Newton J. Bonner

  • Birth 22 Oct 1850
  • Death 26 Jul 1908 Morgans Point, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Burial La Porte, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Bonner
  • Memorial ID 96383852

Stabbed to death by J.L. Mitchell.

Buried beside his grandson Frank Isbell.

A History of Texas and Texans, vol. 5, p. 2416: He was a Confederate soldier in a Mississippi regiment and lost a leg in the Battle of Chickamauga. He became a pioneer merchant at Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas. This reference states he was born "about 1840" and died at age 65.

The 1900 census gives his age as 67 and says he was born October 1832. His wife was 57.
He may be the Jasper N. Bonner age 12 (b.c1838) in Marshall Co., Miss., in 1850, son of John A. Bonner and Rebecca Bonner.

The 1880 census: Newton J. Bonner, age 40, and wife Jane, age 37, were in Panola County, Mississippi, with two children, Georgiana and Albert Q.

According to CEMETERIES & HISTORY OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS ("Cedarhurst Cemetery, La Porte,Texas"), by George Wolf Jr.(2008), he was a son of Thomas Bonner and Elizabeth (Dodson) Bonner, buried in Union Cemetery, Falls Co., Tx.:

A family tree online (not verified) shows Elizabeth Dodson Bonner (1821-70) as a daughter of Nimrod Dodson and Elizabeth Chisum of Warren County, Tennessee.

Sons and Daughters of Thomas Deaton by Lawson A. Deaton, Jr. (reprint, 1999: Genealogical Publishing Company, Annapolis MD.), Vol. III, p. 1146.

A History of Texas and Texans, by Frank White Johnson, Volume 5, pp. 2415-2416: "Albert Q. Bonner. There are always theorists in every country and many of these, at one time or another, have cherished the pleasant idea that an easy way to eliminate their bothersome business problems and assure financial independence for the future would be to acquire a ranch in the great State of Texas and go into the cattle business. In many cases they have learned by bitter experience that in order to be a successful ranchman of today, more knowledge, resourcefulness, courage and capacity are needed than in almost any other line of effort. In these times the owner of many hundred acres of Texas grazing land and thousands of valuable cattle, must be one of the keenest of practical business men, necessarily alert and far seeking as to public affairs as well as changing conditions of weather and market. A fine example of such a ranchman in Collingsworth County is found in Albert Q. Bonner, who is located on Round Creek, twelve miles northeast of Wellington. He was born in Panola County, Mississippi, January 12, 1878, and is a son of Newton J. and Jane (Deaton) Bonner.

"Newton J. Bonner's people moved from Tennessee to Mississippi where he was born about 1840. He died at Morgan's Point, in Harris County, Texas, when aged sixty-five years. He served through the Civil war as a private in a Mississippi regiment, in the Confederate army, until the battle of Chickamauga, Tennessee, in September, 1863, when he suffered the loss of a leg. Accompanied by his family he came to Texas and was the pioneer merchant at Wellington, in Collingsworth County, making the hamlet a place of importance and practically giving it its name. After selling goods for a few years he moved out on Buck Creek and by improving a farm in the vicinity of the Buck Creek schoolhouse bettered conditions in that section. Mr. Bonner filed on four sections of land, a thing easy to do at that time. Some years later he sold all his possessions in Collingsworth County and moved to Harris County, where he passed the rest of his life. In his political views he was a democrat. He was a man of fine private character and was a member of the Baptist Church.

"Newton J. Bonner was united in marriage with Jane Deaton, who was a daughter of George Deaton. She died at Morgan's Point, Texas, a few years before her husband. Two children were born to Newton J. Bonner and his wife: Georgie, who is the wife of J.M. Isbell, of Dallas, Texas, and Albert Q. Mrs. Bonner was a devoted member of the Baptist Church, and as indicative of the sincerity of her religious principles, she gathered the children of the church together and started the first Sunday-school at Wellington.

"After the father of Albert Q. Bonner brought his family to Texas, the boy had some public school advantages, but soon became self-supporting, at the age of seventeen being employed by W.M. Harrell, and during the subsequent three years on Mr. Harrell's ranch was given his board and $30 per month in wages. He then went to the Mill Iron Ranch people and remained for three years, when, believing that he had enough ranch experience to justify it, he went into the business of buying, selling and trading in cattle for himself. He met with such success that four years later he decided on ranching and leased the Davenport land near Wellington. Mr. Bonner remained on that ranch for six years and when he left there came to the old Dave Goodwin place, where he now lives. He bought the place, also some land from the Mill Iron Ranch and other adjacent land, making himself owner of eight sections, and this large body, with seven sections leased, enables him to carry on extensive operations. He began operating all this property in 1912, simply as a grazing proposition, his stock being the hardy Herefords. His brand is the "hash knife" on the right side, and a circle on the right hip. Mr. Bonner succeeded to the ownership of the Davenport interest in the First National Bank of Wellington and was a director of the concern while he owned the stock.
"On November 26, 1903, Mr. Bonner was married to Miss Ruth O. Karnes, who was born December 15, 1881. She is a daughter of Rev. Manoa Francis and Callie (Gregory) Karnes. Her maternal grandfather, Rev. W.J. Gregory, was a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was a preacher from the age of nineteen years until his death when aged ninety-four years, one of the oldest clergymen in Texas. The father of Mrs. Bonner is a resident of Wise County, Texas, coming to the state prior to the war between the states. He is a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian body and is also a farmer. He and wife are the parents of sixteen children, all of whom survive as follows: James M., Felix Grundy; Laban Isaac; Ruth Osborn and Bettie Minerva, twins; Samuel and Mittie, twins, the latter being the wife of Arthur James; Pearl, wife of John Buchanan; Laura, wife of Joseph McKenzie; and Nettie May, Millard, Joseph H., Robert, Charles Glenn, Mary and Viola.
"To Mr. and Mrs. Bonner the following children have been born: Thelma Lucille, Albert Duward, Frank Newton, Albert Q., Jr., and Ruth Osborn. Mr. Bonner is not an active politician, but he gives support to the democratic party, in 1900 voting for William Jennings Bryan. He has never identified himself with either church fraternity, nevertheless stands high in his community for all they typify."

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  • Created by: Ray Isbell
  • Added: 1 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96383852
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Newton J. Bonner (22 Oct 1850–26 Jul 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96383852, citing Cedarhurst Cemetery, La Porte, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .