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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - William S. Funkhouser

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


WILLIAM S. FUNKHOUSER, who became a resident of Somer Township in 1864, owns and occupies a comfortable homestead, where he is carrying on agriculture in an intelligent and successful manner. His farm consists of 120 acres, a large portion of which is devoted to the raising of corn and stock, the latter consisting principally of horses and hogs.

Mr. Funkhouser was born on a farm near Lawrenceville, Dearborn Co., Ind., Oct. 14, 1842. He is the son of Jacob Funkhouser, who was born in Beaver county, Pa., in 1818, whence he emigrated to Indiana with his father's family at a very early age, while the country was yet a wilderness, and Indians and wild animals roamed through the forests. The grandfather of our subject, Abraham FUNKHOUSER, was also born and reared in Beaver county, Pa. He left Indiana in about 1852, and locating in Greene County, Ill., died there at the age of seventy-nine years. The father of our subject still lives in Hamilton County, this State. The parental family included seven children. Our subject remained under the home roof until his marriage, which took place Nov. 1, 1865. His wife was formerly Miss Sarah F. KIRBY, who was born in this county and was the daughter of James KIRBY. There were twelve children in our subject's family, seven of whom survive, namely, Jasper, Ida May, Edward J., George C., Guy, Ernest and Jessie Pearl.

James KIRBY was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1816. He married Miss Susan TRICKLE, March 17, 1836. The parents of Mrs. Kirby settled in Ohio at an early day, whence they removed to the present site of Danville, Ill., in about 1825. There Mr. Trickle erected the first mill in Vermilion County. Subsequently they came to this county, where they passed the remainder of their days. The grandfather of Mrs. F., Elias KIRBY, a native of Maryland, settled in Ohio when a young man, making his first location in Pickaway county, whence he afterward removed with his family to a point near Attica on the Big Shawnee. The grandmother of Mrs. F. was formerly Miss Polly JOHNSON, whose father was a native of Virginia. The parental household consisted of ten children, five sons and five daughters, all of whom came to Illinois together. Mr. and Mrs. Kirby became the parents of fourteen children, two of whom died in infancy, and two after reaching adult years. There are now remaining five sons and five daughters, all of whom are married and settled in Illinois, save one who is in Iowa.

Politically our subject is a stanch supporter of the Independent party. He has been School Director. He was formerly a member of the United Brethren Church, but is now now connected with any religious organizations. His service as School Director extended over a period of fifteen years.

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