Some researchers say his parents were John and Margaret Sidenbender, others say John and Anna Maria Davis, neither has been confirmed.
Residences & events:
1830 Union Twp, Mercer Co, OH. His family was found there by the census taker, recording 2 males under 10 years of age, 1 from 10 to 15, 1 16-25, he was 30-40, 1 female under 10, 1 at 5-10, 1 aged 10-15, and 1 also 30-40.
1840 Same place. That year he was listed as John W Gundy with 1 male under 5, 1 at 5-10, 2 were 10-15, 1 at 20-30, John was either 40-50 or 50-60 (it looks like 50-60 may be an unerased error), 2 females under 5, 2 at 5-10, 1 at 15-20, and probably Peggy also 40-50. Next door was daughter Jane and Henry Shepherd and two doors down was son Samuel. Another John Gundy was in Dublin twp.
Some say John was born 1793 but that date conflicts with brother Benjamin, unless they were twins.
John's will was dated 1/24/1841, probated 4/26/1849, and recorded 7/6/1849. It said:
I John Vangundy of the County of Mercer in the State of Ohio do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,
First it is my will that my funeral expenses and all of my just debts be paid
Second I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret Vangundy ??? of her dower the Plantation on which we now reside, situated in the County of Mercer in the State of Ohio, containing about two hundred seventeen acres during her natural life and all the live stock, horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, etc, By me now owned and debt them on, also all the household furniture and other items not particularly named and other wise disposed of in this will during her natural life as aforesaid She however first disposing of a sufficiency thereto pay my just debts as aforesaid.
At the death of my wife, all the property hereby devised or bequeathed to her as aforesaid or so much thereof as may remain unexpended to my heirs, Samuel Vangundy, Jane Sheperd, Washington Vangundy, Branson Vangundy, Joshua Vangundy, Elizabeth Vangundy, Hulda Vangundy, Elbe Vangundy, Elmore Vangundy, John Jefferson Vangundy an equal division of what remains unexpended amongst them all,
And lastly I herby constitute and apoint my said wife Margaret Vangundy and my said son Washington Vangundy to be executors for this my last will and testiment invoking and annuling all former wills by me made and nolefying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24 day of January 1841.
John Vangundy Seal
Signed and published and declared by the above named John Vangundy as and for his last will and testament in front of us who have signed as witnesses to the same.