|Birth: ||Apr. 27, 1847|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1929|
Los Angeles County
James was born in West Virginia about 1847, the son of David L. Bonar and Amy (or Annie Emma). In 1860 and 1870, he was living in Richland Town, Marshall County, Illinois.
He volunteered for enlistment on December 27, 1863 under the name of James Bonar and mustered out on November 22, 1865 under the name of James Bonner.
On September 3, 1872 he married Elizabeth Kehler in Mill Township, Lancaster County, Nebraska. By June 8, 1880, James and Elizabeth with their children, were living at Alma, Mosquito Mountain, Park County, Colorado. James lists his occupation as miner.
By June 1, 1885, James and Elizabeth were divorced.
The following information was located in the Butte City Directories and this may or may not be James:
1890-1891: J. O. Bonner, helper Moulton Mining Co.
1895: James Q. Boner, watchman, Moulton Mill, residence, half mile east of mill
1896: James Bonner, miner, rooms 27 West Quartz
This information was taken from the newspaper Hartford Weekly Pioneer (Hartford was within a couple of miles of Clancy), 1895, "James Bonner, an experienced miner, formerly foreman of the Comet mine, near Wickes, has been appointed foreman of the Little Alma." If this is the correct James, he was living in the Clancy, Jefferson County, Montana area which is where his ex-wife Elizabeth was living with her husband, George Allen Bailey. Also living in the Clancy area at this time was Harvey and Hattie Bonner, son and daughter of James.
James was not located in the 1900 and 1910 census.
By March 31, 1920, James is living at the National Military Home, Malibu Township, Los Angeles County, California.
On October 10, 1929, James died at the Soldiers Home as noted in the following record: State of California, Certification of Vital Record, place of death, Dist. No. 1992, County of Los Angeles, no. 29-053679, local registered no. 359, Soldiers Home, Hospital, James Bonner, male, white, single, occupation miner, birthplace, W. Va., name of father Unknown, length of residence 1 day, cause of death, acute general peritonitis due to stangulated hernia (indirect inguinal) signed by Frank R. Webb, M.D., Asst. Autopsy Surgeon, place of burial, Soldiers' Home, Cal., date of burial, October 11, 1929, undertaker Adjutant and Inspector, address Soldiers' Home, Cal.
James was buried U.S. Veterans Cemetery, Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 South Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049, Section 61 Row D Site 23, his tombstone is inscribed "CO C 2 ILL CAV."
Elizabeth Kehler Bailey (1847 - 1897)*
Joseph Henry Bonner (1873 - 1925)*
Harvey Eugene Bonner (1877 - 1949)*
Hattie Bonner Tiernan (1880 - 1956)*
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Plot: 61, RD/GR23
Maintained by: Charleen Spalding
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3690601
A symbol of your mining days. Rest in Peace - your great granddaughter.|
Added: Jul. 27, 2013
Charleen did find where Elizabeth Kehler, his wife died and is buried (Clancy, Montana). Charleen is my second cousin, and James Bonner (Bonar) served in the Union army: James K Bonar, Company D, 778 Illinois Infantry, Private. Misc. 2nd Illinois Cavalr...(Read more)|
Added: Nov. 20, 2009
I wish that I had known James Bonner, my great grandfather. He was born about 1847 in West Virginia. He was married to Elizabeth Kehler. The whereabouts of Elizabeth is unknown.|
Added: Dec. 11, 2000