Historian tries to find hero’s grav | Local New


Likely buried beneath tons of dirt somewhere on Berry College property lies an important part of Floyd County history.

John Funderburk, who served in the American Revolutionary War beside Capt. Francis Marion — nicknamed “The Swamp Fox” because of his elusive war tactics — is believed to be buried somewhere in Floyd County. And Mark Anthony with the Sons of the American Revolution is determined to find Funderburk’s grave.

In the 1830s, after the Cherokee Indians were removed from the area, the not-yet Floyd County land was sold to patriots through a lottery.

According to hand-drawn land maps and deeds, Funderburk’s homestead sat near a railroad spur and Little Dry Creek at Berry College, close to the current rock quarry site.

“So I think he’s either under about 20 feet of dirt or in the rock quarry,” said Anthony, adding that property owners in those days were typically buried in the east portion of the land.

Funderburk was one of the founding members of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, which has been moved since, said Anthony. So Funderburk, who died in 1850, could possibly be buried on the original site.

After 20 years of genealogy studies and finding lost graves, Anthony said, he feels it is important to find where one of Floyd County’s known patriots is buried. “It’s an early history of Rome,” he said.

The search will continue, he added. Yet another search for Faddy Whittington, also a Revolutionary War veteran, is also under way, said Anthony