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James Frederick "J. Fred" Bingham
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1887
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1966
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA

This article is about the Bingham family.

HON. E. VOLNEY BINGHAM, Mishawaka, Ind. Among the members of the St. Joseph county bar there is no man who has been more the architect of his own fortunes, as a representative and prominent citizen, than Mr. Bingham. In his chosen profession he occupies a high position which he has acquired by arduous study and a strict adherence to an honorable cause. As a citizen he is well and favorably known to his fellow townsmen, having passed all his life in their midst, while as a politician he is deservedly popular with the leaders of his party, as well as with the masses. He is descended from sterling Scotch ancestors and from an old American colonial family who were among the early settlers of New England. Elisha Bingham, his grandfather, was born in Vermont, where he followed agricultural pursuits. He was married in that State to Phoebe Wright and afterward settled in western New York. As a citizen, he was present and took part in the battle of Plattsburg. After some years he moved to Ashtabula county, Ohio, of which he was one of the pioneer settlers and where he resided many years. In his old age he came to St. Joseph county, Ind., and passed his declining years with his son Alfred, dying at the age or seventy-seven years. He was a member of the Baptist Church and an earnest Christian gentleman. He was the father of Alva, Elisha, John, Lorinda, Mary, Alfred, Harriet and William Bingham. Alfred Bingham was born in western New York, February 16, 1810, and received the common-school education of his day. He was reared a farmer and was married in New York to Lucy Judson, by whom he became the father of two children who died young. Later they moved to Ashtabula county, Ohio, but between 1834-5 he removed to Branch county, Mich., and in 1835-6 came to St. Joseph county, Ind., and settled on a tract of wild land in Penn township. After a short residence on this land he located in Mishawaka and became an employe in the St. Joseph Iron Company, with which he remained for many years. Since that time he has engaged in various pursuits, but is now retired from active life, having reached the advanced age of eighty-three years. He has ever held a high place in the estimation of the public, for his career has been marked by honesty, energy and candor, and he has held a number of minor offices in his township. He possesses an active and inquiring mind, has always been a great reader, an independent thinker and of very decided opinions. After the death of his first wife he married Ann, daughter of Francis Miller, who was born in Ireland and came to America at the age of twelve years, settling in Pennsylvania, where he followed the occupation of farming and operated a carding-mill. Mr. Bingham's second union resulted in the birth of the following children: Newton, Francis, E. Volney, Sarah, Lydia J., Eliza L., Hattie and Ellen. He was a strong Union man during the great Civil war and had three sons in the army. Newton enlisted in Company F, Forty-eighth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry at Mishawaka in 1861, as a private. He was elected orderly sergeant, was promoted to second lieutenant at the battle of Iuka for bravery on the field, and was assigned to Company G. He was then commissioned first lieutenant, but never filled this office as he received his commission as captain at the same time. Later he was made major and after serving in this capacity for a short time was made lieutenant colonel and finally colonel. He was a brave and gallant soldier, an efficient officer and served his country until the war closed, dying soon afterward of consumption. Francis enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry and served about one year. E. Volney was in Company G, Forty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was born in Penn township, St. Joseph Co., Ind., August 1, 1844, on his parents' farm, but was reared in Mishawaka, in the public schools of which he received his education. When quite young he began working in a furniture factory. From his earliest boyhood he was a great reader and when quite young began reading law, but his studies were interrupted by the Rebellion, and in February, 1864, he enlisted in the United States service, in which he remained until the war terminated, being with Sherman on his march to the sea, and from Savannah to Richmond, and terminated his military career with the Grand Review at Washington, D. C. After being mustered out and honorably discharged at Indianapolis he returned to Mishawaka with the rank of sergeant major, being a non-commissioned officer on the regimental staff. After his return to Mishawaka he clerked for two years, after which he became a traveling salesman. During this time he had remained true to his determination to become a lawyer and as a means to this end he carried a law book with him on the road, and his leisure hours were devoted to its perusal. Owing to failing health he quit the road and for two years thereafter was unable to follow an active business life, but this time was by no means wasted, for it was spent in posting himself in his chosen profession. Upon regaining his health he was elected to the position of justice of the peace and held this position three terms, or twelve years, although the township was strongly Republican, and the Republicans always elected their ticket. While filling this position he naturally resumed the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1875, since which time he has been a successful practitioner. He has recently been elected by a good majority on the Democrat ticket to the State Senate, and although he is an active Democrat he has been by no means an office seeker. He was postmaster of Mishawaka for four years under President Cleveland and has been a member of the school board and of the board of school trustees' of the town. He is entirely a self-made man and owes his success in life to his own unaided efforts. His education and knowledge of law was gained by painstaking study, which was pursued under many and trying difficulties, but with characteristic energy he persevered and is now independent. He stands deservedly high as a member of the St. Joseph county bar and it is needless to say that his integrity is unimpeachable. December 7, 1872, he was married to Hattie E. Grimes, daughter of Dr. J. F. Grimes, a of whom appears in this volume, and to them four children have been born: Katie R., Hattie B., James F. and Charles W..

"Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, Indiana
Together with Biographies of Many Prominent Men of Northern Indiana and the Whole State, Both Living and Dead"
Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago
John Morris Co. Printers and Binders.
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  E Volney Bingham (1844 - 1922)
  Hatti Grimes Bingham (1851 - 1929)
  Anna L Miller Bingham (1887 - 1976)*
  Kate Rebecca Bingham Nuner (1875 - 1910)*
  Hattie Beth Bingham (1885 - 1959)*
  James Frederick Bingham (1887 - 1966)
  Charles W. Bingham (1889 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Cemetery
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Lot 178 - H
Created by: Cathleen Sheibley Miller...
Record added: Jul 20, 2010
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James Frederick J. Fred Bingham
Added by: Cathleen Sheibley Miller Kalin
James Frederick J. Fred Bingham
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- Cathleen Sheibley Miller Kalin
 Added: Aug. 7, 2010

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