Martha Ann Funston

Brief Life History of Martha Ann

When Martha Ann Funston was born on 19 January 1827, in Jerseytown, Madison Township, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Thomas Aten Funston, was 35 and her mother, Hannah Schooley, was 26. She married Jacob Dieffenbach on 10 October 1846, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Madison, Montour, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850 and Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. She died on 29 October 1902, in Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Old Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Jacob Dieffenbach
Martha Ann Funston
Marriage: 10 October 1846
Sarah Adeline Dieffenbach
Susan Blanche Dieffenbach
Alvin Hill Dieffenbach
Emma Jane Dieffenbach
Clara Adelia Dieffenbach
Martha Elizabeth Dieffenbach
Henry Funston Dieffenbach
Hervey Edmund Dieffenbach
E E Dieffenbach
Harriet Hannah Dieffenbach

Sources (10)

  • Martha Diefenbacher in household of Jacob Diefenbacher, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha, "Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999"
  • Martha A. Dieffenbach in entry for H. E. Dieffenbach and Jennie C. Rhoads, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

1830 · The Oregon Trail

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.


Montour County, Pennsylvania (Map It) was created on May 3, 1850 from Columbia County. The county was named in honor of Madame Montour, colonial ambassador to the Native Americans.

Name Meaning

English and northern Irish: perhaps a variant of Foulston (a habitational name from Fulstone, Yorkshire), with assimilation of l-n to n-n. This name is quite common in Ireland (Fermanagh, Derry, Donegal, Tyrone), but seems to have been brought from northern England in the 17th century.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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