Anyone have any information on John Roland Bonner?

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I had a major breakthrough this week! I was adopted (step-parent adoption) and have been tracing my biological father's roots. I know that his father, Orville Roland Bonner, left when he was a small child. Through another website, I made contact with Orville's (my grandfather) stepson. I found that Orville was left at an orphanage (Father Flanagan's home in Nebraska) as a child and he left when was 16. He told his stepson he didn't know his parent's names or anything about them. Well, I found Orville's marriage certificate to his stepson's mother. On that certificate, he lists his parents as Emma Augusta Lee and John Roland Bonner. Does anyone have any information on either of these individuals?
WikiTree profile: John Bonner
in Genealogy Help by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 4 (44.8k points)

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I wonder if this is him

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZD1-77T : 13 March 2018), John Roland Gaither Bonner, 1917-1918; citing Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,852,501.

by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (679k points)
I thought so, too. However, on both that registration and a later census, this person is said to be "Negro." I have taken multiple DNA tests trying to prove a Native American link, and have found no African or Native American DNA to date. The name is a big coincidence, however, and I've filed this document for more research.
Another lead is Ada Emma Augusta Lees.....she was born in England, trying to find if she connects to a John Bonner
Thank you. Please let me know if you find one.
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1920 Census, Gilberttown,Chactaw Alabama, Emma Bonner

Daughter in Law,Staying with Andrew Bonner and wife Callie.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (916k points)
Is there a link with her and John Roland Bonner?

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