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  • ID: ind04504
  • Name: Townsend Isaac FONDEY
  • Given Name: Townsend Isaac
  • Surname: Fondey
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1817 in Albany, NY 1
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  • Baptism: 22 DEC 1817 Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, Albany Co., NY 2
  • Death: 19 MAY 1882
  • Age: 65y in Albany, NY 3
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  • Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany Co., NY 1 2 3
  • Note:
    b. NY; bp. First Dutch Reformed Church, Albany, Albany Co., NY; 1850 & 1860 US Federal Census, Albany, Albany Co., NY; 1875 New York State Census, Albany, Albany Co., NY; 1875 Albany NY City Directory (Fondey, Townsend (Corning & Co), also treas People's Gas Light Co); d. Albany, NY; bur. Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany Co., NY; [Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, Menands, NY - Townsend Fondey, b. abt 1818; d. 19 May 1882]; [New York Wills and Probate Records - Name: Townsend Fondey; Probate Date: 25 May 1882; Probate County: Albany; Executor: Ruth H. Fondey; Heirs: wife Ruth H. Fondey, William Thompson, daughter Sara Alletta, son William]; o. Merchant - Corning & Co.; St. Peters Church, Albany - Vestryman (1868); [R004b] American Ancestry; [R003] Collections on the History of Albany >> <<

    [History of Saratoga County - Centennial Celebration of Burgoyne's Surrender at Saratoga - Oct. 16, 1877 - The second division consisted of the Masonic fraternity, Sir Townsend Fonda, R. E. Grand Commander Knights Templar]

    [Bureau of Land Management - Presque Isle Co., MI - Fondey, Townsend - Issue Date 4/1/1875 - Land Office: Detroit - 87.05 Acres - Serial Nr. 35938 MI1020.259]; [Bureau of Land Management - Otsego Co., MI - Fondey, Townsend - Issue Date 4/1/1875 - Land Office: Detroit - 45.95 Acres - Serial Nr. 35939 MI1020.260]; [Bureau of Land Management - Cheboygan Co., MI - Fondey, Townsend - Issue Date 11/10/1875 - Land Office: Detroit - 120 Acres - Serial Nr. 35979 MI1020.292]; [Bureau of Land Management - Cheboygan Co., MI - Fondey, Townsend - Issue Date 11/10/1875 - Land Office: Detroit - 40 Acres - Serial Nr. 35980 MI1020.293]

    [Death of Townsend Fondey - Citizens were startled last evening by tbe announcement of the sudden death of Townsend Fondey, at his residence No. 151 Washington avenue. He was taken seriously ill about a quarter after four o'clock, and in fifteen minutes life was extinct. For some weeks past Mr. Fondey had been threatened with a severe illness, and for some days, by the advice of his physician ceased from participation in his business. He grew slowly better, and on last Tuesday visited the store of Corning & Co., where he was partner, and daily since, gradually expending the hours devoted to business each day. Yesterday he remained at the store longer than usual, and when he went away was seemingly feeling well. He went home and dined at half-past two o'clock, being in excellent spirits. About four o'clock he complained of faintnees, and died shortly afterwards. Dr. Balch, the family physician, pronouncing apoplexy to be the causa of death, while Dr. Jones ascribed it to heart disease. Townsend Fondey was born in Albany Dec 22, 1817. He was educated at the Albany academy, graduating with high honor from that institution. He then went to Cazenovia, Madison county, where be entered a mercantile establishment of Jacob Ten Eyck, remaining there some years. He then proceeded to Troy where he filled the responsible position as an accountant. In 1840 be left Troy and went to Breton where he engaged in the commission business until 1845, when be returned to Albany and in November 1847, entered the house of Erastus Corning & Co., as accountant. He remained with this house till the day of his death. Shortly after entering the employ of the firm Mr Fondey became the confidential clerk of Mr. Erastus Corning, and so much were his labors appreciated, that in 1866 when the firm was reorganized he went in as a partner with the present Erastus Corning, W. H. Nichols. J. S. Walker, and C. H Corning. The two gentlemen last named died in 1879, and the firm was again reorganized in 1881 when Mr. Fondey and Mr. Nichols became general partners, and Mr. Erastus Corning special partner. Mr. Fondey was a republican. The only elective position he ever held was that of alderman of the Thirteenth ward in 1872-3. He was vice-president and secretary for several years of the People's Gaslight company, and for many years a director of the Union National bank, and at the time of his death a trustee of the Albany Savings bank as well as vice-president of the New York State Relief association. He was connected with tbe Masonic order, being a member of Masters lodge No. 5. and a member of Temple chapter No. 5, R. A. M. He became a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in 1866, was the presiding officer of the Chapter of Rose Croix for five years, and of Albany Sovereign consistory for four years. At the session of tbe supreme council held in Boston in 1870 he was elected as sovereign grand inspector general and honorary member of tbe supreme council and the thirty-third degree was conferred upon him. He was one of the 150 who received the royal order of Scotland some years ago. Although brought up in the Dutch Reformed church, Mr. Fondey has for years been an Episcopalian, being at the time of his death a communicant of All Saints cathedral. At tbe age of twenty-five, in April, 1842. be married Ruth Hollister, of Troy, a niece of John L. Thompson, late of Troy. and tbe late United States Judge Smith Thompson. His wife and son and a daughter survive him. A large circle ot friends will mourn his death, while Albany has lost a citizen of rare business qualities, and of unsullied integrity. Albany NY Evening Times, May 20, 1882]

    Father: Isaac Hun FONDEY b: 07 MAR 1786 in Albany, NY
    Mother: Martha DeKay TOWNSEND b: 07 AUG 1793 in Craryville, Orange Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Ruth Thompson HOLLISTER b: 1822 in Galway, NY
    • Married: 20 APR 1842 Religious Marriage in Second Street Presbyterian Church, Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
    • Note: m. Second Street Presbyterian Church, Troy, NY; (The Troy Daily Whig - Marriage Records 1839 - 1848)
    1. Has No Children Aletta Hollister FONDEY b: 1846 in Albany, NY
    2. Has No Children Sarah Aletta FONDEY b: 1852 in Albany, NY
    3. Has No Children William Thompson FONDEY b: 30 JUN 1854 in Albany, NY

    1. Title: American Ancestry
      Giving the Name and Descent, in the Male Line, of Americans whose Ancestors Settled in the United States previous to the Declaration of Independence
      Publication: Albany, NY
      Publisher: J. Munsell Co.
      Publication Date: 1887
      Issue: C3
      Edition: Vol. I, p.28
      Author: Hughes, Thomas P.
    2. 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
    3. Title: History of Saratoga County, New York
      with historical notes on its various towns
      Publication: Chicago, IL
      Publisher: Gresham Publishing Co.
      Publication Date: 1893
      Issue: G37a
      Author: Sylvester, Nathaniel Bartlett

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