Fonda Family Genealogy

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Descendants of Jellis Douw Fonda (1615-1659)

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  • ID: ind07672
  • Name: Isaac Jesse DEFREEST
  • Given Name: Isaac Jesse
  • Surname: DeFreest
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 07 JUL 1616 in Leiden, South-Holland, Netherlands
  • Note:
  • Death: 25 JUL 1674
  • Age: 58y 0m 18d in New York City, NY
  • Note: b. Leiden, HOL; s/o Jesse DeFreest and Marie DuCloux; d. New York City; In 1621, the Walloons and Huguenots of Leyden, Holland planned to follow the Puritans to America (then called the West Indies). Jesse de Forest was acclaimed the leader and spokesman for the band when the exiles approached the British Ambassador at The Hague regarding their settling in Virginia. The English turned down his petition to establish a colony in Virginia. It was Jesse's desire to establish a Colony in the New World, so that the Walloons could practice their Reformed Religion without persecution. He then sought permission from the Dutch to establish a colony in what is now New York City. He was granted permission and soon assembled approximately 60 families of French-speaking Walloons and Dutch for the settlement in New Amsterdam, New Netherland. The first permanent settlers arrived in New Amsterdam in May 1624. Isaac de Forest, Jesse's son, arived from Leyden, Holland, March 5, 1637. Isaac made the voyage aboard the ship, Rensselaerwyck. This ship was jointly owned by Isaac's uncle, Gerard de Forest, and Killian VanRensselaer. The original name, de Forest, underwent several tranformations due to the Dutch and English influence. The name became DeForeest because of the Dutch. Spelling at that time was not as important as to how the name was pronounced. If it sounded a certain way, it had to be spelled a certain way. To the Dutch, this was the correct way. Philip DeForeest, Isaac's son was born July 28, 1652 in New Amsterdam. Philip eventually settled in Beverwyck, NY. Today, Beverwyck is known as Albany, Albany Co., NY. It is here that the name was once again transformed. DeFreest became the common spelling of the de Forest name in the Albany area of New York State. It was in Greenbush, NY, across the Hudson River from Albany, that most of the DeFreest family had lived. It is in their honor that the Hamlet of DeFreestville received its name. >> <<


    Marriage 1 Sarah DuChesne DUTRIEUX b: 1625 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands
    • Married: 09 JUL 1641 Religious Marriage in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands
    • Note: m. New Amsterdam, New Netherland
    1. Has Children Philip Isaacse DEFREEST b: 28 JUL 1652 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands

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