Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Michael VAN GUNDY

Descendants said Michael was a teacher for 14-15 terms.

Davis posted at

"(Michael) was 7 yrs. old when his mother died; he and his sister Mary were taken to their uncle, Joseph Nafkser, near the village of Conotton, where they were kindly cared for till their Father remarried. They were then taken home as were 2 other sisters."

Residences & events:

8/25/1850 Monroe Twp, Harrison Co, OH. The census recorded Michael V Gundy as a 27 year old farmer with $480 in property. He and Christiana, 22, had one little girl, Frances Jane, 1. Three doors down was the family of sister Mary Johnston.

Wood Co, IL. They lived there 18 months according to his bio.

1856 Harrison Co, OH. The family moved back home.

6/11/1880 North Twp, Harrison Co, OH. In that census Michael, 57, was still farming. Christiana was 52 and 4 children were still at home, Martha E, 26; Martin A, 18; James E, 13; and Mary L, 7. Michael's father was born in Pa, his mother in MD. Next door was son Benjamin.

6/1/1900 Same place. At census time son Benjamin lived 3 doors down the road. Michael was 78 and still farming, wife Christina was 72. They had been married 52 years with 8 children, only 6 of whom still survived. Living with them was daughter Mary L Bucey, 27, her husband Albert, 25, and her son Bryon, 8 months. Mary and Albert had been married 2 years with 1 child. Also living there was laborer, Robert Bingham, 16.

His obituary with photo was in the Christian Conservator and said:

Rev. Michael V. Gundy was born in Tuscarawas county, Ohio, March 25, 1822, and died in Bowerston, Harrison county, August 2, 1906, aged 84 years, 4 months and 7 days. His great-grandfather, Peter, was a native of Switzerland. His great-grandfather Joseph was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and was a Mennonite minister till he came to Ohio, when he espoused the United Brethren faith. Benjamin, son of Joseph Gundy, was perhaps twelve years old when they moved to near Connotton, Ohio. He married Miss Mary Bower, a daughter of Barnhart and Mary Bower, of German nationallity. They settled near Strasburg, Ohio, and were the parents of twelve children. The mother died 1829, aged 38 years, and the father and children moved to Harrison county, Ohio. He remarried twice but no more children were born to him. He died in 1871, aged 70 years.

The subject of this sketch is the seventh child of Benjamin and was seven years of age when his mother died. He and a sister were cared for by an uncle, Joseph Nofkser, of Conotton, till his father married the second time. In 1840, at the age of eighteen years he was converted at a campmeeting at Conotton, and joined the United Brethren church. He labored on the farm with his father till maturity, receiving his education at the common schools and the New Hagerston Academy. He taught school fifteen terms.

In 1848 he married Christiana Overholt and they resided in Wood county, Ohio, eighteen months. Then they returned to Harrison county and in 1856 settled on the farm they still own consisting of 208 acres. M. V. Gundy was licensed to exhort in 1861 and joined the Muskingum annual conference of the United Brethren church at Marietta, Ohio, in 1867. In 1880 he was ordained to elder's orders and has been an indefatigable local preacher ever since. In 1872-3 he traveled Coshocton circuit and 1890 Crooked Run circuit. Rev. Gundy was an earnest logical preacher and he continued at his calling until last winter when his health failed. But his mind was clear and he devoted much of his time to writing and correspondence. He was a good writer and his lettere were interesting to young and old. Bro. Gundy was a liberal supporter of the church. Few men of his means contributed as much to the various demands of the church as he. He was a good and kind husband, an indulgent father, a good neighbor, a friend to the poor and honest in all his dealings. Truly a good man has departed. May his mantle fall upon some other.

The services were held in the M. E. church in Beech City, and J. Gonser of Strasburg. A large concourse of people attended the funeral and followed the remains to the Conotton cemetery where his grandparents his father and children rest.

M. B. Fierbaugh.

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