Bertram Levering Binns was born on 12 Dec 1884, in Germantown Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA to the parents Emma Jane (Burnheater) and Horace Binns. The middle name Levering was always a family question mark. Mainly because of all the Levering things in and around Germantown. Was he named after the famous Levering family? Is there a deeper connection of the Binns being related to the Levering family? Unfortunately, no. My conclusion is that his father, Horace, must have had a deeper connection with his sister, Susan Binns (1860-1937) who married Edwin A Levering (1842-1918). I don't have an exact answer, but it is the only place I have seen the name Levering in the family tree.
Bertram learned hard work at a young age. In the 1900 Census, Bertram is shown as a 15 yr old "Office Boy". An office boy was usually a young boy or junior clerk that was hired to do odd jobs, such as running errands or making copies. He was not attending school at that time. I can not say he never attended school, but he surely wasn't in 1900. In the 1910 US Federal Census, Bertram is shown as a "house and decorating" painter, working for his father, Horace Binns. In 1914, Bertram married Florence Marie Holt, daughter of Sanford Edwin Holt and Anna Louise Kerns.
While registering for the World War I draft in 1918, Bertram was 33 years old, and still had his own painting business. He was never chosen to fight the war. He also registered for World War II, and again, was not drafted.
- Anita Louise Binns (1918 - 1958)
- Nancy Bertine Binns (1920 - 1997)