SAMUEL W. STUTZMAN. The family to which our subject belongs is supposed to have come originally from Switzerland, that country which is noted among the nations as being one of the oldest existing Republics and as one whose people were as a unit so determined to have freedom that they dared death on every occasion rather than submit to Austrian supremacy. Our subject's father was Daniel W. Stutzman, who was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, March 28, 1811. Having passed through the early pioneer experience the old gentleman would doubtless be surprised could he see the beautiful farm located on section 8, Nilwood Township, that his son owns at present.
The father of Daniel W. Stutzman, or our subject's grandfather, was Samuel Stutzman, who was born in Pennsylvania. He removed at an early date with his parents from Pennsylvania to Ohio, where he settled in Montgomery county. From there he moved to Elkhart County, Ind., where he died in the spring of 1861. Our subject's mother was Hannah Wineland. She was united in marriage to Daniel Stutzman in Montgomery County, and with him at once removed to Elkhart County, Ind., where she died; her husband then came to Macoupin County in about the year 1867, and located west of Virden, where he died in January, 1883.
The gentleman of whom we write was one of eight children, the family comprising respectively six sons and two daughters. Of these children our subject was the eldest; he was born in Elkhart County, Ind., June 3, 1835, where he remained until he reached manhood, there engaged in work on his father's farm. In 1859 he removed to Montgomery, County, where he met his fate in the shape of Miss Barbara Vaniman, with whom he was united in marriage September 5, 1861. The lady is a native of Montgomery County, being there born March 8, 1840. Her parents were Jacob and Mary (Bowman) Vaniman, the former a native of Pennsylvania, the latter of Ohio. After marriage they settled in Montgomery County, and there lived until their death. They were consistent members in good standing of the German Baptist Church, as were also the members of our subject's family.
Soon after our subject's marriage he and his wife settled on the old homestead of the bride's father, Jacob Vaniman, in Montgomery County. There they lived until March, 1871, when they removed to Macoupin County, and settled in Nilwood Township. They have acquired one hundred and seventy-five acres which is all well improved. Earlier in life our subject was engaged in carpenter work but the greater part of his experience has been in agricultural pursuits.
Mr. and Mrs. Stutzman are the parents of eight children. They are: Aaron H., Laura D., Jesse E., John D. and Jonathan P. (twins); George A., Harvey D. and Mary E. Of these, the eldest son is a resident in the State of Washington. Laura D. is the wife of W. W. McGhee. Jesse E. is a resident of the State of Washington. Before Mr. Stutzman removed to this State his position in society as a man of ability was recognized and he was appointed School Director, in which capacity he served for several years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Stutzman are active workers in the German Baptist Church in which the former has been a deacon for a long time.