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Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers


ESAU FUNK, late of Scott County, who departed this life March 26, 1876, at the age of seventy years, was one of those men who assisted largely in the development of its resources. His widow, now owns a pleasant homestead of 102 acres, adjoining the limits of Exeter. She makes her home in the village, and is surrounded by all the comforts of life. She is held in high esteem by her neighbors.

Mrs. Funk was born near Kingston, in Roane County, Tennessee. She was brought up on a farm and remained a resident of her native county, living with her parents until her marriage to Mr. Funk in 1831. He was born near Strasburg, Va., and was the son of Samuel Funk, a native of Germany, who came to America at an early day and located in the old Dominion where he engaged at farming for a time, but later moved to Tennessee. In 1831 he again changed his residence, this time coming to Illinois, and in Scott County occupied himself as a rope-maker. He died in 1836 after having reached his three-score years and ten. His wife, Elizabeth Cordelle, was also a native of Virginia; she accompanied her husband to the West and died in Scott County.

Mr. and Mrs. Funk after their marriage lived on a farm in township 15, range 13, until 1831, and then took up their residence in township 15, range 13. Here Mr. Funk purchased land to the extent of eighty acres, upon which he effected considerable improvement, but in 1855 sold out and purchased the homestead where he lived until his death and which finally comprised 200 acres of land. After this event Mrs. Funk assumed the management of the farm which she conducted for a time then sold all but 102 acres which is now operated by her son.

To Mr. and Mrs. Funk there were born nine children, five dead and four living. The two eldest - Madison and Louis, died at the ages of seventeen and fifty years respectively. Henry is farming in Macon County, Ill., and Turner in Missouri; N. Clark operates his mother's farm; Louis during the civil war served in the 129th Illinois Infantry from 1862 until the fall of the close, and is now dead. Mary, now Mrs. Black, lives in Scott County, Ill. Norris Clark Funk was born and reared upon his father's homestead, a part of which he now occupies, and completed his education in the High School at Winchester. Subsequently for several winters he engaged in teaching. He was first married, February 27, 1879, to Miss Elma Berry, who died May 12, 1881. His present wife, to whom he was married October 8, 1884, was Miss Ada F. Holliday, a native of this county; they have two children - DeMonte and Otto. Mr. N. C. Funk is Secretary of the Anti-Horse Thief Association, of Exeter and leader of the Exeter Band, which was organized in 1872. Mrs. Funk has clear and decided views in regard to political matters and defends the principles of the Democratic party. Religiously she is a member of good standing of the Baptist Church. Mention is made of her parents in the sketch of her sister, Mrs. Milly Funk, which will be found elsewhere in this work.

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