William was the son of Thomas Bingham and Eleanor Chisolm Luck, widow of Joseph Luck. He married (1) Elizabeth Bailey in 1805, (2) Polly Bingham in 1810, and (3) Elizabeth Pounder in 1832. He was the father of 14 children. He was actually buried on the Bingham Family farm in Hohenlinden, MS, however his gravesite has been lost due to extensive farming in the area.
It was said that William had a long red beard and weighed about 300 pounds. William moved his family to Grangier, Tennessee and by 1810, his first wife had died, and on May 21, 1810, he married Polly Bingham.
William served in a Tennessee regiment during the War of 1812 as an Ensign in a West Tennessee Mounted Rifleman unit. Among his duties was one of carrying the colors of the regiment in battle. His commanding officer was Colonel Newton Cannon, and he served directly under Captain Isaac Williams.
After the war, William moved to Alabama. While there, his second wife, Polly, died shortly after the birth of her last child in 1831 or 1832. On December 18, 1832 in Lawrence County, Alabama, William married Elizabeth Pounder. In 1836, William moved the family to the community of Hohenlinden in what was then Choctaw County, Mississippi. William must have liked this area for he remained there for the rest of his life.
At one time, William was one of the most prosperous residents of the farming community of Hohenlinden. He was listed in the 1860 census as age 85 with a personal estate valued at $15,500. However, when the Civil War ended, he was penniless and after his death in 1865, the family had to sell the family farm, including William's gravesite, to help pay his debts.
One hundred and twenty-seven years later, two of his descendants, Helen (Chandler) Buck and Timothy Bingham, had a military marker placed in memory of William Bingham in the Double Springs Cemetery in Webster County where the Bingham family worshipped.
Elijah Bingham (1807 - 1885)*
Thomas Sidney Bingham (1810 - 1888)*
Clement Cannon Bingham (1818 - 1891)*
America Bingham Pounds (1820 - 1907)*
Adeline Bingham Morrow (1829 - 1904)*
James Henry Bingham (1831 - 1908)*
Green Berry Bingham (1834 - 1862)*
Henry Hiram Bingham (1836 - 1864)*
Note: My great-great-great-grandfather was in a West Tennessee regiment during the War of 1812. He moved his family to Webster Co., MS in 1836. He died after the Civil War, penniless, and having to sell everything he had to pay his debts/Timothy Bingham
Double Springs Cemetery
Maintained by: Ruby Mordecai
Originally Created by: timothy bingham
Record added: Feb 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13375803