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     William N. Bonar, of Moundsville, deputy collector of internal revenue for the district of West Virginia, was born in Marshall county, W.Va., April 13, 1844. His father, Abel Bonar, a farmer by occupation, was a prominent man, and a member of the convention which met at Wheeling for the formation of the present state. During the war he strongly supported the government. In business he was successful, and though beginning poor, died possessed of about 700 acres of valuable land. Of the Methodist Episcopal church he was a member some thirty years. He died at the age of seventy-three years, and his wife, Mary Venus, survives in her sixty-fith year. Their eight children are: Eveline, deceased; William N., Sarah E., Nancy A.; Samuel V., deceased; Mary V., James A., and Charles E., deceased. At the age of eighteen years, Mr. William N. Bonar enlisted in Company B, Twelfth regiment, West Virginia infantry, and served until June 28, 1865, participating in the battles of Winchester, New Market, Piedmont, Opoken Creek, Fisher's Hill, Hatcher's Run, where, on the morning of April 2, 1865, in an assault on the enemy's works, he was wounded in the throat and left shoulder. He was taken then to Fortress Monroe where he remained until his discharge. On his return home he settled on a farm, and continued to be engaged in agriculture until November, 1889, when he removed to Moundsville. Mr. Bonar has served as assessor of the county for four years from January, 1873, and took charge of his present office August 15, 1889. He is an efficient and faithful public servant. Mr. Bonar is a member of the I.O.O.F. He was married July 1, 1866, to Sarah L., daughter of Martin and Jane Bonar, and they have three children: Samuel H., Milton W., Oscar B. Mrs. Bonar is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

From History of the Upper Ohio Valley,
Vol. I, page 676. Brant & Fuller, 1890.

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.