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Douw Jellis FONDA

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  • Name Douw Jellis FONDA 
    Born 22 Aug 1700  Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Douw Jellese FONDA 
    Died 22 May 1780  Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Killed by Indians 
    Buried Caughnawaga Cemetery, aka Fonda Cemetery, Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: Albert Mark Fonda .

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Douw Jellis Fonda
      Birth: Aug. 22, 1700
      Death: May 22, 1780

      The village of Fonda was named for him. Douw served in the New York Militia in the early frontier skirmishes and was actively involved in early trading and commerce in the Mohawk Valley. He became friendly with both the English and the Indians.

      The original land patent (Collins Tract) which now comprises the town of Mohawk and the village of Fonda was granted by Gov. Hunter to John, Edward and Margaret Collins in 1714. The tract, which consisted of 2000 acres on the north side of the Mohawk River above Tribes Hill, was purchased by Douw Fonda, Myndert Wemple and Hendrick Vrooman in the period of 1730-40. These families settled this land with Douw and his family moving from Schenectady to the Collins Tract in 1751.

      Douw was an aged widower & he resided in a large stone dwelling which stood on the flats between the present turnpike and the Mohawk River. The cellar of this dwelling, which had wings on each side, can be seen at the present race track of the Montgomery Co. Agric. Assoc. in Fonda.

      Douw was killed by Sir John Johnson's Indians on May 22, 1780 in a raid of the Mohawk Valley which was in retaliation for earlier defeats at Oriskany and Saratoga. His house was plundered & burned, sons John & Adam were made prisoners and taken to Canada and held for two years. Douw Fonda had been a close personal friend of Sir Wm. Johnson (the father, who had passed) and had always been on good terms with the Indians, but his life was taken as "heartlessly" as though he were an active enemy.

      He was 79 yrs. old and at the time and another house, in the center of town, on Cayadutta Street, was being built. It was completed after his death (1781) and occupied by son John and family. The Village of Fonda was named for this Douw "The Patriot" Fonda in 1850.

      Family links: Spouses: Maritje Heemstraat Vrooman Fonda (1698 - 1756); Debora Wemple Veeder Fonda (1710 - 1776)

      Burial: Caughnawaga Cemetery, Fonda, Montgomery County, New York, USA

      Created by: Mark Fonda
      Record added: Jul 12, 2007
      Find A Grave Memorial# 20416511

      [Note by the compiler: According to another researcher: "The historic Jelles Fonda House is on Montgomery Terrace, was completed in 1791, and it was Jelles Douw Fonda (the son) who died before he could move into it. I don't believe the old man ever built a house on Cayadutta however, that was where Peggy Fonda Wemple ran a tavern after she was widowed from Barney Wemple."]
    Person ID I2714  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Family 1 Maritje Heemstraat VROOMAN,   b. Bef 1 Sep 1699, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1756, Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1725  First Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Pieter Douw FONDA,   b. Bef 7 Jan 1739,   d. 1779  (Age > 39 years)  [natural]
     2. Adam Douw FONDA,   b. Bef 26 Dec 1736, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1808, Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 71 years)  [natural]
     3. Rachel Vrooman FONDA,   b. Bef 8 Jan 1744  [natural]
     4. John Douw FONDA,   b. Bef 8 Mar 1741,   d. 14 Feb 1813  (Age > 71 years)  [natural]
     5. Adam FONDA,   b. Nov 1730,   d. Bef 29 Oct 1732  (Age ~ 1 years)  [natural]
     6. Jellis Douw FONDA,   b. 24 Mar 1727, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1791, Caughnawaga, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [natural]
     7. Margrietje Vrooman FONDA,   b. 21 Nov 1733,   d. 12 Mar 1819  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
     8. Adam FONDA,   b. 29 Oct 1732,   d. Bef 26 Dec 1736  (Age < 4 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F1865  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Debora Wemple VEEDER,   b. 28 Jul 1710, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1776, Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 19 Aug 1757  First Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F11939  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) "First Dutch ReformedChurch of Schenectady, N.Y. ??? Marriage Record," The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Vol. 73, No. 1 (January 1942), pp. 36, 39: 1725 . . . Oct 29 Douwe Fonda J M and Maria Vromans J D [Note by compiler: "J. M." is the abbreviation for "young man," and "J. D." is the abbreviation for "young daughter," but these abbreviations refer to previously unmarried persons, without reference to age.].

    2. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) "First Dutch ReformedChurch of Schenectady, N.Y. ??? Marriage Record," The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Vol. 73, No. 1 (January 1942), pp. 36, 54: 1757 . . . Aug 19 Douwe Fonda, widower and Debora Wimpel, widow; both of Albany and r in Maquaslang.