Henry Lionel Bonnycastle1,2

#72, (1881 - 1961)
FatherHarold John Bonnycastle2,1 (1851 - 1917)
MotherFanny Jane Skinner2,1 (1859 - 1931)
Relationship2nd great-grandson of John Bonnycastle
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle (1791-1847)


Margaret Eula Vaughan (1895 - 1958)
  • Frances Margaret Bonnycastle18 (1922 - 2001)
  • Patricia Vaughan Bonnycastle19 (1924 - )

Life Events

Called Although christened Henry Lionel, he went by the name Harry Lionel the rest of his life. 
MigrationOntario > North West Territories (Saskatchewan) > Riverside, California > Texas > Colorado.
BirthHenry Lionel Bonnycastle was born on 5 Apr 1881 in Campbellford, Northumberland County, Ontario.2 
BaptismHe was baptized on 19 Jun 1881 in Campbellford Anglican Church, Campbellford, Northumberland County, Ontario.2 
(with Parents) 1891 CensusHenry Bonnycastle appeared on the 1891 Census of Qu'Appelle, Assiniboia, Northwest Territories with his parents, Harold John Bonnycastle and Fanny Jane Skinner. He was 10, born in Ontario, parents born in Ontario, and religion Church of England.3 
(Other) 1901 CensusHarry S Boneycastle [sic] appeared on the 1901 Census of Kenlis, Assiniboia, North West Territories, in the household of his brother-in-law and sister George and Fanny Brinton. He was 20 years old, born 5th April 1881 in Ontario, of Scotch origin, and worked as a Farm Laborer, earning $16 [sic] for 8 months work. [this was very low]4 
MarriageHarry Lionel Bonnycastle married Elizabeth Robinson Bain, daughter of William Robert Bain and Mary Crookshanks Peden, on 19 Sep 1906 in Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario.
Details from marriage certificate: Harry Lionel Bonneycastle: age 25, residence Riverside Cal, born Campbellford Ont, bachelor, merchant, son of Harold Bonneycastle & Fanny Jane Skinner, Anglican;
Elizabeth Robinson Bain, age 27, residence Brockville, born Brockville, spinster, daughter of William R Bain & Mary A Peden, Presbyterian;
Witnesses were William R. Bain, Brockville and Robert F. Bain, Riverside, Cal and they were married by D. Strachan, by license.1 
1910 CensusHarry L and Elizabeth Bonnycastle appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Riverside, Riverside County, California, at 119 Penrose Street, enumerated 18 Apr 1910. Harry was a foreman of a ranch crew, age 26, with alien immigration status, and rented his home. Elizabeth was 27 and had no children. They had been married 3 years and were both born in English Canada, as were their parents. The year of immigration was not recorded.5 
Newspaper Published between 1914 and 1916 in the Oxnard Courier:
13 Aug 1915 - Tapo Mutual Water Company, a not-for-profit organization filed its articles of incorporation with the county clerk. One of the incorporators is H.L. Bonnycastle of Santa Susana. The company is capitalized for $400,000 (2000 shares @ $200).

10 Sep 1915 - tract 37 of 12.26 acres bought by HLB of Santa Susana in the subdivision of Tapo ranch

28 Apr 1916 - 40 acres of Eureka lemons & Valencia oranges sold by Patterson Ranch Company. The land is part of the Tapo ranch at Santa Susana. The trees are 2 and 3 years old and the best groves known in Ventura County. This is due to splendid care of Mr Jno Roupp, general manager or Patterson Ranch Co and HLB superintendent

28 Apr 1916 - Mrs HLB motored to Los Angeles Saturday

5 May 1916 - Mr and Mrs HLB returned Monday from Venice where they visited friends Saturday and Sunday

12 May 1916 - Mr & Mrs HLB motored to Los Angeles Saturday

26 May 1916 - Mr HLB is the proud owner of a new Empire roadster

2 June 1916 - Mr & Mrs HLB motored to Los Angeles Saturday

23 June 1916 - R Baine of Riverside is visiting his sister Mrs HLB this week

21 July 1916 - Mr & Mrs HLB and GH Nichols motored to LA Saturday evening to attend the theater.6
(Mentioned) ObituaryHe was mentioned in Harold John Bonnycastle's 1917 obituary as son Mr. Harry L. Bonnycastle of Sharyland, Mission, Texas.7 
MilitaryHe completed his draft registration card on 12 Sep 1918 in Hidalgo County, Mercedes, Texas. Information from the card: "Harry Lionel Bonnycastle", permanent address: Mission, Hidalgo, Texas, age 37, birthdate April 5, 1881, white, citizen by father's naturalization before registrant's majority, occupation 1st Lieut 2nd Cav[alry] N G T [National Guard of Texas], employed at McAllen, Hidalgo, Texas, nearest relative: Mrs Harry Lionel Bonnycastle, 306 So B--- Hill Av Los Angeles Los Angeles Calif, [signed], Member Troop G 2nd --- --- N G of T; description: height - medium, build - medium, eyes grey, hair light brown.8 
Note In 1920, Henry Lionel Bonnycastle was in McAllen, Texas in a cavalry division of the Texas National Guard. He was stationed in Galveston during the late summer of that year when troops were called in during a longshoremen's strike.9  
DivorceThey were divorced.10 
15 Sep 1920
Camp Hutchings - Lieutenant Harry L Bonnycastle was called away yesterday to the bedside of his mother, who is critically ill in California. She has but recently arrived in California, being forced to go to the coast country on account of her health.
16 Sep 1920
Camp Hutchings - Lieutenant Harry L Bonnycastle, commanding Troop G, Second Cavalry, who left yesterday to visit his mother in California, she being seriously ill, has been granted a thirty-day leave of absence.11
MarriageHe married Margaret Eula Vaughan circa 1921.12
1930 CensusH.L. and Margaret Bonneycastle [sic] appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Precinct 7, Hidalgo County, Texas, at Mile 6 1/2, enumerated 16 Apr 1930. Harry owned his home on a farm and was one of the few households with a radio set. He was 49, first married at age 24, born in English Canada, as were his parents, and he was an alien who immigrated in 1896. Harry was a horticulturalist and was a veteran of the world war. Margaret was 34, first married at 25, born in Alabama, with parents born in Alabama. Their children Frances Margaret and Patricia Vaughan were living with them, as well as a Mexican servant and her 11 year old daughter.12 
Note In 1933 Helen M Bonnycastle in Ontario, Canada, received a letter from the post office superintendent, "Receipt is acknowledged of the certificate of the death of Frank Bonnycastle, trustee for Harry Bonnycastle, in account Campbellford, No. 549, together with two policies of the Royal Insurance Company, which are signed by Frank Bonnycastle....Mr Harry Bonnycastle of Bonnycastle Nursery, Weslaco, Texas, U.S.A., is being communicated with in the matter today...the two policies are herewith returned."13 
Newspaper Published 17 Mar 1939.
Citrus referendum called by the state commissioner of agriculture being held in the valley at the request of growers, regarding the state and federal marketing agreement and the fixing of minimum prices. There are 2600 non-resident grove owners who could vote by mail but the number of resident owners was not stated. One voting place at San Juan irrigation office building was manned by H.L. Bonnycastle.14
MilitaryHenry Lionel Bonnycastle completed a draft registration card on 27 Apr 1942. Information recorded: Henry Lionel Bonnycastle, residence N Jackson Road, McAllen Texas, mailing address general delivery McAllen, telephone 365R, age 61, born April 5 1881 in Campbellford Ontario Canada, contact person Mrs Margaret Bonnycastle, employer State of Texas D.A., place of employment HGN. Description: white, height 5'9", weight 140, gray eyes, gray hair, ruddy complexion.15 
Newspaper Published 30 Sep 1942.
"Maturity testing for grapefruit and oranges will begin in Mission Thursday morning at the station located in the Ferguson Building at the Dougherty entrance, it was announced Tuesday by H L Bonnycastle, McAllen, who will be in charge of the Mission station this season. The station will be kept open from 9 o'clock each morning to 6 o'clock each night weekdays during the season which will extend through December 15. C P Wright will be in charge of the office at the Mission station. About 20 men will be employed, Mr Bonnycastle said, most of whom are new since the majority of men formerly employed during the maturity testing season have entered the service."16
(Widowed) DeathHis wife Margaret died on 12 Aug 1958.17  
DeathHarry died in 1961 in Denver, Colorado.9
Last Edited22 Apr 2014


  1. Province of Ontario Marriage Registers: Bonnycastle/Bain, #012080-06, Family History Library.
  2. Parish Register of Christ Church Anglican, Campbellford, Ontario (Diocese of Toronto Archives, photocopied records), Henry Lionel Bonnycastle baptism, 1881.
  3. Online image of the 1891 Census for Canada (viewed at Ancestry.com), The Territories, Assiniboia East (198), Qu'Appelle (b-11), page 4 [poor image].
  4. Online image of the 1901 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada, http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/020122_e.html), Assiniboia E (203), Kenlis (g-2), page 6, line 32.
  5. Online image of the 1910 Federal Census for United States (Heritage Quest, www.heritagequest.com), California, Riverside County, 5-WD Riverside, Roll 91, Page 158.
  6. Ancestry.com databases, Oxnard Courier.
  7. Obituary of Harold John Bonnycastle in Chilliwack Progress, 13 Sept 1917 (Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, microfilm).
  8. Ancestry.com databases, image of WW 1 Draft Registration Card.
  9. E-mails from Bonny Crews to J Kolthammer.
  10. County Marriage Records of California, 1850-1952. Images of court house records viewed at Family Search, Albert Grover Fegley & Elizabeth Robertson Bonnycastle, Los Angeles County, 1921, #4570.
  11. The Galveston Daily News (Texas), 15 & 16 September 1920. Image online at Ancestry.com's historical newspaper collection.
  12. 1930 Federal Census for United States, Texas, Hidalgo County, Precinct 7, Roll 2356, ED 51, Page 7A. Image viewed at Ancestry.com.
  13. Letter from Canada Savings Bank Division of Post Office Dept, unknown author address, to Mrs Helen Bonnycastle, dated 2 Aug 1933 (J Kolthammer, file), in possession of J Kolthammer.
  14. The Brownsville Herald (Texas), 17 March 1939. image online at Ancestry.com's historical newspaper collection.
  15. United States World War II Draft Cards. National Archives. Images viewed at FamilySearch, Henry Lionel Bonnycastle, #860.
  16. The Brownsville Herald (Texas), 9 Sep 1942. image online at Ancestry.com's historical newspaper collection.
  17. Texas Death Records, 1890-1976. Image viewed at Family Search, Margaret Eula Bonnycastle, #45875.
  18. Birth Records of Texas, 1903-1932, Frances Margaret Bonnycastle, 1922, #33192. Image of records viewed at Ancestry.
  19. Birth Records of Texas, 1903-1932, Patricia Vaughan Bonnycastle, 1924, #44264. Image of records viewed at Ancestry.