|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1751|
Jellis J. Fonda, RWPA #S49266: born in Schenectady County, New York on January 13, 1751. He died in 1837 and is buried in his Family's Cemetery in Glenville Township, Schenectady County, New York.
Jellis was appointed Captain of a company of Associated Exempts (Minute Men) on 27-May-1775, which came to be known as "the Greens" because of the color of their uniforms; in January, 1776, and again in June he went to Johnstown; in the fall of the same year, he marched with his company to Stillwater where they were in camp for some time; from Stillwater they marched to Fort Ann, thence down Wood Creek to Skenesborough as guards for boats; he served with particular distinction in the campaign against Burgoyne and at the Battle of Bemis Heights.
In 1777, when Sir John Johnson, with his Scotch retainers, had fortified themselves in Johnson Hall, Generals Schuyler, Ten Broeck and Herkimer, with a large body of militia, went there to reduce them. When, out of the whole number, General Schuyler selected Captain Fonda, from his known fearlessness of character, to command a forlorn hope of 200 men for the assault, of which his company of minute men formed one-half. the assailing forces were without cannon. But when this brave officer in the lead, under the eye and direction of the noble Schuyler, shouted on his column to the assault, with undaunted dash (for Fonda was in deadly earnest), Sir John immediately lowered his flag and surrendered without firing a gun. Fonda was ever afterwards called, wherever known, one of the most fearless of men; he was actively engaged in the battle of Johnstown in October 1781, and in the pursuit of the enemy, and on this occasion he "so highly distinguished himself that COL Willett addressed him a letter of thanks for his services and praising him for his intrepidity."; he was reappointed Captain on June 20, 1778, the commission being signed by Governor Clinton; he was a pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.
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Created by: Mark Fonda
Record added: Sep 20, 2010
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