From History of Rush County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1888, Reprinted 1966 by Eastern Indiana Publishing Co., Knightstown, Indiana, pages 559-560
Jonathan Binford, farmer, and a native-born citizen of Ripley Township, was born April 20, 1842, being the son of William and Mary (Jessup) Binford, who were natives of Northampton County, N. C., and Wayne County, Ind., respectively.His father was the son or Micajah and Sarah (Patterson) Binford, and his mother was the daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Hill) Jessup, all of whom were natives of North Carolina.He was reared upon the home farm in Ripley Township, and continued with his father until his marriage, which occurred December 25, 1867.The lady that became his wife was Miss Anna Wilson, who was born in Grant County, this State, July 29, 1847, being the daughter of Nathan D. and Mary (Hill) Wilson, the former of whom was a native of North Carolina.After his marriage, Mr. Binford settled upon a farm in Ripley Township, where his first wife died May 18, 1868.After this he made his home with his father until the 9th day of December, 1869, when he was married to Miss Nancy J. Henley, daughter of Jesse and Abigail (Newby) Henley, both of whom were natives of Randolph County, N. C.Her father was the son of Joseph and Peninah (Morgan) Henley, and her mother was the daughter of Henry and Sarah (Thornburg) Newby, all of whom were natives of North Carolina.Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Binford settled upon the farm they now occupy, where they have chiefly resided ever since.Mr. Binford gives his attention to farming.He owns about 100 acres of land, about seventy of which are in cultivation.He and wife are the parents of four children, as follows:Henry N., born January 15, 1871; Calvin, born January 6, 1873; Jesse H., born June 21, 1877, and Anna C., born October 27, 1879, all of whom are living.Mr. Binford and wife are members of the Friends’ Church.In politics, the former is a Republican.Mrs. Nancy J. Binford was born in Ripley Township, January 18, 1844.