The Families of Earl & Bonnie Updegrove

This website provides photos, names, memorabilia, family trees, and narratives of the various families associated with Earl and Bonnie Updegrove.


On the Updegrove side there are two principal families: Updegrove and Drum, Drum being the family of Earl’s mother. On Bonnie’s side of the family there are four principal families: Graham (Bonnie’s father), Arnold (Bonnie’s mother), Corell (Bonnie’s paternal grandmother), and Yakey (Bonnie’s maternal grandmother).

Earl: Along with his 8 siblings, Earl grew up in the coal mining town of Muir PA. His family ancestry is traceable back to central Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s. While the Updegrove name is associated with the Op den Graeff family who migrated from Germany in the late 1600’s to establish Germantown, PA, there is a question as to whether Earl’s family is of the same lineage. With only a high school degree, Earl spent his career working for the federal government, retiring as the Budget Director for the Federal Maritime Commission. He was an artist and a musician.


Earl David Updegrove

(Loudoun Times-Mirror 1989)

Earl David Updegrove, Falls Church, 69, a retired director of the Federal Maritime Commission’s budget and finance office, who was active in church groups, died Sept. 30 (1989) at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. Mr. Updegrove was a member of Falls Church Presbyterian Church, where he had served as a deacon and member of the session. He was a native of Muir, Pa. He moved to this area in 1941, and served with the Army in Europe during World War II. Mr. Updegrove began his civilian government career after the war, becoming a civilian Army employee. He was a fiscal officer with the Military Petroleum Purchasing Agency before joining the Federal Maritime Commission in 1965. He retired in 1977.

Bonnie:  Katherine Bondeena “Bonnie” Graham grew up in Hamilton/Purcellville VA. The ancestors of Bonnie’s father, Charles MacDonald Graham, spent several generations in southwest Virginia. Charles’ father, William Robert Graham, moved his family from Tazewell VA to Hamilton VA around 1904 when Charles was 7 years old. Bonnie’s mother, Kathleen Arnold, grew up near Lucketts VA. Her traceable family roots in Loudoun go back to the mid 1700’s. At age 16 Bonnie attended Madison College, followed by the Medical College of Virginia. She worked as an RN, mostly at Arlington Hospital, and retired as the Associate Director of Nursing. Bonnie was a terrific cook and known for her hospitality and outgoing personality.


Katherine Bondeena (Bonnie) Graham Updegrove

(Loudoun Times-Mirror 2016)

Katherine Bondeena Graham Updegrove (Bonnie), born November 13, 1924, passed away in Leesburg, VA on February 28, 2016 in the presence of her three sons. She was born at Leesburg Hospital and grew up in Hamilton and Purcellville. She graduated from Lincoln High School where she was the captain of the basketball team and the editor of the school paper. She attended Madison College before graduating from the Medical College of Virginia School of Nursing. Bonnie worked as an Emergency Room RN and ended her career as the Associate Director of Nursing at Arlington Hospital, retiring in 1988.


Bonnie married Earl Updegrove in 1949 and lived in Falls Church until Earl’s death in 1989. She then returned to live in Purcellville in 1990. She loved her family, making new friends, family trips to Bethany Beach, and travel throughout the country. Mom, “Bonnie”, Grandma, and “Bon Bon” was loved and admired by all who knew her and will be long remembered for her cheerful, caring and energetic spirit.

Most of the material on this website has been transcribed into a book form. The eBook version (pdf) is ideally suited for tablet devices such as an iPad. Just download and import into an app like Apple Books.

This link will take you to a charted family tree. Once there, click on any of the boxed names to make that person the target, or you can click on any of the names that appear in the person’s narrative below the chart.

This site was created and is maintained by Bob Updegrove, youngest son of Earl & Bonnie Updegrove.