How amazing! My first rainy afternoon exploring my family genealogy online, and there's a request not a month ago about descendants of R.W. Binns. I'm one.
My name is David Embrey Fraser and I live and work as an editor in Berkeley, California. I grew up in New York City and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. Among many other ironies that seem to be popping up, I'm trained as an historian (China primarily) and journalist. Not as a genealogist, but maybe I can learn from the good people on this list. I am wanting to do family histories on both sides: Binns, Ferrar, Fraser, Boyles, Cutbirth, MacKay and who knows what else.
Let me ask two questions: how can I contribute (e.g. when I find a family tree, etc.) and what resources would you point me to? Also, of course, I'd love to know what prompted your query.
I'm a great-grandson (b. 1955) of Charles Fergus Binns, son of R.W. The only time I threw a pot on a wheel it spun into a giant misshapen mass. My immediate Binns-linked family, going backward:
Father, Douglas Ferrar Fraser, b. Hornell, NY, USA 1929-1982. His sister, Penelope Fraser Weiss, 1933?-. Aunt Penny is our family historian. Lives in Charlottesville VA and knows a great deal.
Their mother, Norah Winifred Binns, ca 1890-1972, Worcester to Alfred NY to Charlottesville VA = Alexander David Fraser of Pictou NS, Canada, and Charlottesville.
Norah's father, Charles Fergus Binns d. 1936= Mary Howard Ferrar.
His father, R.W. Binns of Worcester.
Interestingly, C.F.'s brother Harry Kerr (found on BINDEX) also married (1878) a Ferrar, Anna Katherine. I wonder if they were sisters? Dubliners?
Anyway, sorry for going on but I was very excited to find the Binns sites and someone asking about great-great grandpa.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know if there's a better list etiquette I should be adhering to.
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