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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Papers of Lola Bonnell at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Some of you may remember Lola Bonnell, who collected much material about the Bonnell family and worked with many people to compile it. My great-aunt Margaret Watson Cooke was one of them.

Lola was daughter of William Jones Bonnell & Florence Buckingham, granddaughter of Aaron Bonnell & Margaret Dackey, great-granddaughter of Moses Bonnell & Hannah Buckingham.

Lola donated her papers to the Cincinnati Historical Society and they are now archived at the Cincinnati Museum Center. According to Christine Engels, Archives Manager, they are extensive and not all genealogical.

Ms Engels was kind enough to send me information on the collection, as follows. There is not a more detailed inventory.

Mss VF 1377 = William Bonnell’s receipts and financial information – 1 file
Mss VF 1378 – Information on the Bonnell family and their home in Indian Hill – 1 file
Mss VF 1379 – Genealogical Bonnell information – I file
Mss VF 3442 - Genealogical Bonnell information – I file
Mss VF 3443 – Information on Indian Hill – 1 file
Mss VF 3444 – Genealogical information on the Bonnell and Weller families – 1 file
Mss VF 3709 – Information on the Christian Waldschmidt house – 1 file
Mss fB716t RFM – William Bonnell volume as Treasurer in Special School District in Hamilton County and some household accounts, 1891-1903 – 1 volume, very fragile and oversized, not able to copy (Note: this William Bonnell is probably Lola's father.)
Mss qB716 – Bonnell family deeds, mortgages, letters, 1832-1962 – 1 box

Ms Engels invited me to go through the boxes myself, but as I live on the west coast this isn't feasible. She had an intern go through them and make copies of letters she found, and I did purchase copies of them. The Museum Center has given us permission to post them on this blog and I'll be doing that in not-too-distant future.

Maybe someone who lives in the Cincinnati area and part of her line can make a more detailed inventory for us.


  1. Another useful URL ..
    The BNL_dna Surname Project


    1. We added this website to the important links on our main page. Thanks for the suggestion. We encourage participation in the DNA project.

  2. Volume 5 No 4 of the Bunnell/Bonnell Family Newsletter has a nice article, Buckingham Lodge in Bonnell Park, about Lola and her family home.