Biography of Oliver E. Bonney
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Bonney, Oliver E., Potsdam, was born in Hadley, Hampshire county Mass., December 7, 1823, a son of Oliver, a native of Hanover, Plymouth county, Mass. The grandfather, Oliver, was also a native of Plymouth county. The father of our subject was born in June, 1790, and served in the war of 1812. He learned the cabinetmaker's trade, and also worked at house and bridge building, and during the latter years of his life was a farmer. He represented his town in the Lower house of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1832 and 1833. He married Betsey F. Hayward, of West Bridgewater, Mass., and they had eleven children, only two of whom are living. Dr. Franklin Ionney, of Hadley, Mass., (where he has practiced medicine for forty five years,) is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical College. The early life of our subject was spent in his native State. He learned the printer's trade at Amherst, Mass., and at twenty two years of age had charge of a printing office in Boston, hut his health failing, he took to agriculture. He was in trade from 1859 until 1965 in different towns in Massachusetts, and in 1865 moved to Potsdam, where he established a crockery and grocery store on the corner of Market and Elm streets. He was fourteen years in that location, and in 1879 moved to his present place on Market street, where he has continued in the same trade and added the buying of butter and cheese. He also deals in coal, Mr. Bonney is a staunch Republican. He has been an elder of the Presbyterian church for many years. He married March 5, 1850, Lucy A. Judd, of South Hadley, Mass., and they have two children Edmund J., who is in the insurance business at Watertown, N. Y. and Joseph P., a partner in the store at Potsdam. One other child, Joseph P., died in Massachusetts before their removal to New York State.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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