1774 Letter written by Jane Fonda ancestor found in New York

In this frame from video, Jane Fonda speaks at a gala for the twentieth anniversary of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential in Atlanta, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Fonda said she plans to continue her effort to prevent teenage pregnancies through the Georgia-based nonprofit organization she founded in 1995, when the state had one of the highest teenage birth rates in the country. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

FONDA, N.Y. (AP) – A letter written by an 18-century ancestor of actress Jane Fonda referencing the Boston Tea Party has been found in the archives of an upstate New York county.

Montgomery County historian Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar says she discovered Jelles Fonda’s letter while reorganizing documents containing his personal correspondence.

She says Fonda’s letter written in 1774 describes the repercussions the people of Boston would face for tossing British tea into the harbor on Dec. 16, 1773.

Jelles Fonda was a son of an early settler of New York’s Mohawk Valley. A wealthy landowner and fur trader, Fonda’s support of the patriot cause during the American Revolution made him a target of loyalists.

The Fonda acting clan – Jane, Peter and their late father Henry – traces its lineage to Montgomery County, where a village bears the family name.

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