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  • ID: ind03654
  • Name: Selina Hetherington CADWALLADER
  • Given Name: Selina Hetherington
  • Surname: Cadwallader
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 23 DEC 1871 in Cincinnati, OH
  • Note: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=amfonda&id=ind03654
  • Death: 31 JAN 1941
  • Age: 69y 1m 8d in Orange, NJ
  • Note:
    b. Cincinnati, OH; 1895 New Jersey State Census (Mrs. H. B. Fonda, age 20-60, Orange Ward 3, Essex Co., NJ); 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 US Federal Census, Orange, Essex Co., NJ; 1940 US Federal Census, Orange, Essex Co., NJ (Harriet Fonda, b. 1875, OH, Head); d. Orange, NJ; [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Elise Fonda, Arrival Date: 27-Aug-1907, Port of Departure: Rotterdam, Netherlands, Ship Name: Rijndam] >> www.fonda.org <<

    [Daughter of Selina (Hetherington) Cadwallader, born in 1836 in Ireland, and it is unknown how or when she came to live in Cincinnati. In 1862, at the age of twenty-six, she married Morris Cadwallader at the St. John Episcopal Church in Cincinnati. Her husband, originally from Henrietta, New York, had a rather unsettled work history. When they met and married, he had already worked in the post office and as an attorney, and in early 1866, he bought a boot and shoe shop, which he quickly abandoned later that same year. By 1871, Morris had realized how lucrative hog farming could be in Cincinnati. He remained a farmer for the rest of his life. Possibly due to her husband's unpredictable career, Selina opened her first business in 1870. As a married woman, it was unusual for Selina to run a business, and it may have been out of necessity that she decided to do so. From 1870 to 1886, she operated both a successful boarding house and a dressmaking salon. Located in the heart of Cincinnati's fashionable district, East Fourth Street, the boarding house and salon was easily accessible to the fashionable elite of the city. Despite his irregular career choices, upon his death in 1880, Morris left his wife Selina and three children an inheritance that was valued at approximately $110,000. As a dressmaker, Selina was known for her attention to detail and fine workmanship. Her designs were stylish and up to date with the fashions of Paris. She catered to each of her client's individual needs and desires and was highly respected among the elite of Cincinnati. On one occasion, Selina was asked to create an evening bodice for a skirt made by the very fashionable Parisian designer Charles Frederick Worth. This dress, created for Mrs. Thoms of Cincinnati, consisted of a skirt and day bodice. To get full use of this dress, Mrs. Thoms also wanted an evening bodice made to match the skirt. Perhaps to save money, she purchased extra fabric from Worth and brought it to Selina to have the bodice made. This act shows the great respect the elite women of Cincinnati had for Selina's workmanship. When Selina passed away in October of 1886 at the age of fifty, she left her daughters an inheritance that was valued at $120,000. Having inherited a large sum of money and property from her husband, it is clear that Cadwallader was making dresses because she enjoyed the activity and not just to support herself and her children.]




    Marriage 1 Harry Beadle FONDA b: 18 SEP 1866 in Poughkeepsie, NY
    • Married: 1889 Religious Marriage in London, England
    • Note: m. London, ENG
    Children
    1. Has Children Douglass Cadwallader FONDA b: 07 JAN 1894 in Orange, NJ
    2. Has No Children Louisa Cadwallader FONDA b: 11 AUG 1901 in New Jersey
    3. Has Children Gilbert Cadwallader FONDA b: 23 MAR 1911 in Orange, Essex Co., NJ
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