"United Brethren Church in Christ.-The first meeting of this society was held in a schoolhouse located on Section -, by Rev. J. Powell, in the year 1849. Two years later, a permanent organization was effected by Rev. William Mathers, with eleven members, as follows: John Gring, F. Clapsaddle, William Van Gundy, Charles Shire, Samuel Swinehart, Jane Swinehart, Martha Brady, John Beek, Margaret Morris, Elizabeth Noel, Mary Crawford and Father Swinehart.
The present number of members is ninety, with the following officers: Trustees-William Van Gundy, P. K. Sheaffer, J. W. Eyestone, William Kinley and Solomon Downey."
TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS SINCE 1845.
1864-William Van Gundy, Jeptha Brown, C. C. Pancoast.
1865-William Van Gundy, C. C. Pancoast, J. T. Konkle
1877-A. C. Hershberger, Cyrus Griffith, William Van Gundy.
1878-A. C. Hershberger, Cyrus Griffith, William Van Gundy.
Treasurers-1874, William Van Gundy; 1879-83, William Van Gundy
1860 Sycamore Twp, Wyandot Co, OH. That year the census taker recorded William just 6 doors from brother George. William was 38, a farmer with property valued at $8400/200. Living with him were wife Elizabeth, 36, and children: Laury E, 13, James, 10, Josephine, 9, Mary, 6, Alwilda, 3; as well as Benjamin Van Gundy, 21, Mary Burr, 52, and Lavina Burr, 27, relationships unstated.
He served as a township official in 1864, 1865, 1877, 1878 and treasurer in 1874 and 1879-83.
6/27/1870 Sycamore Twp, near Carey, Wyandot Co, OH. The census said William was a wealthy farmer with property worth over $19,000/2540. He was 48 years old and wife Elizabeth was 46. Their children were James, 20, Josephine, 18, Mary, 14, Alwilda, 13, and Ruth, 9. Living with them were 2 farm laborers: Frances Ludwig, 19, and John Renn, 16, as well as Lavina Buim, 36, dressmaker.
1884 He was a trustee of the township that year.
William's bio was found in the same history:
"WILLIAM VAN GUNDY was born in Ross County, Ohio, September 21, 1821. His father, Michael Van Gundy was a native of Pennsylvania, and of Scotch descent, and his mother, Hannah (Eyestone) Van Gundy, was a native of Ohio, and of German ancestry. They were married in Ross County, and moved to this township about 1836; he first entered 320 acres, and 160 a few years later. Their children were William, Elizabeth, Abraham, George and Susan; Abraham and the latter deceased. The father died in 1859; the mother in 1848. William Van Gandy, our subject, was married, February 25, 1844, to Elizabeth Patten, of Crawford County. She was a native of Virginia, and daughter of William and Mary (Bishop) Patten, natives of Ireland and Virginia respectively. They resided for some time at Martinsburg, and then removed to Baltimore, where he was employed as a weaver till 1823, in which year he died, leaving one child (the wife of Mr. Van Gundy), who died in this township December 9, 1882. Mrs. Patton returned to Virginia, after the death of her husband, and about 1831 came to Ohio with her brother, and married in Ross County and moved to Crawford County, where she died August 8, 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Van Gundy had nine children-Lewis W., Laura A., James A., Josephine A., George F., H. Mary, Alwilda A., Lucretia and Ruth. Lewis, George, Lucretia, an infant, and Mrs. Laura Lee, when twenty-five years of age, are deceased In 1850, Mr. Van Gundy purchased 160 acres, on which he resided about three years, purchasing eighty acres in 1853, and residing on the latter farm till the present time. In 1860 to 1865, he purchased 160 more, now owning 400 acres, valued at $80 to $120 per acre. He has his farm well improved, and is now completing an elegant brick residence at a cost of $4,000; he formerly dealt somewhat in blooded horses, and is now gi ving considerable attention to the raising of thoroughbred Spanish Merino sheep, and blooded hogs, their stock all being registered. Mr. Van Gundy has hold the office of township Treasurer for several years, and is a prominent member of the United Brethren Church at Sycamore, his wife also having been a faithful member till her death. Prior to her marriage, she was of the Methodist Episcopal persuasion. Mr. Van Gundy was a Democrat for his first few votes, but favored Republcanism for many years; he is now an active Prohibitionist. His son, James A., is his partner in the stock-raising business, in which they are extensively engaged."