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Re: Donegal Boners (Bonar/Bonner)
Posted by: Kathy (Bonar) Mainzer (ID *****3787) Date: November 15, 2006 at 22:01:46
In Reply to: Donegal Boners (Bonar/Bonner) by Megan Steinke of 229

Hello Megan,
It seems like it might be possible that our families are related from Ireland, from the standpoint that my James Boner was born in Killygordon about 1825. He was married to a Rachel Calhoun in 1842. I know James had two sisters, one named Catherine and I believe one named Hannah, who married a Thomas Armstrong. Rachel died. James and Hannah and Thomas came to the United States about 1846. It seemed reasonable to me that James would have had other family left in Ireland, although the times were bad.

In the U.S. some of James' children changed the spelling to Bonner and my grandfather changed his to Bonar (hence mine). Tracing back to Ireland is the tough part. Once a researcher suggested James' parents were Robert and Sarah Boner, but I don't know for sure. If you ever get info about the greater family in Ireland please let me know what you learned. I'm sure a lot of the Boner's there must have been related. Good luck, Kathy


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