This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.
This column's focus is on Funk. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).
There is one book in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Funk family. It is: Howard Lehman Spessard's A Brief History of the Lehman Family and Genealogical Register of he Descendants of Peter Lehman of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with Data for Several Collateral Families (Hagerstown, Md., 1961).
There are 12 first-name entries for Funk in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).
And, now, your ancestors' Funk neighbors in 1890:
Jennie--Milesburg William M. 10 mos. Joseph, 53, forgeman--Roland Sarah M. Edward 17
HOWARD Township:George, 75, laborer--Mt. Eagle Susan
MILES Township:Calvin L., 35, laborer--Madisonburg Alice E. Oliver F. 13 Mary A. John C. 7 Robert L. 2 Sarah F. Daniel P., 11--Centre Mills
PENN Township:Ida R.--Coburn John, 65, retired--Coburn Magdalena F. Louisa F.
PHILIPSBURG Borough:Jerry, 31, policeman--2nd St.
RUSH Township:George W., 37, laborer--Philipsburg Annie M. Nellie V. Henry M. 13