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Johannes "John" Funkhouser (Fankhauser), Sr.

Also Known As: "John Funkhouser Sr."
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Perhaps of, Trub, Signau, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Death: between January 01, 1765 and March 05, 1765 (51-69)
Tumbling Run, Shenandoah County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Barbara Funkhouser
Father of John Funkhouser, Jr; Abraham Funkhouser, Sr.; Christian Funkhouser, Sr.; David Funkhouser; Jacob Funkhouser and 1 other

Managed by: Daniel W. Bly
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About Johannes "John" Funkhouser, Sr.

Johannes (John) Fankhauser, later Funkhouser, was born between 1700-1710 in perhaps Switzerland and died in 1765 in Tumbling Run, Frederick (later Shenandoah County) Virgnia. (will probated March 5, 1765, Frederick County, VA Will Book, "3", p. 255)

His parents are not known. His wife was Barbara, parents unknown, who probably died between 1774-1776; in 1776 their sons divided the land.

Children of John Sr. and Barbara were

  • John Jr., born 1738, married BARBARA SENSENEY
  • Abraham, born abt 1741, married MARY MAGDALENA CAMPBELL
  • Christian, born 1745, married Barbara Layman
  • David, born about 1748, married (1) CHRISTENA HISEY (2) ELIZABETH BOEHM
  • Jacob, born 1750, married Deborah Hottel
  • Mary, born Abt 1752, married Martin Kauffman


Johannes Fankhauser arrived in Philadelphia, August 1728, aboard the ship "Mortonhouse". He was in Virginia by the fall of 1736 and settled on the headwaters of Tumbling Run, about five miles west of present-day Strasburg, VA. The Funkhouser family (originally Fankhauser) originated in the Emmenthal Valley of Bern, Switzerland. The quote from the 1901 Funkhouser history that says they came from Zurich, is simply incorrect.

From Daniel W. Bly, May 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.

Johannes (John Sr.), who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728, named his wife Barbara in his will (1760). There is 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. Children of John Sr. and Barbara were John Jr., Abraham, Christian, David, Jacob and Mary. He mentioned daughters (plural) but did not name any but Mary, who married Martin Kauffman, is only one that can be documented.

Posted by: Daniel Bly Date: April 29, 2001 at 19:26:00

Jacob, Christian, John (Johannes) the first three Funkhousers in Virginia by 1737 were probably not brothers and they were not sons of Johannes who was born in 1692. That is rather impossible because Jacob was already at least 18 by 1724. John, one of the three was probably the fellow born in Switzerland in 1692, because he is the only one who had any Mennonite ties and his children were definitely Mennonite.So it makes sense that his father was the Anabaptist Christian Fankhauser, who was expelled in 1710. Christian, the third Virginia pioneer was probably related to Jacob but at this point we have no record tying him to the others.

Came to the US in 1740 from Zurich and settled in headwaters of Tumblin Run about 4 miles west of Strasburg. "The home of A.J. Riding, one and one half miles from Fisher's Hill is the traditional hone of John Funkhouser".

This (written by Mary Burack in ~ 1990) is exactly what this website says (accessed 6/13/2010):

That quote comes from the first published history of the Funkhousers, by Jacob Funkhouser in 1901. Since then considerable information has been found, including road petitions, the 1765 will of John Funkhouser, in which he signed his name "Hannes Fankhauser" and land records. In his will and in land records his wife was named Barbara and a road petition proves that he was in Virginia by 1736. The Fankhausers came from Bern, not Zurich, but specific parents for John (Johannes) have not been proven.


In 1740, John Funkhouser came to America from near Zurich, Switzerland, and settled about four miles west of Strasburg on the headwaters of Tumbling Run. He and his wife, Mary, were pioneers, settling in "Funkhouser Hollow."

He had a family of nine children. The eldest son, John, under the laws of the day, became heir. John lived on the home place, Abraham lived nearby on an adjoining place, and Christian lived just a few miles away. David lived and died at "Clover Hill", northwest of Woodstock, Virginia.

The site where Abraham settled is along Tumbling Run where a spring gushes from a large rock over which the house was built. Abraham resided here from the time of the American Revolution until the end of his life.

Isaac Pifer, son-in-law of Abraham, served in the Civil War, during which this home withstood much firing from the surrounding hills.

Source: Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project, 1937


1. John Funkhouser was born in 1719 in Switzerland and died in 1765 in Frederick County, Virginia at age 46. He married Mary.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. Christian Funkhouser was born in 1745 in Tumbling Run, Shenandoah, Virginia and died in 1818 in Tumbling Run, Shenandoah, Virginia at age 73. Married Barbara Layman

+ 3 M    ii. Jacob Funkhouser was born in 1750 in Tumbling Run, Shenandoah, Virginia and died on 27 Nov 1801 in Shenandoah County, Virginia at age 51. Married Dorothy Hottel.

John next married Barbara. Barbara was born in 1723 in Frederick County, Virginia.

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Johannes "John" Funkhouser, Sr.'s Timeline

Trub, Signau, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Age 38
Virginia, United States
Age 41
Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States
Age 45
Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States
Age 48
Virginia, United States
Age 50
Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States
Age 52
Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States
January 1, 1765
Age 65
Shenandoah County, Virginia