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Below is a sample of a family biography included in The History of Pettis County, Missouri and published in 1882.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

JOHN FUNK, farmer and stock dealer, section 12, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, December 16, 1817. Daniel Funk, his father, was a native of Pennsylvania. Christian Funk, his grandfather, served in Washington's army during the War of the Revolution. John's mother, whose maiden name was Julia Ann Schrader, was also a Pennsylvanian by birth. Young Funk spent his youth on his father's farm with but little opportunities for receiving an education, his schooling consisting of about three months attendance at a subscription school during the winter season. However, he is a man well posted on the general issues of the day, and is one of the most successful farmers and stock dealers in the county. He was married in his native county, January 31, 1837, to Miss Elizabeth Zumbro, a daughter of the Reverend Joseph Zumbro. She died June 28, 1854, leaving five children: Daniel, Susan (wife of James Tarr), Mary A. (wife of J. B. Clendenen), John S. and A. Z. Mr. F. was again married in Westmoreland County, September 20, 1855, to Miss Anna Monroe, daughter of Joseph Monroe of the same county. There are four children by this union: Nannie E. (wife of David Clendenen), James F., Florence and Maggie J. This wife died October 13, 1863. Mr. Funk was married the third time on November 3, 1865, to Mrs. Sarah S. Woods, a daughter of George Berger, she is also a native of Westmoreland County where she was raised and educated. In 1870 the subject of this sketch sold out his property in Pennsylvania and in the spring of 1871 moved to Missouri and located in Cass County, where he purchased land and improved his present farm. He has four hundred acres of land in cultivation, fenced mostly with hedges. He has a large residence in a beautiful location overlooking the surrounding country and his yard is ornamented with evergreen and forest trees, shrubs and flowers. Upon the place is a good bank barn and everything indicates the thrifty and careful farmer. There is an orchard of four hundred apple trees with some fine varieties of peach, pear and plum and an abundance of small fruits. Mr. Funk is Republican in politics and has twice been elected assessor of his township and was also elected collector one year. He takes great interest in the political issues of the day. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church.

This family biography is one of 700 biographies included in The History of Pettis County, Missouri published in 1882.  For the complete description, click here: Pettis County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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