Jonathan Bingham (1674 - 1751)

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Birthplace: Windham, Windham, Connecticut
Death: Died in Windham, Windham, CT
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About Jonathan Bingham

Jonathan Bingham, s. of Thomas Bingham and Mary Rudd, was b. of record Apr. 15, 1674 at Norwich, Conn. and d. Feb. 28, 1750/1 at Windham, Conn., Æ 77.

On Oct. 28, 1697, prob. at Norwich but recorded only at Windham, Conn., Jonathan m. Anne Huntington, dau. of Christopher Huntington, Sr. & Ruth Rockwell of Norwich, b. Oct. 25, 1675 at Norwich, Conn. She d. Aug. 20, 1756 at Windham, Conn., Æ 81.

"The Huntington family in America" (1915, p. 78) states that Jonathan "had a family and descendants respectable both in their numbers and for their characters." Jonathan and wife Anne had no recorded children. In Jonathan's will dated 1745, proved after Feb. 28 1750/1, he gave to brother Samuel all that was anyway between them except one two year old steer that was to go to Samuel's son, Jonathan. The residual estate was willed to brothers Nathaniel, Samuel, Joseph, Stephen and the children of deceased brothers, Thomas and Abel, divided into six equal parts, but to be distributed only after the death of his wife Anne.

Inscription: According to Joel N. Enos, A.M. in the NEHGS Register (1917, Vol. 71), Jonathan's once readable gravestone inscription says:

Here lies the Body of Mr. Jonathan Bingham who lived Desired & died Bemoaned Febuary ye 28th A.D. 1751 in the 77th year of his age.

On the day Jonathan died he was 76 years old, and Aetatis (i.e., Æ, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 77.

Note: The question has been asked whether Jonathan actually died on Feb. 28, 1751/2 versus on the recorded date of "February 28, 1751." While both dates are prior to England converting from the Julian to Gregorian calendar (effective September 14, 1752), Jonathan's gravestone uses a consistent form of the Latin term Aetatis to state his age at death. As his known date of birth is recorded at Norwich, Conn., if Jonathan died one year later on Feb. 28, 1651/2 his gravestone should say he died "in the 78th year of his age." He also died of record three days after Lord Chesterfield introduced in the British House of Lords (Feb. 25, 1750/1) the act that led to England converting from the Julian to Gregorian calendar, enacted into law in May 1751. Since it is unlikely that Jonathan's gravestone was erected immediately upon his death, the year of his death on his gravestone is undoubtedly based on the Gregorian calendar AFTER the calendar change occurred.

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Jonathan Bingham's Timeline

1674
April 15, 1674
Windham, Windham, Connecticut
April 15, 1674
Norwich, N. L., Connecticut
April 15, 1674
Norwich, N. L., CT
1697
October 28, 1697
Age 23
Windham, Windham, CT
1751
February 28, 1751
Age 76
Windham, Windham, CT
1751
Age 76
Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States