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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western Historical Company in 1879.  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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BONNELL, JOHN W., retired; was born in Essex Co., N. J., July l4, 1812; he was brought up and lived there until 31 years of age, when he and two of his brothers emigrated to Iowa, and located in Lee County, in October, 1843; the following spring, two other brothers came here; they engaged in the mercantile business here, and in Salem, Henry County, two years after, they bought a large tract of land, about 1,500 acres; engaged in farming and continued in this way for five or six years, then they divided up their property; John continued farming until within a few years; he has rented his land and removed to Fort Madison; with his brother, owns about 600 acres of good land. He married Rosanna Houver, from this county, in 1857; she died the following year. He married Eliza M. Pittman in April, 1864; she is a daughter of W. G. Pittman, one of the earliest settlers of Lee County; they have had four children, only one son survives — Burton, born Feb. 22, 1872.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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