MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 448
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007
DEATH OF A NONAGENARIAN
Oct. 23, 1898 (hand written)
Grandpa Abram Funk, One of the Early Settlers of the County, Passes Away Sunday Morning
At the home of his daughter, Mrs. Catherine Bond, a nonagenarian, ABRAM FUNK, passed to his eternal rest, Sabbath morning, at 10:45, having lived almost a century. He was probably the oldest resident of Muscatine, if not of the county. Deceased was born in Manor township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, Oct. 5, 1803, and had therefore just passed his 95th birthday. He was the son of Abram and Catherine Funk, his father dying when he was an infant, he being taken by the friends of the family to live, with whom he made his home until he was seventeen years of age. He was apprenticed to the trade of a cooper for a term of three years.
He was married to Miss Ann Maria Martin, May 3, 1827, by whom four children were born, Daniel M., deceased, Catherine, of this city, Maria, now Mrs. Christian Whistler, of Grandview, and Mrs. Susana Erb, of this city. Mrs. Funk died Sept. 24th, 1835, and the following year Mr. Funk was again married to Miss Magdelena Springer, by whom four children were born, being Joseph W., deceased, Mrs. Sarah Hessler, of Salem, Oregon, Mrs. Rebecca Whitten, of Grayhorse, Indian Territory, and Abraham, of Cedar Rapids.
In 1850 Mr. Funk came with his family to Muscatine county, having made the journey hither in a flatboat to Pittsburgh, where he embarked on the ill-fated vessel, “Belle of the West,” which burned on the way, causing the loss of 150 lives. Mr. Funk’s goods were destroyed and two of his children seriously burned. On reaching Muscatine he invested in 400 acres of ground, upon which he continued active work until in 1882, when he retired, and has since led a retired life with his children. Mrs. Funk preceded him in death some years ago.
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