Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind02152
  • Name: Douw Adam FONDA
  • Given Name: Douw Adam
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 OCT 1824 in New York 1
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  • Baptism: 1825 Dutch Reformed Church, Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY 2
  • Death: 13 FEB 1902
  • Age: 77y 3m 30d in New Rochelle, NY
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  • Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, NY 1 2
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    b. NY; bp. Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY; 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 & 1900 US Federal Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1855 New York State Census, E.D.2, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1859 Mohawk NY City Directory (Fonda, Dow A); 1869-70 Town of Mohawk, NY Directory (Douw A. Fonda, general merchant, corner Main and Broadway); 1875 New York State Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1890 New York City Directory (Fonda, Douw A - hay); 1892 New York State Census, Mohawk, E.D.02, Montgomery Co., NY (Douw A Fonda, Male, Age: 68, b. abt 1824 in US); [US Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 - Name: Dow A Fonda; Congr. Dist.: 18th; Res.: NY; Race: White; Class: 2; Est. Birth: 1824; Marital Status: (none)]; o. Farmer; Dry Goods Merchant; Mohawk Sheriff 1863-1864, 1895-1897; County Treasurer (3yrs), Supervisor (1863-64) and Village Trustee (several terms); [R078a] History of Montgomery County; [R037] Family Bible of Douw Adam Fonda (1824-1902); >> <<

    [In 1885, Douw A. Fonda, the oldest merchant in Fonda, assigned (filed bankruptcy). His liabilities were about $50,000 and his assets about one-third of that amount. Many farmers from whom he bought hay lost largely; Ref: NY Times Oct-4-1885]

    [Douw A. Fonda Dead - Was Once County Treasurer - Prominent Merchant - Douw A. Fonda, former county treasurer of Montgomery county and for many years a prominent resident of Fonda, died Thursday night at the home of his son, Nathan C. Fonda, at New Rochelle, aged 78 years. Mr. Fonda, who had resided with his son for the past two years, had been ill for several weeks. He was a son of Adam and Lydia Sammons, Fonda and a great great grandson of Douw Fonda, who came from Schenectady to Fonda, which place was named by him, in 1767, and who was killed bv the Indians during Sir John Johnson's raid In 1780. Douw A. Fonda worked on a farm until he was twenty-one, when he began clerking in Fultonville for H. P. Voorhees, where he remained three years. He then opened a general store in Fonda and dealt largely in produce until 1887. For many years he was a leading hay buyer in this section and was widely known in Amsterdam. He was a prominent politician in his earlier years, being closely allied with the Democratic party, and in 1857 was elected county treasurer. He also served as supervisor for the town of Mohawk for three years and for a number of terms was a trustee of the village of Fonda. He married Gertrude A. Cole of Broome county, December 6th, 1848, who bore him seven children. Mrs. Fonda survives, as well as three sons, Nathan Cole Fonda, cashier for John H. Starln since 1876, Thomas of Yonkers, Herbert N. of Syracuse; two daughters, Bertha, wife of Dr. Elliott Gorton, a physician of New Jersey, and Miss Sophia Fonda, of Hudson; together with two brothers, Adam Fonda of the town of Mohawk, and Stephen Fonda of Fort Plain. The deceased was a member of Fultonville lodge. No. 531, F. and A. M., and the remains, which will arrive at Fonda tomorrow afternoon will be interred in the village cemetery. The Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Saturday, February 15, 1902]

    Father: Adam Douw FONDA b: 17 JUL 1802 in Johnstown, NY
    Mother: Lydia Margaret SAMMONS b: 22 MAY 1807 in New York

    Marriage 1 Abigail Gertrude COLE b: 01 MAY 1823 in Broome Co., NY
    • Married: 06 DEC 1848 Religious Marriage 2
    1. Has No Children Martha Breese FONDA b: 24 NOV 1852
    2. Has Children Thomas Cole FONDA b: OCT 1854 in Fonda, NY
    3. Has Children Nathan Cole FONDA b: 17 MAR 1857 in New York
    4. Has No Children Sophia Norton FONDA b: 07 MAR 1859 in New York
    5. Has Children Herbert Henry FONDA b: 17 MAY 1863 in Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY
    6. Has No Children Bertha Cole FONDA b: 14 NOV 1865 in New York

    1. Title: History of Montgomery County
      Embracing Early Discoveries, the Advance of Civilization, the Labors and Triumphs of Sir William Johnson, the Inception and Development of Manufactures: With Town and Local Records, also Military Achievements of Montgomery Patriots
      Publication: Syracuse, NY
      Publisher: D. Mason & Co.
      Publication Date: 1892
      Issue: G25
      Edition: 843 pgs.
      Author: Frothingham, Washington
    2. Title: Family Bible of Douw Adam Fonda (1824-1902)
      Genealogical Records Committee Report
      Fonda Family
      Publication: unknown
      Publisher: Massachusetts DAR
      Publication Date: 1996
      Issue: F5
      Edition: Series 2, Vol. 8 (p.47-53)
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