769-1845), who marries Mariah YORDLEY (1769-1846), daughter of Peter Yordley. David and Mariah’s children, in turn, include Elizabeth Binkley, who marries Johnson Binkley, the grandson of Johnson Binkley and Elizabeth Haines.

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Fifth generation:

JOHNSON BINKLEY (1776-1813) and Elizabeth Haines

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Sixth generation:

SAMUEL BINKLEY SR., born June 16, 1787; married Catherine BEAM [BOEHM] April 23, 1805.

He was a well-to-do agriculturalist in Pennsylvania, moved his family  to Ohio in a four-horse wagon in 1837; bought a 100-acre farm at $50 an acre one mile south of Dayton (this property was mostly cleared, having a “good brick house” and other buildings).

He died July 31, 1872 (age 85 yr, 1 mo, 16 days) at the farm south of Dayton.

His wife was born June 26, 1787, the daughter of Martin Boehm, co-founder of  the United Brethren in Christ denomination. (Through the denominational mergers, Martin Boehm, originally a Mennonite bishop, is now recognized as the first United Methodist bishop in the New World.)

Samuel and Catherine had nine children. Among them:

  1. Elizabeth Binkley (Mrs. John Miller) born August 7, 1806
  2. JOHNSON BINKLEY, born February 20, 1808.
  3. Jacob Bean [Beam?] Binkley, born March 31, 1810; died January 5, 1879 (age 68 yr, 10 mo, 5 days).
  4. Samuel Haines Binkley, M.D., born October 22, 1812; after beginning practice in Middletown, Ohio, he removed for a year to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and returned to Dayton in 1837, settling on the Miami Township farm originally inhabited by his parents (this is from a Montgomery County almanac entry copied out by my cousin Orpha).
  5. Jesse A. Binkley, born December 7, 1814; he drove the horse team to Montgomery County, according to the county almanac; he married November 19, 1846, Caroline Whistler (born in Montgomery County November 27, 1823, daughter of Dolly and Polly {Nible} Whistler, both pioneer families); she died November 29, 1893.    Upon marrying, he settled on a partly cleared farm of 160 miles four miles north of Brookville (section 10, adjoining Phillipsburg in Clay Township; the farm is adjacent across the road to the east from Jacob Ehrstine’s) ; in retirement, moved to twenty-five acres at Sonora in Preble County; finally, in 1890, he moved to Brookville.
  6. Harriet Binkley (Mrs. Stephen J. Emly), born October 28, 1816.
  7. Mary Ann Binkley (Mrs. James McGrew), born December 22, 1818.
  8. Henry M. Binkley, born August 28, 1821.
  9. Catherine Binkley (married {} Forman; she was still living in 1910), born December 28, 1826.

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Jesse and Caroline had twelve children:

  1. Henry
  2. William
  3. Adeline
  4. Newton (full biography available in the county almanac)
  5. Jesse
  6. Caroline
  7. Alice
  8. Jacob
  9. Phares
  10. Samuel
  11. Clara (died age 2 months)
  12. Ora

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Seventh generation:

JOHNSON BINKLEY (1808-1892) and Elizabeth BINKLEY (1804-1874):

He was a miller by trade and after his first marriage ran a mill on the Big Conestota, near Safe Harbor, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he bought two farms. Moved his family to Ohio in 1848 and settled on a farm of 104 acres later occupied by son, Samuel.

He was a member of the Brethren in Christ, or River Brethren, and later became affiliated with the United Brethren.

He married first Mary NELSON, born September 30, 1808; she died March 11, 1834.

They had one child, Catherine E. (married {} Forman).

He then married Elizabeth BINKLEY, born September 21, 1804; she died March 6, 1874. They were first cousins, twice removed.

He died in 1892.

Johnson and Elizabeth had these children:

  1. Mary, born December 7, 1835; she died at 3.
  2. SAMUEL HAINES BINKLEY, born September 20, 1837, near Safe Harbor in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  3. There may have been another daughter, Mrs. Levi Flory, mentioned as a sister in the obituary of Samuel H. Binkley.

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Eighth generation:

SAMUEL H. BINKLEY (1837-1910) and Elizabeth Huddle (1847-).

They married September 20, 1837.

She was born March 19, 1847, Fairfield County, Ohio, daughter of Daniel and Barbara (Berry) Huddle. She was the granddaughter of Abraham Berry.

Daniel Huddle was born in Rockingham County, Virginia., and was a member of the Brethren in Christ; he died in October 1877 in Fairfield County, Ohio.

In 1862, Samuel Binkley united with the Brethren in Christ; 11 years later, he joined the Phillipsburg United Brethren congregation. He was a Republican. After living for period on his father’s farm in Randolph Township, he traded it for the 80-acre Arnold Farm in Clay Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, where they moved in the fall of 1896.

His obituary notes that he was one of the trustees of the Phillipsburg United Brethren Church for about thirty years.

“He was fully expecting to soon pass over beyond death portals. He told his sister three weeks ago that he did not expect to live long. He indicated his readiness to go to his wife on the Sunday night after he was paralyzed.” The obituary adds, “He was a quiet good christian man of the old fashioned type.”

He died June 5, 1910, at his farm two miles southeast of Phillipsburg, Ohio – the farm I knew as a child.

To them, these children:

  1. DANIEL BINKLEY, born January 21, 1866; he married Hannah Taylor (born November 3, 1864-). They gave birth to ARLIE TAYLOR BINKLEY on November 30, 1891.
  2. Johnson Binkley, who died age 12.
  3. Rosetta.

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Hannah Taylor was the daughter of Alfred Taylor (March 5, 1832-) and Martha Thomas (June 9, 1832-), possibly descending from Quaker lines. A Thomas family formed the core of the South Fork Friends Meeting in Phillipsburg,

With the chicken house in the background, Arlie Binkley removes an apple tree from the yard.
With the chicken house in the background, Arlie Binkley removes an apple tree from the yard.
Arlie and Edna Ehrstine Binkley are shown with their son, Kenneth, at home on Christmas 1948.
Arlie and Edna Ehrstine Binkley are shown with their son, Kenneth, at home on Christmas 1948.
With my dad, center, on furlough during World War II, my grandpa, left, visits Arlie, his brother-in-law at the farm.
With my dad, center, on furlough during World War II, my grandpa, left, visits Arlie, his brother-in-law at the farm.

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Turning to GRACE MAE BINKLEY, wife of Samuel Hodson. The daughter of William Binkley and Alice Koontz, she was born November 21, 1889, in Garland, Ohio, just over the line in Miami County from Randolph Township. Her obituary in the Vindicator, the newspaper of the Old Order German Baptist Brethren church, states, “The early years of her life were spent in the vicinity of Brookville, Ohio.” While this was the same location as Jesse A. Binkley’s family, already discussed, I am currently unable to connect the two.

In searching for the ancestry of his mother, Floyd Hodson knew that a key to the puzzle was “two Binkley brothers who married two Kuns sisters.”

Mormon records have an Aaron Binkley (-1940) marrying Sarah Koonz on July 24, 1881, in Montgomery County and name his parents as Christian Binkley and Mariah Lutz. According to Michael Hodson, Aaron and Sarah Binkley are Grace’s uncle and wife. In turn, her grandparents (William Binkley’s parents) are Christian M. Binkley and Maria (Lutz) Binkley, married 24 February 1853, Montgomery County, Ohio.

This, of course, fits the Binkley brothers (William and Aaron) marrying Kuns (Alice and Sarah) sisters model.

Estimating Christian Binkley’s birth to be around 1830 and comparing it to the Ohio arrivals above suggested he may have been born in Pennsylvania. Up to that point, however, we could take the line no further. Lutz, meanwhile, is a surname with repeated Ehrstine marriages.

Farmers George and Jacob Kuns, meanwhile, are early arrivals in Montgomery County, with many Brethren descendents. Jacob arrives in 1805.

More recently, continuing the quest on his linage, Michael Hodson found more on Rootsweb:

Christian Binkley born 28 APR 1794 in Lampeter Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. Married Elizabeth Miller born 28 APR 1794 in Lampeter Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. Death 25 DEC 1840 in Manheim Twp, Lancaster, PA. Married 9 APR 1816 in PA.

Children:

  1. Mary Binkley born 28 JUL 1818 in PA
  2. Jacob M. Binkley born 1 JAN 1817 in Lancaster Co, PA
  3. Elizabeth Binkley born 21 FEB 1821 in Columbia, West Hempfield Twp, Lancaster Co, PA
  4. Catherine Binkley born 27 SEP 1824 in Manor Twp, Lancaster Co, PA
  5. Christian M. Binkley born 9 OCT 1830 in Lancaster Co, PA

No. 5, of course, turns out to be the Grace Mae Binkley’s grandparents. As the Rootsweb data continue:

Christian M. Binkley, male, born 9 OCT 1830 Lancaster Co, PA; death 26 JAN 1916 in Montgomery Co, OH. Father Christian Binkley born 28 APR 1794 in Lampeter Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. Mother born 28 APR 1794 in Lampeter Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. Married Maria “Mariah” Lutz, born 27 DEC 1835 in PA. Married 24 FEB 1853 in Montgomery Co, OH.

Children:

  1. Aaron B. Binkley born 10 MAR 1860 in Phillipsburg, OH
  2. Catherine Binkley born 1867 in OH
  3. Elizabeth Binkley born 1854 in OH
  4. Jacob Binkley born 1856 in OH
  5. Franklin Binkley born 1860 in OH
  6. William W. Binkley born 2 APR 1864 in OH
  7. Newton W. Binkley born 25 JUN 1872 in OH
  8. Alice Binkley born ABT 1879 in OH

From the 1860 Census for Clay Twp, Montgomery County, Oh (age, gender, born):

Binkley, Christian blksm 29 m PA
Mariah 22 f PA
Elizabeth 6 f OH
Jacob 4 m OH
Franklin 2 m OH
Aaron 2/12 m OH

And 1870:

Binkley, Christian blksm 41 m P
Mariah 32 f O
Elizabeth 16 f O
Aaron 10 m O
John W. 5 m O
Catharine 3 f O
infant (May) 1/12 m O

The 1900 Randolph Twp, Montgomery County, OH, Census adds to Aaron’s data (the lines end with place of birth of the subject, the person’s father, and the person’s mother):

Binkley, Aaron 50 28 O/P/O
Sarah E. 54 1/0 V/V/V

As well as 1910 Randolph Twp, Phillipsburg Pk, Montgomery County, OH (the first numbers are the month/year of birth):

Binkley, Aaron 3/60 18 O/P/O
Sarah E. 6/56 wife I/OV/V/V
Harry ad son

1900 also names:

Binkley, Alice 7/68 widow 2/2 O/V/V
landlady Gracie M. 11/89 d. O/O/V
Susie D. 9/93 d. O/O/V

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Stephanie Darr, another Binkley from this line, adds details.

She notes a Jacob M. Binkley 1/1/1817 Columbia, Lancaster, PA – 9/22/1893 Clayton, Montgomery, OH; bur. Warner Cem. Montgomery, OH; M. 7/25/1844 Lancaster, PA, Mattie K. (Weller) Binkley (11/18/1806 Clay, Montgomery, OH – 9/1/1899; bur. Warner Cem. Montgomery, OH.

And then Christian Binkley Jr. 10/9/1830 Lancaster, PA – 6/26/1916; bur. Warner Cem. Montgomery, OH. This is, of course, the one we’re pursuing. And the “junior” would answer the question of his father, the Christian Binkley born in 1794 in the Rootsweb data Michael Hodson related. Warner Cemetery, on Sweet Potato Ridge Road about a mile from the Bethel Cemetery where Arlie Binkley and some of my Ehrstines are buried, also has many Dunker/Brethren families.

Also, for the brothers:

Aaron Binkley, c1860 OH – 1940; bur. Warner Cem. Montgomery, OH; M. 7/24/1881 Montgomery, OH, Sarah (Koontz) Binkley
6/19/1856 Montgomery, OH – 2/7/1940; bur. Warner Cem. Montgomery, OH.

William Binkley 4/2/1864 Clay, Montgomery, OH – 4/3/1899 Salem [Clayton], Montgomery, OH; bur. Randolph, Montgomery, OH; M. 12/22/1887 Montgomery, OH, Alice (Koontz) Binkley, c 1867 Montgomery, OH – 12/25/1941.

Still, we have little on Grace Mae’s father. I should point out how easily we would overlook his existence in the 1870 Census, where he appears as John W. — the only place to date where we learn that he went by his middle name.

Adding to the inquiry, Michael Hodson replied that he and his wife have a photo of William’s stone (4-2-1864—4-3-1899), which they located in Warner Cemetery.  According to the Old German Baptist Brethren journal, The Vindicator, Susanna Alice Koontz Binkley is also buried in Warner Cemetery, but Michael and Paul Hodson were unable to find a stone for her and her name is not on the stone with her husband, William. Grace’s sister, Susie, is also buried in Warner.

“I am uncertain of about William Binkley’s occupation,” Michael wrote. “I remember my father commenting that William was the janitor of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, near where they likely lived on Sweet Potato Ridge Road.  The 1890 Census, Montgomery County, Clay Township, Ohio, may have a listing and information for William and Susanna Alice Binkley.  The census may also show [There’s always more research to do!] they were living adjacent to Christian and Mariah and to Aaron and Sarah.  Aaron and William’s father had a blacksmith shop across from the Old German Baptist Brethren Church. Aaron and Sarah had a small acreage or farm in the same area during part of their lifetime. After William died, his widow Alice and daughters, Grace and Susie, lived near Aaron and Sarah for some years. Grace’s mother was a seamstress and dressmaker.”

He then mentioned that William Binkley had a younger sister, Alice (born about 1879) who first married Domer Smith (“I do not know what happened to Domer Smith”) and then John Nichloas (born about 1851).  They were married 11 Apr 1896 in Montgomery County. Their children are Arley Nichloas and Mary Nichloas.

Meanwhile, he wrote, “Abraham and Sarah [Susannah] Koontz, Grace Mae’s maternal grandparents, are buried with their family in Clayton Cemetery, Clayton, Ohio.” The gravestones there (from Find A Grave online) are Abraham Koontz (Jan. 12, 1829-Sept. 19, 1877), Susannah Flory Koontz (March 25, 1835-April 15, 1871), Barbara Catherine Koontz (Nov. 1, 1857-June 19), and Malinda Frances Koontz “Minnie” (1859-1941).

The entry on Levi Baker in The Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of Dayton and Montgomery County reveals the reason I could not connect Grace Mae to the earliest Kuns lines in Montgomery County. Discussing his father-in-law, Baker notes a family route that differs from what I’d been expecting. He names his wife’s parents as Abraham and Susannah (Floro) [Flory] Koontz, with Abraham being of German descent from Pennsylvania and marrying in Rockingham County, Virginia; while living in that state at “the outbreak of the Rebellion,” he was drafted into the Confederate army “but escaped and brought his family to Montgomery county, Ohio, in 1861 or 1862, and settled near Harrisburg [Englewood]. Here he worked at his trade as a carpenter until his death, at the age of about forty-nine years, a member of the German Baptist church and the father of the following children: Sarah, Catherine (who died when thirty-seven years old), Minerva, Rebecca, Mary and Alice.” (Rebecca, born January 3, 1861, was Baker’s second wife, and they married in 1878 Chambersville, Virginia, rather than Ohio.)

Baker’s line, by the way, was another of the German families by way of Pennsylvania. They were German Baptist Brethren.

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In looking at the two Binkley lines together, I am intrigued by the fact that Grace Mae’s known line and that of her contemporary Arlie Binkley both begin with a Christian Binkley. First names are not insignificant in connecting families in this period.

Thus, German naming patterns where a father typically names his first-born son after his grandfather hint that the two lines may both descend from the CHRISTIAN BINGGELI (October 10, 1669, Guggisberg, Canton Bern-circa 1713, Canton Bern) above. If we only had a list of their children and grandchildren!

So for now, this is where we stand, with a tantalizing possibility of connecting the two lines.

Although there is no identifying material with the original photo, I believe it to show Grace Binkley with her parents, William Binkley and Alice Koontz, and her brothers.
Although there is no identifying material with the original photo, I had thought  it to show Grace Binkley with her parents, William Binkley and Alice Koontz. That, however, no longer seems to fit. So who are they? It’s a lovely portrait that’s come down through that side of the family.
The rear of the photo reads, "Hello Uncle Aaron" -- presumably Aaron Binkley, in the Plain attire common to the German Baptist Brethren.
The rear of the photo reads, “Hello Uncle Aaron” — presumably Aaron Binkley, in the Plain attire common to the German Baptist Brethren.
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9 thoughts on “The Binkleys”

  1. I am, Michael Hodson, grandson of Samuel Pleasant Hodson and Grace Mae Koontz. Regarding the picture believed to have Grace and her brothers, it is not Grace according to my research. Grace Mae is the oldest child of William (b. 2 Apr 1864) and Alice (Koontz) (b 15 Jul 1867) Binkley; born 21 Nov 1889. The other child of William and Alice is Susan; born in Sept. 1893. According to my research, Grace and Susan are the only children of William and Alice. William died 3 Apr 1899. Alice was a single mother and raised the two daughters. William and Alice are buried in Warner Cemetery, Sweet Potato Ridge Road,

    1. So we’re back to the problem of just who is it. Since it was from Floyd Hodson, it’s likely from somewhere in your line. But the photo is a wonderful portrait of a Plain family at the time.
      Hope all’s well on your end. And maybe we’ll get the Koontz/Binkley line in place soon. Keep me posted.

  2. I have family information starting with Christian and Mariah Binkley. William Binkley and Aaron Binkley married sisters, Alice and Sarah. Sarah was one of the older children of Christian and Mariah. My father, Harold, is the oldest child of Samuel and Grace. He and his siblings are no longer with us. Samuel and Grace’s daughter, Wilma, their second child, is no longer living as of last month.

    The sons of Uncle Floyd Hodson related to me that their dad developed different ideas in his last years and destroyed all photographs.

    If you let me know what information will be helpful to you, let me know. It may take some time to put material together for you. Also the historical society in Brookville, Ohio has much material related to Binkley family. Brookville is about 35 to 40 minutes from my home.

    The parents of Alice (Koontz) Binkley are buried in Clayton Cemetery, Clayton, Ohio. Christian and Mariah Binkley, Aaron and Sarah Binkley, William and Alice and other Binkley individuals are buried in Warner Cemetery, Sweet Potato Ridge Road, Clayton, Ohio.

    1. I’m glad, then, that the photos being posted here were safe.
      The biggest reason for creating this blog was to get the data and reasoning out to other researchers, rather than have them sit in a few dusty filing drawers.
      Floyd had suggested the Koontz brothers were orphans, if memory serves right. What I have found in Census searches seems to fit the possibility.
      Yes, the Brookville Historical Society is a marvelous resource, packed with materials unavailable elsewhere. I cite it in a number of the Ehrstine findings, and they have a copy of the Hodson and Ehrstine manuscript this blog incorporates.
      Your father, I believe, had photos of Pleasant and Eunice Hodson. Do you know what happened to them? I’d love to get a copy, if possible.
      I did get copies of the previous generation, George and Delilah, from a distant cousin of ours in North Carolina.
      My grandmother’s sister, Edna, married Arlie Binkley and their farm was at the corner of Sweet Potato Ridge and Pansing roads. Since we’d spent so much time there when I was growing up, I wanted to post what material I had on their line, even if I wasn’t blood relations.

      1. Some first things: Barbara and I have the photos which were in Mom and Dad’s house when it was cleared in 2010. We have no photo which I identifies Pleasant and Eunice Hodson. We have photos with unidentified individuals.
        What is the source of your Samuel Hodson photos? Thank you for posting them. Last Thursday, Paul and Catherine, Floyd’s oldest son, was visiting us. I opened your blog site and we were able to view the pictures. This viewing was the first time to see what you posted. We do have photos of Joshua and Alice, their family, a 1936 or 1937 reunion, etc. Do you happen to know the color of Prince, Joshua’s horse?

        Koontz:
        Abraham Koontz (b 2 Jan 1829; d 19 Sep 1877) married Susannah Flory (b 25 Mar 1835; d 15 Apr 1871). Both are buried in Salem Cemetery (now Clayton Cemetery), Clayton, Ohio. They were married 26 Aug 1855, Rockingham Cty, VA. The couple and their first children moved to Montgomery County, OH in 1864 to get away from the Civil War.
        Children:
        1. Sarah Elizabeth, b 19 Jun 1856, born near Harrisonburg, VA; died 7 Feb 1940 in Montgomery County, Ohio. Married Aaron B. Binkley, b 10 Mar 1860 near Phillipsburg, Ohio; died 25 Dec 1940 in Montgomery County, Ohio. His parents: Christian M. Binkley and Mariah Lutz. They were Old German Baptist.
        2. Barbara Catherine, b 1 Oct 1857, Rockingham County, VA; d 19 Jun 1895 in Montgomery County, Ohio. Buried next to parents in Clayton Cemetery.
        3. Malinda Frances, b 15 Oct 1859 near Dayton, VA; d 2 Sep 1941 at Brookville, Ohio. Buried next to parents in Clayton Cemetery. Old German Baptist
        4. Hannah Rebecca, b 3 Jun 1861, Rockingham County, VA; d 6 Sep 1940 at Brookville, Ohio. Married 18 Nov 1879 to Levi David Baker, son fo Benjamin Baker and Frances Niswonger. A bank president. They are buried in Parish Cemetery Mausoleum.
        5. Mary V. b Dec 1864 in Montgomery County, Ohio; married 27 Mar 1883 to William Roller, b Jan 1863, son of Jacob Roller and Mary Rehfus
        6. Susanna Alice, b 15 Jul 1867 near Englewood, Ohio; d 25 Dec 1941 at Brookville, Ohio. 22 Dec 1887 married William Binkley, b 2 Apr 1864 Montgomery County, Ohio; d 3 Apr 1899, Salem, Ohio. Son of Christian M. Binkley and Mariah Lutz. Old German Baptist
        Children:
        Grace Mae, b 21 Nov 1889, Garland, OH; d 25 Feb 1962 (either Montgomery County or Clark County, Ohio). Married 4 Mar 1914 to Samuel Pleasant Hodson, b 30 Nov 1889 Van Wert County, Ohio; d 13 Nov 1961 (Montgomery County or Clark County, Ohio). Son of Joshua F. and Josephine (Josie) Jones. Samuel and Grace are buried in Parish Cemetery, near Brookville, Ohio.
        Susan, b Sep 1893. I have more information on Susan if you want it.
        I can send another reply with the family information for Christian and Mariah Binkley, if you want the information. Hope this helps since I am a novice in genealogy.

      2. It certainly does help. Floyd, the source of most of the photos, had been stymied in his quest for more on the lines you report. If any of the descendants your side (Samuel and Grace’s side of the family) are interested, I’d love to pass the photos on in that direction. At least two of the photos seem to be from Grandpa (James).
        As for Prince, all we have is a black-and-white photo, which will leave us guessing the color. That’s scheduled to appear later this month. As part of his legacy, I have one strand of his harness bells, and Thelma has another, which she and John have restored.
        Meanwhile, you leave me wondering if the Flory, Lutz, and Niswonger (one of more than 80 variant spellings, by the way) tie back into my grandmother’s Ehrstine lines.

  3. Hello. Thank you for sharing this information. I come from a line of Binkley’s that migrated to Canada from Lancaster many years ago. Please dont let those nice old pieces of furniture go to waste. I hope they stay with your family lines or get passed on to other Binkley’s.

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