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My Grandfather, Joseph Melvin Stutzman was born April 1, 1859 in Sharon Township, Johnson County, Iowa. Joe was the fifth generation of Barbara Hochstedler and Christian Stutzman, children of Amish emigrants to America in the early 1700's. Joe's father Michael, was born in Mifflin County Pennsylvania on October 12, 1822 and died January 22, 1897 at Goshen, Indiana, his mother Barbara Stuckey was born May 8, 1829 in Waterloo, Wilmot Township, Canada and died June 9, 1907 in Goshen Indiana. They are buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery near Topeka, Indiana. They were married April 12, 1849 in Indiana. Michael and Barbara left Indana about 1858 for Iowa, and lived there for just over ten years before returning to Starke County, Indiana. They then moved to northern Indiana (Van Buren Township, Lagrange County), living there until they moved to Mancelona, Antrim County, Michigan in northern Michigan's lower pennisula about 1880 . They migrated about 8 miles west with other Amish Mennonite settlers to Custer Township. Those to settle there were the families of Baumgartner, Cleveland, Dester, Eash, Emmert, Haarer, Hostetler, Kauffman, Kindy, Reed, Schrock, Shelly, Springer and Troyer. Many of these families left by 1900, including Michael and Barbara, who left for Plattsmouth Nebraska about 1888. Joe stayed and married Martha Kauffman on September 9, 1883. Born to them were three children, Guy, Glen and Harry. Martha died May 5, 1896, less than two weeks after the birth of Harry. The newborn Harry was adopted by Martha's sister Rebecca and husband William Hollenbaugh of Indiana. Guy and Glen stayed with their father till they reached the age of majority. Joe remarried March 30, 1899 to Margaret Ellen (Koch)Updegraph in Dekalb, County, Indiana, the widow of John C. Updegraph who died on January 15, 1896. They relocated to Boyne City, Charlevoix County about 30 miles north of Custer Township about 1900. There they lived happily until "Maggie" passed away on May 10, 1910. Joe remarried a third time on February 5, 1911 to Anna Koteskey. To this union was born one child, my father Charles Stutzman on August 20, 1917. Anna too died leaving Joe a widower a third and last time on April 20, 1926 of Pneumonia. Just months after Anna's passing a lightning strike left Joe homeless, the ensuing fire consumed everything. Joe in the shadow of the great depression, passed away on April 14, 1937.
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Charles Joseph Stutzman
403 East Main Street
Boyne City, Michigan 49712
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  • Joe Stutzman and Maggie (Updegraph) Stutzman (42 KB)
    This Photo of Joe, Maggie, Guy (top) and Glen (bottom) was likely taken just before or not long after they moved to Boyne City, Charlevoix County.
  • Michael and Elizabeth Stutzman Grave (95 KB)
    Joe's grandfather and grandmother, Michael and Elizabeth (Blough) Stutzman. Located at the Clinton Union Cemetery. Michael and Elizabeth conveyed the acre of land for the Clinton Frame Amish Mennonite Meetinghouse just before Michaels death.
  • Haw Patch (Maple Grove) Church (92 KB)
    The second Haw Patch church building on the LaGrange Noble County line. This was the site of the first Amish Mennonite meetinghouse in Indiana (1856). The original wood-frame was moved and the brick building was erected at the same location in 1879. It is just west of the Maple Grove Cemetery where Michael and Barbara Stutzman, Isaac and Sarah Schmucker, and Abraham and Catharine Stutzman are buried. The front doorway is the only visible remains of the original church.
  • Joseph and Martha (Kauffman) Stutzman (77 KB)
    This is likely Joe and Martha's wedding picture or sometime there about 1883.
  • Joe and Anna (Koteskey) Stutzman's wedding picture (598 KB)
    The Evening Journal Saturday February 4, 1911 WERE WEDDED AT HORTON'S BAY Popular Young Couple Assume The Matrimonial Yoke About Sixty Guests Partook of the Wedding Dinner. Beautiful Decorations and Flowers. The wedding of Miss Anna Koteskey and Mr. Joseph Stutzman took place at the home of the brides parents at Horton's Bay, at 7:30 oclock Wednesday evening, Feb. 1, Rev. Stevens being the officiating clergyman. The bride was gowned in tan silk, trimmed in cream over-lace, tan net with pink piping and pearl beads, carrying a boquet(sic) of roses and myrtle tied with bow of white ribbon. Mr. John Koteskey acted as best man and Miss Elizabeth Koteskey was bridesmaid. The room in which the ceremony was performed was decorated in white with green foliage and assorted flowers. After congratulations, a bounteous dinner was served. Covers were laid for 60 guests. All present united in best wishes for a long and happy life for Mr. and Mrs. Stutzman.
  • Pretty Prairie Methodist Church (78 KB)
    This is the location of the graves of Christian and Sarah(Schrock) Stukey, the brother of Barbara (Stuckey)Stutzman. The site of the Amish Mennonite meetinghouse is just south of this location and the supposed Amish Mennonite cemetery is just west at the cross road. The Amish Mennonite cemetery mentioned by J. C. Wenger seems to be a Bontrager family burial ground with the predominate Amish Mennonite names here at the Pretty Prairie Methodist Church cemetery. This congregation experienced trouble keeping men in the ministry and many of the members of the Amish Mennonite's in the area may have begun to affiliate with this Methodist church in later years. Many Stukey family members stayed in the area.
  • Joseph Melvin Stutzman (39 KB)
    This photo was taken by a photographer by the name of Wixon. He had a studio in Escanaba and Gladstone in Michigan's upper peninsula. Although Joe never lived there, he could have traveled there or the photogragher traveled to his area as Antrim was one of the largest pig iron producing areas at that time and received it's ore from that area.
  • Grave of Christian Stukey and wife Sarah Schrock (88 KB)
    Located at the Pretty Prairie Methodist Church Graveyard, this is the site of Barbara (Stuckey) Stutzman's brother grave. Other Stukey family members are buried here leading one to beleive the the descendants of this couple stayed in the area till present day. Gospel Herald, October 31, 1918, pages 574 and 575 Stuckey.-Sarah (Schrock) Stuckey was born in Wayne Co., Ohio, Sept. 10, 1834. She was the seventh of eight children, and the last to pass over to the spirit world. Her parents died when she was twelve years old. A few years later she moved with her sister to Indiana, and was married to Christian Stuckey Dec. 10, 1852. This union was blessed with three children. After their marriage they lived near Goshen, Ind., until 1857 when they moved to Pretty Prairie. Her husband died in 1895, after which she made her home with her daughter Mrs. Daniel Agley. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in early life, and remained faithful until death. She was a true noble Christian mother, and her unselfish life and gentle disposition will always live in the hearts of those who knew her. Funeral services at the home by D. D. Miller.
  • Joe Stutzman Farm (234 KB)
    This photo is thought to have been taken about 1910. The road in the front is the now Boyne City Charlevoix Road. The house looks like an addition has been built and not yet finished. A little over 15 years later is to be detroyed by lightning. Curiously the house about where the photographer took this picture, was struck by lightning about 60 years later, burning it down as well.
  • John Jacob (J. J.) Weaver (84 KB)
    J. J. Weaver traveled quite a bit in his efforts for the church. He made frequent visits to Mancelona and other areas in northern Michigan to preach for the Mennonite Church. Many of daughters came to the Mancelona area. He is said to use the practice of "PowWow" to heal the sick. He was a preacher for the Shore Mennonite Congregation and in 1865 his post office address was at first Scott. Scott was also known as Van Buren which is where Michael and Barbara Stutzman are found living in the 1880 census. Shore is also the location of the marriage of Michael and Barbara's daughter Anna married to Emanuel C. Yoder. Emanuel C. Yoder was the nephew of Joseph Yoder, the first preacher for the Haw Patch congregation. J. J. Weaver is buried in the Keightley Cemetery just northwest of Shipshewana.
  • Who am I ? (57 KB)
    This 1 inch square photo was in the Jonas S. Hartzler collection in the Archives at Goshen College. I found it in the contents removed from his bible. I am hoping it is his beloved Fannie (his first wife and my grandaunt). Look through your old pictures if your family had any contact with Jonas S. Hartzler. I would like to know who she is for sure.
  • Home of Michael Stutzman Sr. (59 KB)
    This is the farm of Michael Stutzman Sr., the grandfather of Joseph Stutzman. According to land deeds, Michael came to Indiana about the same time as many of the early Amish settlers (abt. 1842). Just prior to his death in 1864, he conveyed an acre of land to the church trustees to build the Clinton Frame meetinghouse. The wood-frame structure is long since gone and the huge Clinton Frame Mennonite Church sets where this photograph was taken. Many of the early meetinghouses were situated near a stream which this photo can attest as in the foreground runs a small creek where likely many baptisms took place (not by immersion but pouring water over the head).
  • Joe Stutzman House (46 KB)
    This photo shows from left to right, Anna (Joe's 3rd wife), Martha (foster child) Glen (son from first marriage), and Joe. Many of these pictures were done into post cards. On the back of this one, it addressed to E C Yoder. Emanuel C. Yoder was the husband to Joe's sister Anna and the son of John S. Yoder and Catherine Stahley. Anna and Emanuel lived most of thier lives in Haw Patch (Topeka) Indiana.
  • Grave of Lydia (Kurtz) Yoder (103 KB)
    Lydia (Kurtz) Yoder was the wife of Bishop Joseph Yoder. Joseph was the nephew of Michael Stutzman Sr.. Herald of Truth - March 15, 1887 - Page 94 YODER - On the 9th of Feb., on Elkhart prairie, Elkhart county, Ind., of lung fever, Lydia, wife of Bishop Joseph Yoder, formerly of Bristol, Ind., aged 63 years, 8 months and 25 days. She married in August, 1842, her surviving husband, who, with five children, now mourns the loss of a dear companion and a loving mother. She was a consistent member of the Amish Mennonite church for 47 years. During her illness she evidently suffered much, which however she bore with much patience and Christian resignation. About half an hour before her death she requested that we should pray for her, which we did, and she passed away quietly to awake in glory. Funeral services were held at the Amish church at Hawpatch by Jonathan Troyer and D.A. Johns from Isa. 40:6-8 and Isa. 35:10. "Companion dear, I left you here, In solitude, and gloom, and tears; But all in mercy Lord has come, To take me to my heavenly home. Weep not for me, since 'tis in vain, I will no more return again; My home from earth is far away, And here tis my delight to stay."
  • Michael and Barbara (Stuckey) Stutzman Grave (1 KB)
    The gravestone of Joseph's mother and father, Michael and Barbara (Stuckey) Stutzman located in the Maple Grove Cemetery near Topeka, Indiana. In Michael and Babara's time Topeka was known as Haw Patch. Notice the five small white stones signifing the children who preceded them in death. Some of these childrens names have not been identified as yet. In the background lies the grave of Bishop Isaac Smucker (Schmucker) and wife Sarah as well as Michael's uncle Abraham and wife Catherine. Feb. 15, 1897 Herald of Truth Stutzman - On the 22d of January 1897, near Topeka, La Grange Co., Ind., of paralysis, Michael Stutzman, aged 74 years, 3 months and 11 days. He was a member of the Amish Mennonite church and during his affliction which lasted about eight months he often expressed a desire to depart this life and be with Jesus. He leaves a wife, two sons, six daughters, twenty-seven grandchildren, besides brothers, sisters and a concourse or friends to mourn his departure. Funeral services on the 24th at the Maple Grove (Haw Patch) church by Jonathan Kurtz. The Gospel Witness - June 26, 1907 STUTZMAN - Barbara Stuckey was born in Canada May 8, 1829, and was married to Michael Stutzman on April 12, 1849. To this union were born twelve children. Her husband with five of the children preceded her to the spirit world. Those who survive her are Lizzie Miller, Aline, Okla., Sarah Troyer, Douglas, Wyo., Tena Spangler, Geneva, Neb., Anna Yoder, Topeka, Ind., Fannie Hartzler, Goshen, Ind., Joseph and David Stutzman, Boyne, Mich. Her longing to depart and be with Christ was granted June 9, 1907. She was aged 78 y. 1 m. 1 d. Funeral services were held at the home of Bro. J. S. Hartzler, Parkside, Goshen, Ind., with whom she had her home for a number of years. Bro. I. W. Royer preached from Mark 10:44,45. The remains were then taken to Topeka and buried in the Hawpatch Cemetery, where brief services were conducted by the brethren(sic) A. J. Yantz(Yontz) and I. R. Detweiler. "Grandma as she was known to all of us, was of a very quiet disposition and lived a very exemplary life of piety and devotion. - R. S.
  • Datestone from the Christian Stutzman farm. (150 KB)
    This is the datestone from the barn of Christian Stutzman Jr. farm in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. The stone was donated to the Mennonite Historical Library in Goshen, Indiana where is on display in the meeting room. The lettering has been enhanced for clarity.
  • Troyer's Schoolhouse (65 KB)
    This is likely the schoolhouse as mentioned on page 173 by Paton Yoder in his book "Tradition & Transition, Amish Mennonites and Old Order Amish 1800-1900". It is located near the lands of Michael and Joseph, the Troyer's and the Kauffmans. It still sits on the corner of M88 in Antrim County, Custer Township Michigan. Sunday school was held here for the Amish Menonnite families in the area.
  • Jonas S. Hartzler Grave (96 KB)
    The gravesite of Jonas S. Fannie (Stutzman) and Vernon Hartzler. Located at the Elkhart Prairie Cemetery south of Goshen, Indiana. J.C. Wenger wrote in his book The Mennonites in Indiana and Michigan of Jonas "A man of influence in the community, in the church, and in the conference." Jonas co-wrote and wrote several books, he made several trips to northern Michigan for the Amish Mennonite Church. He was the preacher of Maple Grove (Haw Patch) 1881-1895; Prairie Street 1895-1924, 1923-1953; Goshen College 1903-1915. Secretary of the Amish Mennoite Conference and Indiana Michigan Mennonite Conference, teacher for the Elkhart Institute (forerunner of Goshen College) and Goshen College. Traveled to India on a fact finding trip for the church. Served under his Bishop granduncle Isaac Schmucker while at Haw Patch. He was the brother-in-law of Joseph M. Stutzman.
  • Destroyed by Fire (The Boyne Citizen) (485 KB)
    The Boyne Citizen of June 29, 1926, describes the loss of Joe's home to fire. Although the article tells that the cause of the fire is unknown, it was later found that a neighbor across Lake Charlevoix (then Pine Lake) was up in the early hours of that morning tending a sick calf and saw a bolt of lightening strike the house. It is not determined which sisters were to visit Joe.
  • Isaac and Sarah Smucker (64 KB)
    Isaac Schmucker is said to be the first Amish Bishop in Indiana. First settling in Clinton Township, then left for Illinois only to return a year later and settled at Haw Patch were he spent the rest of his days. In 1854 he ordained his wife Sarah's second cousin Jonas D. Troyer to the office of Bishop.

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