Funkhouser Ancestry

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Funkhouser: There is still a missing link in the Funkhouser line, and if found, the generations are traced back to the 1300s in Switzerland. Daniel Bly elaborates on this: "I think if we can find John Funkhouser Sr.'s father, I could link him to the Fankhausers of the Emmenthal Valley of Bern, Switzerland. I have set up a Funkhouser DNA project and have several Fankhausers from Switzerland who can trace their line back to the 1300s. The DNA evidence is that all the Funkhousers in America are definitely related to each other and to the ones in Switzerland. The problem is that in the late 1600s so many Swiss from that area were moving to other parts of Switzerland or on down to the Rhine region of Germany, looking for work and then their children were the ones who went to America. John Funkhouser was also an Anabaptist, at least here in Virginia, and like the Stauffers and Neuenschwanders and Crabills, all from that same area, some were fleeing from 1660s onward and then after 1700 some were being expelled. It is hard to find records. I think some of them moved frequently and left very little trace. Incidently- for at least three generations the Funkhousers actually signed their name as Fankhauser. I have a copy of our mutual ancestor, Abraham Funkhouser Jr's bible record where he recorded all his and Catherine's children between 1806 and 1826 and he still wrote the family name as Fankhauser. It appears in the official English records as Funkhouser because that is pretty much how it was pronounced." Abraham Funkhouser, Sr., was an older brother of Christian, and son of John Funkhauser, Sr. Abraham married Magdalena Campbell, an orphan of a man named John Campbell, who was raised by Daniel Stover, prominent Mennonite in the Massanutten region. Abraham and Magdalena had 8 children to survive, but may have lost a few as children because of the age gaps in known children. Abraham's father John Funkhauser, Sr., arrived in Philadelphia, on the "Mortonhouse" 23 Aug. 1728 and signed the manifest as Johannes Fankhauser. He first appears in Virginia on a road petition by settlers in Frederick County (which then included what is now Shenandoah County) dated July 1737. John took out warrant for 400 acres on Funk's Mill Run (now Tumbling Run) near present day Mt.Olive in 1749 and received patent, Jan. 1752. In 1762, he received patent for another 294 acres adjoining the 400. John wrote a will in Feb. 1760 and it was probated 5 Mar. 1765. He named his wife Barbara in the will and according to British law of the day gave his land to his oldest son, John, who was directed to give land or pay money to the other children when their mother died. In 1776, John Jr. deeded 212 acres of the land to Christian Funkhouser and another 165 to Abraham. John lived on the original homesite and Abraham and Christian built their homes on their land downstream. Christian and Barbara had 12 children, all surviving. After Barbara died, Christian married Catherine Stover whose sister Barbara Stover is another ancestor of mine - both daughters of Jacob Stover (Stauffer) and Catherine Bowman Stover.

Update Fall 2016: At this point no direct Swiss ancestors have been found for the three earliest Funkhousers in Virginia. DNA evidence does link them to the Fankhausers of the Emmenthal Valley, but we are pretty certain tha John Sr. Jacob Sr. and Christian were not even brothers (Source: Geni.com and Daniel Bly).

 

 

 

  John Campbell The Campbell Knights of Lochow | Earls and Dukes of Argyll
While this Campbell's ancestry is unknown, the Campbells are from Clan Campbell of Scotland.
Barbara
(maiden name unknown)

Per Daniel Bly: "There [are] no documentary records whatever of her family name- in spite of the fact that she is listed on some trees as another Barbara Habegger and others as Maria Barbara Rine."

  John Funkhouser, Sr.
(Johannes Fankhauser)
   
  b. ?
d. 1748
  b. ca. 1710, likely in Trub, Signau, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
d. between 1774 and 1776, Tumbling Run, Shenandoah County, Virginia
m. ? b. ca. 1700-1710, likely in Trub, Signau, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
d. 1 January-5 March 1765, Tumbling Run, Shenandoah County, Virginia
 
John Baugman
b. probably in Switzerland
d. 1763, Hempfield, Lancaster Co., PA
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Benjamin Layman (Lehman)
b. 1710
d. in Shenandoah Co., VA
Barbara Ann Baughman
b. ca. 1726, Shenandoah Co., VA
d. 1782, Shenandoah Co., VA
m.
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Magdalena Campbell Magdalena was made a ward of Daniel Stover in 1750. Abraham Funkhouser, Sr. Picture: the Abraham Funkhouser, Sr., home on the south branch of Tumbling Run, west of Fishers Hill, Shenandoah County, VA. The section on the left was the original German style house built over the spring (about 1765). The long north wing (on the right) was build by Abraham Jr. in the 1820s (Source: Geni.com and Daniel Bly). More: The Abraham Funkhouser Home (Shenandoah County GenWeb Project) Christian Funkhouser, Sr.   Barbara Lehman (Layman)
b. 1744
d. 1830s
m. ? b. 1741, Virginia
d. 1796, Shenandoah Co., Virginia
The descendants of these two brothers would unite in the marriage of Charles Florence Fisher and Mary Elizabeth Pifer. b. 1745, Tumbling Run, Shenandoah County, VA
d. 1818, Tumbling Run, Shenandoah County, VA
m. 21 June 1774 b. 1756, Shenandoah Co., Virginia
d. ca. 1804 (before 1805), Shenandoah Co., VA
          After Barbara died, Christian Funkhouser married Catherine Stover, daughter of my ancestors, Jacob and Catherine Bowman Stover. The daughter Catherine Stover's first husband Reuben Boehm had died. - James Arthur Johnson    
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Abraham (Jr.) and Catherine (Coffman) Funkhouser Bible Records

Much thanks to Daniel Bly for providing much of this information!

Funkhouser Ancestry

There is still a missing link in the Funkhouser line, and if found, the generations are traced back to the 1300s in Switzerland. Daniel Bly elaborates on this: "I think if we can find John Funkhouser Sr.'s father, I could link him to the Fankhausers of the Emmenthal Valley of Bern, Switzerland. I have set up a Funkhouser DNA project and have several Fankhausers from Switzerland who can trace their line back to the 1300s. The DNA evidence is that all the Funkhouser in America are definitely related to each other and to the ones in Switzerland. The problem is that in the late 1600s so many Swiss from that area were moving to other parts of Switzerland or on down to the Rhine region of Germany, looking for work and then their children were the ones who went to America. John Funkhouser, was also an Anabaptist, at least here in Virginia, and like the Stauffers and Neuenschwanders and Crabills, all from that same area, some were fleeing from 1660s onward and then after 1700 some were being expelled. It is hard to find records. I think some of them moved frequently and left very little trace. Incidently- for at least three generations the Funkhousers actually signed their name as Fankhauser. I have a copy of our mutual ancestor, Abraham Funkhouser Jr's bible record where he recorded all his and Catherine's children between 1806 and 1826 and he still wrote the family name as Fankhauser. It appears in the official English records as Funkhouser because that is pretty much how it was pronounced." Abraham Funkhouser, Sr., was an older brother of Christian, and son of John Funkhauser, Sr. Abraham married Magdalena Campbell, an orphan of a man named John Campbell, who was raised by Daniel Stover, prominent Mennonite in the Massanutten region. Abraham and Magdalena had 8 children to survive, but may have lost a few as children because of the age gaps in known children. Abraham's father John Funkhauser, Sr., arrived in Philadelphia, on the "Mortonhouse" 23 Aug. 1728 and signed the manifest as Johannes Fankhauser. He first appears in Virginia on a road petition by settlers in Frederick County (which then included what is now Shenandoah County) dated July 1737. John took out warrant for 400 acres on Funk's Mill Run (now Tumbling Run) near present day Mt.Olive in 1749 and received patent, Jan. 1752. In 1762, he received patent for another 294 acres adjoining the 400. John wrote a will in Feb. 1760 and it was probated 5 Mar. 1765. He named his wife Barbara in the will and according to British law of the day gave his land to his oldest son, John, who was directed to give land or pay money to the other children when their mother died. In 1776, John Jr. deeded 212 acres of the land to Christian Funkhouser and another 165 to Abraham. John lived on the original homesite and Abraham and Christian built their homes on their land downstream. Christian and Barbara had 12 children, all surviving. After Barbara died, Christian married Catherine Stover whose sister Barbara Stover is another ancestor of mine - both daughters of Jacob Stover (Stauffer) and Catherine Bowman Stover.


John Campbell Barbara ? + John Funkhouser, Sr. | | (Johannes Fankhauser) | | | +----------+------------+ | | | | | | Magdalena Campbell + Abraham Funkhouser, Sr. Christian Funkhouser + Barbara Lehman (Layman) b. 1748 b. 1742 b. 1745-55 b. 1745-55 d. 1830s d. 1796 d. 1818 d. before 1805 Abraham (Jr.) and Catherine (Coffman) Funkhouser Bible Records

Much thanks to Daniel Bly for providing this information!