"To the family he was a personification of the independence of thought, the sober and sound judgment, and the adherence to principle with which we have always associated the people of Holland, and our Pennsylvania Dutch in particular."
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Ross Co, OH
1858 Atchison Co, MO
6/1/1860 Clark Twp, Atchison Co, MO. The census recorded John at age 30, Mary A was 28. Children were Rosanna, 6; William A, 5; and John Wesley, 2. Next door was the family of brother Samuel.
1861 Atchison Co, MO He bought a mill which had been in operation on the Big Tarkio Creek for several years. Two or three years later VanGundy & Co erected a new water power flour mill near the old mill at a cost of $15,000, then added a saw mill in 1866.
1870 Clark Twp, Atchison Co, MO. The census that year captured his family living next door to that of brother James. John was a 41 year old wealthy farmer with real estate worth $18,000. Wife Mary A was 38 and the children were Rosanna, 16; Wm A, 16; Emile, 9; Jane, 7; David E, 5; Eliza, 3; and James W, 1. Also living there was 20 year old Alexander Van Gundy, farm laborer. Next door on the other side was niece Mary and Albert Howard.
8/1874 The Irish Grove Lodge was organized with John and brother, Samuel, among the first officers, both serving for 4 of the next 7 years. Alexander, was eventually also elected to a post. John and Samuel also built the frame building, where the lodge met on the second floor, at a cost of $3000.
6/1/1880 S Clark Twp, Atchison Co, MO. John's family lived next door to brother James that year. John was 57, still farming, Mary was 48 and the children at home were: Jane, 17; Sherman, 15; and Eliza, 13. Also living there were Serilda Jones, 25, housekeeper, and farm laborers, John Getty, 24, Henry Ray, 22, and John Watkins, 21.