Person:Christopher Gunn (3)

m. 30 Sep 1827
  1. Solomon Salisbury Gunn1829 - 1897
  2. Mary Ann Gunn1830 - 1862
  3. Chauncey T. Gunn1831 - 1888
  4. Comfort Orin Gunn1833 - 1907
  5. Robert Gunn1835 - 1911
  6. Perry A. Gunn1837 - 1890
  7. Samantha Gunn1840 -
  8. Olive Rhoda Gunn1843 - 1892
  9. Sarah Jane Gunn1844 - 1928
  10. Caroline I. Gunn1845 - 1921
  11. Christopher Conrad Gunn1848 - 1922
  12. Hector Willoughby GunnEst 1850 - 1909
  13. Norman A Gunn1851 - 1907
  14. Arminta Gunn1854 - 1928
m. 15 Aug 1876
  1. Dr. Conrad Glenn Gunn1886 - 1968
  2. Irwin Simpson Gunn1888 - 1968
Facts and Events
Name Christopher Conrad Gunn
Gender Male
Birth[1][3][4] 1 Feb 1848 Wayne, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States
Marriage 15 Aug 1876 Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United Statesto Helen Caroline Alford
Death[3][4] 2 Aug 1922 Watervliet, Berrien, Michigan, United States
Military? Civil War -Company E, 6th Ohio Cavalry
Burial[3][4] Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United StatesWest Oshtemo Valley Cemetery

Christopher Conrad Gunn (sometimes also given as Conrad Christopher), "a resident of Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County, was born February 1,1848, in Ashtabula County, Ohio. He is a son of Westrall Willoughby Gunn, a native of Herkimer County, N.Y, where he was born February 25, 1808. He was a graduate of Yale College, in the law department, and practiced in Lockport, Pa. He was married soon after leaving college to Betsey Sharp, a native of New York, and in 1829 left Lockport, Pa., and settled in Ashtabula County, Ohio, continuing in the legal business and also engaging somewhat in farming in connection with droving, being one of the oldest dealers in cattle in Ohio. He drove cattle to Buffalo until 1867, in which year he moved to Eaton County, this State. When on a visit to his daughter in LaPorte, Ind., in 1876, he was taken sick and died, aged sixty-eight years. His good wife died in Eaton County, in 1886, at the age of seventy-five years. They had fourteen children born to them, eight boys and six girls, ten of whom are now living. Two of the sons, Perry and Conrad, enlisted in the army, Perry in the Thirteenth Wisconsin Infantry, serving nine months. He was injured at the battle of Pittsburg Landing, and was discharged from the service."

"Our subject worked on a farm until fifteen years of age, when he enlisted in the army on the 16th of January, 1864, in Company E, Sixth Ohio Cavalry. He joined his regiment at Warrenton, Va., and did picket duty inside of three months’ time. He was in the campaign of 1864 under Sheridan. He participated in the battle of the Wilderness and was on Richmond raid, fighting all the time. He was also in the battles of Todd’s Tavern, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Five Forks, Chickahominy, Malvern Heights, and the second battle of Weldon Railroad. At the last-named place, they stopped doing picket duty until the spring of 1865, when they broke camp and followed the rebels on retreat and continued to fight until Lee’s surrender. The regiment then staid [sic] at Warrenton on detached duty for three months, and Mr. Gunn was mustered out, August 7, 1865, and honorably discharged at Cleveland, Ohio, August 7."

"On leaving the army, our subject made a short visit home and then came to Kalamazoo. He remained but a short time, however, as he went to live in Indiana, where he remained for seven years. From there he removed to this township, in 1876, and was married to Helen C. Slack, in the same year. Mrs. Gunn was the widow of John Slack and a daughter of William Alford, a native of Massachusetts. Her grandfather participated in the Revolutionary War. A fife that was played by him in the battle of Yorktown and at the surrender of Cornwallis, and afterward by his son William Alford, in the War of 1812, is in the possession of the family. The father of Mrs. Gunn was married at the age of twenty-nine years, in Canada, having moved there soon after the War of 1812. He lived in Guelph, Ontario, but at the time of the Rebellion in Canada, not wishing to fight for or against his own country, sold his property and came to Michigan, taking up land in Alamo Township, in 1837, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1849. His good wife is still living and makes her home with her son in Texas Township. She bore her husband fourteen children and was again married in 1852 and became the mother of one child."

"Mrs. Gunn was married to her first husband in 1864. He died March 30, 1875. By this marriage, one child was born, William, who is now studying medicine. By her second marriage, Mrs. Gunn has become the mother of two children: Conrad Glenn, born June 29, 1888, and Irwin Simpson, born May 10, 1886."

"Our subject is a member of Orcutt Post, G.A.R., at Kalamazoo. Mrs. Gunn had two brothers in the late war, William and George. The latter was wounded at Port Hudson and died from the effect of his wounds. He belonged to Company D, Sixth Michigan Light Artillery. William was in the Nineteenth Michigan Infantry, Company F, and was wounded at Resaca, Ga., was taken prisoner, March 6, 1863, at Spring Hill, Tenn., and confined in Libby Prison twenty-seven days."

Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Kalamazoo, Allegan & Van Buren Counties, Michigan (Chapman Brothers, 1892), pages 840-41.

1850 Federal Census:
Name: Christopher C Gunn
Age: 2, Estimated Birth Year: abt 1848, Birth Place: Ohio
Home in 1850(City,County,State): Wayne, Ashtabula, Ohio
Household Members:
Betsey Gunn 38
Caroline S Gunn 5
Chancey Gunn 18
Christopher C Gunn 2
Hector W Gunn 0
Mary Ann Gunn 19
Perry Gunn 14
Rhoda Gunn 9
Robert Gunn 16
Sarah J Gunn 7
Semantha Gunn 10
Solomon S Gunn 21
Westrull Gunn 43

1860 Federal Census:
Name: Conrad Gunn
Age in 1860: 14, Birth Year: abt 1846, Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1860: Wayne, Ashtabula, Ohio
Post Office: Lindenville
Household Members:
Wetull w Gunn 53
Betsey Gunn 51
Comrad Gunn 14
Hector Gunn 11
Norman Gunn 9
Arminta Gunn 7

1880 Census: Name: Conrad C. Gunn Age: 32 Birth Year: abt 1848 Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1880: Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Helen C. Gunn
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Occupation: Farmer
Household Members:
Conrad C. Gunn 32
Helen C. Gunn 32
William Slack 9 [stepson]
Stephen Whtney 19 [servant]
Fannie Sherwood 24 [teacher]

Conrad C. Gunn appears in the List of 1894 Michigan Veterans (Census of the State of Michigan 1894) living in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo County. [Michigan Family History Network - Genealogy Databases]

1894 Michigan Census:
Name: Conrad C Gunn
Residence: Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Age: 46
Estimated Birth Year: 1848
Census Year: 1894
Relationship to Head of Household: Husband
Family Number: 69
Line Number: 13
Page Number: 519
Film Number: 915315
Digital Folder Number: 004705872
Image Number: 00284
Household Gender Age
Conrad C Gunn M 46
Helen C Gunn F 46
Glenn Gunn M 8
Irwin S Gunn M 6

1900 Federal Census:
Name: Christopher Gunn
Home in 1900: Almena, Van Buren, Michigan
Age: 52
Birth Date: Feb 1848
Birthplace: Ohio
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Spouse's Name: Hellen S
Marriage Year: 1876
Years Married: 24
Occupation: Farmer
Residence : Almena Township, Van Buren, Michigan
Other Household Members:
Helen S Gunn 52
C Glenn Gunn 13
Irwin S Gunn 12
Enumeration District: 0129
Page: 3
Sheet Letter: B
Family Number: 61
Reference Number: 62
Film Number: 1240745
Image Number: 00381

1910 Federal Census:
Name: Christopher C Gunn
Age in 1910: 64
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1846
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: New York
Mother's Birth Place: New York
Spouse's Name: Helen C
Home in 1910: Almena, Van Buren, Michigan
Household Members:
Christopher C Gunn 64
Helen C Gunn 62

1920 Federal Census:
Name: Christopher C Gunn
Home in 1920: Watervliet, Berrien, Michigan
Age: 72 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1848
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Helen C
Father's Birth Place: New York
Mother's Birth Place: New York
Household Members:
Christopher C Gunn 72
Helen C Gunn 72
John W Gunn 49 [widowed Step-Son]- Slack, renamed Gunn
J Harry Gunn 24 [Grandson]

Military Service:
Name: Christopher Gunn
Enlistment Date: 16 Jan 1864
Side Served: Union
State Served: Ohio
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 16 January 1864 at the age of 18.
Enlisted in Company E, 6th Cavalry Regiment Ohio on 16 Jan 1864.
Mustered Out Company E, 6th Cavalry Regiment Ohio on 7 Aug 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Sources: 17 (see American Civil War Soldiers)

Name: Christopher C Gunn
Age at Enlistment: 18 (was actually 16)
Enlistment Date: 16 Jan 1864
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Ohio
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company E, Ohio 6th Cavalry Regiment on 16 Jan 1864.
Mustered out on 07 Aug 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Birth Date: abt 1846
Sources: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio

1890 Veteran's Schedules:
Veteran's Name: Christopher C Gunn
Home in 1890: Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Year enlisted: 1864
Year discharged: 1865
Rank: Private
Company: E
Regiment: 6 Cavalry
Enlisted: 16 Jan 1864
Discharged: 7 Aug 1865
Length of Service: 1 year 7 months

The Ohio 6th Cavalry was organized in October, 1861, under Colonel William R. Lloyd, for three years service, it went to the field in May, 1862. It operated in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and in June participated in the battle of Cross Keys, and again at Cedar Mountain and second Bull Run. It joined Burnside's advance on Fredericksburg and went into winter quarters, guarding the Rappahannock. In the spring of 1863 it fought under Hooker at Kelly's Ford, joined Stoneman's raid, and followed Lee's movement into Maryland, having several severe actions. The Regiment took an active part at Gettysburg and followed Lee's retreat, capturing many men and wagons. It participated in many engagements in Meade's advance on the Rapidan and spent the winter fighting Mosby's guerillas. In the spring of 1864 it joined Grant's movement on Richmond, participating in many hard fought battles under Sheridan. Operating south of the James on the Weldon Railroad in October, it hardly rested during the winter, and in the spring of 1865 joined the last grand movement to Five Forks and Appomattox until the collapse of the Rebellion. In August, 1865, it returned to Ohio and was mustered out. This Regiment sustained heavy loss in officers and men during its eventful career. (Ohio 6th Cavalry History)

Image Gallery
  1. Portrait and biographical record of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties, Michigan: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens together with biographies of all the governors of the state and all the presidents of the United States. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974), pp. 838 and 840-41, 1892.

    Published by Chapman Bros., Chicago.
    "Conrad Christopher Gunn, a resident of Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County, was born February 1,1848, in Ashtabula County, Ohio."

  2.   National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, Film # M552, Roll 42.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Find A Grave.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Michigan Death Certificate.