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Maj. Jellis Douw FONDA

Male 1727 - 1791  (64 years)


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  • Name Jellis Douw FONDA 
    Title Maj. 
    Born 24 Mar 1727  Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Name Jelles Douwse FONDA 
    Died 23 Jun 1791  Caughnawaga, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Caughnawaga Cemetery, aka Fonda Cemetery, Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Green, Karen Maurer, Major Jelles Fonda's Store Ledger, 1756-94, Caughnawaga, New York, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 142 (July 2011), pp. 219-225:

      JELLES DOUWSE FONDA WAS A PROMINENT MERCHANT and land speculator in the Mohawk Valley before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. . . .

      Jelles was born 24 March 1726/7, in Schenectady, son of Douw Jellese Fonda and Maritjie Vrooman. He fought in the French and Indian War as a first lieutenant, and some say he was the Major Jelles Fonda who fought at the Battle of Oriskany during the Revolutionary War. He was called Capt. Jellis Fonda, commander of a company of exempts during the Revolutionary War, with no explanation of the apparent demotion. After the war he was known in the area as Major Fonda, but there is no record of the governor promoting him; the title may have been used as an expression of respect. He served as a county judge, a justice of the peace, and a county supervisor in Tryon and Montgomery counties, and was elected a senator representing the Western District in the first session of the New York State Senate, which convened in Kingston 9 September 1777. He served as a senator 1779-81 and 1788-91, and died while in office, 23 July 1791, at Caughnawaga.

      (2) www.findagrave.com:

      Jellis Douw Fonda
      Birth: Mar. 24, 1727
      Death: Jun. 23, 1791

      Major Jellis Fonda was the most prominent of the early Fondas. He was the first Mohawk Valley merchant west of Schenectady in the period immediately before the Revolution. He was a close friend and associate of Sir William Johnson and accompanied him on his military expeditions as commissary. He served in the French and Indian War under Sir William Johnson in command of Scouts (lieutenant in 1755 and captain in 1756) and was commissioned Major in 176? spending much of his time during this period in Indian country.

      Jellis was elected as one of the four assistant judges of Tryon Court in 1773; became State Senator, Western District, 1777-81 and 1788-91; Fulton County Judge 22-Mar-1784 and Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He was one of the executors of the will of Sir William Johnson and designated as guardian of his children. Jellis Fonda is frequently referred to in the novel "In the Valley" by Harold Frederic and also in the novels by Robert W. Chambers dealing with Mohawk Valley and Tryon County history.

      Family links: Spouse: Jannetje Wemple Vrooman Fonda (1730 - 1804)

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

      Created by: Mark Fonda
      Record added: Jul 12, 2007
      Find A Grave Memorial# 20416521
    Person ID I3522  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 

    Father Douw Jellis FONDA,   b. 22 Aug 1700, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1780, Fonda, Montgomery County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother 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) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 29 Oct 1725  First Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F1865  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jannetje Wemple VROOMAN,   b. 10 Sep 1726,   d. 2 Feb 1804  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 15 Jan 1751  [1
    Children 
     1. Henry Vrooman FONDA,   b. Bef 10 May 1768,   d. 23 Apr 1799  (Age > 30 years)  [natural]
     2. Rachel Vrooman FONDA,   b. Bef 24 Jul 1772,   d. 5 May 1795  (Age > 22 years)  [natural]
     3. Barent Jellise FONDA,   b. 4 Jul 1775,   d. 18 Jan 1788  (Age 12 years)  [natural]
     4. Margarita Vrooman FONDA,   b. Bef 14 Sep 1765,   d. 26 Dec 1839  (Age > 74 years)  [natural]
     5. Maria Vrooman FONDA,   b. Bef 3 Mar 1754,   d. 19 Sep 1830  (Age > 76 years)  [natural]
     6. Margarita FONDA,   b. Bef 12 Dec 1756,   d. Bef 14 Sep 1765  (Age < 8 years)  [natural]
     7. Douw Jellise FONDA,   b. Bef 17 May 1763,   d. 11 Sep 1838  (Age > 75 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 13:23:14 
    Family ID F2176  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Wickersham, GraceElizabeth Vrooman, The Vrooman Family in America, self-published, 1949.

    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, 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.].