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This site is great. Iím trying to fill in a gap on our connection to the Fonda line. My great grandmother was Marvalynn Claira Harrell (born Fonda in 1925) she had two siblings: Harry Augustus Fonda and Bonnie Jean Fonda, I donít have her fatherís name. What I know is that her father went by the nickname of ďRedĒ because he was a redhead and was married to a Florence Fonda (unknown maiden). According to my grandfather, Red was either first or second cousins to Henry Fonda (the actor) and was apparently not too fond of him. Iíve also been told Red looked a lot like Henry. If I can figure out Redís name and his fatherís name I should be able to fill the gap. Possibly even knowing just Redís name could be enough. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


Reply: There is a Marvelyn Fonda born in 1925 in Nebraska, with a sister named Bonnie Jean and a brother named Harry, with parents named Harry Augustus Fonda and Florence Mackey. See the link on Rootsweb here. Although they both lived in Nebraska at the same time, Harry and Henry (the actor) were no better than 6th cousins.


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I am...
Son of William Paul Lambert (born 11/29/1958) Danville, VA / married (Lisa Marie Zadick Lambert)
Brother of Thomas Keith Lambert (born 05/21/1990) Knoxville, TN
Grandson of Nancy Ellen Fonde Lambert (born 05/26/1935) Maryville, TN/ married (Gene Farris Lambert)
Nephew of David Keith Lambert & Douglas Gene Lambert
Great grandson of Keith Fonde / married (Mildred Letitia Spangler Fonde)
Great great grandson of Hiram Cornelius Fonde (Carrie Dame Fonde)
Great great grandson of Charles Henry Fonde
Great great great grandson of John Philip Fonde
Great great great great grandson of Andrew Peter Fundy
Great great great great great gradson of Johannes Peter Fonda
Great great great great great great grandson of Peter Janse Fonda
Great great great great great great great grandson of Jan Douw Fonda
Great great great great great great great great grandson of Douw Jellis Fonda
Great great great great great great great great great grandson of Jellis Douw Fonda
(I couldnít resist typing all of that out to get a better understanding!)
I am fascinated with the amount of information and genealogical research which has been completed- thank you for all of that. I provided some dates on my immediate family if that helps with our line. I can send much more information and birthdays, just let me know if that is needed. I plan to keep checking out the site and getting to know more about the family by way of your in depth research.


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Thank you for this immense anthology of genealogical information! I was able to trace my momís (June Elsie Aldrich) line all the way up to Jellis Douwe Fonda, my 9th great grandfather! I am interested in how the research progresses with the Italian origins so I will continue to check in from time to time on your wonderful web site!


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I was so excited to find this site while doing my family tree with my gram (on my mother's side. This would be her side of the family. The farthest back I have is:

Evert Benedictus Fona married Wytscke Dircxdr and they had Douw Fonda.
Dirk Jans married Levina Freudenrich and had Maria Jans.
Douw Fonda married Maria Jans and they had Jellis Douwese Fonda.

Jan DeVries married Fijgie Stek and they had Douwese Janzoon I.
Jan Wessenaer married Maria Wihelmina and had Maria Hans I.
Douwese Janzoon I married Maria Hans I and had Hester Jans.

Jellis Douwese Fonda married Hester Jans and they had Sara Fonda.
Sara Fonda married Jacobus Gerritse Van Vorst and they had Gertrude Gobuse (Geertruy) Van Vorst.
This is my direct descendant line. I would love any input corrections stories anything! I don't know how often this place is checked, but I really liked reading everything!

Admin Note:

The parents of Douw Fonda have not been proven. In fact, it appears that he was a journeyman smithy (metal worker), and may not have been born in the same area. Please see the blog article, Fonda DNA and History for details. The lineage of his wife, Hester Jans, is nearly correct; see the main website here for some history on her. The main Fonda database always has all the latest confirmed information (updated every 3 months). The database is also updated on Rootsweb and Ancestry- see the listings for Jellis and Hester.


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Hi Mark, remember me? We talked a while backÖmaybe 3 years ago. I just want to thank you for the information regarding my grand father. It was interesting to know where my last name came from. Your page is very interesting and I will keep in touch... God bless and I wish you God's mercy and grace....


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Elizabeth Fonda, daughter of Clement Francis Fonda, married my Great Grandfather Daniel Kelly. The passed on family lore is that she was disowned by her family, this being in the 1890's, for marrying an Irish Catholic. I found it of interest when census records indicate Clement was a locktender wheras Daniel's father John was listed as a boatman. Only conjecture on my part but have wondered if their children met thru their father's work sites somehow! Elizabeth died in 1908 of TB while Daniel survived into the 1960's. Thank you for a great site, wish I had found it sooner...would of saved me hours of research!


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My mother (Joy Plato) descends from Christian Plato, who was one of the original families who settled in New York with the Fonda family. Douw Fonda was the godfather of James Plato, Christianís grandson. I have a small family history book written about the family from the 18th and 19th centuries, which has some information about the Fonda family in it.


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Not primarily doing genealogy research; I teach U.S. history. Very impressed with the amount of work that you have put into this. I have scanned in pictures of William Winne Fonda and Malvina Vary Fonda. You can see them at http://claytonecramer.blogspot.com/2010/11/some-relatives.html The back of the pictures have notes from my great-aunt who lived in New Jersey and did a lot of research back in the 1960s. The date information does not quite match your records and that of others. I have no reason to assume that my great-aunt had it right and you had it wrong. The notes say, "Malvina Vary Fonda, Born Berlin, N.Y. 1-7-1815 Died Wintergreen Lake, Michigan 8-10-1872" and "William Winne Fonda Born Wynantskill, N.Y. 8-19-1805 Died Median, N.Y. 8-11-1855"


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Originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, son of David Kent Fonda (deceased), grandson of Milton D. Fonda (also deceased). Siblings residing in upstate New York, Chicago, IL and Washington state. This is an awesome piece of work you have done here!


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I was a guest at my cousin's on Tiger tail back in 1943. Peter was five I was just turning 9 and Jane was about 6 1/2. We are the same Seymour line. Francis was my cousin too, Uncle Hank was the interloper. I'm on face book looking back at family history. Have her give me a nudge. Thanks.


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Mark, we've been speaking on Rootsweb, Just wanted to say what a fabulous job you've done putting this web page together. I've really enjoyed reading it and seeing the pictures.


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I ran across this website on accident and found it very interesting. I have been trying to piece my dadís family history together for a few years based on a few details I learned as a kid. From what I have pieced together Elden Lincoln Fonda would fit as a grandfather since the name was mentioned several times. The history on the website ties in to things I was told as a kid. Feel free to contact me.


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Father: Roland Edward Fonda (deceased), his Brothers Peter, Mark and Kent (Kent deceased). Most of my immediate family live in Saratoga Springs, NY. Feel free to contact me.


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I would like to get in touch with a member or members of the Fonda family who came to Michigan from the New York area. I recently came across some things I think they would be interested in seeing. I am particularly interested in the relatives of Jacob, David, Adeline or Lyman Fonda and anyone who may have come from the town of Mayfield, county of Montgomery, state of New York. Please email me at. Thank you, Carole Williams


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Thank you for doing this web site, job well done, I found it to be very interesting, with alot of information.


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Hi there, Mark! The girl holding you in this photo - http://www.fonda.org/arles/people/imagepages/image17.html - is my sister, Caryl Melvin. My mother, Helen Fonda Melvin - at the left of the photo - was pregnant with me at the time of the photo. My two brothers, Bill Melvin and Tom Melvin are also in the picture. Bill is in the center, looking directly at you. Tom is looking down (at a camera, maybe?). Do you happen to know who took this picture? I stumbled upon your site tonight and was totally blown away. My wife, Julie, and I spent the last 3 hours pouring through it. Thank you SO much for doing this! Your 2nd cousin (or something like that), Bob Melvin ...and I'd be interested in finding out more about the name Sloane, too - that's your great aunt's (my grandmother's) maiden name, I believe.


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This is a stunningly good website. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I especially enjoyed reading the life story of Hester Janse Fonda. What an amazing woman. Love all of your site, and am happy to exchange/share Fonda info with anyone else. My line ends with my grandma, Myrl Fonda (1900-1990) of Omaha, NE. She and Henry Jaynes Fonda both went to Central High School, but Myrl was 4 years older so she only casually knew him before he became famous. Her father, Frederick Fonda (1872-1920) was a flour miller and grocer in Omaha, while Henry's father, Brace Fonda, was a printer. My line goes back from there, including Augustus Fonda (1831-1889) who owned a candy store in NY and became a circuit riding preacher in NE; Horace Fonda (1809-1866) of Saratoga Springs; Cornelius Fonda (1780-1859), Isaac Fonda (1744-1824), et al.


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Thank you, thank you for this wonderful site. I do appreciate all of the time and research you have done. Am so pleased that my great grandfather Evert is included. I have been searching for his roots for a long time and did not know of his first marriage in NY. He married twice in WI and I am a descendent of the third marriage. I have finally been able to make some connections.


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Curiosity brought me to this site because I spent a good portion of my childhood with my grandparents, Allen and Edna Geddes, who lived in the home built in 1866 by Col. John Giles Fonda on land belonging to his father-in-law, James McConnell. Often as I prowled those ancient halls and stairwells, ghosts of gallant men and lovely ladies in long, puff-sleeved dresses whispered to me. Perhaps they were my imaginings; perhaps they were John and Mary Fonda themselves. Often I walked the dirt road called Fonda Lane to the little village of Fountain Green in Hancock Co, IL, which was about a mile away. Mary's burial place is within site of the Fonda place--a stately home in her time, guarded by a palisade of walnut trees. Sadly that home has fallen into decay since my grandparents passed. Would you care for a picture of that farm?

Mary was a fascinating person: She and sister Martha sent letters to kinfolk in PA about the loneliness and hardships of pioneer life in IL. They are a fascinating read. While her tombstone appears to show a birthdate of 1826, this does not accord with either the census records or with the ages cited in the numerous letters. 1821 is more likely--perhaps corrosion has distorted the 1.

My Geddes relatives served with Col. Fonda. Alexander Walker Geddes died on Champion Hill during the siege of Vicksburg and is buried there. The McConnell's are also my relatives. They all lie side by side in the black soil of the Geddes-McConnell Cemetery and so a big part of me remains in that prairie place as well.


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Thank you big time! I couldn't find anything on John Lawrence Fonda until I came here. My g.g.g. grandfather was Robert Francis Gribble who married Elizabeth Fonda. We're keeping the name alive. My middle name is Fonda. Thank you so much!!!!


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This is a fabulous site! Well done! I just started my project a few weeks ago...this site certainly gives me something to aspire to!


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Hello from Slovenia, Europe! You really done a great job. Very nice site with a great collection of data. There are a lot of news since my last visit.


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Great site, your references will help in finding the info needed for my Hanson line that lived in Caughnawaga.


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Have you seen any records that show Douw Jellise Fonda (b. 1641) married to a Rebecca Leenderste Conyn (m1. 1666) and to a Maritje Lookermans (m2. aft 1692). You have him married to Rebecca Jansen (m1. 1666). Great website.

Answer: Rebecca Conyn is a very common listing for the wife of Douw Jellis Fonda (1641-1700), but according to the well-respected report by Innes Getty, former Trustee and Chairman of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, it is incorrect. His wife is listed in that report as Rebecca Jansen (1646-1727); married in 1666 in Albany. Also, Maritje Lookermans (1673-1746) is the wife of Douw's first son, Jan Douwse Fonda (1668-1740); married in 1694 in Albany. Transcribed from NYG&B records of Innes Getty: http://www.nygbs.org/info/articles/Getty.html "Rev. William A. Williams, in his Early American Families, gives a fanciful account of the European family of Fonda, but no references are cited, and one is free to accept or reject the entire story. Likewise, the data of the American family of Fonda is not authoritative for again, no references to source material are offered, and his conclusions are not in accord with church records. It follows that his material is mere balderdash. In printed genealogies, other than the above, Douwe Jellis Fonda's wife is given as Rebecca Conyn of Leendert Philipse Conyn, but in no instance is any reference cited, nor any circumstantial evidence adduced to justify the assumption. In the list of nine children of Douwe Jellis Fonda, of whom we have records, not one bears a Conyn name; PHILIP; LEENDERT; CASPAR; AGNIET; nor is a member of the Conyn family sponsor at any of the three baptisms recorded in the Church at Albany. Furthermore, in the list of sixty three grandchildren of Douwe Jellis Fonda, not one bears a Conyn name, and in no instance is a member of the Conyn family a sponsor. REBECCA is not a CONYN name." (I'd be glad to pass on a copy of (what I have of) that report. You have to join the NYG&B to gain access and you're only allowed 10 pages per member. I'd love to find others to get pages 11-100.)


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Have been searching for the Fonda's with absolutely no luck until I discovered this wonderful site! However, I have a question regarding Henry Herbert Fonda (entry 417, pg 163). In your notes, you state that Harriet VanEpps could be Margaret Putman according to the 1930 Census. How did you draw this conclusion? Catherine Ann Fonda Perham is my great grandmother, I have reason to believe, but no proof that Margaret Putman is her mother. Would love to share information about this branch of the family. Thanks again for this great site!


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I learned some things I did not know, and I think there is an error - Marjorie was not born in Indiana, it was Keokuk Ia (I have birth certificate) a great site, and loads of information - I cannot begin to guess how much work there is here... I especially enjoyed the photo of My great- amd great-great grandfathers - Wow and WOW! Thank you! Dale Uden


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Thank you for your excellent work and contribution to the family!


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Looking for ancestor of Jackson Fonda born 6-26-1832 died 4-2-1893 buried Bridgeport NY cemetery. Very willing to exchange information and photos of Colorado!


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Great website, Mark. Going to a family reunion today on Memorial Day where there will be 15 Fondas. Originally from Syracuse but now in Colorado. They will get a kick out of the "images". Your site will allow me to connect back to the American revolution, which has been my goal since marrying into this family 15 years ago. Thank you!


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Wonderful site. Hoping to correspond with any descendants of James Robert Fonda b. 10-29-1816 in NY d. 7-19-1891: his son Merne Lincoln Fonda b. 9-22-1864 Voleny, NY d. 2-18-1936 in Council Bluffs, IA: his son James William Fonda b. 9-19-1888 in Council Bluffs, IA d. 5-14-1954 in Poplar Bluff, MO.


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How are the Fonda's related to Davy Crockett? I have the complete lineage, and their name is not mentioned anywhere! Can you help? Thanks, Carlene

Answer: Actor Peter Fonda's 2nd (and current) wife is Portia Rebecca Crockett, the g4-granddaughter of frontiersman Davy Crockett. Peter had two children, Bridget and Justin, with his first wife Susan Brewer (divorced in 1972). Portia Crockett goes by the name 'Becky McGuane', due to her previous marriage to director Thomas McGuane (divorced in 1975). They had a son Thomas McGuane IV from that marriage but Peter and Becky (married 1977) did not have any children together. So there is no blood connection since Davy Crockett's descendant is only the step-mother of Bridget and Justin Fonda. There is a mention of it at the very bottom of this article:http://www.seacoastonline.com/ourtimes/8_1b_ot.htm; and I highlight it on my website under Peter Fonda: http://www.fonda.org/notables.htm


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Hi, I'm from the band Fonda 500, thankyou for linking to our website. I hope all your Fonda geneaology goes well, nice to be your namesake.


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Hi. I've been doing Fonda geneaology since my grandmother Fonda told me stories (1950 and on?). I am fascinated with the possible Slovenian connection, dating back to 13th century. Glad to have a son, Douw, who lives in the Netherlands today with his family.


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Family originated in Fonda, N.Y.


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Descendants of Lorenzo Douw Fonda! All from Whitewater, WI!


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I would like to find info. on my relatives. I am trying to figure out if I am related to the first settlers here, in new york


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I must spend more time on this spectacular site! Brought tears to my eyes - excellent job filling in some of my blanks!


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Mark, what a fabulous site you have here! Thank you ever so much for sharing with ALL of us. I wish all family members were as generous as you are. The site is easy to read and easy to use. I have enjoyed it and will pass it along. Thanks again, Cousin Sallie in VA


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Great website...this is filling in many holes in my tree. Thank you.


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Great site! I've been waiting years for someone to do this. I am also a Fonda descendant and have much information which could help tie in some of the strays you have listed.


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I was wondering if you had noted that, the famous Fonda family in the states actually added something other than acting to the newer generation. Nobility, yes Jane Fonda was christened Lady Jane Seymour Fonda, and no not as a self title bestowed out of fun by her parents, her mother is directly descendant from Lady Jane Seymour. That is also the reason Bridget Fonda has Jane for a middle name, and not as most think because of her aunt. In fact Jane was called lady Jane until she was about 8. so now future generations at least from Bridget, Justin and Jane's children will add the Nobility factor to a greater generation than exists in the States today. Of course those who are related to Henry's side of the family already as Fonda's, are in effect related by marriage at least, to nobility.