One of their daughters was Elizabeth Sweazea, who married Nathaniel H. Wilson. He was the father of Belle Wilson Bingham. The Sweazea family has been traced by other researchers back to John Sweesy of England who was born before 1600.
Information from the Craig family bible has been generously provided by a Craig cousin that reveals a lot about the Attaway family. The father of John William, Nancy Emmer, and Sallie Attaway was John T. C. Attaway; and according to family consensus, the “C” must have stood for “Carlton.” To take it one step further, J.W. Attaway’s first child named a son “Thomas Carlton,” which suggests that the father of J. W. Attaway was named John Thomas Carlton Attaway. The same cousin has also provided a copy of Sallie Craig’s death certificate, which confirms the trail that the census records lead us to. Thanks to another cousin in Sallie Craig’s line, we now have a copy of a 150 year old marriage license for John T C Attaway and Belinda Beck. We have found J. W. Attaway’s mother Sisly in the 1850 census along with his father’s brother, William.
According to family historians, John William’s father J.T.C. Attaway was a sandy-haired Irishman who came here from Ireland as a young boy. The Ireland connection has not been found yet. The 1840 Talbot county Georgia census finds him at the age of 5 living with his brother William and mother Sisly Attaway. The assumption is that she was widowed.
John T.C. Attaway married Belinda (Malinda) Beck, a young woman of French descent, who died young.
This line of Binghams has been very difficult to trace. When we began this search, no living member of our family that we could find even knew the names James S. Bingham and Lavica Ann Dyches Bingham. By participating in a Family Tree DNA project in May 2004, we got a match with two other participants.
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An explanation of the process best comes from that site, which states “The Y-Chromosome is passed from father to son unchanged, except for a mutation about every 500 generations. Testing the y chromosome provides a genetic finger print consisting of 12 or 25 markers. This finger print is then compared against that of other men in the Surname Project by matching the markers. By comparing the fingerprints, or markers you can determine if you are related”. Family Tree DNA currently has over 800 surname projects. To see if there is one for a surname you are interested in, go to this site.