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Wilfred Bonney, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1867
Wareham
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1950
North Pembroke
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

Wilfred Bonney was born on Dec. 27, 1867, the son of William F. Bonney and Mary (Dunham)Bonney in Wareham, Ma.
He left school after the 8th grade. He was not interested in helping his father on the farm, but wanted to go to sea. His father took him to a friend who captained a trading schooner out of New Bedford, Ma. At the age of fourteen he signed on as a Cabin Boy. He had many tales about his ventures at sea, sailing around the world twice.
At one time, he was sent aloft during a storm to unfurl a sail and fell to deck, injuring his head. He was taken to a hospital in what he referred to as the "Black Hole of Calcutta where no one could understand him or he them. Two days passed and he returned to the schooner.
After arriving home, he went to work on a fishing vessel out of Gloucester, Ma. On one of their stops at Port Medway, Nova Scotia he met his future wife, Hannah "Etta" Foster. Her folks had gone to Canada from Marshfield as "Royalists" during the Revolutionary War.
Wilfred and Etta, as she was called, were married in Nova
Scotia and returned to Marshfield.
After his father died on Mar. 19, 1912, he was left some
money and he invested it in a fishing vessel that was built in St. Johns, New Brunswick. On one of his fishing trips, his vessel was taken over by the Canadian Government. This was at the beginning of the First World War (1917). He was paid a just sum by the Canadian Government and he was later able to buy another vessel that he named "The Grace Darling".
Wilfred and Hannah "Etta" Bonney were the parents of six
children:
Mary (called May) was born Aug. 30, 1890. She first married Earl HOWLAND. After they were divorced, she married William CHASE, she died in Marshfield, Apr. 28, 1965.
Eleanor T. Bonney was born Nov. 13, 1892. She married
Frank HARLOW. She passed away in 1948.
William F. Bonney was born Aug. 8, 1895, named after his
Grandfather. He married Lucy Agnes EWELL. William died in
Marshfield Apr. 21, 1957.
Leroy Scott Bonney, was born Mar. 2, 1900. He married
Mary T. SLINEY, from Belmont, Ma. He died in Baltimore, Md.
on Apr. 16, 1946.
Marguerite Bonney was born Dec. 4, 1904. She married
William HUNT. After his death she married Robert MANGANELLI
She died in Farmington, New Hampshire.
Wilfred Bonney, Jr. was born Aug. 18, 1907. He married
Gladys ADAMS in Manchester, New Hampshire May 20, 1928.
Wilfred Jr., died in Sarasota, Fl., Oct. 24, 1974 and Gladys
died in Sarasota Nov. 19, 1996.
Etta and Wilfred Sr., also had two girls that did not survive childhood. Dorothy died at birth and Gertrude at age
six.
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Francis Bonney (1831 - 1912)
  Mary L. Gray Bonney (1834 - 1892)
 
 Spouse:
  Hannah Foster Bonney (1868 - 1921)*
 
 Children:
  LeRoy Scott Bonney (1900 - 1946)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Marshfield
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: ROBERT BONNEY
Record added: Aug 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57588139
Wilfred Bonney, Sr
Added by: ROBERT BONNEY
 
Wilfred Bonney, Sr
Added by: ROBERT BONNEY
 
Wilfred Bonney, Sr
Added by: ROBERT BONNEY
 
 
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Granddad, I wish you a very Happy Heavenly Christmas.
- Your Grandson, Bobby
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012
Happy Heavenly Father's Day. Rest in peace.
- Adelin & Bob
 Added: Jun. 17, 2012

- Camille Phelps
 Added: Feb. 15, 2012
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