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.
READ ABOUT ELIZABETH'S FEATURE IN "RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT" AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS COLUMN
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
Spouse: Abraham Bixel
Spouse: Peter T. Steiner
Spouse: Christian C. Lugibihl
Spouse: Benjamin Hilty
Christian P. (1848-1929)
Spouse: Regina Steiner
Spouse: Barbara Geiger
Spouse: Jacob Steiner
Peter P. (1852-1916)
Spouse: Elizabeth Moser
David P. (1855-1917)
Spouse: Mary Ann Geiger
Spouse: Sarah Welty
Spouse: Sarah Gilliom
Spouse: Sarah Miller
Spouse: Ulrich S. Steiner
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.
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