Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind00001
  • Name: Jellis Douw FONDA
  • Given Name: Jellis Douw
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1615 in Eagum, Friesland, Netherlands 1
  • Note:
  • Baptism: 2
  • Death: 1659
  • Age: 44y in Beverwyck (now Albany), NY 3
  • Event: Funeral 4
  • Burial: 5 1 2
  • Note:
    b. Eagum, Friesland, Netherlands; d. Beverwyck (now Albany), NY >> <<

    [R035] Amsterdam Records of the Fonda Family; [R044] Innes Getty Collection: Jellis Douwse Fonda; [R043] De Fryske Ofstamming Fan Myn Fiere Efternicht Jane Fonda; [R004b] American Ancestry; [R003] Collections on the History of Albany; [R126] Famous Frisians in America

    [R038a] The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany Yearbook: "The Fonda Family 1. Jellis Douwes Fonda first appears in the Rensselaerwyck records on October 19, 1651 when he requested permission to distill liquor in the Green Bos, in the house belonging to Evert Pels, next to the brewery. The date of his arrival in the colony or on what vessel he arrived is not in the records. According to the publication of the banns for his marriage to Hester Douwess on Jan. 19, 1641, he was from Agum or Eagum, a small village in the present municipality of Idaarderadeel in the Province of Friesland, the Netherlands. He was at that time 25 years old and his parents were deceased. Hester was from Amsterdam and 24 years old. Her stepmother Elsgen Douwes assisted her at the banns. They were married at Diemen, on February 10, 1641. Diemen is a place close to Amsterdam."

    [R048a] Old Dutch Families: Fonda Family (De Halve Maen Quarterly): "The Fondas were important in up-state New York during the Colonial period and in the early development of the State. Presumably the family is of Frisian origin and one genealogist has outlined European background for the Fondas giving them a really illustrious descent. However, these stories apparently come from tradition rather than substance. The emigrant ancestor of this family was Jillis (Jellis, Gillis) Douwese Fonda whose name first appears in Albany records in 1651 and last in 1654. His only son, Douw Jellise, became the ancestor of all Fondas in this country."

    [R100b A History of the Schenectady patent in the Dutch and English times - The first settler of this name, Jillis Douwese Fonda, was in Beverwyck as early as 1654, with his wife Hester. In 1666 she was the widow of Barent Gerritse. Douwe Jillise, son of Jillis Douwese Fonda, married Rebecca --. He owned land at Lubberde's landt [Troy], in 1676; and died Nov. 24 (27), 1700. Besides other children he had a son Jillis, who married Rachel, daughter of Pieter Winne of Albany, Dec. 11, 1695, and about 1700, removed to Schenectady. He was by trade a gunstocker. At the date of his will made Sept. 8, 1737, his wife and eight of his eleven children were living. Of his sons, Douw removed to Caughnawaga where he was slain by Sir John Johnson's Indians in 1780; Pieter was a shoemaker and tanner and lived upon the south corner of State street and Mill lane (now the site of the Young Men's Christian Association building), and had his tan vats in the rear; Abraham was a carpenter and in 1752, built and occupied the house No. 27 Front, now owned by his great-grandson Mr. Nicholas Yates. Jillis Fonda's farm was next west of the "poor pasture" and his house at the easterly end of Front street was within the memory of many persons marked by two huge elms, which throw their arms across the whole breadth of the street. This lot commenced at the centre line of Mohawk street and extended easterly along the street 480 feet to the Arme wey and north to the Mohawk river, comprising latterly 6.43 acres; the land opposite this lot on the south side of the street extending easterly as far as the canal culvert and southerly across the canal and Fonda street, likewise belonged to this farm. He also owned a farm of kreupelbos land on the north side of the river about a mile north of Freeman's bridge, now in possession of Mr. Charles Ellis. Besides this he owned the island called "Fonda's island," next west of Van Slyck's island, containing seven morgens, which he bought about 1736 of Philip Livingston, and devised in his will of date Sept. 8, 1737, to his three sons,-to Pieter two morgens,-to Abraham four morgens,-and to Jacob one morgen. This island originally belonged to Symon Symonse Groot, and was patented to him in 1694. For a hofstede to this island farm he had two morgens of land on the mainland near Claas Gravens' hoek, which in his will was devised to his son Douwe. In addition to this, Reyer Schermerhorn [trustee] conveyed to him 10th April 1702, Kruisbessen (gooseberry) island, containing one morgen, more or less, by virtue of the Dougan Patent of 1684, which island he sold to Hendrick Vrooman and Arent Danielse Van Antwerpen, 22d Sept., 1706,-two morgens, more or less. Jillis Fonda also owned a village lot on the north side of State street, extending from the canal to the centre of Wall street, at present owned by Messrs. Robert Ellis and Vandebogart brothers. On the 6th April, 1709, he sold this lot to Arent Danielse Van Antwerpen for L48 [$120]; it was "then bounded on the east by the house and lot of said Arent Danielse [now Given's hotel lot], west, by the lot of Willem Appel [what was not taken by the canal now belonging to the estate of the late Peter Rowe], north, by the lot of Gysbert Gerritse [Van Brake1] and south, by the [State] street; -length on the east side, 393 feet, -and on the west side, 348 feet, -breadth on the south, 80 feet, behind on the north, 83 feet, wood measure."]

    [Minutes of the Court of Rensselaerswyck, 1648-1652 - Court Proceedings, October 19, 1651 - [91] Gillis Fonda earnestly requests permission to support himself by distilling liquor in the Greenen Bos, in the house belonging to Evert Pels, next to the brewery. His request is granted on condition that he enters into a contract in regard to the duties to be paid to the honorable masters.]

    Marriage 1 Hester Douw JANS b: 1616 in Leiden, South-Holland, Netherlands
    • Married: 10 FEB 1641 Religious Marriage in Diemen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands 1
    • Note: m. Diemen, near Amsterdam, Noord, Netherlands
    1. Has Children Douw Jellis FONDA b: 24 NOV 1641 in Netherlands
    2. Has No Children Giertje Jellise FONDA b: 22 SEP 1643 in Netherlands
    3. Has No Children Sara Jellise FONDA b: 18 JUN 1645 in Netherlands
    4. Has No Children Abraham Jellise FONDA b: 14 APR 1647 in Netherlands

    1. Title: Amsterdam Records of the Fonda Family
      Fonda Family
      Publication: New York, NY
      Publisher: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
      Issue: F1
      Edition: Vol. 119, No. 1 (January 1988), pp.1-5
      Author: Cooney, Robert G. Jr.
    2. Title: De Fryske Ofstamming Fan Myn Fiere Efternicht Jane Fonda
      (The Frisian Descent of My Distant Cousin Jane Fonda)
      Fonda Family
      Publication: Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
      Publisher: Genealogysk Jierboek, Fryske Akademy
      Publication Date: 1986
      Issue: F11
      Edition: p.64-68
      Author: Van der Meer, D.J.
    3. Title: Innes Getty Collection: Jellis Douwse Fonda
      Fonda Family
      Publication: New York, NY
      Publisher: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
      Publication Date: 1957
      Issue: F12
    4. Title: American Ancestry
      Giving the Name and Descent, in the Male Line, of Americans whose Ancestors Settled in the United States previous to the Declaration of Independence
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: J. Munsell Co.
      Publication Date: 1887
      Issue: C3
      Edition: Vol. I, p.28
      Author: Hughes, Thomas P.
    5. Title: Collections on the History of Albany
      from its Discovery to the Present Time, with Notices of its Public Institutions, and Biographical Sketches of Citizens Deceased
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: J. Munsell Co.
      Publication Date: 1871
      Issue: C2
      Edition: Vol. I-IV
      Author: Anonymous
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