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Abraham and Anna Locher Lugibihl

Note the various spellings of Lugibihl in this story.

Abraham Lugibihl was born Nov. 11, 1838, in Riley Township. He was the sixth of 10 children born to John C. and Anna Marie “Thüler” (Americanized to Diller) Luginbuhl. The family came from France in 1824 to Holmes County, Ohio, and then to Riley Township in 1837.

Abraham, along with his father and older brothers, helped to clear the land, which at that the time was a virgin forest. With his marriage to Anna Locher, he lived on the family farm for 68 years. It was located three and one-half miles southeast of Pandora. Anna was born Feb. 15, 1846, in Hasle Emmenthal Canton Bern, Switzerland, and was the daughter of John and Elisabeth (Burkhart) Locher.

The Locher family came from Switzerland to Wayne County, Ohio, in 1854. Eight years later in 1862, they moved to the Bluffton Swiss Settlement. They were married on Aug. 6, 1863. Anna died on June 4, 1928, at age 83. Abraham died on May 27, 1929, at age 90. Both are buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery east of Pandora.

Abraham and Anna had nine children, each born in Riley Township.

Abraham Lugibihl Born: Nov. 11, 1838, Riley Township Died: May 27, 1929, Bluffton Buried: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora Married: Aug. 6, 1863, Putnam County Spouse: Anna Locher Born: Feb. 15, 1846, Hasle Emmenthal, Bern, Switzerland Died: June 4, 1928, Bluffton Buried: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora

Abraham's father: John C. Luginbuhl Sager Hans (1803-1873) Abraham's mother: Anna Marie Thüler (1798-1853)

Anna's father: John Locher (1821 - ) Anna's mother: Elisabeth Burkholder (1822-1898)

Abraham and Anna's children Sarah Lugibihl Born: Sept. 21, 1864, Riley Township Died: Feb. 27, 1951, Putnam County Spouse: Jonathan J. Amstutz 4 children

Peter Lugibihl Born: June 4, 1866, Riley Township Died: Aug. 2, 1866, Riley Township

Marie Lugibihl Born: May 5, 1868, Riley Township Died: Dec. 7, 1933, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Spouse: Jonas A. Amstutz 6 children Spouse: George F. Barnes

Lena Lugibihl Born: April 18, 1870, Riley Township Died: Jan. 10, 1905, Riley Township Spouse: Adam Amstutz 7 children

Joshua G. Lugibihl Born: April 13, 1872, Riley Township Died Feb. 7, 1900, Bluffton Spouse: Carrie Romey 2 children

Levi (Lee) Lugibihl Born: May 16, 1875, Riley Township Died: July 25, 1938, Findlay, Ohio Spouse: Susan Amstutz 3 children

Elizabeth Lugibihl Lacey Born: Nov. 25, 1877, Riley Township Died Sept. 20, 1958, Pandora Spouse: Noah G. Steiner 7 children

Susan Lugibuhl Born: Nov. 26, 1879, Riley Township Died: Oct. 5, 1962, Bluffton Spouse: Dr. John J. Sutter 6 children

William J. Lugibihl Born: April 23, 1882, Riley Township Died April 28, 1950, Bluffton Spouse: Zelma M. Amstutz 8 children


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