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Lugibuhl and its many Bluffton variations

Our Swiss connection - part 4

This is the fourth installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

Note the variation spellings
of “Lugibuhl” in this family.

Two Lugibuhl brothers came to our community from Wayne County, Ohio, after arriving in America in 1825.

Their parents were Christian and Anna (Steiner) Lugibuhl. No record is available to reveal if the parents came over from Switzerland.

The brothers, Christian was 23 and John was 18, when they arrived in America.

Christian came to Allen County in 1834 and purchased 80 acres of wilderness where the David H. Burkholder farm was most recently located. He built a log house and then married Katharina Stauffer in 1837. They had seven children with Solomon, Emmanuel and John E., remaining in this area.

Christian was a weaver in addition to being a farmer. He wove with flax and hemp, which was used for clothing at that time, as well as for bed linens. This material was strong and durable. Shirt especially became more comfortable after long wear when the rawness had worn off.

Christian and his wife, Katharina, lived in the original log house until they died. When they died Christian was 74 and Katharina was 53.  Both are buried in the Swiss Mennonite Cemetery between Bluffton and Pandora.

John also came to Allen County with Christian in 1834. He purchased the farm owned by John Augsburger along Riley Creek, thus he was known as “John Lugibuhl at the creek.” John married Katherina Stauffer (no relation to Christian's wife Katharina Stauffer) in 1834. The couple had six children of which three remained in this area. They were Christian, Emanuel P. and Elizabeth.

The families were prosperous and created a surplus of commodities including smoked ham, cattle hides and maple sugar.

They found a market for these commodities in Toledo. John and several neighbors got together and boated up the Blanchard River, where Riley Creek emptied, by building a raft of logs, stretching it with a protective covering and loading their goods for Toledo.

They also cut some suitable saplings to serve as oars and rudder. The commodities were in high demand and were sold at high prices.

With some food for the return trip, they set out for home on foot, with the knowledge that they had made a good business deal and were supplies with money to meet their needs for some time.

John died in 1882 at age 75. Katherina died in 1856 at age 36. No record is found of their burial, but possibly at the Swiss Mennonite Cemetery where Christian and Katharina are buried.

Christian Lugibuhl
Born: 1802 in Switzerland
Died: November 1876
Buried: Swiss Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton
His father: Christian Luginbuhl (spelling difference)
His mother: Anna Steiner
Parents’ marriage: 1837

Spouse: Katharina Stauffer
Born: 1819
Died: 1872
Buried: Swiss Mennonite Cemetery
Her father: David Stauffer (1769-1853)
Her mother: Anna Berner Barnes (1778-1853)

Solomon Lugibuhl
Born: Aug. 23, 1838, Richland Township
Died: Dec. 7, 1916
Spouse: Elizabeth Amstutz

Rosina Lugibuhl
Born: 1842

David Lugibuhl
Born: 1844

Daniel Lugibuhl
Born: 1846

Emmanuel Lugibuhl
Born: March 25, 1849
Died: July 23, 1911
Spouse: Magdalene Conrad
Spouse: Anne E. Drummer

Asneth Lugibuhl
Born: 1851
Spouse: Jakob H. Conrad

John E. Lugibihl (spelling difference)
Born: July 28, 1856
Died: Nov. 27, 1930
Spouse: Mary Schifferly

John Lugibuhl, at the creek
Born: 1807, Mulhouse Alsace Loraine France
Died: April 4, 1882
His father: Christian Luginbuhl (spelling difference)
His mother: Anna Steiner
Parents’ marriage: 1834
Spouse: Katherina Stauffer
Born: Feb. 13, 1818
Died: May 10, 1856
Her father: John Stauffer (1787-1827)
Her mother: Mary Marie Steiner (1794-1894)

Christian Lugabill (spelling difference)
Born Nov. 13, 1836, Richland Township
Died May 2, 1922, Bluffton
Spouse: Marie Hager
Spouse: Verena Schaublin

Emanuel P. Lugibill (spelling difference)
Born: Dec. 8, 1841, Richland Township
Died: Jan 22, 1913, Bluffton
Spouse: Elisabeth Amstutz

Elisabeth Lugibuhl
Born: 1842
Died: July 31, 1872
Spouse: Nicholas Schaublin