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Maria Elizabeth Priester Bonnett
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Birth: 1781, Germany
Death: Sep. 12, 1873
Clarion County
Pennsylvania, USA

Wife of Henry "Charles" Bonnett, who died in 1839 in Charlottenburg, Nassau, Germany.

Her sons, Ludwig & Fredrick, came to America in 1849. Elizabeth followed on the ship, "Chesapeake" - a 7-week journey, in 1853.

The Bonnett family is of French origin, but at the time of the persecution of the protestants by Catherine De Mdecici, fled to Germany, where Queen Charolette, who was of their faith, gladly received them and gave them land on which to make their new home. They afterward went back to France to try to recover their possessions left in that country, but were unsuccessful at this, and the family lived peacefully in Germany until 1846. Henry "Charles" Bonnett was born in Charolettenburg, Nassau, Germany and spent his entire life there, his death occuring in 1838. His wife, Maria "Elizabeth" Preister, was also of German ancestry. Their children were all born in Germany, their names being: George (1817), Ludwig (1819), Jacob (1826), John "Frederick" (1833); Henry "Anthony" (1835) and Caroline E. (1838). Henry Anthony Bonnett was a gun and violin maker. Ludwig and Frederick left for America March 5, 1849 and reached New York after a voyage of 51 days. They arrived April 28, 1849. His mother and remaining children arrived in 1853 after a seven week voyage on the ship "Chesapeake". Charles died in Germany; Elizabeth died in 1873 in Clarion County, PA. Ludwig Bonnett had 150 acres in Madison twp in 1877. He was a farmer. George Bonnet (also seen as Bonnat), had 45 acres in Madison twp in 1877. Caroline E. Bonnett married John "Adam" Shoup, a German by birth. They resided upon a farm in Madison twp, Clarion Co. She died early in life, leaving five children. Louis, Lizzie, George, Henry, and Anna "Catherine". Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Central PA including the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson & Clarion, J.H. Beers & Co., 1898. 
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  John George Bonnett (1817 - 1876)*
  Ludwig John Bonnett (1819 - 1899)*
  Caroline Elizabeth Bonnett Shoup (1839 - 1880)*
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Rimersburg Cemetery
Clarion County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Pamela Myers-Grewell
Record added: Jul 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20605821
Maria Elizabeth <i>Priester</i> Bonnett
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