Biography of Joseph F. Bonnell
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

JOSEPH FEARNLEY BONNELL. The name of Bonnell is so closely identified with the leading industries of the Mahoning Valley, and it has been one so long connected with honorable achievement in and about Youngstown, that interest centers in every one fortunate enough to be of kindred. Joseph Fearnley Bonnell was born at Bradford, Yorkshire, England, a scion of a family which could trace its ancestry back for many generations.

For Youngstown the name of Joseph Fearnley Bonnell possesses interest because of his personal relationship to one who for thirty years was connected with the great iron and coal interests of this section, the late John Meek Bonnell, a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere in this volume, and to another no less distinguished in the same field, Henry Bonnell, of whom also biographical mention is herein made.

For some 300 years at Bradford, England, grow and flourished a harness and saddlery business, one which had descended from father to son. This business came, in the course of human events, to Joseph Fearnley Bonnell and in it he remained interested until the close of his life, dying December 1, 1875. He married Alice Elizabeth Duffill, also of Yorkshire, and they reared a family of seven children, namely: John Meek (deceased), who in life was a prominent citizen of Youngstown; Elizabeth, Jane Ellen and Mary, residing in England; Alice, wife of T. J. Storey, general manager of the International Salvage Company, of London; Harry; a well known citizen of Youngstown, extensively interested in the iron industry; and William Fearnley, one of the partners in the firm of Otis, Bonnell & Company, iron agents, Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Bonnell is recalled as one of the leading members of the Lister Hills Congregational Church, in which, on account of his exemplary life, he was chosen to the office of senior deacon.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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