Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for David Sr VAN GUNDY

David, our progenitor, along with several brothers, fought in the Am Rev for which they received land grants in OH.

By trade he was a joiner (woodwork carpenter) and he operated mills. He raised a large family, nearly all of whem went west.

As late as 12/2007 his Bible was in posession of Mrs. James A Complon, 1522 West Main St., Springfield, Ohio.

Residences and events:

1777 Earl Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. Listed for the first time on tax assessor's list, he and brother John were non-associators (A taxpayer who refused to take the oath of allegiance to the new revolutionary government. In that part of the state this usually meant they were Mennonites or other Anabaptist in religious faith.) A James Gondy was also listed with 30 acres. Who was he?

1782 Berks Co, PA, where daughter, Mary was born.

9/9/1789 Manheim Twp, York Co, PA. David and the family have started moving west.

In the Pennsylvania Herald & York General Advertiser was the following: "Whereas Barbara Felger, obtained of the subscriber, one promissary note, persons are forewarned from taking assignment on same - David Gundy, Manheim Twp, York Co." No relationship between the two was stated. Brother, Peter, was a resident of the same county.

From a Janice Sweeney: "I am researching the Henry Dasher family of Coventry and Vincent Twps Chester Co PA. Henry I Dasher is my earliest known ancestor and I am trying to find his father. In the course of my search I have obtained a copy of his estate written and recorded in 1791. I have found the name "David Gundy" who evidently owed Henry a note of 4 pounds 18 sh at the time of Henry's death on the inventory of his estate taken by Henry. While googling the name I found your family info and I find it extremely interesting that your site mentions Hans Gunde a member of the German Baptist Brethren from Creyfelf, arr 1729. Henry I Dasher was a member of the Coventry Church of the Brethren, the 2nd known church established in America (after Germantown) by this group. Martin Urner, the minister of the Coventry COB is the admin of Henry's estate.

I thought you would be interested in this bit of info regarding David Gundy who also showed up on an early list of residents in Pikeland."

Tax/Voter Listing
Name: GUNDY, David
Year/Date: 1795
Location: Manheim Twp., York Co. PA

1800 Addison Twp, Somerset Co, PA. According to the census David Gundy had living in his house 4 males under 10 yrs, himself at 26-45, 1 female under 10, 2 females 10-16, and 1 female 16-26, and his wife, also 26-45. He and brother, Joseph, were the only ones by the name in the county. Both had land transactions there the same year.

Elk Lick Twp was part of Brothers' Valley, a Mennonite settlement, where brother, Joseph, was a preacher for awhile.

The Gundy name is among the county's list of Amish names of the Alsatian group as opposed to those of the Old Order and Hessian-Amish.

1801-1805 OH. Practically the whole family of Van Gundys and Wisslers moved from PA to OH. It was possible they were part of the 25 families that took advantage of the free land offered there. In 1796 "Zane's Trace"/National Highway/Rte 40 (whichever you prefer to call it) was completed from Wheeling, WV, to Tarleton and Chillicothe, OH, and settlers were given 100 acres if they would settle in the new territory.

9/24/1803 The Scioto Gazette carried an item that a court of inquiry met at Gundy's mill to examine charges against Capt Roberts & lt. Crow regarding their conduct during the Indian alarm. They were considered"honorably acquitted from the charges."

8/21/1805 Clearcreek Twp, Fairfield Co, OH. In the land auditors records is an entry for Miller & Vangundy for $96.90, recorded 11/8/1805.

8/11/1809 Messrs. Miller & Van Gundy bought land at Chilicothe, OH.

1810 Ross Co, OH. David was named in the tax list but no township was recorded. In the census of the same year, his residence was Harrison Twp, near South Bloomfield. However, the "First Families of Ohio, Official Roster" said daughter, Anna, arrived in the county in 1811.

9/6/1810 David and Jacob Van Gundy signed their names in Dutch as witnesses to a deed transfer from brother, Christian, to the Isaac Gunner (Conner) children. David's property was adjacent to Christian's and bounderies were often described in deeds by their relationship to David's property, such as, the white oak tree in line with David's line, etc.

Abt 1812 Pickaway Co, OH.

Local history recorded early settlers: "William Evans and a man named Van Gundy, a miller by occupation, about 1812.

And again: "Simon Headley built a grist-mill near the site of the South Bloomfield bridge about 1803. He sold it a few years later to Mr. Van Gundy, who continued it some years. It afterwards went to decay. At the time the mill was running, a ferry was established above the mill dam, by which people on the west bank of the river could cross to the mill with their corn or wheat, and return with the flour it produced."

The 1880 History of Franklin & Pickaway Co, OH mentioned the mill: "The early settlers obtained their grinding at Crouse's mill, in the vicinity of Chillicothe. The mill was a small affair, and considerable time would be consumed in making a trip to the mill. At a later date the settlers got their grist ground at Van Gundy's mill, on the Kinnickkinnick."

1/25/1814 David Van "gundee" owed the estate of Andrew Fultz $18.52.

1816 Pickaway Co, OH. David was listed on the tax rolls there.

1817 He bought land on the Scioto River from Peter Parcel at 22R2 for $62.

1816/17/18 Green Twp, Ross Co, OH, where David was taxed for his property there. Also taxed in the same township were Christian, Jacob, Peter, and Samuel.

1820 Scioto Twp, Pickaway Co, OH. In the census, he was living at the same place on the river. He had living with him: 1 male 10-16, 1 male 16-18, 3 males 16-26, 1 male over 45 (himself), 1 female 16-26, and 1 female over 45 (wife). Ann Denny lived down the road.

Local history recorded: "The settlers had their grist ground at the mill of Van Gundy on the Scioto and at those of Thompson and Kepler on Darby Creek."

Gravestone information Bethel Cemetery:"GUNDY, David B---1755, d May age 72 years."

Bethel Cemetery is located in the extreme northeast corner of section 27 of Green Township.

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