Bonin Family Cemetery
23533 Gosling Road
Spring , 77389
Application submitted to THC, Class of 2011; marker received 11-28-2011; HTC designation 2010
Directions: From I-45 North, exit FM 2920; west on FM 2920/Spring Cypress Road, four & one tenth mile to Gosling Road; right/north on Gosling Road two & three tenths miles to Bonin Cemetery Road (note: cemetery road is a one lane gravel road just past the 23522 mailbox & white fence on right side of Goslin & prior to Five Oaks Drive); left/west on Bonin Cemetery Road one tenth mile to cemetery at end
Key Time Period: 1846 - 1865 Statehood - Civil War
Marker Text: Paul Norval Bonin was born on September 2, 1814 in Fausse Pointe, Iberia Parish, Louisiana to Joseph Baron Bonin and Euphrosine Louise (Borel) Bonin. Norval married Marie Coralie Hayes in Louisiana in 1835, and in 1852, the Bonins moved with several of their children and approximately fifty other French families to north Harris County, Texas. Bonin purchased 1253 acres, including this site, for $1250 in 1857. The Bonin family’s property was located at the heart of the area’s French settlement, and families such as Leleux, Melancon, and Pevateaux were neighbors. A 500-acre parcel was sold to Norval’s son-in-law Leon Leleux in 1859.
Those buried here are descendants of Norval and Coralie Bonin and their spouses and in-laws. The earliest known grave marker in the cemetery states that Ofelait Bonin, three-year-old daughter of Joseph Telesphore Bonin and Marie Gertrude Arceneaux, died on September 9, 1865. Norval Bonin died in November 1868 and his wife, Coralie, died in February 1871; both were buried here. After the deaths of Norval and Coralie, the remaining family property passed to the five Bonin sons who survived their parents - Telesphore, Oneziphore, Zepherin, Ernst Adness and Alcide - and each received approximately 150 acres to farm.
In 1987, Vernon Roland and Freddie Brill, together with other Bonin descendants, formed the Bonin Cemetery Association to oversee care and preservation of the site. The Bonin Family Cemetery remains active, and descendants meet each April to remember and honor their ancestors.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2010
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Historic Texas Cemetery with THC Marker
Key Map Information: 290 D
GPS Coordinates: 30 06.414, 95 30.524
Precinct No: 4
Marker No: 16747