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Robert Ward Bonser, Sr.

Male 1868 - 1956


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  • Name  Robert Ward Bonser, Sr.  [1, 2
    Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  Aug 1868  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1880  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Robert Bonser, white, male, age 12, son, single, attended school during the census year, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Indiana
    Iowa State Census  1895  Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • (Listed with his wife Cora E., and children Ivey M., "Lorence", and Ethel:) Robert Bencer (sic); age 25; white; born in Henry County, Iowa
    Census  1900  Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (Married, living with his wife, Cora, and children: Lawrence, Ethel L., and Robert W.:) Line number 9: dwelling number: 61, family number: 62: Robert Bonser, head of household, white, male, born in August 1868, age 32, married, married for 10 years, born in Iowa, father born in Ohio, mother born in Ohio, occupation farmer, could read, could write, could speak English, owned home, free of mortgage, a farm (not a house), number of farm in schedule: 56?
    Iowa State Census  1905  Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (Listed with his wife, "C. E.," and children Henry, Ethel E., and "R. W.":) Robert Bonser, Card Number: 609; Post Office Address: West Point: Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa; Roll IA_95
    Census  1910  Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • (Married to Cora E., living with her and children: Ethel E., Bert W., and Kenneth H. Bonser:) Line number 51: dwelling number: 8, family number: 8: Robert Bonser, head of household, male, white, age 42, married (once), years of present marriage 21, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Ohio, mother's birthplace Indiana, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, own account, could read, could write, owned home, mortgaged, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 8
    Iowa State Census  1915  Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Card Number: 164, male, white, married, could read, could write, number of years in the US: 46, number of years in Iowa: 46, Robert Bonser, age 46, Lee County, post office address: West Point R1, Pleasant Ridge, occupation farmer, total earnings in 1914: $100, extent of education in the common schools: 7, birth place: Iowa, owned home or farm, incumbrance on farm or home: $59, value of farm or home: $1400, church affiliation Methodist, father's birthplace: Indiana, mother's birthplace: Ohio, signed by assessor: Joe Moeller

      1915 Pleasant Ridge Twp Lee Co IA Bonser Kenneth.jpg
      1915 Iowa State Census
      Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa; Roll: IA1915_287

      Card Number: 167, male, white, single, 7 months in public school in 1914, could read, could write, number of years in the US: 8, number of years in Iowa: 8, Kenneth Bonser, age 8, Lee County, post office address: West Point R1, Pleasant Ridge, extent of education in the common schools: 3, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: Iowa, mother's birthplace: Iowa, signed by assessor: Joe Moeller
    Census  1920  Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Married, living with his wife, Cora, and sons Robert and Kenneth:) Line number 25: farm, dwelling number: 32, family number: 32: Robert Bonser, head of household, owned home, free of mortgage, male, white, age 51, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Ohio, mother's birthplace Indiana, could speak English, occupation farmer, nature of industry general farm, own account, number of farm in schedule: 32
    Iowa State Census  1925  [9
    • (Married to Cora E., living with her:) Line number: 58: Robert Bonser, head of household, male, white, age 56, married, number of years in the U.S.: 56, number of years in Iowa: 56, attended rural school, highest reader attained: 6th grade, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Joseph Bonser, father's birthplace: Ohio, name of mother: Mary Kerr, mother's birthplace: Indiana, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, involved in agricultural pursuits, church affiliation: M.E.
    Census  1930  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Widowed, living with M. Leroy Kilbourn, listed as his "nurse" and a "retired nurse":) Line number 25: dwelling number: 111, family number: 112: M. Leroy Kilbourn, head of household, owned home, value of house or monthly rental $1250, did not live on a farm, male, white, age 64, divorced, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Ohio, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation none

      Robert Bonser, nurse, male, white, age 61, widowed, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation retired nurse, nature of industry home, occupation code 8796, wage earner, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran
    Residence  Jul 1948  West Point, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Residence  Aug 1949  Rome, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • He was apparently living with his son, "Bert."
    Residence  Feb 1951  National City, San Diego County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Died  1956  [14
    Buried  Pickle Family Cemetery, Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Person ID  I35902  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Joseph R. Bonser,   b. Between 1837 and 1838, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1880 
    Mother  Mary Kerr,   b. Between 1833 and 1834, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F14959  Group Sheet

    Family  Cora Ellen Hicks,   b. 1866, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1925 
    Married  8 Sep 1889  Lowell, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 15, 16
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Robert Bouser Or Bonser; Groom's Birth Date: 1868; Groom's Birthplace: Henry County, Iowa; Groom's Age: 21; Bride's Name: Cora Ellen Hicks; Bride's Birth Date: 1867; Bride's Birthplace: Henry County, Iowa; Bride's Age: 22; Marriage Date: 8 September 1889; Marriage Place: Lowell, Henry, Iowa; Groom's Mother's Name: Mary Kerr; Bride's Father's Name: Henry Hicks; Bride's Mother's Name: Jane Sanderson; Groom's Race: White; Bride's Race: White; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02531-3; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 965932
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Robert Ward Sr. and Cora Ellen (Hicks) Bonser's grave is located at the Pickle Family Cemetery in Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Bonser. Cora, 1866 - 1925. Robert, 1868 - 1956"
    The Headstone of Cora Ellen (Hicks) and Robert Ward Bonser Sr.
    The Headstone of Cora Ellen (Hicks) and Robert Ward Bonser Sr.
    Children 
     1. Henry Lawrence Bonser,   b. 12 Jul 1891, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1976
    >2. Ethel Leslie Bonser,   b. 7 Nov 1893, Salem, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1951, San Diego County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Robert Ward "Bert" Bonser, Jr.,   b. 9 Oct 1898, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1974
     4. Ivey M. Bonser,   d. Between 1895 and 1900
     5. Kenneth H. Bonser,   b. Mar 1906, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Aug 1967 and Mar 1971
     6. (Child - 35932) Bonser,   b. Aft 1900,   d. Bef 1910
     7. (Child - 35933) Bonser,   b. Aft 1900,   d. Bef 1910
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F13275  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa; enumeration district: 87, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 1B, page number: 172; enumeration date: April 16, 1910

    2. [S337] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (ancestry.com and Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa; enumeration district: 76, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 4A, page number: 283; enumeration date: June 8, 1900

    4. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa

    5. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; Page 23, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 98, Sheet 380C; Enumerated on June 15, 1880

    6. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa; Roll IA_95

    7. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa; Roll: IA1915_287

    8. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa; enumeration district: 90; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 2A, page number: 260; enumeration date: January 7, 1920

    9. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee County, Iowa; Roll IA1925_1802

    10. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; Enumeration District 44-1; Supervisor's District 15; Sheet #: 5A; Page #: 195 8801; Enumeration Date: April 15, 1930

    11. [S5021] Bonser Family Visits Robert Bonser, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page six, Friday, July 16, 1948; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S474] Rapalyea, Oral Vernice "Vern" and Ethel Leslie (Bonser/Thornburg) - Dinner While Visiting Iowa, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 2, Saturday, August 6, 1949; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S11120] Rapalyea, Ethel Leslie (Bonser/Thornburg) - Obituary, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, Monday, February 12, 1951; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S4760] Bonser, Robert Ward (Sr.) and Cora Ellen (Hicks) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Pickle Family Cemetery, Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; photograph provided courtesy of Jean Leeper) (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa

    16. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).