Swiss Juon Family History

Since our first publication, we’ve corresponded with Juon family members worldwide and information has been collected, both through the efforts of these contacts and online research.  Thanks to all for your contributions!

Adolf Juon, Malans, Switzerland sent us a “one of a kind” pedigree of the Swiss Juon family which shows the emigration of Christian and Clara Rimathe Heim Juon who settled in Polk County, Iowa.  Many, many thank yous, Adolf, for this and all the information you have contributed.


Christian Juon (son of Adolf) from Zurich, Switzerland translated a Swiss Juon Family History for us:

“600 years ago, the Juon’s migrated from Torbel in the Swiss Wallis-District (Valais) to the Bundnerland-District (Grisons) and settled in the Safiental and the Prattigau.  Some of them migrated even further.

Out of the Kublis line, Luzius Juon came to Grusch 1637 and founded the Grusch line.  It was 1873, when Christian Juon (*1834) went to the United States and became the founder of the USA line of Juon’s.

The ancestors of the famous musician Paul Juon (*1872), were also part of the migration from the Wallis-District (Valais) to Safiental.  Hans Martin Juon (*1755) moved to Masein.  Simon Juon (*1814) migrated to Russia to become a sugar baker.

The ancestors of our family, too, came from the Wallis-District into the Safiental.  One sibling of this line acquired citizenship in Versam 1720.  Since then our line is rooted in Versam.

Of course, a direct link between these three lines of Juon doesn’t exist anymore these days.  Nevertheless, any investigation for the connection points to the Torbel Village in the Wallis-District.

Besides the above three lines of Juon’s, there are many similar Juon lines.  The Juon were always eager to move and in consequence dispersed over the whole planet.”


Also from Adolf we received the “Stammlinien der Juon”

and “Stammbaum der Familie Juon/Tgetgel”

(family line of Adolf and Christian) and excerpts from “Family Tree of Juon von Grusch” and “A Contribution to the Juon Family History” 1996 by Luzi Nett:

“Luzius Juon settled in Grusch in 1637 for a price of 65 Guilders.  He is the ancestor of all Gruschburgers by this name.  He married Barbla Flury of Grusch, daughter of the Saumer, Christian Flury, and operated a small farm.  They had one son and one daughter.  After the death of his wife, he became a mercenary in the French military and was killed in battle in 1668 on foreign soil.

The son, Peter, married Margreth Jaeger.  They had 9 children.  In 1688, Peter built a lovely wooden house, which is still standing today.  The house was later shingled.  In 1994, when the shingles were removed, a lovely inscription with the year 1668 and initials was brought to light.  Just as their grandfather fell victim of war, Bartle, a sergeant-major, born 1688, was killed in Dalmatia.  Nothing is known of the fate of Luzi, born in 1666.

Christian wedded Gretha Niggle.  They had a son, Peter, and lived in Underdorf.

The married couple, Juon-Hori, had a daughter, Gretha, and a son, Christian, who married locals.

This couple had 7 children, of whom only 3 sons; Peter, Jakob, and Christian married.  These 3 first names have been the most common male baptismal names in the Juon family for following generations up to the present.

The couple, Juon-Felix, had 4 children, of whom 2 remained unmarried.  Christian Juon had an out-of-wedlock son, Christian (born 1831), who emigrated to Chicago in 1867 with his family, and who managed a successful coffee-house there.

Christian Juon was a juror (judge).  He and his wife, Anna , daughter of bridge builder, Daniel Grubermann, had 7 children.  The son, Daniel, emigrated to Graz with his family.  Christian, from this Juon line, emigrated with his wife and the 3 children born in Zizers (Anna, Susanna, and Christian) in 1873 to America.  Two children (Sebastian and Clara) were born in Polk County, Iowa.

This marriage resulted in 5 children (Anna, Susanna, Christian, Sebastian and Clara), all of whom lived in America.”


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