Smith County, Texas

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JOHN HENRY BONNER and LOU GRAMBLING

By Andy Leath

John Henry Bonner born 1842 MS died 1930 Tyler, TX, married 1865 Jackson Par., LA, Lucretia Rebecca Grambling “Lou” born 1843 LA died 1932 both buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX. They moved to Tyler about 1873. He served five terms as mayor of Tyler. Smith County Federal Census Images – 1880 - Image 94-35; 1900 - Image 97-6b; 1910 - Image 67-6A; 1920 - Image 81 - 7A; 1930 - Image 7-3B

  • 1. Mattie Bonner born 1866 LA died 1950 married c1890 Charles Wellborn Boon born 1866 Jasper Co., GA, died 1938 Tyler, TX, both buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX. He was a member of the Tyler firms Taylor, Boon & Wadel, formed in 1890, and Walter Connally & Co., formed in 1907. Smith County Federal Census Images – 1900m - Image 97-6b; 1910 Image 67-6A; 1920 - Image 81 - 7A; 1930 - Image 7-3B
    • i. Wellborn Bonner Boon born 1891 Tyler, TX, died 1911 Ellis Co., TX, unmarried, buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX
    • ii. Charles Wellborn Boon, Jr., born 1896 Tyler, TX, died 1944 Tyler, TX, buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX m. 1918 Smith Co., TX, Margaret C. Sledge born 1896 TX died 1984 Smith Co., TX, buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Tyler, TX. She married 2nd Lynn West Callender 1888-1964. Her parents: Albert Francis & May Evans (Brown) Sledge.
  • 2. Harmolean Bonner b. 1868 TX died 1901 married 1887 Smith Co., TX, James Jones Covington born 1861 GA died 1944 both buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX. Smith County Federal Census Images – 1900 - Image 97-6b
    • i. Martha Covington born 1901 Tyler, TX, died 1995 Tyler, TX, married 1925 Smith Co., TX, Bascom B. Watson born 1896 died 1977 Smith Co., TX, both buried Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery, Tyler, TX, no children. She was raised by Mattie & C. W. Boon as their daughter.
  • 3. John A. Bonner born 1870/1 TX married 1892 Smith Co., TX, Elizabeth Wiggins born 1871 TX, moved to AR. Her parents: Edmond Bryan & Eliza (Roberts) Wiggins.
  • 4. Thomas R. Bonner b. 1875 TX married 1899 Smith Co., TX, Laura E. Carter born 1870 TX. Her parents: J. V. & Miriam Carter. They later lived in Beaumont, TX. Smith County Federal Census Images – 1900 - Image 97-22b.
  • 5. Mary E. Bonner b. 1879 TX died 1925 Tyler, TX, buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX, married c1909 Martin Luther Sheppard born 1876 MS died 1968 Smith Co., TX buried Memorial Cemetery, Whitehouse, TX. He was a Baptist preacher. Smith County Federal Census Images – 1920 Image - Image 75-4b
  • He married 2nd c1928 Lollie Senter 1884-1981. Smith County Federal Census Images –1930 Image 25-3A
    • i. John Bonner Sheppard born 1910 Gilmer, TX, died 1992 Tyler, TX.
    • ii. Martin Luther Sheppard, Jr., born 1914 TX died 1994 Travis Co., TX.
    • iii. Thomas Wellborn Sheppard.

 

 

Sources of Information:

Obituaries, Tyler newspapers, microfilm, Tyler Public Library:

  • John Henry Bonner, Sep. 11, 1930
  • Mary E. Sheppard, Mar. 21, 1925
  • C. W. Boon, Sep. 21, 1938
  • C. W. Boon Jr., Jan. 10, 1944
  • John Bonner Sheppard, Jan. 24, 1992
  • Martha Covington Watson, Aug. 29, 1995

Lorene West Conaway & Ruby Renfro Neilson. Obituaries From Tyler Newspapers, Smith County, Texas, 1905-1915 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1988)

Smith County Probate Court:

  • Case #4213 Thomas W. Sheppard, et al., minors;
  • Case #8714 Mattie Bonner Boon decd

Cemetery Records of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 1 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1981); Vol. 3 (1984)

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979)

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1900-1926 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1999)

 

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