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Elliott Mead Bonnell
B: 17 May 1846; Harborcreek
Township, Erie County, PA
Josephine Bliley Bonnell
B: 12 Jan 1852; Harborcreek,
Erie Co., PA
(1860 Census indicates she was born in 1854.)
In reality, not very much is known of the lives of Josephine and Elliott Bonnell. But, we do have their wedding certificate to study. It is currently in the hands of their great grandson Elliott McConnell of Rockport Texas.
Elliott Bonnell's hometown is listed on the certificate as "Petersburgh, Pennsylvania". The index to the 1895 Pennsylvania State Atlas places Petersburgh in Lancaster County.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH FROM 1884 "THE HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY"
Extract from: History of Erie County, City of Corry, Page 978-979, Published: 1884, Warner, Beers & Company, Chicago, Illinois
"E. N. BONNELL, firm of Bonnell & Lambing, Corry, was born May 17, 1846, in Harbor Creek, Erie Co., Penn. His parents were natives of Harbor Creek, of German and Irish descent, and were the parents of six children, our subject being the youngest. His father died June, 1881, aged seventy-six, and his mother in 1854, aged about forty-six. Mr. Bonnell was brought up on a farm, and received his education in the district school. In 1870, when about twenty-four years of age, he went to Venango, where he worked for two years in the oil business; thence to Clarion County, as producer for about eight years, where he was successful; and thence to Corry, where he engaged in manufacturing bed springs, Mr. Bonnell was united in marriage, December 19, 1873, with Josephine, daughter of Charles Bliley, a farmer of Harbor Creek. Mr. and Mrs. Bonnell are the parents of two children, viz : Gertrude Mary, born February 7, 1876, near St. Petersburg Penn. and George, born May 9, 1883, died August 17, 1882."
PINE GROVE CEMETERY (GRAVES OF ELLIOT AND JOSEPHINE)
Elliot and Josephine are both buried in Pine Hill Cemetery along with several other individuals of the Hall, Bliley, and Mead families related through marriage. Details of the grave locations and photos are available through FindAGrave.com. Pine Grove Cemetery is located in the city of Corry, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
GOSPEL HILL CEMETERY (ASSOCIATED FAMILY MEMBERS)
One of Harbor Creek's cemeteries is the Gospel Hill Cemetery
located on Station Road next to the current campus of the Pennsylvania
State University at Behrend. This cemetery holds the remains of
12 Bonnells, but not Elliott and Josephine. Photos of the cemetery
and an index compiled by the Harbor Creek Historical Society are
available on this site by clicking