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An Amstutz, Neuenschwander, Suter and Luginbuhl connection

Our Swiss connection - part 23

This is the 23rd installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

This column follows Anna Amstutz, born in Switzerland to Michael Amstutz and Barbara Lehman Amstutz.

Her first husband, Christian Neuenschwander, died at an early age. Anna’s second husband, Johannes Suter, also died at an early age. Anna’s third husband was David C. Luginbuhl. David was married twice before he married Anna.

Anna died at age 41 on April 10, 1858.

Christian Neuenschwander
Christian Neuenschwander was born Aug. 15, 1809, to Daniel and Barbara Schumacher Neuenschwander on a farm near Boron, Switzerland.

Boron is one of the many village in the Jura region of Switzerland. Christian married Anna Amstutz, near Florimont, France, on May 4, 1835.

They came to America soon after their marriage. Both his and Anna’s parents remained in Switzerland.

Christian died March 31, 1839, at age 29, as a result of tuberculosis. The couple had no children.

An uncle of Christian, John Schumacher, came to America with Christian and Anna. John Schumacher married Marie Steiner on Aug. 7, 1813, in France. He died at age 68 and Marie died at age 61. They had no children and are buried in the Old Mennonite Cemetery.

Rev. John Schumacher
Born: Jan. 15, 1785, Cme Morvillars France
Died: June 26, 1853
Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery

John’s father: Han Schumacher, (1751-1804)
John’s mother: Catharina Luginbuhl (1752-1818)

John’s wife: Marie Steiner
Born: 1790 La Charme Cme Florimont France
Died: 1851
Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery

Marie’s father: Hans Johannes Steiner (1746-1806)
Marie’s mother: Elizabeth Leeman (1750-1814)

Christian also had a sister, Katherine, who married John F. Steiner who also immigrated to this community.

A second uncle of Christian, Michael Neuenschwander, was the Bluffton-Pandora Swiss community’s first settlers.

Johannes Suter
Following Christian’s death, Anna married Johannes Suter on Aug. 12, 1839, in Riley Township. The couple had one son, Christian, who was born in September 1840. Johannes died on Aug. 30, 1841, at the age of 24.

David C. Luginbuhl
Anna married for a third time to David C. Luginbuhl on May 4, 1845. He had also been married twice before and had six children in these previous marriages.

David C. and Anna had four children of their own. David C., died at age 75 on Feb. 1, 1894. David C. and Anna are buried in the Old Mennonite Cemetery.

Christian Neuenschwander
Born: Aug. 15, 1809, Calembert farm, Boron, Switzerland
Died: March 31, 1839

Christian’s father: Daniel Neuenschwander (1785-1816)
Christian’s mother: Barbara N. Schumacher (1779- ?)

Anna Amstutz Neuenschwander
Born: Aug. 19, 1816, Lajoux Canton Berne, Switzerland
Died: April 10, 1858, Richland Township
Buried: Old Mennonite Cemetery
Anna and Christian had no children.

Anna’s father: Michael Amstutz (1779-1832)
Anna’s mother: Barbara Lehman (1781-1824)

Anna’s second husband: Johanne Suter
Born: 1817c Cme Le Puix Haut-Rhin Belfort France
Died: Aug. 30, 1841

Johannes’ father: Bishop Christian Sutter, Sr., 1792-1874 (note spelling change)
Johannes’ mother: Magdalena Steiner (1793-1860)

Johanne and Anna Suter’s son
Christian Suter
Born: September 1840
No other information is available

Anna’s husband David C. Luginbuhl
Born: June 18, 1819 Cme Florimont Moulin de IEcrevisse France
Died: Feb. 1, 1894, Richland Township
Buried: OId Mennonite Cemetery

David’s father: Christian John Luginbuhl (1779-1847)
David’s mother: Katherine Steiner (1781-1832)
David’s first wife: Katherina Geiger
David’s second wife: Anna Ledermann

David and Anna Luginbuhl’s children

Rev. Benjamin P. Lugibill (note spelling change)
Born: Oct. 31, 1849, Richland Township
Died: Nov. 16, 1916, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
First spouse: Bertha Stettler
Second spouse: Catherine Schifferly

David Luginbuhl
Born: March 23, 1851
Died: Feb. 16, 1854

Jacob Luginbuhl
Born: Oct. 16, 1852, Richland Township
Died: Feb. 5, 1921
Spouse: Susanna Neuenschwander

Verena Fanny Luginbuhl
Born: Sept. 17, 1854, Richland Township
Died: June 18, 1900
Spouse: Samuel Neuenschwander