The Ancestry of Henry Fonda

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'''Henry Jaynes Fonda''' (1905-82), American Actor
 
'''Henry Jaynes Fonda''' (1905-82), American Actor
  
This article should be cited as:<blockquote>"The Ancestry of Henry Fonda", by Will Johnson, professional genealogist [mailto:wjhonson@aol.com wjhonson@aol.com], at CountyHistorian.com URL: http://www.countyhistorian.com/cecilweb/index.php/Henry_Jaynes_Fonda, copyright 2008, all rights reserved.</blockquote>
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This article should be cited as:<blockquote>"The Ancestry of Henry Fonda", by Will Johnson, professional genealogist [mailto:wjhonson@aol.com wjhonson@aol.com], at CountyHistorian.com URL: http://www.countyhistorian.com/cecilweb/index.php/The_Ancestry_of_Henry_Fonda, copyright 2008, all rights reserved.</blockquote>
 
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Original article at [http://www.countyhistorian.com/cecilweb/index.php?title=The_Ancestry_of_Henry_Fonda "The Ancestry of Henry Fonda"], at Countyhistorian.com
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A very young Henry Fonda (Credit afi.com)
 
A very young Henry Fonda (Credit afi.com)
  
This article focuses on the ancestry of Henry Fonda.  For a highly detailed biography see my article [[Henry Jaynes Fonda]].
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This article focuses on the ancestry of Henry Fonda.  For a highly detailed biography see my article [[Henry Jaynes Fonda]].  For a list of his films see [[Henry Fonda Filmography]].  
  
 
==Henry Jaynes Fonda==
 
==Henry Jaynes Fonda==
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===Secondary sources for 1===
 
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*[http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/pedigree.aspx?pid=18307476&st=1 "Henry Fonda"] on OneWorldTree, pedigree view
 
*[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0313265712/102-9279843-7223326?ie=UTF8&tag=countyh-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0313265712 ''Henry Fonda: A Bio-bibliography''], by Kevin Sweeney. Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992, 296 pages
 
*[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0313265712/102-9279843-7223326?ie=UTF8&tag=countyh-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0313265712 ''Henry Fonda: A Bio-bibliography''], by Kevin Sweeney. Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 1992, 296 pages
 
*[http://www.answers.com/topic/henry-fonda "Henry Fonda"] on Answers.com citing:
 
*[http://www.answers.com/topic/henry-fonda "Henry Fonda"] on Answers.com citing:
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<<-- Return to [[Henry Jaynes Fonda|the biography of Henry Fonda]]
 
<<-- Return to [[Henry Jaynes Fonda|the biography of Henry Fonda]]
  
Herberta Jaynes was born 26 Jun 1879 in St. Croix County, [[Wisconsin]], but by 1898 the family had moved to Omaha, NebraskaShe married William Brace Fonda on 10 Jun 1903 probably in or near Omaha.
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Elma Herberta Jaynes was born 26 Jun 1879 in St. Croix County, [[Wisconsin]], the daughter of Henry S Jaynes and his wife Elma Lamphere.  Sometime between 1882 and 1889, the family moved to Nebraska, and by 1898 they had moved to Omaha.  Elma married William Brace Fonda on 10 Jun 1903 probably in or near Omaha.
  
The family lived briefly in Grand Island, but by 1910 they are back living in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.
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The family lived briefly in Grand Island, but by 1910 they were back living in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.
  
Henry's mother fell, broke her leg and developed a blood clot which killed her in October 1934. "I felt so bad that she didn't live to see me move ahead", he said in his biography. "...his father died two years later", states Sweeney. Her obituary states that Herberta (Jaynes) Fonda died in 5 Oct 1934, at her home in Omaha.
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Henry's mother Elma fell, broke her leg and developed a blood clot which killed her in October 1934. "I felt so bad that she didn't live to see me move ahead", he said in his biography. "...his father died two years later", states Sweeney. Her obituary states that Herberta (Jaynes) Fonda died in 5 Oct 1934, at her home in Omaha.
  
 
===Primary documents for 3===
 
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*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=2748538&record_type=b ''Wisconsin Genealogy Index''], birth certificate index entry for Elma H Jaynes
 
*[http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=2748538&record_type=b ''Wisconsin Genealogy Index''], birth certificate index entry for Elma H Jaynes
 
*[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=view&dbid=8099&iid=NEWS-NE-TH_NE_ST_JO.1898_12_25_0010&r=an&rc=1292,2854,1419,2883;1435,2854,1546,2883&fn=herberta&ln=jaynes&st=d&ssrc=&pid=471229450 "Social and Personal"], Dec 25, 1898, ''The Nebraska State Journal'' (Lincoln, Nebraska) :"Miss Alice Fuller will spend this week in Omaha as the guest of Miss Herberta Jaynes." - transcription courtesy of  Will Johnson, wjhonson@aol.com, Professional Genealogist, from the original image on Ancestry
 
*[http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=view&dbid=8099&iid=NEWS-NE-TH_NE_ST_JO.1898_12_25_0010&r=an&rc=1292,2854,1419,2883;1435,2854,1546,2883&fn=herberta&ln=jaynes&st=d&ssrc=&pid=471229450 "Social and Personal"], Dec 25, 1898, ''The Nebraska State Journal'' (Lincoln, Nebraska) :"Miss Alice Fuller will spend this week in Omaha as the guest of Miss Herberta Jaynes." - transcription courtesy of  Will Johnson, wjhonson@aol.com, Professional Genealogist, from the original image on Ancestry
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1900usfedcen&indiv=try&h=30862084 1900 Census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska]
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=36618544&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=1 ''The Lincoln Evening News'', 18 Aug 1900], "Miss Herberta Jaynes receives scholarship"
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=36618544&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=1 ''The Lincoln Evening News'', 18 Aug 1900], "Miss Herberta Jaynes receives scholarship"
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=35527638&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=3 9 Jun 1903]
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=35527638&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=3 9 Jun 1903]

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Henry Jaynes Fonda (1905-82), American Actor

This article should be cited as:
"The Ancestry of Henry Fonda", by Will Johnson, professional genealogist wjhonson@aol.com, at CountyHistorian.com URL: http://www.countyhistorian.com/cecilweb/index.php/The_Ancestry_of_Henry_Fonda, copyright 2008, all rights reserved.

gal_Fonda_Henry_2.jpg A very young Henry Fonda (Credit afi.com)

This article focuses on the ancestry of Henry Fonda. For a highly detailed biography see my article Henry Jaynes Fonda. For a list of his films see Henry Fonda Filmography.

Contents

[edit] Henry Jaynes Fonda

William Brace Fonda (b. 1879), Henry's father was enumerated in the Federal Census in 1900 living, as a single man, in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska with his own parents, and listed there as a salesman. On 10 Jun 1903, William Fonda married Herberta Jaynes (b. 1879), probably in or near Omaha, Nebraska. Moving to Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, they rented a house, and it was in that house that their eldest child Henry Fonda was born 16 May 1905. They only lived there for six more months. William and Herberta had two more children: Harriet in 1907/8 and Jayne in 1909/10, both born in Nebraska. Between 1905 and 1910 the family had moved back to Omaha, where they are enumerated in the Federal Census that year.

Henry Fonda graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1923. He then went to the University of Minnesota and either got a degree (his thesis being on communication systems) or dropped out from exhaustion. Another source states that he studied journalism for two years. With encouragement from Gregory Foley and Dorothy Brando (b.~1895) an amateur actress, co-founder of the Omaha Community Playhouse, the mother of Marlon Brando (b. 1924) and a friend to Henry Fonda's mother Herberta, Henry first got interested in acting. After some more time in Omaha, Henry went east to Connecticut and New York City.

Henry first married fellow actress Margaret Sullavan in Maryland, but they separated after some months, both then living in New York City. Henry met his next wife Frances Seymour in London in Jun/Jul 1936 where she was vacationing from New York, and while she was visiting the set of Wings of the Morning, in which he was starring. Frances was a wealthy widow with a young daughter Frances "Pan" Brokaw (b 10 Oct 1931) from her prior marriage to George Tuttle Brokaw (1879-1935). They soon returned to New York City and married on 16 Sep 1936 in Christ Church.

Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour were the parents of actors Jane Fonda (b. 21 Dec 1937) and Peter Fonda (b. 23 Feb 1940). Even though the family was living in California, Frances decided to go to New York to have each of her children Jane and later Peter.

Henry Fonda though exempt, left in 1943 for the war. After boot camp he went to officer candidate school (OCS) in Quonset, Rhode Island and trained as a Naval Air Combat Intelligence officer. (Don't Tell Dad, p9) He would later for this, receive a Bronze Star. The children saw little of their father between Peter's birth and his departure for the war, as he made ten films during this time.

In late Fall of 1949, Henry told Frances that he wanted a divorce. On 14 Oct 1950 his then-wife Frances Seymour killed herself by slitting her throat while in a mental hospital. Neither Jane not Peter were allowed to attend their mother's funeral. (Don't Tell Dad, p 46)

Near the end of Summer 1950 was when Peter first met Susan Blanchard and shortly afterward discovered that his father was going to marry her. Three months after Frances' suicide, in Dec 1950, Henry married the much-younger Susan Blanchard. They honeymooned in the Caribbean, returning Jan 1951 when Peter had had a shotgun accident that he states almost killed him. Henry and Susan adopted a baby named Amy, possibly this occurred in 1951. Henry Fonda and Susan Blanchard divorced in 1956. Peter Fonda refers to Susan Blanchard, in his book as "Mom2". hammerstein_o___dorothy.jpg
Henry Fonda and Susan Blanchard
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Henry Fonda in 1957's 12 Angry Men
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Fonda married his fourth wife, "Countess" Afdera Franchetti, on 10 Mar 1957. They divorced in 1962. Henry's first Best Actor Oscar did not come until 1981 for On Golden Pond co-starring Katherine Hepburn as his wife, and his real-life daughter Jane Fonda playing his movie daughter. (Buy it here.) Henry Fonda died of heart failure 12 Aug 1982 in Los Angeles County, California.

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[edit] William Brace Fonda

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William Brace Fonda was born 12 Feb 1879 in Nebraska to Ten Eyck Fonda and his wife Harriet, who had moved there from their native New York. In 1900 he was enumerated living with his parents in Omaha City, as a Salesman. He married Herberta Jaynes on 10 Jun 1903, probably in or near Omaha where they were both living.

They moved to Grand Island, Nebraska by 1904 where they rented a house and where their eldest son Henry Fonda was born 16 May 1905. William and Herberta had two more children: Harriet in 1907/8 and Jayne in 1909/10, both born in Nebraska. Between 1905 and 1910 the family had moved back to Omaha, where they are enumerated in the Federal Census that year. Many years later, a newspaper article in which Henry talks about his father states "when he was six months old the family moved to Omaha". It's not a direct quote from Henry however, so it's unclear what the source is for this fact.

Some biographers have given the impression that William Fonda moved to Omaha and opened a print shop; however, William's occupation in 1900 was "Salesman", and in 1910 it was "Salesman, Advertising Jobber". In addition, the 1910 enumeration states specifically that he was an employee, not working on his own account. When he registered for the WWI Draft on Sep 1918, William then lists his occupation as self-employed Printer. In 1920 still in Omaha, William Fonda is now a "Proprietor, Commercial Print Shop". However by 1930 William Fonda was a "Salesman" for "Oil Burner Company".

Henry's mother fell, broke her leg and developed a blood clot which killed her in October 1934. "I felt so bad that she didn't live to see me move ahead", he said in his biography. "...his father died two years later", states Sweeney.

Their daughter Harriet married a Mr. Peacock and stayed in Omaha. Peter Fonda mentions his aunt Harriet Peacock visiting him at the Barton School for Boys when he was six in 1946/7 (Don't Tell Dad, p22-25). He again mentions visiting he and his mother visiting Harriet, in Omaha the following year (Don't Tell Dad, p29).

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  • 1900 Census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
  • 1910 Census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
  • World War I Draft Registration Cards : "William Brace Fonda, 433 N-39 Omaha Douglas Nebr, age 39, born 12 Feb 1879, Printer, Self-Employed, at 306 Patterson Blk? Omaha Nebr; nearest relative Mrs Herberta Fonda, signed W B Fonda; Tall, Slender, L Brown eyes, D Brown hair, no disabilities, registered 12 Sep 1918"
  • 1920 Census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska : "William B Fonda, head, Owns Home, MW, 40, married, NE/NY/NY, Prop., Comm Print Shop; Herberta J Fonda, wife, FW, 40, married, WI/WI/NY, no occupation; Henry J Fonda, son, MW, 14, NE/NE/WI, Office Boy, Stocks & B; Harriett M Fonda, daughter, FW, 12, NE/NE/WI; Jayne H Fonda, daughter, FW, 10, NE/NE/WI"
  • 1930 Census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska 9 Apr 1930 "William B Fonda, head, owns home, worth $7000, married, white, age 51, married first at 24, NE/NY/NY, Sales Department, Oil Burner Company; Herberta J, wife, female, white, age 49, married first at 22, WI/WI/NY, no occupation; Henry J, son, male, white, age 24, single, NE/NE/WI, actor, stage, unemployed (see line 9 Unemployment Schedule); Jane, daughter, female, white, age 20, single, NE/NE/WI, stenographer, election commission"
  • "Henry Fonda on William B Fonda", 15 Jun 1975, News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) : "The elder Fonda born in the mid-1880s, died in 1935. In 1905, when Henry was six months old, William and his wife Herberta moved from Grand Island, Neb., to Omaha, Neb., and set up a printshop

[edit] Herberta Jaynes

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Elma Herberta Jaynes was born 26 Jun 1879 in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry S Jaynes and his wife Elma Lamphere. Sometime between 1882 and 1889, the family moved to Nebraska, and by 1898 they had moved to Omaha. Elma married William Brace Fonda on 10 Jun 1903 probably in or near Omaha.

The family lived briefly in Grand Island, but by 1910 they were back living in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Henry's mother Elma fell, broke her leg and developed a blood clot which killed her in October 1934. "I felt so bad that she didn't live to see me move ahead", he said in his biography. "...his father died two years later", states Sweeney. Her obituary states that Herberta (Jaynes) Fonda died in 5 Oct 1934, at her home in Omaha.

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  • Wisconsin Genealogy Index, birth certificate index entry for Elma H Jaynes
  • "Social and Personal", Dec 25, 1898, The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) :"Miss Alice Fuller will spend this week in Omaha as the guest of Miss Herberta Jaynes." - transcription courtesy of Will Johnson, wjhonson@aol.com, Professional Genealogist, from the original image on Ancestry
  • 1900 Census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
  • The Lincoln Evening News, 18 Aug 1900, "Miss Herberta Jaynes receives scholarship"
  • 9 Jun 1903
  • 1910 Census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska
  • 1920 Census of Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska : "William B Fonda, head, Owns Home, MW, 40, married, NE/NY/NY, Prop., Comm Print Shop; Herberta J Fonda, wife, FW, 40, married, WI/WI/NY, no occupation; Henry J Fonda, son, MW, 14, NE/NE/WI, Office Boy, Stocks & B; Harriett M Fonda, daughter, FW, 12, NE/NE/WI; Jayne H Fonda, daughter, FW, 10, NE/NE/WI"
  • Obit, "Herberta Jaynes Fonda", 8 Oct 1934, The Lincoln Star (Lincoln, Nebraska) :
    Services at Omaha for Herberta Jaynes Fonda — Funeral services for Mrs. Herberta Jaynes Fonda were held in Omaha Monday afternoon. Mrs. Fonda was a schoolmate of Mrs. E.C. Hardy at the University of Nebraska. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Mrs. Fonda died Oct. 5 at her home in Omaha. She was 55 years old. Surviving besides her husband, William B., are two daughters, Mrs. John B. Peacock of Omaha and Mrs. John Schoentgen of Council Bluffs, and a son, Harry Fonda of New York City. Mrs Schoentgen attended the university in 1927.
    - transcription courtesy of Will Johnson, wjhonson@aol.com, Professional Genealogist, from the original image on Ancestry

[edit] Ten Eyck Fonda

Ten Eyck Fonda was born Dec 1839 in New York to native New York parents. He married, about 1864 to Harriet somebody also a New York native. They stayed in New York until at least 1871 when their son Ten Eyck Jr was born there, but by 1879 they had moved to Nebraska where their next surviving son William was born. Out of their six children, four were yet living in 1900 when they are enumerated in Omaha where Ten Eyck Fonda is a Railroad Ticket Agent.

Ten Eyck and Harriet are yet living in Omaha in 1920 so it's probable that they both died there.

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