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Jellis (Gillis) Douwese Fonda Immigration Date

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Re: Jellis (Gillis) Douwese Fonda Immigration Date

Posted: 3 Oct 2003 2:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Nov 2006 7:52AM GMT
There is much to read on the website www.fonda.org which will fill in some facts for you. There is no doubt about the parents of either Jellis or Hester:

parents of Jellis Douw Fonda (1614-1659):
Douwe Evertse Fonda (1580-1669)
Hilletgen Claesdr (1582-1652) m.1602 Aegum, Friesland, Netherlands

parents of Hester Douwese Jansz (1615-1690):
Douwe Janzoon VanArentsvelt (1580-1653)
Maria Jans (1589-1622) m. 1609 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

After Jellis died in 1659, Hester married 2nd Barent Gerritsen in 1660 who died in 1663 (killed by Indians); then she married 3rd Theunis Dirckse Van Vechten in 1670; she outlived him too. I don't see any evidence of a husband before Jellis.

As far as the family origins, here is an excerpt from Early American Families (Williams, 1916), which has been posted here on this board before, and is shown in full on my website:

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ORIGIN OF THE FAMILY
The Rensselaer-Bowier papers say that (1) Douw Fonda was a Frisian. and Tacitus says that the Frisians dwelt along the coast of the North sea. They were converted to Christianity before A.D. 800. The family of Fonda was originally from the Republic of Genoa, Italy. The Marquis de Fonda was one of the leaders of a revolution in Genoa, having for its object the overturning of the aristocratic government, and putting the election of the Doge and Senate, into the hands of the people at large. The Doge (=duke) was the duke, or chief magistrate. Our ancestor was an early republican, and must have lived there, between 1339, when the first Doge was elected, and 1528 when the Dogate ceased. Baron de Fonda was unsuccessful in his attempt, and fled from the country, taking refuge in Amsterdam, Holland, whence his descendant, Jellis Douwese Fonda, emigrated to America in 1642, and had grants of land from the Dutch government, settling in or near the present city of Albany, N. Y. There is a perhaps less credible tradition also, that the Fondas were Huguenots. and fled from France to Holland after the massacre of St. Bartholomew’s night, Aug. 25, 1572. There is another tradition that they fled from Spain en account of persecution or followed the Duke of Alva to Holland. It is also said that they belonged to the royal house of Spain, fled to Italy, because of religious persecution, and came later to Holland. Possibly they fled from Italy to France, and from France to Holland. The form of the family name is Latin and therefore similar in French, Italian, and Spanish, indicating the Latin origin of the family, probably In Italy.
The Fondas were Dutch Reformed Protestants when they emigrated to America, and must have been among the first converts of the Reformation. Their descendants are widely scattered throughout the Union, though many are still living near the old home In Eastern N.Y.,
The family name is taken from a deep valley in the Apennines, about 12 mi. from the city of Genoa, called Fonda, a name which means bottom, deep, foundation, etc. It is said that, in the early part of the last century, the estate was still in the possession of a branch of the family, the Count de Fonda, and there are many of the name, in the various parts of the Genoese territories.” Some of the family may have known Columbus in Genoa.
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Some of this is obviously speculation, or even wishful thinking... and as Robert points out in the previous message, the family origin may have originally been in Northeast Italy, centered around Trieste, which borders on Slovenia. However the name itself may have come from the town Fondi, which is between Rome and Naples... so there are three areas in Italy which have Fonda roots... Genoa, Trieste and Fondi... the largest population of Fonda's, according to some figures posted here before, is in Trieste, Italy.

Mark Fonda
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