H. W. History of Fountain County, Indiana. Chicago: H.H. Hill and
N. Iddings, 1881, p 413
BINGHAM, farmer, Steam Corner, was born in Fleming Co KY June 8,
1822. His father, William Bingham emigrated from Ireland in 1814
to NY then KY. He made a trip to New Orleans and walked back to
Ky. There he married Nancy Hawkins. In 1829 they moved to Montgomery
County, Indiana settling three miles north of Wayneotwn where he
bought 80 acres of land. He was a schoolt eacher, which business
he mostly followed. He died Oct 30, 1843. HIs wife died July 4,
1833. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They
had several children of whom 3 are living. Alexander received a
very limited education. In 1838 he was apprenticed to learn the
cabinet trade and served 2 years. He then went to KY where he followed
this trade 3 years. In 1843 he returned to Indiana and followed
his trade. He attended school in the winter of 1846-7, at Pleasant
Hill. July 19, 1847, Mr. Bingham was married to Catharine Crane,
daughter of Silas and Ruth Sayers Crane. She was born in Butler
Co Ohio Feb 2, 1831. After marriage he settled at Pleasant Hill
and remained till 1851, when he located at Waynetown and sold goods.
Meeting with reverses, he again followed his trade, mostly carpentering.
In 1856 he came into Fountain County to raise a house for one McKnight,
making his home with Peter Muraphey. Oct 27, 1856, his wife died,
leaving two children, William W. and Caroline A. She was a Methodist
and is buried at Pleasant Hill. Mr. Bingham bought 80 acres of land
in Mill Creek Township. In 1857, May 14, he was married to Jane
Savage, daughter of Alanson Savage. She was born in Sandusky Co
Ohio Nov 23, 1835, and died Aug 9, 1867. After his second marriage,
he settle dhis farm. This he sold and bought 120 acres where he
lives. This he improved. In 1869 he was burned out, but immediately
rebuilt. In his second family were two children: George F. and James.
Mr. Bingham was next married to Hester J. Crane Pond, April 9, 1869.
She was born in Fountain County, Indiana Aug 21, 1845. She has one
child, William C. Pond. Mr. Bnigham added to his farm till he owned
254 acres, the result of his own toil and good management. He used
to be a democrat, but became a charter member of the Republican
party and is still radical. In 1876 he was the nominee for representative,
but was beaten by the combined democratic and greenback vote. He
has experienced all the haps and mishaps incident to a career from
poverty to reasonable success.
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