Tombstone Tuesday – Burwell Binns

Gravemarker of Burwell and Lucinda (Phelps) Binns who are buried in Buelah Cemetery in Monticello, Drew Co., AR. Photo taken by James Lamar Baker, date unknown, sent to me by Pat Sheldon (Pat and James are both descendants of Burwell and Lucinda

Burwell Binns was born Dec. 6, 1811 in GA and died Jan. 1, 1866 in Veasey, Drew Co., AR. Lucinda Phelps was born Oct. 22, 1818 in GA and died Feb. 16, 1870 in Veasey, Drew Co., AR.

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Tombstone Tuesday – John Brooks Binns

Gravemarker of my great-grandparents, John Brooks Binns and Blanche Kathryn Hill Binns who are buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith (Sebastian County), AR. Photo taken by Ginger R. Smith, on May, 2006.

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John Brooks Binns was born Mar 20, 1910 in Monticello, Drew Co., AR and died Dec. 1989 in Fort Smith, AR. His wife, Blanche Hill, was born Sept. 20, 1912 in Dierks, Howard Co., AR and died Dec. 27, 1992 in Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR. You can read about John Binns in a previous post here.

Wordless Wednesday – Great Grandfather

John Brooks Binns and Great-Granddaughter, Ginger R. Smith, 1978, Fort Smith, AR

You can read more about my great-grandfather, John Brooks Binns here.

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Using Google maps to view previous residences of my great-granparents Binns

John and Blanche Binns

This is a map of where my great grandparents, John and Blanche (Hill) Binns, lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas in the 1940s and 50s until they died in the 80s and 90s.

The Red pin is located at 1401 N. 19th Street (intersects N. L Street).  This is the house that John Binns bought in 1943 and raised their 3 children in. John and Blanche Binns lived in this house until they died. John also owned the house behind and beside his house.  I have included a picture of the house below:

1401 N 19th Street - John and Blanche's first house

The Blue pin is located at 815 N. 16th Street, which was John and Blanche’s first address in Fort Smith and where they lived according to the 1938 City Directory. My grandmother and her two sisters lived there. This house was torn down and now the Tilles Elementary School is here at this address:

815 N 16th - Tillis Elementary School

According to the Tilles Elementary School website, it was built in 1982 and it replaced the Duval School, which had been located at 1200 North 14th Street, and was the 2nd oldest (1888) school in town. My grandmother and her two sisters went to elementary school at Duval which was a block and a half from this house (on 815 N. 16th Street). The Duval School was located on the map at 1200 N 14th Street where the blue bus push pin is. It was torn down prior to Tillis being built. Here is a picture of where the Duval School once stood – right-hand side of the street where the new houses were built. According to my grandmother, the run down brick house picture on the left was there when she went to the Duval School in the 40s.  It is still standing today.

1200 N 14th - Former site of Duval Elementary School

These pictures were copied from Google Maps September 2, 2009 and May 2, 2010.

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt – Week 1

This is my first post of 2010 and I have decided to make it a part of Amy Coffin of We Tree and’s New Weekly Genealogy Blogging Challenge of 2010. Details of this year-long weekly challenge can be found at the Genea-bloggers facebook page. This year it is geared at helping genealogists hone in and brush up on their research skills.

This week’s challenge is to

Go to your local public library branch. Make a note of the genealogy books in the collection that may help you gain research knowledge. Don’t forget to check the shelves in both the non-fiction section and the reference section.

I like to do this periodically, however I usually employ the use of the Worldcat Library Catalog.

Last week I even took this challenge so far as to to visit the local library of the small town I was visiting over the holidays – Waynesboro, GA. Waynesboro is part of Burke County, Georgia. They have a brand new library with its very own Genealogy Room. There was not a special collections librarian on duty in the Genealogy Room that I saw, probably due to the holidays.

The Burke County library is part of a bigger library system emcompassing multiple counties – East Central Georgia Regional Library. Worldcat reports this larger library system as the holder of some of the titles I was looking for. I had to click on the location, then click on the holding’s title to find out exactly which library had this holding. Unfortunately, even though I found several titles of interest to me in the Burke County Library catalog, the actual books could not be located in the genealogy room where they were supposed to be held. The books are kept in locked cabinets, however it is not uncommon for books to be removed from the libraries by patrons who have family listed in them.

The books I was interested in were:
Early records of Georgia : Wilkes County by Grace Gillam Davidson
Some Georgia County Records volumes 1-10

The families I was researching in Wilkes County Georgia were the Binns and Anthony families who moved from Henrico and New Kent Counties Virginia to Wilkes and Jasper Counties, Georgia about 1792. The Binns family married into the Brooks family from North Carolina that is featured in this blog.

John Brooks Binns (1910 – 1989)


John Brooks Binns 1910-1989

John Brooks Binns was one of my paternal great-grandfathers.  He was born March 20th, 1910 in Monticello (Drew County), Arkansas to John Milton Binns and Perthenia Brooks.

On August 19th, 1934, he married the love of his life and my great-grandmother, Blanche Kathryne Hill in Longview, Texas.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Fort Smith, (Sebastian County) Arkansas in 1984.

John Binns and his wife Blanche were school teachers in Alma, Arkansas.  They had three daughters together. John had blonde hair and blue eyes and was approximately 6 feet tall.  He cherished all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He was a hugger. I remember he used to squeeze me so tight I couldn’t breathe!  He played football in high school and college. He attended Monticello A&M College in the early 1930s. He was president of the college Press Club and well-liked by his peers.

John Brooks Binns died December 10, 1989 in Fort Smith, (Sebastian County) Arkansas.  He was buried in Roselawn Cemetery, Fort Smith, (Sebastian County) Arkansas.  His wife Blanche (Hill) Binns died December 27th, 1992 and was buried beside him in Roselawn Cemetery.

Related Posts:

John Binns and great-granddaughter, Ginger R. Smith

Google Map of Binns Fort Smith, Arkansas Residences


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