Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Abel Bingham Family Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Abel Bingham Family Papers,
Creator: Bingham, Abel.
Inclusive dates: 1765-1964, and undated
Extent: Approximately 14 cubic ft. (in 29 boxes)
Abstract:
The papers include correspondence, diaries, journals, accounts books, tintypes, prayerbooks, sermons, hymns in Ojibwa, a New Testament in English and Seneca, and photographic images.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English and Ojibwa and Seneca
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Abel Bingham Family Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Abel Bingham Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological, then by type of material.


History

Biography:

Abel Bingham (1786-1865) was a Baptist clergyman. He was born on May 9, 1786 and died in 1865. He married Hannah Brown (May 26, [year unknown]- died 1868). They had five children: Adoniram Judson (April 5, 1820-1868), Ann Hasseltine (July 18,1822-1900), Hannah Marie (November 13, 1827-?), Angeline (March 21,1830-?), and Sophie Hascal (December 11,1833-1910). (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

Family papers, 1765-1964, and undated, include: correspondence relating to Rev. Bingham's associations with the Baptist Missionary Society, Boston, his ministry at the Tonawanda Indian Mission in New York State, the Baptist Indian Mission at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and his social activities in Grand Rapids, Michigan; diaries of Bingham and his wife, journals, account books, and tintypes. Also included are prayer books and hymns in Ojibwa, Bingham's sermons, in English, and a New Testament in both English and Seneca. Among his correspondents is John Claude Buchanan, his son-in-law, whose letters relate to Buchanan's service with the 8th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War, 1861-1864. Three boxes of photographic images complete the collection.

The collection includes correspondence relating to Bingham’s associations with the Baptist Missionary Society, Boston, his ministry at the Tonawanda Indian Mission in New York State, the Baptist Indian Mission at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and his social activities in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Correspondents include John Claude Buchanan, Bingham’s son-in-law, relating to his service with the 8th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War.

The collection is also available on 19 reels of positive microfilm Acc# 359 (Section 4, 1 reel) and 444 (18 reels). Some letters are available on 2 reels of positive microfilm Acc# 614 of the American Baptists Foreign Mission Society, 1800-1900, American Indians and 1814-1900, France.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Bingham, Abel.
    • Buchanan, John Claude, 1823-
    • Red Jacket (Seneca chief), circa 1756-1830.
    • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1865)
    • Missions.
    • Baptists--Michigan.
    • Baptists--Massachusetts--History.
    • New York (State))--History.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--History.
    • Sault Sainte Marie (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Abel Bingham Family Papers are open for research. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Newspaper Clippings, 1874
    Box   1 F   3
    Autobiographical Sketch, 1786-1829
    Box   1 F   4
    Abel Bingham Diary, 1822-1827
    Box   1 F   5
    Digest, Various Dates, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Journal No. 1, 1828-1832
    Box   1 F   7
    Journal No. 2, 1832-1836
    Box   1 F   8
    Journal No. 3, 1836-1840
    Box   1 F   9
    Journal No. 4, 1840-1844
    Box   1 F   10
    Journal No. 5, 1844-1864
    Box   1 F   11
    Copies of Letters, 1835-1854
    Box   1 F   12
    Angie Bingham's Coin Purse and Letter from her mother, Hannah, March 21, 1858
    Box   2 F   1
    Articles of Faith and Covenants; List of members in Grand Rapids Baptist Church, 1857-1862
    Box   2 F   2
    Abel's Sermons, 1835-1851
    Box   2 F   3
    Hymns and Prayer Book in Chippewa Language, undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Account Book (of Unknown Origin), 1765-1773
    Box   2 F   5
    Account Book of Baptist Mission at Sault Ste. Marie (with Index), 1844-1854, 1857
    Box   2 F   6
    Abel Bingham "Remembrancer of Thoughts, Actions, Incidents, Plans, Hypotheses, and Conclusions of the Outward and Inward Demonstration of My Life", 1844-1848
    Box   2 F   7
    First Epistle General, John, Printed in Seneca and English, undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Sophie Bingham Diaries (3 volumes), 1827-1829, 1850-1851, 1851-1853
    Box   3 F   2
    Hannah Bingham Diary, Partial, 1826-1827
    Box   3 F   3
    Hannah Bingham Diary, 1829-1830
    Box   3 F   4
    Hannah Bingham Diary, 1830-1832
    Box   3 F   5
    Hannah Bingham Diary, 1840-1845
    Box   3 F   6
    Hannah Bingham Diary, 1845-1849
    Box   3 F   7
    Hannah Bingham Diary, February 1-April 23, 1853, April 24-July 29, 1853
    Box   3 F   8
    Hannah Bingham Diary, 1853-1854
    Box   3 F   9
    Hannah Bingham Diary, 1854-1858
    Box   4 F   1
    Deeds, 1778, 1782, 1789
    Box   4 F   2
    Letters, 1790, 1795, 1799
    Box   4 F   3
    Letters and Receipts, 1800-1809
    Box   4 F   4
    Letters, 1810-1814
    Box   4 F   5
    Letters and Receipts, 1810-1814
    Box   4 F   6
    Letters and Receipts, 1815
    Box   4 F   7
    Letters and Receipts, 1817
    Box   4 F   8
    Letters, Certificate Accounts, 1818-1819
    Box   4 F   9
    Letters, 1820-1822
    Box   4 F   10
    Letters, 1823-1824
    Box   4 F   11
    Letters, 1825-1826
    Box   4 F   12
    End of Letters to Tonawanda Mission, 1827
    Box   4 F   12
    Letters to Abel Bingham at Sault Ste. Marie, 1828
    Box   4 F   13
    Letters, 1829
    Box   4 F   14
    Letters, 1830
    Box   4 F   15
    Letters and Receipts from Mission Station, 1831
    Box   4 F   16
    Letters, 1832
    Box   4 F   17
    Letters, 1833
    Box   4 F   18
    Letters, 1834
    Box   5 F   1
    Letters, 1835
    Box   5 F   2
    Letters, 1836
    Box   5 F   3
    Letters, 1837
    Box   5 F   4
    Letters, 1838
    Box   5 F   5
    Letters (folder 1 of 2), 1839
    Box   5 F   6
    Letters, includes Confidential Letters of William H. McKee to Miss Caroline Campbell (folder 2 of 2), 1839
    Box   5 F   7
    Letters, 1840
    Box   5 F   8
    Letters, January-July 1841
    Box   5 F   9
    Letters, August-December 1841
    Box   5 F   10
    Letters, 1842
    Box   5 F   11
    Letters, 1843
    Box   5 F   12
    Letters, January-July 1844
    Box   5 F   13
    Letters, August-December 1844
    Box   5 F   14
    Letters, January-June 1845
    Box   5 F   15
    Letters, July-December 1845
    Box   5 F   16
    Letters, January-July 1846
    Box   5 F   17
    Letters, August-December 1846
    Box   5 F   18
    Letters, January-April 1847
    Box   5 F   19
    Letters, May-July 1847
    Box   5 F   20
    Letters, August-September 1847
    Box   5 F   21
    Letters, October-December 1847
    Box   5 F   22
    Letters, January-March 1848
    Box   5 F   23
    Letters, April-June 1848
    Box   5 F   24
    Letters, July-December 1848
    Box   6 F   1
    Letters, 1849
    Box   6 F   2
    Letters, 1850
    Box   6 F   3
    Letters, 1851
    Box   6 F   4
    Letters, 1852
    Box   7 F   1
    Letters, January-June 1853
    Box   7 F   2
    Letters, July-December 1853
    Box   7 F   3
    Letters, January-June 1854
    Box   7 F   4
    Letters, July-December 1854
    Box   7 F   5
    Letters, January-June 1855
    Box   7 F   6
    Letters, July-December 1855
    Box   7 F   7
    Bingham's Resignation, 1855
    Box   8 F   1
    Letters to Hannah from James, Miscellaneous, 1855
    Box   8 F   2
    Letters, January-June 1856
    Box   8 F   3
    Letters, July-December 1856
    Box   8 F   4
    Letters, January-April 1857
    Box   8 F   5
    Letters, May-December 1857
    Box   8 F   6
    Letters, 1858
    Box   8 F   7
    Letters, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   9 F   1
    Abel Bingham's Service Papers, 1835-1862
    Box   9 F   2
    Miscellaneous Related Papers (Photocopies), 1962
    Box   10 F   1
    Letters from Europe, 1858
    Box   10 F   2
    Letters, 1859
    Box   10 F   3
    Letters, 1860
    Box   10 F   4
    Letters, January-June 1861
    Box   10 F   5
    Letters, July-December 1861
    Box   10 F   6
    Letters, January-June 1862
    Box   10 F   7
    Letters, July-December 1862
    Box   10 F   8
    Typed Copies of Letters (Sophie Buchanan to John C. Buchanan), 1862
    Box   11 F   1
    Miscellaneous Letters (Sophie Buchanan to John C. Buchanan), 1863
    Box   11 F   2
    Letters, January-July 1863
    Box   11 F   3
    Letters, August-December 1863
    Box   11 F   4
    Letters, January-June 1864
    Box   11 F   5
    Letters, July-December 1864
    Box   11 F   6
    Letters, January-May 1865
    Box   11 F   7
    Letters, June-December 1865
    Box   12 F   1
    Miscellaneous Letters, undated; Tintype of Bingham (?), undated, undated
    Box   12 F   2
    Letters, January-April 1866
    Box   12 F   3
    Letters, May-December 1866
    Box   12 F   4
    Letters, 1867
    Box   12 F   5
    Letters, 1868
    Box   12 F   6
    Letters, 1869
    Box   12 F   7
    Letters, 1870
    Box   13 F   1
    Letters, 1871
    Box   13 F   2
    Letters, 1872
    Box   13 F   3
    Letters, 1873
    Box   13 F   4
    Letters, January-April 1874
    Box   13 F   5
    Letters, May-December 1874
    Box   13 F   6
    Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   14 F   1
    Letters, 1875
    Box   14 F   2
    Letters and Receipts, 1876
    Box   14 F   3
    Letters, 1877
    Box   14 F   4
    Letters, 1878
    Box   14 F   5
    Letters, 1879
    Box   14 F   6
    Letters, 1880
    Box   14 F   7
    Letters, 1881
    Box   14 F   7
    Letters, 1882
    Box   14 F   7
    Letters (folder 1 of 2), 1883-1884
    Box   14 F   8
    Letters (folder 1 of 2), 1885-1886
    Box   15 F   1
    Letters, 1887
    Box   15 F   2
    Letters, 1888
    Box   15 F   3
    Letters, 1889
    Box   15 F   4
    Letters, 1890
    Box   15 F   5
    Letters, 1891
    Box   15 F   6
    Letters, 1892
    Box   15 F   7
    Letters, 1893
    Box   16 F   1
    Letters, 1894
    Box   16 F   2
    Letters, 1895
    Box   16 F   3
    Letters, 1896-1899
    Box   16 F   4
    Letters, 1900
    Box   16 F   5
    Letters, 1901
    Box   16 F   6
    Letters, 1902
    Box   16 F   7
    Letters, 1903
    Box   16 F   8
    Letters, 1904
    Box   16 F   7
    Letters, 1903
    Box   16 F   8
    Letters, 1904
    Box   16 F   9
    Letters, 1905
    Box   17 F   1
    Letters, 1905-1909
    Box   17 F   2
    Letters, 1906
    Box   17 F   3
    Letters, 1907-1908
    Box   17 F   4
    Letters, 1909
    Box   17 F   5
    Letters, 1910
    Box   17 F   6
    Letters, 1911-1919
    Box   17 F   7
    Letters, 1920-1929
    Box   17 F   8
    Letters, 1930-1939
    Box   17 F   9
    Letters, 1940-1949
    Box   17 F   10
    Letters, 1946-1949
    Box   17 F   11
    Letters, 1950-1957
    Box   18 F   1
    "Proverbs by Angie" Notebook, undated
    Box   18 F   2
    Composition Notebook, 1847-1848
    Box   18 F   3
    Letters, 1876-1889
    Box   18 F   4
    Letters, 1890-1907
    Box   18 F   5
    "Life with the Ojibway Indians", undated
    Box   18 F   6
    Writings of Angie Bingham Gilbert (folder 1 of 4), undated
    Box   18 F   7
    Writings of Angie Bingham Gilbert (folder 2 of 4), undated
    Box   18 F   8
    Writings of Angie Bingham Gilbert (folder 3 of 4), undated
    Box   18 F   9
    Writings of Angie Bingham Gilbert (folder 4 of 4), undated
    Box   19 F   1
    Miscellaneous Notes, undated
    Box   19 F   2
    (Detroit and Grand Rapids) Newspaper Clippings, Pamphlets, 1876-1947
    Box   19 F   3
    Newspaper Clippings, Circulars, Miscellaneous, 1902-1909, undated
    Box   19 F   4
    Speeches (Parts?), undated
    Box   19 F   5
    Poems and Essays Written by Others, undated
    Box   19 F   6
    Reminiscences and Sketches, Old Sault, Angie Bingham-Gilbert's Book, Volumes 1-2, undated
    Box   19 F   7
    Reminiscences and Sketches, Old Sault, Angie Bingham-Gilbert's Book, Volume 3, undated
    Box   19 F   8
    Songs Written in Indian Languages, undated
    Box   19 F   9
    Speeches Given in Grand Rapids by Angie Bingham-Gilbert, undated
    Box   19 F   10
    Speech to Muskegon Pioneer Society, undated
    Box   20 F   1
    Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   20 F   2
    Sophie Buchanan, Papers and Notes (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   20 F   2
    Sophie Buchanan, Papers and Notes (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   21 F   1
    Biography and Genealogy, undated
    Box   21 F   2
    Church, Religious, Indian topics, undated
    Box   21 F   3
    Poems and Essays, undated
    Box   21 F   4
    Land and Politics topics, undated
    Box   21 F   5
    Miscellaneous, 1860-1964
    Box   21 F   6
    Miscellaneous, 1884-1889
    Box   21 F   7
    Miscellaneous, 1862-1939
    Box   22 F   1
    Journal and Stories by H.O. Bingham, 1860-1864
    Box   22 F   2
    Literary Club Notebooks, Sophie Buchanan, 1877-1879
    Box   22 F   3
    Letters and Notes, 1883-1886
    Box   22 F   4
    Linguistic History Articles by Sophie Buchanan, 1887-1889
    Box   22 F   5
    Historical Essays by Sophie Buchanan, 1892-1898
    Box   22 F   6
    Essays by Sophie Buchanan, 1900-1906
    Box   22 F   7
    Essays by Sophie Buchanan, 1907-1909
    Box   23 F   1
    Miscellaneous, 1846-1939
    Box   23 F   2
    Miscellaneous 1862-1906
    Box   23 F   3
    Bills and Receipts, 1843-1852
    Box   23 F   4
    School Bonds, 1864-1870
    Box   23 F   5
    Letters (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   23 F   6
    Letters (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   23 F   7
    Letters to Sophie and Angie, undated
    Box   23 F   8
    School Bond Certificates, 1875-1876
    Box   23 F   9
    Emerson Birthday Book (copyrighted 1881), 1883
    Box   24 F   1
    Newspaper Clippings, 1859-1926
    Box   24 F   2
    Newspaper Clippings and copies of "Marine Review", 1899-1943
    Box   24 F   3
    Newspaper Clippings, Angeline Bingham-Gilbert, 1894-1911
    Box   24 F   4
    Newspaper Clippings, Sophie Buchanan, 1897-1915
    Box   24 F   5
    Poems, Receipts, Doctor's Statements, Constitution of the Indian Temperance Society, 1859-1891, undated
    Box   24 F   6
    Scrapbook, 1885-1909
    Box   24 F   7
    Account Book (only middle section), 1850-1854
    Box   25 F   1
    Diary (partial), 1910
    Box   25 F   2
    Diary (partial), 1911
    Box   25 F   3
    Thomas D. Gilbert Memorial Dedication Booklet, 1896
    Box   25 F   4
    Diary and Account Book, 1848-1858
    Box   25 F   5
    Account Book, 1874-1876?
    Box   25 F   6
    Diary, 1890, 1897
    Box   25 F   7
    Miscellaneous, 1853-1894
    Box   25 F   8
    Poems and Essays by Angie Bingham, 1871-1899
    Box   25 F   9
    Miscellaneous Pamphlets Concerning the Bingham Family, 1855-1893
    Box   25 F   10
    College Pamphlets, 1844-1936
    Box   25 F   11
    Miscellaneous, 1857-1946
    Box   26 F   1
    Artifacts, handmade two-year-old Boy's vest, 1822; handmade Birchbark Book, undated; Leather Wallet, undated 1822; undated
    Box   26 F   2
    Hannah Bingham's Diary, 1827-1829
    Box   26 F   3
    Angie Bingham Gilbert, Poems by Angie Bingham Gilbert, 2 printed copies of A Tale of Two Cities, a Speech by Angie Bingham Gilbert, 1897-1907; (two copies) of Newspaper Articles regarding the Clarke Historical Library's accessioning of the Abel Bingham Papers, 1962, 1897-1907, 1962
    Box   26 F   4
    Two typed copies of Bingham Family History (Abel Bingham's Autobiographical Sketch), 1786-1840 (1 copy has 2 p. 146s and the other is missing p. 146), 1786-1840
    Box   27 F   1
    Photographic Images, Photographs, Abel Bingham, undated
    Box   27 F   2
    Photographic Images, Photographs, Ada Bingham, undated
    Box   27 F   3
    Photographic Images, Photographs, Bingham Family (folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   27 F   4
    Photographic Images, Photographs, Bingham Family (folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   27 F   5
    Photographic Images, Photographs, Hannah Bingham, undated
    Box   28 F   1
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Reverend Abel Bingham, undated
    Box   28 F   2
    Photographic Images, Identified images, (Grandmother) Hannah Brown Bingham (Mrs. Abel Bingham, 3), undated
    Box   28 F   3
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Miss Sophie Bingham, undated
    Box   28 F   4
    Photographic Images, Identified images, (Captain) John C. (Claude) Buchanan (2), undated
    Box   28 F   5
    Photographic Images, Identified images, (John) Claude Buchanan, Sophie Bingham Buchanan (2), undated
    Box   28 F   6
    Photographic Images, Identified images, (Grandfather) Samuel Buchanan, undated
    Box   28 F   7
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Sophie Bingham Buchanan, Angie Bingham Gilbert, Daughters of Reverend Bingham, undated
    Box   28 F   8
    Photographic Images, Identified images, (Uncle) Thomas Dwight Gilbert, undated
    Box   28 F   9
    Photographic Images, Identified images, (Aunt) Angie Bingham Gilbert (3), undated
    Box   28 F   10
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Thomas Dwight Gilbert and Angie Bingham Gilbert, undated
    Box   28 F   11
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Angie Buchanan McKee, undated
    Box   28 F   12
    Photographic Images, Identified images, James Henry McKee (2), undated
    Box   28 F   13
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Laura E. McKee, undated
    Box   28 F   14
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Montagu McKee, undated
    Box   29 F   1
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Sara Purmet (a Chippewa Indian woman, servant in Bingham household (2), undated
    Box   29 F   2
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Hannah Powell Sqiren, undated
    Box   29 F   3
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Aunt Ann Taylor, Aunt Clara Matechogs, Uncle Samuel Buchanan, father, undated
    Box   29 F   4
    Photographic Images, Identified images, Three Indian Girls and an Indian Boy from Mission School, undated
    Box   29 F   5
    Photographic Images, Unidentified images (18 images), undated
    Box   29 F   6
    Military insignia [patch] (Trumpet and 8), undated