Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind00200
  • Name: TenEyck Hilton FONDA
  • Given Name: TenEyck Hilton
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 15 DEC 1838 in Fonda, NY 1
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  • Baptism: 03 MAR 1841 Dutch Reformed Church, Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY 2
  • Death: 10 DEC 1921
  • Age: 82y 11m 25d in Omaha, NE 3
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  • Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE 1 2 3
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    b. Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY, bp. Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caughnawaga, Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY; 1850, 1860 & 1870 US Federal Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1869-70 Town of Mohawk, NY Directory (Ten Eyck H. Fonda, ticket agent N.Y.C.R.R.); 1880, 1900 & 1920 US Federal Census, Omaha, Douglas, NE; 1885 Nebraska State Census, Omaha 4th Ward Pre, Douglas Co., NE (Ten Fonda, age 46, b. New York); 1889-90 Omaha, NE Directory (Ten Eyck H Fonda, Hilton T Fonda); 1910 US Federal Census, Dundee, Douglas Co., NE; d. Omaha, Douglas Co, NE; 1910 Omaha NE City Directory (Fonda, Ten Eyck H (Ralston & Fonda) livestock); bur. Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE; o. Civil War Military Telegraph Operator, Railroad Ticket Agent NYCRR, Clerk BMRR; [R102] Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley; [R018b] Ten Eyck Fonda Papers; [R018a] A Midnight Ride >> <<

    [Ten Eyck and family moved from IL to NE in 1878 for railroad work; Ten Eyck Hilton Fonda (1838-1923) served as a US Army telegrapher during the Civil War. Telegraphers served under the quartermaster and were mostly civilians. Although they were integral parts of the army and vitally important to the country, they were unfortunately not given the same status as soldiers. The job was perilous, and in the course of the war over three hundred telegraphers lost their lives in the line of duty. At midnight June 30, 1863, Fonda personally delivered the telegram transcription from Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to General George Meade of the Union Army warning him of the advancing Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee toward Gettysburg and commanding Meade to assume the offensive. Fonda is credited with delivering this important warning, which allowed the Union armies to prepare for the approaching Confederates. An Omaha, NE newspaper, during the fifty-year reunion of the battle of Gettysburg, named Fonda "the agent that began the conflict." Scope and Content Note One letter (July 4, 1863; 11 pages) documents Fonda's midnight ride to deliver Stanton's message to Meade. Fonda wrote: "I had orders to spare nothing, horseflesh and money was of no account if I would only deliver the message. . . . I reached [General Meade's headquarters] delivering the message to him in person taking a receipt time at 5:15. He gave me a fresh horse and an escort of 50 cavalry and I came back the same day."]

    [Fonda, Dec. 16 - Word was received this Week by Harry Y. MacNeil of the death of his uncle, Ten Eyck Fonda, at his home in Omaha, Neb. which ocurred last Saturday. Mr. Fonda was a former resident of this village, where he was born, the son of Garrett T. B. Fonda; and was for many years ticket agent at the local station. Mr. Fonda responded to the first call of President Lincoln for Civil war volunteers and enlisted, being assigned to telegraph service of the Army of the Potomac under General Meade, with whom ho served throughout the war. Mr. Fonda was an honorary member of Fultonville lodge, No. 531, F. & A. M., havmg been made so a few years ago after having been an active member for 60 years. He was married to Miss Harriet MacNeil, sister of the late George MacNeil, and many years ago moved to Omaha, where he had since resided. He was prominent in the affairs of that city. Mr. Fonda is survived by his wife and three sons, Douw of New York, Hilton and Brace of Omaha, one daughter, Mrs. Oscar Garrison of Rochester; one sister, Mrs. H. B. Cushney of Springfield, Mass., who is quite ill, one half brother, Isaac Fonda, and his half sisters, the Misses Mary and Gertrude Fonda of Fonda. The funeral was at Omaha on Monday. Amsterdam NY Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat, Friday, December 16, 1921]

    Father: Garret T. B. FONDA Esq. b: 05 APR 1808 in Johnstown, NY
    Mother: Rachel POLHEMUS b: 15 SEP 1809 in Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Harriet MCNEILL b: 25 FEB 1848 in Charleston-Four Corners, NY
    • Married: 15 OCT 1868 Religious Marriage in Broadalbin, Fulton Co., NY
    • Note: m. Broadalbin, Fulton Co., NY
    1. Has No Children Mabel C. FONDA b: 08 AUG 1869 in Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY
    2. Has Children TenEyck Hilton FONDA Jr b: 24 MAR 1871 in Fonda, Montgomery Co., NY
    3. Has No Children Douw Henry FONDA b: 04 APR 1875 in Chicago, IL
    4. Has Children William Brace FONDA b: 12 FEB 1879 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
    5. Has No Children Edwin McNeill FONDA b: 19 NOV 1882 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
    6. Has No Children Rachel Eliza FONDA b: 03 MAY 1885 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE

    1. Title: Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley
      A Record of the Achievements of her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation
      Publication: Baltimore, MD
      Publisher: Clearfield Co.
      Publication Date: 1914
      Issue: C23
      Author: Reynolds, Cuyler
    2. Title: Ten Eyck Fonda Papers
      Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
      Publication: Navarro College, Corsicana, TX
      Publisher: Pearce Civil War Collection
      Publication Date: 1863
      Issue: M3
      Author: Holcomb, Julie
    3. Title: A Midnight Ride
      A Young Telegrapher Carries an Urgent Message
      Publication: Philadelphia, PA
      Publisher: Civil War Times Illustrated
      Publication Date: 1994
      Issue: M2
      Edition: March/April, p.24,69
      Author: Raab, Steven S.
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