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William Mansfield Bonnett
Birth: Dec. 23, 1860
Jackson County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 19, 1909
Hartford City
Mason County
West Virginia, USA

My great grandfather.

Son of Civil War soldier Mansfield Bonnett and Massie Gandee. Direct descendant of Jesse Hughes and cousin to Lewis Wetzel.

Husband of: 1) Adda A. Gibbs, married Dec. 25, 1880; and 2) Mahala Bell Kearns, married Dec. 25, 1885.

Children of William and Adda: Lillian Mae and Mattie Bonnett.

Children of William and Mahala Bell: Mary Bonnett and three infants who died at birth.

Will Bonnett, fireman, was killed when a boiler at the Liverpool Salt Works at Hartford, WV, exploded. According to the front page account given by the Mason Republican, buildings were torn apart and debris scattered over half a mile of territory.

The force of the explosion was heard for miles and nearby homes were shattered and broken with iron debris penetrating the homes and narrowly missing the inhabitants.

The newspaper stated "People from miles around visited the scene of the wreck Sunday, and attended the funeral of the two men who were killed. The evening train was crowded with passengers and the church would not hold the crowds at the funeral." William Bonnett, fireman, and William Smith, engineer, were both killed instantly.

Grandpa Will is buried on a hill directly behind the old Liverpool Salt Works alongside his parents and many Bonnett family members. His death was a devastating blow to his wife and daughters who loved him dearly, and their lives were changed forever.

This memorial is sponsored by great granddaughter Willi Anderson. 
Family links: 
  Mansfield Bonnett (1829 - 1885)
  Massie Gandee Bonnett (1833 - 1885)
  Adda A. Gibbs Bonnett (1860 - ____)
  Mahala Bell Kearns Knapp (1868 - 1944)*
  Lillian Mae Bonnett Keiser (1881 - 1942)*
  Mattie Bonnett Righthouse (1883 - 1966)*
  Mary Ann Bonnett Gibbs (1888 - 1953)*
  William Mansfield Bonnett (1860 - 1909)
  Helen Amelia Bonnett Anderson (1873 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Brown Cemetery
Hartford City
Mason County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Righthouse
Record added: Aug 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40344324
William Mansfield Bonnett
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William Mansfield Bonnett
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- Righthouse
 Added: Oct. 3, 2015

- Jim Henwood
 Added: Apr. 25, 2013
"In Loving Memory"
- Summer
 Added: Feb. 4, 2013
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