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Notes for John William VAN GUNDY


John William has been assumed to be Gabriel's son but most likely was the son of Anna's prior husband Joseph, Gabriel's brother.

Residences & events:

8/3/1860 Padua Twp, McLean Co, IL. The census listed him as John W Van Gundy, 24, with wife Mary L, 18, and baby Henry O, 10 months. They lived with Mary's mother Letitia Greenman. John was a farmer with property worth $300/400.

He served in the Civil War:

Name: William Van Gundy ,
Residence: Padua, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 20 August 1862
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Illinois
Unit Numbers: 421 421
Service Record: Enlisted as a Lieutenant 2nd Class on 20 August 1862
Commission in Company D, 94th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 20 August 1862.
Promoted to Full Lieutenant 1st Class on 01 December 1862 effective 03 May 1863
Resigned Company D, 94th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 02 September 1863

Descendant Dean Van Gundy wrote:

"We have his Civil war diary (very hard to read parts of).....

His 1st wife died while he was in MO or there abouts, and he took the train home for for a week or so (I'd have to look that up again to be exact). He resigned his comish on Sept. 2nd (as you had) while he was in New Orleans, Louisiana. He had a funny entrie in his diary (or could have been a letter) where he watch a military review down their where Grant was so drunk he fell off his horse! I've heard various things about William and drinking from him being strictly against it, to where he drank a lot after the civil war."

6/19/1870 Padua Twp again. That census taker recorded him as William, 33, wealthy farmer with property valued at $6680/1000. Second wife Mary was only 20 and children were Henry O, 10, Rose B, 7, and Frank, 2 months. Also counted there was nephew John W, Gring, 19, laborer.

6/7/1880 Ellsworth, McLean Co, IL William, 42, had switched occupations by next census time, to dry goods merchant. Wife Mary H was 30 and the family had grown toinclude: Henry O, 20, engaged in farming; Frank, 10; Harry, 7; Ora, 4; and Clay, 2.

6/4/1900 Dawson, McLean Co, IL. That year at census time, William was 63, married 16 years to Sarah E, 44, who had birthed 5 children, all living. The family consisted of their children together, Roy, 15, Minta, 13, Grant, 12, Claude, 10, and Wayne, 8, as well as William's older sons Clay, 22, and Harry, 27. Son Frank lived down the road. William's parents were born in OH & PA respectively.
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