Charles BONNEY
(1811- 1872)

Life story retold by Heather Bonney

Charles was born in 1811 and died on 1st September 1872. He and his wife Juliana Dorcas Dibley (1828-22nd March 1892) are Edward James Bonney’s parents.

Charles was in the army for 19 years, serving in North America and the West Indies (possibly as a baker).  He was in receipt of a pension from the Chelsea Hospital as he was injured in a fall when lighting a gas lamp in the barracks in Limerick.  When he died his Inquest was held in the Horse and Jockey Pub in Castle Street.  He was then described as a mop stick maker.

Charles is buried in Division 10, Grave 5163 – a common grave.  His wife, Julia, is buried in Division 41, Grave 8823 with her son Henry Dibley (1852-1910), his wife Martha (1855-1934) and their children – Beatrice Martha (1880-89) and Sidney Arthur (1896-?).  Julia gave birth to a boy, Henry George Dibley in St. Lawrence’s Workhouse, Reading on 3rd January 1846 who died in September 1846.  It seems she also gave birth to this Henry before she married Charles Bonney but I haven’t found his birth certificate yet. 

I think I have located the approximate site of the second grave but the kerb stones in that location have sunk.

Buried in Section 10, Grave 5163