Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind00373
  • Name: Douw Jellis FONDA
  • Given Name: Douw Jellis
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 NOV 1641 in Netherlands 1
  • Note:
  • Baptism: Dutch Reformed Church, Nieuw Kerk, Amsterdam, Friesland, Netherlands 2
  • Death: 22 NOV 1700
  • Age: 58y 11m 29d in Beverwyck (now Albany), NY 3
  • Burial: 4 1 2
  • Note:
    b. Netherlands; bp. Nieuw Kerk Dutch Reformed Church, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands; 1697 Census Albany New York (Douwe Vonda, 2 Men, 1 Woman, 3 Children); d. Beverwyck (now Albany), NY; [R126] Famous Frisians in America[R035] Amsterdam Records of the Fonda Family; [R044] Innes Getty Collection: Jellis Douwse Fonda; [R043] De Fryske Ofstamming Fan Myn Fiere Efternicht Jane Fonda; [R002] Contributions for the Genealogies of the First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany from 1630 to 1800; [R065] A Career Woman in 17th Century New York (Hester Jans) >> <<

    [R038a] The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany Yearbook: "2. Douwe Jellis Fonda, bp. 24 Nov. 1641 in Amsterdam probably came with his parents to Rensselaerwyck about 1651. He first appears in records on October 1, 1661, when his stepfather, Barent Gerritse, acknowledged a debt to him. He was not quite 20 at the time and was living with Jan Tysse Goes. In 1664 he assisted his mother at the sale of some distiller's kettles to Jan Costersen Van Aken. On October 24, 1672, he purchased "a house, barn, hay rick, orchard and 3 morgans of land" from Margarita Schuyler, widow of Philip Schuyler. In March 1675 he was sued by Geertruydt Barendtse and ordered to fense his land at Lubberden Landt. Therefore, his land was on the East side of the Hudson river in what is now Rensselaer County."

    [R048a] Old Dutch Families: Fonda Family (De Halve Maen Quarterly): "Douw Jillesz Fonda was born about 1643 and died in 1700. His father apparently died when he was a boy and a record shows that Douw was dwelling with Jan Tyse (Jan Tyse Goes of Kinderhook) in the Colony of Rensselaerwyck in 1661 and that his step-father, Barent Gerritse, owed him 33 beavers. There are few records to illustrate the activities of Douw Fonda but in 1676 his land at "Lubberden Landt" within the area of the present city of Troy) is mentioned and in 1684 he was nominated for magistrate at Albany. Douw Fonda (1643) had four sons leaving male progeny, Jan, Jillis, Isaac and Nicholas, but the male line in Nicholas' family died out early so the descendants of Jan, Jillis and Isaac are those who carried the name down to late generations. The Fonda family was one of decided influence in the upper Hudson River districts and the Mohawk Valley. Fondas ocupied important positions in the governmental affairs of the up-State settlements in Albany, Schenectady, and the Mohawk Valley. They were early settlers in what is now the Troy district, as well as Hoosic, Albany and Schenectady. One branch of the family maintained a substantial shipping business between Columbia County and New York. In Dutchess County there were persons of importance from this branch of the family."

    Father: Jellis Douw FONDA b: 1615 in Eagum, Friesland, Netherlands
    Mother: Hester Douw JANS b: 1616 in Leiden, South-Holland, Netherlands

    Marriage 1 Rebecca JANSE b: 1646 in Albany, NY
    • Married: 1666 Religious Marriage in Albany, Albany Co., NY
    • Note: m. Albany, Albany Co., NY
    1. Has Children Jan Douw FONDA b: 1668 in Albany, NY
    2. Has Children Jellis Adam FONDA b: 16 MAR 1669 in Albany, NY
    3. Has No Children Hester Janse FONDA b: 1672 in Albany, NY
    4. Has No Children Alida Janse FONDA b: 1676 in Albany, NY
    5. Has Children Nicholas (Claes) FONDA b: 1678 in Albany, NY
    6. Has No Children Helena Janse FONDA b: 1680 in Albany, NY
    7. Has Children Isaac Douw FONDA b: 1684 in Albany, NY
    8. Has Children Rebecca Janse FONDA b: 1686 in Albany, NY
    9. Has No Children Anna Janse FONDA b: 1690 in Albany, NY

    1. Title: Amsterdam Records of the Fonda Family
      Fonda Family
      Publication: New York, NY
      Publisher: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
      Issue: F1
      Edition: Vol. 119, No. 1 (January 1988), pp.1-5
      Author: Cooney, Robert G. Jr.
    2. Title: Innes Getty Collection: Jellis Douwse Fonda
      Fonda Family
      Publication: New York, NY
      Publisher: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
      Publication Date: 1957
      Issue: F12
    3. Title: De Fryske Ofstamming Fan Myn Fiere Efternicht Jane Fonda
      (The Frisian Descent of My Distant Cousin Jane Fonda)
      Fonda Family
      Publication: Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
      Publisher: Genealogysk Jierboek, Fryske Akademy
      Publication Date: 1986
      Issue: F11
      Edition: p.64-68
      Author: Van der Meer, D.J.
    4. Title: A Career Woman in 17th Century New York (Hester Jans)
      The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
      Fonda Family
      Publication: New York, NY
      Issue: F17
      Edition: Vol. 95, No. 5 (July 1964), pp.129-137

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