The Bonner family


James Bonner was born in 1864 in Saltsbury, Pennsylvania. His Scottish-born parents, William Bonner and Beatrice McNeil, had 11 children all together. James and his brother John married two sisters from the Paterson family they met while in Colorado.

After several moves, both families eventually settled in Issaquah. James and Charlotte had 13 children. The seven who survived to adulthood were: William, Charlotte, Beatrice, James, David, Mary and Ada. The youngest, Ada Bonner Seil, is the only one still living.

The men of the family were involved in mining and logging. William, who took over the support of the family when his father died in 1931, worked at the Grand Ridge coal mines, local lumber mills, and at the Wood and Iverson Mill in Hobart where he witnessed the accidental death of his 20-year-old brother James. Both William and his youngest brother Dave served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

The original Bonners in Issaquah-James and John-have many descendents still in the area. Several live south of town along the Issaquah-Hobart Road, an area that has many happy memories for all family members. Today, there is a third generation of Bonners living in the old home that was originally purchased by James and Charlotte more than 90 years ago.