Many Binghams came to the North American colonies before the American Revolution. Some were adventurers and did not remain, some were transported in bondage and may or may not have remained, and some were bona fide settlers.
In the area that became the United States, we can document only four Binghams who arrived as settlers during the colonial era and remained to raise families. Their names, place of origin, place of settlement, and arrival dates as nearly as we know are:
Contributed by John Bingham and Frank Creswell, 8th October 2000
edited by Donna Bingham Munger
To learn more about the early Bingham families click on a link to the right.
Thomas Bingham of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
and Saybrook, Norwich, and Windham, Connecticut.
Thomas Bingham of Connecticut was the first of his line and the earliest Bingham in point of time to settle, remain and raise a family in the American colonies. He emigrated from Sheffield, Yorkshire, England to Saybrook, Connecticut Colony with his mother between 1652 and 1659. Thomas fathered eleven children, ten of whom had children of their own. This family is the focus of the Bingham Association and the 1996 book The Bingham Family in the United States: The Descendants of Thomas Bingham of Connecticut. To read the Book entry for Thomas Bingham and to download the entries for his family, click on the red book to the right.
James Bingham of Newport, Essex, England,
and of Evesham, Burlington, West Jersey and Philadelphia,
James Bingham of West Jersey was the emigrant ancestor of the more famous William Bingham of Philadelphia. William Bingham, once the richest man in America and a financier of the American Revolution, was the fifth generation of his line to live in the North American colonies. His great great grandmother, Bridget Bingham, and her four children, Mary, Ann, James, and Margaret, emigrated from Newport, Essex, England to West Jersey Colony in 1681. William Bingham, himself, was born and lived most of his life in Philadelphia, but moved to England shortly before he died. His Bingham line had a significant impact on Pennsylvania and American history. To read my article about William Bingham of Philadelphia click on his portrait to the right.
The article is an original piece of research based upon original records, published articles and books. The format used is the one I developed for the Thomas Bingham Book. I believe it is easier to use than traditional genealogy formats. The numbering system is the legal form, the layout is by generation.
Stephen Bingham Virginia, before 1759
To be added.
Charles Bingham of New York
To be added.