Joseph Henry Bingham

Is your surname Bingham?

Research the Bingham family

Joseph Henry Bingham's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Joseph Henry Bingham

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: San Pedro, Arizona, USA
Death: Died in Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Lula Jane Bingham and Ida Luella Bingham
Father of Claudia Belle Dillman; Nadine Johnson; Eugene Bingham; Joseph Ruel Bingham; Luella Pearl Weech and 3 others

Occupation: Farmer in 1910 & 1920
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Joseph Henry Bingham

A newspaper article from the Graham Guardian in Safford, Arizona, dated December 2, 1904, in Friday's First Edition reads as follows: Wedding Bells -- A double wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Welker at 2 p.m. Wednesday in which one of Mr. Welker's sons and one of his daughters were two of the principals. Bishop J.R. Welker performed the ceremony. (Note: J.R. Welker was probably Ida Luella Welker's brother, James Robert Welker, who was about 15 years older than Ida.) The happy young people who were united in the holy bonds of matrimony are Joseph Bingham and Luella Welker, Raymond Welker and Ona McAlister. Both of the couples are very popular young people here and have the best wishes of a host of friends.

Joseph Henry "Jodie" Bingham born December 23, 1881, in Saint David, Cochise County, Arizona, was the son of Joseph Bingham, Sr., and Ellen Elizabeth Clifford. He and Ida Luella Welker were the parents of 5 children, Joseph Ruel in 1905, Luella Pearl in 1907, Valeria in 1910, Velva in 1912, who died as a baby, and Madonna "Donna" Bingham in 1914. On September 12, 1918, when Joseph registered for the World War I Draft, he described himself as being of medium height and build with brown eyes and hair. He was living in Safford, Arizona, and was 37 years old, and listed his birth date as December 23, 1880 instead of 1881. He was working as a drayman for himself and was living with his wife Luella.

Sadly, Ida Luella passed away April 9, 1922, when her youngest daughter was just 8 years old. The following article appeared in the Graham Guardian newspaper after her death:


One of the saddest deaths that have occurred here was that of Mrs. Luella Bingham at her home in Layton Sunday morning, April 9, 1922, at 7 o'clock after an illness of two nights and a day from diabetes. She was the beloved wife of Jodie Bingham and is survived by him and four children, her father, Adam Welker, seven brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Bingham is the first one of the family of twelve children, all of whom are past 30 years old, to be called to her eternal rest. It is not often that all the children in a family of this number live to attain an age of maturity, without the circle being broken.

Mrs. Luella Welker Bingham was born in Bloomington, Bear Lake county, Idaho, on August 6, 1880, and was at the time of her death nearly 42 years of age. She was the fifth daughter of Adam and Agnes Welker, and came to Safford when she was three years old and has lived here ever since. On November 30, 1904, she was married to Jodie Bingham, and to them were born five children, four of whom are living. She was a faithful wife, a noble mother, a true friend and counselor to all her associates and was a faithful worker in the gospel cause, being at the time of her death secretary of the primary association and first counselor of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and has always performed her duties in a cheerful and willing manner. She has set a noble example for her family, her friends and her neighbors.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Layton church at 2:00 o'clock and were attended b a large congregation. Bishop Greenhalgh presided and the speakers were Mrs. Austin Evans, H.L. Payne and Lawrence Holladay, all of whom spoke of their pleasant associations with the deceased in their work together in the church, and of her help in the home and community. The opening prayer was offered by William Bennett and the benediction was pronounced by William Ellsworth. The singing was by the choir and among the songs sung were "Sister, Thou Art Mild and Lovely" and "Guide Me to Thee."

Spencer Kimball and Mrs. Clarence Naylor both sang beautiful solos. Interment was made in Union cemetery and the grave was dedicated by John Morris. Many beautiful floral offerings were sent by friends and relatives as tokens of the high esteem in which Mrs. Bingham was held.

A couple of years after his wife's death, Joseph Henry Bingham, married Lula Jane Platt Nelson,who was a widow. She had two children with her first husband, David Frank Nelson, (who had passed away in 1919), Benjamin Bernard in 1915, and Jeannette, in 1917. Joseph and Lula then had three more children, Claudebell in 1926 and twins, Nadine and Eugene, in 1929. In the 1930 U.S. Census for Safford, Graham County, Arizona, the family was living on Sixth Avenue in a home they owned valued at $5,000. Joseph was in partnership on a feed store and was working on his own account. The family was listed as follows in the census record:

J.H. Bingham, 48, Lulu, 37, Donna, 16, Claudia B., 4, twins, Nadine and Eugene, 11 months old, Bernard Nelson, 15 and Jeanette Nelson, 12, the children Lulu had with her first husband, Mr. Nelson.

In the 1940 U.S. Federal Census for Layton, Arizona, the family was listed as follows: Joseph, 59, Lula, 48, Jeanette Nelson, 23, (step-daughter), Claudia Bell, 14, Nadine, 11, and Eugene, 11.

Joseph had an 8th grade education, Lula had 2 years of high school, Janet had one year of high school, Claudia had an 8th grade education, and the twins were in the 6th grade. Joseph was working as the proprietor of a transfer company, and Jeanette was working as a telephone operator. Joseph did not disclose his income for the year 1939, but for the 52 weeks that Jeanette worked at 48 hours per week her income was $720.

Joseph Henry "Jody or Jodie" Bingham passed away December 28, 1953, in Safford, Graham County, Arizona, and was buried in the Safford City Cemetery. His second wife, Lula, was buried with her first husband, David Frank Nelson.

view all 12

Joseph Henry Bingham's Timeline

December 23, 1881
San Pedro, Arizona, USA
Age 24
Arizona, USA
October 1, 1907
Age 25
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
August 26, 1910
Age 28
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
January 8, 1912
Age 30
Safford, AZ, USA
Age 32
Arizona, USA
January 24, 1926
Age 44
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA
Age 46
Arizona, USA
Age 47
Arizona, USA
December 28, 1953
Age 72
Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA