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Michigan

Abel Bingham

While at work in the field his wife could hear the roar of cannon at the time of the battle, and it was not long ere news came of her husband's death; but the report was soon contradicted. As the war soon closed, this battle ended his service in the army, whereupon he returned to Jay. In the autumn of 1817 he joined his friends in Caledonia, N. Y., and purchased a farm. For many years his mind had been exercised on the subject of ministerial work, especially a missionary life. He had many misgivings in regard to his fitness for it, there being so few literary or theological institutions to prepare young men for the ministry. He had often studied by the light of pine knots, and obtained a good knowledge of grammar, when ploughing in his field. In seeking spiritual guidance, that his duty might be made clear, he received direct answer to prayer in being unmistakably instrumental in the awakening and hopeful conversion of a young lady who had been firmly settled in atheistic principles.

Early Michigan Preachers


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