The following is from Frieda Funkhouser Wilson's book, FUNKHOUSER
- A SWISS-AMERICAN GENEALOGY (1364-1978) Copyright date: 1978 (The
following is presented with Frieda's permission)
OLDEST REPORT ON THE FANKHAUSER FAMILY
...The oldest report on the Fankhauser family, dating back to the
year 1364, is to be found in a document in the state archives at Berne. In this
document mention is made of a Hans zum Vanghus. From the "Fontes rerum
Bernensium", volume VIII, page 555:
"Hans zum Vanghus 13 Marz 1364 als Burge
fur Uelrich Koch, der von Abt von Trub das obere Bannwart's gut erhalten
hatte," (Bannwart's gut now Ober Schneidershaus).
"Hans at Vanghus 13 March 1364
as guarantor for Uelrich Koch, who received the upper farm estate and
property from the Abbot of Trub." (Apparently Herr Koch was not able to make a
go of the farm and Hans had to take it over since he had guaranteed or acted as collateral
for the property).
From this name Vanghus, Fankhuser evolved and this
was later changed to Fankhauser. "Haus" being "Hus" in the
dialect, pronounced Fahnckhuser. The name sometimes appears in the
early records as Fanckhauser.
About 1400 Fankhausers are also found in the
district of Entlebuch, adjoining Trub, which belongs to the Canton of Lucerne.
However, the fact that as early as 1364, a Hans Fankhauser (Zum Vanghus) is mentioned in
record in Trub, and only after 1450 in Entlebuch, and the further fact that, near Trub, an
entire valley went by the name "Fankhausgraben" gives proof that Trub was the
ancestral home of the Fankhausers.
Further proof is found in the records pertaining to
the Monastery at Trub. Here we find Clewi Fankhauser, our ancestor, owning property
which is divided between his sons, Hans and Clewi, Jr. Clewi is the Swiss diminutive
of Niklaus. NOTE: For the interesting story of the division of the land see CONTENT: