The Von Bonnhorst Family
Descended from the German nobility, Carl Franz William Baron Von Bonnhorst, was born in Hesse Cassell, and came to the United States in 1808. Carl Von Bonnhorst had a military education and entered the Prussian army at age seventeen. He served on the staff of Field Marshall Blucher and commanded an artillery corps at the battle of Jena. He retired from the army with an honorable discharge signed by the king himself.
In 1808 Mr. von Bonnhorst emigrated to Philadelphia and there met and married Rebecca Taylor, daughter of John and Anna Taylor, who was descended from Samuel Blassell, one of the chancellors of Pennsylvania while it was a Royal province. Shortly after his marriage Carl and Rebecca Von Bonnhorst moved from Philadelphia to Allegheny County and in 1820 to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On 23 November 1810 he purchased a farm opposite on the Monongahela river where his children were born. There he established a grazing farm, stocking it with imported Merino sheep.
The farm was not a success and after the death of his wife Carl Von Bonnhorst moved to Pittsburgh, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He was later elected alderman of Pittsburgh.
The children of Carl and Rebecca Von Bonnhorst were Charles Gustavus, born 13 June 1812 , Sydney Frances, born 17 September 1814, and Frederick Alexander, born 14 November 1815.
In 1843 he was strcken with paralysis and died one year later, on 21 Feb 1844.
Sydney Francis Von Bonnhorst
was born 17 Sep 1814 in Mifflin Twp., Allegheny Co., PA. He married
Mary A. Murphy 1836 in Fleecedale, Chartiers Twp., PA.