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Michigan

Abel Bingham

SKETCHES OF THE LIFE OF REV. ABEL BINGHAM.
Prepared by his Daughters,
Mrs. Ann H. Hulbert and Mrs. Sophia H. Buchanan—
Read at the Annual Meeting, February 7, 1878.

The subject of this sketch was born in Enfield, Grafton county, New Hampshire, May 9th, 1786. His parents were Elisha and Hannah Bingham, who moved from the state of Connecticut and settled in that town at a very early day. Their second child was the first born in the town. His mother died when he was six years of age. He was named after his great-grandfather, Deacon Abel Bingham, whose father, Deacon Thomas Bingham, was the original emigrant from Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Early in the year 1798 his father moved into Jay, Essex county, N. Y. The town was new, containing some twenty families, and no other settlement, except two or three houses, short of twenty miles. Elder Solomon Brown, a Baptist minister, moved into the place at the same time, and a religious society was organized and Christian worship steadily maintained. The following winter a small school was kept for two or three months in a remote part of the town. When about nine years old his mind was seriously impressed on the subject of religion, by the preaching of Lorenzo Dow, who was said to be eighteen or nineteen. He was converted at the age of twenty-two, under the faithful labors of. Elder Brown, and to use his own words,

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