Adam may not be the son of John and Margaret, as some say, but is placed here until his lineage has been verified.
Residences & events:
From the History of Carroll Co, IN:
"The maternal grandfather of Mrs. Roach (Georgia Newell) was Adam Van Gundy, a very early settler in Carroll county, Indiana, and one of the prominent citizens of the county
during his day and generation, and lived to be a very old man. Of his children, Nelson W. served as sheriff of Carroll county for two terms. The other children were Willard and Julia.
9/23/1850 Carroll Co, IN. At census time Adam was living with Barbara May, 39, and her children: Phillip, 19, David, 18, William, 10, Mary, 8. Adam was 27 years old with the occupation of laborer. Three doors down the road was a Sidenbender family.
Again from local history:
"The second fair was held at Camden, in October, 1853. The ground was enclosed in a high board fence. The premium list was increased, and higher prizes offered. As the best corn raiser, Adam VanGundy carried off the prize. He raised one hundred and nine bushels of corn per acre on the Wabash river bottoms."
6/12/1860 Rock Creek Twp, PO Rockfield, Carroll Co, IN. That year the census said Adam was 37, "Barbary" was 45 (actually 47). He as a farmer, his large estate totaled $24,000/3285. Living with them were Barbara's children, Wm May, 20, Mary May, 16, both "serving," and their children together: Willard, 8, Nelson, 7, and Julia Ann, 4. Next door was the Munday family, Adam's future wife, and on the other side was John Fore. Male C Van Gundy, 19, born OH, lived in the same township with the Jonathan Rollins family as a day laborer. Who was he?
7/12/1870 Same place. The census that year called him "Ad" at age 47, a livestock dealer with greatly increased property value of $55, 000/14,000, quite a large amount for that day. Wife Barbara was 55 and the children were: Willard, 19; Nelson, 17; and Julia, 14. Step-son William May and cousin Nelson Van Gundy, 39, lived in the same area..
Another excerpt from the above history:
"In 1870 a new Carroll County Agricultural Association was organized. Adam VanGundy was the president."
1880 Still there. At census time Adam was a 56 year old farmer with second (or third) wife Mary, 46, (the lady next door from 20 years ago) and step-daughter, Margaret Munday, 14. Next door neighbors were William Davidson and Albert Anderson and two doors down was the family of Nelson Van Gundy, 49, with William May farther down the road with a large family.
Other family listings have his birthdate as 1/22/1804 but the date posted is from cemetery records.
His death date has been recorded in other listings as 3/1887. His will listed only Barbara's three children.