Matthias Funk, a farmer, and his wife Sophia settled in the Volga German colony of Dönhof on 18 June 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 93 along with the orphan sons of Christian Müller (Johannes, age 15; Philipp, age 13). The census does not record a relationship between the Funk and Müller families.
The 1767 census records that Matthias Funk came from the German village of Runkel in the Württemberg region.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Dh066.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 1 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 1999): 366.