Douwe Jellis Fonda


Douwe Jellis Fonda was born about 1645. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Jellis Douwse and Hester Fonda. After a time in New Amsterdam, his father moved their family to the new village of Beverwyck where he died about 1659. His mother may have lived until 1690.

About 1666, Douwe Jellis married Rebecca Conyn and raised a large family that included several future residents of Albany.

These Fondas lived just outside the north gate of Albany and were members of the Albany Dutch church. In 1684, his Albany taxes were in arrears. In 1676, he also owned land in what became Troy.

In 1697, his North End household of six people was configured under the census of Rensselaerswyck.

Douwe Jellis Fonda is thought to have died in December 1700 when his widow paid for use of his pall.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Douwe Jellis Fonda is CAP biography number 3763. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/15/06; last updated 8/20/12