Descendants said Jefferson had illegitimate son Henry but split with the mother after Henry's birth. However, court record #231, dated 1858, indicates Jefferson did admit paternity and deposited $500 in Henry's name. Descendants believed the Van Gundy family to be wealthy but that was not entirely true. They said Henry was raised by his mother and step-father as their own but again that story appears to be false as well as he was found with his grandparents until at least his teens.
Residences & events:
1850 Where was Jacob that year? His mother had died and the youngest siblings lived with oldest sister Phoebe near Cincinnati, OH. His father lived alone with a 12 year old unknown Van Gundy.
7/10/1860 Union Twp, PO Withamsville, Clermont Co, OH. The census taker found Jefferson, 20, living with the family of brother Henry but he had no occupation so may have just arrived from MO. In the same township was the Kyle family that included his future wife Harriet.
Jeff served in the Civil War:
Name: Jefferson Vangundy
Regiment State/Origin: Ohio
Regiment Name: 5 Ohio Cavalry
Regiment Name Expanded: 5th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry
Rank In: Wagoner
Rank In Expanded: Wagoner
Rank Out: Q. M. Sergt
Rank Out Expanded: Quartermaster Sergeant
Film Number: M552 roll 112
6/19/1870 Central Twp, PO Creve Coeur, St Louis Co, MO. He was listed in the census as Jeff Vangundy, 34, with wife Hattie L, 24, and daughter Susan H, 1. His occupation was farmer but he had only personal property worth $250. He and Hattie were born in OH, Susan in MO.
6/4/1880 Same place. That year Jeff Van Gundy was 44, occupation is hard to read but looks like shortcut for master operator on the railroad. L Hattie was 34, and children in the family were H Susan, 11, H Aaron, 9, K Joseph, 6, and Jeff, 2. Two farm laborers lived with them Joseph Gilbert, 35, and George Ashbrook, 23.