Dear mr. Freeman, (writing for the second time, because my first large reply disappeared all of a sudden of this system, ggrrr…….!)Well, searching for your Krähenbühl-ancestor with the data you give, would be searching for a pin in a haystack. I am always prepared to give a hand, although you have to consider that I am not living in Switzerland, but in the Netherlands. In my Krähenbühl-collections I didn’t find your John. Krauchthal, as the place is called, id not one of the places of origin (Buergerort) of the Krähenbühl-family, according to the Swiss system. But it is certainly possible that your Johannes, or Hans, was born there and lived there with his parents. Normally, one needs to know the “Buergerort” to search successfully. There are and were many, many Johannes Krähenbühl in the area! A few years ago I searched in the 19th century passport registers in the State Archives of Berne. There where a few Johannes’ Krähenbühl, but who will tell whether your John is amongst them? However, from your data a few questions come up, which in the first place have to be cleared:
1. Where did you find the data of the supposed parents and Krauchthal? Are these data credible? Otherwise, we will get lost completely. 2. What was John’s religion? (I suppose he belonged to the Reformed Church, but you never know). 3. What was the family name of wife Elisabeth? 4. Did your John Jr. and Elisabeth marry in the US? If so, what says the marriage certificate about his/their origins? 5. What says the naturalization document about his/their origins? 6. Apparently he had children; so wasn’t there any obituary in the local newspaper, mentioning his place of birth/origin?
In the period which you mention there was a lot of poverty in Krauchthal (and entire Switzerland). So, quite a number of Krähenbühl emigrated to the US. Were you already in contact with the Krähenbühl-families in the US, or at least in the area, where your John finally settled?