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Charles L. Bingham (1833-1902)
Born in providence of Ontario, Canada and resident of Pinconning, Bay, Mich.

Biography. - Added Jan., 2011.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Mich. 1892.


Most of the Justice cases that are brought up for settlement in the village of Pinconning are tried before the gentleman whose name head this sketch. He first came this place in 1881, and the following February he removed his family here. He was born in the County of Wenworth, Providence of Ontario, Canada, July 12, 1833, and is a son of Gustavus C. and Sarah (Olmstead) Bingham, natives of Beenington, Vt., and Hartford, Conn., respectively.

Our subject's father was an architect by profession, but on going to Canada, became engaged in the lumber business on the Grand River. Later he settled down as a farmer in the county of Oxford, and thence removed to the county of Norfolk, where he died in October, 1879. His wife passed away from this life after her son had removed to Pinconning, and while she was an inmate of his family, her decease occurring in May, 1884. Our subject's paternal grandparents were Alfred and Deborah (Ticknor), natives of Vermont and Massachusetts respectively. The former was a mechanic and found his hands full in filling the mouths and clothing the bodies of ten children. Mr. Bingham's maternal grandparents were Ashbel and Hannah Olmstead, the former a native of Hartford, Conn., born of English descent. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and a farmer by calling. His family comprised eight children.

Our subject is one of two children born to his parents. His elder brother, George W., is a physician and surgeon now located in Waterloo, Canada. Charles L. was educated at the common schools of Norwichville and the grammar school of Woodstock, the county seat of Oxford, Canada, and finished at Fredonia College, Fredonia, N. Y. On completing his education he was engaged in teaching for two winters in Canada, in Oxford and Norfolk Counties respectively. Later he was interested in the foundry business in the village of Norwichville, Oxford County, Canada, and for eight years employed then men. He then sold his business and purchased a farm at Port Royal, Norfolk County, residing on the same until he came here. The place comprised on hundred acres, and was as attractive as natural advantages and careful cultivation could make it.

While living in Norfolk County, Canada, Mr. Bingham was Justice of the Peace for twenty-two years, and for five years was in the civil service as overseer of the fisheries. After coming to Pinconning he accepted a position on the railroad, which he kept for six months and then was for one season in the Big Mill at this place. At the end of that time he began taking contracts for building in the village, and in 1885 was elected Justice, which position he has since held. Besides this he has served as Village clerk and a member of the Township Board of Pinconning. The principles of Democracy are those most dear to Mr. Bingham. Socially he is a Mason.

Mr. Bingham was first married to Miss Fanny Mills, of Kentville, Canada, and the union was blessed by the advent of two children, Mary J. and Fanny. Mrs. Fanny Bingham died in July, 1857. Two years later Mr. Bingham married Helen M. Hough, of Port Royal, County of Norfolk, Canada Two children resulted from this marriage, Inez Z. and Charles E. On June 21, 1891, the family was called upon to mourn the loss of devoted wife and mother, who then passed from earth. She was a lady of refinement, and was universally esteemed. Mr. Bingham has both his office and dwelling on Second Street, and owns besides considerable village property.

Additional Notes.

    1888 State Report, Michigan.

  • C. L. Bingham, Health Officer of Bay County, MI.

    1902 Michigan Deaths: West Bay City, MI.

  • Chas. L. Bingham born 1833 N.Y., died Sep. 21, 1902. Parents Gustave Bingham and Racheal Olmstead.
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Charles L. Bingham

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People Referenced
Bay County, MI
Bingham, Alfred (g-father)
Bingham, Charles E. (son)
Bingham, Charles L.(subject)
Bingham, Fanny (dau)
Bingham, George W. (bro)
Bingham, Gustavus (father)
Bingham, Inez (son)
Bingham, Mary J. (dau)
Hough, Helen M. (2-wife)
Mills, Fanny (1-wife)
Olmstead, Ashbel (g-father)
Olmstead, Hannah Mrs. (g-mother)
Olmstead, Sarah (mother)
Ticknor, Deborah (g-mother)
Subjects Referenced
Beenington, VT
Fredonia, NY
Fredonia College
Grand River, Canada
Hartford, CT
Kentville, Canada
Norfolk, Canada
Norwichville, Canada
Ontario, Canada
Oxford, Canada
Pinconning, MI
Port Royal, Canada
Waterloo, Canada
Wentworth, Canada
Woodstock, Canada
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.