Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda, c. mid 1940s, James E. Wise, Jr., and Anne Collier Rehill, Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America’s Sea Services (Annapolis, Naval Institute Press, 1997)

Birth Name: Henry Jaynes Fonda

Date of Birth: May 16, 1905

Place of Birth: Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Death: August 12, 1982

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Scottish, distant Norwegian and German, possibly remote Italian

Henry Fonda was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for On Golden Pond (1981).

He was the son of Elma Herbetja/Herberta Krueger (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda. He was married to Shirlee Mae Adams, until his death. He had three children: actors Jane Fonda (Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda) and Peter Fonda (Peter Henry Fonda), with his late wife, Frances Ford (Seymour) Brokaw, and a daughter, with his former wife, lyricist and theatrical producer Susan (Jacobson) Blanchard; Susan was the daughter of interior designer Dorothy Hammerstein. Henry was the grandfather of actors Bridget Fonda and Troy Garity.

Henry was of Dutch, English, Scottish, and distant Norwegian and German, descent.

The Fonda surname is said to originate with an Italian who moved to the Netherlands in the 1400s or 1500s. It is not clear if this has been genealogically verified. One of Henry’s last traceable patrilineal ancestors, Jacob Harmense Fonda, was born in the Netherlands, c. 1515.

Henry’s paternal grandfather was Ten Eyck/TenEyck Hilton Fonda (the son of Garret/Garrett Tunis/Teunis Breese Fonda and Rachel/Emeline Polhemus). Ten Eyck was born in New York. Garret was the son of Douw Adam Fonda and Lavina Wyntje Briese/Bries/Breese.

Henry’s paternal grandmother was Harriet/Harriett/Harrite/Hattie/Hettie McNeill/McNeil (the daughter of James Amos McNeil and Eliza Ann Parish). Harriet was born in New York. James was the son of John McNeill and Sarah Alice, possibly Briggs. Eliza possibly was the daughter of Jacob Parish and Hannah Eva Billington.

Henry’s maternal grandfather was Henry Silas Jaynes (the son of Henry Clinton Jaynes and Almira A./L. Jacobs). Henry’s grandfather Henry was born in Wisconsin. Henry’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Nathan Janes and Celinda Dexter. Almira was the daughter of Silas Jacobs and Lydia Pike.

Henry’s maternal grandmother was Elma Louise Lampher/Lamphear/Lanphere (the daughter of Allan/Allen Lanphere and Marie Louise Mitchell). Elma was born in New York. Allan was the son of George Lamphear and Sophia Vail. Marie was the daughter of Marcus Hayward Mitchell and Lois Noyes.

Sources: Genealogies of Henry Fonda – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Henry Fonda (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Genealogy of Henry Fonda (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://famouskin.com

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11 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    >Eliza Ann Parish.

    >Sarah Alice Briggs. Eliza was the daughter of Jacob Parish and Hannah Eva Billngton.

  2. bablah says:

    James Amos McNeil was the son of John McNeill and Sarah Alice (probably Briggs).


  3. andrew says:

    “The Fonda surname originated with immigrants from Genoa, Italy, to the Netherlands, in the 15th century. In 1642, a branch of the Fonda family immigrated to the Dutch colony of New Netherland, on the East Coast of North America.[3] They were among the first Dutch population to settle in what is now upstate New York, establishing the town of Fonda, New York. By 1888, many of their descendants had relocated to Nebraska”

    Fonda in Italy


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