Monday: Map Day! – To the gold fields, 1849 & ’50

I love a great map, and today’s example is particularly fine in several respects: as a detailed view of our hemisphere at a particularly dynamic moment in U.S. history, as an excellent example of mid-19th-century cartography, and—as we’ll see in our next post—as a clear illustration of how members of Mequon’s Bonniwell family made their … Continue reading Monday: Map Day! – To the gold fields, 1849 & ’50

Gold! – The Bonniwells go west…but when? and who?

UPDATED, May 27, 2022 with a few minor edits for clarity. Today, in part 8 of our series documenting the life of Clark family neighbor (and in-law) Alfred T. Bonniwell and his large extended family, we begin a fresh look at some documentary evidence that complicates and enriches our understanding of how the national “Gold … Continue reading Gold! – The Bonniwells go west…but when? and who?

The Bonniwells & Co. in California, 1849 & 1850

Our last two posts focused on the evidence we have that documents the Bonniwell family’s two-part trip west to the gold fields of California: by the Panama shortcut in 1849 and by the overland route in 1850. Today I’d like to focus on the members of Bonniwell company after the end of their westward voyage(s), … Continue reading The Bonniwells & Co. in California, 1849 & 1850

Alfred Bonniwell documents – part 6: U.S. Citizen, 1849

Today’s post in our Bonniwell document series1 focuses on one important item, Alfred T. Bonniwell’s Petition for Naturalization as a United States citizen, completed in Milwaukee, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin, November 6, 1849. Bonniwell, Alfred, Petition for Naturalization 6 Nov 1849; for full citation see note 2, below. Click … Continue reading Alfred Bonniwell documents – part 6: U.S. Citizen, 1849

Alfred Bonniwell documents – part 4: Wisconsin territorial census, 1842

Continuing on with our series of Alfred Bonniwell documents, today’s post looks at one of two censuses that (probably) record Alfred Bonniwell in Wisconsin Territory between the federal decennial censuses of 1840 and 1850. If you need to catch up, our previous installments are here, here, here, here and here. UPDATED May 22, 2022, to correct Charles Bonniwell, Sr.’s … Continue reading Alfred Bonniwell documents – part 4: Wisconsin territorial census, 1842

Monday: Map Day!

1874 map of Washington and Ozaukee Counties Today’s map is another unique and wonderful map from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, American Geographical Society Digital Map Collection. It is map of Washington and Ozaukee Counties from 1874, and it is packed with information and unique details. Map of Washington and Ozaukee Counties, Wisconsin 1873-4 / drawn, … Continue reading Monday: Map Day!