Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Jacob VAN GUNDY

Residences & events in his life:

1828 "When 21 years of age he received from his father 105 acres of the homestead and commenced farming on his own account."

1830 Buffalo Twp, Union Co, PA. The census listed Jacob Gundy, brothers George and John, and their father Christian, in the same township. Jacob was 20-30 years old, the family consisted of 1 male age 10-15 (who?), 1 female under 5, and 1 at 15-20.

1840 Same place. Jacob Gundy lived next door to brother George at census time. He was 30-40 years old with a household that included 1 male under 5, 1 at 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 at 5-0, and 1 age 20-30. On the previous page were brothers John and Adam.

Union Co, PA. His biography said he was "among the representative men of Union Co, PA, who have made agriculture a study and a success."

Union Co court records include the following:

Grantor: Grantee: Vol-Pg-Yr Location
Young, Abraham, ux Gundy, Jacob, Admr N-229-1849 Rel
Young, Catherine,ux Gundy, Jacob, Admr N-229-1849 Rel

Date unknown, Washington DC. Jacob was sent as a delegate to represent his state in a convention for organizing a National Agricultural Society. While there he met Daniel Webster, Stephen A Douglas, and other famous men.

10/16/1850 E Buffalo Twp, Union Co, PA. At census time farmer Jacob Gundy, 52, was already a wealthy man with $8260 in real estate. He had a large family consisting of Rachael, 39, Leah E, 19, John C,14, Rachael J, 11, Sarah C. 8, Franklin J, 5, and William F, 3. They lived between 2 Brown families.

1853 From the Annals of Buffalo Valley: "The Union County agricultural society was formed at the courthouse at New Berlin, Saturday, November 13 the East Buffalo society, which
had been in existence for a year, passed a resolution calling the meeting for such organization. Martin Dreisbach presided at this meeting, Samuel Weirick acting as secretary, and Jacob Gundy presented a form of constitution, which, after several amendments, was adopted. Jacob Gundy was elected president of the society"

7/20/1860 E Buffalo twp, Union Co, PA. As Jacob Gundy, the census listed him at age 52, Rachel at 49, with children Franklin J P, 15, William L, 13, and Emma D, 5. Also living there was an 18 year old servant, Barbra Horstettler (sp?). Jacob was a farmer with a large amount of property valued at $20,080/1300. Next door neighbors were John Brown and William Ketchum. Four doors down the road was the family of Simon Gundy and in the same area were other Gundy families....Adam, Ellis and John.

6/30/1870 Limestone Twp, PO Lewisburg, Union Co, PA. The census taker recorded Jacob, 61, as a very wealthy farmer with property worth $23,650/9550. Wife Rachel was 60 and children still at home were Pollick, 25, and Emma, 15. Living with them were 14 year old Oliver D'Wise and William Gundy, 23, both farm laborers. Was that son, William?

6/8/1880 Same place. That year Jacob was 72, and retired. Rachel was 69 and in the house were children James O, 35, and Emma D, 25 as well as Charles A Penny, 16, relative of daughter-in-law Clara Gundy. Several Wolf familes were neighbors.

Descendants said he sold the farm in his old age and moved to Lewisburg, Union Co, PA.

The 1885 history of Susquehanna & Juniata Valley says Jacob's two youngest children are still alive.

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