Mehitable Sawyer Hall Bingham was born October 1, 1806 in Andover, Oxford, Maine to Amos Richardson Sawyer and Elizabeth Bixbee (or Bixby). Mehitable's relatives were prominent early American families. Mehitable was married to Benjamin Kimball Hall in Maine in 1827. While living in Letter 'B' Township, Oxford Co., Maine, their first five children were born, and they were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They moved with their young children to Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio around 1836 to join the Saints. There is no record, but it is assumed that Mehitable and Benjamin sacrificed along with the other Saints to build the Temple of the Lord in Kirtland. This time in Kirtland was a difficult period for the Saints, and the family left sometimes around June 1, 1838 with a recommend for removal signed by Newell K. Whitney. They then moved to Exeter, Scott Co. Illinois, and later to Lima, Adams Co., Illinois near Nauvoo. They were members of the first branch organized on October 23, 1840 in Lima. Their daughter Louisa remembered seeing the Prophet Joseph Smith often while living in Lima. Along with the other Saints, the family endured persecutions and mobsters. At one time, a mob ordered them out of their home and burned it to the ground as the family watched from the corn field. Benjamin was endowed in the Nauvoo Temple on December 24, 1845, and Mehitable on January 7, 1846. They soon left Nauvoo and began to move West to find peace in Zion. They stayed in Mt. Pisgah, Iowa from 1847-1850 where they raised the necessary means to continue on in their journey. The family made the trek from Iowa to the Salt Lake Valley in 1850, arriving on September 20, in the James Pace Company led by Captain Bennett. Soon after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, the family settled in Ogden, Utah where Benjamin farmed and made brooms, and Mehitable worked as a midwife. They received their Patriarchal blessings from Isaac Morley in 1855 at Mound's Fort. Later in life, when their youngest daughter Louisa was old enough to be married, conflicts arose between Benjamin and Mehitable about who would be a suitable spouse. Among other things, this difference contributed to their separation and divorce. Mehitable then married Erastus Bingham on September 11, 1857 as a plural wife. Benjamin was eventually remarried as well. Benjamin and Mehitable were the parents of nine children, three of whom died during their journeys from Maine to Utah. Mehitable passed away January 30, 1866 in Ogden, Utah.
Mehitable's biography is included in a collection of Harris Family Biographies. Mehitable and Benjamin's combined biography was written by their great-granddaughter Belle Harris Wilson about 1960. Benjamin was baptized August 6, 1833 by Hazen Aldrich as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (there is no date recorded for Mehitable's baptism in the biography).While living in Kirtland, Ohio, they lost their oldest daughter, Elisa Marie, and this event was published in the LDS Messenger and Advocate in the November 1836 issue on page 416. While living in Lima, the family was associated with the leaders of the Church and was victim to the cruel treatment of persecutors of their religion. When the mob ordered them out of their home in Lima, Mehitable's son Horace left his sick bed to join his father on guard against the mob. He later died of exposure, and according to a grandson, 'He [was] no less a martyr for the cause of righteousness than those who were shot down by the bullet of the infuriated demons.' Mehitable was described as being rather husky for a woman and 'fearless as a lion.' It was recorded that when the mob forced them to leave, Mehitable realized she had forgotten a pewter tea pot. She ran back for the pot and said, 'I am going to get that tea pot. [Dang] them, they can't have that to melt into bullets to kill us with.' While traveling to the Salt Lake Valley, they were given a small pox scab to vaccinate their group as they would be traveling through an infected area. As a midwife, the responsibility fell to Mehitable to vaccinate the members of their ten wagon company. In addition to working as a midwife in Ogden, Mehitable and her daughters made home-spun cloth, yarn, and rag carpets. After Mehitable's death, the house she lived in when married to Erastus Bingham was moved to Salt Lake City to a pioneer village on Conner Street and named, 'Mehitable Bingham's Cabin.'