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tcr Pat Bonner parents

Beaver Island fiddler Patrick Bonner holds photos of his parents, John and Sophia Bonner. John was born on Rutland Island, Ireland, about 1822. He emigrated to New York in 1850 where he married Sophia from County Cork. They moved to Beaver Island in 1855 and built the original farm house in the picture with wood Mormons had logged before they were driven off the island in the 1856 by an unruly mob from Mackinac Island.