Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
III, page 311, 1923.
BOND, M.D., BENJAMIN J. A native of Florida, Doctor BOND, since 1905 has been one of the
thoroughly skilled and able physicians and surgeons at Tallahassee.
Doctor BOND was born at Lloyd in Jefferson County, Florida, February 8, 1874, son of HENRY
J. and CAROLINE (JOHNSON) BOND. His father was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but his people
had come from Ireland and their home was at Tallahassee at the time of his birth, the old
BOND home being where T.B. BOYD now lives in that city. HENRY BOND was a merchant for many
years at Lloyd, and died in February, 1901, at the age of sixty-three. He was a member of
the Episcopal Church. His wife, CAROLINE JOHNSON, now aged seventy-three and living at Lloyd,
is a daughter of Col. WILLIAM JOHNSON, who lost his life in the first battle of Manassas.
Second in a family of six children, BENJAMIN J. BOND acquired his first instructions from
his mother, and then spent three years in a private school at Cobham, Virginia, where he
came under the instruction of J.M. and T.M. PAGE. After leaving school he entered a drug
store as a clerk, and subsequently for six years was partner in a drug business at Tallahassee.
In 1900 he entered the medical department of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, where
he was graduated in 1904. For six months he had special training in a maternity hospital
and in eye, ear, nose and throat work. Since 1905 he has been engaged in a successful practice
at Tallahassee, and is a member of the County, State and American Medical associations.
Doctor BOND married LETITIA JOHNSTON in 1905. They have four children, HENRY J., FRANCES
RAWLS, JOHN JOHNSTON and LETITIA JOHNSON. Mrs. BOND and the children are members of the
Catholic Church. She is a direct descendent of one of the first settlers of St. Augustine,
HOSEPIA PAPY, who died at the venerable age of one hundred and two. Mrs. BOND is registrar
of children for the State of Florida in the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Her father,
EDWIN JOHN JOHNSTON, who died in 1908, was an engineer for the Seaboard Airline Railroad.
Her grandfather, E.H.K. JOHNSTON, was an engineer on the famous iron clad Merrimac when that
vessel engaged in its historic encounter in Chesapeake Bay. Later he was captured, and he
died while a prisoner of war at Camp Adams.