Lydia Ann FUNK of KY and her Swiss Ancestors
This page based in large part on 1) original research of Daniel W.
Bly and published in his From The Rhine to The Shenandoah,
Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD 21202, vol. I. (1993), vol. II.
(1996)*; research of 2)
Karen Kellogg Stephen of Mehoopany, PA., 3) Christine Stephens of Ft.
KY and 4) Mike Judd & 5) Donald Richardson.
The origins of the Funk family have been well researched and
articulated by Mr. Bly. I borrow shamelessly from him; please be aware
that any and all
errors be they omission or commission are my own responsibility. This
is believed to have been involved in the early Anabaptist movement in
16th century Switzerland. Specifically Jacob Funk and his wife Anna
were born in Obermettmenstetten in
Knonau District of Canton Zurich about 1575. (Note: Obermettmenstetten
now part of Mettmenstetten).
||In his book, Bly states that all of Jacob Funk's 14 children
were baptized in the Reform Church in Mettmenstetten, before they
became Anabaptist. In
the picture to the left is the inside of the Mettmenstetten Church
clearly visible is the original stone font for baptisms. The right
picture shows the
outside of the Mettmenstetten Church (next to a modern Community
Center). The original church was built in the 1100s. The church was
rebuilt in the 1500s. The bell tower dates from the 1700s. All in all
this is a beautiful little church.
(Comments and Photos by Donald Richardson, May 1998)
Later generations moved to Germany and the region known as the
Palatinate where they are well documented in Mennonite historical
documents. Their movement
can be seen as a result both of their persecution by authorities for
religious beliefs as well as their religious outreach activities.
Funk (abt 1662) was the first immigrant to the present USA in 1717
left Bonfeld in Baden and settled with other family members in
Township, Pennsylvania. Later generations settled in Virginia and then
Co, Kentucky. The lineage of Lydia Ann Funk is as follows:
Jacob FUNK b bef 1575 m abt 1595 d aft 1640
Anna NAFF b abt 1576 d aft 1640
Heinrich (Heini) FUNK b 1613/14 m 20 Aug. 1634 d 1663-1670
Cathrina MEYLI b 1612/13 d 9 Apr 1681
Hans FUNK b 1639 m abt 1659 d aft 1685
?(Barbel (Barbara) FREY b 1639 d aft 1681)?
Heinrich FUNK b abt 1662 m abt 1687 d abt 1735 (Lancaster,
? FRANEY b abt 1669
Hans (John) FUNK b abt 1690 m abt 1712 d abt 1758 (Frederick,
Barbara ?? b abt 1694 d aft 1737
Joseph FUNK b abt 1728 (PA) m abt 1760 (VA) d abt 1782
Mary DENLINGER b abt 1728 (Lancaster, PA) d abt 1800 (Shenandoah, VA)
Joseph FUNK Jr. b abt 1765 m 20 Apr 1789 (Nelson, KY) d 1828
b aft 1770 (Nelson, KY) d 1847 (Washington, KY)
William FUNK b 1798 (Washington, KY) m 5 Oct. 1820 d 1862
William FUNK's will was written 11 Oct 1850
and probated 18 Aug 1862. It is said to include
Mary Polly GILLIHAN b abt 1799
d aft 1870 (Washington, KY)
'Wm Funk and wife Mary estate in trust to Joseph K
Funk. Wm and Mary's children: 1) Joseph K Funk, 2) Levi
Funk, 3) Jacob Funk,
4) Lydia Ann Richardson, 5) Sary (?) Sander (?) wife of Thomas Sander
6) Mariah Funk (she later m. Jacob Cocanougher 8 Jan 1861 by W. H.
7) Cleman Funk, 8) Wm Richardson, infant child of Elizabeth Richardson,
formerly Funk, and late wife of Samuel Richardson, 9) Mary H
Then living on 101 1/4 acre pm Beech Fork deed mentions add. land,
etc.' It is listed in Washington Co Deed Book R, pp 447-450.
Lydia Ann FUNK b 6 Feb. 1826 (Washington, KY) m 15 May 1845
Co, KY) d 17 Nov. 1921 (Howevalley, Hardin Co, KY)
'Elizabethtown News: November 18,
1921 "WOMAN DIES AT AGE OF NINETY-FIVE Mrs Lydia Ann
ninety-five years, died at five o'clock yesterday morning at the home
her daughter, Mrs. Robert Peters, in Howevalley. Death was due to
infirmities of age. Mrs. Richardson was the widow of Rev. Daniel
a Methodist minister. Surviving her are four sons, John, Jacob,
and Daniel Richardson, and two daughters, Mrs Peters and Mrs J. R.
Funeral services will be conducted today by the Rev. N. G. Cundiff, and
will take place at the family cemetary'
Lydia Ann (Funk) Richardson (from the Sam Daugherty collection)
This photo of Lydia Ann Funk Richardson with her son Jacob
Franklin Richardson, his son William Daniel Richardson and some other
the Martin family and the lovely niece of Jacob Grace Ann
Richardson. Photo in KY ca 1915 courtesy of Donald Richardson.
Lydia Funk had three brothers who served in
the War Between the States. Here is the grave site in Washington
County, KY of her brother Clem -- the only one of the three who came
out of the war
alive. He lived to marry Alice Duncan. Pictured are some
of Lydia Funk (left to right) Dan Richardson, Dr. Emma Richardson, Mike
Leona Richardson Becker, Sam Daugherty, Joe FUNK and his wife Ann
FUNK of Springfield, KY.
Lydia's eldest brother was Levi who served as
corporal in Company "I" First KY Vol. Calvary. Captured at
Philadelphia, TN 20
Oct. 1863. Confined at Richmond, VA Nov. 1, 1863; sent to Andersonville
February 18, 1864. Admitted to Hospital at Andersonville Ga
1864 where he died Oct. 4, 1864 of wounds in the misery of the
Andersonville POW camp.
To learn more about Andersonville POW camp in Georgia take a turn
the Andersonville web
You may enjoy visiting this excellent
Swiss family reference Swiss Genealogy on the Internet.
Your interest is actively solicited in any of the family names
listed. This page will be improved as more information comes to
us. You may contact the GILLIHAN experts
and Mr. Bly may
be contacted by writing to: Daniel W. Bly 94 Berkeley Avenue
VA 24441. He is also online at Dwbly@aol.com. I am now informed
his book is out of print so will be more difficult to obtain.
Comments and corrections to the author Mike Judd
This page was touched up 24 February 2002.