DAVID FUNDERBURK, one of the prominent and substantial retired farmers of Staunton, Macoupin County, was born in Dorchester township, Macoupin County, Illinois, December 6, 1849. He is a son of Laney and Elizabeth (Adcock) Funderburk.
The Funderburk family is of German origin, its founders in America coming to this country at a very early day. The father of our subject, who was born in North Carolina, removed to Jefferson County, Illinois, in young manhood, engaged in farming and died at the age of 40 years. He married Elizabeth Adcock, a native of Tennessee, who survived her husband, dying at the age of 66 years, after rearing her nine fatherless children. These were: Mrs. Eveline Weeks, deceased; Mrs. Serena Kennedy, deceased; Mrs. Elizabeth Sawyer, deceased; Mrs. Amelia Ann Williams, of Staunton, Macoupin County; James M., deceased; George, deceased; Henry, of Jerseyville, Jersey County; John, deceased; and David of this sketch.
Left a babe of six months at the death of his father, our subject had much to contend with during his childhood and youth. When other boys were attending school, he was working, and, in looking back to the time when the lad worked a whole day putting up hay for 15 cents, and drove oxen at $7 per month, one is able to see that the persevering industry and patience of the child laid the foundation stones on which the man built his fortune. Mr. funderburk never found the time to learn to read or write, but he is one of the most substantial men in his part of the county and has always taken pleasure in helping others along a little and has never turned the hungry from his door. His life of economy, industry and good management can teach valuable lessons to those who wish to learn. When he was 16 years old, he bought a team of cattle and earned $300 by hauling wood and then bought a tract of 15 acres of timber land, to which he kept adding until his farm is now worth $15,000. It contains 255 acres and is situated in sections 25, 35 and 36, Dorchester township. He also owns seven good dwellings in Staunton and a brick block. His time has been occupied since his retirement in March, 1903, in looking after his real estate interests.
On May 2, 1872, Mr. Funderburk was married to Matilda Hausam, who was born in Madison County, Illinois, March 24, 1856, and is a daughter of John and Mary Hausam. they have these children: Mary, wife of Henry Bargfeld of Staunton; Ida, who married George Allen, of Staunton, and has four children; Moda L., who married Charles McIntire, of Staunton, and has two children; Julia, who married Walter Perslow, and has two children; and Laney and Pearl, who live at home.