Unverified information is NEVER a good base to work with!The information that you speak of is widely available on the various internet sites, but completely unsourced.Somebody submitted it to the Mormon database, and now they are even selling it on CD--completely unsourced.They make money selling user-submitted pedigrees on CD to people who think the LDS church has "verified" these lineages.
There is a Johannes Krahnester in a German Church record, but he has a different wife than the Johannes in Pennsylvania.The popular story is that this is our Johannes, and the first wife died on the trip over here.That would be a convenient explanation to "make it fit", but that is hypothesis, not fact.It was clearly stated as one hypothesis (not fact) in the work that Don Yoder did in the 1940s, and other people later decided to declare it as fact and added to the story and gave it a life of it's own.It should be noted that Don Yoder's piece in the "Pennsylvania Dutchman" contains many mistakes that are easily corrected with original records in PA.Don Yoder at that time apparently did not know about the church that Johannes and Maria Barbara attended before the Lower Bermudian.In a much later work, Dr. Yoder stated that he had not yet found the origins of immigrant Johannes Chronister on his many trips to Germany.
We need to find other family members or associated families that we know from PA, (such as Weidenbach, Dollinger, LaRue, etc) in the same place as the Johannes in Europe.Finding a random Johannes Krahnester without any other associated families nearby is just that--random.It doesn't make him ours.Those microfilms are tedious and difficult to read, and take time to go through.If you have found something to connect the two, please tell us where.I am interested in proving something one way or the other.
The best thing to do with undocumented information is to see if you can document it, and if not, chuck it!
Many records in Germany were destroyed.Some protestant families had their children baptized and recorded in the Catholic churches.The Alsace region of Germany changed hands several times between Germany and France.It is possible that there could be records in France, Germany, or Austria...or somewhere else.The LDS has microfilmed many church records, but not all because not every church will allow them to do it.
Finding the origins of Johannes Chronister who arrived in PA in 1738 at the age of 30 is a huge undertaking, and there is a vast ocean of records that need to be searched.
The Johannes Krahnester in Germany that people want to say is ours is on an LDS microfilm of church records, microfilm #488252.You can go to your local LDS Family History Center and rent it for $5.50 and look at it yourself.How can anyone say this is our Johannes without finding any other associated families in that same church register with him?
Where is the proof that Johannes in Germany is the same person as the one in PA?The one who arrived in PA in 1738 was married to Maria Barbara Weidenbach, because she is listed as his wife in Pennsylvania church records.Interestingly, there is no marriage record for Johannes and Maria Barbara in PA.There ARE marriage records for that time period in the church that Maria Barbara and her family attended in PA--the same church that our Johannes Chronister attended after arriving.If Johannes and Maria Barbara weren't already married when they got here, they certainly would've been married in that church that they both attended, don't you think?There ought to be a marriage record for them in that register--but there isn't one.Plenty of other marriages were recorded in that church from 1733 onward, but not for our Johannes, and not for Maria Barbara Weidenbach.This suggests that they were already married before arriving in Pennsylvania.I cannot yet prove that Maria Barbara was the ONLY wife of the Johannes in PA, but that is what I am seeking to prove or refute with original records.