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Re: any Fahs families
Posted by: Wendell Walch Date: October 07, 2000 at 23:20:48
In Reply to: Re: any Fahs families by Neal Webb of 104

Your George Fantz is not an ancestor of the Stark co. Illinois Fantz family.

Michael de la Fonz of France was in charge of the kings horses about 1840 and his wife was a lady in waiting. Michael and wife were away from Paris when there was a revolt and the king was killed, as well as anyone connected to him. Some one got word to Michael and wife and they fled to Germany, where they changed their name to Fauntz to make it seem more German. Then they came
America. My gg grandmother was probaby born on the boat. They settled on the steepest old hill farm east of Lancastor, Ohio. Dau. Annie married John Walch. Michael and most of the family moved to north west Ohio just east of Van Wert, Ohio. Some married children stayed around Lancastor. Then Michael and family moved to Stark Co., Ill. at Dunlap. The town is gone, but the side walks are still there. The Springer farm is about 1/2 mile west and the cemetery is between the town site and the Springer home. Annie and second husband, Sammy Knestrick moved to Kinderhook, Ill. in 1864. Her nephew George Fantz moved to Kinderhook, Ill. a few years later. Then Michael went with son Michael to Iowa and died there. One of Michaels daughters went to Texas. The last Fantz at Kinderhook, Ill. died this summer, but there are still some in Quincy, Ill. and Hannibal, Mo. There are many Walch and Knestrick descendents in Western Pike County, Ill. I live in Springfield, Ill.

Wendell Walch


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