Gunderman, William A., was born August 30, 1815, at Vernon, Sussex county, N. J., about twenty eight miles from
New York city. His father had been a soldier in the Revolution and belonged to the New Jersey line of the Continental
army. Mr. Gunderman when a young man went to Chemung county, N. Y., where he was employed about four years as a
farm laborer. Having in that time accumulated a few hundred dollars he bought with it a small drove of cattle and
drove them to New York in connection with a visit to his home. This was the beginning of his career as a successful
drover in Central New York, and which he followed actively for the next ten years and to a less extent during his
business life. In 1851 he married Lucy, daughter of Reuben Woodford, of Danby, and the same year purchased of Luther
Smith the farm in Danby, upon which he resided till his death October 24, 1893. His wife died August 18, 1872.
Mr. Gunderman had four children, two sons and two daughters: Elizabeth is the widow of Carlton S. Wattles, of Ithaca;
Deiphine is the wife of Willis S. Hall, a fanner of Danby; Frank D. Gunderman resides on the old homestead; William
R., the other son, was for about ten years the proprietor of the Elm Tree Mills of Danby, destroyed by fire September
8, 1889. He then removed to Ithaca, and has since been the proprietor of the Esty Grain Elevator at the Inlet.
This elevator is one of the landmarks of old Ithaca. It was built about the middle of the twenties, and contemporaneously
with the completion of the Erie Canal, by two brothers, Levi and Harry Leonard, and has since been conducted by
various parties, among the best known being Timothy S. Williams and his brothers, Henry W. Sage, who had at different
times a number of partners in his business, Barnard & Wood, Wood & Esty, William W. Esty, and lastly W.
R. Gunderman, the present proprietor, who has carried on business since October, 1889.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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