The Bingham Line

... forging ancestors ...

In 1778 James BINGHAM was born in Bethersden, Kent. He married Sarah KESBY in Kingsnorth where they raised a family. The 1855 Post Office Directory has a J. BINGHAM listed under 'Smiths, Blacksmiths & Farriers' in Kingsnorth, and he was probably from the same line since amongst their descendants were many blacksmiths. He was unlikely to have been the first of that trade in his family - the same Directory lists BINGHAM blacksmiths in Shadoxhurst and Great Chart. The picture above is from a print dated 1862 "The Forge, Great Chart" which my grandfather kept. He was William James BINGHAM, and the story of his twelve years as a Royal Navy seaman is also here.

I'm Bryan, a descendant of James & Sarah, and these pages follow more closely my own line (in the darker print on the Tree). If you're related to any of my ancestors, cousins, uncles, aunts... I'd like to hear from you, and if you're willing to share, add your BINGHAM ancestors (and their spouses) to the tree.

That's my Guestbook up there - this is a new site, so it could do with some entries!
- illustrations: 19thC woodcut prints -
Created October 2005
Intellectual Property of Bryan Badham and his Bingham family, 31st October 2005
No personal item appearing on these pages may be reproduced without prior permission from this Badham/Bingham family

Some of my other family history interests are also centred on the county of Kent, and include a BADHAM one-name study group founded in 1999 (the earlier form of the name, AP ADAM, was in Kent in the 16th century),

Badham One Name Society

and the life and activities of today's village of Elham, Kent, situated between Great Chart and the coast.

Elham Valley Website

These sites have contact points too, so if you're interested in Bingham, Badham, Elham, do get in touch - Bryan.