Stover/Supinger/Pifer/Funkhouser Ancestry

Sources:

Zuppinger was the original Swiss version of the surname Supinger. Roth was the original German version of the surname Rodes, which is also seen as Rhodes. Christina Neuschwander, wife of Jacob Rodes (Roth), settled around Middletown, VA in the 1770s. The Stauffer family was a branch of an extensive Anabaptist family expelled from Canton of Bern Switzerland in the late 1600s. They lived for several generations in the German Rhineland, before emigrating to Pennsylvania between about 1717 and 1750s. Christian Stover first appears in Pennsylvania records in 1719. Richard W. Davis of Provo Utah has done extensive work on the Stauffers and can get this Anabaptist line back to the late 1400s around Eggiwil in Canton, Bern, Switzerland.


Christian Stauffer

of Salford Township, Montgomery Co., PA
  ? unknown   Christian Bowman
- of Germanic descent - lived at Sandy Hook across from Strasburg, Virginia
(More details at 3. to the right →)
  ? unknown

Bowman

According to The Heritage Museum Newsletter, Volume 38, No. 1, Winter 2016, published by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham (VA) Historical Society, "Bowman (Bauman) was a fairly common surname among early settlers of Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties in Virginia. ... Written records available from the 18th century provide evidence that Bowmans came to Shenandoah and Rockingham at different time and from different places." The newsletter focuses on five early Bowman families who, despite being thought to be related, have been through Y-DNA testing and determined to not be related to one another. To summarize the article, there are these 5 early families:

  1. George Bowman (1699-1768) and Mary Hite - came from PA in the 1730s; owned land along Cedar Creek north of Strasburg, VA. George also owned land that spanned into Warren County as well as land on Linville Creek in Rockingham County. Thirteen children, including 6 sons: Joseph, George and John who had no children as well as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  2. George Bowman (1712-1786) and Barbara Keller - born in Bodigheim, Baden, Germany; went to PA in 1749; came from Berks Co., PA, ca. 1770 and had land just north of Timberville in Rockingham Co. Six children: 3 sons reached adulthood: George, Elias and John. George the son may have relocated to Shenandoah County, having 2 sons George (m. Elizabeth Roush and went to Brown Co., OH) and Nicholas (m. Catherine Derrick and went to Sevier Co., TN). Meanwhile, Elias settled in Berkeley Co., WV, and then Washington Co., TN.
  3. Christian Bowman (1698-1763) - Germanic descent arrived mid-1730s, settled Sandy Hook south of Strasburg, VA. Relocated to mouth of Narrow Passage Creek north of Edinburg, VA; established a line of Bowmans from Strasburg to Forestville; affiliated with Lutheran/Reformed Church. Eleven children with 2 wives; sons: Jacob, David, John, Christian, Daniel, Henry, Benjamin and Samuel.
  4. Jacob Bowman (1722-1778) and Elizabeth Rueger (Unger) - came from Lancaster Co., PA, to Shenandoah Co., VA; purchased land on North Fork Shenandoah River near Woodstock, VA; speculated that Jacob was Mennonite prior to marriage in Lutheran Church in Earl Town, Lancaster Co., PA. Seven children; 2 sons: Jacob and Samuel. Descendants in Indiana and Greene Co., TN.
  5. Jacob Bowman, Sr. (1718-1803) and Varena - from Washington Co., MD, where Varena died; with second wife Barbara, relocated to Linville Creek area near Broadway, Rockingham Co., VA, 1778-1779; after Barbara died, married a third time. Affiliated with Flat Rock Church of the Brethren. Jacob's descendants spread through Rockingham Co. an Tennessee and Indiana. Eight children; sons though to be John, Isaac, Jacob, Henry, Benjamin and Joseph. Isaac and Henry stayed in Maryland.
b. ca. 1680
d. 1735
m. b.
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d. 1763
m. b.
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Luray Valley Museum - includes history regarding the home of Jacob Stover Jacob Stover (Stauffer)
brother of Peter Stover who founded Strasburg, VA (related land history)
Jacob and Catherine also had a daughter, Catherine, who married Reuben Boehm, son of Samuel. After he died, she married my ancestor Christian Funkhouser, Sr. (his second wife). His first wife was Barbara Layman, my ancestor. He married Catherine after Barbara died. Magdalena Catherine Bowman
She went by Catherine as it was customary for German and Swiss families to call children by their middle names.
  Henry Pifer, Sr.
(Heinrich Pfeiffer)
Henry Pifer, Sr., had 410 acres "near the Great Wagon Road" surveyed in March 1752. His land is northwest of Strasburg, pretty much the southwest corner of the junction of I-81 and Rt. 55. You can actually see the old Pifer cemetery on the hill to the left just before you get to the Rt. 55 exit of I-81. ? unknown  
Hans Ulrich Zuppinger (Supinger)

Anna Schonauer
  Jacob Rodes (Roth)
Christina Neuschwander
    Much thanks to Daniel Bly for information about the generation below and back!  
  b. ca. 1717 in Mannheim, Germany
Arrived in America in 1718 with his brother Peter and father Christian; he was in Virginia by 1746 (Source: Stauffer Families... book by Davis)
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d. in the Fall of 1778
m. b.
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  b. 1722
baptized 20 September 1722
Arrived in Philadelphia in 1735
d. in the fall of 1797 in Shenandoah Co., VA, near Lebanon Church
m. ca. 1748
in Lancaster Co., PA
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  b. ca. 1730
d. 20 April 1812
in Frederick Co., VA
m. b. 25 May 1732
in Switzerland
d. 11 January 1814
       
                                       
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    Barbara Stover The Pifer surname has also been seen as Fifer, Pfeiffer, Pfeifer and Piper according The Heritage Museum Newsletter, Volume 39, No. 1, Winter 2017, published by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society David Pifer       Conrad Supinger Conrad Supinger was one of 7 children. His sister Anna Supinger (b. ca. 1770) married Daniel FUnkhouser, oldest son of Abraham Funkhouser, Sr. Barbara, the oldest daughter of Abraham Funkhouser, Sr., married Abraham Rodes, brother of Esther. Esther Rodes  
Abraham Funkhouser, Sr.
 
Magdalena Campbell
 
David Coffman, Jr.
Envelope to Mr. G. Bernard Coffman, which contained notes on the Kauffman-Coffman families, naming David Coffman, Jr., his ancestors and some of his descendants
Elizabeth Strickler
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m. b.
d. 1 December 1829
These dates for the Pifers are from the stones in the old Pifer graveyard just west of Strasburg, VA.   b. in PA
d. 30 October 1813
m. b. ca. 1766
d. 1 April 1847
  b. 1742
d. 1796
m. b. 1744
d. 1830s
  b. 1755
d. 1830
m. 1780 b. 1760
d. 26 October 1843
                                     
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          Joseph Pifer           Rebecca Supinger       Abraham Funkhouser, Jr. Abraham and Catherine Funkhouser Bible Records

Notes: Abraham Funkhouser to James "Jamie" Arthur Johnson

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)
Catherine Coffman
(earliest born ancestor photographed in my family tree)
Catherine's brother Joseph Coffman was connected to Abraham Lincoln through marriage. He married Abigail Lincoln and there is an interesting story to go with it: During the American Civil War, Sheridan's men of the 5th New York Cavalry set fire to houses within a 3-mile radius of Dayton, VA. Abigail Lincoln Coffman saved one house. In one version of the story, it was her child's house and the men stopped when they saw a framed picture of Abraham Lincoln in it. Abigail explained that she and he were first cousins. In another version, when they came to burn the house (her house), Abigail confronted them saying, "You cannot burn this house. I am a first cousin of the president." She was a first cousin once removed of Abraham Lincoln.

          b. 11 June 1792
d. 14 August 1850
m. ca. 1800-1810 b. ca. 1770-1780
d. 2 December 1835
      b. 17 September 1778
d. 6 January 1855
m. 17 January 1806 b. 18 October 1784
d. 20 November 1870
Sources:
• Susan Pasquet Das, fellow descendant of Charles Florence Fisher through his son John H. (J.H.) "Homer" Fisher
• The Historical Marker Database
                             
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                Isaac Pifer
  Rebecca Funkhouser
   
                b. 2 November 1820
d. 7 May 1902
m. 14 December 1848 b. 31 March 1827
d. 5 February 1907
   
                         
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Charles Florence Fisher




(an older Charles pictured)
(picture w/ Charles and Mary)
(picture - reunion)
(picture - tomb)
(picture - tomb close-up)
Mary Elizabeth Pifer

(picture - as a young girl)
(portrait picture)
(picture - birthday with youngest son Bill Fisher and his wife Martha Borden Fisher)
(picture - quilt square she made in 1930s)

Charles and Mary (Pifer) Fisher are third cousins via their shared great great grandfather John Funkhouser, Sr. (Johannes Fankhauser, Sr.).
                      b. 17 October 1855
d. 6 June 1917
m. 29 April 1879 b. 16 April 1858
d. 12 February 1936
         
                                     
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descendants
                       
Zuppinger was the original Swiss version of the surname Supinger.
Roth was the original German version of the surname Rodes, which is also seen as Rhodes. 
Christina Neuschwander, wife of Jacob Rodes (Roth), settled around Middletown, VA in the 1770s.
The Stauffer family was a branch of an extensive Anabaptist family expelled from Canton of 
Bern Switzerland in the late 1600s. They lived for several generations in the German Rhineland, 
before emigrating to Pennsylvania between about 1717 and 1750s. Christian Stover first appears 
in Pennsylvania records in 1719. Richard W. Davis of Provo Utah has done extensive work on the 
Stauffers and can get this Anabaptist  line back to the late 1400s around Eggiwil in Canton, 
Bern, Switzerland. 



                                                    
                                                    
his ancestry                
                      
Christian    
Stauffer,    Bowman, 
of Salford   lived at                  
Township,    Sandy Hook                
Montgomery   across from          
Co., PA      Strasburg, VA      
b. ca. 1680       d. 1764       
d. 1735             |           
   ↓                |      
 Jacob       Catherine 
 Stover    + Bowman               
(Stauffer),|                      
 brother   | Jacob & Catherine            
 of      +-+ also had a daughter,             
Peter    | Catherine, who married                   
Stover   | Reuben Boehm, son of Samuel,       
who      | After he died, she married my      
founded  | ancestor Christian Funkhouser, Sr. 
Strasburg| (his second wife). His first       
VA       | wife was Barbara Layman, my    
b.ca.1717| direct ancestor. He married   
         | Catherine after Barbara died. 
         |                               
         |                               
         |   Hans    + Anna Schonauer     her ancestry
         |   Ulrich  |                          
         |  Zuppinger|     Jacob + Christina
         | (Supinger)|     Rodes | Neuschwander
         |           |    (Roth) | b. 25 May 1732 in Switzerland 
         |           |    b. ca. | d. 11 Jan. 1814
         |           |    1730   |
         |           |    d. 20  |
         +-------+   |    April  |
                 |   |    1812   |      Much thanks to Daniel Bly for information 
Henry Pifer, Sr. |   |  Frederick|      about the generation below and back!
(Heinrich        |   |   Co., VA |
 Pfeiffer)       |   |           | 
 d. Fall 1778    |   |           | 
He had 410       |   |           | 
acres "near the  |   |           | 
Great Wagon Road"|   |           +-----------------+
surveyed in      |   |                             |
March 1752. His  |   +-----------------+           |
land is northwest|                     |           |          
of Strasburg,    +----------+          |           |          
pretty much the             |          |           |
southwest corner of the     |          |           |
junction of I-81 and Rt. 55 |          |           |                           
You can actually see the    |          |           |                           
old Pifer cemetery on the   |          |           |                           
hill to left just before    |          |           |                           
you get to the Rt. 55 exit  |          |           |                           
of 81. +----------+         |          |           |                             
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                  David  Barbara    Conrad      Esther    Abraham         Magdalena    David     Elizabeth
                  Pifer + Stover    Supinger  + Rodes     Funkhouser,   + Campbell     Coffman + Strickler
                   d. 1 |         (b. ca. 1762 | b. ca.    Sr.(1742-1796)| (1744-1830s) (1755-  |(1760-
                   Dec. |            in PA    | 1766                    |               1830)  | 26 Oct
                   1829 |        d.10/30/1813)| d.4/1/1847              |                      | 1843)
                        |                     +------+                  |                 (m. 1780)
These dates for the     |                            |                  |                      |
Pifers are from stones  |                            |                  |                      |
in the old Pifer        |                            |                  |                      |
graveyard just west of  |                            |                  |                      |
Strasburg.              |                            |                  |                      |
                        +-----+                      |          +-------+                      |
                              |                      |          |                       +------+
                              |                      |          |                       |
                              Joseph           Rebecca    Abraham        + Catherine Coffman (picture)
                              Pifer      +     Supinger   Funkhouser,Jr. | (18 Oct. 1784-
                        b. 11 June 1792  |    b. 1770-80 (17 Sept. 1778- |  20 Nov. 1870)
                                  (m. 1800-1810)          6 January 1855)|  
                        d. 14 Aug. 1850  | d. 2 Dec. 1835          (m. 17 Jan. 1806)
                                         |                               |
                                         |               +---------------+  Abraham and Catherine Funkhouser Bible Records
                                         |               |
                                         Isaac     Rebecca
                              (picture)  Pifer   + Funkhouser (picture)
                                         +----+-----+-----+
                                         |b. 2|m. 14|b. 31|
                                         |Nov.|Dec. |March|
                                         |1820|1848 |1827 |
                                         |d. 7|     |d. 5 |
                                         |May |     |Feb. |
                                         |1902|     |1907 |
                                         +----+--+--+-----+
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                                   Charles    Mary 
                                   Florence + Elizabeth  
                                   Fisher     Pifer   (picture)   
                                  +------+------+-----+  
                                  |b. 17 |m. 29 |b. 16|  
                                  |Oct.  |April |April|  
                                  |1855  |1879  |1858 |  
                                  |d. 6  |      |d. 12|  
                                  |June  |      |Feb. |  
                                  |1917  |      |1936 |  
                                  +------+--+---+-----+