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Anthony Bonnet

Anthony Bonnett was born in Charlottenburg, Nassau, Germany on April 4, 1835.  He was the son of Henry Charles and Elizabeth (Priester) Bonnett.  His parents came to America in 1852, settling in Clarion County, where he mined ore for Pike Furnace.  In 1855, he learned the gunsmithing trade, and became known for his skill in making firearms.

In 1857, he married Elizabeth Gibbs and they had a family of 9 children, 6 of whom died before the parents.  The children were: Mary E. Bonnett, Mrs. L. N. Kline, John C. Bonnett, Mrs. W. J. Shaffer, William H. Bonnett, and Mrs. Walter Kauman. 

About 1860, he moved his family to Reynoldsville, then to Brookville in 1864 where he was a gunsmith and also a photographer.  For a time about 1868, they lived in Clarion County, but they returned to Brookville in 1882.  He was self-employed as a gunsmith, repaired bicycles, was a painter, a music teacher and was especially known for the violins that he made.  He was considered a mechanical genius of the time. 

Mr. Bonnett died in Brookville on July 1, 1907, and is buried in Brookville Cemetery, Brookville, PA. 

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