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Benjamin Reesor Diary, 1890-1892

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May 1892

Sunday 15 I & Nancy went to Meeting at Widemans remarks on St Luke 28 by C Burkholder sermon on St Luke 23 rd C by Br C Lords Supper was Celebrated today went to Menno Stover's to dinner W. Cloudy all day rain part of way Coming home Anne is in bed with Measles

16 B & A got up at 3 AM went fishing F went & brought them home got back at 3 PM they got about 240 suckers & Catfish J & H brougt 30 bus turnips from Thomas's H got Mare Bonnie shod then they drew some dung W. fine strong west wind JB's Called PM B went with F's Man Jesse Shank Peddling suckers this evening they sold about 100 @ 25 cts per doz

17 Boys plowed Mangel ground J harrowed with Colts H worked at Johnny Reesors PM W. fine & warm

18 Sowed Mangels & 6 drills feed corn in west end of NE Corner field H worked at Johnny Reesor's AM

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May 1892

H & girls & Fanny went to Wideman's meeting house PM Funk Party done some Baptising Old Wismer & Weber from Waterloo Officiated for them J & A took Colts Fly & Polly to Crawfords after dinner W. fine warm, strong W. wind

19 Boys drew dung on turnip ground J rolled at F's AM Chored PM W. strong very strong east wind AM rain PM R Wallace was here at noon & PM

20 Boys all helped F make fence I & Nancy went to Markham AM to Dentist got Nancys teeth fixed I & Susanna went to Prince's filed Picked a lot of Mushrooms W. rather Cloudy, Clearned up fine

21 Chored Cleaned grist last of Wheat about 25 Bus. Br S's David & Bertha brought 4 young Funkites from Waterloo to supper W. rain all day more or less

Sunday 22 at home all day W. Cloudy drissly rain through to the Middle of the day

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Funkites From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search Part of a series on Anabaptism Dirk Willems (picture) saves his pursuer. This act of mercy led to his recapture, after which he was burned at the stake near Asperen (etching from Jan Luyken in the 1685 edition of Martyrs Mirror Dirk Willems (picture) saves his pursuer. This act of mercy led to his recapture, after which he was burned at the stake near Asperen (etching from Jan Luyken in the 1685 edition of Martyrs Mirror). Background Distinctive doctrines Documents Key people Largest groups Related movements P christianity.svg Christianity portal vte Funkites (1778 to c.1850) were a group of Mennonite (Anabaptist) followers that splintered from mainstream Mennonites as the result of a schism caused by Bishop Christian Funk.

The Funkite congregation formed during the late 18th century when the colonies were building support to separate from English rule. A Mennonite Bishop, Christian Funk of Franconia Township, Pennsylvania, spoke in favor of supporting the movement. Bishop Funk realized that Mennonites as well as other Anabaptists departed Europe due to religious persecution, and he feared that if this new country would fall under European rule that religious persecution would continue. He preached that Mennonites should stand up to support revolution against European rule and dominance. Otherwise everything they gained might be lost. This went against the doctrines held by Mennonites of non-violence, pacifism, and refusal to swear oaths (including those of allegiance). Another issue which Funk advocated was the support of the revolutionary war tax. Again, this was contrary to Mennonite doctrines.[1]

In an effort to break away from English dominance and in supporting religious freedom in the colonies, Bishop Funk stated that Mennonites should pay the war tax. Fellow Bishops tried to change Funk’s mind but failed. Funk’s refusal resulted in being ordered to step down as Bishop. Unable to accept this decision, Funk was excommunicated in 1778. He and approximately 52 of his followers splintered from the main congregation and formed a separate Mennonite group known as Funkites.[2] This was the first schism among the Mennonites in America.[3]

This was quite a serious turning point for the Mennonite religion and culture in the new world. Never before did anything so serious cause a break-up of the church, and among Mennonites who had suffered persecution together in Germany and Switzerland, not too many years earlier.[1]

On Bishop Christian Funk’s death in 1811 the congregation continued to worship in four locations near Evansburg, Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania until 1850 when the last of the Funkites died out. A memorial to Christian Funk is located at the Funkite Cemetery near Evansburg, Pennsylvania. The cemetery contains 32 markers, the earliest dating from 1815.[4]

Interesting to note that this definition of Funkites mentions the sect as dying out mid 19th century, and yet Reesor talks of this movement in the 1890's here in Canada.