Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind00334
  • Name: Douw Henry FONDA
  • Given Name: Douw Henry
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 JUL 1809 in Caughnawaga, Montgomery Co., NY 1
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  • Baptism: 2
  • Death: 11 NOV 1895
  • Age: 86y 3m 21d in Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY 3
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  • Event: Funeral 4
  • Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, NY 1 2 3 4
  • Note:
    b. Caughnawaga, Montgomery Co., NY; 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 & 1880 US Federal Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1855 New York State Census, E.D.2, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1869-70 Town of Mohawk, NY Directory (Douw H. Fonda, farmer 134); 1875 New York State Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1892 New York State Census, Mohawk, E.D.03, Montgomery Co., NY (Douw H Fonda, Male, Age: 82, b. abt 1810 in ); bur. Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, NY; o. Farmer, Frontier War Soldier SGT; [R028a] The Dockstader Family; [R041] Fonda Family History; [R063] Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs; [R036] Century Farms, 1847-1947; [New York Wills and Probate Records - Name: Douw H Fonda; Probate Date: 6 Jan 1896; Probate County: Montgomery; DOD: Nov. 11, 1895] >> <<

    [Douw Henry and Henry Douw Fonda were twins; prior to Henry Douw's death in 1891, they had the distinction of being the oldest male twins in the country (81 yrs)]; [On September 13, 1833, Douw Henry Fonda was appointed a "Sergeant," under the command of Daniel Moore, in the 34th Regiment, 11th Brigade, 14th Division of the NY State Militia. As such he served seven years. He was exempted from military duty on November 10, 1840; his Certification was signed by his older brother, Brigadier-General Peter Henry Fonda (1802-1874)]

    [The Albert Fonda Farm, originally 233 acres on Fonda-Johnstown Road (Rt. 30A), 1 mi. NW of Fonda, was occupied by several Fonda generations, ending with Albert Dow Fonda's death in 1962; Douw Henry Fonda (1809-95) soon after his marriage (1832) to Ann Veeder (1810-90), daughter of Albert Veeder, son of Col. Abraham Veeder, took up residence in the small stone house then standing on the farm willed to him by his father, becoming the third successive owner since his patentee great grandfather, Douw Fonda "The Patriot" to whom it had been granted in 1748. His family grew rapidly and the stone house became the foundation of the second home, a frame structure which Douw and Ann began to replace by a still larger one in 1848, which was completed in 1856. All the timbers used in the building on this farm except those used in the four-story laying-house, built in 1935, and in the remodeling of the homestead, in 1936, came from trees grown there; all the foundation stones were gathered in the fields, except those cut from the limestone outcrop at Stone Arabia. These were hauled to the Fonda Farm on home-made wagons drawn by teams of oxen and were loaded and unloaded manually. The huge stones forming the front porch and the smaller ones in the wall along the highway were secured in the same area. All the first fences were of stone gathered in the fields and carefully piled, one upon another to a height of about three feet! Trees were cut and stumps were removed by hand; seed was planted; crops were harvested by hand and stored without the aid of machines. It was during the earliest years of Douw Henry's grandchildren that machines began to replace the endless back breaking hours of labor on farms in the Mohawk Valley. When, in 1848, the present farm home was begun, the first frame house was moved to a site, south, and became "The Tenant House;" it was burned during the summer of 1898, and replaced before the fall.]

    [In 1852, when the Fonda-Johnston Road became a two-lane highway (one lane plank, and the other dirt) Douw Henry lost the sight of his left eye by the same dynamite blast which killed his brother Adam, and which widened the roadbed through the slate outcrop between his home and the lands south of it. The present road was built on the former during 1910 and 1911]; [In Memory of Douw H. Fonda, who died at his home in Fonda, Nov. 11th (1895), aged 86 years. At the death of this most estimable gentleman there has passed away the last one of his generation and an honored member of one of the oldest families in the state. Mr. Fonda was born where the hotel Roy now stands, in the village of Fonda, July 21st 1809. He was the twin brother of the late Henry Fonda, who died Mar. 12th, 1891, and the son of General Henry Fonda, an officer in the war of 1812. He was truly a child of Nature--"His frame had ne'er been bent, by wasting pain, 'till time and toil, his iron strength had spent." Maintaining up to the last few weeks of his life a remarkably healthy appearance, and despite his age had never used glasses. His habits were strictly temperate, his principles beyond reproach. He died in the home where more than 60 years of his life had been spent, ministered to by those of his loved and loving children who were able to be with him. He leaves at the old homestead his son, Albert, and his daughters, Annette and Alida; Veeder Fonda of Gloversville, and Mrs. Sarah Snell and Mrs. John Nellis of Geneva. May the mantle of his many virtues fall upon those who mourn for him.]

    Father: Henry Adam FONDA b: 1766 in Caughnawaga, NY
    Mother: Hester Toll MABIE b: 1766 in New York

    Marriage 1 Ann Ecker VEEDER b: 16 JAN 1810 in New York
    • Married: 20 OCT 1832 Religious Marriage in Dutch Reformed Church, Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY
    • Note: m. Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY
    1. Has Children Henry Douw FONDA b: 01 JAN 1835 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    2. Has No Children Sara FONDA b: 10 JAN 1836 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    3. Has No Children Annetje Veeder FONDA b: 13 MAY 1838 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    4. Has Children Sara Eleanor FONDA b: 27 JAN 1840 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    5. Has No Children Alida Margaret FONDA b: 24 FEB 1842 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    6. Has Children Albert FONDA b: 02 OCT 1844 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    7. Has No Children Hester Douw FONDA b: 03 NOV 1847 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    8. Has Children Abraham Veeder FONDA b: 24 MAY 1851 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    9. Has No Children Selena Veeder FONDA b: 09 FEB 1854 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY

    1. Title: Fonda Family History
      Fonda Family
      Publication: Fonda, NY
      Publisher: Montgomery County Dept. of History & Archives
      Publication Date: 1940
      Issue: F9
      Edition: 27 pgs.
      Author: Fonda, Cornelia Dockstader
    2. Title: Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs
      Publication: New York, NY
      Publisher: Lewis Historical Pub. Co
      Publication Date: 1911
      Issue: C13
      Author: Reynolds, Cuyler
    3. Title: Century Farms, 1847-1947
      The Fonda Farm, Montgomery County
      Fonda Family
      Publication: Ballston Spa, NY
      Publisher: New York State Agricultural Society
      Publication Date: 1947
      Issue: F4
    4. Title: The Dockstader Family
      Descendants of Georg Dachstatter, Palatine Emigrant of 1709 who settled in the Mohawk Valley of New York
      Allied Families
      Publication: Dodge City, KS
      Publisher: High Plains Publishers, Inc.
      Publication Date: 1994
      Issue: A27
      Edition: 4 volumes
      Author: Rooney, Doris Dockstader
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