Bynum

The following is intended as a “second edition” of a book I wrote more than twenty-five years ago,   Bynum and Baynham Families of America 1616-1850 (Gateway Press, 1983),  which organized my research on early Bynums in a format which attempted to identify the descendants of Bynum immigrants to America to roughly 1850.   The files below include several corrections and additions to the 1983 book, and include several thousand record citations not in the original book.

Introduction

Chapter One: Some Early Immigrants

This Chapter is devoted to pre-Revolutionary immigrants other than the immigrant addressed in Chapter 2. George Banum of Maryland is not treated in this edition, though he did leave descendants who used surnames remarkably similar to Bynum

Chapter Two: John Baynham(1616-1691) of Surry County, Virginia

This chapter is devoted to the first two generations of the family of most American Bynums:

  • John Bynum I (1616-1691) of Surry County, Virginia and his two sons John Bynum II (1664/5 – 1715) and James Bynum (1665/6 – c1723)   We briefly mention an apparent daughter, Elizabeth Bynum, who is treated more thoroughly in the Appendix below.
  • Citations for Bynums in Surry County, covering the period 1663-1750 (about 35 pages) are included as a supplement to this chapter.
  • Appendix: Five Theories Explained –  Five legends relating to the first two generations which have been widely misunderstood by some family researchers:
    1. John Bynum’s wife Rosamond was not Rosamond Blow
    2. The Bynum-Blow-Grice Connection Explained
    3. Sorting Out the Third-Generation John Bynums
    4. The (Bogus) Bynum-Mizell Connection
    5. The (Bogus) LeRoy Kramer Genealogy

 

The next four chapters are devoted the to descendants of the four grandsons of John Baynham. Please note that these four chapters are UNFINISHED DRAFTS. In the midst of writing these chapters I suffered an illness which forced me to lay the work aside. In the subsequent years I haven’t picked up the work again, so I’ve decided to post the unfinished work here in the form of pdf files. These chapters are perhaps 80% finished and still contain my questions and author’s notes.

 

Chapter Three: The Line of William Bynum (c1690 – c1760)

This chapter continues the line of William Bynum, eldest son of John Bynum II, and the next three or four generations of his descendants.

Chapter Four:  The Line of John Bynum (c1695-1775)

This chapter continues the line of John Bynum, younger son of John Bynum II, and the next three or four generations of his descendants.

Chapter Five: The Line of William Bynum (c1690-1746)

This chapter continues the line of William Bynum, son of James Bynum, and progenitor of the most numerous line of Bynums.  This chapter is perhaps only 75% completed.

Chapter Six: The Line of James Bynum (c1690-1763)

This chapter continues the line of James Bynum II, son of James Bynum, and the next three or four generations of his descendants.

Chapter Seven: Some Unplaced Bynums

This chapter is not yet written, although it should not much differ from the same chapter of my 1983 book.


Some additional details on my own line

The following papers contain more detail on my own line of Bynums of Chapter Five. They were written more than thirty years ago and although they are more extensive than the equivalent portions of Chapter Five, there may be slight differences in detail.

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