After two years of making requests for Bainum to be added to list, it has finally happened!
I am Lynette Smith. My grandfather, John "Elven" Birt's mother was Ellen "Viola" Bainum (married John Birt). "Viola" was named by her father Josephus Bainum, after a sister Ellen Viola Bainum who died at age 2. I'm visiting family right now and don't have detailed info on hand. I will post all myBainum info A.S.A.P.
I don't know much about the Bainums in terms of origin. Iwould be eager to hear from other Bainum descendants.