Biography of Col. Benjamin F. Bonney
Madison County, NY Biographies





Bonney, Col. Benjamin F., p. o. Hamilton, was born on a farm at Hamilton, N. Y., May 24, 1818, and educated in the schools of Hamilton and Homer. He grew up on the farm and after his school days became a clerk in a dry goods store. In 1834 he enlisted in a company of "Light Infantry," and in 1838 was chosen colonel of the 4th Regiment. He followed clerking more of less until 1844, when he conducted a storehouse for three years, then managed a hotel for a year, and in 1850 entered the drug store of John J. Foote, becoming a partner in 1854, which partnership continued until 1866, when Mr. Bonney went south and spent two years. Returning he purchased the business from Mr. Foote and associated with him James K. Welton. This partnership continued until 1887, when Mr. Welton died, but the business still continued under the old name until April, 1893, when he sold the business of the firm and retired from active business life. Mr. Bonney was postmaster at Hamilton from 1869 to 1883; he is president of the village improvement association, and has been since its organization. He has also been president of the Woodlawn Cemetery As sociation for six years and is a member of the board of education of "The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York;" is also one of the directors of the National Hamilton Bank and has been for twenty years; was a trustee of the first Baptist church for some years. In 1847 Mr. Bonney married Augusta C. Allen and they have one son, J. Franklin Bonney. Mrs. Bonney died in 1888 Mr. Bonney's parents were Col. Benjamin and Lucinda (Wilder) Bonney. The Bonneys are an old American family and Mr. Bonney's grandfather, Benjamin Bonney, was a member of the Massachusetts Assembly during the Revolutionary war. The family came to Hamilton, Madison county, in 1808. Col. Benjamin Bonney was for many years connected with the militia, and promoted to the rank of colonel; he served in the war of 1812, was first stationed at Sacketts Harbor. Mr. Bonney's grandfather, Abel Wilder, was a Revolutionary soldier and fought at Bunker Hill He was beside Gen. Warren when that celebrated soldier was shot in that battle.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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