“ He took him [Abraham] outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
~ Genesis 15:5 ~ ~ ~
“And so from this one man, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” ~ Hebrews 11:12
Martha “Mattie” A. Livingston Lykins Bingham
(1824-1890) = Teacher. Ancestor
signed the Declaration of Independence. Cousin to General “Stonewall” Jackson.
Born in Kentucky, near Frankfort. At three, her parents died. Afterwards, her
grandmother raised her. She left school at sixteen to live with two of her
married sisters, Mrs. Thomas J. Hughes of Jefferson City, MO, then with Mrs. W.
W. Owen, of Shelbyville, until 1847. She taught at a private school for young
ladies in Lexington, MO after that.
Mattie married her first
husband, Dr. Johnston Lykins (1800-1876) on October 12, 1851. Johnston
had a daughter from his previous marriage, Julia (1839-1872), who married Dr.
Theodore S. Case, one of Kansas City's historians, in 1858 and blessed them
with three grandchildren -- Lilah, Johnston, and Ermine.
What’s that saying?
“Marriage is made in heaven, but so is thunder and lightening.” Can you imagine
their dinner conversations as Johnston was a loyal Unionist and she a
Two years after Dr.
Lykins passed away, Mattie married artist George Caleb Bingham on June 19 at
the Calvary Baptist church. Dr. Chambliss officiated. She dealt with many
losses in her life; first as an orphan, then twice widowed. Even thoughthere was some opposition to her plans, Mattie
opened a home, called the Lykins Institute, for orphaned children of
Confederate veterans and their widows. In 1877, it became a state institution,
then reverted back to the founding society. To provide support and education
for the remaining five orphans, Mattie found it necessary to board young ladies
too. All proceeds less expenses went towards that.