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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & Co. in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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SAMUEL M. BONNELL, farmer, Posey Township, born in this county in 1838, is a son of Joseph and Hannah (Dunham) Bonnell, who settled in this county in 1836, from Cincinnati, his father a mechanic, and came from New Jersey to Cincinnati in 1811. He purchased land in this county and died here. Our subject grew to manhood in Posey Township, and has always resided there; was married in 1862, to Huldah A. Fisk, daughter of David and Purrilla Fisk, early settlers to this county from Vermont, he obtained a portion from his father’s and wife’s estate, and to this he has added, till he now owns 162 acres of good land, well provided with improvements, brick residence, etc. Has always engaged in farming, and has been quite successful; raises some stock, and does a general farming business. Mr. and Mrs. B. have one child, William F.; two are deceased. Mr. B. is identified with the Masonic lodge, and is one of the most substantial farmers of the county.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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