Stump homestead part of Union Township’s history

Last summer I had the opportunity to take a tour of selected historical sites in Union Township of Elkhart County. It was offered by the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol. We stopped at several sites including the Daniel Stump homestead near the intersection of county roads 15 and 50. This site has a remarkable history and some of it has survived to this day. The Stumps moved to the states from Canada searching for religious freedom and economic opportunity. Daniel later founded a church that stood nearby until the congregation moved in 2008. Between 1838 and 1840 a house and other buildings were built on the property. The house was quite large by the standards of that day, but the Stumps did have 13 children. In the photo the old windmill is dominant and also an old barn. Look closely and you can see the top of the house. No one has lived in the house since about the end of World War II. The property is owned by Helen Mishler. Much restoration work has been done in the house and buildings and this is a local historical gem.

Old windmill and barn in Union Township.

Old windmill and barn in Union Township.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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One Response to Stump homestead part of Union Township’s history

  1. Linda Kelch says:

    Daniel Stump (1790-1877) did have 13 children & there were 13 parcels of land. At least 4 (Joseph, Benjamin, Daniel & Susannah) never received land in Elkhart Co. Daniel was a Bishop in the River Brethren Church [later known as the Union Grove Brethren in Christ Church (BIC) & NOT Church of the Brethren (COB)]. The River Brethren met in homes, like the Mennonite & Amish. The church was not erected until after Daniel’s death & celebrated its centennial 9 June 1985 for the church building. Union Grove Church congregation is now in the old Union Center elementary school at 69954 CR 11, Nappanee, IN. Daniel has many descendants in the old Stumptown area & that attend both Union Grove Church & Union Center Church of the Brethren (COB).

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