Charlotte Bonnycastle1

#176, (1933 - 2008)
FatherArthur Chichester Bonnycastle1 (1908 - 1989)
MotherSally Whitehead1 (1912 - 1981)
Relationship3rd great-granddaughter of John Bonnycastle
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Charles Bonnycastle (1796-1840)
Charlotte "Bonny" Bonnycastle Helm
1933 - 2008


John Blakey Helm (1930 - 1986)
  • John Helm1
  • Anne Helm1

Life Events

BirthCharlotte Bonnycastle was born on 19 Nov 1933 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.1
(with Parents) 1940 CensusCharlotte appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of St Matthews, Jefferson County, Kentucky with her parents. She was 6 years old and born in Kentucky.2 
MarriageShe married John Blakey Helm.3
DeathCharlotte died on 4 May 2008.1
ObituaryHer obituary was published on 6 May 2008 in the Corning (NY) Leader.
Charlotte “Bonny” Bonnycastle Helm, age 74 of 171 Upper Delevan Avenue, Corning, died on Sunday May 4th.
Bonny was born in Louisville, KY on November 19, 1933, the daughter of the late Arthur and Sally (Whitehead) Bonnycastle. She was the wife of the late John Blakey Helm who predeceased her in 1986.
Bonny was a graduate of The Louisville Collegiate School and of Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, NY. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Elmira College in Early Childhood Education. She opened the Preschool Nursery in 1962 and operated it for thirty years before gifting it to the Corning Family YMCA.
Bonny’s dedication to quality childhood education extended beyond The Preschool Nursery.
Besides pioneering the concepts of preparation and readiness for school in her Corning facility, she taught early childhood development in her tenure at both Elmira College and Corning Community College. She worked for many years as a Federal consultant for CDA teacher training at the preschool level throughout the Southern Tier. She was a current member of the Corning Hospital Board for over 20 years, and served multiple terms on the Boards of Hospice and the Family Service Society, among many others.
Her interests included travel, quality healthcare for the community, Gesell School Readiness Testing for appropriate school placement for children, knitting, reading and entertaining.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John and Andrea Helm of Simpsonville, SC; her daughter and son-in-law Anne and T.J. Galvin of Painted Post NY; her sister and brother-in-law Sally and Archie Hardy of Columbia, SC; grandsons Bennett Helm and Jack and Mason Galvin; granddaughter Morgan Helm; her best friend, Dutch Craumer of Corning; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Bonny at Christ Episcopal Church 33 East First Street Corning Friday May 9th at 10:00am with Rev. Jorge Gutierrez officiating Burial will be in Louisville at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, Bonny would love for the playground at the YMCA that is dedicated to her be maintained and improved via contributions to the “Corning Family YMCA Children’s Garden Fund”, 127 Centerway, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements have been entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St. in Corning.1
BurialShe was buried on 26 Jul 2008 in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky. She was buried in Section 13 Lot 114. Inscription on gravestone:
Charlotte Bonnycastle Helm / 1933 - 2008.4,5
Charlotte Bonnycastle Helm
1933 - 2008
Cave Hill Cemetery
Last Edited19 Apr 2014


  1. Obituary of Charlotte "Bonny" Bonnycastle Helm in Corning (NY) Leader, 6 May 2008. online edition.
  2. 1940 Federal Census for United States, Kentucky, Jefferson County, St Matthews, ED 56-6, Page 18B. Image viewed at
  3. Letters from William Robinson (Rob) Bonnycastle, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to J Kolthammer, dated beginning in 1990.
  4. Website Find A Grave (
  5. Burial Database for Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky, online, Mrs Charlotte Bonnycastle Helm, Section 13, Lot 114.