THE HENRY FUNK BURYING GROUND

 

Washington Township, Harrison County, Indiana

Submitted by Kevin Conrad

  

The Funk Burying Ground is located in the Ohio River Bottom (between the Overflow Pond and the Ohio River) two miles north of New Amsterdam, Washington Twp., Harrison County, Indiana—in the north part of Section 35, Twp 4 south, Range 2 East.

There were only three marked graves—we were unable to determine whether there had been other graves. The high water of the 1937 Ohio River flood covered this burying ground. Copied July 21, 1940 by Frederick P. Griffin and Samuel P. Hays.

 

Henry Funk   U.S. Soldier   Revolutionary War   (Government Stone).

 

DanielFunk  U.S. Soldier   War of 1812             (Government Stone).

 

Note: The following notation was under this entry in hand-written ink: “born 1781 in Shenandoah Co., VA. died Mar 1, 1815. Daniel Funk, son of Henry + Elizabeth Miller Funk.”

 

Isaac Paris     U.S. Soldier   Revolutionary War   (Government Stone).

 
 

Note: The following notation in hand-written ink was made in the lower portion of this page: “Henry Funk Entered Sect 35 (285 acres) May 2, 1807 (T 4 S, R 2 E), among first settlers of Harrison Co., Ind.

Copy sent Indiana State Library, June 15, 1941 

Source of Information : The above was typed by Kevin Conrad as written in Frederick P. Griffin’s book, “Harrison County Cemeteries.” This three volume set is maintained at the Frederick Porter Griffin Center for Local History and Genealogy, 117 West Beaver Street, Corydon, Indiana, 47112, Phone: (812) 738-4110.



THE JACOB FUNK BURYING GROUND

 

Washington Township, Harrison County, Indiana

Submitted by Kevin Conrad 

 

Jacob and Henry Funk were brothers, they came to Kentucky and then to Harrison County, Indiana. They took up land at the mouth of the Indian Creek about 1805. One brother taking the land on one side of the creek and the other brother the land on the opposite side. Jacob married Elizabeth Borsch, October 11, 1772 and became the father of the New Amsterdam branch of the Funks.

<>Jacob is buried on what was his farm at the mouth of Indian creek. His brother, Henry Funk, is resting in a family burying plot on the opposite of Indian Creek. A stone bearing the following inscription marks the grave of Jacob Funk:
 

J. Funk

Born Oct. 13, 1737

Departed this life Feb. 19, 1819. 

Note: The following notation, in hand-written ink, was made in the lower portion of this page: “Jacob Funk entered Sect 2 (468 acres) May 1, 1807, T5S-R2E, among first settlers at Harrison Co., Ind.

Source of Information : The above was typed by Kevin Conrad as written in Frederick P. Griffin’s book, “Harrison County Cemeteries.” This three volume set is maintained at the Frederick Porter Griffin Center for Local History and Genealogy, 117 West Beaver Street, Corydon, Indiana, 47112, Phone: (812) 738-4110.


NOTE: FROM  MARGARET  FUNK
RE: THE HENRY FUNK BURYING GROUND

I came upon your website, as a descendant of HenryFunk, Revolutionary War solider, and I want to offer at this time a correction on the information submitted by Kevin Conrad.  A typo on this site has been made on the third tombstone listed:
 
Instead of Isaac Paris, it should be last name of Faris....an F
 
I am the current secretary of the Friendly Funk, Inc.
This is a reunion, genealogy and scholarship organization for the descendants of Henry Funk-Revolutionary War solider and Indiana Pioneer, (wife Elizabeth (Miller) Funk). We have been meeting each year in Southern Indiana since 1934, and most recently in Corydon, in particular.
 
The stones mentioned were placed there about 1939, after the 1937 flood under the direction of Miss Clara Funk and the DAR.  She was one of the first charter members of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, Piankeshaw Chapter in New Albany, Indiana, and she was the first to submit Henry Funk under DAR in 1898.  She, too, was a member of the Friendly Funks and many other organizations until her death in 1953.  Clara was a ++granddaughter of Henry Funk and his son Daniel Funk-who has the 1812 marker at this burying ground.
 
Isaac Faris, also buried here, was not a relative, but received the tombstone at the same time the stones were placed for Henry and his son Daniel, supposedly a family friend.  Henry and Daniel died in 1815, a few months apart of malaria.
 
It is believed that others are buried at this cemetery.  Henry's wife, Elizabeth (Miller) Funk is not.  After Henry's death, she lived in Southern Indiana for a time and then became a part of her son Peter's household.  They traveled to around Russellville, Illinois (across the Wabash River from Vincennes) and Elizabeth lived there to a very old age.  Seven of the eleven children of Elizabeth and Henry Funk survived to have their own families: Catherine, Peter, Daniel, John, Elizabeth, Joseph and Isaac. This is documented by the warrant paperwork
submitted by the children of Henry and Elizabeth Funk, for the pension of their father's service in the Revolutionary War. 

At the time that Henry left the military, he was awarded about 108 acres in two separate sections in Clark's Grant near Charlestown, IN.  He never settled there, and sold the property, moving to be near his brother Jacob in Harrison County.
 
There are supposed to have been other burials in  Jacob's Funk burying grounds, among which is his wife, Elizabeth Borsch.  I will have to check for information in my papers as I am not as well versed with that line of Funks, although Corydon's own Arville Funk, historian and attorney, was from the Jacob Funk's line.  (Jacob did not participate in the Revolutionary War but I do believe that some of his sons may have participated in the 1812 militia in the area)

Jacob Funk came to New Amsterdam area first and helped plat that town; Henry and his family arrived later after living for a time in Kentucky.  Originally the Funk brothers were from Virginia.  Both were also among the first settlers of Harrison County.

Brother Henry Funk and his family came later after living for a time in Kentucky.  Originally the Funk brothers were from Virginia.

About the information of "One brother taking the land on one side of the creek and the other brother the land on the opposite side": Henry Funk's property was the side of the creek closest to the Ohio River.  The Ohio can be seen from the grave site.  This bottom area is easily subject to flooding and the fact that Henry and Daniel died of malaria is probable.
Visiting this area in the summer months is very buggy and can have standing water! 

I have been to Henry grave site a few times now, and the three stones still remain.  I have not ventured to find Jacob's site, but would like someone to show me sometime.   Originally, Fred Griffin and his brother-in law, Roger Ashton, took me to Henry's burying ground after we contacted the present owners to request permission to venture onto the property.

Fred gave us the info you list many years ago.  His wife, Eleanor (Ashton) was also a descendant of Henry Funk and his son Daniel, and both participated in the Funk Reunions.  Fred remains supportive of our efforts and has been an inspiration to us with all the hard work he has done through the years with genealogy and local history.
You may contact me at margfunk@yahoo.com

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