Pedigree of:
Nathaniel Bonnell
1696-1763


Ann
PEARSALL
___?-___?
= John
SEARING
___?-___?
Susanna
WHITEHEAD

1650-1733
= Nathaniel
BONNELL

c1645-1696

Mary
SEARING
1671-___?
= Nathaniel
BONNELL
1669/70-1736

Nathaniel
BONNELL
1696-1763


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The name "Bonnell" is also spelled "Bunnell" and "Bonnel" in the historical source literature and in the referenced genealogies. The name "Benjamin" is also spelled "Benjamen" in some of the referenced genealogies. The location known as "New Haven NJ" in several of the references, most probably should be "New Haven CT".

Nathaniel Bonnell* (1696-1763), was born in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), Union County NJ, although some say he was born on Long Island - see the Kelly-Bly genealogy reference, below. He died on Nov. 18, 1763, in New Providence NJ.

Brief Biography:

Nathaniel Bonnell* (1696-1763), was born and died in Elizabethtown NJ.

His father, Nathaniel Bonnell* (1669/70-1736), was also from Elizabethtown NJ. He died on Sep. 4, 1736, in Elizabethtown. His wife, Mary Searing, was b. 1671; in Hempstead, Long Island, NY. Mary was married in Elizabethtown.

His grandfather Nathaniel Bonnell* (1648-1696) was born in New Haven CT. He died in Elizabethtown NJ, in 1696. His wife was Susannah Whitehead*, b. Sep. 5, 1650, in New Haven CT. She is the daughter of Isaac Whitehead* (a.k.a. Rev. Isaac Whitehead*) of New Haven CT. She was married on Jan 3, 1665 at New Haven CT. She died on Feb. 13, 1733 at Springfield NJ.

The eldest Nathaniel Bonnell* (1648-1696) was the son of William Bonnell* (b. c1610) and Anne Wilmot*, daughter of Benjamin Wilmot* and Anne Ladd*. According to the Virkus reference, William was born in Cheshire County, England, and came to Massachusetts on the ship James in 1630. The Coate Duduck reference indicates that he was a Juror in Watertown MA in 1630, implying that he was at least 20 years of age and thus probably born in 1610 or earlier.

It may also be questionable that he was born in Cheshire, because his parents (as indicated in many references - see below) were in London. There may be confusion with an old neighborhood of New Haven, known as Cheshire CT, in which he may have lived. He subsequently joined a settlement in New Haven CT in 1638. New Haven was first settled by a Puritan group under Reverend John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton, who founded the Colony of New Haven in 1638. However, this Puritan group of 500 settlers arrived in Boston on the ship Hector in 1637. See: A New Look at Old New Haven. In any event, William and Anne Bonnell may have been among the very earliest settlers of New Haven CT. See the History of New Haven. William Bonnell, described by the Virkus reference as a "farmer and tanner", married Anne Wilmot, in 1640 in New Haven CT. However, the Coate Dudick reference indicates that William and Anne were married in about 1635 in Wallingford CT (about 10 miles upriver from New Haven). However, Wallingford was not settled until 1669. It is not known where Anne was born (most probably in Europe) and when and where she arrived. It might be supposed that Anne was also in the Puritan group which settled New Haven. However, it is also possible that she arrived on the ship Elizabeth and Ann to Boston in 1639, and subsequently moved to New Haven.

In Jan. 1650/1, William Bunnell* and his family were apparently facing poverty and he sought to return to England, possibly to find financial support. He left his wife and children with his father-in-law and returned to England. Meanwhile, back in New Haven, his two oldest children, Benjamin (age about 9) and Lydia (age about 8), were apprenticed as child laborers by his impoversihed wife and father-in-law, while Nathaniel* and Mary, were only about 6 and 1, respectively, or less in age.

William* returned to his family in New Haven before Mar. 11, 1651/2 and sought to have his children returned to him. The town court apparently refused to break the apprenticeships and offered 2 shillings per week to compensate him for their loss. The town also offered an appreticeship for his second son, Nathaniel Bonnell* (1645-1696), who was then about 7 years old to pay for the cost of a cow. William refused to put Nathaniel into apprenticeship indicating that he had some small degree of success in finding enough funds while in England to afford the cow.

In 1654, William's wife, Anne*, took ill, and both she and her newly born son, Ebenezer (b. 1653), died. William and his two youngest children, Nathaniel* and Mary, may have moved to Elizabethtown NJ after Anne and Ebenezer died. It is possible that they went first to Newfoundland, Canada, or to New London CT. William Bonnell* (b. c1610-7, d. 1669), was from England, but his parentage is unproven. According to the Virkus reference (and others), he was born to Benjamin Bonnel* (b. c1570), who was born in Flanders, the son of Thomas Bonnel* of Ypres and Jacque Marie Bygote. This Benjamin (c. c1570) was married to Rebecca Brooks*, who was most probably English in birth. Benjamin died in London, England. This account is refuted by the Coate Dudick reference, however no alternative is suggested by Coate Dudick, but that: "at least a dozen parents fit the names and time lines for this William Bunnel".

William* married Anne Wilmot* of New Haven CT in 1640, and had 5 children by her in New Haven CT, not necessarily in the order shown:

Benjamin Bonnel* (b. c1570-1607) may have been the son of Thomas Bonnel* (b c1540-1607) in Ypres, Flanders, and Jacque Marie Bygote. His will was proved at Norwich, England, indicating that he died there in 1607. The Coate Dudick reference, however, states that Thomas Bonnel* had two wives and that Benjamin Bonnel* (c1570-1607) was born to his first (unknown) wife*, rather than to Jacque Marie Bygote.

Speculation is that this Bonnel family were Huguenots from France who moved to Flanders, then to England, and finally to America.

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