Peter H. Funkley

Peter H. Funkley

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Peter H. Funkley
Birth Name Peder Martin Halvorsen
Other Names Peder Martin Halvorsen Funkelien
Patronymic Name Halvorsen
Lived 18 Feb 1833 - 7 Jun 1926
Birth Place Kongsberg, Buskerud
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Jefferson County, WI
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 1 Dec 1861
Cause of Death old age
Death Location Parkland, Pierce County, WA
Burial Location Parkland Lutheran Cemetery, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA
Mother Margit Gunnuldsdatter
Father Halvor Christian Pedersen
Immigration 9 Aug 1842
Spouse Karen (Caroline) H. Jensdotter
Spouse Lived ca. 1849-
Married On 14 Jun 1866
Marriage Location Christiana, Dane County, WI

Peter H. Funkley was born in Kongsberg, Norway on February 18, 1833 to Halvor P. Funkley and Margit Gunnuldsdotter. He came to America at age six. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of his company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles." They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city.

The army listed Funkley as living in Jefferson County, WI, age 30, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 7, 1861 in Jefferson County, and mustered on December 1, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was absent, sick in a field hospital near Murfreesboro, TN since March 21, 1863. He was discharged from the service for disability due to sickness on June 13, 1863 at Nashville, TN.

After the war, he married Karen (Caroline) Jensdotter in Christiana, Dane County, WI on June 14, 1866. She was born ca. 1849 to Jens Hansen and Kari Kettlesdotter. Together, they had 12 children, 10 of whom were still living in 1900. They included: Henry (1867), James (1875), Charles (1873), Martha (1877), John (1878), Clara (1880), Anna (1883), George (1885), Thomas (1887), Mary (1889), and Knute (1892). They lived in WI until the 1870s when the moved to Wilkin County, MN. Later, they moved to Pierce County, WA. He died there in June 7, 1926.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.16; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, compiled circa 1885, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.14; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.350; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.291; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.282; Unidentified newspaper obituary; WA, Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960, FHL Film number 222314, Ref. ID 289;; U.S. Naturalization Records, Petition #2650-2680, District Court, WA; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Records, 1875-1940, Gloria Dei Lutheran Burial Register, p. 247; Montana Marriage Records, #508, p.52; 1885 MN Census, Roll# MNSC_45, p.120; 1895 MN Census, Roll #V290_104, p.164; 1900 Census, Roll: 913, Page: 9B, Enumeration District: 0067, FHL microfilm: 1240913; WI Marriage Records; Batch # M00346-6, GS Film # 1275924, Ref. ID 01461.

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