Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind03756
  • Name: John O. FONDA
  • Given Name: John O.
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 DEC 1833 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI 1
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  • Death: 08 NOV 1861
  • Age: 27y 10m 27d in Silver City, Lyon Co., NV
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  • Burial: Silver City Cemetery, Silver City, NV 1
  • Note: b. Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI; 1860 US Federal Census, Brighton, Livingston Co., MI; 1860 US Federal Census, Carson Co., UT; d. Silver City, Lyon Co., NV; bur. Silver City Cemetery, Silver City, NV (marker for collapsed mining shaft, Silver City Cemetery Plot: Section F Grave 10); also gravestone at Brighton Village Cemetery (aka Mill Pond Cemetery), Brighton, Livingston Co., MI; o. Miner; only son of Lewis B. & Sophia Fonda was born in Ann Arbor Mich. in 1833; arrived in San Francisco on Bark Phoenix from New York on April 2, 1849; came to NV in the mid 1850s to work in the Silver mines in the Virginia City Area; was killed on Nov. 8th 1864 at age 31 of a cave-in at the Opra Mine; the shaft that took his life was never reopened therefore his mangled body was never recovered & he now sleeps forever in that now long abandoned silver mine; this Sand Stone marker is in Memory of the Only Son of the Fonda family; the attached photo of John was taken in Carson City c1862; the Photo of his grave and the cemetery were taken in Sept. 2001; the Sand Stone marker was knocked over & broken by the local wild horses that used to run through the cemetery; it has been reset laying down & you can clearly see the initials of the stone mason who cut the stone; [History of Livingston Co., Michigan - Agriculture - Farmers Associations - Agricultural Society - Entries of Short-Horn Cattle - 1858-59 - John O. Fonda]; [R016a] The Argonauts of California >> <<

    Father: Lewis B. FONDA b: 16 SEP 1807 in Plattsburgh, St. Lawrence Co., NY
    Mother: Laura Sophia BIRD b: 1813 in New York

    Marriage 1 Catherine Jane BIRD b: 17 JUN 1833 in Brighton, Livingston Co., MI
    • Married: 06 APR 1856 Religious Marriage in Oakland, MI
    • Note: [Michigan County Marriages - John Fonda; Birth Year: ; Marriage Date: 6 Apr 1856; Spouse: Kate J. Bird; Marriage Place: Oakland]
    1. Has No Children Lora Bird FONDA b: 01 JUN 1857 in Brighton, Livingston Co., MI

    1. Title: The Argonauts of California
      Being the Reminiscences of Scenes and Incidents that Occurred in California in Early Mining Days
      Publication: New York, NY
      Publisher: Fords, Howard & Hulbert
      Publication Date: 1890
      Issue: G4
      Edition: 503 pgs.
      Author: Haskins, Charles Warren
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