Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Mary VAN GUNDY

Apparently Mary never married, she was Mary Gundy the rest of her life.

4/5/1797 Dauphin Co, PA. "Thomas Ridge and Margaret, his wife, to Elizabeth Gundy and Mary Gundy, both of Bethel Township, spinsters, a lot and one-story log house." They bought the property at 129 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, probably because their father had died and they decided to move nearer their married sister, Catherine. It was unusual for women to buy property in their own names in those days, unless there was no man to take care of them.

After Elizabeth married, she sold her share to Mary 3/9/1801.

1800 Harrisburg, Dauphin Co, Pa. Mary Gundy was head of the household there that year. The family consisted of 1 male under 10 years of age, 2 females at 16-25 (Mary and sister Elizabeth), and 1 over 45 (probably their mother). Two doors down was Howard Dubbs. A Michael Gund lived at Anvil, same county.

3/9/1801 Sister Elizabeth married and transferred her half interest in the Harrisburg property to Mary.

1803 She and her mother served as administrators of her brother Joseph's estate.

1810 Same place. Although Mary was head of the house, others were living with her that may have been overseeing her welfare. Living there were 1 male under 10, 1 aged 10-15, 1 at 26-45, 2 females aged 10-15, and Mary, also 26-45.

1820 Still there. That year Mary lived alone at age 26-45.

1830 Still there. It was a family of women at census time: 1 female at 15-20-, 1 at 20-30, and Mary at 40-50.

1840 Harrisburg North Ward. The census says Mary was 50-60 and had 1 little girl 5-10 years old living with her.

10/14/1850 Same place. That year Mary was 70 years old with real estate worth $1800. Living with her was Mary Isett, 19, probably a relative of sister Elizabeth but too young to be her daughter .

Early 1857 She had the body of brother Joseph moved.

Some say she was born 1769 but she was 20 when confirmed, making her birth year 1775. The 1850 census listed her age as 70, making it 1780 but perhaps she was cheating a little!

It is not known when her will was written but it was recorded 3/27/1857 with John Young as executor. It gave "the balance of my personal estate to Susanna Lebrun, daughter of my sister Elizabeth."

Also buried in Mary's lot is a George S Gundy who died 9/1817 at 22 yrs. He has never been identified but he was too old to have been a nephew by Joseph, Jr, and the children of Jacob are well documented. Perhaps he was the son of one of the Gundy daughters.

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