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Peter and Elizabeth Suter Schumacher

In 1839, three years after the arrival of the pioneer Schumacher family to the Bluffton Swiss Settlement, Peter, the youngest of the children, married Elizabeth, daughter of Bishop Christian and Magdalena Steiner Suter of the large Swiss Mennonite congregation.

This couple made their home on the original Schumacher homestead, on Bixel Road between Bluffton and Pandora, which is now the Schumacher homestead owned by the Swiss Community Historical Society.


Peter Schumacher Born, March 16, 1819, St. Albanthal Canton Basel

Died: May 28, 1881, Blanchard Township, Putnam County, Ohio

Father: Christian Schumacher, Sr.

Born: Oct. 7, 1782

Died: Nov. 6, 1858

Mother: Barbara Elizabeth Luginbuhl

Born: March 11, 1781

Died: Oct. 19, 1855

Elizabeth Suter Born: Dec. 6, 1821, Cme Le Puix Haut-Rhin Belfort, France Died: Oct. 12, 1897, Allen County

Father:Christian Suter, Sr. Born: Oct. 11, 1792, Alsace Lorraine France Died: Dec. 7, 1874, Riley Township Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton

Mother: Magdalena Steiner Born: Aug. 15, 1793, Alsace Lorraine, France Died: May 28, 1860, Riley Township Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery

Peter and Elizabeth had 16 children

Spouse: Christian M. Amstutz

Spouse: David P. Basinger

Magdalene (1842-1925)

Spouse: Abraham Bixel

Verena (1843-1911)

Spouse: Peter T. Steiner

Maria (1845-1899)

Spouse: Christian C. Lugibihl

Elizabeth (1846-1910)

Spouse: Benjamin Hilty

Christian P. (1848-1929)

Spouse: Regina Steiner

John (1849-1907)

Spouse: Barbara Geiger

Katherine (1851-1892)

Spouse: Jacob Steiner

Peter P. (1852-1916)

Spouse: Elizabeth Moser

David P. (1855-1917)

Spouse: Mary Ann Geiger

Adam (1857-1931)

Spouse: Sarah Welty

Daniel (1858-1934)

Spouse: Sarah Gilliom

Benjamin (1860-1928)

Spouse: Sarah Miller

Susan (1861-1923)

Spouse: Ulrich S. Steiner

Sarah (1861-1936)

Spouse: Emanuel D. Kohli

Lydia (1864-1926) Spouse: Noah Moser

The information on Peter and Elizabeth is from a small pamphlet titled “The Schumachers: The descendants of Christian and Barbara Elizabeth Luginbuhl Schumacher.”

“Ripley's Believe it or Not,” published a piece about the family in which Elizabeth Schumacher appeared for having 163 grandchildren on Sept. 20, 1931. That cartoon is attached to this story.

Schumacher plate, reprinted from the Swiss Community Historical Society Newsletter.

Note: This is the 48th feature in this series of Bluffton-Pandora Swiss families. CLICK HERE FOR AN INDEX TO FAMILIES LISTED. We invite viewers who have family genealogies not part of this collection to contact us.Reach out to us at: We also recognized that errors slip into these columns. We'd appreciate hearing from viewers who have corrections to make on specific columns.


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