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Michigan

Abel Bingham

was constrained to seek a Savior, instead of seeking salvation from punishment," was baptized and united with the church in the autumn of 1808. On the first of May, 1809, he was married to Hannah 0., eldest daughter of Rev. Solomon and Mrs. Sally Brown. In the summer of 1812, his father-in-law moved to Caledonia, Genesee county, N. Y., and was anxious they should accompany him, but they were then unable to go. Mr. Bingham sold his farm early in the season of 1813 with that intention, but the war had commenced, and the militia company to which he belonged was called upon to furnish a detachment for three months' service on the lines. He was orderly sergeant at the time. The other two sergeants offered a bounty to be excused, but he said, " I will go," and wrote to his friends at Caledonia that he must first serve his country, before he could join them in their new and pleasant home. The company was immediately organized and marched to the front. During that season he served in various capacities, as orderly, drill-sergeant and clerk of the company, (which, he says, " proved an excellent school of discipline,") making a good record for bravery and patriotic devotion to his country.

Early Michigan Preachers


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