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Fonda, New York
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Fonda, New York
— Village —

Fonda, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°57′16″N 74°22′32″WCoordinates: 42°57′16″N 74°22′32″W
Country United States
State New York
County Montgomery

Fonda is a village in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 810 at the 2000 census. Fonda is the county seat of Montgomery County[1]. The village is named after Douw Fonda, a settler scalped during an Indian raid in 1780. ( Ancestorof Henry Fonda, the actor in "Grapes of Wrath".)

The Village of Fonda is in the Town of Mohawk and is west of Amsterdam.


The village is situated at the former Mohawk village of "Caughnawaga." The village Fonda is named after the Fonda family when they settled in New Netherland in the seventeenth century. In Henry Fonda's autobiography, the history is given as follows:

"Early records show the family ensconced in northern Italy in the sixteenth century where they fought on the side of the Reformation, fled to Holland, intermarried with Dutch burghers' daughters, picked up the first names of the Low Countries, but retained the Italianate "Fonda". Before Pieter Stuyvesant surrendered Nieuw Amsterdam to the English the Fondas, instead of settling in Manhattan, canoed up the Hudson River to the Indian village of Caughnawaga. Within a few generations, the Mohawks and the Iroquoiswere butchered or fled and the town became known to mapmakers as Fonda, New York".[2]
The European settler village was founded in 1751 at the site of Caughnawaga. TheCaughnawaga Indian Village Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[3]
Fonda thrived by the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 and the arrival of the railroad in 1835. The village was incorporated in 1850.

Lee County, Florida named after the Lee family- Mauk, Georgia named after my gg-uncle John Mauk- Taliafero County, Georgia, named after my ggg-grandfather Capt. John Taliafero - Ellaville, Georgia - all named after my relatives - then in Americus, Georgia - Henrietta Street named after my gg-grandmother Henrietta Bosworth - Bosworth Street named after my gg-grandfather Littleton Brooks Bosworth.

If anyone is collaborating on Brig. Gen. Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Jr., he is the namesake of Pikes Peak, Colorado.

I've added Brig. Gen. Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Jr. to the project and am about to add him to our index.



Thanks, Randy! You're the best. :)

Pike is supposedly an ancestor of my step-father :)

I've added:

Cody, Wyoming named after "Buffalo Bill" Cody

Taft, California named after William Howard Taft, 27th President and 10th Chief Justice of the USA

Canby Minnesota, Canby Oregon and Canby Calif, all named after Maj. Gen. USA Edward Richard Sprigg CanbyMinnesota, Canby Oregon and Canby Calif, all named after @Maj

Donald S. Nothem

I've added the 3 Canby locations. Thanks for suggesting him.

Added a few namesakes of towns in Rhode Island:

- Gov. Stephen Hopkins, signer of the "Declaration of Independence" (Hopkinton)
- Charles II of England (Charlestown)
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA (Lincoln)

If anyone collaborates on Vice Admiral Sir Peter Warren, he's the namesake of Warren, Rhode Island.

Whittier,CA was named for John Greenleaf Whittier


Whittier, California -- John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) Influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Clarkston, Washington and Lewiston, Idaho are across the Snake River from one another and named for Merriwether Lewis and William Clark. They stayed there with the Nez Perce for a time.

Bicknell and Blanding Utah

Once known as Thurber and Grayson, the towns changed their names in 1914 after Rhode Islander Thomas Bicknell donated 500-volume libraries to each. Blanding was the maiden name of Bicknell's wife.,_Ohio

The village of Bowerston was settled in the early 19th century by Barnhard Bower and his brother John

Fay Baldwin and I were discussing Stowe, Vermont and I see that it is likely named after Stow, Massachusetts but I haven't seen reference to the origin of this town's name. Does anyone know?

The book:
A couple of google searches indicate that Stowe, VT and Stowe, Maine were both named after Stow, MA.

The book "Bi-centennial celebration of the town of Stow, Mass., May 16, 1883" indicates that the original source of the name of Stow MA is unknown but here is the text:

"...Subsequent accessions from Boston. Watertown and Concord led to a petition for incorporation "as a town with some suitable and comly name." And on May 16th. 1683, freed for three years from usual rates of taxation, there was here instituted "a town by the name of Stow" The reason of the name is and must continue to be a matter of conjecture. It has been suggested that it may have been so called in honor of citizens of that name liviug in Marlboro and Concord. Others assume it was so called for one of the six English parishes named Stow. The fault of these theories is, that there is no record of the emigration of any prominent person or of any number of people from any of the Engli»h towns of that name; and the Stows of Marlboro and Concord had. prior to the erection of this town, left this vicinity to settle in Connecticut

John Stow, who came over with Winthrop and settled in 1634 at Roxbury, was a leading man of his time. He was the first Grammar School teacher of Koxbuiy, a deputy of that town and a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

When the petition for act of incorporation was presented to the Chamber of Deputies, the venerable Simon Bradstreet was governor. He came in,the same ship with Stow, and must have been acquainted with one who was rated as a large land holder in Roxbury and whose wife was noted for her piety, Eliot saying of her when she died, "she left a good savor behind her." Bradstreet being Governor when the act making Stow was passed, it is possible he may have recalled his fellow passenger, John Stow, and honored his memory by naming for him the new town...."

My great grandmother was a Stow(e) and is related to the family of Harriett Beecher Stowe. I have a project with the Stowes and Beechers, and assume that there might be a connection between my ancestor John Stow and Stow, MA.

Thanks, I don't know if I have John Stow in the Roxbury project yet! My other ancestors were early settlers of Roxbury.

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Do we have any place for lakes?

Lake Morey, VT was named for Samuel Morey, inventor.
Capt. Samuel Morey

There are also lots of other sees, lakes, islands, gulfs, straits, rivers etc geographical objects named under discoverers, geographers, expedition leaders etc.

Private User Lakes would go under "Geographic Features" which currently contains only a few items:

Mount Lolo, British Colombia -- Jean Baptiste Lolo (1798-1865) An employee and interpreter with the Hudson's Bay Company in pre-Confederation British Columbia, Canada.
Pikes Peak (Mountain peak in Colorado, USA) -- Zebulon Pike (1779-1813) American soldier and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. His Pike expedition mapped much of the southern portion of the Louisiana Purchase.
Lunar Crater Byrd -- Richard Byrd (1888-1957). Byrd is an irregular lunar crater that is located near the north pole of the Moon.

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I added Samuel Morey to the project. I tried adding him to the index, but had trouble doing it, so he still needs added to the "Geographic Features" section.
Thanks, Randy!

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Christopher Clark Hyatt
I also added Christopher Clark Hyatt. He needs added to the towns index. Hyattsville, MD was named for him (not to be confused with Jesse Hyatt, founder of Hyattstown, MD, also in the project.)

Anson,TX in Jones County was named after Anson Jones the first President of the Republic of Texas.

Stephen Sullivan

Sullivan History - The Founding of Sullivan, MO Founded by Stephen and Dorcas Sullivan in 1865, the City of Sullivan has a history rich in tradition and generosity, offering a proud heritage for all citizens of the Sullivan Area.

Stephen and Dorcas Sullivan migrated to Missouri from Sough Carolina in 1818. The Sullivans had been in Potosi only a few days when they met Daniel Boone, who was in town purchasing supplies and ammunition. Boone told them of the Meramec River with its clear flowing water, abounding in fish, and the surrounding country rich in game and lead ore.

When Daniel Boone and his two Indian friends returned to Boone Creek, Mr. Sullivan and his wife accompanied them to the Meramec River. They settled there and built a cabin near what is known as Hamilton Ford.

Despite Indians burning down the original log home, the Sullivans persevered, clearing a large tract which they mined and farmed.

On June 4, 1856, Stephen and Dorcas Sullivan purchased 169 acres of...

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I added Henry St. George Tucker to the project. Tucker County, VA is named for him. He needs added to the index.

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