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Esther Elvira Todd Funk of Independence KS

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FUNK, Esther Elvira Todd8, (Silas7, Elam6, Edmund5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 17, 1828, in Mina, Chautauqua County, N. Y., married Feb. 17, 1846, Joseph Alonzo Funk, whose father was a Capt. in the Indian war, was born Nov. 6, 1826, died Jan. 23, 1910.

Mrs. Funk taught school about two years when she married. The school house in which she taught, was built of logs, the same as all the dwelling houses. The floor was what they called a punchon floor, that is, logs split and when laid were smoothed off. One desk made of the same material, with holes bored and sticks inserted to hold it in place. The seats also were of the same material. Sawed lumber, when used, had to be bought in Chicago, Ill., and hauled with teams to Kansas, which would be quite a distance to haul with horses and with the roads they must have had in those days.

They went to Kansas and bought a farm not very far from Independence where they lived for some time. Later, when his health became rather poor, they sold out and bought a small place near the town of Independence, Kan.

Children:
I. Celesta Ovelia, b. March 4, 1847, m. Feb. 17,(???), Dr. J. H. Hutchinson, who died July 10, 1912. Issue: (1) A daughter.
II. Edgar Melam, b. April 8, 1849, m. Aug. 20, 1873, Seraphena Maynard. Issue: (1) A son; (2) A daughter.
III. Adrian Alonzo, b. April 19, 1852, d. 1855.
IV. Sereno Albert, b. Dec. 18, 1853, d. Sept., 1854.
V. Ildo Alfonzo, b. June 13, 1856, d. July 17, 1902, in San Francisco, Cal., m. April 8, 1885, Mary J. Tulley.
VI. Carrie Maria, b. April 4, 1858, m. July 17, 1876, Harrison P. Wiltze; she is taking care of her mother in her old age, had issue: 2 sons and 2 daughters.
VII. Katherine Esther, b. July 6, 1862, m. Sept. 6, 1882, Thomas Calk, who died Nov. 5, 1909. Issue: 2 sons.

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