Birth Name: Peter Henry Fonda
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 23, 1940
Ethnicity: Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, small amount of German, and remote Norwegian
Peter Fonda is an American actor. He is the son of socialite Frances Ford (Seymour), who was born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, and actor Henry Fonda (Henry Jaynes Fonda). He is married to Margaret ‘Parky’ DeVogelaere. He has two children, including actress Bridget Fonda, with his former wife, Susan Brewer. His sister is actress Jane Fonda (Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda), and his nephew is actor Troy Garity.
Peter is of Dutch, English, Scottish, French-Canadian, around 1/64th Italian, a small amount of German, and remote Norwegian, 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 Peter’s last traceable patrilineal ancestors, Jacob Harmense Fonda, was born in the Netherlands, c. 1515. However, one of Peter’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Giovanni Gualdo, was Italian, making Peter of 1/64th Italian ancestry.
Peter’s paternal grandfather was William Brace Fonda (the son of Ten Eyck/TenEyck Hilton Fonda and Harriet/Harriett M. McNeill/McNeil). William was born in Nebraska. Ten Eyck was the son of Garret/Garrett Tunis Breese Fonda and Rachel/Emeline Polhemus. Harriet was the daughter of James Amos McNeil and Eliza Ann Paris.
Peter’s paternal grandmother was Elma Herbetja/Herberta Krueger Jaynes (the daughter of Henry Silas Jaynes and Elma Louise Lampher/Lamphear/Lanphere). Peter’s grandmother Elma was born in Wisconsin. Henry was the son of Henry Clinton Jaynes and Almira A./L. Jacobs. Peter’s great-grandmother Elma was the daughter Allan Lanphere and Marie Louise Mitchell.
Peter’s maternal grandfather was Eugene Ford Seymour (the son of George DeVillers Seymour and Frances Gabriella Ford). Eugene was born in New York. George was the son of George Nichols Seymour and Sophia Marie/Mary Lefebre De Villers/DeVilliers. Frances was the daughter of Henry Augustus Ford and Jane Hosack Millen.
Peter’s maternal grandmother was Mildred Sophie Bower (the daughter of Harvey Bower and Frances Marcella Capel). Mildred was born in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. Harvey was the son of Joseph Bower and Mary Ann Huntington. Frances was the daughter of John Capell and Eliza Monro.
Genealogy of Peter Fonda (through Peter’s sister, Jane) – http://famouskin.com
Genealogies of Peter’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com
Genealogy of Peter’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Ford Seymour – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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