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Capt Warford Bonham, Sr

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Capt Warford Bonham, Sr

  • Birth 18 Nov 1781 Washington County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 23 Jul 1869 Marshall County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Sparland, Marshall County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 19066206

War of 1812 veteran.

Warford's wife was Rebecca Mason from NY.

Apparently he settled in the county before 1835 and made many land purchases from the government.


Shortly after the commencement of hostilities between this country and Great Britain in 1812 Warford BONHAM raised a company and served until the close of the war, with the rank of captain. Returning home, he remained in Ross county until about 1824, when he removed with his family to Pickaway county, where they resided for about ten years. At that time there was considerable emigration to Illinois, and he determined to try his fortunes in that new country. On coming to this state they first made their home in Tazewell county, where they remained one winter, but, not liking the location, in April, 1835, the captain removed with his family to Marshall county and entered a tract of government land in Whitefield township, which now comprises a part of the farm on which our subject now resides. This land was secured at the government price of one dollar and a quarter per acre.

At the time of his removal here Captain BONHAM had about eighteen hundred dollars in money, together with a good supply of stock. The family consisted of father, mother and nine children, among them being two married daughters with their husbands – James TANQUARY and John S. HOSKINS. The latter settled on land adjoining, in Steuben township. James TANQUARY was the father of Cornelius and Addison TANQUARY, who are now prominent citizens of Steuben township.

On the farm on which he originally settled in Whitefield township, Captain BONHAM spent the remainder of his life, passing peacefully away July 23, 1869, at the rig age of eighty-eight years. His remains were interred in the family burial ground on the home farm, a plat of ground set off by himself for that purpose. There his wife, who died February 17, 1858, at the age of sixty-eight years, was also interred, and side by side they lie at rest, waiting the resurrection morn.

The tract of land secured by Captain BONHAM comprised about one thousand acres, which he extensively improved, and as his children went out from the old home he gave them such assistance as seemed best or as they were entitled to. In this way he administered on his own estate, and in a more satisfactory way, the division as made being perfectly satisfactory to every member of the family. Everything was perfectly harmonious, there being no dissatisfaction expressed by any one. The old homestead was given to our subject, with whom he made his home the last years of his life.

In early life Captain BONHAM was politically a whig, the principles of the party being dear to him, and its great leaders – Webster and Clay – revered. A liberty-loving man, when the whig party ceased to exist, he identified himself with the new republican party and voted its ticket and advocated its principles to the end. His interest in political affairs never wavered, and, while never an office seeker, he was duly honored by his fellow citizens in a number of local offices. For about twenty years he was justice of the peace and was well known throughout the county as Squire Warford BONHAM.

While he was a self-educated man, having had little opportunity for an education, either in public or private schools, he was a great student and well versed in general history and current events of the day. He was very fond of good reading, especially of a theological nature, and was well versed in the Bible. For many years he was a member of the Christian church, being converted under the preaching of Alexander CAMPBELL. He was never bigoted in church matters, although a warm supporter of the church. The same right to hold and advocate his religious views he was willing to concede to others. In a discussion of religion or politics he could hold his own with the best. As a republican he was an earnest supporter of Lincoln during the war and was a great admirer of that pure and honest statesman.

The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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  • Originally Created by: The Ancestor Hunter
  • Added: 23 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19066206
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Warford Bonham, Sr (18 Nov 1781–23 Jul 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19066206, citing Bonham Cemetery, Sparland, Marshall County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by NE MO (contributor 46863367) .