Francis was listed as a female in the 1850 census.
Grandchildren related that as children, Francis and his sister were hidden in pickle barrels when Indians approached the family home. They also said he received a letter from Abraham Lincoln, dated 9/22/1845, that began "Dear old Friend."
Residences & events:
6/7/1880 Dist 218, Newell Twp, Vermilion Co, IL. Listed in the census as Franklin, he was 37 years old with the occupation of clerk in a store. Wife Mary was 25 and they had 1 little girl, Clara G, 1.
6/1/1900 Same place. That year he was recorded as Francis, 57, married 24 years to Mary, 45, who had birthed 3 children, 1 of whom had died. His occupation was capitalist.
5/1/1910 Still there. According to the census that year Francis, 66, and Mary, 54, lived alone. Francis had his own income so apparently was retired.
1/8/1920 Same place. That census recorded Francis M at 76, Mary at 65. Daughter Madge K, 35, was back home and teaching high school.
4/15/1930 Dist 52, Jacksonville, Duval Co, FL. Having moved before the next census, they lived with daughter Madge and her husband, D C Bowers that year. Listed as F M, he was 86 and Mary E was 75.
His biography is from the History of Vermilion Co, IL:
"Francis M. Gundy was born in Ross township, Vermilion County, May 7, 1843. He is a son of Joseph and Sarah (Davison) Gundy. Mr. Gundy belongs to a family which has been a great factor in the developing of Vermilion County. He married Mary E. Smith, in 1854. They were the parents of three children, two daughters and one son. The son died while yet young. Mr. Gundy began his experience as a merchant in Marshfield, Indiana. He later had an interest in the store in Myersville. Later yet he, in partnership with Mr. A. M. Bushnell, had a general store in Bismarck. He is now the director in banks in which he is interested and is the president of the one in Bismarck. He has kept the old Gundy home place in good shape and preserved the forest trees."
He may have died at Jacksonville, FL where he lived with daughter Madge in 1930.
His death was attributed to complications of age after being in the hospital for 2 weeks and in critical condition for several days.