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Mary Gurnee Fonda
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1831
Jefferson County
New York, USA
Death: May 22, 1923
Jefferson County
New York, USA




Father Fought in Battle of Sackets Harbor-Was Exponent of Physical Exercises and Took Horseback Rides Every Morning Until About Two Years Ago

Mrs. Mary Amelia Fonda, aged 91 years, a real daughter of the War of 1812, died at the City hospital at 4:30 Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Fonda, who had made her home at the Henry Keep Home, 920 Washington street, since Sept. 8, 1916, had been in falling health since early December and had been at the hospital since last Wednesday.

Death was due to heart trouble and gangrene with ailments incident to her advanced age contributing factors. Despite increased weakness Mrs. Fonda remained up and about to observe her birthday anniversary Dec. 17. which had been an unususl event in her life since she had been s guest at the Keep Home. By the exercise of her will pr«wer and cheerfulness she kept up for Christmas, but was later forced to her bed.

Mrs. Fonda was active until stricken by her last illness and rode horseback daily. She attributed her youthful appearance and vitality to that exercise. In an interview just before her birthday in 1919 Mrs. Fonda attributed her longevity to plenty of hard wortf, little worry and an appetite that did not exclude good things to eat "Worry," she said at that time, "merely aggravates matters and does not help, while a smile ln the morning helps to get through the day and leads others to smile too."

Mrs. Fonda was born here Dec. 17, 1831, the daughter of Benjamin K. and Lydia Mack Gurnee. Her father fought in the battle of Sackets Harbor in the War of 1812. The Gurnees were early settlers ln this section, having owned large tracts of land on what is now the Ives street section.

When 20 years old she was married to John H. Fonda, farmer, cabinet maker and genealogist, who died in 1915 ln New York. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Fonda resided on a farm near Adams Center. Later they moved to a farm near Pamelia and after a few years Mr. Fonda purchased a farm near Theresa where they resided several years.

One child, a daughter, who died at the age of four years, was born to Mr. snd Mrs Fonda, and later they adopted a girl who died at the age of 14 while they were residing in Detroit, where they moved from the Theresa farm some 43 or 44 years ago. After residing in Detroit some 18 years they moved to New York and lived there until the time of Mr. Fonda's death. While in the metropolis Mr. Fonda waa associated with many legal firms tracing out family histories.

Following Mr. Fonda's death Mrs. Fonda returned to her native city and for a year resided with her niece, Mrs. Ida Mendell, wife of H.H. Mendell, 307 Flower avenue west, after which she entered the Keep Home. Mrs. Fonda was very popular with the other occupants of the
home and was liked because of her cheerfulness and bright outlook on life.

During her early life Mrs. Fonda was a member of Stone Street Presbyterian church. She had attended regularly since her return to the city. As usual she observed her last birthday with a party at the Keep Home and had as her guest Rev. Donald M. Chappel, her pastor. At that time she had a birthday cake decorated with 91 candles.

Besides Mrs. Mendell, Mrs. Fonda is survived by five nephews, Warren B., W. Herbert, Charles K., Walter and Frank B. Gurnee.

The funeral wilt be held from the Keep Home Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Mr. Chappel officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in Brookside cemetery.

Source: Watertown Daily Times, May 23, 1923

Family links: 
  Benjamin K Gurnee (1789 - 1877)
  Lydia M Mack Gurnee (1794 - 1869)
  John H. Fonda (1827 - 1915)
  Mary Olive Fonda (____ - 1873)*
  George L Gurnee (1823 - 1894)*
  Mary Gurnee Fonda (1831 - 1923)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Wife of John F. Fonda (1827-1915)
Brookside Cemetery
Jefferson County
New York, USA
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Brookside Cemetery Records:FONDA MARY G 5/22/1923 J 11 08L 1831 1923
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