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  • ID: ind00504
  • Name: Jellis Jacobse FONDA
  • Given Name: Jellis Jacobse
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 JAN 1751 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY 1
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  • Baptism: 13 JAN 1751 Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY 2
  • Death: 1839
  • Age: 88y in Glenville, Schenectady Co., NY 3
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  • Event: Funeral 4
  • Burial: Fonda Cemetery, Glenville, Schenectady Co., NY 5 1 2 3 4
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    b. Schenectady, Albany Co., NY; bp. First Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Albany Co., NY; 1790 & 1800 US Federal Census, Schenectady, Albany Co., NY; 1810 & 1820 Census, Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY; d. Glenville, Schenectady Co., NY; bur. Fonda Cemetery, Glenville, Schenectady Co., NY; o. Gunstocker; 3rd Tryon Co. Militia (Mohawk District), CPT; [R099b] Centennial Address Relating to the Early History of Schenectady and Its First Settlers; [R118c] A History of Schenectady During the Revolution; [R099] Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady from 1662 to 1800; [R077a] The Bloodied Mohawk; [R038a] The Fonda Family; SAR Graves Registry; [New York Wills and Probate Records - Name: Jellis J Fonda; Probate Date: 8 Apr 1837; Probate County: Schenectady; Heirs: son Garret, grandsons Samuel Fonda and Giles Fonda] >> <<

    [Jellis J. Fonda, RWPA #S49266: born in Schenectady County, New York on January 13, 1751. He died in 1839 and is buried in his Family's Cemetery in Glenville Township, Schenectady County, New York (HSDRW). An October 20, 1833 deposition states Fonda was found to be incompetent and unable to a make a viable declaration for his pension by reasons of old age and loss of memory. In 1833 he was the only surviving officer of the unit known as the Greens. In June of 1780, he was in command of Captain Van Vorst's Company at Fort Plank. He was also stationed at Forts Plank and Plain for 21 days when the Fort Plank Settlements were burnt in August of 1780. He fought in the Battle of Johnstown. His captain's commission, which is contained in his file, calls him Jellis Ja. Fonda. His file contains depositions by Adam Vrooman, James H. Peek, Jacob Van Vechten and Jellis A. Fonda]

    [Jellis was appointed Captain of a company of Associated Exempts (Minute Men) on 27-May-1775, which came to be known as "the Greens" because of the color of their uniforms; in January, 1776, and again in June he went to Johnstown; in the fall of the same year, he marched with his company to Stillwater where they were in camp for some time; from Stillwater they marched to Fort Ann, thence down Wood Creek to Skenesborough as guards for boats; he served with particular distinction in the campaign against Burgoyne and at the Battle of Bemis Heights; he served in many expeditions and on various garrison duties during the succeeding years of the war, being especially zealous in the discharge of his offices; while on guard duty at Schenectady he was spoken of as "attending roll call and giving orders every morning at daybreak, sometimes 2 hours before day." In 1777, when Sir John Johnson, with his Scotch retainers, had fortified themselves in Johnson Hall, Generals Schuyler, Ten Broeck and Herkimer, with a large body of militia, went there to reduce them. When, out of the whole number, General Schuyler selected Captain Fonda, from his known fearlessness of character, to command a forlorn hope of 200 men for the assault, of which his company of minute men formed one-half. the assailing forces were without cannon. But when this brave officer in the lead, under the eye and direction of the noble Schuyler, shouted on his column to the assault, with undaunted dash (for Fonda was in deadly earnest), Sir John immediately lowered his flag and surrendered without firing a gun. Fonda was ever afterwards called, wherever known, one of the most fearless of men; he was actively engaged in the battle of Johnstown in October 1781, and in the pursuit of the enemy, and on this occasion he "so highly distinguished himself that COL Willett addressed him a letter of thanks for his services and praising him for his intrepidity."; he was reappointed Captain on June 20, 1778, the commission being signed by Governor Clinton; he was a pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.]

    Father: Jacob Jellise FONDA b: 11 FEB 1722 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    Mother: Maria Claase VANPETTEN b: 27 SEP 1727 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Maria Yates MYNDERSE b: 1753 in Schenectady, NY
    • Married: 05 NOV 1774 Religious Marriage in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    • Note: m. Schenectady, Albany Co., NY

    Marriage 2 Catharina Wemple VEEDER b: 1758 in Schenectady, NY
    • Married: 1783 Religious Marriage in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    1. Has No Children Jacob FONDA b: 01 SEP 1784 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    2. Has Children Jacob Jellise FONDA b: 24 MAR 1786 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    3. Has No Children Hendrik Veeder FONDA Esq. b: 10 AUG 1787 in Schenectady, NY
    4. Has Children Garret Jellis FONDA b: 05 NOV 1790 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    5. Has No Children Christopher FONDA b: 15 MAR 1793 in Schenectady, NY
    6. Has No Children Christopher Veeder FONDA b: 28 AUG 1795 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    7. Has No Children Maria Veeder FONDA b: 11 JUN 1798 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY

    1. Title: A History of Schenectady during the Revolution
      Publication: Brattleboro, VT
      Publisher: E.L. Hildreth & Co.
      Publication Date: 1916
      Issue: M15
      Author: Hanson, Willis T. Jr.
    2. Title: Centennial Address Relating to the Early History of Schenectady and Its First Settlers
      Delivered at Schenectady, July 4th, 1876
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: VanBenthuysen Printing House
      Publication Date: 1879
      Issue: G36
      Author: Sanders, John
    3. Title: Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of the Patent and City of Schenectady from 1662 to 1800
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: J. Munsell Co.
      Publication Date: 1873
      Issue: C22
      Author: Pearson, Jonathan
    4. Title: The Bloodied Mohawk
      The American Revolution in the words of Fort Plank's Defenders and other Mohawk Valley Partisans
      Publication: Rockport, ME
      Publisher: Picton Press
      Publication Date: 2000
      Issue: M8
      Author: Johnson, Ken D.
    5. Title: The Fonda Family
      Fonda Family
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany Yearbook
      Publication Date: 1981
      Issue: F8
      Edition: Vol. 48, p.17-20; Vol. 49, p.28-36
      Author: McConville, Howard A.
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