Theopholis Lewis Bonzo

Theopholis Lewis Bonzo

Theopholis Lewis Bonzo, nicknamed Tuft. He was the son of Peter Lewis Bonzo and Rebecca Brooks. According to the Beaver Argus of Oct 22, 1862, he was drafted in North Sewickley township. He served in Co. 6, 3rd Provost Regiment, Pa. Cavalry, rose to the rank of sergeant and was busted back for Disobedience, and then rose back up again. He was at Gettysburg. He was captured Nov 19, 1863 at Stevensburg-Rapidan and ended up at Andersonville Prison in Georgia, where he was listed as Sgt. T. L. Bunzo, Co. G, Regiment 18, Pa. Cavalry. He paid his parole and was released Nov 20, 1864.

Returning to Beaver County, Pa., he married Sylvia Coleman Boots and they adopted Lucy Ethyl Penberthy. Tuft and Sylvia were principals involved in the founding and construction of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church (still holding services today) near Ellwood City, Pa. Tuft rests at Presbyterian Cemetery, North Sewickley township, Beaver County, Pa.

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