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Donegal Boners (Bonar/Bonner)
Posted by: Megan Steinke (ID *****1131) Date: November 14, 2006 at 14:46:47
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Hi all, looking for my mother's family. Her grandparents on her mother's side both immigrated from Donegal.

Manus James Bonner b. 14 Nov 1893 in Crickamore, Donegal Ireland. Married Ann Anita Martin on 1 Jun 1919 in Manhattan (I have their wedding photo and a pre-wedding snapshot, we also have a video interview of Annie shortly before her death talking about her family), had 5 children. Both Manus and Annie died in Bayonne NJ.

Manus's parents were John Bonar or Boner, b. 1866 in Crickamore, Donegal and died 1934 in Donegal, and Alice Bonar (maiden name same as her married) b. 1846 in Donegal and d. 1934. They had 3 sons: Dominic, John, and Manus. Dominic b. 26 Jan 1883, called Dim, was active in the Irish resistance. Wife predeceased him and he spent the end of his life in an old age home, d.12 Aug 1971 St. Joseph's Home, Stranolar, Ireland. John b. 1890 never married. His health was "ruined" according to Annie Martin Bonner because he had been tortured and starved in a British prison in Northern Ireland. He died in 1954 in Crickamore. There's a somewhat infamous train raid rescue story about Dominic and John and supposedly a plaque to them in the train station (they liberated some Irish prisoners from the British with nothing but their drunken wits, the British guards handed over their guns without firing a shot).

John Bonar (father of Dominic, John, and Manus) was the son of Dominic Bonar/Boner. Alice Boner's father was John.

I'm going to cross-post this in the Bonar and Bonner forums also. Hope to find someone with info.

Megan
(named my son Dominic for my great-great-uncle!)


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