Name: William Binion Jr 1
Birth: 23 FEB 1788 1
Death: 17 MAY 1823 in Alabama 1
The parents of William Binion are William Sr and Jane Elizabeth Binion, therefore in-laws of Elizabeth Strong Binion. They were prominentcitizens. Patty gives this obituary, "William Binion, Esq. was a Revolutionary War veteran born in Virginia cira 1763. He and his brother John married 2 Burton sisters Jane and Ann. William Binion Esq. died inTuscaloosa County, Alabama in 1842. His wife Jane Binion died one month after her husband.
Wm. Binion Sr has a will in Tuscaloosa deed Book T page 422 , May 23, 1842
William Binion Jr was said to have been murdered in 1823 in Tuscaloosa according to a June 23 newspaper article. Patty gives this article, "The last Tuscaloosa paper gives the particulars of a 'bloody week'in that county, in which three men were murdered, William Binion Jr by Golding Williams, in retaliation a short time after, Golding Williams by Martin Binion, both with rifles. Mr. Binion, it is said, offered to give himself up. "
Elizabeth Binion sold land in Tuscoloosa in 1824 recorded in Orphans Court Book 1825, appt. guardian of Jane Elizabeth (daughter) and Christopher Binion.
Children of William Binion Jr and Elizabeth C. Strong are:
1. Christopher Binion born September 20, 1821 as recorded in the Binion/Lee Bible. He moved to Mississippi by 1843. He became the legal guardian of his sister Elizabeth Jane after she protesed the guardianship of Thomas Lee.
2. Elizabeth Jane Binion born November 12, 1823 in Alabama as recorded in the Binion/Lee Bible. The Bible records her marriage as November 23, 1843, Tuscaloosa, Alabama to William Russell Smith, born 1815 in Russellville, Kentucky. Her death is recorded as April 3, 1845 inTuscaloosa. Elizabeth Jane and William Russell Smith have a son, Sydney Binion Smith born September 16, 1844 at the home of Thomas Lee as stated in the Binion/Lee Bible. Sydney dies in 1889.
Elizabeth Jane Binion: Daughter of Elizabeth C. Strong and WilliamBinion Jr.
ALABAMA RECORDS, TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Vol. 16, page 63 From the Democratic Gazette, Tuscaloosa.
"29 November 1843- Married at the residence of THOMAS LEE in Tuscaloosa County on the 23rd instant by E.A.Montgomery, Esq. WILLIAM R. SMITH, Esq. of this city to MISS JANE ELIZABETH BINION. *added note by author: Not in marriage record, THOMAS LEE was her quardian in right of wife ELIZABETH. So she must be his step-daughter.
Patty records a prenuptial agreement between Smith and Jane Binion. "Deed Book U, page 13: "Deed from James J. Foster of Tuscaloosa County, to William R. Smith and his wife Jane E. Smith for separate use of Jane E. Smith and her heirs to be held by her according to marriage agreement made by her and said William R. Smith on 23 Nov. 1843; a negroslave, for consideration of notes, one on Henry Potter, Samuel W. Eddings and William Woodward due 25 Dec. 1843 and made payable 1/2 to James Fears, Martin Binion and Job H. Binion, administrators of William Binion, Sr deceased. The proceeds of which said note is a part of the legacy of said Jane E. Smith of the estate of said William Binion, Sr deceased.
Jane must have been an outstanding young woman to have married a Mayor of Tuscaloosa, lawyer and legislator, William Russell Smith. He wasMajor of the Militia shortly after the marriage and soon to be elected to Congress. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Strong Lee. Otherdaughters of Elizabeth and Thomas Lee marry well to military hero's. Jane did not live to enjoy this life style as he died after two years of marriage.
Jane's birth and death are recorded in the Binion/Thomas Lee family Bible. Jane's only child was Sydney Binion Smith. The Bible shows that her son Sydney Binion Smith was born sixteenth day of Sept. 1844 at residence of Thomas Lee, in Tuscaloosa County. It states ElizabethJ. Smith died the 3 day of April 1845.
William Russell Smith:
HISTORY OF TUSCALOOSA COUNTY VOL. 2, By Alton Lambert, Steward Un. Press, 1978
"Page 38: 30. WILLIAM RUSSELL SMITH- The life of William Russell Smith is one of great romantic interest. He was born in 1815 in Russellville, KY, son of Ezekiel and Elizabeth Hampton Smith. He was only two years of age when his father died, and his widowed mother moved to Huntsville, Alabama to be near her brother. Soon in 1820 to be exact Mrs. Smith came to New Town (Tuscaloosa) and built a house. In 1823 Mrs. Smith died and William Russell was taken in charge by General George Whitfield Crabbe.
Mr. Smith attended the University of Alabama 1831-34; was licensed topractice law and moved to Greensboro in 1835; served a Captain in Creek War, 1830; was Editor of a Literary Magazine in Mobile, 1837; returned to Tuscaloosa and became Editor of THE MONITOR in 1838; was elected to Legislature in 1841; 1842; was Major General of State Militia, Fayette County 1844; Judge of the Circuit Court 1850; elected to Congress in 1851.
In 1861 as a member of the Constitutional Convention he refused to sign the Ordnance of Secession, but after the war began he raise the 26th Alabama and officered it for a time. He was a member of the Confederate Congress, was re elected, was a candidate for Governor in 1865. He published many court reports, translation of THE ILIAD, DEBATES OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, and a MANUEL FOR ALABAMA JUSTICES.
He went to Washington, D.C. in 1879 and lived a fascinating life there until his death Feb. 16, 1896. He was married three times.
First he married Jane Binion, second Mary Jane Murray and third Wilhelmina Easby.
In 1851 he was elected by a 50 majority over John Erwin of Greene County for Congress. He seved as Mayor of Tuscaloosa in 1839.
Found by Patty Smoot on Fayette County, Alabama Gen Web page, "Smith,William Russell- lawyer and author b. in Ky in 1815 but lived in Mobile and Tuscaloosa counties at periods of his life. He was a Major General in Militia in 1845. Soon after he moved to Fayette County, he became Judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit in 1850-1851."
Sydney Binion Smith:
HISTORY OF TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, VOL 2- pg 38,
"Children of Judge William Russell Smith were: by Jane Binion, who died in 1844- 1. Dr. Sidney Binion Smith (1843-1889), CSA,
Mayor of Tuscaloosa after the war. He had a drug store in Mobile with Dr. William Betty and was connected with the Mobile Medical College. In 1870 he entered the ( page missing, find records)
Captain of 26th Volunteer Alabama Infantry.
The Thomas Lee Family Bible shows the birth of Sydney. "Sydney Binion Smith, son of William R and Jane E. Smith, was born of the sixteenth day of September A.D. 1844 at the residence of Thomas Lee, in Tuscaloosa County."
Father: William Binion Sr
Mother: Jane Elizabeth
Elizabeth C Strong b: 16 JUL 1804 in Georgia
- Christopher B Binion b: 20 SEP 1821
- Elizabeth Jane Binion b: 12 NOV 1823 in Alabama
- Author: Paticia Melton Lee
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