Amos Binney was born in Hull, Massachusetts, on April 15, 1778, and was a descendant of Mayflower passenger Constance Hopkins. He served as lieutenant colonel in the 1st Massachusetts Militia Regiment in the early years of the 19th century, and as navy agent for the port of Boston from January 23, 1812, to May 6, 1826. He married Hannah Dolliver (1779-1847) on February 21, 1799, and they had 11 children, of whom 5 survived to maturity. He died in Boston on January 11, 1833.
John Binney , Amos's brother, was born on February 23, 1780. From December 12, 1808, to April 30, 1814, he served as a captain in the 4th United States Infantry Regiment, and commanded several posts near Wiscasset, Maine. He later moved to Boston, where he became a merchant. His first wife, Sarah Ann Callendar, died in 1814, and he married Judith Cooper Russell in 1818. He had five surviving children with Sarah and four surviving children with Judith. He died on April 16, 1838.
Horace Binney, Jr. , was born in Philadelphia on January 21, 1809, and was distantly related to Amos and John Binney. He attended Yale College between 1824 and 1828. Following his graduation, he returned to Philadelphia, where he became a prominent lawyer. He served as the president of the Sanitary Commission and Union League during the Civil War. He and his wife, Eliza Frances Johnson, had seven children. He died on February 3, 1870.
The younger Amos Binney , also a distant relative, was born in Massachusetts in September 1857, and worked as a real estate agent. He and his wife Julia lived in Boston until at least 1900.