Saturday, January 21, 2012

“Our Family” of one?

The solid, arched monument proclaims “Our Family” across the arch—but only one name is inscribed, Isiblia J. Bonner (d. 1887).

wife of
Jan. 26, 1887
Aged 55 Ys.
3 M. 9 D.

Not only is there only one name on the monument, it is apparently misspelled. This likely should be Isabella Bonner, wife of John Bonner.

A license for John Bonner and Isabella David to marry was recorded in Delaware County on March 15, 1854. The 1880 Federal Census in Thompson Township, Delaware County shows John and Isabella living on a farm with three children.

1880 Federal Census image from

The marriage of John Bonner and Malinda Liggett (widow of Joseph Liggett) was recorded in Delaware County on January 25, 1891. The 1900 Federal Census shows John and Malinda Bonner living in Scioto Township, Delaware County. The 1910 Federal Census lists Malinda Bonner as a widow.

Delaware County Burials published online by Delaware County Genealogical and Historical Societies shows Malinda Bonner buried in Mill Creek Cemetery. John Bonner’s burial location is not listed.

Subset of Bonner burials from Delaware County Burials online

Is Isabella buried alone in Radnor Cemetery?

Perhaps John, who may have been a Civil War veteran, is buried next to Isabella after all: There is a GAR star at the gravesite.

Radnor Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio

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