For over fifty years, Will Hall and Janna Larson have been collecting information on Bennington, Benington, and Binnington families in the United States. Will Hall published the first Bennington Genealogy in the 1940's. Janna Larson indexed, compiled and published Will Hall's second edition in 1991. Collection of materials is ongoing for a third edition. Janna currently has information on over 12,000 individuals in her Bennington family database. She will be glad to check her files and share information with you.
II. Early History of the Family
The surname Bennington, and its variations, Benington and Binnington, derive from the English place name Bennington which is the name of two villages in Lincolnshire, England. The earliest reference to Bennington is in the Domesday Book (1086 A.D.): "InBenictun had Radult 14 carucates of land..."
Most of the Benningtons in the United States today go back to the family of Henry and Sarah (Harris) Bennington. They lived in the early 1700's in what is now Harford County, Maryland. There are records of various Bennington immigrants coming to Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts and elsewhere in America in the seventeenth century. It has not been established that any of them is the ancestor of Henry Bennington. New sources are surfacing all the time, however. Please let us know if you run across any. Every little piece helps complete the picture.
There are many Bennington, Benington, and Binnington families which immigrated later in America's history. We are following all these lines. Many of them came from known villages in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Norfolk, England.
For more information on Early Benningtons and the Origin of the Bennington Surname, please refer to Volume I, Number 1 of the "Bennington Bulletin."
III. Newsletter Information
A newsletter can be a wonderful forum for sharing discoveries, exchanging ideas, and solving research questions. The "Bennington Bulletin" is a quarterly newsletter for Bennington, Benington and Binnington genealogists. The first issue came out in February 1995. Each issue has 12 pages jam-packed with articles, data, queries and answers. Publication dates are the first of February, May, August and November. The cost is $15.00 a year. Back issues are available for $4.00 each. An index to the articles in the newsletter is in Item VII of this web page. If you would like to subscribe, please send a check to Janna Larson, 14623 N. 49th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-2207.
IV. Projects in Progress
Janna Larson has created a database which contains over 400 Benningtons who as yet cannot be fitted into the Bennington family history. Some of these will turn out to be Pennington, Berrington, Bevington or other surnames which were mistakenly indexed as Bennington. Others are real Benningtons whose parentage needs to be discovered. One of these "Mystery B's" is featured in each "Bennington Bulletin." The prize for the first person to solve one is a free year's subscription to the newsletter.
Extraction of Records from Canada and England
This project is just beginning, but will pick up speed when the number of "Mystery B's" is reduced. If you would like to participate, please let me know.
V. Queries and Comments
Janna will be glad to answer your queries and read your comments. Please write to Janna.Larson@cox.netor mail a letter to 14623 N. 49th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-2207.
VI. Links to Other Web Pages You May Wish to Visit
Florida, W. Bennington, fought in the Florida War, 1839-40
Alabama, Birmingham City Directory, 1946
Arizona, Pima Co. Obituary of J.T. (Colonel B) Bennington, 1996
Connecticut, Fairfield, Stamford City Directory, 1947
Delaware, Sussex, Milton, Index of First Methodist Church, 1874-1940
Georgia, Muscogee, Columbus City Directory 1947
Kansas, Comprehensive Index 1875-1930 to Collections...
Kansas, Census of the Territory of Kansas, 1855
Kansas, LDS Ancestral File record for ___ Bennington to Susie Jane Pitman
Louisiana, Baton Rouge City Directory, 1946
Michigan, Emmet, Petoskey City Directory, 1946
Mississippi, Warren, Vicksburg City Directory, 1946
Volume IV, Number III
Letter from R. Lowell Bennington about Mrs. Gladys White Bennington and Russell Lowell Bennington
Obituary of Corena J. Bennington
Washington, Walla Walla, Biography of Virgil R. Bennington in "History of Washington"
Washington, Walla Walla, Biography of Virgil R. Bennington in "Who's Who in Washington"
Missouri, Barry Co., Newspaper abstracts, Cemeteries, Goodspeed's History
North Carolina, Guilford Co., Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy
Oklahoma Place Names - town of Bennington
West Virginia, Doddridge Co. deaths
Correction on death of Elizabeth (Foy) Bennington
Bernice Bennington m. Harold Ruddell, excerpt from "The Miller Family"
Maud M. Bennington m. George Kraus Sabin, excerpt from "The Sabin Family"
Grace Bennington m. Clair T. Ohl, excerpt from "The Ohl Family"
Arkansas, Faulkner Co. Land Patents
Arizona, Yuma Co., Obituary of Jane Louese Bennington
California, Sacramento Co., Directory, 1850 census, Index to marriages - men, 1850-1944
Colorado marriage index 1975-1991
Connecticut, New Haven Co., New Haven City Directory 1940
Florida, Dade Co., Miami City Directories 1942, 1945/6
Ancestors of Robert E. Litherland
District of Columbia, Washington City Directories 1941, 1942, 1943
District of Columbia. Virginians in the Baptismal Records of Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Georgetown)
Ohio, Cuyahoga Co. Death Index 1910; Index to Naturalizations; Marriage License Index 1829-1875; Marriage License Index 1890-1910; Cleveland City Directories 1852/3, 1856; Ohio Death Certificates; Burials 1914-1918 for whom county paid part of burial
Volume IV, Number IV
50th Anniversary, Calvin and Marietta (Fitzpatrick) Bennington
George Bennington m. Mary Ann Sherkey
Ancestors of Malvern Robert Stevens
Ancestors of Richard Dennis Bennington
Death Certificate of Gladys Albertine Bennington (wife of Russell) Bennington
Hathaways of America
Merinda Bennington m. Aaron Glover
Obituary of Joseph Allen Bennington
Obituary of Mrs. Lula Bennington (wife of Joseph Allen Bennington)