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Re: George Funston b 1837, Co. Donegal
Posted by: John David Funston Date: March 20, 2002 at 12:15:31
In Reply to: Re: George Funston b 1837, Co. Donegal by doris swenston wells of 195

Greetings-
Our gread-grandfathers were brothers and their families are documented in "David Funston and His Descendants", 2nd Ed. (1999) by Stanley Steele Funston, The Anundsen Publishing Co., 108 Washington St., Decorah, Iowa 52101. There is a very nice photo in the book of your mother's family from around 1916, your mother would be aroun 6 yrs old and is wearing a very large bow on top of her hair. Very cute. Your grand father, Leslie David was born in Jo Daviess County IL, the 4th of 6 children to David Funston Jr. and Mary Marsden. Mary Marsden emigrated with her mother and father from Derbyshire England to Jo Daviess Co. David Funston Jr was born in Jo Daviess Co. IL in 1847, the eighth child (of ten) of David Funston Sr. and Elizabeth Virtue and the first of their children born in the US. David Funston Sr. was born Sept 1805 in Pettigo, County Donegal Ireland, died Nov. 16, 1853 and is buried in the Old City Cemetery, Galena IL. His parents have not been identified at this point in time. David Funston Sr. married Elizabeth Virtue in 1831 and emigrated to the states in 1843, the family following two years later. Farmland was purchased in 1848 in Rice Township. Neighbors were Adam, James William and David Virtue, David Read, William Reed, Johnston Ginn and David Campbell. Funny how names reappear in generations to follow, and since many of these neighbors were also Irish immigrents, no doubt they pop up in previous generations. Some of these names, like Virtue, traveled to Kansas with my grandfather, David Elmer Funston. I am a decendent of John Funston and Elizabeth Gray, John is the first son of David Funston Sr. Hope this is helpful and good luck with your research. I wish I had contacted you before my family vacationed in the Yucatan in 2000. Regards - John David Funston


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