Jellis Fonda


Jellis Fonda was born about 1670. He was the son of New Netherland pioneers Douwe and Rebecca Conyn Fonda.

In December 1695, he married Rachel Winne. By 1722, the marriage had produced eleven children who were christened at the Dutch churches in Albany and Schenectady.

This Jellis Fonda was known as a gunstock maker. He lived for a time in a rented house on Pearl Street. His budding household was configured on the Albany census in 1697.

After that, he moved to Schenectady - where he raised a large family and lived for the next four decades. In 1720, the name of "Yellous Fonda" appeared on a list of Schenectady freeholders.

Jellis Fonda filed his will in September 1737. He died in 1738.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jellis Fonda is CAP biography number 3767. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/5/06