Cyrus M. Funk

CYRUS M. FUNK, a prosperous farmer and saw mill operator of Greensburg, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, is descended from a family which was among the pioneer settlers of the state.


(I) Christian Funk, the founder of the Funk family in the United States, came from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and settled in Sewickley township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He had received a common school education, and pursued the occupation of milling and farming. He was a member of the United Brethren church. He married, and among his children was a son Abraham S.


(II) Abraham S. Funk, son of Christian Funk, (i), married, and had a son Christian.


(III) Christian Funk, son of Abraham S. Funk (2), was twice married. Two sons of the children of the first wife are prominent ministers in the United Brethren church, Abraham in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Ross, in Dayton, Ohio where he is also at present publishing agent of the United Brethren Publishing House. Several of the sons of the first wife were noted as being exceedingly stout and of great strength. Among the children of the second wife were: David, of whom later; Joseph, and Simon. All of these are deceased.


(IV) David Funk, son of Henry Funk (3) and his second wife, was barn in Sewickley township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, June 25. 1817. He was educated in the common schools of the district, and followed the occupation of farming. He was a Democrat, and a member of the United Brethren church. He married Hester Gross, born in New Stanton, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Zutzk) Gross, both natives of Westmoreland county. Joseph Gross lived in New Stanton many years, taught school there, kept a general store, was a justice of the peace, and was elected clerk of the court of the county. He was one of the founders of the United Brethren church in Greensburg, and spent the latter years of his life in that town. His wife survived him by but a few years. The children of David and Hester (Gross) Funk were: Joseph G., who was killed in the battle of Petersburg during the Civil war; Simon K., of Vinland, Kansas; Cyrus M., of whom later; Christopher, of New Stanton, Pa.; William, of Cribbs, Westmoreland county; Susana, died young; Malinda E., deceased, was the wife of Cyrus Hodgekin; Mary E., wife of Robert F. Albright; Henry Z., of Jeanette, Pennsylvania; Catherine, wife of John Irwin; two died in infancy; and David M., of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.


(V) Cyrus M. Funk, son of David and Hester (Gross) Funk, was born in Sewickley township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, December 19, 1846. He was educated in the common schools of his native town, and upon leaving them turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, in which he has been very successful. His farm is a model of neatness and thrift, and as he understands farming thoroughly he has made his land very productive. During the Civil war he was ready to bear his share in the defence of his country, and served as a private in Company E, Captain Clark L. Brant, Two Hundred and Sixth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. He entered the service September 1, 1864, and was honorably discharged June 26, 1865 at the close of the war, at Richmond. Virginia. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the United Brethren church, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He contributes liberally to the Home and Foreign Missionary Society, and to the Church Erection Society.


Source: Page(s) 98-99, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.

Transcribed February 2006 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project

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