Van Gundy Family Tree


Capt Eramus ALLISON.Eramus married Martha VAN GUNDY in 1864. Eramus resided in Scott Co, IL. He resided in 1903.

Martha VAN GUNDY [Parents] was born in 1832 in Scott Co, IL. She died after 1908. She married Capt Eramus ALLISON in 1864.

She traveled from St Louis to Bluffs, IL for the funeral of brother, Adam.

They had the following children:

  M i George ALLISON.

David Jr VAN GUNDY [Parents] was born on 9 Oct 1790 in PA. He died on 1 Sep 1861 in Scott Co, IL. He was buried in McCaleb Cem, Bluffs, Scott Co, IL. He married Mary Ann COONROD on 4 May 1821 in Madison Co, IL.

Other marriages:
OHLER, Mrs Margaret A

David was the originator of the central Illinois branch of Van Gundys. His occupation was miller but he was also listed as a farmer in the census records.

Residences and events in his life:

1791 Somerset Co, PA.

1801-1805 Ross Co, OH. Both of his parents' families, Van Gundys and Wisslers, moved from PA to OH.

1812 S Bloomfield, Pickaway Co, OH. His father bought the grist mill there on the Scioto River, near the bridge.

1820 David was not listed in the Ohio census so he was either still at home, on his way to New Orleans, or had already arrived and was counted down there. His father, living in Harrison Twp, Pickaway Co, OH, at that time, had in his houshold, Ann Denny, a family friend and roundabout relative who apparently never married, and the neighbors were Coonrods.

Abt 1820-1821 David and friend, next door neighbor, David Denny (half brother to Hannah Denny), took a flat-boat load of pork from below Chillicothe, OH, to N Orleans, LA, and never went back. He migrated back up the Mississippi to Madison Co, IL. David Denny became the captain of a river packet and later died in New Orleans of yellow fever.

Abt 1821 Madison Co, IL. He arrived at the "American Bottom" near St Louis where he met Ohio neighbors, the Coonrods, who arrived in 1818. Shortly after, he married their daughter.

11/14/1823 Morgan Co, IL was his residence when he purchased 80 acres in Scott Co, IL, for $80.

The Bluffs, IL, Centenial book recorded his arrival: "Another early settler was David VanGundy who built a home and a mill. The mill was propelled by water furnished by the stream which comes down from Neeleyville-one branch of Wolf Run Creek. Across this stream, quite a distance above the mill, a dam was constructed which collected the water and preserved a supply to furnish the power for the mill."

Another entry tells the story a little differently: "Among these (early settlers) was David VanGundy, father of 'Squire' Adam VanGundy and progenitor of the VanGundy family. He entered 80 acres on Sept.10, 1831, and on this site he built a home and a mill, which was
a useful thing in those days."

A family history written by a Vannier descendant states: "Paralee (it was actually Mary Ann, Paralee was Mary Ann's mother) was married to David VanGundy and they settled at the foot of the 'Mills' hill on an eighty acres of land without previously entering it, in 1829, Mr. VanGundy though he was a 'squatter' erected a mill on Killmormocks run and other improvements and had accumilated quite an extensive trade in supplying meal in the surrounding community, until one day along came a man from unknown parts with a title to said eighty acres, which also meant that all improvements were included. it was soon noised around about what a predicament Mr. VanGundy was in and the following evening
a large gathering of the neighbors quietly gathered, loaded up the mill on ox-carts together with all other movable improvements and by day light the next morning Mr. VanGundy lived on his future homestead one half mile east of where Bluffs, Illinois now stands and the mill
was quietly grinding away."

The obituary of son, Adam, mentioned the mill as well: "When a boy he (Adam) tended the mill his father owned, and which was erected on the old home place, it being the only mill at that time between Quincy and Springfield, people driving and bringing their wheat as far as 60 miles to have it ground."

The History of Morgan County in an article about the first railroad in Illinois, the Northern Cross, said "the division of the road beginning at the Illinois River, at this place, and extending to Van Gundy's, the first station east of here---about a mile east of where Bluff City now stands was subcontracted....." And again, "The work began at Meredosia, on the Illinois River. There were two passes in the bluff, called Taylor's and Van Gundy's. That by Taylor's was the cheapest and best, but it would not touch several tracts of wild land that belonged to some of the magnates, and it was located up Van Gundy's Run...."

The same history in an article about Neelyville's coal mine says: "When the shaft was first opened quite a number of miners were employed. These men boarded at Van Gundy--a town which was near the present town of Bluff City, in Scott County."

1824 Morgan Co, IL. David voted in the Mauvaisterre Pct along with his in-laws: Adam, George, and William Coonrod.

1830 Morgan Co, IL, no township listed. At census time his household consisted of 1 male 30-40, 3 males under 5, 1 female 30-40, and 2 females 5-10. Living next door was the Scobey family, future in-laws of son, John, and a few doors down was brother-in-law, Adam Coonrod. The George Ohler family lived 2 doors down. Orphaned brother-in-law, Jonas Coonrod, was counted at David's house but according to descendants he was living with his Uncle Adam Coonrod at that time.

9/10/1831 He continued amassing land in Scott Co but still lived in Morgan. On this date he bought another 80 acres at S15 T15N R13W, paying $100.

7/2/1836 and 7/29/1836 He added to his holdings in Scott Co, IL with 2 more plats, each 40 acres and $50 apiece. They were located at S22 T15N R13W and S11 T15N R13W.

1837 There was a country wide financial crash which completely demoralized values. We do not know the financial status of David before or after the crash but as with most settlers, he built his own house, raised his own food, and met his own needs.

4/14/1839 David sold 10 acres to John B. Merris for $50.00.

1840 Winchester, Scott Co, IL, was his address at census time.

11/4/1842 He sold 134 acres to the State Bank of Illinois for $355.00.

3/5/1847 David bought the land of widow, Mary Troy at public auction with dower rights of $192.00/year each year of her natural life.

3/23/1848 He sold 40 acres of Mary Troy's land to his future son-in-law, John Smallwood, with the same dower rights.

1848-1849 George Van Gundy, a nephew and son of brother, Daniel, was sent to live with David following the death of his parents. His father, Daniel, had died in Ohio but the mother moved with the family to Piatt Co, IL, under the care of the oldest son, Charles Wesley, then only 19. She also died shortly thereafter, the children being distributed among family and friends to be raised.

1850 Scott Co, IL, no twp. David had property = $1000 in the census. Living with him were the last 5 children and the orphaned children of Jonas Coonrod: Henry, 17; John, 10; and Sarah, 20; and of course, nephew, George Van Gundy, then 8. His daughter, Mary Smallwood, and her family lived next door while on other side was the Margaret Ohler family. Margaret would later become David's second wife and her daughter would marry son, Adam.

6/17/1851 David sold 134 acres to "Dederich Vautier" (actually Detrick Vannier) for $1850.00. Detrich married David's granddaughter, Ada Van Gundy.

11/22/1853 Scott Co, IL. David bought 40 acres of Federal land at S11 R13W T15N for $1.25/acre. His residence was also Scott Co at that time.

8/24/1854 He bought 40 more acres of public domain land, paying $50 for the property located at S14 T15N R13W.

1860 Naples P.O., Scott Co, IL. His property was valued at $2000/$1500 in the census.

David may not have moved although his place of residence changed from county to county as the borders shifted throughout his lifetime.

A rift must have developed among David's children, Adam vs the rest. They all sold their lands and were gone by 1870. George went to the next county, the rest travelling farther east, landing in various Illinois counties. Adam's family never again spoke of their relatives to later generations.

David spent his last days with his son, George.

The cemetery is a beautiful little plot on the top of a bluff, not visable from anywhere below, surrounded by trees and farm land. It contains mostly family and friends from the area, nearly all names being familiar.

Mary Ann COONROD [Parents] was born on 4 Sep 1796 in Pendleton Co, VA. She died on 24 Apr 1853 in Scott Co, IL. She was buried in McCaleb Cem, Bluffs, Scott Co, IL. She married David Jr VAN GUNDY on 4 May 1821 in Madison Co, IL.

They had the following children:

  F i Nancy Ann VAN GUNDY was born on 29 Jun 1822. She died on 27 Feb 1908.
  U ii Infant VAN GUNDY.
  F iii Mary Jane VAN GUNDY was born on 31 Jan 1825. She died on 5 Mar 1910.
  M iv George W VAN GUNDY was born in 1827. He died before 1903.
  M v Daniel VAN GUNDY was born on 15 Jun 1828. He died on 14 Dec 1902.
  M vi John VAN GUNDY was born in 1830. He died on 4 Jul 1905.
  M vii Adam VAN GUNDY was born on 5 Mar 1831. He died on 2 Sep 1908.
  F viii Martha VAN GUNDY was born in 1832. She died after 1908.

Charles RENSHAW.Charles married Julia A MERRIS.

Residence: Hennessy, OK

Julia A MERRIS [Parents] was born on 12 May 1858. She died on 16 Dec 1941. She married Charles RENSHAW. Julia resided in 1921.


Ellery Mickey MERRIS was born on 1 Mar 1823 in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. He died on 27 Feb 1906 in Macon, Macon Co, IL. He was buried in S Macon Cem, Macon, Macon Co, IL.. He married Nancy Ann VAN GUNDY on 17 Mar 1842 in Scott Co, IL.

Ellery was well-to-do and influential and helped his children to be the same. He was a farmer/stockman, raising shorthorn cattle, Berkshire hogs, and sheep.

He was a Baptist but attended the Presbyterian church due to the lack of Baptist churches in the area. He supported the Prohibition Party and held several local public offices.

Residences and events in his life:

1823-1826 Sangamon Co, Springfield, IL

1826-1842/49 Scott Co, near Naples, IL. After his marriage, he bought 40 acres of wild land which is now located within the city limits of Bluffs.

1850 Logan Co, IL. Apparently they moved with the Smallwood family, Nancy's sister.

1854-1857 Griggsville, Pike Co, IL. He bought 100 acres 1 mi W of town for $45, sold it 3 yrs later for a profit of $60.

1857 Lake Fork, Logan Co, IL, where he bought a farm.

1860 Logan Co, IL. In the census, he was a farmer with only $300 in personal property. Possibly he had sold his land in preparation to moving back to Macon Co.

1865-1868 S Macon Twp, Macon Co, IL, where he bought 80 acres.

1868 Macon Co, IL, near Findley Creek, 5 mi E of town. Ellery bought 120 acres, built a house and "highly cultivated" the land. He later traded it with his son for 160 acres in Milam Twp.

1870 Milam Twp, Macon Co, IL. He bought a 2nd farm and lived there awhile, selling it in 1902. He still owned the 160 acres acquired in the trade, renting that property out in 1903 for income. He also owned 40 acres in sect 31 and 80 acres in sect 32.

1887 Macon, Macon Co, IL. Ellery owned 3 lots in town, one with a house which he remodeled and enlarged for his private residence.

His tombstone says he was born 6/29/1822.

His obituary said he died one day earlier. He had 8 living children, 55 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren at that time.

The obit said he was "always prominent in the community in which he lived. He was a man of sturdy character and with the courage of his convictions. He served as assessor, tax collector, school director for many years and was also alderman in Macon for seven years. He was widely known and noted for his honesty, integrity, and straight dealing."

The gravestone has his death date as 2/27/1907.

His funeral was held the day after his death at 2 PM in the Presbyterian church with the Rev. F P DeBolt officiating, assisted by Rev M N English.

Nancy Ann VAN GUNDY [Parents] was born on 29 Jun 1822 in Madison Co, IL. She died on 27 Feb 1908 in Macon, Macon Co, IL. She was buried in S Macon Cem, Macon, Macon Co, IL.. She married Ellery Mickey MERRIS on 17 Mar 1842 in Scott Co, IL.

In 1906 she was unable to attend her husband's funeral due to paralysis from a stroke suffered 2 yrs prior.

Nancy's birth date, as recorded on her gravestone and by other relatives, is the same date
as her parent's marriage which is recorded in marriage records.

At least one descendant has her death year as 1907.

They had the following children:

  M i George W MERRIS was born on 3 Feb 1843. He died on 18 Feb 1897.
  M ii Asa MERRIS was born on 12 Jun 1844. He died on 20 Sep 1921.
  M iii David S MERRIS was born on 9 Mar 1845. He died on 10 Mar 1845 in Scott Co, IL. He was buried in Merris Cem, Scott Co, IL.
  M iv Jonah A MERRIS was born on 30 Nov 1845. He died on 16 Feb 1918.
  F v Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" MERRIS was born on 29 Mar 1848. She died on 12 Dec 1937.
  F vi Sarah Jane MERRIS was born on 19 Jul 1849. She died on 22 Oct 1914.
  M vii Jasper N MERRIS was born on 13 Apr 1851. He died on 25 Apr 1853 in Scott Co, IL. He was buried in Merris Cem, Scott Co, IL.

Residence: Macon Co, IL
  F viii Male MERRIS was born on 13 Jan 1853. She died on 13 Jan 1853.
  F ix Martha MERRIS was born on 3 Feb 1854. She died on 3 Jan 1936.
  M x Franklin MERRIS was born on 2 Feb 1856. He died on 4 Jul 1857.
  F xi Julia A MERRIS was born on 12 May 1858. She died on 16 Dec 1941.
  M xii Daniel Albert MERRIS was born on 15 Mar 1860. He died on 13 Sep 1935.
  F xiii Ida May MERRIS was born on 22 Dec 1863. She died on 21 Jul 1936.
  F xiv Female MERRIS.
  M xv Male MERRIS was born on 23 Mar 1865. He died on 23 Mar 1865.

John MCCOOL.John married Martha MERRIS on 13 Oct 1872 in Macon Co, IL, at the Methodist Church. John resided. He resided.

Martha MERRIS [Parents] was born on 3 Feb 1854. She died on 3 Jan 1936. She married John MCCOOL on 13 Oct 1872 in Macon Co, IL, at the Methodist Church.


Hiram William VAN GUNDY [Parents] was born in 1853 in IL. He died on 1 Nov 1916 in Scott Co, IL. He married Anna BATTEY on 27 Nov 1884 in Scott Co, IL, by P P Clarkson, JP.

Hiram married a second time, name unknown, and had two more sons, also
unknown.

Hiram was a milkman in 1900 at Bluffs, IL.

Anna BATTEY.Anna married Hiram William VAN GUNDY on 27 Nov 1884 in Scott Co, IL, by P P Clarkson, JP.

They had the following children:

  M i Charles VAN GUNDY.

Adam VAN GUNDY [Parents] was born on 5 Mar 1831 in Scott Co, IL. He died on 2 Sep 1908 in Scott Co, IL. He was buried on 4 Sep 1908 in McCaleb Cem, Bluffs, Scott Co, IL. He married Sarah E OHLER on 24 Dec 1851 in Scott Co, IL by J D Zimmerman, MG.

Other marriages:
BURGEMYER\BIRKMEYER, Gretta

He was a farmer and also worked in several jobs with the Northern Cross (future Wabash) railroad, everything from engineer to running a rail hotel.

There must have been some kind disagreement which caused Adam's siblings to move away, severing all contact. Adam's branch knew nothing of any other relatives, and were quite surprised to learn of their existence when discovered in 1993.

Adam's line diminished, passing all the original Van Gundy property to Mary Van Gundy Muckler of Tennessee, her nephew, Eric Van Gundy farming the land for her. At this time, Mary's children, Eric, and his brother are the last of the line.

Residences & events in Adam's life:

1850 Exeter P.O., Scott Co, IL. In the census he had property = $3500/680. Also living with him were John Full, 22, from Germany, and Esther Oliver, 16, from MD, probably helpers around the farm and house.

1860 Exeter, with the same property worth $3500/680.

1870 Still at Exeter, his property now = $7000/1650. This residence may have been the rail hotel he operated, there were several other residents there with various occupations.

1880 Same address and all the kids, except George, were still at home. Living with them were a servant girl and a 9 yr old, Lorenzo Rest, who may have been Sarah's nephew.

12/17/1883 Bluffs was organized as a town and Adam was elected president of the first board of officers.

1900 Adam was one of three Justices of the Peace in town.

His 3 column obituary said:

LIFE'S WORK OVER

Brief Biographical Sketch of a Well Known, and Highly Respected Character of Scott County

"This ends the career of one of Scott county's oldest and most influential citizens.
Adam Van Gundy was born and reared on the same farm he owned at the time of his death, being also the farm that was the home of his father, David Van gundy, one mile east of Bluffs.
When a boy he tended the mill his father owned, and which was erected on the old home place, it being the only mill at that time between Quincy and Springfield, people driving and bringing their wheat as far as 60 miles to have it ground.
He saw the first rails laid of the present Wabash railroad and during 1865 and 1866 he conducted a hotel at Naples, the termus of the road. He, for a number of years was conductor on the line that runs from Springfield to Meredosia. He had spoken to his friends so many times of both serious and humerous incidents occuring during his time as conductor. Bluffs station at that time being at the crossing east of town and called the Van Gundy station.
Twenty-five years ago this fall the Hotel Olive, now known as the Wabash Dining Station, was erected by him and for about 3 years he was proprietor, making many warm friends who are yet here and mourn his departure."

" He was a very public spirited citizen and always willing to do his duty as far as was within him. When the town of Bluffs was organized he was made president of the village and from that time held office of sime kind almost constantly, being Squire for many years before his death. He was a staunch democrat and a very radical temperance man, several of his writings on temperance being found in his writing case after his death. He always disliked to have anyone oppose him on the liquor question as he was so strong an advocate for the right, and if necessary would fight for his principles.
He was a man of warm impulse and generous heart and any one that was really needy was never turned from his door empty handed. He was a great lover of children both of his own immediate family and outside of the family children were a great delight to his heart.
His last illness started just one week before his demise, and was caused by a complication of kidney and bladder trouble. During his last illness he was called upon by his pastor Rev. W.H. Lewis, and to him he expressed himself that he knew he was going to die but he was willing to go as he was ready for the great journey. He was unconsious the last three days and when the time came for him to pass away, a peaceful expression came over his face and he was no more, death taking away the care worn expression that was caused by his intense suffering."

The funeral was held at the home of eldest daughter, Margaret Tewksbury at 2 PM. "The many flowers tendered were very beautiful and showed in what esteem he was held by his many friends and relatives"

Pallbearers were grandsons, Roy and Charles Van Gundy, Harry and Albert Vannier, Leonard Black, and Thomas Burrus.

Adam and Sarah are buried a few rows higher up the bluff from his parents and share a large stone.

Sarah E OHLER was born on 15 Apr 1832 in MD/PA. She died on 29 Jun 1882 in Scott Co, IL. She was buried in McCaleb Cem, Bluffs, Scott Co, IL. She married Adam VAN GUNDY on 24 Dec 1851 in Scott Co, IL by J D Zimmerman, MG.

They had the following children:

  M i George Washington VAN GUNDY was born on 31 Oct 1852. He died on 28 Dec 1925.
  M ii Hiram William VAN GUNDY was born in 1853. He died on 1 Nov 1916.
  F iii Margaret "Maggie" VAN GUNDY was born on 19 Dec 1856. She died on 20 Jul.
  F iv Ada Frances VAN GUNDY was born on 6 Jan 1860. She died on 2 May 1924.

Robert Elmer "Robin" YOUNG [Parents] was born on 10 Oct 1956 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL. He married Sali Elizabeth JORDAN on 10 Oct 1976 in Mattoon, Coles Co, IL, Marshall Ave Christian Church. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
Butt, Pamila J

Sali Elizabeth JORDAN.Sali married Robert Elmer "Robin" YOUNG on 10 Oct 1976 in Mattoon, Coles Co, IL, Marshall Ave Christian Church. The marriage ended in divorce.

They had the following children:

  F i Barbara D YOUNG was born about 1977.

Robert Elmer "Robin" YOUNG [Parents] was born on 10 Oct 1956 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL. He married Pamila J Butt. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
JORDAN, Sali Elizabeth

Pamila J Butt.Pamila married Robert Elmer "Robin" YOUNG. The marriage ended in divorce.

They had the following children:

  F i Kimberly A YOUNG.
  F ii Terri J YOUNG.

Robert Elmer YOUNG [Parents] was born on 8 Mar 1932 in Mattoon, Coles Co, IL, at 1612 Prairie, the home of his Van Gundy grandparents. He died on 10 Oct 1995 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL. He married Janis Darlene OLIVER on 29 Jul 1955 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL, Grace Methodist Church.

His death was the result of a heart attack.

Janis Darlene OLIVER was born on 27 Sep 1937. She married Robert Elmer YOUNG on 29 Jul 1955 in Decatur, Macon Co, IL, Grace Methodist Church.

They had the following children:

  M i Robert Elmer "Robin" YOUNG was born on 10 Oct 1956.
  M ii Rodney Eugene YOUNG was born on 20 Mar 1959.
  F iii Cheryl Ann YOUNG was born on 11 Jan 1961.

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