Several people have asked me to document and share what my research in to the Fawver family history. The following is the results of my efforts.
In order to research the family, you have to understand the changing spelling of the name. There are wills and related documents on file in Salt Lake City with the Latter Day Saints that record the changing of the spelling. Currently we spell the name Fawver. Joseph Fawver born in 1815 and his brothers changed the spelling; their father John and his brothers spelled the family name as Fauber and Fawber. Their father before them used the German spelling of Faber.
Why did the spelling change? My opinion is to reflect the English spelling of the German name in order to correctly pronounce it. . The best proof of this is a German solider who fought with the British in the American Revolution. He was captured at the battle of Trenton. In the German records his name was record as Faber. In the prison of war records the Americans spelled his name two ways, Fawber and Fauber. This solider was from Hanover Germany. He was kept as a prisoner near or in Lancaster county, PA. By the way, Lancaster, PA is the same area that the family was living in at the time of the American Revolution. Last, the German spelling â€œberâ€ is pronounced and spelled in English as â€œverâ€.
The earliest Fawver (Faber), I have discovered is Johann Valentine. He married Maria Christina Anna Conrad in 1715 in Finkenback, Germany. Their children were: Johann Valentine Faber, Elisabetha Catharina Faber, Anna Catharina Faber, Maria Susanna Faber, Johann Peter Faber, Johann Adam Faber, Anna Barbara Faber, Johann Herman Faber. We are descended from the son, Johann Valentine Faber born in 1723 in Little Bavaria, Germany.
Johann Valentine Faber (Fawver) appears have gone by the name of Valentine. He died in April 1795 in Augusta Virginia He wifeâ€™s name was Catharina. She was born in 1728. Their children all born in Germany were: Jacob Faber 1748, Christian Faber 1741, John H. Faber 1756, Valentine Jr. Faber, born 1743 died 1747, Peter Faber born on either October 1755 or 1759 died before August 1838 in Augusta VA, Sasannah Faber born December 06, 1760, Magaline Faber born between 1753 â€“ 1761. (Magaline married Abraham Weitzel on March 17, 1787 in Shenandoah, VA. She died in Augusta Virginia)
In 1767 the family immigrated to America aboard the ship Minerva. They landed in the port of Philadelphia. They settled around or in Lancaster Co, PA. In 1783 the father and part of the Family moved to Shenandoah, Va.
We are descended from Jacob Faber. His wife Mary was born in 1757 in Penn. Their children were: John Fauber 1779, Christan Fauber 1779, Joseph Fauber 1784, Elizabeth Fauber 1785, Peter Fauber 1786, Mary Fauber 1790, Jacob Fauber 1792, and Magdalene Fauber 1800.
We descended from John Fauber. He married Elizabeth Rhoades. She was born in 1783 in Virginia. Their children were: Joseph Fauber 1815, Mary A Fauber 1804, Jacob Fauber 1806, John Fauber 1808, Elizabeth Fauber, Catherine Fauber, Valentine Fauber, George Fauber 1821, and Sarah Fauber 1828.
We are a descendant of Joseph. In Virginia, he owned 305 acres and was a shoemaker. He died in the Civil war in 1863. He fought for the Union. In 1852 he moved from Virginia to east Tennessee. The family lived in Newport, and Jefferson Co before moving to Knox county.
The rest of the family history is record in the green Fawver family book. If anyone has additional details or discovers errors in my research, I would appreciate them sharing this information with me.
March 3, 2002