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My link to the Funge family dates back to Eliza Jane Funge, who was born in Waterperry, a small village near Wheatley in Oxfordshire, in 1866, to Joseph Funge and Mabel Maloney. Eliza Jane was my two times Great grandmother through her marriage to my maternal two times Great Grandfather Walter James Munt. Eliza Jane known as “Lizzie” was the second of ten children to her father a tenant farmer at Common Leys farm in Waterperry. Lizzie and Walter James Munt were married by banns in Waterperry in 1891.
Social and living conditions for the family must have been relatively good, as with the exception of her younger sister Agnes who was born in 1870, and died at the age of fourteen in 1884, all of her other siblings went on to marry and live to respectable ages for their time. Through Lizzie’s parents family lines of Funge and Maloney I have traced my roots back a number of generations.
Lizzie’s mother’s maiden name of Maloney I have traced back to a Joseph Maloni born about 1707, who died at the grand age of ninety-three 1800, in Oxfordshire. The Funge line I have traced back to John Funge who married Mary Pendry, as yet the birth and marriage dates escape me, but their first child Mary was born in 1723.
I have found a few instances of “Funges” in Buckinghamshire that predate my family; the records refer to the family records going back to the 1600’s. As yet I have no link to these families but the location of my line in the South East of the county makes the link probable. I have several copies of wills relating to a Funge family in Thame Oxfordshire, making bequests to the less fortunate inhabitants of Thame. Again the geographical location of the family lends itself to probably being linked but as yet I have do not have any proof. The most interesting Funge information yet to be verified is that of religious dissenters the Lollards in Buckinghamshire in the 1520s. These Funges were in the vicinity of Little Missenden, Chipping Wycombe, and Amersham.
PHOTO: Elsie Munt marrying George Hinton in Horspath 1923 Eliza Jane Munt nee Funge is seated 2nd from left, her husband Walter James Munt is seated 2nd from Right.
PHOTO: Elsie Munt marrying George Hinton in Horspath 1923
Eliza Jane Munt nee Funge is seated 2nd from left, her husband Walter James Munt is seated 2nd from Right.
Lollards were followers of John Wycliffe a priest and an academic of
The Funge families originating in Waterperry either use the spelling of Funge or Fonge; they are both from the same line of descent. In a book written by Leslie Fonge, Waterperry the History of an
The Funges appear in Forest Hill Oxfordshire as far back as the marriage of John Funge 1765 – 1844 with his marriage at Forest Hill to Jane Luckett 1775 – 1836. The Funge families maintained a presence in Forest Hill over the years with Julia Funge being born there in 1887.
The family had a presence in the immediate neighbour hood of small villages, Holton from 1795 to at least 1923, Waterperry 1795 to at least 1976, In Wheatley the main satellite village, one of the families appears on the 1861 census in Wheatley, they had children baptised there in 1882, before moving on. All of the above mentioned villages are within walking distance of each other and so the family are quite interwoven in the locality. With the industrial and technological advances members of the family moved away and widened the net and the area of genealogical search.
The majority of my Funge ancestors were honest law abiding people typical of their times, hard working and took an active part in their respective village. There were however two early members of the family who probably succumbed to the social conditions and difficulties of their day and paid the penalties. Richard Funge born in 1795 Holton, Oxfordshire was sentenced at the Bullingdon Petty sessions of July 1829 to Life commuted to 14 years transportation for house breaking. Whether this had undue influence or placed extra responsibilities and pressures on his son Joseph Funge (born 1817) we can only imagine. At the time of his father's transportation Joseph would have been about twelve years of age, the oldest of four children, his youngest sibling being at most a couple of months old. Did Joseph assume the mantle of family provider and saw an opportunity although illegal, that resulted in further dire consequences for himself and his family we will never know? Joseph was prosecuted for sheep stealing in 1829, and was transported to Australia for his crime. For further information on both father and son see the pages on transportation.