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In the early days of mining, there were many complications in locating claims. A committee of twenty-five was appointed as arbitrators to settle the disputes. From this committee was appointed an executive committee of three, consisting of T. Davis, James LANGWORTHY and Bonson. They made the maps of the claims and settled all disputes. Their decision was final. Bonson was later involved in mercantile businesses.
Bonson was twice elected as Representative to the State Legislature and served as member of the Board of County Supervisors. For several years he served as the State Inspector of Banks. (1)
In 1838, Mr. Bonson was married to Miss Jane Burton, from Derbyshire, England; she died in 1866 leaving two children-Mrs. Priscilla Morgan and Mrs. Mary Ellen Simplot. In 1868, Mr. Bonson married Mrs. Harriet Pierson, formerly Miss Harriet Watts,from Manchester, England; they had three children-two sons, Robert BONSON and William Watts BONSON, who graduated from Columbia Law School and practiced law in Dubuque in the firm of Bonson and Bonson, and one daughter, Annie Watts.Caleb H. BOOTH and the following year he and his wife Harriet began building “Burnage Villa”, the Italianate Revival style brick home named after the street in Manchester, England where Harriet had lived. This home and the land surrounding it became FOUNTAIN PARK in 2001.
1. Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 261
Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 643