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Michigan

Abel Bingham

sat with them in session while examining candidates for church membership; among whom were Robert Stewart, Mr. Dousman, Dr. Satterly, and others; delivered the preparatory lecture previous to communion." Mr. Bingham returned from Caledonia with his family July llth, 1829. They were three weeks sailing up the St. Marie's river. He brought carpenters from Detroit, built the mission house on a good site obtained from government, through the commanding officer of the garrison, and moved into it Nov. 16th; thus having better accommodations for his boarding and day schools; the former under charge of his devoted wife, and the latter composed of Americans, mixed bloods, French and Indians, from the most respectable children of the fort to the dirtiest little red skin. In order that the boarding scholars might more readily acquire English, they were not permitted to speak their native tongue but one day during the week. His first acquaintance among the Indians was with a minor chief, by the name of Shegud, a truly noble man, who afterwards became his deacon, a church having been organized, composed of both whites and Indians, as quite a religious interest had been awakened in the place, and some conversions among them.

Early Michigan Preachers


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