The Wilson-Bingham Family History Web Log

This is a web log or "blog" about efforts to publish the Wilson-Bingham family history in the form of a single hardbound book. Major family names being researched include Wilson and Bingham. If you feel your family history ties into ours, please post a comment to one of the latest postings. Please subscribe to get instant updates.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Reunion date change in the works

Danny will be sending out a letter via regular mail about this, but I thought I'd take advantage of the speediness of e-mail and send out a quick note in advance of that for folks who check their e-mail regularly.

The date of the Wilson-Bingham 100-year anniversary reunion is likely to change to the weekend following July 4th. That would be July 6th and 7th. The event plan is being shaped up, but looks like it will include a temple session, a picnic, and a tour of downtown Salt Lake City to locations of interest of the early marriage and family life of Alfred and Emma.

Please RSVP about the July 6th and 7th dates (for you and your extended family) by clicking "reply" in the email, or click on the link to the blog in the e-mail and respond in the comments section. The more people RSVP via email, the fewer we'll have to contact via "snail-mail".

Monday, April 16, 2007 Launched!

Our very own family domain and home page is now live. We are now the proud proprietors of Go check it out!

If you would like an account, please let me know and I will set one up for you. Just reply to the e-mail notice that brought you to this blog post.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

I just started doing another editorial pass of the first few chapters of the book and came across a part of a biography written by Ruth Young. In it she mentions an Elder William Hyde who was the missionary who baptized our common ancestor, Richard Merchant, of Vacy Allyn (Allen) river in Australia. She also mentioned the fact that the event was recorded in Elder Hyde's journal as part of the Australian mission's history.

Something (actually, more like Someone) prompted me to search via Google to see if anyone had published those journals online. The first result revealed what I was hoping to find, and happens to be published on the web site of a man named Bill Thayer. He apparently has repurposed a transcript written by the Church historian dating back to 1974 or earlier. Here is the telling entry from part 4 of the journal, with the baptism noted as having occurred Monday, 18 March July 1853
Sunday. Held meeting again and on Monday the 18th, Mr. Richard Merchant, George Knight and Jane Smith were baptized. After baptism and suitable instructions, I administered the Sacrament.
Part 5, dated Wednesday, 22 March 1854, details the journey to Utah. Some of the entries of two months prior to their departure (beginning 29 January 1854 with a letter to Elder Farnham) are interesting to read also. The 29 January entry anachronistically references the 4 March 1854 publication of the Zion's Watchman newspaper. It establishes some interesting facts about the preparations of the "Julia Ann" to set sail for Utah.
The time is close at hand when another company of Saints will leave this land, in the fine new barque "Julia Ann", Captain Davis. Mr. Pond of California, owner of the vessel, will accompany them. They will sail from New Castle, bound for San Pedro. The company is under the charge of Elder William Hyde, who during the past year has laboured faithfully, diligently, and perseveringly in the Hunters River district. His labours have been blessed, many have obeyed the Gospel, and are gathering with him. He goes hence with the full confidence and approbation of all true Saints; and we feel to assure him that their prayers will constantly ascend to our Father in Heaven for his protection and guidance over sea and land, and that he may return safe to the bosom of his family and friends in Zion. The company is from the Hunters River district. They consist mostly of farmers and their families. They are of responsible connections, possessing firm, good, and obedient spirits. They number 63 souls. We would particularly request the attention of the Saints and the public to Elder William Hyde's farewell address.
There were a few other Google search results as well, including a site listing him as one of many missionaries who personally associated with Joseph Smith. Clicking on his name from that site, I found William Hyde's autobiography.

The whole journal and autobiography are a great read if you're at all interested in how the Gospel was taught to our ancestors.

I love the Internet.