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Emily Binney (née Pryor)

Father and mother: William Pryor (see biography from Dictionary of Canadian Biography) and Mary Barbara Voss (or Foss)

Dates: 1808-1890

Married: Stephen Binney in 1828. See marriage records.

Children: William, Lucy, Emily and Irwine
and some children who died when young (see Stephen Binney).

See 1881 census entry.

Other facts: Her brother was another William Pryor. See his obituary and biography from Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

The letters from Stephen Binney, her husband, and Lucy Binney, her daughter, describe Emily nursing her husband devotedly in his last illness, and Lucy's letter also describes Emily being depressed after his death. Her own letters (see first letter and second letter) show a kind mother, full of details about her children.

Emily Binney inherited nearly all of her her husband's estate. She also had some money in her own right, inherited from her father. See her will and a discussion about this.

Stephen Binney's obituary mentions "He had a large family, all born in Halifax where many of the children are buried, four only coming from their native place to the Bend, two sons and two daughters." These were, of course, also children of Emily. From Provincial Archives of New Brunswick: "Saint John Morning News of June 3 1842: d. Halifax, N.S., Monday, Hibbert Stephen BINNEY s/o Stephen BINNEY, Esq., age 10."

Emily Binney (née Pryor)
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It's hard to tell what she felt towards her husband. She is obviously completely loyal to him. But the letters after his death hardly mention him. When writing to her daughter Emily Dibblee about leaving her children in England to rejoin her husband in India, the mother compares it to her own children leaving. But a very sympathetic letter about Emily Dibblee's husband dying doesn't mention her own husband dying. It could be that she couldn't talk of it, but I suspect not. Stephen Binney does not sound like a very lovable character (see his letter and accounts of his life).

From Provincial Archives of New Brunswick:
Moncton Times of January 28 1890: Emily BINNEY relict of Stephen BINNEY, died yesterday at the residence of her son, L.W. BINNEY, collector of customs. The deceased was 82 years of age and up to the beginning of the year had enjoyed excellent health. The children of the deceased now living are L.W. BINNEY, Moncton; Mrs. JACOBS, widow of Dr. JACOBS, who resides in Moncton with her brother and Mrs. DIBBLEE widow of F.L. DIBBLEE, chief engineer of the Indian Railway system, who is now living in London, England. The husband of the deceased was at one time a prominent resident of Halifax, having been Mayor of the city in 1841. He removed to Moncton in 1844 and was identified with the business interest of this section. He died in 1871 aged 67. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon from residence of her son to St. George's church, thence to the Rural Cemetery.