Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Jacob FOY

Researcher Pat Sorensen said:

"He was a JP and a Sawyer, worked at a mill and lived in Lykens Twp, Crawford co., Ohio where the first decsions of the area were made in his home. He first went to Ross County abt 1812 settled on the Northwest corner of section 33. His brother Samuel owned land adjoining him, sold to Peter Van Gundy and went to Wabash, Indiana."

From the bio of son-in-law Martin Holman in the History of Texas Twp, Crawford Co, OH:

He (Holman) was married. March 14, 1826, to Rosanna, daughter of Jacob and Barbara (Heshberger) Foy. She was born in Pennsylvania Nov. 12, 1802, and when 3 years of age, came to Ross Co., Ohio where her mother died and her father alas married to Mary Van Gundy. He moved to this county many year, later and after the death of his wife, went to Indiana, where he died.

Residences & events:

1808 Fairfield Co, OH was his residence according to the tax assessor. He was probably neighbors to the Van Gundy family since his second wife was one of their girls.

1810 Same residence when the census taker came along.

Abt 1812 Ross Co, OH. The county history said:

"In 1812 Jacob Foy settled on the northwest corner of section 33. His brother Samuel owned land adjoining him. Both sold to Peter VanGundy and went to Wabash, Indiana. VanGundy married a young wife and died soon afterward, leaving his property to his widow."
Another source says she sold the property and returned to relatives.

Jacob served in the War of 1812 and received land grants in OH for his service.

1820 His whereabouts that year is unknown.

From the History of Crawford Co, OH is the following:

This knowledge is gained from Arthur Andrews, one of the oldest settlers living in Texas Township, and from his recollection it seem highly probable that Seneca County furnished the first settlers for Lykens Township. The following men were established in the township in rude log cabins as early as 1828: John Elliott, Jacob Foy, Jacob Lintner, Joseph Trask. Gottleib Hoss, Christopher Keggy, Joseph Hall, Jacoh Miller and several others whose names are forgotten.

1830 Sycamore Twp, Crawford Co, OH, was where the census taker found him. In his household were 1 male aged 20-30, Jacob at 50-60, and 1 female at 20-30. (Where was Mary?)

From the History of Crawford Co, OH, Lykens Twp:

"Jacob Foy was the first permanent settler, and was an influential man in early years. He served many terms as Justice of the Peace, and always impartially administered the laws as he understood them."

"Lykens was for several years attached to Sycamore Township, of which the present Texas Township was a part until 1845. But, in 1831 (or possibly 1830), a sufficient number of settlers had arrived as to make it advisable to have a separate township organization. Up to this time Lykens was known only by its number and range: but, as soon as the propriety of a separate organization was apparent, the few settlers were called upon to suggest a name for the township to be presented in their petition to the County Commissioners, praying that the township have a separate organization. Jacob Foy wanted the township named " Fayette," but he could not command sufficient influence, much to his disappointment, to accomplish that result......An election of officers was ordered to be held at the residence of Jacob Foy during one of the spring months of 1832. There were living in the township at that time barely sufficient men to fill the various offices; but, pursuant to the order of the Commissioners, they assembled at Mr. Foy's cabin .....For several years after the creation of the township, elections continued to be held in the cabin of Jacob Foy; but, when the first schoolhouse was built. they were held there."

"The most valuable and most extensive saw-mill in the township in early years. was built and operated by Jacob Foy, a sawyer of long experience. The mill was a combined saw and grist mill, and was erected at the junction of the Big and Little Sycamore Creeks. The building was a large two-story frame structure, divided into two apartments, one for the grinding machinery, and the other for the sawing. Excellent water-power was secured by means of a race having sufficient fall to furnish ample power for the rapid running of the saw. The mill was built in about 1834, and continued in operation many years. The remains of the old mill may yet be seen at the junction of the two creeks. It is said that excellent flour and meal are furnished by the grist-mill. Inch lumber from any wood was furnished for about 40 cents by the hundred, or a share was taken, varying from one-third to two-thirds. Large quantities were sawed. and many of the older buildings yet standing in the township were constructed of lumber obtained at the Foy saw-mil. The " nigger-head " stones used in the grist-mill were bowlders taken from the farm of Eli Winter, and (it dressed down to the proper size and shape by some neighboring stone-cutter. After Foy had operated the combined mills for fifteen or twenty years. He sold out to Moses Woodsides...."

1840 Lykens Twp, Crawford Co, OH. His residence there was recorded by the census taker, listing him as Jacob Sr, next door to Jacob Jr, and 2 doors from Benjamin Vangundy. His household included: 1 male at 15-20, 1 at 20-30, he was 60-70, 1 female 20-30, and Mary at 70-80.

According to local history, he donated land for the Seery Church and cemetery.

IN Following the death of his wife, he went to live with daughter Barbara.

8/27/1850 Dist 10, Carroll Co, IN was where he lived at census time with daughter Barbara and John Guthry. He was 80 years old with real estate worth $800.

He was 60-70 years old in the 1840 census.

Some say he died in Blackford Co but he was in Carroll Co in 1850 and his children died in Carroll.

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