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  • ID: ind00467
  • Name: Jellis Douw FONDA
  • Given Name: Jellis Douw
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 MAR 1727 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY 1
  • Note: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=amfonda&id=ind00467
  • Baptism: 04 APR 1727 Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY 2
  • Death: 23 JUN 1791
  • Age: 64y 2m 30d in Palatine, Montgomery Co., NY 3
  • Note: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=20416521
  • Event: Funeral 4
  • Burial: 25 JUN 1791 Caughnawaga Cemetery, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY 5 1 2 3 4
  • Note:
    b. Schenectady, Albany Co., NY; bp. First Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Albany Co., NY; 1790 US Federal Census, Palatine, Montgomery Co., NY; d. Palatine, Montgomery Co., NY; bur. Caughnawaga Cemetery, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY; Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.2; DAR Patriot Index Centennial Edition; SAR Patriot Index Edition III; o. Merchant, Landowner, 3rd Tryon Co. Militia (Mohawk District), MAJ, Judge, Senator; [R100b] A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times; [R005a] American Patriots at the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777 (http://www.fortklock.com/ftklOriskanyroster.htm); [R099b] Centennial Address Relating to the Early History of Schenectady and Its First Settlers; [R074a] The Mayflower Descendant; [R077] Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families; [R038a] The Fonda Family; [R044] Innes Getty Collection: Jellis Douwse Fonda; SAR Graves Registry >> www.fonda.org <<

    [Erroneously reported as killed in action on September 8, 1755 in a skirmish with the French near Lake Sacrament (later lake George). "... Lieutenant Fonda killed..." Extract of a letter from a Gentleman in the Army at the Great Carrying Place, dated September 9, 1755.]; [Fonda's Patent - granted Jan. 31, 1786- contained 40,000 acres - original patentee, Jellis Fonda - sold parcels to John Lansing Jr., George Clinton, William Floyd and Steven Lush at 10 cents per acre. This patent now constitutes a part of the towns of Western, Lee, Rome, Floyd and Steuben. http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyoneida/misc/wager/ch10.html]; [10/4/1774 - Warren County - Dartmouth Patent; town of Stony Creek and a segment in Saratoga County; 47,000 acres - Principle grantee: Jessup, Edward - other Grantees: Fonda, John - Fonda, Yelles - and 45 others.]; [New York Muster Rolls, Provincial Militia: City of Albany, 4-Jun-1755, Jellis Fonda (listed as Elias Funda) First Lieutenant under Captain Edmond Mathews Company, 100 men; Lake George, 1-Oct-1755, Jellis Fonda (listed as Jellis Funda) First Lieutenant under Captain Edmond Mathews Company, 77 Men]; [Historic Markers of New York State: Site of the early home of Major Jelles Fonda, a prominent merchant by the Mohawk Valley and an Indian trader, here was located an Indian Village, location on NYS 5 about 4 miles east of Palatine Bridge]

    [Died, universally regretted, at Caughnawaga, in Montgomery County, on Thursday last, aged 64, the Hon. Jelles Fonda, Esq. and on Saturday his remains interred in the Family Burrying Ground by a numberous and respectable consourse of citizens from Montgomery, Albany and Schenectady. In public life he supported the character of firm patriot and friend to the true interest of country; and in private, he was universally esteemed a valuable member of society, and displayed those amiable qualities which endeavor unto man. He has left to bemoan his legacy a numerous train of dependant strangers, a widow and respectable offspring, as well as relatives and intimates. Albany Register (Albany, NY), Monday, June 27, 1791]

    [Albany, June 27 - On Thursday last, departed this life, in the 65 year of his age, Jellis Fonda, Esquire, of Montgomery county. The character of this gentleman, as a friend to liberty and his country - hospitality and philanthropy, are universally known and admired. - A very numerous concourse of citizens attended the interment of his remains, on Saturday. 1791-07-04 Daily Advertiser]

    [Jellis was the first merchant in the Mohawk Valley, was prosperous, owned 600 acres, had $10,000 on his books, and the British (under Sir John Johnson) destroyed $60,000 worth of his property; his trade was with both the Indians and white settlers in the valley as far distant as Forts Stanwix, and even Oswego, Niagara and Schlosser, his traffic was chiefly in blankets, ammunition and supplies of a general character, and his pay was generally peltries, ginseng and potash]; [R048a Old Dutch Families: Fonda Family (De Halve Maen Quarterly): "Major Jellis Fonda (1727-91) was the most prominent of the early Fondas. He was the first Mohawk Valley merchant west of Schenectady and the period immediately previous to the Revolution. He was one of the outstanding figures in that sector. He was a close friend and associate of Sir William Johnson and accompanied him on his military expeditions as commissary. He served in the French and Indian War under Sir William Johnson in command of Scouts (Lieutenant in 1755 and Captain in 1756) and was commissioned Major in 176? spending much of his time during this period in Indian country. Jellis was one of the four assistant judges of Tryon Court, elected 1773; State Senator, Western District, 1777-81 and 1788-91; Fulton County Judge 22-Mar-1784 and Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He was one of the executors of the will of Sir William Johnson and designated as guardian of the latter's children. Jellis Fonda is frequently referred to in the well known novel "In the Valley" by Harold Frederic and also in the novels by Robert W. Chambers dealing with Mohawk Valley and Tryon County history."]

    [The Bloodied Mohawk - Additional Partisans - Jellis Fonda, Esquire. During the Revolutionary War he owned 150 acres of land in the Harmanus Van Slyck/Abraham DePeyster Patent (Garret Y. Lansing Papers 8:11). On November 21, 1768 he received title to Lowland Lot One and Woodland Lot 10 of the Captain Harmanus Van Slyck/Abraham De Peyster Patent from John Cruger, Philip Livingston, Leonard Lispenard, Henry Holland, and William Bayard Esquires of New York City, New York Trustees of the Estate of Abraham De Peyster; the deed contains valuable information on the bounds of the aforesaid patent and on the heirs of Colonel Abraham De Peyster, the former Treasurer of the Colony of New York (S. L. Frey Papers Box 5:102) http://www.fort-plank.com/Additional_Partisans_A_M.html]


    Father: Douw Jellis FONDA b: 22 AUG 1700 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    Mother: Maritje Heemstraat VROOMAN b: 24 MAR 1698 in Fort Schenectady, Albany Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Jannetje Wemple VROOMAN b: 04 NOV 1730 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    • Married: 06 JAN 1751 Religious Marriage in Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY 5
    • Note: m. Reformed Dutch Church of Schenectady, Albany Co., NY; [NYG&B] Record 73:52
    Children
    1. Has No Children Maria Vrooman FONDA b: 1754 in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY
    2. Has No Children Margarita FONDA b: 1756 in New York
    3. Has Children Margarita Vrooman FONDA b: 1760 in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY
    4. Has No Children Douw Jellise FONDA b: 08 APR 1764 in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY
    5. Has Children Henry Vrooman FONDA b: 06 NOV 1769 in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY
    6. Has No Children Rachel Vrooman FONDA b: 1772 in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY
    7. Has No Children Barent Jellise FONDA b: 04 JUL 1775 in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY

    Sources:
    1. Title: A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times
      Being Contributions Toward a History of the Lower Mohawk Valley
      Geographic
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: J. Munsell Co.
      Publication Date: 1883
      Issue: G39
      Author: Pearson, Jonathan
      Note:
      GeoNYCoSchenPatent
    2. Title: American Patriots at the Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777
      Military
      Publication: Kenmore, NY
      Publisher: Snell, Zimmerman, Timmerman Reunion, Inc.
      Publication Date: 1977
      Issue: M1
      Author: DeWitt, Vera
      Note:
      WarRevBattleOriskany
    3. Title: Centennial Address Relating to the Early History of Schenectady and Its First Settlers
      Delivered at Schenectady, July 4th, 1876
      Geographic
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: VanBenthuysen Printing House
      Publication Date: 1879
      Issue: G36
      Author: Sanders, John
      Note:
      GeoNYCoSchenAddr
    4. Title: The Mayflower Descendant
      Quarterly Publication
      Compendium
      Publication: Plymouth, MA
      Publisher: General Society of Mayflower Descendants
      Publication Date: 1897
      Issue: C14
      Edition: Vol. 1-46
      Note:
      CompMayflowerDesc
    5. Title: Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families
      Compendium
      Publication: Baltimore, MD
      Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Co.
      Publication Date: 1990
      Issue: C15
      Edition: Vol. I, p.263-265
      Author: Penrose, Maryly B.
      Note:
      CompMohawkValley