Some of the family used one "n" while others used two "n's" in the spelling of the name "Bonifield". The earliest Bonifield we have been able to find is James Bonifield. Our family then descends to Anna, daughter of William Bonifield. William was a Major in the Militia.
-From "Bon(n)ifield-Bonifant" by Virginia Hooper, William moved to Hopewell, Muskingum County, Ohio in 1804 and died in Zanesville, Ohio at the age of 85. He was a Major in the state militia for the War of 1812. When he moved to Ohio, he traded scrip for land which was owned by the family until the 1940's. He and Elizabeth are buried in a Bonifield graveyard a few miles north of Hopewell, Ohio known as Whittle Point. He entered the land in the records on 30 Dec 1805; Range 9 Twp 1, Sec 12, Part of Sec; SW 1/4 14 Acres, US Military District. From the "Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Muskingum County, Ohio" embracing an authentic & comprehensive account of the chief events in the history of the county and a record of the lives of many of the most worthy families and individuals. This book was printed by Goodspeed Publishing Co. of Chicago in 1892. A petition was presented to the county commissioners February 3, 1812, signed by a number of the inhabitants of Falls and Madison Twps., asking to have a new township to be called Hopewell, formed from their territory. All of that part of Falls Twp within the first Twp of the ninth range of military lands was annexed to Hopewell September 1, 1817 & February 22, 1819, that portion of Hopewell east of Licking Creek, east by Falls, south by Springfield & Newton & west by the county line. On January 1, 1806, Samuel located on Poverty Run, stopping by a day or two in Zanesville, & a couple of days at William's place, which is more on the National road. They came there in a four-horse wagon, camping out along the way. In 1804, Major William Bonifield, with his wife and five children came from Shenandoah, VA., and stopped in Falls Twp., removing thence January 1, 1807 to the Samuel Bonifield farm on Poverty Run. Anna married Samuel Varner. They were the parents of Catherine who married David Meek; they were the parents of Eliza Jane Meek who married Willis Hamilton Shoults. They were the parents of Alda Myrtle Shoults who was my Grandmother. (She married John William Weekley). There is much more information available on the Bonifields, but due to space limitations I have chosen not to include it. I have included the line down to where it ties through the Meek family and then to the Shoults family. William married Elizabeth Wilson, a sister to Priscilla, wife of John Weekley. There father, Edward's name appears in the marriage records of both girls. See the Wilson family for additional information on this family. The ages of the two girls is fairly close. It appears that the Bonifield's, Henley's, Weekley's and Wilson's may have travelled to Ohio together. item is the fact that the John and Priscilla Weekley family and the Bonifield family may have travelled to Ohio about this same time and probably together. The Henley's reportedly came from Louisa County and earlier from James City County. Sarah Henley reportedly was married to a Bonifield and they are the parents of Major William Bonifield.

The additional information I have may be obtained from me on request; or, by reviewing the associated pages for Meek, Shoults, Varner, Weekley and Wilson.

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