16 May 2015

Surname Saturday: The Bing Family of Chester County

The Bing surname, according to Ancestry, is “English, of uncertain derivation.” Uncertain – yep, that’s my family! My Bing Family begins with John and Jane Bing. Like so many on my mom’s side, John just kind of appears. I have no idea where he came from or how he came to be in Chester County or very little else about him. 

John and Jane had three boys: James, Robert and Joseph. Robert is my direct line.  
James was born in 1776, the year of our Nation’s Independence! He died 84 years later on 23 November 1860 in East Fallowfield Township.  

Robert was born in 1781, according to the 1810 US Census. He appears in East Caln in both 1800 and 1810 census records. In 1820, the US Census shows him living in nearby East Fallowfield. At some point, he married Sarah McWilliams (1788 – 1859). They had seven children: Jane, Mary, John (1808-1871), my 3rd great grandmother Sarah (1811-1891), Samuel (b. 1813), James (b. 1819), and Robert (b. 1822). 

Joseph was born about 1790. He moved to Boggs, Centre County That is where appears on the 1850 US Census at least. He married a woman named Elizabeth. They had two children: John (1818 – 1890) and H. Caroline (b. 1832). John was born 24 October 1818 in Chester County but was in Unionville, Centre County by 1850 when he married Melissa Iddings. They had 10 children! The last record I have of his sister Caroline is in 1850, still at home with their folks, when she is 18. 

Joseph seems to be the only one who left Chester County. John and Jane are buried near James, Robert and his wife Sarah in Doe Run Presbyterian Cemetery in East Fallowfield, Chester County. 

A closer look at John and Jane
John appears on the census records for Chester County. The earliest is on the US Census Reconstructed  Records 1660-1820 for 1770, in which he is living in East Caln Township[i]. He is a freeman. 

In 1810, a John Bing lists six people in the household. Presumably, he and Jane are the two people aged 45 or older. There is also a male between 16 and 25; Joseph would have been 20 then. Two men between 26 and 44; James would have been 34 and Robert would have been 29. That accounts for five of the six people. There is also a female under the age of 10. I have no idea who she might be. 


Surname Saturday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

[i] Document: Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, Proprietary Tax Lists, Chester County Rates - 1771; Volume Number: Vol 11; Page Number: 781; Family Number: 1
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