An American Family History

George Bonham and Family

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Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plymouth (Plimouth or Plimoth) is in Plymouth County, Massachusetts and was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Mayflower passengers.

Fulling is the elimination oils and impurities in wool which makes it fuller. The process involved beating the cloth with wooden hammers. A water mill used to move the hammers was a fulling mill.

George Bonham was born in either 1604 or 1611 in England or Holland.

George's first wife was named Bishop. Nicholas Bonham was born about 1630. Some genealogists believe that he was George’s brother rather than his son.

George sailed to Virginia on the Phillip, with master Richard Morgan on June 20, 1635 and his age was recorded as 31 at that time. 

In August, 1640 he bought land and a house in Plymouth, Massachusetts. George married Sarah Morton on December 20, 1644 in Plymouth. Sarah was the daughter of George Morton and Juliana Carpenter and was born at Leyden, Holland about 1617.

Ruth Bonham Barrow was born about 1645. Patience Bonham Willis Holmes was born about 1647. The first child named Sarah Bonham was born on December 4, 1649. She died early in 1650. The second child named Sarah Bonham was born on January 12, 1650/51. She died soon after. The third child named Sarah Bonham was born on December 10, 1653. She died on April 28, 1704. George Bonham was born in 1655. 

In 1658, George became a freeman and was a grand juror. In 1659 the court found Bonham's charges that John Smith had made scornful speeches against him to be frivolous and ordered them to choose neighbors to help settle the dispute.

On June 3, 1662 George was on the list of ancient freeman to get land at Taunton and on June 7 1665 he was granted a thirty acre share near the Nemasket River.

In 1672 he was allowed to build a fulling mill on the town brook. A fulling mill cleans wool to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and makes it thicker.

George died April 18, 1704 in Massachusetts at the age of 93.

Aprill 28th 1704 dyed our brothr George Bonham, he lived to a good old age, being about 95 years of age he was a man almost all men Spake well of & is gone to receve his Crown.
Old Style Calendar
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Some Puritans gave their children hortatory names (from the Latin for “encourage”) like Thankful, hoping that the children would live up to them. The names were used for several generations.

Any man entering a colony or becoming a a member the church, was not free. He was not forced to work, but his movements were carefully observed to see if they followed the Puritanical ideal. After this probationary period, he became a "freeman." Men then took the Oath of a Freeman where they vowed to defend the Commonwealth and not to overthrow the government.

Sarah Morton Bonham (1618-1694) married George Bonham.
Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.


Memoranda Relating to the Ancestry and Family of Hon. Levi Parson Morton ...by Josiah Granville Leach

Sarah Morton, youngest daughter of George (No. 1) and Juliana (Carpenter) Morton, was born at Leyden, Holland, 1616-18; died at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1694; married at Plymouth, December, 1644, as second wife, George Bonum. Mr. Bonum's residence, built at Plymouth in 1678, is still standing, and now known as the Leach house. He died 28 April, 1704, aged 86.

Children of George and Sarah (Morton) Bonum, all born at Plymouth:

33. Ruth Bonum, married 28 November, 1666, Robert Barrow.
34. Patience Bonum, married 1665 Richard Willis.
35. Sarah Bonum born, December, 1649; died young.
36. Sarah Bonum, born 2 January, 1651-2; died young.
37. Sarah Bonum born December, 1653.

Mister ( Mr.) was derived from master and Mrs. and Miss were derived from mistress. They indicated people of superior social status in colonial America.

1672 Liberty was granted George Bonham to erect a fulling mill on the town brook. This is the earliest date of any works on this stream other than grist-mills, of which two had been erected before, about 1631 and 1632. from History of the Town of Plymouth by James Thacher.

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