Benjamin Smith Bonham

Male28 July 1838–16 January 1910

Brief Life History of Benjamin Smith

When Benjamin Smith Bonham was born on 28 July 1838, in Coshocton, Ohio, United States, his father, Alexander Bonham, was 27 and his mother, Susan Yarnell, was 21. He married Rosaline Ellen Goodwin on 16 August 1866, in Winterset, Madison, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Grand River Township, Madison, Iowa, United States for about 20 years and Flynn Township, Garfield, Oklahoma, United States in 1900. He died on 16 January 1910, in Homestead, Blaine, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Homestead, Blaine, Oklahoma, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Smith Bonham
Rosaline Ellen Goodwin
Marriage: 16 August 1866
Lilie Maude Bonham
Carrie Belle Bonham
Claude Mack Bonham
Lola Pearl Bonham

Sources (14)

  • Benjamin Bonham in household of Alexander Bonham, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Benjamin Bonham in household of Alexander Bonham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Benj. S. Bonham in entry for Bonham, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    16 August 1866Winterset, Madison, Iowa, United States
  • Children (4)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 8

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 8

    Iowa is the 29th state.

    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

    Age 19

    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin):

    nickname from Old French bon homme ‘good man’ (from Latin bonus homo), or from a Middle English personal name of the same etymology.

    possibly also a habitational name from Bonham in Stourton (Wiltshire), which is likely manorial in origin, taking its name from that of an early owner with the same name as in 1 above.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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