Fonda Family Genealogy

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Descendants of Jellis Douw Fonda (1615-1659)

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  • ID: ind03467
  • Name: George Thompson FONDA
  • Given Name: George Thompson
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 APR 1830 in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY
  • Note: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=amfonda&id=ind03467
  • Death: 13 JUL 1913
  • Age: 83y 3m 1d in Seattle, King Co., WA
  • Note: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=119653323
  • Burial: Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, Seattle, King Co., WA
  • Note: b. Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY; 1850 US Federal Census, Broadalbin, Fulton Co., NY; 1870 US Federal Census, St. Joseph, Berrien Co., MI; 1880, 1900 & 1910 US Federal Census, Seattle, King Co., WA; d. Seattle, King Co., WA; [Washington Deaths/1910-1919; Civil War, 1LT, Co I or F, 7 Infantry, MO, 1891 Stevens Post 1, Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Washington and Alaska at Seattle, WA]; o. Laborer; [Civil War Service; Title: Official Roster, 1891, Department of Washington and Alaska; B B Dearborn, Printer, 1891; University of Washington Libraries; 979.706 GAR 1891 (WaU); p 23]; [Geo Fonda - Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892:1881 - Seattle, King Co. - Carpenter b. New York abt 1830]; [G F Fonda - Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892:1883 - Seattle, King Co. - b. New York abt 1829]; [C T Fonda - Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892:1885 - Salmon Bay, King Co. - Lightkeeper b. New York abt 1832]; [G T Fonda - Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892: 17 May 1887 - Seattle, King Co. - b. New York abt 1833]; [Geo Fonda - Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892: 27 Jun 1889 - Smiths Cove, King Co. - Lighthouse b. Michigan abt 1834]; [Bureau of Land Management - Whatcom Co., WA - Fonda, George T - Issue Date 12/4/1884 - Land Office: Olympia - 137.92 Acres - Serial Nr. 1731 WAOAA 084100]; [Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 - Name: Geo. Thompson Fonda, Death date: 07/13/1913, Death place: Seattle, King Co., WA, Gender: Male, Age at death: 83 years 3 months 1 day, Estimated birth year: 1830, Marital status: , Spouse's name: , Father's name: Benedict, Mother's name: ]; [George T. Fonda Hears Last Taps - Death of Distinguished Civil War Officer - Seattle Pioneer Leaves Many Friends - Lived Here Thirty-Six Years and for Quarter Century Kept the West Point Light - George Thompson Fonda, distinguished officer in the Union army during the civil war, keeper of the West Point light for nearly a quarter of a century and resident of Seattle for more than thirty-six years, died Sunday night at his home near Fort Lawton, in his 84th year. He had not been ill, but the infirmities of age had been creeping upon him during the past few years. He had not felt quite so well as usual for two or three days, and he closed his eyes and passed away like one falling into peaceful sleep. Mr. Fonda was the pioneer inhabitant of the Fort Lawton district. After he left the lighthouse service five years ago he built a cottage overlooking the sea, on a bluff north of the fort, where he could still see the flash of the beloved West Point beacon. Here with his wife he spent the happy evening of his long and useful life. All the older residents of the city knew Mr. Fonda well. His acquaintance among seafaring men naturally was large, and in the Grand Army, especially among survivors of Gen. Grant's Vicksburg campaign, he was greatly honored for his wartime achievements. Mr. Fonda was born at Fonda, N. Y. in 1830. When Fort Sumter was fired on he sought to enlist in a Michigan regiment. Becoming impatient with the slowness in getting the state troops together he went with others to Illinois and then to Missouri, which was nearer to the front and where patriots were urgently needed. He was enrolled as a private in the Seventh Missouri infantry in June, 1861. In May, 1863, when Gen. Grant was in the hottest part of the campaign to open the Mississippi and split the Confederacy by means of the open river, Fonda was a first lieutenant and commander of the sappers and miners in Grant's army operating behind Vicksburg. He had been promoted a little time before for gallantry while serving in the ranks. County Auditor Byron Phelps, formerly an officer of the Third Illinois cavalry, who first saw Capt. Fonda at Vicksburg, and who was his neighbor at Fort Lawton, said yesterday: "Capt. Fonda was engineer in charge of all the building of bridges and pontoons across the streams behind Vicksburg and did marvelous work there. He was a magnificent figure of a man, full of energy, a splendid officer. No amount of labor could wear him down. I remember how he impressed me and others as we saw him on the banks of Black river, by his fine physique and his natural force as a leader of men. I knew him only slightly then, but I admired him greatly. He built a bridge across Black river in an incredibly short time, less than one day, using only debris, lumber, logs and cotton bales. The main body of Grant's army crossed the bridge the next day to attack Vicksburg. I was among the troops that rode over the Fonda bridge. Capt. Fonda's bridge building feats made him famous in Grant's army." Mr. Fonda served three years in the army and was offered a majorship when he retired. Mr. Fonda was married July 25, 1864, to Miss Cornelia Matilda Shultes, who survives him as do his two daughters, Dr. Fonda Nadeau, a practicing physician of Seattle, and Mrs. Flora Nadeau, wife of Ira A. Nadeau, manager of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. The funeral will take place today at 11 o'clock under the direction of Stevens post of the Grand Army. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Tuesday, July 15, 1913] >> www.fonda.org <<



    Father: John Abraham FONDA b: 16 JAN 1788 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co., NY
    Mother: Sophia BENEDICT b: 14 APR 1789 in Broadalbin, Fulton Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Cornelia Matilda SHULTES b: 04 SEP 1837 in New York
    • Married: 25 JUL 1864 Religious Marriage in St. Paul Lutheran Evangelical Church, Berne, Albany Co., NY
    • Note: m. Saint Paul Lutheran Evangelical, Berne, Albany Co., NY
    Children
    1. Has No Children Flora J. FONDA b: 09 JUL 1865 in Michigan
    2. Has No Children George FONDA b: APR 1867 in Michigan
    3. Has No Children Lillie May FONDA b: 02 SEP 1869 in St. Joseph, MI

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