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Christina Funkhouser, Virginia
Posted by: Patricia Jones (ID *****2174) Date: July 30, 2010 at 12:41:42
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Here are the parents and siblings of Christina Funkhouser:

JOHN FUNKHOUSER, Jr. was born at the new home on Tumbling Run, VA abt. 1738, he married Barbara (Senseny) last name not proven. And died at his homeplace on Tumbling Run in the spring of 1807. Barbara survived him. Their children were:

MARY B. 1768 D.1841

ELIZABETH B. 29 SEPT 1770, D. 4 MAR 1833


DAVID B. 1776, D. 31 AUG 1851

JOHN B. 1780, D. 11 JUNE 1826

BARBARA, B. 1786, D. AFTER 1850

This info taken from Professor Bly's book:"From the Rhine to the Shenandoah"

After the death of his father, John Sr., in 1765, John remained on the homestead to help his mother raise his younger brothers and sisters. In 1776 he and his wife, Barbara conveyed part of the homestead to his brothers but he remained in possession of the original homesite near the head of Tumbling Run and 310 acres which included a patent of 129 acres which he received from Fairfax in 1769 (Shen.Co., Deed Book “B” pp378-382, “C” p561 and Joyner. Vol.II, p.60)

John Jr. apparently remained true to the Menonite faith most of his life. In 1761 he was fined by the Frederick Co. Court for failing to appear for militia exercises with Captain John Funk’s company (Militia records in back of Frederick Co.,VA Deed Book “18”) His name appears along with that of his brothers in Alexander Machir’s militia list for the Strasburg area in 1775 but John was no doubt ne of the “Menonites” who refused to muster because ten years later he and his brothers Abraham and David signed a Mennonite petition to the Virginia General Assembly objecting to the militia laws (Petitions to the General Assembly, Virginia State Library, Richmond). In the 1790s when Rev. Christian Newcomer, founder of the United Brethern Church, preached in the Valley he was warmly welcomed by many of the Mennonite families who lacked organization and leadership. He lodged and preached at John Funkhouser’s on a number of occasions and many members of the Funkhouser family became staunch supporters of the United Brethern Church (See Samuel S. Hough, ed.Christian Newcomer, His Life Journal and Achievements, Dayton, Ohio, 1941, pp. 24 & 62.

John Funkhouser, Jr. wrote a will 3 Sept 1802, dividing his real estate between his sons, giving his five daughters money and the right to live in his house as long as they remained single. John died in early 1807. His will was probated 8 June 1807 (Shen.Co. Will Book “G” Pg.76). Barbara’s maiden name is reputed to have been Senseny (see Jacob Funkhouser’s 1902 work previously mentioned) but this has not been verified. There was a Senseny family of Mennonite background in Lancaster County, Pa in those years but not in Virginia. It is conceivable that John had reason to travel to Pa. and found a bride there. A Senseny family from Lancaster County did settle in Frederick Co., Va in the 1780s. Barbara survived John and they are buried in the old graveyard on their homestead.

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