Name: John H. FONDA
Given Name: John H.
Birth: 1827 1
Death: 15 FEB 1915
Note: b. NY; 1850 US Federal Census, Brownville, Jefferson Co., NY; 1859 New York City, NY City Directory (J. H. Fonda, clerk); 1860 US Federal Census, Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY; 1870 US Federal Census, Sandusky, Erie Co., OH; 1880 & 1890 Detroit, MI Directory (Fonda & Essylstyn, Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods); 1910 US Federal Census, Manhattan, New York City, NY; d. Manhattan, New York City, NY; bur. Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, NY (John F. Fonda, 1827-1915, Plot: Sect J); [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Mr. J H Fonda, Arrival Date: 16-Oct-1866, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1830, Gender: Male, Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland, Ethnicity/Nationality: American, Ship Name: Scotia]; In 1896, John H. Fonda of New York City, incorporated under the laws of that state, an association known as the "Union Association of Heirs of Harlem, Anneke Jans Bogardus, Edwards and Webber Estates," and in April 1909, Mary A. Fonda, as one of the Bogardus heirs, and presumably in the interest of the Union Association of Heirs, began a suit against the Trinity Church Corporation to recover possession of one hundredth part of the property at 65 Vandam street. Her bill of complaint was filed by Elmer E. Good, of No. 3 Stafford Building, Buffalo, N.Y., who was also the Attorney for the Union Association of Heirs. Mrs. Fonda asked the court to decide that she was the owner in fee simple of an undivided one-hundredth part of the Vandam street lot, and she also asked that she be entitled to her share of the property and $10,000 damages for being kept out of possession. Jay and Chandler, as attorneys for Trinity, filed an amended answer, and referred therein to the charter of 1697, and the Queen Anne grant of 1705, and that one hundred and sixty years thereafter, Trinity Corporation, by deed, conveyed the Vandam street property to Benjamin Cooper, and subsequently Cooper and his wife Ann Elizabeth, mortgaged the lot to the Bowery Savings Bank for $4,000. The mortgage was foreclosed, and in 1897 the lot was sold by order of the court to H. H. Camman for $13,800 and he transferred it to the Trinity Corporation, so that 192 years after it first acquired the land from Queen Anne, Trinity once more became its owner. The plaintiff filed a reply setting forth pretensions made by former litigants regarding the "King's Farm," and the "Queen's Farm," and she plead ignorance of the pretended deed of Queen Anne, and she asserted her title under the Dutch patent, which ante-dated the Queen Anne charter by 53 Years. Justice Dowling, in special term of the Supreme Court, granted the application of Trinity for an order directing the plaintiff to file a reply to the first specific defense to the answer which set up the Queen Anne grant, its validity and the purchase of the property under the foreclosure sale of 1897. The plaintiff failed to file the reply, and early in 1913 warrants were issued for the arrest of both Mr. Fonda and Mr. Good, on the grounds that they had been using the mails with intent to defraud, and on November 6th, 1913, the case was brought to trial in the Federal District Court. After evidence had been introduced by the prosecution, and evidence of various sorts had been presented to the Court, the case was decided, and the New York Times, in its issue of November 17th 1913, reported the case, or rather the decision as follows: "After John H. Fonda, 86 years old, had told of the twenty years fight of the Anneke Jans heirs to recover Trinity Church property, Judge Hand in the United States Court yesterday, said he would dismiss the fraud indictment against Fonda. He said it was evident that Fonda had been prompted by an obsession from childhood of enormous wealth to be gathered by the Jans heirs and not by any criminal motives in seeking subscriptions to prosecute his claims." Attorney Good was also tried in the same case, and on November 14th the New York Times reported the result of the trial of Good as follows: "Elmer E. Good, indicted for alleged fraudulent use of the mails in promoting collections of money from heirs of Anneke Jans and others, was acquitted yesterday in the United States District Court." Mr. Fonda died on February 15th, 1915, and after which Willis T. Gridley, Attorney, located at 170 Broadway, New York City, at that time, took up the matter to look after the interests of the claimants in the future.; [R012] Anneke Jans Bogardus and her New Amsterdam Estate, Past and Present >> www.fonda.org <<
Father: William Cooper FONDA b: 24 AUG 1804
Mother: Gertrude HANSON b: 1804
Mary Amelia GURNEE b: 17 DEC 1831
- Eva FONDA b: 1853
- Mary Oiive FONDA b: 1863
- Edna FONDA adopted b: 1876
- Title: Anneke Jans Bogardus and her New Amsterdam Estate, Past and Present
Romance of a Dutch maiden and its present day New World sequel, historical, legal, genealogical, Indianapolis, Ind.
Publication: Indianapolis, IN
Publication Date: 1924
Edition: 278 pgs.
Author: Wikoff, Thomas Bentley