John was a farmer. Descendants said he "was a very strict man. He had a temper and whenever he saw anything done wrong, the first child he saw got punished. However, my grandpa said that it worked out about even since he and his siblings took advantage of their father's quirk."
Residences & events:
7/28/1860 Mount Prairie, Jasper Co, IA. At census time John was 22 years old and living with the family of a David Earl as a farm laborer.
1870 Where was this family that year when the census was taken? Son William was born that year in Jasper Co, IA.
6/14/1880 Village of Vandalie, Des Moines Twp, Jasper Co, IA. That year the census taker recorded him as J.M.C. Vangundy, 45. Wife Margarett was 44, their children were Frances E, 17, John C, 16, James C, 12, and William H, 9. John was a farmer, the two boys worked with him. (Where was Fred?)
1895 Des Moines Twp,, Jasper Co, IA In the state census John and Margaret were both 58 years old and only son Fred, 19, was still at home.
1900 The couple was not listed in that cenus. Where were they?
1910 Indianola, Washington Twp, Warren Co, IA was their home at census time. John was 74, Margaret, 73, and son William H, 38, was still at home taking care of the old folks.