Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind01297
  • Name: Robert Mitchell FONDA
  • Given Name: Robert Mitchell
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 15 AUG 1824 in Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY
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  • Death: 10 AUG 1913
  • Age: 88y 11m 26d in Monona, IA
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  • Burial: Monona City Cemetery, Monona, IA
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    b. Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY; 1855 New York State Census, Ward 5, Troy City, Rensselaer Co., NY; 1855 New York State Census, Ohio, Herkimer Co., NY (R M Fonda, b. 1824); 1856 Iowa State Census (R M Fonda, 31, Farmer, Giard, Clayton Co., IA, b. NY, Yrs. in IA: ); 1860 US Federal Census, Wilmurt, Herkimer Co., NY (Mitchel Fonda - age 33 - Foreman - laborers in this household are "employed in cutting logs for Hinkley & Ballou"); 1860 US Federal Census, Giard, Clayton Co., IA; 1870, 1880, 1900 & 1910 US Federal Census, Monona, Clayton Co., IA; 1885 Iowa State Census (R M Fonda, 60, Widowed, Farmer, Monona, Clayton Co., IA, b. NY); 1895 Iowa State Census, Clayton Co., IA; 1905 State Census, Clayton Co., IA (Robert Fonda, b. abt 1824); d. Monona, Clayton Co., IA; bur. Monona City Cemetery, IA; [US Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 - Name: R M Fonda; Congr. Dist.: 3rd; Res.: Clayton, IA; Race: White; Class: 2; Est. Birth: 1824; Marital Status: (none)]; o. Farmer, Dairyman >> <<

    [Biographies, beginning with F, History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882 - Monona Twp. - R. Mitchell Fonda, farmer and dairyman, Monona Township, and one of the enterprising citizens of Clayton County, was born in Montgomery, now Fulton County, N.Y., on the 15th day of August, 1824, a son of William and Henrietta S. (Mitchell) Fonda, who were married in Montgomery County, N.Y., March 4, 1817. By this union there was a family of twelve children, nine living, viz.: Ann E., R. Mitchell, Mary R., William H., Henrietta, Andrew J., Clemantina H., Alexa and James M. In 1832 Mr. Fonda moved to West Troy, and in 1838 to Herkimer County, N.Y., where he followed farming until his death, which occurred in 1847. The mother died in Monona Township in 1873. Mr. and Mrs. Fonda were members of the Presbyterian church. R.M. received a common-school education, and afterward was employed by Hinkley & Bullen in the lumber business, receiving at commencement $13 per month, and the last year of his services received $1,000. In 1861 he married Mary A. Smith, a daughter of Rufus Smith, of Herkimer County, N.Y., where she was born Sept. 11, 1837. The issue of this marriage was five children, viz.: Henrietta, born Nov. 30, 1862; G. H. and Helen G. (twins), born Jan. 15, 1865; Robert M., June 9, 1868; William W., Sept. 27, 1871. In 1855 Mr. Fonda left his home in New York with his family and emigrated to Clayton County, locating in Giard Township, one mile east of Monona, where he remained until 1864, when he purchased his present farm of 256 acres. It is now under a high state of cultivation, and is valued at $60 per acre. Mr. Fonda is extensively engaged in the dairy business, and keeps from fifty to sixty cows. He has a beautiful house, and one of the largest and best constructed barns in the county. History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, Monona Township, p. 1040-1041]

    Father: William Henry FONDA b: 10 NOV 1790 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co., NY
    Mother: Henrietta Sarah MITCHELL b: 09 OCT 1796 in Wilton, Saratoga Co., NY

    Marriage 1 Mary Azella SMITH b: 11 SEP 1837 in New York
    • Married: 01 OCT 1861 Religious Marriage
    1. Has No Children Henrietta Elizabeth FONDA b: 30 NOV 1862 in Giard, Clayton Co., IA
    2. Has Children Gardner Hinkley FONDA b: 15 JAN 1865 in Monona, Clayton Co., IA
    3. Has No Children Grace Helen FONDA b: 15 JAN 1865 in Monona, Clayton Co., IA
    4. Has No Children Robert Mitchell FONDA Jr b: 09 JUN 1868 in Monona, Clayton Co., IA
    5. Has Children William Ward FONDA b: 27 SEP 1871 in Monona, Clayton Co., IA
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