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John Philip Fonde
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Birth: 1794
Death: Dec. 13, 1831

Fonde, John P., age 37, late of this city, died 13 Jan 1832, at sea while on a passage from Baltimore to New Orleans. He leaves a w. and 2 small child. National Intelligencer 18-Jan-1832.

John Philip Fonde had beautiful handwriting. He seems to have invented some form of short-hand and was skilled as a record keeper. He lived in Alexandria and went into Washington to work, recording the proceedings of Congress (according to a letter from his granddaughter, Elizabeth Fonde, to her niece Lydia Kilvborn). He sometimes took his young son Charles Henry with him so that he heard the voices of Clay, Calhoun and Webster. John P. Fonde was an officer in the Columbia Guards. C.H. Fonde remembered him all dressed up with a sword clanking and remembered seeing him acting as a guard of honor on gala occasions. He died quite suddenly on board a ship going from Baltimore to New Orleans. There is a letter from his brother Charles to his wife Elizabeth telling of the sad news that the ship arrived without him. Family legend has it that he died in a duel. The letter from Charles to Elizabeth only says that he died after a very short illness and was buried at sea. Ref: Ancestors of Charles Henry Fonde website.

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  Charles Henry Fonde (1827 - 1881)*
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Body buried at sea
Specifically: Died of illness aboard the Brigantine "Alfred" between Baltimore and New Orleans.
Created by: Mark Fonda
Record added: Jan 29, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 124303730


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