John Madison Bingham
Elizabeth (Woolum) Bingham
Lucinda (Carnes) Bingham
m: in Abt 1812
Andrew &Ursley(Woodward) Woolum
b: 1794 Washington Co, VA
d: 1853 Knox Co, KY
m: on 27 Nov 1855, in Knox Co, KY
Abner &Margaret "Peggy"(Jackson) Carnes
Micajah &Susan(LNU) Jackson
b: 10 Mar 1835
"MY LIFE WITH ELLEN"
by K.S. Sol Warren,
her loving husband
My life with Ellen began in a very unusual way,
and now almost twenty years, we've enjoyed each and every day.
Each of us had lost our spouses, and we were widow and widower indeed,
when at a funeral, a song was sung that supplied our every need.
Although we were rank strangers,
and never knew the other was in the world,
when we happened to sit side by side, and thus our heads were set to whirl.
Our lives together have been rewarding, to say more I could not tell,
that after these twenty good years that for both of us all is well.
These lines cannot express it all, but to know it was all God given,
they do tell a part of the beautiful story of
"My Life With Ellen."
"Barbourville [KY] Mountain Advocate"
October 14, 1949, p. 5
"Barbourville [KY] Mountain Advocate"
November 18, 1949, p. 8
Inquiries of Voters
Many citizens of the county have asked me concerning
my past life since I have been a candidate for the
office of County Judge. That is not an unfair question.
The people are entitled to know the kind of man they
are supporting for office, or in other words, the
kind of man they are going to employ as their servant.
My grandparents came to Knox county before the Civil
War; my parents were born, lived and died in Knox
County. My father spent his entire life in the log
house in which he was born. I was born in that same
home as well as two brothers and four sisters.
My parents died in less than one year--March 1912 and
January 1913, leaving six of us children as orphans,
the oldest twelve years of age, the youngest
seventeen months. Though young, we decided to remain
together and do our best. We never did break up house-
keeping. I was the oldest son and I worked at whatever
I could and from whom I could procure work, and many
weeks rode a mule ten miles to a mining camp in Bell
County peddling on whatever we could raise and get
hold of for our support.
At the time of the death of my parents I was in the
fourth grade of school; my schooling stopped until I
was married, which was October 13, 1919 to Callie
Warren, daughter of the late James A. Warren of Walker,
Kentucky. I realized the need of an education so I
managed to go to Berea College where I spent fourteen
months. When I arrived there I had only ten dollars
in money and I worked my way entirely while there
and completed the eighth grade.
The conditions of life in my case, over which I had
no control, made me realize the hardships of an
orphan child. I fully determined if health and hard
work would permit me that I would lend every effort
in the support my means would permit to orphan
children. I believe that a higher power went into this
arrangement with us. My wife and I were not fortunate
to have children of our own; but we have had part in
the rearing, training and molding the lives of
thirteen orphan children. Some remained with us a few
years, some of them from mere infants until they were
married. All of these children from the time we took
them into our home until they went into the homes of
their own or about their choice of work they had
selected were taught the best we could in the home and
we didn't send them to church or Sunday School but my
wife and I went and took them with us.
Two of the girls that I have reared attended Knox
Central High School, one completed her fourth year at
the age of sixteen. She had been with us since two
years of age, then we sent her to Andrew Jackson
School of Nashville, Tennessee, where she completed a
business course and is now holding a job in Dayton, Ohio.
We have one boy in our home at this time fourteen years
of age and another boy ten years of age. The older is
in the eighth grade and the younger in the fifth grade.
We had one orphan child, Leanna Warren, for several
years but the last three years of her life she was ill
and unable to go to school. During the three years of
her illness we expended a large sum of money in hospital
bills and doctor bills trying to restore her to health,
and after all we could do and of the good services of
the Board of Health in Barbourville, and the splendid
services of Dr. C. B. Stacy of Pineville, to whom you
may refer for records to sustain my statements, this
child, at the age of thirteen years passed away.
You can see that from practical experience I know some
of the hardships of life. However, at an early age I made
up my mind to meet, and if possible conquer any problem
or difficulty which might come my way. Also, I believe,
and the good book teaches "that no man liveth unto
himself." My good wife and I have not only enjoyed life
but our greatest happiness has been in the growth and
progress that we have seen develop in children that have
lived with us. God knows that both of us made sacrifices
and denied ourselves some of the material things of life
to make this investment in the lives of boys and girls.
We know that we have been fully repaid.
I hope this bit of information concerning my early
child and home life will not be considered as any boast
on my part. To confirm my statements I invite you to
check with my neighbors and friends for confirmation or
otherwise of these statements.
I solicit your aid, your confidence, your votes, that I
may serve you as County Judge for four years. I promise and
assure you that my work in this office will have the
same interest, care and consideration that I have had
with my own life and business affairs.
M. G. Bingham
To the citizens of Knox County:
It is one of the foundation principles of our democratic
form of government that the people elect their officials
by an expression of the will of the majority at the polls.
I feel highly complimented and deeply appreciative that
you have just elected me your county judge for the next
four years. It shall be my desire and aim to fill this
position and discharge its duties in an efficient,
impartial, friendly and honorable way that will meet the
approval of all our fair-minded citizens. I, like you, am
a friend of church and school, law and order, and will
extend, as is their right, to those who appear in the
courts over which I shall preside, equal justice under
the law. And I assure you that the fiscal affairs of
the county, looking to the economical conduct of the
public interests and the people's welfare, shall have my
constant attention and support. I ask the friendly wishes
and active and outspoken cooperation of all citizens who
desire to have our county and its several communities
during the coming four years, better places in which to
live. With these aims and wishes, and a further expression
of my thankfulness for the confidence you have recently
shown me, I beg to remain,
Your faithful servant,
M. G. BINGHAM
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