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Re: Josiah J. Binford - History of Rush County, Indiana-Update
Posted by: Helen (ID *****0642) Date: February 19, 2008 at 21:27:57
In Reply to: Re: Josiah J. Binford - History of Rush County, Indiana-Update by Carol S. Coleman of 294


Sorry, I didn't check back on this message board to catch your questions.

I don't recognize the Bradley name, Quaker. Most BINFORD's were Quakers. They came from England. So to start your journey....You might want to do 3 things.

Call the LARGEST Public Library near you and find out if they have HINSHAW records (it's a volume of books on Quaker's births/deaths), And ask if one of the HINSHAW or HEISS books cover the state of VIRGINIA. (I don't know of one but that doesn't mean there isn't one...I have dealt with PA, IN, OH, etc.) If they have one for VA, Go to the library ..and have a person try to tell you how to use it. If they don't know...just read the first 10 pages or so in VOLUME 1 of whatever book they tell you covers VA. (I hope they have one's that cover VA). That will teach you a lot.
If Emma "mcd" (Married contrary to discipline) she would have been dropped/released from the rolls. Or if she moved to an area where there were no Quaker gatherins she would have joined another denomination. However, if she was a Quaker (especially a Birthright Quaker) you would have found a lot of information in the Hinshaw/Heiss or whatever books cover VA.

2. Contact a local LARGE Methodist Church and see if they can find you the address for archives for the Methodist churche in the area where your Emma may have married. (OH has one for Wesleyan Methodists' in OHio that covers the state area but I don't know about VA but a large Methodist church should be able to give you a contact name.)

3. You might want to contact Thomas Hamm. You can find him on

and ask him one specific question about wether he would know if an Emma Ems Binford existed in Charles Co, VA or other places in VA about mid 1800's????. You need to get some dates because EMMA is going to be a very common name. Also, could he tell you where to research to determine Quakers/Friends in VA.

Please, bear in mind, Mr. Hamm works at a small Quaker college that is NOT funded by public funds and cannot do the research for you but you can ask LIMITED specific questions of where or how to go forward. He has lots of references...but you need to do your homework and give a timeperiod on it. MOST EARLY Quakers came to PA with William Penn and then spread out from there in VA and NC and then westward into IN, KS, etc...You might want to concentrate on researching the MEN in her life and then you will find her by finding them. Go for Marriages, etc. If she died After 1911, then you probably can find a Death Certificate for her in Richmond, VA or wherever she is buried. Her TS (at the cemtery) would probably give you a date (to find an obituary)..or ask for the records at the cemetery to find the Funeral Home. You have to do original don't just hop around looking for any Emma Binford. So start and work backwards.

Good luck,

Hope this helps.


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