Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for David VAN GUNDY

Descendant Myra Gundy Philpot said: "david van gundy (he used the van because there was another david gundy in the area and they got mail mixed up." (The other man was his Uncle David.)

Residences & events:

Military list for Wood Co,OH says:

David Gundy, A, 100, en. July, '62, cap. at Limestone Sta., ret. to Reg't, June, '64 m. o. June, '65. On the same list are Jacob and CC Gundy.

6/10/1880 Dist 103, Washington Twp, Wood Co, OH. At census time David lived in the same township as his father. David was listed at 36, a farmer, wife Allice was 27. They had 2 small children: Lester, 4, and Allice M, 1. They had a servant, Della Clarke, 22.

David was mentioned in an interesting story from local history:

"Alpheus Minerd was born in 1845, about the time his family moved from New Rumley, Harrison County, OH to Tontogany, Wood County, OH. He was the son of Samuel and Susanna (Hueston) Minerd.

Alpheus was a Civil War soldier and prisoner of war. Later, his mental disabilities led the federal government to convene a grand jury to investigate charges of criminal fraud. As an older man, he was brutally murdered, a sad postscript to a life lived under the dark cloud of mental illness and physical suffering.....

The cold-blooded murder of Alpheus by a mulatto man had racial overtones. It "landed on page 1 of every newspaper in the state and brought everlasting fame -- of a sort" to Hardin County, OH, the place where the crime occurred. The killer, William Nichols, had "the distinction of having been one of the first prisoners executed in the electric chair at the Ohio state penitentiary" in Columbus. In fact, he and his murderer are mentioned in the January-February 2004 issue of Timeline Magazine of the Ohio Historical Society, in a cover feature about the penitentiary.....

David V. Gundy, who grew up on an adjacent farm, recalled that Alpheus “seemed to take delight in destroying things and injuring and abusing animals.” Neighbor Hiram Cunning said that as a young man, Alpheus “often ran away from home and remained away some time…” Several friends recalled that he earned the nickname “Queer Alph” or “Fool Alph.”....

Discharged in July 1865, he went back to his parents’ home, and lived there until about October of that year.

Brother Jacob Minerd, recalling this period, said “…it was then that I first noticed anything wrong with his mind -- (That was on the first day after his return home from the army.)”

After his return him, Alpheus’ behavior declined steadily. Neighbor David V. Gundy thought he had “grown older and uglier.” Another neighbor, Samuel Duke, said sharply that Alpheus “seemed to be an overbearing disposition. It is the nature of the whole family.” says David died 6/23/1933 but Alice Gundy was listed as a widow in 1900.

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