Name: Alexander Patterson FONDA
Given Name: Alexander Patterson
Birth: 28 APR 1794 1
Death: 03 AUG 1873
Age: 79y 3m 6d 2
b. Manhattan, New York City, NY; 1839-1840 Manhattan, New York City, New York Directory (Fonda, Alexander P); 1840 & 1850 US Federal Census, Manhattan, New York City, NY; 1859 Paterson, NJ City Directory (late grocer); 1860 US Federal Census, Acquacknonk, Passaic Co., NJ; 1870 US Federal Census, Paterson, Passaic Co., NJ; d. Paterson, Passaic Co., NJ; bur. Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, NJ; [The Patterson & Pattison family association: a contribution of genealogical records to old in the research on the names of Patterson or Pattison and various other ways in which the name is spelled. (Alexander Patterson Fonda, bapt. 28 Apr 1793); attended Union College in Schenectady in 1833, law degree incomplete; NYTimes Mar 11, 1853 - Hamilton Fire Insurance Co. Board of Directors; [NY Times, Springfield Republican - August 6, 1873 - A.P. Fonda, formerly auditor of the Hudson River railroad, and the oldest Freemason in NJ, died at Paterson, Sunday, aged 79 years]; o. Auditor; War of 1812 Service: Pliny Adams' Regiment, NY Militia, CPL; [R037a] Family Bible of Abraham A. Fonda (1759-1804); [R087] NewsBank: America's Obituaries and Death Notices; [A very elaborate obituary of Alexander was in an unknown newspaper dated Saturday 9 Aug. 1873. A copy was given me by Mr. Clark Galloway. It read:
Alexander P. Fonda "Acquackanonk township never held a better hearted man than the bearer of the name printed above. We remember an incident recalled to our mind and which happened years ago, illustrative of the character of him now no more. It occurred in a convention called to make a nomination, when there was little hope of success but when a good and strong man was needed to head the ticket. The president objected to several names and said some man with a good name and unquestioned integrity and against whom no objection could be raised, must be selected, and he must come from the township of Acquackanonk. Each coterie pressed forward its man until someone named 'Alexander P. Fonda as an honest man without an enemy in the world.'
Instantly all the other names were withdrawn and a universal acclaim completed the nomination, and Mr. Fonda was admitted to be 'the man without an enemy.' we doubt if the like could have been said of another in the good old township of Acquackanonk and possibly of not another in the county.
He was long a resident of our county and lived in the old township until it became a part of Paterson and his place had passed into the hands of the good sisters. Only a few months ago he referred to his beautiful grounds and to the trees and shrubbery which he had planted. 'I could hardly part from them' said he, 'but I knew the shady garden was going to give pleasure to the suffering, and the trees I planted would shelter the poor humanity gathered into the grounds of a hospital which for all time would be a place of refuge for the sick and the destitute, and this satisfied me to leave for plainer and less comfortable quarters in town.'
Mr. Fonda passed away like Col. Rafferty, in the quiet of a calm and holy Sunday evening. And as he died another old landmark of humanity in this vicinity is blotted out.
He was born in New York, 80 years ago, we believe, on the cornet of Greenwich and Chambers streets. If we mistake not, the house stood where Stuarts' sugar refinery now stands. At one time Mr. Fonda was in the Hudson River freighting business; afterwards he was Auditor of the Hudson River R.R. Co., and still had the silver service , presented to him by the company on retiring from that position after honorably filling it for years. He was a grocer of Paterson cotemporaneous with Col. Rafferty, and like him amassed a fortune. He was six years a member of the Freeholder Board from his township and for four years was its Director. He was afterwards Collector of the County. In each position of trust in which he was weighed he was not found wanting but in every instance retired of his own accord, refusing to act longer. He was a candidate of the Republicans against Big Sam Pope, and although the District at the time was heavily against his politics, Sam beat him by only 792 against 708, which was considered equal to a victory at the time. He was a veteran of the war of 1812 and either as a soldier or citizen, always did his duty to the fullest measure.
For nearly sixty years he had been a free mason, and he was buried at his especial request entirely and in 'ancient ample form' by the brethren. His interment took place at Cedar Lawn, and a large concourse participated in the beautiful ceremonies. And thus passes from earth Alexander P. Fonda, whom none knew but to respect, to reverence and love. He leaves two children, William, a law student, and Mrs. Dr. McIntosh, the latter a regularly educated and licensed Physician of more that ordinary skill. He leaves the wife whom he so greatly loved to mourn his irreparable loss as only the true wife can; but there are friends without number who will never pass his last resting place with out thinking of the honest worth of the manly spirit which once quickened the earth of all that remains of Alexander P. Fonda."] >> www.fonda.org <<
Father: Abraham A. FONDA b: 25 SEP 1759
Mother: Peninnah PATTERSON b: 02 OCT 1759
Mary Augusta CLARK b: 1809
30 DEC 1844
- William Augustus FONDA Esq. b: 1846
Margaret b: 1800
- Sara F. FONDA b: JAN 1836
- Title: Family Bible of Abraham A. Fonda (1759-1804)
originally owned by Abraham A. Fonda, now owned by Clark Galloway, transcribed by Nate Carter
Publication: Publisher: New Netherlands Connections
Publication Date: 1801
Author: Fonda, Abraham A.
- Title: NewsBank: America's Obituaries and Death Notices
Public Library Collection
Publication: Chester, VT
Publisher: NewsBank, Inc.
Author: NewsBank Media Services