Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind00468
  • Name: Henry Vrooman FONDA
  • Given Name: Henry Vrooman
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 06 NOV 1769 in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY 1
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  • Baptism: 10 MAY 1768 2
  • Death: 23 APR 1799
  • Age: 29y 5m 17d in Caughnawaga, Montgomery Co., NY 3
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  • Burial: Caughnawaga Cemetery, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY 1 2 3
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    b. East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY; bur. Caughnawaga Cemetery, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY; [According to the 'Centennial Address Relating to the Early History of Schenectady and Its First Settlers', "Major Fonda died June 23d, 1791, leaving a son, Douw, who died at Albany, September 11th, 1838, without issue, aged 90 years; also a son Henry, who died at Caughnawaga, April 4th, 1815, aged 49 years, leaving a son and daughter." However, [NYG&B] Record 56:146,393 lists Henry's death date as 23-Apr-1799, which is consistent with the 1800 Johnstown census showing only his wife Catalina as a widow, and the account of her courtship and marriage to Werden Hammond (see Catalina comments), having three more children from 1802-1808.; also his gravestone shows 1769-1799]; [R038a] The Fonda Family; [R044] Innes Getty Collection: Jellis Douwse Fonda >> <<

    [A Long Law-Suit - At the Supreme Court circuit on Thursday held at Fonda by Hon. A. B. James, a suit was tried in relation to some real estate which has been almost a constant source of litigation since 1824. In the early part of the present century, the whole of the real estate now comprised in tbe villages of Fonda and Caughnawauga belonged lo Henry V. Fonda. He had two children, a son and daughter, the name of the former being Giles and that of the latter Jane. While these children were yet young their father died, and his brother Douw Fonda was appointed guardian of the children. Douw Fonda, it seems, allowed debts and executions to accumulate against the estate of his wards until finally the land including the old Caughnawaga farm was sold by the sheriff of Montgomery county. Douw Fonda who lived on Pearl street in this city, bought the property in his own name, and so apparently secured an easy possession of about 1,800 acres of land belonging to his wards. In 1824, however, two eminent Albany lawyers commenced suit against him, and filed a bill in Chancery, tbe result of which was that in 1825 a decree was made compelling Douw Fonda to convey to his wards the whole of the Caughnawaga farm, and Mr. Lansing was authorized to survey the farm and divide tbe land between the brother and sister. By this time tbe sister Jane bad married a Mr. Van Horne, a tanner, residing near tbe estates, and they under tbe decree took possession of the mansion home and farm, and resided there for two years. In the year 1836 Giles Fonda died without issue, and left his estates to his sister, but in consequence of Mr. Van Horne becoming embarrassed, a receiver was appointed, and finally the whole of his life interest was sold out of the property. Three years ago Mr. Van Horne died, leaving Jane, his widow, the only surviving heir to the estates, and she now, at the age of 82, brings suits of ejectment against persons occupying portions of the farm. The case was ably argued by Mr. Fish of counsel for the plaintiff, and Mr. McMartin of counsel for the defendants and after a protracted trial tbe court held that the plaintiff's counsel had not sufficiently proved the title in Henry V. Fonda, notwithstanding the decree, and non-suited her. Tbe case will be carried up to tbe general term. The lawyers say tbat over $20,000 has been spent already in law over this farm. Albany Times, Saturday, June 13, 1874.]

    Father: Jellis Douw FONDA b: 24 MAR 1727 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY
    Mother: Jannetje Wemple VROOMAN b: 04 NOV 1730 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Catalina Lansing YATES b: 28 OCT 1771 in Albany, NY
    • Married: 13 FEB 1792 Religious Marriage in Dutch Reformed Church, Greenbush, East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY
    • Note: m. Reformed Protestant Dutch Of Greenbush, East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co., NY; [Matrimony Notice - 1792-02-16 - Pennsylvania Mercury - Albany, Feb. 2 - Married, on Tuesday evening, by the Rev. Mr. Romeyn, of Schodack, Mr. Henry V. Fonda, of Montgomery, to Miss Yates, daughter of Chistopher Yates, Esq. of Rensselaerwyck.]
    1. Has No Children Jane Yates FONDA b: 06 NOV 1792 in Caughnawaga, Montgomery Co., NY
    2. Has Children Adam Henry FONDA b: 1794 in Caughnawaga, Montgomery Co., NY
    3. Has No Children Giles Henry FONDA b: 12 MAR 1795 in New York
    4. Has No Children Catrina Yates FONDA b: 22 APR 1798 in New York
    5. Has No Children Rachel Yates FONDA b: 1799 in Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY

    1. Title: The Fonda Family
      Fonda Family
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany Yearbook
      Publication Date: 1981
      Issue: F8
      Edition: Vol. 48, p.17-20; Vol. 49, p.28-36
      Author: McConville, Howard A.
    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: Centennial Address Relating to the Early History of Schenectady and Its First Settlers
      Delivered at Schenectady, July 4th, 1876
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: VanBenthuysen Printing House
      Publication Date: 1879
      Issue: G36
      Author: Sanders, John

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