Isaac D. Fonda


Isaac D. Fonda was born in March 1684. He was the son of Douwe and Rebecca Conyn Fonda. He was a younger son in a large family and grew up in a home beyond Albany's north gate. Isaac's father died in 1700 when the boy was sixteen.

In December 1708, he married fur trader's daughter Alida Lansing at the Albany Dutch church. By 1723, the marriage had produced eight children who were christened at the Albany church where both parents were frequent baptism sponsors. Seven of those children lived to marry and raise their own families - further solidifying the family web.

Fonda was a businessman who set up his home in Albany where his holdings were assessed as early as 1709. He belonged to an Albany militia company and was included on freeholder's lists in 1720.

He served the community first as a firemaster (1716-18), and as assistant then alderman for the third ward (1732-34).

Isaac D. Fonda is said to have died in 1748. If so, he lived for sixty-four years. Another "Isaac D. Fonda" was born to Albany parents in 1728.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Isaac D. Fonda is CAP biography number 4760. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 2/5/06; revised 4/30/08