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  • ID: ind04529
  • Name: William Bradford FONDEY
  • Given Name: William Bradford
  • Surname: Fondey
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 MAY 1821 in Seneca, Ontario Co., NY 1
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  • Baptism: Second Presbyterian Church, Albany, Albany Co., NY 2
  • Death: 19 FEB 1862
  • Age: 40y 9m 5d in Springfield, IL
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  • Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL 1 2
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    b. Seneca, Ontario Co., NY; bp. Second Presbyterian Church, Albany, Albany Co., NY; 1850 & 1860 US Federal Census, Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL; 1855 Illinois State Census (Wm B Fondey, Mechanicsburg, Sangamon Co., IL); bur. Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL (removed from Hutchinson Cemetery to Oak Ridge Cemetery June 1872 with Edward Fondey and infant Mary Lee Fondey and Dr. Edward Barret. All buried in this plot.); o. Mexican War Service: Co.A, 18th IL Volunteer Infantry, 2LT; Civil War Service: William B Fondey, Springfield, Illinois, enlisted as an Adjutant on 06-Aug-1861, commission in Co.S, 18th IL on 06-Aug-1861, resigned Co.S, 18th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 13-Oct-1861; [R099a] History of Sangamon County, Illinois; [R117a] A Dictionary of All Officers Who Have Been Commissioned, Or Have Been Appointed and Served, in the Army of the United States, 1789-1853 >> <<

    [Mr. Wm. B. Fondey, died at Springfield, Illinois, on the 19th inst. Mr. Fondey was a highly esteemed citizen and well known throughout the State. Saint Paul Pioneer Democrat, Wednesday, February 26, 1862]

    [William's mother, Lucinda Tanner was a descendant of his namesake, William Bradford of the Mayflower; according to some records found in Mercer County, IL, dated October 1st, 1856, 'William B. Fonday is the only living child of Stephen Fonday deceased of Genesee, Ontario County, NY.' The indenture also says that William B. Fonday is the spouse of Mary L. Fonday of Sangamon County; prior to his marriage, Wm. B. Fondey lived with his aunt and uncle Asa and Susan Eastman down the street from Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, IL. Also appearing nearby on Eighth Street in 1850 was a man named S. B. Opdycke, his son Thomas and daughter Charlotte. Stacy B. Opdycke and Wm B. Fondy in 1849 were partners in a Dry Goods and Grocery establishment. Mr. Opdycke traveled to New Orleans and the Eastern US procuring merchandise and trading; then an IL Legislator, Lincoln signed, with 54 others, the petition to Gov. Augustus C. French asking appointment of William B. Fondey as notary public in March 1850; W. B. Fondey was a Bank Commissioner in 1854, and helped end the 'Panic of 1854' by reassuring the public that their money was good; in June 1857, W. B. Fondy is listed as Secretary of the Sangamon Insurance Company. Asa Eastman and James A. Barret were on the Board of Directors; Wm. B. Fondey was an acquaintance of Lincoln, and they may have been friends, but politically, they were on opposite sides of the fence. William ran for IL State Treasurer in the same election (1858) in which Stephen Douglas beat Abraham Lincoln for US Senator of IL; the result of a split ticket which divided the Democratic party.]

    Father: Stephen John FONDEY b: 09 JAN 1795 in New York
    Mother: Lucinda Rose TANNER b: 15 JUN 1803 in Litchfield, Herkimer Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Mary Lee BARRET b: 05 AUG 1831 in Kentucky
    • Married: 05 JUN 1851 Religious Marriage in Sangamon Co., IL
    • Note: m. Sangamon Co., IL; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763?1900 (Fonday, William B - Barret, Nancy Lee - 06/05/1851 - Sangamon)
    1. Has No Children Edward Barret FONDEY b: 11 MAY 1852 in Illinois
    2. Has No Children William Wallace FONDEY b: 10 JUN 1853 in Illinois
    3. Has No Children Mary Lee FONDEY b: 1857 in Illinois

    1. Title: History of Sangamon County, Illinois
      Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History
      Publication: Chicago, IL
      Publisher: Inter-State Publishing Company
      Publication Date: 1881
      Issue: G35
    2. Title: A Dictionary of All Officers Who Have Been Commissioned, or Have Been Appointed and Served, in the Army of the United States, 1789-1853
      Volunteers and Militia of the States, Navy and Marine Corps
      Publication: New York, NY
      Publisher: G.P. Putnam and Co.
      Publication Date: 1853
      Issue: M12
      Author: Gardner, Charles K.
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