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Descendants of Johann Wendel Fackler




Generation No. 1


1. JOHANN WENDEL2 FACKLER (UNKNOWN1)1 was born Abt. 1746 in Germany2, and died Abt. 1823 in Dauphin Co, PA3. He married (1) ANNA CHRISTINA RANCK4,5 Bef. 1767 in Hummelstown, Dauphin Co., PA6, daughter of JOHN RANCK and ANNA SCHWAB. She was born 21 May 1745 in East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., PA7,8, and died Bef. 1807 in ?9. He married (2) CATHERINE ZEIGER 1807. She died Unknown.

Notes for J
OHANN WENDEL FACKLER:
CONCERNING THE FIVE FACKLER/FOCKLER MEN WHO CAME TO AMERICA
IN THE EARLY TO MID-18TH CENTURY - 1737 TO 1763

In Europe today there are Facklers in Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland. Several branches of these Fackler families emigrated to the Americas during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The spelling variant Fockler and the root name Fackler have been spelled in many ways over the years. These variations are the result of either outsiders trying to spell the name as it sounds in German or by individual Facklers deliberately choosing an alternate spelling.
Some of the spellings I have found are: Fackler, Fockler, Fachler, Fakler, Facler, Folkler, Falkler, Falkner, Faulkler, Faulkner, Falker, Fagler, Fadler, Falkher, etc.
During the early nineteenth century, the records in some families (including my own) show one brother who spelled his name Fackler while another spelled it Fockler, and another spelled it Falkler.
My research indicates that many our Fackler ancestors could not read and/or write, and did not speak English and therefor accepted any spelling imposed by census enumerators, paid scribes, ministers, teachers, lawyers, etc., because these are the people they depended on to produce and keep their written records.
Most of these spellings indicate a name of Germanic origin. In German, the word "fackel" means a torch or a bundle of twigs used as a torch. Therefore, the name Fackler is a name related to an occupation, "fackeler", meaning a torch maker, torch bearer or in its simplest form - a wood cutter. There is one version of a reputedly authentic family crest dating to the 12th century which shows two crossed torches on a shield.
The pronunciation of the name Fackler in German would actually sound like Fockler to the Anglo ear. This could account for the many spelling variants found in many of the census and court records. In some references, the "a" in Fackler is even shown with an umlaut over it.
Because of recent research, I now feel that most of us in this country named Fackler/Fockler could be descended from a single, or possibly several closely related Fackler families who resided in what was known as the Rhein-Pfalz (Palatine area) in south-west Germany.

HANS JACOB FACKLER - 1737
Prime source data has finally been found that proves Hans Jacob Fackler and his wife Maria Magdalena (Beltzhuber), son Hans Adam, and daughter Barbabara, came from the Lochgau-Metterzimmern-Neckarkreis Wurttemberg area of the Rhein-Pfalz, arriving at the Port of Philadelphia on board the ship "Charming Nancy", October 8. 1737.
Hans Jacob Fackler and his family settled in York County, Pennsylvania, on a land grant from the Proprietor, Thomas Penn (William Penn's son). Another son Johann (John) Christoph who had been left behind in Germany for some reason, rejoined the family on October 7, 1749.

JOHAN CRISTOPH FACHLER - 1749
Johan Cristoph Fachler came to America on 7 October 1749 on the ship "Leslie" from Rotterdam.
?His name on the ship's list of names of passengers swearing the Oath of Allegiance is spelled Johan Christoph Fachler - per Robert Battle."
Most reseachers now concur that this Johan Cristoph Fachler was probably the son of Hans Jacob and Magdalena Fackler, the son they had to leave behind in Germany when they emigrated in 1737. The records do not show a Cristoph appearing again after his arrival, but John does appear and in 1762 he is shown as swearing allegiance to the Commonwealth.
It is believed that he was the John Fackler who went south with his brother Michael to Maryland and helped to establish the southern branches of the Fackler family.

JOHANN ADAM FACKLER - 1749
A second Adam Fakler with his wife Anna Barara (Finck) arrived at the Port of Philadelphia on board the ship "Jacob" on 2 October 1949. "The foreigners whose names are underwritten imported aboard on the ship Jacob, Capt. Adolf De Grove from Amsterdam but late from Shields in England from Swabia, Wertemberg & Darmstad did this day take the usual oaths to the Government. By the list 107 persons.
It should be made clear that this Adam Fakler was not the Hans Adam Fackler, who came to America with his father and mother in 1737 (above). This Adam and his wife came from the Fahrenbach-Mosbach-Wurttemberg area. They had married on 2 June 1749 just before departure for America, where they settled in Lower Paxton township of Dauphin County. Because both he and the Han(s) George Fachler (shown below) both lived near one another and are shown on the same tax records, it is now believed that they may have been brothers.
A note from the records of Robert Battle --
"The registers at 6520 Worms (18km. n.w. of Mannheim: Chbks. begin 1699, Ref.) mention that " Johan Adam Fackler from Fahrenbach in the Pfaltz in Oberamts Mosbach and s/o Abraham Fackler, woodcutter there, md. 2 June 1749 Anna Barbara, d/o the late Conrad Finck - formerly inhabitant at Strumfelbrunn in the Pfalz in rest-days here and then emigrated to America."

HANS GEORGE FACKLER - 1750
Hans George Fackler arrived at Port of Philadelphia on the ship "Osgood" on 29 September 1750, William Wilkie, Captain, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes. 480 passengers.
Hans George Fackler (quite possibly a brother to the Hans Adam just mentioned above) arrived in October 1750 and settled very near Hans Adam in Paxtang (Paxton) Township. (Dr. Anne Schifflet has proposed the possibility that they were brothers). "Both Hans Adam and Han(s) George were on the tax rolls of Lancaster Co, Pa. at this time and lived close to one another".
You may question the name Hans on both men. Hans is a diminutive for Johann. Hans and Johann were probably the most common first name for boys at this time in German history. The name honors St. John the Baptist.

JOHANN WENDEL FACKLER -1763
Johann Wendel Fackler, a younger brother to the Hans George (and possibly to Hans Adam, too), arrived on November 1, 1763 aboard the ship "Chance". Family hearsay has always claimed that he had indentured himself for a period of three years to pay for his passage, but was released after only 18 months because of good service. He then settled near his two brothers, George and Adam, in Lower Paxtang Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Revolutionary War records in the Pennsylvania Archives show Wendel (variously spelled Wendl, Vindle, Vendel - in German the "W" is pronounced like a "V") Fockler (or Fackler), a John Fockler (Hans Adam?) and George (or Georg) Fockler (or Fackler) on the Militia rolls of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania during the years 1781, 1782, and 1783. Both John (Adam?) and George are shown as supplying bushels of corn and wheat to the Continental Army.
It is important to note that Militia Muster Rolls were lists of ALL able bodied men under military jurisdiction in a particular area. IT DID NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT ALL THE MEN ON THAT ROSTER FOUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION! In fact Wendel Fackler is shown as a Non-Associator on the FINES LISTS for 1777-1783. These were men who did not serve or "associate" with the militia and as a result were fined for their "non-association". In Wendel's case he may have chosen not to associate because of religious principles. Several of his children married members of the German Baptist Brethren, a sect which does not believe in the swearing of oaths or military service.
Also cited in the Pennsylvania Archives was a George Fackler (probably Wendel's brother) shown as having lost his musket in the battle of Ft. Washington (Ft. Washington was located in the northern end of Manhattan Island and was the site of an early battle of the Revolution (one of many early losses by G. Washington's Continental Army, by the way).
This George Fackler subsequently sued the Continental Congress for the amount of two pounds to reimburse him for his loss. There is no record as to whether he was ever was paid. Probably not, since the Continental Congress was quite miserly when it came to Washington and his Army. Hmm, sounds familiar.

NOTES ON JOHANN WENDEL FACKLER

Johann Wendel Fackler arrived in the port of Philadelphia aboard the ship "Chance", November 1, 1763 at age 17 (?), according to the Passenger List made by Charles Smith, Captain of the ship "Chance", from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, with 193 passengers aboard. The List also states "passengers from the Palatinate (Pfalz)". (Note: The Palatinate is located in the Rhine valley near Strasburgh and the Swiss border.
Over the 16th through 18th centuries this area was in constant military and religious contention and upheaval between the French (Catholics) and the Germans (Lutherans). The great migration of Germans from this area to Pennsylvania, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and Georgia in America was due in large part to these religious and territorial wars, as well as active recruiting for German settlers by men like William Penn (in Pennsylvania) and Oglethorpe (in Georgia).)
The following statement is a part of the oral history of Johann Wendel Fackler and is not supported by documented fact -- "Wendel became an indentured slave or 'servant' for a period of three years to pay for his passage, however, because of 'valuable service' to his 'owner' he was released after he had served only half his indenture." (Source: O.A. Fackler, an early Fackler family genealogist, in a paper delivered to a Fackler Family reunion on July 29, 1956.)

The following information was received from a John N. Fockler of Franklin, Wisconsin as a result of a nationwide letter of inquiry made by myself, Harry C. Fockler, (Jr.), in 1976. The following data was given to John Fockler's son, David Fockler, by a Walter D. Fackler, then Director of the Executive Program and a professor at the University of Chicago. The question marks in the statements below were inserted by me because present data and documentation do not support the statement. - HCF

From John N. Fockler of Franklin, Wisconsin:

"CONCERNING THE WENDEL FACKLER WHO CAME TO AMERICA IN 1763 AND
SERVED IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE (?)"
"On page 1066 of Volume II of the History of Richland County (Ohio) as written by A.J. Baughman and published in 1908 by the S.J. Clark Co., Chicago, may be found reference to this Wendel Fackler. Here it may be learned that the man came to America in 1763 at the age of 17years (?) and that he took part in the liberation of the colonies from the domination of the British Government (?). After the war was won, he bought land in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and made a home for himself and wife, Christina Rank, and there raised a family of ten children." (?? - I believe that he was married sometime before February 1767 when his first son John George was born!)

(Note: The DAR and the Sons of the Revolution have accepted the Militia registration of all able-bodied men in the district as proof of service during the Revolution by Johann Wendel Fackler, and his older brother, Hans George Fackler. Between 1777 and 1784 Wendel (Vendle or Vindle) Fackler is listed as a Non-Associator and was on the Fines List for such non-participation. All indications are that he was probably a member of the German Baptist Brethren Church which opposed military service and the swearing of oaths. However, Wendel (Vendel) and George are both listed in other records in the Pennsylvania Archives as providing wheat and corn to the Continental Army.)

"WENDEL FACKLER'S WAR RECORD (?) from the Pennsylvania Archives"

"Volume 7, page 1026, Series V - Private in the 4th Company of the 10th Battalion, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia 1781, Captain Hugh Robinson, cmnd.
Volume 7, page 1003, Series V - Private in the 4th Company of the 10th Battalion, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia 1782, Captain Hugh Robinson, cmnd.
Volume 7, page 1036, Series V - Private in the 4th Company of the 10th Battalion, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia 1782 [3?], Captain Hugh Robinson, cmnd."

(Note: As I mentioned above, these lists were a Militia census of ALL able-bodied men in a District and does not mean that every man registered actually fought or participated. See "The Military System of Pennsylvania During the Revolutionary War", Division of Public Records, Information Leaflet No. 3. There are a number of us researching this. If anyone has documentation proving that Wendel Fackler actually served in the Revolutionary war, please contact me. -- Harry Fockler)

Also from John N. Fockler:

"Data concerning the marriage and children of Wendel Fackler may be found in the records of the Lutheran Church (?) of Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
In 1770 or 1771(?) Wendel married Anna Rank. (This date is certainly open to question. If their oldest son, Johann George, was born in February 1767, some say April 1767, then they were most certainly married before the 1770 date. Also the records clearly show that the name of the young lady was Anna Christina Rank, and that among her close friends she was known as "Ann" or "Anna". -- Harry Fockler)

Wendel and Anna became the parents of ten children:

1. Elisabeth Fackler, born 6-23-1772. Married Abraham Balsbaugh
2. Eva Fackler, born 12-15-1773. Married Wendel Henry
3. Christina Fackler, born ?. Married George Bashor
4. Barbara Fackler, born ?. Married George Miller
5. Margaretha Fackler, born ?. Married John Baum
6. Samuel Fackler, born 7-2-1778. Married Magdalena ?
7. Abraham Fackler, born 1777. Married Barbara Hough (Houk or Hoach?)
8. Wendel Fackler, Jr., 4-22-1782. Married - 1st, Sarah Stouffer, 2nd, Catharine Stouffer
9. Catherine (sic) Fackler, born 9-21-1787. Married George Etter
10. A son, Fackler, born (?). Unmarried he settled in Canada according to tradition"(??)

(Note that John N. Fockler, author of the above, does not list their oldest child, Joh(an)n George Fackler, b. 27 February 1767. If Joh. George Fackler was the first child of Wendel and Christina, then the tenth child listed above is fictitious. Catharine, the ninth child, was actually the tenth child. There is another John George Fackler, b. 1772, who settled in Canada in the late 1790s or early 1800s. This John George Fockler married Mary Catharine Baker. He was the grandson of Adam Fackler who came to America with his father Hans Jacob Fackler in 1737 aboard the ship "Charming Nancy" and settled in York, PA. -- HCF)

(See the long note following concerning John George Fackler who was the oldest son of Wendel and Christina Fackler and John George's first son Valentine Fackler.)

There were ten children, born to Wendel and Christina, according to data I received from Dr. Anne Shifflet, Frederick, MD. The oldest was John George Fackler, born 27 Feb 1767, christened 20 April 1767, his sponsor was John George Ranck, his mother's brother.

Source: 'Seltenreich Reformed Church, Earl Twp, (near New Holland), Lancaster County, Church Records 1747-1800', trans. by William H. Hinke, 1936, p. 10:

'John Wendel Fackler and Christina, 27 Feb 1767, s. John George (bp 20 Apr 1767) Sp. John George Ranck'.

The reason that Joh. George Fackler is usually not listed as the first son of Joh. Wendel is because he was not included in his father's will. At age 14 he received an inheritance from his grandfather, John Michael Ranck, and at age 21 was completely independent and living with his own family in Franktown, Allegheny Twp, Huntingdon County, when Joh. Wendel prepared his last will in 1814.)

Will of Johann Wendel Fackler made 8 November 1814

Wendel Fackler's Will

"In the name of God Amen
I Wendel Fackler of Lower Paxton Township County of Dauphin being of sound Mind and Memory yet old and weak; do make and ordain hereby my last Will and testament and as I have alredy (sic) given unto my children a part viz. To my Son Abraham One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Son Wendel One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Son in law John Baum One hundred and fifty Pounds and my Son Samuel One hundred and fifty Pounds and after this my daughter Barbara intermarried with George Miller shall have one hundred fifty Pounds including the sum said Miller has received already My daughter Christiana intermarried with George Boeshar have already received one hundred pounds and shall not be entitled to more than Equal shares in the Residue mentioned hereafter My daughter Eve intermarried with Wendel Henrich one hundred and fifty pounds My daughter Elizabeth intermarried with Abraham Balspach My daughter Catharine intermarried with George Etter one hundred & fifty pounds including what they have Received already My son Samuel has Received a bond of M? Which is to be deducted from the above sum bequeathed, one hundred pounds of my Estate to remain in the hands of my Nephew Abraham Fakler during the natural Life of Wife Catharine Who shall receive the interest thereof along with other things mentioned in an agreement signed by me and Recorded in Register Office of this County, the Remainder of my property to be divided among my ten Children or their Representatives in equal shares the oldest shall have his share six months after my decease the second one year after the first and so on every year one to be paid according to their Age til every one has received his share.
Finally I nominate and appoint my son Abraham Fackler and my son in law Abraham Balspach to be the executors of my Last Will & Testament revoking all former Wills made by me and declare this to be my Last Will & Testament In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Eight day of November One thousand eight hundred fourteen

Signed Sealed Declared to be the Last Will & Testament of and by the Testator.

Another note from Dr. Schifflet concerning Valentine Fackler:

"Some researchers have stated there was also a son Valentine, b. c1790 - d. May 1862, who married Elizabeth Simmons Miller and moved to Johnson County, Iowa. The name Valentine Fackler appeared on the Lower Paxton tax list once, in 1847, along with the remark "Jacob Fackler." The name Valentine is not mentioned in Wendel's will, as one of "my ten children." He could have been a grandson. The George Fackler who moved to Ohio, believed to have been the son of Wendel [88], had a son Valentine."

Although some genealogists show that the tenth child of Johann and Christina, and mentioned by John N. Fockler above, was named Valentine, I have positive proof that Valentine was actually the first son of John George Fackler and his first wife Maria Miller and therefore the grandson of Joh. Wendel -not his son.
I have records which prove that Valentine Fackler was George's son, not Wendel's, and that he and his wife Elizabeth Simmons Miller sold their inherited interest in George's farm to Abraham, one of his brothers, before he left for, first, Preble County, OH, then Indiana and finally Iowa.
When (Joh.) George Fackler emigrated from Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, to Miami County, Ohio, in 1817 with six of his children, he left a married daughter, Eve or Eva, in Pennsylvania. In 2003, I received information about Eve from Velma Schusterinl.
From Email recd July 28, 2003:
From Velma J. Schuster, g-g granddaughter of Mary Ann Fackler Helms [who was a daughter of Abraham Fackler, son of (John) George Fackler, b. in Dauphin Co, PA, 27 Feb 1767, first son of Johann Wendel Fackler and Christina (Ranck) Fackler].
"On Eve Fackler, daughter of George (Fackler) and Maria Miller. My proof is from property records and marriage announcement. George Fackler owned property in Frankstown Twp., Huntingdon Co., PA, 6 Sep 1810 (Deed Bk. ?1, Page 418), S. Africa's "History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties" says that the Huntingdon Gazette of 28 Aug 1813 reported Eva Fauckler, of Frankstown Settlement, married Abraham Eby (sic) of the Cove (Morrison Cove) "a few days since".
In settling George Fackler's property, in 1831 and 1832, after Mary (Nisonger, his second wife) died, each child received 1/7. Abraham "Ery", wife Eve, heir and legal representative of George Fockler, Providence Twp., Bedford, PA, signed for his wife and deeded her part to Samuel Fackler."
Like her six siblings, she was born in Huntingdon County, PA, in the early 1790s. She married an Abraham Erey (or Ebl) before her father and siblings left for Ohio in 1817. Abraham Erey signed for her inheritance in 14 April 1823. (Miami County Ohio Probate Court Records)
On 7 August 1820 George Fackler (Wendel's son) dictated his will in German and specifically mentioned his father and his father's second wife with a bequest to "Wentel und die Kadarina". I believe that this should be proof enough to establish that Joh(an)n George Fackler located in Miami County, Ohio, was the eldest son of Wendel Fackler. (from Miami County Wills Book)
-- Harry Fockler)

Also from John N. Fockler:
"The History of Richland County, Ohio, states that Wendel (Johann Wendel Fackler) was a devout Presbyterian? (This statement is very much open to question). It also states that his son, Abraham, after marrying the daughter of an officer of the Revolutionary War, Barbara Hough, transferred his membership from the Presbyterian Church to the Dunker Church or the German Baptist Brethern (sic) church to which his wife belonged.
This Abraham had a cousin of the same name, Abraham Fackler, who married Elisabeth Hough, sister of Barbara. This second Abraham was a son of Hans George Fackler, an older brother of Wendel."
(Hans George Fackler arrived at the port of Philadelphia on September 29, 1750 aboard the ship "Osgood". William Wilkie, Captain, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes. 480 passengers.)
In a letter from W. D. Fackler (Walter David) of Chicago which he sent to the above John Fockler's son David Fockler, April 1960, he stated that:
"Johann Wendel Fackler, a 'redemptioner',... entered the colony of Pennsylvania from Switzerland (?) through the port of Philadelphia on November 1, 1763."
(A redemptioner was a person who became indentured for a period of time in order to redeem or pay for his passage to this country.")

O. A. Fackler was a Fackler family genealogist who delivered the following paper on the origins of the Fackler family at the Fackler Family Reunion, 29 July 1956, in Ashland, Ohio.
(Please note my comments at the end of O.A.s Reunion Address. - H.C. Fockler)

"Greetings: From one who greatly appreciates the privilege of meeting with you today. I am O.A. Fackler from Ashton, Illinois. Since we have come together because we have a common ancestry, it may be an appropriate time to set before us a fragment of ancestral history; not alone for our entertainment but for our enlightenment as well.
There is a tradition held by certain members of the Fackler clan to the effect that seven men from one family of Facklers came to America from Europe within the 18th century. Sometimes the tradition makes the claim of five men instead of seven but that difference is easily reconciled. The facts concerning the coming of these people in that century furnish material which serves as a substantial foundation for such a tradition. All of them came in through the port of Philadelphia in a series of crossings, apparently, in the order of their ages. Please note the time of the year in each case.
Hans Jacob Fackler came on the 8th of October 1737. He was, probably the oldest child in a large family. There is evidence upon which one may base the assumption that he brought with him a wife and two children. A period of twelve years passed before the next man came. It may be that some girls filled this gap. Then Hans Adam and Johann Christoph appeared upon the scene just five days apart. Hans Adam came on the 2nd of October 1749 and Johann Christoph on the 7th of the same month and the same year. There is room here for interesting speculation as to just why they did not come on the same ship. A little later an explanation will be suggested.
We now have three of the men landed safely on this side of the Atlantic: Jacob, Adam, Christ. The fourth, Hans George, joined his brothers on the 29th of September, 1750. The fifth and much younger brother did not arrive until the 1st of November, 1763. He was but a baby of two years at the time his brothers, Adam and Christ came. With Johann Wendell on this side we have accounted for the five brothers as one tradition holds; but what about the seven to which the other tradition holds? Well, in the History of Richland County, where much of this history may be found, we read that as soon as circumstances permitted him to do so, Johann Wendell, the youngest of the five, returned to the old country and brought his mother and two younger brothers back with him to America. The father had been killed in battle in that interim between Wendell's leaving home and his return for his mother and brothers. Now you understand how the story accounts for five brothers from the same family if it closes with the coming of Johann Wendell; but if it continues until the two younger brothers come it will tell of seven coming from the same family.
I have made no assertion as to which of the European states these people, our ancestors, came from. But I will do so now. It is clear that they came from a German-speaking family. Each name is evidence of that point which cannot be disputed. Hans occurs in the given name of two of them. Johann in two. In the records it can be seen that they did not always spell the name Wendell the same but each spelling revealed that it was pronounced by a German speaking tongue. The name Fackler is still more convincing. It comes from a perfectly good German word in current use. That word is fackel, meaning a torch, a firebrand, a light. By adding the two letters e and r the name Fackler appears, meaning torch maker or light bearer. More on that point at a later time. "Then," you say, "they must have come from Germany." That need not follow and I think that I can show that it is not so in our case.
"Where did our people come from?" I asked my father a few years before he died. "My grandfather, Abraham, always said 'Von Sweiss'" was his answer. Now, his grandfather, Abraham, was the son of Johann Wendell who came across and it cannot be doubted that he knew what he was talking about when he answered "Von Sweiss". "But they talked in German", I hear you say and you are quite right. the swiss who live on the borders of Germany still speak and write the German language. I have some correspondence with Wilhelm Fackler who lives in that part of Switzerland bordering on Germany and he writes to me in German. I have some correspondence with another Fackler, Jean, who lives in that part of Switzerland bordering France and he writes to me in French. On the Italian side they use the Italian language. I believe just what my great grandfather, Abraham Fackler, said when he answered my father's question with these words "Von Sweiss".
The five sons who made the trip to America in advance came in the fall of the year. That was the safest time to cross the north Atlantic. Three arrived early in October, one on the 29th of September, and one on the first day of November. It was if some central council had considered everything and decided upon certain points for the welfare of the group. If left entirely to themselves, Hans and Adam would have most certainly chosen to make the trip together. But that central authority had decided that it should be otherwise. If both went on the same boat and it went down then both sons would be no more; but if they made the crossing on different boats if one were lost the other might still be safe. Of course that central authority must have been the family council as it talked about these ventures into a strange world and considered the risks to be taken.
I know some person has been wanting to ask why the youngest of the five should be chosen to return for those in the family left behind. It may be said in explanation that Johann Wendell was unencumbered by domestic responsibilities. It must have been much easier for the other four to pay the expenses of the undertaking than to pick the one who would be willing to leave his own household for such a long time and for such a dangerous journey. With Johann Wendell it was quite different. If he lost his life in the crossing he would not be leaving a wife and family to mourn his loss. So, Wendell went and in time the whole family would be gathered once again about some Pennsylvania farmhouse fireside in a Fackler reunion not unlike this reunion today.
This is but the beginning of a long story to which I hope to add in days to come."

My Comments on O.A. Fackler's Address:
Prime source documentation is not available to prove most of the statements. The five Fackler men named above did cross the Atlantic and arrive in Philadelphia on the dates shown. This is verifiable in the records of the Port of Philadelphia.
Whether they were all from one family is only an assumption on O.A. Fackler's part. Louis Fackler, Ken Fockler and myself propose a different interpretation.
The earliest arrival, Hans Jacob Fackler, arrived in 1737 with his wife and two children, Adam and Barbara. Most Fackler genealogists now place his birth as about 1704. Johann Wendel was born about 1746 (the exact date is unknown) and there is mention above of two additional younger brothers. This would mean that the mother of this family bore children for 42 or more years! This may have been a biblical possibility, but in fact it is a biological improbability, unless the Fackler pater had several wives.
As for the expression "von Sweiss" that he quotes, in German it could be interpreted literally as O.A. Fackler does -- "from Switzerland", or it could mean -- "from the Swiss", which implies that the original German Fackler family came from the Swiss Facklers, some of whom may still live in Switzerland. All of the records show this Fackler family line as coming from the Pfalz or Palatine area of Germany.)
In 1999 Dr. Shifflet published her genealogical history, "The Pennsylvania German Ancestors of the Hiram and Irene Frysinger Family", which is an extremely well-researched document, filled with original source documentation. She has shared with me her section on the Joh.Wendel Fackler family.
Her accurate source data has answered many questions that have plagued me for over twenty-five years. I am extremely grateful for her generousity.
- Harry C. Fockler

According to O.A.:
He served at least one and a half years of his indenture -- from November 1763 to April 1765. Took a round trip to Germany and back to get two younger brothers (of which there is no record) and his mother(again no record). This would have required a minimum of at least ten months - from May 1765 to February 1766); married and had a son born in February 1767 - probably conceived sometime in April or May 1766); and developed a successful farm!!!
This trip to Germany is not documented anywhere. Where are the two younger brothers? There is no record of them or the mother. Now as to all of the Facklers arriving from 1737 to 1763 being brothers, I believe that this fiction can and should be corrected with the following explanation offered.
The Facklers positively documented as entering the port of Philadelphia during 1737 to 1763 were: Hans Jacob and wife, Mary Magdalena Beltzhuber, son Hans Adam and daughter, Barbara in 1737; Johann Christoph in 1749, possibly another son of Hans Jacob left in Germany when they left for America; Hans Adam and wife in 1749; Hans George in 1750; and Johann Wendel in 1763. The last three are thought to be brothers.
I believe the statement made by O.A. Fackler about Johann Wendel returning for two younger brothers and a mother is a misinterpretation or misstatement of family hearsay, or just plain fantasy.

Several of us believe that the Johann Christoph who arrived in October 1749 was Hans Jacob's son who had been left behind when his family originally emigrated in 1737. Since no Christoph appears in further records, but a "John" does, we feel that this John is actually the Johann Christoph who arrived in 1749. This son John, and another son Michael (who had been born in America after the family emigrated) moved to Maryland and started the Southern branches of the Fackler family. (This is from F. Louis Fackler in California.)

A FALSE FACKLER LEAD

In 1975, I spent two weeks in the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. On one of the last days there, I found some Family Group Sheets filed in a large volume in an obscure, dusty corner of the sixth floor. I copied data from them and filed it away. Only recently (August 2002) when I was poring over all of my old notes, I came across my notes from this Family Group Sheet.
The original FGS was researched and compiled by Mrs. Clara Craft Burton, RFD Kaysville, UT 84037, she is the fifth great-granddaughter of Anna Maria Fackler Lorber, the third child of Mathias Fackler (shown below). Her sources are listed as personal research in the Departmental Archives at Strasbourg and Colmar, France. Also research by and correspondence from Mlle. M. O. Merg, 5 Rue de Bitche, 67 Strasbourg, France, who researched the parish registers and also civil records in the Departmental Archives of Ebersheim, B-Rhn (Baden-Rhine), France.
She lists her ancestors as:
Mathias Fackler, b. abt. 1668, in Ebersheim, B-Rhn, France, his father is shown as a Jacob Fackler, b. abt 1638; Mathias m. 13 April 1693 in Ebersheim to a Barbara Loos, b. abt 1671, her father shown as Mathias Loos.
Mathias and Barbara's seven (some genealogists say ten) children are:
1. Martin Fackler, b. 14 October 1694;
2. Anna Fackler, b. 18 July 1697;
3. Anna Maria Fackler, b. 17 January 1699/1700; d. 19 December 1758; m. Johannes Lorber, 25 January 1722/23;
4. Johannes Georg Fackler, born 15 June 1705
5. Maria Eva Fackler, b. 22 March 1707/08
6. Barbara Fackler, b. 21 April 1711

I first thought that this may be the branch of the Facklers that Hans Adam, Hans George and Wendel may have come from, with the Johannes Georg (above) as the father, but further research in Germany proved that this Johannes Georg was never married and died bnefore he was 25. So I went back to the drawing board.

FACKLER NOTES FROM ROBERT BATTLE

A "Hans Adam (X) Fakler" arrived five days earlier than Johann Christoph, October 2, 1749. Robert Battle's notes on this Hans Adam indicate that his father was named Abraham, a woodcutter. This Adam married a Babara Finck in June 1749, just before they left for America in October. The ship's passenger list indicates that he was married but does name his wife.

Robert Battle's Notes:
The following on the origin of this Hans Adam Fackler comes from Henry Z. Jones, "More Palatine Families: Some Immigrants to the Middle Colonies 1717-1776 and their European Origins" (Universal City, CA, 1991), p. 516:
"The registers at 6520 Worms (18 km. n.w. of Mannheim; Chbks. begin 1699, Ref.) mention that Johann Adam Fackler from Fahrenbach in the Pfaltz in Oberamts Mosbach and s/o Abraham Fackler - woodcutter there, md. 2 June 1749 Anna Barbara, d/o the late Conrad Finck - formerly inhabitant at Strmpfelbrunn in the Pfaltz in Oberamts, Mosbach. The Pastor then noted that the couple was married privately on their rest-days here and then emigrated to America. 'Hans Adam (X) Fakler' was a passenger on the ship Jacob arriving at Philadelphia in 1749 (S-H, I, p. 418)."
Hans Adam Fackler had a son named Michael, who was born and/or bp. 24 Feb 1754 (from the register of Rev. John Waldschmidt and from the records of Seltenreich Reformed Church, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., PA - Michael Fackler, 24 Feb 1754, son of Joh(an)n Adam Fackler and Mrs. Barbara Fackler). This is, of course, not the same Michael who went to MD.
If Battle is correct that an Abraham Fackler was this Adam's father, then we need to expand our search for additional children of Abraham, it may be another branch. Although perhaps this Abraham is another son of Mathias and Barbara. I recently came across a reference to Mathias Fackler that said he had ten children instead of the six I have listed above.
F. Louis Fackler has suggested that this "Hans Adam (X) Fakler" possibly may have been the first of three Fackler brothers - Hans Adam who arrived in 2 October 1749, Hans George who arrived in 29 September 1750 and Johann Wendel who arrived in 1 November 1763. They all settled close together in the Upper and Lower Paxton Twp. areas of Dauphin County, PA.
At this time we do not have documentation to support that they are related to the Hans Jacob Family who settled in York Town, York County, PA.

The following was taken from the Cary Family Gedcom found on the Internet 1/20/04:
James W. Fackler, New Hope, MN, has provided the following information in a letter of September 5, 1995 to the editor:
"In the past there has been some question and even confusion as to the Revolutionary War service of Johan Wendel Fackler who married Christina Ranck, daughter of John Michael, about 1776. I have even heard it said that he was a Hessian, a German professional soldier; a member of a contingent brought in the the British to help them teach a lesson to those upstart colonists.
Several days ago I received copies of muster records from the Pennsylvania Archives. There are three different spellings of both the given and surnames. I would credit that to the fact that most people in those days were unschooled; the literacy rate was very low.
I'm sure that the Facklers on the Ranck newsletter mailing list will appreciate knowing that Johan joined the Militia, the Reserves of that time, and was prepared to defend the Lancaster Valley. Of course, we don't know that he didn"t. The fact that Christina was having babies during that time would tend to make us believe that he was not directly involved in the war.
(Note: I have a copy of these three muster records. They say Vandle (also spelled Vendel and Vindle) Fockler was on Inactive Duty in Lancaster County , 4th Batallion, 3rd Company , under Capt. John Rutherford. The first two are dated Dec. 26, 1778, and Aug.11, 1784. The third one says he was under Capt. Hugh Robinson, 4th Company, 10th Batallion, on May 10, 1782. His residence on all three is listed at Paxton Twp.)
The history of Richland County states that Wendel was a devout Presbyterian. It also states that his son Abraham , after marrying the daughter of an officer of the Revolutionary War, Barbara Hough, transferred his membership from the Presbyterian Church to the church to which his wife belonged, the Dunker Church or the German Baptist Brethern. This Abraham had a cousin of the same name, Abraham Fackler, who married Elisabeth Hough, sister of Barbara. This second Abraham was a son of George Fackler, an older brother of Wendel." (End of James W. Fackler's letter to the Ranck Newsletter)

Harry C. Fockler
hfockler@aol.com

Notes on Johann Wendell Fackler

Johann Wendel Fackler arrived in the port of Philadelphia aboard the ship "Chance", November 1, 1763 at age 17 (?). Charles Smith, Captain, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, with193 passengers aboard. The passenger manifest lists "passengers from the Palatinate (Pfalz)".

(Note: The Palatinate is located in the Rhine valley near Strasburg and the Swiss border.)
Over the centuries this area was in constant military and religious contention between the French (Catholics) and the Germans (Lutherans). The great migration of Germans from this area to Pennsylvania, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and Georgia in America was due in large part to these religious and territorial wars, as well as active recruiting of German settlers by men like William Penn (in Pennsylvania) and Oglethorpe (in Georgia).

This statement is a part of the oral history of Johann Wendel Fackler and is not supported by documented fact -- "Wendel became an indentured slave or 'servant' for a period of three years to pay for his passage, however, because of 'valuable service' to his 'owner' he was released after he had served only half his indenture." (Source: O.A. Fackler, an early Fackler family genealogist, in a paper delivered to a Fackler Family reunion on July 29, 1956.)

The following information was part of the data I received from a John N. Fockler of Franklin, Wisconsin as a result of a nationwide letter of inquiry made by myself, Harry C. Fockler, (Jr.), in 1976.
Part of this information was given to John Fockler's son, David Fockler, by Walter D. Fackler, (brother of J.W. Fackler of New Hope, MN) then the Director of the Executive Program and a professor at the University of Chicago.

(The question marks in the statements below were inserted by me because present data and documentation do not support the statement. - HCF)

From John N. Fockler of Franklin, Wisconsin:

"CONCERNING THE WENDEL FACKLER WHO CAME TO AMERICA IN 1763 AND
SERVED IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE (?)"

"On page 1066 of Volume II of the History of Richland County (Ohio) as written by A.J. Baughman and published in 1908 by the S.J. Clark Co., Chicago, may be found reference to this Wendel Fackler. Here it may be learned that the man came to America in 1763 at the age of 17 years (?) and that he took part in the liberation of the colonies from the domination of the British Government (?). After the war was won, he bought land in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and made a home for himself and wife, Christina Rank, and there raised a family of ten children." (?)
(- I believe that he was married sometime before February 1767 when his first son John George was born! - HCF)

(Note: The DAR and the Sons of the Revolution have accepted the Militia registration of all able-bodied men in the district as proof of service during the Revolution by Johann Wendel Fackler, and his older brother, Hans George Fackler.)
However, between 1777 and 1784 Wendel (Vendle or Vindle) Fackler is listed as a Non-Associator and was on the Fines List for such non-participation. All indications are that he was probably a member of the German Baptist Brethren Church which opposed military service and the swearing of oaths.
Wendel (Vendel) and George are both listed in the Pennsylvania Archives as providing wheat and corn to the Continental Army.

"WENDEL FACKLER'S WAR RECORD (?) from the Pennsylvania Archives"

"Volume 7, page 1026, Series V - Private in the 4th Company of the 10th Battalion, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia 1781, Captain Hugh Robinson, cmnd.
Volume 7, page 1003, Series V - Private in the 4th Company of the 10th Battalion, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia 1782, Captain Hugh Robinson, cmnd.
Volume 7, page 1036, Series V - Private in the 4th Company of the 10th Battalion, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia 1782 [3?], Captain Hugh Robinson, cmnd."

(Note: As I mentioned above, these lists were a Militia census of ALL able-bodied men in a District and does not mean that every man registered actually fought or participated. See "The Military System of Pennsylvania During the Revolutionary War", Division of Public Records, Information Leaflet No. 3. There are a number of us researching this. If anyone has documentation proving that Wendel Fackler actually served in the Revolutionary war, please contact me. -- Harry Fockler)

The following was taken from the Cary Family Gedcom found on the Internet 0/04:

?James W. Fackler, New Hope, MN, has provided the following information in a letter of September 5, 1995 to the editor:
"In the past there has been some question and even confusion as to the Revolutionary War service of Johan Wendel Fackler who married Christina Ranck, daughter of John Michael, about 1776. I have even heard it said that he was a Hessian, a German professional soldier; a member of a contingent brought in the the British to help them teach a lesson to those upstart colonists.
?Several days ago I received copies of muster records from the Pennsylvania Archives. There are three different spellings of both the given and surnames. I would credit that to the fact that most people in those days were unschooled; the literacy rate was very low.
?I'm sure that the Facklers on the Ranck newsletter mailing list will appreciate knowing that Johan joined the Militia, the Reserves of that time, and was prepared to defend the Lancaster Valley. Of course, we don't know that he didn"t. The fact that Christina was having babies during that time would tend to make us believe that he was not directly involved in the war.
?(Note: I have a copy of these three muster records. They say Vandle (also spelled Vendel and Vindle) Fockler was on Inactive Duty in Lancaster County , 4th Batallion, 3rd Company , under Capt. John Rutherford. The first two are dated Dec. 26, 1778, and Aug.11, 1784. The third one says he was under Capt. Hugh Robinson, 4th Company, 10th Batallion, on May 10, 1782. His residence on all three is listed at Paxton Twp.)
?The history of Richland County states that Wendel was a devout Presbyterian. It also states that his son Abraham , after marrying the daughter of an officer of the Revolutionary War, Barbara Hough, transferred his membership from the Presbyterian Church to the church to which his wife belonged, the Dunker Church or the German Baptist Brethern. This Abraham had a cousin of the same name, Abraham Fackler, who married Elisabeth Hough, sister of Barbara. This second Abraham was a son of George Fackler, an older brother of Wendel." (End of James W. Fackler's letter to the Ranck Newsletter)?

My comments on James W, Fackler?s Letter:
I can verify this data from the searching the copies of Pennsylvania Archives which are in the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City in 1975. While the statements about Wendel being a Hessian mercenary are interesting speculation I am certain they are pure fiction and smack of the type of family hearsay that is gross fictional assumption. - HCF

Also received from John N. Fockler:

"Data concerning the marriage and children of Wendel Fackler may be found in the records of the Lutheran Church (?) of Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
In 1770 or 1771(?) Wendel married Anna Rank.
(This date is open to question. If their oldest son, Johann George, was born in 1767, then they were most certainly married before the 1770 date. Also there are records which show that the name of the young lady was Anna Christina Rank, and that among her close friends she was known as "Ann" or "Anna". -- Harry Fockler)
Wendel and Anna became the parents of ten children:

1. Elisabeth Fackler, born 6-23-1772. Married Abraham Balsbaugh
2. Eva Fackler, born 12-15-1773. Married Wendel Henry
3. Christina Fackler, born ?. Married George Bashor
4. Barbara Fackler, born ?. Married George Miller
5. Margaretha Fackler, born ?. Married John Baum
6. Samuel Fackler, born 7-2-1778. Married Magdalena ?
7. Abraham Fackler, born 1777. Married Barbara Hough (Houk or Hoach?)
8. Wendel Fackler, Jr., 4-22-1782. Married - 1st, Sarah Stouffer, 2nd, Catharine Stouffer
9. Catherine Fackler, born 9-21-1787. Married George Etter
10. A son, Fackler, born (?). Unmarried he settled in Canada according to tradition"(??)

(Note that John N. Fockler, author of the above, does not list their oldest child, John (Joh.) George Fackler, b. 27 February 1767. If Joh. George Fackler was the first child of Wendel and Christina, then the tenth child listed above is fictitious. Catharine, the ninth child, was actually the tenth child. There is another John George Fackler, b. 1772, who settled in Canada in the late 1790s or early 1800s. This John George Fockler married Mary Catharine Baker. He was the grandson of Adam Fackler who came to America with his father Hans Jacob Fackler in 1737 aboard the ship "Charming Nancy" and settled in York, PA. -- HCF)

(See the discussion of the topic of the parentage of Valentine in the Notes following the Family Group Sheet of John George Fackler, oldest son of Wendel and Christina Fackler.

From Dr. Anne Schifflet?s notes:

?There were ten children, born to Wendel and Christina, according to data I received from Dr. Anne Shifflet, Frederick, MD. The oldest was John George Fackler, born 27 Feb 1767, christened 20 April 1767, sponsor was John George Ranck, his mother's brother.?

Source: 'Seltenreich Reformed Church, Earl Twp, (near New Holland), Lancaster County, Church Records 1747-1800', trans. by William H. Hinke, 1936, p. 10: 'John Wendel Fackler and Christina, 27 Feb 1767, s. John George (bp 20 Apr 1767) Sp. John George Ranck'.

Will of Johann Wendel Fackler made 8 November 1814

Wendel Fackler's Will
In the name of God Amen I Wendel Fackler of Lower Paxton Township County of Dauphin being of sound Mind and Memory yet old and weak; do make and ordain hereby my last Will and testament and as I have alredy (sic) given unto my children a part viz. To my Son Abraham One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Son Wendel One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Son in law John Baum One hundred and fifty Pounds and my Son Samuel One hundred and fifty Pounds and after this my daughter Barbara intermarried with George Miller shall have one hundred fifty Pounds including the sum said Miller has received already My daughter Christiana intermarried with George Boeshar have already received one hundred pounds and shall not be entitled to more than Equal shares in the Residue mentioned hereafter My daughter Eve intermarried with Wendel Henrich one hundred and fifty pounds My daughter Elizabeth intermarried with Abraham Balspach My daughter Catharine intermarried with George Etter one hundred & fifty pounds including what they have Received already My son Samuel has Received a bond of M? Which is to be deducted from the above sum bequeathed, one hundred pounds of my Estate to remain in the hands of my Nephew Abraham Fakler during the natural Life of Wife Catharine Who shall receive the interest thereof along with other things mentioned in an agreement signed by me and Recorded in Register Office of this County, the Remainder of my property to be divided among my ten Children or their Representatives in equal shares the oldest shall have his share six months after my decease the second one year after the first and so on every year one to be paid according to their Age til every one has received his share.
Finally I nominate and appoint my son Abraham Fackler and my son in law Abraham Balspach to be the executors of my Last Will & Testament revoking all former Wills made by me and declare this to be my Last Will & Testament In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Eight day of November One thousand eight hundred fourteen

Signed Sealed Declared to be the Last Will & Testament of and by the Testator.

(Note: Please note that Joh. George Fackler is not listed as one of Wendel?s beneficiaries in the above will. Some genealogists show that the tenth child of Johann and Christina as mentioned by John N. Fockler, was named Valentine. I believe that he was not included in the will because of the inheritance he received when he was 14 from his mother?s father, his grandfather, John Michael Ranck. At age 21 (1788), George would have achieved his majority and his inheritance. Being independent he would have started his own farm was probably living with his own family, first in Lower Paxton Twp., and then in Huntingdon Co., and finally in Miami Co., Ohio. When Joh. Wendel prepared his last will in 1814, George was 47 years old and apparently a successful farmer in his own right, Wendel was 78 and trying to provide for his younger children who lived near him.)

Also from John N. Fockler:

"The history of Richland County, Ohio, states that Wendel (Johann Wendel Fackler) was a devout Presbyterian? (This statement is open to question). It also states that his son, Abraham, after marrying the daughter of an officer of the Revolutionary War, Barbara Hough, transferred his membership from the Presbyterian Church to the Dunker Church or the German Baptist Brethern (sic) church to which his wife belonged.
This Abraham had a cousin of the same name, Abraham Fackler, who married Elisabeth Hough, sister of Barbara. This second Abraham was a son of Hans George Fackler, an older brother of Wendel."
(This Hans George Fackler arrived at the port of Philadelphia on September 29, 1750 aboard the ship "Osgood". William Wilkie, Captain, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes. 480 passengers.)

In a letter from W. D. Fackler (Walter David) of Chicago which he sent to the above John Fockler's son David Fockler, April 1960, he stated that:
"Johann Wendel Fackler, a 'redemptioner',... entered the colony of Pennsylvania from Switzerland (?) through the port of Philadelphia on November 1, 1763."
(A redemptioner was a person who became indentured for a period of time in order to redeem or pay for his passage to this country)."

O. A. Fackler was a Fackler family genealogist who delivered the following paper on the origins of the Fackler family at the Fackler Family Reunion, 29 July 1956, in Ashland, Ohio.

(Please note my comments at the end of O.A.?s Reunion Address. - H.C. Fockler)

"Greetings: From one who greatly appreciates the privilege of meeting with you today. I am O.A. Fackler from Ashton, Illinois. Since we have come together because we have a common ancestry, it may be an appropriate time to set before us a fragment of ancestral history; not alone for our entertainment but for our enlightenment as well.
There is a tradition held by certain members of the Fackler clan to the effect that seven men from one family of Facklers came to America from Europe within the 18th century. Sometimes the tradition makes the claim of five men instead of seven but that difference is easily reconciled. The facts concerning the coming of these people in that century furnish material which serves as a substantial foundation for such a tradition. All of them came in through the port of Philadelphia in a series of crossings, apparently, in the order of their ages. Please note the time of the year in each case.
Hans Jacob Fackler came on the 8th of October 1737. He was, probably the oldest child in a large family. There is evidence upon which one may base the assumption that he brought with him a wife and two children. A period of twelve years passed before the next man came. It may be that some girls filled this gap. Then Hans Adam and Johann Christoph appeared upon the scene just five days apart. Hans Adam came on the 2nd of October 1749 and Johann Christoph on the 7th of the same month and the same year. There is room here for interesting speculation as to just why they did not come on the same ship. A little later an explanation will be suggested.
We now have three of the men landed safely on this side of the Atlantic: Jacob, Adam, Christ. The fourth, Hans George, joined his brothers on the 29th of September, 1750. The fifth and much younger brother did not arrive until the 1st of November, 1763. He was but a baby of two years at the time his brothers, Adam and Christ came. With Johann Wendell on this side we have accounted for the five brothers as one tradition holds; but what about the seven to which the other tradition holds? Well, in the History of Richland County, where much of this history may be found, we read that as soon as circumstances permitted him to do so, Johann Wendell, the youngest of the five, returned to the old country and brought his mother and two younger brothers back with him to America. The father had been killed in battle in that interim between Wendell's leaving home and his return for his mother and brothers. Now you understand how the story accounts for five brothers from the same family if it closes with the coming of Johann Wendell; but if it continues until the two younger brothers come it will tell of seven coming from the same family.
I have made no assertion as to which of the European states these people, our ancestors, came from. But I will do so now. It is clear that they came from a German-speaking family. Each name is evidence of that point which cannot be disputed. Hans occurs in the given name of two of them. Johann in two. In the records it can be seen that they did not always spell the name Wendell the same but each spelling revealed that it was pronounced by a German speaking tongue. The name Fackler is still more convincing. It comes from a perfectly good German word in current use. That word is fackel, meaning a torch, a firebrand, a light. By adding the two letters e and r the name Fackler appears, meaning torch maker or light bearer. More on that point at a later time. "Then," you say, "they must have come from Germany." That need not follow and I think that I can show that it is not so in our case.
"Where did our people come from?" I asked my father a few years before he died. "My grandfather, Abraham, always said 'Von Sweiss'" was his answer. Now, his grandfather, Abraham, was the son of Johann Wendell who came across and it cannot be doubted that he knew what he was talking about when he answered "Von Sweiss". "But they talked in German", I hear you say and you are quite right. the swiss who live on the borders of Germany still speak and write the German language. I have some correspondence with Wilhelm Fackler who lives in that part of Switzerland bordering on Germany and he writes to me in German. I have some correspondence with another Fackler, Jean, who lives in that part of Switzerland bordering France and he writes to me in French. On the Italian side they use the Italian language. I believe just what my great grandfather, Abraham Fackler, said when he answered my father's question with these words "Von Sweiss".
The five sons who made the trip to America in advance came in the fall of the year. That was the safest time to cross the north Atlantic. Three arrived early in October, one on the 29th of September, and one on the first day of November. It was if some central council had considered everything and decided upon certain points for the welfare of the group. If left entirely to themselves, Hans and Adam would have most certainly chosen to make the trip together. But that central authority had decided that it should be otherwise. If both went on the same boat and it went down then both sons would be no more; but if they made the crossing on different boats if one were lost the other might still be safe. Of course that central authority must have been the family council as it talked about these ventures into a strange world and considered the risks to be taken.
I know some person has been wanting to ask why the youngest of the five should be chosen to return for those in the family left behind. It may be said in explanation that Johann Wendell was unencumbered by domestic responsibilities. It must have been much easier for the other four to pay the expenses of the undertaking than to pick the one who would be willing to leave his own household for such a long time and for such a dangerous journey. With Johann Wendell it was quite different. If he lost his life in the crossing he would not be leaving a wife and family to mourn his loss. So, Wendell went and in time the whole family would be gathered once again about some Pennsylvania farmhouse fireside in a Fackler reunion not unlike this reunion today.
This is but the beginning of a long story to which I hope to add in days to come."

My Comments on O.A. Fackler's Address:

Prime source documentation is not available to prove most of his statements.
The five Fackler men named above did cross the Atlantic and arrive in Philadelphia on the dates shown. This is verifiable in the records of the Port of Philadelphia.
Whether they were all from one family is only an assumption on O.A. Fackler's part. Louis Fackler, Ken Fockler and myself propose a somewhat different interpretation.
The earliest arrival, Hans Jacob Fackler, arrived in 1737 with his wife and two children, Adam and Barbara. We now know that he was born about 1690. Johann Wendel was born about 1746 (the exact date is unknown) and there is mention above of two additional younger brothers.
This would mean that the mother of this family bore children for 55 years, or more! This may be a biblical possibility, but in fact it is a very dim biological probability, especially in the 17th century, unless the Fackler pater had several wives.
As for the expression "von Sweiss" that he quotes, in German it could be interpreted literally as O.A. Fackler does - "from Switzerland", or it could mean - "from the Swiss", which implies that the original German Fackler family may have come from a Swiss family of Facklers.
There are Facklers who still live in Switzerland today.
We now have prime source documentation from David Brown who has researched the Beltzhuber family. In his research he shows Maria Magdalena Beltzhuber married Hans Jacob Fackler in Germany in 1716 and they were the first of the Facklers to come to America in 1737. The documentation of their family is in the Lutheran Church of Metterzimmer in the Neckarkries-Wurttemberg area of the Rhine-Pfalz in Germany.
The records we have of the Passenger Lists and Oaths of Allegiance Lists of the Port of Philadelphia in the early and mid-18th century show all passengers as coming from the Pfalz or Palatine area of Rhine-Palatine Germany. That would certainly include our Fackler antecedents.
Also according to O.A.:
Wendel served at least one and a half years of his indenture - from November 1763 to April 1765; took a round trip to Germany and back to get two younger brothers and his mother (by my reckoning a minimum of at least ten months - from May 1765 to February 1766; married and had a son born in February 1767, probably conceived sometime in April or May 1766); and developed a successful farm! He was a very busy boy!
This ?fictional? trip to Germany is not documented anywhere. Where are the two younger brothers and the mother? There is no record of them or the mother in the immigration records and no subsequent records in the courts or censuses.
Now as to all of the Facklers arriving from 1737 to 1763 being brothers, I believe that this is also a fiction that can and should be corrected. It is possible that they all came from the same general area of Germany and that they were all part of a large Fackler interrelated clan. The most promising areas are the Lochgau-Metterzimmer-Neckarkreis-Wurttemburg area and the Fahrenbach-Mosbach-Wurttemburg area.
All of the Facklers mentioned are positively documented as entering the port of Philadelphia during 1737 to 1763. They were: Hans Jacob and family in 1737; Johann Christoph in 1749; Hans Adam and wife in 1749; Hans George in 1750; and Johann Wendel in 1763.
I personally believe the statement made by O.A. Fackler about Johann Wendel returning for two younger brothers and a mother is actually a misinterpretation or misstatement of family hearsay. - Harry C. Fockler
(End of notes on Johann Wendel Fackler)


More About J
OHANN WENDEL FACKLER:
Burial Detail: Place of burial is unknown, probably on one of the Fackler farms.
Military service: Place of burial is unknown, probably on one of the Fackler farms.
Occupation: Farmer

Notes for A
NNA CHRISTINA RANCK:
NOTES ON ANNA CHRISTINA RANCK:

Source: Family Data - John Michael Ranck Family Bible, "Biblia", Luther translation (Germany, 1712); original owned by Ranck Heritage Society (http://Ranck.org). The Bible passed from John Michael Ranck (01.1) to his son Valentine Ranck (02.6) to his granddaughter Louisa Ranck Steffey (04.14) through the Steffey line to E. Luella Hershey Nolt.

From the Ranck Organization's website:
"The treasure of the Ranck Clan is the John Michael Ranck family Bible which passed through Louisa Ranck Steffey (04.14), grandaughter of Valentine (02.6), and thence to E. Louella Hershey Nolt. It was purchased by the Ranck Clan at an auction at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society in October 1995.
Of particular interest, some of the genealogical information recorded in this family Bible is at variance with that recorded in 'The Ranks of the Rancks' ".
These variances will be corrected in the updated and revised version.

The entry for this child's birthdate and the exact spelling of her name reads:

"in the year 1745 on the 21st of May was born a daughter Anna Christina in the sign of the twins."

More About A
NNA CHRISTINA RANCK:
Burial Detail: Likely on one of the Fackler farms, but no marker has been found
Military service: Likely on one of the Fackler farms, but no marker has been found
     
Children of J
OHANN FACKLER and ANNA RANCK are:
2. i.   JOHN GEORGE3 FACKLER, b. 27 Feb 1767, Lower Paxton Twp, Dauphin Co., PA; d. 07 Aug 1820, Newton Twp, Miami CO, OH.
  ii.   BARBARA FACKLER, b. Bet. 1768 - 1772; d. Unknown; m. GEORGE MILLER; d. Unknown.
  Notes for BARBARA FACKLER:
Notes on Barbara Fackler by Dr. Anne Schifflet:

"2.Barbaram. George Miller
b
d
mDauphin County, PA, Will Book D-1-90, will of Wendel Fackler, dated 8 Nov 1814."

Mentioned in her father's will of 1814; Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Will Book D-1-90, will of Wendel Fackler, dated 8 Nov 1814.

Wendel Fackler's Will In the name of God Amen

I Wendel Fackler of Lower Paxton Township County of Dauphin being of sound Mind and Memory yet old and weak; do make and ordain hereby my last Will and testament and as I have alredy (sic) given unto my children a part viz. To my Son Abraham One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Son Wendel One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Son in law John Brem One hundred and fifty Pounds and my Son Samuel One hundred and fifty Pounds and after this my daughter Barbara intermarried with George Miller shall have one hundred fifty Pounds including the sum said Miller has received already My daughter Christiana intermarried with George Boeshare have already received one hundred pounds and shall not be entitled to more than Equal shares in the Residue mentioned hereafter My daughter Eve intermarried with Wendel Henrich one hundred and fifty pounds My daughter Elizabeth intermarried with Abraham Balspach My daughter Catharine intermarried with George Etter one hundred & fifty pounds including what they have Received already My son Samuel has Received a bond of M? Which is to be deducted from the above sum bequeathed, one hundred pounds of my Estate to remain in the hands of my Nephew Abraham Fakler during the natural Life of Wife Catharine Who shall receive the interest thereof along with other things mentioned in an agreement signed by me and Recorded in Register Office of this County, the Remainder of my property to be divided among my ten Children or their Representatives in equal shares the oldest shall have his share six months after my decease the second one year after the first and so on every year one to be paid according to their Age til every one has received his share.

Finally I nominate and appoint my son Abraham Fackler and my son in law Abraham Balspach to be the executors of my Last Will & Testament revoking all former Wills made by me and declare this to be my Last Will & Testament In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Eight day of November One thousand eight hundred fourteen

Signed Sealed Declared to be the Last Will & Testament
of and by the Testator.

Witness

Abraham Fackler Eff | The 11 March 1816 Wendel Fackler (Seal)
B Mayer Sworn |

3. iii.   ELIZABETH FACKLER, b. 26 Jun 1772, Hummelstown, Dauphin Co., PA; d. 13 Dec 1836, Hummelstown, Dauphin Co., PA.
4. iv.   EVE FACKLER, b. 15 Dec 1773, Londonderry, Dauphin Co., PA; d. 08 Nov 1861.
5. v.   CHRISTINA FACKLER, b. 21 Oct 1775, Dauphin County, PA; d. 12 Apr 1842, Dauphin Co, PA.
6. vi.   ABRAHAM WENDEL FACKLER, b. 21 Mar 1776, Paxtang Twp., Dauphin Co., PA; d. 12 Jan 1866, Richland County, Ohio.
7. vii.   SAMUEL FACKLER, b. 02 Jul 1778, Paxtang Twp., Dauphin Co., PA; d. 02 Oct 1847, St. Peter's Cemetery, Halifax Twp, Dauphin Co, PA.
8. viii.   JR. WENDEL FACKLER, b. 22 Apr 1782, Lancaster Co., PA; d. 25 Mar 1866.
  ix.   MARY MARGARETHA FACKLER10, b. 13 Oct 178410; d. 08 Dec 1862; m. JOHN BREHM10; b. 25 Dec 1779; d. 14 Sep 1852.
  Notes for MARY MARGARETHA FACKLER:
Notes on Margaretha Fackler by Dr. Anne Schifflet:

"9.Mary (Margaretha?)13 Oct 1784 - 8 Dec 1862m. Johannes Brehm
b
dBuried in old Fackler cemetery. Also, Johannes Brehm, d. 14 Sep 1852, age 72-8-20.
mDauphin County, PA, Will Book D-1-90, will of Wendel Fackler, dated 8 Nov 1814."

This daughter may have been named after Wendel Fackler's mother, if some of my research
is correct.

Indirectly mentioned in her father's will of 1814 through her husband John Brem; Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Will Book D-1-90, will of Wendel Fackler, dated 8 Nov 1814.

Wendel Fackler's Will In the name of God Amen

I Wendel Fackler of Lower Paxton Township County of Dauphin being of sound Mind and Memory yet old and weak; do make and ordain hereby my last Will and testament and as I have alredy (sic) given unto my children a part viz. To my Son Abraham One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Son Wendel One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Soninlaw John Brem One hundred and fifty Pounds and my Son Samuel One hundred and fifty Pounds and after this my daughter Barbara intermarried with George Miller shall have one hundred fifty Pounds including the sum said Miller has received already My daughter Christiana intermarried with George Boeshare have already received one hundred pounds and shall not be entitled to more than Equal shares in the Residue mentioned hereafter My daughter Eve intermarried with Wendel Henrich one hundred and fifty pounds My daughter Elizabeth intermarried with Abraham Balspach My daughter Catharine intermarried with George Etter one hundred & fifty pounds including what they have Received already My son Samuel has Received a bond of M? Which is to be deducted from the above sum bequeathed, one hundred pounds of my Estate to remain in the hands of my Nephew Abraham Fakler during the natural Life of Wife Catharine Who shall receive the interest thereof along with other things mentioned in an agreement signed by me and Recorded in Register Office of this County, the Remainder of my property to be divided among my ten Children or their Representatives in equal shares the oldest shall have his share six months after my decease the second one year after the first and so on every year one to be paid according to their Age til every one has received his share.

Finally I nominate and appoint my son Abraham Fackler and my son in law Abraham Balspach to be the executors of my Last Will & Testament revoking all former Wills made by me and declare this to be my Last Will & Testament In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Eight day of November One thousand eight hundred fourteen

Signed Sealed Declared to be the Last Will & Testament
of and by the Testator.

Witness

Abraham Fackler Eff | The 11 March 1816 Wendel Fackler (Seal)
B Mayer Sworn |

  More About MARY MARGARETHA FACKLER:
Mission (LDS): Old Fackler Cemetery, Lower Paxton Twp, off Red Top Road

  Notes for JOHN BREHM:
Notes on John Brehm by Dr. Anne Schifflet:

"9.Mary (Margaretha?)13 Oct 1784 - 8 Dec 1862m. Johannes Brehm
b
dBuried in old Fackler cemetery. Also, Johannes Brehm, d. 14 Sep 1852, age 72-8-20.
mDauphin County, PA, Will Book D-1-90, will of Wendel Fackler, dated 8 Nov 1814."

John Brem is mentioned as a soninlaw (but not Mary Margaretha) in Wendel Fackler's will of 1814: Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Will Book D-1-90, will of Wendel Fackler, dated 8 Nov 1814.

Wendel Fackler's Will In the name of God Amen

I Wendel Fackler of Lower Paxton Township County of Dauphin being of sound Mind and Memory yet old and weak; do make and ordain hereby my last Will and testament and as I have alredy (sic) given unto my children a part viz. To my Son Abraham One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Son Wendel One hundred and fifty Pounds to my Soninlaw John Brem One hundred and fifty Pounds and my Son Samuel One hundred and fifty Pounds and after this my daughter Barbara intermarried with George Miller shall have one hundred fifty Pounds including the sum said Miller has received already My daughter Christiana intermarried with George Boeshare have already received one hundred pounds and shall not be entitled to more than Equal shares in the Residue mentioned hereafter My daughter Eve intermarried with Wendel Henrich one hundred and fifty pounds My daughter Elizabeth intermarried with Abraham Balspach My daughter Catharine intermarried with George Etter one hundred & fifty pounds including what they have Received already My son Samuel has Received a bond of M? Which is to be deducted from the above sum bequeathed, one hundred pounds of my Estate to remain in the hands of my Nephew Abraham Fakler during the natural Life of Wife Catharine Who shall receive the interest thereof along with other things mentioned in an agreement signed by me and Recorded in Register Office of this County, the Remainder of my property to be divided among my ten Children or their Representatives in equal shares the oldest shall have his share six months after my decease the second one year after the first and so on every year one to be paid according to their Age til every one has received his share.

Finally I nominate and appoint my son Abraham Fackler and my son in law Abraham Balspach to be the executors of my Last Will & Testament revoking all former Wills made by me and declare this to be my Last Will & Testament In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Eight day of November One thousand eight hundred fourteen

Signed Sealed Declared to be the Last Will & Testament
of and by the Testator.

Witness

Abraham Fackler Eff | The 11 March 1816 Wendel Fackler (Seal)
B Mayer Sworn |

  More About JOHN BREHM:
Mission (LDS): Old Fackler Cemetery, Lower Paxton Twp, off Red Top Road

9. x.   CATHARINE FACKLER, b. 21 Aug 1787, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; d. 02 May 1826.


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