John H. Bonner Papers

1911-1972, undated (bulk 1911-1916)
Manuscript Collection #752
Creator(s)
Bonner, John H.
Physical description
0.26 Cubic Feet, 1 box
Preferred Citation
John H. Bonner Papers (#752), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
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Ledgers (1911-1968) of Beaufort County, NC attorney, containing abstracts of deeds and other land conveyances; plats of land; and historical and contemporary observations about the county and its people.


Biographical/historical information

John H. Bonner was born on July 9, 1887, the son of Macon Herbert Bonner and Hannah Selby Hare. He was an attorney and notary public in Washington, North Carolina until his commission ended in 1914, and also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Bonner married Bess Hatton Conoley (born May 3, 1890) on November 28, 1917. The couple had two children, John H Bonner Jr. and Alexander Conoley Bonner.


Scope and arrangement

The collection contains 3 ledgers and loose papers removed from the ledgers. Those documents attached to the ledger pages were not removed. The materials relate to the law practice of John H. Bonner in Beaufort County, North Carolina. Included in the papers are abstracts of deeds, memorandums, grants, mortgages, maps and land conveyances. Topics covered include inheritance information, marriages, and transfers of property ownership. In the first few pages of each ledger, there are recorded indexes of names which refer to corresponding memorandums. Also present are a few writings, poems and observances of town life by John Bonner within the ledgers. Most of these can be found in the latter pages of the third volume ledger.

Within the ledgers are also many family trees sketched by Bonner. Specific family genealogies include the John Bonner Family (vol. 3, p. 116-127, 142-143, 177-178), Richard Bonner family (vol. 3, p. 183), Brown family (vol. 3, p. 142-143), Blount family (vol. 3, p. 150-154), Bowen family (vol. 3, p. 142-143), Harding family (vol. 2, p. 107), Haven family (vol. 3, p. 115-117, 142), Hawks family (vol. 3, p. 116) and Latham family (vol. 3, p. 116-117).


Administrative information
Custodial History

November 20, 1997, 3 volumes; Ledgers (1911-1968) of Beaufort County, N.C. attorney, containing abstracts of deeds and other land conveyances; plats of land; and historical and contemporary observations about the county and its people. Donor: Mrs. John Bonner.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. John Bonner

Processing information

Processed by Jennifer L. Murray, April 28, 2005

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Container list
Box 1 Folder a Ledger, Volume 1, 1911-1915
Box 1 Folder b Ledger, Volume 2, 1914-1916
Box 1 Folder c Ledger, Volume 3, 1916, undated
Box 1 Folder d Description of a Sept. 3, 1913 storm that hit Beaufort County, North Carolina , 1972 (removed from Vol. 1, p. 100) 1 item. 2 p
Box 1 Folder e Item 1 Clipping from a Washington newspaper about World War I, undated (removed from Vol. 1, p. 100) 1 item. 1 p
Box 1 Folder e Item 2 Correspondence concerning a piece of property in Washington, North Carolina, 1953-1958, undated (removed from Vol. 2, p. 36) 1 item. 7 p
Box 1 Folder e Item 3 Descriptions of small land subdivisions in Washington, North Carolina, undated (removed from Vol. 2, p. 36) 1 item. 6 p
Box 1 Folder e Item 4 Letter (11/5/1965) regarding deeds made in Beufort County, North Carolina from John H. Bonner to "Edmund", 1965 (removed from Vol. 2, p. 46) 1 item. 2 p
Box 1 Folder e Item 5 Land plat drawn by Charles W. Crawford representing 875 acres of land in Lot No. 4 on Durhams Creek at Brown's Run, undated (removed from Vol. 2, p. 200) 1 item. 1 p
Box 1 Folder f Item 1 Letter from John H. Bonner to J. A. Hackney (1/18/1950) carbon typescript, 1950 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 92) 1 item. 1 p
Box 1 Folder f Item 2 Letter(8/29/1954) from Mrs. A. C. Williams to John H. Bonner, holograph, 1954 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 98) 1 item. 1 p
Box 1 Folder f Item 3 Draft of a request for information about ownership, value and timber on Indian Island, North Carolina, unsigned typescript, undated (removed from Vol. 3, p. 98) 1 item. 1 p
Box 1 Folder f Item 4 Letter (7/8/1937) from John H. Bonner to Russell W. Whitener relating to land owned by W. H. Williams (deceased) and H. C. Bonner, carbon typescript, 1937(removed from Vol. 3, p. 104) 1 item. 1 p
Box 1 Folder f Item 6 Speech (11/11/1932) given by Mrs. Hanna S. Bonner entitled "Dedication of War Memorial to James Baugham, member of the French Escadrille, 1914-1918, over-seas," carbon typescript, 1932 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 174) 1 item. 2 p
Box 1 Folder f Item 7 Clipping (10/21/1968) entitled "Fight in House Rages for Rule on Presidency," by Felix Belair, Jr., from The Atlanta Constitution concerning the outcome of the presidential campaign, 1968 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 252) 1 item. 1 p