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Esther King Holmes Fonda
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Birth: Feb. 21, 1811
Death: Oct. 26, 1872

The Holmes Family - Esther K., wife of Lawrence Fonda, died at Wheaton, Illinois, October 26, 1872, leaving one son, Rev. J. L. Fonda, of Rantoul, Illinois. Syracuse NY Daily Standard, January 16, 1886.

Esther was a born public speaker. She never had more than half a life, being a born dyspeptic; but during a few years in public speaking she showed what, with full health, she might have been. She was of the Jane G. Swisshelm type of women, who do not so much advocate women's rights, as to go right ahead and exercise what rights they now have. Hence I doubt if she ever appeared on a woman's rights platform, but in behalf of temperance and anti-slavery, especially on the political side, she was a ready, apt, effective speaker. In one campaign she followed Stephen A. Douglas about in Illinois, speaking right after him, scoring him thoroughly, and drawing, it is said, audiences nearly as large as his. During the period of these labors she earned net, as I used to hear it said, some twelve to fifteen hundred dollars, which was almost a fortune to her. After a time the family moved to Wheaton, Illinois, that her son, Jesse Lawrence, might go through the college there. She died October 21, 1872. (Account of the Holmes Family and their settlement of South Richland, Oswego County, New York.)

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sp. Lawrence Abraham Fonda
Wheaton Cemetery
DuPage County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Lot 36 (Fonda, Esther King)
Created by: Mark Fonda
Record added: Aug 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20942284
Esther King <i>Holmes</i> Fonda
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