Van Gundy Family Tree


Notes for John Sr VAN GUNDY


Residences & events in his life:

1758 Earl Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. John Gundy was found for the first time on the tax assessor's list, and recorded as a freeman (21 yrs, no land, living with parent or other tax payer). As oldest child, he was probably living with his mother and taking care of the family. His mother was also listed as Freny Goondy, widow.

1760 Same place, He was again listed on the tax roll as John Goondy, freeman.

1763 Earl Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. Upon the death of his mother, he and wife Anna petitioned the court to sell her land and divide the proceeds. Petition was denied. See note under his father for further details.

1768 John's land was used as a marker, along with that of John Davis and Zaccheus Davis, to describe property involved in a land transfer.

1769 John Gundey was taxed for 170 acres that year.

1770 Listed as John Gundy, his tax bill was for 169 acres, 60 of which were improved.

1771 John Gundey and Christian Ganndey were the only ones on that tax list.

1772 That year John Gundee, tenant, had 1 horse, 2 cows and 3 sheep for which he was taxed.

1773 John Gundy, tenant, no other property listed.

1775 The tax list said only John Gundey, no details, and the only one by the name on the list.

1777 John Gundy and brother David were listed as non-associators. (A non-associator was 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.)

1778 - 1780 Earl Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. At tax time he was the only "Gundy" listed with property there. In 1779 he had 50 acres.

1790 Earl Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. The census recorded John's family as the only Gundys left in the county. In his household with 1 male over 16 and 3 females. Down the road were several Huber families. Brother Benjamin was in Berks Co while Christian and Joseph were in Northumberland.

1800 Same place. That year John Gundy was over 45 and had a household of females: 1 under 1, 1 at 10-15, 1 was 16-25, 1 at 26-44 and 1 was over 45. Do you suppose daughter Barbara Wenger moved back in with her parents after her husband died in 1799? He and Widow Gund were the only ones by the name in the county. And who was the Widow Gund, over 45, living alone between Widow Sparar and John Fasnacht in that same township?

1810 Still there. The census taker recorded John at age over 45 and the family had decreased to only 1 female age 16-25 and one also over 45. Next door was David Wenger and 2 doors farther down was Samuel Martin who would serve as executor of John's estate. John was the only Gundy/VanGundy in the county.

John's will was dated 8/8/1806 and proved 7/24/1819. In it he mentioned his wife (but omitted her name), child Barbara, w (wife or widow?) of John Wenger, and grandchildren, Elizabeth and Susanna Wenger. Samuel Martin, Jr of Earl Twp was Executor.
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