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Jacob FUNK

Male 1818 - 1883  (65 years)


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  • Name Jacob FUNK 
    Born 20 Apr 1818  Ober-Nessau, Thorn, West Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptism Abt 1833  [2
    History He was married but his wife's name is not given. "Church Book" p. 66a: "Letter of Transfer from Schoensee 13 Apr 1866". Moved to Russia in 1838 with his parents, to Fuerstenau. Came to Kansas as widower, to Marion Center, section 17. Bruderthal p. 35. He was living in Fuerstenau, Molotschna Colony, prior to his immigration in 1873 per the diary of Tobias B. Unruh (#103897). Twelve children were born to the union, six boys and six girls. Five girls and two boys died in infancy.
    Jacob and Anna moved from Prussia to southern Russia where they were promised freedom from military service. They traveled on foot and carried all their belongings in a wheelbarrow. Anna died in Russia, date unknown. In 1873, when the Russian Government threatened to revoke the exemption from military service, the Jacob Funk family left Russia on July 1, 1873, and immigrated to the United States. On July 1, 1873, Jacob Funk, with his five children, traveled to Hamburg, where they boarded a ship bound for the United States and landed in New York City Aug. 23, 1873.
    By the time Jacob moved to the United States, their economic circumstances had improved to the extent that Jacob and his brother, Peter, could buy land in Kansas. They bought land from the Santa Fe Railroad for $2.50 an acre, the first land sale by the Santa Fe to a Mennonite. Their life savings of $50,000 was carried with them in a suitcase — because they mistrusted the banks — and Jacob and Anna paid for their land in cash. Later, they were persuaded to deposit the balance of their money in banks because of the danger of being robbed in their new frontier environment. Jacob and Peter also helped other Mennonite emigrants buy land and get settled in Kansas. After the death of his brother Peter, in 1874, Jacob married his sister in-law Elizabeth Neufeld Funk. On August 16, 1874, Elizabeth invited a group of Mennonites, who were in Kansas looking at land, to hold church services in their barn. Christian Krehbiel preached his first sermon in Kansas in this barn. According to the record in his autobiography Prairie Pioneer, this was very likely the first church service held by Mennonites in Kansas. 
    Immigration 21 Aug 1873  Holsatia; New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Reference Number 078ja 
    Buried Abt Oct 1883  Bruderthal, Marion, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Oct 1883  Hillsboro, Marion, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I15025  Reid Family | Lynn's side of the family
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2015 

    Father Jacob FUNK,   b. 31 May 1788, Ellerwald, Amt Elbing, West Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1828, Ober-Nessau, Thorn, West Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother Anna JANTZ,   b. 2 Feb 1796, Ober-Nessau, Thorn, West Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1876, Marienthal, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 11 Nov 1813  Ober-Nessau, Thorn, West Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F10317  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anna KLASSEN,   b. 28 Nov 1822, Walldorf, Gross Werder, West Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1872, Fuerstenau, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1842  Fuerstenau, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Peter FUNK,   b. 8 Dec 1850, Prangenau, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1922, Aberdeen, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Family ID F10878  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth NEUFELD,   b. 25 Feb 1830, Lichtfelde, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1912, Bruderthal, Marion, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 2 Feb 1875  Hillsboro, Marion, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F24621  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Feb 1875 - Hillsboro, Marion, Kansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Abt Oct 1883 - Bruderthal, Marion, Kansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Oct 1883 - Hillsboro, Marion, Kansas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S59] Church Book of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in the Molotschna Colony of South Russia, by Duerksen, Velda (Richert) and Duerksen, Jacob A., (Mennonite Immigrant Historical Foundation; Goessel, Kansas; 1987), Pg. 66.

    2. [S248] Gemeindebuch der Gemeinde zu Bruderthal, Marion Co., Kansas, Pg. 35.

    3. [S109] Brothers in Deed to Brothers in Need, compiled and edited by Clarence Hiebert, (published by Faith and Life Press, Newton, Kansas, 1974.), Pg. 71.

    4. [S51] Family Charts, by Alan F. Peters.