7/29/1850 Sycamore Twp, Wyandot Co, OH. At age 18 Nelson lived in the household of wagonmaker Henry P McEwen, 24, but the rest of those living there were the family of a John and Julia Gring, both 23. Several other Van Gundys were in the same township but none except Michael old enough to be Nelson's father. But if Michael were the father, why wasn't Nelson iving with him and the rest of the siblings?
8/6/1860 Padua Twp, McLean Co, IL. By the next census Nelson and family moved west, joining the rest of the family there. He was a 27 year old farmer with only personal property which was valued at $400. Wife Lucinda was 22 and their 2 small children were John W, 2, and Viola, 4 months. They lived next door to Alfred & Elizabeth Frankeberger, possibly Lucinda's brother.
Civil War records include:
Name: Nelson Van Gundy ,
Residence: Padua, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 07 August 1862
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Illinois
Unit Numbers: 421 421
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 07 August 1862
Enlisted in Company D, 94th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 20 August 1862.
Mustered out Company D, 94th Infantry Regiment Illinois on 17 July 1865 in Galveston, TX
William Van Gundy, same residence, enlisted 13 days later.
6/30/1870 Nashville, Barton Co, MO. The census taker recorded Nelson "Vanganda", 35, a farmer with property worth $400/418. Wife Lucinda was 30 and apparently son John had died, leaving only daughters Viola, 10, Liza A, 8, and Lettie, 1. They were the only Van Gundys in the county.
6/4/1880 Same place. That year Nelson was listed as a 47 year old blacksmith, perhaps explaining the high price of personal property in previous years. Both of his parents were born in PA. Lucinda was 42 and only Eliza A, 17, was at home. They also had a boarder, William Johnson, 22, physician.