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  • ID: ind02121
  • Name: James Robert FONDA
  • Given Name: James Robert
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 01 OCT 1819 in New Scotland, NY 1
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  • Baptism: Presbyterian Church, New Scotland, Albany Co., NY 2
  • Death: 26 OCT 1905
  • Age: 86y 0m 25d in Troy, NY
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  • Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY 1 2
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    b. New Scotland, NY; bp. Presbyterian Church, New Scotland, Albany Co., NY; 1850 & 1860 US Federal Census, Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY; 1855 New York State Census, Ward 1, Troy City, Rensselaer Co., NY; moved to Lansingburgh, NY in 1861; 1870, 1880 & 1900 US Federal Census, Lansingburgh, Rensselaer Co., NY; 1875 New York State Census, Lansingburg, Rensselaer Co., NY; 1905 New York State Census, Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY; 1859 Troy NY City Directory (Fonda, James R - Postmaster); 1870, 1875 Troy NY City Directory (Fonda, James R - prop Fifth ave market); 1890 Troy, NY Directory (Robert Fonda); d. Troy, NY; bur. Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY; o. Provisions Merchant; Civil War Officer (COL); Troy Ward Supervisor (1851); Rensselaer County Democratic State Convention Delegate (1852); Troy Alderman, Postmaster (1858-1861); President, Troy Dramatic Building Association (1855); Board of Directors, Citizen's Steamboat Company of Troy (1871); Board of Directors, Rensselaer County Agricultural Society (1872); [R095a] Landmarks of Rensselaer County, New York; [R104a] History of the City of Troy >> <<

    [A Removed Postmaster - Postmaster Jas. R. Fonda of Troy, who has just been removed by the no-party administration, to make way for a Wide-Awake, stay-at-home politician, has two sons, Frederick P. Fonda and James H. Fonda, privates in the Third Regiment of N. Y. Volunteers, now near Fortress Monroe, and a brother-in-law (Capt. Geo. Wilson) in the same regiment. Mr. Fonda subscribed liberally to the Volunteer Fund, and has otherwise contributed largely to the war. Comment is superfluous.- Albany Atlas. Porcupine's Gazette, September 5, 1861]; [Fought In Helderberg War - At his home in Troy today took place the funeral of James R. Fonda, one of the best known residents of that city. Mr. Fonda was born in 1819 in New Scotland, Albany county, and was the descendant of an old Dutch family. He was one of the incorporators of The Citizens' Steamboat company in 1872 and served on the board of directors for many years. At the time of his death Mr. Fonda was the oldest surviving member of the Troy Citizens' Corps, having served in that company when Capt. Alfred H. Pierce was in command. With his company he served during the anti-rent troubles of 1839 and 1845, the latter locally known as the Helderberg war. In politics Mr. Fonda was always a stanch Democrat and for years was a Democratic leader in Troy. He served in the board of supervisors in 1850 and 1851 and in the common council as alderman from the first ward in 1855 and 1856, and was appointed postmaster of Troy by President Buchanan December 15, 1858, remaining in office until December 15, 1861. He was a member of the Democratic State committee for a number of years, and at one time served as chairman of the committee. Mr. Fonda was delegate to many state conventions of his party and to two national conventions. Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Saturday, October 28, 1905.]

    Father: Peter Owens FONDA b: 15 DEC 1794 in Troy, NY
    Mother: Jane COUGHTRY b: 29 JUL 1799

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth VanRanst WILSON b: 22 OCT 1817 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    • Married: 22 NOV 1840 Religious Marriage in Troy, NY
    • Note: m. Troy, NY; (The Troy Daily Whig - Marriage Records 1839 - 1848) - James R. Fonda and Elizabeth Kelson
    1. Has No Children James Henry FONDA b: 11 OCT 1841 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    2. Has Children Frederick Peter FONDA b: 31 DEC 1842 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    3. Has No Children Emma Jane FONDA b: 31 DEC 1844 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    4. Has No Children Nancy Helena FONDA b: 16 NOV 1847 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    5. Has No Children Hiram Wilson FONDA b: 20 JUL 1849 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth VanRanst FONDA b: 02 MAY 1851 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    7. Has No Children Abbie Wilson FONDA b: 28 FEB 1853 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    8. Has No Children Annie Hortense FONDA b: 19 OCT 1854 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    9. Has No Children William Wilson FONDA b: 19 OCT 1856 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    10. Has Children Job Pierson FONDA b: 15 FEB 1859 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    11. Has No Children George Brinton McClellan FONDA b: 13 JUL 1862 in Lansingburgh, NY

    1. Title: Landmarks of Rensselaer County, New York
      Publication: Syracuse, NY
      Publisher: Troy Press
      Publication Date: 1897
      Issue: G32
      Author: Anderson, George Baker
    2. Title: History of the City of Troy
      from the Expulsion of the Mohegan Indians to the Present Centennial Year of the Independence of the United States of America, 1876.
      Publication: Troy, NY
      Publisher: William H. Young
      Publication Date: 1876
      Issue: G40
      Author: Weise, A.J.
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