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  • ID: ind03362
  • Name: Charles B.S. FONDA
  • Given Name: Charles B.S.
  • Nickname: Beebe Stewart
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1837 in New York 1
  • Note:
  • Baptism: 03 MAR 1841 Dutch Reformed Church, Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY
  • Death: 12 APR 1892
  • Age: 55y in Brooklyn, NY 1
  • Note:
    b. NY; bp. Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY (Records of the Reformed Church of Caughnawaga Baptisms "1841 - March 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Adam Fonda - Levina Catherine, Charles Beebe Stewart and Adam"); 1850 & 1860 US Federal Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1855 New York State Census, E.D.2, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1865 New York State Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1870 & 1880 US Federal Census, Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY; 1875 New York State Census, Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY; d. Brooklyn, NY; o. Miller, Flour & Feed Merchant; [US Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 - Name: Charles B S Fonda; Congr. Dist.: 18th; Res.: NY; Race: White; Class: 1; Est. Birth: 1837; Marital Status: Married]; [R070] Development of Little Falls >> <<

    [The Valley Mills, James VanAllen, proprietor, do a general milling business and all kinds of custom grinding. The mills are located on the south side of Mill Street. This mill was owned and operated a number of years ago by Charles B.S. Fonda.; The Flouring Mill of Lansing, Mills & Fonda, is of stone, contains four runs of stones and has a capacity for grinding 1500 bushels per day.]; [The Camden Advance Journal, Camden, Oneida County - Weekly Column About Montgomery and Herkimer Counties - November 12, 1874: The gristmill owned by Lansing & Fonda of Little Falls was sold at auction November 7. It was bought by C. B. S. Fonda for $15,000.]

    [The Water Power at Little Falls, Pt. 2 - an Address by John B. Koetteritz of Little Falls - delivered before the Herkimer County Historical Society February 13, 1904 - The west half of lot 7 with water appertaining was sold by the assignee of James Monroe to A. & S. Rathbun and Benjamin and Acors Rathbun sold the same in 1862 to William B. Houghton. The Houghton estate owns in all 1-17 of the unpreferred water. Prior to the purchase of Loomis, Richard Ray Ward conveyed to Rodney Durkee the preferred right and the lot No. 8 on which he built a mill which is still standing. This is the third preferred right. The right of this priority has been transferred and is owned by the Herkimer County Electric Light & Power Company. There was in early times much litigation about the title of that lot. In 1849 the property was sold by the sheriff to Martin W. Priest who conveyed it in 1851 to Solomon and Acors Rathbun. Benjamin Rathbun sold it in 1866 together with the east part of lot 7 to Henry and D. Lansing, who sold in the same year one quarter of the interest in the property to Charles B. Fonda, and towards the latter part of the seventies, after many transactions forth and back between the Lansings and other partners, it was owned wholly by Charles B. Fonda. After Fonda's failure in 1881 the mill and privilege was sold under foreclosure and was owned by the National Herkimer County Bank. A few years ago it was purchased by James Van Allen & Company and is now occupied as a custom and grist mill and the original stone building of Durkee is leased to Becker & Company of Amsterdam, N.Y., who manufacture shoddy. There are two wheels for the grist mill under 18 foot head, both are 24 inch Camden Wheels and develop about 30 horsepower each. The wheel for the shoddy mill is a 38 inch Camden Wheel and develops 60 horsepower.]

    [C.B.S. Fonda, accused of forgery, suddenly departed from Little Falls in February, 1881. This was the cause of great excitement, for before his departure he had issued paper with forged signatures and borrowed money in Albany, Schenectady, Utica, Fonda and other places. It has been discovered that for the last two years he has been manager of a stage line at Aberlene, Texas, from which place he has fled to California, leaving a number of debts behind him. Glens Falls NY Daily Times 1883]

    [C. B. S. Fonda's Case - Frank Watts, of Little Falls, who was at San Angelo, Texas, with C. B. S. Fonda, the forger, arrived home on Sunday. He brought with him Fonda's two children, and left them with their uncle, D. H. Fonda, of Fonda, Montgomery county. Watts says that Fonda went from Little Falls to Texas and for a time ran a stage line. He afterward embarked in the hotel business and was appointed deputy postmaster at San Angelo. His hotel was destroyed by a flood and he used government funds to rebuild it. The government authorities decided to combine the post-office at San Angelo with a neighboring office, and Fonda was to be appointed postmaster at $2,000 per year. An examination of his affairs disclosed the embezzlement. He was arrested and afterward released on $500 bail. His bondsmen paid the amount and it was supposed that nothing more would be done about it. About this time a resident of San Angelo received from Little Falls a photograph accompanied by the real name of Fonda, who was known in Texas as C. E. Cole. The fact was made known to Fonda. He evidently apprehended trouble from this source for he left San Angelo, probably for Mexico. Mrs. Fonda died on the night of his departure. She was buried there, and Watts, with the children, left for this state. Rome Daily Sentinel, Tuesday, November 20 ,1883]

    [Charles B. S. Fonda, who fled from Little Falls about eleven years ago after forging paper amounting to over $l00,000, died in Brooklyn last week of consumption. He was once a prominent business man and politician of Little Falls. Rome NY Daily Sentinel April 13, 1892]; [Looking Back - Happenings and Events in Herkimer County Twenty-Five Years Ago - April 12, 1892 - Death of C. B. S. Fonda of Little Falls died at the home of his sister in Brooklyn. Mr. Fonda was a prominent democrat and a popular citizen. Ilion NY Citizen, Thursday, April 19, 1917 - Note: The only sister that lived in Brooklyn was his sister-in-law, Mary Anne Slingerland Fonda, widow of Peter Adam Fonda.]

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

    Marriage 1 Josephine HAGGART b: 1839 in New York
    • Married: 03 OCT 1861 in Dutch Reformed Church, Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY
    • Note: [U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records - Name: Josephine (Josephine Haggart); Marriage Date: 3 Oct 1861; Marriage Place: Fonda, New York; Church: Fonda Church; Spouse: C B S Fonda]
    1. Has No Children Fred FONDA b: 22 AUG 1870 in Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY
    2. Has No Children Douw A. FONDA b: 1872 in Little Falls, Herkimer Co., NY
    3. Has No Children Josephine FONDA b: APR 1875 in New York

    Marriage 2 Ada GOODING b: 1843
    • Married: 06 APR 1892 in Kings Co., NY
    • Note: m. Kings Co., NY; [New York City Groom Index 1866-1937, Charles B S Fonda & Ada Gooding, 6-Apr-1892, Kings Co.]

    1. Title: Development of Little Falls
      A Brief Account of Conditions and Happenings which Compelled the Settlement and Development of this City
      Publication: Little Falls, NY
      Publication Date: 1911
      Issue: G22
      Edition: p.58
      Author: Committee Organized to Celebrate the Hundredth Year of Corporate Existence following the Charter of 1811
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