Here a Lundy, there a Lundy

 While searching through Google Books, I found a genealogy which provides amazing detail and biographical sketches for the ancestors of Rebecca Lundy. The Lundy Family and their Generations of Whatsoever Surname by William C. Armstrong is an invaluable resource for anyone who claims kinship to the Lundy family. This genealogy takes the history of this family to the documented reaches of the 1670's, beginning with the first Lundy in the United States, Richard Lundy I.

Richard Lundy I came to the New World from Axminster, Devon county in England. After passing through New England, he became one of the original settlers of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Along with William Penn, he belonged to the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as the Quakers. He was an Elder according to the order of this religion, and many of his descendants continued in that faith for generations.

His descendants continued in Bucks County until they made their way to New Jersey. His descendants (including my ancestors Richard II and Richard III) are buried in the Hardwick Society of Friends Cemetery with their families.

Richard III's sons begin to break away from the traditions of their fathers in notable ways. His son Samuel Lundy is well-documented to have been a participant in the Revolutionary War, despite his Quaker roots. My ancestor John Lundy marries Rebecca Silverthorn and breaks away from the family group to settle in the recently-formed Grayson County, Virginia.

I love how the Census from 1820 fully reflects that the county (formed in 1793) is only 27 years old. It's little more than blank pages with hand-drawn columns on it.

John Lundy of the 1820 Census of Grayson County, Virginia

John Lundy of the 1830 Census of Grayson County, Virginia

John's son Aaron Lundy spends his whole life in Grayson County with his wife Mahala Seagur, a fact documented by a long string of census records.

Aaron Lundy on the 1850 census for Grayson County, Virginia--page one

Aaron Lundy on the 1850 census for Grayson County, Virginia--page two
Aaron Lundy on the 1860 census for Grayson County, Virginia

Aaron Lundy on the 1870 census for Grayson County, Virginia--page 1

Aaron Lundy on the 1870 census for Grayson County, Virginia--page 2

I have no burial information for John or Aaron, and would be intensely interested if someone happens to have any.

Aaron's descendants, and Armstrong's book, come to nice close with the beginnings of the McKenzie lines in my family. Aaron's daughter Rebecca marries George Washington McKenzie, of whom I have previously written.

This post has gone on long enough, but I do have some new headstone photos I scored from a very nice anonymous citizen from that part of Virginia. I am also planning to do some supplemental research on the Quakers to get a greater idea of who my ancestors were and what they believed. What was so important about their faith that they traveled across an ocean for the sake of being able to keep it?

I can't say enough good things about Armstrong's work. He goes into much greater detail than I need to here. This post is only meant to give the scope of his work, and how I've been able to substantiate every detail he has written with primary resources from several different states. If you have any relation to this family, and are looking for someone up until about 1905, this resource is for you.