Biography of Elias Neuenchwander
Allen County, OH Biographies

ELIAS NEUENSCHEWANDER, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Bluffton, was born in Allen County, August 14, 1848, son of Isaac and Mary (Steiner) Neuenschwander. He was reared on the farm, acquiring a common school education. He was married, in 1873, to Annie Neuenchwander, who bore him one child, Emma. This wife dying in 1876, our subject married, on second occasion, in 1879, Christene Welty, a daughter of Frederick Welty, a farmer, who is a native of Switzerland, and to this union were born Sarah, Rhoda, Alice and Catherine. Mr. and Mrs. Meuenschwander are members of the Mennonite society. In politics he is a Democrat. His father, Isaac Neuenschwauder, a pioneer of Allen County, came here in 1836; he was born in Switzerland. March 24, 1821, son of John and Catherine (Furrey) Nenenschwander, also natives of Switzerland. and who came to Wayne County in 1826, first settling on a farm there, but later moving to Allen County, traveling with an oxteam, and taking fourteen days to make the journey. John Neuenschwander died September 12, 1838, his widow in 1853. Isaac. father of our subject, was their sixth child, and as there was a scarcity of schools here at that time, his whole attendance comprised but five weeks, and he grew to manhood inured to toil; he was married, in 1847, to Mary, daughter of John Steiner, a farmer and early settler of this county; he and his wife commenced housekeeping in a very primitive way; their cabin and bed were made of logs, and their table and cupboard of clapboards; in those days he had to take his grain to the mill at Sidney, Ohio, and at times had to wait fifteen days for his grist. The children born to this pioneer couple were as follows: Elias, our subject; Lydia, wife of Job Steiner, farmer; Samuel and David, married, and farming in Putnam County, Ohio; Susannah, wife of Jacob Lugibihi; Elizabeth, ivife of David Sutter, Philip, married, and farming in Putnam County; Gideon, deceased April 7, 1885; Amos, at home, and Sarah. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Neuenschwander are members of the Mennonite society. He is a director of Richland Township; politically a Democrat. For years he owned 400 acres of land, but lately divided the property among his children, and at present he has 211 acres himself.

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