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The Bonner Surname DNA Project
Notes on usage of this site:

1. The results of each participant's DNA analysis is provided in the Results Table below.
2. The paternal descent of each sample provider is given in the link in the results table. Click the associated link to open a new page which will show this descent. The new page that loads will also give the participant's e-mail address. Use your browser's 'back' button to return to this page.
3. For every new DNA "type" identified, a new "Node" is created. These "Nodes" are identified by letter on the left-hand side of the Results Table, and near the gold, circular nodes in the Network Diagram.
4. The BONNER Network Diagram shows the genetic relationship among all the participants.
5. Given the participant's "node" and known paternal descent, we can deduce the "node" of the participant's patriarch (i.e., his father's father's (etc.) father).
6. Each BONNER patriarch, and all his male-line descendants (and patrilinear ancestors) comprise a "clan" of particular DNA type, or Node. The Patriarch's Table, below, associates all nodes with their clans, where known.
7. By DNA-testing a male-line descendant of your BONNER patriarch, you can directly determine if it is possible that he is genetically related to any of the other "clans" thus far identified.
8. Clans with the same Node (i.e., the same DNA) are related, whereas Clans with different Nodes are unlikely to be related.
9. With enough samples, most or all clans should be identified.
10. The Group Administrator is happy to answer any questions you may have about the project.


If you want to participate in this project, then please see the "Participation" section near the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions about the project, then please email the Project's Group Administrator, Gregg Bonner, using the email shown at the bottom of this page.

Results Table
N
o
d
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Click the link below to see the participants' descents & e-mail addresses

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DYS

H
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p
l
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3
9
3
3
9
0
1
9
3
9
1
3
8
5
a
3
8
5
b
4
2
6
3
8
8
4
3
9
3
8
9
i
3
9
2
3
8
9
ii
4
5
8
4
5
9
a
4
5
9
b
4
5
5
4
5
4
4
4
7
4
3
7
4
4
8
4
4
9
4
6
4
a
4
6
4
b
4
6
4
c
4
6
4
d
A
Neil Bonner
1182
13
25
15
11
11
13
13
12
11
13
14
29
17
9
10
11
11
25
15
18
32
14
16
16
17
see note
A
Al Bonner
1183
13
25
15
11
11
13
13
12
11
13
14
29
                         
R1b1
B
Gregg Bonner
7605
13
22
14
10
11
14
12
12
11
13
13
29
17
9
9
11
11
25
15
19
28
14
15
17
17
B
Robert Franklin Bonner
7710
13 22 14 10 11 14 12 12 11 13 13 29                          
R1b1
C
Robert Gayle Bonner
8074
13 24 14 10 13 13 12 12 12 14 13 31 16
9
9
11 11 25 15 19 30 15 15 16 17
R1b1
D
John William Bonner
8266
13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29                          
R1b
C
Michael Paul Bonner
8601
13 24 14 10 13 13 12 12 12 14 13 31 16
9
9
11 11 25 15 19 30 15 15 16 17
R1b1
E
Barry Dunbar Bonner
8616
13 25 14 11 11 15 12 12 13 13 13 29                          
R1b1
C
Pam (Bonner) Cooke
(by proxy)
9410
13 24 14 10 13 13 12 12 12 14 13 31                          
R1b1
B
William Moss Bonner
10858
13 22 14 10 11 14 12 12 11 13 13 29                          
R1b1
F
Susan Farrell
(by proxy)
11258
12 24 14 11 11 13 12 12 12 13 14 29                          
R1b1
G
John Kirkwood Bonner
14819
13 24 14 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 14 29                          
R1b1
C
Fredrick Steven Bonner
15280
13 24 14 10 13 13 12 12 12 14 13 31                          
R1b1
H
Michael Edd Bonner
18427
13 25 14 10 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29                          
R1b1
A
Michael John Bonner
22924
13 25 15 11 11 13 13 12 11 13 14 29                          
R1b1
I
Robert Edgar Bonner
32965
14 25 14 11 13 15 12 12 12 13 13 29                          
R1b1
D
Jacob "Jay" William Boner
39192
13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 17
9
10 11 11 25 15 19 32 15 15 17 17
R1b1b2
K1
Marianne G. Bonner
(by proxy)
56478
13 25 15 11 11 13 13 12 12 13 14 29 17
9
10 11 11 25 15 18 31 14 14 16 17
R1b1
K1
Thomas Patrick Bonner
56677
13 25 15 11 11 13 13 12 12 13 14 29                          
R1b1
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Click the link below to see the participants' descents & e-mail addresses

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DYS

H
a
p
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3
9
3
3
9
0
1
9
3
9
1
3
8
5
a
3
8
5
b
4
2
6
3
8
8
4
3
9
3
8
9
i
3
9
2
3
8
9
ii
4
5
8
4
5
9
a
4
5
9
b
4
5
5
4
5
4
4
4
7
4
3
7
4
4
8
4
4
9
4
6
4
a
4
6
4
b
4
6
4
c
4
6
4
d
M
Clifford M. Bonner
59510
13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 13 14 13 30                          
R1b1
C
Monty Joe Bonner
60480
13 24 14 10 13 13 12 12 12 14 13 31                          
R1b1
B
Sherry Stewart
(by proxy)
63744
13 22 14 10 11 14 12 12 11 13 13 29                          
R1b1
N
William Floyd Bonner
72923
13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 11 13 13 30                          
R1b1
B
Clarence Dean Bonner
109497
13 22 14 10 11 14 12 12 11 13 13 29                          
P
undisclosed Bonner
110790
13
21
15
10
16
16
11
12
12
13
11
31
16
8
10
11
11
26
14
21
29
13
15
16
17
see note
Q
John Hawkins Bonner
117481
13 24 14 10 11 15 12 12 13 13 13 29                          
R1b1b2
S
Susan Norman
(by proxy)
119796
13 23 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 14 13 29                          
R1b1b2
R
Kathy Atkin
(by proxy)
120968
13 25 14 10 13 13 12 12 12 14 13 31 16
9
9
11 11 25 15 19 29 15 15 16 17
R1b1
O
Vincent Kirby Bonner
154963
13
25
14
10
11
14
12
13
11
14
13
30
                         
*
C
William Fred Bonner
166893
13 24 14 10 13 13 12 12 12 14 13 31 16
9
9
11 11 25 15 19 30 15 15 16 17
R1b1b2a1a
K2
Wayne Howard Bonner
167526
13 25 15 11 11 13 13 12 12 13 14 29 17
9
10 11 11 25 15 18 31 14 16 16 17
R1b1
T
undisclosed Boner
167651
13
22
15
10
13
14
11
14
11
13
11
29
                         
see note
U
Stephen Allen Crawford
(aka Stephen Allen Bonner)
218365
14
21
17
10
17
17
11
12
13
13
11
30
                         
see note
T1
Emmett Jewel Bonner
225690
13
22
15
10
13
14
11
14
11
13
11
29
16
8
9
8
11
22
16
20
26
11*
12*
14*
15*
see note
J
William Joseph Bonner
N15454
14 23 16 11 15 16 11 13 11 13 12 29                          
I
L
undisclosed Bonner
N19772
12 24 14 10 13 14 12 12 12 14 13 29                          
R1b1
D
undisclosed Bonner
N63162
13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29                          
R1b1
V
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For the most recent dataset, see the project's FTDNA tables (opens new window).

How to read the data table and network diagram

In the diagram to the left, each gold circle represents a "node" (see results table above, far left column). The size of the gold circle is proportional to the number of results that match that node type. To assess the genetic relatedness between two nodes, move from one node under consideration towards the other node via the lined path(s), and count the number of mutations experienced along the way. Each mutation is designated by blue numbers and letters. For example, moving from node "D" towards node "E", you cross a blue "390". This is a mutation in Y-chromosome marker DYS390 (one of the 12 markers considered in the above table; note in the table that "type D" DNA is 'mutated' with respect to "type E" DNA at DYS390 (viz., a value of 24 for "D" vs. 25 for "E"); similarly DNA types "D" and "E" will differ in the data table for DYS385b and DYS439, as indicated in the network diagram by blue numbers). The diagram as a whole is designed to minimize the number of mutations needed to explain ALL the data in the table.

As an example, DNA 'types' "D" and "E" are separated by 3 mutations. The question then becomes, "how closely related are groups "D" and "E"?". Well, mutations are rare events. I will spare you the math (e-mail me if you are really interested in this), but suffice it to say that the point where two cousins are likely to have ONE mutation between them is approximately at the 8th cousin level. The point at which two groups are more than 50% likely to have 3 or more mutations between them is about the 35th cousin level (or a common ancestor approximately 1,000 years ago). Since the surname Bonner is not known to have existed 1,000 years ago, these two groups are more likely to have acquired the surname Bonner independently than to have acquired the Bonner surname by virtue of shared descent from the same man surnamed Bonner.

But remember that these are statistical measures. This does not mean that they could not have shared descent - it is just that it is not likely. In a way similar to a man being seven feet tall - it is not impossible, it is just rare. Rare events DO happen, and there are cases where multiple mutations do appear between close cousins. If another sample were provided which "split the difference" between "D" and "E", then it would appear to make a shared descent between "D" and "E" more likely. On the other hand, the separation between "A" and "B" is so great (10 mutations) that (virtually) no amount of new samples will be able to show a common descent among those two groups.

This project is young, and more samples will continue to pour in, and the analysis will become more and more clear. Please help us with this project by participating and/or locating appropriate individuals for testing. DNA analysis is a valuable and powerful way to uncover linkages within, between, and among sample groups - but its power is made even moreso with greater sample numbers. Please help :)

Bonner Clans
Node
Samples
Patriarch
A
1182
BONNER, James
Born: Abt. 1819, County Donegal, Ireland
Married: circa 1845, ?
Spouse: Frances McDevitt/McDavid
Died: 8 April 1902, Philadelphia, PA
A
1183
BONNER, Richard Joseph
Born: Abt. 1859, Philadelphia, PA
Married: 07 SEP 1887, St. Patrick's Church, Elizabeth, NJ
Spouse: Catherine F. Sullivan
Died: 15 FEB 1919, Carteret, Middlesex, NJ
B1
B
7605
7710
BONNER, William
Born: Abt. 1778, Prince George County, Virginia
Married: 27 APR 1809, Hancock County, Georgia
Spouse: Nancy Chappell
Died: 28 MAY 1852 in Wehadkee Creek, Troup County, Georgia
Note: See 1850 Census, Troup County, Georgia, District 735, Page 98B, HH#572/93
B
63744
BONNER, Henry
Born: Abt. 1724, ?
Married: Abt. 1755
Spouse: Anne "Nancy" Cate
Died: 01 Jan 1822, Warren County, Georgia.
B
7605
BONNER, James H.
Born: 16 Oct 1816, Commissioner's Creek, Jones County, Georgia
Married: 21 Aug 1834, Troup County, Georgia
Spouse: Jane Connelly
Died: About 1879, < Randolph County, Alabama >
Note: See 1860 Census, Randolph County, Alabama, Southern Division, handwritten page 226, Page 852, HH#1578/1578
B
7710
BONNER, John William Fletcher Emmett DeLafayette
Born: 11 Feb 1823, Forsythe, Monroe County, Georgia
Married: 22 Dec 1857, Heard County, Georgia
Spouse: Margery Anne Stewart
Died: 29 Sep 1896, Standing Rock, Chambers, Alabama
Note: See 1850 Census, Troup County, Georgia, District 735, Page 98B, HH#572/93
B
109497
BONNER, George Augusta Chappell
Birth: 05 August 1833, Troup County, Georgia.
Married: 27 November 1851, Chambers County, Alabama.
Spouse: Elizabeth Lowe.
Death: 30 September 1863.
B
10858
BONNER, John
Born: About 1724, Surry County, Virginia
Married: About 1747, Surry County, Virginia
Spouse: Sarah Hicks
Died: About 1804, Virginia
B
7605
7710
BONNER, William
Born: Abt. 1730, ?
Married: ?, ?; 6 DEC 1767, ?
Spouse: Honore [--?--], Sylvia WILLIAMSON
Died: Abt. 1812, Prince George County, Virginia
C
2
BONNER, Benjamin
Born: 04 FEB 1749/50, Amelia County, Virginia
Married: 25 FEB 1770, Amelia County, Virginia
Spouse: Frances Dempsey
Died: 29 JUL 1814 in Spartanburg District, South Carolina
C
1
BONNER, Thomas Trotter
Born: Abt. 1815, North Carolina
Married: 30 Sep 1834, Marengo County, Alabama
Spouse: Elizabeth H. Shackelford
Died: AFT. 1860, Phillips County, Arkansas
C
2
BONNER, Henry
Born: Circa 1650, England
Married: Circa 1670, <North Carolina>
Spouse: possibly Katherine [--?--]
Died: 1716, Chowan County, North Carolina
C
1
BONNER, Henry
Born: Circa 1670, Albemarle County, North Carolina
Married: Circa 1700, North Carolina
Spouse: unknown
Married: 01 APR 1705, Perquimans County, North Carolina
Spouse: Deborah Whedbee
Died: 07 OCT 1738, Chowan County, North Carolina
C
1
BONNER, William
Born: Bef. 1683, Shaftesbury Precinct, Albemarle County, North Carolina
Married: Bef. 1714, North Carolina
Spouse: Jane [--?--]
Died: Aft. 31 MAR 1724, Chowan County, North Carolina
C
2
BONNER, Thomas
Born: circa 1744, Chowan County, North Carolina.
Spouse: Margaret Jones.
Died: 30 December 1804, Doves Creek, Georgia.
C
1
BONNER, Jordan
Born: About 12 DEC 1768, Granville County, North Carolina
Married: About 1796, ?
Spouse: Rachel Moon
Married: ?, ?
Spouse: Mary Martin
Married: 03 OCT 1811, ?
Spouse: Mary Adams
Died: 8 MAY 1841 in Washington, Alabama
C
1
BONNER, Whitmal
Born: circa 1775, North Carolina.
Spouse: Alice "Allie" Selman
Died: circa 1821, Jasper County, Georgia.
D
1
BONNER, Matthew
Born: About 1799, Ohio
Married: Circa 1835, ?
Spouse: Ann Roberts
Died: After 1850, < Clark County, Ohio >
Note: See 1850 Census, Clark County, Ohio, Harmony Township (District No. 210), Page 22B, HH#303/315 (lines 27-35, inclusive)
D
1
BONER, Joseph William
Born: 11 Nov 1747, Pennsylvania
Married: May 1771, North Carolina
Spouse: Margaret Elrod
Died: 13 Aug 1785, Hope, Forsyth County, North Carolina
Note: Sometimes seen as Joseph William BONNER
E
1
BONNER, John
Born: About 1835, Donegal[?], Ireland
Married: Circa 1860, aboard immigrant ship
Spouse: Penelope "Mabby" Galagher
Died: After 1910, Ellenton, South Carolina [?]
F
1
BONNER, Michael
(father of the John P. Bonner who married Celia Kirkman)
Ireland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
G
1
BONNER, Benjamin B.
Born: About 1844, Ohio
Married: abt. 1873
Spouse: Margaret (Scott?)
Died: After 1880
Note: Benjamin's parents were born in England (see 1880 Census, Cook County, Illinois (Portland Avenue, Chicago), Enumeration District 36, handwritten page 24, Page 461B, HH#116/222)
H/Q
1
BONNER, James
Born: Abt. 1753, Ireland
Married: ?, ?
Spouse: Mary LAIRD
Died: 01 NOV 1825, Monroe, Alabama
I
1
BONNER, Garfield
Born: Supposedly in North Carolina
Married:
Spouse: Celie Mizzell
Died: Alabama
J
1
BONAR, William
Born: Abt. 1720, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Married: circa 1745
Spouse: Julie Elizabeth GORRELL
Died: 07 FEB 1778, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
K1
1
BONER, Michael
Born: circa 1830 (probably Ireland)
father of John Bonner (14 May 1863 - 25 Mar 1930)
K1
1
BONNER, Seamus
Born: circa 1830, Cloghercor, Glenties Parish, Donegal, Ireland.
K2
1
BONNER (Boner), Thomas
Born: circa 1820, <County Fermanagh>, Ireland.
Married: 15 April 1844 Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Spouse: Anne Kilcourse.
M
1
BONNER, William
Born: Abt. 1783, Augusta County, Virginia.
Married: 11 Nov 1802, in Randolph County, Virginia.
Spouse: Jemima CARR
Died: 13 DEC 1857, Black Fork, Tucker County, Virginia.
N
1
BONNER, George
Born: 22 Jan 1823, Lerkin, County Moughan, Ireland.
Married: Margaret Edmunston, 23 Oct 1849, Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland.
Died: 05 May 1905, Midway, Wasatch County, Utah.
Ancestral File: 17JF-4M
O
154963
BONNER, Columbus Mulgro
Born: 24 November 1892, probably Walker County, Alabama.
Married:.
Died: 29 August 1966, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
R
120968
BONNER, Newton
Born: circa 1821, North Carolina or Kentucky.
Married: Elizabeth Smith Julian, ABT. 1843.
S
119796
BONNER, Thomas
Born: circa 1800, <Islington, London, England>.
T1
225690
BONNER, Robert
Born: circa 1830, Arkansas.
Married:.
Died: About 1900, Bowie County, Texas.
Note: Birth given as "1824 or 1832".
U
218365
BONNER, George Manning
Born: About 1843, Edenton, North Carolina.
Married:.
Died: About 1927.
If there are any patriarchs that you'd like to see DNA sampled that are not in this list, then email me at the address given at the bottom of this page. Once I have received the information related to the patriarch of interest to you, I will post it in the above table.
Participation:

Please note that "participation", in this case, means the following:

1. Being a male with the surname "Bonner" (or spelling variant thereof). [Exceptions include cases of adoption, etc. Sample providers MUST be male and should be (or at least suspect that they are) the son of a son of a son (etc.) of someone surnamed "Bonner" (or a spelling variant thereof).]
2. Joining the project (viz., "Officially" joining, by using the link below).
3. Ordering the test kit from FamilyTreeDNA
4. Taking the sample
5. Mailing in the sample
6. Paying FamilyTreeDNA the $99 (more if you request more extensive tests).
[I have no vested interest in using FamilyTreeDNA. You can use any company you like. I recommend FTDNA because I have used them in the past with satisfactory results, and also because using a single lab makes the data analysis less complicated. If you are interested in participating, but for some reason want to use another lab, then please e-mail me (address below).]

Join the BONNER Surname DNA Project:

...once you have filled out the form, etc., the project head will contact you by e-mail with some basic questions that are of an administrative nature.

You need not "participate" in the project in order to have access to the resultant data and analysis. The data and analysis will always be here, on this page, and also posted to various lists, boards, and forums from time to time. However, if you are male and have (or suspect you have) BONNER (or spelling variant thereof) male-line heritage, then we strongly urge you to participate in our Project.


Last update: 26 January 2013