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Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers


MRS. MILLIA FUNK, one of the very oldest settlers of Scott County, and one of that class of people, the pioneer mother, that deserves the highest praise, was born in Roane County, Tenn., on the 11th of March 1811.

Her father, Michael Hassler was a native of Pennsylvania as was also her grandfather, whose name was likewise Michael. The Hasslers were of German descent and a prominent family. Mrs. Funk=s father was a weaver by trade, when at the age of twenty-five years he emigrated to Tennessee where he was one of the early settlers. He learned the business of a millwright, and in consequence erected mills and operated them. He was also largely interested in cotton-gins and presses, and owned 300 acres of land. He died in Tennessee at the age of seventy-three years, leaving a widow whose maiden name was Agnes Scarborough, who was a native of Tennessee and of Scot descent. She was eighty years old at the time of her death, and was the mother of twelve children: Polly, William, Jane, Millia, Mahala, Dicey, Nancy, Simeon, Lydia, Michael, Amanda and Caroline.

Mrs. Funk was reared on a farm and received a common school education. Early in life she learned to weave and spin, which in those days were considered accomplishments. She was married in Tennessee on Nov. 30, 1830, to Jacob Funk, a native of Virginia, having been born in beautiful Shenandoah Valley, in Sept. 1808. His father, Samuel Funk was born in Germany, but when a young man came to America and located in Virginia, where he engaged in farming, afterwards locating in Tennessee, where he remained until 1831 when he removed to Scott County and engaged in rope-making. He died in 1836, aged seventy years. His wife=s maiden name was Elizabeth Cordelle, a native of Virginia. She died in Scott County.

Mr. Funk, the husband of the one whose name appears at the head of this sketch, came to Scott County in the fall of 1830, and rented land for three years on Plum Creek, after which he removed to Lynnville remaining there four years. In about 1839 he purchased 200 acres of improved land, which he sold in 1864, and bought the place upon which his widow now lives, where he engaged in general farming and stock-raising. His farm was a model of perfect cultivation and well improved. Mr. and Mrs. Funk were the parents of twelve children: Butler, William, Marion, Amanda, Puris, Sarah A., Letitia, Nimrod, Luke, Simeon, John and Ellen. William was in the 21st Illinois Infantry under Grant, and participated in the battle of Stone River. He was captured and sent to Andersonville Prison where he died. Nimrod was in Company F, 145th Illinois Infantry, and served three months. Marion is farming in Sangamon County, Ill.,; Amanda married William Smith; Luke married Amanda Todd, and is farming on the old homestead. Simeon is a farmer of Scott County; John is attending college at Upper Alton; Ellen married D. Mills, a farmer in Exeter.

Mrs. Funk has been a member of the Baptist Church for fifty years, and was a charter member of the same church organization of which her husband was a deacon for thirty years. Mr. and Mrs. Funk had together grown up with this county and witnessed its wonderful development. Mr. Funk was considered a model man and farmer, and when he died his neighborhood lost a good man. His death took place March 27, 1886.

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