Old farmhouse part of long family legacy

Very few families can say they have lineage all the way back to the 1830s in the same county. Probably even fewer farm families can claim this too. One exception is the Stutsman family farm in Harrison Township of Elkhart County. Shown in the photo is the old farmhouse built sometime in the 1800s off County Road 15, north of County Road 30 (Bashor Road). There is an old barn near the farmhouse too. The Stutsmans still live in this house and have for several years. The lineage of this family can be traced back to 1833 in Elkhart County. Benjamin F. Stutsman first staked out the land in 1833 after coming from Ohio with a brother and two sisters in covered wagons. There were different reasons why families migrated to Indiana and other parts of the Midwest. One reason was cheaper and available land. Many families came to Indiana from Pennsylvania and Ohio. The Stutsman land is not as large of a tract as it originally was because some of it was sold off, but it is still farmed today. A nearby farmer cash rents the land and farms it.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Old Stutsman farmhouse in Elkhart County.


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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