Washington S. Bond
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

The subject of their review is a native of Chatham, his birth having occurred an the 20th of May, 1851. He traces his ancestry back through several generations to Thomas BOND, who was born in Oak Ridge, New Jersey, on the 9th of August, 1766, being probably of English extraction. He afterward moved to Chatham and purchased one hundred and forty acres of land, which he transformed into an excellent farm, continuing its cultivation until his death. He also followed the occupation of weaving. The dwelling, erected one hundred and thirty years ago, has since been in the possession of his descendants and is now owned by our subject. Thomas BOND was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary BOWER, and to them was born one son, Maxwell L. After the death of his first wife Mr. BOND married Delia GOFF.

Maxwell L. BOND was born on the home farm near Chatham and died in Jersey, Ohio, in 1871, at the advanced age of eighty-four years. His first wife bore the maiden name of Nancy HARRIS. She died September 4, 1823, and their only child was Barnabas B. BOND, father of our subject, who was born in Chatham, May 10, 1822. Maxwell BOND married Rebekah DENNIS, in 1828, and had four sons and two daughters. In youth Maxwell BOND learned the painter's trade, which he followed throughout the greater part of his life. Barnabas B. BOND was reared to the occupation of farming and always devoted his energies to the cultivation and improvement of his land. He married Charlotte SQUIER, a daughter of George W. SQUIER, a representative of one of New Jersey old families. He died March 22, 1897, after a long, useful and honorable life. His children were, in addition to the immediate subject of this sketch, Washington S. who is living in Chatham; Thomas Bruen and Mary Baker, both deceased; and Maria, at home.

The subject of this review has spent his entire life on the ancestral farm of the BOND family. He was reared under the parental roof and early trained to habits of industry. In his childhood he began to assist in the labors of the field and continued to aid his father until the death of the latter, when he succeeded to the management of the property, which was eventually sold.

In public affairs Mr. BOND takes quite an active interest is a public-spirited and progressive citizen, and is a valued member of a number of local societies.

This biography was scanned and contributed by Catherine Smith DeMayo.


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