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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1641-1642 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

This branch of the Lansing family settled in or near Cohoes about 1760. They descend from Gerrit Lansing, the founder, and date in the Mohawk Valley from about the year 1650. Many of the family are now living on land that is part of the original grant from the King or his representatives. For detailed genealogy see the Lansings of Albany, Troy and Cohoes. The particular branch of the family that is here considered is closely allied with the Fonda family of Albany county, descendants of Jellise Dounse [Douwse?] Fonda, who was in Beverwyck as early as 1650. In a later generation the only child and daughter of a wealthy Fonda married a Lansing, thus uniting two large estates. The descent of Alida M. Lansing from Gerrit Lansing, the founder, is through eight generations, she being the ninth.

(VI) William, son of Hendrick (Henry) Lansing, was a farmer of Cohoes, where he lived and died. He married Alida Fonda. Children: Henriette, Sarah, Maria, Down [Douw?], Isaac, Jacob, William and Abraham Fonda.

(VII) Abraham Fonda, youngest son of William and Alida (Fonda) Lansing, was born in Fonda, August 10, 1803, died there, June 6, 1883. He was educated in the public schools, and was all his life a farmer, owning a large estate just outside the present limits of the city of Cohoes. He was a member of "The Boght" Dutch Reformed Church, located about two miles from Cohoes on the bend of the river, which gave the name "The Boght." He married, December 8, 1823, Jane Fonda, born December 8, 1802, died June 6, 1883, only daughter of Douw A. and Derrica A. (Lansing) Fonda. By this marriage all the property of Douw A. Fonda came into possession of the Lansings upon his death, Jane being the sole heir. Children:

  1. Abram Fonda, born October 2, 1824.
  2. William H., September 20, 1826, died December 19, 1903.
  3. Richard Down, January 3, 1829, died April 30, 1891.
  4. Henry Truax, August 20, 1831, died August 20, 1832.
  5. Jacob, September 28, 1833; died June 30, 1888.
  6. Sarah Ann, February 11, 1836, died August 28, 1889.
  7. Alida M., born March 16, 1839; resides in Cohoes, the last survivor of the nine children of her parents.
  8. Isaac, May 22, 1842, died March 2, 1881.
  9. Emily Jane, May 18, 1845, died April 14, 1855.

The Douw A. Fonda farm was situated west of Cohoes and is now all included in the city limits. The City Park on Columbia street was also included in the farm.

(The Fonda Line)

(V) Abraham Douw Fonda, lineal descendant in the fifth generation from Jellise Dounse Fonda, the founder of the family in America, was born 1733, died October 10, 1799. He was a farmer of the town of Watervliet, as then constituted, a member of the Dutch church, and a man of considerable property. He married, August 20, 1771, Hendrica Lansing, who died February 7, 1840, aged ninety-one years, five months. Children:

  1. Douw, died in infancy.
  2. Sara, born November 7, 1773.
  3. Alida, December 28, 1775.
  4. Douw Abraham, see forward.
  5. Anna, died in infancy.
  6. Anna (2), October 14, 1781, died March 28, 1831.
  7. Maria, January 10, 1784.

(VI) Douw Abraham, son of Abraham Douw and Hendrica (Lansing) Fonda, was born October 13, 1776, died May 15, 1868. He married Derrica A. Lansing and had an only child, Jane, born December 8, 1802.

(VII) Jane, only child of Douw Abraham and Derrica A. (Lansing) Fonda, married Abraham Fonda Lansing.

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