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  • ID: I393
  • Name: Richard BONSALL* 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 MAR 1641/42 in St.Giles Ch., Hartington, Derbyshire, England
  • Death: 13 JUL 1699 in Upper Darby, Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Note:
    Richard Bonsall and Mary Wood, the first of our ancesteors in this country on the Bonsall side of the family, were among the earliest of settlers in Pennsylvania. They came from Mouldridge Grange, in the Parish of Bradborne, Derbyshire, England, and settled in Darby (Now Upper Darby) Delaware County in the year 1683. They were married in England and four of their eight children were born in England. Mr. Mhire is a descended of Benjamin Bonsall.

    The colonist, Richard Bonsal, a member of the "Society of Friends," who died 1699, came to Philadelphia in 1683, having received a grant of three hundred acres of land from William Penn at Darby, now a part of Philadelphia. He brought his family from Derbyshire, England, where the small town of "Bonsall" is said to date back to the Norman Conquest, which contains a very interesting old stone church known as "Bonsall Church."

    Richard, who married Mary Wood, is not to be confounded with his kinsman, Richard Bonsall, a younger brother of Sir Thomas Bonsall, who also settled near Philadelphia, but not until 1769.

    BONSALL, Richard, with wife, Mary daughter of George Wood, came from Mouldridge, in Derbyshire, and settled in Darby (now Upper Darby) in 1683. Richard died 7,13,1699, and his wife 6,24,1698. Their children born in this country were Jacob, 10,9,1684; Benjamin 11,3,1687; Enoch, 11,2,1692; Eleanor, 9,8,1694. Their daughters were married,--Rachel to Daniel Hibberd, 1697; Ann to Josiah Hibbard, 1698; Abigail to Joseph Rhoads, 1701. Elizabeth Bonsall was married, 9,10,1686, to James Hunt, but whether a daughter of Richard is uncertain. Obadiah Bonsall, perhaps a nephew of Richard, married in 1701 Sarah Bethell, and had several children. The descendants of this family number many thousands, and have been largely traced by Spencer Bonsal, of Philadelphia, who is preparing a family history. His father, Edward H. Bonsall, a prominent citizen of Philadelphia, was born in the limits of Uwchlan Monthly Meeting, 5,28,1794, and died 4,14,1879, the son of Isaac and Mercy (Milhouse) Bonsal.

    --In 1681 George Wood and Richard Bonsall bought at a sale in England 1000 acres of land from William Penn, in Radnor Township and Darby Township. George Wood and Hanna Wood came to America from the town of Bonsall, in Derbyshire, England on the 27th day of May 1682. They were the parents of Mary Wood wife of Richard Bonsall.

    -The Smiths History of Delaware County, Pa compiler saw the old house in which the first Bonsall lived who came to this country. This house is at Darby in Delaware Co. Pa. It gives the early history of the family. "I think the Bonsalls were orignally Norman (the blue eyes and light hair are the old Sea King characteristice." Richard Bonsall family departed from Mouldridge Grange, England, arriving Pennsylvania in 1683. Richard married (1) Mary WOOD, daughter of George WOOD and Hannah/Anna. Mary was born about 1643. She died 24 Aug 1698.

    Ancestry and Descendants of Richard and Mary (Wood) Bonsall, Darby Township, Chester (now Delaware) County, Pennsylvania
    Entries: 5196 Updated: 2004-05-08 12:27:03 UTC (Sat) Contact: Karen Greim Mullian
    ID: I3938
    Name: Richard Bonsall 1
    Sex: M
    ALIA: Richard Bonsall of /Mouldridge/, Derbyshire
    Birth: 17 MAR 1641/42 in Mouldridge Grange, Derbyshire, England 2 3
    Death: 13 JUL 1699 in Darby Twp., Chester Co., PA of yellow fever
    Burial: Darby Friends Burial Ground
    Baptism: St. Giles, Hartington, Derbyshire, England
    [Richard Bonsall & Mary Wood.FTW]

    It is said that Richard, his wife Mary and five daughter's left Liverpool England sometime in 1683 on the "Duke of Yorke", captained by John Purvis. With total dependance on the wind and faith in God the small ship sailed to their new home in America. Records show that the "Oath of Supremacy and Conformity" was signed, which bound them to the Crown. The voyage took from five to ten weeks depending on the wind, weather and sea conditions. Some passengers are reported as dying on every Atlantic crossing.Settled in Upper Darby in 1683.

    Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834

    BONSALL, RICHARD. Darby, Chester Co., PA Yeoman.
    July 12, 1699. September 15, 1699. A. 500.
    He died September 13, 1699. Nuncupative will. Estate to his children whose names are not given. [The original will is missing.] Witnesses: John Wood, Michael Blunston, John Hood, Senr., Thomas Smith.

    Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania
    Vol. 3, Jordan. Genealogical Publishing Co.

    Town of Bonsall 15 miles N. of Derby
    (originally Bunteshalle, Bund-Hall = Hall of the Covenant)

    Richard Bonsall came from Mouldridge, parish of Bradburne, Co. of Derby, brought certificate from Monthly Meeting at Asheford, dated 12th mo. (Feb.) 22, 1682\3. "To remove himselfe into America with his whole family, with ye Consent of ffriends." The certificate, signed by sixteen members of Asheford Meeting, none of whom bore the name Bonsall, deposited at Darby Monthly Meting.

    BONSALL BAPTISMS From the Registers of St. Giles Parish of Hartington, County Darby, England 1610 - "PA Families in PA" - Family History Film #345769

    Nov'r 20, 1618, Margaret, dau. of Richard Bonsall & Joanna, his wife, of Ludwall.
    Feb'y 17, 1629, Elizabeth, dau. of Wm. Bonsall & Elizabeth, his wife, of Heathcote
    Sept. 11, 1631, John, son of William Bonsall, Jr. & Elizabeth, his wife, of Heathcote
    July 2, 1633, Maria, of Wm. Bonsall, husbandman & Elizabeth, his wife, of Heathcote
    Feb'y 16, 1635, Thomas, son of William Bonsall, of Heathcote & Elizabeth, his wife
    Feb'y 14, 1637, Anna, dau. of William Bonsall, of Heathcote, & Elizabeth, his wife
    March 5, 1639, Elizabeth, dau. of Wm. Bonsall, of Heathcote, & Elizabeth, his wife
    March 5, 1639, Maria, dau. of Joseph Bonsall, of Joseph Bonsall of Eadville, & ----- his wife
    March 17, 1641, Richard, son of Joseph Bonsall, of Heathcote
    Dec'r 16, 1643, William, son of Wm. Bonsall, of Heathcote & Elizabeth, his wife
    Nov'r 1, 1646, Joseph, son of Joseph Bonsall, defuncti, Juxta Heathcote
    July 15, 1649, Alice, dau. of William Bonsall, of Heathcote
    Oct. 1, 1629, William Bonsall & Elizabeth Bennett, of this parish
    Aug. 24, 1676, William Shaw & Alice Bonsall
    Oct. 3, 1679, Isaac Smedley, & Anna Bonsall
    July 25, 1612, Grace, wife of John Bonsall, of Ludwall
    May 28, 1613, John, son of John Bonsall, of Heathcote
    Aug. 4, 1615, Peter Bonsall, of Bigging
    Oct. 12, 1617, Richard, son of John Bonsall, of one Ash Grange
    April 21, 1617, Francis Bonsall
    Oct. 6, 1623, John Bonsall of Eadvill
    Feb'y 22, 1623, Margaret, wife of John Bonsall, defuncti of Hartington
    March 2, 1629, Robert, son of Wm. Bonsall, of Heathcote
    Dec'r 10, 1636, John, son of William Bonsall of Heathcote
    Jan'y 4, 1639, Elizabeth, wife of John Bonsall, defunctus
    March 5, 1639, Elizabeth, dau. of Wm. Bonsall, of Eadville
    Dec'r 1, 1642, Joane Bonsall, of Heathcote
    May 20, 1643, Thomas Bonsall, son of William of Heathcote
    Jany' 9, 1650, John Bonsall, son of William, of Heathcote
    April 14, 1670, Jon Bonsall, son of Wm. & Maria, of Bigging
    Sept. 10, 1679, Thomas Bonsall
    Later Baptisms:
    Jan'y 12, 1676, Elizabeth, dau. of William & Maria Bonsall
    Oct. 23, 1679, Richard, son of William & Maria Bonsall.

    from Cope's Genealogical Notes, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107:

    Settled in Upper Darby in 1683.

    Left nuncupative will in presence of John Wood, Michael Blunston, and John Hood who were appointed by children to administer estate.

    Richard Bonsall owned 200 Acres east side of the Darby Creek, including present Kellyville in Upper Darby

    "This is to Certifie all whom itt May Concern, That Richard Bonsall, the bearer hereof Is and hath Been since he came among ffriends, of Honest Life and Conversation and In unity with friends and doth Remove Himselfe Into America with his whole family with ye Consent of friends, being Clear from Debts and other things in Relation to his Testimony in the world.
    From our Monthly Meeting att Ashford, the 22nd day of ye 12th month 1682.

    John Sikes
    John Gratton
    Jervaase Gent
    William Bunting
    Anthony Woodward
    ffrancis Bently
    Jonathan Fisher
    Samuel Johnson
    Bridgett Johnson
    Mary ffallowes
    Alice Woodward
    Mary Stevenson
    John Sikes
    Edward Booth
    John Bunting
    ffrancis ffallowes

    From Letter from Nancy Bonsall Schultz:
    In England Bonsalls came from places known as Mouldridge Grange near Matlack, Derbyshire, England, and Bonsall, England. Baptism records located at St. Giles Chruch, Hartington, Derbyshire, England, of gr gr grandfather of Ann. Photocopies obtained of Parish record by James Belton Bonsall of Grand Chenier, LA, in 1979 on his trip to England.

    In America, they owned 500 acres at Kellyville & Lansdowne and named it "New Mouldridge Plantation."

    Father: Joseph Bonsall
    Marriage 1 Mary Wood b: ABT 1643 in Bonsall, Derbyshire, England
    Married: 1675 1
    Married: ABT 1677 in Derbyshire, England
    Rachel Bonsall b: ABT 1677 in Mouldridge, Derbyshire, England
    Mary Bonsall b: ABT 1678 in Mouldridge, Derbyshire, England
    Sarah Bonsall b: ABT 1679 in Mouldridge, Derbyshire, England
    Ann Bonsall b: ABT 1680 in Mouldridge Grange, Derbyshire, England
    Abigail Bonsall b: ABT 1682 in Derbyshire, England
    Jacob Bonsall b: 9 OCT 1684 in Darby Twp., Chester Co., PA
    Benjamin Bonsall b: 3 NOV 1687 in Darby Twp., Chester Co., PA
    Enoch Bonsall b: 2 NOV 1692 in Darby Twp., Chester Co., PA
    Elinor Bonsall b: 8 SEP 1694

    Title: Richard Bonsall & Mary Wood.FTW
    Call Number:
    Media: Other
    Text: Date of Import: Oct 24, 2002
    Title: Letter from Nancy Bonsall Schultz, Bonsall Family Genealogist, 221 Bobbin Mill Road, Media, PA, 19063
    Call Number:
    Media: Book
    Note: Parish Records
    Letter from Nancy Bonsall Schultz, Bonsall Family Genealogist, 221 Bobbin Mill Road, Media, PA, 19063
    Parish Records
    Letter from Nancy Bonsall Schultz, Bonsall Family Genealogist, 221 Bobbin Mill Road, Media, PA, 19063

    Father: Joseph BONSALL

    Marriage 1 Mary WOOD b: 1643 in England
      1. Has No Children Elizabeth BONSALL
      2. Has Children Rachel BONSALL* b: 1677 in Mouldridge, Derbyshire, England
      3. Has Children Abigail BONSALL b: 1668 in Derbyshire, England
      4. Has No Children Sarah BONSALL b: 1672
      5. Has No Children Mary BONSALL b: 1675
      6. Has No Children Ann BONSALL b: 1680 in England
      7. Has No Children Jacob BONSALL b: 9 OCT 1684
      8. Has No Children Benjamin BONSALL b: 3 NOV 1687
      9. Has Children Enoch BONSALL b: 2 NOV 1692
      10. Has No Children Eleanor BONSALL b: 8 SEP 1694

      1. Title: Mary Alice Bonsall Family
        Author: Edison Mhire, son.
        Note: A genealogy on his mother's family who is Mary Alice Bonsall.
        Note: Mrs. Bonnie Guillory, 2802 Old Jeanerette Road, New Iberia, LA 70560
        Media: Book
      2. Title: "Ancestral Records and Portraits"
        Author: The Grafon Press, NY
        Media: Book
        Page: Vol II, Gen 929.2 p 778 XLV-BONSALL.
      3. Title: History of Chester County Penn.-With Genealogical & Biographical Sketches
        Author: J. Futhey.
        Media: Book
        Page: Part 2
      4. Title: Lineage Book National Society DAR Colonists
        Publication: 1972
        Media: Book
        Page: Vol XVI 15001-16000 - p. 147
      5. Title: "The Bonsal Family in America"
        Author: 1876 Manuscript, Pennsylvania Historical Library, 820 Spruce St. Philadelphia, Pa.
        Note: (unknown booklet mlb)
        Media: Manuscript
      6. Title: "Smith's History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania"
        Author: Professor Silas Wright, 1876
        Media: Book
        Page: p. 447
        Text: Gives the early history of the Bonsall and Woods family.
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