|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1831|
Henson D. Bonham was but four years of age when his parents located in Marshall County. On the old farm where he now resides he grew to manhood and faithfully served his parents until after he attained his majority. His education was obtained in the public schools, his attendance being usually limited to the winter months of each year. As he grew to manhood he determined to follow as his life work the calling of his father, that of a farmer, and to that end bent all his energies, so that when called upon to leave the parental home he would be fully equipped for the battle of life.
On the 14th of October, 1852, Mr. Bonham and Miss Luana Swift were united in marriage. Six children came to bless this union--Alice R., at home; Roscoe LeRoy, an employee of the Great Northern railroad at St. Paul, Minnesota; Millard Fillmore, who was a storekeeper for the Iron Range railroad, and died February 11, 1893, at Two Harbor, Minnesota; Carrie M., wife of Frank E. Duncan, of Des Moines, Iowa; Emily N., book-keeper and stenographer in the office of F.E. Duncan, at Des Moines; and Lillie, who died at the age of eight months.
Immediately after his marriage Mr. Bonham commenced farming on his own responsibility. In due time his father let him have one hundred and sixty acres of the old homestead, on which he has continued to reside. From the other heirs he purchased fifty acres, giving him a nice farm of two hundred and ten acres. This he has ever kept under a good state of cultivation and his improvements have kept pace with the times.
Politically Mr. Bonham is a stanch republican, the principles of the party being born and bred in the bone. He has never sought office, but has shown his interest in the party by attending the primaries and local conventions and serving on township committees. For thirty years he has been an Odd Fellow and has passed all the chairs in both subordinate lodge and encampment. He has served the local bodies as a delegate to the Grand Lodge and grand encampment. He is now chief patriarch of the encampment at Sparland. A strong temperance advocate, he is decidely in favor of the total annihilation of the liquor traffic. An almost life long resident of the county, having spent some sixty-one years within its borders, he is well and favorably known throughout its length and breadth.
The Biographical Record, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County, Illinois, 1896
Warford Bonham (1781 - 1869)
Rebecca Mason Bonham (1789 - 1858)
Luana Susan Swift Bonham (1831 - 1898)
Millard Fillmore Bonham (1861 - 1892)*
Lillas S. Bonham (1868 - 1868)*
Jeriah Bonham (1818 - 1895)*
Warford Bonham (1822 - 1894)*
Clayton Mason Bonham (1824 - 1872)*
Henson Davis Bonham (1831 - 1904)
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