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I'm trying to put all information available that I have on the
Wallon family Bonnevier or Boniver or Bombier or Bonhiver, the
name is spelled in many different ways. This site is in no way
perfect but when it comes to this familys genealogy you will
probably be directed to me for information. I have been "choosen"
vallonättlingar (The society of wallondescendants) , as the person who will
have access to, take care of and answer questions about this
wallonfamily. The time is my worst enemy. It's difficult to achieve
everything you want to do. From the beginning this site was a
way to achieve contact with other wallonresearchers, preferably
those who had Bonnevier within their research.
Nowadays it's a part of my large project. I collect ALL
descendants to the first Bonnevier immigrants. An impossible
mission it seems. The fun is that my database which I build with
my own research together with placing together yours, weighing
the information from you, has now become that good that I very
often have a hit on a specifik Bonnevier related person in the
19'th century, when asked. Still theres more researching to do,
fixing errors etc. before the future may hold it possible to
do a printed publication or maybe a CD-rom edition. The time
is changing but the database with the descendants to the wallons
Bonnevier is growing all the time.
Please visit my
new genealogy site OvesSläktforskningOnline to trace and download
chunks of your branch in gedcom format on the Bonnevier family
three. All of the descendants after the first Bonnevier's settled
in Sweden is there. As long as I have gathered offcourse.
ow my interest was awakened
My interrest was
awakened of a somewhat distant relative. My grandmothers cousin
Karl Gustav Bergholm. He has had som contact with
my grandmothers brother Arne Bolin. In about 1980
Bergholm visited Liége in Belgium together with participants
vallonättlingar (The society of wallondescendants). From there he got, together with the material
that was accessible at that time, a picture of the Bonnevier
family. He have had some help from archivist B.J de Wearn
(Stockholm) in certain questions, but got an investigation completed
in the end which was copied to the nearest. My grandmother got
one, but wasn't of any interrest. Me myself got a copy from my
father who became "fire and flame" about the stuff.
I was moderately interrested at that time. We allready new that
we where descendents from the wallons. My fathers grandfather
Sigurd Bolin, had told us about his
grandmother where he often stayed or visited as child. She where
" darkblack in the skin" in the look and told him that
the family came from Belgium as smiths one time long ago. That
was Britta Marie
Charlotta Bonnevier f. 1836 d. 1902. The last one in my track which have the
name Bonnevier intact.
Because Sigurd "Sigge" Bolin had inheritance
from his ancestors in the meaning of geting old, he became 95
years himself, I myself had the opportunity to meet him as child.
Mostly I was a bit afraid of him because he slurred (I thought)
and was so old and toothless (oh well ! I knew he had one toth
of his own).
used some old sources and wasn't in the possession of much own
researching in the originalsources ( oh well !, an old uncles
researching was there as a backround ) I was curious about if
all the data was OK. In particular a man, Gillius, whos age would
have been 102 år, I wanted to check it up.
I saw that much of the material came from Karl Kilboms
researching in the 50:s. My own researching together with reading
of Kjell Lindblom's "Vallonsläkter under 1600-talet"
(Wallonfamily's in the 17th century) Made it necessary with
some revise. It didn't correspond quite well when I was to put
together different researchers material with my own ones. I have
in my own research found a daughter to the 102 years of
age Gillius, which no other researcher before has had
in his material. Yet I found her in the churchbooks !
To cut the story short I want to tell you about all the details
with my contacts to put together, fix faults etc. Above all faults
from the Bonneviers ättartavlor (Kihlbom).
It's now commonly accepted that most of the faults that came
from Kilboms book has followed us trough the years. The tip I
can give you is to research for your own and then take som samples
from other researchers work in the originals, often the churchbooks,
but beware to take some samples yourself. In Bonnevier's
case it seems that a hole genealogy cader during 3 decades have
trusted one mans work ! Still, some of my material, in
preference to later descendants, are from this source whenever
I dont have information from other places.
heux and Hamoir
There are different opinions about
who built the castle of Hamoir situated in Hamoir. According
to Karl Kilbom and the book"Vallonerna"
(The wallons) Stockholm 1958 (in Swedish), should some
Jean Boniver, tradesman in the town of Theux, have done the building.
Because no one found the castle in that town has one sometime
beleived that there wasn't anything left of the place in our
days. In the very same book is a photo and the text says that the
evidence of truth is that is placed in Theux. Latest
news from my related K-G Bergholm is that historian,
who Bergholm's cousin's son i the Netherlands been in contact
with, says has localised the building in the town of Hamoir
not far from there. They have also a photo on the castle that
is a copy of the picture in Kilboms book.The castle is nowadays
town hall and city hall (hotel in the next paragraph).
Something that confirms this even
more is information I've got from Jan
Palmqvist who visited both Theux och Hamoir at summer
1998. he even talked to the (Monsieur Werner), which denied the
statement of Bonnevier as the castle coming into being. according
to him it was deGeer who built it. Nowadays the house is a Hotel
in the management of the municipality.
The castle Hamoir "Vieux-Forneau"
I got a copy from Jan
Palmqvist about an article
with an historical survey about the castle of Hamoir.
(in Frensch) Here it says how the castle was borned and how it's
used to today.
"L'usine", The older building besides Hamoir in the
About the church in Theux, it is
often visited of the Bonnevierdescendents from Sweden because
the Heraldic weapon
is painted in the ceiling inside the church.
The church in the town of Theux.
I have a collection of printed related
litterature in Swedish. Please let me know and I'll send you
nd and links
Send me a letter
if you want to join the Bonnevier maillist. I'll send mail whenever
I have done a new compile of material or some other related info.
If you don't want to be on the list, let me know.
last, keep an eye here if your interrested in the Bonnevierfamily
within the wallon-vein.
My own links
Links to other good resources
Send comments and mail to Ove Tegnér
My address is
444 60 Stora Höga