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Edward Bonner
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1841
Death: Nov. 26, 1913

Edward Bonner was born in Spartanburg, District, S.C., in 1841, being the son of Andrew and Louisa Bonner, also natives of that state. Young Edward remained in the vicinity of his birthplace until grown to manhood, receiving but limited advantages for an education, and attending school only a portion of each year. When nineteen years of age he assumed charge of his father's farm, and after the latter's death remained with his mother conducting the business in a most satisfactory manner. When twenty years old he enlisted in the Confederate Army in Company G, Fifth South Carolina Regiment under, Captain Carpenter, commanded by Col.Jenkins, and participated in the first battle of Manassas, but being taken ill shortly thereafter, he was detailed to manage the Magnetic iron works, located at Cherokee Ford, S.C. This was one of the most important branches of industry in connection with the Southern cause. Mr.Bonner remained in this position until the close of the war, after which he commenced business as a merchant at Limestone Springs, S.C. After one year, at his mother's earnest solicitation, he returned to her home and resumed control of her extensive business. In 1869 he was married to Miss Julia G., daughter of Elijah and Julia (Ray) Harris, and their marriage has been blessed with three interesting children:Edward L., Carl Ray and Erma. The oldest child, Edward is a promising young man, and bids fair to be a leader among men, standing intellectually far above the average, a young man whose example is worthy of imitation. Mr.Bonner moved to St.Francis Co. in 1884, locating in Forrest City, and four years later was appointed postmaster at that place, serving in that capacity for five years, and also as agent for the Southern Express Company. The change of administration in 1883, or President Garfield's reign, caused his removal from the position of postmaster. Since leaving the office Mr.Bonner has been merchandising, and at present managing the co-operative store at Forrest City inaugurated by the people for their benefit. The stock is valued at $45,000 and under his efficient control is rapidly increasing in value, and is one of the city's leading enterprises. In politics our subject is a Democrat, and in religious belief a Baptist, as is also his wife. Mr.Bonner is a liberal contributor to all charitable movements, and, in fact, every act that be tokens the good or growth of the county finds him a staunch supporter. Previous to the war his parents were quite wealthy, but the ravages incident to that period robbed them of nearly everything, their land being about all that they possessed. The paternal grandfather was a native of Virginia, born near Petersburg, but afterward moving to South Carolina, died there at the age of sixty three. The maternal grandfather was Joseph Camp, of South Carolina nativity, who was called to his final home at an advanced age. Mrs.Bonner's father was Rev.Elijah Ray, a Baptist minister of South Carolina. Her mother's father, Col.William Washington Harris, a native of North Carolina, was a soldier in the War of 1812, serving as Colonel in the volunteer service, and died at the age of eighty-eight years. He was one of the first settlers of Spartanburg, S.C.
Goodspeed's Biographical Memoirs
11/28/13 BONNER EDWARD COLONEL 11 5 1841 11 26 1913 CITY Obits from 1913 to 1930's
Col.Edward Bonner, Ex-Confederate soldier, and a classical Southern gentleman of the old school, expired early Wednesday morning at his home in this city, Nov.26,1913. Col.Bonner was one of our most venerable and highly esteemed citizens. Death came to him suddenly and was the result of paralysis of the heart. Col.Bonner was a rugged, and in some respects, a picturesque character. Up to two years ago, he was active and energetic in the business life of the community. About five months ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and the deceased gentleman's sufferings weakened him, but the strong will and keen interest in public affair, kept him up, and he made frequent visits to the city, although it was necessary to wheel him back and forth from his home in an invalid's chair. At the time of his death, deceased was at the head of the firm E.Bonner & Co.,one of the state's most substantial grocery and commision firms in Eastern Arkansas. He was a close observer, widely read, and a man of courage and convictions. Deceased was born Nov 5,1841, in Spartanburg, S.C., and died on Nov.26,1913. He was the son of Andrew and Louise Bonner. During the Civil war, deceased served as a member of Co.G-5th South Carolina Regiment, and participated in the battle of Manassas. Deceased's mind was filled with entertaining and thrilling reminescenes of the four years of strife and blood between the states. After the war, deceased removed fo Forrest City in 1874 and immediately took his place and began to build up the reputation and character, which he enjoyed as one of the county's most public spirited citizens looking to the welfare and growth of the city and county. He was the postmaster in this city in the early 80's. Deceased was married in 1869 to Mrs. Julia Harris, nee Miss Julia Bay. This union was blessed with three children-Messrs.Edward and Ray Bonner, and Mrs. A.D.Chilner, all of whom survive. Deceased is also survived by a foster daugher, Miss Julia Kinton-Bonner, who was greatly devoted to him. Col.Bonner had spent most of the afternoon at the srote on Tuesday, and appeared to be in a cheerful and talkative mood with all whom he met. Deceased's funeral was solemnized on Thanksgiving day at ten o'clock at the home in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives, Rev.F,W.Gee of the Methodist church officiating. The interment was in the Forrest City cemetery and his remains were laid to rest beside the grave of his sainted wife and mother, whose death occurred twenty years ago. 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew Bonner (1808 - 1862)
  Mariah Louisa Camp Bonner (1811 - 1888)
 
 Spouse:
  Julia G. Bay Bonner (1842 - 1893)*
 
 Children:
  Edward Lacy Bonner (1870 - 1957)*
  Ray C. Bonner (1879 - 1953)*
  Irma Bonner Chilner (1882 - 1946)*
 
 Siblings:
  Otis Bonner (1834 - 1837)*
  Edward Bonner (1841 - 1913)
  Bryant Bonner (1846 - 1917)*
  Sallie C. Bonner Moriarty (1848 - 1908)*
  Robert Andrew Bonner (1859 - 1924)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: First Postmaster of Forrest City, Arkansas
 
Burial:
Forrest City Cemetery (Original City Cemetery)
Forrest City
St. Francis County
Arkansas, USA
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Created by: Paul V. Isbell
Record added: Aug 03, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15132490
 

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