Van Gundy Family Tree


Notes for Joseph Sr * VAN GUNDY


This Joseph & 2 others, also denoted by * in their names, have been thoroughly researched by the PA genealogy society. However, I believe information between this Joseph and an older man of the same name has been intermingled and needs to be sorted out.

It has not been determined exactly who Joseph's parents were but he could not be the son of Peter, as evidenced by comparing ages according to Peter's estate settlement and the marriage with widow Shonauer. Joseph has been placed in this family because David had a daughter, Magdalena, who married 4/21/1755, also in Lancaster Co, making David the right age and in the right vicinity to be Joseph's father. The only other possibility is one Hans Gunde, a member of the German Baptist Brethren from Creyfelt (Ger), who arrived in Philadelphia in 1729 and was living in Germantown in 1733.

This branch of the family dropped the Van and went by Gundy only.

Why are there 2 daughters named Catherine?

Residences & events in Joseph's life:

"Stoumps Town" (Lancaster Co, PA) Tax roll:

1751 Bethel Twp, Stumpstown. There was a Joseph Gundy on the tax roll there with 1 house and lot. If it was this Joseph, his birth date is incorrect as he would have been only 11 years old at that time.
1757, 1771 He was at the same place at tax time.
1773 Joseph Gundy 1 cattle-Tax 20
1780 Joseph Gundy, poorman, Stumptown, (then lined out. This is probably an older man and the same as in 1751.)
1782 Joseph Gundy 1 cattle-Tax 17.6 shillings

1/27/1765 Lancaster Co, PA. This date was recorded in a deed stating that Joseph "VonGundy" was named in the will of Jacob "Shonower" as an executor of his estate. However, the original will named two other men as executors so perhaps this was when Joseph became an interested party or perhaps the date he married Shonauer's widow.

5/1/1769 Bethel Twp, Lancaster Co, PA. Joseph and Magdalena appointed Jacob Miley their attorney "to recover from the executor of Jacob Shonower, deceased, all incomes due Magdalene, 'leat' wife of Jacob Shonower."

1774 A son's biography says Joseph left home that year "to fight for his homeland when news came of Lexington and Concord."

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.

12/22/1774 Bethel Twp, Lancaster Co, PA, was still his address according to a deed in the settlement of Jacob Shonower's estate...Shonower's son, John, having attained the age of 14 years.

10/19/1774 & 12/22/1774 Penn Twp, Northumberland Co, PA. Joseph had 2 pieces of land called Parma and Palatine, a total of 150 acres, surveyed. These tracts were patented to him on 4/20/1776 and may have been a reward for serving his country.

Land records state:
Warranted 12/22/1774, Penn Twp, including "three springs and his improvement lately made, surveyed 3/20/1775, adjoins his other land.

3/9/1775 Joseph bought 2 more tracts, called Verona and Veroli, each with 42 acres and adjacent to what he already owned, from a Jacob Armbrister. These tracts were also patented to him 4/1776.

Abt 1775 Penns Twp. He moved the family sometime before his daughter was baptized there in October.

4/18/1776 Snyder Co, PA. Joseph obtained another warrant for a survey of lands but this was never patented to him, rather by "sundry conveyeances and long possession" was finally patented to Abraham Zeigler in 1842.

1776 He served as ensign in Capt Benjamin Weiser's company of Northumberland Associators and was promoted to lieutenant the following year.

1/30/1777 Philadelphia, PA. He was listed as a 3rd Lieut. on the muster roll of Benjamin Weiser's Co of the Northumberland Co Militia. He commanded a company in Sullivan's expedition to guard supplies.

11/11/1777 Stumpstown, Lancaster Co, PA. Joseph took the Oath of Allegiance as a resident of the area. The family probably had fled back to safer territory, along with many other settlers, due to the numerous Indian forays into the Susquehanna and Juniata valleys in the late 1770s. It was said he commanded a company in Gen John Sullivan's expedition against the Indians in PA and NY but records have not been found to verify that. There were, in the spring of 1779, many able bodied men in the Susquehanna Valley preparing to enter "boat service, " the convoying of Sullivan's commisary up the north branch of the Susquehanna River.

1787 Penns Twp, Snyder Co, PA. That was the last year Joseph's name appeared on the county tax rolls as a landowner there, noted as a nonresident for the past 3 years.

8/1787 Northumberland Co, PA. A suit against Joseph for a debt of $200 was brought by executors of Hannah Lethgo's estate. Joseph had given a mortgage in that amount to Hannah but failed to make payment. The case was continued, Joseph confessed judgement 2/1790, he filed no contest 5/1790, and on 8/1790 the court docket states: "witness not to be found." The case was finally decided against Joseph and the sheriff was ordered to sell the 4 parcels of land in Penns Twp, at public vendue. This was done on 8/3/1791, Thomas Duncan being the purchaser. This was the last record found for this Joseph Van Gundy.

DAR records claim his birth year was 1742.

DAR records claim he died 1795. However,there has been much conjecture as to when and where he died, to date no records have been found to verify any of them. Egle said he received land in the New Purchase for services rendered in the Am Rev as a lieutenant in a company of "associators" and that he died in Lincoln Co, KY, in 1805. A John "VanCounty" does appear in a Lincoln Co, KY, tax record of 4/3/1790, but kinship with this Joseph has not been established.

He was not listed in the 1790 census.

He was most likely already deceased when two of his daughters purchased land in their own names in 1797, listing their current residence as Bethel Twp. It has been assumed they had been living at home, then following Joseph's death, decided to move nearer sister, Catherine, and her family.
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