James Thomas Funderburk

James Thomas Funderburk

Birth
South Carolina, USA
Death 2 Mar 1934 (aged 87)
Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Pageland, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 29861780 · View Source
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Monroe Journal Tues Jul 17, 1923

Life Story of Veteran Thomas FUNDERBURK - ….James Thomas FUNDERBURK, son of James and Elizabeth FUNDERBURK, was born in Chesterfield County, Jan. 5, 1847. His mother died when he was two years old, and he was given to his grandparents to raise. These grandparents were Jerry and Christina FUNDERBURK….. In 1864, here was a call sent out for boys over seventeen. Not having a drop of cowardly blood in his veins, even at that early age, Thomas FUNDERBURK was one of the first to volunteer… After staying in Florence five months he was sent to Goldsboro, N.C. He went with two brothers who had been in the army several years, were taken to Danville, Va., where they would soon have been in the thick of fight had not fate willed it otherwise…. ….Gen. BRECKENRIDGE, the Secretary of War, came and dismissed them all. The three brothers, Jerry, Ellison and Tom, walked home from Danville…. In February of 1870, J. T. FUNDERBURK was married to Miss Mary Frances WELSH. The marriage service was performed by a Baptist preacher, Nathan FAILE. To this union sixteen children were born, fifteen lived to be grown. Those living at present are: Mrs. Earnest HOUGH, Mr. B. T. FUNDERBURK, Mrs. Annie LANEY, Mr. Eugene FUNDERBURK, Dr. J. R. FUNDERBURK, all of Lancaster, S.C.; Dr. J. E. FUNDERBURK of Cheraw, S.C.; Mesdames S. H. LANEY, L. L. PARKER, Alma ASKINS, C. M. DUKE and Thomas DUNCAN, all of Pageland, S.C.; and Mrs. I. P. MANGUM of Chesterfield, S.C. There is a large number of grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. FUNDERBURK joined Liberty Hill Baptist church in August, 1870, from there moving to Dudley church of which he is still a member……

They built a most pretentious house in NW Chesterfield Co., SC near the Dudley Bapt. Ch. where they spent the rest of their lives. Uncle Tom was decidedly the "First Man' in his community and from Lancasster to Chesterfield and Monroe to Jefferson. He owned a vast acreage of farm land and quite a bit of valuable city property in several towns. He was a powerful influence in business, politics, and religion. He and Mollie were members of the Dudley Bapt. Ch. where they are buried with an imposing monument He died at age 87. Two of his sons were dentists, two sons-in-law doctors; one Clerk of court; one a banker; and others successful businessmen. The astronaut, Charles M Duke, is one of his great grandsons.

Reference See "Funderburk Castles and Conquests" by Guy Funderburk, p235 for more, a very interesting history of "Big Tom."



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