Van Gundy Family Tree


Notes for Jacob VAN GUNDY


Family tradition is that Jacob dropped the "Van" and to this day his branch is known only as Gundy. For purposes of identification here, they will stay Van Gundy.

Descendants said "his decisions were made with a goose quill pen and his notes are now a curiosity."

He taught each child to speak Dutch, his native tongue.

Residences & events in Jacob's life:

4-25-1779 Lebanon, PA. One story tells that Jacob ran away to Lebanon where he joined the army at age 13 to fight the American Revolution. He served under Sebastian Wolf and Quartermaster Gen Robert Patton. He was on the march to North River, New Winsor, Newburg, Fishkill, Monford, all in New York. Occasionally his job was teamster, hauling provisions from Morristown, NJ, to the troops at New Windsor and other places in NY. Family tales are that Jacob crawled through enemy lines to supply Washington's men at Valley Forge.

12/1780 He was discharged from service.

1781 He reinlisted and served another 30 days under Capt Wentilwaver (or Wendel Weaver), and Col Carpenter or Zimmerman, being discharged at Crooked Billet.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 117
page 4

Miss Jennie Christman.
DAR ID Number: 116009
Born in Williamsport, Ind.
Descendant of Jacob Gundy and of Joseph Gundy, as follows:
1. Isaac Christman (1823-1912) m. 1843 Elizabeth Gundy (1823-82).
2. Joseph Gundy (1786-1864) m. 1821 Sally Davidson (1803-57).
3. Jacob Gundy m. 1786 Katherine Maury.
4. Joseph Gundy m. Martha —–.
Jacob Gundy (1765-1845) served as private under Captains Sebastian [p.4] Wolf and Wendel
Weaver, Colonels Carpenter and Zimmerman, Pennsylvania Line. He was born in Lancaster
County, Pa.; died in Illinois.
Joseph Gundy (1732-1808) served as private, Pennsylvania Line. He was born and died in
Pennsylvania.
Also No. 99693.

1786 Johnstown, Lebanon Co, PA, was his residence when a daughter was born and also the location of their church.

Dauphin Co, PA

1798 Pickaway Co, OH where son Jacob was born.

1803 Columbus, Franklin Co, OH. Son William was said to be born there that year.

1805 Ross Co, OH, was his address when the oldest daughter married there.

1814 Pleasant Twp, Franklin Co, OH. His name appeared in the list of early settlers there. The township "was so named because of the pleasant prospect to the pioneer farmers when they came into this portion of the Scioto valley." The family settled on a farm near Harrisburg, SW of Columbus, in a settlement of Dutch cabbage growers. He was Justice of the Peace and held various other offices for many years.

From the History of Franklin Co, OH is the list of Justices of the Peace:
1821. Jacob Gundy, in place of Dyer.
1824. Jacob Gundy, reelected
1827. Jacob Gundy, reëlected
1830. William Walker, in place of Gundy.

It was there his wife died and was buried along with some of the children and grandchildren.

1822 & 1828 He was still in the same county when 3 of his children married. While he served as Justice of the Peace there and performed weddings, he never married his own children.

1830 Pleasant Twp, Franklin Co, OH. The census taker found Jacob's family there and recorded 1 male under age 5, 1 at 10-15, 1 was 20-30, Jacob at 60-70, and 1 female at 20-30. Katherine had died 2 years prior. Next door was daughter Mary and Morris Yates, 2 doors down the other direction was daughter Anna and Thomas Bivens. In the same township was another daughter Betty and Abraham Woods.

9/1830 Myersville, Newell Twp, Vermilion Co, IL. In true pioneering spirit, he moved west with sons, William and Thomas and daughter, Betty Woods, following son, Joseph, who had already migrated. Son, Jacob, would follow later.

10/3/1832 Vermilion Co, IL, was still his residence when he was allowed a pension on his service record, a sum of $43.33 per year. He received the pension with the help of sister, Catherine, who signed a deposition verifying his service.

1834 Danville, Vermilion Co, IL.

1840 Jacob was probably the 70-80 year old male living with son Jacob in Vermilion Co, IL.

His biography in local history (with paragraphs added) said:

"Jacob Gundy, the father of the family of that name, who have been prominent for half a century in the history of Ross and of Vermilion County, had been a soldier in the revolutionary war, and had moved early from Pennsylvania to Chillicothe, Ohio, where he lived on a farm until he followed his son Joseph here in 1830. Joseph had immigrated here with the Davisons. William and Thomas and Mrs. Abram Woods came with their father. Jacob, Jr., came here a few years afterward, and soon after went to Missouri.

Mr. Gundy, Sen., was a widower, and made his home around with his children; he died at a good old age, in 1842, (actually 1845) and was buried at the Gundy burial ground near Myersville.

They made their first settlement near the South line of Ross township, near where Joseph lived. Joseph came here to find a new country, where land would be cheap, and as soon as he got across the state line he expected to find things as he wanted. He took up the first land he could find, subject to"squatter sovereignty," or entry. He carried on farming very successfully, and acquired nine hundred acres of land; raised stock largely, bought and fed, but did not adopt the more hazardous and speculative undertakings; he sold his stock to drovers. He often sold to the Funks, to Williamson on Sugar Creek, to Ohio men and to others from Pennsylvania.

He had two children when he came here and ten were born to them here, four of whom are now dead. Of the eight living children all but one live in the county: Mrs. Isaac Chrisman, in Ross; Mrs. Dr. Henton, in Danville; Mrs. John Davison and Mrs. Milton Lee, at Rossville; Andrew was a large and successful farmer and engaged in mercantile pursuits, was largely interest in public affairs, was a member of the legislature in 1875, and proved by his long acquaintance with the wants of the people and the breadth of his general intelligence a useful and safe legislator.

After the failure of Hon. John C. Short, Mr. Gundy and some others undertook to stand in the breach and save the important coal interest which Mr. Short held, but the continued depression of trade and the large shrinkage of values was more than they could stand, and financial failure followed. There was little reason to doubt that the immense coal fields controlled and owned by the Exhange bank, would eventually pay all the debts of that concern, but the depression of the coal trade so reduced the profit that they ceased to be a source of revenue.

Mr. Gundy is now engaged in farming near Bismarck. Francis and Joseph have been engaged in farming and in trade. Thomas Gundy was killed by lightning in 1855; he was fixing a fence when the storm approached, and started to go across the field to the house when the sad accident occurred.

Joseph Gundy, Sen., died at Myersville in 1865, closing a useful and successful life. William Gundy, the other brother, who came with his father in 1830, married and raised a family of seven children, who are now scattered, the sons living in Missouri. He and his wife died in 1851. Mrs. Abram Woods, after her husband's death went with her five children to Missouri, Thomas Gundy, who now lived at Rossville, has been a prosperous farmer and how had practically retired from hard work. He owns the Abram Woods farm, a farm near Alvin, one at Gilbert Station, and three small farms east of Bismark. He has been remarkably prosperous in all respects. He has, however, never aspired to official position, though he has been occasionally pressed into township office. He has seen this county grow from a wilderness to a fruitful field."

From Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Illinois is the following:

"JACOB GUNDY was born in Pennsylvania October 13, 1759. He enlisted April, 1779, in Pennsylvania Militia, under Captain Sebastian Wolf and Quartermaster General Robert Patton, in Lancaster County; serving as a teamster for two months, and again for one month. After the war he removed to Ohio, and from there came to Vermilion County in 1830, with his son Joseph. He died in 1842 and is buried in the Gundy burying ground near Bismark." ("Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials", 1917) (Birth and dates differ from those posted from family records)

Abraham Lincoln was involved in a dispute between some of Jacob's descendants but who it was is unknown:
Monday, May 5, 1851.
Danville, IL.
Vermilion Circuit Court begins its session. Young v. Littler, continued at last two terms, is abated by reason of plaintiff's death. Lincoln is attorney for defendant. Gundy v. Gundy, in which he also represents defendant, is continued. Record.
Thursday, October 23, 1851.
Danville, IL. Browse Month
In Gundy v. Gundy, complainant having filed amended bill since last term, when case was continued, parties agree that defendant's answer to original bill stand as to amended bill so far as it applies. Murphy is attorney for complainant, Lincoln and Sconce represent defendant. Record.

Jacob verified his birth date in his pension application letter.

Some family members have 1842 as his death year.

Franklin Co, OH deeds:

Joseph Gundy and Sarah, formerly of Franklin Co, now of Danville; William Gundy and Kessiah; Elizabeth Wood, widow of Abraham Wood, dec'd; late Elizabeth Gundy, children and heirs of Jacob Gundy sell land to Michale L. Sullivant of Franklin for $100.

All but Kessiah signed their names, she Xed instead.

Apparently relatives expected Jacob to be buried beside Katherine as there is an empty base with her stone.
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