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  • ID: ind08149
  • Name: John Philip FONDE
  • Given Name: John Philip
  • Surname: Fonde
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1794 in Philadelphia, PA
  • Note:
  • Death: 13 DEC 1831
  • Age: 37y in at sea
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  • Burial: at sea
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    b. Philadelphia, PA; 1800 US Federal Census, Philadelphia, PA (Andrew Funday, household of 6); 1820 & 1830 US Federal Census, 2-Wd Washington, DC (1820 John Fonde, 1830 John P Fnde); d. at sea between Baltimore and New Orleans aboard Brigantine "Alfred" of illness; bur. at sea; o. Sign Painter & Guilder >> <<

    [Military Service: Jan 1815, First Regiment, Pennsylvania Artillery, PVT (John P. Fonde was a private in the Washington Artillery during the war of 1812. His name is found in the muster-roll of volunteer artillery, under the command of Capt. Samuel C. Landis, in the regiment of volunteer artillery in the service of the United States commanded by Col. A. M. Prevost, from -- when last mustered, to January 8, 1815. Roll of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of 1812.)]

    [Fonde, John P., age 37, late of this city, died 13 Jan 1832, at sea while on a passage from Baltimore to New Orleans. He leaves a w. and 2 small child. National Intelligencer 18-Jan-1832]

    [John Philip Fonde had beautiful handwriting. He seems to have invented some form of short-hand and was skilled as a record keeper. He lived in Alexandria and went into Washington to work, recording the proceedings of Congress (according to a letter from his granddaughter, Elizabeth Fonde, to her niece Lydia Kilvborn). He sometimes took his young son Charles Henry with him so that he heard the voices of Clay, Calhoun and Webster. John P. Fonde was an officer in the Columbia Guards. C.H. Fonde remembered him all dressed up with a sword clanking and remembered seeing him acting as a guard of honor on gala occasions. He died quite suddenly on board a ship going from Baltimore to New Orleans. There is a letter from his brother Charles to his wife Elizabeth telling of the sad news that the ship arrived without him. Family legend has it that he died in a duel. The letter from Charles to Elizabeth only says that he died after a very short illness and was buried at sea. Ref: Ancestors of Charles Henry Fonde website]; [Who Is J.P. Fonde? by Lita Solis-Cohen (...) At a Butterfields auction on December 3, 2001, in San Francisco, Stuart Feld of Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York City, bought lot 1502, a Classical klismos-form side chair with painted decoration and an upholstered tablet and seat. It was incorrectly listed as Baltimore. Feld asked his daughter, Liz, to research it. "We knew the chair was from a set...that Jimmy Biddle acquired in the 1960's from the Keene House in Bristol, Pennsylvania," said Liz Feld on the phone. Of the ten chairs, Biddle kept five; four are now on display at Andalusia, the Biddle family estate on the Delaware that is now a house museum. "Between 1963 and 1985 Biddle gave some away: one to the Met, one to Winterthur, one to the Chicago Art Institute, one to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and one to the San Francisco Museum of Art." (...) When deMuzio turned the chair over he found a signature that Kirtley identified as J.P Fonde in a neat, sure hand in red ink on a green-gray primer coat on the front seat rail. "Do you realize this is only the second piece of Classical furniture known with the signature of the chair ornamenter?" asked Kirtley. "There is one settee at the Baltimore Museum of Art signed by Thomas Renshaw, the maker, and John Barnhart, the ornamenter." (...) Armed with a name, Kirtley searched Philadelphia directories and found John P. Fonde listed as a sign painter at 47 Chestnut Street between Front and 2nd in 1819. His brother, Andre, was a drayman in Philadelphia as early as 1814 and ran a boarding house. A call to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), the rich archives of southern craftsmen, added the facts that John P. Fonde was working as a sign and ornamental painter on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., from 1818 to 1822 and was advertising for chair painters, gilders, and japanners in Washington newspapers. He also "polished mahogany with an Italian polish." MESDA's research indicated that according to the American and Commercial Daily Advertiser of Baltimore, in March 1820 John P. Fonde married Miss Eliza Stewart of Washington. Fonde did not stay in the nation's capital for the rest of his life. He appears in the Baltimore directories for 1833 and 1834 at Lexington and Charles Street. This ornamental painter appears to have moved from city to city, suggesting that construction and design, rather than painted ornament, may be the surer way to identify the place of manufacture of painted Classical furniture. "More research must be done," said Alexandra Kirtley. She seems determined to get on with it. By publicizing Fonde's name, Kirtley hopes others will find signatures on painted furniture. Her study of painted furniture in the Middle Atlantic states will in time be published in the Chipstone American Furniture journal. Stay tuned. 2002 by Maine Antique Digest]

    Father: Andrew Peter FUNDY b: 1765 in Marblehead, Essex Co., MA
    Mother: Sarah ESLING b: 1764 in Philadelphia, PA

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth STEWART b: 1796 in England
    • Married: 09 MAR 1820 Religious Marriage in Washington, DC
    • Note: m. Washington, DC; [District of Columbia Marriage Records - John P Fonde; Birth Year - ; Marriage Date - 9 Mar 1820; Spouse - Elizabeth Stewart]; [Married - In Washington, by the Rev. Mr. Hawley, Samuel Lawrence Gouverneur, Esq. of New York, to Miss Maria Hester Monroe, youngest daughter of James Monroe, President of the U. States. Also, by the Rev. Mr. Hawley, Mr. John P. Fonde, of Philadelphia, to Miss Eliza Stewart, of Washington. Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot (Boston, MA), Saturday, March 18, 1820]
    1. Has No Children Sarah Jane FONDE b: 1821 in Washington, DC
    2. Has Children Charles Henry FONDE b: 1827 in Washington, DC
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