Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Lafayette VAN GUNDY

Residences & events:

7/14/1870 1st Ward, Des Moines, Polk Co, IA. The census taker recorded him as Laffeyett Vangundi, 37, laborer, with property worth $500/100. Wife Louisa was 27 and their family included: Jerome, 8, William, 5, Charles, 3, and Laura B, 11 months. There were several other Van Gundys in the same county.

Bef 1872 NE where son Albert was born

6/25/1880 Van Meter Twp, Dallas Co, IA. Having moved back before the next census, "Lafe Vangunda" was 50, born in Mo but didn't know where his parents were born. He was a farmer. Louisa was 30 years old and children in the house were Jerome W, 19, William, 15, Charles, 12, and Albert, 7. Apparently little Laura had died. They were the only ones by the name in the county.

1889 & 1890 521 e s 3th, Des Moines, IA was Lafe's location in the city directory both years with the occupation of laborer.

1891 Same address. That year he was a teamster with the J H Queal & Co.

6/9/1900 Lee Twp, Polk Co, IA. That year at census time, the family had moved again and Lafe had aged only 8 years in the past 20, being recorded at 58. Lafe and both parents were born in MO and he had been married 33 years to Louisa, 57, who had birthed 8 children, only 5 still surviving. Lafe had changed occupations to teamster. Still at home were son Bud, 19, and daughter Fay, 7. From the next census we learn that Fay was actually a granddaughter whose father was born in NE while her mother's birthplace was unknown.

4/20/1910 Des Moines, Ward 5, Polk Co, IA. The census recorded Lafayette at 72, both parents born in KY. He was a lumber handler in a lumber yard and married 45 years to Louisa, 70. Of their 8 children only 5 were still living. In their household were widowed son William, 45, laborer at odd jobs, with his son, Glen, 9, as well as granddaughter Fay Fox, 18, married 1 year with 1 child, Raymond, 1 yr 10 mo.

6/2/1920 E Court House St, Des Moines, Ward 6, Polk Co, IA. Lafayette was 79 at census time, his parents both born in OH. Louisa was 78 and living with them were divorced son Albert, 48, grandson, Glen, 27, granddaughter Pearl, 19 and 2 great grandchildren, Glen, 1 yr 1 mo, and newborn Margaret. All the men of the family worked at the lumber yard as laborers. They either lived in an apartment house or ran a rooming house as there were 2 other families at the same address.

The 1870 census says he was 37, making his birth year 1833 and cemetery records say he was 87 at death, making his birth year 1840!

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