On Friday, 14 Apr 2006, I was contacted via e-mail concerning a Prayer
Book, ca. 1840's, that belonged to a Lydia Bonnell
of Philadelphia, PA, which included some personal notations
on its pages. Some of the information made reference to her brother,
Captain Joseph Bonnell.
I was asked one basic question:
Can you help me track down the descendants of Lydia,
Joseph, Samuel or George Bonnell ??
At the time, I could not document any living relatives. I did some digging
and tried some internet searches, with nothing obvious surfacing. Then
the owner of the book decided to send it to me, for me to keep, until
I can find a better person to take ownership. (Maybe a 'more appropriate
person' to take ownership says it better... at least, that's the
way I hope she meant it!)
Anyway, I have the Prayer Book in my possession. And, I believe I found
someone that I highly suspect is a descendent, but this person hasn't
responded to me, yet. However, as you know, and I do understand this,
unless your 'into Genealogy', and, especially in this day and
age, anyone that is asking such personal questions "is someone to avoid!"
I feel my next step is to go public on the Internet and hope I can raise
the correct person's or persons' interest enough to contact me. Even
if only to say
"Yes, I'm a descendeant, but No, I'm not interested in accepting the
Prayer Book." would be fine.
I already have some ideas of where I will place the book if this happens.
The following are some details and pictures of, what I'm calling, "Lydia
Bonnell's Prayer Book".
And, if you have any clues or suggestions to help my quest, please,