We do not know where the BINGAMAN/BINGHAM family originally came from, this is all we have.....
I am trying to locate any information on my great grandfather John Tecumseh BINGAMAN, BINGHAM. He was born in Union Twp, PA. on September 22, 1844. At the age of 16 years John enlisted in Harrisburg, PA. to go off to war. He had lied about his age. I have John's muster out roll at the age of 18 as a private in the 14th Company, 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps. on the 22, Sept, 1862, and was transferred from Co., G, 57th Regt. PA. Vols. March 21, 1965. Being honorably discharged June 30, 1866, at Stone General Hospital, in Washington, D.C. (John had TB at one point in his life) We found his name spelled "BINGMAN, BINGAMAN, BINGEMAN" on several military documents, so it is hard to know which name he was actually named at birth. We believe he was married in PA. after the Civil War, and possibly had a family. There is a 20 gap, before we get any more information on him.
Twenty years later, we find John running horses to Berryville, AR. He and his friend sell the horses to a man by the name of William RHODEN in Berryville. William and his wife are both either Cherokee or Chickashaw, and have several children, the youngest named (Dora) Dove, we believe her to be about 14 years old.
John buys her from William for $1,000 and settles down in Berryville, where they have 4 children. We think they were finally married when she was 17, but that is not a certainty. The children's names are John T. II, Harry Lawrence, James and Alice Bingham.
Unfortunately John forgot to divorce his first wife as the story goes, and she finally locates him when the oldest son John, is about 13 years old. She goes to Berryville, and moves back in with her husband, and Dove, takes her children and moves out, going to the Chickashaw Indian Reservation in Ada, Oklahoma. John was not very good to Dove, and possibly because of her age, treated her as if she were one of his own children.
Nothing is known about this first wife, no names have been passed down, for her or possible children. So we are simply doing grab bags with the John Bingaman/Bingham.