After 6 years of my own searching - I am getting close to finding some answers. Other members of my family have been researching our ancestors for over half a century. I recently found "I. Fondy" listed in the 1840 Census in the city of St. Louis.
We had suspected that our family was somehow tied in to the FONDA family of New York, but when we saw that Vrooman FONDY was from Schoharie County, New York in some National Archives pension documents, we were a bit more certain. I decided to start looking at FONDAs and FONDEYs from the Albany and Mohawk valley area - but there were so many FONDAs, I did not have much success. I even traveled cross-country to try to find some clues - but came up almost empty. There was an offshoot of the FONDA family who spelled their names FONDEY. I began looking at John Fondey, Junior and his family - but also came up empty. He had two brothers - but various publications led me to believe that their descendants were not directly related to my line.
The 2005 inclusion of the Early American Newspapers online database as part of my membership with the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society was the breakthrough I needed! An obituary in the NewYork Evening Post, dated 28 Nov. 1806 gave a date of death of November 19th for Douw I. Fondey.
After researching the Fonda and Fondey familes for decades, searching libraries in 30 states, and scouring the internet, we never had found a death date of 1806 for Douw FONDEY or any Douw FONDA. This new information was just one tidbit which would lead to many other revelations. I was able to deduce that Douw I. FONDEY was from Saratoga County, he served as an Ensign in the Revolutionary War, was an Associate Justice of the Peace and Sheriff of Saratoga County, and at one time was Collector of the Revenue. His office was at his home at Ballston in 1798. He served in the New York State Assembly in 1797 and 1798. He may have been referred to at times as Douw J. FONDEY or Douw I. FONDA. Further research revealed that he was an Adjutant to Alexander HAMILTON, and was probably at the battle of Yorktown.
My findings have been published in the Summer 2006 edition of "The New York Researcher." I would especially like to contact any members of the Winne family or Epenetus WHITE family or David FONDA family who may have any info on the FONDEYS. I am grateful to the NYG&B and the Newsbank on-line database "Early American Newspapers" on the World Wide Web: http://www.genealogybank.com