The American Revolution in North Carolina

James Bonner

Colonel over the Beaufort County Regiment of Militia

On 9/9/1775, James Bonner was commissioned as Colonel/Commandant over the Beaufort County Regiment of Militia, a position he retained until around the 2Q of 1778, when he retired/resigned.

James Bonner was born on 8/20/1719 in Beaufort County, NC, the son of Thomas Bonner and Abigail Brian Daw. He died in 1782 in Beaufort County, NC. James Bonner married Mary Anne Snoad/Snode, and they had ten (10) known children. He married a second time to Mary Maule and they had one son. He was a member of the House of Commons in the Colonial Assembly of 1769. James Bonner was the driving force to establish the town of Washington, NC, which became the County Seat of Beaufort County in late 1775.

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