MsC 305

Collection Dates: 1841 -- 1856
(Bulk Dates: 1848 -- 1849 )
.25 linear ft.

Collection Guide

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Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information


Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

Josiah Bonney was born February 14, 1817 in Steuben County, New York. His father died the following summer and soon after that his mother moved to Tioga County, New York. At the age of fourteen he went to Elmira, New York, where he clerked in the dry goods business for about four years. In the fall of 1838 he emigrated west, where he settled about three miles from Keosauqua, Iowa. There he engaged in the mercantile business. In 1840 he was elected sheriff and thereafter he held many positions, including County Clerk, State Legislator, Secretary of State, Commissioner for the Improvement of the Des Moines River, and steward of the poor farm. On May 20, 1841, he was married to Orpha F. Stannard. They had six children: Mary J., Anna A., Arma F., Orpha, Estella R., and C. Hinman.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence and photographs. The correspondence is organized chronologically and ranges in date from1848 to 1856.

Acquisition and Processing Information

Guide posted to Internet: June 2005



1821. Transcript of letter of Edward Bates upon the north boundary of the State of Missouri. (Transcript made January 10, 1841)



D. R. Sparks

Josiah [Merritt?]

J. B. [Winn?]

David Drake

Spalding H. Phelps

15. J [T?] Abrahams

Charles Baldwin

24. Charles Baldwin

29. [Curtis?]



6. Howell & Cowles

19. [?] Woodhead

19. George Nightingale

24. Thomas M. [Isett?]

30. Charles Corken

31. P. M. Casacy


7. E. M. Jones

7. J. Butler

12. Samuel J. Bayard

16. Howell & Cowles

16. John M. Roos

22. J. W. and R. B. Ogden

23. P. M. Casady



1. B. [Ristin?]

1. William Wallbridge

3. A. L. Bonney

Gideon Willson

8. J. W. Ogden

9. J. Clark

23. [H. Benton, Jr.]

26. J.W. [Webber?]


2. James Sloan

9. L.A. [Munoz?]

16. Curtis [Robinson?]


2. [A.H. Haskell?]

10. S. [Rainey?]

3. [Benthart?]

3. John [G?] Stein

8. W. Weatherford

15. Elisha Cutler, Jr.

22. Jacob Butler

27. [A.H. Haskell?]


3. J. W. McManaman

4. Hugh W Sample

25. Seth Richards


14. Henry B. Notson

23. Ed Haren

30. Samuel McNutt


20. W. H. Lyons

22. H. M. Shelby

31. Amos Harris


24. William Thompson

27. Charles P. James

George Nightingale


17. John [Rousell?]

23. S. Scott

31. William Thompson


1. John D. Mitchler

2. George Jones

5. M. H. Clark

9. H.H. Barker

19. K. C. Knapp

20. Matthew Cresswell

28. Jon. M. Whitaker

30. A. Harris


5.[J?] Williams

6. William Steele

Illegible. 1849. J. Francis Crawford

Quit claim deed: E.D. & Elsa Briggs and L.A. & P. I. Webber. January 12, 1856

[n.d.] R. Spaulding. Print of Thomas H. Benton


Arma Bonney Baldwin

Orpha Bonney

Mrs. Orpha F. Bonney

George Baldwin McKibben at 9 years. Christmas 1897

Methodist choir, 1904

Estelle B. Walker

Helen Walker aged 17 in rose colored wool merovingian dress made by E.B.W. [Estelle B. Walker?]

W.M. and Estelle B. Walker at Bonney View, 1918

William Walker. November 15, 1946 [1846?]


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