Life story retold by Heather Bonney
John was born in Devizes on 1st July 1844 and died on 29th May 1929 at 97 Castle Street, Reading (his daughter’s house). He was a painter and decorator. I attach a photo of him with his daughter, Emma Frances Boulton/Bonney and his granddaughter (Emma’s daughter), Frances May holding her son.
The only story I can think of at present relates to Sydney Denis West (the baby) held by Frances May. He was disabled but, according to my auntie, was apparently fine until he had the smallpox vaccination. He was their only child. I don’t know how true this is.
John married Martha Sansum.
In this family photo John is sitting in the middle. The little girl on his lap is my great aunt, Gladys Vera Bonney (daughter of Edward James Bonney), born 10th September 1907 who died in 1997.
He died of “old age”. He is buried with his wife, their son Tom and daughter Emma Frances, their son-in-law Edward James Bonney and their granddaughter(Emma’s daughter), Julia Ellen.
Buried in Section 40, Grave 6763 [Row I, Number 16]