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  • ID: ind06634
  • Name: Charles Henry FONDE
  • Given Name: Charles Henry
  • Surname: Fonde
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1827 in Washington, DC
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  • Death: 17 OCT 1881
  • Age: 54y in Belmont Springs, Wayne Co., MS
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  • Burial: Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, AL
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    b. Washington, DC; 1850, 1860 & 1870 US Federal Census, Mobile Co., AL; 1855 New York State Census, E.D.3, Ward 21, New York City, New York Co., NY (Charles H Fonde, b. 1828); 1859 NY City, NY Directory (Charles Fonde, dredger); [Alabama State Census, 1820-1866 - Name: C. H. Fonde, Race: White, County: Mobile, Sixth Ward, Census Year: 1866, male 10-20: 1, male 20-30: 1, male 30-40: 1, female 20-30: 1]; 1880 US Federal Census, Beat 1, Wayne Co., MS; 1890 New Orleans, LA City Directory; d. Belmont Springs, Wayne Co., MS; bur. Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, AL; o. Artist, Engineer, Architect, Railroad Superintendent >> <<

    [Alabama Civil War Soldiers - Name: C H Fonde; Enlistment Date: 6 Nov 1864 in Alabama Home Guard, Mobile County, Company B, Private]; [Fonde, Charles H., "An Account of the Great Explosion of the United States Ordnance Stores, Which Occurred in Mobile, on the 25th Day of May, 1865." Mobile, AL, H. Farrow & Co., Printers, 1869. E334 M6 F6.]

    [Charles Henry Fonde (1) was an artist, a draftsman, an inventor, and an engineer, and this in spite of being cross-eyed and with a crippled or missing right hand. His father, John Philip Fonde, died when he was a small boy, but Charles remembered him "all dressed up with sword clanking" as a member of the Columbia Guards. He also remembered being taken to hear the great men of the day while he sat quitely beside his father as he recorded the proceedings of Congress. According to a letter written by his daughter Elizabeth, Charles Henry left home at the age of 15 or 16 and joined a panorama that was fitted out on a Mississippi river boat. His job was to help with the painting and renewing of the scenes. He ended up in New Orleans, where it is believed that his uncle Charles lived and worked. Charles Henry found a job as a teacher of art at Mandeville College on Lake Pontchartrain. He was a very large and strong man (6'6") and must have looked older than his age at the time. When the school met financial reverses and he lost this job, Charles was about 20 years old and for a time he resided with some of the "most reputable creole families of the parish of St. Tammany, and spent a year amongst the sylvan retreats of Bayou Lacombe and Bonfouca" (from obituary). He later moved to Mobile, Alabama where he married his first wife, Elizabeth McClester and had his first son, Henry. He invented and patented a dredging machine designed to deepen river channels and improve harbors. (Dredging Machine, Patent No. 10.668, March 21, 1854). Fonde's excavator or dredge was used by the city of Marseilles, France, to improve its harbor. It was also used in Nicaragua. The Civil War disrupted the income from his patent, and after the war was over he "went North only to find his patent rights invaded, and his original invention so disguised as to protect the plunderers, and after vain efforts to secure recognition of his rights, he returned to his family and the struggles of his early life." (Obituary). Ref: Ancestors of Charles Henry Fonde website]

    Father: John Philip FONDE b: 1794 in Philadelphia, PA
    Mother: Elizabeth STEWART b: 1796 in England

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth R. MCCLESTER b: 1826 in Mittenague, MA
    • Married: 05 JUN 1851 Religious Marriage in Mobile, Mobile Co., AL
    • Note: [Alabama County Marriages - Charles H. Fonde; Birth Date: ; Marriage Date: 5 Jun 1851; Spouse: Elizabeth R. Mcclester; Marriage Place: Mobile]
    1. Has Children Henry FONDE b: 24 APR 1852 in Mobile, AL

    Marriage 2 Camilla WELCH b: 02 NOV 1836 in New Orleans, LA
    • Married: 01 DEC 1855 Religious Marriage in Manhattan, NY 1
    • Note: m. Manhattan, NY; (1-Dec-1855) & Springfield, MA (29-Nov-1855)
    1. Has No Children Ida Elizabeth FONDE b: 28 SEP 1857 in Mobile, AL
    2. Has No Children Sarah Hamilton FONDE b: APR 1859 in Mobile, AL

    Marriage 3 Lydia Stickney WRAGG b: 05 APR 1840 in Mobile, AL
    • Married: 31 OCT 1865 Religious Marriage in Mobile, Mobile Co., AL
    • Note: [Alabama County Marriages - Charles H Fonde; Birth Date: ; Marriage Date: 27 Oct 1865; Spouse: Lydia Bragg; Marriage Place: Mobile]
    1. Has No Children Keith FONDE b: APR 1868 in Alabama
    2. Has Children Hiram Cornelius FONDE b: 09 NOV 1869 in Alabama
    3. Has No Children Gertrude FONDE b: 1871 in Alabama
    4. Has Children George Heustis FONDE b: 12 MAY 1873 in Mobile, AL
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth FONDE b: 12 MAY 1873 in Mobile, AL
    6. Has Children Raphael FONDE b: 12 FEB 1876 in Wayne Co., MS

    1. Title: New York City Marriages, 1600s-1800s
      Index to approximately 410,000 individuals who were married in or near New York City between 1622 and 1899
      Vital Records
      Publication: Toronto, Ontario, CAN
      Publisher: Genealogical Research Library
      Issue: V7
      Author: Elliot, Noel
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