Christian Funck1,2

M, b. 1731, d. 31 May 1811
FatherBishop Heinrich Funck b. c 1694, d. 1760
MotherAnna Meyer b. c 1707, d. 8 Jul 1758
     Christian Funck was born in 1731 in Franconia Township, Philadelphia County, now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.3,4 He was the son of Bishop Heinrich Funck and Anna Meyer. Christian Funck was also known as Rev. Christian Funk. He married Barbara Cassel, daughter of Yellis Cassel.5,6 Christian Funck was a clergyman and pastor.7,3 He was ordained to the Mennonite ministry in 1757 in Franconia Mennonite Church, Franconia Township, Philadelphia County, now Montgomery co., Pennsylvania.4 He was employed by Franconica Mennonite Church between 1757 and 1774 in Franconia Township, Philadelphia County, now Montgomery co., Pennsylvania.7 He was described as being a man of considerable native ability and force of character who interested himself more in public affairs than did his ministerial colleagues, and was of a progressive tone of mind, being ahead of his time.3 He was named the executor under the Will of Bishop Heinrich Funck on 13 June 1759 in Franconia Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.8,9 Christian Funck bought from his brother Abraham the remaining portion of it, being a mill and 63 acres in 1763.7 Christian Funck appeared on a tax list in 1769 in Montgomery County Pennsylvania. He paid £32/2/4 on 200 acres of land, five horses and 14 cattle.10 He was excommunicated in 1774 for believing in the American cause for freedom. The Mennonites are a pacifist religion and accepted legitimate authority. They believed it was sinful to rebel against the king, and thought the Continental Congress should not be meeting. Christian was loyal to the American cause and thought the Congress had an legitimate authority and reason to exist.7 Christian Funck and a group of his adherents then organized a separate church, and became known as the 'Funkites.' There was never a reconciliation with the Franconia congregation, although attempts were made for reconcilation until 1807.7,11 He lived in Franconia Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was succeded as pastor of Franconia Mennonite Church by Bishop Jacob Hendricks Godshall.12 Christian Funck died on 31 May 1811, near Harleysville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania at age 80 years.13,4 He was buried in Delp's graveyard, Franconia Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.14,15

Family

Barbara Cassel b. c 1737, d. 29 Dec 1792
Children
  • Anna Funk b. c 1755, d. 1790
  • Elizabeth Funk b. c 1757, d. 25 Mar 1817
  • Mary Funk b. c 1758
  • Catharine Funk b. 12 Jan 1759, d. 12 May 1808
  • Barbara Funk b. 22 Jan 1760, d. 27 Jul 1798
  • Sarah Funk b. c 1765
  • Rev. John Funk b. c 1768, d. 16 Sep 1824
  • Abraham Funk b. c 1770
  • Susanna Funk b. c 1772

Citations

  1. [S1546] Philadelphia County Will Book L. FHL microfilm 21725.
  2. [S53] (Rev.) A. J. Fretz, Funk Genealogical Record, 13-20.
  3. [S1569] Daniel Kolb Cassel, Cassel family history 259.
  4. [S9] A. J. Fretz, The Descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer, 301.
  5. [S1569] Daniel Kolb Cassel, Cassel family history 259, which gives the date 1757.
  6. [S9] A. J. Fretz, The Descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer, 301, no date given.
  7. [S9] A. J. Fretz, The Descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer, 302.
  8. [S1546] Philadelphia County Will Book L: 427-432. FHL microfilm 21725.
  9. [S53] (Rev.) A. J. Fretz, Funk Genealogical Record, 13.
  10. [S608] Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1769 Tax list, p. 16, Christian Funk entry, FHL microfiche 6049503.
  11. [S1569] Daniel Kolb Cassel, Cassel family history 262, for that portion of the last sentence beginning with the words "although attempts were made..."
  12. [S117] Michael James Godshalk, Godshalk History, 123.
  13. [S1509] Richard W Davis, Funk 8.
  14. [S1569] Daniel Kolb Cassel, Cassel family history 262.
  15. [S123] Thera Database, online <http://wc.rootsweb.com/~schwenk>, downloaded 28 August 2010.

Barbara Cassel

F, b. circa 1737, d. 29 December 1792
FatherYellis Cassel b. c 1690, d. 1750
     Barbara Cassel was born circa 1737.1 She was the daughter of Yellis Cassel. Barbara Cassel married Christian Funck, son of Bishop Heinrich Funck and Anna Meyer.2,3 Barbara Cassel died on 29 December 1792.1

Family

Christian Funck b. 1731, d. 31 May 1811
Children
  • Anna Funk b. c 1755, d. 1790
  • Elizabeth Funk b. c 1757, d. 25 Mar 1817
  • Mary Funk b. c 1758
  • Catharine Funk b. 12 Jan 1759, d. 12 May 1808
  • Barbara Funk b. 22 Jan 1760, d. 27 Jul 1798
  • Sarah Funk b. c 1765
  • Rev. John Funk b. c 1768, d. 16 Sep 1824
  • Abraham Funk b. c 1770
  • Susanna Funk b. c 1772

Citations

  1. [S1249] Richard W Davis, Cassel/Kassel p 2.
  2. [S1569] Daniel Kolb Cassel, Cassel family history 259, which gives the date 1757.
  3. [S9] A. J. Fretz, The Descendants of Christian and Hans Meyer, 301, no date given.

Yellis Cassel

M, b. circa 1690, d. 1750
Yellis Cassel gravestone
FatherHeinrich Cassel b. 1634, d. 1 Jul 1716
ChartsAncestors of Chuck Wolfram
     Yellis Cassel was born circa 1690.1 He was the son of Heinrich Cassel. Yellis Cassel was the possible father of Elizabeth (?). Her oldest son was named Yellis, and that name is not common in the father's family.2 Yellis Cassel and Johannes Cassel immigrated on 16 October 1727 to Pennsylvania on the ship Friendship.3,4 Yellis Cassel lived in Skippack Township, Philadelphia County, now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.4 He once described his sister-in-law Sytge Updegrave as being such a noble, kindhearted woman and so devotedly pious that he began to think she was one of a thousand, whose equal could not be found.5 Yellis Cassel died in 1750.6,4 He was buried in Lower Skippack Mennonite Meeting-house Cemetery, Lower Skippack Township, Philadelphia County, now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.6

Family

Children
  • Elizabeth (?)+
  • Mary Cassel b. c 1717
  • John Cassel b. c 1730, d. 1803
  • Barbara Cassel+ b. c 1737, d. 29 Dec 1792
  • Isaac Cassel b. 21 Aug 1746, d. 2 Sep 1823

Citations

  1. [S1249] Richard W Davis, Cassel/Kassel p 1.
  2. [S1063] Richard W Davis, Stauffer/Stouffer Part 1 p. 60.
  3. [S1249] Richard W Davis, Cassel/Kassel pgs 1- 2.
  4. [S1569] Daniel Kolb Cassel, Cassel family history 255.
  5. [S1569] Daniel Kolb Cassel, Cassel family history 40.
  6. [S844] Yellis Cassell gravestone, Lower Skippack Mennonite Meeting House Cemetery, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.