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  • ID: ind00480
  • Name: Gysbert Nicholas FONDA
  • Given Name: Gysbert Nicholas
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1720 in New York 1
  • Note:
  • Baptism: 25 SEP 1720 Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, Albany Co., NY 2
  • Death: 12 AUG 1788
  • Age: 68y in Albany, NY 3
  • Note:
  • Event: Funeral 4
  • Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany Co., NY 5 1 2 3 4
  • Note:
    b. NY; bp. First Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, Albany Co., NY; d. Albany, NY; SAR Graves Registry; bur. Ann and Lydia Lush Lot, Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany Co., NY; [Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, Menands, NY - Guysbert Fonda, b. abt 1720 in Albany, NY; d. 12 Aug 1788 in Albany, NY]; o. 1st Albany Co. Militia (Albany City), ENS; Assistant Alderman Albany 2nd Ward (1761); [R044] Innes Getty Collection: Jellis Douwse Fonda; [R002] Pearson's First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany; [R003] Collections on the History of Albany; [R038a] The Fonda Family; DAR Library, GRC National Index: Fonda, Guysbert, State IL, Series/Vol s1 v10, Page 175 >> <<

    [New York Wills and Probate Records - Name: Gysbert Fonda; Probate Date: 12 Dec 1788; Probate County: Albany; Heirs: wife Elsie and children Nicholas Fonda and Lyntie Lush]; [Died, on Tuesday last, Mr. Gysbert Fonda, of this city. Albany Journal (Albany, NY), Monday, August 18, 1788]; [The Bloodied Mohawk - Additional Partisans - Gysbert Fonda. In 1772 he received a deed for 3200 acres of land from then Sheriff Henry Ten Eyck Junior. Samuel Ludlow Frey stated that this 3200 acres were found in the Freybush Patent and taken illegally (S. L. Frey Papers Mss #9829 Box 5 Folder 100)]; [R035b] Family, Bible, Church and Cemetery Records; []; []

    [Gysbert Fonda was born in 1720. He was the eldest son of Albany residents Claas and Anna Marselis Fonda. Growing up in Albany's second ward, he learned the ins and outs of the fur trade and then followed his father in business and in community service. Appointed firemaster in 1747, he was elected assistant alderman for the second ward four times - first in 1761. In October 1753, he married skipper's daughter Elsie Douw. Over the next two decades, the marriage produced seven children who were baptized in the Albany Dutch church where both parents were pewholders and baptism sponsors. These Fondas settled into "a good house" on Pearl Street. In 1759, he was one of the managers of the city lottery. Gysbert prospered in business - being counted among the wealthiest Albanians during the 1760s. In 1766, he stood with his neighbors in opposition to the Stamp Act. However, ten years later, this cautious merchant was identified by the same neighbors as opposed to the American cause, refused to sign the non Importation association, and was ordered disarmed. In 1778, he refused to swear allegiance to the United States and was threatened with deportabanishment to the British. With much to lose, Fonda then took the oath! Those reservations aside, Gysbert Fonda survived the war and even was granted a bounty right in conjunction with the Albany regiment of the county militia. The end of the war found him back to business, supporting his church, petitioning the city government, and standing with other Albanians in opposition to the proposed Federal Constitution. However, the resurgance would be short-lived as Gysbert Fonda died in August 1788. He had lived sixty-eight years. On September 8, he was buried in the Dutch Church cemetery plot. Later, his remains were moved to Albany Rural Cemetery where his grave is today! His will probated in December 1788 named his wife, son Nicholas and daughter, Lyntie Lush as heirs.]

    Father: Nicholas (Claes) FONDA b: 1678 in Albany, NY
    Mother: Annetje Groesbeck MARSELIS b: 1689 in Albany, NY

    Marriage 1 Elsie Winne DOUW b: 22 AUG 1731 in Albany, NY
    • Married: 06 OCT 1753 Religious Marriage in Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, Albany Co., NY 6
    • Note: m. First Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, NY; marriage license 25-Sep-1753; [R073] New York Marriages, 1600-1784
    1. Has No Children Nicholas FONDA b: 1754 in Albany, NY
    2. Has No Children Leyntje FONDA b: 1758 in Albany, NY
    3. Has No Children Lyntje Douwe FONDA b: 1761 in Albany, NY
    4. Has No Children Nicholas FONDA b: 1764 in Albany, NY
    5. Has No Children Nicholas FONDA b: 29 SEP 1768 in Albany, NY
    6. Has No Children Nicholas Gysbert FONDA Esq. b: 30 SEP 1769 in Albany, NY
    7. Has No Children Abraham Gysbert FONDA b: 1773 in Albany, NY

    1. 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
    2. Title: Contributions for the Genealogies of the First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany from 1630 to 1800
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: J. Munsell Co.
      Publication Date: 1872
      Issue: C1a
      Author: Pearson, Jonathan
    3. Title: Collections on the History of Albany
      from its Discovery to the Present Time, with Notices of its Public Institutions, and Biographical Sketches of Citizens Deceased
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: J. Munsell Co.
      Publication Date: 1871
      Issue: C2
      Edition: Vol. I-IV
      Author: Anonymous
    4. 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.
    5. Title: Family, Bible, Church and Cemetery Records
      Fonda Burial Plot, Town of Colonie, Albany Co., NY; from the records of Albany Rural Cemetery, copied August 1927, by Wm. B. Cook Jr for the Cohoes Historical Society, presented to the Daughters of the American Revolution.
      Fonda Family
      Publication: Morgan Co., IL
      Publisher: NSDAR Library, Illinois D. A. R.
      Publication Date: 1928
      Issue: F3
      Author: Mrs. Henry W. English, Librarian
    6. Title: New York Marriages, 1600-1784
      Names of persons for whom Marriage Licenses were issued by the Secretary of the Province of New York, previous to 1784
      Vital Records
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: State of New York
      Publication Date: 1860
      Issue: V6

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