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Michigan

Abel Bingham

He was instructed by the board to establish religious service, and extend the benefits of the mission to all within reach of his influence. He therefore commenced service on Lord's day morning, for the white population, and in the P. M. for the Indians, occupying the same building where Lewis Cass made the government treaty with the Indians, and where his daughter Angie (now Mrs. T. D. Gilbert) was born. Miss Charlotte Johnston, half Indian, sister of Mrs. H. R. Schoolcraft, and afterwards wife of Rev. Mr. McMurray, an Episcopal clergyman, was his first interpreter. He opened his school with fifty-seven scholars, and labored with success until the 1st of April, when he walked on snow-shoes through the woods to Mackinaw, for the purpose of taking a vessel to go to New York State for his family. He met with a warm reception from the missionaries stationed at Mackinaw, and was invited by Rev. Mr. Ferry (Presbyterian) to remain with him during his stay, and says: " Our friendly intercourse and Christian fellowship was never marred while we remained on that frontier, and we felt as much at home at each other's stations as if we belonged to the same denomination

Early Michigan Preachers


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