By Don Taylor
[Following women during colonial times is always tricky, and Betsy Kinsey (Binford) Pankey is no exception. Seldom are women mentioned except in the context of another family member. What I have learned about Betsy was found in various wills and Quaker records.]
Betsy Kinsey Binford was born in 1739 in Henrico, Virginia, the daughter of Elizabeth and Thomas. She married Samuel Pankey in 1759 in Henrico county. They had five children during their marriage. She died as a young mother in 1770 in Goochland, Virginia, at the age of 31.
Howell/Darling Ancestor #69
List of Grandparents
- 4th Great-Grandmother: Betsy Kinsey Binford (1739-c. 1771)
- 5th Great-grandfather: Thomas Binford (____-1754)*
- 6th Great-grandfather: James Binford (____-____)*
- 7th Great-grandfather: Anthony Binford (____-____)*
(I have not researched the Ancestors marked with an asterisk “*”; thus, they are speculative/tentative.)
Betsy Kinsey Binford (1739-c. 1771)
Betsy was born about 1739 in Henrico County, Virginia Colony. She was the fifth child of Thomas and Elizabeth (Kinsey) Binford. In various records, Betsy is referred to as Betsey and Bettie. Likewise, her middle name (and her mother’s maiden name) is spelled Kinsey and Kinsie in various records.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Binford (Siblings)
|James||1722||Margaret Mosby – 1745||1781|
|Priscilla||1724||Benjamin Watkins – 1754||1793|
|Thomas||1726||Judith Ladd – 1753||1815|
|John||1728||Susanna Ellyson – 1784||1790|
|William||1732||Mary Peebles – 1756||Bet 1791-1815|
|Betsy||1739||Samuel Pankey – 1759||Bet 1770-1772|
|Mary||1741||Joseph Ladd – 1767||1775|
|Sarah||1743||Amos Ladd – 1763||1814|
In 1752 she was mentioned to receive ¼ of her father’s estate upon her mother’s death, Elizabeth. Her father died before August 1754, when she would have been about 15.
Betsey married Samuel Pankey in 1759 in Henrico County. She was 20, and he was 21. She did not receive permission from her mother to marry outside of her Quaker Faith and was disowned at a Quaker Meeting in August 1762. Her brother Thomas aided her in helping her to get to a priest for the marriage. He was found guilty but wasn’t punished by his Monthly Meeting “due to his youth.”
Children of Samuel and Betsy Kinsey Pankey
|Marion||1761||Sheldrake Broaddus – 1777||1831|
|Philip||1763||Ann Brown – 1788||1819|
|Thomas Armstrong||c. 1765||Martha Cannon – 1785||1829|
|Judith Elizabeth||c. 1767||Joseph Sallee – 1795||1818|
|Elizabeth||c. 1770||George Walton – 1796||1616|
Betsey died between 1770 and 1772 in Manakin Town, Goochland County[i], Virginia Colony.
Events by Location
- Virginia Colony, Henrico County – Birth 1739 until 1759 (Marriage).
- Virginia Colony, Goochland County, Manakin Town – 1759 until c. 1771 (Death).
- Mary L. Bruner, Binford Family Genealogy ( Greenfield, Ind., Wm. Mitchell Printing Co., 1925), Archive.Org, Page 19.
- William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Orig 1950, Reprint 1973, 1993), Ancestry, Page 159 – 1762, 8, 7. Betty Kinsey Binford
- Edmund West, Compiler, “Family Data Collection” – Individual Records, Ancestry, Samuel Pankey – No Image. Birth year: 1738; Birth city: Manakin Town; Birth state: VA.
- Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection” – Marriages (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001), Ancestry, Samuel Pankey – Betsey Kinsey Binford – 1759.
- George Edward Pankey, John Pankey of Manakin Town, Virginia, and His Descendants: Descendants and Connections of His Son Stephen Pankey, Sr., of Lucy’s Springs, Chesterfield County, Virginia (Lousiana: Ruston, 1969), Page 48 – 4. Samuel Pankey. Personal Library.
- George Edward Pankey, John Pankey of Manakin Town, Virginia, and His Descendants: Descendants and Connections of His Son Stephen Pankey, Sr., of Lucy’s Springs, Chesterfield County, Virginia (Lousiana: Ruston, 1969), Page 51 – 4. Samuel Pankey (Continued). Personal Library.
- US, Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Ancestry, Betty Kinsey Binford – Pages 70 & 71 – 7 Oct 1762.
- Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917, Family Search, Philip Pankie – 29 May 1763. Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917″, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRRC-2KF : 28 January 2020.
[i] Goochland County was founded in 1728 as the first county formed from Henrico Shire.