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Daniel Buckley Funk, Sr.

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Montgomery, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: November 30, 1888 (68)
Sterling, Sanpete County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Funk, Sr. and Susannah Funk
Husband of Mariah De Mille and Mary Jane Funk
Father of William Demille DeMill Funk; Ezra Knight Funk, Sr.; Emerett Funk; Daniel Buckley Funk Jr.; Arsenath Ann Funk and 9 others
Brother of Elizabeth Funk; John Funk; Mary Ann Funk; Isaac Funk; Jacob Stoner Funk and 5 others

Managed by: Gerene Mae Jensen Mason
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About Daniel Buckley Funk, Sr.

Daniel Buckley Funk, Sr.

  • Daniel Buckley Funk, Birth: Feb 22 1820 in Montgomery, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, USA,

Source:Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913, Page: 882, Father: Abraham Funk, Source: Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913, Page 822, Mother: Susanna Stoner


Daniel Buckley Funk was born on February 22, 1820 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He came from Pennsylvania Dutch stock, people who were Anabaptists and Mennonites. His great grandfather, Bishop Christian Funk, had created controversy and a schism among the Mennonites, because he supported the American side in the Revolutionary War (the Mennonites believed in nonviolence and wanted to remain neutral).

Daniel Buckley Funk was in Illinois when the Latter-day Saints were driven west from New York State. He joined the church in February 1843, baptized and confirmed by Newel Knight. While in Quincy, Illinois he married Mariah De Mill, daughter of Anna Knight (daughter of Joseph Knight, Sr.) and Freeborn De Mill. He was ordained an elder by Lorenzo Snow and traveled with the Lorenzo Snow Company to the Salt Lake Valley, arriving there September 21, 1848. Below are some extended quotes from the family history we have that describe the story of the creation of this lake: “Daniel and family were called with fifty picked families to go to Manti, where Chief Arropine had asked the white men to settle. While making a trip to Six Mile Canyon one morning, Daniel noticed a basin surrounded on three sides by mountains. This basin was about two miles east of Sterling and six miles south of Manti. Chief Arropine and his Indians were breaking their winter camp, to go to their summer home. Daniel noticed that no water ran into this basin, but he thought that if it were possible to overcome that difficulty, it would be a wonderful place for a pleasure resort. Surveying the land, Daniel found that if he made a ditch from the head of Six Mile Canyon along the side of the mountain, through rock and brush to the south side of the mountain, he could get water into the basin. He got in touch with President Brigham Young, who said, “The people need a place to go where they can forget their work and problems.” With President Young’s help, Daniel bought the valley and got a deed signed by Chief Arropine for this basin and surrounding land. He sold his two homes in Manti, moved his families to where he intended to build the lake, and leased his farm to his son Ezra.” Daniel and some of his sons worked on that ditch to bring water into the basin for a long time. When they came to the rock ledge Daniel fastened iron hooks into the face of the ledge to which he hung a wooden flume. Later, when the flume collapsed, he dug a ditch through solid rock. The water kept breaking through and ran down the mountainside. Daniel and his sons hauled straw, sandbags, and rocks to dam it. While Daniel was working on the ditch, often Indians stood around laughing at the white man trying to make water run up hill. They would say, “Water no go up hill; Dan Funk beeg [sic] man, but no can do.” Daniel paid no attention to the scoffing of the Indians or the doubts of the white people. With what tools he could get, he and his sons kept working on the ditch. At last water ran into the basin. Daniel and others rejoiced that this great task had been accomplished. While they were rejoicing another problem raised its ugly head. The water would run into the basin and immediately disappear. It drank that water as fast as it came. Daniel watched for weeks and months that water disappear. That basin never had water in it except for rain and snow. One morning Daniel’s son, Dan rode up on a horse from Sterling, where he was living. “Well, Pa, I don’t see that your lake is running over!” “Don’t worry Dan, I never started anything I didn’t finish.” “It is your worry Pa, but I hate to see you work so hard when the water is going out of sight as fast as it leaves that ditch … that took so long to make.”

As Dan gave his horse a flip of the reign and was riding off, he added, “Yes, and that lake bed is like a sponge; I’ll bet that water is going clear through to China.” Daniel kept busy planning, that as soon as the lake filled, he would surround it with thousands of trees, gardens of vegetables, cattle and horses in pastures, many chickens … everything to keep his family eating and make a beautiful resort, where hundreds of people could come for recreation. One morning he came out of his house and looked down into the basin – “Could he believe his eyes?” A thin sheet of water covered the bottom of the basin. Days went by as the water rose higher and higher, lapping at the large levee that was holding the water back. Soon after this, Daniel’s son Dan came trudging up the hill where his father was sitting in front of the house. “Pa,” he burst out, “What is the meaning of this, my horses and buggy are mired in the mud at the bottom of the hill and I can’t get them out. Why is water running down the road?” His father laughed and said, “Dan the lake is full.” The lake soon covered 75 acres of land and was twenty feet deep … Daniel stocked the lake with fish and built a rowboat for the coming crowds. A willow bowery was made from gatherings, a dancing pavilion built on the broad levee. The recreational park was called Palisade Park and was very popular with the people of southern Utah. It was a beautiful place for picnics, swimming, boating, outings, and was used for many years.”

Military Service Blackhawk War Utah Territory Capt A W Besseys Co Cav 1 May 1867

Occupation Owned and operated Funk's Lake (known as Palisade State Park) Sterling, Sanpete, Utah, United States

Custom Event move Spring 1825 Ohio, United States Pioneer Company Brigham Young Company 5 June 1848 Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States Emigration

05 Jun 1848 Immigration 24 Sep 1848 Utah, United States


Daniel Buckley Funk in Find a Grave -http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23122235

Billion Graves - https://billiongraves.com/grave/Daniel-B-Funk/7940890?referrer=myheritage

Daniel Buckley Funk Movement - https://history.lds.org/overlandtravels/pioneerDetail?lang=eng&pioneerId=40086

1820 - 1888 Life Summery of Daniel Buckley Funk, "Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, Vols. 1-2- http://search.ancestry.com/collections/6230/records/57

1820 LDS Membership Birth of Daniel Buckley Funk- https://familysearch.org/photos/images/8102035?cc=DOCUMENT

1848 Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database for Daniel Buckley Funk - https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK9B-HJDD

1856 Utah Marriage of Daniel Buckley Funk & Mary Jane Pectol - https://familysearch.org/photos/images/8102034?p=3123271&returnLabel

1841 Illinois Marriage of Daniel Buckley Funk & Mariah DeMill - https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X2T4-1B3

Book: DANIEL BUCKLEY FUNK A Sanpete County Pioneer, by Steven H. Heath July 2008 - https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE59032&from=fhd

1888 Utah Veterans Buried in Utah for Daniel B Funk- https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLR3-GZP?from=lynx1&treeref=KWJ4-GZP

Daniel B Funk In Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966 - Birth: Feb 22 1820, Residence: Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States, Death: Nov 30 1888, Burial: Manti, Sanpete, Utah, Cemetery: City, Military Unit: Capt A W Besseys Co Cav, Military Service Branch: Blackhawk War, GS Film number: 485497, Digital Folder Number: 4236480, Image Number: 00590 - https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-30137-7725-/daniel-b-funk-in-utah-veterans-with-federal-service-buried-in-utah-territorial-to?indId=externalindividual-abe8e562288d7eb9df16a3ba5af5eca3&mrid=675ba510925fc3eef88b8bb5abb82bbd

Arlisha Funk Lowry Utah Death Certificates - Name: Mary Jane Pectol, Sex: Female, Husband: Daniel O. Funk, Daughter: Arlisha Funk Lowry, Other information in the record of Arlisha Funk Lowry, from Utah Death Certificates,Name: Arlisha Funk Lowry, Event Type: Death, Event Date: 11 Oct 1936, Event Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, Gender: Female, Age: 79, Marital Status: Married, Birth Year (Estimated): 1857, Father's Name: Daniel O. Funk, Mother's Name: Mary Jane Pectol, Spouse's Name: Abner Jr. Lowry - https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZP7-TW9

Daniel Buckley Funk In Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 - 1848 - Source: A Study of the Origins....Porter, Larry C., Temple Index Bureau,Family Group Sheet-Father, Family Group Sheet-Spouse, Index to the Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library, Call, Michel, Gender: Female, Alternate name: or DeMill, Mariah, Birth: May 12 1820, Colesville, Broom, New York, USA, Source: A Study of the Origins....Porter, Larry C. Source: Temple Index Bureau, Source: Temple Index Bureau, Husband: Daniel Buckley Funk, Marriage: Apr 22, 1841, Source: Temple Index Bureau, Family Group Sheet-Father, Children:1, Funk, Sarah Ann, June 24, 1842, 2. Funk, William DeMilleNovember 7, 1844, 3. funk, Ezra Knight June, 1, 1846, 4. Funk, Daniel Buckley IIMarch 29, 1849, 5. Funk, Adelia1850, 6. Funk, Irene Martin, July 26, 1851, 7. Funk, Arseneth Ann, October 20, 1853,8. Funk, Ammon (twin)September 29, 1856, 9. Funk, Aaron (twin)September 29, 1856, 10. Funk, Enmerett September 6, 1859, Church Ordinance Data: DeMill, Maria (Female)BaptismTemple Index Bureau, Date: March 18, 1832, Temple Ordinance Data: DeMill, Maria (Female)EndowmentTemple Index Bureau, Date: July 6, 1852, Sealed to SpouseFamily Group Sheet-Spouse, Date: July 7, 1852, Variant Sealed to SpouseTemple Index Bureau, Date: October 4, 1862, Sealed to ParentsFamily Group Sheet-Father, Date: May 16, 1944Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA, Places of Residence: DeMill, Maria (Female)Ohio, USAA Study of the Origins....Porter, Larry C., Jackson County, MO, USAA Study of the Origins....Porter, Larry C, Comments: DeMill, Maria (Female)Maria attended the Coleville Branch. A Study of the Origins....Porter, Larry C.

Pioneers And Prominent Men of Utah, Volume 2 (1913) - Utah (daughter of DanielBuckleyFunk of Ohio and Mary June 7, 1394; Mary Aileen b. March 1, 1897; Geneva b. May net-rs 1850). She was born Feb. 27. 1836. Their children: Bishop's counselor..." - https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-63084-46/pioneers-and-prominent-men-of-utah-volume-2-1913-in-pioneers-and-prominent-men-of-utah-volume-2

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, Volume 2 - ALLEN (son of John Alma Beal and Lavina Esther DeMill) Born June 13, 1862, at Manti Married Silva Funk (Henmngsen) Oct 18, 1888, Manti, Utah (daughter of DanielBuckleyFunk of Ohio and Mary Jane..." - https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-51345-44/pioneers-and-prominent-men-of-utah-volume-2-in-pioneers-prominent-men-of-utah-volume-2

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Daniel Buckley Funk, Sr.'s Timeline

February 22, 1820
Montgomery, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States
November 7, 1844
Age 24
Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, United States
June 1, 1846
Age 26
Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, United States
March 29, 1849
Age 29
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
October 20, 1853
Age 33
Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
September 27, 1857
Age 37
Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States
September 7, 1858
Age 38
Manti, Sanpete, Utah, USA
January 16, 1862
Age 41
Manti, Sanpete, Utah Territory, United States