Biography of Charles Bonsall
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Charles Bonsall, who lives in Salem, is a veteran of the Civil War and one of Columbiana County's most honored pioneer citizens. He was born in Green Township, Mahoning County, Ohio, Nov. 19, 1839, the son of Daniel and Martha (Sharp) Bonsall.

Daniel Bonsall was born in Chester County, Pa. He was among the first settlers of Mahoning County, Ohio, where he located in 1810. He operated 160 acres of land which he sold in 1852. He engaged in general farming and stock raising during his entire life and in 1864 located in Salem, where he died. He was a member of the Progressive Hickside Quacker Church, being one of its founders. His wife, who died in 1841, was the daughter of Joel Sharp, who settled near Salem in 1800. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall: Joel Sharp, one of the founders of the Buckeye Engine Company, Salem, now deceased; Rebecca, died in 1860, was the wife of Francis Gaibraith; Deborah, married William French, deceased; Thomas, deceased; Charles, the subject of this sketch; and Sarah Bailey, deceased.

Charles Bonsall spent his boyhood on his father's farm and received his education in the district schools, Salem High School, and Athens College, Albany, Ohio. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Company C, 3rd Kansas Independent Volunteers. He was in service for four and one-half years, after which he entered the employ of the Buckeye Engine Company. Mr. Bonsall was identified with this concern for 33 years. He also had various other business interests and was the founder of the American Worker, a local newspaper. He was an expert accountant and for a number of years was in charge of the books of the Pennsylvania Vacuum Tire Company, Tescher & Mead Company, and the Automatic Telephone Company of Rochester, Pa. Mr. Bonsall has served as justice of the peace of Salem since 1920.

On Dec. 5, 1866, Mr. Bonsall was married in Salem to Miss Rachel P. Pennock. To them were born four children: Homer, died in 1876; Florence S., married Andrew Hopkins, lives at Massillon, Ohio; Herbert, lives at home; and Vera, married Russell Courtney, engaged in the automobile business at Salem.

The Bonsall family is well known throughout Columbiana County and representative of the best citizenship of the community.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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