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Meet the Stouffers

The Stouffers were a family of farmers of Swiss German descent and Anabaptist religion who settled in central York County in the second half of the 1700s and came, most immediately, from the area of Ephrata.  Abraham Stouffer bought land in the area and constructed the first house in 1767, and his descendants lived on the property until the early 20th century.  The genealogy of  the Stouffer family is complex because of the inconsistent spelling of Stouffer (Staufer — Stauffer — Stouffer) and because many of the first names were  common biblical names widely use in the late 1700s and early 1800s: Abraham, Joseph, Christian, and John.  It has proven difficult to disentangle the different members of the family, but our team is working now on outlining the family’s history.

 

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  1. Janet Long permalink

    Very difficult – – very true. My ancestor, Johannes ‘John’ Stauffer/Stover was born in 1777 in Maryland (probably Washington County), married ‘Eve’ and had at least four children, including my 3 x great grandmother Elizabeth (Mrs. Stephen Hicks), Catherine (Mrs. Benjamin McNutt/McNett), Daniel and John Jr., all of whom lived in Ogle County, IL at some point. 1850 census shows them there. John Sr.’s parents have been very difficult to figure out. Please contact Janet at rlong149@comcast.net with comments.

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