I have a lot of information about Jean Jacques Bonnett (also known as John Bonnett, Sr.) and his descendants, some of it conflicting. Heres's come of what I have (you can do as I've tried to do with it - verify what you can and work with the rest!). I'll copy some of my notes for you:
Name: Jean Jacques Bonnett1
Father: David Daniel Bonnett (1658 - 4 Sep 1736)
Mother: Christine Cousine (abt 1662 - Feb 1731)
Birth 1702 Freidrichstahl, Baden, GER2
Confirm 9 May 1717 (age 15)3
Immigration Aug 1733 (age 31)Philadelphia Co., PA4
Death 1757 (age 55) Paoli, Chester Co., PA
Burial Chester Co. Cemetery, Chester Co., PA
1. Anna Marie Desreaux
Marriage 19 Oct 1723 (age 21)2,3
Children: Margarithe Catherine Bonnett (25 May 1725 - abt 1794)
Johan Adam Isaac Bonnett (22 May 1727 - bef 1733)
Magdalena Susannah Bonnett (11 Jun 1729 - aft 1754)
Christina Bonnett (29 Jun 1731 - 1733)
Johan Martin Simon Bonnett (1 Apr 1733 - 1803)
Elizabeth Bonnett (1734 - ?)
Mary Bonnett (1735 - 1805)
Lewis Bonnett (Feb 1737 - 9 Mar 1808)
Samuel Bonnett (1738 - 17 Dec 1789)
NOTE: (1) Also known as John Bonnett, Sr.
2) Left Rotterdam on the ship "Elizabeth" (Edward Lee, Master), arrived in America on 27 Aug 1773 at Philadelphia, PA. They were from Friederichstal, Baden, Germany, where Jean Jacques' parents had fled from Dauphine, Southern France, to avoid religious persecution. They were Protestants. After arriving in America, the family apparently lived in the Monocacy Valley, MD, (where they were neighbors of the Wetzels); Paoli, PA; and the South Branch and/or Shenandoah Valleys in VA/WV."
(3) Per msg on Bonnett Genforum Board:
"I have a bit of older Bonnett history. My ancestor came over from England on the 'Mary' in 1701. Jean Jaques Bonenet. He anglicized his name a few years later. He has a rather famous brother, Stede Bonnet, that was a pirate and was mentioned in Michner's 'Chesapeake' among other references. He was know as the 'gentleman pirate', despite sailing his ship in league with Blackbeard."
(4) "The list of foreigners imported in the ship "Elizabeth, Edward Lee, Master from Rotterdam and those qualified Aug. 27, 1733 includes Jacues Bonet and his family.
Jean Jacques Bonet, age 32
Mary Bunett, age 32
Susanna Bunett, dead age 4
Christina Bunett, dead age 2
Margret bunett, age 8
Johan Simon Bunett, age 3/4
Notes (Family #1)
(1) "The West Virginia Bonnetts are descended from a family that lived in a lot of countries in Europe before coming to the US. The family originates along the French-Italian border. There was at least one stop in Germany because Jean Jacques Bonnett, who immigrated to the US, was born in Baden, Germany. I seem to recall a reference to his father being a soldier. This was a pretty prominent and well onnected family in early years.
WV and Ohio history. The most famous member of the family back in pioneer days was Lewis Wetzel. Most of the early information about the Bonnett family in WV in the 1700's comes from two books written in the 1830's. The Bonnetts were connected to several massacres in the Indian Wars (both on the giving and receiving sides)."
1. millennium.fortunecity.com/hollyoaks/92/bonet.htm. "Jean Jacque Bonnet - A Research Dilemna" by Tom & Joan ?.
2. Howard Bonnett. "The Bonnett's Kin".
. Dhgumshoe's Home Page
"Our Bonnett Family" by Leon & Dee Hendricks, 1997.
4. Derrick, Marieda (mderoots). "My Bonnett Ancestors".
I have more information about how the family is connected to the Wetzels (which I see is one of the surnames you're intersted in), and info about the descendants of John (Jean Jacques) Bonnett. You can email me at email@example.com
if you'd like.