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  • ID: ind02029
  • Name: Esther King HOLMES
  • Given Name: Esther King
  • Surname: Holmes
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 21 FEB 1811 in South Richland, Rensselaer Co., NY 1
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  • Death: 26 OCT 1872
  • Age: 61y 8m 5d in Wheaton, DuPage Co., IL
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  • Burial: Wheaton Cemetery, Wheaton, DuPage Co., IL 1
  • Note: b. South Richland, Rensselaer Co., NY; d/o John Holmes and Grace King; 1860 & 1870 US Federal Census, Wheaton, DuPage Co., IL; d. Wheaton, DuPage Co., IL; bur. Wheaton, IL Cemetery, Lot 36 (Fonda, Esther King) - Ref: Genealogical records, Illinois, 1938-1939; o. Public Lecturer; [R061a] The Descendants of George Holmes of Roxbury, 1594-1908; [Mrs. Fonda's Lectures - Mrs. Fonda lectured on the Maine Law on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings last. Her lectures were quite largely attended, and so far as we have heard opinions expressed, she gave evidence of her ability not only to interest, but to aid the temperance movement. At the conclusion of Mrs. Fonda's address on Sunday evening last, a resolution of thanks was proposed commending her to the confidence of the friends of temperance in this state, as an efficient laborer in case. The resolution was carried with aranimity by the rising vote of the large assembly. Kenosha Telegraph 10-21-1853]; [The above quotations show Aunt Esther at her best. As she wrote once, when she was out lecturing she seemed to be "on wings." She was a born public speaker. She never had more than half a life, being a born dyspeptic; but during a few years in public speaking she showed what, with full health, she might have been. She was of the Jane G. Swisshelm type of women, who do not so much advocate women's rights, as to go right ahead and exercise what rights they now have. Hence I doubt if she ever appeared on a woman's rights platform, but in behalf of temperance and anti-slavery, especially on the political side, she was a ready, apt, effective speaker. In one campaign she followed Stephen A. Douglas about in Illinois, speaking right after him, scoring him thoroughly, and drawing, it is said, audiences nearly as large as his. During the period of these labors she earned net, as I used to hear it said, some twelve to fifteen hundred dollars, which was almost a fortune to her. After a time the family moved to Wheaton, Illinois, that her son, Jesse Lawrence, might go through the college there. She died October 21, 1872. Account of the Holmes Family and their settlement of South Richland, Oswego County, New York]; [The Holmes Family - Esther K., wife of Lawrence Fonda, died at Wheaton, Illinois, October 26, 1872, leaving one son, Rev. J. L. Fonda, of Rantoul, Illinois. Syracuse NY Daily Standard, January 16, 1886] >> <<

    Marriage 1 Lawrence Abraham FONDA b: 15 JAN 1801 in New York
    • Married: 24 MAR 1841 Religious Marriage in Pulaski, Oswego Co., NY
    • Note: m. Pulaski, Oswego Co., NY
    1. Has No Children Chloe FONDA b: 1838 in Illinois
    2. Has Children Jesse Lawrence FONDA b: 1842 in Pulaski, Oswego Co., NY
    3. Has No Children John Lawrence FONDA b: NOV 1842 in Pulaski, Oswego Co., NY
    4. Has No Children Grace Maria FONDA b: 23 DEC 1843 in Pulaski, Oswego Co., NY

    1. Title: The Descendants of George Holmes of Roxbury, 1594-1908
      Allied Families
      Publication: Boston, MA
      Publisher: David Clapp & Son
      Publication Date: 1908
      Issue: A46
      Edition: 445 pgs.
      Author: Gray, George Arthur
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