Biography of Thomas Funson
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga Springs, New York Directories, 1888-92

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Funson, Thomas, and the Funson Brothers.-The subjects of this sketch are from among the best class of citizens of Saratoga county. They are the sons of Robert and Elizabeth Virtue Funson, and the family are of north of Ireland extraction, and maintained the characteristics of thrift and enterprise so peculiar to that people. Robert Funson's father was by trade a blacksmith, and carried on the business until his death in 1882. Thomas, the eldest, was born in 1850, and learned the blacksmith's trade with his father and worked with him until his father's death. Mr. Funson still owns and carries on the business at Grangervile, although his time is mostly given up to the buying of wool and farm produce. He spends his winters in New York handling potatoes, apples and other farm products. Some time ago he paid a visit to Ireland and pleasantly spent a few months in visiting the scenes familiar to his ancestry; he also extended his trip to England, visiting London and other important cities. Like his brother, Mr. Funson passes without question in the community where he has been so long and favorably known. Of the other brothers, Robert, William and Samuel are connected with the well-known market of Funson Brothers at Schuylerville, the first two as proprietors and Samuel as an employee. The business, which is extensive, was established by Robert in 1881, who succeeded Seward Winnie. William was admitted in 1882. Robert was formerly a blacksmith, while William was a farmer and railroad man. Samuel, who is the youngest, was born in 1861. There is one sister, Elizabeth, widow of Henry Funson of Greenwich, Conn.


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