William was a 2nd Lieut w/Co B 150 IL Inf during the Civil War.
Residences & events:
7/16/1860 Ross Twp, Vermilion Co, IL. At census time he was 18 years old and lived with John Holmes, as did sister Sarah and family. He had no occupation at that time.
8/1/1870 Roscoe Twp, St Clair Co, MO. Having moved before the next census, they lived next door to sister Sarah and John Gouty. William was 29 with the occupation of grocer and property valued at $600/200. Wife Elizabeth was 21 and they had 2 small sons: James, 4, and Charles, 6 months.
1880 Harrisonville, Cass Co, MO. That year the census listed William at 38 and Elizabeth at 28, The family had grown to 3 children: James, 14, Charles, 10, and Alice, 1. William had changed occupations to teamster.
6/14/1900 Same place. William, 57, had a full house by the next census. He had been married 35 years to Elizabeth, 52, who had birthed 11 children, 7 of whom still survived. Living with them were: Kate, 20, Thomas 16, May, 15, Nannie, 12, and Glessie, 8. William was a saloon keeper at the time.
Son Thomas Gundy was the informant for William's death certificate. He verified birth date and state, parents and their birth states, and said William was married with the occupation of laborer.
The cause of his death was right hemiplegia from cerebral hemorrhage 10 days prior. He also had carcinoma of the esophagus and organic heart disease for the past 6 months.