At this time there are dozens of family trees posted on the internet, which include a Johannes Fankhauser, b. 29 Aug. 1692, and Barbara Habegger, b.1694 (sometimes listed as Barbara Habegger II) as parents of Jacob, Johannes and Christian Fankhauser, the three pioneer ancestors of the Funkhouser families, who were in Virginia by 1737.
This information first appeared in Frieda Wilson's book "FUNKHOUSER: A Swiss American Genealogy" (1978) and has obviously been copied and included in a lot of Funkhouser family trees. More recent research in Swiss records has failed to turn up a single document that mentions this couple or their supposed children. There was a Hans Fankhauser, born to Christian Fankhauser, the Anabaptist from the "Hinter Hutten" farm, and his wife, Barbara Habegger, baptized 29 October, 1692, but all the evidence is that this child died before reaching adulthood. (The 29 Aug. baptismal date is a mistaken reading of the date "29 8ber" the standard abbreviation for October, not August) There is no record of a Barbara Habegger being born to Hans Habegger and wife, Lucia Fankhauser, nor of any marriage for a Hans Fankhauser to a Barbara Habegger, or children born to such a couple.
All the evidence now available, including DNA evidence, and various documents is that Jacob Fankhauser (Jacob Funhouser Sr.) one of the three Funkhouser pioneers in Virginia by 1737, was not a brother of Johannes and Christian. In fact Jacob was already at least 21 years old and living in what is now Lancaster County by 1724. The Johannes, who arrived in the "Mortonhouse" in August, 1728, was probably a young unmarried man at the time. He is almost certainly the same Johannes Fankhauser (John Funkhouser Sr.) who was in Virginia by 1737 and died in 1765. My own proposal that he could be a Hans Fankhauser, born in 1699 to Christian and Magdalena Fankhauser, who emigrated to Alsace by 1709, should now also be discounted, since there is no evidence that this Hans survived childhood. Any number of other Hans Fankhausers have since been found in Swiss records who could be the 1728 immigrant but evidence of emigration for them is lacking. The name Jacob was rarely used by the Fankhauser family and there are no Jacobs in existing Swiss records who could be the one in Pennsylvania by 1724.
DNA evidence does clearly establishes the fact that the Funkhousers of Virginia are descendants of the Fankhauser family that originated at Trub in the Emmenthal Valley of Bern, Switzerland. HOWEVER, at this point, any claim by descendants of John Funkhouser Sr. Jacob Funkhouser Sr. or Christian Funkhouser, the early Funkhouser pioneers in Virginia,to specific Swiss ancestors, is spurious and without sufficient documentation, no matter how many times you find it posted on the internet!!
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