William Bonson, son of William Bonson and Ann Sumner, was born on 14 Jan 1816 in 21 Union Crescent, Hoxton, London. and was christened on 7 Feb 1816 in St Leonards, Shoreditch, London.
At the 1871 Census for 6 Mintern Street, Shoreditch;
In one section of the house is Edwin Bonson, aged 25 a printers Warehouseman born in Shoreditch, with his wife Mary Ann who is 24, and their children; Edwin W aged 4, Herbert aged 2 and Emily aged 2 months, all born in Shoreditch.
In the next section of the house is William Bonson aged 55 a widower who is a Letterpress Printer, born in Shoreditch, his unmarried son Henry who is 16 and a warehouse clerk, and his unmarried daughter Ann who is 22 and an envelope folder. In the third part of the house is Joseph Richards, a house painter from Stepney with his wife and one year old son.
His occupation in 1840 was described as a Colour Artist, at a Stamp Printery,
William married Caroline Davis, daughter of Simon Davis on 6 Jul 1840 in St John The Baptist Church, Hoxton.
She was the daughter of Simon Davis, a sawyer. She was living in Catherine Street Hoxton and is described as being a spinster of full age.
Children from this marriage were:
i. George Bonson .
ii. Edwin Bonson was born about Jul 1844 in Hoxton, London and was christened on 14 Jan 1851 in Christ Church, Hoxton.
iii. Alfred Bonson was born in 1847 in Shoreditch, London and was christened on 14 Jan 1851 in Christ Church, Hoxton, Londo.
iv. Ann Bonson was born in 1849 in Hoxton, London, was christened on 14 Jan 1851 in Christchurch, Hoxton, London, and died about 7 Nov 1911 around Hackney, London, about age 62.
v. Henry David Bonson was born about May 1854 in Shoreditch, London and was christened on 31 May 1854 in St John Baptist, Shoreditch.
vi. Joseph Bonson was born about 1855 in Hoxton.