1. JONATHAN7 BUNDY (BENJAMIN6 BUNDY, JOHN5, CALEB4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born Abt 1755 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, and died August 16, 1819 in Walnut Hill, Illinois. He married DORCUS BROTHERS Bef 1785 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.
Jonathan Bundy, son of Benjamin Bundy and Ruth Jennings, born 1755 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, died August 16, 1819 in Jefferson County, Illinois. Before 1785, he married Dorcas Brothers, daughter of Joseph Brothers and Nancy Sawyer, she died between 1850 and 1860. Both are buried in Little Grove Cemetery near Walnut Hill, Jefferson County, Illinois.
Jonathan and his family moved from Pasquotank County, North Carolina to Sumner County Tennessee shortly after 1810. Some of his kin-folk also moved to Tennessee at the same time and their descendants still live in the area.
It is not known whether he was in the Revolutionary War, but he probably was because all able bodied males had to go. He was twenty one years old when the Revolutionary War started in 1776. His first child Robert was born in 1785 two years after the conclusion of the war in 1783. He probably got a military land grant in Tennessee.
In 1817 Jonathan and his family moved from Sumner County, Tennessee to Illinois and settled about two miles northeast of Walnut Hill, Illinois in the N.W. corner of the N.W. 1/4 of Section 32, Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois. At the time he settled at this location, it was a part of Whit County, Illinois, North-west Territory. Illinois was admitted to the Union the following year in 1818. Jefferson County, Illinois was created out of White County on March 26, 1819. Marion County was created out of the northern part of Jefferson County and the southern part of Fayette County on January 24, 1823. When Jonathan Bundy died here in 1819 this was a part of Jefferson County, also when the census of 1820 was taken.
There was a Stage route from Shawneetown north-westward to Alton and another route from Kaskaskia to Vincennes, Indiana. These two routes crossed at Walnut Hill, Illinois. He and his family came to Illinois from Tennessee in old time cumbersome wagons. They probably followed this route from Shawneetown. The name of Walnut Hill was originally called Farmington but was changed to Walnut Hill on September 1, 1823.
When Jonathan died they did not have any lumber, so they cut a large white oak an split out the boards to make his coffin. A hand cut sand rock marked his and Dorcas grave for many years since it is the oldest grave in the Little Grove Cemetery. Buried about sixty feet northeast of the northeast corner of the church, there are several Bundy's buried in the same location.
i. ROBERT8 BUNDY, b. March 20, 1785, Pasquotank County, North Carolina; d. Aft 1860, Marion County, Illinois; m. PENELOPE BOYD, January 02, 1812, Sumner, Tennessee.
ii.DORCAS BUNDY, b. 1789, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.
iii.INFANT DAUGHTER BUNDY, b. 1790, Pasquotank County, North Carolina.
iv.WILLIAM BUNDY, b. 1795, Pasquotank County, North Carolina; d. Aft 1860, Walnut Hill, Illinois.
v.JOHN "JACK" BUNDY, b. March 15, 1797, Pasquotank County, North Carolina; d. January 10, 1858, Rome Township, Jefferson County, Illinois; m. ELIZABETH JANE WILSON, December 1827.
vi .SUSANNAH BUNDY, b. March 01, 1800.
vii. MARGARET BUNDY, b. 1801.
2.viii.FREDERICK BUNDY, b. 1802, Pasquotank County, North Carolina; d. 1849, Marion County, Illinois.
ix.LUCRETIA BUNDY, b. May 09, 1808.
x.PATSEY BUNDY, b. September 17, 1808.
2. FREDERICK8 BUNDY (JONATHAN7 BUNDY, BENJAMIN6 BUNDY, JOHN5, CALEB4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born 1802 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, and died 1849 in Marion County, Illinois. He married MARY "POLLY" WILSON December 05, 1826 in Marion County, Illinois, daughter of John Wilson.
Frederick Bundy, living in a different period from ours, had no chance to go to school. His education had to be self-obtained. He did not fail to sieze the opportunities which came his way, and so became a remarkably well informed man. At the time the family came to Illinois the journey was made int he old time cumberous team wagons. The John Wilson family arrived by means of the same mode of travel.
Centralia Township at the time Frederick settled there in 1826, was as yet in its original wild state. As may be supposed, wild game and beasts of prey of many varieties abounded there, particularly wolves, to which he lay awake listening on many a night inside the rough log-cabin which he had built with his own hands. In time he cleared the land and erected for himself a suitable hime, and otherwise much improved the property which embraced four hundred acres. For years, he carried an active farming business and raised considerable amount of stock. Frederick Bundy was politically a staunch Democrat, and in those days he had to go over to Salem at election times to record his vote. In religious life he was a member of the Christian Church. His wife died in February, 1848, and the demise of the inseparable companion of life's journey as a great loss. He died in the fall of 1849, having however, married secondly Elizabeth Walker, and leaving a son by that marriage. He had eight children by his first wife, the eldest William Kell; Alexander, who married Margaret Breeze, and afterwards another member of that family, who is a farmer in Washington County; Nancy Jane, deceased, first married John Harper, and afterwards Reuben Aldersonl; Dorcas married Sidney Harmon both of whom are both dead; Jeanette who never married, also died; John joined the One Hundred and Eleventh Regiment, Company H; at the outbreak of the Civil War and died while in the service of his country; Robert was also in the Civil War, enlisting in the Jefferson County, Illinois, and died of small pox during his term of service; Sallie another daughter, married Thomas J. Hollowell and lives in Washingon with her husband.
COPIED FROM BRINKERHOFF'S HISTORY OF MARION COUNTY, ILLINOIS - 1909 - PAGES 256 AND 257.
3.i.WILLIAM KELL9 BUNDY, b. May 04, 1827, Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois; d. April 24, 1919, Marion County, Illinois.
ii.ALEXANDER BUNDY, b. January 26, 1829, Marion County, Illinois; d. May 19, 1910, Dayton, Washington; m. MARGARET J. BREEZE, October 07, 1849, Jefferson County, Illinois.
iii.NANCY JANE BUNDY, b. March 1832, Marion County, Illinois; d. July 10, 1886; m. REUBEN ALDERSON, August 20, 1863, Marion County, Illinois.
iv.ELIZABETH DORCAS BUNDY, b. 1833, Marion County, Illinois; d. 1905, Marion County, Illinois; m. SIDNEY HARMON.
4. v.SARAH "SALLIE" BUNDY, b. 1835.
vi.JOHN BUNDY, b. 1837, Marion County, Illinois; d. April 22, 1863, Fort Heiman, Calloway County, Kentucky; m. EMILY UNKNOWN.
vii.MARGARET JEANETTE BUNDY, b. 1839, Marion County, Illinois.
viii.ROBERT BUNDY, b. 1842, Marion County, Illinois; d. 1863, Little Rock Arkansas.
3. WILLIAM KELL9 BUNDY (FREDERICK8, JONATHAN7 BUNDY, BENJAMIN6 BUNDY, JOHN5, CALEB4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born May 04, 1827 in Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois, and died April 24, 1919 in Marion County, Illinois. He married MARY ELIZABETH MCCLELLAND September 25, 1850, daughter of Isaac McClelland and Sarah Welch.
The life of the early settlers in any community has ever contained much to interest and entertain us. There is something romantic about the ruggedness of their lives and the uncertainties they had to face which holds a gascination for us today. The family of the subject of this sketch were among the earliest inhabitants of the county in which they lived, and the hardworking lives they lived were much mroe eventful than the life of the average farmer of today.
The life of William Kell Bundy, the subject of this sketch, has been an adventurous one. In early life the received the limited education afforded at the only available local institutions of learning--the subscription schools. He remained at home doing necessary work on the farm until 1847, when at that martial period he enlisted in Company C, No., 1, United States Army for the Mexican War. His military career began by his being sent to Alton, Illinois, and later to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and later participated in the march across the desert to Santa Fe. He was on the march sixy days, which was a tedious one. Later he took part in the advance upon old Albuquerque, the Mexican capital. Here he remained until 1848, where he did guard duty, and finally marched back. On his return he remained with his father superintending the old homestead until the latter's death, at which time he bought forty acres of it, on which he lived for fifteen years. In 1863 he changed to his present abode in section No. 6, Racoon township. At different times the area of his land increased until he had at one time three hundred and fifty acres; the greater part of which he has divided among his children. All the improvements on the place have been the fruits of his labor and supervision. He has principally raised stock on the farm, cattle, horses, sheep and hogs, and also evinced an interest in the fancy and finer breeds.
William Kell Bundy was born section No. 1, Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois, on May 4, 1827 and was the son of Frederick and Mary (Wilson) Bundy. He married first Mary Elizabeth, the daughter of Isaac and Sarah McClelland. Isaac was an early settler in Marion County, near Walnut Hill. On the death of his first wife, Mr. Bundy married a second time on October 20, 1887, Anna Mildred Gaines, of Sumner County, near Nashville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Henry and Marian (Bradley) Gaines. They came to Marion County, Illinois in 1850, and settled in Stevenson township. There Henry Gaines and his wife farmed during the remainder of their lives. He died in 1850, and his wife in 1856.
Though now in his eighty-second year, William Kell Bundy possesses a mind of unusual transparency. He is still able to review in detail the memories and exploits of a long and varied career.
In politics the subject of our sketch is a life-long follower of the Democracy. His first vote for a presidential candidate was recorded years ago when it went to James K. Polk, who figured in an eventful election. In religion he is a member of the Christian Church, in the interests of which he has ever been active. He is now in the mellow period of a long life which has always been at the service of home and country. He has fulfilled the duties of a long life; he is surrounded by an affectionable circle of sons an daughters; he has the friendship and good wishes of a host of friends. Is not this as much as any of us can hope for in the evening of life?
THE ABOVE WAS COPIED FROM BRINKERHOFF'S HISTORY OF MARION COUNTY, ILLINOIS 1909, pages 256, 257 and 258.
He died on April 24, 1919, he lived ten years after this was written.
i. MARY REBECCA10 BUNDY, b. July 24, 1851.
ii. SARAH JANE BUNDY, b. October 13, 1853.
iii. ELIZABETH DORCAS BUNDY, b. January 04, 1856.
iv. JOSEPHINE MAY BUNDY, b. May 27, 1858.
v. RACHEL JANE BUNDY, b. September 30, 1860.
5. vi. ISAAC MCCLELLAND BUNDY, b. August 31, 1862, Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois; d. December 28, 1923, Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois.
vii.FREDERICK BUNDY, b. December 21, 1865.
viii.MARGARET CATHERINE BUNDY, b. January 20, 1868.
4. SARAH "SALLIE"9 BUNDY (FREDERICK8, JONATHAN7 BUNDY, BENJAMIN6 BUNDY, JOHN5, CALEB4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born 1835. She married THOMAS J. HOLLOWELL.
i. IDA E.10 HOLLOWELL.
5. ISAAC MCCLELLAND10 BUNDY (WILLIAM KELL9, FREDERICK8, JONATHAN7 BUNDY, BENJAMIN6 BUNDY, JOHN5, CALEB4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born August 31, 1862 in Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois, and died December 28, 1923 in Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois. He married SARAH ELIZABETH JOHNSON March 02, 1890 in Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois, daughter of James Johnson and Harriet Wilson.
ISAAC McCLELLAND BUNDY
my Great Grandfather
Isaac M. Bundy, son W.K. and Elizabeth Bundy, was born in Marion County, Illinois, August 31, 1862 and departed this life December 28, 1923, age 61 years 3 months and 28 days. He was married to Sarah E. Johnson, March 2, 1890 and to this union was born four children who survive him. Della Pearl Burge of Decatur, Illinois, Minnie Bell, Orville J. and Gladys Harriet Bundy all of Centralia. His wife preceding him to the life beyond some six months ago. Beside his children he leaves three grandchildren, Francis Leo and Nelson Floyd Burge, and Bettie Marie Bundy, four sisters, Sarah Robinson of the state of Washington, Josephine West of Odin, Illinois, Lizzie Lamont of Arkansas and Rachel Jones of California and a host of other relatives and friends. He united with the Baptist Church of Zion Hill, and was baptized by Rev. Keel on April 28, 1889 and lived a member of this church up to the time of his death.
He was very patient in his last afflicition, and never complained of his lot, but said he was ready to go, and made all arrangements for his funeral. He was a loving father, was devoted to his family and home, and while laboring for his loved ones on earth, was laying up treasures in heaven.
i. DELLA PEARL11 BUNDY, b. September 29, 1892.
ii.MINNIE BELL BUNDY, b. February 20, 1895.
6. iii.ORVILLE JOHNSON BUNDY, b. July 25, 1897, Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois; d. February 01, 1970, St. Marys Hospital, Centralia, Illinois.
7. iv.GLADYS HARRIET BUNDY, b. February 06, 1900, Centralia, Illinois; d. November 03, 1981, Centralia, Illinois.
6. ORVILLE JOHNSON11 BUNDY
(ISAAC MCCLELLAND10, WILLIAM KELL9, FREDERICK8, JONATHAN7 BUNDY,
BENJAMIN6 BUNDY, JOHN5, CALEB4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born
July 25, 1897 in Raccoon Township, Marion County, Illinois, and died
February 01, 1970 in St. Marys Hospital, Centralia, Illinois. He
married RUBY ANN SANDERS April 15, 1923 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois in
Jefferson County, daughter of Charles Sanders and Lottie Martin.
Orville Bundy of Centralia Dies
Orville "Jay" Bundy, 72, of 334 S. Lincoln Blvd., died yesterday at St. Mary's Hospital. He was a retired farmer and locomotive fireman for the Illinois Central Railroad. He was born in Centralia Township, the son of Isaac and Sarah E. (Johnson) Bundy. He married Ruby Ann Sanders in 1923 at Mt. Vernon. Mr. Bundy was a member of the First Christian Church and the Men's Bible Class. Survivors are his widow, Ruby; three daughters, Mrs. Bette Pick, Mrs. June Riechman and Mrs. Norma Phillips, all of Centralia; three sisters, Mrs. Della Burge of Taylorville, Mrs. Minnie Friedrich and Mrs. Gladys Kell, both of Centralia; and one grandchild. Mr. Bundy was a veteran of World War I and served with the Army in the Signal Corps. Funeral services will be at 2p.m. Wednesday in the Keith-Swango Funeral Home Rev. Homer Watkins officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6p.m. Tuesday.
i. BETTY MARIE12 BUNDY, b. November 20, 1923; m. JOHN EDWARD PICK, July 23, 1945, Salem, Illinois.
ii.MELANA JUNE BUNDY, b. February 12, 1926; d. March 04, 1982, Irvington, IL; m. ROBERT RIECHMAN, March 1966, First Christian Church, Carbondale IL.
iii.AUDREY DARLENE BUNDY, b. June 05, 1928.
iv.NORMA ELAINE BUNDY, b.
July 08, 1936, Romaine Township, Dix, Illinois; and died March 7, 2004
Centralia, IL m. (1) CLARENCE BRUCE PHILLIPS
, July 08, 1955, Centralia Township, Marion County, Illinois; m.
(2) ROBERT LEE TURNER, April 29, 1972, Mt. Vernon, Illinois in
7. GLADYS HARRIET11 BUNDY
(ISAAC MCCLELLAND10, WILLIAM KELL9, FREDERICK8, JONATHAN7 BUNDY,
BENJAMIN6 BUNDY, JOHN5, CALEB4, WILLIAM3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born
February 06, 1900 in Centralia, Illinois, and died November 03, 1981 in
Centralia, Illinois. She married ORVILLE KELL January 19, 1924.
i. LAVERNE ELIZABETH12
KELL, b. August 08, 1931, R.R. 1 Centralia, Illinois; d. December 19,
1991, Centralia, Illinois; m. ALVIN G. UNVERFEHRT, June 07, 1953,
Trinity Luthern Church Centralia, Illinois.
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