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Published by

The Erastus Bingham Family Corp.

Ogden, Utah

1st Edition
June 1970

Printed in the United States of America

Erastus Bingham and Lucinda Gates had fond hopes that their posterity
would carry on the standards they had established for themselves. The
standards which they tried to maintain and tried to instill in their progeny
included good citizenship, service to fellowmen, and reverence for God
and for all that is sacred.

This book has been compiled through the efforts of many members of
the present family organization operating under the name of the Erastus
Bingham Family Corporation. These writings are an effort to publish and
preserve a record of the descendants of these dedicated pioneer parents for
the benefit and knowledge of those now living and for future generations.

Many hours of unselfish effort, without any monetary reward, have
gone into this compilation, and a concerted effort has been made by mem-
bers of this organization to carefully review all data in the hope that rea-
sonable accuracy and dependable history should result. Admittedly, this
goal has not been reached one hundred percent.

Erastus and Lucinda Bingham, through their ten children, have many
descendants. They are the "salt of the earth, " and among them are many
outstanding citizens and church members who have contributed abundantly
to the welfare and progress of those among whom they reside. It is the
goal of the Trustees of this organization to preserve for ourselves and for
those who follow, histories and genealogical records of the posterity and
progenitors of these pioneer parents. This publication represents one im-
portant phase of this endeavor.

It is our sincere hope that those who read these writings will find joy
and satisfaction in learning of the achievements of the descendants of
Erastus Bingham and Lucinda Gates. Perhaps the reading of their accom-
plishments will serve as a further impetus for those who are striving to
follow the standards by which we can achieve the ultimate goal — eternal life
and salvation.

The Board of Trustees

Thomas S. Bingham, President
Fred A. Bingham, Vice Pres.
Paul J. Bingham, Sec. Treas.
Richard W. Crouch
Therma Scoville
Raymond B. VVrigley
Jean Bigelow
Edwin C. Hall
Jay R. Rawlings


As in any work of this nature it has been neces-
sary to make decisions as to how the information is
to be presented, what is to be included, what type of
a system is to be used, etc. Being a large family
with many representatives involved in the preparation
of this work there is a certain amount of variation in
the material presented and in some cases very little
information was available.

Following are some general areas in which we
feel an e.vplanation may be helpful:

A. Pictures and Histories : Generally all pictures
received in time were included - except for individual
pictures of the children of the last generation repre-
sented in this book. Where a group picture was sub-
mitted for this generation it was used instead of the
individual pictures of the parents. The variance in
the quality of the reproduction of the pictures is due
in large part to the quality of the original picture
sent in. Histories, where practical, were left as
originally written in order that the personality of the
writer would be preserved. It should be remembered
that those who compiled this book did not write it and
the information was recorded as submitted except
where obvious errors were noted.

B. Genealogical Data and Abbreviations: Erastus
and Lucinda Bingham were members of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) as
are the majority of their descendants. As a result
this book contains some information which will basic-
ally be meaningful to members of this Church. Some
of the abbreviations used are as follows: b. - born;
m. - married; d. - died; bur. - buried; bap. *-
baptized; end. * - endowed; sld. to par. * - sealed

to parents; sld. to hus. * - sealed to husband;
BIC * - Born into the Covenant. The items marked
with an asterisk (*) represent L. D. S. Church ord-
inances. In the book the genealogy of the person
has been prefixed by the first name of the individual

as a convenience to the compiler and does not
necessarily Indicate the name by which the person
was commonly known.

C. General Layout of Book and NumbcrlnK .Syatcm:
The ten children of Erastus and Lucinda have each
been assigned sections In the order of their births.
To account for the situations where there was more
than one marriage a letter (A, B, C. . . . ) has been
assigned in the order of the marriage Immediately
following the number. Thus lA, IB, and IC repre-
sent the three marriages of Mary Bingham, the first
child of Erastus and Lucinda. The direct descendants
of Erastus and Lucinda have been listed first and only
they and their marriages have been Included. Within
each of these sections (1 though 10) the grand-child-
ren and great grand-children have been Included.
The grand-children have been represented by a two
digit number and the great grand-children by a three
digit number. For example, the first child of the
first marriage of Mary Bingham and Elijah Norman
Freeman (lA) was Elijah Norman Freeman, Jr. ,
(lA. 1). The first child of the first marriage of
Elijah Norman Freeman, Jr. and Anna Marie Poulsen
(lA. lA) Is represented by lA. lA. 1. Each descendant
has been assigned a similar number In order to
allow the reader to easily locate their ancestors and
also as an aid in preparing this book. An alphabetical
index has been included starting on page 543. Also
included with this book Is a fold out genealogy sheet
showing the ancestors of Erastus and Lucinda.

D. Corrections a nd Additional Information: If
errors are found in this text or if you have Infor-
mation that should be included we would appreciate
receiving the correct Information. Please Identify
by page number and assigned number and send to:

The Erastus Bingham Family Corp.
P.O. Box 965
Ogden. Utah 84402


( Erastus Bingham and Lucinda Gates 1

lA Mary Bingham and Elijah Norman Freeman 1.')

IB Mary Bingham and W illard Snow 2')

IC Mary Bingham and Lorin Farr 2!»

2 A Sanford Bingham and Martha Ann Lewis 45

2B Sanford Bingham and Agnes (Ann) Fife 95

3A Erastus Bingham Jr. and Olive Hovey Freeman 157

3B Erastus Bingham Jr. and Susan Green 201

4 Thomas Bingham and Caron Happoch Holladay 237

5 Lucinda Bingham and Loren Brown Hastings 277

6 Maria Louisa Bingham and Isaac Newton Goodale 281

7A Willard Bingham and Genet Gates 315

7B W illard Bingham and Amanda Melvina Snow 363

7C Willard Bingham and Clara Elizabeth Smith 399

8 Edwin Bingham and Phebe Jane Burk 425

9 Jacob Bingham ■'■'•■'

lOA Brigham Heber Bingham and Angeline Theresia Aldous . . .447

lOB Brigham Heber Bingham and Mary Alice Lomax 505

IOC Brigham Heber Bingham and Rebecca Ann Hunt 535

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Erastus - Son of Elisha Warner Bingham and Sarah
or Sally Perry - b. 12 Mar 1798 at Concord, Essex,
Vermont - m. 20 Mar 1819 at St. Johnsbury, Cldn,
Vermont - d. 2 May 1882 at Ogden, Weber, Utah -
bur. at Ogden, Weber, Utah - bap. 11 Nov 1833 -
end. 1 Jan 1846.

Lucinda - Daughter of Thomas Gates and Patty Plum-
ley - b. 19 Sep 1797 at Ackworth, Chshr, New Hamp-
shire - d. 3 Jan 1874 at Ogden, Weber, Utah - bap.
11 Nov 1833 - end. 1 Jan 1846 - sld. to hus. 22 Jan


ngham Children:






Erastus, Jr.






Maria Louisa








Brigham Heber





















Erastus Bingham was born in Concord, Essex
County, Vermont 12th March 1798 and baptized
11 November i83J, at St. Johnsburg. Vermont, a
direct result of early day missionary work in New

With his wife, Lucinda Gates Bingham, his eight
children and Willard Snow, Joel Harvey and their
families, and others, he traveled to Far West, Missouri,
via Kirtland, Ohio, arriving In Far West the 4th of
November 1836.

After the E.xtermination Order of Governor Boggs,
the Bingham family moved to Hancock County, Illinois,
on a rented farm between Carthage and La Harpe.
remaining here from April 1839 until the Spring of 1845.

Erastus had exercised the faith of a true Latter-
day Saint as evidenced by his elevation In the Priest-

According to family records, the martyrdom of the
Prophet and his brother, Hyrum, caused great concern
to the Bingham family, and like other Saints In the
Carthage area, desired to situate closer to Nauvoo. It
is evident from circumstances and conditions at this
time that a Mormon family was In grave danger of being
mobbed. With this and the fact that the Brethren were
pressing a speedy completion of the Temple, it gave
motive enough for Erastus to move his family to a spot
nearer Nauvoo.

"In the spring of 1845 Erastus bought a farm of 160
acres about 20 miles West of Nauvoo. Illinois, which
was extensively cultivated during the spring and sum-
mer. After the crops were all harvested, he labored
night and day with others to complete the Nauvoo
Temple. "

This ceilifies tha(

has been recieved into

the church or Jesus Christ of Utler Day Saints, organized on the s,xth of April, in the year of o"^ Lo^d
one tliousand tight hundred :.nd thirty, and has heen orcJamcd a <^-MpX i%;<L^^^— accorUing to ine
rums and leguiaiioiis ot said chilrcl.; and is duly authorised to pieachfhe gospel, agreably to tiie aulhouljr

g'hcii byVhe ducclion of a g.-neral conference of the authorities of said church, assenabled ia Nauvoo, HI.
on llio siitl' <^ -Apciii lu the yoar ot our i<ord one thousand eiglit hundred and forty.

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Ordination Certificate of Erastus Bingham - to the Office of High Priest

Little is known of the activity of the Bingham
family while at Nauvoo except evidences of their as-
sistance with the Temple and records showing that
some of them received their endowments.

"The following members of the Bingham family . . .
received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple
during December, 1845 and January, 1846: Erastus
Bingham and Erastus Bingham, Jr. , on January 3,
1846, Sanford Bingham, January 20, 1846; Louisa
Maria Bingham, January 24, 1846; and Mary Bingham
Freeman, January 25, 1846." "

Then in January 1846, the family records show
that one of Erastus' sons, Erastus, Jr. , was chosen
to go with an advance group "to make roads, build
bridges, and plant crops at various points", assisting
those to follow in the general migration from the city.

(a) Bingham. Belnap, and Scoville. Life of Erastus
Bingham and Family, p. 8.

(b) Ibid

(c) Erastus. Jr.. who had been chosen for the ad-
vance company from Nauvoo had shortly before joined
his family and now enlisted with the Battalion. He
traveled as far as Sante Fe with the main group and
under orders from Col. P. St. George Cooke retired

to Pueblo. Colo., remaining there to give assistance
to the sick during the ensuing winter. He entered the
S.L. Valley July 29lh 1847 with the ''Mississippi Co."
and the others from the Battalion who wintered at
Pueblo. On August 26th he set out with the Brigham
Young Company returning to Winter Quarters and met

the remainder of the Bingham family followed on the
6th of May, (the 160 acre farm, improvements, etc. ,
were sold for enough 'to buy a team of horses'. ) and
continued to Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, arriving in mid-summer.

From here we pick up the movement of the family
"in a company of about 200 wagons in command of Bishop
(George) Miller." Erastus' eldest son, Sanford (25 years
old at this time) later recorded in a sketch of his father's

"Erastus Bingham was made Captain of one hundred.
They traveled Westward until they reached Council
Bluffs, Iowa. Prior to their arrival at Council Bluffs',
the United States Government asked for 500 volunteers
to fight in the war with Me,>aco. Two sons and a son-
in-law of Erastus Bingham volunteered, Erastus, Jr. ,
Thomas'' and Elijah Norman Freeman, ^ husband of

his family on the Sweetwater, returning with them to
the valley.

(d) Thomas Bingham. Erastus' third son was unable
to continue on to California with the Battalion and iv//)r
tered in Pueblo. Colo. The strenuous march to Sante
Fe caused a reoccurrence of the ague and fever. He.
with Ills brother Erastus. Jr.. arrived in S L. Valley

on July 29. 1847.

(e) Elijah Sorman Freeman married Erastus'
eldest child, Mary, in \auvoo in 184J. .According
to Church Chronology, page 32 by Andrew Jensen.
"He was buried four mites .south of Sccora im the Rio
Grande." having succumbed to the strain and hard-
ship of the march with the Battalion to San Diego.

•I his (Erastus') daughter, Mary; and they were recruited
in the Mormon Battalion in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Erastus Bingham had the care of the families of
these volunteers. After resting a few days until two
companies were organized, one called Brigham's Co. ,
and the other Heber's Company, they started traveling
westerly according to the directions of the Twelve
Apostles .... They traveled up the Piatt River until
they came to Loop Fork, Nebraska, where they over-
took Bishop George Miller and his company. WTien
they arrived at Loop Fork, a messinger on horseback
brought word from the president of the Twelve, Brigham
Young, that they should not venture farther for fear of
deep snow or hostile Indians, but should locate a good
camping ground for the winter.

The captain, Bishop Miller, was not in favor of
obeying this order. He was anxious to push on, as the
prospect of several months delay in the journey was not
a pleasing one.

They remained three days considering and dis-
cussing the problem. At this juncture a number of
Indian chiefs of the Ponca Tribe passed by on their way
home from an Indian Council. They were very friendly
and invited the travelers to go with them to their camp-
ing ground to a place called Swift Water near the Mis-
souri River about 150 miles above or north of winter
quarters .... The Indians said the camping ground
was good, with plenty of water and wood and feed for
the animals which the white men were welcome to

Erastus Bingham stood up on his wagon wheel and
talked to the Saints, telling them that he proposed to
obey the council of President Brigham Young, that he
and his family would remain until spring and invited
all to join with them in accepting the invitation of the
Indians to share their camping ground. About one-
half of the company remained with Erastus Bingham;
the others decided to attempt the journey westward
with their commander, Bishop Miller. They pushed
on westward but met with a great many losses. The
Indians stole some of their animals; and they suffered
considerably from cold and lack of food and were fin-
ally compelled to return, some of them camping near
Erastus Bingham's camp. The Ponca Indians were
very kind to the families who were sharing with them
their camping ground, even bringing meat for the most
destitute families.

In the spring of 1847 Erastus Bingham and his
family returned to Council Bluffs where he was chosen
a member of a committee to go into Missouri and se-

(J) Bishop George Miller later led a small eompaiiy
of Saints into Texas and joined with Lyman Wight. His
fellowship was withdrawn as recorded in tlie Manuseript
History of Brigham Yonng. Monday. \ov ,S, 1S47—
"I met with the Twelve, when it was voted that the
Saints vaeate Winter Quarters in the Spring and go
westward. Elder Hvde informed the Coiineil that jellow-
ship was withdrawn from George Miller, and .lames Enunett
and his eompanv. whieh was a/iproved."

cure wagons and supplies for the journey west and
across the plains. He bought provisions to last his
family eighteen months. On the 11th of June, 1847,
they left Council Bluffs; and after getting across the
Elkhorn River, they started on their journey westward.
They traveled up the North side of the Piatt River in
a company of 666 wagons consisting of Daniel Spencer's
group of 100, Ira Eldridges 50, Jedediah M. Grant's
50 and Erastus Bingham's 10, together with other
groups. The company was so large that it was organized
with captains of tens, fifties, and hundreds to main-
tain and guarantee the best of order. Yet it was very
unpleasant because it would be so late before the last
wagon could start from camp in the morning and so
late at night before it could get into camp. Two wagons
traveled abreast, making two roads.

The company divided near Laramie, Wyoming,
and Erastus Bingham and family were with those in
the lead.

They arrived in Salt Lake Valley on the 19th of
September, 1847, much sooner than some of the others.
Erastus built a log house and made preparations for
the winter. In the spring of 1848 he was allotted a
farm in the Holiday district; and in addition to the
farm, he acquired a grazing permit in what is now
known as Bingham Canyon, Utah. "

An interesting story in connection with these
grazing activities, is told of Sanford Bingham and his

"In August, 1848, together with his brother
Thomas, he (Sanford Bingham) took charge of a public
cattle herd about 18 or 20 miles South West of Salt
Lake City, in Bingham Canyon. September 1, 1848,
his first child was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and
from the first of October, 1848 to July, 1849, his wife
and baby resided with him at the herd house. In the
spring of 1849, a band or tribe of Indians came and
camped near the herd house. One day while he and
his brother Thomas were out with the cattle, there
being no one in the house with his wife and baby except
one of his younger brothers, a couple of young Indians
carrying guns came into the house and sat down on a
bench. The bench was by the side of the bed, on the
side of which she had spread some clean clothes to
air, that she was ironing. The Indians laid back on
her clean clothes. She tried by signs and motions to
tell them to get off the clothes, but they would not
move; so she caught them by the hair of their heads
and yanked them off and then went about her ironing.
The Indians cocked their guns and made some threats
in their own language which she didn't understand, but
when they found they could not scare her they went
away and never came back into the house again. "

fg) Bingham. Belnap. and Scoville. Life of
Erastus Bingham and l-'amily. pp. 21,22.

While tending the herds in this area these two
brothers found some copper ore. On discussing this
find with President Young, they were advised "not to
attempt to pursue mining, as the lives of the people
depended upon farming and stock raising. "

E.vpansion into other parts of the region followed
very shortly after the entrance of the first companies
into the valley, however it was not until April 1850
that the Bingham family moved from Great Salt Lake
City. They "located on the property where the City
(Ogden) and County Building now stands, farming the
property as far south as 28th Street and North to
22nd Street. "

"Sunday, January 26, 1851, President Brigham
Young and party held meetings in the South Fort of

Ogden, Utah. . . Erastus Bingham was made Bishop
of the North Ward (Weber Stake) ..." He remained
in this capacity in this ward and later the First Ward
for 17 years.

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