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William Pryor Binney

Father and mother: Stephen Binney and Emily Pryor

Dates: 1840-1888

Married: Polexeny Pateraki. See right.

Children: none known


From Provincial Archives of New Brunswick: Saint John Daily News of December 14 1874: An English paper announces that the Queen has been pleased to appoint William P. BINNEY, Esq. to be English Consul at the Greek Islands to reside at Syra. Mr. B. is a Haligonian (resident of Halifax, N.S.) s/o late Stephen BINNEY. - 'Chronicle'. This is also mentioned in the obituary of Irwine Binney. The obitary of Stepehen Benney mentions The eldest son, William P. BINNEY died in Syr.., Greece on 13th March 1888 where for many years he held the position of British consul and also manager of the Eastern Telegraph Company.

The first letter of Emily Binney mentions getting a letter from Dear Willie who is threatening to send her a guest, Mr Pateraki. I think I detect a slight exasperation about this, despite the affection his mother obviously has for him. The guest is William's brother-in-law.

The first letter of Irwine Binney mentions getting a letter from Willie, saying "he was quite well and expecting to arrange about his wife & visit you but half of his plans are imaginations never to be realized". Irwine definitely disapproves of certain character traits of his brother! It is perhaps unfair to judge someone by comments of their family, but it's tempting to imahine William as rather a happy-go-lucky individual who makes grandious plans that either never happen or cause other people inconvenience.

Visiting card of Polexy
Visiting card of Polexy given to William's sister, Emily

Visiting card of Polexy
Reverse of visiting card - "Smyrna Turkey" - not to be confused with Syra, Greece!

The second letter of Emily Binney describes William's recent death at Syra, and Polexy's reaction to it.

From Genealogy of the Binney Family in the United States collected by Charles J. F. Binney (published in 1886):
William Pryor Binney, son of Stephen and Emily (Pryor) Binney, of Moncton, N.B., was born July 21, 1840; married Polexine Pateraki, daughter of the late George Pateraki, of Constantinople. Mr. Binney is the general manager of the submarine telegraph cable in the kingdom of Greece and Turkey, and in 1884,, lived at Syra, Greece. He is H.B.M. consul at Syra. Has no children in 1873. He had the title of Chevalier from the King of Greece and decoration of the order of the Saviour and order of the Iron Cross, from the Emperor of Austria.

From Provincial Archives of New Brunswick: Saint John Globe of March 16 1888: On his arrival at the Halifax Hotel last eve., Irvine H. BINNEY, collector of customs for Moncton, was handed a cablegram informing him of the death on the 13th of his brother, William Pryor BINNEY, H.M. Consul at Syra, Greece. Mr. Binney was a native of Halifax, his father, Stephen BINNEY being elected as the first mayor of Halifax in 1841. In 1854 the subject of this sketch left Halifax and went to Moncton where he remained until 1858. For the past 30 years he has been general manager of the Eastern submarine cable for Turkey and Greece and for the past 14 years was British consul. Some years ago he received the title of Chavalier and the decoration of the Cross of the Saviour from the King of Greece; also the order of the Iron cross from the emporer of Austria. Mr. Binney married a Grecian lady, Miss SMYRNA who survives, but has no family. - Halifax 'Herald'.