Saturday, April 2, 2016

What I know about Daniel BONAWITZ

Yes, yes I have missed a few weeks of posting but I am back and ready to get crackin' on some genealogy research. Next up is one of my husband's family ancestors, Daniel Bonewitz. Now there are more than one Daniel Bonewitz in the PA area during the time I was researching and had to be very careful not to mix the two up. All of you family historians know how easy that is to do. Here goes...

According to Find A Grave, The Book of Bonawitz by Oby Bonawitz,  and his obituary, Daniel Bonewitz was born on December 23rd 1838 and died on September 5, 1900.

The Scranton Republican, Thursday September 6, 1900

Daniel and his two brothers William and Jacob all served in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Daniel was enlisted as Corporal in the 53rd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. 

Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999 Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1929–1990. Digital Images, 3–5. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Daniel married Helenah Jacoby sometime around 1866ish (not very professional in the dating here). I am referencing the 1870 Census and children's birth dates which seem to start about 1867. They had seven children between the years of 1867 and 1883

Birth date: abt 1839 Birth place: Pennsylvania Residence date: 1870 Residence place: Newport, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States1870 United States Federal Census, Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data - 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record
During his lifetime he was a laborer, a hostler and a watchman. He is buried at Hanover Cemetery, Hanover Green, Luzerne Co. PA  Although his name is spelled Bonewitz, some of his children spelled their last name Bonawitz.