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Bonney, Edward William


26 Aug. 1807–4 Feb. 1864. Farmer, miller, bounty hunter, author. Born in Willsboro, Essex Co., New York. Son of Jethro May Bonney and Lucinda Laurana Webster. Moved to Tioga Co., New York, before Aug. 1820. Moved to Cortlandville, Cortland Co., New York, before 1832. Married Maria Van Frank, 17 Jan. 1832, in Tully Corners, Cortland Co. Moved to Bristol, Elkhart Co., Indiana, 1832, where he built a mill. Admitted to Council of Fifty, 4 Apr. 1844; one of three men admitted to council by JS who were not Latter-day Saints. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, May 1844. Member of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge. Appointed aide-de-camp to JS in Nauvoo Legion, 18 June 1844. Rejected from Council of Fifty, 4 Feb. 1845. Moved to Montrose, Lee Co., Iowa Territory, Apr. 1845; became a bounty hunter. Moved to Rock Island, Rock Island Co., Illinois, Oct. 1845; to Prospect Park, DuPage Co., Illinois, by 1847; to York, DuPage Co., by June 1850; to Aurora, Kane Co., Illinois, 1852; and to Hamilton, Marion Co., Missouri, by June 1860. Published account of his adventures in The Banditti of the Prairies, 1850. Moved to Chicago, 1862, where he died.