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Joseph Binford - History of Rush County, Indiana
Posted by: Katrina Cooper (ID *****2110) Date: November 24, 2003 at 18:28:44
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From History of Rush County, Brant & Fuller, 1888, Reprinted 1966 by Eastern Indiana Publishing co, Knightstown, Ind. Pages 556-557:
       Joseph Binford, one of the honored citizens of Ripley Township, is a native of Northampton County, N. C., born June 29, 1817, being the son or James L. and Mary (Ladd) Binford, who were natives of North Carolina and Virginia, respectively, both of English descent. His father was the son of James and Hannah (Crew) Binford, and his mother was the daughter of Robert Ladd. When he was nine years old, his parents came westward to this State, and became among the first settlers of Hancock County. There his youth was spent in assisting to clear and cultivate a farm. He continued with his parents until his first marriage, which occurred December 25, 1844. The lady that became his wife was Miss Elizabeth Hill. She was born in Wayne County, this State, November 9, 1824, being the daughter of William and Charity (Hawkins) Hill, the former of whom was born in Randolph County, N.C., of English descent, and the latter was born near Bush Hill Church, S. C., of Welsh descent. Immediately after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Binford settled upon a farm in Hancock County, where Mrs. Binford died, October 20, 1860. On the 23rd day of April, 1863, Mr. Binford was married to Mrs. Mary E. White. She was born in Prince George County, Va., June 19, 1825, being the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Hunnicutt, both of whom were natives of Virginia, the former of Prince George County, and the latter of Dinwiddie County, both of English descent. Her father was the son of John and Mary (Butler) Hunnicutt. Her mother was the daughter of John and Sarah (Butler) Andrews, all of whom were natives of Virginia. When she was seven years old, her parents came westward to Hancock County, this State where her father died six months later. Her mother afterward married Nathan Overman, who died in 1853, and she survived him until 1856. In 1857, Mrs. Binford went to Jasper County, Iowa, where on the 18th day of July, 1857, she was married to William C. White, who was born in Guilford County, N. C., being the son of Isaac and Mahala (Hunt) White, who were also natives of North Carolina. After their marriage, they continued to reside in Jasper County, Iowa until the fall of 185, when they returned to visit in Hancock County, where Mr. White died on the 29th day of November, 1859. After his death, his wife remained a widow until her marriage with the subject of this sketch. This first marriage of Mr. Binford resulted in the birth of six children, as follows: Charity H., Anna J., Oliver L., Mary A., Louisa, and Elizabeth C., of whom the former is deceased and the latter is married and resides in Hancock County, Ind. Mr. Binford and his present wife have had two children: Caroline and Joseph O., the former of whom is married, and the latter is at present a student at Earlham College. Our subject and wife are members of the Friendsí Church. In politics, bother are Prohibitionists. Besides a good residence property where he resides in Carthage, Mr. Binford is the owner of a farm of 300 acres in Hancock County, which is well improved and two-thirds of which is in cultivation. Besides this, he has also provided comfortably for all his children, having given to each a farm of eighty acres. In October, 1880, Mr. and Mrs. Binford removed from Hancock County to Carthage, and they have occupied their present home ever since.

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